145 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  1. I have been debating making brownies for days, but you just decided me! I will add pecans and that will alleviate the guilt. (I don’t feel guilty about a single brownie, or even three or four, but baking brownies invariably leads to eating the whole pan. Not that that’s the end of the world, but it does inspire guilt!)

    Apart from that, after several days of not writing, yesterday I reminded myself to just tell the damn story and even though this draft now has a page or two that feels like info-dump, I think I can finally move on. So my working Wednesday will be a baking and writing Wednesday. And watching the ocean, because I’m currently camped in Nova Scotia, and it’s gray and misty outside, my favorite type of ocean day. Plus, the Bay of Fundy has gigantic crows for seagulls so staring into space is quite lovely.

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      1. I’m at Glooscap Campground in Parrsboro. It’s crazily beautiful. If I had the internet, I’d post so many pictures, including 20 shots of the same view at different times of day and in different weather. But I highly recommend it!

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  2. I’m working on taking care of myself and creating moments of joy and peace.

    Last week I learned my latest treatment did bupkis so my tumors multiplied and got bigger which is affecting my breathing. I had a procedure Monday that was supposed to help but they couldn’t expand the airways at all. Tomorrow I start new chemo that I’ve been warned will be tougher than my previous treatments.

    So today I’m working on self care. I have a pulmonologist appointment in the morning when I’ll also get my flu shot. Then I’ve scheduled massage and counseling sessions. Afterward, a photographer friend offered to take some photos of my husband and me before I lose my hair again. I’ll likely need a nap at that point!

    Finally this evening we’re going to see our friends’ awesome feminist nerdy and dirty band, the Misbehavin Maidens, play at an Irish pub where I’ll have a delicious veggie burger with bread pudding and a rumchata-based drink.

    I will find and create joy and peace, regardless of the work required.

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    1. I’m sorry there are stumbling blocks, but awesome for you for taking care of yourself. Hope all is well soon

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    2. I am so sorry it didn’t help. Hopefully this next treatment will and the doctor over stated the side effects.

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    3. Oh, honey, it sounds as if you’re doing everything right. Good for you for going out tonight. I can’t remember if I’ve said this before–memory like a sieve here–but I used to get chemo every Friday afternoon after school and then go home to a houseful of teachers who were laughing and playing cards and drinking and we’d have a wonderful time and then they’d go home and I’d sleep, feeling so much better because I’d laughed. The nurses at the chemo lab thought that was brilliant because stress makes chemo so much worse, and–hello–chemo is stressful. Of course, then I used to throw up until Thursday but you can’t have everything. The Irish pub plan is brilliant. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers for you from Argh.

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      1. Laughter sounds wonderful. I’m lucky enough that I get to see different people each chemo sp it’s kind of like socializing. I’m working on getting my medical marijuana card so hopefully the nausea won’t be as bad as they expect :/

        When in doubt I’ll listen to audiobooks to laugh 🙂

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    4. My cancer came back too and they have started me on the “last chance” chemo. I go every Tuesday for two different kinds. Have only had one treatment (emergency surgery interrupted ) and there were a couple of off days, but then better. Did loose my hair, though, darn it. This time around I am not going to even bother with a scarf, which I hated – just a cap! Hopefully the chemo will ease your breathing and you will have good days. Sending good thoughts always.

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      1. I’m so sorry you’re going through that. Crossing fingers the “last chance” chemo does the trick. And that you have some fabulous caps to keep your head warm.

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      2. Oh, RG, that’s awful. One good thing about hair loss: it’s supposed to come back in curly. Mine just broke off in clumps so it’s still straight as a stick. “Last chance” is not “no chance” so this will do it. Thinking of you and sending amazing vibes your way.

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      3. Thank you. I hope you have fantastic caps. I’m mostly in denial about my odds at this point. I figure last chances have to sometimes work out, right?

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    5. Bethany, each day I think of you. I send strong vibes to ease your creation of joy and peace. All the hugs, dear.

