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alitheia7
Date: 2012-09-27 16:40
Subject: Two years
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Mood:gratefulgrateful
This morning I read the NYT review of JKR's latest book and made me want to read some good fanfiction afterwards.

I miss you flist. 

The last two years have been a blur of joy and sleepless nights all because of this little girl.  She's almost two can you believe?  I can give you a ton of the standard fare: she's amazing, kids are exhausting, motherhood's transformative.  All of this is true.  But not completely.  The whole endeavor is a study of contrasts and patience.  

And I suppose this is what I must ask of you.  Patience. I wish that all of you are well and hope to have a chance to sneak back here more often.  I haven't forgotten you.  I'm under the spell of a commanding queen who leaves me little chance for anything else except Elmo time and dancing.
Take care.
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alitheia7
Date: 2010-01-10 23:40
Subject: Christmas with the cold
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So how were your holidays?
Mine were completely brand new.  I spent a part of it with new boyfriend and his parents.  For months I've been listing potential of horrors seen and unforeseen. It was tolerable in the end. 

I found a cookbook and cooked my way through Christmas.  Oh surely we can make three types of cookies before dinner.  We need flour so let me pop to the store.  Back in a few!

It would have been even better if said boyfriend had not given me a cold. After careful experimentation, I have now formed an opinion on home remedies for cold.   Let me tell you: mineral water in warm milk is absolutely disgusting.  It does not work.  Who invented it?
Gargling Irrigating with salty water is both humiliating (bathrooms are amplifying every little inflection of your voice) and dangerous.  Visions of drowning in saline water whilst being 900 miles from the nearest ocean did cross my mind.
And don't get me started on vinegar.
It does seem to me that these remedies are there to ensure you are robbed of your dignity while you are busy getting high on antihistamines.  On a positive note, I did find out what boyfriend fears the most (cold compresses) so I have enough blackmail material for a year.  :)
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alitheia7
Date: 2010-01-06 22:25
Subject: Lhasa de Sela
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My favorite singer in the world has passed away.  On New Year's Day. Long battle with breast cancer.  She was 37 years old.

For a decade now, I've followed her work.  My best friend was searching high and low for every version of "La Llorona" ever recorded.  Most were rather scratchy and repetitive (no offence Chavela), until we found Lhasa's.  Even today I find it difficult to hear "De Cara a La Pared" and not cry. 

Perhaps it was her unusual family story that made me feel some kinship to her. Mexican father, American mother, led a nomadic life growing up finally settling in Montreal.  Her first cd came out and then she disappeared to join the circus in France with her two sisters. 

When all is said and done, a piece of music can evoke many memories and feelings.  Some can be rather repetitive and monotonous.  Lhasa's music was this rare find.  She called upon the darkness that is in each one of us: what it is to be alone, forgotten, lost.  But her music was anything but sad and monotonous.  Even sadness can take breaks.  If you've lost someone, you know what it is like.  You cannot constantly lament what you've lost.  Her voice gave color to sadness but inadvertently brought joy along as well.

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alitheia7
Date: 2009-06-11 22:13
Subject: C.W.D.
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I stumbled on this cooking show on you tube and it is so wonderful! The main star is a dog named Francis. My favorite episode so far is when she prepares a bento box with a sausage octopus *dies*



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alitheia7
Date: 2009-05-19 23:01
Subject: Back again!
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I've been having a rather good week so far. It may be the fact that I'm exercising during lunch.  Let's see how long this exercise-at-lunch deal will last.  I used some kind of freaky bike today that had a huge computer screen attached to it.  It made me feel I was in a videogame.  I was supposed to be racing in the Alps. During the last stretch they presented me with an animatronic cyclist with horrid looking polygon triceps.  I almost died to beat him to the finish line.  Well, evil computer completely had the last laugh.  It moved me to Level 2.  I just crawled off the bike and limped my way to the nearest exit. 

In other news, I've seen the HBP trailer and I'm contemplating re-reading the books. (except book 7.)  I just have one question: who is the girl in the red coat who floats above Harry and Hermione?
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alitheia7
Date: 2009-05-16 12:04
Subject: Two pies
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The first is an apple pie and the second a strawberry tart.
Both recipes had to be tweaked to abide to a low cholesterol diet. Never thought I'd ever try baking without butter and eggs. It can be done! Although it feels like I am in some parallel pie universe.
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alitheia7
Date: 2009-05-15 00:29
Subject: plans!
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Just finalized Memorial weekend plans and I'm terribly excited!  Will be off to Utah on a camping trip.  :)  Lovely arches and bridges and rivers....  I promise to post pictures this time. 
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alitheia7
Date: 2009-04-01 20:35
Subject: Food and April Fool's
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I have stumbled on this video from NY Times magazine, of Jill Santopietro cooking in her Tiny Kitchen.  It reminded me of the kitchen I had two apartments ago...  It made me smile. I had a garden too at the time. The kitchen layout was so inconvenient that it forced me to be organized.  It was a narrow hall and if my roommate was cooking, there was no way I could open the fridge without making some funny pirouette.  It's funny but i miss that time.  Mostly I miss the garden, but the tiny kitchen was a gift of sorts.  It was there that the roommate taught me how to cook Mexican food. 

On a completely different note, I was teaching today so I gave my students an April Fool's day assignment.  Extra credit (they all perked at that) I asked them to work in groups of three and perform their upcoming homework in the form of an interpretive dance.  I am teaching an introductory science course.  We all had a good a laugh and then it was lecture as usual.  And then I kept wondering absurd scenarios: for instance, how a doctor would explain themselves to patients through dance....  "What was that last bit doctor?"  Or imagine going through a drive-through. What is the french fry dance?
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alitheia7
Date: 2009-03-04 22:27
Subject: Random post
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Never ever wear suspenders when going through airport security.  I wonder what they do when faced with corsets.  *shudder* 
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alitheia7
Date: 2009-02-07 22:19
Subject: Little pleasures of winter
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It really does not feel like winter here.  Not that I miss snow mind you.  But still.  I miss the cold/sunny days.  The ones you cannot go out without losing a nose, but you have to anyway.  To get groceries.  And make stew.  Maybe I just miss the stews.  Rabbit stew, buffalo stew (with green chili) fish stew with a dash of cayenne pepper.  Bloody Nigella.  She has snuck into my head and now I keep wanting to cook.  Ok.  Nothing that a good bar of chocolate cannot solve.  I will be right back.
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