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From yahoo horoscopes, here's the Capricorn prediction for 2011:

Capricorn Outlook for 2011

'Change' is your middle name at this point, Capricorn. You've been through more personal transformation in the past two years than perhaps in your entire life. The upside is that you're getting used to the intensity of it all. It helps that you're realizing the futility in holding on to people and possessions that only stunt your growth. So many layers continue to be shed on a daily basis but this also gives way to unquestionable personal power. Pluto in Capricorn will carry on for another 14 years; so if this is just the tip of the iceberg, imagine who you will be on the other side of your metamorphosis.

This year the focus shifts from a lifestyle focused on gadgets, information and social networking to introspection, home and family. You are about to encounter your most uncensored raw self on levels as of yet unprecedented. Ready yourself, Goat, because this spring an explosion of fiery planets in Aries sweeps the very base of your horoscope getting you back in touch with some of your most primal instincts. Competition, aggression and the need for plenty of physical outlets ensue.

Some long-standing money issues are finally coming to a finish as the planet of illusion and delusion gets ready to move on to your communication sector. You've learned to use your discrimination in choosing where to invest and where to spend. For the next 14 years, instead of worrying about money leakages you'll be working on mindfulness to avoid spacing out. In any case, your way with words is apt to become poetic and inspired, which can only make the world appear infinitely more beautiful.


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God, I hope this is true.

Grammar bible?

We're talking about grammar and how it is taught and learned. Do any of you know what is the most commonly accepted approach (looking for a book) to teaching grammar? What do schools use?

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Thanksgiving shopping list, done!

butter 8+2T stick
half & half 1 c
heavy cream 1.75 c + for whipped cream for pies!
milk for mashed potatoes
buttermilk 2 c
eggs 8

baguettes 2

turkey
turkey wings 4 lbs

oil 2T
brown sugar 1 1/2 c
sugar 1 1/3 c
pecans 1.5 c
maple syrup 2/3 c
bread flour 5 c + for gravy
small mason jars x 12-24
salt 2T
french fried onions

cranberries 4 c
onions 3 med
celery 8 stalks
herbs--lots fresh parsley, sage, thyme
carrot 2
bay leaf 1
pumpkin puree 2
potatoes
fresh green beans 1 lb
mushrooms 12 oz
garlic 2 cloves
Topie just learned how to tie a bow!

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I have said a few times that I am looking forward to us all getting out and snowshoeing this winter, even with newbaby strapped to me. Jake apparently has a problem with this, as he thinks it is too dangerous for me to be walking around in showshoes with a baby on me. What if I fell? So he says no. I say YES YES YES when have I ever fallen? He says if I had been snowshoeing my whole life and was totally comfortable doing it then that would be one thing. But that's not the case, so he says no.

What do you guys think??
Yep, he just buttoned his first button!

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Just lost another post. I am so sick of this hotel's internet connection. It seems to have it out for livejournal in particular.

I'll elaborate on this later

When I was younger I said and wrote things hoping people would agree with me and think I was very clever. Now I say and write things hoping people will poke holes in my logic so I can think and develop a more complete and honest stance. In between those two was a time of transition when it was painful to be disagreed with. This shows me that I was much more concerned with identity and ego than with truth and balance. Maybe this has changed. Does this reflect personal growth???

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Meal planning for the week

We have a fair amount of food on hand, since I was sort of halted with no oven. First, a list of what I already have here.

-2 pie pumpkins
-3 acorn squash
-rice
-quinoa
-assortment of dried beans
-milk
-yogurt
-buttermilk
-cornmeal
-baking stuff: baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, flour, sugar etc.
-pasta
-1 lb ground beef
-1 lb stew beef
-1 lb fajita meat
-strawberry jam
-mustard
-ketchup
-onions
-garlic
-potatoes
-2 leeks
-red lentils
-french lentils
-popcorn
-butter
-cheddar cheese
-2 chocolate bars
-oatmeal
-raisins
-mixed roasted nuts
-frozen peas
-frozen spinach (I think?)
-carrots
-eggs
-olive oil
-balsamic vinegar
-half dozen homemade bean burritos in freezer
-leftover cream of celery soup

My plan for a lot of that is done:

-pumpkin coconut soup MMMM
-Moroccan red lentil soup
-stuffed acorn squash (with quinoa)
-oatmeal raisin cookies
-pumpkin bread YUM, need to make applesauce
-banana bread
-pumpkin cookies
-cornbread
-eggs and toast
-pan fried chicken strips and garlic rosemary potatoes with creamed spinach

NEED:

-apples
-bread (from that awesome bakery)
-some kind of oil? or just use cocounut?
-chicken
-cream
-parmesan cheese
-more spinach
-tomatoes
-fruits and vegetables for snacking on
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