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    6. Oh, good luck to both of you, Bethany and RanchGirl. Hoping for totally successful chemo and heaps of moments of joy and peace for you.

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  3. Book is with the editor, so I have a sixteen-point to-do list for yesterday and today, including following up with a lot of the yesterday’s stuff. Sigh.

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  4. Mother-in-law is coming into town today, so it is tidying and laundry day. We get along pretty well, but I still want all my ducks in a row.

    I’d like to make some cookies (for husband’s class and my class both tomorrow), but honestly with the time crunch, everyone may get homemade fudge. Much faster thanks to sweetened condensed milk 😉

    I’d also like to do some prep work for my class tomorrow (new semester and new students), but I don’t have my new textbook just yet and my printer died which killed my awesome idea for classroom props. So, winging it!

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  5. Lasagna rolls. You put sauce on the bottom of the pan. Put a layer of filling (meat, veggies, cheese) on a flat piece of cooked noodle. Roll noodle up. Put sauce and optional cheese on top.
    You use the same number of noodles (12 for the standard pan), but it portions itself. No longer do you need to worry about a slice falling apart on a spatula into a sorry heap on the plate!

    I’ve also been experimenting with frito pie (fritos, chili, cheese). Last time I added nopales (cactus), this time I’ll be adding kale and probably carrots.

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    1. Oooooh, must try lasagna rolls. I was about to say, “but what about the layers,” and then I thought it through: rolls, Jenny, the layers happen when you roll it.

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      1. For those, you probably have to adjust the sauce and spice profiles to fit. Something a little sweeter, maybe using cream cheese instead of ricotta, less mozzarella more celery, etc.
        But now you’ve got me thinking about a full-on New Orleans variant. I’ve seen Tex-Mex variant lasagna before, but I could see a creamy jamabalaya style working pretty well!

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  6. I’m getting my new computer set up and ready for work later on today. We are going to pull the remaining tomatoes and corn and get the greenhouse put to bed for winter. I think that’s about it for today. I’m gone for the weekend but I’m going to try to get in some painting and drywalling in the laundry room done tomorrow. Maybe.

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  7. After all the flurry of getting ready for Florence, we were spared much of the brunt of it, at least in my corner of NC. I’ve seen pictures of a friend’s house down east with water up to the eaves. No fun at all.

    Meanwhile, we also are getting ready for a visit from my Dad. He’s fun and cool, and will be a joy to have around. It’s been a good exercise to get rid of piles of paper etc. and general straightening up.

    The facebook crochet group has been a bad influence. Now there is a crochet along, making a blanket. I told myself I wasn’t going to do it, but I caved. I chose my own colors, rather than using the kit, but my first week is done: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnyUK2jF9qi/?hl=en&tagged=workingwednesdaypix

    Beside that, I put the final touches on my polka dot quilt, and will be entering it in the State Fair in a couple of weeks. It’s a happy quilt that I know my sister will enjoy once I’m done showing it off.

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      1. Wow, love that! I love the colors, and especially the polka dots on the back side.
        So, why do dots polka? This may be the first time I’ve written out polka dots, so the thought occurs.

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  8. I’m getting the closet upstairs painted preparing for it to be turned (back) into a second bathroom. Trying to catch up on promo for the upcoming Little Book of Cat Magic, my writing, and do an energy healing session on my regular weekly client. No brownies for me, alas.

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  9. It’s my mom’s 74th birthday (and also Talk Like a Pirate Day, which for some reason I find incredibly hilarious) so there’s chili in the crock pot and baked potatoes ready for the oven to auto start while I’m at work. Come to think of it, my Working Wednesday was more a Preparation Tuesday, but it feels so good to have things done ahead of time that I’ll take the credit anyway. 🙂

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  10. I’m thinking seriously about a major living room renovation. I used to have this HUGE whiteboard that was an absolute necessity as I got toward the end of a first draft, but I also used to have a huge house. Now I have a tiny cottage that has windows and doors in every wall and very few places to put a huge white board. Krissie suggested the stairwall and I think I could get a 4’x6′ one there, although I’d have to add lights because the stairwell is dark. Or I could move the giant TV she made me buy to a corner unit and put it on the wall across from the LaZBoy that is my office. Of course that really makes my living room my office but it’s my living room, I can do that. The stair wall is easier–no big changes just hang the board–but I like the idea of staring at the whole book. Cogitating.

