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Dec. 17th, 2014 @ 07:42 am
Driving 4 miles through San Francisco last night, in the dark, wet, and holiday traffic, was quite possibly an outer level of hell. It took 20 minutes to drive one mile. Fortunately, we were meeting lifeofglamour and cathyn for dinner at Green Chile Kitchen. That made up for a lot - excellent food, chattage, and Mexican chocolate pecan pie to close. Oh, and five-pound bags of frozen Hatch green chiles to restock. Cathyn and I bragged on each other's skills to the Irish woman at the counter and boggled her with our tales of soapmaking, sausages, and metalworking. He got to show off a picture of the coronet. Much fun.

How I'm feeling: sleepysleepy

The Recipes of Locke Lamora Dec. 16th, 2014 @ 10:45 am
This week's Resolution Recipe, courtesy of matociquala: Dona Sofia's Candied Alchemical Orange Rinds.
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How I'm feeling: apatheticapathetic

I've got a little list Dec. 13th, 2014 @ 01:00 pm
Bread dough: rising.
Orange peels: softly simmering in scented syrup.
Split pea soup: assembled and on its way to a simmer.

Still to do: financials and run lines.

How I'm feeling: accomplishedaccomplished

Ouch Dec. 12th, 2014 @ 08:34 am
I took the car in this morning for an oil change. I took it to the dealer because I needed to replace the rear windshield wiper after jerkface broke it off to try to break in.

...wear and tear leading to more work. The biggest item? Replacing struts, which given how we overload the car for SCA events is not surprising. The projected cost is, um, significantly more than the initial oil change. I don't believe they're upselling so much - they've been pretty honest in the past. Just that the car is 11 years old and has 115k miles.

But, um, ouch.

How I'm feeling: broke
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It's not my fault Dec. 11th, 2014 @ 07:41 pm
I blame viking_food_guy, who mentioned a really good-sounding recipe and then revealed the cookbook. Which the SF library had, so I could test-drive. I'm not going to buy this cookbook... but I may try to check it out a few more times to try a couple recipes.

This week's Resolution Recipe: Kung Pao Chicken.
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How I'm feeling: fullfull

Dec. 11th, 2014 @ 07:24 am
I am working from home today.
Normally I go into the office Monday through Thursday, and work from home Friday. This gives me a good break and also is a nice segue if I want to take a half day for whatever reason.

But: Stormpocalypse today.

In which I do not really believe. I'm pretty sure this mega-storm prediction is overblown (see what I did there?) - but in case it's not, what the hey.

And it was very nice to snuggle under the covers with the wife for 15 extra minutes this morning.

How I'm feeling: indifferentindifferent

Blurgle Dec. 10th, 2014 @ 07:38 am
Ugh. Feeling a bit under the weather today. All I wanted to do was crawl back under the covers and snooze. Sadly, today is the one day in the week the other two partners come into the office, so I couldn't call in sick unless I really was hacking up a lung.

How I'm feeling: gloomygloomy
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eh, I'm giving myself a miss for the holiday week. Dec. 2nd, 2014 @ 09:32 am
Last week's This week's Resolution Recipe, because I got this done late last week but don't have one queued up for this week:Lamb Neck Boulangère.
If hanger steak is the butcher's cut of beef, the honor surely goes to the neck with lamb.Collapse )
How I'm feeling: workingworking

Nov. 29th, 2014 @ 11:04 am
Thanksgiving was lovely. We went down to Chaz-and-Karen's. Good chattage, drinkage, much laughter, and of course good food. Sadly my sinus had been warning me about the (then) incoming storm, and what started as a warning ache early in the day developed into a stabbing icepick to my forehead, so we ended up leaving slightly abruptly. It didn't actually go away until mid-day Friday. That's unusual for me and is about the maximum level of migraine I usually get.

Stupid trick sinuses. But it was a nice holiday anyway and we were grateful to guest.

How I'm feeling: contemplativecontemplative
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A bittersweet dedication Nov. 26th, 2014 @ 10:13 am
There are a few authors whose work I try to read as soon as it comes out. One recent book from a fantasy author I like has this dedication:
To those fans the faithful few
who have stayed with me all the way,
for a quarter of a century.
You know who you are.
I guess I'm one. I remember in 1990 or so reading book one of a quadrology from the library, finishing it in about three days, and instantly going back to binge on the next three. And then buying them a month later, because I already wanted to re-read them again.

I liked his characterization, world-building, style. So I bought his books as they came out. He went from major publishing company paperback release, to hardcover deals, to NYT-bestselling hardcovers. The last five years or so, he's been publishing in trade/paper through specialty presses. Which if I can get them at all, it's through special order or ILL because the print run was so limited.

I'm not privy as to why. I'm sure that publishing consolidation hurt, as even in his heyday he was never more than a solid B-lister. He may have had a poor-selling run that cut him from their lists.

I'm glad he continues to write. But.

How I'm feeling: listlesslistless
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3x is not XXX. Nov. 21st, 2014 @ 01:24 pm
This week's Resolution Recipe: Triple Tomato Eggses.
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How I'm feeling: fullfull

Calvin was a wise person. Nov. 20th, 2014 @ 07:19 am
The alarm went off this morning. I tapped the snooze button. Generally, I don't fall back asleep for the nine minute period; but it allows me a little more time to transition into the day. Today, I thought about all the things I need to do. The alarm went back off; I hit snooze again and repeated. Once more for luck.

Then the alarm went off and I woke up.

"My dreams are getting way too literal."

