The bambina has gone to a “hiking and berry picking” class all week. Tonight we had some of her raspberries in a green salad with a red wine / apple cider vinaigrette.

Aug. 2, 2019, 8:13pm

Not sure what to read next: There’s new Neal Stephenson, and Empress of Forever briefly touched its hat to Gene Wolfe, but I’m not sure I want either the commitment or to read another old white dude right now, but I also don’t have anything else lined up.

Jul. 30, 2019, 7:10am

the Bambina: [stretching for a thing she dropped]

me: Do you want a hand?

the Bambina [picking it up]: No thanks. I’m a strong, independent woman.

Jul. 28, 2019, 5:24pm (edited)

This afternoon’s kitchen victory: smoking bacon with Amy and Dave and Meghan.

Jul. 28, 2019, 5:21pm

Went to Mom’s with the family for strawberry shortcake.

Jul. 27, 2019, 5:46pm

Empress of Forever was really good. It took a left turn at chapter 3, then fell into a structure so superficially standard that I didn’t notice the very interesting thing Gladstone was doing until about halfway through. Another book I’ll be thinking about in the next weeks.

Jul. 26, 2019, 10:32pm

The dude got braces today, and he is Not Happy.

Jul. 25, 2019, 8:59pm

Now starting Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone.

Jul. 23, 2019, 3:41pm

Hiked a bit above Paradise with Meghan and a pair of acquaintances.

Jul. 22, 2019, 10:04pm

Tonight’s kitchen victory: trying to decide between the yellow and pink sauces at Big Chickie with Amy and Dave and the family.

Jul. 21, 2019, 8:59pm (edited)

This afternoon’s kitchen victory: curing bacon with Amy and Dave and Meghan.

Jul. 21, 2019, 8:58pm (edited)

Ritz & Escoffier was fascinating, a little chatty and gossipy but perhaps that’s appropriate for the subject matter. I wasn’t aware how much those two shaped the modern hotel and restaurant businesses.

Jul. 20, 2019, 10:08pm

Tonight’s kitchen victory: a nice pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, skillet-blasted kale, olives, salami, and a lemon vinaigrette.

Jul. 20, 2019, 10:06pm

Current earworm: “A View to a Kill” by Duran Duran.

Jul. 17, 2019, 10:55pm

Lovely day outside. 🌤

Jul. 16, 2019, 12:21pm