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Healthy Pizza Crust... Aka The Quinoa Experiement.
 

IMG_0411 For some reason I’ve been on a kick to find healthy pizza recipes. Pizza is my Achille’s heel, it’s the one thing above all else I hate to give up. I’ve resorted to tortilla pizzas and english muffin pizzas in the past when I’m trying to cut calories, but it’s never the same thing. Recently I Facebooked my many attempts at cauliflower pizza crust, which while not terrible, is a lot of damn work for a pizza. A lot more than using the internet to order a delicious one. Recently a friend posted a recipe for Quinoa pizza crust on my wall. Me, being the pizza lover I am, decided I had to try it. This blog post is a public service announcement to the world . . . DO NOT MAKE THIS!

IMG_0437 Reason number one I should have been skeptical this would be good . . . quinoa is gross. I know it’s one of these new fad superfoods, but it is gross. Every way I have ever tried it, it sucks. Why did I think a pizza crust made of this crap would taste good?

Reason number two I should have known to stop . . . the smell. The recipe calls for you to not cook the quinoa, but soak it for eight hours in water. It smells like spunk. I am not even kidding. It smelled like someone masturbated all over my kitchen. Why did I think this would be good? If any lesbians are reading this and don’t know what this smells like, it smells like bleach.

Reason number three . . . after I made it, and seasoned the fuck out of it, it still stank to hell . . . and it looked like vomit. Okay it also looked like oatmeal, or porridge, maybe cream of wheat, all which look like vomit. They at least smell and don’t taste terrible, this did. I think this might be one of the only things that if you threw up, would taste better coming back up.

IMG_0440 When it cooked it was heavy, really heavy, like a brick heavy. That was reason number four I should have known this wasn’t going to be good. The density of this crust is less than the amount of poop it’s going to produce, that is a scientific fact. I still continued and tried to make the best of this disaster.

Unfortunately no amount of sauce, cheese, pepperoni, or whatever toppings you pick will be able to mask the fact that this is not pizza. Pizza should not taste like this. The nasty spunk crust still overpowers everything. This is worse than the time I tried flaxseed crust, and I never tried that again. If I want healthy pizza in the future I’ll either use a tortilla, or slap myself to remember that healthy pizza is like Santa Clause, it doesn’t exist.

If I have not yet convinced you that you do not want to eat this, well the recipe is below. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is pizza crust is probably the closest experience most of us will have as to what it’s like to be a starving Ethiopian child eating dirt and waiting for Sally Struthers to drop off some Chef Boyardee cans to the village. And those only cost pennies a day, quinoa is really fucking expensive. I could have ordered a pizza for cheaper than this.

Christmas, New Years, & Cruise!
 

So Jesus’ birthday is almost here! I’ve been swamped and stressed with work for the past month. I’m actually working three jobs right now. I’ll make another post about all those in the future, though a full-time job is looking good for the Fall of 2015 on. Fingers crossed! Right now as the holidays approach I’m in grading hell for my teaching gig. Ack! This is the first time I will not be getting my grades in before Xmas. I have till Jan 5th, and I will be close to that due date this year.

I’m in Virginia as usual this time of year. I’m typing this before sleeping pills kick in and I go to bed, as I have to get up early tomorrow to drive back to New Jersey to pick up John and bring him back down to Virginia. Six hours in the car with Christmas music on the radio, I’m hoping for minimal Mariah Carrey. I’ll try and do a follow up post with decoration photos soon, but as usual you can always hop over to my Instagram.

I just realized today that our cruise is fast approaching. We leave earlier than normal this year, right after the New Year. I hope the boat is still decorated for Christmas. We are going on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Quantum of the Seas. I’m so excited! Again make you you check into my Instagram often. This is the first “smart ship” Royal has put out, so you know I’ll take advantage of that to post as many photos as I can.

Anyways, as I’ve not gone back Facebook still, I can’t torture my friends with Henrietta and Myra Neudorf this holiday season. Therefore I shall torture my blog readers. Go tell it!

