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15 November 2011 @ 05:40 pm
Another day, another dollar...  
I went biking with Christopher on Sunday, and he spent much of the ride doing what I do: mowing down dead leaves to hear them crunch. With the really big, crispy ones, you can hear them hit both tires: kaWACKa!

I'm trying to improve my biking speed, since it has drifted south. There's the woolgathering while riding, of course, but for awhile I had a couple of classical music pieces stuck in my head that were... less than ideal. This was the progression:
  • Martinu String Quartets 4 and 6: some fast passages, but the rhythms change frequently and some are too slow. Abandoned for...

  • Tonight I'm Going To Rock You Tonight, by Spinal Tap. Seriously. This provided a good pace, a few years back. But better still is...

  • The "Rango" theme song from the movie. Yes, really. My average pace is definitely faster now.

  • For running, I use Beethoven's 6th Symphony as my pacer (well, except in the heat of summer). That keeps me from running too slow OR too fast. Unfortunately, I don't like Classical Era pieces much, so I kind of hate that symphony. Beethoven is considered to be responsible for kicking off the Romantic Era in music, and I prefer the Romantic side of his output.

    Here's something too good not to share, courtesy of tsuki_no_bara: a recipe for Single-Serving Pie In A Jar. I checked Target for mason jars this weekend (No), because I am itching to try that recipe out (and find out how much cinnamon is TOO much, when making apple pies).

    These weekend, we watched the Ducks stomp Stanford (Yayyyy!), and I think HSH and I may have given up on The Good Wife. Too much Cary, and I'm not a huge fan of Will, and moreover... the show seems to have drifted into relationship drama more than courtroom drama, Well, that'll free us up to watch Once Upon A Time in real time instead of via Hulu. Yes, in my stupid "early prime-time" TV market, The Good Wife is on at 8:00 now.

    So, are the U.S. folks making Thanksgiving plans? Traveling? Cooking it yourself? Or ordering Chinese food and doing it your way?

    a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on November 16th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
    Yay for biking and running--that's awesome. Anyway, I always see mason jars at the grocery store.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 16th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
    Ooh, good suggestion-- I'll have my husband look.

    He's our grocery shopper, partly because I hate it, and also because he's less susceptible to temptations there. Slightly. ;)
    The Rogue Bitch.roguebitch on November 16th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)

    Ditto, that's where I see them. At the end of the ziploc aisle.

    Which reminds me, I meant to give tsuki_no_bara that recipe for lavender honey pie.
    cindy: spn - dean wants pietsuki_no_bara on November 16th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
    there is no such thing as too much cinnamon where apple pie is concerned. :D or nutmeg. nutmeg is good too.

    my thanksgiving plans include making a pie, actually....
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 16th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
    Urk. Not so much a fan of the nutmeg. Perhaps because my grandmother used to make the dullest apple pies ever (so I thought), and it turned out that it was because my grandfather hated cinnamon and so she only used nutmeg. The horror!

    Ooh, so I could get really carried away on the cinnamon front. Red-hots-level cinnamon!

    What kind of pie are you making? (I'm guessing cranberries may be involved) Or will you be making... 4-8 small pies? :D
    cindy: spn - dean wants pietsuki_no_bara on November 16th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
    i wonder if red hots would taste good in an apple pie.... hm.

    (my uncle's apple pie which in my opinion is the best apple pie ever has nutmeg but no cinnamon, which is kind of weird now that i think about it, because cinnamon is so perfect in appley baked goods.)

    i'm thinking about making a pumpkin pie or possibly pecan. or pecan chocolate chip. i'd love to make mini pies in jars - because seriously, how cute would that be? - but my stepcousin is having thanksgiving and there will be eight kids and i don't even know how many adults, and that is way too many mini pies in jars.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 16th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
    I see that all of your ideas involve pies with no top-crust (where you might even get away with graham-cracker, or insta-crust).

    My husband has pie-phobia, partly because he has no confidence in making a good crust-- even with the Crisco Pie Crust recipe my mom has always used, and with her showing him how.

    We'll be having Thanksgiving at our house, so probably no pie just from the effort. There's enough food as it is!

    But really, everyone but Lauren would be happy with either apple or blackberry pie (my favorite). For Lauren, it's pumpkin or chocolate. No fruit! Her hatred of so many foods, including most fruits and vegetables, is why I'm still amused that she imagines she'll be vegetarian someday. More likely, she'll be a starchivore. :0
    The Rogue Bitch.roguebitch on November 16th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)

    For Thanksgiving: I am working my usual 8:30-3:30, but during that time an herbed turkey breast will be cooking in my slow cooker. I have a couple of friends coming over with other meal components. I am providing green bean casserole, turkey, stuffing, and gravy. A nice low key evening and then I have the Friday off!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 16th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
    Slow cookers-- they can handle nearly anything!

    Your late Thanksgiving sounds very cozy, and having Friday off will be lovely. Plus, you won't spend it cooking. ;)