yinshubackup: (NOM!)
easy raw food/salad recipes I've been making lately which I don't want to forget

Strawberry Salad
5 oz field greens, washed
1 lb strawberries, washed, hulled, and run through the egg slicer
2 small red onions, thinly sliced
~1/4 cup shredded parmesan + asiago cheese
3-4 Tbsp. poppy seed dressing

Mix well in a large bowl and serve with cold sammiches for an easy summer supper :)

Asian Crunch salad
1/2 lb bean sprouts (the thick white ones used for stir fry, mung bean sprouts I think?)
1 large cucumber
3 cloves garlic, minced, or a pinch of cayenne pepper
3-4 crumbled sheets of toasted/salted nori (optional)
Toasted sesame oil
Bragg's Liquid Aminos (this is unfermented soy sauce with a fresh, bright flavor and it's lower in sodium than regular soy sauce... I highly recommend it.)

wash, peel and slice the cucumber into thin half or quarter rounds, (or however you like it). Rinse bean sprouts in a strainer, then place in a bowl with the cukes. You can adjust the ratio of sprouts to cucumber to your liking. sprinkle minced garlic or cayenne pepper on top, and crumble the nori on top as well.
Drizzle with a healthy dose of toasted sesame oil and Bragg's liquid aminos.
Toss salad carefully until everything seems shiny/coated in the 'dressing'. (but don't go overboard, a little goes a long way! I recommend starting with what you think is too little, then toss, and if it's still too dry and you need more, add more.)

I just ate this in a bowl instead of breakfast cereal and it was delicious, crunchy and hydrating with a kiss of heat.

Savory Greek Yogurt Salsa
1 large roma tomato, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 fresh jalepeno (optional), sliced as wafer-thin as possible
1 "pinch"* of fresh cilantro, rinsed & chopped
1/4 cup lowfat greek yogurt
pinch of salt
pinch of garlic powder

*by "pinch" of cilantro I mean, I usually "pinch" off a twist of cilantro fluff from the bunch in the grocery bag and just wash it immediately under running water before chopping it. The amount I mean is a little less than a handful, but you can vary according to your taste.

Dice and mince your 'vegetable' ingredients, toss in a bowl like you're making salsa, then sprinkle with salt and garlic powder. Top with greek yogurt and stir well. Eat it straight or use as a dip for chips.

This is a good recipe if you're trying to ingest more raw garlic for health reasons, but find it too hot to eat alone, because the yogurt and tomato cool it down. It's also good if you're trying to eat more yogurt for the probiotic benefits but you're sick of sweet yogurt flavors or bored of plain yogurt.
yinshubackup: (*twitch*)
I am really about done emotionally investing in things.
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Dear History Nuts on my Flist: Please fill in the blank:

The portion of goods (money, foodstuffs, whatever) perpetually owed by serfs to their expectant lords is called ___________.

(I don't think the word or concept I am looking for is "tax" or "fealty", it's....Ahhh! I can't think of it. Grr...)
yinshubackup: (*twitch*)
I don't even know where to begin sometimes.

In Memory

Jan. 6th, 2010 01:27 am
yinshubackup: (dharma bum)
Ben, you may be gone, but you're not forgotten.
I hope wherever you are, there's good dancing, and you're right in the thick of it, laughing and having fun.
I raise my glass of Loki to you, sir. See you on the other side.
yinshubackup: (*twitch*)
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I avoid Black Friday like the mass retailer plague it is unless I am dragged kicking and screaming from my nice warm bed by someone close to me with an extremely good reason. And then I only go for "moral support", which includes a mixture of mocking them, grumbling, holding their place in line when they have to go pee, making small talk with other line-waiters, and eventually leaving and coming bag with hot beverages from a convenience store, but then giving them shit about it- sometimes for years.
The moral of the story is: I probably do not make a good Black Friday "date".
I don't really care how good the deals are. The last thing I want to do after the stress and spent energy of the holiday, cleaning, cooking, hosting guests, negotiating family relationship minefields, etc, is to have my first hours of potential rest to be cut short and stolen away by corporate merchants who want in my pocket, especially when I'm still trying to keep my "I appreciate all that I already have" groove goin'. Christ on a Bike, can I not have 24 hours of peace and contentment on my frakkin' holiday, plz?
Just, Argh.
Black Friday and everything it stands for, and says about the American People as rampant consumer whores, just... irks me.

Also, I like how LJ put the following automatic tags on this writing prompt: "writer's block, black Friday, steals and deals, best buy, bb09". (those tags popped into the text fields just by me clicking the button.) Nice.

...Ah. I see now, the little line at the top that says "Sponsored by Best Buy. Find holiday gifts for everyone on your list." with a convenient link to their online site.

O Rly, Best Buy? How much did you pay LJ for this suBtle marketing placement? I definitely won't be shopping there this weekend. Or at all, if I can help it.

