delphipsmith: (Elizabethan adder)
Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this amazing opportunity. Srsly :)

"The American Shakespeare Center, a regional theater company in Staunton, Virginia, is looking to stage new plays as companion pieces to William Shakespeare's classics -- all 38 of them.

'We're looking for remarkable playwrights from all walks of life. Do you have a great play that vibes off of Shakespeare's canon? Can you write a great play to be a companion piece to one of Shakespeare's plays? We want to see it.'"

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape this offer. Get thee to a keyboard!!
delphipsmith: (save the liver)
One of my goals this year was to get out of the usual menu items that we have in regular rotation and try some new things. The best so far have been sweet potato-green onion pancakes with eggs, ham and pepper jam and Smitten Kitchen's crispy broccoli with lemon and garlic. Tonight I thought I'd try roasting some carrots and parsnips tossed with olive oil, sea salt, fresh-ground pepper, and herbs. I was pretty sure I'd had parsnips at some point in my life, and how bad could a root vegetable be?

Nowhere did any of the recipes I consulted warn me that for the first ten minutes roasting parsnips smell like melting plastic. Ugh ugh ugh.

We soldiered on, however, and in the end they...weren't bad. They needed butter (which is unusual, in my experiene, for roasted veg; perhaps I went too light on the olive oil?) and more seasoning. I also grated a little manchego on top because cheese, you know? The first bite was meh but then they rather grew on me, though I admit that could have been the butter, salt and cheese.

So all I can say is that where parsnips are concerned, I remain uncommitted.
delphipsmith: (GotMilk)
I have no idea what the time difference between here and there is (though I should know, because [personal profile] nursedarry lives there too), so I'm just going to go ahead and post this today.

For the talented and entertaining [profile] shiv5468, because blond with peacock. Happy birthday!!

(Edit: Please note, this isn't my own work [I only wish!!]. Click the image for more info about the artwork.)

delphipsmith: (queenie)
We went out for dinner with some friends last night (mmmm, seared ahi tuna...) and while yakking about this and that, B. pointed out something I'd never noticed before. Not one of the Disney princesses has a mother. She said that that's why, in the new live-action Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson, they added a sort of "vision" of the past where Belle has a chance to see her mother and learn what happened to her.

Of course, given that the Disney princess stories generally draw on fairy tales, and girls don't often have mothers in the fairy tales either, perhaps it's not so weird. But even the non-fairy tale ones -- Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Pocahontas, Jasmine (Aladdin), Elsa and Anna (Frozen) -- don't have mothers.

The only two exceptions I could think of are Merida (the red-haired Irish girl who wins her own hand at the archery tournament) and Mulan (the Chinese girl who learns fighting from her father and goes off to war). So basically the only ones that have mothers are the ones who apparently don't need mothers because they're off doing "boy" things.

Isn't that weird?
delphipsmith: (KellsS)
Heartfelt thanks to you all for your kind and comforting comments on my last post. Mr Psmith and I are slowly getting used to the house without our beloved Demi; it's tough and it hurts, but she's always in our hearts so we feel like she's still close to us.

On a happier note, [profile] sshg_promptfest is open for claiming! There are some wonderful prompts this year, so go forth and stake your claim :)

SSHG Prompt Fest
delphipsmith: (weeping angel)
Yesterday we had to say goodbye to a loving, faithful, sweet-natured companion. We are not good for much today, what with this big hole in our hearts. *snif*

"When the Man waked up he said, 'What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.'" -- Rudyard Kipling

(click for more)


delphipsmith: (damnsnow)
It's snowing again still. Argh.
delphipsmith: (KellsS)
Now accepting prompts, woo-hoo!

SSHG Prompt Fest
delphipsmith: (Kosh)
I think I might have run across one or two that are bingos all on their own lol

delphipsmith: (this is a vampire)
Seriously. They're looking for Buffy fanfic. Go go go go go!!!

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/arts/television/buffy-fan-fiction.html
delphipsmith: (books-n-wine)
Thanks to [profile] kellychambliss and [personal profile] therealsnape for this one!

