Jun. 15th, 2006

eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
So I was sitting on the sofa, post-brunch, pondering the state of the universe, when suddenly I heard fluttering and thumping. Rather like the sound of an injured bird, in fact, so I headed over to the window to see if a bird had thumped it and landed on the outside part of the air conditioner.

No. In fact, it was a just-out-of-babyhood sparrow between the two windows. Problem: this window is basically decorative; we've never opened the window because, well, huge air conditioning unit and landlord painted inside window shut to, one presumes, prevent us from accidentally dropping said AC on anyone. Problem two: even if we managed to open the inside window (no sure thing), the bird probably would not fly toward us. Problem three: if it did, then we would just have a freaked out bird in the apartment. But the bird was sitting on the AC between the windows, and trying to fly up to get out, when the only space to get outside was actually on either side of the AC below said bird. Recalling the experience of our summer apartment-sitter, I tried getting high up to scare the bird down rather than up. Eventually, this or something else worked (thank heavens, because I was just about to attempt to open the window) and the bird flew free. Free!

WTF, sparrow.
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
[livejournal.com profile] m_shell told me my insistence on conclusions was fascist, and that in future we would liberate ourselves from totalitarian grammar systems by communicating entirely in interpretive dance and grunts.

So, of course, since she has an exam tomorrow, I said that this would make shelf exams interesting, and proceeded to demonstrate the interpretive-dance-with-grunts that would serve for exam questions in the new regime. Complete with fluttering hands. And swooning. I would have danced the multiple-choice answer options, too, but [livejournal.com profile] m_shell was laughing too hard.

Naturally, I said, said dances would be displayed on video, not performed by the proctor, so that no students could receive privileged dance information.

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In other news, the best addition to pancakes EVER (except possibly huckleberries, which one can't get in the store here) is the Mollie Katzen technique for making gingerbread-esque pancakes that I tried this morning. Start with your normal pancake recipe of choice; mine is 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, 1/4 cup soy protein powder or flour, 1.5 ts baking powder, 1/8 ts baking soda, 1.5 cups yoghurt or buttermilk, 2 eggs, and vanilla extract. Before adding the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, add powdered cinnamon, ginger, and allspice, and, most importantly, minced crystallized ginger. (Cooking crystallized ginger reduces the bite and emphasizes the sweetness, if you're leery of crystallized ginger). I put in about a half cup of crystallized ginger and shook in the spices as I often do, so I don't have measurements for same. Only a pinch of allspice, and more cinnamon than powdered ginger, but really: do it to taste. FANTABULOUS. Seriously. I ate one hot of the grill with nothing on it. That's how good they are.

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We have named a rule of student government and student organizations after M.E., a college friend of ours. Summed up: "do something or quit your whining." Or: "the person willing to do the work gets to run things."

This is because people would often approach M.E. and say "well, I don't like that, I'd rather do it this way." And M.E., who was usually in the middle of an insanely complicated planning processes and into the first of many twenty-hour days of preparation, frantically ordering minions hither and yon, would say "great! you can do it anytime this week! no? then it happens my way." You get some incredibly whiny people re: student events, but almost none of them are really willing to do the work involved.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
Also, most ridiculous sentence seen today on lj: "Crossing Harry Potter with LotRiPS is perhaps an obvious temptation, but done well it's one that can be quite worth giving into."

Apparently completely serious.

An... obvious temptation? WTF?

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