Happy Halloween 2014!
 

So it took me longer than normal this year, but I got Halloween out. I actually didn’t get everything that I have out believe it or not. I got to the point where I felt it was enough. I didn’t start until a week into October, and there was one point where I almost just said to hell with it all. However I did get enough of it out. Below is a movie I made tonight of the decor. The only thing I didn’t have going was the fog machines. I tried, but the wind was blowing too hard. Of course an hour later it died down and they were working full force.

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I am getting old. So old. But not as old as some of these peeps :) Most still rock.

Stacy Q . . . She’s so rad! That’s a “Full House” quote for the youngsters. Us old folks remember when she appeared on “Facts of Life.”

Shit, Shannon is still awesome, she probably should have not worn that. God bless she can still sing.

I only added this cause that’s Miss Bo Brady on lead vocals.

Lisa Lisa . . . luvs

This was minutes from me and two weeks ago. I didn’t know. I’m crying!

Someone who always comes so close, and I never have seen, but one day it shall happen!

Pennhurst Investigation
 

So as I said in my last post, this past weekend I grabbed an opportunity to visit and investigate Pennhurst State School in Springs City, PA. If you aren’t familiar with it, it was a pretty horrible place back in the day. It was a school for problem children, children who had mental or physical handicaps, as well as housed psychologically impaired adults. It was shut down in the early 70s when local reporters exposed the horrible abuse of patients, especially the kids, going on. It sat for years, abandoned, and reclaimed by the woods. Recently it has been reopened mainly as a halloween attraction, but now they are slowly securing and opening more buildings and letting paranormal investigators in. You can actually watch the original expose of Pennhurst on YouTube right here.

The ghost hunt took place from 7pm until 3am in the Mayflower building, one of the most active buildings for hauntings. There actually are a large number of buildings on site, and the people who have taken the place over said they are slowly working to open and make others safe. I know I definitely want to go back, and soon. It was quiet the experience! This building housed children and adults, nurses and staff lived on the top floor, and there was a “treatment room” in the basement along with medical/dental rooms.

As I said in may previous post, I went on my own to this. Normally I go with friends who do this thing regularly, but this was a unique opportunity that I grabbed. So I arrived just myself, and found out it was a self directed investigation, as opposed to following a team and participating. Oh boy, I was not too happy about going into Pennhurst on my own! Fortunately two women who had never done anything like this, but had an interest, were there and we bonded. I found them lost along the way, because we were all given the wrong address as to where to meet, but having been to the place before for Halloween I knew where to go. So we all teamed up, and it didn’t help I had a bit of equipment :)

The place is downright creepy, and honestly still fairly dangerous. We all had to sign wavers saying we wouldn’t sue if we died. The worst part was the darkness and seeing all the things that were just left behind. Strewn about were kids toys and clothing, the old hospital beds, one room had dental chairs where they supposedly pulled teeth from biters. There were also storage closets with shelves labeled “pajamas,” “towels,” “sheets” and so forth. We even found boxes labeled “Christmas” and an old plastic tree… or what was left of it. When the place shut down the patients were kicked out, the staff left, and so many things were just left in place. It was creepy.

The building had a very bad vibe to it. We walked through several cold spots, the hair stood on the back of your neck, and on one floor we heard footsteps when we were the only ones there. I have hours of audio to go through, which I only just started to listen to last night. If I find anything I’ll be sure to share, along with more of the photos I took.

One thing we did was a few ghost box sessions. If you’ve ever watched “Ghost Adventures,” then you know what it is. It’s basically a modified radio that sweeps channels quickly. For those old enough to remember static and snow channels on the TV, it’s like just flicking between them. The theory is that ghosts can communicate through these white noise signals, much like the old film “Poltergeist.” We got a lot of answers that were hard to hear. These I have to listen back to and hope something is there. Two answers however were very clear. I made a little youtube of these two, with text to explain what was heard and the context. Sadly the most clear answer didn’t record well. I was recording on my phone, which in this case I placed too far away from me. I was sitting on the floor and I put it up high on a table. Lesson learned! The room we were in was also fairly large and had an echo. This answer was so clear to us, which you can tell because in this video we all immediately know exactly what was said. I also edited the audio to lessen the spirit box noise/static and repeat the answers, which were only said once to us.


