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Book Review — Pygmy

PygmyPygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a tough one to read due to the style in which it was written, and I am not one to shy away from a challenge like that. The story was fairly straight forward, but with subtle twists and turns — typical Palahniuk IMO — that take you on a journey through the mind of a young trained assassin. Really fascinating to see the impact of training (you could even say brainwashing), and that’s the part that really piqued my interest in the book. You really get an interesting look into the mind of this highly intelligent child who’s received a certain level of conditioning. Pretty dark at times, but interesting ending.

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once upon a time, in a land far far away, a small-framed girl toiled away at a computer. a monster had captured her and locked her in his castle tower and forced her to program applications to run his internet business (which actually consisted of many endeavors).

she worked well into every night, and received very little rest. whenever the monster was in a board meeting or networking with customers, she took a break and sat in the single window of the castle tower. she looked across the fields at the town where she lived. on the edge of the town, she could see her friends grilling and laughing and having fun. she was very tired of eating bad fast food and not getting enough exercise, but escaping the monster would take a lot of effort.

she wasn’t sure which route she would take to escape the monster’s clutches. but she was formulating her plan every day. the sunshine and breeze beckoned her to reach a solution soon. she must return to a more balanced life with her friends and family.

until then, she continued appeasing the monster, hoping to get a little more sleep after the next deadline was met. maybe with a little more rest, she would see her plan come to fruition.

the end (or is it…?)

hints for around the house (from an e-mail)

• Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little “stringy things” off of it. That’s how the primates do it

• Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

• Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

• Peppers w with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

• Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

• To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

• For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints indouble broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let it set for a wonderful minty frosting.

• Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you wanta light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want astronger taste of garlic.

• Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple chop them up with the foodchopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.

• Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy microwave pizza. This was on the cooking channel and it really works.

• Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.
Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

• Expanding Frosting
Take a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You can frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

• Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat at faster.

• Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

• Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

• No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

• Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

• Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty papertowel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

• Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and — ta da! – static is gone.

• Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

• Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

• Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside , just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

• Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair…

• Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2″ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

• Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

If, when or even before the heating unit goes out on your clothes dryer you should consider some information from a repairman. Go to your dryer and pull out the lint filter. It should be clean (always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.) Take the filter over to the sink, run hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material – the hot water may just sit on top of the mesh! It may not go through it at all. That is because dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh and that can burn out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free –that nice fragrance too. That waxy feel when you take them out of the box, is the stuff that builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn down your home. The best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other soft brush) at least every six months. It will make the life of the dryer at least twice as long!