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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 12:01 am
  • 13:14 The fog drifts up from the forest, an earthly exhalation reaching for the sky. I drive into a softer world. #
  • 13:30 Interview time! For a job! Wish me luck! #
  • 17:41 Tornado warning! I AM ON TOP OF A BIG HILL. 0_0 #
  • 17:43 My beloved Alabama, please do not birth tornadoes and send them straight to me. #
  • 17:44 Ice is falling from the sky and it is softball-sized. (Not near me, but somewhere in the metro area.) #atlanta #
  • 17:57 Disregard the previous Twitter about large hail; weatherman was discussing Alabama. So be careful, my family! #atlanta #montgomery #
  • 22:12 Ooooo, the thunderstorm background in Gmail is preeeettty. #
  • 22:23 Tori Amos' ABNORMALLY ATTRACTED TO SIN, forthcoming in Spring '09: tinyurl.com/cn7gpp. Didn't see that one coming. #toriamos #
  • 22:48 @blueinsideout and @Blackspirit86 Me too and you better believe it! #
  • 23:56 @blueinsideout By which you mean, the programmer sounds like a creepy ass. And I can't see anything but Helo (from BSG) in the investigator. #
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 12:01 am
  • 09:27 Mini-review of The Stepsister Scheme, a rollicking fairy tale fantasy with strong heroines by Jim Hines, up at tinyurl.com/cndofl. #
  • 10:28 I made it to university today! Hip hip hooray! #
  • 10:45 Blessed are those who leave the classroom doors unlocked so that I can get in. #
  • 12:25 I woke up with a crick in my neck and it's starting to make me feel headachey and nauseated. #
  • 12:31 There are two helicopters hovering over the city. What are they looking for, I wonder. #
  • 14:24 Thick clouds blanket the sky; the lady of the golden dome stands as always, grey, with arm upraised. #atlanta #
  • 16:03 Where is civilization when the bus rolls in? Always lost in a pushing mob-- or perhaps never extant in these selfish children to begin with. #
  • 16:10 It always makes me inordinately pleased to see a clean-cut young man with a mohawk. Bonus if it's brightly-colored like some exotic bird ... #
  • 16:11 It displeases me, however, that predictive text cannot come up with inordinately or plumage. #
  • 17:50 My earlier Twitter re: the boy-with-mohawk should have ended in "bird's plumage." #
  • 17:50 @MCAHogarth I wish I'd had those while I was at university earlier. :( #
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 12:01 am

  • 17:31 Trying to write an academic review of this book on Romanticism and Shelley is definitely much worse than having to read it. #

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Monday, February 16th, 2009 12:01 am
  • 18:06 @avflox I saw an ad recently for a freelance job writing "substantive" articles on tattoos for an online mag- pay offered? $30 per! W.T.F?! #
  • 18:09 I've been such a good trooper through (today) 130 pp of this book on revolution and Romanticism, but I swear to you now that I am SO DONE. #
  • 18:11 Too bad that the book tells me that I have 24 pp left. At least a chicken stirfry and more episodes of the X-Files await on the other side. #
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Sunday, February 15th, 2009 03:58 pm
Andy and I generally each have a banana as part of our daily balanced breakfast. Unfortunately, I wasn't eating any breakfast more complex than a few sips of sprite and half a piece of toast for half of last week. This meant that a bunch of bananas were sitting on the kitchen counter slowly going bad.

I'm not fond of eating over-ripe bananas, but was really loathe to throw away so much in the way of fresh produce. And, although we're trying to eat less sugary baked goods, the only pleasant alternative for the bananas I could think of was to be made into banana bread.

Four loaves, to be exact. The first two deceived me into thinking they were done, when in actuality they hosted gooey centers which subsequently collapsed upon cooling. But the second two... oh my.



I used this recipe for the bread, excepting where I disdained the use of parchment paper and simply thoroughly greased my pans.

I generally eat my banana bread plain*, but Andy loves banana frosting and searched out a recipe on his own initiative. What else could I do but make it for him?** And I'm glad I did it as it is divine: incredibly smooth, and the fresh bananas zing.

The recipe for the banana frosting is as follows: cream 1/4th cup softened butter with 1/2 cup mashed banana and 3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar. (The recipe also called for a 1/4th of a teaspoon of white vinegar, but we left it out as we didn't have any. It also wanted 1/8th a teaspoon of salt, but I was using salted butter and so left that out as well.)

