Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Smeg stuff -- retro cute

Someone just told me about Smeg today -- I hadn't been aware of the brand before. Really cute styling, very retro. Pricier than I like to go, and also I have very good working stuff I don't want to replace for no other reason than style, but it's a fun few minutes to daydream about having a kitchen all color matching and sleek.

See here if you haven't seen it before: https://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/electrics/electrics-smeg/

And I've been watching some Iron Chef lately, which always puts in mind of having the Ultimate Kitchen.

Right now, though, I only have the Ultimate Kitchen Mess. I cleaned up some of it this evening, but this is going to be a two part cleaning attempt to get things organized again. I really need to go through and get rid of stuff. I have an entire shelf of plastic containers, cleaned and at the ready, for food, but I've switched to trying to use glass a lot more.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

fic: Wisdom at a Price

I wrote a couple roughed-out flash stories for https://queerscifi.com/flash-contest-rules/ and then chose the one I thought was the strongest for submission, but that left me with stories without a home. This is one of them. Only roughed out, meaning it hasn't been heavily edited, but still has a core idea in it. Plus, it is a free ficlet, and that's a good thing. Enjoy!

Wisdom at a Price

"I have some bad news."

Kayden flicked her eyes to the white smock of Dr. Sheed. A smudge of yellow-green marred the otherwise immaculate fabric, testament that Dr. Sheed had been poking and prodding around Kayden's mouth earlier.

"They're impacted."

Kayden stifled the impulse to let her hand fly to her face. Touching would hurt too much. Her jaw had ached and throbbed for weeks before she'd finally gotten enough together to afford this visit. She'd have to put her surgery on her credit card and get a bank loan to pay it off.

"Only two of them," Dr. Sheed continued. "But you already have an infection setting in."

"It's early, though, right?" Kayden's voice trembled. She'd feared this the most. Most antibiotics had stopped working five years ago. Of the few that still worked, they were reserved for important people like politicians. The other technologies, like phage therapy and targeted liposome strategy, were expensive. Even with a bank loan, Kayden couldn't afford them.

"I can get you in as early as tomorrow afternoon. The earlier the better. We have amazing advances now in terms of completely sterile surgery since we use a robotic extraction method. I can try debriding the area, but the infection is a concern. With the teeth removed, your chances will be better."

Kayden thought of Penelope. Would she go bankrupt if Kayden died before she'd repaid the loan? Could Kayden really allow that?

"Thanks, Doctor. I need to consider it. I'll let you know."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

finally decided

For the "Impact" contest, I actually wrote 3 different stories. After letting them sit for a few nights, when I came back to do the editing, I knew which one I wanted to fix up and send in. But that leaves me with two others! They need a little spit and polish to make them presentable, but I'll get them up sometime soon for sharing.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

actual pen to paper

Winter is always one of my lag times, where I work a lot and don't write a lot.

I thought this year that I wouldn't have something to submit to the Queer SciFi contest as seen here https://queerscifi.com/flash-contest-rules/ but I did scribble out something today. Maybe after an edit it will be in good enough shape to submit.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A day of many joys -- corned beef cabbage, green beer, everyone dressing in green, and the birthdays of a few of my favorite people. For whatever reason, St. Pat's Day seems to be a popular day to be born into the world. It is as if the babies knew they were setting themselves up for a lifetime of fantastic parties. It is also nice to think that even if you're not the least bit Irish, on St. Patrick's Day, you get to be just the littlest bit Irish, and celebrate.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

the infinite balance

So, the last day of the weekend...what's on my To Do list for today

--magazine shovel out (I save too many, thinking I'll read them later)
--make soup
--delete old e-mails

I already spent some time going through older e-mails, always a rabbit-hole of a task. I realize I need to catch up on stuff!!

I'm about to go stretch -- the older I get, the more my IT band has decided it wants to go to war with me.

I'm trying to decide what soup I want, because soup leftovers will also be my lunches for the next few days.

Magazine shovel out -- as part of my general thought of trying to declutter things. I don't want to get rid of everything and I am way to sentimental to ever really pare down to that state of zen that some people aspire to, but I also know that I could be a really massive pack rat if I don't watch it. Part of the problem is that I tend to be really careful with my things. They last a really long time. And I don't want to just chuck things into a landfill. So I end up keeping things. I do recycle a lot, and also donate things to thrift stores/recycling stores/give things away/etc. but I try to be mindful about things, and that takes time.

Taking that time means taking away from writing time, so I'm always balancing between doing things I enjoy (writing, going out and enjoying activities) and dealing with my clutter and accumulation. Today is another day of that infinite balance.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

rice cake journey

I am on a rice cake journey of discovery and invention.

I started with this recipe:

But I didn't have goat cheese in the house, so I substituted a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan. I'm also trying to reduce the amount of frying in oil that I do, so I steamed the veggies.

The first batch (looking somewhat roundish and in a circle) is carrot and onion with brown rice and was shaped in cupcake tins, and the second batch (cut up pieces) is sweet potato and onion with brown rice in a cast iron pan (and then cut up). Both were equally delicious, just different. They can be eaten plain, but I've been eating them with curry spooned over them.

I really like playing with this recipe. It's forgiving and allows for a lot of variation, and it still works. I'm planning on making it again, with some more variations. I want to try it on a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and also to try different veggies in it.

I'm looking for something not too complicated to make, with healthy ingredients, reducing the oil but finding the right way to make it crispier by baking it in the oven, and that tastes quite good and is filling.

I'll keep everyone updated when I try again!