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Apr. 4th, 2007 @ 02:26 pm Blather
Where the heck am I?: on my couch
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Distraction: the ringing in my ears and my cat purring
It is never a good sign when the landscaping dude who is giving you an estimate on new stairs and a path turns to you and says, 'you know this is going to be expensive, right?' And you've only told him about 1/2 the job. To make matters worse, the long weekend and the crappy weather I'll have to wait until next Wednesday to find out if he's used to dealing with cheap-assed customers, or if it really is going to be stupid expensive.

Organic butternut squash soup is exceedingly bland. Even with added nutmeg. My cat dunked her nose in and wouldn't even give it a try. It tasted like watery squash (really, I was hoping for more). Now I'm undecided - is it the GM squash, or the pesticides or the preservatives that I'm missing? I think I'll try heating it up with some ginger tomorrow.

I'm supposed to go to the opera tonight, I have no idea how I'm going to stay awake for the whole evening. I don't even know which opera it is. Otello that shouldn't be so bad.

I hate it when LJ 'upgrades'. Really have these people never heard of testing? I'm cranky enough as it is, you can stop logging me out, and eating my posts and comments any time now.
Who does she think she is?
catlick
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From:n_decisive
Date:April 4th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
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What are you having done landscaping-wise?

The non-organic butternut squash soup I tried was bland, too. I wondered if they just didn't know how best to spice it?

The worst part of this particular upgrade is that when you get an error message after posting a reply, it leaves a blank reply with your username. I ended up having to delete 5 or 6 blanks in one journal because I kept trying to get my comment to post.

Testing? What's that? That would require intelligence and planning, and we wouldn't want that now, would we?
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From:neeroc
Date:April 5th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
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We're in a high-ranch bungalow, so our driveway slopes down to the garage which is in the basement. Currently the steps to the front door, as well as the path, and the steps to go to the back yard (and that path) are just patio stones on cinder blocks (standard builder thing 40 years ago. We're going to make wider curved stairs out of flagstone, and flagstone paths. They'll be set in earth and stone so that I can get moss and stuff to grow between them. And the path to the backyard currently runs right beside the house, I'd like to move it out to the middle of the lot, and build up gardens on each side. Hubby grumbles, but he has to be for it, it's less for him to mow! I'll post some pics with the mods I want eventually.

Thanks for letting me know about the blank messages! I went back and removed a couple I didn't even know I left.
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From:miss_kat_1968
Date:April 5th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
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Oh, organic squash soup is awful if you follow a recipe. I made that mistake, too. I recommend a little salt - no matter how much you put in, it won't match already made varieties. *g* Some pepper is good; and, if you like it, some fresh garlic. Now, all this depends upon your tummy at this point. Go with what it likes. :)

Othello is my favorite opera; let me know what you thought. :)
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From:neeroc
Date:April 5th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Garlic is a great idea! Thanks. It was a packaged variety, I should really get back into making my own. I love veggie soups, I think I currently have spinach, cauliflower and a carrot/sweet potato in the freezer *g*

Once I realized it was Otello I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately the tenor appears to have had a cold. I guess him with a cold is better than an understudy who can't quite pull it off, but he certainly held back, and I've never seen a performer coughing on stage before. Iago was awesomely evil and Desdemona was done very well.

Next year they are putting on Don Giovanni, which I haven't seen yet and La Traviata, which is always enjoyable.
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From:bad_soup_day
Date:April 5th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Philly roasts butternut squash with garlic.
I still think it tastes like blu-tac.

RM
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From:neeroc
Date:April 5th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
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That does lead me to ask how you know what blu-tac tastes like :) I'm picturing all the posters falling off your office walls as you sidle up for a little nibble.

But maybe I just need more tea.
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From:1tsp_grace
Date:April 29th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)

organic butternut squash soup

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I have tried chinese five spice powder and adding bags of Chai to my boiling squash and onions (not at the same time). Both experiments yeilded quite satisfying results. Yoghurt is also an excellent addition.
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