the secret lives of prothros.

January 29, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 10:47 am

So thanks to this random number generator we have a winner for the book giveaway! In fact, we have a winner and a runner-up. I decided that since I always make a big enough batch of cookies to share the love, I would draw for a runner-up as well, who would get a batch of cookies.

The winner is: Mr. Will Thompson

The runner-up is: Mr. D. Thompson

I can’t decide if the fact that they have the same last name makes it seem more random or less random. No relation though. So I will be sending y’all your packages soon! (D.-you can e-mail me your address at julieprothro (at) gmail (dot) com. 🙂

Hope everyone has a great day!

Oh and a picture. Because I’m ready for Spring.


January 28, 2010

LSM Football

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 11:12 am

I can’t believe football season is almost over. Two games left. Really one, because who actually counts the Pro-Bowl?

Not me.

Luckily, even after all the AstroTurf is rolled up and stored away for the year to allow Miley Cyrus and and the Jonas Brothers to fill stadiums with screaming adolescents, I’ll still get to watch football. The teams may not be professional but the rivalry is just as fierce.

I’m talking Lonestar v. Marina Football Smackdown.

I’ll set the screen in the immortal words of William Shakespeare.

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Cedar Hill, where we lay our scene,
From ancient friendship breaks new rivalry,
Where two hand touch becomes routine.
From forth the fatal hands of these two foes
A leather pigskin takes its flight;
Whose misadventured glorious overthrows
Do with its win cause the Lonestar’s strife.
And rightful passage of the Marina’s love,
And with my camera to engage,
Which, of the results, nought could disprove,
Is now the content of our blog’s stage;
That which if you with patient eyes attend,
What here shall miss, our photos shall strive to mend.

January 27, 2010

a good laugh

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 5:16 pm

I just sat on the couch cracking up on this tidbit from google reader. So I share:

It all started when they (BlockBuster) sent him a “your video is overdue” letter:


Enter, David Thorne:

From: David Thorne
Date: Sunday 8 November 2009 2.16pm
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: DVDs

Dear Megan,

Thank you for your letter regarding overdue fees. As all four movies were outstanding examples of modern cinematic masterpieces, your assumption that I would wish to retain them in my possession is understandable, but incorrect. Please check your records as these movies were returned, on time, over three weeks ago. I remember specifically driving there and having my offspring run them in due to the fact that I was wearing shorts and did not want the girl behind the counter to see my white hairy legs.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Monday 9 November 2009 11.09am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: DVDs

Hi David

Our computer system indicates otherwise. Please recheck and get back to me.

Kind regards,

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 9 November 2009 11.36am
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: Re: Re: DVDs

Dear Megan,

Yes, they are definitely white and hairy. Viewed from the knees down, the similarity to two large albino caterpillars in parallel formation is frightening. People who knew what the word meant might describe them as ‘piliferous’, although there is something quite sexy about that word so perhaps they wouldn’t.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Monday 9 November 2009 1.44pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Hi David

No I mean our records indicate that the DVDs have not been returned. Please check and return as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 9 November 2009 4.19pm
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Dear Megan,

With the possible exception of Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the movies were not worth watching let alone stealing. In Logan’s Run, for example, the computer crashed at the end when presented with conflicting facts and blew up destroying the entire city. When my computer crashes I carry on a little bit and have a cigarette while it is rebooting. I don’t have to search through rubble for my loved ones. The same programmers probably designed the Blockbuster ‘returned or not’ database. Also, while one would assume the title Journey to the Centre of the Earth to be a metaphor, the movie was actually set in the centre of the earth which, being a solid core of iron with temperatures exceeding 4300˚ Celcius and pressures of 3900 tons per square centimetre, does not seem very likely. Waterworld was actually pretty good though. My favourite bit was when they were on the water but the scene when Kevin Costner negotiated for peace, ending the war between fish and mankind moments before the whale army attacked was also very good.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Tuesday 10 November 2009 3.57pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs


The DVDs are listed as not returned. If you cant locate the DVDs, you will be charged for the replacement cost.


From: David Thorne
Date: Tuesday 10 November 2009 5.12pm
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Dear Megan,

I have checked pricing at the DVD Warehouse and the cost of replacing your lost movies with new ones is as follows:

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay $7.95
Waterworld $4.95
Journey to the Centre of the Earth $9.95
Logan’s Run $12.95

I have no idea why Logan’s Run is the most expensive of the four movies as it was definitely the worst. Have you seen it? I wouldn’t pay $12.95 for that. I would use the money to buy a good movie instead. Probably something with Steven Seagal in it. The entire premise comprised of living a utopian and carefree lifestyle with only three drawbacks – wearing seventies jumpsuits, living in what looks like a giant shopping centre and not being allowed to live past thirty. This would seem logical though as I would not want a bunch of old people hanging around complaining about their arthritis while I am trying to relax at the shopping centre in my jumpsuit trying not to think about the computer crashing.