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    1. Is your big TV a flat screen? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could hang a whiteboard on the back of it and get a mount that would allow you to swing it from one to the other? Don’t imagine that’s possible, but it would be fun!

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          1. And put it where? There is no place that’s big enough for a rolling white board, most of these rooms are 9’x9′ except for the living room.

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          2. Move it where it blocks the windows &/or doors. A temporary spot when not in front of the tv. Just guessing of possible options

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        1. You know, whiteboard in stairwell also sounds like a disaster setup, what with notes and markers and dogs and all. Of course, I’m biased after last year’s tumble down the attic stairs.

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    2. The problem with putting it in the living room sounds like you will never get away from it. I find that sometimes getting totally away from something for a while lets it percolate in my subconscious.

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      1. I never get away from it anyway. I think about the book while I’m staring down romaine in the produce department.

        I’m thinking seriously about ordering the white board and deciding where to put it when it gets here. I really want that whiteboard.

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        1. Ha! Well I love white boards – I am a visual person which you can tell from my very messy desk. If I put something away, out of sight, out of mind.

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    3. Can relate on the “all-windows-and doorways” thing. Maybe instead of reno try using windows instead of boards? My hubby likes to write on boards, too, but he has pens that write on glass so now he can use either glass boards or windows. Loves it. If you’ve got glass doors with panes, can use panes as scene separators and even storyboard. Just maybe not use front-facing windows or doors:)

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      1. My back door contains the to-do list, shopping list, handy info, all with chalk pens on glass! The window next to it was the medical appointment list when stuff got interesting, it’s nice to have it clear at the moment. I also have a blue chalkboard (a really pretty blue, matches the nearest art) in the kitchen that I’m currently using for Spanish language things that are tripping me up. Australians are more than a little behind the world when it comes to learning a second language. I will speak Spanish, eventually *sigh*.

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      2. That would be my front door, and it’s too small. Plus I tried writing on some of the windows and it’s damn hard to read what I wrote unless there’s a white backing to the window. Gonna have to be a whiteboard.

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        1. I did a major overhaul of my pantry recently and replaced all the plastic with lovely glass jars, and I use the liquid chalk pens to write on the jars. And draw on them. There are lots of butterflies on my jars.

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        2. Ok, this is really out of the box, but my kid’s math teacher put white board material on all the tables in his room, and the kids write directly on the table. Would something
          Ike that work?
          Me, I’d have a hard time keeping the surface clear, but ymmv.

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          1. I use them to see the book as a whole in different forms, and the one I need now is to see the scene lists of each act so I can see how the subplots arc and how the main plot dominates. So I need something on the wall so I can sit and stare at it.

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    4. Do they make whiteboards that roll down from the ceiling like a window shade and can roll up out of the way again?

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    5. White board paint? I didn’t use because renting, and hoping to move but this
      video review of three IdeaPaint vs Rustoleum vs Remarkable was pretty good though usually I dislike video as information
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iKLcZtksR4

      I use plastic sheets, on a roll like heavy glad wrap that stick to the wall on their own, static electriticy I think. Stays up well for a year or so. Will hold marks and need to be alcohol cleaned if not erased inside a week. I tried and failed to look up the product name but found rolls of “Post-it Dry Erase” which seems better and more expensive.

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      1. Oh, wait. Post-It Dry Erase? Because it probably stains, but if you just rip it off the wall . . . Off to Google.

        They have them in GRID. OMG. I’m still betting they don’t erase well, but that should solve my immediate problem for this one project, even if they don’t. Very hopeful about this . . . thank you!

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      1. I’ve tried dry-erase alternates and they all stain; porcelain finish boards are the toughest I’ve found so far. The paint is probably the same stuff they use on commercial painted steel boards, and those stain like crazy. Says the person who thinks about white boards way too much.

