News Notes for Saturday



Eating Disorder

Hrmph! Obviously, they have not had Livermore sparkling wine


News Notes for Thursday


  • Drunk driver isn’t paroled to hometown

    I have mixed feelings about this case. Yes, she was drinking and driving, and four men lost their lives when she plowed into a tree. The thing is that they had been drinking, too, which may explain why they got into the car with her as the driver. But it doesn’t explain why she was the only one wearing a seatbelt. I don’t know any details of the crash, but that seatbelt probably saved her life. Why weren’t those men wearing theirs? There is all sorts of talk in the article about the evils of driving drunk, and I agree with them. But WHY! why isn’t anything said in more than a passing manner about the seatbelts?


    [rant off]

  • Need a sandbag or 20 or 100?

Sewing & Crochet

Eating Disorder

The Gingerbreadhouse Nightmare Before Christmas

The walls went together easy enough.
Pulguito decorating

It started out well. The kids were interested, and I was enthusiastic.

I use Making Great Gingerbread Houses: Delicious Designs from Cabins to Castles, from Lighthouses to Tree Houses as a starting point. It’s a good book with lots of inspiration. The gingerbread recipe tastes good and works great for making houses. The last couple of times I made a house, I used plans from this book. This time, I figured that I had enough experience to wing it. Now, I have enough experience to know that I don’t have enough experience to know.

Instead of using the plans that I had prepared, I decided to fold an 8.5×11 sheet of paper in half and use that as my template for the roofs. I used the same template to cut the pointy sides and that template folded in half to cut the sides of the house. On the pointy sides, I cut the corners out so that the lower ends of the triangle would be at the same height as the house sides. I smashed some lifesavers and put them in the window and door holes and shoved the dough in the oven.

One wall standing
Nothing standing

It baked up fine except that the yellow candy windows burned a little. Note to self: check directions for baking the candy next time. I put it together, and it fell apart, leaving one wall standing. I put it together again, and it fell apart with no walls standing this time.

At least it’s standing.

I get the @#$%ing half-decorated thing back together sans roof. I decided the problem is that I made the roof too steep. It’s great for keeping the snow (aka icing) from sticking, but without nails, the roof slides off, too. I managed to get the roofs to stay on using tubs filled with tangerines. I hoped that once the icing dried, the roofs would stick.


The final product

No such luck. In the end, I put the roofs inside the house and made up the storebought one from Trader Joe’s. Mine tasted better, and I think it looks better, too, as it damn well should. I think I had a tempertantrum in the kitchen during all this. I’m not sure. I would rather just dissociate from the whole experience.

Fireworks for New Years


The dangers of using fireworks have prompted authorities preparing for this weekend’s New Year’s Eve celebrations to urge citizens to refrain from lighting firecrackers, no matter how small.

Police and fire authorities in Livermore and Pleasanton said that while they recognized the desire to celebrate the arrival of the new year, fireworks of all sizes and types are illegal.

In July a Livermore man died from injuries sustained after lighting an illegal firework at a neighborhood party, authorities said.

Jason Wilkins, 36, was attempting to light a mortar-style firework on the evening of July 4 when the device exploded, hitting him in the face, according to Livermore police. He died within a few days.