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[Feb. 26th, 2007|10:19 pm]
Verminius Rex
I am thoroughly enjoying the concept of baking rather than pan frying my fish. Less fat, more forgiving, and more space on the oven for side dishes. We actually ate as a family at the table for the first time in forever, and I plan to make it a regular event. I'm even considering getting some tablecloths to make cleanup a bit easier, but that may be a bit ambitious. I'll start training Pari on setting the table this week. She's actually pretty good at helping with cleanup, although like all 5 year olds she has the attention span of your average ground squirrel.

Batteries, charger, camera and two largest memory cards have been located for this Saturday. I'm making sure all batteries are fully charged (although I doubt I'll go through even one, but its good to recharge them occasionally anyway). I have a default practice of having a total of 3 batteries for my camera, and I number them so I use them roughly the same amount. I should dig up my external flash and see how well it works with the digital SLR, because if it doesn't I should invest in a new flash. I think a photo gray card would be a bit much for convention shooting, so I'll skip that part. Now that I think of it, I need to dig up enough rechargeable AA batteries for the flash, too. From what I remember, it drains a set of 4 AA's pretty fast with heavy use. Luckily we have plenty around that we use with the wireless PS2 controllers.

I'm actually getting a bit of writing done, although juggling the kids doesn't make it easy. In another year or so Kiyan will have an earlier bed time, and I'll be able to dedicate more uninterrupted time to writing without interruption. Right now I'm able to maybe get 15 minutes at a stretch before one kid or the other climbs on me, and that's between cooking and cleaning. I could give up some other time, such as what I spend playing Animal Crossing, but we all know that isn't going to happen. And I really don't spend writing time playing the game, since I can pause the game at will.

Speaking of Animal Crossing, yesterday I paid off my final house expansion, and to celebrate the event a gold statue of me has been erected by the train station. It's pure silliness. I planted flowers around my statue. I look good in gold. I also took an axe, cleared some trees and planted another cherry orchard in an overgrown area. By the end of the week there will be a ton of fruit to pick, and ironically I don't have a debt to pay off. Marz will be able to pay off hers much faster (she doesn't pay nearly as often), and I may help Pari pay off her debt. If only it was this easy to earn a living in the real world, chop down some trees, plant some fruit and pick the crop 3 days later.

Pari and I have two batches of dough going for a baking experiment tomorrow, with luck I'll have a new variety of bread to bake that works well. Otherwise I've just wasted about 2 lbs of flour.

And thus I end my late night rambling post, because at this point even I have stopped paying attention to what I'm writing.

[User Picture]From: clevermanka
2007-02-27 02:28 pm (UTC)
Feel free to post some of your successful baked fish recipes!
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[User Picture]From: electron_pusher
2007-02-27 02:45 pm (UTC)
We've found a twin size sheet works really well as a table cloth (for our table). It's also cheap :)
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[User Picture]From: bellanorth
2007-02-27 05:43 pm (UTC)
Given the kids ages, I vote for a plastic picnic-type table cloth or even oil cloth. Works wonders for saving your sanity and laundry when you can just sponge it down.

What sort of dough experiment?
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2007-02-27 06:09 pm (UTC)
I made two batches of the NY Times no knead dough, and I'm baking it in a traditional manner. I'm wondering if I can keep the open hole crumb but diminish the chewy-gluten texture a bit. It's a matter of knocking down the water content a bit, I think. Or it may be impossible and I'm setting myself up for a slow decent into insanity. Either way, good times.
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[User Picture]From: bellanorth
2007-02-27 06:17 pm (UTC)
As long as you enjoy the ride....
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