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Monday, May 10, 2004
Spotlight On...

Highwaygirl, who, according to her blog, likes "cracking wise, twirling, running around my apartment, and rambling on and on about my petty annoyances and deep thoughts."  She also hates guacamole and tweed;)

Name:  Julie Goodrich
Age:  34
Location:  Florida
Where were you born?  Dunedin, FL
Have you ever lived in  any other state? 
I've also lived in Virginia (Norfolk, Chesapeake and
Virginia Beach) and North Carolina (Greensboro and
Raleigh).  I would move back to any of those places in
a heartbeat because the weather is much more to my
What's the best thing about living in Florida? 
The best thing about living in Florida?  Being close
to my family.  I live about 30 minutes away from my
mom, dad, brother, nephew, grandparents, aunts, uncles
and cousins.  I really like being able to see them
whenever I want to, because they're a big part of my
support system
The worst?
The worst thing about living in Florida is the weather
during the summer.  I lived in this state until I was
24 so I never knew any differently, but once I moved
to Virginia I realized that there actually are four
different seasons, not two (Tepid and Freaking Hot).
Florida is uncommonly beautiful from November-March,
but outside of those months it can be brutal.  My air
conditioning bills in the summer are disgusting.

What did you want to be when you grew up? 
A veterinarian. 
You changed your mind? 
Yeah, I changed my mind because as much as I love
animals - and I am a total sucker for them, with two
cats, a betta fish, and a hamster (who bit me this
weekend - my fault) inside the house and a flock of
backyard birds to feed - I realized that I probably
wouldn't do very well in a profession where I had to
see animals suffering and dying a lot.  Even if I
could ultimately help heal some of them, it would just
be too hard for me.
Tell us a bit about your current job.
My present job is a source of much mystery to my
friends, I am told.  No one knows what I actually do.
So I will tell you!  The short version is that I'm a
technical writer.  The longer version is that I'm a
content architect.  Some of the things I do in an
average day are writing help text that helps users
navigate the software systems the company develops;
researching and developing original content for our
clients; editing client-provided content; working with
clients to figure out what types of content they want
in their systems, how they want it structured, and
then designing a hierarchy that meets their needs.  I
also do a lot of research into workforce/labor issues,
contribute to the company's newsletter, and this year
I'll be spending a lot of time working to develop new
functionality for our systems.

Confused?  If you want to see some of the stuff I've
done, visit  Click on the
graphic, then select Option 3 - Guest Access.  Choose
to enter the system as an Individual.  The Community,
Unemployment, Veterans, and Youth and Senior Services
are all areas that I have developed.

Here is one of my recent newsletter features

What were mealtimes like for you as a child?  If we ate
at the table, silent.  But we almost never ate at the table.
Did you eat in front of the television?
You know, I honestly don't remember.  Probably in
front of the television, yes.  But we probably ate at
the table a lot too.  I guess mealtimes were never a
memorable event for me.  Now ask me about the time
that Midnight had her kittens in the storage room, or
when I found my kitten Bubbakee dead, and I've got
flashbulb memory-like recall of those events.  But
meals, not so much.

Did you ever like any of your school photos?  In
elementary school, yes.  And I like my junior year
photo from high school, because I'm all gothed out. 
Did your parents ever object to your style?
My parents were extremely cool about it, actually.  I
think this was at least in part because, other than my
physical rebellion, I was a "good kid."  I got really
good grades, I lettered in track all four years of
high school, I didn't mouth off, I wasn't into drugs,
I called if I was going to be home late, etc.  They
gave me a lot of leeway as a teenager (I had a car
when I was 16 and my curfew was 2 a.m. on the
weekends) but I earned it - and kept it - by being

I *did* listen to weird music and I shaved/dyed my
hair a lot, and I wore black and spider web earrings
all the time ... but my parents made the decision that
if THAT was the extent of my teenage rebellion, then
they could live with it. 

What was your first date like?  It was a group date
in 8th grade.

What is in your vegetable bin?  Shredded carrots,
organic broccoli, baby spinach, cantaloupe,Bio-Spira
(aquarium cycling medium)

Do you eat much seafood?(sorry Otis)
Poor Otis.  He's sick right now (I think he has a
parasite).  I don't eat any seafood, really.  I just
never really liked it.  I will occasionally eat tuna
fish salad (water-packed tuna, light mayo, green
onions, and dill relish) on wheat bread, but that's
about it.  I would eat fried shrimp if you forced me
too, as long as I had a lot of ketchup or cocktail
sauce available.

