A day full of uses of the poo wand for my sweetie and me but had a nice time, despite the tech-struggles… perhaps even because of them.

I’ve determined that my tools at work are woefully inadequate, at least for me. Corel photo paint and Corel draw 8 not only aren’t cross compatible, but they both are dung-filled doughnuts of despair as far as tools go.

Give me Photoshop, Photopaint, or the GIMP any day over the Corel nightmare. I’ve sent the files to work with home, but I think instead I’ll work on them with proper tools tomorrow… I’m going to install the gimp there…my only element remaining is to make a decent banner graphic. (It’s actually going to be the background, but it’ll be at the top of each page, all banner-like.

The scent of synthetic ambergris is on my mind and in my mental directory.

A good hump day. Tomorrow, she is Thursday, yes?

Three great words/phrases of power.

  1. Please
  2. Thank you
  3. I’m sorry.

If I hear people use any of those with sincerity, my brain clicks into uber-helper/friendly mode. I like to think that I’m normally pretty nice, anyhow… but those are the magic words. Watch me jump to action.

wow! The piggie amendment made the cruel site of the day! The ban passed, by the way.

Koko’s got a CD coming out? Didn’t they know about apple nipple hungry?

I want just Black Manta and the Sub. Aquaman… I wonder who I could give him to? I’d like to trade him for Will Magnus. Is it me, or does Lead (Who should have a Pb as his logo) look a little sissified? Everyone else seems true to form. This Manta is pretty cool, too.

It is really beautiful weather-wise outside. Maybe 72 degrees? Just downright nice.

slow and steady wins the race

I dreamt last night that I ran a turtle-powered farm/ mill/ bakery. They were used as *very slow*, but strong beasts of burden… pulling plows and carts full of some sort of grain. There was a large geodesic dome storage area, and a water wheel powered millhouse by a fresh water river full of well-rounded stones along with a “petting zoo” area where folks could feed the off-duty turtles apples right off of the tree. The bread we made was a very good seller… we couldn’t keep it in stock. The “secret ingredient” was sea salt, and apparently it made all the difference in the world. Apparently the Amish thought we were especially good, and wanted to trade all sorts of quilts and furniture for our wares, too. I don’t recall if we used Amish milk in the production. We did have juice there too.. but I don’t know if it was made on site or brought in. (I figure a cider mill would work with the waterwheel, and apple tree but I don’t recall in the dream.)

Of course, I had to do a search for turtle bread, and found this bread machine recipe… sounds pretty darn good, actually. It’s been a little while since I’ve made my own bread. I may try it later on down the line, but it sounds pretty hefty… a slice of bread that has more calories than a can of soda! I’ve not used sucanat in cooking before… I imagine splenda might be an alternative? This calls for more research, later.

Turtle Bread
1 1/3 cups water
13 vegan caramels, unwrapped
3 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons dry, powdered soy or rice milk
2 tablespoons sucanat
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips and pecans into the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the sweet or basic/white cycle. Use medium or light crust color. Do not use the delay cycle. Add the chocolate chips and pecans at the beep signal or 5 minutes before the last kneading cycle ends. Cool on a wire rack. Makes a two pound loaf (16 slices).

Per slice: 195 calories 5 grams fat

From the grab bag –

a treasury of macramé owls My brother and I both got macramé owls as kids from Sally Brunot. We were quite young, and thought that they were cool as all get out. Come to think of it, Over at Sally and Bill’s House, I encountered my first copy of playboy. My Brother’s owl looked a bit like the leftmost one on page five, and mine looked like the leftmost one on page seven.

Speaking of pretend animals… these *non-taxidermy* mock-animals are awesome. (the other stuff on the site is also quite good)

New Kitty Cartoon… Outtatheway – The vines That Tabby needs an orthodontist. Featuring a little Newtie mosh-action.

Wasn’t the googleism thing a meme already?