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The symptoms most commonly produced by Enrichment Center testing are superstition, perceiving inanimate objects as alive, and hallucinations. The Enrichment Center reminds you that the Weighted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you and, in fact, cannot speak.

http://knittedcompanioncube.blogspot.com/2007/12/knitted-companion-cube-assembly.html
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So, come August of next year, I'm going to be a father.

I think that's pretty darn cool.
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...but I like to do what I can all the same.


Skeeve's Winter Wonderland Cookies

1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

2: Mix 1 cup softened butter, 3/4 cup granulated white sugar, 3/4 cup packed grown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and one large egg until mixture is smooth.

3: Add 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour and stir thoroughly. The dough will be quite stiff once you get more than a cup or so of flour in there, so you'll probably have to use your hands.

4: Mix in 1 bag of mint-flavoured semisweet chocolate chips and 12 peppermint candy canes, crushed into pieces no larger than half the size of a chocolate chip (I recommend using a heavy ziploc bag and a hammer)

5: Roll dough to appropriate size (about the circumference of teaspoon), place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 8 minutes.

6: While cookies are still hot and soft (immediately out of the oven), sprinkle icing sugar to taste over tops. Let cool three or four minutes, then remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool before eating.

The candy canes will re-harden as the cookies cool, so I recommend using either very fine pieces, or slipping the cookies into the microwave for about thirty seconds if you're doing your baking ahead of time.
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This is really quite important, so I urge you to look into it.

Ontario Referendum on Electoral Reform: October 10th, 2007.

For [livejournal.com profile] sasuran's easy-to-read explanation of the way the MPP system works, click here.

Ask Meme

Aug. 16th, 2007 06:03 pm
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Borrowed from Haru;

How many times has someone on your friends list posted about something and you were really confused, but you didn't want to ask because you thought you should know? How many times have you felt 'guilty' asking an LJ friend a question that should be 'obvious'? Well, here's your chance. Even something extremely basic, like where I live. I'll answer nearly any questions (random or serious), even if you're curious about more than one thing or are new to my friends list.
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So I was heckled today by an elderly man. This in and of itself is not exactly a rare occurrence these days, given that I work at a 'Long Term Care Facility'. The nature of the heckling, however, was rather unique. The man was a World War II veteran, and was rather irate when I accidentally woke him up from his midmorning nap face down on one of the dining room tables.

The only intelligible line from his roughly minute and a half tirade was this:

"I was off fighting the Fuhrer, and here you are training t'be one of Eva Braun's bridesmaids!"

There really are no words.
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I must acquire some of this at any cost.
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Yay, I'm gainfully employed, which is pretty awesome. Not the most glamorous of jobs - housekeeping and maintenance at a local old folks' home. Pays decently, $10 an hour or so, but I have to deal with crazy old people.

At least it's only a three minute walk away from the apartment.
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I didn't fail. A single class.

See kids? Miracles *can* happen.

Kittens

Apr. 20th, 2007 09:00 pm
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Let it be known that I do not have a good feeling about this.

Edit: The not good feeling turns out to have been for not much.
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Go to google.com, type in your name and then needs. Post the first 10 results.

1 Alec needs to try Blogger.
2 His family's insurance company won't pay for two of the three stem-cell transplants Alec needs.
3 Alec needs more COWBELL!!!!!
4 i think alec needs a comment as his not had one for a while.
5 Alec needs a wealthy bride so that he can restore his estate, and beautiful Katherine Merivale may just fit the bill.
6 In order to save his ancestral home, Alec needs an heiress.
7 I think that Alec needs to leave Kim and Ireland alone.
8 Doodle artist Alec needs your vote!
9 Alec needs at least 2 DVDs of his own to really capture it all.
10 Everything at Smart Alec's needs to be taken in context.

Man, Alec Baldwin sucks.
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So I sold another little piece of my soul today and signed up for a Facebook account.

It now joins LJ, GJ, and Myspace in eroding my humanity. That is all.
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It has been a very... busy twenty four hours.

Exams started yesterday. I wrote my Electronic Devices exam, which I thought went rather well. I didn't quite finish it, but I only left six marks of 135 blank, so that shouldn't cost me *too* much.

