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Quick Note: Auctions to Help Japan [Mar. 22nd, 2011|01:29 pm]
M
Hello, all. I hope this finds you happy and healthy or on your way there. We've all watched with wringing hands, the destruction going on in Japan right now. The best thing we can do right now to help the Japanese people is to donate money to organizations that are providing relief. Here are some of my favorite ways to do so:

help_japan Is a livejournal community providing fandom auctions to benefit the relief efforts.

If you have no money, but you do have stuff, you can post there or use MissionFish to give some or all of your eBay auction proceeds to charity. I was skeptical at first, but used them when I donated the sale ($300) of my Sandman jacket to CBLDF last year. If you want to see my current auctions, including lots of Ren Faire/SCA/LARP, comics, and metal memorabilia stuff go here: My eBay store.

Which charity to choose? I personally like Direct Relief International, they do great work and carry a high Better Business Bureau rating.

*I don't recommend txting money to the Red Cross until the cellular companies agree to release the funds in a timely manner...right now there is an approximate 90 day delay.

Anyway, please repost some or all of this, and do what you can to help this nation that has so enriched our world.

Thanks,
Mel
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Quick Review [Jan. 13th, 2011|02:06 pm]
M


I was so very excited about The Cape. A new superhero show with Summer Glau? Sign me up! But here's the thing, whoever wrote this show is clearly not a comic or superhero fan. I know this because they blew their origin story wad in the first episode...and it wasn't even a decent money shot. The timelines are screwy (hero learned to be Henry Houdini/Jackie Chan in what? a week or so?), there are a so many little inconsistencies (like the lack of ANY staff in a restaurant kitchen where an assassin has taken over as lead chef), and the villain doesn't make much sense (he pins his identity on a 'dead man' yet continues swanning about in his costume). Also, while I appreciate a show where Summer Glau does not toss about bad guys twice her size like rag dolls (the physics of that have bothered me for a while), I am curious as to how a blogger knows how to fight like that.

Bottom line: Put it on if you need something to ignore while you paint models.
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Quick fitness update [Jan. 12th, 2011|02:32 pm]
M
So after almost one week, I have lost 5 lbs and 2% body fat, which is pretty fast! Sunday was a fantastic pig out day, and I have discovered that sticking to my "diet" for the rest of the week is much easier if I prepare my food beforehand.

Took my first Iyengar Yoga class yesterday (after having no regular practice in years) and was pleasantly surprised that I can still move into most positions with little need for adjustment. The instructor told me to come to her intermediate class on Thursday. Today, I am going to check out the transitional (level 1-2) class to see how I do.

Also, this morning, I added some new aspects to my morning routine, namely a workout, which I plan to to every other day, and a cold shower for everyday.
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GO! [Jan. 6th, 2011|05:19 pm]
M
Hitting the ground running, I took "before" pictures last night, weight, percentiles, and measurements. No, I'm not going to post them just yet, primarily because they're a bit embarrassing! But today, I started my not-diet, which means I've just cut out white bread/flour/sugar. Thus far:

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled in butter with about a cup of broccoli and a cup of green tea

Lunch: Chipotle Steak Fajita Bol with black beans, no rice, and everything else (including sour cream and guacamole)

Somewhere in there, I have upped my water intake and had about 60oz. so far...WAAAAY up from my usual 20 or so.

So far so good.

I also had my first acupuncture appointment in an effort to avoid sinus surgery. Let me tell you, acupuncture is strange and uncomfortable, but I felt better almost immediately. Only 1 of the 9 needles actually hurt going in and my body felt warm and "humming" as I played pincushion for an hour. Then, the doctor did cupping on my back. My sinuses feel great, but I'm not sure how much of that is psychosomatic placebo effect. Then they gave me some powdered herbs to drink as tea and made an appointment for two weeks from now.

After getting poked and hickied, I swung by the Iyengar Yoga Institute to sign up for classes. They are having a special right now: 2 weeks unlimited for $27. Back when I was living in Tujunga, Hauk & I went to yoga once a week and felt great. I've really missed it and can't wait to start again on Tuesday.

I finished out the day by visiting the wolf pack (and my brother who is babysitting them whilst the parents are in Poland). During this visit, he let slip that he, too, is trying to get in better shape and is having a friendly competition with some friends. We're all in for 2 months, $25 each per month, with the person who loses the greatest body fat percentage taking the pot each month. Now that is motivation! He may think that he can beat me, what with his higher testosterone levels, but he is no match for my determination.

Game on.
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Happy New Year [Jan. 3rd, 2011|02:40 pm]
M
This morning, the house down the street caught fire and I was upset because I wanted to sleep.

This afternoon, R, V, & I had a long discussion about our apathy: not much seems to excite us, we have little drive, and worst of all, we are aware and ashamed of it.

When I got home, I began to clean my bookmarks folder, realized that I spend too much time on the internet, engrossed in other people's lives. I have become an observer rather than a participant. When I kept this journal, it forced me to examine my own life and it made me want to DO things. Maybe it's time to try that again. So I have gone back and made all previous entries private and decided to try this again as an experiment. No promises, but maybe I'll see you later.

-M
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*drum roll* Bacon Apple Galette [Jun. 7th, 2007|06:36 pm]
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[Theme Song |"Smothered Hope"-Skinny Puppy]

Ok, hauk. Check the top shelf of the fridge when you get home. Hopefully, it turned out ok.

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This was a first attempt and I may try it again with a few alterations, but as it stands, Heathens, and other bacon-loving folk, here is the recipe (I use all organics unless otherwise specified):

Crust (makes 2 so you can freeze one for later):
2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour (plus extra for rolling it out)
1 c. (2 sticks) frozen unsalted butter
juice of 1/2 a lemon
water

Filling:
2 granny smith apples,; sliced with skin
4 slices uncured bacon, cooked and cut/crumbled into bits
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
Grade B Maple Syrup

Directions:
Sift the flour into a large non-metal bowl. Using a cheese grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour; cut together using 2 butter knives. Hint: That last little piece of butter that cannot be grated without seriously endangering your fingertips can be cut into small pieces and used; don't worry, as long as they are smaller than a sugar cube, it's ok and will make the crust better. Add lemon and just enough water (maybe 5 T.) to bind the dough. Form into a ball. Separate into 2 balls, placing each in a plastic bag. Flatten then and throw them in the freezer overnight (really, you can put them in for an hour, but overnight is better). In the morning, put one of them in the fridge (dough keeps 2 days in fridge; 2 months in freezer) to defrost a bit.

Heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Flour a clean, flat, dry surface and use this to roll out the dough. Depending on how thick you want the crust, roll it out to about a foot in diameter. Brush the center with a small amount of maple syrup; then arrange apples and onions on top. Fold the sides up. Using a spatula, coax the galette onto a cookie sheet and into the oven. Bake until the apples are soft and the crust is a light brown. Drizzle with bacon and a bit of maple syrup and serve to your bacon-obsessed roommate.

If I attempt this again, I will probably try putting a bit of bacon grease in the crust, and putting the bacon bits mixed in with the apples and onions. I was going to do that this time, but I forgot to cook the bacon until the galette was ready for the oven. oops.

I only keep my sanity because I bought tickets for absurdmusician and myself to go see Skinny Puppy at the House of Blues on the 24th. Now I'm off, because I'm late for dinner with lol_angst_lol and syntheticpathos.
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