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( May. 14th, 2009 09:29 am)
As I suspected, I slacked off on posting in this almost immediately. Then again, I haven't exactly been Posty McPosterson on LJ either. As I'm going to say there in a bit, I'm stuck in this odd middle ground between having nothing to say and having everything to say.
So [personal profile] aminuteafter3 suggested I create my own entry to be sent to Overrated List. She knows me well enough by now to know that I live for making lists like these, as is also evidenced by my all too frequent participation in the Living Social "Pick 5" app on Facebook. Seriously, I must post at least three of those a day, worse since I've taken to creating my own over the past couple of weeks. Shit's addictive, man, and at least it's not 'What Color is Your Aura' or some dumb shit like that. My aura is PLAID, motherfuckers, what do you think of that?

Damn, now I'm thinking I should have gone with "ludicrous_speed" as a user handle. Ah, well, I just added it as an interest at least.

Anyhoozlebees, here's my list, and I welcome your own contributions in comments. Hell, send them to the website too, I'm going to.

(in no particular order)
1. Julia Roberts
2. Sex and the City
3. "Celebrity chefs"
4. House, M.D.
5. Going to concerts

I expect House will garner the most "ehhhhwhaaaat?" reactions, if any at all. Let me clarify, I did used to watch it for the first couple of seasons, then got bored of it real quick. No, not even Hugh Laurie's dazzling good looks and rapier wit are enough to lure me back. Just once I would have liked to have seen House treat someone with a hangnail, rather than someone who has a bowling pin shoved up his ass for comic relief or comes in with some exotic disease that brings them to the very brink of death, only to have House snatch them back with his amazing powers of douchebaggery. The writers seem to have gotten lazy fairly early on in the show, making House irascible and combative just for the hell of it, without really providing any real dimension as to what made him that way. I don't like dealing with irredeemable assholes in real life, I'm not likely to watch them on television either. It got annoyingly repetitive after a while, and any time a show starts focusing on the invariably complicated, "I can only sleep with people I work with" love lives of the characters is when I stop watching. I always wonder that about shows like Grey's Anatomy: how does anyone have any time to treat patients when they're too busy fucking each other?

As for going to concerts, yeah, they're fun, but as I get older the cons tend to outweigh the pros, those cons being obnoxious nitwits whose sole purpose in coming to concerts seems to be to get drunk off their asses and refuse to respect personal space. Also, ticket prices are just ridiculous anymore. I passed up the chance to see U2 at Giants Stadium this fall, simply because the affordable seats are probably so far up in the stands I'd be more likely to see satellites passing overhead than the band itself.

So, yeah, hit me with your overrated lists, let's hear them.
...is of course, creating the user info page. You just have to put something there that will make someone think "Holy shit, Self, surely this person will be as clever and amusing in all their journal posts as they are here."1 I think I'm mostly done, save for adding some more interests. I tried to make it somewhat different from my LJ page, since, while I'm still not yet sure what I plan on doing with this account, I don't think I'm going to make it an exact duplicate of LJ. We shall see.

In completely unrelated news, I had amazing goat cheese and arugula pierogies for lunch today. I'm making pasta with goat cheese for dinner. I eat a lot of goat cheese apparently.

Good lord, I really need to do something to punch this up a bit. Suggestions, tiny audience?

1This is patently untrue in my case, just so you know.
In light of trying to improve my eating habits, I've been considering starting a new blog (yet another!) or a occasional feature on my LJ where I review, more or less, the new and interesting foods I've been trying along the way. Been dragging my heels on it, though, for no particular reason other than I've just had a lot of stuff on my plate recently. While I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with this account, however, I might as well do something with it here.

So I've heard some good things about quinoa, another one of those "miracle foods" that's high in protein but low in fat, a gluten and wheat-free alternative to other grains with a texture similar to couscous. According to my learnings on the interwebs...

A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas," who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

I'm not sure I buy that shit about it being "the gold of the Incas," but who knows. The rest of it sounds promising. I get dreadful migraines maybe once a year or so, and I have a hereditary predisposition towards diabetes, so I'm willing to try a number of things to hold those particular demons at bay. Quinoa is a versatile food and can be eaten as both breakfast and dinner. I got a box for cheap yesterday at Trader Joe's, currently one of my favorite places on Earth and decided to give it a try as a breakfast food first.

I prepared it like I'd prepare Cream of Wheat, bringing a cup of it with two cups of water to a boil then simmering it for ten minutes or so. Also like Cream of Wheat, it doesn't look particularly appetizing when it's done, but rather more like porridge. I may try using a little less water next time, for a thicker consistency, or making it in the rice cooker. In trying to keep it as "healthy" as possible, I mixed it with agave syrup, Very Vanilla Silk and a mixture of dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds and currants. It seemed to absorb the syrup and Silk without really flavoring it, and the end result was not as sweet as I hoped. Quinoa has a distinctly nutty flavor, which really brought out the tartness of the cranberries and pomegranate, so that was nice. I'm not sure I'll try it again as a breakfast food, but mixed with veggies and onions it'll probably be quite tasty.

Note to Self: must make these reviews more interesting and irreverent. I've always said it's harder to review stuff you like or are indifferent to than something you dislike.
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( May. 1st, 2009 02:11 pm)
I'm here, no surprise, I just hate to feel left out of things. I have no idea what I'm going to do here yet, if it's going to be a supplement to LJ posts, which have been sparse as of late, or if I'm going to use it for stuff I no longer feel like posting there. Part of me thinks "Fuck it, just drop LJ and start fresh here," but I'm not sure I want to do that. I've dedicated nearly eight years of writing there, and I'd miss the audience I've developed over those years. I'm not confident enough to believe that they'd all follow me here.

More than anything else, I just want to stake my claim, not that anyone is looking to use my name in the first place. I'll keep an eye on things around here for a little while, see how it goes, see who really does jump ship from the S.S. ElJay completely. I don't think anyone will, really, not completely at least. We shall see. I will say, they have done a pretty good job of emulating the old LJ, without the ads and lame writer's block questions and all that shit. If this becomes more of a refuge for those who feel pushed out by the trolls and fanfic freaks, I'd be totally down with that.