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Sunday, June 27, 2004
Spotlight On...

TVJunkie, woman of many aliases.TVJ lives with her cat,
Shiba and spends free time trying to get her Spike action
figure past airport security

Name:  Lisa? (no it’s not) Lucy? (that’s a lie)
Lilah? (not even close) Laquisha? (yeah, right)
Layla? (in my dreams) *looks suspiciously at Grace*
Why? What’s it worth to you? Huh? Are you with the IRS?
Trying to steal my identity to fund your girl robot?
Ok, then .. my real name is …. OVERG!

Age:  40 (notice how I have no problem admitting my age?)

Location:  Sunny Southern California

Where were you born? 
Cloudy and overcast Southern California.
Actually, that’s a lie. I don’t know what the weather was like.
I was born just days after JFK was assassinated.
I’m still convinced that the drama of it all put my mom
into labor. Then again, I was also sure I had sat on my
Grandpa’s knee as a child – even though he died a few
months before I was born (and we shared the same birthday).
Soooooooooo….. *insert spooky music here*

I know how much you love Vegas. 
What's the most you've ever won?

Maybe, one out of every 6 trips or so – I seem to win enough
to pay for the trip, so if I break even and don't have to hit the ATM,
I consider it a success. Hey! Now that I think of it .. I can’t
remember my last winning trip. Grrrrr… As for single jackpots ..
I’ve won ..maybe $500.00 on one slot machine.

Would you ever live there? 
Only if Blurry would move there with me.
I’ve wanted to live there for years. I even
wanted to go to UNLV when I was in High School. Besides,
that dry desert heat is good for the ar-thur-i-tis. ;-)

What did you want to be when you grew up?  
A Mafia Princess. Seriously. No lie. I wanted to be
Kay Corleone .. until I got older and realized she was a dip-shit.
(How could she NOT know Michael was the head of the family?
 Dumbass.) Then I wanted to be Michael Corleone.
But he’s a guy .. so that was a bit of a problem. So I decided
I’d be a Mafia Mistress .. Michael Corleone’s girlfriend.
Yeah. That’s what I wanted to be. As a matter of fact,
that still sounds good to me.  Find some nice guy, have a
few laughs, he pays the bills, comes over a couple of times
a week, doesn’t spend the entire night, out of my hair by morning
….. huh. That may explain a lot about me and relationships,
now that I think about it.


What were mealtimes like for you as a child? 
Oddly enough, I don’t remember much about mealtime–
I may have blocked some of my childhood memories out –
what with all the rituals and animal sacrifices and stuff.
I do, however, remember that we almost always had fried rice
as a side dish and frequently sautéed bean sprouts.
I don’t like either of those food items to this day.

If you could have breakfast in bed with James Marsters,
that would it consist of
Wow. Hmmm. Uh .. is there a parental warning on your blog?
So many really inappropriate things I could say here. 
Would he talk to me in that English accent?  Heh.
I suppose he would if I asked really nicely.
Lalalala .. Um .. I .. uh .. I’ll be right back.

Later that evening (click to link)


Did you ever like any of your school photos? 
Yeah, I liked my 12th grade photo. I look so damn innocent.


(Incidentally, my boyfriend liked that about me, too.) ;) 

What was your first date like? 
Lordy! Talk about taking a trip in the Way-Back Machine.
If memory serves (and I’m old, so I may be wrong)
I went on a double-date with a friend. We went to see
"Gone In 60 Seconds" (no, not the one with Nic Cage, sheesh!).


What about your best date ever?
See photo in link above.


What is in your vegetable bin? 
Vegetable bin? What the hell is a vegetable bin?
Hey! Check it out! I checked my fridge
(the vegetable bin is The one that says  
"cool and crisp" .. right? I have asparagus!
And corn on the cobb. Well, I had asparagus and 
corn on theCobb .. I sorta ate it. Now I have nothing
in there.
*smacks lips*
*picks teeth*

What color is your car? 
It’s a sort of sandy-tan-ish color with brown fenders.

Like this:




Do you ever drive yours on the beach like that?
No! That would involve effort .. and post beach cleaning.
I’m no Overg, I can barely keep my apartment tidy.
And I don’t like to iron. So, post beach cleaning is OUT!

