Rice cooker

Jun. 8th, 2017 09:49 pm
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Well I ordered this rice cooker online from Amazon, it's a simple thing: put rice and water in thing, put the two lids on the right way, and microwave it for anywhere from 8 minutes (for one cup of rice) to longer like 15 minutes, let it stand for five minutes before opening, then serve. My roommate was skeptical, but it works as advertised. I need to put a little more water in it next time, as the rice was just a little too stiff for my liking, but still edible. Great buy at $11!

Also got some pink Crocs-brand sandals, I like them too. Both things came in the same box, a box that was entirely too large for what it had in it.

The seeds for the plantains and the dandelions are still on their way. So is the blasted phone lanyard that I ordered the middle of last month! It's coming from China. Not sure where the plant seeds are coming from.
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“The Many Faces of Har—er, Adira Potter: Chapter 32”
By = Fayanora

Chapter 32 of The Many Faces of Harry Potter is now published!

Chapter title: Christmas and New Year's

Chapter blurb: Christmas time at Sirius's house, with Zoey and Lupin! Then it's back to school, for even more hijinks!

Archive Of Our Own version

FanFiction dot net version

Big Closet version

Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC
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Book 3, Chapter 8 of Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals is published!

Series blurb: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, is a young and abused Black boy with Asperger's syndrome, and is hated by his guardians, the Dursleys. A little over a week before his birthday, he discovers that he is also a wizard, and the Dursleys knew all along. Not only is he a wizard, but he's also famous in the wizarding world! An AU fanfic.

Chapter blurb: The title of this chapter is "Catching a Rat." Anything else I say would spoil it.

Links to book 3, chapter 8:

AO3 version

FF.net version

BigCloset version

~ ~ ~

Series page AO3

HPATTWNT book 1 page FF.net and Book 2, FF.net

HTATTWNT chapter 1, BigCloset
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There once was a man in Nantucket,
Who married a man born in Phucket.
He got up one day,
Realized he was gay,
And now he bends over to suck it.
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The other day I was looking at the Greek salad in the deli section of Albertson's with a look of longing, because my IBS doesn't let me have it anymore. For one thing, the feta cheese is a no-no. So are onions.

Then it occurred to me, I could make my own version of a Greek salad. So I cut up some cucumber, green bell pepper, carrots, and black olives. I cut up mushrooms and cooked them. When they were cool, I poured shiitake mushroom dressing over it and mixed it up, then let it chill in the fridge. Yummy!

I think I will be adding zucchini next time. Definetely will add tomatoes and kalamata olives. Maybe even a little spinach. And I want to try a small batch with some of the Daiya cheese, see how that tastes.
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Well, this summer is shaping up to be as hot as the last. It's getting very difficult to find a time to garden without wanting to die from the heat. I need an air conditioner to survive this summer. And I think a certain friend who lives in an upstairs apartment needs a new AC, too. Her place is always at least 15 or 20 degrees hotter than mine, and I can barely tolerate the heat in my own place.

Neato

May. 28th, 2017 12:50 am
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My current state of mind and the vibe of my current energy makes me feel like I'm channeling Luna Lovegood. It's like a placid river of peace is flowing through me.
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“The Many Faces of Har—er, Adira Potter: Chapter 31”
By = Fayanora

Chapter 31 of The Many Faces of Harry Potter is now published!

Chapter title: The Yule Ball

Chapter blurb: The Yule Ball! Goes better than in canon. Zoey holds a fashion show before the ball, to show off the outfits she made people for it. There is dancing, and other fun stuff as well.

Archive Of Our Own version

FanFiction dot net version

Big Closet version

Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC

Mattress

May. 12th, 2017 07:45 pm
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So I had my first night's sleep on the memory foam mattress. It was an excellent buy, sleeping on it was awesome. The thing is firm but not too firm for me. Between the memory foam mattress and the memory foam pillow I own, it was awesome last night. My old mattress - which had been hurting my back since I first got it - had hurt my shoulder the other day, and the new mattress made my shoulder feel much better. I also ended up waking up feeling more rested than normal!

It's slightly shorter than my old mattress, which gets me closer to my phone charger and CPAP, and it's shorter lengthwise, too, but still long enough for me.

In short, a great mattress! Other mattresses like it are sold for hundreds of dollars, and this one was only $99. I will definetely be getting one again in the future if I need to.
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We live in a time when it is possible to order an entire mattress online from Amazon, and it arrives in a week. By UPS. Yes, I ordered a memory foam mattress for $99 from Amazon, and it came in a box that could fit easily in the backseat of a car.

