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I never thought I'd ever do this, but this journal is now friends only.

Please comment to this post if you would like to be added.

ETA: If you're already on my f-list, no need to worry. You're still on. :)
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In the process of archiving/mirroring here at Dreamwidth, I was reading through some of the messages in my Inbox. This announcement from February jumped right off the page at me:

This week, we are saddened to announce that we've lost a member of the Dreamwidth family. [personal profile] hippyjolteon passed away suddenly. We are made less by the loss

I didn't know Rowan very well, but she was on my friends list at LJ, and more importantly, she reviewed and edited my story for Help: Twelve Tales. It was only one project, but I learned so much from her. More than that, over the next few months, I learned she was not only a great writer and brilliant poet, but also very thoughtful and considerate. I knew she was struggling with some health issues, but to hear that she's gone is just...I have no words.

Hug your friends, and let them know you love them.
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It looks like everyone is angsting over their writing these days. So without further ado, I give you:

Rec your favorite stuff from your favorite f-listers right here. Make them feel loved, get love in return. Everyone wins. :)


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In no particular order, here are some random thoughts on the premiere episode of Syfy's version of Being BBC Human...

10 thoughts... )

Meanwhile, Series 3 of the REAL Being Human starts on Sunday! I AM EXCITE!


If ever there was something that illustrated EXACTLY the difference between the UK and US versions...

First, the UK version (deleted from the broadcast version of the show, btw):

Second, the US version (which happens right after the characters meet):

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From [ profile] wildeagain, via @neilhimself on Twitter:

If someone steals your writing, remember to be grateful!

I can't even begin to explain the stoopid.

But here's an attempt anyway... )

ETA: Now with added feedback and press from The Guardian. Internet firestorm FTW!

Predictably, the Guardian excerpt includes content from someone pointing out "the irony" of the newspaper "lifting" content from [ profile] illadore for the article. Except that excerpting with credit is not "lifting" and excerpting for the express purpose of reporting and offering commentary is NOT copyright infringement. FAIL!
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Loosely inspired by Julie & Julia and The Julie/Julia Project...

Julie Powell was on a voyage of self-discovery. She was looking for actualization and found it in the pages of Julia Child's seminal cookbook, "The Art of French Cooking."

My goals are much more modest. Or maybe just more prosaic. I don't need to find myself, and I'm not looking at this as some sort of symbolic stand-in for other parts of my life. Basically, I like food and I like to cook. I call myself a foodie, but with some reservation. I would love to tell you that I only buy first-press olive oil that costs $50 a bottle, only use kosher sea salt, and have never baked a cake out of a box. But I'd be lying. I buy fresh produce where I can find it, including at the local Soulless Big Box store. I use the microwave. I once swore I would only feed my child the freshest of foods, but I've put Kraft dinner on his plate without a second thought.

I find the demands of every day life as a full-time lawyer, wife and mother hard to juggle against the demands of being a committed foodie, and a vegetarian foodie at that. I don't always have a lot of time and energy for cooking as a hobby. It becomes something I do out of necessity, and the mediocrity and blandness of the things I've been turning out lately are a testament to that.

Most foodies will smirk at this point and identify "vegetarian" as the source of the problem. But here's the thing. I have been a vegetarian my entire life now, and I've never once considered vegetarian cuisine boring. I was brought up on a steady diet of the spices and flavors and (sometimes exotic) vegetables that make up a traditional Indian meal, and while I won't say I love all of it, it's never once been dull.

When I grew up and started to cook for myself, I discovered Mollie Katzen and the Moosewood cookbooks, and suddenly, "vegetarian" meant more than just Indian food. I was in heaven, and determined to try everything. The problem is, I had very little money, and even less determination. And there were distractions in my life then, so many distractions.

But now Mollie and Moosewood are calling to me again...

I want revive my interest in cooking, and show vegetarians (and esp. vegetarian mothers) they can be foodies too! I want to show (mostly myself) that it's possible to cook well and enjoy it, without sacrificing either your sanity or the convenience of life in the 21st century.

The primary goal? Make every recipe in The New Moosewood Cookbook at least once. In a year.

I think I'll do it 4 times a week. Nothing entree, one side dish/soup and once a week, a dessert. Every couple of Saturdays, I'd like to have friends over and do the foodie thing properly, with wine and cheese and sit-down dinners. And my Moosewood recipes. ;) I'm going to balance this out with a couple of traditional, home-cooked Indian meals every week too.

I'm hoping to get my son to help me in this little project. It will be a fun thing for us to do together, and if all he ever does is stir some sauce or put a few sprinkles on a cake, I'll be the happiest mom in the world.

