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Hi everyone!

I know some of you have seen this at least once... either in an email or on my Facebook profile, but I am posting here to reach those outside of those parameters as well...

As I have mentioned in passing, here and there, I am on a research team at school. We are launching our second online survey and getting participants through word of mouth. We hope to send invitations to our circles of friends and they will pass it on and so on; in doing so, we aim to get a diverse group of participants from different demographic backgrounds.

If you can take the survey, that would be great - it only takes about 10-15min. If you can pass the request on to your other friends, family, coworkers, associates, minions, overlords... you get the idea, that would be wonderful too :) If no to both, I still love you anyway.

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The remaining information has been removed since the survey has ended. Thanks for participating!
 
 
passingfancy
03 May 2009 @ 11:59 pm
I just saw this as I am catching up on LJ... omg... I am so behind...

http://community.livejournal.com/crochetcrochet/959653.html#cutid1

Two words:
Cthulu. Ski-mask.
 
 
passingfancy
25 April 2009 @ 03:36 pm
I don't remember how I got hooked up with this website, but I joined http://www.surveyu.com/ a while ago... it was either a promotion that got me curious, or it was when I was investigating how to distribute the online survey for my research team... either way, I get occasional emails telling me that there is a new survey up if I'd like to take it... yesterday I get one of these said emails asking me to take a 10min survey from some students at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The first few questions were about demographic data, including this gem:


Race:
American
African-American
Asian-American
Asian
Hispanic
Other

I don't need to explain in how many ways this is just odd and wrong... and the "other" choice didn't even have a blank space to specify what "other" you are. But, to be a snark, I did choose other, and they'll have to interpret that as they see fit.

I feel the most appropriate loose association quote for this is from Family Guy:

"You know, I always thought that dogs laid eggs... I learned something today."
 
 
passingfancy
30 March 2009 @ 10:23 am
Happy Birthday to shellefly!!!

May you have a wonderful year, full of wishes fulfilled and pleasant surprises!
 
 
passingfancy
01 March 2009 @ 08:41 am
Praised be, His Noodliness.

I pray to you this day in all your starchy glory, that ye giveth me the strength and brainial fortitude to complete my exam in a speedy and coherent manner, in spite of my need to work today. Open the pressure cooker of my mind and let the thoughts steam out and flow out through my fingers and keyboard and into my Word document. Help me resist temptation and distraction of Spider Solitaire and Facebook games, and resist the desire to digress to the point where my answers are too long. Give me the gift of terseness and concisitude for the next 48 hours.

You have already been generous in your gifts thus far, and in your honor, I have acquired the most adorable piratical keychain, which I keep with me as a token of my love and dedication to Your Noodliness and Pastafarian virtues.

Tonight I shall reheat your grainy goodness and consume thy body and drink in thy sauce, and transaucestantiate in reverence.

In closing, I pray to you that my exam is al dente -- just right.

ARRRRRR

RAmen
 
 
 
passingfancy
19 February 2009 @ 09:16 am
Happy Birthday notapooka!!!!

Happy Birthday ladyandromeda!!!!
 
 
passingfancy
17 February 2009 @ 07:58 am
I try, but I fail at keeping my clothing organized. I have a fair amount of closet space and a lot of drawers, but every time I try redo my clothing, like after a big laundry day -- the organization deteriorates very quickly.

So, anyone have any advice on how to organize clothing? What categories do I use to determine where things go?

Business versus casual versus dressy/party/fun clothes?
Organize by color?
Organize by warmth level (like, heavy sweaters and shirts versus lighter shirts that need layers)?

See how lost I am?
 
 
passingfancy
14 January 2009 @ 11:38 am
Happy birthday anisette_toast!
 
 
passingfancy
01 January 2009 @ 12:32 am
So perhaps it is lame that I opened my laptop at 11:56 just so I could update my Facebook status at exactly 12:00am 1-1-09, wishing everyone a Happy New Year... but I was in the company of friends, and had a nummy dinner, some semi-homebrewed mead, and my sweetie only a foot away.

Not a bad way to end and then begin a year.

