I love words. Over the last week or so, I have heard some memorable examples of word usage that I would like to share with you.
Take a wander.
I heard this one from Michael Crossland, a motivational speaker who was a guest on Ridiculousness. He is from Australia, and was saying something in his awesome Australian accent about going for a walk. But he called it “going for a wander”. Doesn’t that sound more beautiful and exciting?
Left holding the turd.
This fine example was used by a comedian whose name I do not know that was on TV last night. When someone says something to you that is heavy or awkward or extremely random, and you don’t know exactly how to respond, you are “left holding the turd” while you sit there and ponder what to say. For example, you run into someone at a party that you haven’t seen in ages. You ask them how they’ve been doing, and they launch into an extremely detailed and gory depiction of their latest medical problem.
The crack pipe shuffle.
This is used to describe the very telling movements of someone addicted to methamphetamines or crack cocaine. If you’ve ever seen someone on these awful drugs, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m sure that in their mind, they are acting perfectly normally. But, to the observer they are all constant, overly exaggerated, and jerky mannerisms.
The last is not so much a usage of words as much as a funny observation. The same comedian that gave us “left holding the turd” was talking about words that he finds difficult to say. He pointed out that saying “I edited it” sounds a lot like a handful of marbles being dropped on a wooden staircase. This struck me as hilarious and spot-on.
I, too, have a list of words that I have trouble saying out loud–rural, brewery, and Worcestershire to name a few. Do you?
I hope you’re having a peaceful weekend with those you love.
Song of the Day
Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe. I heard this one on the XM on Friday and laughed and laughed and sang along at the top of my lungs. My dear cousin, Jean, introduced me to this song back when it came out (about a hundred years ago), and I haven’t heard it in so long. It’s funny how a song can boost your mood and take you back.
Recipe of the Day
Squash and Green Chile Casserole adapted from a recipe in Texas Monthly magazine.
- 3-4 Hatch or Anaheim chiles (or canned green chiles, if’n you want to cheat)
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 lbs summer squash, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
- 1/2 c chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 c (1 lb) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 c whole milk
- 1/2 c finely crushed saltines (Ritz crackers are yummy, too)
Place the chiles under the broiler until blackened, about 5 minutes per side. Place in a paper sack or plastic bag, close it tight, and let the chiles steam for 20 minutes. Remove chiles from the bag and gently rub off the skin. Deseed, destem, and dice.
In a large, deep cast iron skillet, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds. Add the squash and cook until softened, stirring occasionally for about 5-7 minutes. Stir in cilantro, salt, pepper, and cumin. Turn off the heat. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 3-qt baking dish if you do not have a cast iron skillet.
Add the diced chiles, flour, and baking powder to the contents of the skillet. Stir until well distributed. Add the cheese, and stir until well combined. Whisk together the eggs and the milk, and pour the mixture over the squash. Stir.
If you are using a baking dish instead of a skillet, sprinkle half of the crushed saltines on the bottom of the dish before adding the squash mixture and the other half on top. If you are using the skillet, just sprinkle them all on top. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until the casserole is set and the top is lightly browned in places. Serve warm.
Book of the Day
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. This is the first installment of the Mickey Haller series. Haller is a sleazy criminal defense attorney who operates from the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. Most of his clients are gang members and drug dealers, but in this book, he catches the rape and attempted murder case of a wealthy L.A. realtor. Very good. It will keep you reading. (And Haller is played by Matthew McConaughey in the movies…..so there’s that…..)