Someone on my friends list (who shall remain nameless) posted an enormous picture of Frances which has kicked my entire friends list so wide I have to scroll back and forth to read it.
Phoenix weather is, by contrast, really rather pleasant. It's 85 degrees, but the humidity is 37% with a dewpoint of 56; yesterday it didn't even break 100 and it was really nice being out and about. Went to spend money at CostCo and a few other places, and spent a goodly part of the last two days cooking and baking. I made chocolate-coconut macaroons, so had some egg yolks left, so once again made creme brulee since I now have ramikins and a torch.
I need to practice with the torch. My suger did not crystalize properly -- it was melting one sugar crystal at a time, which gave it not a crust, but a layer of un-melted sugar with little bubbles of melt swimming over the top, and if I held the flame over any of them for too long, they would eventually start to crystalize together, but this made for slightly burned, hard-as-glass lumps rather than an even crust. Hmmm. Must experiment further.
Also made a pizza creation with pesto, langoustinos, feta crumbles and provolone cheese, which came out tasty.
Now I must write. One week until my personal deadline.