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Imagine that you are turning right out a parking lot onto a busy road. There's a lot of traffic, but you think you can squeeze in when a nearby light changes red. No worries, right? Wrong! Before the light changes, an old geezer in a big honking SUV-- a Ford Expedition, no less-- pulls up next to you and completely obliterates your view. And since it's a busy road with heavy traffic, it takes him for-fucking-ever to turn left. Yeah...that is a major pet peeve of mine. And even worse, these assholes don't take into consideration that a) they're bigger than you; b) they're obstructing your view; and c) you were there first, thank you very much. They just pull up beside you and then pull up all the way to the road so you can't see a fucking thing.

Seriously dude, take your goddamn gas guzzler and cram it up your ass, why don't you?

Okay...Link time! I've been saving these guys up for a while. Some of them are probably old news. Sorry! Just haven't had the time!

- Why cats will never be able to take over the world (Blame [ profile] popfiend)

- Sci-fi meets high fashion! - This recent fashion school grad from Columbia College also so happens to be a big Star Trek and Doctor Who fan. Can you tell? (Swiped from someone on [ profile] geek_girls_anon I think)

- Some sad news from a day or two ago. Anne Frank tree toppled by high winds and rain

- Ten things I know about the mosque by Roger Ebert. I pretty much agree with everything he says except the iman's choice of location may not have been such a hot idea bit. Muslims as well as Christians, Jews, Atheists, etc. died at Ground Zero. I see no reason why they can't build a mosque near there. And wasn't there an Islamic Center at that location before the World Trade Center fell anyway? Sorry, I don't see what the big deal is about...other than many of my countrymen are as xenophobic as all get out. (Link via [ profile] ladyfox7oaks)

- Some people on Facebook set up a page petitioning that David Tennant carry the 2012 Olympic Torch dressed as Doctor Who. For those of you not familiar with the show, Doctor Who carries the 2012 Olympic Torch in the episode "Fear Her." I think this is an awesome idea and I would be very happy to see this happen. (I forgot who posted this link. Sorry!)
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So, I thought there would be more than a few people on my friends list who might get a kick out of this. Sesame Street did a muppet version of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Adorable! (Ganked from [ profile] geek_girls_anon)
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I have to say that it's great not having anything planned this weekend. No weddings, no birthday parties, nowhere we have to be. Why am I saying this? Because in June we had three weddings in a row, with a ton of other parties and events sandwiched in between them. I'm very much looking forward spending the day being lazy. I think either I'm going to spend it on my computer and/or curled up with a book. I might also try to con [ profile] doomsey into watching the next episode of "Torchwood: Children of Earth." We *finally* got around to watching the first episode last night. Whoa...creepy!

Other miscellaneous things:

* I hopped on the scale yesterday and saw that I lost another couple of pounds. Those three to four mile walks have really be paying off. And I feel so much better.

* Oh yeah...I went for another four mile walk last night. It's been hot during the day so I've been doing them after dark. It's so much more pleasant. Well, except for that one time there was a skunk behind a bush and it almost, well, skunked me. Thank God I had the flashlight and saw him in time to start backpedalling.

* Author, Owl Goingback, has been denied a Facebook page for a long time now. The powers that be over at Facebook seem to think that Owl Goingback is not a real name. Well, the guy's Native American and that is his real name. If you're on Facebook, I encourage you to join the community.
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This past weekend ended up being a bit more challenging than what I expected.... )

Yay! I finally finished updating my LJ. (does a happy dance)


Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:20 pm
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I keep meaning to write this stuff down, but I oftentimes get distracted and never get around to it. This weekend was jam packed. Here's what [ profile] doomsey and I did:

Had dinner at my in-laws' house.

Went to a birthday party at a friend's house. Watched the Blackhawks game, drank wine, and had Hot Sex. The drink! Not the act! Get your mind out of the gutter! Oh...and I just tried googling it to see if I could get a picture of the bottle. Not a good idea. Let's just say that you can find it at your local liquor store and leave it at that. And for those who are curious, it tastes kind of like a Mudslide, only with more cinnamon. It's yummy if you like sweet drinks.

