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ah, vacation...

Good vacation so far.  Brief foray into Teslacon Saturday; saw wookie with crossbow but missed the steam pope.  Got a nifty pottery mug with tentacles.  Had a nice dinner with Z and head-injury D at Sa-Bai Thong. Had to shovel out before going to con, but only 4 or 5 inches; can't complain.  Did end up logging in today, to give pointers on something teammate was covering for me, but it all took less than half an hour.

Head-injury D came over yesterday; after they were done watching the Packers game, housemate and D and I played Concordia Salsa (a nice expansion for the already-good Concordia).  Somewhat surprisingly, I won (although not by much).  Then root beer floats, then D and I played a few games of Patchwork (a very good and very approachable two-player game).

The speckled hound squash was hard to kill, but once I got it opened, seeded, and baked, it was delicious.  Dry, tasty, excellent texture.  The parts I didn't eat on the spot went into soup (squash, cauliflower, garlic, chicken stock, ginger, sage, pepper, puree until smooth).

Eldest brother is hosting Thanksgiving.  We were surprised to hear that youngest brother would be coming - usually they avoid that gathering and do their own.  But then sister said she wouldn't be coming, because youngest brother (or more specifically, his wife) would be there.  Eldest brother called me to ask why this all was happening.  It's lingering bad blood from Mom's funeral, and the handling of the will.  Having no useful advice for eldest brother, I think I'll just get him a bottle of some appropriately strong alcohol as a host gift.

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randomdreams
Nov. 24th, 2015 06:43 am (UTC)
What does speckled hound squash do that makes it hard to kill? (I don't even know what it is.)

Sorry to hear about the family relation problems.
ersatz_read
Nov. 24th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
https://www.jungseed.com/P/03648/Speckled+Hound+Squash

It's just a winter squash.
But the shell is quite hard, so you have to go a little Psycho to get the knife to get in there and break it up. On the other hand, that usually means it will store well.
Hmm...possibly I should consider getting a saw specifically for the kitchen.


Edited at 2015-11-24 05:06 pm (UTC)
randomdreams
Nov. 25th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
My grandmother used to use my grandfather's tablesaw and bandsaw for cutting meat.
She didn't tell him this.
He kept wondering why his woodworking equipment smelled like rotting meat.

I got a picture the other day of manintheboat with a steel cleaver and a hammer, whacking through a pumpkin.
ersatz_read
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
Cool.
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Friending welcome, but lurking is fine too.

Constructive criticism is also welcome - whatever it is, trust me, I've heard worse.

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