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magic sandwich, you heard me [Mar. 24th, 2014|12:00 pm]
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So Alice tweeted about her fiance eating ham on a cinnamon and raisin bagel (and how she found it to Not Be Okay) but I thought "man, that sounds kinda good." I like ham and sweet things, and I like raisins and savory things, so why not bring that all together?

And then, the rest of the morning, I kept thinking why stop there. So I've pretty much come up with the ultimate ham and cinnamon raisin sandwich. Magic got involved. You know you want it...

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tomato bisque [Oct. 8th, 2013|01:50 pm]
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Last Saturday was sister-in-law Tiffy's wedding. After the reception, Jim's mom sent us home with a bunch of the leftovers. Including two and a half pounds of fresh sliced tomatoes. I was like "what do I do with all this?!" and Ash was like "mmmm tomato bisque." So I consulted the google, didn't find a recipe I liked, so I combined a bunch of them into something I did like. Made the soup. And now people in my life are mad that we ate it all and they didn't get to try it. (Sooooooo good.) So I've typed it up to send to a few people, and thus will also post here.

Tomato Bisque

You'll need:

- 2 lbs fresh tomatoes, chopped/sliced/whatever
- 1 large onion, chopped/sliced/whatever
- 3 or so stalks of celery, chopped/sliced/whatever (no leaves)
- 1/2 bulb of fresh garlic (4-6 cloves), smashed

- 2 cubes beef bullion, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or use fresh basil, you'll need like three of the little springs)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves (totally optional, or you can use less) (you can also substitute allspice)

- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 quart (4 cups) of milk (or half milk, half cream)

To make:

- blend batches of the tomatoes, onion, garlic, celery, (and basil if you're using fresh), and then press through a strainer to get the juice and a little of the pulp (but not the seeds!)

- put in large saucepan over medium-high heat

- add the bullion, stirring until it's dissolved
- add the sugars, stirring until they're dissolved
- add the spices, stirring until what will dissolve does (obviously dried basil doesn't...)

- bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. The color should darken.

- in another saucepan melt the butter, then whisk in the flour to form a roux
- slowly whisk in the milk, let it thicken slightly, and pour it into the simmering tomato mixture

- let that simmer until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon


- as a warning while none of this is 'hard" all of the blending and straining is hella time consuming. we all took turns and it still was super boring and tedious. worth it, but I'd always recommend having someone else to help take turns and just chat with while doing it...

- we had ours with grilled cheese sandwiches as you do
- seriously, there are people in my life mad that they didn't get to have any

- I'm pretty sure that if you wanted to make it vegetarian, you could just use vegetable bullion but I haven't tried this personally yet
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bacon, cheddar, and green onion savory muffins for sharing [May. 9th, 2013|12:28 pm]
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I made these for a doll meet on April 27th, because that was a long busy day and I wasn't sure what all the plans were. I wanted something that was easily sharable (since it was a meet) but would satisfy me if I didn't manage to get all the right proper meals in that day. They ended up working perfectly for that, and also being wildly popular. Since then I've gotten requests for the recipe, so here it is. As usual, it's a combination of several different things I found online, that I tweaked how I wanted it.

Bacon, Cheddar, Green Onion Muffins

You'll Need:

- 1/4 cup crumbled crisp bacon
- 3 tablespoons* thinly sliced green onion
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Make It:

- preheat oven to 350

- melt butter in a saucepan on medium-low heat, once melted mix in the chives and let cool to room temp

- in a large mixing bowl, whisk milk & eggs together till slightly fluffy
- mix in the butter+green onions
- add the bacon and cheese, stir until everything is combined

- in a separate smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar

- add flour mixture slowly to egg mixture, blending throughly

- fill muffin tins about 2/3rds of the way full

- bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops just begin to brown

- remove and cool on a rack

should make about 12 muffins (for the doll meet I made three batches, although some got eaten by members of my household before they got to the meet... lol!)

*The way I made it for the doll meet used a whole 1/4 cup, which I felt was too much. I wrote in my notes to use 3 tablespoons next time, instead, so that's what I'm putting down here.
Reducing the amount of green onion might also mean you can reduce the amount of butter, but I haven't yet played with that...
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roasted garlic [May. 7th, 2013|09:30 pm]
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Have any of you ever roasted your own garlic? Like, I've seen them do it all the fucking time on whatever Food Network shows Jim and I watch, but this is the first time I've actually done it.

I was totally disgusted with it, too... it comes out of the skins weird, and then it's thes weird ass mushed up gooey stuff. Like, really, I can not describe how much roasted garlic turned me off.

Except it's fucking delicious.
And you should all do it right now.
Like, I can't even.

For all it's weird off-colored paste-y nonsense, it tempted me to believe in gods I've never heard of (because out there, someone had to have worshiped a god of garlic).

And here, this is what I roasted garlic for: recipe under the cutCollapse )
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fried leek nuggets (and vegetarian potato cheddar soup) [Mar. 15th, 2013|01:52 pm]
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If you follow me (or Lacey, or Mel) on twitter, you'll have seen tweets from last night about "fried leek nuggets". They are little balls of glory and magic, I'll have you know. Despite the fact that maybe they don't sound great, they are.

And since it's been requested, here's how to make them! under the cut, of courseCollapse )
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basic stir-fry (from the saga of the "bok choy emergency" [Jan. 7th, 2013|12:31 pm]
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I thought I had already posted this, but I couldn't find when someone asked me for it, so either I failed to post or livejournal ate the point... regardless, here it is now!

There was a day when Lacey brought over a plethora of vegetables for me to make into veggie stock for her. She wasn't quite up on the physics of "yes, all the vegetables do have to fit into my stock pot" so after carefully selecting the better options for stock we were left with piles of bok choy and a few leeks. I then put out a call to our friends about our "bok choy emergency" and people showed up to help us eat it. I used a very simple stir-fry recipe and we had a good time with friends.

