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Apr. 29th, 2015 @ 10:25 am Chosing sexuality - moment of epiphany
Last night, as I tried to quiet my mind in order to slip into sleep, I had a thought ... a moment of epiphany.

One of the great fallacies of the homophobia movement is that homosexuality is a choice. This makes no sense to me. I cannot ever recall a moment as a teenager or younger wherein I sat there thinking "guy. girl. guy. girl. ... I guess I'll be attracted to guys." I DO remember, however, at age 8 watching the show Batman because I really REALLY liked Robin's tights-encased legs. (For the record, I still am entranced by a man in garb wearing tights. mmmm....)

Now, that's just one data point - me. My experience. It's hard to create a theory with just one data point (I'm ignoring for the moment all those who propose as fact theories depending on no factual evidence at all ... like the anti-vaccers). However, if you do a search, you'll find a lot of people saying the exact same thing. They never had a moment of choice, they grew up attracted to one gender or the other.

Except for one group * ... who are attracted to both.

And that's the point I'm making. Those who claim with great authority that homosexuality is a choice probably belong to that third group - bisexuals. People who are attracted to BOTH genders. Of all of us, they do have a choice. And by making that assertion, they are proclaiming that they, themselves, are not heterosexual (as they claim) but bisexuals who have chosen to express only one side of the sexuality.

That's great for them; they're more than welcome to celebrate their personal choice over their sexuality but they have no right to force their personal decision on to others.

* I suspect that there is another group or two as well - to wit, rapists and sexual narcissists. For these two groups, it's all about them. They don't care in the slightest about the other person involved, they just care about their own gratification. I suspect that one of the reasons I distrust the GOP is because so many of those in power in the Republican Party show signs of belonging to ... one of these.
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Apr. 28th, 2015 @ 10:36 pm Rivendell at last!
I made it to Rivendell Saturday. (Though I didn't realize it until just now when I checked my Fitbit totals for the past few days). AND I reached the Last Homely House a full day before Bilbo and company (yay me!), on the 37th day. This despite the fact that my knee's been giving me grief and I haven't been cycling as much as usual.

Anyway, here's the tote bar.

Now I need to initialize another one - for the trek to the Lonely Mountain.
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Apr. 23rd, 2015 @ 01:22 pm Step to mile conversion charts


The above chart assumes a 32 in stride length. Below is a chart which shows the deviation in distance based on actual stride length.


For the record, as of last night, I had traveled approximately 369 miles from Bags End in the past 34 days. Since I'm counting 400 miles to Rivendell, that leaves me with 31 miles to go. Bilbo and company took a total of 38 days to make the trip. I think I can manage 31 miles in 4 days.

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dialann, siud is seo
Apr. 21st, 2015 @ 09:24 pm Vinegar and baking soda
Cleaning with vinegar and baking soda - http://www.today.com/home/how-clean-your-home-using-only-2-ingredients-t16236?__source=xfinity|mod&par=xfinity
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Apr. 21st, 2015 @ 08:38 am Rivendell or bust - day 32
A total of 340 miles in 32 days. Not bad. 60 miles to go. I'm 23 miles ahead of Bilbo and company; two days; though that will begin to change. They're about to meet the trolls and ... more importantly, lose one of their pack-horses - the one with the food supplies. I suspect it is more for that reason than any other that they will begin moving faster and further, between 12 and 16 miles a day for the next 6 days. That will eat into my lead, as I can only manage 11 miles on a good day.

The entire journey from Bags End to Rivendell took/ takes 38 days; so I do expect to finish up on time.

One of the things I've begun to do are "spurts". Three or four (or more) times a day I will pedal as fast as I can for 15 minutes; trying for an "intense exercise" bar on the fitbit page (each bar on the graph is the total of fifteen minutes of movement). If I do it right, it adds a mile to my total, but that's not really the reason I do it. It just feels like the right thing to do.
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Apr. 18th, 2015 @ 04:09 pm Recipe : Home-made Chocolate Pudding
(I wanted a snack - won't be able to eat it for a few hours, but at least it's there now)

1 & 1/2 cps (12 oz) milk
1/4 - 1/2 cp sugar, to taste (I used 1/3 cp)
1/2 cp cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cp nonfat powdered milk (optional)
1/4 cp sweet whey powder (optional)

2 1/2 ounces milk
1/4 ounce powdered gelatin (one packet)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I wonder how it would taste if I use half almond extract & half vanilla?)

Combine the sugar, cocoa, salt and remaining milk in a small pot over medium low heat.

Bloom the gelatin and 2 1/2 ounces milk in a medium bowl.

Whisk the heating milk/chocolate mixture constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture beings to bubble around the edges, about five minutes.

