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AT&T Sucks [Feb. 3rd, 2012|09:00 am]
My internet went out at home - they're supposed to fix it today.  The AT&T system is so screwed up.  I was on the phone last night for two hours, four different reps, all of them try to run the same tests on the line and my modem, even when I told them the tests had already been done.  At one point I was told I'd get a call, to let it go to voice mail and then call the number they leave.  So I do this, but the message does not leave any specific directions about who or what department to ask for, so my call ends up routed back to Tech Support, who wonder why I called them and not Line Maintenance.  While they transfer me, my phone battery runs out, so I have to recharge and call again.  I listen to the message again to make sure I didn't miss any instructions on how to get to Line Maintenance and not Tech Support, but there aren't any, so of course my call gets routed to Tech Support again!  By the time I got someone to tell me they'd be sending someone out today, I was Not Happy.  Plus, if they decide the problem is in my apartment, I have to pay for repairs. :(
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Creepy Book Club [Jan. 12th, 2012|10:58 am]
I'm so surpprised that my first time joining in with the Creepy Book Club, we'll be reading the book that I suggested, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson!  I've just read it within the past year, but it's short and available at the library, so I'll read it again.  I was pleasantly surprised at the interest others had in reading that one, especially since I made the suggestion kind of off the cuff. 
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My Creepypasta Film Script [Jan. 4th, 2012|10:54 am]
Two boys are hiding behind a tree looking at an old, dilapidated Victorian house. The paint has faded and peeled to nothing, the windows are boarded up.

Steven: (whispering) Go up and knock on the door, I dare ya!

Adam: Why don't you do it?

Steven: 'Cuz I dared you first!

Adam: (pause) I don't think the lady really lives there.

Steven: Then there's nothing to worry about, right? Go on...

Adam: (unsure) Let's both go.

Steven: Scaredycat.

Adam: I'm not scared! I just... I don't know... I think we should go together, that's all.

Steven: Fine, if you want to be a big baby. Do you want me to hold your hand, too?

Adam: Shut up! If you're so brave, why are you whispering?

Steven: Sissy. Let's go, then.

The boys stand up and slowly walk towards the house. Adam stays a couple steps behind Steven. Steven is clearly frightened, but tries to hide it. He turns suddenly to Adam.

Steven: (still whispering) Hey!

Adam: (flinches and starts, nearly runs away, but stops after a step or two) What?!

Steven: (laughing) Just wanted to see if you'd pee your pants. You just about did, didn't you, scaredy?

Adam: Stop it! We're almost there, now.

They step up to the front door.

Steven: OK. I walked with you. But if you don't want me to tell everyone at school that you were too scared, you have to knock on the door.

Adam: What?

Steven: Do it!

Adam slowly walks up to the door. He stands in front of it for a couple seconds then looks back at Steven. Steven motions him on. Adam reached out, but instead of knocking he turns the handle of the door, which opens.

Adam: (stumbling back) It's open!

Steven: Go inside!

Adam: No way!

Steven: You want everyone to know you're a big baby?

Adam doesn't respond.  He just stands there staring into the house, glances quickly at Steven and then back into the house again.

Steven: Fine, stupid.  I'll go in, but you better go in, too, if you know what's good for you.

The two boys slowly step inside, looking around wide eyed. After they walk a few feet in from the door there's a noise from the landing of the staircase in front of them. They both jump and look towards it.

Adam: I brought you another one, Grandma. (closes the door)
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Need: Veggie Survivalist Food [Oct. 2nd, 2011|09:16 pm]
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Cross-posted to vegrecipes

Hi all, I'm new to this group and I've been a vegetarian for 23 years.  Mostly ovo/lacto, as I am currently, but I do occasional stints as a vegan.

I hope this is not too off-topic for this group, but I'm hoping someone can at least point me in the right direction.  I've been a city girl most of my life, even though I love camping and hiking and I try to be outdoors whenever possible, summer or winter.  I have recently started seeing a carnivorous gentleman who is teaching me the ways of outdoors life, including rock climbing, survival, and soon to be ice climbing and winter camping.  This is all great, except he does not know what to do about my vegetarian diet when he takes me out to the wilderness this winter.  He is used to bringing meat that gets cooked over a fire and jerky to keep protein in the system between meals.

So.  I need to know how to be a vegetarian in the great outdoors.  Particularly in the winter.  Does anyone here know about this sort of thing or know where I can find the information I need?  I have already promised that if we should be stranded on a mountaintop and starving to death that I would kill a squirrel or something in order to not die, but I would prefer it not come to that.  Any ideas are welcome, and if you know of any vegetarian survivalist-types, I'd love to ask them about what to eat while clinging to a snowy mountaintop. 

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Testimonial - for real [Jul. 4th, 2011|11:58 pm]

I have written some testimonials before, but they have always been solicited in some way - either I got a free sample, so I'm reviewing it, or there is a prize to be won by writing something flattering about a product.  Today I wrote my first unsolicited, just-because-I-so-freakin'-love-it testimonial.  It is for Noxzema.  Yes, Noxzema, that strong-smelling weird lotion-like cleanser that shows up in actors' dressing rooms rather often.  I don't use it as a cleanser, though.  I use it for the purpose it was originally invented for - sunburn.  I learned that the line is being sold to Unilever Corp.  I always worry that a new company is going to mess with something that's perfectly good the way it is, so I decided to write an unsolicited testimonial in hopes that Unilever will end up leaving good enough alone.