Here's how I cooked it all upCollapse )

In the end, it's all just a really basic stir-fry kind of thing. Really everything here should be treated as a "base" to experiment with. It's super easy. I find it's a good way to "re-cook" leftovers you might be getting a little tired of.

As always, let me know if you have any questions!
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soy-honey-ginger glazed fish [Jan. 3rd, 2013|09:34 pm]

People have been bugging me lately about not posting enough of my recipes, so I'm going to get better. Honest.

This is what I made for dinner, tonight. I think it'll help if I post them when I make them...

Mix together 3 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon ginger powder (or 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger), 2 tablespoon garlic powder (or 1 clove grated fresh garlic), and 2 teaspoons olive oil to make the marinade.

Sprinkle 3-4 (6 ounce) Tilapia fillets with salt and pepper to taste and then place in the marinade for at least 20 minutes but up to an hour, in the fridge.

To cook the fish, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet until really hot. (I mean, it really really hot!)

While that is heating up, put all the leftover marinade in a small saucepan* and bring to a rapid boil, reducing it. (*I actually use my small egg-pan skillet, just because it fits really well on the burner and is easy to use. So basically: small pot or pan depending on what you have.)

When oil is really hot (I mean it, really really hot!) add fish top-down first. Cook 4 minutes, then flip. Cook another minute or so then add all the hot, bubbling, reduced marinade overtop. Cook another 2-3 minutes or until (a) fish flakes apart easily and (b) it looks deliciously glazed.

Serve with whatever sides you'd like. We almost always do rice, and then a vegetable (generally an asian-style green beans, edamame, or just steamed broccoli).
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lalaloopsy collection update 1.2013 [Jan. 1st, 2013|04:23 pm]
I was asked to post an updated list of what Mini Lalaloopsys I'm still missing from my collection, if this isn't something you care about please scroll past :)

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And I genuinely haven't decided yet if I'm going to start collecting the Mini Lalaoopsies yet or not... lol
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Avocado Mac&Cheese and Corn Salad [Sep. 21st, 2012|02:49 pm]
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Been meaning to make a "happy post" (I have some very unhappy ones I should write, but wanted to do a happy one first) so I'm gunna talk about food. Because I love food, and also because I have a major backlog of recipes to get posted, that people have been asking me for.

So today we're going to cover Avocado Mac&Cheese and Corn Salad, here's a picture:
Avocado Mac&Cheese and Corn Salad

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When I get my act together again, except follow-up posts on chicken & veggie stocks, as well as pancakes, and who knows what else... I have a lot I need to post, but just don't get around to posting them >___<;;
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googlyize [Sep. 4th, 2012|10:23 am]
Easy, quick, good-will sort of karma boost for the day:

lostlain needs people to "like" her facebook page for a project. It's a super cool page, and she's an even super cooler person (you guys have seen her Monster High photos over on go_monsterhigh).

She technically needs 50,000 by the end of the month which is super hard, so please please find a way to boost the signal as much as possible!!
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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2012|12:13 am]
Sometimes when I'm upset about things I can't change I "journal" on a piece of paper, and then crumple it up and throw it away. A bit like tangible "letting go" of something.

Tonight, while doing that, I wrote the phrase "I'm loosing faith in hope." And I guess I wanted to keep a hold of that, so I'm putting it here.

I want to remember that phrase, to look back on, so when I find that faith again, I remember this point...
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i want it all [Jul. 10th, 2012|10:47 pm]
pulled this from facebook:

WHY CAN'T WE WANT BOTH? Why must be give up our femininity and be stripped of our sexuality to be considered "smart?" Things like this tell us that smart girls like books (books are great), smart girls do not like romance (wait what). I'm so fucking sick of this. So many times things like romance get trivialized, and given a negative light, to "uplift" certain images of intelligence... and that's wrong. Very very wrong. Smart girls can like to feel pretty, just like other people. Smart girls can want to fall in love, and be loved, just like everyone else. Girls can like books (or comics, or video games), and still like love. This is not an 'us against them' this should be a 'everybody gets what they want, and everybody wins.' There isn't anything wrong with wanting the library, and there isn't anything wrong with wanting the "true love" - I, for one, want both. (And the wardrobe. And the tea service. And the gardens. And to be able to sing that well...)
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pretty nails woes [Jul. 7th, 2012|08:26 pm]
A big topic of discussion that comes up with my other nail polish friends is "it never lasts." And I preached that I used a base coat, and a top coat, and they'd last at least a week if not 9-10 days. Because they would. (And I like making a tradition of painting them once a week, but any more becomes a little tedious.)

I stick only to China Glaze polishes, use the China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat and up until recently used the China Glaze No-Chip Top Coat. But last time I was at Sally's they didn't have the No-Chip, so I bought the China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat instead. I figured same brand, how different could they be...

Fuck. That. Shit.

Seriously, first up - the top coat feels weird. The word that comes to mind is "crispy", I don't know how to explain it. But if it touches my skin, my skin crawls. I don't normally think of myself as someone who is particularly sensitive, but this stuff gets me really off-guard. Someone suggested maybe it was just old, and needed to be thinned? But the more I use it, and it's been several weeks now, I just think the chemicals in it are weird as fuck.

Also? I haven't had it last more than 4 days, TOPS, in any sort of acceptable condition. It's even flaked off, in big huge peels. People have complained about China Glaze doing this for them, but I've never experienced it before. It's shitty.

And it's your fucking top coat. Because that was the only thing that changed was what top coat I was using, and now I'm having that issue.

Seriously, I don't need this "top coat for impatient people" bullshit. If you want your colors to last, buy the right stuff. It's worth sitting for an extra 10 minutes while it dries, to last a full week.

