Friday, August 1, 2008
Volunteering, Gas, Rock Slide
I went for my interview at Canadian Diabetes and thought I was being interviewed for a regular job. They really want to know who you are and what you can do. It was a little unexpected, but thinking about it I guess they need to know who their volunteers are and what they can do to help. Looks like I will be a regular on Tuesdays and maybe do occasional work at other times on special occasions. We will see how it goes on both sides. They said they hoped I would be with them for the next 20 years, I said 'I hope I will be alive that long'. Thursday is our regular shopping day I thought I wouldn't spend much having bought tomatoes the day before, some hopes. Didn't seem much cheaper at all. Prices are definitely higher although gas prices are not as bad as they have been. Day before Matt paid $1.23 a litre. There has been quite a big rock slide on the road to Whistler in British Columbia - we saw it on the news last night - it will take them a day or two to clear, they have to blast any loose rock first before they can actually clear the road. It is the main road leading from Vancouver to Whistler and so supplies are going to be short. Worse than this though, it is a road which will be much in use during the 2010 Olympics so this is not good. If you would like to read the article click here where they have more pictures of the blasting and the slide itself. Glad I wasn't driving along that road when the fall occurred. I am always nervous of roads with rock slide warnings, some of these roads have netting, but I am betting that it wouldn't have held this slide in BC. Another item on TV yesterday, they have developed a pill which has only been tested on mice, which acts on the system the same as if you had been exercising. Well it works that way on the mice at least. That would really turn people into sedentary lumps. Again, if you want to read an article about it its here and there is a video to watch as well. I confess I am not great on exercise, but I am not sure I would want to take a pill to simulate it. For Marilyn of French Marilyn's Blog (see link on this page) there is an interview with France's First Lady which you might enjoy, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is talking to America's Barbara Walters. I have written about Barbara before, she is one of the top interviewers and manages to get to see people that no-one else has talked to. She is quite an incredible TV personality. The interview is on 20/20 tonight, I will have to try and remember to watch it. I was reading about the Great American Seafood Cook Off which takes place in New Orleans this weekend, I was hoping to write a Pay Per Post article about it, but I joined too late. However, a requirement in the article was a recipe for a seafood dish. I decided on a shrimp dish which I got from my boss' wife many years ago. I have made it a few times, it is great for a party and really quite simple to do. She called it Shrimp Bowl so I continue to do so although that doesn't sound a very ambitious name. Of course you could make it with the home made tomato soup recipe I posted here before. Shrimp Bowl 1 can tomato soup 1/2 c water 1 12 oz pkg cream cheese 2 pkg knox gelatin, dissolved in 1/4 c water 2 c shrimp, crumbled 1 c chopped celery 1 c mayonnaise Heat soup and water to boiling. Stir cheese into hot soup. Add dissolved gelatin and mix. Then add shrimp, celery and mayonnaise. Pour into a mold and chill. Serve with crackers or Pita chips. Have a great day.