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88 weeks later [avr. 26e, 2010|10:36 am]
Liene From the Internet
[Current Location |United States, Oregon, Portland]

That's a long time. A lot has happened in 88 weeks.

But in short, life is good.
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it took a stranger to get me to use Buster's Morale-O-Meter [aoû. 12e, 2008|08:24 pm]
Liene From the Internet
But I've been doing it most of this week, and rather enjoying it...and now that I'm back in the land of the internet (been cat/dog/housesitting the past week), it should get even easier. It's fun -- you should try it. Guess where the weekend is (if you're viewing this anytime soon).

That's right; my new job has been getting me to drink the devil's brew.

...that's right; I finally got a job. They call me a "bilingual call center representative;" I find this hilarious.
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there's a lunar eclipse tonight! [fév. 20e, 2008|03:45 pm]
Liene From the Internet
Which I just learned about!

There won't be another total eclipse of the moon (don't sing it!) until 2010, so go check out tonight's if you can. There is also going to be some star and Saturn hanging around it, which is apparently stunningly rare, and won't happen again this millennium. So you'll probably be dead for the next one.

Here is one page about it

And here's another

And here is a pictoral representation of what's happening when, PST-wise.

Hooray for the sky!
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citychangin' [jan. 19e, 2008|11:25 am]
Liene From the Internet
[Humeur actuelle |recumbentin gentle denial]

So the first phase of my move to Portland is complete.

Which is pretty trippy.
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cooking (mis)adventures [oct. 10e, 2007|10:39 pm]
Liene From the Internet
God. Damn. Bursting into flames. Burner.

Or pot.

Oh man oh MAN I was so excited to finally pop some spices but NOOO. For ONCE I do something involving Very Hot Oil and the part that gets frighteningly smoky is NOT IN THE PAN. (Extra-frustrating since that first wisp of smoke is your signal to toss in the spices.)

Really curious to know whether it was:
1) the burner (or things living under/on it)
2) the pan.

The pan, the stupid bastard, is the frontrunner, because when I took it off the burner IT CONTINUED BEING AFLAME. I was trying to figure out where to put it (no room on the stove) -- how to open doors with no hands, whether the tub would work? (not wet; vetoed) -- and eventually succeeded by putting it down for two seconds on the braided rug and having at the sliding door. (It was a ninja move, and in my defense it had been off the burner and not on fire for a little bit at this point.) It's been raining tons so everything's wet outside, and I moved it around and listened to it sizzle on the deck. Thank you, rain.

Luckily I have been baking a lot of pizza lately, and managing to get olive oil on the bottom of the (screaming hot) oven a few times, smoking up the kitchen in a matter of a minute or two. I have the taking-down-the-smoke-detector-til-things-calm-down thing down to an ART. Because OH MY GOD that thing is loud, and you cannot shush it if the smoke's still there. And if I'm awake and I made smoke I know it's there.

DANG it. I didn't realize how little I had in the way of spices. And now I'm gonna need more sooner. And I didn't even burn them.
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time wrinkles [sep. 8e, 2007|10:54 am]
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Madeleine L'Engle died. I don't remember the last time I was this sad about the death of an author -- especially not one whose works I haven't read in years.

What a damn cool lady.
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fiery like the devil [juil. 22e, 2007|11:18 pm]
Liene From the Internet
Maybe if I start writing oddball little posts, I can trick myself into informing my Internet Friends what is going on in my life in a serious way! Because these Serious Things, they are not lacking by any means. But that'll come later.

There is something about prolonged absences from LJ that make you think that the next thing you write, the Return, has to be something big and crazy and informative and well-thought-out. Phooey to that. The nutshell version? Life is good, except for the irritating parts. Comme d'habitude.

