Glorfindel

Sense of Accomplishment

 I didn't get as much done on my day off as I wanted to, but I did accomplish a lot. Primary among what I did was get my smaller scanner unpacked from my secondary desk. I want to bring it over to the shop since the scanner I have used for years over there is no longer working properly. Unfortunately, the space that I have available is extremely minimal and I'm not really sure how I'll make it fit. Somehow I'll make it work, however, because it is absolutely necessary. It's not that I don't have a ton of other work to do, though. Today I have to find some computer time at work to finish working on my E-newsletter. I originally wanted my sale to run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week (well, let's be honest - I originally wanted it to run those days LAST week). But instead it will be scheduled for next week and our Black Friday special will also be added to the same newsletter. I try to be on time, and if it was only me, I could send this without any problem. My problem is that I have to print it out and show it to my Manager before I release it, just to make sure that we're all on the same page with the sale.

Natural Foods
Natural foods are often thought of as vegetables, but
don't forget meat and milk without added hormones.

Today they announced that more than 20% of all children have ADHD. That's a huge increase. I wonder why this is the case. Certainly people are recognizing the symptoms with greater ease, but I wonder why the numbers are increasing. I don't think it is just recognition. Something is actually causing this. I come down on the side of added chemicals in our foods and beverages. We don't eat a diet that is full of natural foods anymore, and when we do, sometimes even that food has had chemicals added to it. I'm not advocating a 100% organically-raised diet - in fact, in today's world, I don't think that is even possible. But I do think that our diet is more harmful than we think. Of course, me...living on fast food, microwave dinners, and lettuce - I'm a fine one to talk about a healthy diet :-)
I'm not advocating a 100% organically-raised diet - in fact, in today's world, I don't think that is even possible

Our friend Rich' who is one of the IBS-life team, tried this for a month. Everything as organic as possible, even down to deodorant, shampoo, soap (there is a soap I use from the Health stores sometimes called Oliva - olive oil, salt and something else, three ingredients all of it natural. He got all his food, milk, veg, meat, butter, even flour to make bread from a local organic farm shop. He said it was hard work making and preparing all the meals, the bread etc, and for a week he had a headache but after he felt superb -- and his IBS vanished. But he said for a family, or some-one with a busy lifestyle, or just with not much money, it's virtually impossible to keep up. Everything is twice as expensive as in the supermarkets.
Our ancestors - even my Nan - used to cook and live like this though, and she was a full time teacher and mother, so maybe we simply get used to easy to buying and preparing cheap and easy food. :\
Our lives are packed with so many more expectations now then had been required in the past. We live long past the daylight hours, we work outside our homes, we don't have extended families or townspeople to help raise our children. We are increasingly isolated and self-sufficient, becoming totally insular. And that means that we are spread thinner. One of the ways that we can save our small amounts of "free" time is to cut down on time spent making/eating food. That results in fast food and prepared food. I live with this though. If I didn't have this option I probably wouldn't eat at all (I'd at least be skinnier - something that I really need).

Sorry, didn't mean to go on for so long...

- Erulisse (one L)
didn't mean to go on for so long...


Lol, don't be sorry. You are quite right.
I actually hate cooking with a passion and buy Weight Watchers meals - which all taste the same, from curry to fish XD although I eat stuff like raw spinach and dried goji berries and drink lots of mineral water. And I have got the time really, I just can't bear anything that takes me away from writing unnecessarily, lol.
Given how much your writings (and those of others) help keep me sane - I strongly encourage your focii. (And I also recommend Lean Cuisine - tons better than Weight Watchers for taste and variety.)

- Erulisse (one L)
I strongly encourage your focii

Thank you :D Lol. I shall tell Kev he has to have beans on toast because my writing helps keep some of my friends sane :D Actually, he has taken up cooking himself a la Jamie Oliver, which is great, but the mess he makes is unbelievable! O_O
When I cook I wash the dishes and utensils as I go along, (I don't have a dishwasher - I *am* the dishwasher) Kev just leaves a exploded bomb of pots, griddle pans, spoons and plates everywhere.

I will try Lean Cuisine. I have tried every Weight Watcher meal without peppers (which trigger my IBS) and it is rather funny that whatever they are called, they all taste exactly the same!
I also don't have a dishwasher (ces't moi) and I do tend to clean as I cook. My DH who is a marvelous cook when he takes it in mind to do so makes a tremendous mess. I have always run under the rule that the cook doesn't clean, so I've washed a lot of dishes in my time :-)

We tend to like Lean Cuisine the best, followed by Healthy Choice. WW comes at the bottom of the pile.

And yes, I think that Kev just needs to cope with the fact that fans of Vanimore/Elgalad and Glorfindel/Legolas (not to mention a very elvish Huan - my new favorite) take priority over him. ;-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I've washed a lot of dishes in my time

So have I. But I usually get frustrated at the slowness of men to get to it, so I do it anyway, which much crashing of crockery - sometimes smashing of crockery XD

And yes, I think that Kev just needs to cope with the fact that fans of Vanimore/Elgalad and Glorfindel/Legolas (not to mention a very elvish Huan - my new favorite) take priority over him. ;-)

LOL. Actually he's very good. I could never have lived with any-one who did not allow me freedom to write. A few days after I moved in he asked me if I minded him playing something on the X Box (for which he uses the tv) and I said, 'Um...no? I'll write.' (I hardly watch tv anyway) We didn't have the internet then, but he was so grateful to have some-one who didn't moan when he played his games, and I was relieved that he was not going to be one of these people who demanded attention at all times, because I *was* going to write and read a lot, and I had told him I was addicted to both.

