4 Keys to Healthy Meals

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:47 am
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Posted by jules

Roast Broccoli & Chicken Caesar Salad-2

1. Healthy Habits

As you probably know from first hand experience, when it comes to eating healthier, change is really hard if you’re relying on will power.

This is because we only have a finite amount of willpower each day. As the day wears on, our will power reserves get depleted which is why it can be so difficult to exert self control when we’re tired.

So what’s the alternative? Habits.

By focusing on building healthy everyday habits, you automate your decisions. This way eating healthy isn’t something you battle with at every meal, its on autopilot so healthy choices become effortless.

2. Your Pantry

I grew up on a sheep farm and the closest supermarket was a 40 minute drive away. So the concept of a well stocked pantry is something that comes naturally to me.

Just the knowledge that I am prepared saves a heap of stress AND it means I can usually find something to make, even on nights when I feel like I don’t have the energy to cook.

We’ll be covering a detailed step-by-step guide to setting up and actually using your life-saving pantry / fridge / freezer in the Healthy Meal Method which I hope you’ll join me for.

3. Investment Cooking

There’s a ‘secret’ weapon I’ve discovered for avoiding waste, an idea I stole from the restaurant world.

Chefs call it ‘mise en place‘ but I think of it as ‘investment cooking’. It’s where chefs prepare ingredients up to the point where they’re ready to be used during food service.

It may be as simple as washing and chopping vegetables. Or more complicated like roasting veg or cooking up a big pot of lovely lentils.

The main benefit in a restaurant (and your home!) is that it makes it quicker and easier to get food on the table after the customer has ordered (or got home from work!). It also usually extends life of fresh produce.

This is a key component to the ‘Healthy Meal Method’ which is why I’ve included step-by-step plans to get you into the habit of ‘investment cooking’ on a regular basis.

And the best news is, it can take as little as 1/2 an hour a week to make all the difference.

4. The Art of Adaptation
(Learning to Cook with What You Have)

They say there are 2 types of cooks: those that like to follow recipes and those that consider a recipe to be nothing more than a gentle suggestion.

Which camp do you fall into?

These days I’m definitely a recipe-is-just-for-inspiration type of cook. But it wasn’t always the case. When I first started to get into cooking in my early 20s I always followed the recipe. As my confidence grew, I began to tweak a few things here and there.

Then during my wine making days, I started leaving recipes behind. Each week, I’d go the the local farmers market and buy whatever looked good. During the week I’d experiment and cook from the heart based on the ingredients I had in the house. It was liberating and so much fun!

Don’t worry, I’m not saying it’s wrong to follow a recipe. But there can be a few problems with a recipe-centric approach to cooking on a daily basis…

Thankfully, the art of adaptation is a skill that anyone can learn. I’ve helped hundreds of cooks like you make the transition. And you can take baby steps to get there.

If you join us for ‘The Healthy Meal Method’, you’ll discover all the tools you need along with 10 of my favourite most ‘adaptable’ recipes which will give you a starting point or ‘training wheels’ to help you flex your own adaptation muscles.

With time you too will be able to cook with what you have.

Like to put your healthy eating habits on ‘autopilot’?

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Then join me for the 2017 edition of my online cooking program, ‘The Healthy Meal Method’ – an online training program that teaches simple, healthy cooking habits.

It arms you with simple tools and strategies to help you make real lasting changes to your life so you can ‘eat well, be well’ with minimal effort.

For more details go to:
http://thestonesoupshop.com/hmm/

“HMM has really given me the tools to eat healthier and cook for myself at home more.”
Martha, Healthy Meal Method Student.

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Roast Broccoli & Chicken Caesar Salad

Amazing Roast Broccoli & Chicken Caesar-ish Salad

Roast broccoli is one of my all time favourite things to eat. I’d take it over roast spuds any day (although the men in my house are firmly in the potato camp). It’s especially tasty when cooked in a hot oven like this because you get the lovely charred crispy bits on the outside. Plus its quicker to cook. So even if you’re not a Caesar fan, I really encourage you to try the broccoli!

enough for: 2
takes: 30 minutes
2 heads broccoli
4 chicken thigh fillets
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
handful grated parmesan
shaved parmesan, to serve

1. Preheat your oven to 250C (480F). Chop broccoli into bite sized little trees and finely slice broccoli stems. Slice each chicken thigh into 4 strips.