I thought about taking the tags down, but then I decided to leave them, so my curmudgeonly voice can be added to their viral marketing mix. I added a few of my own, though.

P.S. - as if you needed another reason to avoid being shoved and elbowed around by the teeming masses of humanity this Friday, just remember H1N1/ Swine Flu, common Flus, and all other unpleasant germs are spread hella quick via mass contact. Your immune system may be suppressed already due to stress from the previous week and the overconsumption, especially of refined sugars, on "Turkey Day", not to mention sleep deprivation if you want to catch the early bird deals. Now you're going to go throw yourself out there to swim through crowds and touch what everyone else has touched and breathe in their sneezes and coughs all day- upping your statistical likelihood of infection.

P.P.S.- to the people that enjoy the thrill of the hunt and totally plan to go out and bag a hot deal on Friday, Go you, get down wit' yo bad self! May you bag and tag every deal you are hunting, with a minimum of trampling and a maximum of savings. Times are hard and I know for a lot of people they see exactly what they want at a price that puts it in their budget range and it gets to that point where they feel it would be silly NOT to go out and take advantage of Deal X. It is just not for me, it ain't my thang. Your mileage may vary. Or so Best Buy hopes. *The views expressed in this journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Best Buy or it's employees.

aaaand now that I've been a total killjoy, I will go to sleep, and hopefully wake up in a better mood in the morning. :D
yinshubackup: (Vegas Baby!)

Looking for something interesting to do tomorrow night?
. . .
Come out to play
~Masque Dei Mortus~

You may have seen the Masque's procession begin at First Friday recently...

...If you would like to see the procession's end, click under the cut for details )

You can also visit http://www.slaveofthemuse.com for more info.

. . .
~"Death smiles at every man; all a man can do is smile back."~


Jun. 21st, 2009 01:53 pm
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does anyone have suggestions of vitamin/supplement/health co-ops or sites online where i can purchase things cheaper than at Whole Paycheck?

I need a "good health" icon.
yinshubackup: (*twitch*)
There are tremors in the floor of my building.
I am on the 15th floor of the Wells Fargo building, the "tallest office building in Nevada" (at 18 stories), about a block or two East of the Strip.

I felt them yesterday too.

I have a window office on the SW side of the building. What I felt was, as if the floor structure of the whole 15th floor was the surface of a pond, and someone dropped a rock into it, and my office got jostled by one of the outlying ripples. Or like it was made out of a giant piece of poster-board that someone just shook- like you do to make that "warping" sound. It all just rippled into a bouncy "twanngggg". The walls creaked a little. Then everything was back to normal.

This really is starting to freak me out.
But all is quiet and no one else is freaking out. No alarms, no... anything.

I am... not sure what to do about this.
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okay, for those who haven't joined [livejournal.com profile] uw_photo yet, the first few pics that came across the community this morning were really interesting, and I had to share:
(all are worksafe pictures of sea creatures)
http://community.livejournal.com/uw_photo/47699.html (i'd so lose a staring contest with this guy... I can't stop laughing when I look at it, for some reason)
http://community.livejournal.com/uw_photo/47467.html (is it bad that I somehow wish I could interpret this photo into a gothy ballgown? the black and white stripes with the red lacy fan...)
http://community.livejournal.com/uw_photo/47286.html (Neon 80's fish is neon! even the guts are cool-looking. Clear fishes are neat... but those hot pink eyes!)
yinshubackup: (DJ Spidersilk)
I'm DJing tonight.

I know most of you on my flist won't be there to hear it, but I still like to keep you all in mind as my muses.

So please make some requests in the comments- if you were going to The Church tonight, what would you want to hear?
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Okay seriously. Go look at this. Right now:


(Yes, it is worksafe.)
yinshubackup: (NOM!)
........WTF, Raymond Blanc, WTF?

They are so not as full of win as the team you should have chosen.
yinshubackup: (NOM!)
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Check out this video: Trilobite beetle of Borneo

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this is short, but disturbing. And kinda beautiful too, in a disgusting sort of way.... I've seen a lot of weird bugs in my time- had a science teacher whose assistant would illegally smuggle bring back things in tupperware from south america, and show them in class-
but this.... should be a fossil by now. I'm just glad they aren't bigger than me.
yinshubackup: (i build stuff)
Got this today and it was actually sorta useful, thought I'd pass it on:

yinshubackup: (Hindenburg)
The Monte Carlo is burning.
And I have a terrific view of it from my office window.
There were visible orange flames a minute ago, but now there's just a thick black plume of smoke spewing up into the air.
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Do any of you speak Ferengi well enough/have a star trek dictionary that can give me a direct Ferengi translation of: "The Great River"?

*squints out into the crowd*
I just know someone out there knows this...
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question for DFW folks: where is the best place to buy henna/mehndi supplies here?


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