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Monday, Oct. 18, 2004 - 12:26 a.m.

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Overdose of Nummy Food Makes me Sluggish

A quote for ob from SquirrelX's:

"If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days."

__Sylvia Plath

Unfortunately "for the rest of my days" wasn't very long, being as she committed suicide at the age of 31. Let ob not follow in her footsteps.

(note... the photos are from when I took dad to the countryside near the Vermont border on the first Sunday he was here... that's the area I was thinking vaguely of moving too.. so beautiful and so many artists live out there.

Well, I have overdosed on yummy shit!! I finally made the celery soup from the huge bunch of overly leafy dark green celery I got in my organic veggie box... Saute some squished garlic (I put four cloves) and an onion (diced) in some butter and olive oil
Huge tree on a hill, Copyright 2004 Wench77
(I put some of each). When they are a bit cooked but not browning, throw in the whole shebang of celery, sliced... leaves and stems and all. Stir it around a bit so it doesn't burn.

Add enough water to cover the celery (which is quite a bit... mine used my largest saucepan)... when it boils, add some powdered chicken stock stuff (or you could use real stock instead of water, or use veggie stock if you are veggie)... Add about four potatoes, diced. Let bubble away for quite awhile... at least until the potatoes are soft.

Throw it into the blender to liquidate it all (mine took three batches there was so much)... You can add some 10% (or 35% if you are decadent) cream to it just before serving. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. It will be thick and creamy num num. The more creative of you can add real spices i am sure.

Pine trees, copyright 2004 Wench77
I also had nachos for the fourth time in a week... three times with the special from Detroit canned tomatoes, and then tonight with the last tomatillos of the season. Unfortunately I mistook a bag of celery leaves for cilantro... I thought
I had two and gave away one bag of cilantro (apparently my only one) to the nice girl who lives upstairs (the new one who moved in on Sept 1)... we were discussing parents, and she said she'd rather go without food than live at home under her Mom's control... and i was like "without food?" and she goes well, mostly, I just paid my rent... Geepers. Well, I need her rent, but I have too much food, so I hauled her ass down here and dumped all my overload of veggies on her... anything that she'd take.

She made off with about 10 lbs of potatoes, carrots, turnips, red cabbage, a whole romaine lettuce, my (only! oops!) cilantro, a whole celery, and maybe more. I forget now. She turned up her nose at my apples (quite rightly cuz they're gettin aged) and the spaghetti squash... but accepted some of the parsley pesto and basil pesto and half the watermelon I got from the organic place. I cannot tell you what a relief it is not to have that food all just rot in my kitchen til I throw it out on the compost. Oh the guilt of wasting food I cannot tell you!! So that made me happy... except finding out today I had no cilantro...

No problem.. I shoved in some parsley from my garden (the last dredges) into the blender instead and made a lovely guacamole. Mmmm. So that and chopped fresh tomatoes on corn chips, mozza and into the oven. MMM...Near Glen Sutton, QC, Copyright 2004 Wench77

Like I said, overdosed on good food. mmm.

I tried to visit my dying of cancer cool fun lefty involved friend today, and drop off a copy of my comic, but he didn't answer the door. I heard "Cross Country Checkup" on the radio, and a kitty came mrowing to the door, but no friend. Oh well. I left the book on his doorknob and left him a phone message. I hope I see him soon. He is soooo having a horrid time with the cancer, which started as brain cancer and now is spreading all around his body so he doubles over in severe pain and often cannot eat (or move or see people)... it is so horrid. And such a great guy. I miss him.

Near Glen Sutton, QC, Copyright 2004 Wench77
Last night I was looking at a couple comics sites and I found this article about the comic "Silly Daddy"... which is a comic I used to read, and exchanged
for my minicomics. The article reviews a book releasing his past material in compilation form. The writer/artist Joe Chiappetta has found religion and has "cleaned up" his previous works, changing titles from "I was a Shitty Father" to "I was a Bad Dad" and whiting out large parts of text and images (ie where he talks about earning a living drawing porn comics for hire). This is quite sad, given that one of the high points of his comics was his non-glossed-over relating of his personal life and his relationship with his young daughter, Coach. Anyways, I hope I never do such a thing... sort of a Cat Stevens turn-around, covering up and revising the past to fit with who you want to be now and wish you had been then. Horrid.

Dang... I just realized that I have to sit a certain way or my radio zzcchttzzz's. Dang. ****RADIOGURL POLITICS WARNING!!***Right now there is a radio documentary on PNAC (Project for a New America) and their policy paper "Rebuilding America's Defences" . Here is an analysis of that paper and their policies. Here is a tiny excerpt from the analysis:

"A more chilling statement of the PNAC devotion to militaristic domination cannot be found than in Richard Perle's concept of "total war". "No stages," he said, "This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war... our children will sing great songs about us years from now."
I dunno about you but i think that is frightening. RIchard Perle was the Pentagon policy advisor until 2004. This paper was written in 2000, predating 9/11 and the whole Iraq mess. If you desire to read the whole 90 pages of the policy paper, here it is in pdf form from the website of the PNAC (Project for a New American Century). I guess if you're American you should be thrilled with the US taking over the whole world, but I don't know why anyone would think it's a great thing if they are NOT American. Soon there won't only be freedom fries, there will be democracy bacon instead of Canadian bacon, Freetrade food instead of Chinese food etc. Weird how it is a New American Century, instead of a New World Century. So much for democracy in the world. I think if each country had a vote in the world elections, that perhaps it would not be a landslide for Americans to run everything from military to trade to religion to laws. Maybe not. sheesh.

That's how bullies get started. They convince themselves and their friends they are the best, the most powerful, the most worthy and it is just in the natural order of things that the world should be a place safe for their interests, and that everyone should keytoe to them cuz they're so righteous. yaha.

Well, I'm going to try to get some changes done to the Toronto contract that has finally come in. Major redrawing since the specs have entirely changed from a man speaking to different women at a social setting after work, to a woman interviewing said women in an office. yikes! Back to work!

me, wenchie

Here is my horoscope for Sunday, October 17:

You're looking good, feeling better and your personality -- well, it's even more lethal than usual, which is really saying something. Don't point this in a direction you don't want it to go.

Youch!! maybe I should take my own "bully" advice into consideratino for myself! My personality is more lethal than usual! Youch!!!!

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