April 10th, 2003

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Friends, Link for Slash Writers, Cooking, Sour Cream, Tivo

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* It's amazing. On Monday, I logged on to three pages of friends posts (mostly HP100 stuff). Today I logged on to three /posts/, none HP100-related. Maybe we need a new topic twice a week, to give me something to read in the mornings. :P

* I stumbled upon this at work yesterday. I opened it before I knew how utterly not-work-safe it was. Link to a LJ entry. As a woman, the thought of even attempting to write m/m makes me nervous, but links like that one help. (It's one guy telling (sweetly and hotly) about sex with his new-to-gayness lover.) Very, very detailed, very interesting. Also, again, very not work safe. You've been warned.

* Two things I learned last night, though I sort of knew them already:

1) Cooking for yourself tends to be really cheap.
2) Cooking for yourself tends to take a lot of time.

I got a pot roast for $3 yesterday, and it'll likely be good for three meals. Add a potato and a couple of carrots, and you're still not much over $1 for a meal. I wish I had remembered to get some wide noodles though... Need something to go with it.

However, on the downside, I dealt with cooking/food for three hours last night. That's half the evening. Wrapping up the meat I bought, cutting and washing the (godlike, giant, wonderful, sweet) strawberries, getting the pot roast ready for this morning, cutting the potato up into bitty little pieces, washing the pot, all that.

* Oh, sour cream. So I'd never tried it before putting it into my chicken/cream of chicken meal thingie. Since I didn't even know if I liked it, I didn't buy anymore to put into the meal. Last night was my first time having the chicken-in-cream of chicken soup thing without it. Pretty sucky. However, I suspect lemon juice could replace it (it needed an edge of flavor, something sharp). I'll need to pick some up to try.

Until I have lemon juice, there was an interesting looking recipe for "orange chicken" using frozen orange juice concentrate. Can't wait to try that, though I suspect it'll make a burnt mess in the pot.

* Tivo's getting so full that I'll need a week off just to catch up. It's recording this fake-anime cartoon for me (Reign the Conqueror). It's by the people who did Aeon Flux for MTV a decade or two ago. It's got that really, really funky but sort of keen art style. I also set it up to grab all Yu Gi Oh eps. That's two a day, I think. Since I don't have much time to watch TV, I really don't have it record much for me. Some HBO stuff that plays in the middle of the night (Def Poetry, Real Sex, things like that).

I almost use the Tivo more like an alarm clock or a reminder than a recorder. I program the shows in that I like (Survivor, Six Feet Under, Whose Line is it Anyway, whatever) and then even though I'm not watching the TV or thinking about it, it will change the channel to it and then I notice and watch. (I leave my TV on all the time for background noise.)
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"I'm not raping anyone who has fish in their nose."

Man, it's a slow day online. What, do all of you people actually have to do work while you're at work? Dontcha know you're supposed to be entertaining me? Mee? Meeee?

Okay, okay, since you all won't post, I will! A snippit from our staff channel. Enjoy it, as usually I don't share things off the staff channel.

For those playing at home, I hate fish. Really, really hate it. Nemo is a "Tentacruel", which is a giant squid creature. (Down, isiscolo.)

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[Help Staff] Dr. Thistle-Chaser returns from lunch and waves.
[Help Staff] Pieman Nemo leans on Thistle.
[Help Staff] Dr. Thistle-Chaser says, "Ew. You smell like fish."
[Help Staff] Pieman Nemo says, "No I don't. You have fish in your nose."
[Help Staff] Dr. Thistle-Chaser's eyes widen, then she explodes ceilingwards. GetItOut! GetItOut! GetItOut!
[Help Staff] Braindead Shadow says, "Er - Nemo - unless Thistle is a very strange dead cat, tentacle rape is supposed to happen at the *other* end..."
[Help Staff] Dr. Thistle-Chaser snickers, though it likely sounds funny when one has a fish in their nose.
[Help Staff] Pieman Nemo says, "I'm not raping anyone who has fish in their nose."
[Help Staff] Dr. Thistle-Chaser cries! I don't want a fish in my nose!
[Help Staff] Pieman Nemo says, "Wow. That would sound exceedingly odd, out of context."
[Help Staff] Braindead Shadow says, "This whole conversation sounds odd anyway."
[Help Staff] Pieman Nemo | Me: "I'm not raping anyone who has fish in their nose." Bystander: ...
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How many recs could a rec'er rec, if a rec'er could rec recs?