I'm going to check and see if Ulta has the stuff I love, and if it doesn't, I guess this will justify an order from before Blythecon (even though I promised myself I'd wait till after... oh well).
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soup night [Jun. 12th, 2012|08:51 pm]
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Another installment of a recipe for you guys!

My version of the Greek soup "Avgolemono"

4 cups stock (chicken if you're not feeding a vegetarian, garlic-veggie if you are)
5 tablespoons long-grain rice
4 egg yolks
1 full egg
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste

- Bring stock to boil
- Add rice, cook 6-8 minutes until tender (but not fully cooked)
- Beat egg yolks and lemon juice together
- Temper egg mixture with hot broth
- Add hot egg+broth mixture back into the soup
- Season however you like (although with salt and pepper which are normal, I generally add a dash of an "italian seasoning" and some cayenne because that's just how I roll...)
- Wisk like crazy until everything is thick, bubbly, and delicious and the rice is fully cooked

- If you want, top with some browned ground sausage, sautéed shredded chicken, or sautéed mushrooms (if you're trying to keep it vegetarian) right before serving.
- Sometimes I also put in a 1/4cup of shredded spinach or green cabbage when I put the rice in. (I do this especially if I'm feeding a vegetarian, because I leave out any of the meat at the end.)

- We also have a habit of serving it with broccoli as a vegetable on the side. Don't know why, but we're convinced it's delicious together... we might be crazy. Jim generally dips his broccoli in the soup... he might be really crazy.
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marriage [Jun. 11th, 2012|11:00 pm]
Steph: "I'm gunno go make brownies, and then play Fallout."
Me: "Earlier I made a cake from scratch, and am now reading comics."

We are the perfect wives you guys.
Our husbands are so lucky...
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u__u;; [Jun. 9th, 2012|10:25 am]
Last night I dreamed I had a fight (like, screaming match) with a dear friend from high school, who I haven't really spent much time with since since. She was such a sweet friend, I woke up feeling like I should call and apologize to her, for screaming at her... even though it wasn't real. But I realized I didn't even have her phone number. Somehow, this has made me very sad.
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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2012|12:08 am]
We leave for A-kon tomorrow morning at 9am. This means, btw, I will have no internet access (I don't even have a smartphone) until we're home LATE Monday night. If you tweet at me, I will likely not see it. If you comment here/email/facebook/etc I will undoubtedly not see it. But you guys know the drill by now.

More importantly, it's a good yearly landmark. Things aren't that great right now, but I can see very clearly, we're in a lot better shape than last year. A lot. And even in better shape than we were two years ago (which was better than last year).

It's really nice to see that things are improving in noticeable ways.
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(no subject) [May. 14th, 2012|05:22 pm]
I want an energy drink hot tea. Like, a hot tea with the super amounts of caffeine plus all of that other nonsense energy drinks tote around. Like, a hot tea version of Red Bull or Monster or whatever. I want one. Actually, a whole box would be nice.

In related news, we have moved. We are in the new place. We live here now.

I would not say the move went "well" and I would not say we are "happy" in the new place...
I am, at this stage, mostly trying very very hard not to throw up my hands up in the air, scream "everything is terrible", and curl into a ball crying. Very hard.

There's a little light in my chest that says "it'll get better" and "this sort of bullshit is normal" and things like that. And I just hope it'll keep burning long enough to be proven right.
Either that, or it will be crushed by the impending darkness that somehow everything got terribly fucked up.

We'll see.
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and then she asked 'why not'? [May. 4th, 2012|08:55 am]
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. And a lot of the internet are hardcore preaching "leave some for the kids" (one of many examples). And it's something I sort of think is a good idea, you know, getting comics in the hands of kids and all. (Despite the fact that if that was really the goal maybe they should just distribute them at schools...)

The Thing is, there is A LOT of good shit this year. Free Comic Book Day has proven before it's a great way to get interested in new titles, especially ones that might not be as mainstream. In years past, there's been maybe three titles from Free Comic Book Day that I had any care for. This year, that's changed. There's a bunch. But leave some for the kids and all...

But then I had the thought - digital comics are all the rage right now. Or at least, everyone is spending a lot of time raging about digital comics. (They're too easy to pirate, they're taking away from store sales, etcetc.) But Free Comic Book Day is... free, right? (I realize it costs the sponsors money, but that's what sponsors are for.) So my question is why are the Free Comic Book Day titles, not also available digitally? The distributing costs are exponentially cheaper than hard-copy printing and shipping them to all those stores. Those of us who want to read them, a lot of them, to learn about titles we're formerly unfamiliar with - could. And it would leave the pick-up-at-the-store copies "for the children".
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spring swap crafts [Apr. 18th, 2012|12:58 pm]
Today is a saga of being productive, but not in the ways I should be.

For example, I edited photos! (There are even dolls in some of them.) But they are not any of the doll photos I really needed to edit (not to mention Tiffy's art show photos take priority).

They are, however, the things I crafted for this year's ag_over_18 Spring Swap. I normally completely fail to take pictures of the things I craft with any sort of deadline, let alone post them, so even though the pictures are shitty (it's sort of a tragic saga of unflattering shots of Mara) I'm posting them dammit!

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feel free to ignore this [Apr. 17th, 2012|03:42 pm]
I've fallen way (way) behind on my doll photography, and it's been hard to motivate myself to get back into it. I don't know why. But I decided today I would at least list out my "to-do" list on the subject, and see if being able to cross things off will help motivate me.
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Happy Bunny Fucking Day [Apr. 8th, 2012|08:55 am]
I have a (likely bad) habit of referring to today's feast holiday interchangeably as "Easter" or "Eostre" or "Ostara". In the same conversation I'll even switch between the three... I'm not even sure why. It started years ago, and it's stuck as a habit.