2. Place broccoli and chicken in a roasting pan and drizzle with a little oil.

3. Pop in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, combine lemon, mayo and grated parmesan in a medium bowl to make the dressing. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

5. After the 10 minutes, stir the chicken and brocc to move the outside pieces into the middle so everything cooks a bit more evenly.

6. Roast for another 5 – 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and broccoli is tender.

7. Toss hot chicken and veg in the dressing. Divide between two plates and serve with extra shaved parmesan on top.

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Variations

mayo-free – replace mayo with extra virgin olive oil, sour cream or natural yoghurt.

vegetarian – skip the chicken and serve with a poached or boiled egg instead. Or toss in drained canned or cooked white beans or chickpeas.

more veg – toss in chopped cos or romaine lettuce, baby spinach, finely chopped raw kale or fresh parsley leaves.

more classic Caesar – replace roast broccoli with chopped Cos or Romaine lettuce. And add some chopped anchovies to the dressing.

carb-lovers / more substantial – toss in cooked pasta, cooked chickpeas or torn chunks of sourdough bread.

dairy-free / paleo – replace grated parmesan with grated brazil nuts and replace shaved parmesan with roast almonds or pine nuts.

With love,
Jules x

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What are your biggest struggles when it comes to healthy cooking? Let me know in the comments below.

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Posted by Sean Leahy

ST. LOUIS, MO – FEBRUARY 20: Members of the Florida Panthers celebrate after scoring the game-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues with 4.6 seconds left in the game at the Scottrade Center on February 20, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/NHLI via Getty Images)

No. 1 Star: Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers

Trocheck’s goal with 4.6 seconds left in the third period helped give the Panthers the two points in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Kyle Brodziak tied the game for the Blues earlier in the third period, but it was Trocheck’s shot through a big screen that extended his point streak to six games and earned the win.

No. 2 Stars: Mike Smith / Marek Langhamer, Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes’ goaltending tandem teamed up to help them beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Smith made 27 saves before being taken out of the game due to concussion concerns and Langhamer, making his NHL debut, played the final 15:31 and stopped six of seven shots he faced, including a very late chance by Sami Vatanen.

No. 3 Star: James Reimer, Florida Panthers

Reimer made 26 saves for his eighth win in his last 11 appearances. One of this saves included this robbery of Jori Lehtera:

Honorable Mention: According to Elias, the win meant the Panthers swept a road trip of at least five games for the first time in franchise history … Alex Steen suited up for his 800th NHL game …Jakob Chychrun now has more career NHL goals (4) than his dad in 217 fewer games … Ryan Getzlaf scored both of Anaheim’s goals.

Did You Know?

Dishonorable Mention: It was a night to forget for Jonathan Bernier. He allowed three goals on five shots before being yanked:

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Feb. 20th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Have not floated away in a flood. Yet. :)

Household Victories

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:47 pm
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I spent most of this weekend at Gallifrey One, but today was a day to catchup on housework, and it provided some new victories. We were supposed to get the washer and dryer installed today, but they delivery people couldn't do everything for us. The previous owner's washer and dryer had left some depressions in the floor that they didn't want to put the new appliances into, and the dryer vent wasn't properly attached. So much of today was spent going to Home Depot, getting a properly sized piece of plywood for the washer and dryer to set on, installing a new dryer vent and connecting the dryer to it.

Every time we take on a new task, it takes longer than we expect because I freak out and overresearch trying to be certain I understand all the parts. But so far I've been pretty successful. An earlier victory was in understanding what sort of wall anchors we need because our walls are plaster, not drywall. But with that knowledge, I installed a new shower rod and a few towel racks today in short order.

Over and over, I thank my theatre education. Set construction provides some great life skills. Hopefully I'll get some time to resurrect my costume-construction skills too.

The Magicians, part infinideux

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:44 pm
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Seriously, though, I get it. I know why everyone hates this show. I hate this show. BUT IT IS ALSO SO F*ING BRILLIANT.

*headdesk* *headdesk*

also, gdi, I have ANOTHER new pairing now. Hai, Julia/Margo. Welcome to my personal hell.

He Is Smiling

Feb. 21st, 2017 12:30 am
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Posted by Dave Hingsburger

Photo Description: Brendan Mason, wearing glasses and a brown tee shirt. He is smiling.
A friend of mine from Wales posted an article on Facebook about a man, Brendan Mason, who was beaten to death, while his attackers filmed him being tortured and humiliated. In my friends comments she mentioned the attack as one being based on hate. I went to one article and then another and then another and then finally, this one and I didn't see what I expected to see there, mention of hate being a motivator for the crime.

