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A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail asking me to submit the following photo for inclusion in an online guide to Sacramento:

Fountain Face #3

Today I received a follow-up.

Hi [insert real name],

I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo
has been selected for inclusion in the newly released
seventh edition of our Schmap Sacramento Guide:

Cesar Chavez Park

If you use an iPhone or iPod touch, then this same link
will take you directly to your photo in the iPhone version
of our guide. On a desktop computer, you can still see
exactly how your photo is displayed and credited in the
iPhone version of our guide at:

Cesar Chavez Park

Finally, if you have a blog, you might also like to check
out the customizable widgetized version of our Schmap
Sacramento Guide, complete with your published photo:


Thanks so much for letting us include your photo - please
enjoy the guide!

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Woot! I have a published photograph! Which was taken with the old camera, BTW. Wonder what I can do with the new one?
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A few weeks ago, when it was so hot hot hot the asphalt melted, I noticed an elderly gentleman standing in the middle of the sidewalk in front of my house as I drove into the garage after work, just standing there with his head down. Concerned he might be feeling the effects of the heat, I rushed in the house to get him a glass of cold water. By the time I got back outside, he was halfway up the street, walking slowly. I ran after him and offered him the water, explaining I was worried when I saw him standing motionless there in front of the house. He explained that he always stops there. He walks from his house a certain number of steps, then turns around and goes home. He thanked me for the water, and continued on his way.

Yesterday evening, spouse and I were unloading groceries from the car when my new friend walked past. I called out a hello. "Hello!" he said back, and then he said, "Young lady, do you use rosemary when you cook?"

"Yes," I said, "it's one of my favorite herbs."

"Well, I have a big rosemary bush I'm trimming up. I bring you some."

"Thank you! We love fresh rosemary."

This afternoon, my front step was nearly covered in what must be the largest "sprig" of rosemary I've ever seen. The man must have cut off half his shrub and left it on my doorstep. Spouse and I spent a good hour stripping the branches of more rosemary leaves than we can use in a year, and there's still several branches left to share at work tomorrow.

My house smells wonderful!

Some rosemary, indeed.
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The accountant just called. A miracle has occurred. We get a refund from both state and federal! Ha!
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Currently snuggled on the sofa with spouse, watching one of our favorite baaaaaad flicks, Army Of Darkness. Next up, a made-for-SciFi Channel World Premiere, Alien Apocalypse! Break out the popcorn. We're in B movie heaven this evening. Ah, togetherness. You and me against the world, baby!
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As I walked up the steps this afternoon, I saw a package sitting by the front door. "Hmm," thought I, "those books I ordered from QPB the other day sure got here fast!" I picked up the box on my way in the house and opened it.

Lo and behold, it was a St. Valentine's gift from [livejournal.com profile] madame_urushiol!

Just look at all that lovely lovely stuff inside: a cute little sweetheart birdie, a fluffy little bear ornament, a brass heart-shaped cookie cutter with recipe attached, an enormous all day lollipop (cherry-flavored!), sparkly stickers, candy hearts, and ummm, no, there's no chocolate in here. None at all. Especially not a yummy caramel heart. Nuh-uh. Nope. No chocolate.

Thank you, my friend! What an unexpected and delightful way to end the day!
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I cried as the pastor put ashes on my forehead. Again. Sheesh, Communion Sundays and Ash Wednesday and Christmas and Easter and when singing certain hymns. They're getting used to seeing me bawl by now.

I shouldn't be so flippant about it.

My gratitude is so deep that it expresses itself through tears. I consider my life a gift from God, even on the bad days. Sobriety will do that for you.
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Got to the office at noon. Left at four. Heheh. I could get used to those kind of hours. Upon leaving work, I drove straight to Bed Bath & Beyond. That little gifty card was burning a hole in my pocket.

Exercising restraint at BB&B is extraordinarily difficult. I seldom go in there just to browse because invariably I buy. When I do enter the store, I'm on a mission.

So today, to preserve my pocketbook, I had already made up my mind what to buy and proceeded directly to the kitchen gadget section. We need new utensils! We haven't bought decent spatulas and ladles and what-not since, well, probably since before spouse and I even met. I know for certain the soup ladle we used (until it broke a while back) was the soup ladle my mother let me have when I left home at age 18, and heaven only knows how long she'd had it before giving it to me. I chose the utensils, tossed them in the cart, and walked quickly to the checkout, keeping my head down and eyes on the floor. I was a good girl. Drat.

Spouse is lucky there isn't a Williams-Sonoma store around here, or a Pottery Barn. I get the catalogs. That's torture enough.

But now we have lovely new non-stick-cookware-friendly spatulas and slotted spoons and ladles and mixing spoons. *beam*
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That gift card from Bed Bath & Beyond arrived today. Guess where I'm going after work?


Feb. 6th, 2005 12:49 pm
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Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] gorydetails, for the recipe for Cranberry Walnut Pie. It's wonderful, and promises to become a favorite treat! I made it for a theater board potluck a few weeks ago, and barely made it home with even one piece left for spouse to sample. I'm making it again today for the Superbowl festivities we will be attending.

New browser

Feb. 5th, 2005 06:45 am
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Due to a unanimous response, my computer nows see the internet through Firefox. Thank you for your help. I hope this will be a much better experience.
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"You killed my father. Prepare to die."

I love this movie.

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