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I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.

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Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:57:59 AM

It occurs to me that I haven't properly written a non kitten-related post in a couple of weeks. I wish I could say that we've been so busy it's slipped my mind, but really it's just because we haven't done much worth writing about.

I'm aiming more for 'pithy' than 'babble' in my entries.

This past weekend was a get-together in Kansas City for a friend of ours, which we opted to skip in the name of Getting Things Done. Unfortunately, this past Saturday was also the birthday of one of Dan's oldest friends here in St Louis. Friday night the two of them left the bowling alley and went straight to Jagermeister City, and as Dan + Jager = a totally blown day-after... well, we ended up getting not much done after all.

Sigh...

Sunday, though, saw the oil changed in my car, some laundry, some vacuuming, some rather extensive kitchen-cleaning, and absolutely no bread-baking owing to the bowl still having been either dirty or in the dishwasher from my experiments with Butter Braids ... yes, it was days ago. No, I haven't done the dishes since then.

*ahem* I would like to point out that dishes are supposed to be Dan's job. ;-)

In gardening news, I have started to refer to the backyard as the Big Dig. Yesterday we broke up the final Giant Rocks of Doom in the bottom of The Trenches in the back yard with a borrowed sledge and pickaxe. After that, it should have been smooth sailing to laying in the 4x4x8's and (finally!) filling in with peat and topsoil. True to form for the season, though, it started to rain almost as soon as we got outside and we barely got the rock broken before we had to head in again. I really hope that we can finish it this week... maybe even tonight. I'm sick of looking at plants on the kitchen counter, and I know they're not doing very well there. The peat cups they're planted in is only supposed to support life for at most a couple of weeks - not the month or more that I've had them languishing.

I suspect there will be several varieties which I'll just straight-up plant in the ground. The peas, carrots and a couple varieties of cherry tomato are all that still seem viable.

Also on the list: bake some damn bread. Braids aside, I've been disappointed with my last two attempts. I followed the recipes exactly (probably too exactly) and the dough was very dry. It kept tearing when I tried to knead it, and I wasn't entirely sure what to do about it. It's part of why I made the braids, actually... I wanted to reassure myself that it wasn't something that I've been doing wrong. Better luck next time...



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