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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Much a Tweet about Nothing

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While I didn’t celebrate Bo Pelini getting fired as Nebraska’s head coach, it did wonders for me on Twitter. All through the fall, I was around 150-160 followers and gaining 2-3 followers a week. The first 24 hours after Pelini was fired I added around ten followers, and now I have 211 followers, gaining around 3-5 every week.

In a limited sense, all those extra followers ramp up the pressure. I’m more consciousess of when and how often I tweet. I pre-write a lot of them, and put out more pictures and links. One night, I checked my phone before I went to bed, thinking that I had tweeted too little when I had in fact tweeted 33 times that day. When I think about that many separate thoughts, I wonder if I should be putting that time into writing a book instead!

Always looking over your sholder

Always looking over your sholder

Squash Soup.

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The Crookneck Squash I grew last year tends to be a lot of work. I have to clean off its thick skin, and beneath that skin is minimal edible substance. Suffice to say I’ll be planting another variety this coming spring, but I still have a ton of squash I froze to deal with.

So I went though a couple rounds of soup making with said squash. First, I decided to use the blender to cut the squash into little pieces. I had tried using the blender a few times before and it worked so well. So I cooked made broth seasoned with ground mustard, sage, and ginger and just dumped the squash in the blender.

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The results were-adequate. The soup was good for eating turkey, but then I realized that I could just try cooking the soup on the stove (like 95% of all soups) and it just might be less grainy.

I did that, and the next batch was smaller but smoother. Squash soup maybe bland but it fits the bill.

Pretty windows

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Windows like my front window are supposed to be like traps for suburbanites. (Ok, that’s a little too Revolutionary Road.) But it’s odd, going from the small kitchen window of my old place to my new big living room picture window that looks out at the mild traffic on First Street.

It’s harder in the winter when the snow and low temps keep you. I pace the floors and watch tv, forgetting that I’ll be mowing and tending to the outside once the sun comes. But then there’s a mid-January thaw and it’s all good.

Future Once Happened Here

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A tragedy has befallen Seward. Something terrible has happened in our fair city, so irreversibly terrible I won’t recover.

Dollar General has built a stand-alone store south of town and vacated their storefront downtown. That location had a Ben Franklin store in it until I was in high school, and right after it closed the Dollar General came in. And now, the General Store of Seward sits alone.

Ok, I’m being over-dramatic. Dollar General would not have built a stand-alone store if it wasn’t able to provide more products and better products. But that location has had a store inside it all off my life. And now it sits alone, who knows for how long. Maybe it will become office space, but that is going to take a lot of work.

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Since I moved, I’ve walked a lot to that store to pick up the occasional Gatorade or toiletry. I can still go to Sun Mart (sorry Mike) to pick up some of that stuff, but I’ll miss that store. That small, cramped, rolling floor store, with the cheap Husker gear in the window and the seasonal items by the counter. I hope they still bring out the Halloween candy in August at the new location.

Not-so Missed

The foresight

The Foresight

My headphones are missing. A few years ago, I would have overturned every couch cushion, or even cleaned my room in fervor to find them. Now, I don’t do that. I go about my business knowing they’ll turn up in a day or a week of whenever they do. Last time I found them strewn on the lawn outside. I’ll make due with my half-broken headphones until I find the others.

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