Went to my in-laws' house to celebrate what would have been [ profile] doomsey's grandfather's 100th birthday had he still been alive. This was originally planned for Monday, but got changed at the last minute.

After dinner, [ profile] doomsey and I headed to Scott and Aimee's house. [ profile] doomsey fixed their computer-- turns out that it was a program that was slowing the computer down and not a virus like they had feared. We also sat and talked until about midnight. It was fun.

In the afternoon, we invited [ profile] doomsey's mother over to watch the latest Doctor Who and Doctor Who Confidential. Spoilers below the cut )

Went to Jason and Jori's house for horror movie night. They were showing Dead Snow-- a Nazi Zombie movie, a Zombie Nazi movie, or whatever you want to call it. [ profile] doomsey didn't care for it, but then again, [ profile] doomsey was never a big fan of horror movies. What I particularly liked about the film was the mixture of horror and comedy. There were also many references to Terminator, Indiana Jones, and Red Dawn. Minor spoilers below the cut )
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* Yay! Finals are over! I have a little bit of grading to do, but it shouldn't be too bad.

* This afternoon, I took advantage of the break in the rain to walk to the library-- about a three-and-a-half mile trip in all-- to drop off some books and check out Mists of Avalon and The Gravedigger's Daughter. I also got Precursor (a book in C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series) for [ profile] doomsey and a book of folk shawls. The latter book has many good patterns, but I'm particularly enamored of the Irish shawl. Must buy yarn and make!

* After catching two neighborhood children attempting to climb the big maple tree in my front yard, I poked my head up and told them told them to get down from there before they fell down and got hurt. I'm not turning into one of those old fogies telling kids to keep off their lawn, am I?

* Google is awesome! Did you guys know that you could play Pac-Man on their webpage today? Yeah...I might have spent a little too much time playing around with that today. (makes an innocent-looking face)

Yay! Links!

* These are pictures of an abandoned medieval stone city in rural Spain. *drool* Now I want to go visit it. I've been meaning to drag [ profile] doomsey to central and southern Spain for years now.... (Link courtesy of [ profile] ginmar)

* This next one is for the Doctor Who fans and knitting geeks on my friends list. Knit Picks has a sock yarn that goes by the name "Time Traveler." Go read the description! Now I'm half tempted to get both the "Time Traveler" and the "Abracadabra" yarns. (Swiped from a Doctor Who knitting community)
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* Last night, I dreamed that a friend of mine told me that she was a conservative. Then, she told me that she was going to a Sarah Palin rally and asked me if I wanted to come with. Bwuh?

* The night before that, I woke up from a dream, and I remembered thinking, "hey...this dream would make for a nice story idea." Did I write the dream down in the notebook I tucked under my bed for precisely that purpose as soon as I got up? No. Do I remember what I dreamed about? No. I guess that'll show me....

* It's going up to 85 degrees on Sunday! *squee* I love warm, summer weather!

* Somebody thought it would be cute to declare May 20th "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" to protest Comedy Central's decision to censor the South Park episode that showed the prophet Mohammed in a teddy bear suit. It had so much potential for fail, and that's exactly what happened. I wandered over to the Facebook page this morning and looked at some of the photos posted there. I would say that a good 99.9% of the material is as bigoted as all get up. Yeah...being a bigot makes you guys look so "edgy."

I'm all for freedom of speech, but can we use some common sense here? (Link courtesy of [ profile] idiomagic)

* This meme is funny. Post a comment with your user handle, and a fictional character will write you a little love note.


* Other than that, not much has been going on with me. I've been busy with work, school work, exercise, and other outside stuff. I've been reading LJ sporadically, so if you think there's something I missed, sorry! Let me know in a comment.
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I've been a bad [ profile] nekosensei and haven't posted in almost a week. Sorry! My bad!

