Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I am thankful for the health of myself, Erik, friends, and family. Being young and healthy is the greatest gift of all. I'm trying to enjoy my youth.
madrone vs strawberry tree
Also we went to Halfprice Books where I got a new Virginia Woolf book Night and Day which I had never heard of and Erik got a guide to local butterflies. We also had Indian-Pakistani food and went to a cafe I like and Erik doesn't like. I'm liking Night and Day so far and don't know why it's not famous.
vegan acorn squash enchilada recipe
Wash a large acorn squash and cut it in half. Be careful! Cook it up in the oven or microwave until it's really done. Scoop out the flesh of the smaller half and save it for another dish. Scoop out the flesh of the larger half and keep it on the counter. Oh, I forgot to say to cook the seeds with salt. They're so tasty and munchable!
Get a 9 x 9 pyrex. Get about 5 large flour tortillas. Heat some oil in an extra large frying pan, and heat the tortillas in the oil to soften them. Put them on a plate to wait.
Chop a large onion and some garlic and saute in a medium or large saucepan. Add the squash and a can of pinto beans or black beans that have been drained. Add some chili powder. (I wanted to add some cumin here, but Erik was against it, and I listened to him, but I wish I hadn't. His rationale is that cumin is so powerful and he wanted to taste the squash.) Cook it up, allowing the squash to brown a bit, if possible. Add salt and pepper. Turn off the heat.
Turn on the oven--350 should be fine. Open the can of enchilada sauce and pour some onto a plate. Dip a tortilla in enchilada sauce, completely coating it. Put the tortilla in the pyrex. Add a fifth of the filling. Roll it up. Do this with all the tortillas until the filling is all used. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle generously with mozzarella Diaya. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until it's hot and bubbly. Serve with special rice.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
in which I complain about the dentist
So then I needed to decide whether I could afford the $660 at that time. I said I needed to speak to my husband about it. Luckily, Erik had come with me and was in the waiting room. So we had a tense little conversation about money, and we decided we could afford it but not then, in a week. But the dentist had told me something about paying part of it then and part of it later. So after speaking with Erik I made an executive decision to pay half of it that day and the other half in two weeks when I came in for the permanent crown. The dentist was explaining that the crown required two visits, and I really wanted to get this show on the road.
So they started drilling away tooth matter and fillings to make my mouth ready for the crown and new filling. It was just short of traumatic. They had given me the shot of novacane or whatever it is they use nowadays, but it didn't deaden the pain. When they got near the nerve I flinched, and they stopped, and the dentist told me to raise my left hand if I felt pain. So he went in again and hit the painful spot and I raised my hand. So they stopped and then they tried again and again I raised my hand. Boy was it a creepy kind of bad pain.
So then they gave me more shots. I hate the shots and felt miserable. I was gripping the arm wrests tightly and my whole body was tense. My neck and shoulders were very tense, and as I waited ten minutes for the novacane to kick in, I tried to force myself to relax, but it was really hard to. I recited Wallace Stevens' "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" to myself in my head in a feverish way.
I am kind of sick of talking about this, but I've given you some sense of it all. At the end my temporary crown was on, and I was told to bite some gauze for half an hour. I paid, and the secretary was alarmed at how I looked. "Kind of sore, huh?" she asked, and I think I said yes.
Then we walked home, and it was dark. I had been there for an hour and a half. I talked funny because of the gauze in my mouth. Half an hour later when I took it out, it was all bloody. Yuck. I rinsed my mouth, and little bits of filling came out into the sink. My mouth tasted horrible, like bad chemicals, and I felt it was not mine.
At dinnertime I was hungry, but I didn't feel I could eat. But I had some applesauce. Later I had plain yogurt and chocolate ice cream made with coconut milk that we got at the co-op. This morning I had creamy wheat. I'm on day three of a headache, and I am tired of having a body. The end.
