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Always keep Ithaca in your mind


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Harry buffalo
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Cheers to Ireland today for doing the right thing with respect to gay marriage, and apparently by a 2:1 margin :-)

Here's Harry hanging out on my bed yesterday with the blue puff ball H gave him.

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omg wtf !11!!!!!
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claudia603, your care package has arrived, thank you! hanarobi has claimed the sparkly gold notebook and I've grabbed the Lindt chocolate bars, yum :-)

H is off running errands and I am lolling around in bed sort of watching Under the Gunn. We might go see the Mad Max movie later today, will see how things go.

I'm just now getting my concentration back enough to start following LJ again, yay :-) Happy Froday everyone.

I have 4 incisions, including one in my belly button. No stitches, purple glue instead, goes very well with the bruising. In the TMI dept, I can poop again. \0/

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rain from annwyn55
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For hanarobi!

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Godiva
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Don't know if you use yahoo mail and have been having problems with it today, I have had problems all day with sending/receiving. I was googling around and found this thing that shows areas of outage on a map.

https://downdetector.com/status/yahoo-mail/map/

You can toggle between satellite view and map view with state names. No clue as to the accuracy.

Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa. Wowza, this is good stuff. Smooth and dark, with a silky feel. Possibly better than Dove.

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Maleficent angelina sky
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In the "learn something new every day" department, apparently the manly men of the world are not happy about Charlize Theron starring in the new Mad Max movie (she looks awesomely badass) and aren't going to take this insult to masculinity! No sirree! Arise manly men, fight the evil feminism!

http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/05/12/furious-about-furiosa-misogynists-are-losing-it-over-charlize-therons-starring-role-in-mad-max-fury-road/

I am soooooo going to see this movie lol.

Not much new here. I'm at home waiting on surgery next week, feeling crap most of the time, including the occasional projectile vomiting. H and I had a brief scare earlier this week in that she got a jury summons to report next week, but she got excused and the judge kindly sent me best wishes for recovery. I had my pre-op appointment yesterday where they assess risk factors to see if there are any issues with having surgery, that went well so I'm all set, just waiting now, trying to keep Azog quiet.

I think I'm going to watch the Mad Men marathon, starting today leading up to the series finale this Sunday. cut for spoilers from last week"s episode, includes sadness and my own maunderingCollapse )

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tomorrowland
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I wonder what the new Tomorrowland movie is going to be like, am kind of intrigued though it seems such a random idea. I watched Lucy today and realized I had completely misunderstood the nature of the character based on ads I'd seen. Enjoyed it, Asians=Evil notwithstanding. It's given me the urge to 1) watch Fantastic Voyage and 2) take a ride on Monsanto's Journey through Inner Space at Tomorrowland. Be warned, however, that there is graphic prey/predator violence in the first few minutes.

Veggie Smoothie, take 1:

1 tomato
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
Chunk of cucumber
Juice of 1 lemon
Water and ice

Blander than bland and unpleasantly fibrous But I want to work on this one to give it more flavor and steer it toward a Bloody Mary taste. Possible additions: worcestershire sauce, tabasco, lime instead of lemon, onion, sriracha, garlic, salt. Vodka optional :-)

Good marinade, all measures approximate:

2 T oyster sauce
2-3 T mirin wine
~3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 T fresh ginger juice (grate fresh ginger root into a little pile, then squeeze with clean hands to extract juice)
2 squirts Sriracha sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
Sesame seeds

Combine all in a bowl, marinate strips of beef, then stir fry with veggies of choice, I used mushrooms and broccoli. Use leftover marinade as sauce, allow to reduce a bit before serving.

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sea and women from willow_cabin
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Movies I've watched at home recently:

Godzilla. Way better than I expected, very entertaining. The old guy still has it though IMO Godzilla did not get enough screen time. There's a nifty musical shout out to 2001: A Space Odyssey that made me smile.

Exodus: Gods and Kings. Didn't get all the way through it. I was in the mood for a Biblical epic but this was tired. I'll take one of the old garish Technicolor films from the 50s or 60s instead.

Noah. Not your tired old Biblical epic. Nope, this is one gorgeous, wackadoo, silly, portentous, violent emo mess and I for one will be watching it several more times. Absolutely enraptured though the myth of a great flood is pretty enrapturing on its own. Very grimdark, very doom laden, very overwrought, very white. Two things that tickled me: 1) Nephilim! We have Nephilim all over the place! 2) These Nephilim have taken the form of Stone Giants. Further hard evidence that Middle-earth and our Earth are indeed one and the same. Also, who knew that Hermione Granger would become the mother of us all ...

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rain from annwyn55
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Purple Smoothie

1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup milk, I used unsweetened cashew nut milk
Juice of 1/4 lime
1 packet sweetener
Ice cubes

Meh. Not a big blueberry fan, they have little taste, but thought I should give it a try since it's so healthy. Smoothie has little flavor plus it did this really weird thing texturally where something in the blueberry swelled up and it was frankly kind of disgusting. One swallow of a glop of purple floating island was enough. Down the drain it went.

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rain from annwyn55
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I saw my surgeon today and got scheduled for a cholecystectomy on 5/19. Azog the Defiler's days are numbered lol. The bonus is that hanarobi is going to come out and be nurse :-)

I'll be really glad to get this thing out, it's kind of tiring.