I was recently forced to do volunteer work at an aged care hospital. Footage of these people during Tuesday night line dancing could be used as an advertisement for the Logan’s Run solution. The only good aspect of working there was that I halved their medication, pocketing and selling the remainder, explaining the computer listed that as their dose and they were welcome to check knowing their abject fear of anything produced after the eighteenth century would prevent them from doing so. I also swapped my Sanyo fourteen inch portable television for their Panasonic wide screen plasma while they were sleeping, explaining that it had always been that way and their senility was simply playing up due to the reduced dosage of drugs.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2009 1.21pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Hi David

I have not seen those movies so I dont know what you are talking about. I prefer romantic comedies. If you have the movies we can’t rent them so we lose money and the fees are based on what we we would have made from renting them and we also have to purchase movies through our suppliers not from DVD Warehouse.


From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2009 3.28pm
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Dear Megan,

I myself am also a huge fan of romantic comedies. Perhaps we could watch one together. I have a new Panasonic wide screen plasma. My favourite romantic comedy is Fatal Instinct although it did not contain enough robots or explosions in my opinion and I was therefore unable to truly identify with the main characters on a personal and emotional level. Recently, I was tricked into watching The Notebook which was about geese. Lots of geese. It also had something to do with an old lady who conveniently lost her memory so she could not remember being a whore throughout the entire film. I don’t recall a lot of it as I was too busy being cross about watching it. In a utopian future society she would have been hunted down and killed at thirty.

In regards to the late fees, I understand the amount is based on what you lose by not being able to rent the movies out. You probably had people lined up around the block waiting to rent Logan’s Run. For eighty two dollars though, I could have purchased six copies of it from DVD Warehouse or, as I have heard he is a bit strapped for cash, had Kevin Costner visit my house in person and re-enact key scenes from Waterworld in my bathroom.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Thursday 12 November 2009 3.16pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Hi David.
Restocking fees are:

002190382 Journey to the Centre of the Earth $9.30
003103119 Logans Run $7.90
008629103 Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay $6.30
000721082 Waterworld $5.70

Total: $29.20 – I have deleted your late fees and noted on the computer that the amount owed is for the replacement movies not fees.

Kind regards,

From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 12 November 2009 7.42pm
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Dear Megan,

Those prices seem reasonable. I do not want Logan’s Run but will pick up the other three when I come in next.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Friday 13 November 2009 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

What? The $29.20 is the cost of the replacement DVDs for the store.


From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 13 November 2009 1.15pm
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Dear Megan,

That makes more sense, I was wondering what I was going to do with two copies of each movie.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Friday 13 November 2009 2.33pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

What do you mean by two copies? Are you saying you found the four movies?


From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 13 November 2009 2.57pm
To: Megan Roberts
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs

Dear Megan,

Yes, they were on top of my fridge the whole time. Unfortunately I have a blind spot that prevents me from seeing this area of the kitchen as it is also where I keep my pile of unpaid bills. Last night I slept on the kitchen floor with the fridge door open due to my air conditioner being broken and the temperature outside exceeding that of the centre of the earth. As my fridge emits a high pitched ‘beep’ every thirty seconds when left open, the vibrations from this caused the DVDs to wriggle forward over the space of many hours before toppling from the edge and I awoke to find them beside me on the pillow. As you have already waived the late fees, I will drop them off tonight and we will call it even.

Regards, David.

From: Megan Roberts
Date: Friday 13 November 2009 3.43pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DVDs


This was found here.

sock monkey

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 4:54 pm

We have a sock monkey. He wanted on the blog. To say hi. He also wanted to tell you that he hoped you’re having a good day.

Also sock monkey demanded that I eat pizza for dinner and watch some tv now.

I think I love sock monkey.

Kind of a weird day….

January 26, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 10:48 am

Change was a word we heard a lot about during the elections. We hear a lot about it in every election. I’ll change this or I’ll change this back. Change. Change. Change.

Yadda. Yadda. Yadda.

For all the talk, I’m not sure I can remember the last time I saw a change I liked. I’ve seen lots of changes that raised taxes or made my life more inconvenient. Usually, though I see no change at all. I probably wouldn’t know if a good change was made anyways, I doubt it would trickle down far enough to reach lowly old me.

Which is why I am proposing my own change.

Yep, getting all revolutionary over here in Austin!

Here is why my change is better than the change you’ve seen in the past:

  • It’s easy to accomplish
  • It effects very few people negatively
  • No tax raises!
  • Everyone will experience the effects of the change

You’re on-board already, aren’t you?


That means you wouldn’t have to leave work with the sun already set in the winter time!!! You wouldn’t feel a strange tug to go to bed at 8:45 just because it has already been dark for hours. We’d save the sunlight from the morning until we could actually have the time to use it.

