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I put up a new post today over on Warriors and Kin about Nevada Senator Harry Reid pushing for a vote next week on defense funding that includes the repeal of DADT. The Republicans, of course, will attempt to filibuster. The legislation will need 60 votes to kill the filibuster if (when) it happens. If you're the type to write your congresscritters, this would be a good time to do it.

For the camping portion of our day, I wandered over to Big 5 to pick up a camp chair, after calling around to check prices. They had them on sale, so I got one for $11.95, go me! I shall have something other than a wet log to sit upon this weekend!

The bit of business was hearing back from Mensa national; they were actually pretty quick about it, which surprised me. They found me and sent me my old membership number and I sent off PDFs of the docs that prove I'm who I am even though I'm not using the same name I was then, along with reinstating the membership. Now I'll ponder what to write up for the women in the military panel for the AG next year and send it along later this week to the programming folks.

Oh, and I had lovely food porn today, too. Late lunch/early dinner was a stir fry with scallops, kale, cabbage, fresh ginger and shallot, garlic paste, a touch of shoyu, and some bean thread noodles. Very, very yummy. The dinner bit I just finished was lamb and veggie gyoza. I love living in a place where Asian stuff is so easy to come by.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn added me to his twitter feed this evening. Apparently so he can stalk me better. *hee* Yeah, I'm a fangirl. Portland on the 25th FTW!
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I'd thought the sib would be back this evening, but he'll be coming back tomorrow morning instead. He said they'd be starting back about 9:30 which should put them here around 11, I think.

I'd been prepped for making some dinner today for everyone, but ended up making it alone and having some of it myself. There's a sufficient quantity of leftovers that I can serve stuff for lunch if they'd like it. I did a Thai green curry saute of chicken and shiitake mushrooms along with jasmine rice noodles and a peanut sauce that turned out quite nicely. I also made some Japanese rice balls with sushi rice that had ume and slices of shiitake inside, coated with some furikake -- a blend of nori, sesame seeds, and other tasty bits. There was jasmine green sun tea as well.

Tomorrow is the sib's last day here, as he'll be shipping out at oh-god-30 on Tuesday morning. I finished up my flamekeeping shift at dusk. I didn't do any more cleaning up around the house today, as I spent rather a bit of time doing a quick birthday fic for a fandom friend, but I'm hoping to get some of the clean clothes put away at some point tomorrow.

I'm rather tired and achy, but this is not news.
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More quiet today. I made arrangements for boarding the DoDC+3, got a reservation at a motel out on 101 so we can spend the night on the peninsula, picked up an ink cartridge and an inflatable mattress, updated the printer/scanner driver for OS 10.6 so that the sib could scan in and send off his contract for his promotion, and then we headed out for dinner with Bj and SJ, [livejournal.com profile] herbmcsidhe and [livejournal.com profile] ravenmcsidhe.

Food included sweet pea and ginger soup, a lovely risotto with asparagus and white truffle oil, salmon, halibut, and a yummy chocolate dessert with raspberries and home made whipped cream. I took the bottle of wine that the sib brought for me from Italy and shared it with everyone. It was yummy and decadent, as SJ's food always is.

Much good conversation was had, fantastic food was enjoyed, and a lovely time was had by all. Tomorrow we'll be heading out to the coast in the morning on the Edmonds to Kingston ferry. We won't be anywhere near a wireless signal, or even (most likely) a phone signal, so don't expect to hear from me until I check in at home probably late Wednesday evening when we get back.

Our itinerary will likely include Port Townsend and Phoenix Rising bookshop, Lake Crescent and Marymere falls, the Hoh rainforest, Rialto Beach, Ruby Beach, and the Makah Reservation for the tribal museum and Cape Flattery. We might not make all of that, it'll depend on how much energy we have and how much we want to do each day. There shall be photos. I need to remember to pick up more AA batteries just in case.

In a few minutes, packing for the overnight trip, which should be fairly simple because I don't take much for an overnighter. I dragged in the sleeping bag and the foot pump from the garage, as the room we got only has one bed. I'll crash on the air mattress. I like my brother, but not enough to snuggle up next to him in the same bed at night, thanks. ;)

I'm excited about our trip and looking forward to the experience.

