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Jun. 21st, 2016 @ 05:07 pm 21 June 2016
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sorrow is a bitter beer
thief of words and thoughts and cheer
leaves a hole in human heart
strains the soul and love apart.

sorrow is a lonely sound
a violent thug, a faithless hound
a grey oppression, heavy weight
a dollar short, too long late

heart so empty sheds no tear
for sorrow is a bitter beer.
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Jun. 19th, 2016 @ 07:59 am Almond Cupcakes for Father's Day
Trying an experiment

Almond Cupcakes

2/3 cp almond meal
1/3 cp wheat flour
1/3 cp oat flour
1/4 cp sugar (optional)
1/4 cp dry milk powder

1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

1/2 cp water
1 egg
1/4 cp olive oil
2 tbsp plain greek yogurt

1/4 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare twelve cups for cupcakes (paper liners are recommended or grease them with shortening).

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Combine the water, egg and oil. Add to the dry ingredients with the yogurt and stir to combine. The batter will be thick - about muffin batter consistency.

Stir in the almond extract.

Spoon batter into prepare cups - about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake at 350F about 20 or so minutes.

I used a variant of this recipe yesterday in the waffle iron (using rolled oats instead of oat flour). Frosted with vanilla icing, the taste and mouth feel was reminiscent of a cinnamon danish. M said that the rolled oats made them "too chewy", something the oat flour *should* ameliorate.

The advantages of this recipe - reduced sugar, reduced wheat/gluten, increased nut. Oats are good for cholesterol and are not as quickly digested as wheat, which should satisfy hunger longer.

Disadvantages - they do not rise up as much as regular cupcakes and are not as light and fluffy (density is more muffin-like). They are "grittier" by definition - the components are not as refined or processed by design; overly processed foods digest too quickly leading to a sugar rush and drop that leads to constant snacking.
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Jun. 16th, 2016 @ 09:55 am Last night ...
I set myself to wake me up periodically during the night to check that we hadn't rolled over on our stomach. Whether this helped or not, I do know that I didn't wake up in terror of swallowing with a closed throat.

M and I went to 99 Restaurant for his birthday celebration. Not too pleased with the service, but it didn't spoil the outing. The blueberry compote on the "Red, White, and Blue" cheesecake tasted of garlic and onion though, with was disconcerting. The cheesecake itself was very nice.
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Jun. 15th, 2016 @ 09:12 am Another nightmare
This time I had three throats and all of them blocked and the conviction that swallowing down any of the three would result in death.

However, last night when I woke myself up calling out for help, I also realised the utter surreality of the premise and started laughing even as M was coming to wake me from the nightmare.

And this morning it occurred to me that I've been sleeping on my stomach a lot lately ... I wonder if that might be the cause for the sensation of phlegm blocking my throat? While I seem to sleep better on my stomach, I'm not sure it's worth the nightmares.
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Jun. 14th, 2016 @ 09:35 am 9 days left until Summer Break
That includes the weekend. Last day is the 22nd (thanks to snow days).

I'm feeling restless. I have a good book to read. I have a story in my head. But I'm having trouble settling.

Part of the problem is that there is an 8th grade class in the library at the moment, using the computers. It includes several of the boys on whom I am accustomed to keep an eye during lunches - which means that my instincts are telling me to get up and wander around, making sure that they are behaving. But they are here with a teacher which means they aren't my responsibility.

Part of the problem may be the nightmare that woke me last night at midnight. Allergies caused a build-up of phlegm in my throat which led to the recurring nightmare that I had something blocking my throat and that I would die if I swallow. When I woke, I didn't even know who M was - I was calling out to some ... some woman. A sister? I don't remember. Just that I was very disoriented when an unknown man answered me.

I very much wanted to sleep later this morning. I woke just before 4 and myself kept trying to force me and I back down on the bed to sleep until 5:30. Except I knew full well that me and myself would oversleep and so pulled the executive override (with the help of bladder *snerk*). It helped that M decided to turn on the light whilst I was in the necessary - he was putting the fan in the window.
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May. 15th, 2016 @ 01:55 pm Food toxins
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I have apparently lost my tolerance for food toxins - the chemicals that companies put into food to ... well, to do a variety of things; extend shelf life, add appealing colour, add texture, induce addiction.

Yes, induce addiction. That long ago chemist who added cocaine to coca cola knew exactly what he was doing. Companies deliberately attempt to make their snacks as addictive as possible in order to increase sales - they really don't care if their marketing schemes result in obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart attacks, &c.

Anyway, my particular downfall is Cheezits ... are Cheezits? Small orange purportedly cheese-flavoured crackers that have as much to do with actual cheese as Velveeta does. I know that Cheezits aren't good for me, but I still crave them and yesterday, as a reward for giving blood, I bought a box. I snacked on them after lunch, while reading, and then again after dinner, whilst watching tv (Miss Fisher Mysteries and then Law and Order, Special Victims Unit).

cut for tmi - short story is, I got sickCollapse )

I woke with no ill effects from my distress last night. I read the papers from the past week, fixed and ate oatmeal waffles, made oatmeal breakfast bars for my breakfast this coming week, made Michael's almond nut-butter choc chip cookies, and I have two loaves of 10-grain bread rising which will be used to make my lunches over the next two weeks.
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dialann, siud is seo
May. 2nd, 2016 @ 04:31 pm Subbing
I'll be substituting in the hs library everyday for the next three or four weeks. In by 7, hopefully out before 2 - if I'm not out before 2, I won't get out until 2:20 or so because ... well, that's how crowded the parking lot can be.

I'm worried about the status of the library, though. This is ominous.

I'm also a bit worried about the progress on Reacher's Swamp. I *like* using Dana for keyboarding the sections in, it seems to help my creative process, but her battery ... is defunct and doesn't ... exactly ... always ... save what's input.
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Apr. 29th, 2016 @ 03:12 pm Oatmeal Waffles
I may have posted this already but I couldn't find it when I went looking, so here it is.

Oatmeal Waffles or pancakes

3/4 cp rolled oats, old-fashioned
1/2 cp water
1 egg
1/8 cp plain Greek yogurt (more or less)
1 tbsp olive (or vegetable) oil
1/2 cp dry milk
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder

Measure 3/4 cp rolled oats into a medium mixing bowl. Add water. Let sit several minutes until water is absorbed.

Add egg, yogurt, and oil. Stir.

Measure in dry milk, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Drop batter onto waffle iron and cook. I use about 2 and a half tablespoons of batter for a 4 square waffle iron.

This recipe makes about 12 small square waffles, 3 large ones.
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Apr. 27th, 2016 @ 03:15 pm Miracle Ear appointment
... at 9 am the morning after the night I went to bed at midnight and then kept waking up every 15 minutes for two hours after. My fitbit woke me at 5:30 and while I could have ignored it and gone back to sleep, there was too much chance that I wouldn't wake until after 9.

After the appointment, I went to the school and then to BJs where I spent too much money. I'm very sleepy now.

The audiologist's name is Michelle. I have an appointment for August at 10. I don't remember the day, but it's 10.

Which reminds me that I have a blood drive appointment for the second Saturday in May. At BJs. (I really don't like the bus.)

Oh and I'm subbing tomorrow, also Monday and Tuesday of next week. For Christine.
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Apr. 25th, 2016 @ 06:32 pm Ghost Squad Notes - Otherwhere
I'm trying to get my thoughts together on the nature of magic for the story. One of the things I need to know is the difference between Faerie and other realms of existence.

Notes: OtherwhereCollapse )
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