Sunday, March 16, 2008

Rotting Plants in My Fridge

I keep buying organic fruits vegetables and herbs, in an effort to eat more healthy things, but I'm just letting them go to waste. Here is a sampling of what's been turned into very expensive fertilizer now:

1. Califlower
2. Red Pepper
3. Collared Greens
4. Spinach
5. Mixed salad greens
6. Ginger
7. Basil
8. Asparagus
9. Tomatoes
10. Limes
11. Kiwi
12. Potatoes
13. Onions
14. Yams
15. Peapods

I think there is some more stuff too, but some of it is no longer identifiable, and these are the ones I keep encountering when I open the bin for something to eat. There is also some broccoli in there, but it's still reasonably fresh so I'm not counting it. The sad thing is that I started with six things, and then just kept remembering more. I've got to learn to say to myself, "You need to either eat these things or quit buying them!" But the truth is I like the idea of being healthy so much more than the reality of cooking all this raw stuff. Why can't organic vegetables come diced and ready to be added to stirfry?

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Things the Nazis Made Jews Into

I was watching a special recently, and I've decided that history just needs to be less obfuscated. What the Nazis did during World War II was heineous and for some reason the average documentary doesn't really catch it. Even those pictures of bodies at Auchwitz seem somehow sterile and removed from everyday experience. Here are some uses the Nazis found for their Jewish victims, living or dead:

1. Sex slaves
2. Stationary targets
3. Moving targets
4. Felt (from hair)
5. Lampshades
6. Wallets
7. Medical Experiment
8. Knive Cases
9. Forced Labor
10. Art objects (as in shrunken head paperweights)

I am sure this list is not exhaustive, but really, isn't that enough? I believed that soap also belonged on the list but it turns out that there's no real evidence that the Nazis ever rendered the fat of Jews into soap. The lampshades might also be a myth, but there's enough evidence that I'm leaving it on. Also an argument could be made that Jews were used as fertilizer, but I don't know if I think that's particularly heinous, as many people then and now paid large sums of money to be used as fertilizer, as the green lawns of many cemetaries will attest.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The People Who Showed Up to Wednesday Night Writing Group

Hmmm, this is technically just a list, nothing horrible about it really. On a personal level, I think it's kind of horrible that I'm not self-motivated enough to be able to write without finding a group of perfect strangers to do it with, but you know, maybe I need to accept myself for the lazy, disorganized, unmotivated piece of human flotsam that I am. That way I can focus on more important things.

1. Nina - the organizer of the event, who doesn't own a car
2. Pamela - the first person that I met, who was there early like me
3. Monique - very shy and possibly religious and came with Marlise
4. Marlise - how cool is that name?
5. Catie - who has an excellent sense of humor
6. Elizabeth - who I don't remember now at all
7. Beth - not the same as Elizabeth, who sat across from me, next to Pamela
8. Olivia - who speaks very quietly
9. Diana - who didn't want to use the prompts because she is a rebel, maybe
10. Anya - who showed up late, and sat at the other end of the table.
11. Me - crowdpleasing showboater and writing group snob.

I think I made a very good impression. Stay tuned for more writing group-related posts.