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So I'm back in Winter Haven for more picture taking. By myself this time, so yay lonesomeness.

After fighting with images for about an hour this evening, I decided to venture out and find food. I go across the way to a panini place Eien-chan pointed out to me last time, and ordered a hummus panini and some soup. I take it with me back to my room so I can hole up for the night. So I get back to the lappy, start up the interwebs, and settle in to eat my sammich.

I check gmail, and notice the ad along the top--for hummus.


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I'm probably going to regret it in my thighs tomorrow, but for now I'm going to be AWFULLY proud of myself. A couple weeks ago I attended the local arboretum's annual plant giveaway. This event is an exercise in controlled chaos--a mass of plant lovers and a mess of plants, all essentially free, minus what you pay in arboretum membership of course. They've got it to the point where it's fairly well controlled, but it's still a frantic sight to behold.

In the end I came out with ten happy fun plants, including something called a bronze loquat, which I think produces fruit after a fashion, some new butterfly bushes, an unusual lavender, an elderberry (not sure if it's edible or not, though.), and some Cotoneasters, which supposedly produce red berries and will hopefully attract the waxwings we supposedly have in the area. And today, with the exception of the lavender, which I planted last week, I got them all in the ground, with a little help from Dad to dig the big holes, and a lot of non-help from Arnold, digging dachshund extraordinaire, who was more apt to get in the way of my trowel, attempt to garrote the plant I had just planted with his rope, or, in his enthusiasm for dirt, dig in the pile of dirt next to the freshly excavated hole, dumping it back in in the process. I also managed to plant some tulip bulbs, including some nearly black Queen of Nights. I'm hoping they'll do well in the spring. <3

On a different note, the cooking bug is starting to gnaw on me again. I got some new cookbooks with some really interesting recipes that I want to try, including some ice cream recipes that look like they don't need an ice cream maker. There's also some neat looking desserts and breads I want to try my hand at (including naan bread and pita bread. Mmmm). I just need to get the time and ingredients. I'm not sure I'll have the time this week, though, as the upcoming week is going to be hectic and insane. But we'll see, I guess. <3

I'm also getting the urge to work on soapy goodness again. I still really want to work on the Gesma soap idea, and I learned of a couple new ideas for soapmaking that I want to give a try, thanks to things like this blog. Oh, so many things so many things.

Darn it, somebody invent that 36 hour day already!
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Okay, I whipped out the camera, and proceeded to run about the place taking knitting pictures, so I can finally show you all what I've been up to, knittery-wise! I'm gonna try to post them up on Ravelry as well, so if you're on Ravelry, you can look at them there, if you want to.

Yarrrrrn! There be pictures here! )
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Okay, I've got a serious jones to make some cupcakes. Luckily, there's a family get together coming up, which will give me the opportunity to finally try out a recipe from this list. The question, of course, is what to choose.

While I would love to try making one of the chocolate recipes, we've already got two chocolate desserts in the making, so I should probably try to go for something that doesn't have chocolate in it. I've narrowed it down to the orange cupcakes, the cider cupcakes with marshmallow frosting, the snickerdoodle cupcakes, or the margarita cupcakes. The margarita cupcakes require coconut flour, which may be a challenge to get, unless our local Whole Foods Market happens to have some. I think the others would be fairly simple to get the ingredients for.

Of course the hard part is picking one. Any particular opinions? I'll probably post the results here, so if there's a particular cupcake you're interested in hearing the results of, lemme know!
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Good grief, I've really been slacking off on the journaling front lately. Lots has been going on, and I've been meaning to post about it, but I just end up never getting around to it. I blame work and obsessive knitting.

But anyway, it's time for the bullet train!

