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Sunday, November 20th, 2016 11:21 am
A few weeks back there was noisy construction activity at the corner of the apartment complex near our house. We had not been notified of anything, but I thought nothing of it: while our back fence and theirs are adjacent, this was -nowhere near- our house, being a tenth of a mile away and around a corner (4 houses down or more depending on which side of the street you use to measure, because of the curve).

After a couple days it was done and was clearly a mini fenced-in dog park in an unused corner of the grounds, under the trees. Black chain fence enclosing it, bark mulch laid down, etc. Not huge; big enough for small dogs, less-active medium dogs, and maybe large dogs who wanted to nap off-leash. I don't think the complex allows large dogs in residence, so this is probably the perfect size for their residents. It was not very pretty, but it wasn't ugly, and I am always glad for more off-leash areas to discourage people from (illegally, but it does not stop them) having their dogs off-leash on sidewalks/in parks without such an area/otherwise in the open).

A week later, we got a notification from the city of a retroactive permit request for construction of the off-leash dog area. Apparently they did not actually request a permit, and someone turned them in (it was very visible from the street, so I suppose almost anyone who has cause to come down here could have; while there are not too many houses down here, there is one senior center, and so rather more people than a dead-end street would otherwise see). I mean, I assume so, although it's possible they went "oops!" and filed the request on their own?

2-3 days ago the fence was gone, the bark mulch and underlying weed cover done, and then the bare ground was re-seeded.

And yesterday's mail brought the notice of administrative decision from three days ago denying the permit.

Before undertaking construction, know your local permitting requirements and follow them. You...would think the management company for a large, established apartment complex would already be aware of this.

I imagine the residents with smaller dogs who had been using it were, however, disappointed. I feel bad for them. I didn't mind the dog park, and had it stayed I would not have minded. They got a nice new thing...and then in days to weeks after it opened, poof, it went away again.
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Sunday, November 13th, 2016 05:37 pm
And I've already survived the experiment and the writeup, so there's that. I won't say it's been a bundle of fun (projects involving boiling sugar syrups are now on my no-way list), but it was interesting, I learned some, and I think Andrew did too *in spite* of his attempt to reduce it to a fun chance to eat rock candy and nothing more.

Tomorrow evening the display board goes in to be set up. Tuesday and Wednesday it's viewed and then Wednesday night it comes home again. Whee.
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 03:20 pm
First, I supported Bernie. Absent Bernie, I supported Clinton. I find Trump's win as worrisome at best, scary at worst. That said, he _is_ now President-elect, and I have to live in this reality and not another one.

That's my bias. This is not, however, going to be about that, but about what I hope we will all - regardless of how we voted - act _now_. If you'd like to skip over the rest of this post, here's a cut tag, but I hope you'll keep reading )

* This is actually my one sticking point. If you supported Trump to upend Washington DC, or because you liked other parts of what he said, or because you hated Clinton - I don't agree with you but I'm not going to argue it. At this point history will sort that out. But if you supported Trump or wanted to support Trump because you think people of another race, or of another religion, or of another gender, are less-than and should be treated as such?

If that's the case, please unfriend me. I'm not unfriending anyone over politics. I will unfriend over bigotry if it's there.
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Sunday, November 6th, 2016 06:31 pm
I haven't had KFC chicken in so long I can't actually comment how close this comes!

But since the "secret" recipe was splashed all over the press - whether it's accurate or not - I figured I'd adapt it to be low FODMAP suitable for my diet. It's yummy, whether it's accurate or not.

Half this recipe is sufficient for 12-13 chicken drumsticks (4+ pounds). You'll see in a moment why I didn't halve it, however... I might triple back to the original and just store it for use when I want some! O.o It'd be easier. (And anything that references 1/3 tsp or 2/3 tsp, I was totally estimating with sorta-heaping 1/4's....)

