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Date:2009-08-12 04:36
Subject:moving on

After a series of unfortunate events (as lemony snicket would say), I have decided to close down this journal.

I can be reached at anu_68 at yahoo.

thanks for reading!

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Date:2009-08-06 13:11
Subject:artichoke stamp

artichoke, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

wandered into a rubber stamp store and
carved this artichoke stamp on styrofoam
it was so fun to have an art adventure
on my lunch hour
Jess at Guadelupe's Fun Rubber Stamps
is a terrific art instigator :)

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Date:2009-07-27 05:55
Subject:baked onion rings

baked onion rings, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

made these last night
they are easy and delicious
and best of all
there is no frying involved!

baked onion rings

serves 4

1 and 1/2 cups cornflakes
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
coarse salt and groud pepper
1 medium sweet onin, such as vidalia, quartered crosswise and broken into rings (use small center rings for something else)
2 Tb olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 deg F. In a food processor, pulse cornflakes and breadcrumbs until fine crumbs form, then transfer to a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, flour, cayenne, salt and pepper.

Dip onion rings into egg mixture, letting excess drip off and dredge in cornflake mixture. Place on a large plate. Pour oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and put in the oven for 2 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and tilt to coat evenly with oil. Arrange onion rings on sheet. Bake turning once, until onion rings are golden brown, about 16 minutes.

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Date:2009-07-20 06:23
Subject:after the bath

Elvis bath, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

Elvis drying off
after a bath
on Saturday

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Date:2009-07-17 06:27

trifle, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

I made this yesterday before work
easy and delicious
good for 4th of july celebrations
adaptedfrom a martha recipe

1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 store bought pound cake (I used Auntie Sara Lee :) -cut into 3/4 inch slices
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries

Make lemon syrup by bringing 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water to a boil over med. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Let cool completely, then brush over both sides of cake slices.

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with 1/3 cup sugar on high speed to lighten. Beat in heavy cream until mixture lis light and fluffy.

Arrange half the cake pieces on the bottom of a 2 quart serving dish. Break up cake as necessary to fill holes. Spoon half cream cheese mixture on and spread evenly. Top with half the berries. Repeat with another cake layer, cream cheese layer and rest of the berries.

Cover and refrigerate til chilled - at least 1 hour and up to overnight

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Date:2009-07-13 07:59
Subject:Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Just finished "Way of the Peaceful Warrior"
by Dan Millman
I really enjoyed this book and it got me
thinking more about exercise, healthy eating
meditation and replacing anger with laughter

Here is an excerpt:
"There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor, and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life; just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are far more than you imagine. You are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else, too! It's all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor. Don't worry, you are already free!"

"What really matters is compassion, kindness, taking ourselves less seriously, and waking up to the gift of life in each passing moment."

I recommend it :)

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Date:2009-06-29 12:44
Subject:Elvis graduates

Elvis Graduation

Elvis graduated from puppy kindergarten last week :)

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Date:2009-06-22 16:25
Subject:The Burden of Choice by Cara Rosaen

Read this on a blog and LOVED it!


The Burden of Choice

It’s the era of choice. Never in history have young people had the opportunity and burden of so many choices. I know, I’m living it. In my late twenties, I am facing a seemingly infinite number of possibilities. I quit grad school and am now starting two online companies. I can choose to do pretty much whatever I feel like doing. With advancements in technology, I can try to have a family anytime I’d like in the next 10-20 years. I can communicate with anyone who has a phone, or a computer, whenever, and wherever I’d like to over my new 3G network. I can even download the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy wherever and whenever I want to or figure out the answer to why cats purr online in a split second on my morning walk in the woods. With so many choices, I must admit that I frequently find myself lost, spinning off, like a zombie to who knows where. I constantly need to reconnect to the place within me that provides me with a sense of direction.

To be honest, I wish I had fewer choices. Because now, I have to set boundaries on a continual basis. I know, it sounds so ungrateful, but setting boundaries is work. It demands of us a certain higher level of consciousness. We have to be intentional. We are not swayed or corralled by social or cultural norms, or limits of technology, but now the world is wide open for our taking, and technology has created an environment with few to no boundaries.

It’s no wonder so many of us are scrambling to simplify. Personally, it’s my way of staying sane. I simplify to create boundaries and stay more closely connected to my values, to my intentions. It’s the only way I feel grounded.

It’s all too easy to receive a phone call on a walk with my friend, or aimlessly flip channels when I’m tired, or listen to a constant stream of music in the car, or watch the ads that play at the gas station or in the taxi cab. None of these activities in themselves are inherently bad, it’s just that, without mindfulness, without intention they can occupy too much space in my life, and leave me feeling like a zombie.

