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…words cannot describe…

2009-11-02
by Susanne
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Chuck’s Joke of the Day

So, we dug through the leftover Halloween candy and they had some Ghirardelli Peanut Butter Squares. Chuck had a square and after some hmm, uhmmm he said “I can’t understand how fuckin’ Hershey’s can even stay in business!” And he is right, I mean, compare Hershey’s with Ghirardelli and you can hardly believe they belong to the same family of candies.

2009-10-23
by Susanne
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Chuck’s Joke of the Day

So, Chuck and I just debated about friending people in Facebook that you don’t know well or that may not agree with my liberal self. So, I just friended Bob, a colleague of mine, and I think it is OK. He may be more conservative but in the end he knows there are other people out there who have different opinions and it’s not like he’ll get me fired. And I believe everyone who has spent any time with me will know I am on the liberal end of the spectrum.

Anyway, I said to Chuck “It’s not like I am posting dicks on Facebook, right?”. And he said something like “Who knows? You maybe like to post a picture of a dick tomorrow with the comment: Look at the dick I found, isn’t it BIG?” And all that because he commented on my magic dragon!

Don’t ask!

2009-10-10
by Susanne
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Best Night Ever, Tre Cugini!

After the exiting release of ColorChecker Passport that gave me sleepless nights and stressed days aplenty, we had a little get together last night at Tre Cugini, maybe 15 people. Guest of Honor was Chris Halford, who came over from Boston. I had met him before, maybe 6 or 7 years ago even before he was with X-Rite, and since we had emailed back and forth quite a bit during this, I was really looking forward to meeting him again.

Chuck dropped me off on Monroe at the same time as Chris and Art arrived. Our group had a private room upstairs. Food was great, and a few red and white wines were offered. I picked a lighter Italian red and sat down with Chris and a couple of people joined us. I had been so skeptical of going because I didn’t really know anyone there, but it was so awesome – we had so much fun and it was a great group, the last 7 of us. It was me, Chris, Art, guy whose name I don’t know, Bob, Mark and Rachel. The waiters kept refilling our glass the whole night – boy did I lose track. Usually, when you drink wine, it doesn’t happen – generally you have a limited amount at hand and then you see empty bottles. In the end, I didn’t even want to leave but thank God Chuck made me go! It was about time, aside from being Midnight I really had enough wine :-)

I feel asleep immediately in the car and then went to bed immediately (after one weird Facebook wall post). Boy, did I know it this morning – I slept in, moved to the couch, slept some more, had a doughnut, slept some more, had a pb&j, slept some more. Around 7 pm, I guess I was back to good and decided to have breakfast, eggs, toast, bacon….

Now in the basement, watching Bones, Cougar Town and whatever is up next.

2009-10-03
by Susanne
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Happy Birthday to Everyone

cakeSo, today we have one of our collective birthday parties for Chuck and me, John and Lisa – and as so many times, we were not involved in the decision making. They set the date to 10/3, and we discussed it in a Facebook message to decide whether we have the party at Mary’s place or at a restaurant and the next thing I know, I have a separate FB message telling me it is Saturday at 5.30pm at Jeanne’s place. Hum, that’s a 45 minute to an hour drive for us, their place is about as far away as it gets for us. But who cares, it’s only our birthday.

I asked for CostCo cake and apparently we are the only ones with a CC card so Chuck just picked it up, Chocolate/Chocolate with Strawberry mousse. Seems like I am not the only person who’s in love with CostCo cake – it is so awesome!

Anyway, I’ll get over it. I am just a little peeved that decisions like that are always made without consulting us, especially when it is my own birthday party. Be considerate, pick a central location – I hate to have to drive out into the boondacks, where we are in the car almost as long as at the party!

2009-10-03
by Susanne
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Funny TV – Old Christine Buying Weed

The New Adventures of Old Christine

Every now and then there is a scene on TV that just leaves me in stitches. I like a lot of TV shows but there are few that just leave me laughing so hard, and make me laugh again and again whenever I think about it. This is one of them. The story before, Old Christine and Barb found a roach at their gym and they decide to smoke it. Christine then decides to actually score some weed and she goes with “Dave Foley” to buy some. Of course she is totally clueless, and in a somewhat Seinfeld-ish way she pretends she is totally down with it:

2009-10-02
by Susanne
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Zesty Chipotle Cheddar Burgers

zesty-chipotle-cheddar-burgersGod, this is one awesome burger! We tried it the first time after we bought the Sargento Chipotle Cheddar, it was on the back of the pack. Of course, since then they removed the cheese from their product line, and we now had to resort to some other pepper jack cheese and we had to look up the recipe at Sargento’s website and found the Zesty Chipotle Cheddar Burgers.

We used Slimwich buns and some other cheese and Chuck crumbled the chips a little too fine and instead of green onions we had yellow onions. We did have blue tortilla chips so blue chips mixed with the yellow onions makes green.

Give it a try, those are crunchy with the chips, juicy with the salsa and some spicy chili powder and of course the cheese. Very nice mixture own tastes and textures!