Monday, November 22, 2010
coconut milk creamy wheat
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
It's raining like crazy, and our street has been known to flood--a few years ago, our car got flooded and didn't dry right and we had to get the carpets washed for something like $100. Anyway, we parked on the far side of the road, which is safer than the near.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Last night I read more Kathy Acker. She's brilliant. Coincidentally, there was a book of hers at a thrift store I visited today, Don Quixote. I also saw the script for Napoleon Dynamite. I opened it and read a random page. It was the scene where Pedro just signed up for...something, and he and Napoleon are talking about it. Napoleon offers to be Pedro's bodyguard. Oh, and they talk about their skills. It's a great scene.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hungarian mushroom soup
Monday, November 15, 2010
egret with snake
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Consumnes River Preserve
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today we went to the Sacramento friends of the library bookstore so Erik could look at field guides. I picked up a Sufjan Stevens CD and have to figure out who to give it to.
Today was Jagaddhatri puja at my place of worship. I didn't stay for lunch. But I took an apple. Later I asked Erik, "Guess what I have in my bag--you have three guesses," and he guessed apple first try!
Well, I've caught a cold. It's my first time being sick in quite a while. I don't think I got sick at all last year. So I will rest up and score SAT tomorrow, which will be day four.
Friday, November 12, 2010
The Paper Chase
my oatmeal recipe
My friend A asked me to share my oatmeal recipe. It's enough for two people.
2 1/4 cups soymilk
1 cup oatmeal
2 tsp earth balance
2 tbsp flax seed meal
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
two dashes of cinnamon
Heat the soymilk and oatmeal and salt in a saucepan to boiling. Turn down the heat and allow it to simmer until most of the soymilk is absorbed, maybe ten minutes. Meanwhile, get two bowls. Divide the earth balance, flax seed meal, brown sugar, and walnuts into each bowl. When the oatmeal is done cooking, add the cinnamon and stir well. Dish the oatmeal into each bowl and stir well.
Note: depending on whether or not the soymilk you use has sugar in it, you might want more or less brown sugar.
Also note: for variation, you can add chopped peeled apple.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I went to P's place and we talked for a while, eating oranges and pomegranates. She practiced a Mozart piece she's playing for the recital, and I turned pages. Then I drove home as it was getting dark. I saw the moon.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
East Bay adventures
We're trying to get on an early sleep schedule because Erik's working weird hours Thursday and Friday, so good night, friends.
Monday, November 08, 2010
At the farmers market yesterday we bought fresh basil, and I made garlic basil pasta for dinner. Also, we've been having it in sandwiches instead of spinach. It's gooooood.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Then we went to McKinley Park. We walked in the rain. Then we went to a free chrysanthemum show. The chrysanthemums were beautiful. I liked Lava best, I think. Here are pics from a different chrysanthemum show, but the one we went to was like this one.
Then we had Thai food with our friend A. Then we went to Vic Fazio and birded with him. In addition to egrets and starlings and red winged blackbirds, we identified Killdeers and Northern Shovelers. There was some kind of kite we couldn't ID, and a hawk.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
The Crocker reopened November 10th of this year. The billboard read 10-10-10, and Erik and I had a late night conversation about how at the grand opening there would be ten tense ten-year-olds in ten tents (and that sort of thing).
--LM on BFF while listening to "Jess Excellent"
And I wrote a four page letter to A who lives in Utica, New York. She sent me a little vegan recipe booklet she made just for me--it's very cute. And she sent me a vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe that I want to try. It calls for applesauce, and I don't have any, but I'm thinking applesauce is the egg replacer so I can substitute my egg replacer of choice.
Today was choir practice. Today is W's birthday--she turns 100 today. I signed the card. I think she's the only 100 year old I've personally known.
Friday, November 05, 2010
two years for Mehserle
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Yesterday was a non-event--I didn't leave the apartment except to go to the post office in the morning and Trader Joe's at night. I've been binding zines and writing notes to go in the mail.
Today Erik's hiking at Pt Reyes. I've walked to the blue mailbox twice but otherwise am having a quiet home-day by myself. Or with Kitty, rather. He wants lots of attention but is sleeping at the moment.
This morning we turned in our absentee ballots at the church across the street in exchange for "I Voted" stickers. It's good to have done our duty, and we can only cross our fingers now and hope for the best.