I believe humans, people, society, function better when we have villages. I don't mean literal villages where people live near each other in tiny towns, but social villages, where people support each other in myriad ways. I realized today I had taken to heart the idea "Be the change you want to see in the world," and I'm living it. It was an eye-opening moment for me to connect the little things I do every day to my view of how the world would work better.
Tonight's example is our Applebee's waitress. I was cranky about her, and asked Landlady for a reality check: was it just me? She agreed the woman was providing service, but without much enthusiasm. I talked it out with Landlady, brainstorming something positive I could say or do when I was coming up blank. In the end, when the woman came back to the table to check on us, I simply asked how her night was going. We chatted for a few minutes, and I found out she was back at work while she was still recovering from a respiratory infection. She was glad to have a job to support her babies, but she'd rather still be at home getting better. She told me that just me asking how her night was made her entire shift better, because it felt good to know someone cared.
In the end, even though nothing really changed (i.e. her service didn't improve a lot, though it did improve), I felt better about the whole thing, and she had more of a spring in her step as she went about her shift.
So, not big things at all, but a momentous shift in my psyche to recognize personal progress and welcome it. Not looking for kudos or anything, more just sharing a lightning-bolt moment in my life today.
You can't see it very clearly, but that's honeysuckle on the fence behind and to the left. Just started budding/blooming.
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This one's just a shorty yet.
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As you can see, there is a wall of bamboo against the fence, and volunteers coming up everywhere. I think we need a panda. :D
Landlady insists on Round-Up instead. :/
Anybody need a freshly cured cane for um, caning things? (I find it humorous that every time I typed cane it came out cain.)
First Step to Anywhere
I am going to scream like a motherfucking girl.
Back in the 80s, I very nearly left the theater during that segment of Creepshow. I did cover my eyes, and refused to uncover them until three separate people who were not my date told me it was over.
Brought to you by the Roach That Ate My Shoe. This was my favorite pair of shoes, too, godsdamnit. Now they'll have to be sterilized.
My landlord is back in his bedroom laughing his ass off. Probably. I am so not a girl in many ways, and he finds it deeply amusing when I am.
Irish Soda bread worked great - I had just opened the jar of yeast.
Sour Cream bread - tasted good, but the middle/top never rose properly - used yeast right out of the jar from the fridge
Banana Oat bread - never rose properly, middle wasn't done (that one, I think I'll have to pick a longer baking time, probably) - used yeast right out of the jar from the fridge
Cinnamon bread - WIN. Technically it's cinnamon raisin bread, but raisins are disgusting, so I don't even buy them, much less put them in something that's going to go in my mouth. I thought about cranberries, and if I do it again, I might add them, but I didn't want to waste them if the bread didn't work again. It did make a very small loaf. Anyway, at four this morning it was delicious hot with melting butter. I think it needs more cinnamon. Landlord says the cinnamon stays with you. Eh. Still think it needs more.
The only thing I did different for the cinnamon bread was I measured out the two teaspoons of dry yeast onto a paper towel and waited a while to put everything into the machine.
These were all made from recipes out of The Bread Machine Baker by Harbison. I wish that was available digitally, because I would totally buy it (well, put it on my wishlist) for my own kitchen, assuming someday I get my own kitchen again. :sigh: Also, I will need a bread machine. Definitely. The only thing I don't really like is digging that little wing thing out of the bottom of the loaf. That's kind of a pain in the ass. And tears up the bread.
The bread can be made with little notice, so when landlord's going to need bread for whatever he's going to eat that week, I can make it myself. Saves money and is healthier. Also satisfies this weird thing I have about baking lately.
It's like that Zig Ziglar exercise, where everybody comes up with nice things to say about everyone else, only they do it anonymously. No one's heard of good old Zig? Anyway.
If you go here, you can read her post and go to the form and fill in the lj names of up to fourteen people and say something nice about them. Anonymously. It's like bsg_epics love day, except all of livejournal, and anonymous.
It's fun. And has less calories than chocolate. Though chocolate's brown, so it substitutes for anything, which means celery, which has negative calories, so okay, that analogy doesn't work. I'm back to it's fun.
There are hardly any BSG this year, and most of them are pairings I don't/won't write.
Feel free to go HERE and leave Kara prompts (Lee, Helo, Zak, Laura, writer's choice) - I'd love to write something for Pornbattle, and prompting closes tomorrow.
Maybe one of these'll spark for someone on my f-list, whether it's for pornbattle or not.
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Lee/Laura, hunger, drunk, sneak, anger, loud, quickie
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Laura/Three, pray, worship, absolution
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Laura/Bill, oral, vocal, shower, command, blind
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Laura/Lee/Bill, need, love, sharing
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Laura Roslin/Tom Zarek, indiscreet, powerful, wits, chess, game, teasing, brig, quorum, quarters, kobol, new caprica, freezer
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Laura Roslin/Ellen Tigh/Tom Zarek, drinking, resistance, options, dance, eternity, colonial day, founder's day
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Lee Adama/Laura Roslin/Tom Zarek, power, struggle, wet, hers, kobol, presidential, quorum
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Bill Adama/Laura Roslin, forever, earth, books, rack, raptor, pre-attacks
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Lee Adama/Laura Roslin, mini-series, attacks, raptor, Laura, ambrosia, lonely
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Helena Cain/Laura Roslin, pre-attacks, history, politics, knife, shoes
Battlestar Galactica (2003), Laura Roslin/Ellen Tigh, au, college, bff, resistance
Battlestar Galactica (2003), D'Anna Biers/Laura Roslin, documentary, desk, detention, humanity, connection, cabin, surrogateBattlestar Galactica (2003), Richard Adar/Laura Roslin, desk, discretion, cabinet, struggle
I haven't actually had to write very many cover letters, or haven't chosen to write them when perhaps I should have, but this put writing them in such a new context that I thought perhaps someone else might find the light bulb as useful as I do.