jennythereader: (Hedgehog *)
1)How does mixing types of bones work? At the moment I have a chicken carcass, a duck carcass, and a ham bone. Should I make three separate batches of stock or one big batch?

2)I actually have way more stock than I really need. Anybody want to trade for something they make? Local(ish) only please. The stock is just frozen, so we'd need to be able to make the swap in person.
jennythereader: (Hedgehog *)
1)How does mixing types of bones work? At the moment I have a chicken carcass, a duck carcass, and a ham bone. Should I make three separate batches of stock or one big batch?

2)I actually have way more stock than I really need. Anybody want to trade for something they make? Local(ish) only please. The stock is just frozen, so we'd need to be able to make the swap in person.
jennythereader: (creativereader.etsy.com)
I just signed up for Whoopdwhoop and invited several of my more crafty friends to participate as well. If you think it looks like fun, let me know (make sure I have your email address) and I'll invite you too. You can sign up even without an invite, but I get a bonus if you accept my invitation.

Eventually my plan is to offer things that expired off of Etsy as swaps here. I might also offer some ATCs and similar small pieces of art.
jennythereader: (creativereader.etsy.com)
I just signed up for Whoopdwhoop and invited several of my more crafty friends to participate as well. If you think it looks like fun, let me know (make sure I have your email address) and I'll invite you too. You can sign up even without an invite, but I get a bonus if you accept my invitation.

Eventually my plan is to offer things that expired off of Etsy as swaps here. I might also offer some ATCs and similar small pieces of art.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Everything seems OK so far.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I've heard such good things about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace that last night I decided to give it a try. At the end of the free sample chapters I felt like my brains had been replaced with silly putty. I'm not going to give it a number rating because I don't think I can do so fairly. I will say that I might give it another try someday, when I haven't already had the sort of day that yesterday was, but that day won't come soon.

Reading: After reading the above I flailed around trying to find something sufficiently light and fluffy to let my brain re-form itself. Nothing quite worked, and eventually I gave up and went to sleep. Had odd dreams all night.

Hearing: Random music that I've liked enough in the past to give 2 or more stars to in iTunes.

Etsy Find: Toniette's Treasure Box: a gorgeous chest, designed specifically to hold BPAL bottles. This is the smallest of the three designs he offers.

Project Follow-up: Partial success on the swap: the spending limit is $10, and between Target and the dollar store in the same plaza I found $7 worth of stuff. I'll try Michaels some time this weekend. I didn't make any progress on the dishes but Tom got sick of my putting it off and did some himself. And I did get another couple of yards of the tangle un-tangled.

Tonight's Project: Gym and dinner with the gang.

Randomness: What's a song you love the music, but hate the lyrics? Or other way around? For example - "If He Moves His Lips" by Shemekia Copeland has some of the most depressingly cynical words I've ever heard, paired with great up-beat music.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Everything seems OK so far.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I've heard such good things about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace that last night I decided to give it a try. At the end of the free sample chapters I felt like my brains had been replaced with silly putty. I'm not going to give it a number rating because I don't think I can do so fairly. I will say that I might give it another try someday, when I haven't already had the sort of day that yesterday was, but that day won't come soon.

Reading: After reading the above I flailed around trying to find something sufficiently light and fluffy to let my brain re-form itself. Nothing quite worked, and eventually I gave up and went to sleep. Had odd dreams all night.

Hearing: Random music that I've liked enough in the past to give 2 or more stars to in iTunes.

Etsy Find: Toniette's Treasure Box: a gorgeous chest, designed specifically to hold BPAL bottles. This is the smallest of the three designs he offers.

Project Follow-up: Partial success on the swap: the spending limit is $10, and between Target and the dollar store in the same plaza I found $7 worth of stuff. I'll try Michaels some time this weekend. I didn't make any progress on the dishes but Tom got sick of my putting it off and did some himself. And I did get another couple of yards of the tangle un-tangled.

Tonight's Project: Gym and dinner with the gang.

Randomness: What's a song you love the music, but hate the lyrics? Or other way around? For example - "If He Moves His Lips" by Shemekia Copeland has some of the most depressingly cynical words I've ever heard, paired with great up-beat music.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My right arm is still a little painful, but nothing else seems to be bothering me.

Stress Level: 3

Reading: Again, lots of sample chapters, but nothing that grabbed my attention.

Hearing: Music. So far the iPod has been playing lots of Tom's Rush collection and a lot of filk.

Etsy Find: A pattern to make a stuffed bookwyrm. I suspect it's beyond my sewing ability, but it's really cute.

