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There's this goal-oriented meme that's going around: set yourself one hundred and one goals to complete in the next one thousand and one days (roughly 2.75 years). This is a bandwagon I am jumping on. It's BIGGER than New Year's Resolutions! It's more awesome than a locomotive...it's 101/1001!

101 in 1001: )
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As we strive to develop compassion for ourselves, it’s important to avoid making “letting go of desire” or “developing compassion for yourself” into new objects of compulsive desire. Becoming obsessive about quickly seeing big results from our efforts is a sign that deluded desire rather than compassion is driving our efforts. Real progress derives from honest introspection, and we cannot analyze our minds carefully when we’re hurried. Transforming our hearts is a gradual, organic process, and successfully cultivating compassion for ourselves necessitates a mature and steady approach.

–Lorne Ladner, from The Lost Art of Compassion (HarperSanFrancisco)
Tricycle's Daily Dharma for May 22, 2009

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May. 20th, 2009 07:29 am
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Was offered a Dreamwidth account code (Thanks!), and am trying it out. I wonder how to transfer old posts. I wonder if comments get copied too. I guess I will find out.

Testing...

May. 20th, 2009 07:29 am
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Was offered a Dreamwidth account code (Thanks!), and am trying it out. I wonder how to transfer old posts. I wonder if comments get copied too. I guess I will find out.
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There will be wine and cheese and door prizes. It's a school art show, in which my kids both have pieces. There are some very interesting and well done pieces by kids from k to 8th grade. We have a couple ticket but no sitter. It's tonight at 7 pm in downtown Ypsi.
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...in hearing about this new, about-to-be-launched, search engine, WolframAlpha?
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A fire reflected in a lake cannot burn the water. Neither can emotions disturb the mind when you don’t get involved in them. Don’t identify an emotion as your self. The fear or anger is not you, only and impersonal phenomenon. Mentally pull back from the emotion and turn your awareness around to observe it. When in the grip of negative emotion we tend to believe it will never end. But emotions are no more permanent than thoughts. With continued practice you’ll find that you only have to wait and any emotion, whether pleasant or unpleasant, is bound to change.

–Cynthia Thatcher, from Just Seeing: Insight Mediation and Sense-Perception
Trycycle's daily dharma for May 3, 1009
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via [livejournal.com profile] yogaswirl

( ) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
(x) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(x) Been lost
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
Read more... )
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From Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Julia Child et al.), this was my contribution for the fabulous MLFB event today.

Court Boullion (p. 536)
2 cups water
6 TB olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 TB minced shallot or green onion
(following, tied in cheesecloth if desired:)
6 sprigs parsley including roots if available
1 small celery stalk with leaves or 1/8 tsp celery seeds
1 sprig fresh fennel or 1/8 tsp fennel seeds
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1/8 tsp dried thyme
12 peppercorns
6 coriander seeds
2 to 3 TB minced parsley or mixed green herbs

Place all ingredients in a covered 2 1/2 qt covered saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.

Champignons à la Grecque (p. 537)
1 lb fresh mushrooms, button size if possible
2 1/2 cups simmering court bouillon

Trim and wash the mushrooms. Leave whole if small, quarter if large. Add them to the simmering court bouillon, tossing them to cover with the liquid. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the mushrooms from the saucepan with a slotted spoon, and arrange them in a serving dish. Rapidly boil down the court bouillon until it has reduced down to about 1/3 cup. Correct seasoning, and strain it over the mushrooms.

When cold, the mushrooms may be covered and refrigerated, and will keep for 2 to 3 days.

Sprinkle with herbs just before serving
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Mother's Kitchen organized and Rena of Locavorious hosted a fabulous Michigan Lady Food Blogger event today. Our designated theme was Julia Child et al's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, or bring something French anyway, for an April in ParisAnn Arbor extravaganza. ::grin::

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I finally gave in and joined up. Not that I will text from my mobile or anything. Well, anytime soon.

It's an experiment, I guess.

Same username as here, in case you wondered.

Anybody care to tell me their twitter usernames? ::cue creepy potential stalker leer::
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via Yoga Journal's [livejournal.com profile] yogabuzz,



I am totally amused that that photo's caption is "Yoga granny: Bette Calman, 83, shows off the agonising peacock pose." (emphasis is mine.) It's not that agonizing. I'm not saying I can do it as well as she can yet, but balances aren't that agonizing, really.

Full story here
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Proof that people having too much time are on their hands can be an awesome thing. via 4Obsessions.

Extreme Sheep Herding LED Art by the "Baaa-Studs"
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Or, rather, I got notice of my assigned Project Grow plot. A half plot, right where I wanted it at the nearest PG location, which is less than a mile from home. Whoo hoo! A new summer routine of morning weeding and evening harvesting is not that far away. Fresh salads, picked perhaps an hour before serving, are in my near future!

Now I really have to get bike panniers. (The ones I ordered last fall were canceled on me due to no stock.) Then I will be able to pick up veggies on the way home from the library, or carry a few tools to the plot easily.
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via [livejournal.com profile] rogueeditor

You Are Rain Boots
You are a very playful and fun loving person. Nothing can slow you down.
You are dreamy, and you can find the romance in anything. The littlest things make you smile.

You are outgoing and friendly. You always find yourself talking to strangers.
You are optimistic about the world. Even when it's raining out, the sun is shining in your heart.


Actually, speaking of that, I need to order rain boots for the kids for the spring. I should get myself some too. :)

(Be careful of this quiz...the post link sent me to an lj post page that was not logged in, I assume deliberately ignoring my logged-in cookie, and was also not secure. I copied and pasted the html to make sure I didn't accidentally give my lj password to a spammer or bot.)
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SF Two Cow jokes from http://practical-tech.com/entertainment/two-cow-jokes-the-science-fiction-ones/#more-1511, where there are lots more of them, but here's a sample. Many of them had me laughing so hard I was tearing up. Noticed via [livejournal.com profile] leguin, thanks!

..........
Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy – You have two cows. You can only get milk out of them if you know their real names.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness - You have two cows. Sometimes you have two bulls instead.

Lord of the Rings - Two cows to rule them all.

Sword of Shannara - Two cows to rule them all.

Mad Max - Two cows enter. One cow leaves.

..........

I keep thinking I need to write one for PTerry's Discworld. Twoflower, Two Cows....??

..........
Edited to add some contributions by [livejournal.com profile] dspitzle:

Jasper Fforde: You have two cows. You trade one for some magic beans, and the other jumps over the moon

Douglas Adams: You have two cows, and you left yourself a message you can only read by superimposing their spots

Daniel Pinkwater: You have two cows, one of which is actually Mozart.
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Frazz

Also, Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] pattimst3k!

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