We would be happier, healthier, more eco-friendly, more productive, more athletic, more wealthy, and all around better human beings with that extra sunlight.

Well at least happier….

No really. Sunlight stimulates serotonin and endorphin levels.


So to all you national leaders that are very frequent visitors of my blog. Drop your agenda and push this change through immediately. Give it top priority. You don’t even have to wait for Scott Brown to be seated. Just push it on through…..


We will sing your praises for this decision for decades to come.

Free us from the oppression of early nights!





To go along with my grand political stand I have a political book to giveaway. Basically, I love books and I love sharing books and this let’s me do it in a way that is just a bit more fun.

Sometimes the books come with homemade cookies too….


This is a book I actually borrowed from a friend and really enjoyed. No, I’m not giving away the borrowed copy. I actually found an autographed copy on the cheap at Half Price Books–it happens to be one of my happy places.

So I bought it to give to one lucky winner.

The book is called Getting America Right and it focuses on Constitutionally-based ideas to solve the problems of America. Not sure any of the ideas are as awesome as my Daylight Savings Time Plan but they’re pretty good and I think the read would be enjoyable for any American, though it is Conservatively based.

Plus, it’s autographed.

All are eligible. To win the book, simply answer this question in the comments section below  by midnight on Thursday and I’ll randomly choose a winner on Friday morning:

What would you do during the extra hour of sunny awesomeness in your winter?

January 25, 2010

meal planning monday

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 5:52 pm

I’ve been meal planning every Monday since we got married.

Apparently, the nice kids blog their meal planning to share with others.

And I want to be nice.

So, here is what we’re eating this week:

(Also, let it be said that if you’re in Austin and can give me a few hours of notice you can come and eat with us. Whenever you want.)

MONDAY: Beef Stroganoff and Egg Noodles

TUESDAY: Asian Orange Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

WEDNESDAY: Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguine

THURSDAY: Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Roasted Butternut Squash

FRIDAY: Thai Chicken Curry with Vegetables

SATURDAY LUNCH: Ceviche and Chips


SUNDAY LUNCH: Hot Dogs and Baked Beans (don’t hate–I love hot dogs.)

SUNDAY DINNER: Eggplant Parmesan

Ok, I went through and added links where I had them to be extra nice.

Als0, my husband calls me to tell me when the sunsets are pretty; he’s terribly awesome.


Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 12:48 am

I took a significant blog break to focus on house projects while Evan was out of town on business. When he got home I got to surprise him with a painted master bath, a clear garage, an organized paper filing system, a closet revamp, two clean cars, a few new hangings on the wall (all level-thank you very much), Molly’s new home-sewn dog bed and general clean and organized awesomeness. All in all a great use of time.

But now I’m back to it with some pictures on our delicious dessert from the other week.

This mousse is everything I like in a dessert. Sweet, creamy, not to rich, fruity yummy-ness.

Sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and butter--you already know it will be delicious.

Whisk all the ingedients together over medium high heat until thick.

Little pieces of the egg will cook. Yes--it's gross. Don't freak out, we'll take care of it.

Make an ice bath for the mousse. Basically it's an oreo but the cookies are bowls and the filling is ice and water.

Push the liquid through a fine, mesh sieve thus separating all the icky egg bits. See, I told you not to worry. Silly you.

Take some heavy whipping cream and whip it up.

Fold the whipped cream into the mousse. Folding is all in the wrist....

Pulverize sugar and raspberries in a food preocessor. DRINK THE SWEET NECTAR DIRECTLY OUT OF THE BOWL. Leave enough to garnish the mousse.

No one ever shows the dishes. Here they are. Yes, that is Brad voluntarily doing the dishes. Yes, he's single, ladies. Applications are now being accepted but you will have to pass my very vigorous screening process.

Assemble and savour.

In case you can't tell, we really do.

January 13, 2010

a great meal

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 12:56 pm

Any really great meal should take over an hour to eat. Our dinner on Monday night took three.

Brad has been in town visiting us, so we decided to all cook a delicious meal together. So over the course of three hours we cooked, savored, cleaned up the kitchen and the repeated the whole process for all four courses.

When there are three people working in a kitchen everything goes really quickly, but somehow between enjoying wine and talking the meal still managed to take a nice long time.

We made these four recipes:

Bruschetta with White Beans, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil

Warm Spinach Salad with a Fire-Roasted Corn and Crispy Pancetta Dressing and Crumbled Goat’s Cheese

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Fried Sage and Brie Cream Sauce
(the sauce is actually made with melted brie-oh deliciousness)

Lemon Mousse with Blackberries and Raspberry Coulis
(I’ll post more on this later–it was heavenly)

The meal was decadent, delicious, divine. Just fabulous.

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