Project Follow-up: I just did the treadmill at the gym, but that's better than nothing. I didn't find anything good for my swap at the Crossgates dollar store, and the dishes and detangling didn't happen at all.

Tonight's Project: I'm going to try a different dollar store for the swap, and try to make progress on the dishes and yarn once I get home.

Randomness: Over the last couple of years Tom and I have kind of gotten into wine. (It's all my Dad's fault.) We've found that for us, Reisling is a good default white wine. While it isn't always the perfect choice, I don't think we've ever regretted either buying a particular bottle or having it with a particular food. Right now we're trying to find a default red wine.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My right arm is still a little painful, but nothing else seems to be bothering me.

Stress Level: 3

Reading: Again, lots of sample chapters, but nothing that grabbed my attention.

Hearing: Music. So far the iPod has been playing lots of Tom's Rush collection and a lot of filk.

Etsy Find: A pattern to make a stuffed bookwyrm. I suspect it's beyond my sewing ability, but it's really cute.

Project Follow-up: I just did the treadmill at the gym, but that's better than nothing. I didn't find anything good for my swap at the Crossgates dollar store, and the dishes and detangling didn't happen at all.

Tonight's Project: I'm going to try a different dollar store for the swap, and try to make progress on the dishes and yarn once I get home.

Randomness: Over the last couple of years Tom and I have kind of gotten into wine. (It's all my Dad's fault.) We've found that for us, Reisling is a good default white wine. While it isn't always the perfect choice, I don't think we've ever regretted either buying a particular bottle or having it with a particular food. Right now we're trying to find a default red wine.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Blue Fractal)
Body: No aches and pains, but I seem to be coming down with a cold. Joy. Just in time to infect all my friends at Wicked Faire.

Reading: I'm still reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District. It's very interesting, and making me want to learn more about the actual history of Finland.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Common Sense (which my job blocks direct access to) and The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast

Etsy find: Cordial Set, a very nice set of cordial glasses and a decanter

Project Follow-up: I got the swap envelope mailed, and bought most of what I needed at the grocery and craft stores. I also got the cherry cordial strained and made some progress on my Wicked Faire stuff.

Tonight's Project: One more stop at the grocery store (for orange juice) and the craft store (for bigger bails for a pendant), then home to make stuff.
jennythereader: (Blue Fractal)
Body: No aches and pains, but I seem to be coming down with a cold. Joy. Just in time to infect all my friends at Wicked Faire.

Reading: I'm still reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District. It's very interesting, and making me want to learn more about the actual history of Finland.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Common Sense (which my job blocks direct access to) and The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast

Etsy find: Cordial Set, a very nice set of cordial glasses and a decanter

Project Follow-up: I got the swap envelope mailed, and bought most of what I needed at the grocery and craft stores. I also got the cherry cordial strained and made some progress on my Wicked Faire stuff.

Tonight's Project: One more stop at the grocery store (for orange juice) and the craft store (for bigger bails for a pendant), then home to make stuff.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Not bad.

Reading: I'm still reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast

Etsy find: Just Breathe, a silver and topaz necklace.

Project Follow-up: I did get the envelope filled, but did not get it mailed. I also did not get the cherry cordial strained.

Tonight's Project: A few errands, including the post office, craft store, and grocery store. When I get home, straining the cordial and finishing the stuff I'm making for this weekend.

Randomness: Three part randomness today. 1) Another odd dream last night, the only bit of which I remember is one line "and the gavel sent him home," which I somehow knew was an euphemism for an order of execution. 2) The cats seem to have traded places on the bed. Skif is now sleeping on the pillow between my head and the wall, while Ender is sleeping between my feet. 3) I jumped off a cliff yesterday and so far seem to have landed well. I think I need to be proactive instead of reactive more often. Yes, that's intentionally cryptic. If I think you need to know details, I'll tell them to you.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Not bad.

Reading: I'm still reading The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District

Hearing: The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast

Etsy find: Just Breathe, a silver and topaz necklace.

Project Follow-up: I did get the envelope filled, but did not get it mailed. I also did not get the cherry cordial strained.

Tonight's Project: A few errands, including the post office, craft store, and grocery store. When I get home, straining the cordial and finishing the stuff I'm making for this weekend.