So...what have I been doing this past week? On Sunday, [ profile] doomsey and I went to art in the park. We didn't buy anything this time around, but we did pick up some cards from a few artists we liked. Maybe we'll buy from them later this year. I really like this artist, and this one...and also this one.

Sunday evening, [ profile] judygs, [ profile] forestdruid, and his fiancee came over to watch the latest Doctor Who episode. [ profile] forestdruid came to my house bearing various tomato, eggplant, and pepper seedlings, which I planted in my vegetable garden on Monday afternoon. I also did a bunch of weeding that day.

Tuesday and Wednesday were busy with work work and school work. Thursday I bought poblano pepper and acorn squash seedlings. I also got some cilantro and basil plants. loves the smell of cilantro. Future plans for my yard are adding more wood chips to the flower beds, planting a Japanese maple (which I've been meaning to do for years), and buying a hammock. Of course, I'm half tempted to hold off on the wood chips this year because they're going to replace the water mains on our street and they're probably going to have to rip up part of our front yard. I guess I'm going to have to see what the city is planning to do before I start working on that.

I've also gotten back into my old habit of walking three miles a day. And the past three days I've walked about three-and-a-half miles. I used to do a lot of walking in 2008, but stopped at the end of the year and eventually fell out of the habit. Seriously, you people need to yell at me if I stop going for my walks because they're so helpful: I have a lot more energy and I don't get the munchies quite as much when I'm exercising.

I've been reading LJ sporadically, so if I missed something, sorry! If there's anything you think I should know, please send me a comment.

Amusing Links:

Quantum Honeybees: How could bees of little brain come up with anything as complex as a dance language? The answer could lie not in biology but in six-dimensional math and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics. (Swiped from [ profile] doomsey)

Lord Jesus Christ suffers minor injuries in downtown Northampton crosswalk mishap -- Uy...what were this guy's parents thinking? If I were him, I'd change my name STAT! (Swiped from [ profile] bottledgoose)
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* Comedy Central's South Park is made to censor image of the Prophet Muhammed in a bear suit. -- *rolls eyes* Oh please. (From [ profile] val_royeaux)

* Toxic Airborne Fungus From Oregon Spreading Across West Coast -- There is a fungus among us. (Via [ profile] rm)

* It's been a quite day. I spent most of it catching up on LJ, studying, or reading. In the evening, [ profile] doomsey and I watched the movie "Up in the Air." I remember that NPR did a story on the filming of this movie quite a few months ago. This is the first movie where they were able to film at an honest to goodness airport security checkpoint. I heard they were allowed to use the space in the wee hours of the morning, and that it was a rush to get everything filmed in time before they had to surrender the space back to airport security. They also charter a plane, hooked a camera up to it, and shot film while flying over the countryside and the different cities mentioned in the film. It was supposedly quite challenging (and somewhat expensive!) to get the shots they were looking for.

(Meant to post this last night, but enh. I was being a slacker).
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* Today, I did my grocery shopping. When I got back home, I looked at the package of pitas I had gotten and noticed that it had a few little specks of mold growing on it. A sticker on it also said that the expiration date was 3/30. How I managed to not notice that in the store, I don't know. (Well, actually, I do know. The lighting in the section by the bread is kind of dark and I was in a hurry). So...back to the grocery store I went to return it and get another one. Yep, the pitas were being a PITA. In the end, it wasn't that bad because I had to head in that general direction anyway to pick up a library book I had requested and to fill up my tank with gas.

* Bwhahahaha! I love this Doctor Who macro. By the way, don't click on the link if you haven't seen "Victory of the Daleks" yet. This is also amusing.

* And here's an amusing Doctor Who video called "Doctor Who: The Musical." Madonna's "Vogue" at the end was a nice touch! (Snagged from [ profile] txvoodoo)

* This is a very sad story about an elderly gay couple in California. When one of the men is put in a nursing home after a fall, the police labeled his partner of twenty years as his room-mate and then proceeded to sell off all their possessions. Despicable. (Via [ profile] ginmar)

* Forgot to hit post on this one last night. Whoopsie! Going to do that now.
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* I shouldn't kill spiders in my house, but I do because I am terrified of them. If they're outside, I have no problems. If I find them inside though? SPLAT they go! The same goes for centipedes. If I catch them crawling on a wall, they end up on the bottom of my shoe in no time flat. I hate centipedes the most of all, and I don't even want to get close enough to them to catch them with a wadded up piece of tissue or toilet paper!!! So...under the shoe they go.

