October 3rd, 2006

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Proof that my creative mind is not dead:

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the most intense, completely off-the-wall dreams. I keep sleeping late because of them, as they drag me down way beyond any subconscious ideas about daylight, getting up by 9, etc. I remember chunks of them, enough to know that they're way, way weird, although not nightmares or anything. Last night / this morning I dreamt something about having a pet bird that suddenly started talking to me and asking me to kill it. It was part of a much larger dream involving one of the "alternate New York City" locations I dream about, this time a NYC-meets-Babylon deal. The other night up in Elijay, I dreamt something about being pregnant (and wondering how that happened), forgetting I was, then suddenly having the baby, which had some very odd birth defects, plus this weird white cardboard box thing attached to its head. Good to know my creative mind is not dead!
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Got the energy, so may as well...

I'm feeling much better today, thankfully. Right now I'm cleaning up the main room and guest bathroom. "Cleaning" meaning doing actual cleaning, not just picking up. The guest bathroom is particularly nasty, as the only people who go in there regularly are Luckie and the boys. I just cleaned the pedestal of the toilet and ugh, I had a flashback to living with Caleb and wondering why the hell boys are so sloppy. Ew! Meanwhile I'm going to actually clean the floor in there, making it cat litter free. Whee! I've already cleaned the kitchen, including cabinet fronts, appliance fronts, sink, counter, etc. Next I'll be doing a bunch of dusting, cleaning up around the birdcage, thoroughly cleaning the Oriental, and then finally cleaning the wood floors. Hopefully this won't take me all afternoon, but if it does, eh, it's worth it, as the room sooooooooo needs it. Normally I only really clean it superficially, so while it may look elegant and comfy, if you're there in daylight and look carefully, you'll be like "Um, this wouldn't even pass a gray glove inspection!"
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Food as it's MEANT to be

I eat a lot of organic food, raw food, food that's been left the hell alone, but even so, recently I've been extra impressed with some of the foods I've picked up. For me, it's a trip down memory lane, because when you taste true organic food or locally grown "heirloom" non-genetically-modified, non-corporate-farmed foods, you remember how 20 years ago, this is how food tasted. So many foods you now get in the supermarket don't take anything like they used to, because of the way they've been bred for traveling or color, or because of extra ingredients added to sweeten, preserve, add yet more corn into your diet. Over the years most people have shifted to eating this ultimately crappier tasting food without really even realizing it. But when you taste the real stuff, you know it.

Example of some good stuff I have in the house right now, all very recent purchases:
  • Fresh-picked apples from Elijay, GA. Several varieties, including Rome Beauty and Yellow Delicious. Absolutely wonderful taste that makes you realize the major advantage of eating fruit that's actually in season instead of eating it after it's been in storage for months or has been shipped from South America.
  • Apple cider, from the same place in Elijay. Delicious stuff, basically just apples, not pumped with sugar or syrup, unpasteurized. Very hearty, yet smooth.
  • Peanuts from Plains, GA. Un-messed-around-with peanuts. Mmmm mmm.
  • Dried apples from Elijay. I love these ones because they're not sweetened or sulphured or powdered with cinnamon. They're just... dried apples. Also were quite cheap, $3 for a big bag.
  • Muscadine bread from Elijay. The apple place had a big store with local goods and there were all these wonderfully looking breads, mostly fruit breads you'd have for breakfast, with coffee, etc. I love muscadines (wild grapes, native to Georgia I think) but had never had muscadine bread. Delicious stuff, very simply made, only a few ingredients, with very fresh muscadines baked in it.
  • Acidophilus yogurt from Pennsylvania. Admittedly, the oil used to transport this from PA to the Whole Foods negates some of the positives, but OH GOD is this gooooood yogurt. There aren't any stabilizers or other things usually added (even to "natural" yogurts) to keep it smooth, so it's kind of clumpy. Stir it a bit, however, and it's fantastic. And the taste is exactly how yogurt used to taste but usually doesn't anymore. Yogurt is supposed to taste tart, not like ice cream. (On a related note, anybody remember real frozen yogurt, that tasted like yogurt, way before TCBY and everything started shilling out frozen yogurt made to taste like ice cream, marked solely as being lower fat? I do!)

Vote with your wallet -- buy foods that taste like food should and, when possibly, buy local.

29 Questions

marchenland posted this and the fact she only usually posts memes worth posting leads me want to do it, too.

1. Explain what ended your last relationship. More like, explain what will start my first one?

2. When was the last time you shaved? Pits and chin (ugh), yesterday. Legs, a month ago?

3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.? Dreaming.

4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago? Preparing spicy Turkish lentil soup.

5. Are you any good at math? No. I bought 5th & 6th grade math workbooks recently to refresh my skills, such as they are.

