Tuesday, December 30, 2008

January Blogger Gathering

Tuesday January 13th
Starting at 5pm
Waldo Pizza
7433 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64114

My birthday is January 12th so come celebrate.
So Many Books, So Little Time birthday is January 6th.
The 13th is TheDLC 's birthday!

Please RSVP so I can have a head count.
Maybe we can get the Tap Room if we have enough people.

Tweeters welcome!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I wish you dreams

Absolutely Feisty has a post that primed me. I posted this as a comment:"Roy's birthday is Dec 2nd. So my memories usually start then with a call or email to my mom. To remind her that I remember."

We are/were, what is called I'm told, Irish twins. We aren't Irish. I was born January 12th and he was born Dec 2nd of the same year. He was so outgoing, so many friends, so young. At the age of 21 he died in a car accident. Our family was never the same after that. Some of us can talk about him but my other brother who was riding with him can't/doesn't. I believe that by talking about Roy I honor his memory. It's taken a long time to get there. For a long time it was easy to pretend that he was in Canada (where he is buried) or Florida (where he died). Living his life, not writing or calling. Isn't that just like a young man to behave? Being so far from my family it's easy to forget who is living and who isn't. But over the years I have gone to visit his grave, tend the flowers I planted there. I've sat next to his stone and poured my heart out. I've even brought my husband to meet him. Funny in a weird way isn't it? I've dreamed of him years ago, twice. He smiled the whole time, without ever saying a word, like it wasn't allowed. After that I felt like all was well with him. I miss him enormously. More than anyone else who has gone. And there are some very special people who have. My grandmother after whom I was named. Her husband, my grandfather, after whom my bother was named. And my great uncle, my grand father's brother, who taught me how to drive. By these two men I judge all men. Most are lacking. But luckily my guardian angels lead me to my husband. Who just so happens to be a Sagittarius like my brother Roy. Hmmm

AF, I wish you dreams. Dreams that give you peace, that make you smile, that you see James and he's happy.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Yule! Have a great day!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Yule! Have a great day!
Just wanted to take a moment from cooking & celebrating to let you know that I'm thinking of you. I'm glad that you are part of our life. You've enriched it & made it so much more enjoyable. Blessing to you and you family!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Being Tapped!

From Dan at Gone Mild


As many of you know, homebrewing beer is one of my hobbies, and a few months ago, I won a homebrew contest at 75th Street Brewery. The prize was the opportunity to make a batch of my winning recipe on their massive equipment – 200+ gallons of beer!

My beer (“Triple Sugar Tripel”) will be tapped on December 29, and, to celebrate the event, my wife and I are hosting a party starting at 5:00 in the back room at 75th Street Brewery. We will provide appetizers, and the brewery has agreed to donate to the Central City School Fund 50 cents for each glass of beer they sell that night. Additionally, I will have a donation jar there for those who choose to make a final year-end donation to the Fund. 100% of the donations will go to the schools.

The Central City School Fund supports Catholic elementary education in Kansas City’s poorest neighborhoods. In these trying economic times, it is difficult for many families to pay for Catholic education, and the problem is even worse for the families in the old Northeast and Westside sections of Kansas City. Despite the challenges of poverty and crime faced in their daily lives, the families of the CCSF realize the importance of Catholic education for their children, and every family that has children attending the Central City Schools makes a financial contribution (as much as they can afford) toward their children’s tuition. Very few families, however, are able to afford to send their children to our schools without financial assistance, and the Central City School Fund helps bridge the gap between poor families’ meager income and the cost of a high-quality Catholic education.

As for the beer, I haven't sampled it yet, and we made a few significant changes to my 10 gallon recipe in the process of scaling it up to 200+ gallons, so I'm relying a bit on guesswork to predict how it will taste. The last time I saw this beer it was nothing more than sweet, tea colored water being pumped from the boiling kettle through the chiller and into a fermentation vessel where it would meet up with the special Belgian yeast that does all the work.

