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Nearly the end

Overall, 2004 was not a good year.

I had some good things happen, of course. There were some really awesome albums (Dreamland by Dale Watson, prime example); I settled with Citibank and that took care of THAT debt; I'm actually getting some reading done; I almost made my deadline to finish a novel I WILL send to a publisher (I really need to work on that). But globally, not so good.

I probably could come up with some eloquent thing or two to say about the tragedies in Asia, but others have said it better. I was sputtering with indignation over America's stinginess, and "this administration's" fumble with an initial pledge of $15 million upped to a big $35 million. (sigh) I used to really love my country. Flag-wavin' Yankee Doodle. The last four years have done damage I'm beginning to feel is irrevocable.

Anyway, I hope to ring in the New Year with some level of optimism. And I AM almost done with the book. This time for sure.

Yesterday my accomplishments included:

1) Finished the kitchen, vacuumed the rug.

2) Made lime curd and accompanying macaroons to use the egg whites.

3) Wrote some more.

4) Read 7 chapters of "Huckleberry Finn."

5) Could not bring in the laundry because yesterday's rain made Tuesday's rain look like a sunny day.

6) Made the turkey brine, which I shall now dunk the turkey into to marinate until tomorrow.

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sillymagpie
Dec. 30th, 2004 09:25 pm (UTC)
No, all in all, not a good year.

I seem to be fighting off the throat crud and cough. I seem to do better when I take antihistamine, so I should go do that.

Isn't Huckleberry Finn great? I love that book. :-)
wildrider
Dec. 31st, 2004 12:52 am (UTC)
Feel better! That's an order! :D

Yes, Huck Finn is quite good, and I'm enjoying it. Huck still sounds like Nelson Muntz, though. :) ("Take that, Tom Sawyer! Ha ha!")

fenchurche
Dec. 31st, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
I was sputtering with indignation over America's stinginess, and "this administration's" fumble with an initial pledge of $15 million. (sigh) I used to really love my country. Flag-wavin' Yankee Doodle.

If it makes you feel any better, France's initial pledge was around $300,000. But that's France for you. Actually, looking over initial amounts from around the world, I think people really weren't expecting it to be as bad as it was, or something... because they all started pretty low.

2) Made lime curd and accompanying macaroons to use the egg whites.

This year, I'm hoping to try my hand at making lemon curd... in an effort to have some to give away next Christmas along with loaves of homemade gingerbread. I always do tiny loaves along with other goodies, but I'm thinking if I can master lemon curd, it would go nicely with regular sized loaves of the stuff. It's worth a shot, anyway... and would certainly be something different.

6) Made the turkey brine, which I shall now dunk the turkey into to marinate until tomorrow.

*scratches head in confusion*

You're pickling a turkey?
wildrider
Dec. 31st, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Curd (lemon or lime) was actually pretty easy, you just have to have the patience for all the whisking involved (although it seemed less painful than homemade mayonaisse). The recipe was for lemon, but both sillymagpie and I prefer lime, so I did lime.

Brining turkey! You're not slavishly devoted to the Food Network, then? Particularly Alton Brown? (Where, actually, both recipes for lemon curd and brine came from.) Anyway, it's not pickling -- what brine does is basically flavor a turkey like any marinade flavors meat, allowing the salts and spices to permeate the meat and, in the process, keep any meat that roasts for a long period of time nice and juice (Alton also advocates brining beef and pork roasts, which I devotedly follow). There's really very little that AB advocates that I don't follow. He's the science geek god of the kitchen. Plus, he's funny. :)

(On the stinginess of Americans, I guess part of it was when Jan Englund said "Western countries were stingy," he didn't SPECIFY America, but we all took it too heart because, well, we knew $15 mil was a little weak...) ;)
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