Sometime recently (the last year or two?) "Bunny Fucking Day" has also entered into the rotating randomness.

I realized this past week that Jim's Christian siblings ruffle a hell of a lot less when I call it "Bunny Fucking Day" than remind them that the holiday has a pagan origin...

Bunny Fucking Day.


There's gotta be a point in there somewhere...
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honestly surprised I haven't ranted here about this before... [Apr. 6th, 2012|09:37 am]
I like comics. I love Batman.

But I hate The Dark Knight movie.

Your head just exploded, didn't it?

Yup, you and a bunch of people who are all very close to me on twitter... it's apparently thing.
Jasmine doesn't like a thing I love, what the fuck is wrong with her? Our opinion says she should totally love this thing!

And it apparently wasn't just okay for me to have a differing opinion. Huh, weird.

But I do have a reason. A really big solid reason. A reason that turns me away from a lot of popular media (Hunger Games being the easiest one to point out to people right now). And it's that I don't really quite appreciate being forcefully preached to, too much, all at once, through my popular media. I get that a lot of common themes come off as morals, and done well, that's totally cool.

But The Dark Knight was A Big Giant Cock Of Morals shoved down my throat with a clever Batman-looking lube. That's just not my thing! (Who even uses lube for oral sex, seriously?)

"Too much preaching, not enough punching." Was the shorthand of it all.

But coming from a Batman fan it was more than that. In the comics, or even the animated-for-kids TV shows, Batman was a gray area. Really, a rather dark gray area. He's not really bad, but he's never the shined up image of gleaming white good that other heroes are supposed to be. (A lot of the other heroes don't approve of Batman's tactics, even when he's saving their shiny perfectly moralistic ass.) Batman does his thing, according to Batman's own internal (kind of bent) moral compass. He doesn't apologize, he doesn't make excuses, he doesn't even expect others to follow his path (see: every single Robin ever), he just does his Thing. Part of the allure with Batman is you're never really sure what he's going to deem "good" or "bad" unless it's been covered before.

Examples: Won't shoot baddies because Guns Are Bad but boy howdy will he still kill them in fascinating interesting gory ways. Oh, but won't kill anyone he thinks can be "saved" like the Joker, despite that man clearly being beyond help to any of the rest of us... Even after the Joker killed Jason. Revenge motives are only okay if it's your parents not someone who is like a son to you...
And so on and so forth. I'm sure if you're reading this, you already know Batman's quirks. You already know that Batman doesn't preach.

Like, really, Batman generally goes the course of "do what you believe in, with all you believe" - which I'm a big fan of. He doesn't tell you what to believe.

The Dark Knight fucked that up. The Dark Knight was all over the place with AND THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BELIEVE. THIS, THIS RIGHT HERE, PAY ATTENTION, okay you can have an awesome villain to oogle if you must (but we're ruining the other villain in the story just to fuck with you), BUT THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE MOTHERFUCKING WAY THINGS SHOULD BE AND YOU NEED TO BE FOLLOWING UP ON THIS. THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD LIVE YOU LIFE. THIS IS GOOD, THIS IS EVIL. THIS IS RIGHT, THIS IS WRONG. Are you writing this down? No? Okay, good. We like being "subtle". (Propaganda works best that way.) BUT THIS IS THE MORAL CODE YOU NEED TO LIVE BY. Why are you choking?! I don't get it! Didn't you see this awesome Batmobile? That was supposed to distract you from the fact that YOU NEED TO BELIEVE EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT YOU TO.

Hrmmm... alright. See, really, not my thing

But you're sitting there, exploding again, aren't you?
That wasn't the way YOU saw it? That's cool.

That must mean those are already your morals. If you didn't notice them beating you over the head, it means that you must already accepted them as what they want you to accept them as. Which is really cool. You're in the clear. Enjoy your Batman movie!

But they aren't my morals. I'm not Christian, I'm not straight, I'm not monogamous, my world view was built up in too many different places in the world to even think about singularity. There are a lot of ways I view and approach things that is a "gray area" to many many others (or even a flat out big black evil to some). And I get that, I really do, it's a reality I live in.

There's no avoiding that there will be some places where we don't line up together on the same side of an issue. And I thought we were in a world where people have kind of gotten used to that. And I'm clearly on a different side of where The Dark Knight drew it's battle lines. (And I have a very hard time forgiving The Dark Knight for drawing battle lines in the first place...)

Now it's up to you if you're going to judge me a Terrible Person over this or not. Because in today's society, apparently, that's totally okay! Your morals aren't mine, and that's fine, enjoy your Batman movie. But my morals aren't yours, and I didn't enjoy the Batman movie you adore. So what does that make me, to you? Because that's the most important issue here.
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cheddar beer soup [Apr. 5th, 2012|07:51 pm]
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People lately have been bugging me to post more of recipes I cook, and I always have the best of intentions to do so... but I suck at sitting down and doing it. I am going to try and get better though, the plan being on days that I am making something I will sit down and write it out more or less as I go.

So tonight's dinner is cheddar beer soup, bratwurst, steamed broccoli and croissants. The bratwurst and broccoli are leftovers from "Wednesday Sausage Night" which is a tradition in our house (we also had potatoes but those got eaten), and "leftover" on purpose to go with tonight's dinner. So I just make the (tube) croissants and cheddar beer soup and ta-da dinner!

So for this entry, we're going to cover my cheddar beer soup. Although I can hardly call it "mine" because I just modified this recipe to fit my lifestyle and how I cook. That's really what cooking is all about, isn't it?

