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Maxis Taste Dare #31

I know I do this whole castaway/island theme WAY too much, but I can't help it; I love it too much!   Something about the beach, ocean, and the tropics really appeals to me I suppose. 

Anyway, what better place to put my cloned-and-sex-changed Curious siblings (oh yeah, you knew I'd do them!) than stranded on a remote tropical island? 


Whale Shark was good... but this?  THIS IS AWESOME.

Maxis Taste Dare #30: I DO!

This Dare made me think about all the times (ALLLL THE TIMES) I've gotten Vidcund Curious married off, and I started wondering how many old screenshots I could find of the weddings.

I actually didn't find as many as I thought I would (found more dirty bedroom scenes than anything else, teehee) but here's some I was able to rustle up!


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Dec. 7th, 2011

I saw my brother over Thanksgiving for the first time in about six months. 

I was shocked.

Yes, he had Rous-n-Y surgery for weight loss; yes I knew he'd lost over 150 pounds... so I knew he'd be thinner.

That wasn't what was shocking me.

He looks... unhealthy.  I don't just mean that he looks more gaunt.  I mean he looks like there is something really, really wrong with him.  His skin is yellow, his eyes are sunken.  He has zero energy.  He can't focus on you when you talk to him.

My mother was happily chirping, "Doesn't he look good, Cindy?  He's lost so much weight!  Doesn't he look so much better?" 

She's so frigging superficial it made me want to slap her.  I answered,  "Well, he looks thinner..." and I didn't finish that statement but in my mind I finished it by saying, "... so if you think thinner = better, then I guess yes?"

In all actuality I'm scared to death for him.  I didn't want to ask him too much, and he didn't volunteer anything... and I Googled "yellow skin after weight loss surgery" but didn't find anything but advertisements.  Could weight loss surgery make your liver fail?   I mean, he doesn't have a gallbladder so all the fat he's lost would have to be broken down somehow; could he have overtaxed his liver?  And is that something to worry about or will it sort itself out now that he's lost most of the weight?

Damn my mother for thinking thinner = better.   Just damn that entire way of thinking. 

Writer's Block: 9/11

Where were you?

I was at home on maternity leave after having my 3rd child, who was about three weeks old at the time. I remember the morning news was just about ready to go off, and my husband was finishing his coffee and thinking about getting up to go work on the farm.

I had gotten up and gone into the kitchen to do the dishes, and then heard the "special report" music. Poked my head back into the living room to see what it was about, and Bryant Gumble was on, talking about the plane that had just flown into the twin towers.

At that time we were all thinking it was a horrible, tragic accident. A pilot had a heart attack while flying perhaps... horrible to be sure, but not terrorism. But right about then, even while Mr. Gumble was talking to someone on-air about the scene, the second plane hit, live on camera. And there were reports of the Pentagon also being hit at about that same time, and another hijacked plane that seemed to be headed toward the White House.

I can remember walking back into the living room and sinking down on the couch, in disbelief. What was going to be next? I wondered. What else was going to go up in smoke and flames? What other area was a target? Who else was going to die?

Is that a tomato in your pocket... ?

Okay I had to share this tomato Brian just brought in from the garden a few minutes ago...

Bwahahahahaha!  IT HAS A WANG.

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Writer's Block: The state of perception

If I had to give up one of the five senses, I'd choose smell, I think.

Sure food wouldn't taste quite the same without the sense of smell, and I would miss the good scents I love (like fresh-mown grass and food cooking) but I think, as a general thing, my life wouldn't radically change if I suddenly lost my sense of smell.


:D  :D  :D  :D 

Writer's Block: Saints and sinners

If you found a wad of cash on the ground, would you keep it? Donate it? Take it to the police?

$1 to $20 or so - I'd probably keep. 

More than that, I'd take it to the police or other authority (like if it's a grocery store, I'd take it to the service desk.) 

Writer's Block: Going the distance

Would you uproot your life and move to another city for someone that you love?

Yes.  In fact it's something Brian and I have talked about... if one day the cost of living and/or input costs here go way up, or if the ground just stops producing, or whatever... we'd be willing to sell up and move to start over farming in another state where it's cheaper.

Of course I hope it never comes to that, but I'd do it.

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