How I'm feeling: awakeawake

Just... no. Nov. 18th, 2014 @ 07:50 am
I woke up around 4 AM to the sound of the cat barfing. I reluctantly got up and searched around, but couldn't find it. Went back to bed - but not to sleep, because Galen crawled up my chest to purr and groom my face. This is a standard post-barf thing for him; I assume he wants reassurance after the awful throw-up, and also to get the taste out of his mouth.

I try not to think about the last part.

Despite not being able to fall back asleep before the alarm, I got up around on time and got ready to leave. That's when I discovered where Galen had barfed: on my work bag. Specifically, on the strap. The one I throw over my head.

...yeah. I spent a few minutes cleaning everything, including me. And quietly cursing the cat. Finally I got out the door. Feeling a little blah I decided to take the bus if I timed it right.

Normally I walk the mile to the BART station. It's flat and generally not too skeezy (depending on where the bums are passed out, but at least I don't have to deal with gang members). If I am feeling lazy I can occasionally catch the bus at the base of the hill to BART instead. This doesn't happen often; I try to walk most of the time. Also, that bus goes past the union hall so they have a tendency to run... somewhat irregularly. I assume they turn off their transponders so they can take smoke or beer breaks. You can't trust the "next bus" listing. Getting to the base of the hill and seeing "next bus: 33 minutes" might mean 33 minutes or it might mean 3. Or 50.

However, getting to the base of the hill and seeing the rear view of the bus is a pretty good indication. By how much did I miss the bus? Maybe thirty seconds. How long did it take to clean up the cat barf? A few minutes.

Not the best start to the work day.

How I'm feeling: crappycrappy

Meh. Nov. 13th, 2014 @ 09:36 am
I think we may not do our usual Thanksgiving 'do this year. I'm just not feeling it and I don't want to plan. Or host. Or, really, guest. I just don't want to deal.
Maybe I'll roast some game hens. I'll still probably roast a couple yams and make pumpkin pie; but just for the two of us.

How I'm feeling: blahblah

"We can confit that" doesn't have as good a ring. Nov. 11th, 2014 @ 09:40 am
This week's Resolution Recipe: (Piquillo) Pepper Confit.
"These are great with steaks, which is why nearly every Spanish steakhouse I know offers a piquillo side dish. I also love these as a component of salads and other recipes, or as a great snack on their own."
The original is alegria Riojana peppers; the recipe calls for Piquillos; I ended up using anchos.Collapse )

How I'm feeling: cheerfulcheerful

RED Tarts: Redacted and Extremely Delicious. Nov. 3rd, 2014 @ 02:20 pm
This week's Resolution Recipe was made some time ago, but I lost it until now. So: Red Apple Tarts.
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How I'm feeling: hopefulhopeful

Fail. And more fail. Oct. 31st, 2014 @ 08:27 am
I decided to come into the office today rather than work from home. My office is near Market. I'm not going to the parade, but I thought it would be nice to soak in some of the ambiance. I knew the afternoon commute might be screwed up, but what the hey.

This morning's commute was screwed up. Daly City problem, so BART trains weren't running regularly. I was late to work.

Then my brand-spanking-new ginormous monitors, which we set up Wednesday and were working just fine, weren't reading at all today. I almost ragequit and went home, except for the aforementioned BART problem which meant that I wouldn't get home for a long time.

I eventually found the old monitors and clunky cables, and restored the status quo ante. But today is already shot, as far as I'm concerned.

How I'm feeling: aggravatedaggravated
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Looks like I get to use this icon for the winter Oct. 30th, 2014 @ 07:19 am
I am tired this morning. Gloriously so, but still tired.
That was the toughest, most nail-biting of the three Series yet. I didn't know if the Giants would pull it out. Only one reliably good pitcher? No problem. We'll put him in to throw the final five innings.

As one sports columnist put it: "If this game had a soundtrack, Bumgarner's entrance would be accompanied by the wah-wah-wah music from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." Which to me is a perfect read.

Go Giants. Well done. Now take the winter off to recover.

How I'm feeling: highhigh

Puddin' Oct. 26th, 2014 @ 01:24 pm
This week's Resolution Recipe: Bourbon-Butterscotch Pudding.
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How I'm feeling: apatheticapathetic

Woo, Giants! Oct. 22nd, 2014 @ 07:15 am
Still plenty of baseball left, though. But a good start.

How I'm feeling: tiredtired

Radicchio, radicchio, radicchio. Oct. 19th, 2014 @ 11:50 am
This week's Resolution Recipe: Mushroom and Radicchio Spaghetti.
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How I'm feeling: blankblank

Okay. I admit it. Oct. 17th, 2014 @ 07:17 am
Post-mortem, anyway. I hoped the Giants would win against the Cardinals - but I didn't know. I certainly never thought they'd win in only five games. Six or seven seemed a lot more plausible given the matchups.

Very tired today due to staying up late. Totally worth it, though. Go Giants!

How I'm feeling: happyhappy

Chard Charred Oct. 13th, 2014 @ 09:02 pm
This week's Resolution Recipe was made some weeks back for a homeowners' meeting, but only posted now because I had a backlog. I don't normally keep this deep of a backlog - I start to lose recipes and track - but with rehearsals playing hob with my time and creativity, I'm taking them where I can get them.
Pork Shoulder Pot Roast Stuffed with Garlic, Greens, and Walnuts
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Cotignac. It's nothing like Armagnac. Oct. 6th, 2014 @ 11:11 am
This week's Resolution Recipe: Cotignac.
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How I'm feeling: accomplishedaccomplished

Oct. 6th, 2014 @ 07:54 am
I have more quinces perfuming up the house! I will make more cotignac!
But not tonight. Tonight there is a Giants postseason game.

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