Randomness: Three part randomness today. 1) Another odd dream last night, the only bit of which I remember is one line "and the gavel sent him home," which I somehow knew was an euphemism for an order of execution. 2) The cats seem to have traded places on the bed. Skif is now sleeping on the pillow between my head and the wall, while Ender is sleeping between my feet. 3) I jumped off a cliff yesterday and so far seem to have landed well. I think I need to be proactive instead of reactive more often. Yes, that's intentionally cryptic. If I think you need to know details, I'll tell them to you.
jennythereader: (Let Your Boat of Life be Light *)
Body: My left hip feels unreliable, and my right foot and right knee are unhappy

Reading: If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path. I'm about halfway through, and there has been some good advice, but it's a little buried under the new age double speak.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Common Sense and The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast

Etsy find: Beautiful purple scarf

Project Follow-up: I didn't get the swap stuff gathered.

Tonight's Project: A few errands, then dinner with friends, then maybe put together the swap before bed. Added: I completely forgot! I also need to filter the strawberry cordial.

Randomness: Fox News is doing a poll about the tea party movement. Vote
jennythereader: (Let Your Boat of Life be Light *)
Body: My left hip feels unreliable, and my right foot and right knee are unhappy

Reading: If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path. I'm about halfway through, and there has been some good advice, but it's a little buried under the new age double speak.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Common Sense and The Commonwealth Club of California's podcast

Etsy find: Beautiful purple scarf

Project Follow-up: I didn't get the swap stuff gathered.

Tonight's Project: A few errands, then dinner with friends, then maybe put together the swap before bed. Added: I completely forgot! I also need to filter the strawberry cordial.

Randomness: Fox News is doing a poll about the tea party movement. Vote
jennythereader: (Hedgehog *)
Body: Stiff neck and right shoulder

Reading: I started If The Buddha Dated, which was recommended to me as full of good advice for existing relationships as well as beginning ones, and platonic relationships as well as romantic ones. We'll see. So far, it's a little new-agey for my taste.

Hearing: Celtic Roots Radio and Dan Carlin's show Common Sense

Etsy find: Winter Woods Skirt - A really cute black skirt

Project Follow-up: Jar gotten, and strawberry cordial started. Also, I found these playing card themed buttons from Dress It Up. They're exactly what I've been looking for for my Wicked Faire outfit. I bought two packages. Some will be jewelry, and others will be tacked randomly to the bodice. The dice and dollar signs will go into the button box and be used someday.

Tonight's Project: I need to get the stuff together for my next Swap-bot swap. This is a supply swap, so I just have to go through my stash and pick out things that fit the theme.

Randomness: Where do you get your news? I mostly get mine from audio sources. I listen to public radio on WAMC when I'm in the car and to bunches of current event news and commentary podcasts. I also glean news from what people are posting about in LJ, and occasionally go do research on something that seems especially interesting or relevant to my life.
jennythereader: (Hedgehog *)
Body: Stiff neck and right shoulder

Reading: I started If The Buddha Dated, which was recommended to me as full of good advice for existing relationships as well as beginning ones, and platonic relationships as well as romantic ones. We'll see. So far, it's a little new-agey for my taste.

Hearing: Celtic Roots Radio and Dan Carlin's show Common Sense

Etsy find: Winter Woods Skirt - A really cute black skirt

Project Follow-up: Jar gotten, and strawberry cordial started. Also, I found these playing card themed buttons from Dress It Up. They're exactly what I've been looking for for my Wicked Faire outfit. I bought two packages. Some will be jewelry, and others will be tacked randomly to the bodice. The dice and dollar signs will go into the button box and be used someday.

Tonight's Project: I need to get the stuff together for my next Swap-bot swap. This is a supply swap, so I just have to go through my stash and pick out things that fit the theme.

Randomness: Where do you get your news? I mostly get mine from audio sources. I listen to public radio on WAMC when I'm in the car and to bunches of current event news and commentary podcasts. I also glean news from what people are posting about in LJ, and occasionally go do research on something that seems especially interesting or relevant to my life.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
Body: Some vague aches and pains, mostly in my hands and feet.

Reading: I started Shakespeare's play As You Like It over the weekend.

Book Review: I finished A Sundial In A Grave: 1610 over the weekend. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It has some pretty bad reviews over at Amazon, mostly because it's aimed at a very niche audience. In order to enjoy this one, you need to like (or at least not be offended by) detailed historical fiction about the early 1600's, and subtle alternate history, and stories about hidden conspiracies steering the world, and sexuality depicted bluntly (but not particularly graphically [except for one incident early in the book]), and non-standard sexuality presented in a positive light.

That said, A Sundial In A Grave: 1610 is a kind-of-sort-of prequel to The Three Musketeers. The reader follows the character the Comte de Rochefort as he has adventures in both France and England in the years immediately following the death of King Henri IV of France.