I am a bit spent to say anything else of substance, perhaps the muse will be upon me when I wake. Warm noodley appendages welcoming me into the new year.
 
 
passingfancy
10 December 2008 @ 09:29 pm
Marathon 2 weeks of school... technically 8 days left... Last... day.... December... 18th... 1 final down... 1 paper down (late but done)... 2 finals to go, 2 papers to go...

I can't wait for it to be over.
 
 
 
passingfancy
09 December 2008 @ 11:21 am
Oh Blessed Noodley One.

I pray to you today, to help me achieve the calm and focus needed to get me through the next few weeks of school. I have an exam today, and a paper due tomorrow. The exam is open book, and I trust your noodly appendages will reach down to help me flip through the pages to find the right references in a quick an timely manner. I see the errors in my ways from the first exam, and feel almost prepared for this exam, although I have a little last minute reading to catch up on... which I shall do momentarily as soon as you receive my full prayer.

I further pray that in writing my 3 papers that are due shortly, I have the tenacity to focus only on the question being asked, and not go off edifying myself in a procrastinating way. I shall breathe and use my scent memory to feel your saucy goodness course through my nasal cavities and warm my heart and calm my mind. The journals will be there when the semester is over. I know.

And lastly, please reach down and caress me with your noodly goodness as I make my calls for Fieldwork. And tickle the ears of those hearing my request, nudging them, ever so gently to pick up the phone to call me back, and may they open their hearts to the possibility that they will enjoy training me so much, that they will take me in spring time, so I do not need to wait until fall to begin the final leg of my journey.

RAmen.

OOh... PS. If there is anything you can do to help more people take and complete the survey for my research team, we'd really appreciate it. And if you can give me a epastaiphany for some idea that will reach more people so they can take the survey, that would be most welcome as well. RAmen.
 
 
passingfancy
09 December 2008 @ 09:44 am
So I have Word 2007 now, and it keeps crapping out when I try to print...

edit: More to the point apparently, it takes 5+ minutes for it to communicate to the printer before it prints... I hit print before I posted, waited, looked for drivers, posted, went to the little girls room, washed my hands, and sat down, and THEN the 3 page doc printed as I sat down.

Does anyone know of this problem? Is it a driver issue (I have an HP laserjet 1012)? Vista issue?

Any insight to help me troubleshoot would be most appreciated.
 
 
passingfancy
08 December 2008 @ 11:33 am
Is how I feel right now.

I overslept a bit, and didn't get up in time to be the first to register for spring classes.
I HURRIED to the puter and tried to register -- the system was DOWN!!!!!!
Frantically I call the registrar and she says they are working on the problem, but they can't hold a spot for me (there were only 2 slots left in one of the classes I needed).
So I try to find out if I can register on the phone -- and I can... so I did... and I'm in!
There are a few other red tape issues with this spring, but I am running late right now... I have an appointment with my trainer in 25min, and I still need to shower and finish enough breakfast in order to have energy for my workout...
Then I need to get groceries on my way home... and then I have a doctor's appointment at 3.
I have a final exam tomorrow.
I have a paper due on Wednesday.
I have 2 more papers and a final exam before the end of the year.

**runs around waving her arms frantically**

If I was sitting in an airplane right now, I suspect a line of people would be forming to "calm me down."
 
 
Current Mood: crazycrazy
 
 
passingfancy
07 December 2008 @ 07:01 pm
Dammit. That's all I got.

Last week's ref-exacerbating debacle is only made more annoying by today's NFL results.

Jets lose to the 49ers (WTH is up with that? Seriously.)
Miami over Buffalo (Pennington with the Jets suck, but move south and this happens??)
NE pulls out a 4th quarter win over Seattle (Just Dammit.)

Is this a mirror universe? Is it a ring of hell? I just don't know anymore. Our division just makes no sense. At all.
 
 
passingfancy
05 December 2008 @ 10:09 am
Happy Birthday in_this_guise and illuminant_love!
 
 
 
passingfancy
27 November 2008 @ 09:44 am
General shout out, I wish everyone well today. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, in that it is as happy a day as it can be under whatever your current circumstances is, seeing how some of us are having an especially crappy or unfair day/week, or that this time of year is generally not the happiest of times...

