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[livejournal.com profile] jimhines does it again! Check his blog post out wherein he tries to imitate poses from some fantasy novel covers. (Warning: do not attempt to drink beverages while viewing.)
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This first part is re-posted from [livejournal.com profile] p_m_cryan's blog:
"I have a lot on my mind lately, as do we all. Our lives are too busy, we don't get to spend enough time together, we have no opportunity to relax and just BE.

I am a prime example of this. My days are frenzied... I put in ten-hour-plus shifts at the bookstore, come home and put in another three-to-five hours on the Mike's Comics business, plus help with meal planning and clean-up.

And in my multi-tasking frenzy a few weeks ago I came across this, via a convoluted search engine string.

You Are Not Alone.

Under its "Real Life" section in the clickable link is a message to every single person on the Internet.

" • You. I don't care who you are, what you look like, how old you are, where you're from, what you do for a living, what religion you are, your sexuality, your opinions, SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE loves you and cares about you. Be it your friends, your family, or some random person on the street, there's always someone that wants to see you smile, even if it doesn't seem like it. Love and affection are present everywhere you look, and if you're considering hurting yourself, for the love of God, think about this before you do it. Even if nobody you know or met cares (and I guarantee that they do), there's a million people you've never met who don't want you to hurt yourself. I know I certainly don't. So go hug a kitten, pet a puppy, give someone flowers, tell a joke, be happy. Because you will never, ever be alone.

◦ Remember, you are a troper. You're one of us. Even if this is your first time on this site, even if you don't have an account, you're part of the community we have here. And we don't want to lose you. You've made it this far and we know you can make it the rest of the way. You Are Better Than You Think You Are, and we tropers are in this together.

◦ We are anonymous. We are legion. So fear not, anon over there... for you. Are not. Alone." "
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And, for my part, it's true. Many of the people who read this blog or whose blogs I read I haven't met in real life, or if I have met you it was once or twice for an hour or two, yet if I found out sometime later that one of you, in a moment of despair, hurt yourself, I would be deeply upset and concerned. I know I read more than I post. With everyone here and in other places, I've connected on some level. I come back and continue to follow because I care. I may not comment often but I read and care. You Are Not Alone.
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A friend of mine told me that she had gotten and made a "credible" recipe of Bailey's Irish Cream. When I was next at her house and she had some made, I tasted it and it tasted pretty good so she gave me the recipe. It's almost exactly like this one without the instant espresso added. I went out and purchased the ingredients. I decided to try the fat free condensed milk and used light whipping cream and Nestle's Chocolate Syrup for a slightly healthier version. I did not have a blender so I used my food processor and that was a mistake as there was too much liquid for it to hold as well. In the end, I'm not sure how much I lost but it fit in the bottle that I had planned to use, so I'm not too upset about it. It is in the refrigerator chilling.
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Seen on a chalkboard sign in outside a local establishment that serves alcohol:
Buck Off
House Martinis

My first thought was, "I wonder what flavor "Buck Off" is?"
Brain engages. . . . Oh!
Then, as it happens to be in an area where several universities are located, I think, "I wonder how long before someone modifies the "B" in Buck Off?"
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One of the locations where this movie was filmed, a graveyard chapel located in
Evans City, is in danger of being torn down if the funds aren't raised to
preserve it. The amount needed is $50,000. Details can be found here:
http://www.fixthechapel.com/

Thank you for your consideration.




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Last night I was looking for the freezer bags I had bought to put the leftover turkey in them to freeze and found I had one quart bags which, it turned out, was the right size for us. I mentioned this to my husband who was washing dishes and he said that he had used the last of our one gallon bags (I had noted they were low a while ago and had bought a new package and, when he left the empty box on the counter, I replaced the boxe's absence in the drawer with the newly purchased one.) I showed him the new box and told him that they had magically regenerated like Doctor Who. And almost simultaneously he said, "Like Zombies" and I pointed out that I said regenerated specifically. And not, he finished, "Reanimated".
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The turkey was moist and flavorful. Although the herb and garlic flavor didn't really come through so I think I'll just brine with salt and sugar next time. I sent some dark meat home with a friend for her cat who has food allergy issues and she ate it instead! She said that for the first time it wasn't slimy. Also, the drippings from the turkey that I used for gravy were salty so I need to note that I don't need to salt the gravy at all next time. I undersalted the mashed potatoes and stuffing so both worked well with the gravy.
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This Thanksgiving, I purchased a fresh turkey from Brandywine Farm. While putting it in my car, Heather told me that I'd have to brine it since the frozen store bought turkeys are already brined (packed in salt solution). She told me that a basic brine was 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of sugar to a gallon of water. I did some research on brines and decided that [livejournal.com profile] dergeis would not like the ones with candied ginger (Alton Brown's version) and I wasn't keen on using allspice or anise. I decided to use fresh rosemary, sage, garlic and some peppercorn. Tonight I dissolved 2 cups salt (kosher salt), 1 cup brown sugar in 8 cups water and then added two sprigs fresh rosemary, many leaves of sage, two large bay leaves, 8 smashed cloves of garlic, and about two tablespoons crushed peppercorn. I diluted that with enough cold water to make two gallons. I purchased the XXL Ziploc bags and poured the brine solution in and then we placed the turkey breast side down in the bag. The bag was larger than the turkey and we used some glass bottles to add to the displacement so that the liquid mostly covered the turkey in the bag in the cooler. We then placed some freezer packs on top and put the cooler in the back porch. We will learn of the results tomorrow.
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I was introduced to Anne McCaffrey's books when Ann Cecil (who passed away earlier this year) took my daughter to a Fort Weyr gathering in Raccoon State Park located close to Pittsburgh, PA. Fort Weyr is a group of people who create characters and write stories based in Pern, the world from the Dragonriders of Pern series that Anne McCaffrey wrote. I went with my daughter the next year and it was a blast and I have since become good friends with several people from that group. So there is much I owe to Anne McCaffrey besides just enjoying or being touched by her stories. Several of my friendships wouldn't have arisen without her writings. A whole half of my daughter's life lived with the friendships that she forged with people from those gatherings. They are a part of our community. Thank you Anne, farewell and clear skies!
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I think that Danger5 is going to be an awesome web series!