I'm reading the next couple chapters in one of the stories I rec'ed a while back, Summon the Lambs to Slaughter. I want to recommend it again, but it's on my page once already. It's always an amazing, humbling thing when an author puts your own thoughts into words better than you yourself can.

I don't like Harry Potter (the character, not the books). I've never really tried to work out why, it was just something I felt, something I knew. Chapter 11 of Summon the Lambs put it into the words that I didn't or couldn't.

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The Golden Boy. It fits. It makes him a good book-hero, but for me personally, there are many reasons to dislike and resent him. No matter that he had a hard childhood, look at him now. He gets everything handed to him on a plate. Most everyone loves him most of the time, teachers and adults included. At best/worst, he's worshiped. Even before he did anything (when he was just arriving to school) he was a hero. Why? Because of a sacrifice his mother made. None of his own doing at all. And yet he's crowned a hero. (Rereading this, it makes him sound rather Mary Sue-ish, huh?)

His rule-breaking is overlooked time and time again. He gets so much inside "help" (for lack of a better word -- the Map, for example, and the cloak). He gets /everything/ and people still love him to death. It's a wonder more people don't dislike him, but again I think this writer hit it on the head: To speak ill of Harry Potter would be akin to blasphemy.

Ah, time to leave work. Guess this pondering ends here. Hope it all makes sense.
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Go away, please.

Sometimes I get hit by memories out of the blue. I know they're my memories, but I'd rather not remember them.

A good number of years ago, I worked in an animal shelter. As part of my job, I raised orphaned kittens. Some were only a day or two old, some were a week or two. Without mothers, even with literally around the clock care from me (feedings every three hours through the night), four out of five litters of kittens died.

Know what it's like to take care of a little of tiny baby kittens? To bottle feed them, to wipe their bottoms to stimulate them to pass wastes, to sit up through the night with them when they're sick? When they're so small they'll fit head-to-tail in the palm of your hand? And then to watch them die one by one? It was one of the most painful things in my life.

There was one litter that was dying when I left work. When a litter started going downhill, you knew when it reached a point: Either they had to make a turn and start improving, or all were going to die. Well, this litter had reached that point and kept going downhill, downhill fast. Work was an hour and a half from home, and they died as I drove. I talked to them as if they were people, telling them to hold on, that we'd be out of the car soon and at least they'd die in my hands instead of in the carrier, but they all died before I got home.

It was ten years ago, but it still hurts so bad that I'm crying now. Poor baby kittens, there's no reason that they should die. Alive only for a week or a few days or maybe two weeks, and then they all die one by one. Dying even before their eyes open. It's a terrible, terrible thing. Stupid, idiotic people not getting their pets fixed. I'd like to say 'if you ever had to have a kitten die in your hand, a perfect little kitten with tiny round ears and a little nose and a tiny little mouth, then you'd get your pet fixed to stop that pain' but know what? So many people don't care. Can't be bothered. What's a kitten's death compared to them missing a TV show?

When I lived in "the crackhouse", there were these kids next door. Two of them stomped a kitten to death. One of their siblings threw a kitten down a storm drain. If I could trade those kids' lives for the lives of an equal number of kittens, I would not hesitate.

My heart hurts. I don't understand people. I don't understand how I can be one of them. It makes no sense and it makes me hurt so so much. My poor baby kittens.

Edit: (Sometime later, got out of bed to add this.) I know not every person on the planet is bad. Unfair generalization, yes.
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