Add two secret questions (Required):

q1 I have not yet spent my honeymoon.
q2 I do not know if I have met my spouse.
q3 I have not even met all of my cousins.
q4 why do you also tell me, o great god of secret questioning, “Make sure your answer is private, memorable and does not change over time?” What if I have another child and give them a nickname?
q5 without a honeymoon?!
q6 no
q7 no No NO
q8 Who was the last one to buy me dinner?
q9 Do great uncles count?
q10 and 11 How do evangelicals answer these? I’d answer “Southbridge,” but that will no longer be private when I post my answer to the blogosphere.
Q12 Okay! Do you hate security question?

Then they ask you more unanswerable questions.

q1 Pollan for now, but subject to change.
q2 I have not married between the first and second set of questions.
q3 or between the second and third question within the second set.
q4 uhh
q5 I don’t even know the names of my cousins.
q6 meh
q7 I don’t have a car.
q8 or a motorcycle.
q9 Didn’t nearly everyone’s first pet die? Thanks for bringing up the memory of feeding my pet frog for two weeks, hoping he would start moving again.
q10 I have not watched a sporting event in three years.
q11 We spent time in many places.
q12 Favorite teacher in what sense?
q13 Every year when I was young my best friend would move away or transfer schools.
q14 eww
q15 Is boss still a politically correct term?
q16 What if I was birthed at home?
q17 I do not frequently fly.
q18 I still have not grown up, that should be evident here.
q19 Okay, again?!


“Puns are vulgar”


So says a book I own, titled Twentieth Century Etiquette. A New York Times Op-Ed writer wrote a short history of puns. A friend of his thinks that it is okay to make puns while on dates, so long as you do not discriminate on prunes and figs.

Two weekends ago Amelia and I made breakfast together. We were initially planning to make breakfast pizza and eggs on asparagus, but Whole Foods had no whole wheat pizza dough. We didn’t want to give up breakfast pizza, but we didn’t want to buy standard dough either. We decided to make breakfast pizza pancakes without the pizza aspect.

Breakfast Pizza Pancakes Minus Pizza

4 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar
2 cups mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 lemon
2 cups mixed berries
2 stacks o’ pancakes

Zest and juice the lemon. Mix together the cheese, cream, lemon juice, and zest. Smother pancakes (of your own recipe) with the delicious mixture. Top with berries and cinnamon-sugar. Serve with Roasted Asparagus with Scrambled Eggs (we tripled this recipe and left out the bread) and mimosas. Skip the mimosas if your friends are recovering from a hangover.

Pancakes, asparagus and eggs served nine. We had a few leftover spears of asparagus and half a stack of pancakes remaining.

Photo by A. McWhirk.