Oh, wait - I also love fish sticks.  Mmm, Gorton's.
We had fish sticks and yellow rice all the time when I
was a kid.  I haven't had that for years, though.

What color is your car?  Silver blue

Are you having a good hair day?  Why yes, I am.
Does the humidity ever wreck your 'do?
It would if I had much of one!  My hair is straight
and fine which basically means it doesn't do a whole
lot but sit there.  I don't use hair spray because I
hate the way it feels, so I basically work with what
my hair wants to do naturally anyway, and leave it at
that.  I do use volumizing stuff, though, because
without it my hair is flaaaaaaaaaaaat.  And I use John
Frieda Secret Weapon smoothing cream stuff on my part
to smooth down the little baby hairs that stick up.
Those are my nemeses.

What is your favorite cologne?  If I could only
use one, it would probably be Marc Jacobs.  
What is your middle name?  Lynn
What type of books do you like to read?  Anything
that teaches me something about a subject I don't know
a lot about (but find interesting).

What is your favorite type of cookie? Snickerdoodle
What are your thoughts on the upcoming season of Big

I am cautiously optimistic, as always.  Mostly I'm
looking forward to Hamster Time coming alive again.  I
miss all of the people who post and recap there.  I
hope that we have a better season in BB5 than we did
last year (Alison, UGH).  I also hope that EZboard
holds up.  That one day during BB4 that it was down
was pretty hellish.

I don't know if Shapiro will ever be able to top BB2,
as far as I'm concerned.   Your first is always
special to you, isn't it?  I guess that holds true
with Big Brother seasons as well.

Many thanks to Highwaygirl for letting us get to know her better!


Posted at 04:38 pm by ChefGrace
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Sunday, May 09, 2004
The last piece of ASS you'll ever get

Tonight is the two-hour finale of All-Stars Survivor, followed by the ASS reunion show.   I can't say that I'm sorry to see this season end, because although I am a true Survivor fan, I did not like most of these people the first time around, so having to endure them for another season was, at times, torture.

I've had fun spoiling the show, and looking back realize that I only spoiled incorrectly once, thanks to reliable sources.  You'd think that I would have done better on the fantasy league,  but once again, I was consistently sucked.  Oh well.  It was still a lot of fun to play with friends.

We are down to the final four tonight.  My prediction is that Rupert will be the first to go, followed by Jenna, leaving Rob and Amber as the final two.  I named Amber as the winner early in the season, so I'm going to stick with her. 

Other things you might see tonight is a "firey fight between two tribemates", a big surprise~(I refuse to use the "t" word), and perhaps some ex-truck-driving-lady will show up for the reunion with an Extreme Makeover.

Bring it on!

Oh-way-oh-way-oh  Oh-way-oh-way-oh....

Posted at 05:12 pm by ChefGrace
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Happy Mother's Day

Posted at 05:51 am by ChefGrace
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Friday, May 07, 2004
The Chef's Special

This is my ultimate meal~ the following recipe served over crispy fried polenta , topped with a  gorgonzola cream sauce.  I don't expect many of you will have these ingredients on hand, and many others who will think this sounds disgusting.  I assure you, it is sublime.  

 Lobster with Morels and Fiddleheads

4 cups trimmed and cleaned fiddleheads
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups fresh morels, cleaned
2 1-1/2-pound lobsters, steamed, tail and claw meat removed and cut
  into 1/2-inch pieces
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil.  Add the fiddleheads
and blanch for 5 minutes.  Drain.  Heat the olive oil in  a skillet
over medium heat.  Add the fiddleheads and the morels and saute
for 5 minutes.  Add the lobster meat and saute for 2 minutes longer.
Season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.  Makes 4 servings.

Posted at 01:25 pm by ChefGrace
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Crabby Cakes

I love to serve crabcakes as an entree with black beans and pineapple-peach salsa.  Garnish with cilantro.

2 pounds crabmeat
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup red bell peppers, chopped
1/4 cup green bell peppers, chopped
1/4 cup yellow bell peppers, chopped
1/3 cup chipotle puree *
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Combine crabmeat, mayonnaise, bell peppers, chipotle puree, salt and pepper. Mix well. Form mixture into about 12 cakes.

Arrange the beaten egg, flour and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes. Dip cakes in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Cook crab cakes until lightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Keep warm in a 250-degree oven until ready to serve.

Makes about 12 crab cakes. 

* Chipotle puree is sold in specialty and Mexican-food stores. If you can't find it, look for canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and puree them in a blender.

Posted at 01:02 pm by ChefGrace
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