I messaged my friend in Wales to ask her a question but before she had a chance to respond, someone else posted an article that had the answer both in the text and in the headline. Yes, he had a "learning difficulties" which is what we call "intellectual disabilities" on this side of the pond.

We, as a community, need to be asking hard questions of the press and the justice system? Why was this not prominently mentioned in all the news articles about him? Why was it not made clear that his assailants manipulated him into thinking friendship existed between them and then conspired to beat him for fun? Why was the context of disability not discussed in these stories, and from the stories about the trial why wasn't a part of the court proceedings?

Isn't is responsible for the media to inform the public? Isn't it responsible of the courts to understand crimes against people with disabilities in the context of disability? I think both have failed Brendan and the community of others with learning difficulties (intellectual disabilities) and their families and support workers. We need to know about these crimes. We need to know how the perpetrators got to him, how they manipulated him and then the level of violence they sunk to in attacking him. We need to know these things, not to scare us, not to have us hiding in our homes, but to prepare us.

To prepare people with intellectual disabilities so that they know the dangers of 'pretend friends' and to watch out for signs of manipulation. To prepare parents and support workers so that they can do the teaching and the training necessary to live in a community where crimes like these are not only possible but distressingly common. Look again at the picture at the top of this post. Brendan Mason is looking out at us smiling. He was smiling. His life gave him moments like this. If his life with a disability was worth something to him then maybe it was worth a mention.

Proper reporting and proper judicial examination of motives and of hate alert us all. It makes us responsible for knowing and then for doing.

We know this can happen.

We know this did happen.

We know we must respond in some way.

We cannot sit with the knowledge of Brendan's life and Brendan's death and not be moved to DO SOMETHING. We can't just be silently outraged. We can't believe that Facebook posting is an effective tool for change. We can't emoticon our way out of this. We are responsible because, even if we don't know Brendan Mason, we mourn him. We are responsible because we know people like Brendan Mason who could be tricked in the same way, who could be manipulated by offers of false friendship, who would do what was asked because we taught them the ways of compliance without question.

We are responsible.

So action is the only way forward.

What can be done?

We can properly and responsibly inform each other about the tragedy of the murder of one of our own.

We can ensure that those who we parent or support have the opportunity to learn about bullying, social and physical violence, and develop strategies that work to keep people safer.

We can ensure that letters go to the media that hold courts and reporters to account for how they account themselves when crimes against people with disabilities come before them.

We can assert ourselves as a community in support of each other and in support of a world that takes violence against people with disabilities seriously.

Hate crimes against people with disabilities are growing more frequent (there is data on this) and the level of violence involved is also increasing.

Why don't we know about this?

Because, for some reason, who Brendan Mason was, and how he lived his life, was considered irrelevant. Well let me tell you this, for those of us who live our lives with disabilities, the context of 'disability' is never irrelevant and it's never shameful, and it never needs silence.

Silence = Death ... a slogan from the early days of AIDS, is one that should have taught the world that Silence = Consent.

Don't be silent.

Don't consent.

Doing damns the darkness.

What is left of wings, I ask,

Feb. 21st, 2017 04:57 am
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Posted by Luisa A. Igloria

finding a pair

of bronzed shells

in the field.

And if a pair

of gunmen pump

twenty-seven bullets

into their victim‘s body

at the intersection

of Clarin and Zamora,

what will the children

in the passenger seat

remember? Dull glint,

the vehicle coasting

to a stop. The sounds

numbed vessels make

as every small gold

cell breaks and breaks.

 

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…

1. Candidate has applied for the same job 142 times in one month

We have an applicant, “Fergus,” who has applied for the same opening 142 times in the course of about one month. Fergus applied for a job with us about a year ago and got to the phone interview stage but didn’t have enough experience to move on to an in-person interview. At the time, I explained that and offered to send his resume to the hiring manager for junior positions. He declined, saying he was only interested in the job he’d applied for.

Recently we had another opening for that job. Since the position was posted, Fergus has applied almost daily. And when he does apply, he usually applies at least 10 times that day, resulting in 142 applications and counting. Our applicant tracking system is mediocre at best, so I have to go in every day and weed through all of his applications before I get to the new applicants. This is very time consuming.

