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Thought For The Day

Isn't is sad that the things that have most sharply divided the United States,

slavery civil rights universal healthcare
are what other countries consider "basic human rights?"

Dang!

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I wish either Andy or I liked pork and beans.
There is nothing that would delight me more than declaring we were having something called  "Beanee Weenee" for dinner.

Look What I Got!

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This: arrived yesterday from RobinH, my partner-in-insanity last year with the finish-100-crafting-projects goal.  There is NOTHING knitters do as well as gifts for other knitters, and what could be better than celebrating reaching crazy goals than by swapping gifts?  
Aside from some fantastic LOCAL yarn, Robin sent me REAL maple syrup (drool), something called Maple Cream which I haven't heard of but sounds marvelous and now will inspire me to find a really good muffin or waffle recipe worthy of such amazing-sounding stuff.  And.... these are milk chocolate maple creams.  Having only had really hideous maple-flavored mass-produced chocolates, I had no idea how amazing these would be.  OMG!  Seriously, these are incredible--and I'm not even a huge sweets person.  In fact, they are so incredible that here's the link to their website: 
www.parkersmaplebarn.com
I just can't describe it.  Artificial maple flavoring should just be outlawed.  It just doesn't do justice to the …

Have You Ever Noticed.....

*  That no matter how much rain, snow, and wind we get this time of year, spring clothes are always designed for warm weather?

*  That the muddier the cat's paws, the more likely it is to sit on the white furniture?

*  That when someone claims that something "is a sign from God," it's never a "sign from God" to quit using God to make political statements or get bigger television ratings?

*  That the people who are most likely to be screaming about making English the official language of the US are the most likely to butcher the English language themselves?  I mean, shouldn't one at least be fluent in one's native tongue before complaining about the fluency of those who speak it as a second language?

*  That advertising is really all about making us unhappy with the things we HAVE so we will want the things we don't have?

*   That the people who seem to have the firmest opinions about all subjects--and are the most likely to share their opinions…

Toni and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day

There are some things I just do not look forward to.  I'm not sure if I really dread anything, but if I do, it is the annual woman's wellness exam.  Anything that involves stirrups but no horse is NOT going to be good.  It's really the low point of my entire year.  Last time I'd scheduled the appointment late in the day, and the anticipation ruined my entire day, so this time I decided to schedule it for first thing in the morning so I could just get it over and done with.  To be fair, I didn't spend all of yesterday dreading it--instead I spent all of Sunday dreading it. So that really didn't work.  But, that is how I started my day off yesterday.

As I also had a haircut scheduled and some errands to run, I wasn't going to have a chance to go home for lunch, and eating out is a huge problem on a no-or-low-processed-foods diet.  Before our experiment, Subway was my fast food restaurant of choice because it had the healthiest options, but now that we have mo…

GOP Hunting Big Bird

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And Today's Lesson Learned Is..........

The very first day of the Department of Motor Vehicles moving to a new location is really NOT the best day to pick to renew one's driver's license.  Especially when it's already 5 months overdue anyway............

And This Week's Free Event Turned Out To Be...

A screening of the film Zoot Suit.  And how exactly did we get to Zoot Suit Riots from Tibet, you might ask?

Because this is actually a very time consuming project, we will often search calendars a few months at a time looking for free events.  This works fine until they change dates of events.  The Tibet lecture is scheduled for next week, so instead we thought we were going to see a movie called Chicano at the local university as part of Chicano Awareness Week.  I don't know if it raised much awareness, but I assume it might have at least raised the awareness of the coordinator to A) plan ahead to actually have the film advertised, and B) to check to make sure the film you end up showing will actually play on the machinery that you have.

The movie is a filmed play about the Zoot Suit Riots in LA during World War II.  I admit that while I had heard of them, I actually had no idea what the riots were about.  After the movie, it's not that much clearer, but like so much of Ame…

SIROTA: Mad scientists in the labs of democracy | TahoeDailyTribune.com

So far, Idaho isn't on the list, but our legislative session isn't over..
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March 18

Today is our first date anniversary.  Not the day we met or the day we saw each other from across the room--we had met on Match.com, something we had to decide to admit or not.  Should we tell people we had been so actively looking to meet someone--not just hoping--that we had joined an online dating service?  Would they laugh?  Would they feel sorry for us?  Would they wonder why we couldn't meet someone the normal way?

We were at Bear Valley with Andy's kayaking group the first time someone actually asked how we met, and it just seemed natural to be honest.  No one laughed.  People were curious, some had been thinking of trying it themselves, and most thought we were rather brave to have tried such a thing.  Everyone was warm and interested.  Love, after all, is where you find it.  Even if you have to go looking for it.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Egg-stravaganza

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In an effort to both trim our food budget, reduce waste, AND stay on top of the no-processed-foods thing, I have started recording my grocery purchases in this little notebook
and then I go through it and check thinks off as I use them. 
For the most part, this is working really well.  I don't list everything because there are some things that we always buy and always use up (bananas) and some things that I didn't write down because they were "staples."  And this is where I got into trouble.  As of Monday--for reasons that can only be described as temporary insanity induced by getting too close to the dairy case--we had almost 4 dozen eggs in our refrigerator.  This from the woman who pretty much hates eggs in any form.