The nice thing about this project is I see it as entirely doable. I often set goals for myself that are a bit too hard to achieve (and naturally, I never achieve them). But this is going to be different. For one, I'm determined to finish. For another, unlike Julia Child's recipes, the Moosewood recipes are highly accessible, easy to reproduce and/or vary, and not exactly uncharted territory for me. In other words, fun is to be had. ;)

The secondary goal is to see if only eating food that I have to cook (or can eat raw) is going to help with weight loss. I suspect, yes, but we'll see.

The tertiary goal is to see if I can blog all this with lovely pictures too, esp. since I now have the camera that can do everything, lol.

Big dreams take planning, so the goal is to start this project once we're a bit settled in to the new house. I started writing fanfiction when we bought our first house, so it only seems right that I should start something new (and interesting) in this new one.

*fingers crossed*
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I did these (highly amateur) picspams for a challenge at [ profile] merlin_land. Because I didn't read the rules properly (ha! big surprise there), I ended up only entering the two below *facepalm*

Kind of fun to do, but this is the last time I spend this much time messing around with pictures, lol.

Arthur is Awesome in Armor )
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I've been really, really busy at work. I don't know how it happened exactly, but I went from having almost nothing to do to having so many ongoing projects that I've started working weekends, for the first time in nearly three years.

blah blah blah )


Nov. 26th, 2009 01:15 pm
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Happy birthday, [ profile] caras_galadhon! Hope you're having a fabby day!

(I lost my sparkle text, sorry about that)


Nov. 12th, 2009 12:50 pm
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Oh, internetz, I wish I could quit you!

I'm now reduced to posting to LJ from my iPhone, because Harry the Laptop won't pick up a Wifi signal anymore! *bawls*

Posted via

ETA: the iPhone autocorrect feature, we hatez it
roh_wyn: (redwinecheese)
*dusts off cobwebs*

I've had this space for a while now, and until today, I had no idea what to do with it. I had contemplated a food/cooking blog, and I still intend to use this space for that. Cooking-related blog posts are on hold until I upgrate to a better camera, but that's no reason this can't be a foodie blog RIGHT NOW.

I love food. I like to make it, look at it, eat it, talk about it. This is why I love restaurants. Think about it. A restaurant is a place solely dedicated to food...not just the consumption of food, but the celebration of it. Almost everything in a good restaurant is designed to make you think about food, whether it's the tablecloths or the place setting or the aromas wafting through the place.

I've been to a lot of restaurants, and I've decided that while I wait for my fancypants new camera, I may as well use this space to post restaurant reviews and ramblings. But, in the interest of full disclosure, I'm not exactly Zagat and not even close to being Dara Moskowitz (who is my idol, by the way...not just for being a foodie, but for being a foodie parent with a kid who won't eat anything). But hey, you never know how far you can go if you don't try. Or something like that. So here goes nothing...

More... )
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Just wanted to give you all a heads up...

[ profile] the_ladytramp has an Etsy store now, where she sells handmade jewelry (pretty bracelets and necklaces).

Please do stop by and visit her store. Think of it as doing your part to stimulate the economy, while supporting entrepreneurism and the American way! :)
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Picspam to follow...maybe. ;)

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Reposted from [ profile] gregoria44:

Alabama city to destroy Indian mound for retail store

That's right, folks. They're going to destroy a place of archaelogical/anthropological/spiritual build a Sam's Club.

ETA: There's a protest!

at the STONE MOUND behind KOHL'S ON OXFORD EXCHANGE in Oxford, Alabama

(Many thanks to the awesome [ profile] gregoria44 for the protest reminder!)

From [ profile] juno_magic on Twitter:

New Afghan legislation further diminishes women's rights

The revised bill allows husbands to starve their wives if the women deny their husbands sexual favors. Afghan laws are typically made of several types of fail, but this is fail of epic proportions, even by those standards.

Gawd, the world just gets more effed up everyday.
roh_wyn: (allan1)
I just joined [ profile] hoodland, an interactive competition for Robin Hood fans.

More details are available in the intro post, here.

Sounds like fun!
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There's been a Metro accident in Washington DC (on the Red Line, near the DC-MD border).

One person is reported dead and apparently, they are treating this as a "mass casualty event."

Keep all the Metro commuters in your thoughts.
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An article in the The New York Times this weekend described the case of a Frederik Colting's fictional extrapolation of JD Salinger's (in)famous work, Catcher in the Rye, featuring a 76-year old Holden Caulfield. Colting writes under the pseudonym "JD California" and the book has already been published in the UK.

More... )
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The Pioneer Woman is now possibly my most favorite foodie blog.

Edited to included Kayotic Kitchen, which wins not only for its brilliant photographs, but for having a kiddie recipe section.

That is all.

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