x_los: (On A Ship)
Today I:

* made Katy a big detailed grocery list
* gave her some instructions so she could (very kindly) do two things I needed for me at the bank (GOOD to have those done)
* dealt with the fallout from abandoner!room-mate, telling everyone, doing damage control, posting new ads w/ Katy and showing the house to three people/following up with them (HUGE amount of shit)
* fed the Christmas cakes brandy
* answered many an email
* did some dishes
* made/decorated three Pomanders for the tree (a traditional one, one that says 'Merry Xmas' in cloves, and a Star of David one just 'cause)
* helped Katy a little as she did more decoration--but mostly she did it all, tbh.
* figured out how to fit the caulk into the skeleton gun holster
* made gingerbread dough
* made sugar cookie dough
* made gingerbread house dough (this Joy of Cooking recipe went wonky and needed almost half a cup of water to hold it together--it looks fine now, and I'm more concerned w/ its tensile strength than its flavor, but I *do* wonder what went so wrong. Sas it that the molasses was English and thus different somehow? That I ran out and Morrisons had no more and I had to cut it with black treacle? That is was old as the hills? 
* Endured shitty, shitty migraine
x_los: (Enterprise!Sherlock)
Christmas Party Menu

The Turduckon is for the lulz.

Party:

AP English!Pigs in a Blanket (Easy)
AP Puppy Chow (Easy) (Make Ahead)
AP Cheese Platter/Crackers (Easy) (Buy--NOT FROM NEALS, TOO EXPENSIVE, OLIS WILL DO NICELY)
VEG Roast Potatoes (Moderate)
VEG Green beans with sauteed mushrooms OR Green Bean/Mushroom Casserole (Prep Ahead)
VEG Roast Carrots & Parsnips (Prep Ahead)
BREAD Yorkshire Puddings (Moderate) (Ask Katy to make?)
MAIN Turduckon (Easy) (Buy, Iceland, £10)
DES L/AC Gingerbread Men
DES L/AC Christmas Cookies (Make Ahead)
DES L Mince pies (Make Ahead)
DEC SH Buche de Noel (Technical Challenge)
DEC SH Gingerbread House (Make Ahead)
DRINK Mulled Wine (Easy)
DRINK Egg Nog (Easy)
DRINK Hot Chocolate (Easy)
DRINK Snowballs (Easy) (Ask Jason to bring?)

Discard Pile:

Stuffing
Dec SH Croquembrouche (Technical Challenge)


Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


Christmas Eve

AP Cheese Platter/Potted Cheese (Make Ahead)/Crackers (Easy) (Buy)
AP Deviled Eggs (Easy) (Make Ahead)
VEG Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Easy)
VEG Fried Okra (Technical Challenge)
VEG Broccoli Cheese (Easy)
Bread Corn Bread (Moderate)
MAIN Will’s Ham (Make Ahead)
DES L Mince Pies (Make Ahead)
DES L Guniness Gingerbread (Easy) (Make Ahead)
DES SH/AC Gingerbread Men and Christmas Cookies (Make Ahead)
DES SH Christmas Cake (Make Ahead)
DRINK Mulled Wine (Easy)
DRINK Egg Nog (Easy)
DRINK Hot Chocolate (Easy)


Christmas Day

Morning

Lox, Bagels, Spreads (Easy, Buy)
Croissants (Easy, Buy)
Bread (Easy, Buy)
Cottage Cheese (Ew.) (Easy, Buy)
cinnamon rolls? ---------------
} TOO MUCH?
egg/sausage casserole?----
DRINK Holiday Lattes (Moderate)


Supper

VEG Maple-Glazed Parsnips (Moderate) (Make Ahead?)
VEG Butternut Squash Gratin (Moderate) (Make Ahead?)
FRUIT Cranberry Sauce (Make Ahead)
BREAD Yorkshire Puddings (Moderate) (Ask Katy to make?)
BREAD Stuffing (Moderate) (Make Ahead?)
MAIN  Goose or Duck (SORT FAST!) (Technical Challenge)
SAUCE Thin Gravy (Moderate)
DRINK Cocoa (Easy)
DRINK Mulled Wine (Easy)
DES L Mince Pies (Make Ahead)
DES SH Pudding (Make Ahead)
x_los: (Russian Church)
We were supposed to see Matilda in Seven-Dails-But-Not-The-Donmar-So-God-Knows-Where-This-Venue-Is tomorrow night, but they canceled it without warning us. They let us reschedule, but didn't email, apologize, or *offer* to reschedule us. Katy had to call them up to arrange things; she only knew something was amiss by looking at her credit card receipt. I am 80% sure that was an appropriate semi-colon use...

