The morning of 02/01/05

I am very dehydrated… I usually drink a lot of water, but I guess in the last grocery run the store was out (and yes I know there are easier and more sensible ways to get water), so I'm stuck drinking Rachel's Cokes. Coke contains processed sugars that my body isn't used to any more and drinking coke makes me quite ill, so I have not drank much. In addition, I find the high sodium dehydrates me even more! I actually had dreams last night about drinking water.

Soda and simily high-sugar products should be made illegal for those under the age of 13. If beer can be illegal for those under 21, then I don't think it's unreasonable to put similar restrictions on soda and candy. Think how different America would be if it didn't addict its youth to processed sugar?

About half the people who send me books attach little notes; I thought this one was especially funny.

Oh yeah! The first beer I'm going to make is going to be something basic I think, but after that, this book is going to come in very handy!

…And until the beer is brewed (two? three weeks?) I'll have to focus on more traditional cooking, right?

I'm really enjoying this book — it's very simple and very pure.

We are going back to the land after all — thank you! (My mother saw that we got these books and offered us some of her own as well).

This book is just stunning. It's literally an encyclopedia. It takes pretty much every single plant that grows in North America and tells you every way that every tribe used it. This book is essential for anyone living on the land here. You can never go wrong with too many cookbooks! Thank you! I don't do a lot of recreational reading — most of what I read is very functional. These two books are pure self-indulgance. This I'm very much looking forward to as well — The Nearings are who inspired many of the 60s/70s-era back to the land kids.

It's funny how no matter how much we try and be ourselves, how much we repeat our parents lives. Before I was born, my mother was the host of a television business show (Venture on CBC) and my father owned a number of computer companies that developed among other things community tools (for example, he built the infrastructure that co-ordinated Medicare in BC). When I was about five, he got a “back-to-the-land” bug and bought a whole pile of land to farm and we suddenly switched from being an urban tech company to a family struggling to keep an organic farm running.

Oh, I have a couple more pictures I think I can share here:

My sister gave me this coffee table she painted for Christmas — As you can see, the character is modded; Stretched ears, filed teeth, big labret, ear piercings, and even multiple hands.

I actually took this picture of my knee damage yesterday… It looks pretty much the same today, just a little bigger and a little darker — I'm taking that as a good sign though, as it points it out as a “normal” bruise. I'm now 99% sure I just someone nailed my knee a second time and somehow didn't notice.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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