I find that my day is full of an infinite number of moments that challenge me to ask what is it I want and to always be an active participant in my life.

Last year, I got rid of my cable subscription, and now I only have Netflix, and the Internet. The effort it takes for me to put a disc in, or search for a show online, or pay 1.99 per show on iTunes, is just enough effort to force me to think “Do I really want this?”. I have to connect, in that split second with my intention for the moment.

I leave my phone at home when I go for a walk. It’s my time to walk, not to talk.

I only respond to phone calls, when I feel like it. I don’t enjoy being always “on call” whether by phone or email. Contrary to popular belief, I am not always available to anyone at any moment. I moved from the middle of Silicon Valley to the outskirts to connect more to the mountains, the trees, and the wildlife around me. I even have a sign that hangs on my mailbox to tell neighbors, that while I work at home, I’m not always available. It is there between 8 am and 6 pm every weekday and even on weekends, if I feel like being to myself.

So, our generation is being taught a huge lesson about boundaries. We have to become master boundary creators. With so much available, and so many choices, we have to set our own boundaries and hold firm to them, so as not to be overwhelmed. It is my hope that we can learn to live within the freedoms that we have in a way that we all feel safe and prosperous. It is my hope that this challenge will raise our awareness and demand of us to live a more mindful and value-driven life.

Written by Cara Rosaen

Constant student of this life

Entrepreneur, founder of Bookin’ Good, an eco-friendly online bookstore

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Date:2009-06-22 15:50
Subject:simple living

I've been thinking about simple living a lot lately
we downsized from a 3 bedroom house with 2.5 baths and a yard
to a 2 bedroom apt with a patio
we used to have 2 cars, now we share one
in the process of downsizing we got rid of a lot of stuff
and it felt/feels great
it is true that you tend to expand your possessions to the amount of space you have
i was always sort of incredulous about all the stuff we used to have
i couldn't believe it was actually all ours - and not in a good way!

there is a lot of freedom in not having so much stuff to clean/take care of
life is simpler now and much easier
funds go a lot further and we have lots of leisure time
which used to be used for upkeep, painting, cleaning, weeding, cutting grass etc.

as much as we have paired down with the move to santa fe
I've realized that we can pare down further
after being here for 8 mos, I have realized there are things
that I have not used in 8 mos
so I'm re-evaluating and sending bags of stuff to goodwill
it feels wonderful

the idea of having only 100 things intrigues me
check out these websites:

I've also always loved the idea of living on a boat
dh lived on one for about 4 yrs
this is a cool website:

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Date:2009-06-21 12:13

Elvis 6.21, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

loves chilling on the chaise lounge on the patio
that purple vest I made him
(that he grew out of in a week)
is a chew toy now.

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Date:2009-06-21 12:12
Subject:horse #4

horse4, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

is named Tyler and
he is a wee colt

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Date:2009-06-21 12:11
Subject:hiking shoes

hiking shoes, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

got some new hiking shoes
with ankle support from llbean
Elvis wanted to get in the shot and
show off his new orange harness
unfortunately he doesn't like wearing it

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Date:2009-06-20 13:38

horse3, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

is horse #3

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Date:2009-06-18 19:34

horse2, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

horse #2
making these is great fun
and yeah I'm reading the Ramayana :)

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Date:2009-06-17 20:22

paper horse, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

ann wood makes these cardboard horses
as a creativity exercise
I made my first one today
her name is Freya
check out ann's horses
and directions here:

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Date:2009-06-15 15:53
Subject:sketch 6.14.09

sketch 6.14.09, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

quick sketch I did in my journal
haven't been sketching in a while
so it felt good :)

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Date:2009-06-14 10:09
Subject:hiking the rail trail

railtrail1, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.






went hiking today along the rail trail
it offers beautiful views
along the railroad tracks
it started raining along the way and
we saw a train on the way back!

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Date:2009-06-14 06:37
Subject:cuteness inc.

Elvis bed1, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

Elvis bed2

Elvis sleeps with us and
is a slooow waker
he'll lie in bed long after
both of us have gotten up

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Date:2009-06-13 19:56

Elvis rose, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

Elvis and Tim

went to the dog park this morning
hiking in the arroyo this afternoon
Elvis stops to smell the roses
and other flowers.

made a blueberry crisp for dessert

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Date:2009-05-27 19:23
Subject:cherry lattice pie

cherry lattice pie, originally uploaded by schnuckypuss.

I came home tonight
and made a cherry pie :)

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