Even under these not so pleasant circumstances or memories of times past, there are still things to be thankful for and that's something I'm trying to hold onto today. I don't take stock in the "traditional" meaning of the holiday, seeing how the aftermath of the event is bitter and barely semi-sweet, but if I can put history aside for 24 hours, I enjoy the spirit of getting together with those in our lives right now and I can be thankful for what I do have even though there is a lot that I don't.... then today can be an okay day.

You are all in my hearts today, and to some certain special people, I am sending healthy and loving vibes in particular because of what is currently going on in life and I can commiserate.

So with all that said, I am being called to the car and we are off. Happy Thursday everyone.

I'm thankful for all of you.
 
 
passingfancy
24 November 2008 @ 08:22 am
So after Queen at Wembly, LOGO was also showing Ziggy Stardust, which I of course recorded as well. I hadn't seen it before; I had only known of it.

I dig David Bowie and all... but for whatever reason I just don't "get" Ziggy. I can objectively appreciate the artistic aspect of the show, and I love the music -- but the trippy aspect of it all, I'm just not groking it. If anyone knows, am I missing something? Do I need to watch this in a dark room halfway through a bottle of wine? Do I need to read the Bowie historical biography to get Ziggy in context of this time in his career?
 
 
 
passingfancy
http://www.tvguide.com/News/Daisies-Eli-Dirty-1000045.aspx
http://www.popeater.com/television/article/pre-thanksgiving-bloodbath-at-abc/256443

I'm just about FUMING here with this news. Especially after I caught up with Pushing Daisies this week, seeing the extremely sweet thing Ned did for Chuck through Olive (vague in case someone else is behind... but we all know he does really sweet things for her all the time, and in really creative ways).

I am aghast, almost speechless at this. Some believe the writers strike from last year is partially responsible, since it chopped up these now second year shows. Now I don't watch Dirty Sexy Money, and while Eli Stone is fun, I am not going to be too broken up if it goes... but Pushing Daisies is just so beautiful and brilliant...

I am not sure how connected ABC and ABC Family are connected in terms of who is on the team to decide what shows stay and go... but ABC Family has/had The Middleman, another brilliantly funny sci-fi cerebral show and that show's fate is yet to be determined (although the lack of renewal news has some of us afraid it will be perma-chopped too).

Maybe Brian Fuller's* connection with NBC and Heroes will give him some sway and maybe he could help convince NBC to buy Daisies, at least...

I don't know how much DVR and TIVO have effected network decisions about what shows stay and go, but I am positive that even with a less than optimal time slot to begin with (I believe in good shows being upwardly mobile to better time slots, and thank god we're finally at the end of ER, who seems to be using this last season to set a record for "number of sharks jumped in one season" so 10pm Thurs is opening up...) avid fans will still tune in to both shows, regardless of order, and Daisies will still be watched, even if it's on TV catchup day, Saturday morning during breakfast....

These last two years are the first time in a long time (maybe actually because DVR lets me watch stuff when I actually have time to!) that I cared about a few shows so much that I really felt like I had to tune in... I feel really jerked around at the fact that there is TV out there that I actually like, versus it just being filler and I watch it because it's on, and now it's getting canned.


*and holy crap, I just looked at his IMBD profile, and he has written over 20 episodes of Star Trek, and was a co-producer as well, how the hell did I not know this until now???

And as a PS -- I think I need to make a new icon of my "this blows" t-shirt... I have lost at least a cup size and when I wear that shirt, there is no crease by his tail when I am laying down. My desire to do an additional PPS will be saved for a post all its own.
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
 
passingfancy
17 November 2008 @ 02:07 pm
I did it... I caved.... I have joined facebook.

And I have spent the better part of the last 3 hours adding friends from all over the place... high school, grade school, skating, larp, grad school...

i'm scared.

Edited to add: I feel so popular... not only have some really distant people confirmed my friend connection, a few people have already FOUND me to add me!
 
