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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-08-15 10:46 pm

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No FMK this week, because I am way behind on reading, and also because I am going eclipse-hunting over the weekend! I will be bringing eclipse-related books on that trip. And thinking about this xkcd strip which was the main thing that got me into the new year, anyway.

Probably it will rain all day, but at least I can say I tried.

So instead of books, since I will be doing a lot of driving in the middle of nowhere, my question this week is: What songs are on your eclipse playlist? "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "The Sun Is A Miasma of Incandescent Plasma", obviously. But what else?

I have been working on the book collection, though! I went through and re-did my to-read lists, of which there are three: one on the library website, which has 300 books on it, of books the library has; the Goodreads one, which includes only books my library doesn't have and has about 250; and ~2500 owned-but-unread, so that's totally doable at my current rate as long as I never add any more to any of the three lists.

(Anybody want to be goodreads friends, by the way? if we aren't already, drop me a line. my gr is connected to my rl so I don't link it here but I will def. add people.)

Me and Mom also cleaned out the cookbooks over the weekend, which was fun! We both agreed on keeping the ones that had some kind of sentimental value to the family, of course. After that, I wanted to keep the ones that were old enough to be historically interesting, or had some kind of distinctive theme. She wanted to keep the ones that were basic anthologies of Bland White American cooking (like the many, many church cookbooks we have somehow acquired.) So between us, pretty much the only ones we could agree to get rid of (other than obvious duplicates and super-dated 'eat on a budget' ones) were the various "healthy diet" cookbooks - low fiber, low salt, low 'additives', meatless, whole food, low fat, 'heart-healthy', 'longevity', low sugar, etc. We were never really a household that was into fad diets, but the general 'you have to eat right' thing just oozes into the cracks regardless, somehow. But we looked at all of them and were both like 'do you see any value in keeping this? Yeah, me neither." I feel like that says something good about this household's current food culture.

(Also I learned that there was a period in my youth when my parents were considering going vegetarian! Knowing Dad, and going by the cookbooks we found, probably for environmentalism reasons. I never even told them about my environmentalist-vegetarian phase in college because I figured they'd just think it was overdramatic! [my rule was no food made of dead animals unless a) I was Being Cooked For; or b) it was made of the bits that would have been thrown out otherwise. So Mom's cooking was allowed under both rules and I could also still have scrapple and spaghetti-os and taco bell, which is really all I would miss of meat anyway.] We got rid of most of those cookbooks too. I kind of go vegetarian by default when cooking for myself because it just doesn't occur to me to include meat, and if I ever go actively vegetarian again this will be the only specialist cookbook I need. I think at this point I'm holding out for vat-meat, though. I want my pink slime chicken nuggets that are made of real pink slime, dammit.)

And I still can't get over the "Healthy Snacks For Kids" cookbook dating to when I was a kid, although I don't remember ever using it, that falls open to the "low-fat, low-salt sandwich" recipe that is BREAD, PEANUT BUTTER, MAYONNAISE, AND BACON. I kind of want to keep that one just to O-o.

We got rid of about fifty cookery books. There's only about 200 left. That't TOTALLY reasonable for a family of two that cooks an actual meal at most twice a week, and usually from recipes we know by heart, right?

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