Last night in fit of madness asked Miles Richardson whether he was in an Innocent orange juice commercial that sounded suspiciously familiar. We'll see how *that* goes. Said something like 'Orange you in this? *link*' Love and hate self in equal measure. Not sorry.

An recommended these: http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/04/when-irish-eyes-are-smiling-little-baileys-cheesecakes-5-ingredients-10-minutes/ , and they sound v. nice. So did her other rec: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/32364/Old-Fashioned-Soft-Pumpkin-Cookies/detail.aspx , but getting tinned pumpkin in the UK can be an annoyance.

I'm really enjoying this EP right now:



Recently just in the course of doing chores, and in an attempt on Sunday to have an actual 'day off' with Katy (didn't *really* work), I've been watching a lot of television.

Stuff I am into at the moment:

- Rewatching the old Our Mutual Friend with Paul McGann's Ridiculous Mustache. I mustache you not to laugh at it, it is a very serious facial hair statement. I love a good Dickensy funtime.
- Downton Abbey, which I recently found myself defending vociferously against charges that it was the opiate of the masses right before going 'wait WHAT, self?' I did not know I cared!
- Merlin, which has stolen Who's goodness with MAGIC!! or something in order to produce shockingly competent television, after having been in a slump for a good portion of last year. I'm pretty suspicious about last ep and don't know whether to take its Big Event as permanent, given the forces in play this series.
- Star Trek: Next Generation: Katy and I's rewatch has cleared mid Season Six, after stalling for like a week due to my unwillingness to watch horrible horrible shit happen to Picard. The ep wasn't quite as AWFUL as my childhood had painted it, and I think I built it up enough for Katy consequently to deaden the blow for her, which is for the best as Benny has, as Katy pointed out, filled our Reptile Empire Gratuitously Torturing Our Hero quota for all time. Chain of Command Part II is a successful and not, I think, unnecessary story about torture, in an Orwellian/1984 kind of way, but I sort of feel its messages lodged in me the first time I saw it and now its content seems a bit 'oh', not through any fault of its own.
- Sarah Jane Adventures: This series strong as usual. Quite sad I'll never learn more about The Captain, the best parrot!regeneration of a TL that ever there was. Also I want Luke and his new sister to bond properly, but I guess there's not any time.
- Top Hat: it's an old Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie that was on iplayer while I was making my marinade and doing dishes last night, and I don't know that I'd ever even him in anything before. Not quite finished, but so far rather clever and funny at points. Good random Gertrude Stein joke. Hate her writing. Three Lives destroyed my own will to liiiive. Is her Italian fashion designer friend supposed to be gay? If so, surprised they went there. If not, some of the jokes make less sense.

how to make vats of barbacoa pork, and other adventures )
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My yarn finally arrived today! Have cast on and knitted five rows to celebrate. Will finish first stripe tonight and leave the hellish torments of the 52 row ash section for later. Ew. I do love that fresh wool smell, though, sort of like clean hay.

Rasmussen can bite me. Since her name comes from the German verb *to must/to be obliged*, I think she must do so. I will graduate with an honors thesis or kill her trying. At least I've got Latham to advise me, and he knows me/what he's doing. Aditionally it frees me to take a major course, so I'm visiting 3 or 4 history classes tomorrow and begging pardon, asking to add, in hopes one of them lets me/does not just piss me off.

I finally have a set of good profs this year. The amount of hours is a lot of work, but it feels kind or robust, healthy and manageable.

Jogging/Watching Doctor Who hour progresses admirably in that I can now complete it with no breaks, running at my lame 3.6 for the episode's entirety. I feel ready to step up speed this week, then move next week from every other day to every day. At this rate I'll finish third series in like two weeks AND not be a fatass. What other Doctor Who fan who isn't Anna O and thus genetically exempt from eating related causality can say that?

I think the universe owes you a cookie when your day has been productive as shit.

ex: today: I went to all my classes, jogged an hour, emailed class partners re: an uncomming project, bought more textbooks, boxed books to sell back, found out Beat The Bookstore's hours for the week, dealt with LAtham (yay!) and Rasmussen (boo)'s administrative bullshit, talked to Anna and Sam re: money, cashed my checks/talked to my bank, paid the electricity, dropped by Christina's drinks session, made excellent spaghetti, and, naturally, am finishing my stripe.

