Wax On, Wax Off
Thank god he wasn't wearing shorts and sandals, eh? Free wax job.
Thoughts from a professional bibliophile...
So yesterday the best thing EVER happened. I was up at the reference desk and a professor stopped by and said, “Did any of my students tell you that I used you as an example in class yesterday?” And since she’s a nursing instructor, I laughed nervously and said, “Uh, example of what?”
“Posture!” she said. “We were talking about the importance of keeping the shoulders back and the chest open and I told them, go watch Liz, the blonde librarian! She has the most beautiful posture!”
I sat up straighter. “I have beautiful posture?”
“You move so gracefully! Were you a dancer?”
PEOPLE! She asked if I was a DANCER!
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I really admire dancers. Honestly, 'admire' is too mild a word. It’s more like I adore and envy them and long to be them and furtively watch them in the gym like a sweaty-palmed psychopathic stalker. So for her to ask if I used to be a dancer? Shot me to a beautiful, heavenly place where angels fly and choirs sing. No, I am not a dancer, but I LOOK LIKE I MIGHT BE. I’ll take it.
A few hours later I was pirouetting gracefully through the reference section when I heard a student gasp.
“Oh my God!” she said, rushing over to me. “Did anyone ever tell you that you look like--“
I waited patiently, knowingly.
“--Tori Spelling? Oh my God, you look just like her!”
I stared at her.
“No one’s ever told you that you look like Tori Spelling?”
“No,” I said flatly. “No one has ever told me that I look like Tori Spelling.”
“I can’t believe it!” the student gushed. She turned to her friend. “Doesn’t the librarian look just like Tori Spelling?”
Her friend agreed. “Totally.”
I do not know what to make of this.
Was Tori Spelling a dancer? Please tell me Tori Spelling was a dancer.
Labels: Inside My Head
Braised Lebanese Eggplant with Chickpeas
(From the September 2007 Vegetarian Times)
2 T. olive oil
1 large onion, diced (about 1 ½ cups)
6 medium Japanese eggplant, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
½ t. ground allspice
¼ t. ground cumin
1 cup marinara sauce
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 large mint sprigs, plus 2 T. chopped mint
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 minutes, or until soft. Stir in eggplant and cook 5 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add garlic, allspice, and cumin, and cook 1 minute more.
Stir in marinara sauce, red wine vinegar, and 2/3 cup water, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chickpeas. Season with salt and pepper. Lay mint springs on top of eggplant mixture, cover, and transfer pot to oven. Cook 45 to 50 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Remove mint sprigs and stir in chopped mint. Serve hot or at room temperature.
I served it over Jasmine rice. Mmmmm...
Labels: Inside My Head