So I was on Amazon today, lusting after and investigating cookbooks. Like you do. And I notice that one of the SIPs for the Real Food Daily cookbook is "large howl." Thinking this must be a mistake, I click it, and notice that indeed, many other cookbooks also call for putting ingredients in a "large howl." But it gets better.

fiery cooking

Current cat-sighting count since I moved into the B&B one week ago (not counting the ones that live next to the Staircase From Hell):
3 meandering about
7 in or right next to the newly-harvested wheatfield

There was something else crawling about in there last night, too; I wanted to say some sort of round but pointy animal (I didn't get a great look), like a hedgehog?, but this is clearly absurd and it was surely just a ginormous Field Rat, rotund from its feast of wheatfield cats.
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no crying over spilt water [juin. 13e, 2007|09:20 pm]
Liene From the Internet
On Monday afternoon, I suavely got up to go deal with the Internet Box From Hades, and promply emptied I-don't-know-how-much water onto my keyboard, where it proceeded to fly all over and seep through the keyboard, a speaker (well it came out of there later so I'm guessing it went in), and god knows where else. I did as best I could in a short amount of time -- tried to let some run off, tried to dry some off, and then *click*. Off.

There is nothing quite like that moment of quiet panic when you realize that your dear beloved computer, which, sorry, you cannot dream of affording to replace right now, especially since you already spent well over 300€ on it in January, has just turned off because of a bunch of water just ran into all its essential parts.

I took the keyboard off, I learned how to take the silly Airport card out (and its metal bed with associated tiny screws), I popped off nearly all the keys (intimidating, then fun!), and I tried to figure out 1) how much water had gone in, and 2) how much water might remain? The thoughts going through one's mind as one watches water drip out of one's computer are special ones indeed. Water all over the sofa, water running out of a speaker, water all over a good deal of my keyboard, droplets of water on my memory, and thus probably elsewhere...water near the battery contacts, though whether it came from above or below I'll never know...

Delightfully, I had the presence of mind to crack open the other computer here and ask Internet -- Google: "water ibook." Got some excellent advice (give it at least a couple days, open it up as much as you can, don't blowdry), a bunch of terrifying information ("you are SOL if it passed the keyboard"), and then one repair dude who said "rarely are things ruined by just water; I've seen a number of 'dead' computers that are fine once the water dries and stops creating short circuits. The important thing is to wait until you really think the water has evaporated, or you could do more harm turning it on." (I thanked my lucky stars I'm not a soda drinker.) So I waited.

And tonight I started putting keys back on, and I put the battery in, and I plugged in the computer, and by golly when I pushed the power button it started right back up. Bless her little technological soul.

Also I've been high on mail the past couple days and finally finally finally wrote a few people I've been owing postcards to forever. And it is GREAT.
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end of may knife [mai. 27e, 2007|07:55 pm]
Liene From the Internet
please someone tell me why I didn't do this a hell of a long time ago


why, seriously

it's like the whole world of food just reopened to me. Oh my god; I could sing.

happy early birthday to myself; hot diggity.

(I hate hate hate hate hate the knives here. They are tiny and insufficient and above all, dull as all get out. Cutting cauliflower or broccoli or carrots should not be so hard. I'm frequently on edge here anyway; why do I make it harder on myself at least five times a week just because this family does not own a single decent knife despite being French? And so today I went to get food, but things were closed, so I went to seek out the IKEA that I know is somewhere around here, and oh hot jesus if I knew that 10€ would have made me so happy...)

(yeah, I do still exist)

edit, two days later: 15. 15€. Thanks, receipt. 1) whatever; if I knew it were (was? crud!) fifteen instead of ten I may well have gotten the crappy one instead, and 2) dude either it was unclearly or incorrectly marked. Those Swedish bastards. Whose knife, however, is bringing me untold pleasures (point of fact: it's in a town called Plaisir, making the name of the store IKEA PLAISIR).
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mother's day calling -- for free [mai. 11e, 2007|08:43 pm]
Liene From the Internet
In case you live in the US or Canada, and you would like to call yo mama on Mother's Day (or, well, anyone else), calls to anywhere will be free from Skype. Yeah, free. Yeah, anywhere (okay, well not "premium numbers" [??] or satellite phones, but landline and mobile phones are valid). I had to check Google's cache for the details, since Skype is clever and knows I live in France, but that's pretty cool.

It starts at 5 a.m. Sunday, Eastern time (possibly 6 a.m. EDT; they are not very clear but say GMT -5, and you guys are -4 right now), and goes for 24 hours.

And now you know.
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