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clotted cream
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Today's smoothie is orange.

1/2 medium sized apple, cut into chunks (I used a Fuji)
Carrots, same amount as the apples
Knob of ginger root, peeled
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
4 cubes ice
1 packet Splenda

Very pretty orange, brightly sweet with some heat from the ginger root and tang from the lime. I think I'll double the amount of ginger root next time. And also play with the liquid, substitute in some silken tofu.
29 g carbs (24 g net carbs)

Edited 5/4: Did this one again, increasing the ginger, forgetting the Splenda, substituting tofu for water. Paler orange, creamier, needed to be a little sweeter.

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Godiva
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Just tried this one.

1/2 apple, cut in chunks (I used Pink Lady)
Handful strawberries
Handful spinach
1 tablespoon protein powder
1 cup almond milk
3 ice cubes

Lightly sweet, with a faint touch of vanilla from the protein powder. 30 g carbs (25 g net carbs)

Chocolate review:
Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate. Meh. Kind of chalky.

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rain from annwyn55
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Very thoughtful article by Ta-Nehisi Coates just published in The Atlantic about Baltimore:

The Clock Didn't Start With the Riots

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rain from annwyn55
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Sorry for all these obsessive smoothie posts! Am getting somewhere with the tofu/coffee thing.

Almond Mocha Smoothie

~1/4 cup weak coffee
1 rounded teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet sweetener, I used Truvia
1/2 banana
3/4 cup soft tofu
2 blobs almond butter
1 teaspoon flaxseed
1/2 cup or so unsweetened almond milk
Some ice cubes

This one is a keeper. A good balance between the almond, coffee and chocolate flavors with a hint of banana sweetness underneath. The tofu and the almond butter give it a nice creaminess, it's slightly sweet, the flaxseed is unremarkable, and the net carbs are good.

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teddy the catrog
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Cut for gross kitty behavior...

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sammy davis jr jr
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It's amazing what Vicodin can do for pain lol.

Here's a recipe for a green smoothie claudia603 gave me. It's delicious, a little high in carbs but not too bad and that can be adjusted a bit.

about 1/3 of a can of fizzy water
1/2 banana
handful of cherry tomatoes
1 cutie clementine
a few big handfuls of spinach
frozen strawberries or blueberries or both
splash of vanilla
cinnamon


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Mellon nin, Teddy
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I like this illustration, it makes me think of how fond Teddy is of melon. ♥

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Sluggy
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Coffee Smoothie, take 2

1 cup strong coffee
3/4 cup silken tofu
1 T. almond butter
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
2 packets Splenda
1 cup ice
1/2 banana

Much better following the original recipe with the addition of the banana. Next time add some unsweetened cocoa powder. I didn't particularly like the cardamom so leave it out next time.

Home sick today with gall bladder. Really hoping there's a cancellation so I can get in to see surgeon earlier than next week. This is for the birds.

Am officially old. I've been watching Wolf Hall on Sunday nights and love it but find I really do have to watch it again to get it all. It's on at 10 and I'm falling asleep during it! Fortunately there's PBS on demand, which makes me question why I even bother watching Sunday night but there you go, it's a lifetime of shows being available to watch one time and maybe a second for reruns.

Aww, Sluggy ... haven't seen a slug for a while though there are tons of tiny tree frogs croaking in the back yard. I'm always amazed at how much sound a creature the size of my thumbnail can make.

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Chocolate rolo
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More chocolate reviews:

World Market Dark Chocolate Pomegranate. Meh. Edible, slight tartness from pomegranate. Probably won't buy again.

World Market Sea Salt Dark Chocolate. Meh. Interesting because you do actually crunch salt crystals, which is pleasant at first but builds up to too much salt. So wouldn't get again.

Dars Bitter Chocolate. Isn't really as dark as the label indicates but is delicious. Melts in the mouth with a smooth silky texture.

So far the Dove dark chocolate bite size pieces make my mouth the happiest. Onward :-)

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Yavanna
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Today's smoothie OK, nothing delicious but I do like the spinach. Need to figure out what order to pack the ingredients and how much liquid. Am screwing this up and things get stuck.

1/2 banana
Handful of strawberries. I think not enough, am being too stingy.
1 blob of peanut butter.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 handful baby spinach
3 ice cubes

Not enough flavor and not sweet enough. More strawberries, a packet of Splenda, maybe a squeeze of lime or lemon. Also, buy:

- almond butter
- some kind of seed like flax
- some kind of protein powder
- cardamom
- unsweetened cocoa powder

I got an Amazon Fire Stick for my tv. It made me ridiculously pleased to figure out I can now watch Plushy Youtube videos on my tv to my heart's content. Have a good Sunday :-)

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latte drinking liberal elitist
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Maybe going to keep track of smoothie trials though not that purple thing from yesterday.

Coffee Smoothie

1 cup strong decaf coffee
3/4 cup silken tofu
1 T. almond peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon cardamom cinnamon
2 T. agave syrup 2 packets Splenda
1 cup ice

Blend it up. Pretty good. Cinnamon maybe too strong and a bit bitter, get cardamom. Also think of putting in a half banana next time. Might be good to take in the car on the way to work.

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