Bold, daring...

...because I honestly believe that telling a lot of people about this kind of thing tends to make it fail. 

Despite lingering bronchitis symptoms I have made my return to the gym, possibly my first serious attempt at regular exercise in a truly shameful stretch of time. 

There, in the locker room, was the digital scale. 

The moment of truth.


Not sure what I expected (that's a lie, I was betting on 285, so this was sort of a pleasant surprise in a gruesome sort of way), but I believe I can work with it. 

I spent some time testing things out on the weight machines and with free weights, trying to figure out how far I had fallen and from where I could begin.  Some happy surprises, some deep disappointments, all in all about what I expected/feared. 

Wish me luck.  Been there twice with good efforts since Monday and going back tonight. 
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Buffy meme

I was determined to do this with a quote that just came to me, this was the first one.  Now, of course, they are flooding my brain...  I swiped this from technocowboy 

When you see this, post another Buffy quote in your own Livejournal. Let's see how long we can make it.

Anya: I'd kill for him!
Willow: You'd kill for a chocolate bar. 

Although on behalf of countless friends I must also include:

Buffy: explain to me in five words or less what you're doing here.
Spike (counting on his fingers): Out For A Walk... Bitch. 

Home safe

Grey and I made it safely back to Erie.  He'll be on his way back to Illinois sometime tomorrow morning.  For now... we collapse.  Made of tired.
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    giggly giggly

Have you eaten?

The Food tasting meme

  1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
  2. Bold all the items eaten.
  3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating (or eating again)
  4. Optional extra: Post a comment linking to your results.

To make the filling out of this form and generating the HTML for it a bit easier, [info]reddywhp has played around with some PHP. Go to and fill it out there. After filling it out, you will be given the code to copy and paste into your blog.

Livejournal users, remember to use your LJ-Cuts!

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile
  6. Black pudding
  7. Cheese fondue
  8. Carp
  9. Borscht
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. Collapse )

Photo Meme

As a friend came through with his photos, it is inescapably my turn, and since I've recovered my camera I can participate.  The deal is this: post a comment requesting a photo of anything you like (nothing X-rated, please) and I'll post them as a photo-essay sort of deal here in my LJ.  Response time may vary based on a need to quietly, but furiously, clean my house. 

 The notion, of course, is that if you ask, you return the favor, but it's not as if I've got a line on the picture police to send out, so don't be shy. 

Thought for Food #17

Summer goodness.

My mother and her boyfriend planted a huge garden this year.  Today, she dropped off a big bag of various fresh vegetables, including several bunches of freshly picked herbs--basil, rosemary, parsley, etc.  The very scent of it all was so heavenly I had to stop what I was doing and fix something.

Home-grown veggies at their peak call for simplicity, to my mind, especially where large quantities of fresh herbs are concerned.

Summer's Glory for One

 - one handful of dried pasta, cooked al dente in well salted water
 - one half cup (or more) chopped fresh summer squash and/or zuchinni
 - one garden fresh, perfectly ripe tomato, the sort that you must strain to keep from eating like an apple right then and there
 - one small handful of freshly picked and trimmed string beans
 - one handful of mixed fresh herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, easy on the rosemary, chives, dill, etc.)
 - one clove garlic
 - some good quality, fruity olive oil
 - salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
 - cheese shavings such as Romano or Asiago if desired

While the pasta cooks, chop the squash and the tomato and set aside.  Do not lose any of the precious tomato juices.  Peel and trim the garlic clove and slice into small coins or slivers.  Have the herbs and a sharp knife at the ready.  Heat  a few tablespoons (or less) of the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic bits and cook for less than one minute, just until fragrant.  Add the vegetables and sauté until crisp-tender, just a few minutes.  In between tosses of those veggies, mince up those herbs.  Just as the veggies are nearly done, add those herbs, cook for less than one more minute.  Toss all this with the pasta.  Add salt, pepper, and cheese to taste and enjoy.

The key is in great, fresh veggies, lots of herbs cut at the last minute, and in not crushing the garlic.  Cutting it into slices or slivers vs. smashing and mincing or putting it through a garlic press will provide a milder garlic bite, allowing the other garden flavors to shine.  This may seem dry, depending on how much pasta you've used; I would sooner add a bit of pasta water or slice up another tomato than go crazy with the oil, though, as all that fruity olive oil flavor will begin to overpower that summery goodness.  A squeeze of lemon might not be amiss either. 
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    cheerful cheerful
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Mixed bag

I was tagged by athenasdragon

Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 random things, facts, goals, or habits about yourself. At the end, choose anyone you think may answer to be tagged, listing their names & why you chose them. You can't tag a person who has tagged you.
1). I have a secret love for Chicken McNuggets. 
2).  Someday, if it can be done without risk of being shot during an uprising or the like, I mean to go to Africa. I’m not sure where, really, but ideally the Congo (very unlikely, I know), where my great grandparents worked as missionaries.
3).  Despite my otter ways, I can’t open my eyes underwater without freaking out a little.  
4).  My favorite footwear as a child was a pair of big, black rubber boots. I was famous for trotting up and down the dirt-road we lived on in nothing but boots and briefs. 
5). I am a very messy person in general, but I have a weird need to clean my computer keyboard regularly.
6).  Once I typed #5, I had to stop and clean my keyboard.
7). I have glasses that I almost never wear. I use them when driving in unfamiliar places or at night, mostly.
8).  I aim to visit all 50 states, and every national park within my lifetime. Clarification: every national park that’s called a national park, which is something like 60, not the nearly 400 parks, monuments, historical parks, etc. that the national park service manages. 
9). My office tends to be swimming in paperclips, yet somehow I personally am always running out of them.
10). My plan is to eventually have at least nine tattoos. 
I won’t be tagging anyone; participate if you so choose. 

Announcement list

Local readers who might be interested:  We've had some technical difficulties and the long-standing yahoogroup announcement list for the Covenant of Brighid's Haven has crashed and been replaced.  We were unable to retain the original e-mail contacts.  

While we work on a more long-term solution, we've made a new yahoogroup as an interim announcement list.  

If you previously received or would like to begin receiving e-mail announcements and reminders of our events and classes, please send an e-mail to: 

Please help spread the word.  

If you run a yahoogroup, you might want to make a habit of retaining a hard copy of the contacts therein, just in case.  I'm betting at least one or two reading this already do.