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Feb. 19th, 2005 @ 08:07 am No longer a virgin
I DDRed for the first time last night. ( not DDR)

I was there with another DDR virgin, divinerose (was it good for you?) and long time enthusiasts: baronmind and ddr_ho.

I woke up sore in various places. I decided I must now be on the baronmind workout plan, since I did dodge koosh with him and the micah_groupies last weekend.
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Feb. 18th, 2005 @ 11:29 am Crossposted DSD Day™
( It seems that everyone is crocheting these days... )
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A Winner is Me!
Feb. 4th, 2005 @ 11:25 am Crossposted DSD Day™
( It's a dirty job... )
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Feb. 3rd, 2005 @ 09:34 pm More ideas
More ideas....Collapse )
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Jan. 28th, 2005 @ 10:42 am Crossposted DSD Day™
Clothes make the man. )
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Jan. 26th, 2005 @ 05:11 pm The pursuit of knowledge
Current Mood: crankycranky
Thursday is normally Do Something Different DayTM for me, but due to schedule changes this week, I did it today instead. This is going to sound SO dorky, but whatever.

I went to the library.

I used to have a library card, probably ten years ago. I had a bunch of late fees that I couldn't pay, and I stopped going. (Plus, I got kicked out once and I think all the people who worked there hated me. It wasn't my fault, really.) So, I just didn't go back. My high school had a library and I used to work in there instead of going to study hall. I read all the time. Even in the two minutes before class would start, I would be reading. If it weren't for the herding effect in the hallways, I probably would have read then as well.

Somehow, I stopped reading. I really don't know when or why, but I stopped reading for pleasure. I guess I was just busy with college.

My college has a library, but I am afraid to check books out from there. If I have late fees, they won't let me register for class.

Anyway, I went to the library near my house this afternoon to study. I actually got quite a bit accomplished, but my head was hurting a lot, so I stopped. I went up to the counter and told the librarian that I wanted to get another card. She looked me up in the computer and said I wasn't in there. (I thought for sure I had overdue fines, but I guess not. I wasn't going to complain about not owing them money :) I filled out the form, and she gave me a new card with a new number.

They had moved things around a lot since I had been there, and gotten a new computer system. I had to ask them which computer to use to look stuff up. Then I was trying to find the books, and they have a different system of organizing them, so I had to ask for help. *red with embarrassment*

I checked out two books and also got Lord of the Rings: Return of the King on video tape. Dallas has it on DVD, but I only have a tape player in my room.

One of the books I got is The road less traveled by Scott Peck that oh_pickme suggested to me. It saves me from having to buy it (for now, anyway.)

Yes, I am a dork, but we already knew that :o)
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Jan. 25th, 2005 @ 05:42 am 2nd Helping
After great success with Tuna Helper, I decided I wanted more. So before the ice and sleet storm that hit here arrived I went shopping for some Chicken Helper and alcohol. I settled on Cheesy Chicken Enchilada (Betty Cocker provides no link!). Until the Tuna Helper receipt, this one had only stove top directions and no oven directions, so I had to improvise.

Within the box comes a package of parboiled rice, a package of Sauce Mix (which is basically powered cheese/flour/spices), and a package of Topping Mix (which is basically powdered sour cream). The receipt directs us to mix chicken (either 2 cups of cut up cooked chicken or one 10-12oz can of cooked chicken) with the Sauce Mix and 1 2/3 cups of hot water + 1/2 cup Milk. After heating, mix the Topping Mix with 3 Tablespoons of Milk and apply.

Since I'm lazy and I prefer cooking in the oven to standing over the stove, and I learned a lesson about additional ingredients, here is what I did instead of following the directions:

I already had a jar of old salsa on the shelf and kidney beans, so I mixed them with the above sauce and chicken in a 9"x13" pan and then cooked in the oven at 425F for 20-25 minutes. I came out surprisingly good and I spent the weekend living off of my new creation: Cheesy Enchilada Chicken Surprise. I skipped using the topping, but added cheese and melted it. Since it was not spicey enough I added generous amounts of Texas Pete.