--The biggest thing is that about two weeks ago I piled Eien-chan into the car and went on my first real live vacation in about three years. And it was good. It was verrry good, in fact. We went to Wilmington, NC (Have to put the NC in there, because apparently everybody, including Google, seems to think you mean Wilmington, DE if you don't specify the state), where we ran about and lounged about and I said good morning to the USS North Carolina every day. We ended up going to the aquarium at Fort Fisher, where I spent a lot of time going eee! at fish and skates and turtles and bobwhites. Sadly, the octopus exhibit was closed, which is a pity, but it was made up for with watching a box turtle attempt to dig its way out of the aquarium. I also got a chance to try out my new camera, and even recorded a couple videos! At some point I need to find some way to upload the good ones. Hmm.
And we did other things as well, including walking along the beach (I went into full beachcombing mode, where the conversation at hand is stopped with "Ooh, what's that? <3"), and eating cupcakes from a jar. Cupcakes. From a JAR. JAR CUPCAKES. <3 But yes, it was lovely and a good time was had by all.
--On the note of jars, I made jam! Not full on canned jam, sadly, as I don't have the equipment, time, nor patience for full-on jam. So instead I made my first batch of freezer jam. Freezer jam is awesome, because you completely skip the canning segment, and can store it in the freezer for up to a year. My first attempt was a blueberry jam. Taste-wise, it's really good, but consistency-wise, well. It's blueberry soup. I need to read up on how to balance the pectin with the fruit, so that I end up with something that has a little more body to it. But hey, it's a place to start!
--I've started reading the Fables series, and oh man it is lovely. Gotten through the fourth volume now. I'm sucked right into the plot and the characters and the whole nine yards. I thought there were some things in the fourth volume that were a little weak, but I'm hoping it'll pick up again.
--I've also started experimenting with cocktails. I've had a long time fascination with them (probably because between the recipes and the bottles and the ingredients involved, they're a lot like alchemy), but I've never really delved into them until now. To date I've managed to make mint juleps and pina coladas, with varying degrees of success. The mint juleps need more mint in them, which I think will be helped by having me trade up the weaker mint in the garden for the knock-you-down-and-kick-you-in-the-head mint growing out there. I really want to expand out, though, and try some other recipes. Aaaaand, if I ever get awesome enough at it, I'd love to try my hand at making my own recipes. It might be kinda fun to try and make drinks that reflect Kingdom characters (Like, I imagine an Alice cocktail would be really sweet and bubbly, and an Ian cocktail nonalcoholic. Or have tequila in it that is masked by the other ingredients). More on this as it develops!
--Still knitting like a mad woman. Now that I have a bit of time on Friday nights I've started up Dalek assembly again. With any luck I'll have #5 done in a few months. <3

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but hey, if so, that's what new posts are for, right? <3
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For the past year or so, I've been reading the journal of [ profile] mananath, a guy who has been working at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. I find it really fascinating, as it gives a glimpse into how people who work there live, and his posts are quite entertaining to boot. One thing I've learned is that during the winter, no planes can fly to the continent, so the folks that stay during the winter to keep things running are essentially physically stranded. In the meantime, they find ways to keep themselves entertained.

One way is with a 48 hr film festival. Teams from stations all over the continent (representing multiple countries) conceive, write, cast, film, and post-produce five minute films over the course of 48 hours, which are then shown and judged. Not only is it entertaining, but it's doubly fascinating due to the ability to not only get a glimpse into one station, but multiple ones.

You can see the winning films here. They're a great way to spend a little less than half an hour. They're all awesomely done and pretty fun to watch. Besides, where else can you see a gender reversal spoof of "Call On Me"? Only on Antarctica! XD
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Eien-chan linked this to me tonight. Oh, if only this were a real movie. The theaters would be swamped! XD

It's a trailer!
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I have figured it out.

This. THIS is what vegetarian zombies eat.

The liberal eating of grains is only meant to throw you off the track. And then they go after your CITRUS TREES.
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Okay, I totally didn't expect to be able to use this, but now I can. All I need is the Doctor in some jimjams.

By the ancient rites of academia, I forbid the act of stressing out this master's student with testing rituals like oral exams for the rest of time. And when you go back to your hallowed halls and tell others of this master's student, when you tell them of her trials, her sleepless nights, her stressing over tiny bits of morphology, when you talk of her thesis, then make sure you tell them this....


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I seem to be amassing a list of things I want to do when/if I ever stop being a graduate student (Will it ever end? Augh.). Among other things, I want to try participating in Schmoopy Bingo.

My Card! )

It has officially been added to the list of things I want to do when I'm done. I suspect I'm going to go all-RP on it, as I don't really think I have any fandoms that particularly drive me to want to write for them. Anyone have any particular rows/diagonals they want to see done? <3
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Did I say over nine hundred? I lied. I meant over one thousand.

I'm reminded of a scene from Akira, which, by the way, I should probably see. If nothing else, I've heard that the animation is very good. But anyway, I have seen this one scene from it, where one of the characters is transforming into this huge, monstrous blob thing with weird flesh-blobs coming out every which-way and is growing to insane proportions.

That's what this thesis makes me think of.
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What does Word currently say about my thesis, namely the number of pages it has?

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I still have yet to see any of Eleven in action, but in the meantime, I found this lovely little retrospective:

Tenth Doctor: The Musical

I'm not sure which part I like the best--Jack with "Tubthumpin'", 10.5 with "I Think I'm a Clone Now", the Weeping Angels and "Vogue", or Nine's silent-yet-snarky commentary through it all. <3
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I'm partially posting this as a reminder to myself, and partially because I have to share.

Top 20 Unique Cupcake Finds of 2010

I don't know that I would call them the top 20, particularly since we're not quite halfway through the year, but DAMN I want to try just about all of these. The cherry Coke cupcakes, the cider cupcakes, and the margarita cupcakes look especially intriguing. I think trying them will have to be spread out pretty widely, though, else I turn into the Goodru Blimp.

In other news, I have a drop spindle now! I'm excited about this, as I've been interested in learning how to spin, but I didn't want to invest in a wheel, at least not right now. Not to mention there'd be no room for one. This promises to be hilarious, frustrating, satisfying, or all of the above. The instructions look pretty simple, but there's NO way it's as easy as it looks, I just know it. But I also have some silk roving that I'd looove to get spun into yarn. I figure I'll need to start with some wool roving first, though.

