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Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
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Feta Omelets and Material Girls

Second entry tonight. The first one is here: Trickortreating!

I just found this quote over at SquirrelX's and I dedicate it to myself:

"There is strong shadow where there is much light."

Yeh, strong shadow and much light in me. Sigh.

Just ate a wonderful plate of omelet: leek and feta cheese. mmmm. Getting rid of stuff in the fridge that are lying about for too long.

I also was looking up recipes for pumpkin. I will make Tunisian Pumpkin Soup (it has this incredible spice swirl in it with cumin and cardamom and all sorts of luscious things) and also Porcini Pumpkin soup... it is thick and meaty.. the porcini mushrooms and sherry make it sort of earthy and forestlike, if that makes any sense. I made it two falls ago and I liked it. Time for some more. mmmm.

That means that tomorrow early the poor jackolantern is gonna get chop chop chopped! His toothy grin is not going to brighten many more nights! Or the pumpkin will be all oooky. urk.

I will give half of him to Yogagirl, since he is huge and thick and I have pumpkin still left in the freezer from last year.

She really is rather moved out. There are a few of her things here still, and she walks in whenever she wants (she has a key) but hasn't slept here since September. She DOES borrow things... I kind of wish she'd tell me... ie when she borrows, not when she returns them, as she did with two cake pans tonight. When I called to invite her and her guy for trick-or-treat at my house (I thought it would be more fun having a couple other adults with me to give out candy), his answering machine has her name on it now so I guess she really IS moved in there. That's so funny. He lives a block away from me, and teaches massage at the same school she is going to... they had an affair like 7 years ago, and have decided to make a go of it again.

It is sort of sad on my part cuz I was looking forward to having a roomate... she makes great food, and I love having someone to cook for too, and just someone else around the house. Not to mention I was looking forward to the money she was gonna pay to live in my double room... it wouldve paid for most of my incidentals like tp and chocolate, coffee and toothpaste. Oh well. One can never predict how these things will work out.

Also she had her bike stolen this week. That is bad news for her and for me as well, since I had lent her the U-lock to lock it with. Byebye U-lock. Those things aren't cheap. Cost half as much as the second hand bike she bought. Dang. At least she got her winter clothes last weekend so has returned my winter jacket. It is so funny when people like her and the little Criminal, who are all zen and anti-materialist always end up using me as a sort of warehouse of all the material things they actually need. Incredible how cake pans and winter coats, U-Locks and arnica gel are so handy even to zen "don't want to be strapped down to objects" people. Weird eh. Cripey.

Yeah, I certainly learned that one when I moved away from home and every project entailed begging borrowing or stealing (or having to buy a whole box, roll or container of something) ... incredible what a pain life can be when you don't have any scotch tape, piece of string, a tiny spot of glue, a cheese grater or some shoe polish. Costs a bloody fortune when you don't have the basics, or you are just stuck stuck stuck. Unless you have a domestic materialistic settled down friend who has a junk drawer with a collection of just such items so you can use 6 inches of string, two inches of tape and grate 1/4 cup of parmesan. Cripey again.


Well, I'm going to go check the pumpkin seeds baking in the oven, and then get to work on the Adult Language educational drawings... I may actually get enough of the project done this week (got some approvals of sketches on Friday late) to be able to bill something. yay. Maybe maybe I won't use up all my credit margin before Christmas. I think I should start considering knitting socks for presents though. hehe.

Well, that's it for now.

OOOPS!! NOPE!! the rain DID stop, and gads of kids came again, and then I ran out of candy cuz I had given the bedraggled in the rain kids more than their share. So I have NO MORE CANDY to munch on. What a bummer! I do have a "Ritz mini scuba 100% cheddar" package from the guy upstairs... we did a little trade earlier in the evening... haha, he was all gungho but only got enough for 50 kids. I think there was over 200 yet again. And for the most part the costumes were great. And so many parents dressed up too. There was one guy that was some sort of rabid furry on a leash held by a woman, and the kid goes "that's a cross between my father and a wild dog" hehe. I love living in a neighborhood where there are no hesitations about letting your kids go around door to door in costume on the streets, and I even live near downtown in a big city. So very cool. This just proves to me that it can be done... that the whole "oh it used to be different" is a load of crock if people get to know eachother and friendly up to their neighbors. Walking helps. Petting dogs helps. Talking to kids helps. Chatting about gardening in the front yard helps. Yay for neighborhoods.

NOW that's it for now.
who REALLY has to go make some coffee now! mmmmm

Here is my horoscope for Saturday, October 30:

You'll be even more likely than usual to express your feelings, especially when it comes to your friends. So if someone asks for your opinion, no matter what type of group you're with -- well, they're going to get quite an answer.

MWAHAHAHAHA!! That is so funny! Even more likely than usual huh! Well I didn't go out anywhere though I was talking with the people who work at the local coffeeshop when I went there to work, and I had a lovely time. It is nice when I feel like I fit in. yay.

Here is my horoscope for Sunday, October 31:

Take your vitamins before you head out. You'll need them to keep up with the pace your mouth will set. Yes, you'll be chatting up a storm with everyone. But do just a teeny bit of listening, too, okay?

MWAAHHHAAHHHAAHHHAA again! I didn't really talk to much of anyone today. I did my comics page, decorated my house for halloween, and gave out lots of candy. Mostly I said "oh a ninja turtle!" "oh what a gorgeous princess!" "ooooooo, a VAMPIRE!!". haha, and then I went and worked on some drawings at the coffeeshop and walked my dog. Didnt see anyone in the dog park so we walked up and down back alleys in the dark. (yup, here single women can walk up and down back alleys in the dark. Yay for places where neither bad guys nor good guys carry guns yay)

Well, that's it folks!

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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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