Mrs. Fungus does not like yakisoba. There's something about the flavor she doesn't like. Hoping she'd like this version, I made it without chinese vegetables, without marinating the meat, and using a completely different sauce.
She didn't like it.
She likes the yaki udon that they make at hibachi places. She likes mai fun, a Chinese fried noodle dish. My yakisoba, no. *sigh*
Anyway, I made a wok full of it, and ate it all in three sittings. Could be worse.
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Mrs. Fungus had a sleep test last night. I took her over to the clinic and dropped her off at 9; I was there at 5:30 AM to pick her up. On my way there, it started to snow. I got there at 5:30 on the dot, waited a few minutes, and then we went home.
No salt, no plows, the roads coming back were slippery. A quarter-inch of snow, maybe. WTF.
Now I sit at the computer writing this and looking out the window at falling snow. We're not supposed to get more than an inch, so I'm not worried about it, and it's nice to see. It's been a gloomy, dank year so far, with only a few days' worth of sun, and mostly it's rained or drizzled. A little snow is a nice change of pace.
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Overheard: apparently the Chicago socialized education system has been "hit with a spending freeze". You know what that means, don't you? It's left-ese for "we're not allowed to increase the budget". (I haven't bothered to research the story at all, but dollars to donuts I'm right.)
Illinois is broke, Chicago is broke, the Chicago socialized education system is broke--none of these entities has any friggin' money so they for damned sure ought to stop finding new ways to spend it. Of course, because Illinois is run by Democrats (Motto: "The taxpayers will just have to pay it!") little inconveniences like having no money whatsoever is never a deterrent or an impediment to budget increases.
But none of the budget discussions in Illinois is about how Illinois can live within its means. The budget discussions are about how the Illinois politicians can sell tax increases without getting their fat asses de-elected. (Or lynched.)
Recently I saw an animated map showing which states in the US had net gains or losses of population over the years. Illinois has been a net loser every year out of the last two decades. Because this state is a shithole.
And, as the newsreader breathlessly intones, "See what it means for students." What it means, in the grand scheme of thing, is "damned little", considering how much of that budget gets spent on administrator salaries and union thugs. Except, of course, the executives and union thugs get their cut of the budget first, before anything else. Favorite government tactic: purposely defund things and spend the money elsewhere, then complain that they don't have enough money for everything. "We know we need new chairs, as some students must sit on the floor, but we just don't have enough money." Maybe you would if you hadn't just redone all the high-level executive offices in mahogany and walnut, shithead. (Or whatever the current excess is.)
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So much for "searing black calm". "Searing" and "calm", yes, but it looks like there's plenty of light on the surface of Venus. (Yes, I know that photograph is decades old.)
I keep thinking that a big sunshade between Venus and the Sun, left for a decade or two, would result in most of Venus' atmosphere ending up raining out, and we'd abruptly end up with a reasonably temperate planet with (admittedly) toxic waste oceans and a reasonable (also toxic) atmosphere. I've written a lot about terraforming Venus before; no need to recount a tale already plainly told.
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New bed being delivered. Got to go.