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Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:55:13 AM

Ok, so, Sox won. No real surprise to anyone there, but ... they still suck.

This weekend was fabulous, and completely worth the sleep-deprivation of the last night. It involved (to sum up): Two sets of Aunts and Uncles, one sister and brother-in-law, one 2-year-old. Two nights in Iowa, stopping in Illinois on the way to the concert at the House of Blues in Chicago. One opening band which more or less sucked, except for the guitarist who really was too good for that band. One goth rock band which I found highly intriguing and entertaining, but with which the boy wasn't quite sure what to do. 10 Years took the stage then, and predictably, absolutely rocked out. Then they finally got around to the main act, Sevendust, who also rocked the hell out and which was a damn good time. A thoroughly deafening evening all 'round!

Of course, the drive back to St Louis from Chicago wasn't quite so entertaining, but hey, what's a little sleep-deprivation in the name of a good time?

In other news, Happy Halloween! I am dressed up as Me. In addition to being costume day at work (several people did in fact dress up, and quite creatively) it was also chili day. I technically brought in cole slaw, but I'm not sure if they even looked in the fridge for it to put it on the table. I'm not too worried about this, as I'm still not convinced that the two mesh terribly well... I wouldn't know, as eating just "chili" is still a little weird to me. I mean, it's like a meat sauce, only there's no pasta. And I could see serving it over potatoes, but there aren't any. And it's a bit like soup, only it's usually too thick. *shrug* It's just an odd conception for a meal. I solved my embarrassment/dilemma by skedaddling out of the office when the festivities started, and enjoyed a tasty salad while reading Phantom of the Opera over in the cafe.

I read through a pile of BF's sister's food magazines while we were there, and she was positively angelic to have copied out all the recipes that I was interested in. Tried a nifty-sounding layered pumpkin bread, one with the cream cheese already in it, last night... but something was definitely off. In the first place, the batter itself filled the pan completely, without the filling. Secondly, 2 tsp of baking powder ensured that it was going to rise all over the place inside the oven, which it did, making it look messy. Thirdly, the baking time of an hour at 350 was definitely not enough for this very dense bread, as when I took it out and de-panned it after having let it cool, it was seriously squishy and underdone.

I'll give it another shot, for sure, and hopefully report back. :)



On 31 Oct 2007 10:13:37 PM, timotab.livejournal.com said...

I agree, it is odd, in the US. In the UK we typically serve chili over rice.


On 01 Nov 2007 10:32:09 AM, wint3rhart.livejournal.com said...

I would absolutely be happy with rice - that sounds quite tasty! Even jambalaya gets a good scoop of rice before serving... somehow chili misses out on the starch bandwagon. :/


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