Saturday, August 31, 2013

things that end in ___kka


"only connect" is difficult for me to play because of the considerable british bias. but i am trying. and learning. please don't ask me why because i don't really have an answer. (fine, yes, ok, it is for victoria coren.)

Friday, August 30, 2013

the day before labor day weekend

it's the day before labor day weekend here in the states.

what this means for most people in the country is that mail doesn't run on monday. also that the banks are closed. and there might be white sales? idk. (it's actually a pretty good holiday, as far as american ones go. if you want the history, clicketh thee here.)

anyway, it also means THE END OF SUMMER which means you go outside and do shit. so i put bunny ears on the face by the water.

i did not put this apple here even though that looks like something i would do.

anyway, happy holiday if it's one you celebrate. i'll probably post some stuff here over the long weekend because I THINK that leff and i are brewing some more beer! maybe some other things too but we won't be leaving the house as there's some fruit festival happening near the ferry terminal and bumbershit is this weekend in seattle.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

it is a cathy mitchell kind of day

it's a cookie pizza...a COOKIZZA

told you halloween was coming early this year. *wink*

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

i'm moving halloween up in the calender

if stores and marketers can push the dread xmas holiday into august (i know someone who saw a damn xmas display TODAY) then i will bloody well move halloween up in the calender. it's the only "holiday" that i like and/or celebrate after all. 

here are two new creepy pictures to get things started. 

in summation, fuck you, christmas. all hail halloween!


it's a crazy exciting life at casa rakkaleff. please note that i am not complaining.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

three pictures of fu

here. look at three pictures of my cat while i try to talk myself out of staying at an incredibly swank and sexy as hell boutique hotel overseas next spring. reminder to self:  BUSINESS HOTELS ARE PERFECTLY FINE DOOFUS

anyway, cat pictures. go for it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

hey! an earthquake!

who has thyme for this kind of excitement?

ha, i'm kidding of course. a 3.6 magnitude earthquake ain't no great shakes (ba doom ching!) this one was a little odd as it was more of a giant thudding shake and not a rolling, vague ugh, do-i-have-a-fever-am-i-going-to-barf-or-seizure sensation.

we are covered in case of dust emergencies that may result though.

ok, our faces will be covered if our goose is cooked.

in other news, i didn't pick these wild blackberries. 

i have this urge to harvest them every summer. i LOVE blackberries! but then i realize that this is washington state where people piss and shit in public with impunity. and, while these berries are probably safe, i'm not willing to take that risk as fruit nourished with humanure just doesn't appeal, i'm sure you understand.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

frozen hot chocolate and very recent history

it hasn't been warm enough here to warrant frozen hot chocolate but you have to work with what you've got. 

non alcoholic versions this time 'cause come on. i drink adult drinks when i'm drinking adult drinks.


so are you reading very recent history? i am. so is rhys. join us in the fun. maybe we can talk about it sometime. (haha, nah. it will probably be just me and rhys capslock iming because then there is no competitive baking involved. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DO SEATTLE BOOK GROUPS YOU ARE SO FUCKING IRRITATING)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

leff is a sweetheart

the brack attack brought home cupcakes tonight. we haven't had any of these things in the casa in quite a while. thanks, leffie!

well, THAT was something...

...and now it's over. (if you needed to know, you do. if not, apologies for being cryptic.)

time to get back to sweet tooth and maybe get started on the ice is singing. possibly finish the summer book now that the season is starting to change here.

if you're lucky, i might start working my way through the barbara pym cookbook. pictures and recipe tweaks to follow if i do.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

these are herbs but they are not remedying anything

nah, they're just hanging out. like i am. me and the herbs. yep.

look, there is A LOT percolating under the surface here. i'm, like, the eyjafjallaj√∂kull of personal news. i'm all pressure and stress and then POW YOU WERE NOT EXPECTING TO HEAR THAT. 
i won't be cancelling anyone's flights to europe though. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013


MY FOX MASK IS TOO SMALL  (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

you guys

seriously, you guys. #buttroom

(DO read the virgins though. it's quite good! recommend! + +)

Friday, August 09, 2013

butt butt butt butt

look, i really like pamela erens' the virgins but you give me a sentence like "there are other regulars in the butt room." and i am TOTALLY gonna snicker tee hee.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

you should really track down "southcliffe" if you haven't yet

what is with all of these kick ass dramas lately?! ("the fall", "broadchurch", "top of the lake", "the returned", etc, etc) oh, i am SO not complaining because it is nice to have television with a brain behind it back on air.

my latest obsession is "southcliffe". 

it's a four parter airing on channel four about a rampaging killer in a small english town. doesn't sound like much when it's summed up that way but, trust me, it is really gripping stuff. track it down. you won't be disappointed. 

here is a bad picture of a duck

it's the waiting that will kill you. until you remember that if you mix a greyhound in a travel mug so no one is the wiser, you can take it to the park and take shitty pictures of ducks. 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

still waiting

as exciting as the peter capaldi news is, i am still stuck in a freakin' limbo for a little while. it's still frustrating. i'm still at the park at low tide a lot.


right, imma' go watch "the thick of it" again.


yes, an old piece of mine (please see also: tucker halloween lantern) but CHRIST, i am so excited about peter capaldi being the new doctor!!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

various things posted on a thursday

it is thursday, right? *hovers over time/date* ah, yes. thursday.

good lord, these pictures are huge. and yet, i don't feel like bothering to change them so LOOK AT MY VINDALOO SPICES

i made a vindaloo because i can't get that damn song out of my head. it came from nowhere and just...lodged there. 

the curry did not help me make peace with my ear worm, in case you were wondering. neither has rampaging around the house like a football hooligan. although, that is pretty fun. WOULD RECOMMEND but try not to smash up your nice plates or whatever.


grocery delivery replaced my sriracha chips request with the garlic cheese bread ones. why did those win again? oh, right. i live in the states where good flavored chips just can't get a break. whatevers, i'll just keep covering regular chips with sriracha. WHO WINS NOW me, probably.

ps-- sriracha peas are SO TOTES WORTH TOTING chicken and waffle chips are just weird and you smell like fake maple syrup for hours after eating them. TOTES NOT WORTH TOTING