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From this link from my friendslist:

The reason most resolutions don’t work is that they address only one level of your life. The DO level. It’s the DO-HAVE-BE model. “I will DO this thing.” (i.e., Lose weight) “So I can HAVE this other thing” (Self-Esteem) and I can BE this thing. (Confident.)

The average New Year’s Resolution doesn’t address the core of the issue - the “BE” level.

The best order for creating positive changes in your life is the BE-DO-HAVE model. This means you start from the BE level. When you begin changing on the BE level of your life, then the DO level and the HAVE level follow more easily.

When you start only on the DO level, then all the blocks on the BE level will often become the obstacles you can’t overcome.

J'adore. <3

Come home, victorious wounded! — let the dead,
The out-of-it, the more victorious still,
Hold in the cold the hot-contested hill,
Hold by the sand the abandoned smooth beach-head; —
Maimed men, whose scars must be exhibited
To all the world, though much against your will —
And men whose bodies bear no marks of ill,
Being twisted only in the guts and head:
Come home! come home! — not to the home you long
To find, — and which your valour had achieved
Had been virtue been but right, and evil wrong! —
We have tried hard, and we have greatly grieved:
Come home and help us! — you are hurt but strong!
— And we — we are bewildered — and bereaved.

Edna Vincent Millay.
I was going through old e-mails and found this article, which still makes me snicker quite a lot. *g*

Eighteen Bug Bombs Destroy Apartment

The Associated Press. SAN DIEGO - Cockroaches 1, Tenants 0.

Eighteen bug bombs meant to rid an apartment of cockroaches set off an explosion that ripped open its ceiling, shattered windows and tore cabinets from kitchen walls.

No one was injured, though three people were in a bedroom of the 700-square-foot apartment when a pilot light set off fumes from the bug bombs Wednesday morning. The tenants were shielded by a closed door.

"I was half asleep and heard this loud "bang, bang!" said Endo Beneberu, 17. "That got me awake."

While the explosion caused $50,000 in damage, it didn't appear to do much to the cockroaches, which were seen crawling around the apartment as firefighters packed up.
I really don't understand where sweet potato fries have been all my life. HI, DELCIOUSNESS.
Oh, man. Grapes. I am having a graspgasm right now. So crisp, so juicy, so crunchy. This shopping trip has been so long overdue. (Surviving on cereal=for the lose.)

And I lost my credit card. *heavy sigh* I suppose it's time to call in and tell them I need a new one. At least no one stole it, or if they did, they had a sudden change of heart and didn't make any purchases on it.

Up next: hummusgasm. Mmmmmm chips and hummus. My palette is happy.

And I gave myself a hair-trim (not quite a cut), and it looks totally cute and there's no more hair on the back of my neck to bother me. *throws up arms in celebration* That's pretty much sealed the deal; I'm never paying for a haircut again. I spent two months waffling over whether to cut it, because it seemed like if I paid for it I should at least give it a chance to grow out.

Yay small things. <3
Two thoughts that have been tossing around in my head:

* What would I do if I ever attained all the praise, recognition, validation and that I crave? In all likelihood, think that I didn’t deserve it.

* I’ve spent my life wanting to be something so great that no one can ever make me feel small again.

Counter-intuitively, both are a comfort to me.
Grabbed this from elynross’s profile:

You learn that most people are neither for you or against you. They are thinking of themselves. You learn that no matter what you do, some people aren’t going to love you. A lesson that is at first troubling, then quite relaxing.

- John W. Gardner

deardotti came over last night and she cooked and we watched High School Musical (so bad it was bad-good) and generally had fun.

She made peanut sauce from Vegan With a Vengeance:

2 teaspoons peanut oil (she used canola, I think)
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2/3 cup smooth all-natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons rice vinegar (she used another kind, can’t remember which)
2 teaspoons Asian chile sauce (used red chili paste instead, probably more than 2 tsp)

She also added in some plum wine for sweetness. So good. I’m having the leftovers with buckwheat noodles and stir-fried bok choy right now. And I’ve spent much of the past three days subsisting on brownies (and wheat free ones, at that!). Mmmmmfood.

Also, my birthday was amazing. I was sick for it, but I still had a fantastic time, thanks to my wonderful friends and the neverending greatness that is Cafe Gratitude. I have pictures but won’t be posting any for awhile because my computer’s about to be shipped off to HP for repairs because apparently there are issues with my motherboard. (Again. Same thing that happened to my last computer. GRAH.) I got such great presents, yay! And my birthday pie absolutely lived up to its name and was hugely blissful. How can you go wrong with chocolate and hazelnut, really?

The guy who came over from the Geek Squad was really nice and really helpful, which was a pleasant surprise considering how annoying most people I’ve gone to for help with technology have been in the past. Although he advised me never to use Norton again, which makes me sad, because I’m paid up on it for another two years. :(

My mom has been on a big sewing binge and sewed me a new cot-like pad for my bed. And then she took away the other one to do something mysterious with it, and my back is killing me. I think I got really used to the hardness of sleeping on the floor.

Also. The bamboo plant on my desk is now in a big, shiny glass vase, filled with lovely rocks and water. It is pretty and I will have to take pictures. ♥

I like that I have two jobs but hardly ever work. I keep thinking that I should find a third one, but I have little to no inclination to work more, as is my wont. Finishing up my thesis would be a better idea, anyway. *headdesk*

And on that cheerful note: until next time, my friendly space cadets,
Wow, I feel really, really ill all of a sudden, completely out of the blue. I mean, my stomach had been feeling off all day, but suddenly my joints are aching and the pain in my stomach is almost unbearable.