What I use:
- 1/4cup olive oil
- 1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic (depending on their size)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup (ish) of dark beer
- whatever seasonings I'm in the mood for (which is generally just my creole mix because I'm lazy, but it really does simply depend on my mood sometimes I dig around on the spice shelf and toss whatever I want in)

The major changes from the original recipe is I don't spend money on fancy infused olive oils, and just do it myself right on the spot. And I add more cheese, and often more beer. I like the extra cheesy-ness, and the texture I get from this. And then I add however much beer to get whatever consistency I want at the end. Sometimes the cheese makes it a little too thick, so I thin it out with just more beer.

A tip for both the cheese & beer, I'd set those out on the counter before so they become room-temperature. For the sake of the soup, I've found things end up smoother in the end if they're not cold when I'm adding them in...

I also always use homemade chicken stock, because I am weird about soup stocks. My particular stock is slightly different than the average, like it always has mushrooms and green peppers in it, so it's thicker and generally richer than the average stock... this does add a different layer of flavor to my soup that you might not be able to emulate, but that's okay. The important part is being happy with your soup, when you make it for you. (Oh, and if you're vegetarian, you can always use a veggie stock or a garlic stock instead of a chicken stock, that's not even a thing.)

How this works:

1. I put the 1/4 cup of olive oil in a enamel cast-iron dutch oven (but you can use any big saucepan) on medium-high heat. When it's hot, I crush the garlic cloves and toss them in. When they begin to brown I pull them out.

2. I add the 3 tablespoons of flour, one tablespoon at a time, whisking until it's all thick and bubbly and roux-like.

3. During all this my chicken stock is in another pan on another burner boiling down (as you do when you use homemade stock), so it's already VERY hot and thus I have to add it VERY slowly to the roux, whisking and whisking like a mad woman or everything will go gummy and that sucks! I suspect that if you're using stock-from-a-box and it's just room-temp this might go easier for you... but I don't know.

4. Once it's all mixed in, bring it up to a boil, and then reduce the heat so it's simmering. Then start whisking in the cheese, slowly. Take your time, and make sure your heat stays low. Otherwise the cheese will do bad things (like break apart and become grainy and gross, or clump together and make you feel stupid). This is the point where I usually get impatient and ruin things, so be better than me...

5. Once all the cheese you want is incorporated it'll be really thick, don't worry - now it's time to add the beer! Pour the beer in SLOWLY, and at an angle (as if you were pouring it into a glass and doing your best to reduce the amount of head). It'll still foam the fuck up, but whisk that in and it'll fluff up and thin the soup out. It'll be beautiful. If it's not beautiful add more beer... or more cheese... until it is. All soft and fluffy and mmmmm soupy. (Unless of course, you fuck it up, and then it's fluffy and grainy and still good but not as good as it could be.)

6. Get yourself a tasting spoon and some spices. (GOD DAMN TAST YOUR FUCKING FOOD AS YOU COOK IT. #PetPeeve) Taste, spice a little at a time, taste, spice, taste, spice until you're happy. Really fucking happy. Then ladle it into a bowl and taunt your friends.

If you're really wanting to gain weight, this goes fantastically with bacon. But you can really pair it with just about anything you want. Jim chops up his sausage and broccoli and mixes it in but that's not my thing. Or fuck, eat it on it's own. Whatever you want.

Hopefully this satisfies the "jasmine post more cooking things!" demand. And, as always, let me know if you have any questions. Happy cooking!
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happy things [Mar. 22nd, 2012|10:12 am]
I'm just putting this here because it makes me happy~
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apartment hunting [Mar. 21st, 2012|01:18 pm]
I realize this is a rather strange thing to put out into the world, but I also know that some of you are not only very good at Finding Shit On The Internet, but you enjoy it. So I figured it at least couldn't hurt anything to put this up, even if you ignore it completely because you have better things to do. (Which I understand.)

But if you are bored, and want to help - Jim and I have to move when our lease is up. We HATE our current apartment owners (for your own sanity, don't get me started) and it's stupidly far from where Jim works, anyway. We have the deposit all saved up, and that sort of thing.
So now we just have to find the right place.

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Our original plan for this weekend was to drive over to that part of town and just drive around and look at stuff, perhaps find an apartment hunter to hook up with or something. But that's being pushed back a week because some stuff with Jim's sisters came up.

I figured in the meantime, I could bop around on the internet, and anyone who is bored and wants to also look and send me links is certainly welcome to.

(My mother-in-law hilariously enough got bored and started sending me craigslist postings for small two-bedroom houses in our budget, except they were Saginaw Michigan and not Saginaw Texas like she thought. So, in the end, didn't do us a whole lot of good... oh well.)
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ghoulia [Mar. 19th, 2012|09:21 pm]
I'm dropping a note here on the off chance anyone is interested.
I got my Gloom Beach 5-Pack (finally) today. The Ghoulia in it has WONDERFUL hair, and my plan for this doll is to reroot her (and to redo her face, honest).
So I figured I'd offer her up for trade, for any other Ghoulia (nude, of course). In case you want one with amazing hair, and have one with less than stellar hair.
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well... shit. [Mar. 5th, 2012|11:50 am]
I leave tomorrow for my trip to Virginia. My first time back in three and a half years. I'm going primarily for David & Brit's wedding, but that's really only taking Friday & Saturday of the trip. It's not, however, a "vacation" but instead a giant ball of anxiety and stress. Things are not going well, and far too many people are being entirely too unreasonable. I can't even start trying to explain...

And on top of things, my laptop is dying. Very visibly. I had really hoped for it to last longer, but everyone also says that... the battery gave out long ago, it only runs if plugged in. But yesterday the screen started going on. I think there's a short or something, it works but only when sitting at a very peculiar angle. It's not just inconvenient, I fear it is the final nail in the coffin. All I can hope for is that it lasts at least through the trip...

