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26 October 2009 @ 02:24 pm
Nature with a beauteous wall / Doth oft close in pollution  
(I used to joke about starting a greeting card company called Shakespeare For All Occasions. I'm not sure anyone would actually need a greeting card on the occasion of bizarre produce mishaps, but it's nice to know that I have an appropriate quote to hand, should the need arise.)

I wanted to make vegetable chili yesterday, which required, you know, vegetables, so away I to the store. Said chili, in addition to beans of various sorts, was supposed to include red and green peppers. The green peppers were fairly pathetic-looking, so I went with only the red pepper instead, and found quite a nice one.

Or so I thought. When I cut into it, preparing to take out the seeds, I discovered that half of the pepper was full of mold inside. Awesome.

So it's basically just beans. Alas.
 
 
 
cschellscschells on October 26th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, I have a wilty, leathery red pepper that I considered giving my kids in their lunch today (for lack of any other fruit or vegetable besides raisins and an eggplant), and then I decided that if I'm going to introduce something new it had better be a good specimen of its species. So I think mine IS going into chili.
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on October 26th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Which makes perfect sense! I bet my antipathy toward melon (I'm getting over it, but slowly; I'm at the point where I often enjoy melon, but have to gear myself up to try it) comes from having been forced to eat rather sad, watery melon as a child.
cschellscschells on October 27th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Me too! I'm only just now deciding that melons can be a good thing. I bought a lot this summer, though, and it turns out that my kids like them quite a bit. When they're good, of course.
tempestsarekind: quite a good arm actuallytempestsarekind on October 27th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yes--the Midwest is not prime melon territory, alas, so I suffered through a fair amount of bad melon. (Which sounds like a '90s band...) But it's good that your kids like melon! I think my mother tried to get me to eat a lot of foods because she didn't want me to develop her dislikes. (Unfortunately this sometimes had the opposite effect--though I don't know many people who actually *like* liver.)

I still tend to prefer melon with prosciutto, though. :)
Danielle_P: statuedeleilan on October 26th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
It's a real shame about the pepper... but hey! you got to use that really cool Shakespeare quote!

(Love the idea of your greeting card company! Surely there are enough Shakespeare/Elizabethan era geeks to make this a viable business venture?)
tempestsarekind: the wind and the raintempestsarekind on October 27th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I'll take any opportunity to quote from Twelfth Night. :)

There are a few Shakespeare greeting cards floating around out there, particularly ones made by the Bodleian; I've bought a few myself!
http://shop.bodley.ox.ac.uk/acatalog/Shakespeare_Notecards.html

(Though I am a little concerned by the "Friendship is constant in all other things..." card; that quote does not end well!)
Danielle_Pdeleilan on October 27th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Hmmm, those cards are a bit... bland? I'm sure yours would be far more entertaining — and your quotes more wisely selected!
tempestsarekind: hamlet/horatio OTPtempestsarekind on October 27th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
I like the ones that look more like early modern type (which are the ones the local stationery story carries), because I like the look of early modern type, but the colored ones are a bit odd. And yes, my cards would have all sorts of random quotes on them! :)
the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: lovely | her morning elegancefaeriemaiden on October 28th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
If greeting cards existed for random life occasions, such as, yes, bizarre produce mishaps, or getting doorknobs caught in one's pockets, or going to the bookstore, or finally acquiring bagels to go with the cream cheese, I would totally buy them. Especially if they had corresponding Shakespeare quotes. :D
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on October 28th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hee--it's nice to know that there's a potential market, however small. :)

Also, I am always getting doorknobs caught in my pockets. And hooking my umbrella cord onto things. And narrowly avoiding running into doorjambs. Honestly, it's amazing that I make it through the day without major mishap.