I liked in more than the Tuna Helper I made earlier, and decided to do another patch and I had 3 taste testers: Taster #1, Taster #2 and Taster #3, who is the son of taster #1. For batch number 2, I did the following: Because batch number 1 was really too small for the size pan, I doubled the reciept: so 2 boxes of Chicken Helper, two 10oz of chicken, 2 packages of Sauce Mix, 3 cups of hot water, 1 cup of Milk. Like batch number 1 I had the rest of the jar of salsa, but I added a can of black beans (19.75oz) and a can of kidney beans (15oz), and a can of "fiesta corn" (15.25oz) which is corn with small bits of green and red pepper. I cooked in the oven at 425F for 30-35 minutes.

I scooped into bowls, added shreadded cheese and some real sour cream. I added generous amounts of Texas Pete and served with a bottle of Mike's Hard Limeaid. Mmmm. Taster #3 wasn't hungry, so he became the control group. Tasters #1 and #2 appeared to enjoy the meal and even wanted some to eat for later. If they are still alive tomorrow, I will consider this experiment a success.
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Jan. 20th, 2005 @ 11:09 pm It's kinda lame, but
I made Tuna Helper tonight for the first time.

I grew up being used to having real food cooked for me, or cooking for myself. They didn't have Kraft Mac&Cheese then, and the first time I tried making it I was disgusted by the favor. I like my real macaroni and cheese please. But with today's snow settling in and being in the mood for something cassarole-like, I picked up a box of Tuna Helper at the grocery store this morning.

I used the oven baking instructions so I need a pan, some boiling water, some milk, margerine and one can of tuna. I used no-salt-added tuna to keep the sodium level down, and skim milk and margerine to keep the fat level down. Mix it all together, put in oven for 20 mins. Done.

My opinion is: not bad. I can see where it has room to be easily improved. For example, the only vegtables it has are a few bits of dehydrated carrots in it. I can see added some peas and carrots, either frozen, but thawed, or pre-coooked in a can. I added some Texas Pete once it was cooked for flavor. I will probably try it again in the future.
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Jan. 14th, 2005 @ 12:33 pm Contractions
Current Mood: tiredtired
I have been thinking grammar quite a bit lately. I want to improve my grammar. Well, more than that, when I speak, I want to sound mature. I want people to know that I have carefully picked out my words and placed them together to make sense. One thing I noticed is how often I use contractions. I decided that for Do Something Different DayTM I would not use contractions at all. I had decided this last weekend. On Monday I agreed that I would work on Thursday. It did not occur to me until Wednesday night that Thursday was Do Something Different DayTM. I decided to continue along as planned.

I did not realize how difficult this would be! Before I stepped in the shower, I had thought at least four contractions. At that point I decided to review in my head the things I normally say at work, to try to jump the gun on slipping up.

The whole day I was incredibly aware of everything I said. I know I slipped up, but I think I noticed every time I did, so at least I was aware of it. The words just came out of my mouth, I guess it is habit. I also worried about how I was sounding. Did I sound stupid? Or worse, did I sound rude? Tone is one thing, but the words actually spoken can say a lot. I mentioned this to a co-worker and she suggested that perhaps it comes from living in the south. How odd it felt to say things like:

“I cannot find this record.”
“We do not have any open appointments today.”
“I will tell the doctor that you are here.”

I think my biggest challenges were “I’ll” and “I’m.” After leaving work, the challenge became much easier. I spoke to Mom for a few minutes, but then I played around online. That was easy. Thinking about the things I was typing is much easier than thinking about the things I would say. I can also take back the things I wrote, though I only had to once or twice.

I also found myself incredibly aware of what other people were saying. Any time someone used a contraction, I would correct them in my head. Then I would have to remind myself that they were not playing. *sigh*

It was an interesting experiment, and even today I am trying not to use contractions. Mostly because it *does* make me more aware of what I am saying, and that is a good start.
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Jan. 13th, 2005 @ 10:09 pm Hi there
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Current Music: The Daily Show

I haven't done anything different today, but I've just joined and wanted to say Hi. I hope I can get a little variety in my life soon, and when I do, I'll let ya'll know! ;)
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