But I also am worried it's pretty much "when something can go wrong, it will go wrong, at the worst possible moment"...
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please help [Mar. 2nd, 2012|08:57 am]
One of my favorite etsy sellers (she is the mastermind behind this outfit Clover's, and this outfit of Gunnar's, and one I have for Wren but haven't photographed yet) sent me an etsy convo today:
Please help me!~survey about Decora style

I'm a university study and conducting a survey about Japan Decora Style. Could you mind spending a few minutes on answering the following questions?

the link:

Please please could you share it to your friend?

All collected information will be used only for academic purposes and will be kept confidential.

Thank you for your participation!

Best regards,
I've already filled it out, and it was fun and easy. If you have the time, please also help her. You don't even have to know ANYTHING about Decora style, there's a spot on the survey that covers that. If anything, she probably needs people who don't know it, just as much as she needs people who do!

P.S. There's a question on there about education, and if you're an American it's not in US terms. Primary School is more or less our elementary & middle, Secondary School is more or less our High School. You should be able to figure it out after that.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
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starting now [Feb. 22nd, 2012|05:34 pm]
Alright - so all of the internet (Catholic or not) is aware Lent started today. And all of you are aware that while I do not subscribe to any formed religion, I am religious. In my own way. I think when it comes down to it, I treat religion like I treat culture (religion is a culture to me, if anything) which is to say I take bites and pieces from all sorts of different things I've personally experienced to create something unique to me. It's that whole TCK thing I've got going on. But when it comes to Lent, I've largely ignored it. I guess it's always just been presented to me as more of a "punishment for self betterment" rather than anything helpful.

However, it is a conveniently pre-determined set of time. It's roughly 40 days, and you hear a lot that habits can be made or formed in 40 days. It's roughly six weeks, which is also a fairly useful amount of time for me to set aside for person reasons. So while I am not participating in Lent, and the things Lent stands for, or doing things for the reasons that people do things during Lent - I have set aside some goals for myself during this same time period, just because it's a conveniently set aside time period.

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But there's no punishment. These things are not a punishment and that's a big thing for me. I will not punish myself. I might guilt myself (because I know guilt works as a motivator for me) but even if I fail I am okay with that, from the start. I can always try again. And when I do try again, I'll know when/where/how I failed, and more importantly, have learned from it. And I will have a better grounding to try again. And if anything, I'm excited about that.
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WTF Body [Feb. 19th, 2012|12:38 pm]
Lately twitter has had to put up with my heavily guilt-ridden work outs. Apparently guilt is the only motivator to actually get me on the exercise bike again. And well, it's working. I've done 17.5 miles in the last three days alone.

This happened because through the Holidays (which is essentially Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day, my birthday is totally a Holiday don't even) I wasn't working out, I was eating poorly and SURPRISE I gained weight. I didn't gain a lot, but I gained enough I was uncomfortable with how much I gained and I certainly didn't want to continue to gain weight.

Thus guilt trips. Which totally work (even if perhaps not the most emotionally healthy route).

But here's the part I don't get. I don't understand where that weight I gained, is hiding. For the second time in the past week, I've put on jeans (two different pairs of jeans, mind you) that fit me fine before and during the weight gain - and now they're too big. Scale says I weigh more, clothes say my waist is smaller.

And I can't even use the "muscle weights more than fat" excuse, because I haven't worked out regularly since Nov and I don't just magically gain muscle mass, ya know?

I wish anything at all would at least make sense with my whole weight/body issues. But I'm baffled. I wonder if it's time to just abandon the scale completely? (Although I worry then I will just base if I've gained or not on how I feel, and that's horrifically unreliable.) Regardless, I am going to continue working out because I have been depressed and yay endorphins... but stupid body.
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blech [Jan. 31st, 2012|10:19 pm]
It is not even February yet and I am already having to put up with Anit-Valentine's Day bullshit on various social networking venues. I need a really nice way to tell these people to get over themselves. No one has to like Valentine's Day, but to hate it so dramatically, so violently, is beyond what I can understand... just ignore it. Or use it as an excuse to buy something nice for yourself. But stop with the vicious negativity! No wonder you're single! No one would want to be around that... sheesh.
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gotta catch them all [Jan. 30th, 2012|09:18 am]
I promised a few of my toy hunting friends an updated list of what Mini LaLaLoopsys I'm still missing (I'm trying to get them all) in case they see them. If that's not your cuppa, just ignore this post. if you are a toy hunter, click hereCollapse )

Anyone who is looking for me - thank you very much! I'm a little crazy over this... sorry ^____^;;
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Craft Exchange 2012 [Jan. 26th, 2012|02:11 pm]
Last year I was a part of a "craft-it-forward" meme, which was pretty cool. I really enjoyed what I made, I ADORED what I got (seriously, things like a crochet psyduck, monster high clothes, and doll books!) but I felt there was a small lack of really... bonding. Or something. I don't know the word. It felt just slightly impersonal.

So this year, I want to do something entirely different! Just a "Craft Exchange", which is, I think, fairly simple.

You sign up and I craft something for you, and you craft something for me, sometime in 2012. I want to craft for people, and I want to see what awesome nifty things they felt like crafting for me.

I'm expecting these things to be small (I know most crafty people have a to-do list a mile long) and "craft" being a loose term. If you want to "craft" some cookies, that works for me. Cut up a cereal box and stick stickers on it to make a collage? Totally counts. Hell, if you're fancy in photoshop and want to make something using that, that sounds cool to me. And of course, any traditional "crafting" also works.

As a warning, I will likely be doing a lot of beading, but only because lately I've wanted to make jewelry and have had no inspiration to do so. This will hopefully get things going for me.

So let me know if you're interested!

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amusing otter news [Jan. 24th, 2012|05:00 pm]
So lostlain emailed me today about an otter in the news! In Portugal!

Here's an article on itk although, it's in Portuguese...

