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I've been really tired this week, so after returning from dropping the kiddo off at school in the morning, I take a nap. I have really bizarre dreams when I nap on the couch -- one sent such physical signals to my head I fell off the couch and when I mentioned the dream I had Thursday morning to Vogon at lunch, he joked that the couch was doing it. I Febrezed the heck out of it yesterday and took today's nap in bed.


Laurel loves the red-clawed crabs (Sesarma bidens) that live in the tank in our master bedroom. We were down to two and she was concerned that 'Mister Crabby' (they are collectively named, just as orange goldfish are all 'Dorothy') was lonely, so we bought several more today. Now the two males have some girls to fight over, which should curb their occasional fighting with one another and, sadly, decimate the chances I'll have to yell "Bum fight!" when I see them fighting.

Our plan was to get those and a set of nail clippers at PetsMart, but we got cheerfully distracted -- Laurel met a standard poodle as excited as she was to make a new friend and a tiny chihuahua that ran in circles in the cart it was riding in -- and picked up some things we hadn't planned on: a LitterLocker, which seems to be the feline equivalent of a Diaper Genie, a Barbie grooming set that Laurel liked, and a slicker brush. Vogon also got some more mollies for the big tank and a blue betta for a tank that's been sitting unused since I've been here.


After mentioning to Vogon that McAuliflower of Brownie Points, a food blog I read regularly, had won an eBay auction on a pound of 5-6" long beans for $14.25 plus shipping from a seller that deals in organically grown Tahitian vanilla beans, he asked me to put a bid in on a pound. The seller had two one-pound lots closing tonight; I sat on one and won it for $25 (less $10 after redeeming an eBay gift certificate I had) plus shipping. Considering that single vanilla beans start at $4 locally and the aforementioned food blogger got 176 beans in her pound, there's gonna be some hot food pr0n around here.


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Sep. 17th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
"hot food pr0n" sounds like something I would be very interested in . . .
Sep. 17th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
I solemnly promise to post recipes.

(And here's some fly pr0n in my icon. Hee.)
Sep. 17th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
Little crabs would be awfully fun. I knew a couple who once kept a very beautiful shrimp in their aquarium.

I must now think of what I might do with such beans.
Sep. 17th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for the call today :)
Sep. 17th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
How crazy, I thought I was the only one who had weird couch dreams. Good to know that I'm not the only one. :)
Sep. 17th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
heh, i do have odd dreams when i sleep someplace i'm not used to. plus, hush puppy just isn't having any of it when i try to nap on the couch.

crabs sound fun to watch, and i look forward to cleaning drool off my keyboard when you post of your vanilla bean goodness.
Sep. 18th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Ooooh la la - I bought a single bean tonight for $2.50 at Fresh Market and thought it was a steal. ;) After scraping the beans into a shot glass to make ice cream tonight, I left the pod in some Maker's Mark - I highly recommend doing so if you're in the mood for a ridiculously smooth libation sometime soon.

The owner of a (somewhat) tiny chihuahua who runs around in her PetSmart cart.
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, we leave the pods in a jar of sugar. If you do this, leave it for 6 months to a year before using it the first time and shake it every time you see it, and you'll end up with this wonderful vanilla sugar. You only have the wait the first time around. After that, when you use a little just replace it with regular sugar and shake the jar again. In fact, the "starter sugar" is one of the things that I give as a gift for my friends who like to cook (or who love it in their tea or coffee). I add another bean pod about once every 12 to 14 months.
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