Over the last few days, he has started calling us, asking us why he hasn’t been interviewed. I have told him we are looking for someone with more experience but he believes he has enough experience. I have told him we have his application so he does not need to reapply, and clearly he has not listened to that. I’ve told him our process is to contact candidates and that he should not contact us. That didn’t work either.

I’m at a loss as to how to help him. Part of me is frustrated with him because he is wasting so much of my time. Part of me feels sorry for him because he does not seem to understand what is appropriate. If he is doing this at every company he applies, he’s sabotaging his chances of landing a job anywhere. How do I get through to Fergus?

You may not be able to, since something clearly isn’t quite right with Fergus.

Have you sent him a rejection notice yet? If not, do that immediately, and make sure it’s extremely clear.

If that hasn’t solved the problem, can you block him in your system? That would be the cleanest way to deal with it.

If you’ve already rejected him and you can’t block him, then say this to him: “You’ve applied for this job more than 100 times in a one month period. We will not be interviewing you for this job. Please stop re-submitting your application.” He still may not stop, but these three things give you the best shot at stopping it.

2. Am I really responsible for my boss’s other business partner getting his mail?

I work for a small business as the administrative assistant. I assist 16 people, four of whome are the company’s owners. As an A.A., I know that doing personal work for the boss is part of the territory. As a general rule, personal work for three of the four bosses probably takes me about 15 minutes a month on average. The fourth boss is a different story.

It’s not so much that he inundates me with personal work: it’s the type of work. He’s a landlord and owns several other businesses with partners that don’t work for our company. He often tells his tenants to drop off rent to our office. This makes me uncomfortable since I have to handle the rent checks (and cash!) and I’ve told him that, but nothing has been done about it. The thing that bothers me most is this:

He and his other business partner incorporated their business using my company’s business address. (Just to be fair, another boss uses our business address for his other companies. He, however, handles that mail and I do nothing more than put it in his mail box.) They did this in 2010. For the past six years, I have had to forward the mail on to the actual business address of this other company. Last year I asked if his other office could change their address with these companies to their actual address. The request was passed on and the volume of mail dropped off. I still receive mail for this other company. Apparently, in a rare instance of something getting buried on my desk, I didn’t get the mail out to the other company as quickly as in the past. Well, my boss got an email from his business partner and he forwarded it on to me. In part in reads : “I just got a collection notice from (X) that looks like she sat on for 3 weeks until she sent it. I don’t get it. It’s unprofessional. Especially a letter like this that would appear important (although it isn’t).”

This was upsetting to me. I don’t work for this man. I don’t get paid by him. I don’t process his mail. I don’t even open it up for him like I do for my company. I put it in an envelope and send it on. Instead of remembering that for over six years he’s gotten this timely, free service from me, he calls me unprofessional. I made a mistake. Just who is responsible in this situation? Is it my responsibility to make sure he has his bills or is it his as they are his bills?

Well, it’s your responsibility if your employer says it’s your responsibility, and in this case it sounds like this boss has the authority to make it part of your job. That said … if you could make the case that dealing with his other company’s business is taking you away from other priorities, you could talk to the other partners and see if they’d be willing to intervene. In fact, if there’s one partner who you have particularly good rapport with, you could talk to her and see if she thinks there’s any hope of getting some or all of this moved off your plate.

3. Getting info from an adult child’s employer

A friend of mine is in a fix. Her adult daughter was terminated from a well paying job — apparently there were issues over performance and attitude for over a year. As a parent, she was accepting her daughter’s version of the happenings and trying to support her. Now the daughter is under medication. My friend feels that the details of the employment, including the reason for termination, will help her in helping her daughter recover faster and get back to work. Unfortunately her daughter says she has no friends from the company. In this case, what should my friend do:

1. Ask HR – are they obliged to share information? Can she ask to speak to the manager?
2. Dig up names of other employees from social networking sites and ask them instead?

Both need to be done discreetly without her daughter knowing – but considering that everything is in such a sensitive zone, she wants to know if a family member can directly approach the company or any of the other employees and ask for details.

