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Oct. 21st, 2008

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All of a sudden I'm really craving Greek food. Particularly tyropita/spanakopita and halloumi (the cheese that grills!)

Or some authentic aushak (which is not Greek, but Afghani) which N and I have tried to make, with limited success. Hard to make ravioli/dumpling like things when one of us can't eat gluten... and spring roll wrappers, while they did the trick, was not the same. More experimenting will be necessary.

Additionally, anyone have any experience with making gulyas? I ate lots of it at a restaurant when I was younger, but have no idea what made it so savory and delicious... and now that I want to try to make it Google has so many variations that I'm a bit overwhelmed.

Oct. 15th, 2008

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Apparently it's a Meme Day

If you are on my friends list, I want to know 36 things about you.
I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other.
Short and sweet is fine... you're on my list, so I want to know you better!

Comment here and repost a blank one on your own journal.

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) Favorite band to listen to when you're mad?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favourite and least favourite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Marilyn!

You are a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."

Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Be direct and clear

  • * Listen to me carefully

  • * Don't judge me for my anxiety

  • * Work things through with me

  • * Reassure me that everything is OK between us

  • * Laugh and make jokes with me

  • * Gently push me toward new experiences

  • * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a Marilyn

  • * being committed and faithful to family and friends

  • * being responsible and hardworking

  • * being compassionate toward others

  • * having intellect and wit

  • * being a nonconformist

  • * confronting danger bravely

  • * being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a Marilyn

  • * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind

  • * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself

  • * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of

  • * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger

  • * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right

  • * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

Marilyns as Children Often

  • * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn

  • * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger

  • * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent

  • * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel

  • * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

Marilyns as Parents

  • * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty

  • * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence

  • * worry more than most that their children will get hurt

  • * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Yep. That pretty well sums up how I feel at this point in my life...

Oct. 9th, 2008

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This inspired me today...

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Saw an excellent documentary last night -- Super Amigos. It's about some men in Mexico City who use masked Lucha Libre/superhero personas to be activists for causes they are passionate about. It was really inspiring and heartwarming.

Netflix doesn't have it yet, but they will. I recommend that everyone see it.

Oct. 8th, 2008

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Apparently N ate loads of dairy yesterday, and his stomach is fine...

I can't keep up with his dietary restrictions! (Or lack thereof.)

On the plus side, cheese is apparently allowed back in our diets. YAY!

Oct. 7th, 2008

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Cramps suck. That is all.

Oct. 1st, 2008

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Yesterday was N's last day as a dog-walker! Huzzah! We went out and got cheap sushi and drinks... am a bit hungover today as a result. Oh well, it was a celebration.

So... now what?

Truth be told, I'm not exactly sure. But that's ok. The selling of the business was our main obstacle to the next step, and that part's taken care of. Now we have the freedom to explore our options, which is exciting.

Sep. 24th, 2008

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So yesterday N dislocated his baby toe. He was rock-hopping on the beach, slipped, and out it came... which was, apparently, excruciating. N being N, though, he popped it back into place, got the dog he was walking (Moose) and hobbled back to the car. Once at the car, though, Moose (a big Doberman) stepped on N's foot and he screamed aloud, startling the other people around.

He's been icing it, keeping it taped up so that it doesn't move, etc. and it seems to be doing a bit better this morning -- though half of his foot is now streaked with purple. It's very special.

There's a couple of funny things about this, though:
1. It's a pinkie toe. You wouldn't really think that it would affect him that much, but it's very painful to walk on at the moment. Smallest little body part = huge impact

2. Huge impact, partially because he WALKS for a living right now. Which is now very difficult. This is funny because in exactly 6 days, he will no longer be a dog-walker. In 6 days he could dislocate all his damn toes and it wouldn't make a difference. Right now? Just at the END of his dog-walking career? Hobbling around. Irony or just Murphy's Law?

Aug. 7th, 2008

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A story about a girl who was so severely neglected that she is "feral." They called it environmental autism... she can't speak, couldn't walk, is just beginning to learn to use a electronic voice machine... she was in diapers up until recently (she's about 9 now?) and before she was taken away from her mother they were often filthy diapers.

Kind of like Charlotte (my favorite of the SpEd kids I worked with) really, except that Char can eat solid food and use the bathroom by herself. Oh, and that Char was born the way she is -- not MADE that way.

I just can't believe anyone could be as deluded as this poor girl's biological mother is. Calls to CPS to report her leaving her daughter with her developmentally disabled son being used as proof that she wasn't neglectful, because she left her son in charge? Fuck that.

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