On the gardening front, stuff continues to grow! I'm very pleased with just about everything (and was pleasantly surprised to discover that a passionflower I had planted last year is still hanging on, and even thriving despite being bullied by some wild honeysuckle), although I'm starting to think the cucumbers I planted are Mongol cucumbers. They're trying VERY hard to take down all the other vegetables, particularly the corn and the tomatoes. I may need to teach them some manners if they don't behave. Alternatively, I think maybe next year we should consider a box just for Cucurbits, so I can plant pumpkins and cucumbers, and let them have epic battles for supremacy on their own without molesting the other plants.

The herb box, however, is thriving. I'm thinking at some point I need to make sauce and use some of the herbs, particularly the oregano. Actually, I could make it thesis sauce! i.e. Sauce that is monumental in the time it takes to make, but allows for time for other things, like working on the thesis. Hmm, I'm liking this idea!

On the RP front, Sushi and I have been poking at the idea of resurrecting Cosmic Windjammers. It wriggled its way into my heart, and I'd really love to see it reopen. If anyone's interested, I've started a brainstorming doc here. I've compiled a fair bit of things that were present before, but I'm also trying to add some new things in as well. If anyone has any suggestions, do toss them my way! <3
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--The scent of Southern magnolias is forever burned in my mind as a sign of summer in North Carolina.
--When I was young, I had the hardest time saying "synthesizer". Now, I can say "synthesizer", but I can't for the life of me say the word "statistically" without getting hopelessly tongue-tied. This is highly problematic when you're talking research and trying to sound intelligent.
--I'd really love to have another silk patchwork skirt like the one I got at Animazement. I wonder if I could make one. Although that would require a pattern and silk scraps. I wonder where I could find some.
--The cucumbers have floooooowers. <3 This would make me more excited, though, if we had some female flowers. Cucumbers aren't bisexual, so you need to have both male and female flowers present to get cucumbers. And female flowers are shy.
--The nasturtiums have flowers too. I'm tempted to go outside and nibble on one all rabbit-like, seeing as they're edible and all, and I'd like to find out what they taste like.
--I also need to do some more soap practice. I'd like to experiment with strawberry and lime together. Maybe I'll give that a try tonight in between working on thesis stuff. I also need to find an outlet for my soap, since I'm producing a fair bit in my practicing. Anyone want some soap experiments? XD;
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Don't forget, tomorrow is Towel Day! Be sure to bear your towel with pride and pronounce to the world that you are indeed a hoopy frood! <3
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If you haven't been to Google's main page yet today, do so, and watch 1980 and 2010 clash delightfully!
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Okay, let's see if I can do this crossposting thing, and how I like it.

I wish I could put together a more complicated post right now, but I am friggin' BEAT. Last night we went to see Jonathan Coulton in concert, which was thoroughly AWESOME. I also found myself really enjoying the opening band, Paul and Storm too. They got some really nice banter going with the audience, which made for hilarity. But basically it was a geek out of epic proportions on all fronts. People were waving their lightsaber apps to some of the ballads, some guy was making Wookie noises in the audience, everyone had WAY too much fun making lots of ARR noises during a song about pirates, and JoCo incorporated the Mario theme into one of his songs. And those are just the things I remember off the top of my head. It was kind of awesome, though, when the entire audience started singing along to some of the more well-known songs, like "Still Alive", and screaming(or zombie-mumbling) ALL WE WANT TO DO IS EAT YOUR BRAINS during "Re: Your Brains". Yep. We were at Geek Factor 9.

And then today Eien-chan and I went tromping out to one of the coastal parks in search of a rare species of Dichanthelium, as my advisor had the idea that we might be able to find some there, and it would be kind of awesome if we did, because I can count the number of global populations for this taxon on one hand. For the most part, it was very hot, and very humid, and we must have gone through something like 4 quarts of water between the two of us. And ultimately we didn't find any on this trip, which was disappointing, but not unexpected. But we did find plenty of other Dichanthelium species, and I got some pictures that might be helpful for when I'm making my defense.

I took about ten billion other pictures too, to the end of making a Kingdom100 contribution with them in the form of a photojournal by Alice. I think I've got enough pictures to make a story. That include paparazzi-hating hermit crabs and fiddler crab hordes! We'll see how that goes!
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Okay, thanks to the lovely [ profile] tatterpixie, I have gone ahead and set up a Dreamwidth account. Those who are interested can find it here. I don't know that I'm going to do anything significant with it just yet aside from watching Dreamwidth folks, but who knows? I think I did figure out the crosspost feature, so I may post from DW so that stuff ends up in both places. We shall see!
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Ye find yourself in delicious first post land. Ye see a FLASK. Obvious exits are NORTH, SOUTH, and DENNIS.

I'm Ru, and you're journal!

P.S. Ye can't get ye flask.

July 2017



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