Noooo, she should do none of that. It’s very unlikely that the company or the manager will talk to her, and rightly so — they have no way of knowing if the daughter would want them releasing information, and they’ll almost certainly err on the side of protecting her privacy, as they should. And trying to dig up names of her coworkers to contact is a pretty big violation of her daughter’s privacy, and could end up negatively impacting her professional reputation in ways that will hurt her in the future. And frankly, in a lot of contexts this would come off as incredibly boundary-violating.

I’m sorry your friend and her daughter are going through this, but the daughter is an adult, and her mom should not be trying to dig around in her employment stuff.

4. How long should I wait to ask for a raise after a disciplinary action?

I have been working at my current job for approximately a year and a half, and feel I may be being underpaid. The schedule for pay increases wasn’t discussed with me when I was hired. Normally I would simply approach my boss and ask, but I feel the timing is not right as I received a write-up regarding tardiness about a month ago. (I have no disagreement with the write-up itself; being on time is, in my line of work, absolutely essential, and I fully understand that I screwed up and needed to do better.) I have not been late since the write-up and have taken some steps to safeguard against it happening again. So my question is, how long should I wait to prove that I’ve mended my ways before I can ask for more money?

I’d give it another six months. That puts a good chunk of time between the raise request and the write-up, which makes it more likely that you’ll get a positive response to the request. You don’t want to ask when a reason for saying no is too fresh in your manager’s mind.

5. Getting pregnant after starting a new job

I’m about to start a new job and turning 30. My husband and I have starting a family on our radar, but no specific plans at this time. Certainly there are many factors that go into even trying to get pregnant, but in general, what’s proper etiquette in how long to wait to get pregnant? I’m conscious of establishing my credibility as well as not waiting too long either for my health, or for balancing my next career move in the future and potentially starting the clock all over again at a new job.

This isn’t really about etiquette — you should get pregnant when it works for your family, to the extent that you can control the timing. That said, you might want to wait until you’ve been at a job long enough for FMLA coverage to kick in … and it’s certainly true that most employers are less likely to think “agh, crap” if you don’t announce you’re pregnant in month two on the job. (Although the decent ones will keep that thought to themselves.)

candidate has applied for the same job 142 times, talking to an adult child’s employer, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

Enough with “the deep state”

Feb. 21st, 2017 04:22 am
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Posted by djw

I’ve been mildly confused and dismayed by the speed with which dark musings about “the deep state” have found their way into mainstream political conversation. I’ve been relieved of the need to write something about this by this excellent column by Rafael Khachaturian at Jacobin, which I heartily endorse. A few choice cuts, but read the whole thing, etc:

The deep state concept is harmful in two key ways.

First, invoking the deep state implies a misleading view of the state as a monolithic, unitary actor. While the deep state is usually said to be a network of individuals and agencies, it is assumed that these component parts are held together by a common will or mission (in this case, something like defending the “national interest” against Trumpism). This leads to a reification of the state as an autonomous and internally coherent force.

Yet modern capitalist states are more fragmented than they appear. First, they are composed of class fractions and coalitions that have frequently clashing interests and are motivated by short-term considerations. Often, these internal differences arise from the pressure exerted by various economic interests (such as the competition between the financial, manufacturing, and small business sectors).

In addition, these class forces are intersected by other factors, including the different social bases of support behind the major political parties (including voter cleavages based on urban versus rural interests, racial and gender attitudes, and “populist” appeal), the mass media’s role in shaping certain ideological narratives, and competing visions of foreign policy and geopolitical strategy.

….

The state–civil society binary is one of the fundamental bases of liberal political theory. But this distinction is largely a byproduct of the way that political power has represented itself, rather than a social fact.

Where the state ends and civil society begins has always been permeable and contested — in other words, subject to politics and political struggle. The state is not an entity standing over and above society, but instead one premised upon the social forces that bring it into being.

Loose talk of the “deep state” misses this crucial point, advancing instead a facile vision of institutionalized power that constitutes its own foundation, and is therefore opaque, mysterious, and beyond the reach of citizens.

This being Jacobin, the sociology of the state on offer here is a bit more singularly focused on class than I might have described it, but that doesn’t change the general picture here. Great piece, I wish I’d written it. More like this, please, Jacobin.

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Kiwi Onion Dip

Feb. 21st, 2017 05:34 pm
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The inventor of the Kiwi Onion Dip? She's still alive!

You may well ask, what on Earth is a Kiwi Onion Dip? It's a New Zealand institution, a dip for your chips/crisps made with reduced cream and Maggi powdered onion soup. Yes really.

