but after that, everything went really well for a while:
course 1: homemade lentil soup, served at that perfect temperature that feels like it's going to burn your tongue but totally doesn't, & just spicy enough to not quite make your nose run;
course 2: chopped salad - zucchini, cucumbers, tomato, lettuce - with cold, delicious eggplant dip, served with their mildly sweet bread, & eaten by mashing chunks of the bread into the dip & salad to scoop yum;
course 3: ground chicken/egg/veggies thing wrapped in lots of filo dough & covered in powered sugar & cinnamon;
course 4: main course - selected from the menu: slow roasted lamb with eggplant (my favorite), chicken with prunes (cinnamony & omg so good), lamb or beef kebobs, chicken with apricots, cous cous with chicken & veggies, rabbit (which they've always been out of), i forget what else. with 3+ people, they'll do a "king's feast" which means they pick the dishes & you receive one entree more than the number in your party for the same $20 flat per person;
course 5: dessert - fruit salad with this vanilla cinnamon soak, or a milk pudding which is "traditional" & is shockingly good.
they can do everything in vegetarian versions, too. i fucking love it there & go as often as i can.
i think that covers it. phew. philly next weekend. in the meantime, here are more pics of stuff.
updated pics of travel box, mirrorbacks, + silliness - http://community.livejournal.com/stretched/5021070.html:
because the sun was shining on my happy head, i managed to acquire a 4ga blue mirrorback single. i think we can now all agree it's gone too far. :D
i also reworked the padding on my travel plug box as i'd noted i was considering. instead of redoing so much felt, i was able to just peel off opposing halves of each long row & restick the felt to either side of the dividers. here's a new pic of this:
& a pic of the box full of dichro:
next, we were in the most awesome stone store a week or so ago - they have this spectacular center slice of blue brazillian agate that i'd drool to have leo make into plugs if only it were thick enough. i only got mediocre pics of it since i didn't have my real camera with me, but here's a phone pic of gorthok posing badly next to a 00000000000000000000000000000000000ga sodalite plug:
& since i'd never done one of these, i figured it's about time. here's a through-the-lobe with a 3/4" kaos earskin. obviously mine's a bit different from the usual shots into a mirror... ;D
(plus he's relevant to our interests!)
more prizmatic cabs! - http://community.livejournal.com/stretched/5025767.html:
i couldn't hold back, & bought another set of of 21mm cabs (plus a 7mm match) from prizmatic. here's mandy's pic:
these are mounted the same way as my red fanciful swirls. it's kind of sad that i can now tell different makers' acrylic apart solely by the smell it produces when dremelled. :)
the flash makes them look more teal than they are, but they're seriously impossible to capture in images. in reality, they show cobalt, emerald, & plum - somewhere between mandy's pics & my out-of-ear pics are the most true. i dig them!
ladybugs! - http://community.livejournal.com/stretched/5026880.html:
in a fit of silly springtime-is-coming-ness, i ordered some enamel & sterling ladybug earrings cheap off ebay. i had a pair just like them in early high school back when i was wearing stud earrings, & i really liked having a to-scale ladybug hanging out on my ear. it's probably as 'cute' as i get. anyhow, i found them for $8/pr shipped on ebay, then happened upon a three pair auction for ten bucks total - but the bugs were pink, blue, & white. ladybugs that lived too close to the power plant, i guess. anyhow, i figured i'd just paint them, & paint them i did. i used red & black enamels, then sealed them with clear nailpolish.
the plugs are 20mm clearance ikons from wildcat's sale, painted over with black enamel. i trimmed off the earring posts, dremelled down the stumps, then superglued the ladybugs to the plugs directly. the 4ga is the little acrylic tunnel that failed as the first try for my red rock candy match. i filled it partly with black silicone, then sank an earring (with post) into it.
i got a bit of superglue on the black enamel, so i overcoated it with clear nailpolish - which caused the enamel to ripple funny. i actually like what it did - the backgrounds have a bit more interest now than just being glassy smooth. it almost looks like black grass they're sitting on. you can see this in the non-flash pic:
here are the in-ears. & i like that they're unbalanced, so don't ask me to swap the plugs to have 3+3. ;)
i had a pair of scorpion plugs a while back, but never wore them. i like scorpions, & couldn't come to terms with wearing their corpses for aesthetics only. so now i get to wear ladybugs, which i also like, but i don't have to feel bad about such a superficial use of real bugs' bodies.
lish's cartilage timeline - http://community.livejournal.com/stretched/5028228.html:
& my lobe timeline can be viewed here: http://compunction.org/lishtimeline.jpg.
may - new dreads pics - http://community.livejournal.com/get_up_dread_up/5656479.html:
ok! first off, i finally updated my site with new pics of two gudu members. both had recent maintenance appointments.
secondly, i have a slew of pics of my own locks, now a full 1.5 years old. i redid my dye job this week, so i had to take some new photos.