Any critter with more than six legs gives me the creeps, and the more legs they have, the worse I hate them.

* Dan wasn't too happy with me earlier this afternoon. I stretched while reading a book and knocked over a lamp. The lamp itself is fine, but the bulb inside it broke. Worse, I didn't realize that the bulb contained mercury until after I picked up the broken pieces with my bare hands. So...if I start acting a little nutty, you'll know why. (Me being nutty is a little par for the course, so in reality, nothing will really change much).

Oh...I also have to replace a cat bed and some cat toys because the lamp fell on them. I could have probably gotten away with cleaning the cat bed really well, but I didn't want to take any chances. Besides, Cosette already has random kidney issues. The last thing we need is for her to come down with any more problems.

* Weeded and turned over my vegetable garden today. I'm planning on growing eggplant, pepper, and squash so I probably won't plant anything until May. I was thinking about growing tomatoes as well, but now I'm not so sure. According to the farmer's almanac, it's supposed to be rainy and cool again this summer. Last year, my tomato plants didn't do so well because it didn't get hot enough.

* After I cleared my veggie garden, I rested for a bit and then started working on weeding and clearing one of my flower beds. I still have to work on the bed next to the garage though, but I think I'll leave that until tomorrow. I also want to do some weeding in the way back. As for big projects, I'd like to put some more cedar chips out in the beds out front and in the way back. I think I'll leave that for when I have a little bit more time, probably in late May. I'm also going to need to borrow a wheelbarrow and a bigger shovel. Lastly, I'd also like to buy a Japanese maple for that one spot I've been meaning to fill for ages. I take it that I should probably wait until May to plant a tree though, huh?

* Man Receives Ticket While Walking From Car To Parking Meter -- Ninja police officer! (Swiped from [ profile] popfiend)

* Watched Episode 2 of Doctor Who with [ profile] doomsey and [ profile] judygs. Click here for minor spoilers )
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* Peter Kaczowka:
“Eat LOTS of chocolate. Per Wikipedia, the world’s longest-lived person, Jeanne Louise Calment, lived on a diet of olive oil, red wine and chocolate, living 122 years and 164 days. There’s no need to eat cocoa powder, Lindt makes a delicious 90% pure chocolate bar. Calment ate nearly 5 oz of chocolate a day, more than an entire Lindt 90% bar which weighs 3.5 oz and has 550 calories. Calment was not eating ‘a little chocolate every day,’ as you advise; chocolate was a substantial part of her diet of unsaturated fats.” -- Yes...I like that little tidbit. I like it a lot. (Via [ profile] ozarque)

* You know, I need a chocolate themed LJ icon. How is it that I've had an LJ account for six years now and never had one of those before?

* Funny Doctor Who macro!

* My sister sent me an email asking me if I could baby-sit her daughters for a couple hours later this month. I knew that [ profile] doomsey and I were going to a house warming / first birthday party that day, but I forgot what time it was and I suspected that the time I had put in my calendar was wrong-- which it was. So...I opened up the email that had the invite, but instead of sending the reply to my sister, I sent it to my friend, G., who had sent me the invite. I told my sister that I could baby-sit in the morning, but that I had to leave by about 11:30 or so because I was going to the party. Worse, I told my sister-- which got sent to G-- that my friends "had bought a house in Wilmette and that they paid a a quarter of a million bucks for it. Wild!" [I actually meant to say three-quarters of a million, but screwed that part up]. The friend sent me a message back saying that I had sent the email to the wrong person, and that they wished it had been only a quarter of a million bucks. I'm embarrassed. [ profile] doomsey heard about it from S.-- her husband-- this afternoon; they were both very amused.