 
 
passingfancy
14 November 2008 @ 10:25 am
Being an athlete, I am already prone to certain superstitions... when I was skating, I would have some odd rituals before competition, the order in which I would take off my skate guards, and what trinkets I would have with me...

But, as a fan, I have already mentioned previously that when it comes to The Jets, I am becoming convinced that I am an albatross. I am not one of those people who never wash their lucky underwear, but I do swear that when I wear certain articles of clothing to games, it effects the outcome. Furthermore, I can't watch Jet football on TV, because when I tune in, they lose -- for example, the Raiders game lost in overtime a few weeks ago.

So last night was the big game, Pats v Jets in New England. We both won our games on Sunday, and this was going to be a tough game/week because both teams only had 4 days rest. I already knew that I was not going to watch the game, what I didn't know was that when I got home, after I ate an early dinner, that I would pass out on the couch on and off until 7am this morning.

I stirred around 11, and Jody informed me that the game just went into over time. I saw them prep for the coin toss and speedily changed the channel because I KNEW that if I kept it on, something bad would happen.

And dammit, I was right. I kept the game off, put The Daily Show on, as Jody peered on and off at ESPN.com and told me that the game was over -- Jets won with a field goal.

HOLY CRAP. The Jets beat the Pats in OT... I can't remember the last time we won against them.

So there you have it. More evidence to support my superstition that I cannot watch Jets games on TV... What a freaky season... Jets at 7-3 and Pats at 6-4... Jets first in their division?? Maybe I can't tell because of the face masks... but do all the Jets have goatees now? I feel like I am in a mirror universe...
 
 
passingfancy
12 November 2008 @ 12:53 pm
If you don't already watch it, I highly recommend The Big Bang Theory to my friends.

In a few words: It's incredibly nerdy comedy.

Examples:
They play Klingon Boggle
They go to Renn Faires
They play MMOs as part of the plot - and go on raids
The nerdiest one of them all goes to Renn Faires dressed as "Spock on an away mission to study this strange new world"
The nerd group of friends all want to be The Flash for Halloween, hilarity ensues
They can talk about String Theory and make it funny
Watching socially awkward neurotic geniuses is amusing

There is more, but I think you should all just tune in.

Ok that's it. Just spreadin' the love.
 
 
passingfancy
11 November 2008 @ 02:40 pm
Thank you for your suggestions for my new community. In the end, I went went super simple...

I introduce to you:

http://community.livejournal.com/researchsurveys/profile

If anyone has ideas on what other "interests" to include, so people find the community, please comment. I am sure there are other academic areas where people do research, but all I could come up with during my break was psychology, sociology, biology, medicine, and commercial marketing.

I have to run to class now, but I wanted to share my new baby.

Now I need to think of a community icon....
 
 
passingfancy
10 November 2008 @ 11:57 am
Sometimes I think it would be better if I just gave up my fandom and worshiped from afar... secretly rooting but not getting too into it, because sometimes I fear that when I root too hard, they lose. I admit to being a superstitious person in some cases, but record dictates that when I avoid watching the Jets games on TV, they win more... case in point, the other week against the Raiders... they were doing alright... but as soon as I turned on the game, we lost in the last few minutes.

I was expecting a loss this week, just out of habit, but ended up being happily surprised and unsure how to handle the first half smooshing of the Rams. It was just insane... the combination of fumble recoveries, interceptions (OMG the interception at the goal line was freakin' magic), and sweet catches was amazing. Overall I am glad they won, although I wish I knew what was going on in their minds for the second half where there wasn't as much magic... but good defense, keeping the Rams at 3 points.

We left when the score hit 47 points, we could have stayed longer but we underestimated how cold it would be in the shade, and didn't wear enough to stay comfortable. So we tottered out and picked up the useless piece of recyclable fanfodder, a heavy paper team picture with a coupon/ad on the bottom to enter the "Canon, Shoot Like a Pro" contest/raffle. Oooh... special.

Traffic was going to suck, so before heading home we did a bit of economic stimulus by doing some NJ priced grocery shopping and helped out Linens N Things by lightening their load as they go out of business... Best deal: hot pink silicon bendy keyboard for $6. I just hope it works, I haven't hooked it up yet...

