F 1 D 0 -- 02 07 13 at 23 59 Mundane. I just looked this word up, since I felt that what I was typing tonight was rather mundane. http://www.thesaurus.com/cgi-bin/search?config=roget&words=mundane World ".... cosmic, cosmical; mundane, terrestrial, terrestrious, terraqueous..." Selfishness "..., earthly, earthly-minded; mundane; worldly, worldly- minded..." Irreligon "..., antichristian. worldly, mundane, earthly, carnal; worldly minded..." When I read this, I suddenly grasp that I've been using language all wrong. I wanted to whine that I don't have much to write about, so I'll tell you about the things I've cooked and eaten again. Yawn. Mundane, right? Well, not cosmic. And perhaps earthly, in a distant way. And not likely antichristian. But here, let me tell you what I made for us tonight, before I go so far off topic, I cannot get back to this. 10 large frozen shrimp, marinated in 2oz lemon juice QS garlic salt Leave them in the stuff until they seem done. Or if you're chicken about them being raw, nuke them for almost a minute until they turn a bit orange. Then return them to the marinade until you're ready to eat them. To go with that, I nuked an ear of corn boiled some rice rinced some bean sprouts mixed some wasabi cut some cantaloupe. All of this because I felt like making something light for a change. Too bad I started at 11pm. And too bad by the time it was finished, it was not as light as I started out. Not enough boring for you? My bread yesterday came out *perfect*. What makes a perfect bread? I like the bread to rise fully, but not so fully that it gloops out over the top messing up the machine. I don't like the middle to be wet when it says the bread is done. I want it to be moist enough to live outside, without a bread bag, so it gets crunchy crust, but doesn't get a hard centre. I always add a lot of nutty things to a bread, so it feels like a multigrain loaf. This one is a dark loaf, and has cocoa, but doesn't make it get a chocolate taste. Just a smell of that during baking. If you don't have (or desire) Guar Gum, leave it out. But the liquid needed will be different. First! Start Bread Machine! Then add... 1ts yeast onto floor of baking pan And then on top of that... 2c white flour 3ts cocoa powder, rounded measure, crushing lumps .5ts Guar Gum .5c oat bran .5c flax seed .5c roasted sunflower seed In a one-cup measure 1ts yeast 1oz corn syrup to cover 1oz hot water to double 1 egg 1oz oil qs milk to One Cup Total pour it into the mixing, then Another cup of water and milk and oil mixed together. As it mixes, watch the consistency. If it needs the liquid, pour it in as needed. I did. I use a Black and Decker bread machine that was given to me in lieu of payment by a lawyer I did work for years ago. It has taken a few bumps in transit, but I still use it, a few times a week. - - I'm not sure this is a good idea, but I've been reading the web log diaries of others, looking to see what good things have happened to them. One person to check out is http://wilwheaton.net This guy used to play Wesley Crusher, but has truly grown beyond that, and does remarkable writing. Go see. I've -almost- met Debbie Ohi. She is a friend of Bryan, whom I've done Christmas and New Years parties with over the years. I've been reading her work on and off for a long time, but try to have a look at least once a week to see what is happening in my old part of the world. Visit http://www.electricpenguin.com/blatherings/ I subscribe to Need to Know. You can read it without subscribing to it. Just go look at http://www.ntk.net They have a British take on Computer Events of the world. But when you live in Canada, so many things have an American viewpoint. So this is refreshing, even if it feels so foreign to me. Don't panic if their site doesn't work. It didn't work for me either, when testing the links in today's journal. The reason I'm not sure about whether it is a good idea to read others is how I pale insignificant afterwards. Sigh. I laughed at the movies recently. Go see Men In Black II. It has everything you expect from a good summer sequel. The same characters, the same plot, the same last minute stuff. It also has the things you hate about sequels. They answer the questions about why you didn't see people from the last movie in the new one. There are some things that should just be left to universe as an unanswered question. Don't believe me? Go see Star Wars Episode One. What's with these guys? METICHLORIANS? Symbiant parasites within us?! That's the force, right? They would have done better to have the Jedi answer more honestly. "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Force is. You have to see it for yourself." Or "No, no, there is no why. Nothing more will I teach you today. Clear your mind of questions." Hey, do you ever want to have the cinema practically to yourself? Go see a movie which has a 1020 showing, followed by a 1040 showing. Everyone is at the early one, and you and six other people are watching by yourselves. If you are seeing something very exciting, very sexy, then this privacy could be a good thing. Oh, I remember how this affected Pee-Wee Herman, so maybe you shouldn't take this advice. Will Smith is the serious guy in this episode. He's even more serious than Rip Torn, as Agent Z. No, it is everyone else who has the good sense of humour. The bad guys. The bad girls. The wonderful monsters. Everybody. I'll bet you've all had heat waves for weeks now. Well, we here in Thunder Bay have only just started getting very hot. I'm melting. Or my body fat is rendering. During the heat, I take pleasure in working out at the gym. It is air conditioned! If I could find a way to describe my routine to you, so you got the rhythm, I'd do it. Maybe next time around. But for now, know that I'm ready for a class to lead. Before we went away to the United Kingdom, we went to one of the Lunch Bunch Friday things, and someone was handing out chocolates from their trip. Tiny wafers, with a very pretty picture on each one. Courtesy of Lindt & Sprungli. Hey, these people, the ones in Toronto, used to be my customers. Very nice people. I'd been saying "I want to scan these images in." Why? Because the pretty mylar foil pictures will become part of some kind artwork, and I wanted to remember the images, that's why. I thought the pictures were rather nice when you consider their function was adornment for a moment, until you inhale the thin slice of chocolate within. Here is another image for you. I really like eagles. But for some reason, in art and in photographs, they're always shown so serious. There are lots of small things happening around here. But that's not what I wanted to write to you about. I wish I could remember. I knew yesterday. I had a single word in place, which was to represent the theme for my entry today. Is porridge the word? I just went upstairs to ask Ann if she was alright, as I heard coughing up there. She's hot too. In fact, the bedroom is hotter than from where I'm writing you, immediately below. Porridge, the scottish stuff, appeals to me. On my trip moving out this way, I found a place which sold Steel Cut Oats. It is in Sault Ste Marie, at the small health food shop next to Greyhound. So now, I use the joke word "oats" to mean anything food based which we have no more need for. "Let's go shopping after work. What do we need?" "Oats." More food. Feh. This is just awful! I want to talk of art, of music, of science, of mathematics! I want to rant and rave about people who emotionally stepped on my toes. I want to sucker you into moving out this way, because this place is so beautiful. No? Then I want to make the place seem so awful that you never want to visit. Something! This reminds me of the visits we used to make to the grand parents. When they lived on the corner of Bathurst and Steeles Ave, in Toronto, we'd visit, and I remember a lot of very quiet very boring Sundays. I looked forward to this, but still, it was boring. But it got worse once we started the visits to see them at Baycrest, the nursing home. "So, Ma, what did you have for lunch?" "Cottage Cheese." "Oh, cottage cheese is good." "Yeah, it's good." "And what else?" "Juice." "Oh, juice is good too." ... Somehow, my writing too much about daily creations in the kitchen smacks of "cottage cheese" and "juice". Yeah, it's good. But better material isn't forthcoming. I'm trying. Nope. Still nothing. Instead, all that comes to mind is "I'm melting!, I'm melting! What a world, what a world! How could a good little girl like you destroy my perfect wickedness!" Paper and pen. That's what will happen next time I'm struck with a wonderful idea. I will write it down, and have it for when I need it. That's all I know.