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State of the Farmgirl

I had resolved to blog more - ALL my blogs - after New Year's, but I got the Death Cold instead. This is a bit of a catch-up, more later.

* Christmas plane travel was ghastly, and probably gave me the Death Cold, but the holiday was fine.

* I've started doing something resembling cooking again - baby steps, but brain is ticking along in normal directions.

* I still have no oven. ETA next week.

* I did, however, rediscover my crock-pot (SIL got a crockpot cookbook for Christmas and it inspired me).

* I went off to Seattle over Epiphany weekend and had a grand old time. I also managed to hit it between wind/snowstorms ;).

* I am looking a little harder for new work. I had my first interview today, and basically flubbed the panel part, but my reaction was
"I know what went wrong" and "I can do better next time". I need to pay more attention to tech stuff - the three months off the clock are catching up with me ;).

* The cold in the house makes me not want to get out of bed, but at least I stow the laptop underneath so I can get going.

* Maggie and Lucy seem to be constantly fighting these days. I got back from Seattle and there were tufts of white fur on the carpet. Maggie seems to be losing the battle for dominance. I have considered adding one or both of Lucy's cousins that simplykimberly is taking care of to change the dynamic, but I'm somewhat afraid it would be "two against Maggie". I wonder if my vet would make me a deal.

* The insurance company failed to process my COBRA payment (which was sent in before the deadline), so I've been dealing with Walgreen's and the HR department and the #@$% insurance for the last three days to get my prescriptions. Single payer all the way baybee!

* I'm thinking of trying to finish at least one of the unfinished quilt tops I have around here - if this is anything like last time I was looking for work, that means I will get a good offer shortly.

That's all for now ...

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cat_herder
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Noooo, don't get another cat! You need to spay Lucy *NOW*. Its all hormones! Trust me, as a reformed cat lady. Two is enough.

Sorry to be such a toughie, but really, get Lucy spayed *before* you do anything else.

If your house heat is busted, you have the key to my house. Feel free to jack the thermostat up if you need it.
berkeleyfarm
Jan. 19th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, "Schedule Spay" has been on my list for the last week or so, but I had to spend all that *@#$ time dealing with my insurance. I'll call before COB today.
ayse
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Another kitten would be totally unfair to Maggie. Let her get used to Lucy. God, three cats? Are you trying to climb the mountain of Cat Lady?
berkeleyfarm
Jan. 19th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Meow!
lynn_massa
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Three cats isn't necessarily too many. It was fine for my two person household. More than that, on your own, may be "cat lady" though...

I do advocate spay/neuter for household kitties. I find that they are more mellow. I hope your vet does make you a deal :)
cat_herder
Jan. 19th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
This morning, I was watching Zero tearing hunks out of Beanie's fur and realized that maybe tufts of hair is Business As Usual. I have tried separating them when this occurs, but then Beanie goes looking for Zero. I think he just has fragile hair. Anyway, with all the noise and drama, it might not be the feline disaster you think it is.

Oh, and a spay will really calm Lucy down. The fiercest cats are unspayed females.
selki
Mar. 3rd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
I had resolved to blog more - ALL my blogs - after New Year's, but I got the Death Cold instead.

How many blogs do you have? I have three.

Hope you're well by now.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 15th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
Bedouina Here
Hey Farmgirl, it's Leila from East Oakland, formerly of the Gourmet Ghetto. I wondered what happened to you. Seems like things are going okay. I only had L&C bookmarked with the feed thingie so I didn't know you've been blogging elsewhere. Glad to see this, and hello!

Just a note about crockpot - today I made Mark Bittman's lamb shanks in the crockpot - shanks (4), 2 cups red wine, about 6 whole unpeeled garlic cloves, a bay leaf, and some "baby" carrot sticks for good luck. Set it on high at noon before leaving the house. They were good and ready at 4:30 pm when we returned home. I turned 'em (the original Bittman recipe is stove top and says turn em half way through) and let them steep a little while longer.

Just before serving, you run them under the broiler to crisp them up! And you defat the liquid in the crockpot, pour it into a stovetop pan and reduce it, squeezing in lemon juice or wine vinegar to balance that gamy mutton flavor. Salt and pepper, natch.

I wondered if one couldn't make this more Moroccan/Yemeni/Middle Eastern by using water or stock for the liquid, and adding allspice and cinnamon. Then use the defatted liquid to make rice or couscous. UM MMM.

If you like lamb shanks, this is a great way to go. Bittman did a crockpot article last year in which he suggested adapting his shanks recipe thusly.

Hope your oven gets fixed soon. Take care and be well!
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