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1001 movies you should see

There's a few more than 1,001. Taken from here.

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As you can see, I haven't done very well. Ah well. Time to see what Netflix has. Also, some of these movies I'm not sure I've seen all the way through, like Braveheart.


Originally posted by apis_cerana at TEA!
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Auntie Em!

March came in like a lion. We were under a tornado warning around 1 a.m. this morning. No word of any actually touching down. I have an irrational fear of tornadoes. So I ended up staying up most of the night and texting my friend in England, who was like "Why the hell are you up?"

So yeah, it's the time of year when Mother Nature can't make up her mind because we'll have about seven inches of snow one day and then next day it's in the high sixties. I'm not kidding. Or we'll have said amount of snow and then two days later we have severe thunderstorms, wind and end up under a tornado watch.

I was successfully completed my February writing challenge which was to write at least 1k a day. There were a couple of days when I didn't quite make it, but there were also days when I wrote over 2k. Overall, I wrote 33.5k words. I'm going to try to carry that over into March. Today, I'm not doing well. I can't seem to get my head in the groove. I have an hour left and over 700 words to write. I think I can do it if no one bugs me and I find the right music.
Originally posted by donutsina6speed at This is kind of important so let's not skim this okay? Okay. I love you.
Subject: Women Deserve to Compete in the X Games

To whom it may concern,

I'm writing to express my disappointment in your decision not to include women's BMX in this years X Games and it's with an even heavier heart that I contact you with the knowledge that you've also decided to pull the plug on both women's street and vert skating.

The numbers of women participating and becoming interested in action sports is growing ever day and I feel that the removal and overall exclusion of them is not only a slight to the dedicated and talented women who dedicate their lives to these sports, but also a step backwards from where action sports needs to be.

More young girls are turning to women like Cara Beth Burnside and Gretchen Bleiler and Ashley Fiolek as role models. Because of these amazing women who give everything to be the best in their sport, more young girls are becoming active in the extreme sports industry. Why are you, as the leader in sports broadcasting, limiting these young girls? Not only are you taking away the very few opportunities for women athletes to shine on television, you're effectively telling young girls that they do not matter in the world of action sports. Not only is that so far from the truth, it is absolutely unacceptable.

I write to you today because I do not believe in standing by and staying quiet. Action sports is growing because of the X Games and ESPN and it's time to end the era of these sports being Boy's Clubs. It's time for action sports to become a more inclusive environment. Girls and women train all year to be the absolute best, and all they are given is the scraps of air-time men don't want. And they are expected to be grateful for that, to smile for being an afterthought.

It's outlets like the X Games that need to be leading the charge in bringing women into the spotlight in these sports. The fact that not only do you not include certain events, but you pull them all together? That speaks volumes.

I plan on protesting X Games 17 because I feel that is the only way that you will listen to the voices of women who not only go out every day, boards and bikes in hand, but to the spectators who are begging you for more coverage, that are only met with silence. This is your chance, X Games and ESPN. This is your chance to change the way women are treated in the action sports world. You have the power and influence to lead by example and it's only a matter of time before we're all on the same page, before others will follow.


For ar_wahan: Portobello "Cheese Steaks"

Source: Good Housekeeping Favorite recipes: Vegetarian Meals

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Serves 4

2 medium portobello mushrooms (about 4 ounces each), stems removed.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium yellow peppers, thinly sliced.
1 jumbo sweet onion (1 pound) such as Vilalia or Walla Walla, thinly sliced. (I used a yellow onion, it worked out fine)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper.
2 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
4- 7inch pocketless pitas
8 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded. (2 cups). I used a mozzarella/provolone blend because that's what we had in the fridge. Also, my family likes provolone.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat nonstick 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Brush both sides of mushrooms using 1 tablespoon of oil. Add mushrooms to skillet and cook until tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer mushrooms to a cutting board and cut into 1/4 inch think slices. Set aside. ( I put a the shrooms on a plate and kept them the stove to keep them warm. Not on a warm burner, but close to it.)

2. In the same skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat until hot. Add yellow peppers, onions, salt, black pepper, and water; cook stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender and golden, about 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar; remove skillet from heat. Gently stir in sliced portobellos.

3. Meanwhile,, place pitas on a large cookie sheet; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Heat pitas until cheese is melted. About 5 minutes.

4. Roll each pita into a cone; tightly wrap bottom half with kitchen parchment of foil to help hold it's shape and prevent leakage. Fill pita comes with warm pita mixture. (We're not that fancy. We put the mixture on the pitas and then rolled them.)

Next time I need to make a double batch. There wasn't enough :)

Each sandwich: 460 calories, 24g protein, 52g carbohydrates. 18g total fat (7 saturated). 41mg of cholesterol, 1,060g sodium.


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