Whizzing In My Brain

1. Ingesting any caffeinated product after 2 pm is dangerous.

2. I always feel the urge to eat cheese and crackers while watching The Biggest Loser.

3. According to my lipstick shape, I fall in love easily.

4. The mothers only know the names of the children in Wito’s music class, so we refer to one another as [so and so]’s mom. This has to stop.

5. Will Wito the Seasoned Traveler become Wito the Teething Tantrum Traveler on our flight to Oklahoma over the holidays? He’s 22 for 22 on plane flights, people. The bad behavior has got to be lurking around the corner.

6. I have to fire the housekeeper today. I was hoping to pansy out on her voicemail, but she doesn’t have voicemail on her cell phone. Damnit.

7. I don’t think D will ever break free of the Norah Jones, Amos Lee, John Legend and Jamie Cullum heavy morning rotation.

8. Can I really make it to December 1st for a trim? My bangs are brushing the tip of my nose.

9. Please let today be a better day for Wito. Damn you, molars.

10. I couldn’t be more thrilled that today is a not of the running variety.

11. How do you cook a turkey?

That concludes today’s peek into Whoorl’s brain. Hasta mañana, iguana.

  1. Miguelina (Reluctant Housewife)

    November 14, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Excellent question. How does one cook a turkey? Let me know if you find out.

    (Sorry about the to the point comment, but according to my lipstick shape I can’t help myself!)

  2. Pam

    November 14, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Don’t forget to pull out the giblets!

  3. Carrisa

    November 14, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Madelyn beat me to it. I was going to link to the pioneer woman. she is a genius.

  4. sunny

    November 14, 2007 at 8:52 am

    dude, I hear you on the housekeeper. I may do mine over sms!

  5. amy

    November 14, 2007 at 8:54 am

    love me some lists!

  6. Sadie

    November 14, 2007 at 8:57 am

    what did the housekeeper do wrong? I don’t think any living being could stand up to my rigorous and particular housecleaning standards; the thought of a housekeeper (who I’d PAY!) leaving water spots on the faucet handles makes me enraged. Do you think I should see somebody about this?

    Also, re: cooking a turkey – it’s actually pretty easy. Just put it in a roasting pan, with its sad legs tied together, throw some fresh herb stalks and maybe a couple lemon wedges in its cavity, and slather it with butter. Roast it, covered with foil, at about 325F, an hour for every four pounds of weight. Take the foil off towards the end so it gets a nice brown color. Use a meat thermometer to make sure you don’t poison your family with undercooked poultry (should be 165F). Voila!

    I caught her using Tilex, which is a HUGE no-no in our household.

  7. Sadie

    November 14, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Oh, and go surf around epicurious.com, they have lots of good turkey recipes – this one looks fairly easy, it has good reviews, and it involves alcohol. A winner!

  8. LVGurl

    November 14, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Okay, #4 made me laugh outloud. It seems that every class I take one of the girls to, I never know any woman’s name. It’s still happening now that Makenna is in preschool.

  9. Gretchen

    November 14, 2007 at 9:19 am

    All I can say about turkeys is: oven bag

    Fortunately this year will be grilling steak instead of eating turkey. I really don’t see the point in eating turkey unless you have to feed 22 people on the cheap.

  10. Ashlie

    November 14, 2007 at 9:22 am

    I’ll be cooking tofurkey so gooood luck!

  11. Mandee

    November 14, 2007 at 9:25 am


    If you buy a frozen one, give it a long time to defrost in the fridge (a couple of days) and do indeed remove the giblets from the cavity. In addition to the herbs and lemon Sadie mentioned, I also put an orange (after I cut it into segments) in the cavity and it really makes a difference.

    Also, make sure the butter is at room temperature before you try to slather. I add some chopped fresh sage to mine and also rub some between the skin and the breast meat. Add salt and pepper to both the cavity and the top of the bird. And put it breast side up in the pan.

    I’m pretending that I’m talking to my sister as I write this. I’ve learned that you must be very specific.

  12. Rattling The Kettle

    November 14, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Tell the maid you’re moving to Oklahoma.

    Brine the turkey the day before you cook it. It’s probably the most important step in the entire process.

  13. nabbalicious

    November 14, 2007 at 9:30 am

    According to my lipstick shape, I’m opinionated. And a wee bit argumentative. Heh, heh. Me?! NO!

    I have never cooked a turkey. But I can tell you how to make a divine pumpkin cheesecake, if you’re so inclined.

  14. ~Madelyn

    November 14, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Even if you don’t use it – the pictures are great…..
    ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

  15. SHA

    November 14, 2007 at 9:42 am

    #7 I love John Legend and would have his baby is my husband let me.