Here is a quick run-down of the recipe:

Zesty Chipotle Cheddar Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2 cups medium salsa, divided
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, divided
  • 1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 slices Sargento® Deli Style Sliced Chipotle Cheddar Cheese

Directions

  1. Combine ground beef, 1 cup salsa, 1/2 cup green onions, 1/2 cup tortilla chips, garlic salt and chili powder in large bowl. Shape beef mixture into 8 patties, 4 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick. Preheat grill or broiler.
  2. Grill patties, 5 minutes each side or until no longer pink in center (see below). Grill or lightly toast hamburger buns. Top patties with 1 slice cheese before removing from grill or broiler; let melt.
  3. Place patties on buns. Top with remaining salsa, tortilla chips and green onions.

2009-10-02
by Susanne
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French 75 – Friday’s Cocktail

So, tonight’s cocktail is a “French 75″. I initially found this one about 10 years ago. A friend (Claudia Witte) and I decided we should meet and make cocktails at my place. I never had hard liquor so we both went out to buy several bottles of random alcohol and then we used a little Cocktail software to see what drinks we can make with this stuff.

I only remember the French 75 – even though I was under the impression it was 65 or 69.  Anyway, it was the first time I really made cocktails/long drinks and boy did I underestimate the potency of that and had a few of those. We had to go and get cigarettes so we went to Cafe Kram, the corner bar where we met a couple of people we knew. We invited them over, I know it was Berard and maybe Martin?No, not like that, no hook-ups, just come friends. Anyway, the remaining cocktails slowly started to kick in hard, very hard.

At one point, I believe I fell asleep in the bathroom (a definite advantage of being a girl) and was woken up by someone knocking to use the toilette. Not sure how the evening ended.

Anyway – French 75, and interesting drink. It contains Gin (New Amsterdam), Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup and is topped off with Champagne. Some recipes said to add triple sec, so I added a splash of Gran Gala. It’s amazing, pretty dry, longer than most other cocktails and really refreshing.

Here is a video clip by Cocktail Spirit on how to mix a French 75, check it out:

2009-09-29
by Susanne
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Curb Your Enthusiasm – 701 and 702

Curb Your EnthusiasmA lot of TV today, but I only watch half since I have a heat compress on my left eye because of a stye. So, in addition to Harper’s Island, we also watched Curb Your Enthusiasm. We often wait until we have at least 2 episodes and it was so worth it. We were laughing so hard – Jeff boning Bambam (Funkhouser’s crazy sister)! Them arguing, if she is a mental patient when she is not inside an institution – hmm, that matters, right!

And in the second episode of this season, it was all about “Vehicular Fellatio” and the dangers of a blow job in the car. Larry is also trying to get out of his relationship and comes up with a good idea, but that also is destroyed by a VF – but the show won’t let us down and in the end, VF saves his ass.

I am so glad CYE is back – we were hoping that we get to see the non-reunion Seinfeld reunion, but that is scheduled for next week. Every year, it seems like they are about to call it quits – thank god they are sticking with it.

2009-09-29
by Susanne
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Harper’s Island after all

Harper's IslandHarper’s Island – I don’t think I know anyone who watches this show. In all honesty, all I have ever heard about it is how tacky and dorky it is. Another bad sign is that it stars a show killer, Christopher Gorham – poor dude, he never managed to lead in a show that made it past season 1. Actually, that makes him the perfect choice for Harper’s Island, which is more of a mini series anyway.  I never watched Jake 2.0, but I did get into Medical Investigation and then I even checked out Out of Practice (sue me, I am a sucker for a cheap sitcom). He was also a supporting actor on Ugly Betty, and I think that is the role that suits him best. He does not have anything of a romantic hero – or any hero fwiw. Don’t get me wrong, he is a cute kid, but someone just picks the wrong roles for him. But I digress….

Harper’s Island – I can’t believe I like it. I am not big into slasher/horror movies, but this is really fun. It is so tacky, that it is fun again. Some things are just so predictable – and then they turn around and throw you a huge curve ball, It has all the things that I usually hate about slasher movies. Yeah, little blonde girl, it is an awesome idea that you go and check out the tunnels under the hotel with a candle – who wouldn’t? And of course you should check out what is making that noise in the woods at midnight armed with a pocket knife. Luckily, they are not taking themselves too seriously and several of those idiotic slasher moves are done with a little wink.

So, at episode 110, they finally reveal “the killer” Wakefield is really still alive – and they fooled me. I thought it was someone we had already met making me guess through the cast along with the little clues they left…or so I thought. And then they added an additional twist, the groom Henry is actually Wakefield’s son – and they killed together. At this point Chuck said “Ha, I called Henry a long time ago” – yeah, but since then you called just about everyone else too and it doesn’t count.

Anyway, the end reminded me a little of the Lifetime movie of the week, the lovelorn tragic hero – abandoned as a child, is seeking love and comfort in all the wrong ways. He kidnaps the girl – he thinks she is the only one who ever loved him. Oh well, that was a little disappointing, and the worst was him dying with his head on some pebbles in the water, wtf? Really? Well, yet another show I can take of the DVR, let the new season roll!