I expect that this beer will be the color of medium-strong tea, with a subdued but long-lasting head. The aroma will probably be honey mixed with just a suggestion of hops. The flavor will be sweet, with a strong note of honey flavor, followed by all the esters thrown off by the 75th Street Brewery's Belgian strain of yeast. Those esters will add a fruity, spicy taste to the beer, which I hope will combine with the honey to create a sweet, warming beer that will stand up to rich holiday meals and accompany traditional holiday desserts. At 9% alcohol, it will be a strong sipping beer. My hope is that the sweetness will make it appealing to those who think all craft beer is dark, hoppy and bitter, while the Belgian complexity of the beer will appeal to the beer snobs. While I’m calling it a Belgian Tripel, which is a type of beer originated by Belgian monks, it is my own take on the style, because those ales focus more on the yeast characteristics than on the sugar, and it's a little dark for the style.

Enough beer geek talk! I hope you are able to stop by 75th Street Brewery on Monday, December 29th after 5:00, to toast the end of a memorable year, and support the children and families of the Central City School Fund. Please forward this invitation to anyone you think will be interested in supporting the Central City School Fund or drinking good beer – the more the merrier!


Dan/Gone Mild

I got your attention didn't I?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Who do you read?

PresentMagazine.com is putting together Top 10 Lists for the year including Top 10 local blogs. Care to submit a list to them? They would like to hear from as many local bloggers as possible about what blogs they're following and would recommend. Responses can be sent to PresentMagazine.com via email - present@presentmagazine.com - no later than December 21.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Blogrolling, rolling, rolling...

I'm feed up with BlogRolling. Right now I have 2 blog rolls & will be removing BlogRolling ASAP. But not tonight. I need to make sure I go everybody before I delete my old one. I'll be doing the same to my other blog Kansas City Bloggers. If you know of any blogs that should be listed let me know. Now I'm heading to bed.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

December Kansas City Blogger Gathering Update or I thought they couldn't smoke in here?

I've driven by the Red Balloon in the past but never stopped. Now, I know what I'm missing next time I drive by. Smoke, cheap drinks, tunes & laughs. We started out with Average Jane rocking the house. Logtar and Chimpo doing Bohemian Rhapsody nearly killed me! Those boys know how to perform. @kayhaswings sang Sweet Child of Mine. @TheDLC did an amazing job with Lady. Can someone tell me who did Go ask Alice? I forgot to write any of the other songs that were done. Below is the list of bloggers & tweeters that I know were there. If I missed any body let me know & I'll add them.

@ arogersphotos
Average Jane @average_jane
Banky For President @banky
Bea's Weblog @betizuka
Beneath the Ginko & Raytown Progressive Action @ginkoguy
Chimpotle @chimpotle
@ dandino
DukeWisdom @dukewisdom
Eartha Delights ( Mushroom Cloud in the Midwest) @ EarthaDelights
Fate's Thoughts @Fate82
Filegirl @kristine777

How to Boil Water and Other Random Thoughts
KC Lunchspots @TheDLC
Logtar's Blog @logtar
M.Toast Hivemind @m_toast
Ramblings, Rants, and Mommyhood Journal @hoochimama
Reading Between the Lines
Sader Family @coderigger
Schooling Us @erindowney
So Many books, So Little Time @princessofworld
Sponge Worthy @kcsponge & Mr. Sponge
The Grumbling Old Fart & Mrs. Old Fart (has posted about this, go see photos)
Venus in the Kitchen
(Between the Gutter and the Stars) @Venus00

Photos from @Joey96:

Photo from @TheDLC:

Friday, December 05, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

December Kansas City Blogger Gathering

On the Kansas side!

Friday, December 12th at 7pm

Red Balloon
10325 W. 75th St., just west of Switzer
Overland Park, Ks
**Bring CASH !!! They don't take debit/credit cards**
Karaoke starts at 8 p.m.

KC Tweeters are meeting there (which many of us bloggers are)

I'm thinking of having supper (about 5:30pm)
at Dragon Inn
7500 W 80th St
Overland Park, KS

Roxy @ The Red Balloon