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Collecting Work [Apr. 1st, 2030|05:08 am]
BenYitzhak
So, I actually have some short stories and essays that I like buried in the archive of my posts. I don't know if I have people stop by my livejournal often, but it probably wouldn't hurt to consolidate my works up top so people can actually read them if they have an interest.
Behind this cut are links to some writings.Collapse )
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Something else [May. 5th, 2015|04:11 pm]
BenYitzhak
It started innocently enough, Lacy had found a tiny but perfect amethyst on the path while walking to work and stuck it in her pocket. Then, while flipping the mattress, it managed to fall out. That night Regina tossed and turned restlessly until she got up, leaned the mattress up, and found the stone. The next morning she approached Lacy saying "I found this last night, and I know you collect crystals, so I thought you might want it." Lacy was surprised "Oh, where did you find it?" -"Under the mattress." -"Under the bed?" -"No, under the mattress. I have no idea how it got there."

That's what started the experiments.
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Some time later [May. 1st, 2015|03:47 am]
BenYitzhak
Who would have guess that chocolate flavoured egg white powder mixed in water would 1) not be the most pleasant thing in the world 2) wouldn't really be a satisfying replacement for a glass of milk after a walk? It might be healtier, Manny wasn't entirely sold on that, but it didn't have the mouth-feel she was looking for. The powder was definitely not worth the cost. All the same, she'd find a way to use it.
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Onto the next task [Apr. 29th, 2015|02:45 am]
BenYitzhak
Lunch out of the way, Manny threw some tea bags in a pitcher, poured water over them, and stuck the mix into the fridge. Fridge is an odd word, it's not like refrigerator has a 'd' in it. Perhaps it had something to do with "Frigid Air." Manny scolded herself, she was drawing herself aside in an attempt to avoid thinking about work. She made her way to her computer and set herself to task. The data very seldom analyzed itself.
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Never poached, always boiled. [Apr. 27th, 2015|06:15 am]
BenYitzhak
With the veggies slightly browned, Manny added some garlic olive oil and portioned some left-over rice into the pan. When the rice was warm enough, she cracked an egg into the pan and stirred. Lunch was ready. She topped off her glass of tea, garnished the rice with basil leaves and green onion, and sat down to eat. Then she got back up to grab a napkin. Shortly, eating began in earnest.
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Filter Dodging [Apr. 26th, 2015|11:49 am]
BenYitzhak
Manny took stock of her ingredients. No stale bread, French Toast was out. She was one egg short of her go-to waffle recipe, which, upon closer inspection, couldn't be done because she was out of butter. And, seeing how she was out of cream as well, she was in no position to make some. That knocked Brunch out of the running. She had enough milk for a bowl of cereal, but that would mean no "iced coffee" until she made a grocery run. She had a nice bag of frozen veggies, left-over rice, and enough eggs for fried rice. Alternatively, she could fix up a plate of cold-cuts and cheese. Lunch it is. And the weather was cool enough that she felt like cooking, so she measured out a portion of veggies and set about frying them.
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A meal by any other name [Apr. 24th, 2015|11:17 pm]
BenYitzhak
For breakfast or lunch, she could have cold pizza. For a snack she could have a peanut butter granola bar. For breakfast or Brunch waffles were certainly an option. For dessert, ice cream sandwiched between waffles. There were so many options, and they all sounded quite good. There's nothing quite like being paralysed by a wealth of options. What is the word for that? Manny reflected, this is such a common experience, there has to be a word for it. She poured herself a glass of tea while her mind was on other things. Meals take planning, but tea is instinctual.
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Eeyor's Head [Apr. 23rd, 2015|09:43 pm]
BenYitzhak
If not for the drought, Manny probably would have spent 40 minutes in the shower, letting the water run over her long after it had gone cold. Instead, she washed and rinsed her hair as quickly as possible and and washed the rest of the way with a damp towel soaked in a Dr. Bronner's peppermint. Then another 30 second rinse. Not as nice as an actual shower, but she still felt clean. That out of the way, Manny began considerations of her next meal. Most importantly, what would she call it?
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Another day [Apr. 22nd, 2015|06:31 pm]
BenYitzhak
Manny considers her options. "If I wake up," she says to herself, "I'll be able to go to the bathroom, shower, and eventually eat. But, and this is a major downside, I'll also be awake." A small part of her argues that she's already awake and no amount of keeping her eyes closed and staying under the blankets is going to change that. Manny wonder what part of her brain she'd have to cut out to remove that voice. "I'm asleep if I say I am, damnit." She eventually forces her eyes open, gets out of bed, and finds her way to the bathroom.
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The white rocks are ricotta [Apr. 21st, 2015|11:37 pm]
BenYitzhak
It's a white sauce pizza with mushrooms, spinach, and four types of cheeses. It is delicious, though it could probably use more garlic. Manny wonders briefly if that's a tautology. It could be. She considers her coffee and arrives at a conclusion. No, she decides, the coffee might benefit from ginger, but not garlic. She takes another bite of pizza without burning herself. It's not a bad day at all.
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