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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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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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Apr. 22nd, 2016 @ 02:43 pm dialann
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Warm day, clouds rolling in,
not a breath of breeze in the air
and I wonder

Will the clothes be dry?
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Apr. 22nd, 2016 @ 01:03 pm Recipe: OATMEAL BREAKFAST BARS
My waffle-iron has been sticking later, making it a pain to extract the waffles; which meant that I needed to give it a good cleaning and re-seasoning. Being a poco y lente, poco y lente sort of person, I put it off - which meant ... no way to make waffles. Now I know I said that the oatmeal waffle batter can also be used to make oatmeal pancakes, but I also said that I don't do pancakes ... they char. And there was this "Disappearing raisin oat cookie" recipe that was staring me in the face. Not that I like the disappearing raisin oat cookie, per se, but I got to thinking and this was the result.


Grease an 8 x 12 (or thereabouts) inch pan.
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium mixing bowl combine :
1/2 cp raisins
1/2 cp craisins (opt. ... I suppose you could substitute another 1/2 cp raisins or some other dried fruit)
1 1/2 cp rolled oats

Pour over the oats and fruit
1 1/2 cp boiling water
Let sit until all the liquid is absorbed.

Add in and mix to combine :
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 egg

In a small bowl, combine:
1/2 cp dry milk powder
1/4 cp dry whey powder (opt)
1/2 cp flour (I use nut flour)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until mixed. Pour into greased baking pan and bake at 375°F for 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool.

Cut into 12 squares. 3 squares is approximately equal to 1 bowl of oatmeal.

You might notice no sugar. To my tastes these breakfast bars are already a little too sweet thanks to the dried fruit, but most people don't have my weird reactions to added sugar. I wish I could advise you on how much to add, but I find that I really can't contemplate that.
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Apr. 18th, 2016 @ 12:59 pm I spotted a dryad in the grocery store
I spotted a dryad in the grocery store.
With bark brown skin and mottled green hair.
She was standing in the check-out line,
accompanied by her lamia sister
with corpse-pale skin and night black locks.

I waved hello and passed them by.
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Apr. 14th, 2016 @ 07:06 pm Too bad, so sad ...
Current Mood: disgusted
Started watching the 3rd episode of season 2 of Grantchester. What they did to Amanda is criminal, imho. And there is absolutely NO earthly reason to turn Sidney Chambers into a sex-obsessed idiot except for the sole purpose of getting sex into the show. It's annoying, unnecessary and WRONG.
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Apr. 14th, 2016 @ 05:08 pm In rebellion ...
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Thursday mornings I read to two groups of pre-schoolers in the high school library. The first group is usually quiet and well behaved. The second contains a lot of kids with IEPs, they get easily distracted and sometimes act up. They also on occasion mob me with hugs.

Unfortunately, a thing that aggravates the distraction of the second group is that it is the second time some in the group have been in the library listening to the story. And these are among the more distractible of the kids.

The assistant librarian is in charge of the pre-school reading program and usually I go along with her selection. Today it was one of Mercer Meyer's "Little Critter" stories - about making a garden.

I never read the Mercer Meyer stories to my sons. I consider them cutesy, not cute. And boring. Unfortunately, that meant I couldn't ... the first group was very restless and antsy while I was reading to them. I couldn't "sell" a story to them in which I do not believe.

So I didn't even try with the second group. I picked up an illustrated version of the Owl and the Pussycat and read that to a quiet, well-behaved, interested group of kids. Because, when you get right down to it, I believe whole-heartedly in the Owl and the Pussycat.

So does Q (a little girl in the class). She took the book home.
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