Being a rather frugal person by nature and now a positive tightwad while we're on one income, I decided it would be a shame to waste all those eggs (and it being too early for Easter eggs), I made a fritatta for lunch, which in my version takes 2 e…

A Very Sobering Thought

So, Glenn Beck is now saying that the Japanese earthquake is a sign from God to follow the 10 commandments, and has even gone so far as to claim that the new healthcare law covers dogs.

Rush Limbaugh is joking about the Japanese people--apparently he finds 10,000 people dying really funny, which is probably to be expected after his behavior toward the Haitians.

It just occurred to me that the most accurate thing on the entire Fox Network is probably The Simpsons, and it features yellow cartoon people.  Scary.

Tuesday

And today's great philosophical question is:  Is there any household chore more pointless than cleaning the oven?  If you cook, it's just going to get messy again, and if you don't cook, it never gets dirty anyway.  Shouldn't a filthy oven be some sort of badge of honor for cooking???????

And Now We're On To Trees

Last week's free event was a tree care class at the library--again a series of 4 classes, but somehow we missed the first one.  There were handouts and I took as many notes as I could, but I left the class with the firm realization that I seem to know NOTHING about anything that grows outside our house. 

Last week we learned the importance of trimming trees and how to do it.  Or at least, that is the theory.  If we manage to trim our tree without any visits to the hospital or emergency calls to arborists, then I'll be willing to say that we learned something.  Did you know that lots of tree damage could be prevented by pruning off weak branches?  From the looks of the trees in our neighborhood, this isn't common knowledge, so I guess I don't feel too silly.  Or at least if I am silly, I moved to the right neighborhood.

So far this year we've learned that we have been putting the wrong stuff on our soil, that we have trees that will eventually have weak branches tha…

I Marvel At My Own Power

It is snowing again today.  Now, I'm not sure if you have noticed, but every time I mention getting ready for spring, it snows.  I must be able to control the weather--or at least the snow part.  This is a very awesome responsibility.  Should I use my powers for personal gain--like hiring myself out to ski resorts so they can stay open longer?  Should I start traveling the world to bring snow to drought-ridden regions in Africa?  And should I contact the national weather service to warn them before I plant something like tomatoes or peppers?  What if I cause a blizzard in June?

With great power comes great responsibility............

So Much For Fox "News" North

Canadians have taken a firm stand against allowing news organizations to broadcast false or misleading information:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/crtc-ditches-bid-to-allow-fake-news/article1921489/

Because of this rule, Fox "News" is not allowed to broadcast in Canada.  Hm.....and yet many Americans still watch and believe Fox.  Do you think Canada allows political refugees running from nonsense?

Square Foot Gardening

I have decided to try square foot gardening this year--at least in one bed.  I'm rather intrigued after watching a DVD I borrowed from the library, so I have ordered the book and when it arrives, I'll explain it in a bit more detail.  Basically the idea is to divide your garden bed into square foot grids, and plant like one tomato or 16 spinach or 4 cabbages in that square foot.  The closeness helps choke out the weeds (which I cannot keep up with in our normal beds--not that I try all that hard, to be fair) and it should conserve water as well.  The things I like about it is the ability to try just about anything (I may not want something badly enough to plant a row of them, but I can give up 12 inches to try anything), and that you plant flowers in some of the squares.  I love that.  I love flowers but have very little idea what I am doing, so this will be a flower testing ground for me.  I feel lots of guilt when I kill an entire patch of flowers, but if they don't grow…

The Republican Party's Assault on PBS

With Rupert Murdoch controlling the propaganda machine known as Fox News, and Fox News controlling the Republican Party, you don't suppose this:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/programs/transcripts/1404.html

has anything to do with the Republican Party trying to revoke all public funding for PBS, do you?

Things I Have Learned This Week

*  Few things wake me up as fast as the sound of a kitty barfing on the carpet.

*  If a backyard greenhouse comes with little tent-stakes, there is a reason.

*  No matter how many times I read "plant as soon as the soil can be worked" on the back of a packet of spinach seeds, it's still hard to believe planting something in February is going to work.

*  Normally I have several books I'm reading at once, but it's too complicated if two are by the same author and both are murder mysteries involving doctors.

*  My former accountant is one heck of an optimist.  Even after they made a foolish mistake on our taxes, got us penalized by the IRS, and didn't return any of my calls, he was apparently surprised we would fire him.

*  A yearly goal such as reading one hundred books a year is something one should REALLY stay on top of, or one might find oneself almost a month behind the day the third month of the year begins.