See you in a couple of days!
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It was, for the most part, quiet today. I knew that [livejournal.com profile] passionandsoul was in town but wasn't sure for how long. His grandmother's 75th birthday is tomorrow and he came up very briefly for that celebration, as most of the family will be in attendance.

Given that I live only a couple of miles from his mom's house, I was lucky enough to swing by this evening about 7pm and kidnap him for a couple of hours. There really wouldn't have been time or opportunity for anything else, as he's on his way back out of town pretty much as soon as they're done with the party.

I hauled him over here and started some dinner to toss in the convection oven (coconut green curry chicken with leeks, mango, and pineapple), then we popped out for a walk around the lake.

Yesterday I had seen one of the big raptors over the lake as [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and I were on our way to the [livejournal.com profile] s00j concert, and today [livejournal.com profile] passionandsoul and I saw it quite close -- it was one of the ospreys. He took a few photos of the Canada geese at the lake; there was another goose there but I wasn't sure if it was another species or just an immature Canadian. I'll have to look it up at some point. We talked about our writing, all the travel and teaching he's doing in the next few months, and also about wild foods and berries along the way.

Upon our return to my place, I pulled my dinner out of the oven (he'd already eaten) and made us some Greek sage tea, and we sat and talked a bit more, until about 9:30. I hauled him home, and he said he had an old photography printer that he was looking to rehome. I said "yeah, I could have used that earlier this week, actually!" So now I'm the proud owner of a new-to-me Epson Stylus Photo R800 and a big box of photo paper and supplies. Oh, and a pair of big black feathery wings for something steampunky!

Thanks so much [livejournal.com profile] passionandsoul! It was great to see you today. Safe travels!

grar

May. 3rd, 2009 03:41 pm
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Browned the lamb ribs with some garlic paste and transferred them to the baking dish. Went to put lamb and rhubarb into the oven and discovered I didn't have enough aluminum foil to cover the dish. I had to transfer everything to a smaller baking dish but thankfully the remnant of the foil was just enough to cover that one.

Lamb ribs are now in the oven covered with rhubarb, a wee bit of turbinado sugar to temper the tartness, and a generous splash of cooking sherry. They'll bake at 200f for several hours until they're rendered totally tender and yummy.

*happy sigh*

I need to remember to get foil next time I'm at the store.

Red kale (possibly curried with rasins and pine nuts) will be the side dish.
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For all you non-Latin-speakers, that's "Antinous's birthday." [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and I celebrated said holy day yesterday with [livejournal.com profile] janetswind and Jimbo, a friend of [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht's who's been by here before. I made chicken dolmas, falafel, and a fake Egyptian lentil soup for the feast. It was quite the spread! )
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So last night I was having this bizarre craving for boston baked beans and new england brown bread. I have no idea why, but [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and I headed off about 11:30 to the store to see if we could find said items. Safeway didn't have the bread so we went to Albertson's. Surprisingly, they had the B&M bread, but they didn't have that brand of beans. I was kind of surprised. I don't have much "brand loyalty" to anything, but I do like B&M beans and since they had the bread, why not the beans too?

Very, very strange. Got another brand that wasn't quite as nice, but suitable. Got home, had baked beans and bread and put yummy Filipino banana sauce on the beans instead of ketchup. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht thought this was bizarre, but I just like banana sauce better. I only wish I had some of the spicy stuff instead of the regular.
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For everyone's heads up, I'll be heading down to California on the 19th and won't be back until about October 3rd. I'll have limited net availability during that time. Right now I'm doing laundry and still considering what needs to be unpacked and what needs to be repacked for the trip.

[livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab, I'll be making a brief stop through to pick up my pillow. Is there a chance you could stop by the Woodstock Wine & Deli on 41st and SE Woodstock to pick me up a bottle of Stone's Original Ginger, which is a ginger-flavored currant wine? I had some yesterday at [livejournal.com profile] freyrboy's birthday party it it is teh yum. I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

All copies of the ogam book that I currently have in my possession are spoken for and I'm hoping to do a mailout on Tuesday before I leave on Wednesday. I'm so exhausted it isn't even funny, but there are just some things that Must Be Done. I'm hoping to get a little bit of rest after [livejournal.com profile] lwood has come and gone for her knitting conference in Ballard.

