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Fun With Baking

So I had gotten some stuff from King Arthur Flour to assist in making "authentic" bagels (barley malt), so I tried yesterday. They taste really good, but are a little weird -- the dough was VERY heavy, VERY glutenous, and hard to work, so they didn't form well (which I already know I can fix, by using more all-purpose flour and less of the vital gluten flour), but apart from that when boiled and cooked they came out very light and flaky, like croissants, but still chewy, like bagels.

Hey, at least they taste good. I will try some new stuff next time I try.

All I lack is the fur:

The Name of The Doctor was terrific -- funny and sad and sweet and actually a surprisingly good wrap-up for the whole "Impossible Girl" story arc, which was at its best weak; at least she didn't turn out to be a TARDIS, which was a theory I'd seen bantered about the Interwebs.

I hope we haven't seen the last of Lady Vastra, Jenny, and Strax.

Goodbye to River made me cry, but it was a very satisfying conclusion to HER story. There are so many stories about them we know could be out there -- they traveled together, on and off, for at least 200 years. Still... *sob*

The Great Intelligence, on the other hand, could have been a more satisfying villain. He was in the end pretty ineffectual -- and kinda boring in the end. (Of course, villains who want nothing more than to stick it to the Doctor do eventually end up boring, when they lose track of their original agenda and turn into just "get the Doctor!" I think that's why Moffatt rebooted the Daleks.)

HOWEVER... what a wow of an ending. Whoever John Hurt's "The Doctor" turns out to be -- and my favorite pet theory is that he's the REAL "Doctor Nine," the one who made the decision to destroy Gallifrey (Barb points out that if "Eleven" knows who he is, then he's obviously a past incarnation, not a future one) -- I do wonder, though: if Clara was in the Doctor's ENTIRE timeline, past AND future, she SHOULD have seen more than Eleven Doctors, ones that he wouldn't know about. Anyway, if he IS actually Nine, then I need to fix some of my icons, and Eleven is actually Twelve...

ARGH, no new Doctor Who episodes until NOVEMBER!!!

I HATE our mattress.


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May. 19th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Dude! Your feet look like mine feel! Ouchie!
May. 19th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yup, pretty much the way they've always looked (minus the scars, those were added surgically).
May. 19th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
I will miss River terribly, but I did find that scene satisfying... AND it makes me think that when the Doctor is so depressed in "The Snowmen," it's because he's come to the end of his travels with River, not just the loss of the Ponds.

May. 19th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure. There was a lot of feeling in that scene -- "You're always here to me." *sob*

{hugs, hugs!}
May. 19th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
okay now that's a help. Yes, you have significant bunions bilaterally. Both second toes (and potentially the third) are hammer toes. I'm dubious any kind of splinting is going to help.

I have to admit, the Great Intelligence was a let down.I liked the Whisper Men though
May. 19th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
The Whisper Men reminded me a bit of the Gentlemen from Buffy.
May. 20th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
yes they did. I said that to Mom
May. 19th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Well, phooey. At least I knew about the bunions.
May. 20th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
yeah it looks like you had work on the left though the deviation is fairly significant still. The second toe on the right looks swollen at the PIPJ and the way it's sitting, i could see it potentially causing metatarsal pain
May. 20th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Actually, I've had both removed, but the right was done about fourteen years ago now. The right one was done a little over four years ago, and it's coming back faster. That's the toe swelling I was talking about, the foot with the metatarsal/ball of foot pain.
May. 20th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
I was wondering that. From what I can see from here is that it looks like the joint where the toe joins the body is deforming. That's probably putting a strain on the soft tissues causing the pain.

I hate to say it but that foot looks like it could use more surgery and some orthotics afterwards to keep the bunions from progressing again
May. 20th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Urgh. I have to think long and hard about more surgery.

Stupid feet.
May. 20th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
without seeing x-rays and palpating what I'd be up against as a surgeon, I can't say much more but this would be one of those things where I say a) don't let them talk you into both at once b) unless procedures have changed radically since I retired from this biz you're looking at several weeks of healing (since that's about average for bone healing).

so yeah it's something that needs thinking and planning for
May. 20th, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
She took longer than normal to heal the bones last time (five or six weeks, IIRC) so I would suspect it won't be any less this time. :P
May. 20th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
Not surprising bone takes @ 6-8 weeks to heal in a 20 y.o. so at our age it'll be longer. Without x-rays at hand, it's hard to say but I suspect this will require screws and pins and non-weightbearing for a while. (which is why I never suggested a patient do both feet. Then there is no 'good' foot to weight bear and pivot etc)
May. 19th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
My sister's monkey big toe went out instead of in. But darn.

The bagel-croissants were tasty!

Yeah, the GI was a bit of a letdown. I was a bit sad that the Impossible Girl arc wound up so quickly and neatly. I was expecting something more substantial. I'm excited about John Hurt, though. Darn cliffhangers!

I'm glad we had a conclusion for River at last. Makes me want to rewatch the library episode again. The Doctor said he could always see her...what, even when she wasn't on a conference call? And how did Vesta send the invitation to Clara through time? As far as I know, Vesta doesn't have a time machine...
May. 19th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Really not sure. Possibly she sent it from the past the regular way (i.e., it's been sitting in a PO Box for a century).

She was able to send an invite to River in the Library, and the Library is light years and who knows how many time years away (we know it was in the 51st Century).
May. 20th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Vestar has many secrets. I really wish they'd do a Vestra and Jenny spinoff. There's plenty of material there.
May. 19th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I agree that the GI was pretty blah, but I loved the creepy, toothy whispering guys. And your poor feeties.

Oh! And I loved the ending. I'm sooooo intrigued.

Edited at 2013-05-19 11:44 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Yes, they were VERY creepy -- but no payoff, sadly. (I suppose we're spending too much time gearing up for the 50th, but still...)

May. 20th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
But then after that it occurred to me that if he's the Valeyard, he could be a future incarnation that the Doctor knows. Which would, in a way, be less complicated.
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