Time for answers!

Janis did a very impressive job sleuthing out the answers to my birthday puzzle – she got 6 of them right along with the theme of the puzzle (all things that happened on my birthday)!

The answers!*

  1. Des Moines was founded September 22, 1851.
  2. This is Samuel Osgood, the first United States Postmaster General, a position which was established September 22, 1789.
  3. This is a picture of the first American-made automobile, made by the Duryea Brothers, which was first displayed on September 22, 1893.
  4. The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published on September 22, 1888.
  5. Bulgaria gained its independence September 22, 1908.
  6. On September 22, 1896, Queen Victoria became the longest-reigning British monarch.
  7. Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the first in his Ring Cycle, premiered in Munich on September 22, 1869.
  8. An early version of the Emancipation Proclamation was released on September 22, 1862.
  9. The Duke of York’s Cinema opened on September 22, 1910 in Brighton and is now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain.
  10. I was born September 22, 1980!

*My “research” comes from Wikipedia, so it’s best to take it with a grain of salt. Don’t look at me like that – it was my birthday and if I want to be lazy and use Wikipedia as a reliable resource on my birthday, I can! 😉

In which I am a slacker

So I had planned to have a dinner party for my parents this evening, but by the time I had gone to choir rehearsal, made lunch for them, and gone to the market it was much later than I’d anticipated and I was pretty tired. So we rescheduled for dinner for tomorrow – I should have more time and energy then!

Here’s the lunch I did manage to make, anyway – pizzas. White Pizza With Arugula for my mom and me and Pizza Margherita for my dad (because he thinks he doesn’t like garlic [it’s not true – if you don’t tell him there’s garlic in something, he says it tastes good]).

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s dinner party!

White Pizza With Arugula for my mom and me (because we like garlic!)

Pizza Margherita (garlic-free for Dad)

Pizza Margherita (garlic-free for Dad)

I thought the white pizzas were very tasty – my mom, who usually likes everything, didn’t like the goat cheese, though. Dad gave his stamp of approval to the pizza margherita. The dough was very good and very easy – really do knead it with the dough hook for 10 minutes – it’ll start out quite tough, but after 10 minutes, it was smooth and elastic and lovely and just right.