I really hope I'm not coming down with something. :-/

Oh, well, I'm getting Café Gratitude tomorrow, so all is well.
Annoying when I go on a journal organizing binge, isn’t it?

Okey-dokey. 17 of you filled out the recent filters poll, which is cool, but that leaves me assuming the other 53 of you don’t actually care if you stay friended on this journal or not. Which is more than fine. I’m usually shocked that anyone would want to read about the random things I choose to blog about, so if they’re not up your alley, no big deal. And just because I watch your journal doesn’t mean you have to watch mine in return.

Thus, another poll.

The 17 of you who already chose filters, obviously, I already know your answer, so no need to click. :) And I set the results so only I can view them.

Poll #1046306 Do you want to stay friended on this journal so you can read the entries?

Do you want to stay friended on this journal so you can read the entries?


If you answered yes, please go choose filters. Because when I *do* use the filters, if you don’t choose any, essentially you won’t see me update at all. And if you don’t care whether you ever see me update, you may as well take me off, right? If the answer’s no, again, it’s all good. Mainly I want to know because with a 90% friends-locked journal like mine, if I accidentally take someone off, it’s kind of awkward.

And it rocks that 100% of you are interested in food entries. I think some recipe!spams are in order.
Consciousness, Healing and Ecology graduation today. I... may have words later. Right now, just absorbing.

I actually paid for my first haircut ever on Friday. It’s interesting, to say the least. Kind of mohawk-ish, which is funny, because I don’t think the woman cutting my hair intended it to turn out that way, but I don’t think she understands the the brillo pad nature of my hair, either. I should bum some kind of digital camera off someone and take silly pictures of it.

Eight hours of sleep in two nights = a bad thing.

I need to figure out my birthday plans. Unfortunately, I am lazy.
At 6AM, few things seem more insurmountable than a lack of bread to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.

I guess I’ll just eat another bowl of cereal and hope we’re working near a café that has falafels, or something. Urck.
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Have you guys ever re-read a childhood favorite and been really disappointed when it didn’t live up to expectation? That’s how I’m feeling with Madeleine L’Engle right now. I just loved those books so I much when I was younger, but so far... her writing style is just not working for me. I still like the universe and characters, but I guess my taste in prose has really changed. (Well, not surprising, considering how long ago I first read these books.)

Geeze, come to think of it, I’m going to be 22 in just over two weeks. My birthday always manages to sneak up on me. I’d like to have a party but am also incredibly lazy when it comes to calling people, etc. Who all is free to hang out on the 7th?

Also, completely unrelated, but I meant to mention that I deleted my fandom filter from this journal. I decided (yeah, I keep going back and forth on these things, don’t I? I just cannot stop the desperate need for speed organization) that it’d be easier to make trascendenza my primary fan journal. All my writing is going in a community called trans_literate; some of my (bad) original writing will be locked to community members, but some will be public.

I also took off the quotes filter (since there are more writers over at my fan journal I’ll probably post them there) and the memes one, merged two filters together, and added two new ones.

Granted, I’m not really using the filters at the moment, since I’m not updating too much, but if I ever start up with my three-posts-at-a-time spree updating again, I will.

You know what time it is:

Poll #1042994 Filters

Choose your own adventure!

1) Day-to-day/Real Life
2) Food
3) My In-Depth Emotional State
4) Lizards and the Like
5) Eco and Spiritual Fun
5) Sexual(ity) Issues

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And now it’s quite possibly nap time.

Edited to add: Those of you I took off my friends list, I did so under the assumption that you’re not interested in my personal life. If I removed anyone in error, just let me know!
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Not recent, because I can never keep up with recent news.

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If you're ever cooking rice pasta, and it comes at as a gummy mess, here’s what you can do to turn it into delicious green onion pancake-y bites.

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Voila. Disaster averted. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend going out and buying brown rice pasta just to try this, but if you do end up with a mess on your hands, it’s worth a shot. My mom and I really can’t stop eating the result. It would probably also work starting from scratch with some brown rice flour.
Pineapple-banana iced smoothie

I eyeball things when I make these, so if the proportions look off to you when you’re measuring things, adjust accordingly. When I finished, this filled just over an 8oz glass (probably about 10oz).

+ about 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds (to give it a smooth texture and omega-3s - a coffee grinder will work perfectly for this, about 8 pulses)
+ about 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy protein mix (optional)
+ 1 medium-ripe fresh banana
+ about 1½-2 cups fresh pineapple slices
+ 6 large chunks of ice
+ 1-1½ cup rice milk (I used rice dream)

Very light, frothy, and FREAKING DELICIOUS. Possibly my favorite non-yogurt one to date.
Still drinking a smoothie every day. Wheee. But I’m only going to post the ingredients if I think they’re interesting.

+ 1 container lemon soy yogurt
+ about 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (to give it a smooth texture and omega-3s - a coffee grinder will work perfectly for this, about 8 pulses)
+ about 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy protein mix (optional)
+ 1 medium-ripe fresh banana
+ about 1 cup fresh pineapple slices

Very light, frothy. It’ll be warm so you’ll probably want to add ice when you drink it or, alternately, use a frozen banana in the smoothie.