The linked article is by Hayden Donnell who went looking for the inventor of the ubiquitous dish. Spoiler: he found her.


And if you want to try making the dip yourself, here's how Rosemary Dempsey makes it.


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This...I mean...there are elements in it that could be good? And it looks like if they ditched the King Arthur aspect, this could be an entertaining if unoriginal (and way to dude-centric) fantasy movie. But this actual movie looks like a terrible mess. Also, needs more color. Of more than one variety.
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Posted by Sean Leahy

St. Louis Blues

When the St. Louis embark on the final two games of a five-game road trip in mid-March, there will be a very special guest along with them.

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Arianna Dougan is a friend of Vladimir Tarasenko. The 11-year-old met the Blues superstar two years ago during a Hockey Fights Cancer event and later connected two other times, including during a pre-game ceremony last November.

For the last eight years Arianna has been battling neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects young children. According to the Blues, she’s relapsed four times, but a current treatment she’s undergoing seems to be working toward making her cancer-free.

On Monday, Arianna’s 11th birthday, she was a guest of the Blues after their morning skate. She brought along a box of chocolate covered strawberries (with blue sprinkles, of course) for Tarasenko and his teammates, but it was the Blues forward who had a very special surprise for the birthday girl.

Is it pollen season already? Jeez. Very dusty in here.

During the team’s Casino Night last week, Tarasenko bid and won the auction for the chance for a person and a guest to join the Blues for their games in Arizona and Colorado next month, and won it specifically for his friend Arianna and her mother.

[Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest now]

“I was crying in the background,” said Lorie Zucker, Arianna’s mother, via the Blues website. “She’s so over the moon she doesn’t realize what she’s got yet. It won’t hit home until she gets in the car. This has been the best birthday ever.”

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

sketch of the day

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Sleepy catten!

Ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary, medium nib

stuff done: Monday

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:53 pm
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1. Changed the scented wax in my wax melter.

2. Checked my weight.

3. Bought some groceries. Sadly, I failed AGAIN to buy applesauce, because there was none of the right kind in stock. (The other kinds were also sold out or pretty sparse, oddly enough. Is there some kind of applesauce shortage I don't know about???) Well, I have two individual serving cups left, after which I guess I will eat craisins as my breakfast fruit, and hope that the store is restocked on Thursday.

4. Photographed my peppers.

5. Walked into town and bought some nice bread (cheddar chive sourdough) from Collegetown Bagels, just because.

6. TOOK A NAP. \o/

7. Boiled eight eggs.

8. Baked brownies.

9. Repotted all the component sections of Babylon (one of my spider plants) and hung the pot back in my living room window. Then I took down Damocles (another spider plant), trimmed and/or uprooted all of its component sections, and put them in a giant pot of water to grow new roots. I will empty the dirt and horrible tangled dead roots out of the hanging pot tomorrow evening.

10. Hand-washed the upper section of my rayon-blend pants to get the body stink out of them in preparation for wearing them a second day. During that process, I realized the reason they felt a little weird at work is that one of the buttons is almost falling off. *headdesk* I will be wearing different pants tomorrow anyway (because I got a little overenthusiastic about the washing), so I will resew that button Tuesday evening.

11. Began skimming some worship-planning books borrowed from my DRE, in prep for the youth group's upcoming weekend get-together with Oneonta. The first book is from a mind-bogglingly Christian perspective, but there are some interesting ideas sprinkled in and among the relentless Jesus-Jesus-Jesus.

12. Worked a little more on the Cotton Candy Bingo ficlet. I am just... it's not making me happy, you know? It's meant to be a cute and fluffy ficlet, but it keeps veering toward people being tired and uncharitable toward each other -- which I think is because I myself am tired and stressed and fed up with the world in general -- and that's not what I want to be writing. I think I need to rip up the second half (from the introduction of the unexpected ambassadors) and go into those scenes with the assumption that the characters are going to give each other the benefit of the doubt and be polite rather than snappish. Appropriate behavior is a big thing in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, after all.

*sigh*

And now to bed.

i'm alive

Feb. 21st, 2017 10:59 am
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I have no idea how long it's been since I updated. Sorry?

I've been at the branch long enough now to know I don't really like it. I don't hate it. I do hate the schedule. If I could have the schedule of the primary school with the classes of the branch school, it'd be perfect. That can't happen, of course.

