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By clover kicker (Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 12:51:08 PM EST) (all tags)
I've had a stomach bug for a week now and have been gently re-introducing myself to real food.

I spent a day eating Cheerios, which worked me up to a day eating toast, then a day eating canned soup.

Yesterday I felt healthy enough to eat a BIG can of soup, so I went to the store.

I bought a can of Campell's Chunky and Campell's Super-deluxe-premium-fantabulous.

The Super-deluxe-premium-fantabulous honestly wasn't bad, the best canned soup I've tried. I'll have to try it again when I'm myself again. Anyone sneering about canned soup can cook their own from scratch between barfings and naps, some days you need something easy, and the less it sucks the happier you'll be.

The Chunky was horrific. It tastes the same as their usual stuff, but they thickened the broth (cornstarch? flour? gelatin?) to the consistency and color of snot.

I made a happy food discovery, Canucks may be interested to know that that new President's Choice fresh stuffed pasta stuff is pretty good. I had a few spinach/cheese stuffed pastas last night, very tasty and easy on the guts.

On the plus side I'm comfortably wearing a pair of pants that hasn't fit for probably 3 years.

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PC Organics European Extra Dark Chocolate by marvin (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 12:54:26 PM EST
85% Cocoa. For the past few months, it was two for $3, to get people hooked.

They just raised in to $2.89 each. I should buy stock in Loblaws, as I fear that I shall be contributing heavily to their profit margins in the coming years.

off-topic by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 03:00:08 PM EST
what's the latest on the fire situation?

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Not so! by marvin (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 03:29:23 PM EST
You were commenting on PC foods. Chocolate is always relevant and topical to my life.

Going wildly off-topic now upon request.

Allowed back in the house on Wednesday at 5pm. I spent each night in a different bed - in-laws, parents, co-worker, in-laws.

Don't think our house was looted, but with the cyclonic action of three boys aged 6-10, and two parents who can't keep up, I'm thinking that any thief who broke in would either say "already ransacked" or else "can't find a thing, moving on before we trip on some toys and get hurt". Nothing seems to be missing, although the front door was unlocked when I got home.

The fire didn't get much closer to our house than it was when we left - the wind changed direction and pushed it towards the mill. Turns out only three houses were destroyed, and I knew the owners of two of them. Of the damaged ones, I knew at least two as well. My father-in-law got a lot of media coverage over his efforts on saving the sawmill - we were worried he was going to get another heart attack in the process, but they saved it.

Terrace Mountain looks nasty, but it is largely surrounded by clearcuts, and all of the movement has been in the steep, densely forested canyon, a place that is suicidal for forestry firefighters to access. Hope the mountain goat herd in there is okay - they've been working to rebuild the population there for a long time, and this fire should really help restore good mountain goat habitat in the long run. Not so good for the houses, though.

The fire near my house gives us a lot of protection from future wildfires. Given the pine beetle epidemic - we'll lose >90% of the pine trees that cover our hillsides in the next two years - fires are only going to get bigger and crazier in BC for the next decade or so. I think we're going to see some serious buffers being cut in the forest around BC communities in the next year.

There was a big dry lightning storm last night, with wind and more thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon. Summer and fire season don't end for another month or two, and I can hardly wait for October to arrive. This is still early in the year, and with more hot dry weather forecast, the summer of 2009 has the potential to make 2003 look like the warm-up event. I know too many structural firefighters (relatives, high school buddies, guys I volunteered with) who will be in there saving homes, and I just want it to rain, rain, rain. 

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