The flecks of banana chunks dotting the resulting frosting, as well as it's intoxicating quality of melting into a glaze on a warm hunk of banana bread is just... well, awesome. Take another look:



I'm off to have another slice right now. And then once more into the breach of the last 60 pages of David Duff's Romance and Revolution: Shelley and the Politics of a Genre.



* I also usually prefer banana nut bread, but Andy likes his bananas un-nutted.

** I should specify that Andy was my faithful compatriot in these kitchen adventures. He mashed the bananas and did the dishes and handed me things. He also greased the pans.
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Sunday, February 15th, 2009 12:01 am

  • 18:40 @EKSwitaj I think it's a wash-- more thoughts at your blog. #

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 12:14 am
  • 06:31 Oh GoD, something in my soup was bad for me. Have been half-awake in pain all night. #
  • 06:32 AFTER taking some heavy-duty painkillers for the migraine. #
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 12:14 am
  • 13:02 @blueinsideout Read my Coraline review? #
  • 13:22 I've posted a review (with some spoilers) of the Coraline film here: tinyurl.com/cdlrpz #coralinereview #
  • 15:27 Suffering from an extremely bad headache that Advil Migraine briefly rallied against but is now falling before the onslaught of. #
  • 15:33 I really rather hope that it doesn't go full migraine. #
  • 19:39 The scent of portabello mushrooms, rosemary, and simmering red wine are wafting through the apartment. Mmmm. #
  • 22:34 Yeah, it went full migraine. #
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Monday, February 9th, 2009 12:17 am
  • 11:14 Starting my birthday with tea in bed and a gift from my husband of Dr. Horribl'es Sing-Along Blog is pretty sweet. #
  • 16:03 @dmnorris Pffft, I was up a bit late. ;) This is not 2003/04. LOL. Thank you for the wishes! I miss you! #
  • 22:05 @grailquestion Thank you, dear! #
  • 22:14 Coraline is fantastic and awesomely creepy! The beginning sequence, especially, is the creepiest thing I've seen in a while. #coralinereview #
  • 23:51 Coraline was fantastic and awesomely creepy! #
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 12:13 am
  • 16:15 Good grief, Loreal certainly has made their Feria hair coloring system much more colorful, difficult, and mad scientist like. #
  • 16:30 Indeed, mad scientist hair coloring could be fun if I had a laboratory for the purpose & wasn't a renter fearing every spot on the laminate. #
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Thursday, February 5th, 2009 01:33 am
  • 11:19 It's snowing! ...a very small bit. But still! Snow! Flakes! Falling! In Georgia! #
  • 11:47 @j_crowley Don't mock my state's deficiencies! *cries* I wish I COULD call you for that. #
  • 11:47 @dmnorris Hells no, my draconic friend. The Snow Queen just got here and I don't plan on asking her to leave any time soon. ;) #
  • 12:23 @Blackspirit86 I'm sorry, sweetie, but I'll be keeping whatever little snow we're given! You'll have to come over here to play in it. #
  • 12:24 @Blackspirit86 P.S. That does not mean there's enough to play in. Unless you're spinning and hoping the intermittent flakes will hit you. #
  • 13:03 My cat was just transfixed by the sight of a scurrying rat on the television. #
  • 13:08 Apparently a rat's rapidly growing teeth can pierce their own brain casings if they don't keep them assiduously gnawed down. #
  • 16:58 @j_crowley I am all for this. #
  • 18:39 Oh geez, my lungs hurt. #
  • 22:46 Re: LOST. I knew it. Ha! #
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 06:00 am
  • 22:46 Holy crap, the wind is literally HOWLING outside. #
  • 22:48 It is 24F outside but feels like 12F. 0_0 That's not cold to many of my friends, but remember that I grew up in and live in the Deep South. #
  • 22:58 @clockworkzero Yay vacation! #
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Sunday, February 1st, 2009 12:34 am

  • 12:52 @theredshoes My rice cooker is one of my favorite pieces of kitchen equipment. Major <3. #

