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Yesterday we had our small office party- cheese pizza, hot spinach artichoke dip, fresh berries and caramel filled brownies.

Today, another party- turkey and ham with all the trimmings, garlic bread, shrimp, chips and dip, veggies and dip. Desserts included a three layer chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing, M&M cookies and sugar cookies.

And I have another party tonight!


Dec. 20th, 2012 10:35 am
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I just uttered the sentence, "Sir, Jesse Ventura is not a credible news source."

It's going to be a long day.
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Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know it. However, it will be another winter solstice. If you really want to do something- go be nice to people. Hug your dog or your kid or your gecko. Pay a compliment. Tell your family you love them. Smile. Don't do because the world is ending- do it because it's not.


Dec. 18th, 2012 03:17 pm
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#1- Spinach dip, hummus, Italian meats wrapped around cheese, shrimp, mini tacos, flautas, spanakopita, mini egg rolls, pierogies, meatballs in barbecue sauce and pigs in a blanket. Desserts included bourbon balls, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes and mint-chocolate chip cookies.

#2- Chips and dip, shrimp, fresh fruit and veggies. Dessert- flan, mini, eclairs, mini napoleons, chocolate covered cream puffs, mini cupcakes and M&M chocolate chunk cookies.

Dinner? What's that?
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Meatballs in a teryiaki sauce, shrimp- plain and herbed, hot wings, mac and cheese, roast chicken and mashed potatoes.

Followed by Yule log, peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses, homemade Whoopie pies, rice crispie treats, cupcakes and brownies.

I think I'm skipping dinner tonight. *g*
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I just reread Laurie Colwin's two cookbooks, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. She is not the author to go to for complicated, elaborate recipes. But if you want to know how to roast a chicken, make potato pancakes that will melt your arteries or other simple, homely food ideas, grab her books. She writes in the style of M.F.K Fisher, but with her own flair. Each recipe has a story attached. Plus, how can you not love a cookbook author who writes about horrible dinners she has had- and made?
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1. Mini meatballs, chicken wings, cornbread stuffing, cream puffs and Oreo ice cream cake.

2. Mini meatballs, barbecued beef, pulled pork, tiny delicious rolls and vanilla cake.
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Today's delight- dark chocolate fountain with chunks of pineapple, whole strawberries, regular and chocolate doughnut holes and mini cream puffs, still slightly frozen in the center. I feel quite mellow now.

Also, I've just spent the last ten minutes arranging poinsettias in the library. We have three, plus two more in the waiting room. I put the pink one in the little window and it looks divine!
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Watching Doomsday Preppers and feeling very sorry for that poor Colombian woman who's marrying a prepper- she didn't know this till now, she's just landed in the US and he's running her through a drill before she's been here 12 hours. Methinks this does not auger well.
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Stay safe! And if possible, stay home!

Fingers crossed for us all,

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I have been musing on a passage from CP Snow's The Search since the verdict came out. Snow was an English chemist and physicist, and also a well-known novelist. “The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, don't you see, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.”

I would agree wholeheartedly with the last sentence and the first. However, the middle one is where I'm hitting a sticking point. There's a big difference between "I thought, based on the evidence, that A would be the result and instead B happened because of factors I was not aware of at the time," and "I deliberately suppressed evidence that supported B being the result."

I am an Alaskan. I lived in a place that, like Italy, is geologically active. You cannot live in such a region without potential risk. Do I like that fact? No. Does it mean that I should blame the scientists when an earthquake happens? No. I get that the survivors want someone to be at fault, but they're targeting the wrong people. Why not go after the builders who put up substandard housing that collapsed? Why not recognize that a prediction is just that- what the scientist thinks will happen?

This verdict is a foolish, childish reaction. Scientists will now be feel constrained to overpredict to cover themselves, therefore triggering an inevitable "boy who cried wolf" scenario. Or, they will be too afraid to predict at all, knowing they could end up in jail if people don't like their responses.
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In honor of The Hobbit's publication 75 years ago today, people around the world are having Second Breakfasts at 11am local time.

My office decided to take part. We have egg salad sandwiches, mini cream biscuits with clotted cream and strawberry jam, Nutella, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, apples, whipped cream and pastries. And English breakfast tea.
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“Looking back, we were really very privileged to live in that thin slice of history where we changed how man looks at himself, and what he might become, and where he might go,” Mr. Armstrong said in a 2001 NASA oral history project. “So I’m very thankful.”

So are we, Neil.
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Mini meatballs, tiny chicken salad sandwiches, yummy fresh fruit and mini cupcakes.

I am replete.
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Did you know Madeleine L'Engle wrote adult fiction? It's not as well-known as her young-adult and children's books, but they're generally good. I just finished rereading two of them, Certain Women and A Severed Wasp.

Certain Women is the story of Emma Wheaton, a noted theater actress and daughter of acclaimed stage actor David Wheaton. She has put her career on hold to spend time with her dying father as he works through his memories and his life, using the parallel of a role he very much wanted to play- biblical King David. Emma also begins to deal with past traumas and learns to let go and look to the future.
I found the biblical interweaving really worked here- David Wheaton's personal life was certainly busy, with eight wives, and the linking of them to biblical counterparts was very effective. I'd definitely recommend this one.

In A Severed Wasp,, sequel to The Small Rain, famed concert pianist Katherine Vigneras returns to New York after having lived for decades in Europe. Now in her seventies, she has just retired from performing, but a chance encounter with an old acquaintence who is now the former Episcopalian Bishop of New York brings her new challenges as she looks back over her life.
The interweaving of memory and present is occasionally confusing, but generally enjoyable. I also enjoyed the reintroduction of characters from other books. The Young Unicorn's Josiah 'Dave' Davidson makes an appearance, all grown up, as does Mimi Oppenheimer from A Winter's Love L'Engle brings people in without shoehorning them or making it feel clunky. Another recommendation.
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1. That I do not have an outdoor job- 97F yesterday and today. Blech.

2. That I had enough energy to work out when I got home, even if it was a truncated workout.

3. That I didn't have to cook dinner.

1. That I was able to donate blood today!

2. That tomorrow is Friday.

3. That I already planned to go out to eat tonight, because I don't want to cook tonight either.
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1. That I do not work as a fishmonger. *g*

2. That there was a Thai place near my cooking class last night because I've been craving sticky rice with mango. So good!

3. That shrimp are on sale today so I can practice what I learned last night.

1. That it's not blazingly hot today.

2. That my home internet should be fixed tonight.

3. That today is Friday!
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My home internet's down so I had to wait till today. Lessee:

1. I can work out at home. I'm up to 80 pushups!

2. Comfortable temperatures this week and not getting caught in the rain again.

3. Denim. It's too hot to wear it outside, but I do love my jeans.
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1. Bellydance- I've got class tonight!

2. Trader Joe's Mint Melange herb tea- it's delicious and really, really cheap at $2 a box.

3. Good friends.
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1. Dogs! Balls of unconditional love and snuggles.

2. Books. Reading makes me happy. Always has.

3. Music- the cheapest and safest mood-alteration around. *g*
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