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a frog the size of texas

January 27th, 2009

10:17 pm - Long time no see!

I worked Saturday, so I had Monday off, and then I ended up with today (Tuesday) off as there was a very, very uneventful ice storm*. So I've been inside making kanzashi - I've discovered that I can make tiny ones (3/4" squares of fabric) using chirimen silk** and it works better than the other scraps I've got.

The kitten has also been driving me nuts as he really wants to help me with things like a plugged-in hot glue gun, a board covered with a thick layer of rice starch paste, and various sharp cutting and piercing implements.

He also has managed to get himself knocked in the head TWICE. Once as I was coming in from work - the garage door is at the bottom of a dark stairwell, and he was poking about down there as I came in and got in the way of my foot. I had no idea he was there. He hasn't been there since, fortunately. And then tonight I was on the exercise bike and he was trying to get in between one pedal and the bookcase it was next to, instead of, say, going around the other side which has 3 feet of clearance, and got himself knocked in the head with the pedal.

As he is a kitten and has only three working brain cells anyway, it's not too much of a problem. XD***

The cat is now involved in her proper role of mother cat and is teaching him the joys of sleeping on laundry.

I also made this recipe today - Crockpot Lima Beans and Chicken. Which is, pretty much, lima beans, chicken, and potatoes. It was good but was missing something and I can't quite figure out what.

Those of you who dislike lima beans can keep snarky commentary to yourself and give me all your lima beans. I love the things. Which is good, as I hate all squash including and especially zucchini****, broccoli, cauliflower, okra, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables, and basically large amounts of vegetables except for the expensive ones like leeks, artichokes, and asparagus.

Am way far behind in reading my LJ f-list and may not actually catch up. If there's anything you wish to draw my attention to, drop me a comment. :)

ETA: Have also finished listening to Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades while making kanzashi and have started in on listening to The Last Colony. Will listen to Zoe's Tale afterwards. Hopefully they either got a female narrator for ZT or a male narrator who does a better job of female voices than the one who read TGB.

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* Drizzle and below-freezing temps over an extended period of time. Not a good combo in Texas, because nobody can drive on it, but everybody thinks they can.

** Silk woven with a twist to the thread.

*** I did check that he was OK afterward. I'm not that heartless.

**** Occasional tolerance granted to recipes that involve lots of other ingredients and which successfully disguise all taste whatsoever of the squash. A squash soup I've had, zucchini bread, etc. Pumpkin also excepted provided it involves lots of sugar and is in the form of a pie.

10:44 pm - P.S.

I am falling behind in the polls! Plz click through the banner below to visit my MangaBullet page. I haven't the slightest idea if they're counting unique IPs or just click-throughs. :D It would also help me if you happened to feel like making a MangaBullet account after clicking through. What are the advantages of that? Well, it's one more set of username and password to remember! Yet another page to update periodically! Another site full of derivative anime fanart! (And, to be honest, some really nice stuff.) Er, not so enticing, huh? Well, you can commission me for art and kanzashi through their system and (a) not have to calculate my commission algorithm yourself and (b) since you pay in advance and the $$ is deposited with MB, I am thus aware that you have already paid and feel significantly more guilty about it and get to it faster.

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