December 5th, 2007

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So Tired

For the past couple of weeks, I've been feeling like somebody tapped my batteries while I wasn't looking. It started right after I gave blood and I thought it was a just from that, but I don't seem to be getting better. I keep finding myself worn out from doing ridiculously ordinary things, like just walking across campus or going up some stairs. I'm not out of breath, panting and wheezing -- it's more like I just can't go on. I feel dizzy and nauseous and just totally out of energy. I'll stop for a moment or two and keep going. Or, if I have the option, I'll just go to sleep. Like Sunday when I slept 3/4 of the day or yesterday when I left work early and managed to sleep 7-9 and then 11-7. At one point, cleaing my bathroom around 10, I climbed in the bathtub and had a 10 min. nap. Today I feel like I just pretty much go to sleep instantly, if I gave myself a chance. If I want to watch Project Runway after work, I'll need a nap. Why am I so tired? Bad health? Laziness? Ennui?
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Ten Steps To Close Down an Open Society

If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways. But it is always effective. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.

See:
Ten Steps To Close Down an Open Society

I've been wanting to read Naomi Wolf's new book, now I want to even more.
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Soooo yummy!

Decided that although I haven't been much inspired for cooking lately, I could surely find something and lo and behold, I remembered this recipe for "Persian" split pea and barley soup (that I turned into lentil and barley) and OH! it is so delicious. It's not at all like regular lentil soup, instead it's about half grain (lentil/barley) and half vegies (tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots), plus a generous measure of cardamom, cinnamon, lemon juice, bit of cayenne, parsley. So tangy and delicious. I think it's the cardamom and lemon that makes it. Plus this time I made a little garnish, suggested in the recipe book, of "garlic yogurt," essentially yogurt with some garlic powder and salt. Yum yum num num num! There's a lot left over so I suppose I have a couple more meals out of it.
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