Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
can, so that we address our profound lack of refrigerator space.
- 7 pounds green tomatoes
- 4 large onions
- 2 large red onions
- 3 large green peppers
- 2 large sweet red peppers
- 4 teaspoons canning salt
- 5 cups cider vinegar
- 4 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons cumin seed
- 4 teaspoons mustard seed
- Cut tomatoes, onions and peppers into wedges. In a food processor, cover and process vegetables in batches until finely chopped. Stir in salt. Divide mixture between two strainers and place each over a bowl. Let stand 3 hours.
- Discard liquid from bowls. Place vegetables in a stockpot; stir in vinegar, sugar, celery seed and mustard seed. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until thickened.
- Carefully ladle hot mixture into eight hot pint jars, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
- Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 8 pints.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
This political season we have someone who is a complete outside running for president in a major party who appears to a be bird of another feather.
Here is what I mean. A true narcissist is someone who is flamboyant and braggadocios on the outside, to the point of being intolerable, but who is really quite fragile on the inside. When a narcissist is challenged, their thin eggshell exterior can quite easily crack and they fall apart or explode. The ways that they maintain peace within themselves are several fold. The first mechanism that they use is repression, which means that they keep unpleasant facts about themselves out of their conscious mind. So it is possible that they would say that they respect women at one point and yet say demeaning things about women's weight, looks, intelligence and abilities on the other. They would not see a connection between these two. If repression fails, then there is outright denial, which means just that. They will assert that an incident that is distressing to them did not happen. No, I did not assault a woman, that did not happen. The denial of facts is common for a narcissist. Another ego defense used is distortion and lies. There can be an almost compulsive nature to it. Finally, the narcissist uses projection to shield themselves from realizing unpleasant facts about themselves. So instead of seeing that he is a liar he calls his opponent crooked. When people speculate that his persistent sniffing in the first two debates was evidence he was using cocaine he says that his opponent should be drug tested. Instead of admitting his own affairs and unwanted sexual advances he points to the behavior of his opponents spouse. It is almost as if the public should look at his latest accusations of his opponent to figure out what he is now afraid that we will find out about him. Oh, and these mechanisms of defense, while normal in young children, are not normal even by the teenage years, and adults largely grow out of them and move on to more mature mechanisms like altruism.
Monday, October 17, 2016
The good news is that I finished up 5+ months of what for me was fairly intense chemotherapy in the spring. I had a handful of unplanned hospitalizations that added up to about an extra month in the hospital, and I lost a lot of strength and the ability to do much more than the bare minimum during that time. So I had a small life during that time that included my house, my family, and a few friends. When that was over, at the recommendation of my oncologist, I began a year of maintenance chemotherapy with Lamparza and Taxol, and today was my 9th treatment. It is so much better than what I was doing before, but the side effects, while much subtler and easier to tolerate, are just a bit much of a muchness.
Why? There are a number of things going on, and while I have managed to not have the peripheral neuropathy that plagues many who get lots of Taxol, I have this, that, and now I have the other thing, and before you know it, it all adds up. Boo hoo.
What to do? When the going gets tough, the modestly blue woman takes a trip. not this week, but pretty soon. And I am postponing my next chemo until I get back (I was going to do it two days before I left and then take the oral agent while I was gone, but I am boldly putting it all off until I get back). I think that will do the trick for me, but I definitely get why people who get chemotherapy longitudinally tire of it. It beats the alternative, but it is no walk in the park.