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  11. This Wednesday will be more than usually productive, I hope, because due to Yom Kippur the two most troublesome lawyers are out of the office. I have stacks of stuff I am hoping to get out of my office and into theirs, to afflict them tomorrow.

    Day started well with a solid laugh when four or five random chickens showed up in my front yard. This is within sight and sound of two freeways and Los Angeles International Airport. I have no idea where they came from.

    Am within sight of finishing the first 2/3 of the novel that started as a novella, and the final 3rd is also about 3/4 done. I cannot do that math, but the sum is satisfaction.

    Best wishes to all those who are troubled, I wish you the mental equivalent of random chickens, confusing the hell out of the usual yard birds.

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    1. I bet the chickens had fled the TSA screeners, made it as far as the sand dunes, and then turned around, looking for domesticity. #randomchickenheadcanon

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    2. Best sentence ever!!!

      I wish you the mental equivalent of random chickens, confusing the hell out of the usual yard birds.

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    3. Don’t know if this will get though, but the beginning of this post is rather awful on at least two levels.

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      1. let me be clearer

        i am referring to the beginning of chachals comment, not jennys post

        days after this post petered out no one may notice the earlier comment or even this one

        awhile back jenny made a comment about doctors, elliciting polite concern from a doctor among us

        everyone seems to hate lawyers but wait until you get arrested or you want a divorce, then you will have different feelings about your own lawyer

        and the reference to a pretty big deal jewish holiday when observant jews, including those who are lawyers, are out of the office, is insensitive at the least and, dare i say it, anti-semetic at the worst

        i have spent my life witnessing this type of subtle prejudice, while keeping quiet

        you guys fall all over yourselves trying not to offend the various specially protected pc groups, and yet no one noticed this or pointed it out

        except me, which is something

        the fact that no one noticed or commented about this is making me think about dropping this blog addiction, which has given me great pleasure

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        1. I noticed about 3AM, mainly because you said “this post” and I thought, “Oh hell, what did I say?” and went back and read the post and then clicked to see what comment you were referring, too. And yes, a comment that would have been okay went into not okay with the mention of the holiday. You’re right, I should have caught it, but I’ve been skimming the comments lately, ironically just checking to make sure there are no problems. I missed that one completely, which is a reason, not an excuse. It was 3AM, and the last time I dealt with a problem like this I did not handle it well because I was tired, so I got up today to figure out how to deal with it, and you were here with this prompt which is good.

          I can’t speak to the commenter’s state of mind, but that was obviously out of line. As you said it was subtle, but that’s worse than overt, I think, because it’s the stuff that sneaks in without thinking. I’m going to e-mail both of you offline, but of course you both and everybody else are welcome to discuss this here, too. I owe you an apology for not catching that, and I do apologize without reservation. If I throw a party, it’s my responsibility to make sure nobody gets hurt, and I fell down on the job. I’m sorry.

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    4. Hi all, incidentally I apologize for the tactless wording of this comment. Reference to the holiday was not intended to flag potential causes of employment discontent. I’m sorry I didn’t think it through, didn’t wish to offend, and sincerely am sorry if I did.

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  12. Happiest (Belated?) Happy Birthday and may you savor every brownie and pecan that comes your way this next trip around the sun!

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  13. The week I helped a friend work out the chords for several of her musical compositions. And I went through my travel journal, which was fun (we returned from a tour of the national parks earlier this month). Photos and videos capture the travel experience visually, but my journals help recapture the feelings, the temperature, the people around me, the smells …

    I also included a little sketch in the journal each day. And that made me realize that my very inexpert fast casual sketches were a LOT more fun and interesting than the formal organized “learn to draw” class I was taking, which emphasized exactness and precision using the classic still life pictures of inanimate objects. Same with music: I do the chords by ear, and I have to hear the melody in my head to be successful at making it sound like music (I can read music, but if it atonal type modern stuff I can’t make it SOUND like music. I have to hear a melody in my head). My composer friend has a very different style of both playing and creating music, so it was interesting working with her. She doesn’t understand how I can hear and create the chords for her compositions, and I could never write the songs that she writes.

