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"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."~Jung - - "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."~Wilde
- - "The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. "~Einstein
Watching Time Fly
May. 14th, 2010 @ 02:25 pm feeling like a Francophile
I'm in quite the mood today. But you know, somedays one just must listen to French music all day in the office, and daydream about running away to Paris to eat proper cheese and butter and be in love with each day.

I blame:

* imaginarycircus for her posts from her current trip to Paris
* Finally getting around to reading Little Brown Pen, which I've had bookmarked since I bought a couple of things from their Etsy site
* This music video Claire Denamur "Le Prince Charmant" directed by Toben Seymour

I plan to:

* Get Priceless and Jeux d'enfants to watch this weekend
* Try roasting flour (http://pierregagnaire.com/francais/modernite/2004/farine.htm)... can anyone help me with the directions? Click the recipe link for «Sablé à la farine torréfiée»- does the flour get heated on the stovetop or in the oven? How high?
* Watch Le Prince Charmant a couple hundred times more
* Read I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
Jul. 16th, 2009 @ 04:01 pm Mmmmmm...
Can you even imagine this with marshmallow creme on top?
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Jul. 4th, 2009 @ 08:03 pm One of the coolest things I've ever seen...
Apr. 28th, 2009 @ 03:02 pm April 28th, 2009
Today is beautiful because the grass has become a brilliant green and glittered in the morning light, millions of remaining raindrop prisms making ordinary lawns a sight to behold.
Mar. 18th, 2009 @ 11:01 pm
Why isn't quince grown in the Midwest???
Mar. 18th, 2009 @ 10:20 pm
Jet lag and wine do not mix well.
Jan. 20th, 2009 @ 09:57 pm Powerful, perfect words...
Praise Song for the Day

Each day
we go about our business,
walking past each other,
catching each other's eyes,
or not.
About to speak, or speaking.
All about us is noise.
All about us is noise and bramble,
thorn and din, each one of our ancestors
on our tongues.

Someone is stitching up a hem,
darning a hole in a uniform.
patching a tire.
Repairing the things in need of repair.
Someone is trying to make music somewhere
with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,
with cello, boom-box, harmonica, voice.
A woman and her son wait for the bus.
A farmer considers the changing sky.
A teacher says, "Take out your pencils.

We encounter each other in words,
words spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed.
Words to consider, reconsider.
We cross dirt roads and highways
that mark the will of someone
and then others who said,
"I need to see what's on the other side.
I know there's something better down the road.
We need to find a place where we are safe."
We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

Say it plain: That many have died for this day.
Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,
who laid the train tracks,
raised the bridges,
picked the cotton and the lettuce,
built, brick by brick, the glittering edifices
they would then keep clean and work inside of.
Praise song for struggle.
Praise song for the day.
Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,
the figuring it out at kitchen tables.

Some live by "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
Others by "First, do no harm,"
or "Take no more than you need."
What if the mightiest word
is love?
Love beyond marital, filial, national.
Love that casts a widening pool of light.
Love with no need to preempt grievance.

In today's sharp sparkle, this
winter air, any thing can be made,
any sentence begun.
On the brink,
on the brim,
on the cusp,
praise song for walking forward in that light.

Elizabeth Alexander
Jan. 8th, 2009 @ 05:30 pm Laughs
Dec. 22nd, 2008 @ 11:48 pm Figs. Dark Chocolate. Brandy. Oh, my!
I've been EXTREMELY spoiled this Christmas. I received a box of Rabitos Royale Fig BonBons. Though after actually eating one (because just seeing the box made me excited), I called my friend to rescind my thanks- because these aren't just an incredibly indulgent, amazingly decadent treat, they are more addictive than heroin. Seriously. She laughed, because she knew exactly how I felt, as it was her reaction when she first came across them as well.

I also received a jar of fig preserves, which I'm tempted to open and eat with a spoon, just to keep from consuming the entire box of Rabitos. MMMMMMMMM! Figs!!
Dec. 14th, 2008 @ 12:56 am Pear Butter
OMG. Just got done with the Pear Butter... it is SOOOOOOO delicious, I can't even tell you. I had several recipes, and had attempted one recipe first, which didn't work out well for me, and I didn't even bother canning it.

But this time I used this one:
Epicurious/Bon Appétit Spiced Pear Butter

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I think part of the amazing flavor was the incredible orange I happened to grab. And I finally figured out how to use my food mill properly. Reading and following directions can make such a difference, who knew?

Amazing, really, I highly, highly recommend this recipe. I don't even want to give this stuff away, holidays or not ;)
Apr. 2nd, 2008 @ 10:12 pm HA! So THERE!

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Mar. 26th, 2008 @ 07:45 pm Vintage Button Pendants
So, here's what I've been working on since seeing the idea elsewhere. I'm so happy to find something productive to do with the fantastic buttons that I inherited, while they are special, I don't want them to forever be confined to a collection in jars.

Hopefully I can add them to my Etsy site tonight. Though it's nearly 8pm, and I haven't bothered heating up leftovers for supper yet...

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Mar. 25th, 2008 @ 04:22 pm LJ- alternative?
Is anyone familiar with http://www.gather.com/ ??
Mar. 13th, 2008 @ 02:56 pm Basic Account Fiasco
smeddley has read my mind and expressed the same feelings I have after initially being appalled last night about the basic account changes. However, she has hit upon an absolutely brilliant alternative plan as well! If only people with as much logic, common sense, and creativity as she has were running the show.

Why No More Basic Accounts isn't about Entitlement, Being Sneaky and Lame is Stupid, Everyone Hates Flashing Advertising, and even a Solution
Mar. 12th, 2008 @ 10:15 pm FYI
Basic Account is an option available to accounts which were created before March 12, 2008. No account created after this date can be turned into a Basic Account. Basic Accounts will not have any advertising displayed on their accounts, but will have fewer benefits and features.

However, even if it's still March 12th where you are (as it is here), this window of inopportunity has already closed.

Seriously, I really fucking hate ads. If I didn't I'd be on MySpace at this point. I hope none of you were planning on opening new accounts or creating new communities.

Mar. 6th, 2008 @ 08:57 pm
Just an FYI, I've only gotten about a third of my LJ comments since yesterday (that I've noticed anyway). So if I haven't responded to a comment, that's probably why. Very frustrating!
Feb. 3rd, 2008 @ 01:46 pm Yes We Can
This little video makes my heart swell. It really does. I'm impressed, not because there are people in the video that I recognize from tv, music, & movies, not because it is put together creatively, I'm impressed by the words and the message, because you know what, I NEED to believe we can, and that there is still hope. I had lost that, and any belief I had in the humanity of my country and society. I need these words, I need this hope. I had heard the speech before, but this remix set to music just makes it all the more powerful.
Feb. 1st, 2008 @ 04:22 pm Lock her up and throw away the key...
Well, I think the time has come to make my journal friends only. Yep, that's right, my meager, but endearing friends list, from here on out it's just you and me.

I *know* one should not expect much privacy when posting anywhere on the web, but while before it was a matter of people perhaps randomly coming across my journal, or following a comment I may have made some where else to learn a bit more about me, it seems every few months there's a new announcement in news with either a security mishap, or new opt-out-only feature that can advertise any unlocked post on an Explore page, or banning people based on a listed interest (it wasn't something that effected me personally, but I removed all my interests anyway, my own way of responding). I've opted out of inclusion in web searches, and opted out of LJ 'Exploring' my posts, but who knows what it will be next time around. I've paid for this month so I can go back and lock everything. *sigh*

C'est la vie

Edited to add: That makes 883 public posts to lock. wow.