Care and I went grocery shopping (which is always mildly amusing), and went out to Jack Astor's for dinner, as one just recently had their grand opening. Or rather, seem to still be having their grand opening, as the hostess was decked out in what, while it wasn't actually an evening gown, would still be quite suitable to a night at the theatre.

Things started to go downhill from there.

We usually watch some TV before we go to bed (we're on season 2 of Lois and Clark at the moment), and I got into bed with a bit of a headache. No big deal, happens a lot. By the end of the episode, it had segued into a migraine, without much warning (which is a nasty little trick that I hope *never* repeats itself). To make a long story short, I watched a lot of late night television, and netted about fourty-five minutes to an hour of actual unconsciousness last night - I hesitate to call it actual sleep.

Did I mention I had my Math exam to write this morning, at 8 am?

Fortunately enough, at about 8:30am, my head just.... stopped hurting for about a half hour, which was just enough time for me to turn that test over my knee. I finished a 2 hour test in one hour, with a mild migraine to boot, and I will be very surprised if I get less than an 80% on it. By the time I got outside, though, my head started throbbing again, although not nearly as severely as it did before.

And strangely, I feel no urge to go try and take a nap.

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I've also been having some strange dreams lately. Stranger than normal for me, anyway. Shannon, you'll be aroused amused to know that I did in fact have that dream about you, Care, and inappropriate uses for the inventory of an office supply store.

Monday night I dreamt that I was at school, and I bought a can of coke from the machine. Well, wouldn't you know that the can of coke had the mark for the lab test I'd done that day (and poorly, I might add), and it was 85%! I was all proud for a moment before I realized that it couldn't possibly have been my mark, as I had a Diet Coke in my hand, and I always get regular coke.

Then last night (this wasn't really a dream, but I think it counts), as I was lying in bed trying to doze off, I had the song '1985' looping in my head because of an AMV I'd just seen, and I had a little fantastic journey where I stole a yellow minivan and went out in search of Prozac to fix my head.

I wouldn't mind for exams to be over so I don't have to put up with this crazy stress stuff anymore.
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There is really nothing I can add to this.
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Well, what do you know. It's my birthday today. At least, that's what seven automatic emails in my inbox from various forums tell me.

So, I've decided what I want for my birthday. Don't worry, it's not a hard gift to find. All I want, from all of you, is a photograph.

Now, I know in years' past I've put kind of a lecherous spin on that request, but that's not what I'm after this year (although I certainly wouldn't complain). I just want a current photo from each of my friends, preferably one taken for the occasion. It's been a long time since I've seen pretty much all of you, and I think that'd be nice.

You can either post them here or email them to skeeveplowse at gmail.com, whichever you prefer. Here's to hoping that your day goes as well as mine does.
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Here's what happened to Care and I this morning.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, and it appears to be all surface damage.

...yeah.
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Got a rather fair amount accomplished on Sunday. This probably has something to do with the fact that I couldn't sleep. Woke up at eight thirty. Had to clean up a potted plant that'd busted all over the floor (can't have nice things with cats around, you know), but the morning was fairly uneventful as these things go.

Care and I primarily spent the day cooking. Five chicken breasts were roasted and diced, for future use in sandwiches and on pasta, that sort of thing, five chicken breasts were stuffed with garlic, onions, ricotta and mozzarella cheese and roasted, and we also made a few loaves of bread. So we'll be eating a lot of chicken in the future, but we don't have to cook if we don't want to for about the next week or so. Which is a nice feeling.

Double XP weekend on City of Heroes has come to a close; I only got Skeeve, my Elec/Ice blaster, up to level 25, but we got Care's character Miriam, an Illusion/Storm Controller, up to level 13. Between the two of us, we probably played entirely too much CoH this weekend.

And even with all this, we still managed to fit in watching the first two episodes of 'Smallville' before bed. It seems like it'll be good, but I really don't like how they took Superman and threw him into episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Especially with Chloe acting like she *is* Buffy. It's quite confusing, and I'd like it to stop.

In all, though, got a lot done this weekend, and I'm quite happy about that.
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