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The Butterfly Jar

"We had a jar with a butterfly.
We opened the lid and it flew to the sky.
And there are things inside my head
Waiting to be thought or said,
Dreams and jokes and wonderings are
Locked inside, like a butterfly jar.
But then, when you are here with me,
I can open the lid and set them free."

-Jeff Moss (Head Writer for Sesame Street)


Grammar Rant Sticky

For all those times I just can't take it anymore.

Not aimed at specific people, and really, not even intended for people to read. I just have to get it off my chest and then I can get back to enjoying fic.

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Okay. I think I feel better. For now.


I have a cold...

And I feel the urge to express my misery through (badly written) rhyme.

The fist pain of a cold is the shifting stuffing of your head.
You're weak and cold and floaty and your nose is burnished red.
And down the back of your throat you feel a rough and sticky drain;
Even pills and bed and popsicles leave a cold just one big pain.

Now time for congested zombies to sleep.

Melted Snowmen

which until this year were known in our family as "Teacher Treats".

This is a very simple recipe we like to make at the end of the semester and give to teachers (who work very hard with little rewards). I'm making some right now and wanted to share. This is the best I could do over the internet.

1 lb. Almond Bark
1 c. stick pretzels (broken in half)
1 c. peanuts
1 c. Heath "Bits o' Brickle" toffee bits
food coloring (we use green and red)
Mint and/or Peppermint Extract

Melt the almond bark, and add the color and extract of your choice. We usually do pastel green/Mint, pink/Peppermint and white/no extract. Mix it together and slowly add the other ingredients. Scoop out spoonfuls onto wax/parchment paper and let harden.

And that's it. Ridiculously simple, ridiculously good.

I'll update with pictures when I'm done.



It's that time of year again. My mom had a neat suggestion for our sharing of our thanks this year. Her bible study did it one way, our less organized family another. They did it where they each drew two letters out of a hat and named something for which they were grateful this year that started with each letter. Because we had no letters pre-prepared, we just each chose two letters of our initials to use. It was a interesting way to do things that fostered variety and deeper thinking.

Of course, those of us with nicknames had an advantage.

For all other thanks, I turn, as always, to music. An oldie but so so true, every verse true to a memory this year, in the slightly abnormal variation that is how I first learned it.

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Thanks, blessings, and let's BTHO t.u.!

Assassin's Creed: Revelations

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This was FANTASTIC, with my only real complaint being that I wanted it to be longer (my brother and I did it in two sessions - one about seven hours and one about eleven - while being our normal fussy selves and trying to get everything to one hundred percent.) Otherwise, it was a blast. I was giggling and squeeing with fannish glee (my brother and his friends joined in as well. I heard them, no matter what they say) throughout the game, and my most frequent comment was "They had way too much fun with this." I give it a 9/10, pending replay.

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I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting, but I can't brain right now. (Negative points 2 and 4 are examples of thoughts I had to add later) Overall, it was amazing, and I totally recommend it. Now we just need to get the interwebs working so that we can get our pre-order content. We might try the multi-player, but might not. It's not really something we associate with this game, but it might be worth a shot. If we can get the router working...


Who are the brave?

As fun as it was to watch 11:11 11/11/11 pass by, I can't forget that this day is special for a much more enduring reason. In honor of Armistice/Veteran's Day, I have two small things to bring to the table.

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Where is one new place you’d like to visit?

Or, as we said:
In Fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
Lorenzo died,
and the Moors were driven out of Granada.

Dang, that was an interesting year, for a lot more reasons than Columbus.

But, on topic, as Bilbo puts it "for still there are so many things that I have never seen/In every wood, in every spring there is a different green"; there are too many places, foreign and domestic that I want to see for the first time, places I've been I want to see new sides of, or places I've been I want to share with different people and see through their eyes. So, in the face of all those places I'd love to see and still hold on hope to do so, I'll say the one that I will never: outer space. Not as far as the moon, but to be in a stable orbit, and look down at the earth, and out at the vast expanse "where no man has gone before".

To whom it may concern...

Right, I doubt anyone actually reads these, but if you do, it has recently come to my attention (by less than pleasant means, but that's a story for another place) that Pepsi is running a campaign that involves issuing grants to charities for various amounts.

You can read the proposals of the organizations that are competing, and vote for ten a day. The awards seem to be given monthly. Here's the link if anyone is interested. There are some really worthy causes, and even if you can't vote for them all, there are some good reminders of what needs fixing in the world and the people who are working on it.

So go forth and vote!

Anyone else keep reading FA as fatty acids? No? Just me? Okay, no more biochem this week...


Happy Independence Day!

For those in America and beyond, I hope it's a good one for you, and you take a moment to remember the freedoms you enjoy protected by whatever country you live in.

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God bless America and her leaders, help guide them and their decisions.