So where's my damn cookie? I want this thing descending from the sky on stings of edible gold! As of yet, I haven't even heard a heavenly chorus requesting my flavor preference. Lame, angels. Just lame.

Making my own shortbread is SO on tomorrow's agenda. In between class shopping/begging, class attending, administrative bullshit and the HW, that is. And the More Knitting.

SHIT, isn't it almost Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur? That stuff sneaks up on you! I never know when I'm supposed to be repenting for crap.

And... I'm right. Next week it is. Better get ready for apples and honey combo'd with dehydration and guilt. And then That Holiday About Huts. Who doesn't love huts? Rabi Portman's way into that hut too, only it's like, branches on a permenant structure, which seems kind of ideologically anti-Sukkot to me. Whatev, there's kosher hot dogs, I'm there. I really should make an effort to go more regularly. Portman's fantastic, but it's weird b/c it's all Me and Old Yids. Beth and Nathan and Taj are only sporadically about. I guess that's the choice you make when you ellect community congregation over Hillel because one more nasal Chicago accent chanting something or other will drive you over the brink/it's somehow more rewarding than wading through crowds of girls with nose jobs in Iowa shirts and track suit bottoms.


So:

Rosh HaShana/New Year , September 13-14, Thurs-Fri

Come to my house for apple cake at some point.

Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, September 22, Saturday

Do not come over, I will just Want Water at you.

Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles , Sept 27-Oct 3, Thurs-Wed

Um. I dunno. How much do you go in for huts?
x_los: (Default)
My yarn finally arrived today! Have cast on and knitted five rows to celebrate. Will finish first stripe tonight and leave the hellish torments of the 52 row ash section for later. Ew. I do love that fresh wool smell, though, sort of like clean hay.

Rasmussen can bite me. Since her name comes from the German verb *to must/to be obliged*, I think she must do so. I will graduate with an honors thesis or kill her trying. At least I've got Latham to advise me, and he knows me/what he's doing. Aditionally it frees me to take a major course, so I'm visiting 3 or 4 history classes tomorrow and begging pardon, asking to add, in hopes one of them lets me/does not just piss me off.

I finally have a set of good profs this year. The amount of hours is a lot of work, but it feels kind or robust, healthy and manageable.

Jogging/Watching Doctor Who hour progresses admirably in that I can now complete it with no breaks, running at my lame 3.6 for the episode's entirety. I feel ready to step up speed this week, then move next week from every other day to every day. At this rate I'll finish third series in like two weeks AND not be a fatass. What other Doctor Who fan who isn't Anna O and thus genetically exempt from eating related causality can say that?

I think the universe owes you a cookie when your day has been productive as shit.

ex: today: I went to all my classes, jogged an hour, emailed class partners re: an uncomming project, bought more textbooks, boxed books to sell back, found out Beat The Bookstore's hours for the week, dealt with LAtham (yay!) and Rasmussen (boo)'s administrative bullshit, talked to Anna and Sam re: money, cashed my checks/talked to my bank, paid the electricity, dropped by Christina's drinks session, made excellent spaghetti, and, naturally, am finishing my stripe.

So where's my damn cookie? I want this thing descending from the sky on stings of edible gold! As of yet, I haven't even heard a heavenly chorus requesting my flavor preference. Lame, angels. Just lame.

Making my own shortbread is SO on tomorrow's agenda. In between class shopping/begging, class attending, administrative bullshit and the HW, that is. And the More Knitting.

SHIT, isn't it almost Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur? That stuff sneaks up on you! I never know when I'm supposed to be repenting for crap.

And... I'm right. Next week it is. Better get ready for apples and honey combo'd with dehydration and guilt. And then That Holiday About Huts. Who doesn't love huts? Rabi Portman's way into that hut too, only it's like, branches on a permenant structure, which seems kind of ideologically anti-Sukkot to me. Whatev, there's kosher hot dogs, I'm there. I really should make an effort to go more regularly. Portman's fantastic, but it's weird b/c it's all Me and Old Yids. Beth and Nathan and Taj are only sporadically about. I guess that's the choice you make when you ellect community congregation over Hillel because one more nasal Chicago accent chanting something or other will drive you over the brink/it's somehow more rewarding than wading through crowds of girls with nose jobs in Iowa shirts and track suit bottoms.


So:

Rosh HaShana/New Year , September 13-14, Thurs-Fri

Come to my house for apple cake at some point.

Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, September 22, Saturday

Do not come over, I will just Want Water at you.

Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles , Sept 27-Oct 3, Thurs-Wed

Um. I dunno. How much do you go in for huts?

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