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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tasty Tuesday: Michelle’s Birthday Cakes

That’s right, I make my own birthday cakes: Molten Lava Chocolate Cakes.

Molten Lava Chocolate Cakes 0002


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Tasty Tuesday

I’ve got nothing special for you today, though I’m planning a post on what I’m making myself for my birthday.

So instead, here are some of my favorite ingredients:

Dark chocolate

With these ingredients, I love to make:

Bittersweet brownies
Molten lava chocolate cake
Lemon shortbread cookies
Sugar cookies with strawberry icing
Lemon no-bake cheese cake


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Monday, June 29, 2009

In Search Of…

Sometimes I am quite baffled by the search terms that come in for my blog.

I mean, in the past month there were 18 different searches for me? I find that… unlikely.

But I have had some particularly awesome searches recently.

hot chicks with banjos
Eight different searches for this? Really? I am ashamed to admit that I can’t even think of any female banjo players off the top of my head. And as much as I like the banjo, I don’t see myself taking up stringed instruments again. I’m entirely too lazy for the work required to become good.

things that make people mad

bad reviews in 2009 on the abacus group
I have no idea how this search landed someone at my website. In fact, I can’t even remember talking about abacuses here. Not that I haven’t discussed them before, but still…

peonies buds shrink up and look like the
Well hell, now I want to know the answer to that.

broccoli midgets
OK, the Enchanted Broccoli Forest comes to mind, but I know I’ve never written about that.

Add ’em together and you get a tasty pastry.

this is not sophie
Oh yes. Yes, it is Not Sophie.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009


TAG! You’re it!

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Sunday Flower Pr0n

My day lilies are almost all blooming now. Last year I moved one cultivar to the front of the house, and when I picked up three new varieties at the WVU Greenhouse this year, I took the opportunity to move some other flowers out so most of the day lilies could be in the front bed.

There are also several species of Asiatic lilies blooming, but as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like them, and really don’t like their smell, so I’m not too excited about trying to get close to photograph them. I may move them next year, because their scent is overwhelming.


Jasmine. This is a potted plant I put on the deck every summer, and every winter I wonder if it’s going to survive the basement and the cats.

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Categories: Flowers,House & Garden  

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hair Now

I often complain about my hair, but no one seems to take me seriously.

I’ve spent the evening reading, and when I read I often absentmindedly run my fingers through my hair.

Here is the result:


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Summer Reading Fun

I forgot to mention earlier that Todd Wheeler is once again holding his Summer Reading Program.

For every book we read and post on his site, Todd will donate add $1 (up to $100) to The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF). Additionally, even if we read more than a 100 books, for every 25 individuals who read, Todd’s sponsor will donate one book to the CLiF.

So if you’re reading anyway, you may as well help us force Todd to donate books and money to a good cause!

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Once More

So… another doctor’s appointment, another medication.

The depression has been okay recently, but the OCD and anxiety not to much. And I’ve been terribly achey for the past month or so, which is not doing much for the anxiety and my ability to relax. SSRIs give me TMJ, but right now all my muscles are tense and unable to relax, which is uncomfortable and unhelpful.

Work has been crushingly busy, and although aspects of it are frustrating, I do really enjoy what I do. My only problem is that although I am good at being a people person, it’s very difficult for me. And exhausting. Especially when dealing with unhappy or frustrated people. And I got a fair amount of those this week. So I’ve been exhausted by the time I get home. Not depressed per se–not really–but unable to do little more than collapse on the sofa when I get home.

But on the bright side, I’m getting lots of exercise, and exercise is good for my depression!

So that’s where I am. Tapering off one med and onto another. We’ll see how this one goes.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Categories: Depression  

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Cat Blogging


Is the week over yet?

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

What You Should Be Reading: Simon R. Green’s Nightside

Despite the fact that the second book in Simon R. Green‘s Eddie Drood series was sub par, you really should be reading the rest of Simon Green’s books. Especially his Nightside series.

John Taylor is a private eye who also happens to have mystical powers. These powers give him the ability to find lost things. Unfortunately for him, despite thinking he has escaped the Nightside, he’s drawn back in, and one there, he’s returned to the intrigues and mystery that drove him away in the first place.

What is the Nightside you ask? It’s where dark deeds are done and your worst nightmares are available at any price. It’s where all the scary things you were hoping didn’t really exist actually live and hang out.

Nightside is appalling. But so is John Taylor.

The Nightside is full of Gods and monsters, visitors from the past and from the future, and people who simply don’t fit in the real world.

Like John Taylor.

John Taylor is Spenser living in a modern Thieves’ World, only with magical powers. John Taylor is wanted dead by many in Nightside, although he has no idea what he’s done to earn that death sentence. And of course many who want him dead are also willing to hire him, because he may be a right bastard, but he’s also John bloody Taylor, part of the Nightside royalty although no one is quite sure why.

These books are both fantasy and horror, but they’re not frightening (which is what I typically associate with horror). The creatures that fill the Nightside are horrifying monsters, misshapen and evil. Because that’s what the Nightside is. The place where evil can go and hang out.

Why, you are asking, would anyone want to read about John Taylor and the Nightside? Because these are tales well told. Good mysteries, but most importantly they’re a lot of fun. John doesn’t take himself seriously–nor does he take anything or anyone else seriously. Despite his powers, he often relies on slight of hand and a nasty reputation to get things done. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t do nasty things–he does, and sometimes quite willingly. But he also tries to do good, at least in his own way.

That doesn’t mean these books are for the faint of heart. Nightside is a dreadful place where dreadful people and creatures live. Really awful creatures in many cases, such as the Lamentations or even Dead Boy.

Best of all, since Nightside is such a terrible place, Simon Green can have his characters do really terrible things and you don’t feel bad about it at all. But John Taylor and his friends are witty and amusing, so even when they’re being appalling, they’re still a lot of fun.

Nightside: Something from the Nightside (2003), Agents of Light and Darkness (2003), Nightingale’s Lament (2004), Hex and the City (2005), Paths Not Taken (2005), Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth (2006), Hell To Pay (2006), Unnatural Inquirer (2007)

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