Edited to add: The first episode is up! )
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My Philcon experience was both awesome and concerning. I made the drive with [livejournal.com profile] elionwyr and Bones. They are both delightful travel companions. We shared a room and also helped a bit with staffing SJ Tucker's dealer room table. SJ Tucker's performances were awesome! She has a wonderful voice and she and the wonderful Betsy Tinney on cello made a wonderful musical team. I also attended a very informative and well run panel on Making movies from Comic books with thoughful contribution from panel member [livejournal.com profile] popfiend. I was later privileged to spend a little time with [livejournal.com profile] popfiend and his wife, Lisa, and received a small treasure chest of Lisa's famous cookies including cranberry, oatmeal white chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookies and awesome hugs from the hugmaster himself, [livejournal.com profile] popfiend. I also attended a very interesting panel which included [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy on art appreciation. And one interesting panel on Alien Construction with Joan Slonczewski as a moderator.

The concerning parts were what I considered a very light and not very interesting literary track and what seemed to be low attendance. The programming did not come out until earlier in the week and the website had very little information about any invited guests other than the GOH and Musical Guest. This may have been, in part, to SFContario which had John Scalzi as GOH and Gardner Dozois as editor GOH being on the same weekend. The masquerade had 15 entries which was up from last year and there were more hall costumes than I remember seeing the previous year but the Art Show also seemed very light. I have a sense that Philcon has lost its focus somehow.
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Cross-posted in [livejournal.com profile] nacramamo
This is the whole shawl that I started in February of this year:



The pattern is Threes Triangular Shawl by a friend of mine, Beth.
Detail Picture )
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ETA: The war on women continues. . .

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


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I vaguely remembered the recipe from this entry and had decided to make a quicker and smaller version at some point. Well the weather turned much colder today (it was 61 deg F when I left work) so I decided that today was the day for Tortellini Soup!

I chopped two green peppers and sliced some green, yellow, and burgundy string beans from my CSA. I sauteed one chopped onion, two cloves minced garlic and the green pepper for a bit in some basil flavored olive oil then added sliced Trader Joes Spicy Italian chicken sausages (precooked) to the mix and heated them up. (I frantically left to search for the recipe on my LJ and the mixture almost burned except my husband stirred it up for me.) When I couldn't find the recipe, I improvised. I threw in the green beans, then added one 28 oz can of tomatoes and 32 oz carton of Organic Chicken broth and and about a 1/4 teaspoon of anise (oh well, the original recipe said fennel). I brought that to a boil and added Italian seasoning, Penzey's Fox Point seasoning, basil and oregano after about ten minutes, I threw in half a package of frozen cheese tortellini and brought it to a boil again and cooked it for about ten minutes longer. I served it with grated Romano cheese. It was very tasty and, in my opinion, required no more salt added at the table.

ETA: This made a more reasonable portion for us than the original recipe. I had a bowl and about half more, my husband had two helpings and then my daughter had a small bowl. I put away two good sized containers that I hope my husband will consume over the weekend while I am away.
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I spent the day with puppies and friends. That doesn't mean I don't remember what happened, I just didn't choose to relive it in all its horror.

Also best quote today: If everyone had a puppy, stuff like 9/11 probably wouldn't have happened.

Silliness

Sep. 4th, 2011 03:52 pm
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After the movie, my husband and I went to the East End Food Coop for a few things. I was looking for rice paper to make spring rolls but they didn't have any so I thought I'd also go to Lotus Foods, a specialty food store that carries Asian foods. While we were on the way there, we swung by the new Target in East Liberty. Before that, the following exchange happened:

Me:"I'm kind of curious to go by the new Target they built in East Liberty."

Him:"It's probably like any other Target that you've been in."

Me:"That's what I thought at first, but rumor has it that they have escalators for the carts or something."

Him: "Escalators for carts? Now I'm intrigued."

I swung by Target and the parking is all under the store so one enters on the parking level and you can get a cart there and put it on the escalator to take up to the main store level or you can get a cart at the main store level. And these carts aren't you the regular Target shopping carts with the plastic basket and metal handle and under basket wheel and rack. They were almost entirely plastic or composite construction with a special pickup in the front for the escalators. Unfortunately, neither of us thought to get pictures.

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