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2009-03-28 07:13 pm
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Chile Verde

3 lbs husked and rinsed tomatillos
6-8 serrano chiles (stemmed and seeded)
1 white onion, halved
2 cloves garlic
2 corn tortillas
2 c. chicken stock
Pinch of ground fennel
3 T vegetable oil
2 1/2 to 3 lbs pork (shoulder) cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
2T chopped cilantro
4 oz. queso fresco

Turn on oven broiler
Place tomatillos, chiles, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet
Broil tomatillos until blackened (recipe calls for 5-7 minutes, usually takes 20 minutes, turning regularly)
When done, transfer vegetables to a cutting board
When vegetables cool, chop

Place vegetables, tortillas, chicken stock, and fennel into a blender and puree until smooth (you will have to split the batch for a regular size blender).

Heat large saute pan over med-high heat and add oil
Add pork and cook, turning for 8-10 minutes until browned on all sides
Transfer to slow cooker
Cook on low for 6-8 hours

Stir in cilantro and salt (to taste) 10 minutes prior to serving
Garnish with queso fresco and serve with rice.

You will left with many corn tortillas, leftover salsa verde, and queso fresco. I recommend cooking a chicken, shredding it, and making chicken enchiladas the next evening.
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2009-01-02 09:32 pm

Creative gift ideas for someone in chemo?

I never post and when I do, it's either with doom and gloom or requests for cupcakes. In any case, I'd at least like props for keeping it interesting.

Today's drive by is all about doom and gloom:

My fundamentalist Christian sister-in-law has breast cancer and they are treating it with chemo and radiation. I'd like to send her something to make the chemo experience a little less hellish, but I'm at a loss. Does anyone have any ideas that don't involve the standard Precious Moments schlock?

Thanks in advance!
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2008-10-15 07:47 pm

Dead on

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Marilyn!


You are a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."

Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Be direct and clear

  • * Listen to me carefully

  • * Don't judge me for my anxiety

  • * Work things through with me

  • * Reassure me that everything is OK between us

  • * Laugh and make jokes with me

  • * Gently push me toward new experiences

  • * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a Marilyn

  • * being committed and faithful to family and friends

  • * being responsible and hardworking

  • * being compassionate toward others

  • * having intellect and wit

  • * being a nonconformist

  • * confronting danger bravely

  • * being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a Marilyn

  • * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind

  • * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself

  • * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of

  • * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger

  • * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right

  • * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

Marilyns as Children Often

  • * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn

  • * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger

  • * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent

  • * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel

  • * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

Marilyns as Parents

  • * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty

  • * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence

  • * worry more than most that their children will get hurt

  • * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

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2008-06-20 04:23 pm

Awesomest Quote Ever!

With the exception of the cross-burning episode. ... I believe John Freshwater is teaching the values of the parents in the Mount Vernon school district

Just rad. That is all.
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2008-04-22 09:26 pm


Quantum Leap is in syndication and I couldn't be happier. :)
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2008-03-27 09:57 pm

For my peeps in So Cal

I have a ridiculous amount of affection for little dogs. More so if they're crippled or otherwise in need of special love and care. My own little handicapped hero has provided me with nothing but love and joy since I adopted him two years ago.

With that said, it's very upsetting to me that this poor little girl is looking down the barrel of euthanasia within the next week. She's an adult poodle-mix with three legs. Like most handicapped animals, her infirmity doesn't slow her down in the least.

http://www. dogsindanger. com/dog. jsp?did=1206236659442

If you live in So Cal and can foster or adopt, please keep this pup in mind. If you know someone who is interested in fostering or adopting, please forward this on. She's in a shelter in Visalia and will be put down in 9 days.

I've taken a special interest in this case and am hoping for a small miracle. Please, please, please send this on if you can help.
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2008-02-05 10:14 am


Peanut's RAPT attention is currently directed at a children's show on PBS.
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2008-01-30 09:44 pm

I need...

a) A massage! I hurt!

b)Cthulu's clothes (that would make one entire load) out of my room!

c) A new job that doesn't suck my soul and leave me feeling dried up and stretched thin.

d) Mo' money.

e) Danskos.

That's all for now.

I'm also taking offerings of cabana boys, clean laundry, hugs, and sunshine.
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2008-01-20 10:38 pm


The weird thing about growing up in So. Cal is that you see all kinds of your childhood haunts in various sitcoms, movies, and miniseries.

Case in point, I just saw an episode of Freaks and Geeks that had a scene in the very same diner where I learned to drink coffee and eat hashbrowns instead of going to physics.
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2007-12-29 10:19 pm

Los Angeles.


