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text 2017-06-24 19:18
Change of plans

My sister, her kids, and I are getting together one last time before they all move about 700 miles away. All the previous times, I went to her place, so this time she's coming to mine. The problem: she got a later start than she planned, so the activities we originally intended to do aren't going to work out.

 

Since my town doesn't have much to do besides eat at restaurants, I just spent the past half hour combing my DVD collection for things that would probably be appropriate for kids ages 2-7. I came up with 7 movies and one TV show. Go me! Although now I kind of wish I had bought Chi's Sweet Home a while back, because that would have been perfect. Hundreds of episodes, each 3-10 minutes long, and the worst thing that ever happens is Chi getting sick or lost for a couple minutes.

 

ETA - Ooh, just realized that even Chi's Sweet Home would have been a problem. I looked it up, and for some reason it doesn't have an English dub. It boggles my mind.

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text 2017-06-23 21:03
InspiroBot fun

Today I found out about this thing called InspiroBot. It's an "inspirational image/message" generator. Sort of. The results are often weird. Here's my first book- related one:

 

 

Another favorite, not related to books:

 

 

And this bit of creepy weirdness:

 

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text 2017-06-19 03:25
Unexpected produce

(I am not a creative cook at all. It's nerve-wracking for me not to follow a recipe as exactly as possible, so everything in this post is out of character for me. But it worked out! And my apartment currently smells amazing!)

 

I ended up with a cheap pile of unexpected produce yesterday. Zucchini, tiny onions, yellow squash, cucumbers. I had no clue what I was going to do with any of it, but I figured I'd come up with something.

 

Today's efforts included a cucumber salad based on something similar to this recipe (I can't find the actual one I used, unfortunately): The Spruce's German Cucumber-Dill Salad. With a bit of fiddling and what I had on hand, the ingredients list ended up looking something like this:

 

2 Tbsp white vinegar

1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp dried dill weed

sugar, to taste (the original recipe called for 1/3 cup, which I cut way back on)

black pepper, to taste

2 thinly sliced cucumbers

 

Then I used a zucchini and a couple of the onions up with a recipe based on the Zucchini and Eggs recipe here. I added onion to the recipe and exchanged minced garlic for garlic powder, but otherwise I followed it fairly closely.

 

Sadly, I don't have pictures of any of this, but it all turned out pretty good. The best was the Zucchini and Eggs. I think I have enough zucchini and onion left over to do about the same thing tomorrow.

 

Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with the yellow squash. I might stick with the Zucchini and Eggs recipe and see how it does with yellow squash instead of zucchini, although by this point I'll be out of onions.

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url 2017-06-18 19:45
R.I.P. Stephen Furst

Stephen Furst, the guy I knew best as Babylon 5's Vir Cotto, has died. :-(

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text 2017-06-08 15:21
I am not a morning person

I have three alarm clocks. I used to think the first one was faulty because it worked whenever I tested it but it never seemed to wake me up in the morning. Then I had a Fitbit for a while and it told me that I really was getting up when that alarm clock went off, turning it off, and going back to bed. Alarm clock #2 usually manages to wake me up, but sometimes it takes annoyingly loud alarm clock #3.

 

Today it took #3. I leapt out of bed like an action hero who should have retired 20 years ago, fell halfway to the alarm clock, and then couldn't remember how to turn the darn thing off. I ended up tossing it across the room, which made the batteries fall out.

 

I was a little worried I'd broken one of my toes during my tumble out of bed, but it looks like all is okay. I'm just super sore. And really jealous of the people whose sleep cycles fit their work schedules and who can actually get out of bed without hilarious slapstick.

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