2/3 cup Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free baking flour (I suspect a plain rice flour would work fine here also)
2/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tps basil
1/3 tsp oregano
1 tsp celery salt (the level of celery exposure here should be low enough to be fine)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried mustard
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp white pepper (yes, you really really need the white pepper)

The original also had garlic salt - I omitted and drizzled a little garlic-infused olive oil over some pieces and ate other pieces as was. I'll be honest, it's fine either way, so I'd skip the garlic-infused olive oil (that way, you don't have to try not to accidentally put too much on a piece). If you tolerate garlic well, add 2 tsp garlic salt to the recipe to get closer to the original, but at that point the only substitution is the gluten free flour

Pat the chicken legs dry. Coat lightly in the mixture (probably a shaking bag would be easiest, but rub it on, dip it, whatever method you prefer). Lay out on an oiled baking pan. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, flip, and give it another 30 minutes or so, until well cooked / internal temperature of 160 (if you like to use a meat thermometer; I'm lazy about that).
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Saturday, October 15th, 2016 09:36 pm
The high wind warning was originally to expire at midnight, but they changed it to expire at 9 pm. We did have some pretty good gusts and Scott (who took the boys to a friend's birthday party this afternoon) tells me there were some tree branches down, but it was nothing like as bad as the worst-case scenario.


The coast had a really brutal time of it. The Portland NWS issued *10* tornado warnings (previous record, at least as far back as 2005, was 2...). I could then claim they were being alarmist because of the forecast, except that there actually were two confirmed tornados on the coast. (One in Manzanita which did a fair amount of damage, and one near Oceanside that...wandered on to the beach and that was it. Thank goodness for that, at least.)

Meanwhile, I planned my cooking to hopefully have everything done before the hours of likeliest power outage. We didn't have a power outage, but we did have a yummy lunch and dinner, so that worked just fine. :)

And hey, it spurred me to get some chores done early, which means I have a little bit of flexibility in my weekend for tomorrow. (...because we didn't do anything outside the house except the birthday party, today, and I was home doing chores and cooking during that....)

My house is warm and safe and comfy, my family is secure in it. The boys are asleep and after a bit more that needs to be done, I will be.

For this, I am thankful.
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Friday, October 14th, 2016 04:00 pm
So, yesterday my coworker was less-than-thrilled with the forecast, because he needed to go grocery shopping because they were almost out of staples, and he was going to have to compete with people frantically stocking up for a storm described as 'huge' but that will be worst at the coast (we're a two-hour drive and a mountain range from the coast, here, for context).

I think he ended up doing most of it mid-day to avoid the mess, but I'm not really sure.

I was, however, laughing a lot because he was mocking people who were panicked about the storm. Why was that making me laugh? Because I was ABSOLUTELY planning to run a frantic pre-storm errand after I left work yesterday (which I DID), in case the weather hit early and bad and I couldn't run it today.

...I was dashing to the library to pick up my holds, a larger-than-normal number of books for the boys among them, in case power was lost and the library had to close early at any point.

Which says, I think, a lot about priorities. (Also about the fact that I'd done a fairly large staples run the weekend before, which was pure random luck. But still...I didn't even think about a frantic grocery run. I went to the library.)

I _did_ go to the grocery this afternoon, on the grounds that I normally do my shop-ahead on Saturday and I really would rather shop mid-afternoon today than during a panicked Saturday morning rush or out in the thick of the weather later in the day if it does get bad. I didn't buy the full week's supply - if we come out of the storm in good shape, I can get it Sunday afternoon. If we don't, I don't need to have a week's worth of perishables going off after we lose power. :P I'm out about $8 if the perishables from this trip get lost because of power outage, so. That's not too bad.

But we'd have been fine if I didn't, too, I'd just have had more limited options for myself. But the books--! Gotta have the books, I'm telling you.
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 07:10 pm
We are supposed to get a big storm, possibly worse than the Columbus Day storm, Thursday-Saturday (actually it's apparently two or three weather systems hitting back to back).

I'm hoping they're wrong about how grim it'll be. But I DO hope we get Friday's thunderstorms...that sounds lovely....

Still, I think I'll be prepared for if we get rather more. Whee!

Links about the weather on its way to us (but NB that we are inland in the Willamette Valley in Oregon - the worst of this will hit the coastal areas in Oregon and Washington, so we're already not in the worst of it):
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Saturday, October 8th, 2016 05:38 pm
So, I've been reading this series. I wasn't actually too impressed with the first book, and yet I enjoyed it so much that I needed to read the second, and now I definitely need the third. This is VERY typical of my experience of Lackey, whose tropes are some of my own favorite mind-candy.

That said, these books are not so awesome in terms of continuity. Friends who know me: I spotted continuity issues on the first read-through.... Yeah. Not good. I cannot really explain them without spoilering things to heck and back, but there are blatant continuity errors. Largely unnecessary - you could achieve the story without them.

