November 10th, 2004

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Ow, ow, ow

I'm half-crippled today after a night when I got a massive, massive charleyhorse in my right calf. I think it's from walking home reallly quickly last night so I could get to the neighborhood meeting after work. Aaargh!

I remember waking up must have been around 4 a.m. (it usually is for these things) and my whole leg from like the knee down was one solid cramp. Usually when this happens I sit there and do things like count to 50 and wait for it to end on its own, and sort of just comtemplate the pain since I can't stop it, but this time I think I must've just fallen asleep despite the pain. When I woke up my leg was in a kind of half-charleyhorse where it wasn't debilitatingly painful anymore but the muscles were still very tight and sore.

Naturally I had to go to CAP to do a job this morning and I was limping the whole way. I may take out the rolling pin later to get rid of this thing. It will hurt like hell but I can't stand this horrible "pulsing" feeling I have. I feel like my leg is going to explode or something!
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Hmmm, perhaps I should reduce my dosage?

Study: Vitamin E may do more harm than good

I take E because among other things, it's supposed to help white blood cells carry oxygen, which I need help with since I'm so anemic. It's also good for the skin and nails and hair. It's strange though, how the article talks about how the ave. diet includes enough E. I didn't think whole grains had E in them; I thought in the past I'd found E was mainly common in fish, and I almost never eat fish. Well, guess I am wrong or at least, I need to do some homework on this.
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Spam: Your Heritage

From today's Atlanta paper:

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam makes British comeback

The luncheon meat Spam, once ruthlessly pilloried by Monty Python in a famous skit, is making a comeback in Britain. Its makers are spending more than $3 million in an ad campaign to remind people that Spam is not just annoying garbage on the Internet, but a food that is part of Britain's heritage (although it was invented in the United States and is produced largely in Denmark). The commercials "celebrate all things British, from camping to the great British institution of the pantomime," the company said. It may be on to something --- yearly sales are up 10 percent.

The article had a like to the Telegraph and from there I found two more (IMO) hilarious, related Spam articles:

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My suggestion for slogans:

Spam: The Other Pink Meat
Real Brits Eat Spam
Spam: It's What's for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Don't Delete THIS Spam!
Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam.... etc. ad infinitum

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Because you know, it would be really disrespectful to make fun of Spam!

Personally, I used to LOVE Spam when my family would take it on camping trips. It was one of thsoe foods we never really ate at home but only camping. I loved it, cooked on a griddle over the fire. Very satisfying when you've canoed 20 miles, LOL! Maybe that's why soldiers in WWII enjoyed it. Nowadays I tend not to have a whole lot of meat, esp. not "potted" meat. (Though about once a year I go crazy and make a big batch of German WWI soldier style corned beef hash.)
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GIP... or should I say, YIP?

Well, today is the 35th anniversary of Sesame Street, and one thing leading to another, I've made up a new icon -- Yip Yip Aliens. I have maaaaaany favorite characters from the show, but these have always (and still do) push me over the edge.

I'm going to use this icon for when I do memes, BTW, since I think the whole "Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip..." thing is kinda like that. "Phone! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring! Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip." He he. Plus every time I see the icon, I'll giggle.


In other news, various and sundry:

  • Check out the Unofficial Sesame Street Enclopedia and see how many characters YOU remember!
  • I just made some really good pasta. I will post the recipe shortly.
  • Before I started cooking, I was flipping channels and caught "The Daily Show" from last night. I had NEVER seen it before. (No, realy, I'm serious. I hear everybody talking about it, but I don't watch it.) My favorite line of the show: "Psst, you won the election, you don't have to lie anymore."
  • Been working on background stuff for my book. Some bizarre biology going on file...
  • My office is clean. It's kind of scary almost! I swept about 1 1/2 cups of debris off the floor last night, which is notable since the office is only like 8'x8'.
  • Guinea pigs are becoming totally nutso. YinYang's new joy is tipping over the "pigloo" about 20 times a day. I am going to stop fixing it for her. Will this teach her not to do it? I dunno, but I do know I'm bored with fixing it.
  • Birds are nutso as usual. Last week I looked at the birds at Petsmart, the budgies just like them, and they all looked so much nicer and calmer. What did I *do* to my birds to make them such bitches?

That is all. For now.
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Yum Pasta Recipe - Easy

I took a recipe from one of my vegetarian cookbooks and adapted it. It was really easy to make and primo delicious!

Pasta with Rosemary & Tomato


8 oz. (1/2 box) ziti or some "tube" pasta

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. dried rosemary
1 green onion (or shallot or what have you) diced
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 tsp. oregano
4 oz. blue cheese


  1. Put pot of water on stove to boil, for pasta. Add pinch of salt. When it's boiling, add pasta. Check cook time so you only cool 'til al dente.
  2. Meanwhile heat up olive oil in a wide pan. (Don't go too hot or it will "pop.")
  3. Add rosemary and shallot to pan, cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add sauce to pan, stirring to mix with oil, green stuff.
  5. Add oregano, salt, pepper to pan.
  6. When pasta is done, drain and put in pan with the sauce. Mix it all up.
  7. Pour the whole thing in a bowl, crumble blue cheese (I used Saga) over it, mix it in if you want.
  8. Voila.
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I wrote that?

I just read a VC fanfic of mine from 4 years ago. Totally bizarre experience. It's from my Carmina series. Looked at the title of it and the description and had no recollection whatsoever of writing it. There a dozen chapters, but apparently my memory cells were not imprinted with them! LOL. Actually by the time I was half-way through I finally started to remember the story, but there were definitely surprises in it even for me. Like... I totally do not remember having Benji try and seduce Formusus! (Benji is denied!) And Formusus going on about how messages could travel across the Roman Empire in 4 days in the old days... jeez, I must've been hittin' the books to come up with some of the factoids. So weird. Anyway, I now can relate to Storm, who says she can't remember half the stuff in her early books, some of which by now 15 years old or more. How quickly we forget!

P.S. Oh, and in case anybody wonders what fic I am talking about it's this one.
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