Yeah...I don't think I've ever done something like that. Or if I have, I haven't done it in a long time....
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* I woke up to some nasty dreams this morning. My first dream was the all too familiar one about being in a play and not knowing any of the lines. In this version, I had the book open backstage and I was cramming like mad in between scenes. That, in and of itself wasn't so bad. What made it worse was that it was a Shakespeare play and all of my lines were in verse. Holy, I can't remember my lines and I'm shit up a creek, Batman! The next dream made the first one look like a walk in the park though. In that one, I dreamt that my sister had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and had just weeks to live. I spent most of the dream being beside myself with grief. It was so bad that I woke up depressed, and didn't quite shake it off until we left for the day.

* I had a good Easter over at my folks' house. And my two nieces are adorable! E., who is not quite three years old, must have my brother-in-law's slightly off sense of humor. When I joked that she was too spastic to be a brain surgeon, she made this wide-eyed face at me. It was kind of creepy. Her new favorite word is "frustrated" and her favorite phrase is, "come on" when she thinks you're teasing her. She is very good at picking up new words-- and sometimes digs!-- and using them in the correct context. C., who is one and a half, is also talking quite a bit more. She's at that stage where she's repeating random words, so you have to be careful what you say!

* When [ profile] doomsey and I got home from my parents' house, we invited my mother-in-law over to watch the new episode of Doctor Who. Oh my is AMAZING. I *love* it! I'm going to enjoy this new season, aren't I? Also, is it me or does the new companion have the bug-eyed look down pat?
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*Tonight is Passover. [ profile] doomsey and I are going to his parents' house for the passover seder this evening. Because they invite so many people over--more than twenty, including kids-- the whole thing is usually very chaotic. Too bad there's not a snowball's chance in hell of them doing this version of the Haggadah. (Link swiped from [ profile] tx_cronopio

* Two female bombers blow themselves up in a Moscow subway station -- Thankfully, a former classmate of mine-- who is living in Moscow for a semester-- left a message not long after I read this saying he was okay and that he didn't get caught up in any of the insanity. And if you haven't read it already, you should go read [ profile] ginmar's post on living in Moscow. It's very well written. (Link swiped from [ profile] ginmar)

* Awwwww (Blame [ profile] sheilagh)

* BBC Wildlife Photo Masterclasses -- I'm definitely going to have to download and read some of these guys since I particularly like doing nature photography and wildlife photography. And speaking of photography, I'm thinking about making a zoo trip sometime this week. I haven't been there in a few months...and I need to renew my membership.

* A story told in pictures -- Adorable! (Swiped from [ profile] haikujaguar)

* North Koreans Use Cellphones to Bare Secrets (Link swiped from [ profile] rm)

* And...More clips from the new Doctor Who have been posted! I can't wait to watch the new episodes! (Link swiped from [ profile] popfiend)

* I have much coolness to share with you. I'll have to do it tomorrow though because it's getting late, I'm tired, and my eye is pissed off for whatever reason so I can't see so well right now. I also haven't slept well for the past two night and OMG! I need to sleep.
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* In the news of the weird: Woman Falls Pregnant While Already Pregnant -- Bwah? Is that even possible?

* "A Wedge Into The African-American Community:" Pro-Choicers Fire Back On Abortion And Race -- Yep...what she says. (Link swiped from [ profile] bonobochick)

* Listening to what sounds like a blackbird or a red-winged blackbird outside. God, I love spring.

* Went outside to take pictures of the blackbirds, and I'm glad I did because the weather is gorgeous. It went up to 63 degrees. 63 degrees! In March! Anyhow, I think I might have gotten a few good photos of some blackbirds and a random robin.