But the underlying story - assuming you like Lackey's favorite trope of a young person who is All That And More - is pretty fun and the world is fascinating.

What I really do NOT understand is all the complaints about Joy - Joy is our main character - and how she figures things out and how come no one else is.

I don't think there are spoilers here, but my generalizations might let someone who then read the series figure things out ahead of time here and there )
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Monday, September 5th, 2016 04:45 pm
It thinks heat is optional. (Everything else works; I did all the troubleshooting I'm really capable of. Running it ten minutes produces cold damp clothes, not warm damp clothes. Venting is fine. Barrel is spinning. Just no heat.) So, they'll be out Wednesday to look at it. It is, of course, just outside of warranty. Urgh. So we'll see if I need a new one or if it's cheaper to fix. (The folks coming to service it don't sell them, so if they say I'm better replacing it, I'm gonna believe them.)

Discovered broken mid-last-week, we thus had a lot of laundry. I was working with wash-and-drip-dry, but this weekend had to admit we needed to involve a laundromat.

I have a ballpark figure in my head of what laundromats cost, and it's reasonably current given that I wash our king-sized comforter at one when it needs it.

So I grabbed three rolls of quarters, and indeed, a week of laundry for a family of four (actually, a bit less because I let some of the bedding I'd normally wash weekly wait another week) ran $28 in the end. It would have been $26 if I hadn't forgotten to bring my soap, though.

And this is where I point out that there's a meme going around Facebook about an awesome program allowing kids living in poverty to bring laundry to school, and how that causes them to _spend more time in school_, in part because they have clean clothes to wear and aren't embarrassed. I mention it because every time it appears, it seems like I see judgy comments about how their parents should try to do better. Because if you're living in poverty you almost certainly do not have a washer/dryer set in your residence.

So...if you're living in poverty and having trouble making ends meet / covering rent and food / etc., you can afford an extra $20 or so every week, right? Wait a And that's ignoring whether or not you have access to a functioning laundry that's nearby. If you don't, you also have to haul the darned stuff to wherever you can wash it. Which is fairly easy for suburban ol' me with my reliable car and money for gas, but not for people living in poverty.

So, unless they're hand-washing in their sink and drip-drying, exactly how do the people saying these things expect people living with these limitations to solve this dilemma, and why do they think not solving it indicates they don't take good enough care of their children? (And sink-washing is a quick answer to toss off, but is a lot of hard work - at the end of a long day, is it work the parent is up to? Does it mean they get less sleep than they need, or trade off helping the kids with homework? And is there enough space to drip-dry everything that was used and cleaned?)

I am, personally, so glad that program exists. If you haven't seen the articles before, one is:

...and here's hoping I don't need a laundromat solution again next weekend, but I'm still glad I _can_ do it, if I need to.
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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 08:17 am
Courtesy of Facebook memories, I was reminded of this recipe:

It was delicious and we loved it! But it's not FODMAP friendly. So I'm revisiting it. I am not making it this week (the meal planning is already done!), but I'm revising it to something I think will work and that I plan to try.

Read more... )
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Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 03:16 pm
It's not like XFinity/Comcast has the best rep to begin with, but I will name them, given how this call ended.

Things of which I am tired: companies that send a "confirmation email" that you must accept to prove the email is yours, that provide /no way/ to respond "heck no, I have never heard of you, take this email out of your system". (In many cases from a known, clearly-legitimate business name, but someone has put my email on their account, whether due to a typo or just because they made something up to avoid using their own.)

Are you SERIOUS? You do not need my street address in order to get my EMAIL address out of your SYSTEM, I do NOT have an account with you.

And if you had any chance that I would, you are rapidly killing it. (Not that you did.)

...annnnd they say they can't escalate me to a supervisor nor anywhere else nor remove my email unless I give them my PHYSICAL address.

Seems unkind to their other customers to go mark everything they send me, in my gmail account, that in no way should be in their system, as spam. And yet, it would be so satisfying, I think I just may do it.
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Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 05:12 pm
How Deliria: Miracle Season would have ended. We played parts 1-4, and then I think we were at the con once when the man running it wasn't, and - we haven't made it to GenCon since. I suspect he's long since stopped running them, but I do wish I'd found out how sections 5-6 played.
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Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 03:53 pm
I love that book. I didn't find out it existed until after she passed away, so it was a nice surprise to get to read something "new" (to me) by her. Although I'm still sad, because apparently she had a sequel plot in mind, but the publisher didn't want a particular character to reappear and she did, so she never wrote it since she couldn't write it her way. I wish I could have read that book.

