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Notes for "A Gravel and Cream Sandwich"
These are the notes for "A Gravel and Cream Sandwich."


"You ever have that happen where you meet someone and just - clash? We were like a gravel and cream sandwich." "That is the weirdest thing you have ever said. I suppose you were the cream?" "Of course I was the cream. Sha."
-- P. C. Cast

Enjoy a recipe for Dark Chocolate Avocado Fudge. Shiv makes his with sugar and organic dark cacao powder, but without coffee because he wants it to taste like chocolate soap. He typically makes one batch with English walnuts and one without.

The average avocado weighs 150 grams (g) and contains 240 calories, or 80 calories per 50 gram serving.

There are 774 calories in 1 cup of sugar.

There are 49 calories in a 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.

There are 392 calories in a 1/2 cup of chopped Walnuts.
x2 = 784

Calories in Coconut Butter
Serving Size: 1 tbsp
Calories 93.0
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
93 x 16 = 1488

3305 calories per batch of fudge with walnuts
÷ 24 pieces
= 138 calories per piece

2521 calories per batch of plain fudge
÷ 24 pieces
= 105 calories per piece

Chocolate soap can be made with cocoa butter and cocoa powder, cocoa powder and cocoa absolute, fragrance oil, and so on. You can also buy it. Mrs. Clementine left Shiv with quite a taste for fancy little hand soaps -- and foods that remind him of them.

Superpowers often, though not always, match the personality of their owner. This effect is much stronger in some fields than others; Soul Powers and Telepathy are all but impossible to occur in ego-dystonic mode. A personality clash or bad chemistry makes two people incompatible, via pheromones or other means. There are some ways you can try to work around this. But when you mix the two together, superpower clashes can be spectacular, and they usually aren't fixable unless one or both people change so much that it shifts the resonance of their powers. In essence, each person's superpower is ego-dystonic to the opposite person.

Not feeling like yourself really sucks, but there are ways to cope. Dissociation is a survival skill, often taught for pain control. However, like depersonalization, it can make control difficult or impossible. You must be aware of your mind and body in order to make them do what you want. Nerve damage, brain imbalances, and childhood trauma are among the causes. There are ways to overcome or cope with depersonalization. Some techniques for recovering from mind-altering cults may also help obtain everyday awareness.

Baths are used for spiritual cleansing in voodoo and other traditions. Even science has noticed that you can wash away bad feelings with soap. You can buy or make lavender salt scrub. This one uses epsom salt. Both lavender and salt have cleansing qualities.

Read about sterile vs. nonsterile gloves. The sterile kind are really needed only for surgical or other high-risk medical situations, but some folks are willing to spend extra for them in other medical contexts. They're nice to have for messy things like road rash. For most purposes, household gloves are fine.

Pickpockets pose a significant threat in various cities or neighborhoods.

Pickpocketing is most often performed by teams, known as “whiz mobs”, and each member has a specific job. The “steer” selects a victim, also known as a “mark” or “vic”. A “stall” distracts the mark, while a “shade” obscures the actual act of theft—known as the “dip”—which is performed by the “tool” or “mechanic”. Are you writing this down?
Shortly after the dip, the goods are handed off to a runner, or “duke man”. That way if the tool is confronted, he doesn’t have to explain why he is still wearing Ray-Bans inside the casino at Caesars isn’t holding anything. A “cannon”, by the way, is a thief with the chutzpah and finesse to do it all himself, known as “working single o”.


Bricking a phone means rendering it completely nonfunctional, and thus as useful as a brick. This can be done by disabling the software, hardware, or both. Shiv uses his superpower to mangle the parts inside the case.

Among the anti-theft tactics is wearing a purse with the strap over one shoulder and bag on the opposite hip; some purses are designed to hang comfortably in this crossbody position. Another tactic is carrying valuables in different places rather than all in one place. However, not all compartments are equally secure; tighter is better than looser and things that zip closed, or even zip under a button flap, are much more secure than open ones. An astute thief will choose a soft target over a hard one, not just in victim selection but in deciding which items or locations to attack on a chosen victim. Because Shiv's victims are actually self-selecting as they commit bigotry, he is left to decide how to attack each individual based on the available targets they present.

Shiv just ditched thousands of dollars worth of jewels in a planter. Don't tell me the kid has no self-control. He just doesn't use it like some people wanted him to.

PRICES PER CARAT OF U.S. CUT COLORED GEMSTONES IN 2013
Price range per carat
Gemstone January 1 December 2
Sapphire, blue $1,000-1,900 $1,450-1,900

"You should see the other truck" is slang which implies that a battered person came out of an incident better off than their opponent.

A self-soothing kit contains items to treat emotional injuries. Here are some more self-care links. Everyone should know emotional first aid so they can cope with everyday challenges.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 26th, 2019 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
"You ever have that happen where you meet someone and just - clash?"
Sadly, all too often.
Interestingly, the BBC has a video of doctor who's written a book on the art of seduction.
Take a look at it:
https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07l3r3q/unpacking-the-psychology-of-seduction
:^)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 26th, 2019 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

If you want to be irresistible, try listening to women.

Most men would rather boil themselves in oil.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 27th, 2019 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Tried something at a festival yesterday. Iced drinking chocolate! It tasted like liquid dark chocolate, but sweet, and was so amazing I want the recipe.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 3rd, 2019 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

Fascinating. I have heard of drinking chocolate but have not had the opportunity to try it.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: September 3rd, 2019 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Well if you get the chance, take it. That stuff is addictive.
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