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Saturday, January 31st, 2009 02:47 am
  • 15:21 @BloodRainAngel Speaking as someone who has her hip go out, if the pain was in any way a good thing, you did not truly have your hip go out. #
  • 23:48 @bookandbroom I know! They got game! <3 #
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Friday, January 30th, 2009 06:07 am

  • 10:54 On the Interstate this morning, my car's side view mirror on the driver's side came half off and hung by its wire. #

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Thursday, January 29th, 2009 01:23 am
  • 10:38 @Blueinsideout Did you get the melatonin? #
  • 15:10 Reading what Mary Wollstonecraft had to deal with makes me want to go back in time and stab certain 18th/19th century males. Just sayin'. #
  • 15:16 @theredshoes Have you read Lord Byron's letter to Douglas Kinnaird about Don Juan? tinyurl.com/cd4b4o #
  • 15:54 @Blackspirit86 They were horrible sexist bastards: i.e., products of their time. Still, the sheer illogical stupidity that came out of them! #
  • 16:26 Animadversion: n. 1. Strong criticism. 2. A critical or censorious remark. #
  • 17:08 @NorwichGrrl By which you mean a Southern accent, or a country Southern accent? #
  • 18:05 @j_crowley Quite. #
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 01:10 am
  • 10:25 I was just driving behind a workman's truck and the plate read SEVERUS. #
  • 10:42 Downtown Atlanta, rearing ghostly through fog, enthralls me. #
  • 14:18 Apparently the guy who wrote Freakonomics will be speaking at GSU next Wednesday. #
  • 18:23 Someone on this bus smells like pancakes. #
  • 18:25 Holy crap, John Updike died. #
  • 18:25 As of 6:20, I have spent 36 minutes going approximately 2 miles on the Interstate. I am still 8 exits from home. #
  • 18:27 My average speed has been 3 MPH. This sucks, if you were curious. #
  • 19:31 Just now got home... 1 hour and 36 minutes to go 9 exits. And now I'm very nauseated thanks to the constant stopping and starting. #
  • 19:42 Nooooooooooo!!!!! Realms of Fantasy going out of business?! tinyurl.com/c2wesw #
  • 22:27 THE KITTIES ARE SO FLUFFY! tinyurl.com/by6pqj (If you click on the link, your productivity is likely doomed.) #
  • 23:18 Alton Brown dedicated an episode of Good Eats to edamame. My <3 for him increases. #
  • 23:57 @Blackspirit86 Do you see a little silhouette of a man? Scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango? #
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 01:09 am

  • 12:55 @Blackspirit86 Didn't you quit smoking? Why so worried about tobacco companies getting air time? #

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Monday, January 26th, 2009 01:04 am
  • 13:27 I would like to fire my TMJ and hold auditions for a new, non-dysfunctional one. #
  • 13:28 Why do I feel so strongly about this today? First, I woke up feeling like utter crap: head hurt, neck tight, everything colored by that. #
  • 13:29 I insisted on helping Andy do the shopping because I am stubborn and it needed to be done. #
  • 13:30 Also, I like to doubt my own evaluation of my physical shape because I hate letting people down by being ill. #
  • 13:31 That's when balance fled and everything went all tilt-a-whirl, and I felt faint and everything moving around me scared/confused me. #
  • 16:24 Someone tried to steal our groceries at Wal-Mart. 0_o #
  • 21:43 There is too much stupid on the Internet tonight. (Arguably that's true 24/7, but still.) #
  • 21:52 @Quinbot If it were that, I couldn't be tired of it because it'd be ridiculous to expect anything else. ;) #
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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 01:04 am
  • 10:26 Tiger Jack is sick. #
  • 11:40 I've got Tiger Jack an appointment at the vet's-- send good energy that the vet is useful and not a jerk like the last one. #
  • 11:40 @Blackspirit86 Thank you, darlin'. ::hugs:: #
  • 12:30 @j_crowley Thank you! He's feeling a little better-- he half-heartedly chased Kaylee a few minutes ago! #
  • 12:30 @blueinsideout Thanks! I talked to a friend here and she said the vet we're seeing is a good one, but has crap bedside manner. #
  • 12:33 @grailquestion Thank you for that. Tiger Jack is generally a hearty and hale cat, I know, but I'm a(n) (over?) cautious "parent." #
  • 18:59 I want to punch that vet in the face. #
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