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By gzt (Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 01:42:59 PM EST) gzt, cardboard boxes, fluid, aubrey, maturin, squats, alcohol, female rage, bad sermon (all tags)
Fluid puts U and I together.

QUESTION: Cardboard boxes as toys. Is this awesome? Y/n?

There is no I in "team", but there is a U R in "failure".

Have to figure out the holiday situation this year. Blah.

Turned in the coins this weekend for amazon credit. Got $37. There were no quarters in there. The jar was full. Need a new jar, they had recycling there and I didn't want to carry around the empty tomato sauce jar all day. I also have $50 in amazon certificates coming from my credit card company.

We're done with our CSA and glad. CSAs are good ideas, but this just was not a good fit for us.

Frig, I had hoped to skip out a little early and get some studying done for the test I have tonight, but $OLD_BOSS scheduled my performance check-in for 4:30-5:30, it's her last act as my manager. Probably the only time she has available, so I'm not going to try to reschedule. I'll just cut off working a little early and study at my desk until then. Probably at, like, 3:45 or 4, since I got in fairly early to accomodate my plans. The test won't be too hard, but it's good to get a little bit of extra drilling to solidify some concepts in there.

Almost done with Desolation Island. There is an outbreak of gaol fever, that is, typhus. Apparently, mortality rates are 10-40%, but it can be easily treated by antibiotics. It is endemic in flying squirrels.

This week's sermon at church was abysmal. Not the worst ever - that would be the "female rage" sermon. That one was as bad as it sounds. Fortunately, the sermon is, perhaps, the least important part of a modern Orthodox service. Extensive discussion about the crapitude. The thing is, the sermons are long-winded and rambling, and sometimes go into territories where the man no doubt has a good point in mind, but it is stated in such a way as to imply, on its face, something offensive or wrong. A couple sentences to explicitly mitigate that effect would go a long way, but they remain unsaid. This week's seemed to imply that anybody who went to a psychiatrist, therapist, counselor, doctor, "life coach", or what-have-you was in the wrong. Mostly mental ailments, but some mention of physical ailments as well. This is, of course, not at all what he meant (perhaps he meant it to some extent, especially in terms of mental health, in which case he's completely wrong), but he said nothing to mitigate that presumption. If somebody is coming by and is not inclined to hear what is said charitably, then it would give a very bad impression. Well, whatevs. Least important part of everything.

Going to a stupid conference thing tomorrow. I might not be able to train because of it. I'm skipping dinner afterward, though.

Female rage:

I squatted 420x5 this weekend. That would put my max somewhere around 485. I'm getting close to my goal of 500. I figure if I can do 440x5, 500 should be easy.

I drank some coffee this morning. I didn't sleep particularly well last night. My arms kept falling asleep and I had some alcohol during the day, which always seems to make sleep a little more precarious.

It's hard to explain the Aubrey/Maturin series to somebody in a few words without making it seem like a series of typical war novels or boat books. They are literature! Much better than Hornblower.

When growing up, I remember some of my favorite toys were cardboard boxes.

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Boxes by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 01:54:45 PM EST
The big box my Emac came in was nine year old's favorite toy for a few weeks.

Are you sure you didn't actually end up in a CS Reading Room?

VI by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 01:59:32 PM EST

Ha, yeah, that may be a good point. And, you know, on the medical side, perhaps he really did mean a bit more on that. I know he's not in favor of vaccination (or, at least, his wife isn't, and he lets his wife get away with not vaccinating), so perhaps it's even more nefarious than I thought.

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Perhaps he has ties to the medical industrial comp by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:03:13 PM EST
lex, maybe he owns stock in iron lung manufacturers.

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Sermon's are the worst thing about church by garlic (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:06:15 PM EST
they always make me want to argue with the pastor / preacher. It may mean I've spent too much time on the internets...

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Boxes by ana (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:07:58 PM EST
The CSA box was just too big for two of us; for one it's outrageous.

And when all the wedding gifts were being shipped to us, we'd take the stuff out and let the cats play in the boxes. Best. Toy. Evar. And they can claw it all to pieces and nobody cares. I even wrote a thank-you note from the cats to my parents for the wonderful box. :-)

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

our CSA... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:12:06 PM EST
...has shares that are said to be about the size of a half share. Really, it was about the amount that we could eat in a week, except that we're not really in a position to be experimental and figure out how to cook several pounds of random vegetable crap. And we were getting, like, 3# of tomatoes per week in the summer. We just can't eat that.

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CSAs are not for you. by notafurry (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 07:54:36 PM EST
That is how they work. When you get an excess, can it. (Dry it, freeze it, <insert preservative method here>). When you get random stuff, find a recipe that uses that stuff and eat it.

That's how it works. Either accept it or go back to the grocery store, planet killer.

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Ha! by R343L (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 10:58:15 PM EST
It is definitely eat-what-you get. We currently have a big stalk of brussels sprouts, a giant pile of spinach, and tons of lettuce to eat -- and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting -- before our next box this Wednesday. Tonight might be "random veggies, potatoes and faux meat" night. Just to eat up the perishable veggies.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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our csa by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 12:47:42 AM EST
lets us pick stuff, and 80% of the time we get what we ask for.

which means i eat a shitload of carrots and radishes in season.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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Espinacas by gpig (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 02:08:32 PM EST
Giant pile of spinach => sag paneer, or sag tofu if you don't do cheese. Yum.
(,   ,') -- eep
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I've made it before by R343L (4.00 / 1) #19 Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 05:34:10 PM EST
ANd we keep saying we're going to do that with a bunch but then just end up sauteeing it with onions, etc. and/or with other greens.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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female rage .. by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:13:50 PM EST
is that what the woman squashing watermelons with/between her thighs on failblog was channeling ?

why was that on failblog? by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:29:07 PM EST
I saw that video. It's not fail, it's awesome.

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yah I think it was tagged by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:58:11 PM EST
with a WIN instead.

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Sermons by lm (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 04:42:57 PM EST
Best opinion I've ever heard came from a deacon that lives in Alaska, "anything over 10 minutes is just painful."

I think preachers, priests and the like would do well to consider emulating the reputed sermon technique of St. John the Evangelist of whom it is said that towards the end of his life would give sermons in the style of "My children, love one another." 5 words that a community can live by.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
yes by gzt (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 05:17:19 PM EST
I think St Nikolai Velimirovic once said 3 points in 10 minutes. Maybe it was 5. No coincidence that he was reputedly a great homilist.

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I'd love to do a CSA by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 07:35:12 PM EST
but SOMEBODY in this household can't get a lot of green veggies, so it makes the CSA rather pointless.

the one we have by R343L (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 11:00:27 PM EST
Which is not strictly a CSA anymore, but started as one allows you to exclude certain items. Is it all green veggies or cruciferous or ... ? If you can find one like that, maybe you can reasonably reduce it down greens that you and the kiddo (soon to be -s!) can manage to eat plus the non-greens.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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Hot cheese soup (unless you're vegan) by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #17 Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:56:31 AM EST
NOTE: I rarely cook by recipe, and this is approximate, except for item 1.

Chop veggies. Put in pot. Barely cover with water, or chicken stock. Add chili powder, garlic, spices. Simmer about 30 min to 1 hour, depending on whether you got distracted by the internet. Add concentrated cheese soup. Simmer 5-10 min more.

This freezes well. Recipe doubles well. Is very nice on a cold winter night, especially if you make it really spicy. Provided you like spices. It's all about "easy" and what you like.

Enjoy your CSA
"I honestly pity the stupid motherfucker who tries to talk down to iGrrrl" - mrgoat

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