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I love the conversation between Merry and Pip in "The Fellowship of the Ring" about the vital meals between breakfast and lunch. Second breakfast and elevenses are important to hobbits!

But apparently they're also important to Spaniards. Last night's couchsurfers are from southern Spain, and Jose commented that most Spaniards eat a small breakfast -- a little bread, fruit, maybe cheese -- certainly not huge piles of eggs and potatoes and meat. (This came up while we were eating Ziffy omelets at the Lincoln Street Diner, of course.)

I usually have a small breakfast, too, but apparently Spaniards tend to have a small sandwich or other snack later in the morning, before their big meal of the day early in the afternoon.

I have a feeling I would gain weight quickly if I started eating a snack between breakfast and lunch regularly.
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Yes. Yes, I should.

What time do ticket sales end, though? And where should I buy it, considering the retailer gets a bonus if they sell a winning ticket?
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I headed to the Coal Yard Cafe after I walked the dogs late this morning, to get something to eat and get some stuff done on my laptop. As I walked over from my car, I got a whiff of maple syrup and sausage, and I decided I needed to have both in my life!

Stuffed French ToastI told the counter person I had smelled maple syrup and sausage, and I would like some of those, please! She laughed and asked if that was all I wanted. I decided I should have the stuffed french toast that was on the specials board in between them.

The corn flake and almond crusted french toast stuffed with cranberries and blueberries really reminded me of the stuffed french toast at Andy's 3rd Street Cafe that belmikey commemorates every summer.

Not really conducive to getting work done, but an awfully satisfying start to the day!
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Happy New Year! There's an unfunny meme going around Facebook with written answers to how vacation went, how Christmas was, etc., and while I can sympathize with people who get sick of small talk, I like the way my office does it.

Pretty much every week we start our Monday morning staff meeting with a quick overview of what we've all been up to for the weekend, and for the first workday of 2016, we stood around enjoying our coffee or tea or oatmeal and catching up for about 20 minutes. Then we got to work. Refreshing!

Sara at TavolataMost of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Swarm (which no longer seems to have a way to link to profiles, but I'm not hard to find) probably already know that I spent a good chunk of the time between Christmas and New Year's Day visiting friends in Seattle! My friend Sara, who's in the Navy, is transferring to a new job, and won't be based in Seattle any more, so after years of her telling me I should come visit, I figured this was my chance!

Highlights included a great gathering of a bunch of the random friends in the area, who showed up at a combination game store and bar. (Combination game store and bar?! That's AWESOME!) Impromptu brunch with susandennis, who dropped everything to meet us at the ferry. An amazing dinner at the bar a formerly-Ithaca bartender friend now works at. A fabulous BBQ dinner that was a team effort between Sara's boyfriend and me. Oh, and a guided tour of USS Nimitz, aboard which Sara's been stationed the last several years, which is in port for a refit.

Another highlight was that much of the visit was spent in a house with six dogs! Yes, that's ridiculous, and yes, it had the added benefit that now hanging out with my two lazy pit bulls seems positively restful!
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Such devastating losses for a few of my friends this week. There's no GOOD time for loss, but it must be especially sharp when so many are focused on family. One of the losses was the 22-year-old daughter of two fellow Cornell alums I know from their WVBR connection. She had graduated last year and begun a promising TV journalism career, and it was so fun to watch. Another, the mother of a local friend on her way to visit for the holidays. (If you're around here, you probably heard about that accident.)

It's making me appreciate all the more the moments of joy as I see a few more friends welcome newborn family members. Hugs to all.
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Facebook has talked about the ability to switch user accounts to "memorial" pages when someone dies, or delete them, depending on the preferences of next of kin. I haven't really thought about this or noticed it affecting me in any way, but they must have just done something that caused a status change on those users so they show up as inactive. Apparently I have seven Facebook friends who have died, and their profile pages now say "Remembering ____." A little jarring.

Actually, make that eight. There's a recent "departure" who doesn't appear on the list yet.

It's interesting to see how people "interact" with dead friends on Facebook, including birthday messages remembering them. Writing on someone's wall is the modern equivalent of talking to their gravestone, I guess.
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My two stinkers ate half of my Papa John's Epic Meatz™ pizza the other night! One of them pulled the box off the top of Carter's crate, where I had set it when I got home.

Put the pizza down, ate a slice, took them for a walk, fed them, ate another slice, went down the hall to go to the bathroom, and came back to find the box on its end on the floor, with three slices left in the box and a sprinkling of toppings on the carpet nearby.

Of course, it's my fault... and I don't mean just because I left the box in reach.

With the first slice, I gave them each a little piece of crust like always. With the SECOND slice, I accidentally ate the crust, and I saw Carter looking at me like "That's OUR part. WTF, dude?"

I wasn't sure whether to laugh or yell at them, so I did both. 😊 Then I told them to clean up the mess on the carpet, ate another slice, and put the last two in the refrigerator for another meal.

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Said not by me, but by a friend on Facebook. I won't share more of what he said in detail, since he posted friends-only, but he talked about the great things he's gotten to do recently and has to look forward to, and grumpy as he may be about some aspects of his life, he's "not narcissistic enough to be unaware" of how much better his life is than most.

I can both respect that position and identify with it. I don't have the disposable income to do a lot of the things he talks about doing, but I probably will again before much longer. And I'm relatively healthy and eating pretty reliably, even if not nearly as well as I used to. I need to work on some things I do have control over, as well, but in general, my life is awesome.
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Trying to figure out whose dog this is based on the date had me browsing old LiveJournal posts for a while. (It's way easier to go see what I said on LiveJournal on November 23, 2012 than on Facebook.) Some fun memories in late 2012 and early 2013! Some less fun, too, but that's OK.

I'm also on the couch with the pups curled up next to me, Carter snoring off and on. I'm watching "NCIS: Los Angels" episodes from last spring, finally. I missed most of last season because their Monday night airings conflicted with two other shows, and my TiVo can only record two things at once. It picked up recording towards the end of the season when one of the conflicts stopped, so I'm watching the last few episodes of last season and will then watch this season. Eight episodes to go after this one. Probably won't get through them all tonight. Could also just delete all these and pick up with the latest episode, but there might be some good stuff in here!
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I was one of 13 CIT staffers getting that news that day, with a couple dozen more in other waves. Since then, I've been unemployed, then underemployed, and then for the last three years and a bit, working with a great group of people in a new place.

The (no longer so) new gig is for much less money, about as much less as my mortgage payment. Between that and New York's refusal to pay me unemployment while I was actually unemployed, it's been tough to catch up, never mind get ahead.

One particularly poor decision I'd made before I was laid off was to trust a former friend with a loan. It eventually became clear that he had no intention of ever paying the loan back, even when I urgently needed it, and that's one of the things that's made it hard for me to accept the generous help some friends have offered. I never want to be in the position of disappointing someone that way.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel this fall -- and it's not an oncoming freight train! I've been really lucky to have the support of lots of good friends along the way. Thanks to all of you!
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