But she translated it for me, and basically it says that an "otter shows up at beach in Foz and sits on a chair at a Pizza Hut terrace." (Marine police tried to catch it but it ran away back into the sea.)

At first we were lamenting the lack of photos or anything of this event, but then she found this that while not the best quality (shaky and their finger covers the lense for a bit), and also in Portuguese so I don't really know what they're saying, you do get to see the poor scared little otter being chased T___T;; but then YAY he makes it back into the sea safe and sound!

Yay otters!
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sigh [Jan. 19th, 2012|12:09 pm]
long, sluggish, mostly boring life updateCollapse )
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hand holding [Jan. 18th, 2012|09:04 am]
IF YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSON WHO THINKS SOMETHING IS OVERALL SUPERIOR DESPITE THE NEEDS/WANTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL TAKE THIS MOMENT TO FUCK OFF. if you are sane and rational and sympathetic, you're welcome to keep reading.Collapse ) but I'm still stressed and upset and so you get a stressed and upset LJ entry... even if there's nothing that can be done, but wait, at this point.
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food [Jan. 8th, 2012|12:01 pm]

Made these for Sunday brunch this morning.

sunday brunch

And they were awesome.
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egg drop ramen [Jan. 3rd, 2012|01:22 pm]
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Another installment of "things to do to ramen that's easy, cheap, and delicious"!
(If you're new, we've covered this and this in previous installments.)

This is really for antipyrophobiac, we had a conversation about eating ramen when you lack regular grocery shopping. Ramen and eggs seem to be staples and she said "if you cook ramen and as it's boiling, crack two eggs into it, it adds a nice touch."
I'm totally aware of this, in fact, I replied with "I have a version of that I do (I have to do egg whites, allergic to yolks) that turns out a lot like egg drop soup a la ramen."

I decided to type it up for her (and anyone else who wants it) really quick, since I made it for lunch following this conversation.

Prep: (You're going to want to do all the prep first, because the cooking part goes really fast.)
- chop onions (white, red, yellow, green, chives, shallots or whatever you like)
- gather spices (if you feel like adding anything to the ramen powder packet)
- break apart ramen noodle brick (it's important the noodles are small)
- whisk eggs (I just do egg whites, but you can do this with yolk I'm just allergic, but it's important they're whisked up with a fork or something)

Cook: (this is all done in a single pan/wok)
Sauté onions in sesame oil.
Add 2 cups of water per packet of ramen you're cooking, ramen powder packet(s) and then any other spices you want. (I generally add some ground ginger, cayenne pepper and anything else I'm feeling like garlic powder or something.)
Bring to a boil.
Add noodles.
Drizzle the eggs into the boiling water as the noodles cook, stirring.
Cook till noodles and eggs are cooked (between 3-5 minutes, usually).
Pour into bowl.
Tweet a picture to brag. ;)
Stuff your face.

- BE SAFE NOT STUPID! Hot oil is hot! Hot oil and water have a hard time getting along. When you're adding the water to the heated oil, pour carefully, slowly, and to one side (I generally tilt the wok away from me and pour from my side). Otherwise it will pop up and burn you!
- If you're not an onion person, you can skip that completely, but if you have the sesame oil I still recommend dropping a bit of that into the pan first, heating it, and then proceeding because it adds a great flavor. You can skip that, if you'd really like (or don't have sesame oil handy).
- You can really add anything else you'd like. If we have fresh cliantro around, that gets chopped up and put in with the spices. Chopped celery as a garnish is a favorite of mine for the crunch (water chestnuts also work great for this). Jim likes to add bacon as a garnish and call it breakfast. Thin strips of lunch ham also go great (and you can drop that in with the noodles/eggs if you want it to soak up the broth a bit). Mushrooms are also amazing in this (saute with the onions, proceed as normal), as is crumbled soft tofu (added in the noodles/egg stage).
- Since Chim asked, you can use any kind of ramen for this that you want!

Picture: (This is mine, from today, which is very simple, but was delicious.)
Egg Drop Ramen

Let me know if you have any questions :)
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(no subject) [Jan. 3rd, 2012|10:37 am]
Don't mind me, just having my "fuck people" moment for the day. Move along now. facebook and sinCollapse )
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how to train your jasmine [Jan. 1st, 2012|07:39 pm]
So I realize I'm like two lifetimes behind all you cool kids, but I watched How To Train Your Dragon for the first time ever, today. I got it for Christmas.

None of you will care if I liked it or not, because, let's face it, we all know I did.

Moving on - here's the thing. I am disappointed - advertising lied to me.
I didn't get what I thought I was getting.

During the 2010 Winter Olympics they had a bunch of special spots to promote this movie.
It was dragons + vikings + winter olympics.
Believe it or not, THAT is why I wanted to watch the movie.

I had honestly expected more... winter olympic-y-ness in the movie itself.
Okay, fine, it was still good without it.
But I want to know where those came from... or where they are now.
They aren't even extras on my DVD.

So all of you who are way better at things than me (hint: that's all of you) WHAT THE HELL DID I MISS?


Edit To Add: I am not insane. These are the things I'm talking about. This is what I wanted. AND THEY'RE NOT EVEN EXTRAS ON MY DVD. WHY WORLD WHY? T______T;;
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Sea Glass Painting [Dec. 20th, 2011|05:14 pm]
Each year for Christmas I do a painting for a different relative (in theory, until they all have one). This year I did one for Jim's sister Annie and her husband Andy. When I asked what they wanted, Annie said "greens and blues, something serene". So I based the idea off of sea glass, and this is how it ended up.