If there are books or the dreams of books in the afterlife, maybe it will be waiting for me one day, but otherwise - this is the book I have, in that world, and that's it.

But re-reading it raised one of my original confusions, and at the same time, another "hey wait a minute" hit me.

So first: this is a very good book, and if you enjoy first-contact stories, or sci-fi "anthropology" type things, or quirks of human interaction, you might like it quite a lot. I would suggest not reading my further comments before reading the book if you're at all tempted to read it...although I won't be spoilering, or even mentioning, the two "official" mysteries in the book. I will, on the other hand, be thoroughly spoilering one of the character development threads, because in no way can I talk about the "hey wait a minute" without doing so.

Herein lie spoilers. )
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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 06:11 pm
This is adapted from this recipe:

It was adapted to use what I had in my CSA share, and also to be low-FODMAP. Sourcing notes for products I used at the end.

my recipe )

Verdict: I like this. It's a little mild, so if you want a stronger flavor you may have to adjust it, but I'm pretty pleased. Just finished it and Scott's not home with the boys yet, so I don't have the family verdict.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 06:14 pm
Well, the boys were "okay" with their eggs and pleased with their garlic bread tonight. Didn't get them to eat the salad. (Didn't try hard, either. WHY do people love "spring greens"? I consider eating them a necessary evil when they're what I have, but if the taste were any sharper, I could've used it to cut the garlic bread.)

We are getting a CSA share from OurTable this summer: was this week's.

Garlic bread made with the white part of the garlic and a whole lot of butter (and a loaf of Italian bread from the store); eggs cooked with the green garlic (for the boys and Scott) or with zucchini, some radish greens, and a bit of choi (me, because cannot have garlic); and, urgh, spring greens in a salad.

Not too shabby. I'll enjoy eating the actual radishes tomorrow, and I have another serving of my eggs and another of theirs left over. And enough greens for argh. They were really generous with the salad greens.

I'm actually looking forward to "oh GOD they planted ZUCCHINI" season because I love all the options zucchini provides. I realize this makes me a freak. But...we got our first zucchini this week. YAY. (Extra yay, because joking aside, that means we'll lean more toward strawberries in a future week, and if you ask me if I want 'extra strawberries' or 'extra zucchini' to be a thing in a week that already had some of whatever-it-is, well, extra strawberries are more-appreciated by the rest of the household and equally appreciated by me, so. But I also have a lovely chocolate-zucchini-muffin recipe that will probably get some play time this summer. Tonight I didn't have the energy for it tho.)
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Saturday, May 14th, 2016 11:12 am
Scott and I are both feeling a bit run-down and off today, so no swimming today after all. (Open swim at Children of the Sea is closed tonight in any case, but we'd planned to go to Canby. Now? Nope.) Luckily, Canby has public swim 1-3 Saturday _and_ 3-5 Sunday, so we can still get plenty of swimming in tomorrow too.

The cookies I baked were a hit, which is good.

A while ago it was noisy upstairs, but Scott was in amongst it and it didn't sound un-cheerful, so I ignored it.

I just went up to help Ian put away a game, and Scott got to enjoy my reaction - the dresser that was supposed to be moved today or tomorrow from Andrew's room to Ian's room is IN IAN'S ROOM. Scott and the boys moved it. It's not a small dresser, and the boys are rightly proud of themselves.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 05:54 pm
This...turned out really nice. And for those who don't know, most vegetable broths do not work well with low-FODMAP (celery is a minor issue, garlic and onion a bigger one), and the white part of leeks is also a no-go. (Which also makes this thing a lovely mid-green, more pea-soup in appearance than potato-leek.)

1/4 cup? olive oil, divided*
2 cups chopped leek parts (dark green leaves only)**
5-3/4 cup water and some salt, and a little bit of garlic-infused olive oil (1/2 tsp?)***
2 pounds potatoes, cut in cubes****
3/8 tsp cayenne pepper*****
some salt

Get your pot, put it over medium heat. When it's heated up, add some of the oil and the leek parts. Cook until they're tender, you're bored, or both - about ten minutes. Add oil as needed.