Immediately pour into the bowl of gelatin and whisk to combine. Stir in the vanilla.

Refrigerate, uncovered, for about fifteen minutes then cover with plastic wrap, pressing it against the surface of the mixture. If you’re in a hurry, speed the cooling process by chilling the custard in an ice bath, then refrigerate. Continue refrigerating until you have a solid chocolate mass, about 3 or 4 hours.

Before serving, you must whip the pudding with a hand or stand mixer. I’ve tried beating it smooth with a spatula, but I just can’t get the job done by hand; To whip, start with the mixer on low speed for about 15 seconds, then crank it to medium-high. Whip until silky smooth, two-ish minutes.

Spoon the whipped pudding into four serving dishes.

N.B. - I think this would be good for making fudgsicles, but I'd probably have to increase the sugar if M wants to try them.
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Apr. 17th, 2015 @ 12:46 pm Today's experiment - Almond butter chocolate chip bar cookies
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preheat oven to 350F
grease 9 x 13 inch rectangular cake pan

1 stick (1/2 cp) unsalted butter - melted
1/3 cp granulated sugar
1/4 cp brown sugar
(stir sugar into butter until dissolved - ~200 strokes)

1 egg
2 Tbsp water
* 1/2 tsp almond extract
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(if you don't have almond extract, use 1 tsp vanilla)

1/2 cp almond butter (Jiff brand - like peanut butter)
(Mix egg, water, extracts and almond butter in with the butter/sugar mixture)

In a bowl, mix together
* 1/4 cp oat flour (can use another 1/4 cp wheat flour instead)
1/2 cp whole wheat flour
1/2 cp white flour
* 1/2 cp ground almond meal (coarse grind 2/3 cp almond if you don't have almond meal)
* 1/4 cp sweet whey powder (optional - I wonder if protein shake powder would work?)

1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
(Add dry ingredients to butter mixture & stir until mixed thoroughly)

1 cp dark chocolate chips
1 cp semi-sweet chocolate chips
(Stir to mix)

Pour into greased sheet pan and spread. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut into 48 individual cookies (8 by 6).
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Apr. 14th, 2015 @ 10:30 am New Doll
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I had a notion the other day to increase a small doll pattern - here's the result (so far).

The name Sam has been attached to him, seems a comfortable fit. I'm hoping to send him to my great-nephew, once he's completely outfitted, that is.

The fabric is felt, the head fixed (and stabilized with an empty thread spool) but he's jointed at the shoulders and legs using large buttons.


The original pattern was intended specifically for felt, which is why I decided to make him from that fabric, but I also have some heavier, woven fabric I plan to try next. I'd like to get some darker fabric as well and make an ethnic girl doll for another young relative.

Here is a group photo of Sam with his (very) little siblings - Dorothy, Tinman and Scarecrow. The other two dolls in the picture are Glinda (standing beside Dorothy) and Tom Bombadil - but they were made with different patterns.

The small dolls are all about 3 decades old. I used craft felt on Tinman and Scarecrow, which is frankly not holding up. I deliberately purchased a thicker felt for Sam.

I do have another doll made with this pattern - a boy which my elder son named Halloween (don't know why, it was the middle of summer when he was made, but Sean was 3 at the time and didn't care to explain). However, Halloween is a chancy figure, and tends to go walkabout for long periods of time. If I find him ... he will likely charm his way back into Miki's good graces and then disappear once again.
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Apr. 13th, 2015 @ 11:46 am In which I am feeling quite irate ...
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The Republican dominated state government of Idaho has struck down a dead-beat dad bill which would bring it into agreement with the rest of the USofA. Their rationale? They are afraid it smacks of Sharia law.

Doesn't matter that there's NOTHING about religion in it. Doesn't matter that it means the single mothers will suffer hardships because Republican dominated government cuts public welfare moneys. Someone said that it was similar to laws in Europe, someone else said that Europe has areas wherein Sharia law applies and the Republican majority stopped thinking with their upper heads. (Annoyingly enough, they used two female shills to explain their reasoning.)

Here's the article I read

I posted a link to that article under the legend "Another GOP strike for Penile Rights". Which led me to realise that the GOP anthem for reproductive rights might be summed up in the Monty Python song "Every Sperm is Sacred"

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Once I listened to the song, however, I realised that it needed some tweaking. So ... with apologies to Monty Python .. The GOP anthem of reproductive rightsCollapse )
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Credendo Vides
Apr. 12th, 2015 @ 09:55 am Dr Who Nerdy Birthday Scenario
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Use the month and date of your birth to discover your Doctor Who fate.

Don't care for that one? Well, it is Doctor Who; just use the Tardis and try another.

That wasn't much better, you say? Well, if at first you don't succeed then Allons-y!

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