Big D Depression has set in. Meaning physical symptoms. I'm so fucking tired all the time. I cry too easily. So filled with "I just can't." It's ridiculous and frustrating, and if I lived elsewhere, I'd be checking myself into the hospital. No way I'm doing that here.

I am seriously wondering if I'm going to be able to make it through this term. It doesn't end until fucking August, and I just don't know if I can do six months.

On the brighter side of things, there's my lego crap.









Just a sample. More at my lego tag on tumblr. There is of course some nsfw stuff there, but it's tagged as such. Like the shibari. ;)

I guess that's all for now.

Animated movies/shows

Feb. 21st, 2017 09:38 am
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Back on a Moana kick recently. So I made this set and then I made another centering around the use of hongi in the film and belatedly remembered to check the tag first and oh. Somebody else had made it already (with almost the same choices of GIF size and frames- it was bizarre!) and their set already had more than 25000 notes. XDDD The digital release is tomorrow (it's already the 21st here, but I'm assuming most of you reading this are not on this side of the world, haha), and I'm very much looking forward to getting the mini movie with it! :DDD

Here, have some icons in the meantime! GIF ones are sized for DW, but the last two are JPEGs that will work for LJ too.

Pua the pig drooping Maui winking and pointing Moana and Te Ka do a hongi Baby Moana meets the ocean Moana smiling hopefully Moana and Te Fiti do a hongi Moana throwing a spear
Baby Moana reaching up for the ocean Baby Moana tracing Te Fiti's heart Moana shouting at the ocean Baby Moana getting splashed Te ka hongi Te Fiti giving the stinkeye


Your Name (君の名は)

A gorgeous movie that hooks you with its lighthearted and hilarious beginning and gradually ends up heartrending and suspenseful. The bickering between the main characters for "acting OOC" during their inadvertent bodyswapping is just delightful. XDDD My favorite bit is when he's yelling at her for spending his money on cafe food and she's like, "well it's YOUR body I'm feeding and I'm doing your PT job to earn it, so." And then the confusion and loss when that nuisance other half suddenly disappears. The plot is like The Lakehouse, but layered with references, parallels and symbolism, and the details are truly astonishing. I loved seeing the red string everywhere. I loved how it really felt like Tokyo, down to the warning stickers on the train doors. I got so nostalgic watching it- I used to live in Tokyo and even hearing that abrupt slamming sound of a train rushing past another made me love it all the more. It does the flip side of country life just as accurately, with the sound of fusama shutting to the accent (Gifu is near where I live, and my kids actually have an accent like Mitsuha's, to their Tokyo relatives' constant amusement.).

Despite all the buzz, I think anybody saying this is the best animated film of the year is kidding themselves? Moana, Zootopia and Kubo and the Two Strings convey much more powerful, universal messages, especially when you consider that the target audience is a lot younger. Yes, it definitely could have gotten an Oscar nod, but I don't think it deserved to win over any of those. Still, it was a wonderful film, and I made some icons to celebrate it too! (Really, I just wanted the words バカ and あほ on my journal. LOL):

Mitsuha and Taki and the fateful string Mitsuha writing aho on her face Taki writing baka on his face Taki and Mitsuha protesting Mitsuha and Taki meet at last

Race to the Edge is back too, but have only watched the first ep so far. It's not as compelling as the HTTYD movies so it's easy to give them to the kids one at a time. (Plus I've already been spoiled via tumblr, so I can just watch those GIFs with glee.) :D

Reveals will be happening for chocolate box soon! Can't wait to see what else my gift maker has written! I think somebody has recced my fic somewhere because I just got a bunch of comments on it in this morning, which just makes me so happy. :D I wrote something that wasn't a popular pairing/character and it's towards the back of the archive because I guess I submitted earlier than most folks, so the hits have been pretty low. I'm glad people who read it liked what I did, at any rate! :D

Gardener

Feb. 21st, 2017 02:30 am
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Posted by Dave Bonta

Up and to the office, where we sat all the morning, and at noon to the ‘Change with Mr. Coventry and thence home to dinner, after dinner by a gaily down to Woolwich, where with Mr. Falconer, and then at the other yard doing some business to my content, and so walked to Greenwich, it being a very fine evening and brought right home with me by water, and so to my office, where late doing business, and then home to supper and to bed.

morning and noon
change into green evening
I water my bed


Erasure haiku derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 20 February 1663/64.

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