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Thursday, December 27, 2001

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The Lord of the Rings

Oh, wow! I saw the movie "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" today and it was great. Since I read the book more than a dozen times I felt a loss when they left something out or didn't quite follow the book but they did a wonderful job and it felt so right as I was watching it. It's not like I don't know what's going to happen but I still was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Perhaps I knew too well what was coming. I might even see it again and there aren't many movies that I will pay to see again.

Since my cholesterol is high I've been trying to cut out all animal products and have done pretty good for the last four days. I was about to give up since I just don't get into toful but then I found a cookbook called "The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen" by Donna Klein who uses no meat substitutes, just good, authentic, tasty recipes from what is considered to be one of the healthiest diets in the world, and it's so good. I've been enjoying trying on different recipes. Most of them are fairly simple, too, unlike too many cookbooks. I haven't had the nerve yet to spring for $20.00 for a fraction of an ounce of saffron but there are more than enought to go on.

I use vanilla soymilk in the morning with cereal but I've used that off and on for quite a while and like it. I have even made some dips and sauces with tofu but chunks of tofu trying to look like meat just have the wrong feel. I'm just so tired of being overweight and now my cholesterol and blood pressure are high which scares me since my mother had a heart attack and her parents both dies from strokes. My new doctor seems to be more willing to keep an eye on me. My last doctor, which I only had a year, only saw me once and even though my blood pressure and cholesterol were a little high, didn't show the slightest interest in keeping an eye on me.

I've spent a good part of my time since we started our christmas break sleeping and generally being a couch potato. I didn't even go anywhere on christmas. I'm feeling much better. I don't know if it's because I'm finally getting plenty of sleep because of the new pills or eating better or just unstressing. It's probably a combination since I think my not sleeping was in large part because of stress.

I read a couple books though, instead of just staring at the television. One was "Affluenza" by John De Graff, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor. It's an interesting look at why we are hooked on buying stuff. I know it got way out of hand for me and I'm still paying for that. Of course some people buy things that last, I bought clothes I've outgrown or magazines that I'll never read again and other effemeral stuff. I also bought all kinds of things to cook that I never used as I tried one diet after another. At least with the mediterranean diet I have most of the ingredients, except an occasional herb or spice. The book treats it like a disease and it really is when we shop just to shop.

I also read "Whom the Gods Love" by Kate Ross. This is set in 1825 in England. A man loved by all and having everything is murdered during a party at his home. Julian Kestrel is asked to look into it as the Bow Street Runners can't get far with the high society guests at the party. Julian finds that not everyone involved are who they say they are. So many of the people use a facade that they try to maintain so they will be accepted. There are still societies where who you are doesn't matter as long as you dress correctly and maintain the outward face that is expected, but the 1800s seem to have gone to an extreme in this. Even Julian has something to hide. This is a well written and very interesting book.


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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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