Re-Enacting Poltergeist
 

So the construction continues. Currently they are digging trenches around our house in order to seal our basement walls and foundations to keep water from leaking into the basement. They are also putting a drain in to help too. Unfortunately we ended up with torrential downpours this weekend, filling one of the trenches. They at least sealed this wall first!

I took the opportunity to re-enact some scenes from “Poltergeist.” I initially only did “You only moved the headstones!” until a friend requested I jump in there in a nightshirt and panties to re-enact the swimming pool scene. Hell no I wasn’t doing that! I did respond with a photo of “Oh my God Stephen, the swimming pool!”

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Some For Uncle Joe!
 

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Halloween 2013!
 

Home In Virginia
 

So I came down to Virginia for a quick visit as my Aunt and Uncle from Florida were up. My aunt has two Westies as well, Kira and Hammish. It was her and her Westies that got me interested in the breed actually. Her’s are a bit bigger than Princess though. Poor Nikko was the odd man out among all five. It was fun watching them all play with one another in my mom’s yard (video below, Aunt’s Westies have the blue and yellow scarves, Princess has her summer cut).



Poor Ebbie tries to keep up with the big kids, but can’t move as fast. Princess and Nikko have this game where they race out my mom’s back door, down the steps, take a flying leap off the porch and run to the back of the yard to find and chase squirrels up a tree. Ebbie can get up the back steps, but down is another thing. So we have to carry her down, and she gets so upset she’s not with the others that she starts squirming to jump down. I need to get a video of it because it’s so cute!

My Aunt and Uncle have left now, and I’m returning to Jersey soon. I was hoping to meet up with an old friend from High School I haven’t seen in twenty years. We reconnected on Facebook. However she has a sick dog of her own right now, so it’s hard for her to get out of the house. I’ll probably see her in September though at our 20th year reunion . . . I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! Ack! I have yet to officially pay to attend though. I’m waiting to see if a few other friends from that aren’t local to the area decide to go. If they do, I’ll go. If they don’t, well I can meet up with the few who remained in the area another time now that we all reconnected on Facebook. My high school didn’t get it’s act together quick enough, so our reunion is a family friendly day at a local park in Manasssas. Yeah, sounds thrilling!

Vintage Christmas Crap!
 

20121213-143801.jpg I have not been in the Christmas spirit much this year. I have a lot going on with work stuff, and once again John’s plans for the holiday are up in the air. It was so nice to have him in Virginia last year and finally spend Christmas with him (after 10 years apart!), however it seems his family (i.e. his mother) wasn’t happy about it. So this year, I don’t know what will happen. She has a daughter and grandkids here, but it seems last year was just the worst Christmas ever because John wasn’t there. I think they are trying to convince her to stay the night with the sister and the kids, which she should have done last year, but who knows! She was not alone mind you, she just went over to their house Christmas Day, and of course John wasn’t there.

We did put out tree up, and I put some of the lights up outside. I was hoping this would get me into the spirit some. However we still haven’t finished the lights outside, which I need John’s help to do that last part of. I also have got nothing else up in the house. I still have the villages to put up and nativities to put up. I have no idea when I will get to it!

I tried to get myself into the holiday season by buying some vintage Christmas stuff I found online. One piece I got was this scary Santa. My grandma used to have one exactly like it and put it on her coffee table every year. It was one of the things I looked forward to playing with when we went to her house. However after she died, my dad packed her stuff up and I don’t know what happened to it. I have some of her Christmas stuff, but forgot to ask about this. So I don’t know where it is. Therefore I was happy to get one online for fairly cheap, and in good working condition, given it’s from the 1950s.

I also scored another surprise last night, but it’s for home in Virginia :)