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Star-Shaped Summer [Jul. 13th, 2011|02:31 pm]
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Cucumber Cooler [Jul. 13th, 2011|02:25 pm]
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This delicious juice has been a staple for me lately.

6 ribs celery
1 lemon
3 cucumbers
1-2 apple
1 small bunch Italian parsley (plus a little to garnish, optionally)
1 green cocktail umbrella (optional)

Place all ingredients in juicer,
beginning with the lemon and celery to better
prevent the apple from oxidizing when juiced.

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Happy Birthday, Cats [Jul. 13th, 2011|02:15 pm]
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Mister Gorgeous and Mister Precious
just turned 8 years old!

Meanwhile, Little Sprite has just celebrated 4 years!

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Happy Birthday, cats!

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Speaking of... [Feb. 16th, 2011|01:55 pm]
I highly recommend the Life series if you haven't seen it.
(It's sometimes aired on Discovery Channel with Oprah narrating,
but I recommend the British version narrated by David Attenborough.)
It's an up-close-and-personal view of places and creatures on Earth
you just normally aren't privy to experience.
The creative filming methods they use and the things they
are able to capture are just incredible.
I watch with my jaw on the floor and wish I
were doing what they are for a living.
Really, really, really beautiful stuff!
My favorite.

On the subject of documentaries, a coworker recently helped me
locate The World According to Monsanto, which I had been desperate to watch.
It's a nauseating view of the corruption within food and agriculture industry.
I'm a sponge for that kind of thing.

We got to talking and he recommended I watch Gasland.
It's on Netflix, so we got to watch it recently.
Another startling, nausea-inducing watch.
Just heartbreaking.
It's a really well-done film, but the information presented
alone is incredibly poignant and horrifying.
A big, sad look at the big, sad state of affairs of the world.
Money supersedes the population's health and well-being, etc..

The good, the bad, and the ugly.
And I highly recommend all three.

I'd like to ask for documentary recommendations.
I am asking, in fact!
Something beautiful or something terrible, lay it on me.
Give me more information to store in my brain.
Anyone get into documentaries? What are some of your favorites?

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Good Relaxation [Feb. 16th, 2011|01:29 pm]
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I love using wigs as hats in the winter time.
I'm pretty prone to stylistic capriciousness, so it's good to be able
to throw on a wig for a satisfyingly immediate change.
But they do keep you much warmer than hats!
I like this black one as it's pretty much the antithesis of my
current hair color (or lack thereof).
Fun little insulation.

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Tremendous anxiety lately, trying hard to keep it at bay.
We've been enjoying sled-riding, homemade mango smoothies,
and Life, my favorite show Mitch bought me on blu-ray.

Had a lovely weekend, and another one is in store.
Going to Cleveland to visit my dad and his wife, and then staying at Kaylee and Brian's.
Good company, good movies, good food, good wine, good shopping.
Good relaxation.
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(no subject) [Jan. 25th, 2011|02:35 pm]
You really do not realize all the things you need to go out and do
all the time until you do not have a car....!

Family and friends have been SO wonderful to us
in helping us get where we need to go.
It's just incredibly nerve-wracking not being able to get yourself
to the grocery store and whatever other stores you need to get to,
to the bank, to and from work (I can walk to work, luckily),
to appointments, and just around to any sort of errands you need to run.
Don't forget anything at the store, or you're screwed.
We hobbled through the snow several times to get an ingredient for dinner, etc..

A month and a half later, we finally got a car.

And we're doing so much better physically.
I'm still not big on being in a car at all...
The anxiety really revs up going through an intersection or waiting to turn.
I don't know that I'll ever get over that, but lately it has just been
so great to finally be able to put all of this behind us for the most part.

We had a whirlwind Christmas and a beautiful, low-key New Year's Eve.

These were taken when we went to see the car for the last time
to make sure all our things were out of it
(which was difficult to do as you couldn't really get inside -
pretty sure we lost a few minor things).

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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2010|02:46 pm]
Mitch and I were in a bad car accident.
I'm not really sure what's all happened in the past 48 hours or so.
Our little Sunfire was T-boned by one of those asinine, unnecessarily giant pickup trucks.
I was turning left on yellow to clear the intersection,
he was accelerating, yes accelerating to get through the light because he's an asshole.
It was the most horrifying thing.
Our car went up in the air a bit, every window shattered, the airbags were suffocating.
The sunroof flew off and landed about 20 feet away.
There was blood everywhere, it was loud, it was terrifying, I was hysterical.

I'm all kinds of bruised and beaten up.
They had to pull a bunch of glass out of Mitchell's forehead,
he has all sorts of cuts and gashes, and
they pretty much had to sew his ear back on.
This is so messed up, it kills me to type this.
We're home now but not very mobile.
Every sort of anything hurts,
all movement is excruciating.

Our car we've been struggling to pay off over the past 5 years or so
is completely totaled. We only had 3 months more to pay it off.
It's all crushed and folded up and looks so scary.
I pretty much can't believe we survived this.

We both have to take a while off work and also
somehow pay for everything because contrary to what everyone thought
would happen, I got cited for this.
I hardly ever drive, probably only 5% of the time,
but somehow I happened to be driving then.
I've never really felt comfortable driving anyhow, and
I am NEVER driving again.

I am SO glad Mitchell's okay. I so wish
I would have been in the passenger side.
Everyone says don't beat yourself up about it,
but how can you not???
I'm just still in shock....

I feel like I got hit by a truck or something....
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Sing While You May [Nov. 18th, 2010|11:32 am]
We had a rather transcendent experience on the perfectly
gorgeous and rainy weekend before Halloween.

We saw The The Legendary Pink Dots on their 30th anniversary tour.

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The night had been a dream of ours for a very long time.

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It's been a daunting year 2010 for The Dots, having to deal with,
among other issues, two of their members leaving the band,
guitarist Martijn De Kleer and extraordinary flautist/wind player Niels Van Hoorn.

Nevertheless, Edward Ka-Spel, Erik Drost and The Silverman packed
The Grog Shop (a very sexy, intimite venue, one of our favorites) and delivered
a savory and really exquisite night of music and emotion.

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Hocking Hills [Oct. 27th, 2010|10:40 am]
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Perry Bible Fellowship [Oct. 12th, 2010|10:19 am]
I love this comic.

Here are some of my favorites.

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