And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
I found it especially timely. I wish I could wipe away the tears and the death. Instead, I walked a labyrinth.
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People who I know and care about and live closer to the East Coast did not fare as well and my heart goes out to them. Especially my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who had over a foot of water in their house (they had evacuated and so did not lose their cars). They lost a lot of stuff that they had only put up a foot and are racing against the clock to get things cleared out before mold sets in. First I am glad they are all okay. I know this is very hard for them. I know that they will recover from this and that there are people out there who won't be able to recover from this.
2 32 oz cartons Organic Chicken broth
1 lb Hot Italian turkey sausage
1 large onion --diced
3 garlic cloves --diced
1 16 oz bag Frozen Italian Cut Green Beans
About 1 8 oz bag of baby carrots sliced
1 1 lb package frozen cheese tortellini
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place the onion and garlic in a heated, oiled (with olive oil) cast iron skillet. Let that cook for a minute or two. Remove the sausage from the casings and place the meat in the skillet with the garlic and onion to brown and crumble. In a large stock pot heat the chicken broth and diced tomatoes. Add the frozen Italian cut green beans and sliced carrots and Italian seasoning, basil and garlic powder to taste. Once the carrots are mostly cooked, add sausage and frozen tortellini and cook just until the tortellini is done. (Usually I add about a tablespoon of fennel seed but I forgot to do this and it seemed fine. Also, you can add salt and pepper to taste.)
Recently, over on Facebook, a friend posted a list of movies she wanted to show her teenage boys and asked for help rounding that out. Here are the movies we all came up with, in no particular order:
Conan the Barbarian
Clash of the Titans (Ray Harryhausen)
The Secret of NIMH
Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Big Trouble in Little China
Army of Darkness (or perhaps all of the Evil Dead movies)
The Last Starfighter
The Last Unicorn
The Dark Crystal
Indiana Jones movies
The middle three Star Wars movies (or the original trilogy)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
I know there are a bunch more that we’ve forgotten.
Edited to add movies from comments:
courtesy of petercat
2001: A Space Odyssey
I've also been attending more conventions --mostly more with a Steampunk theme --which has been fun!
I do have a few posts in mind for the future. I will try to update here a little more often.
Hope everyone there is doing well -even if you're not posting.
Every day during performances there was some sort of snacks/food brought in. I always brought in homemade trail mixes --chocolate chips (Ghirardelli 60% cacao), cranberries (craisins) and almonds in one bag and yogurt peanuts and raisins in another (because one of our cast members was allergic to all chocolate). Over the course of the run several cast members had birthdays so cupcakes appeared for those and we sang Happy Birthday to each one. The last birthday occurred on the day of the last performance and it was for the person playing the Major General so after we finished singing Happy Birthday to him, one of our cast improvised "For he is the birthday boy," and we all sang along.
The first Sunday of the run, the person set to play Mabel was in a multi-car accident but wasn't hurt. She came in about ten minutes before the show started (she wasn't on until later) and had two or three other cast members help her get ready and performed the role. This was most impressive as she is a high school student and was driving the car, her dad and a friend were with her and the friend went to the hospital to be checked out. I think it helped her take her mind off of what happened to have to concentrate on performing but it was still impressive and I'm not sure I would have been able to do that.
I know popfiend primarily through his posts on Livejournal. He is very much the same in person as he is online so I was very aware of how devoted he is to Lisa and likewise how she was to him. I think they got each other on a level that is rare in relationships and it was truly inspiring and beautiful. So when I did get the chance to meet Lisa last November at Philcon and see them interact, it was just as evident in person that they loved each other deeply as popfiend had posted about on a frequent if not daily basis. Their lives, their being, were/are so intertwined that it is nearly impossible for me to imagine one without the other. This is why the news of Lisa's passing is such a shock, "A punch to the gut" as grayhawkfh has so aptly put it. popfiend is someone who is a force for good on Livejournal and in life. Over the past few years that I have come to read his journal regularly, I have come to care for popfiend as for a dear friend. I am cycling through almost as many emotions about this as popfiend. Shock, anger, sadness, worrying about popfiend, are just a few. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to popfiend and all of Lisa's family. If there is anyway that I can be of any help, my friend, popfiend please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please also go over and read this entry on the same subject by cbpotts linked by elionwyr and this byelionwyr for a far more eloquent and accurate reaction than I am capable of relaying.
Here are a couple of quotes that came to mind when thinking about popfiend's loss.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu
I asked, "Hold Monsters? That's a cleric spell, right?" and about 4 women in the ensemble laughed and someone had to explain it to the young man playing Frederick.
It's a fun group, though.
Also, things are gearing up for the musical that we perform at Confluence every year so that is taking bits of my free time as well.
The recipe called for covering the kale with water. Instead, I put about 4 cups of water in the pan with the kale and brought it to a boil and stirred so the kale was wilted down. Then I turned down the heat and simmered the kale for the 10 minutes called for on the package. Instead of draining off half the water as called for in the recipe, I drained off most of it. I added the Italian seasoning and the can of tomatoes, in this case it was Muir Glen brand fire roasted diced tomatoes. In addition, I added about a teaspoon of dried rosemary, dried minced garlic and some garlic powder. Then continued to cook the greens on simmer for about 20 more minutes until tender.
This recipe turned out really well, so well in fact, that I wanted to add some cannellini beans. It turned out that I had about a cup and a half of dried cannellini beans. I found this page which had a recipe for cooking the beans in a pressure cooker without pre-soaking and the flavors used would be very compatible with my kale. So I rinsed the dried cannellini beans and put them in my pressure cooker pot with two inches of water, two tablespoons canola oil, 4 cloves of garlic, two bay leaves and some fresh ground pepper. I did not add the salt as somewhere I had read that it impeded cooking. I brought the mixture to a boil, put on the pressure cooker lid and brought the pressure up to about 15 psi (per my cooker's instructions). I cooked the beans for the 30 minutes and then turned off the heat and let the pressure come down naturally. When I opened the pot and tasted the beans they weren't cooked enough, as I suspected, they had been in the cabinet awhile. I brought the mixture to a boil again and once again put the lid on and brought up the pressure and cooked for 30 minutes more. This time they were more than done and very tasty. I plan to mix them together and take to work as lunches. Yum!