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17 February 2010 @ 07:23 pm
I have totally failed  
 ...on my vow to routinely read/post to LJ, post my layoff.

*clears throat*

Hi LJ!  I've missed you.  I've had several things I've thought about posting, from sprouted flour/bread, to the fantabulous birthday a friend had recently, wherein I got the treat of being spoiled right along with her (at a really real spa.  A women's only spa.  With scrubs, and massage, and moisturizing wraps, and these rooms that are heated and lined with things like charcoal, or salt, or jade.  It was pretty much the most awesome thing ever.)  I've thought about it, I've even opened a post window a few times, and something always pulls me away before I write it.

So, on the sprouted flour front - it's interesting stuff!  I do think it has a slightly different flavor, all by itself, and it's expensive, so my recent breadmaking has been using 1 cup of sprouted flour to 3 cups of regular.  This produces a loaf that looks, tastes, and feels like regular white bread, but 1/4th of it is this sprouted flour that has the chemical make up of a vegetable, not a starch.  I think this is a compromise I can live with, health and expense-wise.

I have been working on the last of the edits for Nemesis lately.  I'm so close to being done...and yet magically, it seems there is always another few chapters til the end.  

I'm almost done w/S2 of Babylon 5. What happened to that show I was watching in S1?  The one that was kinda too slow, but had all these quirky characters who grew on me?  Suddenly, it's war, and people I thought were amusing turn out to be the scourge of the universe (Londo - who, oddly, I still feel bad for!), while others I thought were kind of skeevy jerks (G'Kar) are suddenly sympathetic.  Also, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard, as I did when Ivanova had "human sex" with the...whatever he was.  OMG, that was brilliant.

I thought the Commander Sinclair of S1 was kind of...bland.  I was very excited about Captain Sheridan coming on in S2, but I find I am less thrilled with him than I thought I would be.  I like him, but at the same time, I find his complete lack of diplomacy a bit...hmm.. IDK, I think it's great they're playing him as a military man thrust into this diplomatic position he isn't really qualified for.  But there are times I find myself missing Sinclair and how he might have handled things. 

I can't stop watching.  S1 I was able to walk away from for days at a time.  S2, I find myself eagerly anticipating the next episode.

Also, the husband and I have been working our way through S2 of Damages.  We've decided it's like The Shield, except with lawyers, a little less sex, and a little less horror, but just as many twists, turns, excellent characters, gripping drama, and train wreckage, in its own way.

Don't get me wrong; The Shield is one of the best written, best acted, best done shows from pilot to series finale ever done.  This is not a bad comparison.  But I would never, ever, be tempted to re-watch it.  Once was quite enough.  It still has the most traumatizing finale to a season of television I have ever seen.  I am watching Damages, and thinking "So, will S3 or 4 of this show be like that?"  Because it feels like it totally could be.

It's an awesome show.  If you like shows like...like Dexter, or Deadwood, you should pick up Damages.

I'll try to check in here more regularly.  I miss all of you guys.  I think about you, even when I'm not logging on, and I'm reading more often than I'm posting (which isn't hard, truthfully.)



 
 
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patron saint of neglected female charactersrose_griffes on February 18th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
So have you ever looked at the possibility of doing your own sprouted flour? It looks a bit time-consuming, but not hard... though you'd have to have access to a wheat grinder.
soundingsea: b5 - delenn - triluminarysoundingsea on February 18th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Yay, Babylon 5! I adore that show oh-so-much. (And this was the first year it was eligible for yuletide, yay!)

And it's just going to get better as the groundwork laid in these early seasons pays off...
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annete: Dipanneten on February 18th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you back!
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on February 18th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
YAY!
KayJayUU: cowboyskayjayuu on February 18th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
And so it begins.