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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Death and friendship

There are some people that come into your world and you will never be the same again. I'm not one to hold back my feelings. I'll be honest and say, this week has been an emotional rollercoaster. On Monday night I found out that someone very dear to me passed away. I don't know about you but grief is exhausting.

As I lay on my round velvet bed, thinking of Mr. R I got a text from both of my gnomies. Their kind words comforted me during a hard time. My friends, there will be certain things that we go through in life that seem insurmountable but we can't ever forget one truth; we are not alone. In our darkest moments, those dearest to you will buoy you up.


Friday, February 15, 2013

My Prescient Kid and the Russian Meteorite. Plus Other Stuff.

Dudes! My kid kind of blew my socks off with his evaluation of the Russian Meteorite this morning. Not that he's a genius, but of course he is. I mean, the little dude could be totally right. So I'm going to link you up with the post on my other blog that talks about it. Right here. You should read it. It could save your life.

On another note: I spent last night not sleeping and instead watching Big Bang Theory bloopers--which was really awesome for my adrenal fatigue. But I tell you, it made me want to be on that show. You get the sense that these people LOVE working together. Look at how easily they laugh! Look at how they give each other knowing looks, as if they grew up together. I love that!


Maybe the Gnomies can guest star and get a piece of that action. You can come if you want. Or just watch from there.

Have a sweet weekend!
Laters! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Tale of Luv for Valentine's Day


"Marry me," he said as they walked one day along the river. She had sunlight like fireflies in her hair, and cheeks as pink as autumn apples. She stopped and stared, periwinkle eyes slowling blinking. And he waited, breathless, until she made him happier than he'd ever been. He clasped her to him and thought how his life was now perfect.

"It's time," she said, as her swollen belly shifted with the pain of a new life trying to enter the world. He thrilled and feared as he watched his love toiling, held her hand as she struggled, and stroked her head as she wept into arms filled with their son.

"I am at peace," he thought, as his wife worked heavenly scented magic in the kitchen and the children romped at his feet in the perfectly scoured little house. "It cannot get better than this."

And then one day after they had been married for so long he could count the years of joy and tears in the crinkles around her eyes, he stood behind her where she washed dishes at the sink, regarded her, wrapped his arms around her, and murmured into her hair: "You should rethink the leggings. It's like watching Rat-Terriers wrestle when you walk."

She hit him with the panini press.

*sigh* I know. It makes me cry too.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Does This Blog Background Make Us Look Fat?

....because seriously, I worry about that sometimes. I mean, it's so busy and stuff. And we change it all the time. And now we're trying this new posting schedule where we each take a whole week to write whatever we have time to write (because life gets busy, you know? -- what with Russo getting her degree, and Maegan learning to be a screen writer, and me writing for the local paper. Plus now they are considering having me Vlog. Except I'm not sure what to Vlog about. And I kind of doubt Caytelynne's PruView's are what they are looking for.) AND, sometimes we get together and eat cake from The Chocolate. So I'm concerned that, taken all together, we look fat. At least literarily.

But the thing is, we're each testing the waters of What Works And What We Can Contribute To The World. And it's still evolving. It's interesting to me how some people can throw something out there and, WHAM! It settles into exactly what they need it to be. Like my friend Robin of Rurification fame. Or April of Flour Water Yeast & Salt. Us Gnomies? We're still getting there--at least in terms of The World.

Well, just to show you that I still have faith in everyone, and that I'm totally not worried about anyone looking fat, I am going to include a favorite recipe of mine right here on this blog. Ready? (This is actually a recipe from our dearest of darling friends, Loraine Scott, authoress of the Summer Winter Murder Mystery Series. Which is highly appropriate since these cookies will kill you all the way dead from their chocolateness. Seriously. Wicked.)


Baker’s Death By Chocolate Cookies

2 pkg. (16 squares) Baker’s Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate, divided
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup flour
¼ tsp baking powder
2 cups chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coarsely chop 8 squares (1 pkg.) of the chocolate; set aside. Microwave remaining 8 squares chocolate in large microwavable bowl on high 1-2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in flour and baking powder. Stir in reserved chopped chocolate and nuts. Drop by ¼ cupfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and feel set to the touch. Cool on sheets 1 minute. Cool on wire racks. Makes 1 ½ dozen cookies.

 Now, run along and have a nice, healthy, organized, successful day. And enjoy this blog background because it will likely change soon.  I'll be back sometime this week because I can't shut up.

Later, 'maters! Hearts!

(And hey, if you're interested in reading more thoughts, check out today's post on my other blog: The Movie Police. Literally.)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Happy King Frost Day/The Gnomes are Everywhere!

Today, I feel obligated to warn our readers in Oakland, California (in case there are any). Stay inside your homes! Hide your children and your pets! The Gnomes are coming!

Actually, they're already there. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 2000 gnomes have popped up all over the city. Don't be fooled by their pernicious cuteness (because they are pretty darn cute). That's all part of the Oakland Gnomes' plan. Today it's just Oakland, but tomorrow, it's the world!

In other news, Prehistoric Shamanism is a neat little blog I've been following for awhile. Every post manages to satisfy both my inner history and mythology nerds at once. The author, Mike Williams, is an archaeologist and a practicing shaman. He also lives in Wales, which always earns bonus points in my book. Thanks to Prehistoric Shamanism, I learned that today is King Frost Day, when the citizens of London used to celebrate winter by holding a "frost fair" out on the ice of the frozen River Thames. Who knew?

So, Happy King Frost Day, everybody! And if you live in Oakland, watch out for those Gnomes!