*collapses in a heap*

Dinner

Aug. 16th, 2007 07:53 pm
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was surprisingly nice. In the Elk's club building there's a restaurant called Durum (like the wheat) that [livejournal.com profile] garzan hadn't been to before. I had cashew-encrusted walleye, garden veggies, a nice ceasar salad and a glass of chardonnay that was actually quite nice. He had some mahi with a mango salsa that he said was surprisingly good for so far from the ocean. Afterwards we split a creme brule that was really very nice.

He says he hopes that the place will stay open, as it's now about the only place in town he considers worth eating. I thought it was extremely good for nowhere's elbow, Montana.
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So I went to my annual physical yesterday. Aside from being about 10 pounds heavier than I ought to be (which is about what I figured), I seem to be okay. I had holes poked in me for the purpose of vampirism blood screens for cholesterol and liver function. The doc says "eat less, get more exercise." Well, I don't eat all that much on any given day, so I think it's more like "get up off my arse and go for a walk once or twice a day" that's going to be the actual answer here.

So anyway, I've gone from "gain some weight, you'll blow away in a stiff breeze" to "lose a little." Not too bad, really. At least now I know I wasn't imagining things that I felt a little overweight.

[livejournal.com profile] elinickack and [livejournal.com profile] misspaddywack came over last night. [livejournal.com profile] saturna was going to come over as well, but had other things to do, so we just had a chai over at Travelers while I was waiting about for the others. We watched a truly awful bad movie, The Crawling Eye. Definitely a movie on crack and the best thing in the world to MST to.

Dinner was a toss together, but I was fortunate to have some good stuff to toss. I did a raspberry cobbler for our dessert. There were jerusalem artichokes baked with garlic and fresh rosemary, and polenta layered with fennel bulb, fresh basil, goat cheese, pine nuts, garlic and a sprinkle of pepper, baked in another dish. My erstwhile guests brought a nice chianti to go with it.

Today there shall be writing on my book, and I think I'll go for a walk too. Been reading Seán Ó Duinn's "The Rites of Brigid: Goddess and Saint" recently and am almost done. I'll definitely be doing a review when I'm finished, but it's giving me some excellent fodder for my Imbolc ritual in about a week. I do have a few minor issues with it, but the folklore collection in it is fabulous.
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I've had a really busy week so I haven't had time to say much of anything about what I've actually been doing.

Monday was astrology class. Much tea was had at Floating Leaves prior to class that day. Yum.

Tuesday I was down in Seattle to see [livejournal.com profile] misspaddywack and [livejournal.com profile] elinicknack for the Lesbian & Gay film festival's secret screening -- which turned out to be a movie called Gray Matters. Don't bother. Ugh. Trite, cliched romantic comedy featuring a lesbian just coming out instead of a straight woman. Obviously written for straight audiences, not the queerfolks.

Wednesday I did some writing on my book. Got a couple of pages done and have been fiddling around with exactly what I need to do to reformat the pages for each fid to include all the information I want to include.

Thursday it was back down to Seattle again, this time to see [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands for lunch, and I hung out in Seattle for the rest of the evening. I'd been going to see M & E for another movie, but there was a purse casualty, and so they spent time getting that straightened out and I met them afterwards at The Healthy Hedon, a vegetarian & vegan place across the street from the B&O Cafe and next door to Half Price Books. The place is expensive, but they have a total food porn decadence there that must be experienced to be believed. The menu calls it "chocolate tea" but it's really a vegan hot cocoa that is absolutely to die for.

They take three dark french chocolate truffles and a choice of herbs or syrups for flavoring, put them in a cup, and pour fresh, hot coconut water over them. Dissolve gently and top with coconut milk whipped cream. I had the lavender rose, with fresh lavender buds and sugared rose petals. [livejournal.com profile] misspaddywack had their pomegranite and basil. They were out of the rosepetals by the time [livejournal.com profile] elinicknack ordered, so she got lavender with mint instead, and we split a bruschetta and cheese plate. The chocolate tea is $7 per person but worth every damned penny. These people love their food, so if you're vegan or vegetarian and don't mind spending money for fabulous food, this is the place to spend it.

