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Naan Today

I attempted to make Naan. It was tasty, but not like the stuff you get in Indian restaurants. Try, try again. All the yummy mistakes!

I just finished reading Harpo Speaks. What a marvelous, marvelous, wonderful, joyous book! I adored every page. It's given me a deep desire to see all the Marx Brothers movies again; we watched A Night at the Opera a couple weeks ago; I know I also own Duck Soup (the one I know best); I have to see if I have any of the others. It's been ages since I've seen some of them.

Menopause has been kicking my ass for over a year now. Last month I thought -- I THOUGHT -- that maybe I'd finally come to the end of the misery, as I went over four weeks without a sign of my period and I was feeling active and alert and energetic... then this month came, and I have now HAD my period for the ENTIRE FREAKING MONTH. It's been on-again, off-again, sometimes barely there and now gushing freely, keeping me wildly alternating between the energetic soul I WISH to be and some lazy, chocolate-guzzling SLUG.


I finally took the time to stop by the Double Butte Cemetery (the Phoenix side of the Buttes, just below the Pointe):

Although I know it's a historical cemetery (although still open to new burials), the oldest grave I could find was 1909 (bonus shot):

This place varied wildly from poor, neglected, or unmarked pauper's graves to beautifully tended extended family plots:

The Doctor had better be careful where he travels. China outlaws time travel.

This is one of the many things that worries me about the Tea Party and all of those wigged out freaks...

Gail Collins has a series of Extremely Funny articles about Donald Trump and his, ahem, race for the Oval Office. She rocks. A favorite quote from her most recent column: At least it’ll give us a chance to reminisce about Senator Jon Kyl, who gave that speech against federal support for Planned Parenthood last week that was noted for: A) its wild inaccuracy; and B) his staff’s explanation that the remarks were “not intended to be a factual statement.” Why is it Arizona's senators suck so very, very much? At least Stephen Colbert got a lot (a LOT) of mileage out of Kyl's speech.

Not intended to be a factual statement.


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Apr. 15th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
It's so weird to see a cemetery that isn't green grass. And why are some of the graves arranged in what look like raised flower beds?

Sorry about your Adventures in Mentalpause. It well and truly sucks.
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
The newer parts of the cemetery are grassed -- this part is natural stone. I'm not sure why they ringed a lot of the plots with the edges; some are, and some aren't. There were some areas where graves were barely marked at all (even some places were the grave was nothing at all but an oval mound -- very sad area, that); some where they were quite elaborate. It's a fascinating cemetery, really!

Apr. 15th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
oh joy perimenopause. I get to go talk to my doc about that very problem tomorrow. hope it settles for you

that is a desolate looking grave
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
No joy at all. I hope yours is easier.

Some areas were extremely desolate; some not so much. There were a lot of double plots where one spouse died years ago but the surviving was still, well, surviving, because all they were was a name and date of birth...

Apr. 15th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
well i thnk i'm more used to it. it's never been uncommon for me to bleed for 4-7 weeks straight because of the PCOS but it is annoying and weakening.

i think it's the lack of grass that gets me.I'm so used to cemeteries being parks
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)

The newer parts of the cemetery have grass, but they also have the flat-to-the-ground boring plot markers. I'm guessing the maintenance on the desert landscaped areas is pretty minimal!
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
and you know what that minimal maintenance makes me a little happier. as a biologist, the overuse of water to turn deserts green bugs me
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
The parts of the cemetery you can see from the street are the green ones, so I was actually surprised to find the bulk was au naturale!
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
oh interesting
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
That's a very interesting commentary about the Civil War.

And oooo to the cemetery.
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
I thought so, too. Too many parallels, scarily enough (but Americans never DO learn from history!).

Apr. 15th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Who actually does? We're doomed to repeat and repeat.
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
The Japanese. They're extremely good at learning from their mistakes!
Apr. 15th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
At least someone is?
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
The only good thing about menopause is that it ends.

Well, if China has outlawed time travel, I guess that settles the Doctor's hash. ::snort::
Apr. 15th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
SOMEDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I hope.)

Hee hee hee.

Apr. 15th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
Sympathies for the menopause blues and hugs in general.
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
*hugs tight*
Apr. 15th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
I've thought about attempting naan. What about yours wasn't like restaurant naan? I know it's difficult to make at home because our ovens just don't get as hot as tandoori ovens, but I'm still curious.
Apr. 15th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
And menopause periods sound like the ones I had when I was on depoprovera. Sucked.
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Apr. 16th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
It puffed up a little too much and didn't flatten quite the same; and no, the broiler didn't quite get it crisp enough on the outside. Also, despite following the Indian cookbook recipe, it tasted rather like, well, bread. Good, but not really Naan. But I will try again!

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