* Battle Star Galactica a la Sabotage)

* Warren Ellis challenges his readers to re-design the cover of Superman keeping in mind that the only thing they know about the character is that they dress in blue and wear a red S, nothing else.
Much artwork follows. (Stolen from [ profile] almeda)

* The Washington Post has to defend from bigots its decision to put a gay couple kissing on its front page and Virginia's Attorney General is seeking to end protections for gays in that state's universities. -- This country is so backwards. *sigh* (Link nabbed from [ profile] rm)

* Utah Governor Signs Controversial Law Charging Women and Girls With Murder for Miscarriages -- What was I saying about this country being bassackwards? (Via [ profile] ginmar)
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* Our internet is being flaky again. Joy.

* Now this is just ridiculous. A college student was arrested before his flight for carrying Arabic-English flashcards. As a language person, I find this highly insulting...

* There is a new Simon's Cat cartoon on YouTube.

* Today I saw someone wearing a brown overcoat and white Converse All Stars. Nice cosplay costume. I was half tempted to ask him where his Tardis was parked.
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...and once again [ profile] doomsey and I switched gender roles. I was downstairs watching the game and [ profile] doomsey was in the kitchen chatting with people. It was a fun game, and I was very happy that the Saints had won. I think that, after everything they've been through these past few years, they deserved to have a bit of a morale boost. I also know a number of people on here who hail from the New Orleans area; I'm sure they're very happy right about now.
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*headdesk headdesk headdesk*

* I heard rumors that Neil Gaiman was going to write a Doctor Who episode, but after not hearing about it for awhile, I thought it was only that, rumors. Then, today, I read this story". YES!!!! This is going to be AWESOME!!!

* Since I'm going to go to a Superbowl Party today, I have to come up with a team to root for. I'm kind of partial to New Orleans-- been meaning to go there for years-- so I'm going to go with the Saints.

* Got tons of stuff accomplished today. Should probably work on studying a bit more for German class before heading out to watch the game.

* I have one more color to add to my afghan and it's D-O-N-E...done!
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* Groceries and some much needed odds and ends purchased. Also bought the fixings for bread pudding and fudge for a Superbowl party at a friend's house.

* I love it when people on my friends list are creative. That shouldn't be much of a surprise that I have a lot of artists friended on here. Oh...and let's not forget the two photography communities. Which reminds me that I should start taking the camera out again...

* Oh hey! The email is back up. Slowly getting my email from the past two days or so.

* Still haven't caught up on sleep apparently. Took my three mile walk, came home, put away laundry, and then passed out. Didn't even hear [ profile] doomsey come home from work.

* Swiped from [ profile] hakeber. Many Haitians want US to take over. So sad. Unfortunately, there's no way that's going to happen. With the economy the way it is, the US government has enough problems providing for its own people. There's just no way they can take on a devastated territory and rebuild it.

* cute. Unfortunately, [ profile] cuteoverload and the Daily Mail got their story wrong. The impala wasn't spared; it was eventually killed and eaten. thinks not so cute after all.

* Icons! Since we're on the topic of computer woes, I'm looking for a new computer trouble icon. Is there anyway someone out there can make this into an animated icon? I saw something similar floating around LJ many moons ago. I'm also in the market for a sleep themed icon. Bonus points if it's from one of my favorite tv shows: Buffy, Angel, Doctor Who, Dollhouse, Torchwood, Firefly, Star Trek, Heroes, Supernatural, or True Blood.
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* The computer that hosts our email is down. That means no email for me until tomorrow. Bummer. Also, our wireless hasn't been working for a couple of days now. What's with random computer stuff going kaput lately?

* I invented a new term this afternoon. When [ profile] doomsey and I were on our way home from Trader Joe's shopping, we got stuck behind someone very slow. I told [ profile] doomsey that he was "pud-ing it up."

* Between staying out late last night and getting up early-ish this morning, I am feel very sleepy. Me thinks it's going to be an early bedtime tonight.

* Hmmm...thinking I might make Chocolate Bread Pudding and Kahula Fudge for the Superbowl Party next Sunday.

* [ profile] doomsey and I just finished watching the Dollhouse finale. Echo??? Paul??? WTF??? That's all I'm going to say in the post itself because I don't want to spoil anyone.

* Okay...sleepy time...


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