Monday, February 16, 2009


I love tapioca.

I love it in pudding, I love it in bubble tea. I love the small pearls, I love the large pearls.

My mother always had an aversion to it. She claimed it was because my grandmother would force her to eat it, even though it looked and felt like fish eyes.

That story prompted me, one time when my father was cleaning some walleye, to ask him for the eyeball. He obliged, and I proudly ran to show my mom.

I'm making some tapioca pudding, right now. I'm using the instant (small pearl) style, because I had a craving and I just couldn't wait to soak the large pearls.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Not quite an experiment, yet

I'm always pretty bad about taking down my Christmas tree, but since it's fake and it doesn't take up any space that I would otherwise need, anyway, I just can't be bothered.

Well, here we are, halfway through February, and it's still there, cheerfully glowing from its perch on the side table I use to display houseplants.

I haven't made a conscious decision to see how long I can keep it up - as I know that I will, in fact, get sick of looking at it, eventually - but I just can't help but look at it as a comforting constant in my bleary little life. I know that, no matter how crappy my day is, no matter how cranky I may feel, I can come home and plug in my tree, and it will beam softly illuminated cheer into the room.

Also, there are only three ornaments with actual Christmas themes. The rest are generic "winter" decorations or Star Trek and Star Wars ships and figures.

I think it's got at least another week and a half in it.


It's not cool unless it comes with superpowers

I am starting to develop a silver forelock.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Support me in Race for the Cure!

I'm going it solo, this year, having failed at rounding up an actual team for the past couple of years.

However, I've decided to get rather ambitious with my fundraising efforts, and have once again pledged that if I make my goal ($1000), I will do the whole 5K in full kendo armor.

This was taken during the 2006 Race



Avon sent my order via UPS, instead of using the regular delivery service.

I found a sticky note on my door telling me it was in the office. I went to the office to retrieve it, and the girl who brought it out had a weird expression, and said, "It came like this..."

One corner was totally covered in rubber, indicating that it had apparently been... run over? Used as traction to get the truck out of a slippery parking spot?

There was also a hole:

Needless to say, some of the product was missing...

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