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time to clean up!

I desperately need to update my blogroll. It has been woefully neglected.

I’m on the lookout for new and interesting reads. I have found quite a few since BlogHer last year, and my list should reflect that. Give me until next month, and then I hope to start on it.

Why next month? It’s getting painfully close to finals week. A little over 2 weeks left in school!! And just after graduation, we’re going to see Mom & Dad for a week or so. They have a dial-up connection, so I don’t really expect to be online much during that time.

And after that? Big News coming soon. w00t!

PS) I’m feeling pretty crotchety/ disgruntled today. Stupid j0b. Anyone else want to join me?

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people are weird

I’m at the coffee shop at school, typing on my computer, when a guy comes up and asks if he can use the little table in front of me. I tell hm that’s fine, and then he asks if the bottle of pop on the table is mine. I say it is. He reaches for it, like he’s going to move it. I just look at him. He asks again if he minds if he uses the table, and I asked if he was going to move it. It was only going about a foot or two. I told him to go ahead, that I’d grab my pop whenever I was ready for it. AGAIN, he reaches for the bottle and starts to move it, hesitates when I just look at him, and then wanders off to find another table. WTF?

My bottle takes up a tiny bit of space. Did he want the whole freaking thing to himself? Could he not stand the fact that my stuff (one thing!) was on the table he wanted to use? Mind you, it’s one of those little end tables, but still, there was plenty of room.

Dude, didn’t you mother teach you not to touch other people’s drinks? Freak! I’m telling you.

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visual dna

found at bitca’s:

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getting older is FUN!

I occasionally have problems with sciatica (no, not the same as “attica!”). Yes, I am apparently an old woman and yes, I have hip problems. And ye olde sciatica has been a real bitch the last couple of weeks. I’ll be walking along when a twinge hits me. It could just be a quick dose of pain, if I’m lucky. If it’s bad, I can lose my balance as my hip just refuses to support my weight for a brief moment. I usually just stumble and regain my balance (painfully). But it can knock me for such a loop that I could fall. It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s only a matter of time.  See, I only look drunk!

When I was younger, I was double-jointed at the hip. I could sit with my legs doubled under me or even flat on the floor with my legs bent outward (it looks like it would hurt, but at the time, it didn’t). Fast forward 15 years, when I don’t sit that way all the time. And guess what? If you don’t utilize that flexibility, you lose it! And then, your joints get painful because you’re not stretching them like you used to!

My advice? Don’t let your kids sit with their legs bent into an M shape when they’re young. It will only cause major aches and pains when they hit their ripe-old thirties. I should know – I are one.

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watch yourself

As I got ready to leave my British Lit class last night, I realized that one of my classmates wasn’t there, but her things were. We sit at these grouped tables, with about 5 people per table. I was slow gathering my things, and wound up being the last student in the class with the professor, her daughter, and the technology instructor (we have a smart classroom and he’s there to help with any technological issues that come up).

Girl’s name‘s stuff is still here. I don’t think she ever came back from break!” As I said this, my chest tightened just a little. It’s not like this girl to not come back after a break. Her purse, wallet, and books were all still in the same spot. I have other classes with her and she’s pretty reliable. The instructor did a sweep of the building while I tried to look for girl’s name‘s phone number. I found an address book, but the number she had written wasn’t working. The professor had to get her young daughter home (by this time it’s almost 10 o’clock) and the instructor and I stayed to wait for campus safety to come by. I continued to try and look for her phone number when she finally came rushing into the room, apologizing all over herself.

She’d had an urgent call during the break and lost all track of time. I walked out with her and she apologized again for making everyone worry.

I’m just glad that we noticed and looked for her. What if I hadn’t been one of the last ones there? Would anyone else have noticed her stuff? She would have been locked out without her purse or car keys (she did at least have her cell phone with her). And if we hadn’t stopped to look for her, and something bad had happened, we never would have forgiven ourselves.

I got a really nice email from the other student this morning. She thanked me for waiting around and being concerned about her. I consider her a friend and I’m glad she feels the same. I’m also glad she’s safe.

