September 21st, 2005

The gentleman is always properly dressed

Yeah, I have a rash.

I'm pleased to note that the tips I earned while manning Oktoberfest this weekend have just about covered the costs associated with doctor's visits and meds over the past couple of weeks. On the other hand, I'm not so pleased to note that the tips I earned while manning Oktoberfest have not been used for something far more entertaining like paying bills.

After a visit with the PCP yesterday, I'm back at the allergy theory. (As an aside, I really like my PCP. She's one of the only docs I've met who's been willing to listen to my endless questions and actually to answer them. Plus, she occasionally makes South Park references.) I'm scheduled to meet with an allergist today to attempt to get a handle on what's causing this.

I am happy for the saga if only because it provided me with a much needed day off yesterday.
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The gentleman is always properly dressed

Critical eye

Drew pointed me in the direction of The Everyman Photo Contest, and I've convinced myself that submissions are a good idea. Since it's not entirely impossible that I scare myself into inaction, I'm assembling pics to send before the weekend. I'm limited to exactly two submissions (thanks dellaluna ^_^), which is where you good folk come in. If you could have a look and help me choose what to send off, if I should send it off, etc. If you remember something else you think should be here instead, tell me that, too.

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The gentleman is always properly dressed

INDUSTRY!

As of now, I've another batch of frommage blanc working. This means, first of all, that there will be fresh cheese in house by tomorrow evening. It also means that I'm out of that particular culture. Since I'm getting paid this week, I'm taking this as a sign that I should look into getting the necessaries to expand my repertoire when I reorder. I'm pretty convinced that I'll be getting a couple of heart-shaped molds (let's face it, Coeur à la Crème is damnably pretty.) This surely isn't the time to contemplate a press or one of the various classes available within striking distance, but I can easily see myself picking up a hard-cheese mold and some cultures.

All is not well in this kitchen, though. The maple-spruce beer may be foxed. This wouldn't surprise me since I made it in weather that was too hot, not to mention that I was approaching the end of the utility of my siphon hosing. Honestly, because it's a weird brew I can't tell, but getting a lemony flavor in secondary isn't usually a good sign unless you were shooting for that sort of thing.

Thankfully, the proper brewing season has begun again. The next project will be the attempt to make the mini-fridge usable. More on that as it happens.