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28 September 2016 @ 07:56 pm
DeCa had artichokes, and I was curious, so tonight I cooked one for the first time. It tasted okay. It probably would have been better if I hadn't steamed the heck out of it — Joy of Cooking told me to steam for 45 minutes, and probably 20 would have done the job.
What a bizarre food. We go through a lot of work to eat only about 20% of the food item and throw away the rest.
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Feeling: curiouscurious
la serenissima
29 August 2016 @ 08:25 am
From M.C.A. Hogarth:
Let's play a game! You have ten words to encapsulate the values that are of primary and personal importance to you. They should be things that you wake up every day thinking 'these are the things I'm going to try to manifest through my words, acts, and thoughts.'

I chose:

  1. kindness — start from a position of love, make allowances for the people one interacts with

  2. humility

  3. curiousity, desire to examine and explore the world around oneself

  4. honesty, both in relationships with others and with one's own self, i.e. intellectual honesty

  5. generosity

  6. joy — at first I put "positive attitude" and next I thought "optimism" fit better, but here I mean a deep underlying positive outlook on life, even if one has down days sometimes. I recognize that mental illness can wipe this out.

  7. industry

  8. perseverance

  9. creativity, making things, whether that be expressed in fine arts, performance arts, crafts, cooking, tinkering, or whatever

  10. nurture — taking care of things to help them thrive. In my life, this would be my children; but it could mean something like service work or running a business.

The first four or five came easily, but after that I had to do a lot of thinking. It helped to frame this in the form of "qualities I want to exemplify." For example, I just noticed that "justice" isn't on my list; I do value it, but I don't see myself as its agent, or not so much as some other qualities.

One concept I thought of quickly when considering this challenge was the "fruits of the Spirit," as described in St. Paul's letter to the Galatians. I deliberately finished my list before looking it up, but as I expected, several of the values are in common.

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Feeling: thoughtfulthoughtful
la serenissima
02 August 2015 @ 01:14 am
My dedicated diaper bag that I've used for the past 2+ years is dirty and worn, with the faux leather losing its shiny coating. I don't need to haul around so many diapers anymore, so I'm switching back to a real leather tote. It's an unusual opportunity for me to review exactly what I'm carrying.

My bag contained:
  • four diapers, small pack of wipes, small tube of Desitin
  • rubberized sheet — the changing pad that came with the bag was much too small for any child bigger than a newborn
  • plastic grocery sack for containing dirty diaper
  • spare shirt & pants for little bro
  • spare pair of underwear for big bro
  • cloth prefold diaper that was originally used as a burp cloth, now for wiping messy faces
  • handful of individually packaged Purell wipes that big bro keeps collecting from Chick-fil-A
  • blank notepad
  • assorted gift cards to restaurants
  • sustainable seafood quick reference guide
  • rosary and pocket prayer book
  • thumb drive on a key chain
  • two generic BandAids and one alcohol antiseptic wipe
  • miniature bottle of hand sanitizer
  • folding miniature hair brush
  • maxi pad and tampon
  • three pairs of ear plugs
  • two lip balm sticks: a minty one for me and a plain one for the boys
  • pocket pack of tissues
  • baby nail clippers, regular size nail clippers, tweezers
  • wallet
  • my eyeglasses and contact lenses prescriptions from 2012
  • big bro's handwritten/stamped vaccination record, not updated since 2012
  • nine postage stamps
  • three pens
  • package of large crayons
  • coupon for ice cream from today's supermarket trip (free samples!)
  • key chain with keys, pocket knife, frequently used store tabs
  • extra key ring filled with lesser-used store key chain tabs
  • string bag in case I need to carry even more stuff
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Feeling: curiouscurious
la serenissima
  • 1 pound ground meat, in this case, extra-lean turkey
  • 1 pound Italian sausage without casing, in this case, mild
  • 1 can pasta sauce, 24 oz. garlic & herb
  • 2 6 oz. cans tomato paste (next time go with 1 12 oz. can)
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Bay leaves
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Cumin, just a pinch

I browned the ground turkey in a pot, seasoning it right when it went in, breaking up the clumps every minute. After the first turning over, I added the sausage. Next time could include minced garlic & onion while browning.

I transferred the meat to the slow cooker on top of the bay leaves and added one can of tomato paste, followed by the pasta sauce. On checking a couple hours later, found the texture to be more watery than I wanted, so added the second can. Mixture seems to fill 6 qt. cooker to less than half full; consider the 4 qt. cooker next time. This entry was originally posted at http://serenissima.dreamwidth.org/280935.html.
Feeling: workingworking
la serenissima
01 July 2015 @ 12:44 am
Browsing Apartment Therapy in between clearing away dirty dinner dishes.
Article by-line is "4 People, 500 Square Feet: How We Make It Work." Item #1 is "Start by getting rid of almost everything you own."
Promoted story under the article is "Every Woman Should Have These 10 Pieces of Jewelry" from Macys.com.

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Feeling: tiredtired
la serenissima
02 June 2015 @ 03:53 pm

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Feeling: sillysilly
la serenissima
22 January 2014 @ 12:39 am
The only real times I have free to compose blog posts, I'm not in the right headspace for it. I think I might be able to write right now, but considering that it's 12:30 AM and I have to take the kiddo to school tomorrow, staying up any later isn't wise. Suffice to say I'm feeling down.

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Feeling: discouraged
la serenissima
08 January 2014 @ 12:19 am
 Had baby #2 last April and basically stopped with the LJ since then.  Kept up with Facebook, largely because Facebook has an Android app.  Will try to get back to journaling this year.  It's good for me, after all.

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Feeling: exhaustedexhausted
la serenissima
16 July 2013 @ 09:23 am
Since last November, I have:

  • December — Moved, with child and dog, across the country to return to our old location of 2011

  • March — Moved back across the country to the same state where we lived in 2012,  two hours' drive away from my parents' house

  • April — Had a baby (another boy)

  • July — Traveled some thousand miles to visit my grandmother, together with my parents, husband, and both sons

Life was a bit hectic for me, December through May.  Now that we're unpacked again and I'm starting to adjust to life with two children, maybe I'll find a bit of time here and there to write journal entries; but the greater portion of any writing time must go to my mommy blog.  Babies grow and change so quickly.

Backdated because this failed to crosspost from Dreamwidth.
Feeling: tiredtired
la serenissima
18 November 2012 @ 06:44 am
Dramatic chase dreams last night. The first was creepy, but in the second one, my cab driver was a protoceratops from one of the outer boroughs. He was also the form of transportation. It was a sort of school/mobster/dimension jumping mash-up: organized crime had taken over school administration and joined forces with the dinosaur mafia, so they were after my taxicab buddy too.

I wouldn't mind seeing the rest of that movie.

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Feeling: awake