Spring is here! Spring is here! Mother nature doesn’t always like to cooperate with when we say spring begins, but either way, here are 5 things I’m looking forward to this fine spring.
- Tulips. OH MY GOD TULIPS. As soon as I start to see those buggers popping out of the ground my heart leaps. BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS ARE ON THEIR WAY.
- Hyacinth. Get a whiff of these babies because they are fragrant and delightful.
- When the trees start to get leaves again.
- Magnolia trees. These are probably my favorite part of spring. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!
March 14th is Einstein’s birthday and he seems like he was a really cool dude. Look at some of the insightful things he’s said that are STILL TRUE TODAY.
“Everything is determined…by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust—we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”
“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine are still greater.”
“All my life I have dealt with objective matters; hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to carry out official functions.”
“There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks.”
“I do not play games…. There is not time for it. When I get through with work, I don’t want anything that requires the working of the mind.”
“The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
Now that we have that out of the way, a few tidbits about Einstein. He was born in Germany in 1879, but moved around a bunch in his life and spent the end of his life in Princeton, NJ. Go America! He was rejected from college at the Swiss Federal Polytechnical School when he first applied at the age of 18. He has to re-take the entrance exams a year later, and was accepted then.
Also, he was in desperate need of a hair style.
He did this which seems neat.
And he came up with this, also. NBD.
Middle names are one of those things that we very rarely question. Why the eff do we have middle names? Mental Floss to the rescue!
“In ancient Rome, having multiple names was an honor usually bestowed upon the most important people—like Gaius Julius Caesar. The fad died out only to pick back up again in Western cultures in the 1700s, when aristocrats started giving their children lavishly long names to indicate their place in society. Similarly, lengthy Spanish and Arabic names adopt paternal or maternal names from previous generations to trace the individual’s family tree. (In other cultures, like Chinese, there are traditionally no middle names.)
The three-name structure used today began in the Middle Ages when Europeans were torn between giving their child a saint’s name or a common family name. The practice of giving three names eventually resolved the problem with a formula: given name first, baptismal name second, surname third. It branched to America as immigrants arrived: Adopting a trio of labels became a way of aspiring to a higher social class. Nonreligious middle names—often maternal maiden names—gradually became the norm, and by the Civil War, it was customary to name your child whatever you liked. Middle names had started to become more or less official by World War I, when the U.S. enlistment form became the first official government document to include space for them.”
So, we have middle names because we are A.) aspiring to be more upper class, B.) keeping a family name, well, in the family, or C.) keeping a religious name in the mix. Or your parents were like EFF THIS and just picked a name they liked. OR maybe you don’t even have a middle name. So many possibilities. So interesting!
So where do you fall on the middle name spectrum? I have a family forename as my middle name. My BF has a family surname as his middle name. My dad has the same middle name as his dad. They actually share their entire name, which is neat. And then most of the other people I know had middle names that are just names their parents liked.
I wonder how many parents naming their babies hold their baby, say the baby’s maybe-name out loud and wonder how it will sound when they are PISSED and yelling the whole thing. Ha. Can’t say it wouldn’t cross my mind. Better not name your kid a tongue twister. Nothing ruins a good gettin yelled at by stuttering and getting confused.
If there’s one thing that’s perfect for a Pittsburgh winter meal, it’s chili. (Also pierogies, but that’s for a separate post.) Chili is hearty, relatively healthy, and oh. My. God. does it taste good. Put some cheese and sour cream on it and I’ll see you never because I’ll be busy stuffing my face and proposing to a bowl of food.
I prefer turkey chili since my cholesterol is superbly effed up (thanks mother nature!) but I think in a dish this complex and wonderful you don’t need to go the beef way. I have a go-to chili recipe that I’m super excited to share with you! It’s two steppiness (excluding mild prep of garlic and onions) makes it simple, easy, and t-t-t-tasty. I also like to serve this over brown rice and top with cheese and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt (you really can’t tell the difference.)) AND ALSO some fresh bread is good to dip in this.
Simple Turkey Chili
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour total
- 1 ¾ teaspoons olive oil
- 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
- 1 ¼ onion, chopped
- 2 ½ cups water
- One 28 ounce can canned crushed tomatoes
- One 16 ounce can canned kidney beans drained, rinsed, and mashed
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon and ¾ teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons and 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender.
- Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, and garlic. Season with chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.
February’s Un-Book Club Tea Party was a smashing success! Check out how lovely and whimsical it was!
And now, the announcement you’ve been waiting for! Drumroll please! *Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* *Drumming palms on thighs*
Our March KU Book Club Book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman! That’s right. The book your favorite movie is based on! (Sorry. OUR favorite movie.) Adventure, romance, and a classic tale await you in this delightful novel :)
Here’s Kristen’s review!
“I know you have seen the movie, and loved it, (who didn’t love it?) but I can’t stress enough that you should also read this book. Read it for the hilarious ‘asides’ where Goldman takes you on an up close and personal tour of both his child and adulthood. Read it for the introduction, a beautiful and touching piece of writing (and includes juicy tidbits about making the movie). Read it for the “Buttercups Baby” explanation. Especially the conversation Goldman has with Stephen King (they are friends and have a sort of mutual admiration society going, a fact that never fails to delight me). The first line of the original text reads “This is my favorite book in all the world” and I couldn’t agree more.”
So! We’ll be reconvening for book club on Sunday March 22 at 6 PM here are the store.Be there or be square.
Two lucky winners will each win a $50 gift certificate to the store! Here’s how it works:
The contest starts RIGHT NOW and ends on Sunday March 1, 2015 at 5 PM. Once the contest is closed, the winners will be chosen! One winner will be chosen by the photo with the most likes and the other winner will be chosen by the staff at KU.
How do you enter? Simply take a photo of your favorite KU thing (you are more than welcome to photograph it in the store! Tell us if you do! WE’RE ALL ABOUT IT!) and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #MyFavoriteKUThing. You can submit as many entries as you’d like! You must be following @KardsUnlimited on Instagram, and in order for your photo(s) to be eligible your account has to be public (so peeps can vote for your photo and we can see it too!) Entrants must be 13 years or older and a resident (or student) in Allegheny County.
Here are a few sample entries! Feel free to be as kooky and silly and fun as you’d like! We like fun, in case you didn’t know :)
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Hey y’all. This month, we’re going ALL OUT in honor of our book club book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. What does that mean? It means a friggin tea party! A TEA PARTY! Tea, sugar, finger sandwiches, and BOOK CLUB all in one awesome place. When is this fantastic meeting? Sunday February 22 at 6PM. Please see the following official invitation for something fantastic to look at.
I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing in this world I love more than anything, it might be libraries.
There’s something so appealing about all of the books in a library- and you can try them without buying them. Maybe you want to learn about knitting, or gardening, or having a dog, or cooking, or or or or or anything really.
Not to mention how appealing and soothing the interior of a library can be. Library porn is probably my most time consuming hobby. I like to visit the libraries of cities I’m visiting because I’m THAT INTO LIBRARIES. There are so many beautiful libraries in the world, it makes me wish Beast would swoop in and kidnap someone I love just so I can get a beautiful library out of the deal. I may have a problem.
Anywho. Libraries rock. Not only do they offer books, but you can check out music, DVDs, books on tape, magazines, and if you’re lucky your library has a Crazy Mocha in it. CLP Main rocks my socks!