Are you having a good hair day? Mmmmm…not really.
I give it another 15 minutes before I get aggravated and put it
up in a clip or something. But, at least it’s better than 8th grade
and my Liza Minnelli haircut. Yikes!



What is your favorite perfume? I don’t like really heavy,
flowery perfumes. I prefer to slather myself in heavy, flowery
body washes and lotions. Not really. I rarely use perfume,
when I do, it’s usually something like 4711.
(But I do LOVE Bath & Body Works "Cool Citrus Basil" –
which has naturally been discontinued.)


What is your middle name? 
Like I said .. how much moolah you got?
Actually .. it’s .. uh .. BLURRY!


What type of books do you like to read? 
Oh, yeah. Here’s a surprise. I like horror
(King, Koontz, Bentley Little) and I like funny
(Christopher Moore, Bill Fitzhugh) for the most part –
but I do venture off into Chick Lit, Biography, Non-Fiction,
True Crime, uh .. pretty much anything, I guess.



What is your favorite type of cookie?  
Chocolate Chip –
I flove those damn Nestle Break-And-Bake cookies!


Have you mastered your new BBQ grill yet?
YEEEEEEEEES! (as far as I’m concerned)
I’ve used it TWO whole times. Woot! Yay me!


Who would you like to see featured on the next Spotlight? 
Well, with BB5 right around the corner .. and HamsterTime
getting really active again.. Tsylyst has re-emerged from
wherever he was hiding. I’d love to learn more about him.

Thanks TVJ!  This was great fun!

Posted at 06:20 pm by ChefGrace
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Saturday, June 26, 2004
Pet Poll Results

Here are are the results from last week's poll~

Which pet would you like to see in the
    Big Brother house this season?

Which Pet  Submitted by   # of votes  % of  votes
Pit Bull  TVJunkie   10  28% 
Scorpion  Gforce   10  28%
Boa Constrictor  Grace    5  14%
Bunny  Teem    3   8%
Wolvobragon  Overg    3   8%
Kitty  SiandaAm    2   6%
Ophelia the  Pig  Lifeonhold    2   6%
Man-Eating Shark  KatJam    1   3%

It was obvious to me that some people
cheated on this poll.
It was also obvious that Kat Jam didn't.

Posted at 06:30 pm by ChefGrace
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Friday, June 25, 2004
Zucchini Rice Pudding

Okay, there's really no zucchini in this recipe.
It's actually made with bananas.

3 cups milk
1 cup short grained white rice
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 ½ Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients well and pour into
1 1/2 quart casserole.

Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes,
until rice
is tender

I usually sprinkle cinnamon on top afterwards.

Posted at 02:42 pm by ChefGrace
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Zucchini Fritterz

Vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 of 1 ounce package ranch dip mix
2 cups shredded zucchini

Fill a deep fat fryer OR a skillet with oil to a 2 inch depth.

Heat to 375 degrees F.

Meanwhile, combine milk and egg in a mixing bowl.

Stir together dry ingredients and add to egg mixture;

blend well.

Fold in zucchini. Drop batter by rounded teaspoons into

hot oil. Fry until deep golden brown, turning once.

Drain thoroughly on paper towels.

Makes about 2 dozen fritterz.

Posted at 11:40 am by ChefGrace
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Stuffed Zucchini

6 fresh zucchini (about 6 inches long)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 garlic clove, minced
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Additional Parmesan cheese

Cut zucchinis in half length-wise.
Scoop out insides of zucchini (I use a melon baller).
leaving about 1/4 inch shell. Finely chop zucchini pulp,
set aside.

Saute onion in oil in a large skillet. Add mushrooms,
garlic and reserved chopped zucchini, cook over
medium heat until most of the moisture evaporates.
Add cream cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, parsley,
salt and pepper. Mix well, cook for 10 minutes. Cool
filling slightly before filling zucchini shells. Sprinkle
with more Parmesan cheese.

Place on a baking sheet, bake at 350 degrees for
30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown on the top.

Posted at 11:27 am by ChefGrace
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