Anyway... onward to face the week. More fieldwork calls are in order, errands to run, house to clean, clothes to sort, homework to do, yadda yadda yadda....
 
 
passingfancy
We have been sooooooo good about eating at home, and only order out once every few weeks, and when we do, it's usually "greasy Mexican"* as we affectionately call it. Not only have our diets changed in general, but we realize that we get consistently better results when we cook at home than when we order out from most places. You can order a hamburger from the diner, but it's hit and miss, it can all depend on who assembles the platter - you can end up with a soggy bun, or have the cheese melt to the aluminum take out container... But if you make it at home, it's just perfect.

I lately have been driving cupofjode to school on Fridays, because I have to move the car for alternate side anyway. As a "treat" I thought it would be nice to have him make coffee for me in a mug, and we pick up bagels from a cart vendor or little deli... each time in the recent past that we have tried this, we have been less than enthused about what we received. All I want is a plain bagel with butter, which is supposed to taste better when someone else makes it for you! Alas, that is no more.

There is one more cart to try, but I suspect disappointment again. Which leads me to the title of my post. As much as I would hope that indulging in a bagel from the local cart would be pleasurable, I'd be much better off buying a bagel at the grocery store, and buttering it myself. It also ends up being cheaper - on average a bagel with butter is between $.75 and $1.25, but buying a plain bagel at the store is $.50, so all it costs me is a few minutes of manual labor to butter it.

So there ya have it. Convenience food, may be convenient but may not be happy - for your tummy or your wallet.


*"greasy Mexican" refers to a place called Fresco Tortilla Taco, which is part of a chain of Mexican holes in the wall, each run by Chinese people. They each have semi-unique names, like Fresco Tortilla Burrito or Fresco Burrito, New Fresco Tortillas... etc... you get the idea. You can order a #11 at any of them and get the same thing. If we could replicate their cheese enchiladas and nachos we would... but we can't, and the food is so cheap, it's our take-out of choice.
 
 
Current Mood: chipperchipper
 
 
 
passingfancy
04 November 2008 @ 09:59 am
I can hear through my window, some guys having a HUGE fight over a parking space. Ok, tensions are probably high in general... but still, screaming over a parking space, causing such a scene... alternate side is even suspended on Election Day.
 
 
passingfancy
04 November 2008 @ 09:00 am
Please remember to vote! I don't care who you are voting for, but I do believe in participating in the system and having an opinion -- and making that opinion known.
 
 
passingfancy
03 November 2008 @ 08:03 pm
On my way home, something was in the air... something dare I say, magical.

While waiting for the Walk sign, I started to attempt a rewrite of "Twas the night before the election..." but came up dry. I am not that good. And as tempted as I was to replace "mouse" with "louse" I knew I'd offend someone, just an additional reason to giggle to myself instead of writing parody.

So this Election Eve, we're on the edge of history. Something big will happen tomorrow.

Remember to vote.
 
 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
passingfancy
03 November 2008 @ 08:51 am
http://community.livejournal.com/costumes/366199.html

This guy is an amazing craftsman... his latest "steakpunk mask" is a little unsettling, yet very cool. I hope one's safety word can be heard through the mask.
 
 
passingfancy
31 October 2008 @ 10:07 am
So I'm in the car, waiting for alternate side to be over, and listening to NPR BBC News. They were discussing Prop 8 in CA, and they actually had someone saying 'If they let same sex couples get married, soon people will want to marry their dogs!'

I mean seriously. WTF. I've heard that some people have made that argument, but I never actually heard the words leave someone's mouth.

But, even if people DID end up wanting to marry their dogs, considering the average length of marriage is equal or less than the average life span of a dog, there would probably be less divorce. Oh, but then I wonder if divorce laws would need revising, so instead of irreconcilable differences, you could divorce on the grounds that your spouse keeps peeing on the carpet.

Ok, this post was becoming a rant. I deleted the rest of it. Needless to say, I'm pro-marriage. If it's your thing, that is. Regardless of sex or gender.
 
