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...catching up
Bad woozle, not writing journal entries more often.

Coug'r invited his family to our place for Thanksgiving, so I went kinda insane dong house cleaning and repairing, buying furniture and food, and in general enjoying the good kind of stress of prepping for an Event. Which went over very well, I might add. While we were a person short in the household (Wolf's gone to Canada for familial and legal obligations), and the original expected 14-people to feed ended up being just 9 (okay, 8.;5 with the little kid), and though Coug'r's mom and sisters arrived earlier than either Toka or I expected (leading to a frenzy of last-minute cleaning) things went smoothly.

The only big snag was that Coug'r's cousin is rather terrified of cats, and our pride of 8 felines are terrified of little children -- we had already planned on locking the cats up in the 'Ferret room", but the sudden early arrival and news about someone felinephoibic meant we had to scramble to collect cats (who, as soon as strange company arrived, were jittery and hard to catch). Worse, they're not used to being locked up in such a little space, and Diesel *really* wanted out... when little LJ asked (politely!) to see the kitties, Toka went up to show him, then realized that the cats are a significant fraction of the tyke's size (heck, the Maine Coons' heads came up to his chest!), so she decided to show him a ferret instead, something less intimidating... and *Zwoop!* goes Diesel, bee-lining it out of the room. Two other cats tried to follow, but Toka literally grabbed the fuzzy red-head 'coon Flinx by his tail while manhandling the 15-pound monster Tetsuo with her other arm. And throughout the visit, Toka and I wondered where little A-Ko, the shadowcat, dissapeared, since we didn't manage to round her up in the initial herding... but A-Ko is very good at hiding and didn't reappear until after company had left, and we had released the rest of the cats and gave them a little bit of turkey as a treat.

Since several of our friends had nothing to do for this Holiday Weekend, we invited them over to hang at our house and avoid the Holiday Shopping frenzy. While Bennie, Palanth, Gideon and Coug'r spent most of the time horsing around on the Playstation2 or drawing, I spent most of the weekend cooking, ironically -- Bennie finally picked up the meat ingrediants needed for me to try making the Renaissance Mincemeat I've been wanting to do. At least I got to play some games a little bit, too.

Mind you, you can't make mincemeat in small quantitites, and this isn't your modern sugar-laden meatless pie filling, so preparation of ingrediants was a major chore. Bennie acquired a whole leg of lamb, which I then deboned and cut into small chunks, cut about the same amount of suet, then used the old meat grinder to grind all it together. Then it was peel, core, and slice apples, toss in spices, zest a couple of lemons, and finely chop good quality candied orange peel and candied citron (whole!). One of the recipes suggested grinding down the raisins and currents with the meat, but my grinder gave me a bit of trouble and my handy little Black-and-Decker mini chopper broke, so I just dumped the raisins and currents in whole... then came the cooking, constantly stirring this mess in a HUGE pot with an ENORMOUS wooden spoon (I had to stand on one of the new chairs to have the leverage to stir properly!) for two hours... sheesh!

Today I finished the canning process, so now I can let them set for a bit (The Joy of Cooking suggested waiting 2 weeks before using, although medieval recipes were made on the spot). Two jars failed the sealing test, so they're in the 'fridge right now and I'll make a mincemeat pie out of them some time this week. I'm debating going out and buying commercial mincemeat for a taste comparison, since ironically I've never had mincemeat pie. A possible idea is to make 'hand-pies' or 'pasties' with the Renaissance Mincemeat, since it's more akin to a meat-pastie than a fruit pie, anyways. Funny how the ingrediants for mincemeat haven't changed significantly for over 500 years, and yet the proportions have changed, making for a radical change in both flavor and method of serving (medieval 'Grete Pyes' were a main-course meal, not dessert).

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Oh, and peeking at jaguarundi's journal, I couldn't resist taking this test, too:

I'm A Fiend! Take the 'What Quake monster am I?' test!

Well, it's as good a monster as any. :D

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On the CIA front, I'm waiting to hear from the Financial AId Office, the next step in the process towards my new career path. Hopefully they'll call soon. I'm still busy working on Katmandu, finagling folks into working the Art Track for
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Bad woozle, not writing journal entries more often.

