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 "One writer I know tells me that he sits down every morning and says to himself nicely, "It's not like you don't have a choice, because you do--you can either type or kill yourself." 

- Anne Lamott, "Bird By Bird"
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 What up, 2012?
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"No chemical process shows a more wonderful activity than the transforming influence of the thoughts we imagine to be going on in another. Changes in theory, religion, admirations, may begin with a suspicion of dissent or disapproval, even when the grounds of disapproval are but matter of searching conjecture" (361).

(Eliot, George, and Graham Handley, ed. Daniel Deronda. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.)
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I feel like I'm living in borrowed experience lately. It feels a little precarious, all of it.
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1/2 package of bow-tie pasta, cooked
steamed green beans
1 package of sundried tomato chicken sausage
green onions, sliced
olive oil for stir frying and a bit of butter afterward
salt or soy sauce to taste

makes 3 meals
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(Modified version of this recipe)


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • chopped basil leaves
  • 4 mushrooms, finely diced
  • garlic
  • salt


  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, cheese and pesto. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Pat into a 10-in. circle; cut into eight wedges but do not separate. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.


Oct. 14th, 2010 01:51 pm
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"Read My Mind" ~ The Killers
"Helmat" ~ Hauschka
"Do You Think There's a Heaven" ~ Danna/Devotchka (Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack)
"Honey Honey" ~ Feist
"Question" ~ Old 97s


Oct. 3rd, 2010 09:40 pm
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"Sweet City" ~ The Traveling Band
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Sioen, "Sleeping Beat"
Johnathan Elias, "Move"
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Things To Look Up from book:

    •    "And I was desolate and sick of an old passion" ~ Ernest Dowson
    ⁃    also: "I have forgot much, Cynara!"

    •    "Look at the stars! Look, look up at the skies! / O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!"   ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins

    •    "Lugs" is Scottish for "ears"
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This makes me smile.
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3 eggs
1 tiny farmers' market onion
1 stalk celery
pinch shallot salt
pinch French thyme

Not-starving in style! :D


Sep. 18th, 2010 10:40 am
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"Solace for the Pain" ~ The Gentle Waves (very mellow)


Sep. 6th, 2010 07:01 pm
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Sia - "Soon We'll Be Found"
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Good gracious, these were from five years ago at least!

I haven't seen a mantis in a long while! Maybe one of this one's children will be waiting to say hello when I go back to visit family next week...

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The lighting doesn't really convey the color it worked out to be at all, (it's much more blue when this camera isn't making artistic decisions for it,) but I think the hue variation at least shows up a bit.



Jul. 20th, 2010 10:06 am
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Today I am playing a game I like to call Pretend To Be Productive.
It involves me posting my projects on Ravelry (which is exciting; I love Ravelry!) in the hope that some bored soul on the knitterwebs will see it and think I'm doing things with my life other than delaying this whole studying business, thus somehow translating into me actually having accomplished something... (?)

In the spirit of such things it seemed only right to include it in my personal journal, in the hope that Future Me will see it and think I'm doing something with my life et cetera et cetera.

Hey Future Me! I am knitting an alpaca scarf in the summertime.

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I started this pattern as something to occupy my hands during movies and then had to figure out what to do with it and it eventually just turned into a pouch. Credit to the five-year-old next to me during a long plane flight for her excellent advice and some help stitching too. We agreed that we could make it look like a hungry critter with a big mouth using button eyes. (Hence the paper arms I gave him for the purposes of his fashion shoot.) His name is Ziggy.

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“Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” by Fiddlesticks in Hymns and Songs of the Mormon Pioneers


“Boy With a Coin” ~ Iron and Wine


“The Recruited Collier” ~ Kate Rusby


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