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    1. I recommend “Art Before Breakfast” by Danny Gregory – a little guidance and a lot of encouragement to draw daily.

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  14. Birthdays, Brownies and Bethany. A Happy Birthday to Jenny, for Brownies walnuts are my nut of choice. This week I bought on sale from the grocery store a hazelnut cream brownie mix. Being that I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m not a fan of nutella I wanted to give them a try. Like getting a second opinion. They certainly are an acquired taste. One brownie at a time. Bethany, it sounds like you’ve worked out a plan with friends and family focused on your well being in mind. Thoughts and prayers to you and also to Ranchgirl.

    Today I’m going to try a new recipe a tomato and mozzarella galette made with simple ingredients all mostly on hand. That’s the part I like the best also not to much work involved.

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      1. Tomato and Mozzarella Galette (from the Food Network) 400 degrees F. Bake 30 to 35 min

        Ingredients

        1/4 cup ricotta (next time I’ll use more) Mix ricotta, oregano & red pepper in a bowl. Add pinch of salt
        1/4 tsp dried oregano and pepper. Unroll pie crust onto parchment paper and baking
        1/8 tsp red pepper flakes sheet. Spread with ricotta mixture, leaving 1 1/2″ border. Top
        Kosher salt and ground black pepper with mozzarella. Lay tomato slices on top of cheese overlapping
        1 refrigerated rolled pie crust if necessary. Fold edge of dough over the filling. Beat egg with
        1/2 cup shredded fresh mozzarella 1 tsp water and brush the dough with the egg wash. Bake until
        2 to 3 medium heirloom tomatoes sliced 1/4″ thick golden brown. Garnish with basil.
        (red and yellow)
        1 large egg
        Fresh basil, for garnish

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        1. That didn’t quite display the way I had set it up. Everything is running together. To bad I can’t go back and correct it. So sorry. It should have ingredients on one side and directions on the other half. Dammit! Another lesson learned.

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          1. Again, Tomato and Mozzarella Galette

            Ingredients:

            1/4 cup ricotta
            !4 tsp dried oregano
            1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
            Kosher salt and ground black pepper
            1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
            1/2 cup shredded fresh mozzarella
            2 to 3 heirloom tomatoes, red and yellow sliced 1/4″ thick
            1 large egg
            fresh basil for garnish

            Directions:

            Oven temp 400 degrees F. Line a pizza stone or baking sheet with parchment paper.
            Mix the ricotta, oregano and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
            Unroll the pie crust onto the prepared pizza stone or baking sheet. Spread ricotta mixture in the center of the dough,
            leaving 1 1/2 border. Top with mozzarella. Lay the tomato slices on top of the mozzarella, overlapping when necessary. Fold the edge of the dough over the filling. Beat egg in bowl with 1 tsp. water. Brush the dough with the egg wash.

            Bake until crust is golden brown and shiny, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 min. before serving. garnish with basil.

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      1. Thanks. Apparently I’m going for a personal best of 9 proposals in a single month (and it’s only a small part of my job).

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  15. I’ve been in London since last week. Should be doing historical research (I have done some), but am catching up on writing that I had to put aside this summer while my mom was sick. Three more scenes and I’ll have written half my book on this trip. Only one more day to go before I leave.

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  16. 2/3 done with grading and marksheets. Please Goddess that I get through the final bit quickly. And that one of 3 computers are free for work tomorrow for me and 14 other people to capture!

    I repotted a lovely indigenous plant for someones birthday and then polished and decorated the pot. Must look formic and upload.

    Wasn’t it an Argher or Betty or Cherry (not a Refabber) whose daughter figured out a way to use mushed up peas in the brownie mix to make it healthier?? Where art thou o brownie saviour? (I’m wired, I get weird.)

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      1. I’ve seen the one with black beans too. They are also great in spaghetti sauce, believe it or not. I used to use them when I was a vegetarian. Take plain refried black beans (basically bean mush, nothing else added except maybe salt) and add a can to a pot of spaghetti sauce. You never even know they are in there, and you get extra protein without adding meat.

