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  1. I'm going to be very stereotypical and say that you sound Italian (Tomatoes, Italian beans) in your eating habits, though I see that you are in the UK. In any event, they those beans sound delicious. Today someone in a Cadillac Escalade decided to run into me whilst I was crossing the street. I don't know how they didn't see me; I was RIGHT in front of him!!! I'm thinking they might have intended to hit me or have been drunk, because they didn't even stop or slow down in any way. Another car just went by—my only witness. If I hadn't started running at the last minute as he sped up towards me, I'd likely have been sucked under the truck and severely wounded, *sigh*. I just ended up with a bruise over my radius and my chest hurts a bit (from the jarring of the hit?). What's wrong with this world?
  2. I wish my body didn't disagree with tomatoes; would be nice to just blend them up and make tomato juice. If the weather would just stay like this, I would be quite happy. I'm betting those courgettes would have grown really well here in Canada; my parents grew cucumbers a few years ago, and with very little effort they ended up being 2-3 feet long. A lot of veggies seem to prefer the colder zones. I've never tried GoldenShrimp beans. What do they taste like? Snap peas? My mint plant has a drinking problem—it needs to be watered every day or it droops in protest, but that's probably due to having it in a Terracotta pot.
  3. Are you growing anything in your garden? I've got some mint on my balcony. Next year would like to grow lavender—my favorite scent *drools*. I don't work, but I do volunteer quite a bit. This year I'm assisting kindergartners one-on-one with math and literacy... Have you thought of volunteering? I'm sure you could help out at the Blood Clinic in the Power Center (assisting donors with beverages and such) if your mobility permits.
  4. Today is much nicer–19°C and cloudy but with low winds. Hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the breeze. Can I ask if you are getting out and moving about. Yesterday, I bought pigeon netting and installed it and then chilled in the pool–yes, it was perfect temp, as you were saying it might be!–and read some of The Mayflower Bride... Downtown Hamilton can be a great place to live; there is so much to do there and the community is quite integrated.
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    Have a Rant!

    I've given up on the dentist; every time I go, I feel worse. The past cavities they gave me (which I don't even think existed) made my teeth hurt so much that I could barely eat soft white bread for a month. Even drinking water hurt my teeth. It took almost a year to finally fix itself. Funny how I went 10 years without going to the dentist and was fine, and once I go, my mouth is in the worst shape it's ever been in. Never again.
  6. I'm thinking that the books would have to be quite challenging to offer these benefits; so Jane Austen seemed to be a great choice for this study. I do, however, question if many of the books written these days would have such an effect—many being written to accommodate the lazy reader who prefers short sentences, primary vocab, and little detail, so they might read it faster and not have to do a little research of their own and learn something. Books like: Moby Dick Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Best book ever! I shall bite anyone who disagrees!) Anything written by Winston Churchill ... would likely elicit such benefits if they do in fact exist, do to their extensive vocab, deep and complicated sentence structure, and insight. Also, I believe this might have a lot to do with how we choose to process that information we've read—especially the things that we don't understand. Many people skip looking up words they don't know, so they can continue reading at a fast pace and get to the end; or they just assume such is such without verifying. Focusing on grammar of a book can help to get one deeper within it as well.
  7. Same here in Canada. I really wish it were more like the US; I would've loved to see the Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka trial and not just some sketches. Canadian interrogations, apparently, are top notch, and I've found a few on YouTube. And the UK is known for having the best detectives in the world, so I'm betting the trials would be quite interesting. <3 UK Agreed on the scandals. I think a serial killers trial should be made known to the public; people want to know about this, and such has been a public event for a few thousand years. I avoid the newspapers, but I do enjoy the trials. Why? Because, generally, there is justice and closure in a trial, which is something you rarely get in the papers.
  8. I'm in Hammer Town. *waves* My parents live in Burlington—such a peaceful city. In the apartment, I'm about a dozen floors up and facing south, so I have the noonday sun. As for the weather getting cooler, I going to be installing a heater in my kiddie pool so that I can read outside all year round, but more on that in another post. Make sure to keep cool with cold beverages!
  9. Canada, here. It was perfect out today: 24°C, clear skies, gentle breeze. *happy sigh* A few days ago I procured a kiddie pool and set it up on my apartment balcony. And today I made a heater for the pool out of an electric steamer that I'd not used for years. The rest of the day I basked in the pool reading Jodi Picoult's House Rules—the water was so warm! Let no man say that apartment dwellers cannot live rich, fulfilled lives!
  10. Perhaps I could've been more specific: I am talking about real life court trials with a judge and a jury. For example, you may have heard of the OJ Simpson or Nuremberg trials—these types. Oh, and Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown don't count. If anyone mentions them, they will be bitten. * Faints and recovers self * Jodi Arias; Travis Col. Russell Williams Please tell me that I'm not the only court trial buff on this forum.
  11. Pray tell. I'll go first... Trial: Jodi Arias Trial - Jodi taking the stand had to be the highlight. At one point, Jodi explains how she was running away from Travis to get a gun to protect herself—a gun which she had previously said was unloaded—and the prosecutor says to her, "What were you going to do with the [unloaded] gun? Throw it at him?" Interrogation: The Col. Russell Williams interrogation - Russel starts off as a very confident military officer and over the course of 2.5 hours he ever so slowly (think of a slow cooker on low) breaks down, turning into a pathetic puddle of tears, admitting to the murder, and drowning in his own misery as he makes the realization that his life is pretty much over. Doesn't get much better than that. Would love to hear yours; I'm looking for a new trial to watch.
  12. I dropped it after about 10-20 pages, but that was years ago. The book seemed as if it was written by a person in their late teens; it came across as plain and lacking in grammatical style.
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