Pour in the water mix and add the potatoes. Bring it back to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let simmer for about 25 minutes. (I actually arguably boiled it for 20 of those minutes, because hi, not paying enough attention. Worked fine. Anecdotally.)

Put mix in blender and puree until fine; you don't want to fill the blender more than about half full, so this will take more than one cycle. Once it's all pureed, stir the cayenne pepper and additional salt in, tasting as you go and adjusting as needed. Make sure you stir well.

Careful with this one. It's a lovely, mild potato taste with just a little bit of onion/leek flavor to it. It's really very mild and calm. And just as you're realizing that it's friendly and tasty, the after-burners kick in. It's _nothing_ like a serious pepper and it won't threaten your taste buds' existence. But it can and probably will startle you. (I warned Scott and it still startled him. This soup has a serious second personality.)

* I didn't bother to measure this. I just put some in, and added when it seemed to need it.

** Just shy of two leeks in the case of the ones I had; if FODMAPs is not a concern, substitute two leeks here, it's easier.

*** Probably 1-2 tsp salt, but I just dropped it in. If FODMAPs aren't a concern, use 4 cups of vegetable broth and 1-3/4 cup water.

**** I left the skin on, and it worked fine.

***** I will be doing 1/4 tsp at most next time. Uff da. But I am a wimp.
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Saturday, March 5th, 2016 03:03 pm
I'm lazy, so I Googled this and found:

And then, because I'm lazy, I further adapted it. What I did:

2 pounds ground turkey
1 whole egg
1/4 tsp salt*
2-3 tsp Italian seasoning**
1 tsp dried chives

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix ingredients thoroughly. Spray a 9x5 baking pan and press mixture into it, pressing down a bit more in the center. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes / until no longer pink in the center. (I think I overcooked this slightly. I don't think it actually mattered. It was wonderful.)

* I was quite happy with this amount but you should be aware that I often find tasty what others call bland, and adjust your recipe accordingly. The original called for 3/4 tsp.

** I didn't have poultry seasoning handy and I couldn't find any at the store that was looked low FODMAP. As it happens, I'm glad I couldn't find it. Best substitution is best. I don't WANT poultry seasoning. I used McCormick's Italian mix. Since this already had oregano and basil, I added more than 2 but less than 3 teaspoons and called it good. It was.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 07:02 pm
So, I love Qdoba's pulled pork. And honestly I tolerate it pretty well. But I confess to a desire to make it at home, and why would I _not_ convert it closer to low FODMAP?

So, I got the recipe I started with here:

And I did this:

3 pounds pork*
1 bunch green onions, green portion, chopped
1-2 Poblano chilies, cut into thin strips
2 JalapeƱos, seeded and minced
0-2 Anaheim or Hatch green chilies, cut into thin strips**
2 cups tomatillos, husked, cut into large chunks***
garlic-infused olive oil (maybe 2-3 tsp?)
2-2.5 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Wash and cut onions, tomatillos, and peppers. Place in bottom of crock pot. Place pork on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic-infused oil.

Turn crock pot on low and cook for a minimum of six hours. (Per the original recipe, if your crock pot has a high setting you can cook on high for the first two hours, but don't leave on high too long as pork will become tough.)

After six hours, shred pork with tongs or forks, removing any fat prior to shredding.

* I used carnitas; pork chops and shoulder roast have both reportedly worked for others.

** I totally omitted these, I liked the milder flavor.

*** Hahaha I misremembered and only used 2 tomatillos, this would be much better. so so SO good.
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Saturday, February 20th, 2016 08:48 am
Low FODMAP, of course. I could just have hash browns, but I had leftover quinoa to use up.

These aren't horrible, but next time want more spicing.

1 cup cooked quinoa
1 large egg
salt/pepper to taste
Garlic and onion infused olive oils*

Mix the quinoa, egg, and salt/pepper. (It probably wants more salt than you think, but that can always be added after.)

Heat a pan on medium, add the oil after the pan's hot, and cook the mixture in thin patties (I used about half the mix per patty). Cook on the first side until the edges firm up.** Flip, and cook just slightly less time on the other side.

They were nicely edible but not yet delicious; on the other hand, they did neatly use up my leftover quinoa.

* If you don't follow the low FODMAP diet, maybe do something with garlic/onion and olive oil separately. And no, I didn't measure, just eyeballed it.

** If the patty is thin and you wait until the edges brown, you will burn other parts of the patty.