& in the rare sun of seattle:
in the previous pic, you can see the tiny embedded braid in one of my dreads, off to camera left. i did that just a couple of months in.
a flipped shot. imagine my forehead is the camera.
i love my roots.
& while setting the dye, i realized i was doing a decent impersonation of sin_aesthetic. ;)
note that i haven't rebleached since i started this set, which means the brunette you see is 100% new growth. fear it. :D
& i just posted these three pics of joe & me, if anyone's interested. the third is SFW risque.
also, i feel it necessary to share this spam with you. as jenna noted, "that is some awesome spam. I feel like i really know cate now."
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 18:45:41 -0800 From: Lynnette Travis <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Philip Hankovsky a conversation today remember how i was so proud that my room was clean and i was knitting well i still am and my wheels are turning with projects to put together for a locals knitting class. and again when you are at a good weight and having regular cycles you can absolutely add in a lot more whole wheat and whole grain foods as well as all fruits and vegetables and other good carbs like beans if your cycles get a little kooky or you gain weight thats when you know you need to reduce again and it's so yummy the back is mostly white with a strip of the red and aqua from the front. i want to raise sheep on a farm in the northeast and knit by a fire all day! i never thought life would then take me to utah to attend byu and then off to serve as a missionary for a year and a half but it did and it was hardest most surprising most rewarding experience of my life but i couldnt stop looking at the picture because it shows the place where i played for the first 12 years of my life ready to share the love she's cute but we feel more blessed and amazed than ever at life's unexpected twists and turns. and how happy we are that there is a loving heavenly father that understands the little picture we have in our minds for our lives, and gently and lovingly helps us change our vision to a masterpiece. i really love life. what an adventure it is. let's give a hand to the world, for everything it can do!! cate and i went through some of the free options around the web for valentines to download and print cate: did you love disney games on the computer when you were five? this week i am getting all my ducks in a row so that this weekend i can hole up and sew myself some desperately needed skirts for church and summer this is what cate's room looked like two days ago and as ive been laying in my misery ive been thinking a lot about that penny and just how lonely id be if she wasnt there with me grant and i listened and danced to his music on valentine's day. cold winter morning + hot cocoa + one tiny ray of sunlight + cate corned beef is cheap meat, a head of cabbage is less than 50 cents, and i bet you have all the ingredients for the bread in your cupboard. you should make this meal tonight! im loving babies & mamas sunshine happy rooms and cool colors lunch whole wheat pita with tuna or deli meat or a big salad with grilled chicken video cate: what did you play on the computer, then? just a phone call one night she had an aneurysm and although this was a surprise of the worst kind it was the most spiritual time of my life much good and understanding has come through that loss and again, when you are at a good weight and having regular cycles, you can absolutely add in a lot more whole wheat and whole grain foods, as well as all fruits and vegetables and other "good carbs" like beans. if your cycles get a little kooky or you gain weight, that's when you know you need to reduce again. i am so excited about the response to the project! it is going to take me a bit to organize all the emails and get back to everyone, so be patient if you are waiting to help and send things! i'll get there! this morning i've been researching the answers to the questions that have arisen so i don't make mistakes putting these together. here's a clearer breakdown of what i need. i know this is long, but if you are wanting to help please read it all before deciding what you'd like to help with: Quilt kits finally all done project 31 is rolling along. i have donations for every single item i need for the 31 newborn kits and lots of fabric donations and i will sew until there are 31 baby quilts too! thank you SO much, i was overwhelmed by the awesome response. packages are starting to arrive! i will be sure to post some pictures when i get it all together and ready to take to the humanitarian center. my heart is happy.
ok, off to watch the end of prison break. no spoilers!@ & oh hey, if anyone has any good movie recommendations for our flight next weekend, you should comment with a sentence or two in description.