Oh, Huan too! (I mean Huan as well as every-one else, lol)
When I think of how many characters I have waiting for me to explore and write more of...O_O
Actually I don't mind, because I would fall into a pit of depression if I ran out of ideas.
Currently I am just finishing what was supposed to be one unfinished chapter for Light in the East, but is somehow now ten thousand words. (I don't even know how that happened, but there is a reason for all those words.) After that it is back to New Cuiviénen.
Huan as maiar fascinates me. Since I see him in dog form as an Alsatian, he has white hair as his alternative hroa, and I see him in medium/light blue and white trim garments with startling white hair, wavy just like the dog fur would be. But that's just MY vision - LOL.

Can't wait for the next words in Light from the East. Lovely tale that I'm sure Esteliel is also enjoying. New Cuvienen is near and dear to my Feanorian heart, though. Qs Sylvan as I am sometimes, I am basically Noldo at my creative heart :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Since I see him in dog form as an Alsatian, he has white hair as his alternative hroa, and I see him in medium/light blue and white trim garments with startling white hair, wavy just like the dog fur would be. But that's just MY vision - LOL.

That is very close to mine, actually :)

New Cuvienen is near and dear to my Feanorian heart, though

Oh, mine too. I do enjoy writing the Noldor, in a new time and place, but still with their memories and um...emotional issues XD I don't think I could ever write them as healed and peaceful O_o
Healed? Peaceful? Not our favorite elves. They are forces of nature and powers and it's way too much fun to write them with emotional baggage (and to fit one's own personalities into the peripherals of the tale as I'm sure most readers probably do). I'm totally envious of your Noldor. Just working in the forge again full-time would be so wonderful, and I have barely time enough to light a torch and pound small pieces of metal. But every time I work with glass, I think that my niche is there in the Noldorian universe. Feanor and the sons may work with metals and stones, but I work with fire and glass and they need someone like me, even if I am female :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
(Time to start my workday. Have a wonderful day.)
They are forces of nature and powers and it's way too much fun to write them with emotional baggage

Oh yes, too fun. :D

Feanor and the sons may work with metals and stones, but I work with fire and glass and they need someone like me, even if I am female :-)

They especially need a female. Too many men in that family!
That is all too true - a bit of testosterone overload in that family, even if they are all beautiful. And I'm not that crazy about the females in that family either - Idril is a bit simpering and Artanis only becomes bearable in the late 3rd Age. I adore Nerdanel, but of course she marries in.

- Erulisse (one L)
Well, I have to admit that even when I wrote solely females in Tolkien role play, I never chose any canon ones. Even now, I prefer to write OFC's, when I do write women. Partly it is Tolkien's fault for being pants at portraying women, (I think his most interesting was Morwen because she had obvious faults which I can identify with, just as the Noldor had faults) a great deal is me just preferring to write original characters, unless the canon template is so magnificent, damned and doomed that I can't better it (such as the Fëanorions d;-) )
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Such a beautiful turn of words... And yes, I have one Noldo female OC and one Sylvan female OC that I am slowly gathering investigative data for. One of these days they might see the light of day past my notebook. (Don't hold your breath - LOL)

- Erulisse (one L)
One of these days they might see the light of day past my notebook. (Don't hold your breath - LOL)

I wondered why you didn't write. I said the same to Amaranth on LOTRFF.com when I finished Dark God. She wrote long reviews, and it seemed to me she could write, but she said, 'Oh no, I don't write.' etc, and now she has posted stories and is working on a long story set in the DP AU, although with her own characters. I hope you do continue and post!
Oh, I DON'T write, I beta, I dream, I draw, I paint, I do art. I am sure that if I actually wrote it would be WAY too Mary-Sue and I am unwilling to place myself in that position. But, within that, I do write tolerably well when I have to/need to/want to, and who knows, small bits and pieces may find their way through the mirk of my imagination to breath freely on their own. Never say never.

- Erulisse (one L)
I am sure that if I actually wrote it would be WAY too Mary-Sue and I am unwilling to place myself in that position

I think that's a bit sad - I mean that the whole Mary Sue thing has got to the stage where women are actually put off writing. All my women were MS's when I wrote female characters. (okay, no-one ever saw the stuff, but they were) If I wrote a story with a main female it would be again; I would want my OFC's lives to be as *interesting* lol as my OC's, therefore they'd be called Sue's, which seems double-standard to me. I'd have to write men for thirty years to catch up with all the females I wrote though, so I don't expect I will, but this whole Sue thing is stifling and unfair now, and always was
I agree with your assessment about the cause for increased ADHD. My Orclings get hyper on a bar of so-called "chocolate" or a packet of sweets, and I'd rather not know what truly goes in them. If the days had 36 hours I would be trying to do more healthy cooking from scratch, but unfortunately that's not realistic.

Keep on with the lettuce, though, that should count for something!

Edited at 2010-11-11 10:30 am (UTC)
I agree that time is a huge factor (and I don't even have orclings breathing down my neck). I love veggies and usually have a large salad (must have lots of alternative lettuce, etc) and often mixed veggies also on the side. I don't eat a lot of meat, and what I do eat is usually chicken or fish. I was a vegetarian for many years and even though I do eat meat now, I tend towards the lighter meats. Good luck with those orclings.

- Erulisse (one L)