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Honoring My Ancestors

I'm currently enjoying a toasted "British-style crumpet" from Trader Joe's, while spiking my cocoa with Bailey's Irish Cream. Yum. ;d [1]

Not sure where the cocoa and the grape jelly originate -- I seem to remember hot chocolate started in France (where it was basically chunks of dark chocolate melted in hot water). Grape jelly, I could not speculate. Italy, mebbe?

We just brought Buddha back from the vet, where we found out that overall he's doing about as well as can be expected. We were given some anti-viral paste to stick in his mouth (oh fun) and told to start up the eye gunk 2-3 times / week again (oh fun, book II). We were also given some ear drops to clean all the gunk outa there. The vet spotted a few ear mites -- but they were dead, apparently done for by the Revolution treatment he got before. So now we just gotta clean out all the debris they left behind.

The good news is that my allergies are under control and the asthma is slowly but surely improving, so it looks at this stage pretty certain that we will be keeping Buddha after all. Huzzah for Zyrtec! It's amazing stuff. Problem is, I can't ever miss a dose -- half a day late and my eyes get irritated fast.

That's all for now. I keep thinking I'm going to make an interesting post about my reading lately ... but I keep not doing it. Guess it's not so interesting after all.

-The Gneech

[1] My ancestry, as well as I can recall without asking my mother: the Robeys were English, with some Scots, a little French, a smidgen of German, and a faint rumor of Native American (but I forget which nation). The Cranes were pretty much a mishmash but the Eagans were strong Scots-Irish and just-plain-ol' Irish. The red hair and blue eyes, as much as they scream "leprechaun," are actually from the Robey side.

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mammallamadevil
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
thanks for the Buddha update......
and count me in for eye gunk duty as needed!

MLD
susandeer
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Actually, the Maya and Aztec peoples of Central America began cultivating the cocoa bean in about 1500 BCE and did in fact drink a hot chocolate type concoction that was water based and not sweet. @:)
the_mcp
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
True, but their version also involved ground chiles, cloves, and other pungent spices, which would make it pretty far removed from anything we Western Civilization types would recognize as "hot chocolate." :) I also seem to recall that the Aztecs, at least, usually served it cold. (Not sure about the Mayans.)

As for the origins of "modern" hot cocoa -- actually, I think it was the Spaniards who first came up with the idea of serving it hot and sweetened (and without the chiles :) ), and the English who later added milk to the recipe.
susandeer
Jun. 7th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
I'm really tempted to try the spiced version, though! @:) I'm amazed StarBuck$ hasn't tried marketing it.
oceansedge
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Congratulations, on the semi-official new household member, I'm so glad for all of you that this seems to be working out :)
panthras
Jun. 7th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmm crumpets! Haven't had those in years *drool*

Pan
the_gneech
Jun. 7th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
If/when we can arrange a Pla-Za trip, I'll have to get your opinion of the Trader Joe's crumpets.

-TG
panthras
Jun. 7th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to try and sort out some kind of plan/schedule for when I come over - and would rather like to try and snag some Prismas before AC, care to meet up on either the 1st or 2nd?

Kitty'll even buy you coffee and a muffin *bigeyes*

Drop me an e-mail =)
bailiff
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
English blood! - I should've known!! ;)
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