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Come find me at DW if y'all are leaving LJ please
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I really should write more .... tomorrow I leave fore Pennsic for 2 weeks.  If you read my journal, go to Pennsic and want to know where to find me to come say hi - leave me a comment.

Enjoy yourselves and be good y'all.
make_your_move: (easter eggs)
Anyone have any favorite sites? Feeling creative and want to make or send me some?
make_your_move: (Power of good or evil)
I wish I knew where to get one :)

make_your_move: (Power of good or evil)
Yesterday's cooking class was Indian food, here is the menu
Pani Puri with Khajur Imli ki Chutney
Samosas (beef & peas)
Aloo Mattar (potatoes & green peas w/ tomatoes)
Vegetable Biryani
Chicken Makhani (Butter Chicken)
Naam (or Naan)
Gulab Jabun (Indian Doughnuts)

The pani puri was good, but a bit fiddly in the frying of them - you have to be careful not to over fry them or they become tough. I don't normally like Chutney - but this one (khajur imli) was good. The samosas were tasty, but a bit spicy for me. [ profile] lapsedagnostic really liked them as is (I brought home leftovers). The Aloo Mattar was fairly easy and straightforward, and pretty tasty. I really liked the Biryani, no adjustment needed. The Butter Chicken also fairly easy - but a bit on the bland side for me. Of course my comparison is the one that I like from our local indian restaurant. That recipe would require some adjustments next time I make it. The naan is a simple dough, but this one is dough-y, not thin like the way it is served in most restaurants. The Gulab Jabun (doughnuts) also fairly easy to make and syrup is really, really good. Have to be careful while frying them as not to burn them (will probably use a thermometer if I make this at home to check the heat of the oil).

Next week I may take another class (it was not included in my class package) - which is the Paella/Tapas class.
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Those who know me, probably also know I'm 2nd generation German - so why would [ profile] make_your_move want to take a cooking class on German food? Because there was some new stuff I had done before :) Here is the menu for today:

Salatsauce (salad dressing)
Rouladen (stuffed, rolled beef)
Grüner Spargelsalat mit Kraütersauce (Asparagus w/ Herb Sauce)
Rodkraut/Rodkohl (Red Cabbage)
Sauerbraten (marinated beef)
Kartoffelklöße (Potato Dumplings)
German Apple Pudding cake
German Chocolate Cake

I've never actually made pretzels from scratch, so I asked the chef early if I could work on those. I had to wait a long time for them to rise (probably not that long, but it felt like it) I was a little nervous about dumping them in the water bath before baking them, but all was well. They came out yummy, but needed more salt.

I made the Shnitzel sauce (mushroom and cream sauce), I had a hand in the potato dumplings. And I made the apple pudding cake which was delightful and easy to make. Then we ate, and now I'm stuffed
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The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery and Arthur M. Sackler gallery have digitized 40,000 pieces of art and are making them available for free on the web -
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I ran across this article this morning on "7 Cultural Concepts that we don't have in the US" - which intrigued me. They all sound like some things that I/we could incorporate into our lives this year to make day-to-day life a little richer and better.

Shinrin-Yoku - is a Japanese term that means "forest bathing" and unlike the Norwegian translation above, this one seems a perfect language fit (though a pretty similar idea). The idea being that spending time in the forest and natural areas is good preventative medicine, since it lowers stress, which causes or exacerbates some of our most intractable health issues. As MNN's Catie Leary details, this isn't just a nice idea — there's science behind it: "The "magic" behind forest bathing boils down to the naturally produced allelochemic substances known as phytoncides, which are kind of like pheromones for plants. Their job is to help ward off pesky insects and slow the growth of fungi and bacteria. When humans are exposed to phytoncides, these chemicals are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, relieve stress and boost the growth of cancer-fighting white blood cells. Some common examples of plants that give off phytoncides include garlic, onion, pine, tea tree and oak, which makes sense considering their potent aromas."