6. Your prom night? The only dance or prom I attended was the senior prom. My female friends weren't going but my geek male friends were, dateless, so I thought it'd be cool to ask out my friend Ed, just to have a date, even if it wasn't a real date. Well, Ed took three days to say yes -- I later learned this was because he thought being seen with me would lead people to think he was gay. Anyway... for my dress I had this gorgeous black strapless number with, a line of rhinestones around the top and a ruffled satin skirt. I wore it with my mother's 1950s rhinestone jewelry set. Ed could not believe how good I look. Meanwhile Ed showed up in a tux and looked super 1950s, with his military-neat haircut and glasses. The prom was at a hotel in town and Ed and I went in Ed's used car, toting along our friend Steve. We sat with our other friends from the TV studio -- Brandon, Chad, Dominic, Mark, and I think perhaps Kate. The song of the evening (and etched onto the glasses we got) was some Whitney Houston song I can't remember at the moment. I remember dancing, Ed being very straight about everything and me dancing like a German disco freak. Afterward we went to Mark's house, as I recall, and all the guys were glad to take off their stiff dress shoes. I have pictures of Ed rubbing his feet :) In the end, I was glad I did it, just to say I had.

7. Do you have any famous ancestors? Anne Hutchinson on my dad's mother's side. (I'm from very early colonial stock on that side.) Also the Pell family of New York, as in Pelham Parkway Pelham Park, Pell Manor, etc.

8. Have you had to take a loan out for school? No loans!

9. Do you know the words to the song on your myspace profile? I don't have a song on my profile because I find that incredibly obnoxious.

10. Last thing received in the mail? 2 boxes full of Method products the boys and I ordered. That was yesterday.

11. How many different beverages have you had today? 2 - frozen coffee drink, apple cider.

12. Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machine? Yes. I prefer that over talking.

13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to? Not counting stuff I went to with my parents (like the Lowell Folk Festival), embarrassingly, a free concert by Showaddawadday and Bay City Rollers. In Germany.

14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach? No. I tend to just run into the water, no matter how cold.

15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had? In college I had all four wisdom teeth extracted, while awake. Ow.

16. What is out your back door? There isn't a "back door" here, although there are several different doors leading in and out. Outside this building there's a busy sidewalk, tons of restaurants, offices, shops, bars, parked cars, service trucks, buses, bikers, GSU students...

17. Any plans for Friday night? I'll be camping up in Tennessee!

18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair? Yes. God, I just LOVE swimming in the ocean period.

19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns? Thankfully, no.

20. Have you ever been to a planetarium? Yes, the one at the Boston Museum of Science.

21. Do you re-use towels after you shower? More than you want to know. But guests get fresh towels.

22. Some things you are excited about? Getting the main room room clean at last, going camping this weekend.

23. What is your favorite flavor of JELL-O? Cherry. With fake whipped cream.

24. Describe your keychain(s)? Somehow I still have the Mickey Mouse / Disneyworld keychain my friend Teresa gave me in like 10th grade

25. Where do you keep your change? In a silver tea tin on the dresser.

26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people? Neighborhood meeting in September.

27. What kind of winter coat do you own? I think I have 20 winter coats... It would take too long to describe all.

28. What was the weather like on your graduation day? High school graduation was held in a hockey arena at Merrimack College because they thought it might rain, which it didn't. Weather was OK. I didn't attend college graduation because I was here in Georgia, still completing classes at UGA.

29. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed? Room to the main room is slightly ajar, so Luckie can get in and out.
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Halloween @ The Healey

One of my neighbors, a chick named Stacey, just knocked on my door wanting to know if I'd be interested in a floor-wide Halloween party. It took me all of about three seconds to say yes, seeing we did that at the Metropolitan years ago and it was a spectacular success. It'll be the Saturday night before Halloween and involve a fully decorated hall with music, goodie bags, dry ice, etc., plus hopefully all units on the hall (eight total) participating. Assuming nobody on the hall objects to us throwing the party, we'll be putting out an Evite, but for now, if you're in Atlanta and want to go to a party Downtown and/or visit me, mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 28!

On a related note, I can't decide what to be for Halloween. Some ideas so far: original Star Trek female crewmember (would have to get a costume, looking into it...), Wonder Woman's mother (as played by Cloris Leachman), Klaus Nomi, a peacock, a Greek or Nordic goddess.
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Oh, that guy? I think maybe he's been here...

I know Tony Blair's been trying (in vain) to distance himself from Bush, but this is just funny:

From an article in the Daily Telegraph (with the highly amusing title "Blair tells Blue Peter about life in 'the Tardis'"):

Next up is a question from Rima, 14, who stumps Mr Blair with a question about who is the most important person to visit Number 10.

"I suppose the best known would be Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton," he replies, before remembering that the current US president is pretty important too.

"George Bush is obviously er...," he stutters before asking an aide: "Has George Bush actually been here, yeah, no he's been here, yeah... and then you get other people that come in from time to time."