Also, making a pork loin, some sauerkraut, black-eyed peas, brussel sprouts, and beets for dinner, but I just can’t decide how I want to season the pork. Any suggestions? And yes, I am aware that is an odd combination of vegetables, but when I was at the store yesterday, for some reason those veggies were the ones I wanted. Also, I have learned that a lot of people don’t like beets, which I just can’t figure out. They are good so many different ways, especially pickled. A friend’s grandfather was in a prison camp in WWII and hated beets because that was all the Germans fed them, but for the life of me I can not figure out why other people hate them.
Oh, and dessert. Does anyone know of a baked banana dish? I don’t want something super rich and fattening like Bananas Foster, but I am thinking about something involving bananas and cinnamon.
And, checking my email as I write this, I see that we are a finalist for Best Major Blog in the Weblog Awards. Since I don’t care about these things, and Tim is unmotivated because we are not running against Red State like we were last year, no one will be here to do the relentless pimping that needs to be done to get out the vote. Additionally, we are up against the Instapundit, who has a readership that probably doubles all the other contestants combined. As such, what I have decided to do is to beg each and every one who was inclined to vote for Balloon Juice to go to the Weblog Awards and vote for TBOGG or Outside the Beltway (depending on your political preference), who also has been nominated. That way, we can at least make the race somewhat competitive against the big dog in the fight.
One final thing. Not sure if any of you are watching or aware, as there seems to be so much going on over here in our own little American paradise, but things are really going to shit in Zimbabwe. It honestly looks like half the population is in jeopardy of starving to death, and it isn’t even making headlines here. I’m as guilty as everyone else, because I haven’t even mentioned it here before (and, indeed, am tacking my first mention of it on to a post discussing how I will feed my fat ass tonight), but we have to be able to help in some way- even if it is minor, every bit helps. We talked about donating to charities once we were done with the election, and now seems to be the right time. If any of you know of a charity that has a good track record and low overhead who is currently involved in the crisis over there, please let me know, and we will promote that daily and throw a widget in the sidebar (if there is one). The thought of all these people starving to death is horrifying.