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Now, don't anyone get mad at us....


It is far too early in the year for it to be uncomfortable to get into the car because it's been baking in the sun for an hour. Not only are the trees in bloom, the ornamental plum trees have ALREADY DROPPED their blossoms!

ARGH. If it's going to be 90 degrees in freakin' February, what the hell is going to be like here in June?


Everyone's so down on Valentine's Day, I'll just say Barb got us tickets to see the live taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on Thursday night, which was a blast (who knew an NPR show could sell out a nearly 5,000-seat auditorium in a red state like Arizona?), and last night we had our traditional sushi Valentine's dinner, I got Barb the earrings she'd wanted on the cruise (I kept them secret this long!), and we had a nice, quiet evening watching classic Doctor Who (Dragonfire and The Happiness Patrol), Doctor Seven serials. Ace rocks.

Last week I did some experimenting. I'd discovered that it's not the RECIPE which matters in making pizza crust, but the technique. I made a simple crust recipe last Saturday and put it in bags in the fridge. On Monday I took out two of the crusts and made two pizzas, both of which were delicious; later in the week I made one into breadsticks (a little trouble with those, but that was my fault). The last crust I made into Indian pizza on Thursday evening -- which was curried lamb, onions, peas, and goat cheese, BTW -- and that was PERFECT. So letting it sit for several days appears to be the key. I also looked up some videos on SHAPING the darned things, and that helped a lot, too.

So we had a lot of pizza this week.

Today I made a stew and it's in the crock pot now. It smells good.

I guess Virginia didn't want to be the last state to legalize marriage equality this time.

Got up early this morning and went to work for a few hours, as we struggle to catch up from Atlanta being closed for three days.


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Feb. 15th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's mighty warm out there, and no mistake (I'm in San Diego).
Feb. 15th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
The whole southwest will dry up and blow away this summer...!

Feb. 15th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you and Barb have had a great Valentine's Weekend. :)
Feb. 15th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)

Feb. 15th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
Fine, rub it in. I'm glad you guys had a great Valentine's Day even if I hate you for not being frozed to your toes like the rest of the country.
Feb. 15th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Mmm... I wouldn't mind a tiny bit of frozenness... even a little!


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Feb. 16th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what the high was today, but it was 85 or 86 yesterday, and they've been merrily discussing record highs (and then glossing over the drought and the fact that Lake Mead will likely be dry in a few decades and, oh, Phoenix has NO water restrictions, either....).

I need to replace my old pizza stone now (the one I had got broken during the house remodel and I've never replaced it) to get the crust perfect, but yes, I am now a fan of the slow cold rise. I definitely have to do the breadsticks again, but not too soon (I could happily live on soft breadsticks or pretzel bread, and then would have to be rolled everywhere).

Tomorrow we go out to lunch for Barb's mom, since her birthday is Monday.
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC)
We aren't all so bad in VA. My mother was surprised at it's passing, and several preachers are making a fuss. But hopefully after 40 years our attitudes in VA for a majority of it's memebers have come forward. It's also the opposite of you and quite cold and the most snow I have seen since I was fifteen. Schools have been closed so much and many students and parents are quite irriated at saturday makeup school.
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
June = Welcome to hell apparently.

yay for pizza dough.
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