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( Jul. 20th, 2007 05:44 pm)
I haven't been feeling well today, but I did get some of my baking done. Unfortunately the rosemary shortbread cookies I made turned out too fragile to ship, probably because I wasn't able to roll them out as the recipe specified. They are also very dry, although the flavor is very good. I had never made these cookies before, so the next time I attempt them I'm sure they'll turn out better.

Later I'm going to make a double batch of hermits, so I can send some to Mo and keep some for around the house.
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For the last few years I've considered doing the ten day Master Cleanser fast, which is also known as "The Lemonade Diet," but I've avoided it for multiple reasons: I am a health conscious person, but The Master Cleanser always seemed like an extreme diet for aged hippies and the book has a very strong religious theme, not to mention that I've always been taught that "starvation diets" will inevitably lead one to become even fatter and unhealthier than they were before in the long run. However, when I spoke to my endocrinologist about it three years ago he was not opposed to me trying the fast since I am not diabetic, but insulin resistant, as long as I was careful to follow the directions and to contact him if I encountered any unusual side effects.

I'm not interested in doing it for weight loss, but if that's a side effect I certainly won't complain; I gained more weight after Hurricane Katrina than I thought I ever would and am now much heavier than I would like to be for my five-foot-three, but admittedly big-boned frame. I really want to do it because I've read so many accounts of different people with both yeast problems and insulin resistance finding relief after successfully completing a ten day regimen of The Master Cleanser fast.

The Master Cleanser is certainly not a "diet" in the way that most people mean the word. Rather it is a fast intended to flush the body of the toxins which have built up in it over time with a plan for a gradual return to a diet of solid foods, which should be a more healthy diet than the participant must have had previously. I will admit that I don't know how much science or pseudo-science went in to creating The Master Cleanser regimen, but after everything I've read --both positive and negative-- I am willing to try it. Of course, if anything seems unusually wrong with me I will discontinue the program, but I will hopefully be able to stick with it for the recommended ten day duration and see some positive results.


Overall, I'm looking forward to doing this and I really hope it works out well for me, but I'm also not willing to endanger my health at all so I'll stop if it seems like that is what's happening. I'm clear about my reasons for doing this, so I'm confident I'll have the tenacity to stick it out till the end. Of course, we'll see if I'm still saying that when my friends all decide to go get sushi now that our sushi place is open again after being closed for nearly a month (the owners took a trip to Japan!)!! D:
I cannot endure another day without Taco Bell and since I'll have to go out to Harahan for the Bell anyway, I might as well swing by the theatre to see Nacho Libre

Last night when I told Allen* I'd be seeing it with [profile] triple_phoenix he was relieved; he said he'd almost given in to my begging him to see it with me. :(   I don't get him— I thought everyone loved Jack Black! Honestly, I think he's the funniest thing on God's green earth next to Pootie Tang.

Sometime today I'm supposed to see the house I may be moving into with [profile] triple_phoenix and a couple other friends. With five people living there, it may be a little crowded, but having a real bedroom and a real kitchen and a real bathroom will be a huge improvement over the Polly Pocket sized amenities with which I've been living for the last few months; trailer life is not the life for me. 

If we do all move in together the number of pets on the property will be a little daunting (mainly because of me, I must admit), but well under the legal limit! :P I'll be bringing my dog, four cats, and three ferrets; Allen will be bringing his cat, Sterling; [profile] triple_phoenix will be bringing her cat Lily and her bunny; and one of the other roommates will be bringing two dogs, although those will only be staying with us until September, when their owner is supposed to come back to New Orleans. The ferrets will have to continue to live outside and the bunny will have to join them, otherwise I think it would be impossible for the house to avoid smelling like a pet store; it'll be bad enough having three indoor-only cats, but Sunny, Sayuri, and Lily just can't go outside.

It bothers me to look at my Photobucket album because it reminds me that before Hurricane Katrina we had a life! We had a house, garden, pets, things we loved, and a normal routine that was all our own. We went to the grocery store, had friends over, and cooked dinner all according to our own way of doing things. We didn't have to live our life according to what time the FEMA inspector was coming over or what time we had to meet the contractors at our flooded out house! I could fold laundry, sweep and mop, and water the plants when it was best for me. I never worried about where I would do my laundry or if I should just cough up the money to have it done at Soap Opera; I never worried about who would be folding my panties before Hurricane Katrina. So, thanks a lot global warming; thanks a lot Bush administration.
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( Nov. 3rd, 2005 11:00 pm)

The BBC asked people to vote for the top 50 things everyone should try a bite of in their lifetime. Bold the ones you've eaten. Italicize the ones you dislike. 

1. Alligator
2. American diner breakfast
3. Australian meat pie
4. Barbecue
5. Barramundi
6. Burgers
7. Caviar
8. Cheesecake
9. Chinese food
10. Chocolate
11. Clam chowder New England & Manhattan











12. Cornish Pasty
13. Crab
14. Cream tea
15. Curry

16. Durian fruit
17. Fresh fish
18. Greek food
19. Guinea pig
20. Haggis
21. Ice cream
22. Jerk chicken/pork
23. Kangaroo
24. Kebab
25. Lamb
26. Lobster
27. Mango
28. Mexican food
29. Moreton Bay Bugs
30. Mussels
31. Octopus
32. Oysters
33. Paella
34. Pancakes
35. Pasta
36. Pizza
37. Prawns







38. Reindeer
39. Ribs
40. Roast beef
41. Salmon
42. Sandwiches
43. Scallops
44. Squid
46. Steak
47. Sushi
48. Tapas
49. Thai food
50. Venison




























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