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Posted on: March 3, 2009

I was looking at my cable remote last night. Guess what! I have DVR. Yes. I’ve had this for 3 months and just discovered it. Oops. Maybe I will keep my cable for a bit longer. Until my rate goes up…unless I can negotiate to keep the same rate. I have been enjoying some of the free movies offered through On Demand. Last night I watched West Side Story (which I do own, but it’s in KS) while finishing the sleeves on the baby sweater.

The baby sweater will be going to a woman at the college who recently gave birth to a baby girl. I just have to decide on how to finish up the neck area and what type of closure to use. It’s been a pleasant project to work on and I might go digging in my stash to see if I have some cotton yarn to make up another little sweater.

I made up a couple of breakfast things last night. This morning I got up early to pop a scrambled egg bake in the oven. I taught for almost 4 hours straight this morning and knew that I would need some good fuel to keep me alert. This was just right. The recipe is from WW. I also make another WW recipe – blueberry rice pudding. I might start the morning tomorrow with that. It will be a another early and busy morning for me. I’ve decided that I need to do a bit more daily planning for my meals so I don’t get way off track. I’ll be heading home between work and class tonight to make burritos.

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  • This is such an exciting concept. The musicians have been chosen and will travel to New York City in April to perform a concert. What a cool way to gather outstanding musicians together.
    (tags: art web_2.0 music)
  • I'm still a bit intimidated by anything with yeast, but if I keeps seeing tempting recipes like this one, I might just be inspired to get over my fear.
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  • This is a simple salad using carrots, one of my favorite root veggies.
    (tags: food)
  • I like tasty, easy breakfast bars. These actually could work anytime you get the munchies. Packed full of stuff that's good for you.
    (tags: food)
  • If I ever had a garden/outdoor party these would be beautiful. I can see this being lovely for a summer wedding or for decorating a little girl's room. Apartment Therapy always has such wonderful ideas.
  • Personally I'm sick to death of this "transparency" demand on the government. I don't think everything needs to be communicated to the American public. Sure, some things should, but this is quickly spiraling out of control.
    (tags: news politics)
  • So, she could have had full-time help with her 14 children, but she turned it down so she could whore out her family for a reality tv deal. Interesting. And yes, I do mean the rather harsh term. I don't understand anyone who wants to make their daily life into a reality television show.
    (tags: news)
  • Being mindful is really quite simple. This is something that I've been trying to practice in my daily life. Mindfulness. Hmmm…
    (tags: advice)
  • I've always really liked hummus. It's hard to find good hummus in the middle of farmland IL. So, I'm going to learn to make my own…maybe with this recipe to start.
    (tags: food)
  • Interesting take on using Facebook…or not.
    (tags: web_2.0)
  • Another vegetarian cooking blog I've just discovered has this great recipe. I'm all for the quick and easy. Also, I can substitute egg noodles for no-yolks noodles to make it even healthier for me.
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  • I'm eating more beans since changing my food lifestyle. And now that I'm doing Weight Watchers, I'm also more conscious of the amount of fat in my food. This is a great recipe (subbing low fat or fat-free cheese instead of regular) for a tasty and simple dish. I've also started developing a taste for guacamole.
    (tags: food)
  • I have always loved buying this salad in the store, but it does use bacon. This recipe still calls for the bacon, but I can easily substitute that with a vegetarian friendly option. The taste isn't really about the bacon anyway. It's all about the dressing.
    (tags: food)
  • French dip for vegetarians. I don't really miss eating meat, but there were a few favorites that I miss because of certain flavors. French dip was one of these. Now I can be animal friendly and still have the taste.
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There are a couple of things I’m excited about and looking forward to.

The first is just a day (not even that) away. Tomorrow afternoon I travel to Kansas to see DH and the dogs. It’s been a couple of weeks since seeing DH, but the dogs I’ve not seen since moving to IL. Anticipating all the cuddles, snuggles, and dog breath kisses.

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The second thing is six weeks away. There is a fiber weekend in Milwaukee at the end of February. I’ve already paid my registration and signed up for a class and a make-and-take. Make-and-takes are super short (20 min.) workshops where you quickly learn a technique, make something, and take it away. I signed up for one to learn how to pick up a loop below. I’ll show pictures after the weekend. The class I signed up for will teach me how to knit a top down sweater. While we’ll learn to knit a sweater for an American Girl, the sweater pattern is supposed to work for any size. Top-down sweaters are great because you can decide how long or short to make it while you knit. And with a basic shape, it can be personalized by using different stitches, color variations, yarns, etc. In addition to that, there will be a small marketplace with vendors, a pajama party, a place to knit on prayer shawls, music, and yarn. Did I mention there will be yarn? Yes, there will be yarn.

The last thing I’m jazzed about it the class I’m going to take this spring. No, it’s not for the second masters. I’m holding off on that, possibly until next fall or even spring 2010. There are going to be some changes next fall as we move the household up to IL and trying to study and complete projects while that is happening might make life more complicated than I can adequately deal with. I’m taking a photography class. The college waives tuition on classes for employees and their family members. So, I’m going to take advantage and try something I’ve always wanted to do. I don’t know that I have much of an eye for this, but maybe I can learn some things and improve my picture-taking. And I’ll get to learn how to develop film. Yay!

Other than that, things are ticking along. It’s cold here, like most of the midwest and northeast. I’ve been hitching a ride with a co-worker this week and am looking forward to having wheels of my own again. Trying to think of something really nice to do for her. She’s saved me a load of money and trouble this week. I haven’t done much in the way of creative cooking this week and have just relied on the staples that I usually have around. I’m still knitting the hanging towels, although I’m looking for something new to work on. Just haven’t settled on anything yet. I’ve finished a couple of books this week and moving on to Slaughterhouse Five. It’s not on my list of 52 books, but I’ve always wanted to read it and I can change my list.

Also looking forward to seeing my dad tomorrow. He’s coming over to drive me to the train station. While we won’t be together long, it’ll be nice to see him again.

Don’t know if I’ll write much this weekend, but will update you when I get back.

It’s a cold day here. The actual temperatures are in the teens, which isn’t all that bad, but the windchill makes it much colder. Still I did go out to run a couple of errands and go to the laundromat. There is more snow in the forecast for the next two days.

When I got home, I made three cheese pasta for dinner and cooked up some chili for lunch this week. We’ve got a microwave and little fridge in the library’s back room. That’s where the LRC staff eat on our breaks. We also have our own coffee pot back in that area, so I’m able to get my daily caffeine fix.

I finished reading Stephen King’s newest collection of short stories. If you haven’t bought it (and were planning to do so), I’d wait until it comes out in paperback or check it out from your local library. I think King should stick to full-length novels. These stories were generally awkward, high-schoolish and not equal to his earlier collections. Not worth the money if you’re not a big fan or someone who collects his books (which I do, so I will keep this book anyway.)

Unfortunately, I’ve not been reading much. Having cable again has been bad for me. I need to exercise some discipline again and turn off the tv a couple nights a week. Between the tv and Friendfeed, I’ve not been reading or knitting much…although I’ve got my evenings back again. I did start knitting my snowman and would like to have it finished before Christmas.


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