Friluftsliv — pronounced free-loofts-liv — was first published in 1859, appearing in a poem by renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen )

Hygge - togetherness or coziness )

Wabi-Sabi, embracing the imperfect )

Kaizen - continuous improvement )

Gemülichkeit - means more than just cozy )

Jugaad - innovative fix )
make_your_move: (Power of good or evil)
Found at Red Teams:


Rule 1: Always have an escape plan
Rule 2: Be aware of your surroundings.
Rule 3: Assumption is the mother of all fuckups.
Rule 4: Always have a backup plan.
Rule 5: Never get caught.
Rule 6: Keep your mouth shut.
Rule 7: KISS: Keep it simple, stupid.
Rule 8: Simple and light equals freedom, agility and mobility.
Rule 9: Plan, execute and vanish.
Rule 10: You don’t have to like it-you just have to do it.
Rule 11: Always invest in good quality stuff.
Rule 12: Trust your gut.



A simplification of the current rules.

Rule 1: Always have an escape plan
Rule 2: Never get caught.
Rule 3: Be aware of your surroundings.
Rule 4: Always have a backup plan.
Rule 5: Assumption is the mother of all fuckups.
Rule 6: Trust your gut.
Rule 7: Simple and light equals freedom, agility and mobility.
Rule 8: KISS: Keep it simple, stupid.
Rule 9: The solution is in the problem.
Rule 10: Don't become predictable.
Rule 11: Never take the elevator.
Rule 12: Always invest in good quality stuff.

Further rules can be found here:
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Headed off to Pennsic. Come find me and say hi :)
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It's been 7 years since [ profile] wilfulcait passed away. I miss her smile, her laugh, her sense of humor and sense of adventure.

But I'm happy - I'm happy she was part of my life. I'm happy she touched the lives of so many others and I only wish she'd been able to say around to make more memories and stories. Breast cancer sucks ….

Cait actually introduced me to [ profile] webqatch and it's another of the things that makes me really happy. [ profile] webqatch has been walking or supporting the Walk to end breast cancer for Cait and Bobby and all the other women who've had to deal with it. If you can, please consider going here: and following the links to donate.
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I'm searching for an identical hard drive to the one that died and appealing to my geek-type friends for help - it was an ASUS laptop. Here's what the tech wrote:

"It has to be a Momentus 7200.3, 320 GB with a date 09354 and the Site is WU. This will be the easiest way of keeping the financial cost down by finding this exact drive so we can transfer the data over."

Please help if you can, or put the word out to any of your geek friends that might be able to help. I would really, really appreciate it.


Jul. 17th, 2013 11:37 am
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Leaving for Pennsic in a couple of days. If you're going and need to know where to find me, or want me to find you, leave me a comment.

OMG _ must finish packing!
make_your_move: (Inara - Firefly - complicated)
I don't know how many people read LJ anymore - I used to have a poly filter on here which I need to dust off - or just (fuck it) create a new one.

I need a place to talk and right now none of it's pretty. I need advice. I need perspective.

If you're reading me - and you're poly (or at least understand it well) - and you're interested in being a sounding board, speak up.

Otherwise I'll just scream into the void I guess.
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I need to post something under filters from the post pages on LJ - but I can't see to find where I can direct it to a filter.

make_your_move: (Inara - Firefly - complicated)
Right Here Waiting"

Ocean's apart day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn't stop the pain

If I see you next to never
How can we say forever

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

I took for granted, all the times
That I thought would last somehow
I hear the laughter, I taste the tears
But I can't get near you now

Oh, can't you see it baby
You've got me going crazy


I wonder how we can survive
This romance
But in the end if I'm with you
I'll take the chance

Oh, can't you see it baby
You've got me going crazy
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The only thing I need to do is be here now ....

Saw this morning through the ever wise [ profile] dicea a quote I need to see and read and take to heart.

“If there is no joy, ease, or lightness in what you are doing, it does not necessarily mean that you need to change what you are doing. It may be sufficient to change the how. “How” is always more important than “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.

Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents. This implies that you also completely accept what is, because you cannot give your full attention to something and at the same time resist it.

As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out of present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love—even the most simple action.”
-Eckhart Tolle
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