Week 3 Picks

September 24, 2009

Week 2 didn’t go so well, but this week we have a better picture of the teams and the health of their players. The Eagles will win this confidence boosting game and we are seeing teams like the Jets, Bills, and Raiders step it up and actually win games before week 10. Without further ado, my week 3 picks:



Sunday September 27, 2009


Steelers at Bengals

Redskins at Lions

Packers at Rams

49ers at Vikings

Falcons at Patriots

Titans at Jets

Chiefs at Eagles

Giants at Buccaneers

Browns at Ravens

Jaguars at Texans

Bears at Seahawks

Saints at Bills

Broncos at Raiders

Dolphins at Chargers

Colts at Cardinals


Monday September 28, 2009

Panthers at Cowboys

Week 2 8-8           Over All 21-11


Brain Abuse

September 23, 2009

So I think my brain is going to rebel against me if I don’t get this GRE finished soon! Lucky for me I take the test on Saturday at 1pm! I’m feeling pretty good about it, I have been studying like mad for 2 months so I better be feeling pretty good! But I think my brain has had it. I have a constant headache and all I think about are math formulas and vocab words! I have even started to crave interesting foods. Below are three recipes I found that I am dying to try out!


Bruschetta with Gorgonzola Cheese and Honey


  • 36 slices (1/2-inch thick) baguette bread, about 1 loaf
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces Gorgonzola, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons honey


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Arrange the sliced baguette on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Bake until the bread is pale golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.

Arrange the cheese on the toasts and bake until the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.

Drizzle the toasts with honey. Place on a serving platter and serve immediately.

Fig Biscotti recipe


1 ½ cups of plain flour, sifted.
½ teaspoon of baking powder.
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
2/3 cup of superfine sugar.
3 medium eggs, lightly beaten.
1 cup of dark chocolate, chopped .
½ cup of dried figs, chopped.

Preparation Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Place the sifted flour in a large bowl with the baking powder, cocoa powder and sugar.
In another bowl, combine the eggs, chopped chocolate and chopped figs.
Gradually add the egg/choc/fig mixture to flour mixture, stirring to form a stiff dough.
Transfer the dough to an even work surface, lightly dusted with flour, and knead briefly with your hands until smooth.
Divide the dough in half and shape into two long logs.
Place logs on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and press along top of log to slightly flatten.
Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
Cut logs into half-inch thick slices, then place on baking trays and bake for another 10 minutes or until hard.
Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Purée of Carrot Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 lb fresh carrots
  • 1 medium Russet (or other starchy) potato
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 qt vegetable broth or stock
  • Kosher salt and ground white pepper, to taste


  1. Peel the carrots, then trim the top and bottom ends. Cut carrots into (roughly) same-sized pieces, about ½ inch to 1 inch thick, depending on diameter. Don’t worry about precision — the soup is going to be puréed anyway. We just want the pieces to be of uniform size so that they cook evenly.
  2. Peel the potato and cut it into pieces about the same size as the carrots.
  3. In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat the butter over a low-to-medium heat.
  4. Add the onion, garlic and carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent, stirring more or less continuously.
  5. Add the wine and cook for another minute or two or until the wine seems to have reduced by about half.
  6. Add the stock and the potato. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the carrots and potatoes are soft enough that they can easily be pierced with a knife. Don’t let them get mushy, though.
  7. Remove from heat and purée in a blender, working in batches if necessary.

    Tip: Use care when processing hot items in a blender as the hot steam can sometimes blow the blender lid off. Start on a slow speed with the lid slightly ajar to vent any steam, then seal the lid and increase the blending speed.

  8. Return puréed soup to pot and bring to a simmer again, adding more broth or stock to adjust the thickness if necessary.
  9. Season to taste with Kosher salt and white pepper.
  10. Garnish with a toasted crouton and serve right away.

Makes about 1½ quarts (6 8-oz. servings) of carrot soup.

GRE Words

September 19, 2009

On September 26th 2009 at 1:00pm I will be taking the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) for the first and hopefully final time. Today I decided to share some words I have been studying for the verbal portion of the test. Nothing really special about this set of words, just 10 words that I enjoyed today and wanted to share!



Exculpate: free from blame or guilt

Culpable: guilty, deserving blame

Irascible: Easily provoked to anger, very irritable.

Consternation: a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion, dismay.

Extirpate: to remove or destroy totally, do away with, exterminate.

Exterpiate, Exterpiate!

Extirpate, Extirpate

Indefatigable: incapable of being tired out, not yielding to fatigue, untiring.

Imbroglio: a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc. complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.

Fracas: a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight, riotous brawl, uproar.

Guy: to jeer at or make fun of, ridicule.

Probity: adherence to the highest principles, uprightness

Week 2 Picks

September 17, 2009

Week 1 was fantastic! It was hour after hour, day after day (ok only three days…) of glorious football! I did pretty well with my picks for week 1 so hopefully week 2 will go just as well.

The Eagles looked amazing last week; I am becoming a huge DeSean Jackson fan. Donovan…I hope he feels better soon. I just wish Vick could play this week; we will have to wait until next week to see him on the field.

 I still picked the Eagles for this week despite my uneasiness about the game. Optimism!


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Panthers at Falcons

Vikings at Lions

Bengals at Packers

Texans at Titans

Raiders at Chiefs

Patriots at Jets

Saints at Eagles

Rams at Redskins

Cardinals at Jaguars

Seahawks at 49ers

Buccaneers at Bills

Steelers at Bears

Browns at Broncos

Ravens at Chargers

Giants at Cowboys


Monday, September 21, 2009

Colts at Dolphins


Week 1: 13-3   Overall: 13-3

A couple of updates

September 16, 2009

This past weekend was moderately eventful with the lab, church events, and some serious studying! The lab was quite full today, about 6 volunteers instead of the usual 4 or 5. It was nice and I felt we got a lot of work accomplished. I spend the entire 5 hours labeling about 4 trays of pottery sherds.

Yes, they are really small.

Yes, they are really small.

The labeling procedure is quite laborious and Saturday I only worked on the numbering step. The first step of the process (after washing and sorting) is a clear undercoat brushed onto the artifact and that should be no wider than the bush and no longer than 1-1 1/2 inches. Once the undercoat is dry the FS number is applied, in this case 2248. The number is applied with a fine nibbed, wooden, dip pen and black ink. The final step is a top coat applied over the number once the ink is dried.

Ink, Pen, Blotter, Clearcoat solution, and artifacts

Ink, Pen, Blotter, Clearcoat solution, and artifacts

FS 2248

FS 2248



I found the protestors! I wrote in a previous entry about the shortage of decent protest in Philadelphia this summer. With the moderate weather (other than rain) you would think there would be more protestors. Well apparently they have relocated, or at least this protest did. I found them on 12th and Arch St. outside the Convention Center and the Reading Terminal Market! They were protesting health care. Good luck with that.

I found them!

I found them!