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Cat and Dmitri keep ducks for the eggs. Yesterday morning, D made scrambled eggs for breakfast. Cat warned us: duck eggs taste different; be ready for that.

I took a bite. And what I experienced was not actually a new flavor. Instead, I was flooded with sense memory: this is what eggs tasted like when I was a kid.

It's astonishing to realize how many slow compromises we've made over the years when it comes to the quality of our food. Like the proverbial frog in the slowly-heated pan, we don't even notice the little changes accumulating through the years of agribusiness tinkering that's designed to increase productivity with little or no thought to flavor. In the quest to keep things cheap, we lose sight of why we eat them in the first place. I recognized in that moment why, every time I make or order scrambled eggs, I am always vaguely disappointed with the resultant meal: something inside of me knew that this bland concoction wasn't what I'd sought. I'll know now

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"We have half a tank of gas, it's night, and we're wearing sunglasses. Let's roll."
"You realize that not one of those things is true, right?"
"Yeah, but it's funnier."
"The Jake is a lie!"


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I am having a Hydra day: everything I finish leads to three more things. Kill it! Kill it with fire!!

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Starting to clean up my office now. This is the hard one, because it's where everything small got dumped at the last minute. So there's a lot of junk. Ferrett and I made an agreement that stuff would only come back upstairs if it had someplace to LIVE upstairs. Then if what's left in the basement can't find a place to be, it's time to consider what needs to go. It's going to be quite a process.

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The living room

The bedroom

View two

Dining room

Guest room

Still need art, but it's a start!

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LET THERE BE ROCK!!! The sound system is BACK.

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LET THERE BE ROCK!!! The sound system is BACK.

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This Saturday the Goddess Temple of Lakewood is holding a chili cookoff fundraiser this Saturday from noon until 5pm. Cost is $10.00 and it will be fun! Held at Goddess Blessed, 15729 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio.

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Okay, maybe the stress IS getting to us. We not only apparently left the tube of construction adhesive we'd paid for behind in the shopping cart at Home Depot, we also left the back door of the car wide open all night. All. Rainy. Night. Quite the puddle there in the footwell. *sigh*

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I'm having a mole removed from my left temple today. For which I am now sitting in a hospital gown and panties. It's my face, people! Why do I gotta be nekkid?!

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10 pm A black person, in dark clothes, pushing a navy blue baby carriage with a toddler in it. Also wearing dark clothes.

ON THE STREET.

Not a residential street. A major four-lane thoroughfare. With sidewalks.

If the baby hadn't kicked out so that i saw the white bottom of his shoe, i never would have noticed them there. Neither would the guy who panic-swerved to the inside lane and almost hit me.

Still shaking? Yeah, a little.

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When gas topped $4 a gallon, I said that it was a good thing in that people were finally taking alternate transportation setiously.

OMG some people yelled, you hate the poor!!!

No one whp regularly reads my journal would even posit that. And here I sit at the Rapid Station with convincing proof of my poinf:

When gas was over $4/gallon, I had to park far back in the back lot for the stafion. Now? Parking place right up front.

In Cleveland and other cities, the solution to falling tax revenue is, among other things, cutting back on public transit. And why not? The powers that be don't ride the bus, and the upsurge in ridership disappeared once gas prices dropped.

I don't want it to be true of the American public that we only make individual sacrifices when our pocketbooks are jeopardized, but the fact is that we live in a culture that values personal convenience over societal good. Hell, I'm guilty of it myself: if I have an early morning court docket with tge judge I know to be lightning fast, I will often drive in and take advantage of the one hour of free parking available that is actually meant for lunchtime and so available early in the morning. It's a smaller time commitment, and I am back to work much faster.

If gas were at $4.60, I probably wouldn't do it.

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Great Disney people moment: I was walking out of the World section when a wall of people were coming toward me, so I stopped to let them flow by. As the group dwindled, a mom and grandma, holding the hands of a little girl between them, were coming straight toward me. I had no place to step right, so the mother moved left. The grandmother, looking me in the face, ran straight into me. And then huffily said, "there was nowhere I could go!" Umm, slight step to one side, maybe??

Everyone in my party was gobsmacked. Some disappointment was expressed that I didn't knock her on her ass. But I think I shall just remain amused.

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Arizona

Jul. 29th, 2010 10:38 am
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I know there are people who are upset that the Arizona law has been blocked. And I understand that there are real and serious problems with immigration in this country. But to quote Sir Humphrey Applebee: "If you are going to do this damned silly thing, don't do it in this damned silly way."

Federal policy has failed in protecting the borders against the dangers of drug trafficking. Federal policy has failed to address our need for an inexpensive work force. Federal policy has given lip service to border control while ignoring an economy that is based on underpaid and unprotected workers. And border states have borne the brunt of these policies.

But that doesn't negate the Constitution. And people willing to let it do so are foolish and shortsighted.

