Archive for December, 2012

My Favorite Movies of 2012

By the time this post goes live, it will almost be midnight on December 31, 2012. It was a pretty great year for movies that I saw for the first time this year, with 26 movies receiving at least the coveted Stegmaier 4 Stars (out of 5) and 11 movies receiving ratings of at least […]


Best of 2012: Readers’ Choices

A few weeks ago, I asked you to fill out a brief survey indicating your favorite books, movies, songs, and blog posts of 2012. Before I launch into my personal best-of-2012 lists this week, I thought I’d give the reader responses center stage. These are listed in no particular order except that if one of […]


The Joys of Meat Wrapped in Meat

The Joys of Meat Wrapped in Meat

With all due respect to vegetarians, there’s nothing better to us carnivores than meat combined with other meat. It’s always a special occasion when you discover a new combination of meat on meat. Tonight my parents introduced me to a new Stegmaier family tradition, on old German dish called rouladin. Rouladin is a large, thin […]


My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

My apologies for the brief absence on the blog. I’ve been busy with family Christmases (which have delightfully included Biddy taking a massive dump on my parents’ couch–an act of defiance that he’s only done four times ever–and Walter using his recently clipped claws to ruin an antique carpet. Sounds like he finally wants to be declawed…). […]


5 Best Recent YouTube Videos

Mostly thanks to Facebook recommendations, I’ve had the pleasure of watching some absolutely brilliant YouTube videos over the past few months. For some reason they all seem to have disabled embeds, so I’ll link to them below instead: “Buttermilk Plays with Her Friends” – It’s quite possible that this is the best thing I’ve ever […]


The Sky Is Not Falling

No, this isn’t a belated review of Skyfall (which was decent but had too many endings). This is my obligatory entry about 12-21-2012. You know, the day the Mayans predicted the world will end. First, let’s clear the air: The Mayans did NOT predict the world will end on Friday, as you can read here. […]


Podcast Me

Sometimes I’m in awe of the quality and quantity of educational content available at our fingertips. YouTube, Coursera, Khan Academy, Wikipedia, blogs, podcasts…some say that we’re less connected to one another in this digital age, but we sure have the potential to be more educated. With my focus on board games over the last 6 […]


How Does One Drink Out of a Beer Bottle on a Date?

The easy answer to this question is, duh, don’t drink beer out of a bottle on a date. Pour it into a glass. But let’s say you don’t have that option. Or you don’t want that option because you like drinking beer out of a bottle. Hypothetically. When you bring the bottle to your lips, […]


Making Sense of Friday

To make sense of Friday’s tragic, horrific events at the elementary school in Connecticut, I believe that there is no making sense of it. I think that’s a pretty important concept to wrap our heads around, as difficult as it is. Let me explain in two points: It’s impossible to rationalize with a truly irrational person. […]


Pet Please #81: Discovering the Perfect Salsa

Sometimes the greatest loves of our lives have been there all along. I’ve tried many a canned salsa in my day. There’s a whole shelf of them at the grocery store, not to mention the home-brew varieties in the fresh veggies section. I’ll say it–I’ve been around the block when it comes to salsas. With so many […]


Diets and Detoxes

It is likely that I’ll someday have to pay close attention to what I eat. For the longest time I’ve simply tried to keep a balanced diet–I eat terrible things like fried chicken (in moderation) next to wholesome things like baby spinach. I enjoy desserts, but I don’t overeat. And I exercise. Plus, I’ve been […]


To Take the Stand…or Not

[Wordpress doesn’t feel like uploading photos today, so please imagine a photo of me in a courtroom wearing one of those curly wigs they wore hundreds of years ago (and still wear in England to this day, I think).] I recently served my civic duty by participating in the St. Louis City juror selection process. […]


Pet Peeve #44: Animated GIFs

Pet Peeve #44: Animated GIFs

I know, we just had a full week of grievances, and now a pet peeve? Don’t worry–there is a bright side to this one. At first this entry was going to be about animated GIFs in general. If you’re not familiar with the term, I’m sure you’ve seen them online. They look like very short […]


Your Favorites of 2012: A Survey with a Prize

Your Favorites of 2012: A Survey with a Prize

Every year on the blog, I post a list of my favorite movies, books, songs, and blog entries that I watched/read/heard/and wrote for the first time that year (thus if I saw a movie that was released in 1988 for the first time in 2012, it qualifies for the list). I’m going to do the […]


Top 10 Festivus Grievances of 2012

Top 10 Festivus Grievances of 2012

31-40 here 21-30 here 11-20 here The day has come. Thanks to the illustrious Leo, we have our top 10 rankings for 2012 Festivus grievances. What do you think? Do you grieve as these people grieved? Did you make the top 10? Leo has a number of comments that he added in [brackets]. 10. Predictive […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2012: 11-20

Top Festivus Grievances of 2012: 11-20

31-40 here 21-30 here We’re getting close now…so close, in fact, that I’m going to post a special Friday edition of the blog tomorrow night with the Top 10. For now, Gabby graciously offered us his insight into the Top 20: 20. People speak in abbreviations. Perf. (The words “peeps” and “abbrevs” are written in […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2012: 21-30

Top Festivus Grievances of 2012: 21-30

31-40 grievances here. The infamous Bryce kindly took the time to rank Festivus grievances 21-30. Read the following to grieve with us: 30. Twilight. Period. Bad writing Bad role models for teenage girls. And since when do vampires sparkle. (Followed by: Team Edward!) 29. Theme parties that make you feel sad that no one has […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2012: 31-40

Top Festivus Grievances of 2012: 31-40

Every year I host a big Festivus house party in celebration of the Seinfeld tradition. There is a Festivus pole, plenty of Seinfeld-themed snacks, a feat of strength (a drinking game)…and grievances. People write their funny grievances from that year on two giant whiteboards on my wall. After the party, I jot down all grievances […]


Festivus 2012 Pet Pleases

Festivus 2012 Pet Pleases

I haven’t received the Festivus rankings from my impartial voters yet, but I do have something to share with you today. By Trev’s suggestion, I added a slim column to my Festivus grievance whiteboards for pet pleases. I know, it goes against the spirit of Festivus, but I like the idea that even on a […]


Movember Confession

Movember Confession

I have a confession. I shaved my mustache before November 30. I know, I know–I’m a disgrace. Here’s what happened. It’s not a good excuse, but there is a reason. Basically, the mustache was the first thing people noticed about me, and not in a good way. It wasn’t a strong enough mustache that people […]