 
 
passingfancy
30 October 2008 @ 09:28 am
Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
 
 
passingfancy
Oh Noodley One.

I call upon you today to bless me with the Noodles of Knowledge, so I can take my exam this afternoon with ease. I have been studying, although I have yet to find a perfect system that allows me to prepare for exams with little stress, I have been endeavoring to do so. I suppose one can only tackle a mountain of spaghetti and meatballs one bite at a time, and that is what I am trying to do, as your iconic holy image reminds me.

Although the results have not come back yet, I thank thee for thy blessing in last week's exam, for it was not as frightening as I worried it would be, or you just touched me with your noodley appendage and gave me the ability to relax my brain and access the answers more easily. The part you played is much appreciated. I ask again for the blessing of calm, and shall dine again in your honor upon my return.

RAmen
 
 
passingfancy
25 October 2008 @ 11:56 am
I know I owe people answers to the question meme, and some reply comments... I will get to them. My midterm hell is almost over... one left on Tuesday, and thank His Noodliness I think I love my prof's style of exams. She gave us 8 questions, she'll ask us 5 of the 8. She seems to be really into concise, concrete answers, and explicitly told us what she wants in an answer. We have a full "page" to respond to each, she wants no more than that, but if we can answer it in a 1/4 page paragraph, she's totally cool with it, as long as we have answered the question. I still have some reading to catch up on, but it's all good.

The research team stuff I have been working on has sucked too much time out of my life, and unnecessarily so, it seems... my eagerness and perfectionistic tendencies are appreciated by the professor leading the team, but in my own words, I need to "lighten up" and as funny as it sounds... research is not an exact science. My job was to pick the population to distribute the survey to, and there really is no perfect way to do it... so that just means that we include that tidbit as a limitation in our discussion section. Ta da! It makes the study no less valid, we just have to acknowledge that our distribution methods probably influences our results in XYZ ways.

Although this post is longer than I expected, it still is a quickie, because I am typing REALLY fast. To end my post... regarding my prayers to the FSM regarding my test on Thursday, I think my prayers were answered. The test was still scary but not as scary as I imagined, and I am pretty sure I passed. Don't know if I passed with a 90+ or an 80+ but I passed, and will make up my grade with acing the final (which will be all about specific disorders, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, which I think I will be really good at).

Ok that's it... I need to get some stuff done, and as a reward when I take a break, I will go back to LJing and answer some meme-age.
 
 
passingfancy
23 October 2008 @ 08:41 am
Oh Noodley One...

Thank thee for thy good fortune on my exam from last week, getting the results last night was most heartening. I ask you for the strength and good constitution of al dente, for I have another exam today that I am very paranoid about. The professor professes it will be "easy" and should be quick (10 questions, short answer definitions), but his nonchalance has me worried to the point of being over cooked. This last while at school has been rough, and I stayed up almost all night working on another assignment I had due today, and only 2 hours of sleep out of desperation... I feared that the lack of sleep in favor of propping my eyes open to read would backfire. I pray that your wisdom guided me toward that decision and you favor me with a steady and calm head as I continue with this day and open my mind enough to access the answers when needed.

I shall return to my studying now. In your honor I shall dine this evening on the noodley fruit of your loins, if it pleases you.

RAmen
 
 
passingfancy
21 October 2008 @ 09:51 am
I have two tickets available for this Sunday's Jets/Chiefs Game, 1pm at the Meadowlands. To any Jets fans or friends who can pass this info to an interested party, the tickets are $115 each, and my parking pass is also available, which is $20 - better parking than those without passes. (Total if you/someone else wants all both tickets and parking, would be $250)

I can email the tickets to the buyer, it's a really convenient system they have going on there. :)

Thanks

Seat info:
Section 228 (Mezz, under the upper tier, safe from rain, and has good shade, on the, visitor's side/facing the Jets bench, on the goal line)
Row 5
Seats 1 and 2 (on the aisle)

Please don't invite Chiefs fans, that's my only request. :) My boys have enough trouble as it is. Only I may bring anti-Jet fans to games. Frankly, that bit is paranoia due to the new Fans First policy... instigation or bad reaction to being egged on and causing a stir will get me in trouble. I trust my friends, and friends of friends, but I don't want to put anyone in the middle of a possible roudy bunch of Jets fans getting angry at someone in my seats because they are in Chief's jerseys...
 
