Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm not sure whether these two guys are talking about the cute girl they met at day care or discussing what they are going to have for lunch, but they're bound to bring a smile to your face!  Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Word Wednesday #16

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think, "What a waste! What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification. (I personally did away with the process to eliminate the waste of words, but some people just aren't as conservation minded!)
I decided several weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.

Here are this week's words:

binglog:   an  online history of the searches the computer operator has conducted on Bing, as in, "From examining Harold's binglog, Esther was able to determine he was planning a vacation without her."
inniscent:  an odor emitted by the belly-button;  as in, "George really needs to shower more often.  His inniscent precedes him when he enters a room."
pantlicr:  a slang term used to refer to an employee who is always fawning over their supervisor in an attempt to gain that person's favor, as in; " Jeremy is such a pantlicr that I wouldn't be surprised if his tongue wasn't the color of Mr. Smith's boxer shorts!"
plogic:  the reason behind women in social situations going to the restroom in pairs; as in, "Plogic dictates that when the couples are out for dinner or at a social event, if Mary says she's going to the ladies room, Gwen will have to go, too." 
snifsnaf:  a blockage of the nasal passage that results in a breathing snafu; as in,  "Barbara's snifsnaf caused her to have to use a prescription nasal spray."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Earthquake Types Explained.

Not long ago, California had a series of small earthquakes. Some were thought to be oscullatory, while others were believed to be trepidatory.. It occurred to me that most people might be confused about this, so I thought it wise to let everyone know the difference.

What's the difference between an oscillatory and a trepidatory earthquake?

1. This calculation is just for engineers:

2. And this one is for laymen -- like most of us:

This is a trepidatory earthquake -- an up and down movement.....

This is an oscillatory earthquake -- a side to side movement...

And this is a combination of both trepidatory and oscillatory:

Isn't science beautiful when properly explained?

When it's properly explained, we can understand anything!

This has been a public service announcement.

Sorry, ladies. I have to post something for the guys once in a while.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Ricetta's Brick Oven Pizzeria has two locations.  There is one at 29 Western Avenue, in South Portland Maine.   The second location is at 240 U.S. Route One in Falmouth Maine.  We visited the South Portland restaurant.  I have to mention that Ricetta's has been voted the best pizza in Maine in the Portland Press Herald's poll every year since 1990! 

The large dining room has a glass partition separating it from the pizza-making area, so you can watch your pizza being made.  There are two large brick ovens used for the actual baking, and it's fun to observe.

You can watch the homemade dough being kneaded and tossed and stretched into shape.

You can watch it being placed in the brick oven, and watch the flames being stoked.  huge, long-handled wooden "spatulas" are used to place the pizza on the hot bricks, and to remove it when it is done.

While you're waiting for your pizza to cook, you can relax and enjoy the casual atmosphere in the dining room.   If you're not in the mood for pizza, Ricetta's has an extensive menu which includes mouth-watering appetizers, calzones, lasagna, chicken or eggplant Parmigiana, Italian meatloaf, and scrumptious desserts.

At lunch time (from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) on weekdays a pizza buffet is available.   In addition to

a variety of pizzas, with toppings such as sausage and mushrooms, peppers and onions, fried eggplant, or pepperoni, there's also a dessert pizza, shown below, which has a pineapple and brown sugar topping.  (sorry that photo isn't quite as clear.)  I was disappointed that the pizza wasn't as hot as I would have liked it to be, but in all fairness, we arrived during the last half hour of the buffet.  Not a fan of buffets, I would order a pizza next time, so I know it would be piping hot.  This time, though, I agreed to the buffet, as that was what my husband wanted.

The pizza buffet includes a soup and salad bar as well.  Hubby chose to have some corn chowder which smelled wonderful!  It was made with chunks of potato, carrots, celery, and corn.

There were several salads to pick from.  I saw a traditional tossed salad, Caesar salad, and pasta salad and a couple of dressing choices.

The salads included fresh mushrooms, purple onions, romaine and iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and black olives.  There were anchovies available if you wanted to add them.

I had a sort of cherry chocolate cheesecake creation for dessert.  It was served in a glass that was a bit larger in diameter and about twice as tall as a shot glass.  There were layers of graham cracker crumbs, cheese cake, chocolate mousse, all topped off with cherry preserves.  Yummy, to say the least!

Unfortunately, the South Portland dining room is closing, although they will continue to make deliveries to the surrounding area.  The Falmouth store is larger and newer and a very pleasant place to enjoy Italian cuisine.    If you make it to Falmouth, Maine, you really need to try this award-winning pizza!

Note:  I was not compensated in anyway for this review.  We paid for our meals, and the opinions expressed are totally mine.