Coug'r invited his family to our place for Thanksgiving, so I went kinda insane dong house cleaning and repairing, buying furniture and food, and in general enjoying the good kind of stress of prepping for an Event. Which went over very well, I might add. While we were a person short in the household (Wolf's gone to Canada for familial and legal obligations), and the original expected 14-people to feed ended up being just 9 (okay, 8.;5 with the little kid), and though Coug'r's mom and sisters arrived earlier than either Toka or I expected (leading to a frenzy of last-minute cleaning) things went smoothly.

The only big snag was that Coug'r's cousin is rather terrified of cats, and our pride of 8 felines are terrified of little children -- we had already planned on locking the cats up in the 'Ferret room", but the sudden early arrival and news about someone felinephoibic meant we had to scramble to collect cats (who, as soon as strange company arrived, were jittery and hard to catch). Worse, they're not used to being locked up in such a little space, and Diesel *really* wanted out... when little LJ asked (politely!) to see the kitties, Toka went up to show him, then realized that the cats are a significant fraction of the tyke's size (heck, the Maine Coons' heads came up to his chest!), so she decided to show him a ferret instead, something less intimidating... and *Zwoop!* goes Diesel, bee-lining it out of the room. Two other cats tried to follow, but Toka literally grabbed the fuzzy red-head 'coon Flinx by his tail while manhandling the 15-pound monster Tetsuo with her other arm. And throughout the visit, Toka and I wondered where little A-Ko, the shadowcat, dissapeared, since we didn't manage to round her up in the initial herding... but A-Ko is <b><i>very</i></b> good at hiding and didn't reappear until after company had left, and we had released the rest of the cats and gave them a little bit of turkey as a treat.

Since several of our friends had nothing to do for this Holiday Weekend, we invited them over to hang at our house and avoid the Holiday Shopping frenzy. While Bennie, Palanth, Gideon and Coug'r spent most of the time horsing around on the Playstation2 or drawing, I spent most of the weekend cooking, ironically -- Bennie finally picked up the meat ingrediants needed for me to try making the Renaissance Mincemeat I've been wanting to do. At least I got to play some games a little bit, too.

Mind you, you can't make mincemeat in <b>small</b> quantitites, and this isn't your modern sugar-laden meatless pie filling, so preparation of ingrediants was a major chore. Bennie acquired a whole leg of lamb, which I then deboned and cut into small chunks, cut about the same amount of suet, then used the old meat grinder to grind all it together. Then it was peel, core, and slice apples, toss in spices, zest a couple of lemons, and finely chop good quality candied orange peel and candied citron (whole!). One of the recipes suggested grinding down the raisins and currents with the meat, but my grinder gave me a bit of trouble and my handy little Black-and-Decker mini chopper broke, so I just dumped the raisins and currents in whole... then came the cooking, constantly stirring this mess in a HUGE pot with an ENORMOUS wooden spoon (I had to stand on one of the new chairs to have the leverage to stir properly!) for two hours... sheesh!

Today I finished the canning process, so now I can let them set for a bit (The Joy of Cooking suggested waiting 2 weeks before using, although medieval recipes were made on the spot). Two jars failed the sealing test, so they're in the 'fridge right now and I'll make a mincemeat pie out of them some time this week. I'm debating going out and buying commercial mincemeat for a taste comparison, since ironically I've never <i>had</i> mincemeat pie. A possible idea is to make 'hand-pies' or 'pasties' with the Renaissance Mincemeat, since it's more akin to a meat-pastie than a fruit pie, anyways. Funny how the ingrediants for mincemeat haven't changed significantly for over 500 years, and yet the <i>proportions</i> have changed, making for a radical change in both flavor and method of serving (medieval 'Grete Pyes' were a main-course meal, not dessert).

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Oh, and peeking at <lj user="jaguarundi">'s journal, I couldn't resist taking this test, too:

<a href="http://www.botepidemic.com/frikbot/q1mons/"><img src="http://www.botepidemic.com/frikbot/q1mons/fiend.jpg" border=0 alt="I'm A Fiend! Take the 'What Quake monster am I?' test!"></a>

Well, it's as good a monster as any. :D

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On the CIA front, I'm waiting to hear from the Financial AId Office, the next step in the process towards my new career path. Hopefully they'll call soon. I'm still busy working on Katmandu, finagling folks into working the Art Track for <a href:"http://www.furtherconfusion.org">Further Confusion 2001</a> which I got shanghaid into organizing, oh and make art for it as well... never a dull moment for me, even when I'd want it.

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Current Music: The 60-cycle hum of my computer...

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