Two names you go by:
1. Bobaggins
2. Bergé

Two parts of your heritage:
1. Optimism/cheerful outlook (thanks Dad)
2. Smarts (thanks Mom)

Two things that scare you:
1. Alzheimer's
2. Someone I love dying

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. my Roman glass earrings
2. comfy fleece pants

Two physical things that appeal to you:
1. A rainy day - the smell, the sound, the quiet peaceful feeling
2. Flannel sheets in the winter

Two of your favourite hobbies:
1. Reading
2. Book collecting

Two things you want really badly:
1. Trump to not have been elected
2. To get published

Two places you want to go on vacation:
1. England
2. Novia Scotia

Two things you want to do before you die:
1. Learn to make popovers (they never pop!)
2. See a manned mission to Mars

Two things you are thinking about right now:
1. Whether our ancient dog will poop on the floor tonight
2. Having another glass of wine

Two stores you shop at:
1. J. Jill
2. J. Peterman

Two people you haven't talked to in a while:
1. My best friend from high school
2. My brother

Two favourite websites:
1. New York Times / Goodreads
2. The Mary Sue / Smitten Kitchen

Two things you did last night:
1. Prowled Breitbart (I started doing this after the election, just to see what it was like; it's been...eye-opening)
2. Played Angry Birds

Two shows you like to watch:
It varies by mood. I love older shows like Mary Tyler Moore, Barney Miller, M*A*S*H, etc. At the moment Mr Psmith and I are re-watching
1. Friends
2. Mad Men

Two places you like to go to:
1. New York City or Chicago (tie!)
2. Used bookstores

Two favorite subjects in school:
1. History
2. English

Two favourite places to eat:
1. our local Irish pub, owned and run by a real Irishman
2. any Sunday brunch

Two people that who live in your house:
1. me
2. Mr Psmith

Two things you like about yourself (physically):
1. My feet, which are small and not bony
2. My boobs, which are just right

Two things you ate today:
1. Wasabi almonds
2. Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Two people you last talked to in person:
1. My mom
2. Various coworkers

Two people you last texted:
1. Mr Psmith
2. my nephew

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. reboxing original art for 200+ comic strips
2. having a double tall no-whip mocha
delphipsmith: (alan1)
We miss you :( If I could have one wish, it would be to have seen you as Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons -- hubba hubba!!
delphipsmith: (ba headdesk)
Because news. Mostly this, but also everything that the Orange Hobgoblin says or does, because it highlights how incredibly incompetent and stupid he is. (Just look at all the tags I've applied to this post -- I couldn't stop, they are my frenzy made visible.)

So instead, I give you the peaceful February view out our back windows yesterday:

(click to embiggen)
delphipsmith: (The Hair)
My new look, as of 5pm today :)

ooh shiny )
delphipsmith: (julia)
The news has really been getting me down lately, all the hyperbole and knee-jerk reactions and frantic pace and depressingly stupid words and actions by that weird guy who's been hanging out in the Oval Office recently. When I get down, one of the things that makes me feel better is cooking, so Friday night I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies (mmmm) which made both me and Mr Psmith very happy.

This morning I got ambitious and decided to try a recipe Mr Psmith found last week: Sweet Potato-Green Onion Pancakes with Poached Eggs, Holiday Ham and Pepper Jam. It sounds rather involved just from the ingredients in the title, but actually wasn't that much work. The most tedious part was grating the sweet potato (those little suckers are dense, man). I didn't bother with poaching the eggs, just rinsed and wiped out the pan I used for the pancakes and fried them over easy, while the pancakes were finishing up in the oven.

The end result was DEFINITELY worth it -- an elegant and satisfying combination of flavors and textures. And pretty to boot!

delphipsmith: (weeping angel)
Farewell, Mr Ollivander. Farewell, too, Sir Richard Rich, Elephant Man, Merlin, Henry V, Caligula, General Woundwort, and that guy who birthed the Alien baby.

*snif*

John Hurt, British Actor Hailed for His Shape-Shifting Roles, Dies at 77
delphipsmith: (live live live)
These women. Fabulous.



delphipsmith: (Sirius/dementor)



[community profile] hp_darkarts

Prompting: 22 January to 3 February
Claiming: 6 February
Submissions: 3 April
Posting: From 25 April
delphipsmith: (McBadass)
...is all the women's marches, not just in the U.S. but around the world. Amsterdam, Oslo, Helsinki, Bogota, Nairobi, Madrid, Marseilles, London. Truly heartwarming to see so many people (both men and women!) in some many places, speaking out against the stated policies of the current administration.

Also: THANK YOU so much to my lovely flisties who gifted me with virtual prezzies and LJ account extensions! You are lovely and I smooch you all :)

Also also: We saw Rogue One today and LOVED it. More on that tomorrow...

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