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It's our last full Disney day. Considering that after the first full Disney day I was so gobsmacked and exhausted that I couldn't believe it had only been one day, I'm kind of amazed to find us at the end of the vacation.

We are spending the day at Epcot. Ferrett and I have this in common: it's our favorite park. We've done the bulk of the rides, though will return to Soaring, but mostly we will be wandering in the world section, checking out the shops and taking it easy.

It's been a terrific trip, despite the occasional communication glitch. But wow am I glad we get back on Friday and have a weekend to recover. I'll be glad to have an actual keyboard, too, and to be able to catch up on my flist a bit.

Time for breakfast!

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So, overall impression of HP: Universal is awesome at set building and exteriors and crap at people handling and imagination. The upper floors and towers of the castle are inaccessible. There are no moving stairways. There are no ghosts. You see dungeons, a classroom, and Dumbledore's office. No Great Hall. No Griffyndor common room. A small bit of library. The Three Broomsticks has no character. Ollivander's is awesome but an intolerable wait and then the wands for sale are cheap plastic at a high price.

On top of it all, the ride out of the castle is a thrill ride roller coaster. Why isn't it a tour of life as a Hogwarts students that fans of all age and physical condition could enjoy, a la Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean? It would be a lot more in character with a Harry Potter experience.

There were awesome parts, including butterbeer and pumpkin juice. The shopping was stranglingly cluttered, and I recommend doing most of your shopping at the souvenir shop on the way out of the park because they have better selection on many of the items.

Topping it all off, there were supposed to be scheduled performances on the hour. There were no signs indicating that we were at the stage area; Ferrett just asked an employee After waiting in the hot sun for 15 minutes without even a sign of setup, we gave those up as a bad joke.

I'm glad I saw it, and loved things like the detail in some of the windows. But it will have to improve a lot to get me here again.

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...and yet completely done in?

So, while waiting for my massage - gotta be ready for Harry Potter tomorrow! - let me tell you about yesterday's averted disaster.

Yesterday was Epcot, and a fairly late start. Ferrett and I were on our own because we decided that rather than eat cafeteria food here at the hotel we would have our lunch at Epcot. We are on the Disney dining plan, which in mice but a bit confusing, so when we got to Norway and I asked if the restaurant counted toward the daily counter service or the sit down and it counted toward the latter, I rejected it. To Ferrett's great consternation because he felt like I was making all the decisions and treating him like a child. I got upset because I felt like he'd scolded me the night before for not explaining the snack part of the meal plan and now he was yelling at me for trying to explain the counter service part.

Essentially, we were talking past each other and each feeling like the other wasn't listening. Plus we were hot and our feet already hurt and we were both hungry: powderkeg central.

I could feel shouting and tears coming on. So I turned and walked away three paces just to get myself under control. Ferrett thought I was storming off, so he turned the other way and walked about 10 feet.

But then he stopped. And I came back. And we both apologized those stiff, "I don't think I was wrong, but I'm sorry we are miscommunicating" apologies that at least let you start talking. And we found someplace cool to sit down, get food, and actually talk about what happened. By the time lunch was over, we were tender with each other. A few minutes back to regular activity and all was fine.

There's a lesson in this. Sometimes you can both be right for different reasons, and both be wrong because you aren't communicating. From there, it's easy to turn it all into trench warfare. We could have stormed off in different directions and spent a miserable day separately outraged. Instead, we resolved it in less than 15 minutes.

It's hard, because you have to swallow your pride enough to hear the other person. But man was it worth it. We had a great day.

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First day of Disney, so of course we had to start at the Magic Kingdom. We are traveling with a group of experienced Disney trippers, so what happened shouldn't have surprised me, and yet it did: my Park Attack Plan was unceremoniously vetoed.

I'm not used to such a thing. Both my husbands have been "directionally challenged" and so have given me lists of where they wanted to go and left the navigation and strategy to me.

Here? I'm just one in a pack of alpha females, and the only one without the schedules of young children to consider. So yeah, it didn't really matter that to the right was the most efficient way to our next planned ride; to the left was the ice cream shop they wanted to visit. Short line just now at Pirates? Too bad; we want to go on the Magic Carpet ride (a ride I would never have looked at twice, being little more that standard carnival fare, but okay, it was fun).

I had to just let go, just go with the flow. We were a group of 11. We weren't going to be Park Vikings, racing around at top efficiency. We got through a bit less than half the MK, and that's all right. We'll be here all week. It's cool.

But we are breaking into smaller groups for Epcot, dammit!!!

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My good friend Nathan weighs in on why that movie meme is a bad list. He makes excellent arguments well worth reading.

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Because Disney charges your back teeth for Internet usage, I will be limited to smart phone access for the next week. Please forgive me if I miss anything important, or tag me with a message if it's something you want me to see.

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