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- improvising with hummus: because I found out the hard way that hummus doesn't really work in traditional blenders, at least not mine. But a mortar and pestle and a little elbow grease does. Nope, it's not perfectly smooth, but it was a lot less angsty than working with the blender, and it's good enough for me.

- anyone want a half bottle of Slatkin & Co "creamy nutmeg" home fragrance oil? I broke my oil warmer this weekend (it took up too much room anyway) and I hate to just throw away the rest of the oil. I'll mail it to anyone who wants it. :)

- I read The Weird Sisters (Eleanor Brown) over the weekend. It wasn't what I expected but it was wonderful. And I marked so many passages, including this one:

She remembered one of her boyfriends asking, offhandedly, how many books she read in a year. "A few hundred," she said.

"How do you have time," he asked, gobsmacked.

She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flipping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer [...]? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in available reflective surfaces? I am reading!

"I don't know," she said, shrugging.


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Apr. 25th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
Great passage! And it inspires me to be better at bringing a book with me everywhere I go.

That nutmeg oil sounds great, but I don't have a warmer. I do have a candle wax melter thing, though.. not sure if it would work in that.
May. 2nd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
if you want to give it a try, I don't mind sending it to you. :) No one else wants it!
May. 2nd, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Oh okay! Sure. :) I'd love it - do you want some money for shipping?
May. 3rd, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
Nope, no monies. I'll send it a long soon. :)
May. 4th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
You're sweet--thank you!!
Apr. 25th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one who had trouble making hummus in a blender/food processor!!
May. 2nd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Man, I thought it was just me! There must be some secret to it, but I just have no idea.
May. 3rd, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
It doesn't seem like it should be hard. They're beans!!
May. 3rd, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
I know! Crazy.
Apr. 25th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Apr. 25th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Years ago I bought a metal ring (sort of a little trough in a ring-shape) that sits like a crown on an upright incandescent light bulb (in a lamp, of course). You put a few drops of fragrance oil in the ring and then the heat of the bulb heats the oil and wafts in the room whenever you turn on the lamp. I'm trying to think of a scrap of metal or such that you could make into something similar. (Aluminum foil would probably work if you folded it thickly enough and knew the shape I mean.)

But, like me, you may have more of the twisty florescents, now. (I'm afraid to try the oil-heating ring on these; those florescents are so touchy about overheating under the wrong conditions.
May. 2nd, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a neat idea! Yes, the florescents are another story entirely, but I still have some of old-fashioned kind. I may see what I can rig up. :)
May. 3rd, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
P.S. Be careful. The ring (and bulb) can get pretty hot. The directions say to always remove the ring from the bulb when adding a few drops of oil to it.
May. 4th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
I will! Thank you. :)
May. 6th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Fantastic quote :) I'll have to add that to my list (the quote - the book is already on it ;) ).
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