Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
"The spectrum of neuro-immune diseases including: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), Atypical MS, Fibromyalgia and Gulf War Syndrome, share common abnormalities in the innate immune response inc, which result in chronic immune activation and immune deficiency.
We have detected the retroviral infection XMRV is greater than 95% of the more than 200 ME/CFS, Fibromylagia, Atypical MS patients tested. The current working hypothesis is that XMRV infection of B, T, NK and other cells of the innate immune response causes the chronic inflammation and immune deficiency resulting in an inability to mount an effective immune response to opportunistic infections. "
The paper that presented this (if you're like me and like reading the actual technical paper) can be found off of Science/AAAS's web site.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Choperena found a spinning wheel for me! It's an Ashford Traditional single treadle. New, it goes for $425 or so, but she found it for $50!!!!!!! It's taken me a couple hours to get it working (i had to make a brass cotter pin that goes through the wheel and the drive shaft) and get the hang of it, but I'm spinning!! It's a very exciting day for me. *does happy dance* This should make spinning the alpaca/wool blend for my sweater go much faster.
Monday, October 05, 2009
I noticed on Demented's facebook page he's now got wheels again. I'm really glad. I know how much driving means to him. I hope he's been able to just go for drives in the country like he used to do.
Mostly, I'm just here. Not _depressed_ like I've been in the past, just, well, not happy. Part of it deals with Rykujin and someone else I'll call Zed. I really like Zed. A lot. There's so much invested in Rykujin though. He's stated that he'll leave everything behind and go start a new life if that's what I want. Not exactly. I don't want Rykujin to leave all his things, he just got a new computer (see previous post) etc. He's doing on-line schooling... All that would stop. He's finally DOING something and now talking of throwing it all away and foreswearing relationships all together.
I don't know. Things are swirling around me and I feel lost in the maelstrom.
I was reading some stuff Nanonukie posted about her health and it made me think about mine. There's also a group on Ralvery for fibromyalgia sufferers. I've been lucky that I've not had a major flare up for a number of months now, just the usual cold and typical back pain that I can't seem to get rid of. That being said, I don't feed myself very well. I get fresh greens about once a month, eat too much meat and drink too much soda. The thing is, i don't really know how to shake myself out of it. Cooking is something I used to love to do, now it's just more work- a chore. There's little enjoyment in preparing meals. Part of that is trying to cook around Rykujin. He's a somewhat picky eater and then there's the onion allergy issue. Sitting and knitting (or spinning) is about as interesting as I get (I taught myself how to knit socks starting at the toes and going up to the cuff! Once I did one, it was easy. Thanks choperena!! =-)
What am I trying to get at? Hurm. I'm fed up with my life, at the moment. I need something to change. Today's song is NIN Every Day is Exactly the Same.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
So I'm thinking I want a change. I'm looking at the following photos as examples of what I might like. Comments or thoughts from people. Here's the current hair style. I end up wearing it back in a pony tail or pig tails most of the time. Maybe I shouldn't even do anything (other than keep coloring it =)
Friday, September 04, 2009
The Chocolate Chambord Cake of Doom
- 8 oz Semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 cup water (give or take)
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/8 - 1/4 cup Chambord Liquor
- preheat oven to 375
- take 2 9" cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment and lightly oil the sides (do NOT flour)
- mix flour, salt, & baking soda, set aside
- mix sugar, butter & vanilla till creamy
- add eggs one at a time, beating well each time
- add Chambord Liquor to batter and mix well
- melt chocolate and 1/8 - 1/4 cup water until smooth
- add chocolate to batter and mix well
- gradually add the flour mixture to the batter, alternating with the remaining water until all flour mix is used. Batter should be thick but not dough-like
- Split the batter between the two pans and bake 30 - 35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean
- allow to cool a good deal then split them down the edge so that you have 4 thin round cakes
The Chocolate Truffle filling
Type #1 (Original)
- 2 boxes (3.9oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 4oz semi-sweet chocolate
- Generous dash of Chambord Liquor
- melt chocolate and Chambord Liquor together till smooth
- mix in the cream
- add one box of pudding and keep mixing, slowly adding the second box until very thick (you may only need 1/4 of the second box)
Type #2 (easy)
- 2 boxes (3.9oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
- large tub cool-whip
- mix well
The Original Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 Tbs Butter
- 4 oz softened cream cheese
- 1 1/2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate (OR 3 Tbs coca & 1Tbs vegetable oil)
- 1 1/2sifted confectionary sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- dash of salt
- generous splash of Chambord Liquor
- mix all ingredients well
Putting the cake together
- With the bottom layer of cake on it's "final resting place" slather 1/3 of the Chocolate Truffle Filling on it
- add another layer of cake and slather on another 1/3 of the filling
- repeat again then place the final top layer
- add the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting over the outside (NOTE: if this frosting was refrigerated, you will need to let it warm up and probably whip it soft before it will spread well)
- try and clear out enough refrigerator space to put this beast in
Serve thin slices and enjoy!
Copyright 2000-2009 Dory Ferguson. You're free to copy and use the recipe as long as you don't make money off it.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Well long time no type. I'm sure I could turn the last couple weeks into an epic poem if I really sat down to do it. At the moment, I'm snarfing someone's open wi-fi to post this. My internet was shut off while I was at pennsic. *whistles Innocently* It will get taken care of soon. Anyhow...
Rykujin went off to Job Corps just like planned, but only made it through 5 days there. He said the daytime staff was very nice and mostly made up for the fact that the premises was an old mental institution surrounded by barb wire and guards. Once the day shift was gone, however, it reverted to a prison mentality. the week before he arrived, one student had shot another. He got along with the other students (inmates =-) but felt he was too old to really deal with all the other crap. He came back here while I was still at Pennsic.
He's started the process to go to the University of Phoenix online. He just found out that in addition to the federal grant and loan, he also qualifies for the PA PHEAA grant, too. So that's a very good thing.
Today he's in Lewistown dealing with his child support. As of late, however, Rev has been over to hang out. It's been nice to see him. He's loaning us his XBox 360 for a while. Rykujin and Rev are absorbed into Fable II at the moment.
I'm doing ok. cephalogal, choperena and nanonukie have been instrumental in keeping my spirits up. We spent the last weekend hand dying wool yarn. It was a BLAST! I want to do more. much more and try selling it, possibly. at the moment I'm knitting a scarf out of one ball that I'm calling 'Early Autumn' since it's shades of deep green, with just a little yellow and crimson/chestnut. *does happy dance*
Nanonukie introduced me to one of her husband's friends, Z. He's really cool! He works for a company that does GIS maps for farmers based on soil samples so they can fertilize crops more effectively. Blew my mind. He also has an extensive knowledge of esoteric movies. I really like hanging out with him. Someone else who likes listening to Director's Commentaries just as much as I do! hehehehe