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September 17, 2008, 9:41 pm
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Things are not good right now.  That is the best way I know how to describe what things are currently like.  I wish that I knew how to change them back to being good or being peaceful, but I just don’t know how to do that right now.  Not thinking about the bad stuff is helping a bit even though it makes me feel like I’m just avoiding problems.  But maybe I’m not avoiding my problems.  More and more I feel as though the walls I’m butting my head against just aren’t going to move—these are not walls but crazy undersea mountains that are miles high—and the best thing to do right now is to just stop thinking.

So I’m going to do other things that don’t involve the people or things that are making me feel so bad.  I am going to try really hard to write more—jotting down words or phrases in my notebook shouldn’t count.  If I have an idea, I should take the time to make something of it. 

Last night I even cooked for myself and it wasn’t half bad.  I’m not a particularly skilled cook so perhaps this shall be the first entry in a new photo series.  

Not-A-Bad-Meal #1: Spanish Rice, Sausage, Green Beans


Yum. And sometimes not.
August 9, 2008, 3:41 pm
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An important distinction to take under account.  It occurred to me suddenly, during my evening of leisure, that a fundamental difference between England and Baltimore can be illustrated gastronomically.  I was sitting, watching Man Men, my new favorite TV show, drinking a glass of wine (oh so civilized yes), and eating a cookie, when I realized just how sad and tasteless my cookie really was.  

This is the national cookie of England. 

The digestive biscuit was invented by McVitie’s in Edinburgh in 1799 by Alexander Grant.  They were advertised as aiding digestion, and subsequent scientific research has concluded this is true.

And here is the cookie that represents Baltimore.

The Berger Cookie recipe was brought to America from Germany by George and Henry Berger in 1835.  The Berger Cookie is a buttery vanilla wafer topped with thick creamy chocolate icing.