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      2. I’m pretty sure it was an experiment by someone and their child, reported in this sphere. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  17. To day I slept very late, which went a long way toward wiping out the sleep deficit I’d built up and then did my laundry. I then tried to catch up on my email, but my computer kept eating them before I could hit post so I think that I should get out in the sunshine and let the world live without my comments for today.

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  18. This morning, I had a two-hour conference in the social center because we have problems with our thrift store volunteers, followed by a meeting with the guy who does paint work at our house; then I went to a neighboring church to give a talk about writing books to their senior citizen group, and finally we had a meeting at our own church. There was hardly any time today to get any work done. No lunch either. But at least I had cake with the seniors. And we still have a really summery week around here so I could sit outside with my husband until it was time for the late news.

    Life could be a lot worse.

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  19. We finished shearing (insta pic shows me and the hounds being incredibly useful), yay! Done until we need to shear lambs between Christmas and new year. Except maybe we won’t, oh! Hadn’t thought of that! We shear the babies then because they’re full of grass seed, but we’ve no long grass, not even a bit, so I’m not sure we will have a ton of grass seed to trouble the poor things (it gets so horrid and full of seed around their necks that they can’t even turn their heads sometimes). If you look hard enough, you can mostly find an up.

    First week in ages I didn’t have to drive to Sydney, so that was exciting and means that I can go to my sewing group today! I’ve finished the blanket for the upcoming 21st birthday and as the irresponsible crafter I am, I’ve begun a new project instead of picking up another UFO.

    Enjoy your brownies, good luck with the chemo and I wish everyone peace!

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  20. I have to share this story here because I think y’all will find it amusing…

    Last week I went to Stuart, Florida to visit a friend. I also was using it as research, because I am basing the setting of the current novel there (the names have been changed to protect the innocent). Saturday morning at 8:30 am (because HOT) we went to a relatively hidden beach. There was no one there but us.

    Then we saw a dog, down at the far end where we’d come down a staircase. It was soon joined by another dog…who immediately started humping dog #1. My friend and I were cracking up, and alas, I didn’t get my camera up in time before a pissed-off sounding guy showed up and took them away.

    Can I research romance, or what?

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  21. Having finally decided to go for the best of my rejects, I went to the agents on
    Monday to find it had just been sold – but that a better house two doors down from it was about to come on the market. So I saw that one this afternoon, and am getting a yes on it. Planning to offer for it first thing tomorrow, if I wake up feeling the same. I can’t supply a link, since it’s not officially on the market yet. It’s a Victorian terrace (built in 1889), with rooms a bit larger than usual for a 2 bed. The garden’s just about big enough, and there are allotments round the corner if I need more growing space.

    If I get it.

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    1. Oh, sending all good vibes. This is wonderful!
      I care more about your house hunt than I have about the ones in my past.

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    2. Deborah stole my line. But the good energy accompanying the expression still goes out to you and YOUR Victorian terrace.

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  22. I spent most of the morning online, then phone, with DMV. I never received a driver license renewal so had to take action. As I’ll be 70 next month, I will have to take a written test and do the eye test. Sooo, downloaded the PDF of rules, about 120 pages. Now I must study, as the appt is a week from Friday.

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  23. I’m working on my third outline for the day. Feeling virtuous after spending the last two days getting my daughter ready to move. We’re pretty much done now, except for getting the car carrier on the roof.

    The dang thing is so heavy that we’ll have to unpack it to get it on the car. (it’s full of those vacuum bag thingies – it was all loose stuff when I got here and I said, no way are we lifting that thing, and no way dumping it every time we need to take it off for some reason. So I went and bought $100 worth of vacuum bags unpacked it. Vacuum packed the clothes and blankets and repacked it with more stuff.)

    We’ll get that on the car Friday and drive away Saturday. San Jose to Boston. Coast to coast. It’s my fifth trip across the country like this. I’m over it, but I didn’t want Callan to drive it by herself so here I am…

    At least I can write while she’s driving.

