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Overpopulation and all the associated problems it brings. Time for Earth 2! :)

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Jun. 17th, 2009

The first of the writing prompts. It is based on this page, part way down, the picture of the bank of phones. I have no idea why I came up with it. It's a rough draft, but boy it was fun to do.

"If you do anything bug, you find yourself a job and get out of this town." Margie's dad had said this to her many times over the years, wanting nothing more for his only daughter than complete independence from small-town life. Bow Neck Lake, Ontario was halfway between Thunder Bay and the Manitoba border, down a country road from the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Sep. 16th, 2008

Watching Stephen Colbert this evening was great. I learned about Nothing But Nets, a charity to help buy mosquito nets for children and their families in the developing world. The quote from the site is great:

Studies show that use of insecticide-treated bed nets can reduce transmission as much as 90% in areas with high coverage rates. Bed nets prevent malaria transmission by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. The African malaria mosquitoes generally bite late at night or early morning, between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. A bed net is usually hung above the center of a bed or sleeping space so that it completely covers the sleeping person. A net treated with insecticide offers about twice the protection of an untreated net and can reduce the number of mosquitoes that enter the house and the overall number of mosquitoes in the area.

It's $10 for a net and I'm going to go and buy one right now.

Mar. 18th, 2008

note to myself, recipe from the fabulous Bohemian Cafe in Ottawa, oh my do I miss that place:

Mad fried chicken

2 2 1/2 to 3 pound chickens,each cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup tamari
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced

Put chicken pieces in glass dish. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Marinate, covered, overnight, turning the chicken occasionally.

In a wok or deep pot, heat enough peanut oil to cover one layer of the chicken pieces to 315 - 325 degrees.

Fry a few pieces of chicken at a time for about 7 to 10 mins, depending on the size of the chicken pieces. Check for doneness by putting the point of a knife into the flesh nearest the bone.

When cooked, remove and let drain on a wire rack and keep warm. When all the pieces are cooked, serve with lemon wedges.

(Of course anyone who want the recipe feel free :) )

Nov. 9th, 2007


I died in the Dungeon of Meaghann

I was killed in a crystalline passage by 365words the fire elemental, whilst carrying...

the Crown of Lostgirlslair, the Armour of Mozart, the Sword of Writing, a Figurine of Ishtaritu, a Figurine of Beadattitude, the Sceptre of Mythichistorian, the Axe of Great Big Sea, the Amulet of Doubletakeblog and 62 gold pieces.

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Jun. 10th, 2007

Tonight was great fun. My mum and I went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, The Yarn Harlot and she was very funny, discussing the addiction that is knitting and all sorts of other topics. We then went to the Canoe Club and it was eventually fun, but first we had to endure the drunken idiot behind us. Bleh. There were about 25 knitters at the Canoe Club and we had much fun. Tomorrow is the Knit-Out at Saxe Point Park and there will be lots of vendors selling hand dyed yarn which is dangerous :)

Jun. 9th, 2007


Well I've taken the plunge and started a sock finally. Working with four needles was the big step beyond knitting a square on two needles or knitting another scarf :) It's been tough so far figuring out what to do with all the bits, but I'm finally getting it now.

Mar. 27th, 2007


I'm passing on this link for folks to read. If you are an icon maker, photographer or artist this may concern you.

Sep. 20th, 2006

red shoe

cha and I have started a new creative blog called doubletakeblog for a merging of her pictures and my words. Have a look around and tell us what you think. :) 

Aug. 30th, 2006

red shoe

It was a weird sort of a work day today. My boss forgot that a co-worker was coming in an hour late, so I was alone in the store for an hour, which was actually ok, but then she also forgot that the same co-worker had to leave for a period later on. Chaos reigned. We had an assortment of annoying people in today. A woman walked up to the counter, put down a $1.99 item and when I told her the final price, dug out a $100 bill. No explanation like, "oh I just got this at the exchange, I'm a tourist," or anything. Just handed it over. When I openly tested it for counterfeit in front of her, she got really annoyed and then flounced out in a huff, complaining out loud about bad service. I just turned the music up and ignored her. Then there was the woman with the very large stroller and two mobile kids who spent ages in there and the whole time her son played a plastic recorder, that was shrill and irritating. Of course, this is a recorder we sell, that he hasn't paid for, so his germs are now all over it. The woman also let the baby chew on things that were out in the open, so I ended up washing all sorts of toys, bleh. Some days I hate people.

Tonight went just as well. My husband was going out gaming right as I got home, so we had the 15 minute speed dinner. I intended to do laundry and go to the gym, but my dad lives in Charleston, SC, in the path of Ernesto, so I wanted to call him in case he had to evacuate. That phone call went on too long, then my mum phoned to chat about her upcoming trip over to Vancouver, she lives in Victoria right near me, so not a big deal, and then cha and I are chatting away and I'm realizing it's 9:45 pm and laundry just isn't happening. We live in an apartment and laundry is shared downstairs so I would be disturbing people. So basically nothing got done at all :) Oh well, there's always tomorrow, hah.