 
 
 
passingfancy
19 October 2008 @ 02:45 pm
Ok so... I love chewy granola bars. My problem is that most granola cereal and bars either have nuts in them or have the nut warning. A while ago, we became aware of Cascadian Farm products, and they had a Oat and Honey granola cereal that was NUT FREE! Then, about a month ago, I found they had chewy granola bars too, and specifically, Vanilla Chip Chewy Granola bars that are Nut Free and freakin' tasty as all get out!

Being the thrifty person I am, am unhappy paying for a box of 6 pre-made bars, when I am sure that I could make and bake these things myself. Trouble is, I have never made granola bars before, from scratch, from a recipe, or otherwise.

But, I had an idea. What if I can buy a box of the Oat and Honey granola cereal and turn it into the chewy bars (I don't really need the vanilla chips)? The ingredients are approximately the same, I linked both products below...

http://www.cascadianfarm.com/products/product_detail.aspx?cat=21&upc=0-21908-40676-3

http://www.cascadianfarm.com/products/product_detail.aspx?cat=8&upc=0-21908-13335-5

So, if anyone has ideas on how to morph the cereal into bars, I would love to hear it. Ideally, I'd like them to still be healthy-ish, and I am not opposed to using/trying things like agave or other vegetarian/vegan products.

Thanks in advance!
 
 
passingfancy
19 October 2008 @ 01:37 pm
I think I may have lost count, but I hope I have caught up on everyone I owe questions to, and this will be the last set of questions I had dangling... So I'm reporting/restarting on my end. Let me know if I owe you answers, and if you want questions!

1. Leave me a comment saying you want to do the meme.
2. I'll respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You should update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

Questions from touchofwinter

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passingfancy
16 October 2008 @ 04:42 pm
Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"It is not the sheer process of ventilation that is important; it is not only the discovery that others have problems similar to one's own and the ensuing disconfirmation of one's wretched uniqueness that are important." -- The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom

I never do these because I feel like I am too tempted to "find" a book, but today I just looked behind me for what was closest and ta da.

And because I feel it's important to say (and because I was debating which was actually the fifth sentence, versus the fifth full sentence on the page), I'm going to just add the following sentence from the book to put this in context.

"It is the affective sharing of one's inner world and then the acceptance by others that seem of paramount importance."
 
 
passingfancy
15 October 2008 @ 09:47 am
To those I owe questions to... or answers (if I do, comment and remind me)... I will get back to LJing tomorrow, I have an exam tonight and have some studying to do, and damn my scheduling, I was dumb enough to schedule a doctor's appointment mid-day to interrupt my studiousness on a day I have an exam.

DOI!
 
 
 
passingfancy
13 October 2008 @ 12:13 pm
1. Leave me a comment saying you want to do the meme.
2. I'll respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You should update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.


Her questions to me and the answers below...

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passingfancy
13 October 2008 @ 10:25 am
The scale says I am at a new low today (squee! and huh?!). I don't know how, after a few days of odd eating, including a few ciders on Saturday night.

Men who think females are a mystery have it right... even we don't understand ourselves half the time.

That aside, I forgot to mention that this weekend I has an amazing time with shellefly and her beau roughhouser seeing Mandy Patinkin in The Tempest, at this little bitty theatre just south of Union Square ( http://www.classicstage.org/ ). I'm going to totally have to go back to see other productions there... the theatre is a black box style, seating on three sides -- I don't think there was a bad seat in the house... although we had the best seats... Mandy's aura touched us, we were front row. Of course, I think his aura would have touched us in the back row, but like, he was at our feet. There was a mishap that shall not be spoken of on my end, too embarrassing to my soul, but perhaps that is the Jewish guilt exaggerating the severity and gravity of our transgression.