I tell the truth, here.  There is nothing that compares to Noxzema for sunburn.  What I didn't put in the testimonial, because it's sorta not PC, is the fact that Noxzema will eventually help your sunburn become a tan.  Tans are not well-liked in the PC context of health and beauty these days, so I left that out.  I suppose I should have mentioned how it keeps your burn from peeling, but I forgot that part.  Here is the text (short but sweet) of what I sent to the company's website:

There is nothing - NOTHING - that works to soothe sunburn like original Noxzema.  I know we're not supposed to get sunburned in the first place, but occasionally it happens, right?  I did not expect to end today with a lobster-like color covering most of my body.  But since it's there, I'm so glad I've got Noxzema!  I use it, my mom uses it, my sister uses it, my aunt uses it... and we recommend it to everyone!

At times I've recommended it only to find that folks were rinsing it off, which is lovely if you're using it as a cleanser.  But for sunburn relief let it soak in and leave it alone.  Slather it on a few times a day until the burn is gone.   

I admit to having tried to look elsewhere, to see if some new product is somehow the next epidermal miracle.  No.  It is not.  Nothing has surpassed Noxzema. 


On a side note, yeah, I stupidly let myself get totally sunburned today.  Apparently 15 minutes at mid-day (on each side) can make the difference between totally burned and not-burned.  Even in Connecticut.  Go figure.

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Dead End Rodeo Read Thru [May. 18th, 2011|07:30 pm]
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We had the first read-thru of my next show, Dead End Rodeo, last night.  This show is going to be a hoot!  Or maybe a hootenany!  I play Fanny Montanny, a former child star trying to relive her glory days by becoming Rodeo Queen.  My love interest is Wavy Cockett, who was formerly a porn star named Skin Flicker.

Of course someone ends up dead, we are all suspects, and the audience has to help figure out who the killer is.

Can't wait to do this!  It's really going to be fun.  I've worked with a few of the other actors before, but I'm "the new one" to this group.

Mark your calendars - we play every Friday night in July and August aboard the Essex Steam Train!
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2011|02:26 pm]
Drunk guy at the Austrian Club:  C'mon!  Come out with us!  I'll buy you a cheeseburger!
Me: I'm a vegetarian
Guy: I'll buy you a veggie burger!
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Baked Pasta e Fagioli [Jan. 22nd, 2011|08:35 pm]
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(Inspired by Poor Girl Eats Well)

As a poor, hungry, lazy-cook vegetarian, I scanned my shelves tonight trying to figure out a way to use stuff I already had and yet make something yummy for dinner.  I spied a box of pasta I had gotten for free with a coupon (Yay, free!)  and a long-past-date can of navy beans.  I immediately thought of pasta e fagioli, but strangely I was not in the mood for soup.  Please note that I will refine this recipe as my mood and budget allows, and probably do things like sautee onions and garlic and maybe some other vegetables to put in this.  But still, what I came up with was pretty good.  So here's what I did:

Cooked about 2/3 a box of rotini.
While it was cooking I chopped up some olives and marinated artichoke hearts, and rinsed and drained the can of navy beans, and drained a can of Rotel.
Put all of the above into a 9x13 casserole dish, and poured pasta sauce over the whole thing, and mixed it in.  (I figured it was okay that I didn't sautee onions and garlic because I used "garlic and onion" pasta sauce, along with some plain.)
Covered the dish with foil and baked it at... I think it was 375F for about 1/2 hour.
Then I took off the foil and crumbled sliced of pepper jack cheese over the top.  (Obviously mozzarella would be preferable, but that's not what I happen to have on hand right now.)
Put it back in for about 3 1/2- 4 minutes, and voila!

BTW, I had gotten the Rotel marked down at Target for 44 cents , and the can of olives on the markdown shelf at Stop & Shop for 89 cents, and the can of beans had been sitting around forever, so this was very budget-friendly, as well.

(X-posted to veggieslackers and vegetariancooks)
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Someone in the "creepies" group asked about nightmares... [Aug. 18th, 2010|08:17 pm]
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I used to have a recurring nightmare where I would somehow end up in this basement/dirt floor/warehouse-type room, and this creature would rise out of the floor. I would sense it before I could see it, an evil, menacing presence, and I'd look around a few times before I'd hear a laugh or movement and finally see him. He only appeared from the waist up, but even so was very powerful and frightening. He was naked and hairless, skin was a very pale gray, arms were long and bony with long bony fingers and fingernails. I don't remember him having eyes, but he always knew where I was. I would end up trapped in this place, trying to get out, and he would have other creatures/monsters/people that he controlled trying to kill or capture me. I was terrified and couldn't get out.

I would wake up gasping for air. One time, I decided in the dream to fight him, but woke up inadvertently. So I went back to sleep and back into the dream to face him. Once he realized he couldn't control me and I wasn't afraid, I was able to escape.

I had the dream once or twice more after that, but I remembered what had happened before, so I was always able to win. In fact, once I even laughed at him and said "What? You're trying AGAIN?!" In retrospect, the whole thing was pretty cool! :)
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Decision made [Aug. 16th, 2010|02:58 pm]
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Well, I just turned down the role in Rocky Horror.  I feel kinda bad about it, but glad the decision is made and done with. 

On the brighter side, it leaves me open to audition for both All My Sons and Plays and Poetry, and makes me available to do BOTH shows if I were cast in both.
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