I think it’s safe to say I’m addicted to three things, but they’re not serious addictions, seeing as how common sense and budget constraints are the overriding factors and not my “need” to have these things… so what are my little weaknesses? music, sparkly-shiny stuff, and recipes…

music I manage to procure from various and sundry sources, most of which are technically legit, depending on how one interprets the laws of a particular country… ;-\ LOL my favourite site (for now) is allofmp3.com, a nifty little Russian site that has two things I like very much: a big selection of a HUGE variety of music, and cheap prices (I typically pay $0.10/song)… I really wish the RIAA would get its act together and help facilitate legal digital distribution of music instead of continuing to fight a trend that’s never gonna go away, but apparently these guys are kinda slow on the up-tick…

my sources for sparkly-shiny stuff are…well, still mostly only potential sources, seeing as how I’m exercising AMAZING restraint and sticking to my modest business budget… besides, my business model is commission-only, not inventory, at least for now, so I haven’t any excuse to buy things that aren’t going into a piece for a client… (dangit) right now I’m trying really REALLY hard not to buy several dozen carats’ worth of faceted CZ beads, drops, and connectors — these things are SO dang sparkly, they’re just stunning, but I can’t think of any of my clients who’d go for something like that… hmmm, maybe I can talk one of ’em into a $1,000 strand of breathtakingly gorgeous Oregon sunstone faceted nugget drops instead… ;-D

why am I so passionate about recipes? aside from the fact that I, like most other humans, like food, plus I actually enjoy cooking, I think of it as something of a mom’s challenge to find meals that her whole family will eat and like, not just the kids (or conversely, just the adults)… in order to qualify for “keeper” status in the Ross home, recipes need to be easy to fix (17 ingredients that have to be procured at specialty markets and then prepared entirely by hand? I think not!), relatively quick (30 mins is my benchmark), and tasty (every once in a while I try a new recipe that makes me wonder if the people who came up w/it have any taste buds)… but recipes are just part of the larger picture: planning menus — menus have to allow for variety (I try to have a different meat or meatless entrée every day of the week) and must be well-balanced, as well as visually appealing (every once in a while I end up making a “beige dinner,” but I try NOT to do that too often)… WHY do I set myself up for this much aggro?? uhm, b/c deep down, I have a really twisted masochistic streak that’s decided to manifest itself in my kitchen…? no, it’s not really that bad — I’ve actually been pretty successful at meeting all of my stringent self-imposed requirements; it’s something of a challenge, but sick and twisted individual that I am, I like the challenge, and besides, the really cool thing is that, once I get a few “tried and true” menus together, I can just skip backward a month or two in my menu planner and say “oh hey, we haven’t had this since mid-November, let’s have it next week…” and my menu is planned w/very little actual thinking involved (and yes, every couple of weeks I decide I need a break, and we just have delivery pizza and Coke for dinner)… 🙂 but my biggest attraction to recipes? I can get all I want for FREE!!! 😀 (I blame my frugal Scottish genes) some of my favourite sources for free recipes are Kraft, Recipesource, and Taste of Home — try them, try them, you will see, you will like them, just like me! (sorry, I was reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to the kids earlier — gotta love Dr. Seuss!!)

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