Anyway, it was a great weekend... I only wish I could have been in 2+ places at the same time so I could have been at Faerie Con as well, and helped notapooka and her hubby move.
 
 
passingfancy
12 October 2008 @ 05:51 pm
To be a winner.

Today's Jets v Bengals game was actually quite good, I was so proud of the team and the fans... the stadium was packed, and we were cheering, and not booing, well... we booed the Refs for a BS call early in the game, but all the 4th down plays were cheered on, and we even went for a turnover on 4th and 1 and we did it!! I was proud of Mangini for going for it.

It wasn't a blow out game, we gave up a TD that I think we could have prevented, but overall I am really proud of my guys today. I mean... the Bengals are now 0-4, then went in and came out winless... but I believe in underdogs, so I didn't walk into today's game thinking we were a lock.

Anyway, I'm a bit warm and fuzzy right now, and looking forward to the next game.
 
 
passingfancy
11 October 2008 @ 12:27 pm

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

You Are a Marilyn!

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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.



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passingfancy
08 October 2008 @ 02:07 pm
This is one of their latest politically skewed ads for their storage services. They are blatantly socially conscious, and also have a program to donate part of your storage rental money to one of five charities that range from pro-LGBT issues, to animal rights.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/girlposse/2918808834/

I saw this the other day and took a pic on my cell phone, but this one I found on Fliker has much better resolution.
 
 
 
passingfancy
01 October 2008 @ 01:09 pm
I don't know what it is, but I am totally mentally spent. Ok, maybe I have some ideas on why I feel this way... but I'm too spent to do anything about it.

Just had to get that out.
 
 
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passingfancy
10 September 2008 @ 02:44 pm
I just started my "free trial" of Amazon Prime or whatever where I get free 2 day shipping for a while... I needed to sign up because they had a text book that I needed and that the bookstore ran out of.

While loading my cart, I thought it worth my while to see what was on sale... I just bought 3 pairs of shoes, which arrived today with my textbooks.

I am such a sucker. But the shoes are CUTE and they fit! (and were up to 70% off)

Off I go to read...
 
 
passingfancy
04 September 2008 @ 12:40 pm
Thursdays I have two classes.... 10-11:40 and 1-2:40... during the break, I went to the bookstore to get my books, order a book (although I don't know WHY it is ever necessary to order a book when the school and bookstore KNOW how many students there are/could be in the class), and check/write some emails.

I was going to do some reading, but that's not going to happen. I was going to eat something. That may happen. I packed my lunch and at the very least can eat during class. I was going to pay my tuition bill... ugh I guess I can do that on the way to class or as I leave.

Hmm. 15min to class beginning. I guess I'll start walking.

I'm frazzled. And I have more happy news but won't say anything as to not jinx it. No, I'm not preggers. Get that out of your heads. All of you. I'll just say that I look good.

I'd write a political post, but you all know pretty much how I feel about these things, so no need to tell you things you already know.
 
 
passingfancy
03 September 2008 @ 03:26 pm
Some days I just can't get my brain and mouth to work at the same time. Just left messages for two of the schools, the third's voicemail was full. My first voicemail message I think was good... but I totally stumbled over myself on the second. I "corrected" myself by apologizing for being tongue tied because I was just nervous and excited about this opportunity... hopefully that gets me some forgiveness... more importantly... a call back.
 
 
passingfancy
03 September 2008 @ 11:13 am
So I've been refreshing the class schedule webpage hoping that a certain class will open up (Developmental Psych: Adolescence)... and still no luck. I was just about to email the prof and ask if I can get an override (with the reasoning being that I didn't expect my fieldwork to be in the high school, and this class would help prepare me for the work ahead) when I discover that this prof has a web page...

http://www.sarilocker.com/books/

Is her class full because she's a hottie? Is her class full because she writes books on sex? What type of philosophy does this woman have regarding adolescence, if she has done radio spots with Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly -- and Howard Stern?

Either way, I'm not going to stress over this. I am taking 3 classes. If I get fieldwork, I'll effectively have 4 classes. If not, maybe I'll get a part time job or volunteer for a non-profit.

I am trying not to be high strung. I am trying to go with the flow. It's hard.