Sea Glass

The most impressive thing is that I'm done ahead of schedule. The first year I finished on Christmas Eve, last year I finished on the 23rd. The 23rd is not a terrible day to finish, so I made that my goal. But hot damn it's done, and sealed and everything. Of course, I did start in August... but that's why I only do one of these a year ;)
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fucking hell [Dec. 6th, 2011|04:25 pm]
So after I told all of the internet (including friends online on AIM and the like) about what happened with the job bullshit, we went to Red Robin with some friends. (Today they were giving free burgers to people named Jim... not kidding.) And then ran a couple small errands.

We came home to an eviction notice on our door.

The new owners have been evicting people left and right since they bought the complex in July, but I have been very careful to prove we've paid our rent every month. And given no other reason for eviction or anything of the like. Plus, we've never gotten any warning.

So after my heart starts beating again, and I read it, I notice something very stupidly obvious. It is clearly marked in several places this is meant for the people in Apartment #903.

We are Apartment #901.

So I stare very hard at it, and then walk it up to the front office. And I'm like "ummmmmm... what?"

And the poor lady up there is HORRIFIED. Like, she turned sheet-white and couldn't find enough ways to say she was sorry. It was meant for the people in #903 (who, I learned, haven't apparently not been in their apartment in a couple of months, let alone paying rent, but all their stuff is still there...). She felt SO bad the guy who was supposed to put that on the door, can apparently not read motherfucking numbers. She insisted that they actually like us very much, and don't want us to go anywhere (which is good to know, because I'd honestly been under the impression they didn't like us). She felt so bad, she's taking $25 off our rent next month. I have it in writing and everything. (Which is actually pretty cool.)

But I can only assume that at this point, the universe is just fucking with me. Seriously.
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because we needed more bad news right now [Dec. 6th, 2011|01:05 pm]
Jim's Job Saga Update - and also WE NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE INTERNET

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Who do we call to make sure Jim is paid and maybe even force them to give us a copy of that paperwork? Like... I don't know where to start.

I am really really fucking scared, honestly.

Edit To Add: Very quickly got some good responses (thanks guys, I love you all), and am no longer freaking out. If you have more to add, feel free, but I promise I'm no longer in a state of panic. Also, I love you all.
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take aim (roll for accuracy) and fire (roll for damage) [Dec. 5th, 2011|09:55 am]
So sometime last week I managed to piss off twitter by sharing my disappointment in a geek-culture related ... thing ... in 140 characters or less. I walked away from it realizing that it might not have been the best choice of wording, so my message didn't come across quite right. (Afterall, I only have 140 characters or less.)

Which means that now that the issue has surfaced AGAIN, I'm going to expand beyond the twitter confines and piss off people on livejournal, instead.

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I hope I have managed to explain myself a little better this time. If not, please feel free to build a pyre and burn me at the stake for being a geek heretic. It's okay. There's a lot of geek culture that just confuses the shit out of me anyway. I'm probably a bad geek somehow. I don't mind. It really was probably my mistake.
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RAINBOW MAGIC [Dec. 2nd, 2011|04:00 pm]
It's time for a #GirlTimeForGirls post! A nail polish one, even! (That seems to be the most popular #GirlTimeForGirls, you see.)

I'm going to pretend this is for misspadfoot since she specifically asked, but really it's a public service announcement.


It's China Glaze's "Rainbow".
I realize it's a rather unassuming bottle, just looks like white.
But you need to understand the importance.

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sexism doesn't sell [Dec. 2nd, 2011|01:04 pm]
Sexism is rampant in doll collecting, which doesn't exactly come as a surprise to anyone because it's doll collecting. But it's not a good thing. And I'd like to think the community as a whole would always love to do more to lessen that pain.

So imagine my surprise when a well known American retailer who is a major source for several different kinds of doll collecting supplies manages to hit an all-time low with their Christmas promotion. It's not just in poor taste, it's horrific degradation and blatant sexism. It's the worst I've seen in doll collecting in quite a while - and they're USING IT TO MAKE MONEY.

And I am pissed. Here, have an angry LJ entry about it.Collapse )

Make sure people know you care, and let's build a better community than this.
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Dolls! All the dolls! All the doll things! Oh my! [Nov. 21st, 2011|12:49 pm]
I wanna talk about dolls! Dolls are happy things! (And most of my readers here on el-jay collect dolls in some form or fashion.)

I collect A LOT of different kinds of dolls, so this is going to be all over the place. And really it's just me babbling about dolls... because I can.

First up, I'm gunna show off the latest of my Monster High customs by xuchilvith:
His name is Zydeco, he's a Shadowrun Bard.
You can see the rest of his pictures in this flickr set
I'm stupidly in love with him.
(Although I still need to find a tiny banjo for him.)

and because this is going to get long, and not everyone loves dolls, the rest is under the cutCollapse )

This is why I rarely actually do LJ updates about dolls... they end up really long and ridiculous! But hey! It's a much happier entry than the one before this, so that's what's important.
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the state of things (and why I'm pathetic and depressed) [Nov. 21st, 2011|09:25 am]
I am going to make this post really quick, and then I'm going to make another post that is much happier and distract you all from my total devastation and embarrassing depressed patheticness!

I'm even putting it under a cut so that you will feel even less inclined to read it!Collapse )
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it's not all about me [Nov. 20th, 2011|01:12 am]
The more depressed* I get, the more I realize how much I REALLY value the time where I'm with people doing things that are enjoyable. There's something about being engaged with other people that keeps me distracted enough, but without "loosing myself", that has been really incredibly helpful.

So right now, a big Thank You to xuchilvith for dragging me out of bed and hanging out together last Wends and for also hanging out together last night. And a massive Thank You to komishika and her husband for driving out and spending the evening with us tonight.

You probably don't realize how helpful that was, and that's part of the magic - just the little things. But really, thank you.

(*more on this... later... I haven't brought myself to really make all this public yet, despite the fact I've been holding back tweeting/etc which I feel is also hurting me since that is a main emotional support for me...)
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