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Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
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...well, 1/4th of an airplane. N11LT, a 1977 Grumman AA-5B.  I've known one of the partners for years, and I've been waiting for a spot to open for a while.  The last time someone sold a share, I was in the middle of being laid off and couldn't commit to it.  This time I had the cash, and after a month of 'negotiating' (read: waiting for the dude to reduce his price to something reasonable), I signed the papers last night.

My phone suffered an accident involving a washing machine, so instead of one of the pictures I took, have a generic picture of the plane I found on the internet:





I'm excited. Got a CFI scheduled, first flight is next Wednesday!

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Well, okay, this post isn't really about the cookies. I made them, they were okay but unremarkable, and they're not going to show up on the blog. But before I knew they were going to be unremarkable, I took a few pictures. This one is entirely OOC, not edited at all. I saw it, and immediately knew it would be a perfect movie poster for a Kitchen Horror Flick - "It Came From The Pantry!"

Sugar cookies
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Why, yes, it is the first week of September.

Seen at Randalls today.

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Current Location: US, Texas, Houston, Harris

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Tina's reading list:

Finished,Ready Player One. Much better then the reviews led me to believe it would be.

Finally finished, Shades of Gray. I've literally been dragging through this book for a year. It's not nearly as good as the first one in the series, although I'll admit it picked up in the last 75 pages or so. But there were a lot of other pages to slog through first.

And, finished: Midnight at the Well of Souls. I was sort of mixed about this - I might keep an eye out for a used copy of some of the later books. (obWikipedia)

Next on the list: All these things I've done - a future where chocolate is illegal.

Being sick is awfully good for trimming my unfinished book pile.
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If I have to use str_getcsv while parsing your XML document, you're doing it wrong.
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Traded in my GS 500 today for a new 2009 ER-6N!
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My house. It started out as a mountain with a cave inside.

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We've been playing a lot of Minecraft lately. My latest project - a roller coaster built around a mountain:

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In the parking lot at Kroger.

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Current Location: US, Texas, Houston, Harris, Willers Way, 6393

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My fridge was set too cold, and when I went to get eggs to make pancakes last night, they were frozen solid. So I took pictures of them.

Frozen Eggs

Frozen Eggs
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Best iPhone mount ever.
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I'm putting this here in hopes Google will find it and save someone else the weeks of annoyance.

If you have WordPress, and the "Upgrade Plugin" or "Upgrade Wordpress" asks you for FTP credentials, then immediately returns with a blank page, check the settings that were used to compile PHP. If you do not include "--enable-ftp" in the configure step, this is exactly what will happen. Recompile PHP using that flag, and everything will start working again.
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I'm looking for something that will hold a book roughly this size open in my desk.

It's too big for a cookbook holder. Right now I'm sitting something heavy on it, but it blocks my view of the text.

Any ideas?

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After 3 years of being car-free, I finally broke down and bought a smart. It's an stock fortwo Passion, except for the radio. The saleswoman said '6-disk CD player!'. It took all of my self-control to not say 'CDs? How quaint!'.

I've wanted a smart ever since I saw towers of them in Greece. It took a few years for them to get to the US, then a few more years for me to get around to buying one.

Yes, I'm keeping the bike. This is mostly for interviews, rainy days, grocery shopping, and the three times a year I have to wear a skirt.

Cutest. Car. Ever.

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What is the your most cherished holiday memory from childhood, and why?


The tree. My parents had a tradition - none of us kids got to see the tree decorated and lit before Christmas morning.

We didn't always have a real tree, but when we did, we went to get it the week or so before Christmas, then it sat in the garage in a bucket of water until Christmas Eve or so, when we brought it in and put it in the stand. We had this epic cement stand that you put the trunk in, then pounded in 3 wooden wedges to hold the tree steady.

It didn't work very well, and I remember the tree falling over at least a few times.

Anyway, once we were in bed, my parents decorated the tree, put out all the presents, and hung the stockings. And we got up Christmas morning to see it all for the first time.

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Test post - playing with the new SeMagic. 

Have a picture of Brandy Snaps, which I made for my Christmas Cookie Party this weekend.

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I got a deer over Thanksgiving, so I have 26lbs of smoked Polish venison sausage ready to be picked up. 

I'm thinking of making Jambalaya first.  I don't think I've ever made it before, and I see tons and tons of recipes online.  Anybody got a recipe they'd recommend, the spicier the better?

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