And this reminds me – we should ALL carry emergency contact numbers in our wallets, purses, or backpacks. Put down your cell phone and home numbers. Put an emergency contact’s name and phone number. Write more than one person’s name down so if they can’t reach your spouse, parent, or significant other, they can try to reach a friend. And most of all, be safe out there.

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big brother is coming

The NSA wants to expand its powers. This is pretty scary.

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this is what bothers me

about the VA Tech incident. People were saying that the shooter, Cho, was a loner. Does that mean that people are going to start harassing those who like to be alone? Who don’t quite fit in to the “norm” and don’t fit or don’t want to fit into society the way everyone wants so they feel safe?

All the info that’s flying around about him, and it’s the loner thing that bugs me. Because I’ve known a lot of loners who weren’t a threat to anyone. Another thing – his writings? I haven’t read any of it yet. But again, how can we say that someone’s writings are a threat versus them just writing a play or story? This could easily devolve into a slippery slope.

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a moment of silence

for those poor families and students at VA Tech. It’s so sad, and scary, too. I’m a student at one uni, and work at another. I cannot begin to imagine the horror for those poor students. All I know is that it shakes me up every time I think about it.

I work in an area where it would be easy for a disgruntled student to walk in and start firing. And it’s an office where we frequently have disgruntled students, for various reasons. And that thought stops me cold every time I start weeping for these kids. Is there anyplace that’s safe anymore?

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honey do

While I slept in, J went to the park to help set up for an archery shoot tomorrow. Apparently, black widows really liked the hay bales they were setting up. Eek! I’m glad I didn’t go. He said one of them was huge – as big as half his thumb. And let me tell you, this man has big thumbs. *shudder*

I spent most of the morning moving books from the bedroom bookshelves. We’re rearranging, moving the shelves from the bedroom to the dining room. Oh my word, you will not believe how many books we have! We need to go through them all, sorting which ones we’ll keep, which ones get sold, and which ones go to Mom & Dad’s for storage. I’ll have to take a picture so you can see the size of the stacks. There are at least 7 rows, 2 deep, and the ALL come at least to my waist. Did I mention I’m 5’9”?

In addition to moving the shelves out of the bedroom (we need some more room in there), we shifted some other bedroom furniture. Trying to move a big bed with stuff underneath it, and on top (laundry sorting, too!) was so. much. fun! J was exhausted from the work at the shoot, but we had already agreed to work on the house today. So he helped, after a brief rest. He’s such a trouper!

And now, I will continue to avoid doing homework until tomorrow. Only one month left, thankfully.

Time to go see what’s on the comedy channel…

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quick & easy risotto

like risotto, but hate all of the stirring? try using a pressure cooker instead. it only takes 4 minutes under pressure, and then another 5 or so afterwards. i have a german pressure cooker that i absolutely love. i haven’t been using it as much as i could, so i finally grabbed it monday night during dinner prep.

i started with a recipe from Pressure Perfect by Lorna Sass, and modified it to suit what our family likes. this is what i came up with:

Mushroom Risotto

1 tbsp butter

1/2 c. finely chopped onions or shallots

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 – 1 c fresh mushrooms, chopped

1 1/2 c. rice (i didn’t have arborio, but it turned out fine with jasmine)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

3 1/2 – 4 c chicken broth

1/2 c freshly grated parmesan reggiano

freshly ground pepper

Heat butter in cooker. Add onion, garlic & fresh mushrooms, cooking over high heat for 1 minute. Stir frequently. Stir in rice, making sure to coat it with the butter.

Pour in 1/2 c of the broth, and mix until the rice absorbs the liquid. Stir in 3 more cups of broth and the cream of mushroom soup. Mix well, scraping any rice off the bottom of the cooker.

Lock on lid. Bring to high pressure over high heat, then reduce heat just enough to maintain high pressure. Cook 4 minutes. Turn off heat and quick release pressure by running cooker under cold water. Remove lid (watch for escaping steam).

Set cooker on med-high heat and stir. Cook uncovered, stirring every minute or so, until mixture thickens and rice is tender (3 – 5 minutes). If mixture gets dry too soon, add last 1/2 c of broth. Risotto will thicken upon sitting, so don’t worry if it’s slightly runny.

Turn off heat. Stir in cheese, pepper (and salt, if needed) to taste.

This served 5 people with leftovers for 3 additional side servings.

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