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stuff and nonsense

I’m sitting in our family room (that’s the one you live in, right? the fancy one for company that no one goes into is the living room?) amidst a pile of cables, wires, speakers, televisions (one still in the box) and a ceiling panel.  For whatever reason, I made the practical decision to bundle our services (why didn’t I do this before?) and since the guy had to come out anyway, we’re getting the multi-room DVR installed, too.  Which necessitated a new tv.  You can’t have multi-room DVR service with only one tv; that doesn’t make any sense.  In our defense, Travis has been spending more time in the garage either preparing to brew, brewing, or cleaning up from brewing.  So, it would be nice for him to have a tv there and that’s where we’re going to try and set up the old one.

The cable guy has been here for two hours and I have no idea how much longer it will take.  Lots of new wires and cables and connections to make, I suppose.  In case you’re interested, when you get the multi-room DVR, they connect the new DVR units with a new cable.  If you have cable service in a room but aren’t planning to connect it to the DVR system, you can still use your existing coaxial cables.  If you plan to add the room to the DVR network. someone comes out to run a new line because you can’t pre-run the line unless you’re going to hook it up to a cable box.  At least, that’s what we’re told.

In the meantime, I’m waiting for twelve pounds of pork shoulder to get all tasty in the oven, Momofuku-style.  We’re taking it to the annual QUAFF holiday party, where good food and good beers will be plentiful.  This is actually an event where my food is often overshadowed by better food.  I know you’re wondering how this is possible (because my food is awesome!) – hee hee.  It’s just one of those natural progressions that where you have guys who love to tinker until they make great beer, they also tend to tinker in the kitchen and turn out great dishes.  And cheeses.  Breads.  Pickled and fermented foods.  The list goes on and on.

Having service people in our house makes me completely unmotivated to do anything.  I don’t know why.  It’s not like they care if I do yard work or clean the house or work on any of the many wedding projects we still have to finish (or start).  I just like doing those things when no one else is here.  Yet, I feel completely lazy if I just sit and read while they’re crawling around the attic or wherever.  Obviously, playing on the internet and writing a blog post is neither lazy nor productive.

If you’re looking for a dead-easy pork shoulder recipe, here’s one:  Take a 6-7 pound pork shoulder or butter and brine it overnight in equal parts sugar and salt.  In the morning, place the pork in a roasting pan or dutch oven and cook it at 300F for about 6 hours, uncovered.  Every hour or so, baste the pork in its own juices and fat (there won’t actually be enough for basting until Hour 2 or so).  You’ll know the pork is done when it pulls apart and looks delicious.  But, before you pull the pork out crank the oven up to 400F and sprinkle brown sugar on the pork.  Let that roast until the sugar is all crackly and then pull the pork out of the oven and let it rest for about 20 minutes.  Ta da!  Serve with green onion sauce, rice, lettuce, King’s hawaiian bread… anything, really.  It’ll be delicious.

Back to wedding planning – I’m having an issue deciding on flowers.  At first, I thought I didn’t want flowers.  Then, I thought some flowers would be nice if we could keep the cost down and do something simple.  After getting a “simple” estimate back, I’m back to wondering if flowers are going to be worth it.  Is $300 for centerpieces that aren’t the center of attention too much or am I crazy and that’s actually a good deal?

The Jensen Project on NBC and a giveaway

Walmart and P&G have teamed up again to produce The Jensen Project on NBC Friday, July 16th, 2010.  The Jensen Project is a thrilling and fun science fiction adventure that focuses on the Thompson family who are reintroduced to The Jensen Project – a secret community of geniuses conducting advanced underground research to solve the world’s most difficult problems. The family finds themselves forced into a frantic pursuit to keep a potentially dangerous technology from falling into the wrong hands.

From what I’ve seen (I was sent a teaser DVD and more popcorn), it’s like that movie about the kids of superheroes who go to school (does anyone remember what that movie was?) but without superpowers.  Just super-brains.  It’s a cute tv movie, something to watch on a lazy day with a bowl of good popcorn.  And, if you have someone like Travis in your life who likes to ridicule silly shows, preferably by yourself.

MS&L is letting me host a giveaway for another DVD/soundtrack combo for The Jensen Project.  I get a copy and one of you get a copy!  If you’d like to enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’re watching on tv this summer before 11:59 PM Thursday, July 15th, 2010.

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July! We had some friends over for some BBQ and other tasty food and then we sat on the couch to watch fireworks on Fox 5. I didn’t know you could watch fireworks in tv! Comfy seats, great view, and we didn’t have to fight traffic. Yay!

random musings

always a dog on the couch

This is the view from my treadmill.  Do you notice that the view directly in front of me is the (electric) fireplace?  If I want to watch tv I kind of have to turn my head the whole time.  Oddly enough, if you’re on the elliptical, you’re staring straight at the tv.  For a brief moment, we discussed moving the tv to where the fireplace/heater is, but then we’d have to buy a new corner tv stand and it’s just not a priority at the moment.  I just try to watch shows that I can mostly listen to and not have to watch for important visual cues.

Secrets of the Mountain – giveaway!

MS&L has been very generous, provided items to review and every now and then something to offer my faithful readers (as many as there are out there).  They recently sent me a copy of “Secrets of the Mountain” and some Orville Redenbacher popcorn (because what tv movie is complete without popcorn?)

Here’s the description of the movie, which airs April 16, 2010 on NBC at 8 PM.

Somewhere between the demands of her career, her ex’s wedding and her kids’ busy schedules, Dana James is noticing her tight-knit family starting to unravel.  An unexpected offer to purchase her family’s mountain property sets up a weekend road trip, which she hopes will bring her family back together.  But when they arrive, they quickly learn that the mountain is much more than it seems.  An ancient secret and a treacherous quest will test the family like never before.  It’s an edge-of the-seat thriller that reminds us that when times are tough, families don’t run away from problems – they run back to each other.

Yes, it may sound a little cheesy, or a bit like a Lifetime movie, but it also sounds like something I’d probably watch.  A little family drama, some scary mountain adventures, and I’m guessing a good ol’ happy ending.  Plus, I like popcorn and I’ll take any excuse I can get to eat a bag by myself.

Come to think of it, Travis has plans Friday night, which means he can’t make fun of the movie while I’m watching!

The movie is “brought to you” by Walmart and P&G, and I guess in a way Orville Redenbacher.  The soundtrack was produced by Randy Jackson, which somehow makes the whole thing cheesily thrilling to me.

So, here’s the giveaway part: from now until after the movie airs (10 PM April 16th), tell me what you like to put on your popcorn.  I’m a big fan of butter and salt, but I also like a concoction of butter, lemon juice, brown sugar, and chili powder.

If you’re chosen (randomly), you get your very own DVD of the movie AND the soundtrack CD (produced by Randy Jackson!) 

CD Soundtrack by Randy Jackson Includes Tracks from Today’s Hottest Stars and Emerging Artists like Jordin Sparks, Alisan & Ilsey, Paper Tongues, Kevin Hammond, The Afters, Brooke White, Lona Heins and more.

Now, if you don’t win and you’re really sad and you happened to miss the movie on tv, don’t fret because you can buy the DVD/soundtrack bundle at Walmart.  While you’re there, you could also pick up some Proctor & Gamble (P&G) stuff, too, I guess.