Hearing: I'm still working through my backlog of The Roadhouse. I'm down to only 60-odd episodes.

Etsy find: A beautiful glass jewelry box.

Project Follow-up: I was ridiculously productive this weekend: Friday I started a wintergreen cordial, and bottled a few dried apricots in the half cup or so of vodka that I had left over. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, so I'm open to suggestions. Saturday was errands, and I picked up tons of odds and ends I needed to take into work. Sunday I finished a ATC I was making for a trade on Swap-Bot, then I dropped it and some other stuff off at the post office and went grocery and craft supply shopping. Sunday evening I started a few flavored vinegars, one sage and the other apricot and nutmeg. Again, I'm not sure sure what I'll use them for when they're done aging, so if you have any ideas I'm all ears. I also made some simple wintergreen candies which should be done drying in a day or two.

Tonight's Project: Staying late at work yet again. They want 5 hours of overtime out of everybody this week. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the rest of my evening.

Randomness: Great line from a blues song I heard today: "I'm gonna do us both a favor, gonna give you a damn good leaving alone."
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
Body: Some vague aches and pains, mostly in my hands and feet.

Reading: I started Shakespeare's play As You Like It over the weekend.

Book Review: I finished A Sundial In A Grave: 1610 over the weekend. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It has some pretty bad reviews over at Amazon, mostly because it's aimed at a very niche audience. In order to enjoy this one, you need to like (or at least not be offended by) detailed historical fiction about the early 1600's, and subtle alternate history, and stories about hidden conspiracies steering the world, and sexuality depicted bluntly (but not particularly graphically [except for one incident early in the book]), and non-standard sexuality presented in a positive light.

That said, A Sundial In A Grave: 1610 is a kind-of-sort-of prequel to The Three Musketeers. The reader follows the character the Comte de Rochefort as he has adventures in both France and England in the years immediately following the death of King Henri IV of France.

Hearing: I'm still working through my backlog of The Roadhouse. I'm down to only 60-odd episodes.

Etsy find: A beautiful glass jewelry box.

Project Follow-up: I was ridiculously productive this weekend: Friday I started a wintergreen cordial, and bottled a few dried apricots in the half cup or so of vodka that I had left over. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, so I'm open to suggestions. Saturday was errands, and I picked up tons of odds and ends I needed to take into work. Sunday I finished a ATC I was making for a trade on Swap-Bot, then I dropped it and some other stuff off at the post office and went grocery and craft supply shopping. Sunday evening I started a few flavored vinegars, one sage and the other apricot and nutmeg. Again, I'm not sure sure what I'll use them for when they're done aging, so if you have any ideas I'm all ears. I also made some simple wintergreen candies which should be done drying in a day or two.

Tonight's Project: Staying late at work yet again. They want 5 hours of overtime out of everybody this week. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the rest of my evening.

Randomness: Great line from a blues song I heard today: "I'm gonna do us both a favor, gonna give you a damn good leaving alone."
jennythereader: (Cast A Single Shadow *)
Body: I slept like hell, again. Some nights it seems like every position I try makes something hurt.

Reading: Still working on In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, by Mary Beth Norton. I had never realized just how much was going on in other, surrounding towns, not just Salem.

Hearing: The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

Wearing: Today's perfume is BPAL's Coyote. Oddly, it doesn't seem to be working as well for me as it did last time. I guess what they say about variations in body chemistry affecting how perfume oils smell on any given day is true.

Tonight's Project: Dinner with friends, maybe some Sims.

Project Follow-up: All three swaps are in the mail! I think that from now on I'm only going to sign up for one swap at a time, no matter how simple the extra ones seem.

Randomness: For some reason, I'm not feeling very Christmasy yet. Tell me a story about Christmas (or other appropriate winter holiday) when you were a kid.
jennythereader: (Cast A Single Shadow *)
Body: I slept like hell, again. Some nights it seems like every position I try makes something hurt.

Reading: Still working on In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, by Mary Beth Norton. I had never realized just how much was going on in other, surrounding towns, not just Salem.

Hearing: The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

Wearing: Today's perfume is BPAL's Coyote. Oddly, it doesn't seem to be working as well for me as it did last time. I guess what they say about variations in body chemistry affecting how perfume oils smell on any given day is true.

Tonight's Project: Dinner with friends, maybe some Sims.

Project Follow-up: All three swaps are in the mail! I think that from now on I'm only going to sign up for one swap at a time, no matter how simple the extra ones seem.

Randomness: For some reason, I'm not feeling very Christmasy yet. Tell me a story about Christmas (or other appropriate winter holiday) when you were a kid.

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