I've been finding it harder and harder to go for the morning walk. Maybe I should take [profile] hollimichele's advice about getting a smartphone and downloading Pokemon Go. It would give me a daily incentive to go outside every day.

On the other hand, maybe if it would just stop being overcast and rainy I'd have more interest in talking a walk.
I made kimchi stew following the recipe from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! and had it for lunch. The only variation I made to it was I used kimchi from No 1 Sons instead of making it myself, I had to use some of the kimchi juice from the kkakdugi kimchi I also bought because I didn't have enough juice from the regular kimchi, and I used extra-firm tofu instead of firm tofu. Next time I might try it with white kimchi, and add onions or scallions.

It's really good, but it will clear your sinuses.
Bougasta, kkakdugi kimchi, sons kimchi (both from No. 1 Sons), pork belly, beef chuck, 6.5 lbs of magness pears (for jam and conserve! also eating), figs, pawpaws, honeycrisp and crimson crisp apples.

I'm going to try to make kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew with pork belly) from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! I really don't have the jars to make kimchi at home (yet) so I figured I'd just buy it from the professional. Also, japchae eventually, so I'm going to cut the chuck and the pork belly into 8 oz sections -- you don't need much for the Korean recipes.

Also, I got buttonholed by a journalism student at Baklava Couture and wound up on camera answering a few questions about why I was buying a Greek pastry; I hope I pronounced everything I mentioned right, but I generally flip syllables on the long names if I'm not actually looking at the name of the pastry.
Today I made hobakjuk (sweet pumpkin/kabocha porridge) using the recipe from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! It was really simple and easy. I might mix it up a little next time and substitute honey for the sugar, as I actually have pumpkin honey from the Bee Folks.

She has an occasional webcomic -- Banchan in 2 pages -- if you'd like to try one of her recipes without buying the book. I picked up one of her Banchan in 2 pages minicomics at SPX this past weekend.

My rice balls (ongsimi) dissolved a bit more than I think they were supposed to, but all in all, it was a decent lunch. I'd cut the sugar by a third next time I make it, though.
Today is the The Festival of the Revolution and the last day of Year 224, Jacobin Calendar! This is the sixth complementary day, and the one that only occurs in leap years!

See you tomorrow for Year 225!
Today is the Festival of Honors! It's the fifth of the Sans-culottides complementary days.

I went to the local Korean grocery and picked up a few ingredients that I couldn't get at the local grocery -- I'm going to make so much food!
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( Sep. 19th, 2016 01:26 pm)
Today is the Festival of Opinion, the 4th of the complementary days.

Currently, it's rainy and overcast here -- a day where you don't get much done because it never seems to get past early morning. I may take a nap and wait for tomorrow.
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( Sep. 18th, 2016 07:18 pm)
Today is the third complementary day, the Festival of Labor!
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( Sep. 17th, 2016 06:39 pm)
Today is the Festival of Genius, the second of the Sans-culottides complimentary days.

I spent most of the days at Small Press Expo, which is definitely full of genius -- but I came home mostly with business cards, not books (maybe one or two for Xmas gifts, and a dinosaur artwork for me).
And we're into the Sans-Culottides complementary days -- when your calendar is made up of 30-days months, you'll have a few leftover. Today is the Festival of Virtue!
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( Sep. 13th, 2016 01:43 pm)
I finally put in my Yuletide noms:

Stargate Universe:
Lt. Vanessa James
Airman Darren Becker
Dr. Lisa Park
Adam Brody

-- I'm planning to ask for a 'lower decks' story for SGU -- other people who want other characters should go nominate SGU!

Doctor Faustus (Marlowe):
Mephistopheles
Lucifer
Good Angel
Evil Angel

-- probably going to ask for Mephistopheles in an Office AU parody where he just can't stand his client, Dr. Faust, and complains to his co-workers and supervisor; anything that lets me imagine Arthur Darvill in Tudor dress looking subtly disgusted with people is a treasure.

Darkwing Duck:
Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck
Launchpad McQuack
Gosalyn Mallard
Honker Muddlefoot

-- I have no idea what I'd ask for, possibly an examination of the AU where Drake becomes Quiverwing Quack after Gosalyn gets killed in BOOM! studio's Crisis on Infinite Darkwings story (because that's apparently what I want from a Disney Afternoon show -- parental grief and coping mechanisms on par with Batman's.)
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I went to see The Greeks at the National Geographic Museum yesterday with [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, [personal profile] greenygal, and the Vegan Knitter.

It's only through Oct 10, so I suggest you go if you can.

It's amazing! It starts with Cycladic figurines and goes all the way to Alexander the Great. There are a lot of piece that have never before left Greece -- some of them very famous!

My favorite section was the 'Age of Agemmenon' -- artifacts from Mycenaean shaft graves, including gold death masks, boar-tusk helmets, and early swords. There were also a few female burials of high status women, with lots of bronze ornaments and occasional gold rings.

There was also a charming animation demonstrating how jury selection worked in classical Athens -- they had a machine they used to make the lottery random. There was also a small display of ostracons, some of them very historic indeed.

The museum suggest two hours to go through the exhibit, but if you're the kind to read all the placards, watch all the videos, and then try to identify the gods and heroes on all the pottery, it's more like four.
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( Sep. 12th, 2016 04:45 pm)
I got my replacement driveband for my wheel today (the first of the two I ordered)! So I'm back to spinning!

Woot!
Oriental eggplants, prune plums, sweet potatoes, and blackberries.

I will be making pie for a Labor Day bbq, and I'm going to try to make kolache, either prune or date-almond.

Also, the drive band on my Majacraft wheel snapped, and since it's a discontinued model, I'm having to ask around to see who can get me a replacement. Hopefully it won't be too ridiculous, but so far the only supplier I've found is in Canada.
Went to a free swing dance class down at the Jam Cellar with [personal profile] greenygal tonight. I liked it, even though I had a lot of trouble remembering what steps went when and not backing into the walls. I may go back, or look for classes closer to home.
I tried the basic yeast bread recipe from The Tassajara Bread Book today. It made two loaves, so I made one plain, and made one a stuffed loaf with mushrooms, olives, wilted chard, and cheese. We'll see how it turns out.

Definitely this makes too much bread, so I'll have to cut the recipe in half from now on. Except maybe the kolache recipe. Kolaches for everyone! (and everyone will have to eat one, since the recipe makes about 24 of them!)
I had half a muskmelon for lunch today, and came to a realization.

I need a grapefruit spoon, in spite of the fact that I won't eat grapefruit because it's so unpleasantly bitter.

Also, melons just a bit smaller than a grapefruit fit right into my food containers when cut in half, and it only takes two scoops of a table spoon to deseed them, so I'm going to keep buying them when they're in season.
Blackberries, blueberries, donut peaches, and black pepper chevre.

Also made rhubarb syrup today -- 5 half-pint jars, now cooling on my countertop. I may make something else tomorrow. Peach salsa, maybe?
As in, I can't open the front door to my building to get out. I'm going to call the emergency repair line right now, because this is REALLY bad.
I have a reservation for a room (Studio, 1 King, sofabed) at Con.txt and am looking to share and split the cost. My reservation is for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Let me know if you need a room -- I'm quiet, not going to have room party, and something of an early riser. Signal boost to your friends who'd like to split the price of a room.
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