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Record times

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I got to hang out with Maggie and Marisa a bit tonight, and took some snapshots of our shenanigans with Vignette, so I thought I’d share them. They recently got a new-in-box record player off Craigslist. It was playing records too quickly, so we opened it up, determined what was wrong, and fixed it! Also, Bosie hung out in a basket while we listened to Simon and Garfunkel. Fun times.

Hot Dogtopus

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Last night Maggie and Marisa came over for dinner and another Doctor Who night. We watched 2 episodes: “New Earth” and “Tooth and Claw.”

For food, we decided to have salad, quiche, and dessert pastries. Loosely following this recipe*, we made 4 spinach and mushroom quiches. On a whim, we also made little octopodes from hot dogs (which I only placed on top of the quiches I kept for myself so I wouldn’t meat-contaminate the other quiches). I thought I’d share some pictures of our octopus army, and a little hot dogtopus perched atop one of the quiches.

* (Note on following this quiche recipe: we doubled the recipe and filled 4 normal-depth pie crusts rather than using deep dish pie crusts. Also, I’m pretty sure we used a lot more cheese than was called for… big surprise. We used fresh spinach and mushrooms [mini portabellas], and unsalted butter [I don’t think it indicates which kind of butter to use in the recipe, but unsalted worked just fine, especially since you season it to taste anyway]. Instead of using seasoned feta, we used plain feta but added extra garlic. Rather than using straight cheddar, we used a shredded blend including cheddar, jack, mozzarella, and other cheeses. In doubling the recipe, we didn’t use 2 small onions, but instead used 1 medium white onion.)

Plain Dress November

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In the spirit of Quaker simplicity, this November is being observed by many as “Plain Dress November.”

My friend Brandon started the Facebook event, and I was excited to see that people inside and outside the US are taking up this idea and pursuing it this month.
A person can observe Plain Dress November in many ways, but there are a few ways I want to observe this simplicity in my life this month.
Most fundamentally, I want to find what is most essential in my life.  I am meditating on what is most important to me in my present and for my future.  I’m going through my house to clean out clothing and items I no longer find useful.  I plan to sell them at my friends’ garage sale this weekend, and then will donate the remainder.
Regarding clothing, I tend to dress fairly plainly in the first place.  While I don’t plan to change my style of dress, my goal is to refrain from buying any clothing for myself during the month of November.

Does anyone else value finding simplicity in our lives this month?  I think it’s a very meaningful meditation, and I hope learn more about myself in its pursuit.