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Lo, I have fixed our intermittent--and as of this morning, causing no internet at all--connection problems. We need a new cable--the one that goes from the wall into the modem. The tech support guy said it was probably a hardware problem, Shaw replaced the modem when they were out two weeks ago for the same problem, and the cable TV was working fine. I have hijacked the cable for the VCR, and all is good in its online connectedness until we want to watch cable TV.

I thiiiink I have figured out how to make avi's from DVDs. So, all going well, who wants to see season one of This is Wonderland?

(And in much the same spirit, if anyone knows a relatively straightforward way I can turn a VHS tape into an avi without spending large amounts of money on new hardware?)

I've been craving Mediterranean food, by which I mean pitas, dippy stuff (hummus, tzatziki, and baba ghanouj), feta cheese, olives... mmmm. We made home-made hummus. Take a can of chick peas. Open. Rinse contents well. Dump in food processor with some lemon juice, salt, a few liberal spoonfuls of tahini, and a slosh of olive oil. Adjust to taste. Add cracked black pepper and a few cloves of garlic (roasted is best). Make the food processor go. Taste. Add more of what is needed. I like the pre-made stuff, but this... oh, this is so much better.


Jan. 10th, 2006 09:09 pm
daemonluna: default icon, me with totoros (Peas)
Heat up leftover bulghur pilaf. (Is bulghur, simmered in beef stock, with onions, mushrooms, and edamame and such. Easy and not nearly as elaborate as it sounds.) Grill a chicken breast, with hot pepper flakes. Slice chicken breast. Mix. Eat. Yum!

The girl is in Edmonton overnight. Sigh.

[livejournal.com profile] mockingspike forgot his shrimp* on our balcony overnight, but retrieved them this afternoon. Have advised that travelling salsa is probably a much safer consumable than travelling shrimp.

I am preparing myself for an onslaught of excuses about overdue books this week. I have resorted to a combination of peer pressure and shame (a large chart totalling how many overdue books each class has weekly) coupled with bribery. (Monthly prizes, along the sticker-and-bookmark line, but not, as suggested today during storytime, SUVs and trips to Mexico and a million dollars. Or guns, but I pretended not to hear that one.)

I am trying to decide whether to watch House, or tape it and watch it tomorrow when [livejournal.com profile] troutkitty's home. Decisions, decisions.

*the truth of the matter is probably more mundane that whatever you're all imagining.
daemonluna: lazy wombat and a carrot (wombat)
I have got to stop sitting crossed-legged at my computer desk, since it inevitable makes my knees stiff. Well, after more than an hour or so.That, and I think I need to fiddle with the height of the back rest. Gah.

Have spent the past few hours wandering about, updating and expanding my resources list for an upcoming workshop. (So if anyone has any fantastic YA literature websites, blogs, or mailing lists of potential use to librarians that I might have missed, let me know.) Contemplating a workshop on passive acts of reader's advisory (booklists, displays, etc.), and one specifically on manga. Also, about getting my schools involved in one of the reader's choice awards. (PNLA or Rocky Mountain, specifically. And I'm sure most fo you are staring at me blankly now.)

Made yummy soup tonight. Take a can of chicken stock. Heat up. When it boils, add half a cup of orzo pasta, cook 6-8 minutes, in the last few minutes, toss in shredded (bite-sized pieces) kale, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, a couple of beaten eggs, and anything else you've got lying around. Chinese sausage, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, garlic sausage, and fresh parsley have all been added in varying combinations.

Hmm. I need some more book-related icons. And now, I should drag myself off to bed to attempt to maintain something remotely resembling a regular sleep schedule.
daemonluna: default icon, me with totoros (Andromeda avacado)
things that are yummy )

We're having a very wild and crazy Friday night--curled up on the couch, watching Muppets' Wizard of Oz. (What? It's the MUPPETS!) Mildly amusing--including Queen Latifah as Auntie Em--but not as good as Muppet Treasure Island or a Muppet Christmas Carol.

Also, the usual link round-up:

On Becoming a Woman - A tale of many unspeakable dangers is an informational booklet from the fifties.

And if that's not bad enough, check out the ocover of this Christian comic.

For a different kind of creepy, pictures of an abandoned Japanese amusement park.

Four and a Half Minutes is a lovely litte Harry/Ron fic by [livejournal.com profile] resonant8.

I'm probably the only one who thinks this is cool, but pictures of librarians' desks!

The Book Babes: Does the Worth of Reviews Lie in How Many Books They Sell? Are They Mere Marketing Tools? Or Culture Drivers? A New Twist on 'Critical Mass': "Book reviews take 'nearly last place' as a way of marketing books—behind more important factors such as the writer’s track record, writing quality, timeliness of topic, fan base, word-of-mouth and the author’s own promotional efforts. But there’s a bit more to the story than that blanket judgment suggests."

Web comic of the moment: CATHARSIS With the dragon and the naked squirrel, and the ninja kitty...

Have to go watch Mythbusters now!


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