Getting the box open took like, twenty minutes, and a lot of hard work and the use of tools. But the rest of the process was fairly easy: roll the compressed mattress flat on a flat, clean surface and then carefully cut the side of the plastic bag with scissors. I did, and I got to watch the thing go from something as flat as a dinner plate to an 8-inch thick twin size memory foam mattress wearing a protective covering. It's basically the same size as my current mattress once inflated.

The only thing after removing it from the bag is it has to air out for a day or two before you put the sheets on it or use it, so the chemical smell can dissipate. Something about the compression process gives it an odor when it's done decompressing, and that has to be given time to dissipate.
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Book 3, Chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals is published!

Series blurb: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, is a young and abused Black boy with Asperger's syndrome, and is hated by his guardians, the Dursleys. A little over a week before his birthday, he discovers that he is also a wizard, and the Dursleys knew all along. Not only is he a wizard, but he's also famous in the wizarding world! An AU fanfic.

Chapter blurb: The race to capturing Peter Pettigrew heats up.

Links to book 3, chapter 7:

AO3 version

FF.net version

BigCloset version

~ ~ ~

Series page AO3

HPATTWNT book 1 page FF.net and Book 2, FF.net

HTATTWNT chapter 1, BigCloset
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Chapter 30 of The Many Faces of Har---er, Adira Potter is published!

Chapter Summary: The Yule Ball is announced, and the collective prepares for it.

Archive Of Our Own version

FanFiction dot net version

Big Closet version

Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC

Dandelions

May. 1st, 2017 09:24 am
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Look at all these yummy dandelion roots I got while weeding the garden! Couldn't use the leaves because they were black with aphids, but roots are a good consolation prize.
Pic under the cut. )
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Had a dream last night where there was this little girl, about age 6 or 7, who was a multiple. She wasn't Molly, she was a character in a dream who was her own system. She shifted several times during our conversation and I could see the shifts in her face and body language as well as hear it in her tones of voice.

Then later in the same night, I had a dream where Alex was plainly the one in control of the protagonist of the dream. But other than that, I don't remember anything else currently.

It might have had something to do with the fact I was going through my "dreams" tag on Dreamwidth for several hours before that.
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I sometimes communicate with animal sounds. With that in mind, a text conversation my friend Brooke and I had with each other the other day:

Me, in lieu of asking if I could come over: Mrow?
Brooke: Hisss
Me, thinking it was a cat hiss and not knowing the appropriate word in Cat: *Sad puppy noises*
Brooke: *Snakey hugs*
Me: (I don't remember, but probably something like *Scared puppy whines*)
Brooke: Puppies are *loved* by snakeys
Me: *Speaking in Parseltongue* So can I come up?

I don't remember what she said after that, but it was affirmative.
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Went to bed at four am, got up at six because I couldn't get to sleep from hunger, and in the space of that two hours, the living room became overrun by scores of baby spiders! Now I don't mind spiders usually, as long as they stay away from me and preferably out of sight, but tiny crawling things like baby spiders or ants make me itchy and nervous. Part of my brain knew they were spiders, but another part of my mind was going "ticks! Or something worse!"

Once Brooke got me calmed down (I knew she was awake so I pleaded with her for help), I tried collecting them with a flyswatter to freedom outside, but only got a few, so I vacuumed up the rest I could find. I'm going to be watching that room very carefully for a day or so now.

Amusing to note that Molly was the calmest of us during this debacle. She was occasionally making the panic wane and then moving in for a closer look, fascinated. She didn't like them being there all over our clothes and computer chair etc either, but she was the main proponent for not hurting them. But when it became clear we couldn't shoo them away, she gave in. At least a few of them got put outside, though.

But oh jeez, in two hours they went from nowhere to be seen over to all over everything!

I really wish bugs and spiders would stay outside where they belong, I've had all I can stand of them. First ants, then fruit flies, then - and still - pantry moths (thank goodness for glue traps and pheromones!), then ants again (but only scouts so far I think), and then of course the spiders.

I wonder if I could keep a bunch of frogs for pets.
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So I found recently - thanks to the food bank and then a trip to Winco earlier in the month - that chicken thighs are cheaper than breasts, and no more difficult than breasts to cut. Easier, in fact, because parts of them just kind of fall off when you push on them. They also taste better, too, IMHO. So I've been getting those instead.
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Eating only what you can afford and/or get from food boxes when you're poor is sucky, but sometimes it has interesting results. The last few days, I've been enjoying something I tossed together. I made some rice with mushrooms and cut-up carrot tops from some organic carrots I got from the food boxes. Then I added some carrots and hamburger, and soy sauce. Simple, balanced, tasty.

Hiccups

Apr. 18th, 2017 05:19 pm
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I just suffered through over an hour of hiccups! It only ended when I started eating my tuna salad sandwiches with chopped celery. Potential new hiccup cure?

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