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  24. I’m re-arranging some financial stuff, which these days means finding old passwords, etc. But, I finally found my expired passport, so I can apply for a new one. I don’t want to live like I’m never going anywhere else again.
    It’s good to have a current passport, and a bottle of champagne in the fridge. Anything could happen.

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  25. Brownies! Yes! Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m making Brownies! Or buying them at Starbucks. That would keep me from eating too many. I am prone to eating until they are gone. Tonight it’s back to revision and tomorrow I plan on doing a jigsaw puzzle. This will be my 75th and I couldn’t be happier. Still acting. Still writing. Hooray.

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  26. I’m going to make dinner and change the sheets and go to bed. Had my hair cut this morning and a massage this afternoon. I took a me day. Tomorrow I will make something. I did make a list of things for tomorrow.

    Best wishes for recovery Bethany and ranch girl. Like Jenny said, it’s not no chance.

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  27. Well, on vacation I finished a whole sweater and a flowered shawl, and by that I mean, literally made out of knit/crocheted flowers. I did some writing. I did some performances. So, huzzah!

    I wish I was being more accomplishment-oriented tonight except I have a giant knot in my back and am trying to self-dose at home with an ice pack, Advil, etc. Feh on that.

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  28. Jenny, I’m guessing you don’t have a spare wall but we did paint one wall with white board paint in the kids ruckus room
    And it works well. Also a wall with blackboard paint.

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  29. Okay, here’s what I did, studied up on the program for Friday’s village fest. Shhh, only we who live here know about it, and it’s all about us. 9-21-18 matches our zip code, 92118. Occurs next in 9-21-3018, so we’re going for this occurrence in a big BIG way. I studied the layout, times local bands play, picked my local beer and decided which local food vendors to visit. Also where situated are the craft vendors I wish to visit. Not into biking, ocean swimming, hot or chair yoga, volleyball, corn hole activities but I may watch after my Balboa Park volunteer stint. Oh, I am so ready! Best part: walk to it and through and back. And — all the friends!

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  30. Brownies and whiteboards. Tough act to follow.

    Since my last hospital stay, I’ve been doing all my own cooking, and no frozen dinners – way too much sodium. But that doesn’t mean no convenience foods, not at all. Today (yesterday, now), I did stir fry. 0.71 pounds beef strips, two tablespoons sesame oil, 1 can each of bean sprouts, diced water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, baby corn, a tablespoon of garlic in olive oil (the squeeze bottle kind), a bag of stir fry veggies (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini strips) served over two servings of chow mein noodles. It counted as brunch and high tea, or breakfast/lunch/dinner, whatever. Dessert was Russell Stover sugar free chocolate candy.

    Whiteboards? Mounted magnetically to the fridge, which is maybe 10 feet from the only door out. I may have mentioned a time or six living in my daughters garage? Half of it, that is. The half with the car door is blocked off and contains lawn mowers and bikes and such. I live in the other half. The door itself has a shoe rack, the kind with pockets for shoes, and holds everything but shoes.

    3+
  31. My work this past few weeks has consisted of getting the girls to their new schools (one started middle school, the other one is now in a special ed class across town) on time – no tardies yet! And managing an absurd amount of drama surrounding the Girl Scout troop, entirely caused by one mom who has gone off the flipping deep end. Seriously ridiculous and a complete time and energy sink. But today we took the girls who are still in the troop to earn their archery badge. The girls had a blast popping balloons with sharp projectiles, my coleader and I remembered why we run this thing in the first place, and with any luck, the drama will end this week.
    And then I went to a paint and sip with some friends and painted a pineapple. Not the kind of thing i’d normally choose to hang in my home, but by gum, it is *my* pineapple, so I guess it’s going up.

    4+
  32. I’ve been protesting. I went to a demo for Black Lives Matter and another one for mass incarceration. It sounds grander than it was, but every little action helps (hopefully). The one for mass incarceration was somewhat fun.

    6+

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