gateway, january


Happy New Year to All!

May you have a happy, healthy, prosperous 2011, and find the wisdom and fortitude to handle whatever life throws at you along the way.

It's the start of a new year and a new decade - should be full of surprises.

(So I posted a few seconds too late to keep the January 1 dateline. Oh well.)
Maggie 7/15#2

Updated, revised Books I Have Read

[not counting the one started but pitched -- gently, it was a library book -- across the room, unfinished]

Black Blade Blues, by J.A. Pitts
Dead Man's Ransom, by Ellis Peters (re-read)
Night Work by Laurie R. King (re-read)
The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King (re-read)
A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
Saltation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon (re-read)
With Child by Laurie R. King (re-read)
Corambis by Sarah Monette
The Alehouse Murders by Maureen Ash
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (re-read)
Ground to a Halt by Claudia Bishop
  • Current Mood
    accomplished accomplished
by Niggle, Leaf

I Will Post More Frequently, I Promise!

As you can probably tell from the (in)frequency of my posting, I mostly use my account to have a LJ identity for posting comments to other LJ'ers posts or to have an OpenID ID for Blogspot comments etc.  But for various reasons (not unconnected with a desire to have a more active LJ account) I am making a new resolution to post more often, even if I don't consider my doings to be all that fascinating to anyone.

Perhaps I ought to keep one of those lists of Books I Have Read This Year, since reading is one of my great pleasures.  But it's going to have to start in medias res, since I wasn't keeping lists until just now. Perhaps Books I have read since June 2010. And probably not comprehensive.
Here goes:

Black Blade Blues
, by J.A. Pitts
Dead Man's Ransom, by Ellis Peters (re-read)
Night Work by Laurie R. King (re-read)
The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King (re-read)
A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
Saltation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon (re-read)
With Child by Laurie R. King (re-read)
  • Current Mood
    determined determined
Wyatt's Hat, cat in the hat

Cookie Conundrum

Why is it that the recipe for Sugar Cookies in The Joy of Cooking has totally failed me, these last two years, whereas when I was younger, yea! even when I was making Hamster and Musketeer cookies to take to the Millenium Philcon/Worldcon back in 2001, I had no trouble at all? I follow the recipe exactly, with special attention to the  quantities of the varied ingredients (especially flour), I chill the dough for the length of time suggested in the recipe, but when I attempt to roll out the dough between sheets of waxed paper, all I get is a sticky mess that cannot be cut with the cookie cutters and cannot be moved onto the baking sheet?

In the end, I threw in another half to 3/4 cup or more of flour and remixed it with my new Kitchen Aid mixer until the dough was stiff enough to work with.  But I cannot believe that The Joy would steer me wrong -- where am I going astray?  It does nothing to lower my stress as I try to make large batches of Christmas Cookies to give as gifts and to take to tomorrow's Office Party.
  • Current Music
    Gregorian Chant


I want to make note of some of the things I'm thankful for this year.

For Friends, first of all, and family. For those in Real Life, and for those in Cyberspace, both those who love and care for me, and for those who simply inspire me and keep my heart up by their example, when I'm feeling battered by the forces of entropy. For those with whom I shall be sharing a meal in a couple of hours, and for those I see only in my mind and heart.

For my health, especially for the fact that it's 22 months since the reversal of my ileostomy and all seems to be going well with no recurrence of the diverticulitis. And for the fact that, out of my experience with the ostomy, I can reach out to folks who are newly coping with that same condition and offer hints to make life easier. For my good mammogram. For my doctors and other caregivers, and all from whom I've learned ways to improve my physical and mental and spiritual well-being. For those who care for the health of my friends and family.

For our president, Barack Obama, and the hope he has offered to our country and to the world (may he be able to fulfill some of our hopes!)

For the beauties to be found in the parks here in New York City, and for those who work and give of time and treasure to ensure that the parks will continue to be available for the people, and to maintain or improve the landscape.

For the wonderful diversity of people here in the city, and for all that has helped to make me aware and more appreciative of it.

For books, and blogs, and films, and other arts, that have comforted my soul or enlarged my horizons, and for the authors and creators who made them and the publishers and distributors who set them before the public.

For good food, and clean water, and air to breathe.

For all of these, and for so much more, I am thankful today.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
by Niggle, Leaf

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Having trouble learning to use an LJ-Cut - Attempt follows!
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Sigh. No matter how closely I hew to the model format I downloaded from LJ, it just doesn't cut it. :-( Or does it? Sorry for any repetition in flists.
Maggie 7/15#2

"Solitary Diner" and Friends

Back in June I floated a proposal that folks without other plans for dining with friends or editors might wish to band together to explore the restaurants of Montreal, and got quite a response. I'd hoped to check in with everyone as the Con came closer,  to see if we could settle on particular nights, times, and restaurants that were especially appealing, but "stuff" intervened, and here we are on Monday of Con week.

First off, it was proposed that folks who were arriving early might want to get together for a meal, and it turns out that I won't be arriving until Thursday afternoon so I won't be around to help put up signs or coordinate such an activity.  But I still think itmight be fun and perhaps anyone interested could coordinate through responses to this message and then run with it.

As for the rest of us, one of the Montreal residents had kindly offered to make reservations for a group of us at one or more restaurants, this to have been done the week before the con. I don't know if it's still on offer, but if we can arrive at a consensus as to where we might want to eat, and the time and date that would be most convenient, I'll inquire of her.

Could you check through the online version of the Program and see what days and what time you'd most like to have a group meal? With so many responding I thought we could perhaps do this more than once, and thus be able to sample more than one cuisine on more than one night,  Or more than one group setting out on the same night to allow for different taste preferences -- I think there are enough of us to make up several good-sized groups and have a wonderful time chatting and eating.

I'm off to check the restaurants listing and con schedule in between stabs at the day job, but I wanted to get this up here so we could start synchronizing our watches!

Are there any other singleton con-attendees who might want to make up a posse to have dinner at some one of the marvelous restaurants Jo describes so well over at the [info]antici_food  community? The folks I know are always already tied up with professional obligations, or have commitments to catch up with the friends they only see at cons, but there must be hundreds of us {whispers) semi-mundanes who'd enjoy the chance to dine with other people to talk to, so we wouldn't have to worry about getting poutine on the pages of our new books! [snip]

ETA2: If we get enough folks, we can subdivide according to which nights people have free, or which cuisine is calling them most loudly, or whatever, and perhaps keep track of ourselves on the what-do-you-call-them, message boards at the con itself, as time gets closer.  Meanwhile I'm saving all these posts to memories, so it will be easier to keep tabs on responders.  Welcome! (Nom nom nom as the LOLcats would have it)
  • Current Mood
    hungry hungry

Oh how I wish

that I still had, at 57, the energy and curiosity and spirit of adventure that I had When We Were Very Young....instead I grew up to be a hobbit, portly, sedentary, and settled in my ways.  But wait -- who is that at my door?
Maggie 7/15#2

You Gotta Start Off Each Year With A Meme (as Jimmy Durante used to say)

Via  roadnotes : "a question from fuyukodachi
Don't take too long to think about it. List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you -- The first
15 you can recall in 15 minutes."

The Lord of the Rings
The Party Pig
The Wizard of Oz
The Sheik
An Old Fashioned Girl
The Scent of Water
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Mr. Wicker's Window
The Pilgrim's Progress
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Beekeeper's Apprentice
The Deed of Paksenarrion
Manchild in the Promised Land
A Girl of the Limberlost
Further Fables For Our Time