Back from a week of tans, conspicuous consumption (spectator), asses that are significantly smaller than mine, and perpetually sunny weather.

Back to Portland where I belong. Pale people, similar values, asses that are significantly smaller than mine and perpetual rain.

I've hit the ground running and have had no time to catch up on my LJ. I will remedy this, but probably not for days...and days.

I hope you are well, warm, loved, and anticipating the New Year.

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2007-11-28 02:24 pm

This might be the most offensive site I've ever seen...

Short of certain conservative pundits' urls.

I have to believe it's a joke.
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2007-11-27 09:57 am

"I ain't been nuttin' but bad."

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Friday I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near LA (-76 points). In February I pushed [ profile] sigmaration in the mud (-17 points). In September I stole [ profile] amber_laine's purse (-30 points). In July I gave [ profile] esimom a kidney (1000 points). In April I invaded Iraq, broke it, and couldn't glue it back together before Mom got home (-1012 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-135 points). For Christmas I deserve a spanking!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:
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2007-11-26 04:10 pm

Hrm, about right.

Your Score: Mary Crawford

47% romance, 66% sauciness, 41% etiquette, 55% intelligence

Ah, Mary, Mary, quite contrary. You are saucy and intelligent, and while you ordinarily have enough social savvy to navigate the treacherous waters of high society, you do sometimes put your foot in it. But most alarmingly, you have no illusions about love. Your clear-eyed (detractors might call it heartless) nature means that sometimes, you say things that rub others the wrong way. But in the right crowd, your sparkling wit makes you an excellent conversationalist. You're opinionated and feisty, which attracts a lot of male attention. Alas, the walls you've erected around your heart mean that flirting rarely progresses to a deeper affection.

Ideal matches: Henry Tilney, Colonel Brandon

Guaranteed heartbreak (their hearts): Edmund Bertram, John Willoughby, Captain Benwick

Not worthy of your affections: John Thorpe, Mr. Collins, Mr. Woodhouse

Link: The Jane Austen heroine Test written by SarahKath on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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2007-11-25 11:37 am


Thanksgiving, Huge, involved two porn actors (who knew?), three dogs, an interesting cast of characters (culled from near and far), and Chapters 1 through 23(?) of R. Kelly's "Hip Hopera" Trapped in the Closet (which Bob lead into with the following statement, "In an age of irony, this is a refreshing change."). Cthulu made the turkey and stuffing for the omnivores. I made the wonderfully unfuckupable green bean casserole and brought a cheese, glorious cheese, plate and wine for the masses. There was entirely too much food. No one starves on our watch.

We had a house guest, Jen, stay with us this week in the guest room. Last night she was entirely baffled as to why her key didn't work. She tried all the doors, threw rocks at the window, and eventually camped out on the porch. Too bad she was at the NEIGHBORS'. Mwa ha ha ha. It worked out and after an hour of unintentionally attempting to B&E Chris and Nicolette's house, she got into the correct house. I was soundly asleep for the entire episode. Is it wrong that I find this hilarious?

I went to my roommate's best friend's house last night. This man has turned a labor of love into obsession with stunning results. The man built a home brewery in his's a PUB (not a rumpus room--this resembles a commercial enterprise), complete with walk-in fridges, brewing equipment, and a bar. He always has three kegs on tap of his home brewed beer (last night there was a Pumpkin Ale, "Big Red", and an IPA) and a variety of others waiting in the wings. I *hate* beer but I was in awe. Cthulu was in heaven. It was good. Pictures to come.

Still underemployed and looking. Wish me luck!
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2007-11-10 04:16 pm

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Dear A-hole in the Corvette,

I don't know if you're drunk or just hell bent on killing yourself, but try not take out the rest of the city in your attempts.

This means, do not pass slower drivers by weaving into oncoming traffic (especially when they are 50 feet from you) on a major arterial road, do not stop in the middle of traffic on another major arterial road for literally no reason, do not weave, do not run red lights, and quick f*&king speeding already.

Yes, I called the police and provided them with your license plate and location.

Yes, I hope you get the DUI or reckless driving ticket of your life.

Yes, I think a little time in detox and the county jail might serve you well.

And, yes, I hope that if you kill anyone today, it's only yourself.

Best of luck on that because I'm really rooting for you,

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2007-11-09 02:37 pm

(no subject)

I may actually hate health insurance companies MORE than the defense industry. And that hurts to admit.
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2007-11-08 05:43 pm

Conjure Oils

I received my order today and I'm very, very happy!

Not only are they HooDoorific, but they smell fantastic.

Amber_laine, I highly recommend a swing by their e-place.