March 29th, 2004

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Ugh

It's another one of those mornings where I wonder who injected me with Nyquil while I was sleeping. I mean, slept over 8 hours last night and woke up feeling like I was drunk and sedated. What's weird is that I know 12 hours from now, when it's late and dark, I'll be filled with boundless energy. Maybe I should sleep from 6 to 3 or something, it's ridiculous...
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    tired tired
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Ode to Mr. Crowley

I got in a back-in-forth with yakalsovitch about this prior to my NY trip and just remembered how I promised her I'd post my Ode to Mr. Crowley :)

Mr. Crowley, my sixth grade teacher, was amazing. He was one of those teachers who, if the principal or other teachers had *really* known what he was doing, probably would have been "disciplined" or suspended for various things. He was in his early 40s, I think, and wore little glasses like John Lennon and had a huge head with very little hair on it. He was very innovative and also didn't believe kids (we were 11- and 12-year-olds) should be sheltered from stuff. (He was totally nonplused when I decided to read Shogun, which is full of sexual references and blood-letting... as long as I could discuss it, it was OK.) He was very frank and had no problem with kids reading whatever they wanted to and presented a lot of very "unvarnished" facts to us. He also encouraged a huge amount of creative expression in his students -- not just in writing but in history, math, even how to play games.

My friend Marialana and I adored this man so bad that the next year, when we went up to the middle school as seventh-graders, we would go down to the elementary school after school and visit him. For his birthday that year, we created a massive scrapbook in tribute, filled with all kinds of odd collages, lists, poems, stories. The year after that, the sixth grade was moved up to be part of the middle school and Mr. Crowley came with them. Dee (M's nickname) and I then started hanging out with him after school, in his classroom. I had a lot of cool conversations with him about "adult stuff" no other kids were interested in, like my obsession with the Beatles and Vampire Lestat. (Mr. Crowley at one point did a dramatic reading from VL for me, pointing out rather blatantly how sexual/homoerotic it was... although I didn't "get" that for at least 3 years!) He was just very cool.

Gradually we lost touch with Mr. Crowley but eventually Dee got back in touch with him. I think he left town for a while to travel around the country/world -- which would be typical of him, he used ot tell us stories of his wanderings. Anyway, in talking to him, Dee found out that the entire time he was traveling all over, he brought our scrapbook with him, as one of his most treasured possessions. I couldn't believe it!

I would love to find this man again, needless to say!
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    Punky German 80s pop
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Pollen-o-rama

The pollen count here in Atlanta has broken 5000. Damn! According to what I know, anything over 50 particles per cubic meter is BAD, so this is like bad x 100. This might explain why I feel so crappy, itchy and my eyes are full of gunk. Hell, even Abbie's eyes got filled with gunk yesterday when we took her outside! I guess this is the price we pay for all the pretty trees and flowers ;)

ADDENDUM: I shouldn't have said I was itchy. Because you know, once you mention it, you get REALLY itchy.
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    I *think* this is Nena
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Ska is annoying enough

Got this damn 80s German ska-souding song stuck in my head. Songs are worse in your head if you don't know what all the words mean, you know!? How annoying is THAT?
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Bombay Aloo!

Just now I performed one of my loaves & wine type miracles, making a meal when supposedly I have no food -- and a good meal at that!

From out of my fat folder of recipes, grabbed one rather vague one for Bombay Aloo -- no "amounts" given -- and it turned out great.

Here is my interpretation of the recipe:

Bombay Aloo

Ingredients: 2 small onions (chopped), 1-2 tsp. Madras curry powder, 1 tbsp. vinegar, 2 potatoes (unpeeled, chopped), 2 carrots (chopped), 1 cup peas (frozen or fresh), 1 1/2 cups water, 1 cube vegetarian boullion, 1 tsp. cilantro, some yogurt.

What you do: Sautee onions in vinegar, with the curry powder (start with 1 tsp., add more later if you want more taste). After a bit, added potatoes, carrots, peas, put in water and bouillion (or vegetable broth). Cover and cook 'til potatoes are cooked through. Add water if needed. When cooked, add cilantro. Serve with yogurt on top as condiment (optional, but gooood).

Serves: 2 hearty servings.

Of course tomorrow I have to go shopping -- now I don't even have potatoes.
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