Friday I was tired and stayed home, but [livejournal.com profile] yiaya called on her way back from Rainbow's and had picked up a huge, lovely cabbage, so she came by and we made golabkis. Grandma Hicks used to make them with pork and beef, and with a sauce made from tomato paste. I really hated that when I was a kid, but I like so much different stuff now that I decided to give it a try, but we used lamb instead, and a sour cream sauce instead of the tomato paste. I wish I'd had some paprika, because it would have been fabulous that way, but it was still pretty damned good. We also made some rice pudding with red rice, and some lovely plums that [livejournal.com profile] yiaya canned earlier this year. Very, very tasty.

Today it was down to Seattle again for Diwali at Travelers. On my way down to Travelers, [livejournal.com profile] misspaddywack came dashing out of R Place and hauled me in, where [livejournal.com profile] elinicknack and [livejournal.com profile] saturna were waiting. They'd been running around the hill playing urban golf, which involved a great many drunken people whacking nerf golfballs around in the streets of Capitol Hill between bars. I stayed with them for a little bit, just to chat, then went to grab some teriyaki when they went over to the Honey Hole -- the next stop on their tour.

I met Amy and [livejournal.com profile] yiaya at Travelers. Diwali was lovely, and Leon did a nice job on the altar. Allen is in India, so he didn't do mandalas on the altar like he so often does, but there was a group of young girls who did some Indian dancing, then mantra chanting and offerings, and everyone shared in the prasad afterwards. I've got a lovely mango and some nice basmati rice from the altar for later.

After that, [livejournal.com profile] yiaya and I went over to the Rosebud for a drink to kill some time before the midnight showing of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, starring Tura Satana. This is truly one of the classic bad movies of all time. Tura was at the Egyptian for the showing to do a Q&A, and was introduced by San Francisco drag queen Peaches Christ. There was a bit of burlesque dance before the show from Seattle's Atomic Bombshells -- sequins, feathers and tassels everywhere.

Tomorrow? I am so collapsing in a heap.

What do you mean, it's already tomorrow. Go away.

*zzzZZZZNZznerk*
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The concert in the park was fabulous. I had a wonderful time. I was joined by my friend Tomaz and by [livejournal.com profile] jb98 for a beautiful sunny evening's entertainment. The band was great fun, particularly Goran Mansson, the wind player, who jammed up a storm on a very unusual instrument -- a sub contrabass recorder. It makes extremely low tones and drones and he used it to spectacular effect, backing the rest of the band's strings, percussion and vocals. The weather was wonderful with just enough of a breeze to be very comfortable in my kilt and bare feet. Being in the park, it was festival seating, and I was up near the stage, so I got a good view of the proceedings. It was well worth the drive down for the performance.

After that, I parted company with [livejournal.com profile] jb98 and Tomaz and I had a very nice dinner date at Crave over on 12th on the Hill. I had the duck and a glass of shiraz, both of which were excellent. The duck came with a bread pudding and "drowned figs", both of which were very flavorful. No salad or soup was served with the main meal, though bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar was provided beforehand. Tomaz had the pork chop with baked beans and the chop was huge, apparently with some kind of bbq sauce. He said it was quite good. Dessert was even better -- lavender-ginger creme brule that was just magnificent and large enough for two, with delicate undertones of lavender and ginger to the creamy custard and crunchy carmelized sugar top.

Dinner and dessert was all about the food porn and the service was attentive and friendly without being overbearing. We were there for about an hour, a lovely, leisurely cap to the concert and the magnificent weather. The menu is a little pricey and the view sucks (it's across the street from the SPD's patrol parking lot), but prices are about comparable to the Rosebud over on Pine. I'd definitley recommend this place if you like good food and you have a little extra money to spend. Crave is open for dinner until 11pm, later than the usual 9 or 9:30pm hours of a lot of local places.

All in all, a lovely, memorable day. Thank you, Tomaz, for a wonderful time.

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