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Question

We have to buy window units for the new apartment..anyone have favorite brands or models? I'm looking at consumer reports already. Which is actually funny, since the customer reviews on some of their "best buys" are actually really bad.
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Rant

Right now, I really don't want to go on the shore trip. There are way too many people coming, and everyone who's ever been down assumes that they're invited to every single trip, so there's never any way to get new people down without it being super crowded. It's way more people than I enjoy being around. That's ignoring the fact that 90% of the cleaning, cooking and shopping are done by the same group of people. It's supposed to be my vacation too....and right now, that doesn't look fucking likely. I have no real desire to listen to people whine about the bed situation, or getting their way, or sulk or generally act like they're still in high school. Since I can't cut people, I'm just going to stay home, and have some actually relaxing, pleasant time. There's a handful of people I'm really going to miss hanging out with, and there are people that are great for a night out, but that I just can't spend 3 solid days with. I'm sure I hurt some feelings, but I'm really frustrated right now, and I've listened to all of y'all vent a million times, you can listen to me for 45 seconds.

***EDIT*** Also, honestly, all of us who plan on going to the party this saturday should go back over there on sunday and help clean up. Assuming that I don't freak out about actually expressing my irritation and hide.
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Baking

I'm making strawberry cupcakes tonight, and the recipe calls for a strawberry balsamic sauce that may be one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted.

For every 1 cup of de-stemmed, halved strawberries, toss with 1/4 cup sugar and let sit for 15 minutes. Then put into a sauce pan with 1/2 tblspoon good balsamic vinegar. Simmer for 15 minutes or longer, with the lid on. Cool, puree. Devour. It's probably fantastic on ice cream, mostly I'm eating the extra out of the bowl with a spoon.
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Bike stuff

I think I'm going to use the bike we salvaged for cliff to teach myself about bike repair. The crankset is in decent repair, and is sugino, so I should only have to clean that up. Brakes, cables, derailleur are probably all going to need replacement. Wheels are good, tires are original (this is an 80's schwinn world sport, so that's not so good). This should be entertaining, especially since I've always ridden single-gear bikes. But hey, it was a free bike!
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Spring?

Darnit, I'm ready to start gardening! We're putting in a big raised bed at work, which will be awesome, but I'm not sure when we're starting. Maybe I'll plant lettuce seeds this weekend. Green beans too, if I find some that can handle a container life.
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aaaah

I just ran for 20 minutes straight. I know it's not really that long, but it's longer than I've run before...I used to stick to intervals.
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Snot!

I'm really tired of being sick. This particular round of the plague has one coworker diagnosed with pneumonia and one with mono, and a coworker's boyfriend with bronchitis. Whee! Today is my second day off in a row, trying to sleep my way through this. Yesterday I woke up to call in, then slept till 4 in the afternoon, woke up to drink some water, then slept until 7. It was actually kind of wonderful, and boy did it make the cat happy.