Washing Machine News

The machine has a burned out (melted) circuit board.  

Dave ballparked $200 for a new one, plus labor;  today's diagnostic visit was $50.  

He'll call me tomorrow with a sure price for a replacement circuit board. 

I said that $250-300 was at least 1/3 of a new machine.  

He said that machines that last longer than 6-7 years are becoming rarer and rarer.  

Mine's 13 years old, and although it has been repaired twice already, Dave was impressed with it's long service.  It's worked hard, washing the clothes for a family of five, with two tall boys in the mix.

Mike's washer and dryer are [4/12 yrs].  They will be a year older by the time we'd move them out here...IF we moved them...


I'm betting I'm buying a new washer before the weekend's out. 

I'm going shopping soon.
spock grooves

Mars Science Lab Curiosity Lands!

I am very, VERY happy about this success for NASA/JPL and my marswalker!  

Mike and I watched the live coverage from


Mike was able to break from his fast and furious note-taking to answer my questions.  I really tried not to ask too many.

I suppose my dumbest question was "Where, exactly, was the terror?"  It seemed like everything went precisely as the scientists had planned, and, thanks to the relay of information from Mars Odyssey Orbiter, there really was not 7 minutes of pins-and-needles silence for me to endure as we almost immediately....seeming magically...received that first image transmission confirming the success.

The immense ingenuity, creativity, knowledge and teamwork imbedded in this event is mind-boggling.  

Mars Science Lab "Curiosity" is a definitive example of what humans can do when they combine their gifts for the greater good.

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Lynda Screams

The Scrabble Gods are Roman *nerd alert*

This cracked me up.

cynnerth and I played Scrabble in a Pixiepit room called the "200 Tiles" room.

I gave us the playernames CCL and CCC  (For "200 Lynda" and "200 Cyn")

As if that weren't funny enough,  the Scrabble Gods gave me a starting rack that allowed me to play a Roman Numeral for the first word:


Later I made it DCCLI


But the funniest thing happened at the very end.

Even after all my self-amusing cleverness, I just lost the game.

By an L....hahahahaha!!

Game Over !! Player 1 : CCL's final score is 752 
Game Over !! Player 2 : CCC's final score is 802
Good morning fish

Get up Outta That Chair!

"Sitting for long periods of time — when you don't stand up, don't move at all — tends to cause changes physiologically within your muscles," says Reynolds. "You stop breaking up fat in your bloodstream, you start getting accumulations of fat ... in your liver, your heart and your brain. You get sleepy. You gain weight. You basically are much less healthy than if you're moving."

snowing holiday

Pumpkin & Lentil Soup with Arugula

This was wonderfully hearty and warm with spice, a perfect meal for a cold and blustery day.  It is EASY to throw together.


2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups (or so...3 medium onions) chopped onion
A few cloves garlic, minced or crushed

2-ish cups cooked pumpkin*
1 T  toasted cumin
1 T curry powder
8-ish cups stock (I used a mix of vegetable and chicken)
1 1/2 cups (or so) lentils, rinsed
abt 1 t salt
Black Pepper (I cracked it twice around the pot)



6-ish cups arugula*

SIMMER a few minutes more, until the arugula is thoroughly wilted

*Any winter squash could substitute for the pumpkin, and other dark greens could be substituted for arugula