ten good things

Feb. 8th, 2016 11:41 am
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1. Yesterday got much, much better.

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[food, picspam] crème brûlée

Feb. 6th, 2016 04:26 pm
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creme brulee
Caramelising the sugar on top of creme brulee using a butane-fired soldering iron.


(With no apologies at all for the quality of the photo, but mild apologies for the lack of apologies.)

I have also, I informed my counsellor yesterday afternoon, Engaged in a Hobby.

... you have Engaged in a Hobby, my counsellor repeated, looking slightly mystified.

I have made Custard, I said. (And did not add "look at it! it's got anxiety!")

... you know, I really do look forward to our sessions, he said, while wearing his the-NHS-is-actually-and-for-realsies-paying-me-for-this-shit face.


All of which being as it may, turns out that the butane-fired soldering iron does an excellent job of bruleeing creme, at least when wielded by A as I look on suspiciously (the suspicion being in large part because it's his soldering iron and What If I Break It). Lessons for next time (we have another two ramekins of custard in the fridge!) are "use a thinner layer of sugar"; and something a little perplexing happened to the texture (it was grainy until reheated and then... stopped... being... grainy?), but that at least is going to have to wait until the next batch gets made for further Experimentation.

("Okay but what in fact is the Hobby to which you were referring," sed A, "because it's clearly not actually cooking, you do that a lot." "Pointless culinary one-upmanship contests against myself. OBVIOUSLY.")

small adventures in tax preparation

Feb. 5th, 2016 10:18 pm
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Some incidents from the last two weeks:

cut on general principle )

...

I am having fun, really! But every job has its share of utter WTF, and this particular one has to cram a year's worth of crazy into only four months. It is an interesting ride. *wry*
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(I am kind of baffled by how smoothly and rapidly this is all going: I was initially supposed to have my first appointment on the 8th of March, but due to a steady stream of late cancellations I've thus far had an initial assessment and one session of hand therapy, and will be having at least one more session of hand therapy and an information/education session before my the theoretical date of my first appointment ever rolls around.)

Initial assessment. )

Hand therapy. )

Summary. Yeah, I just... yeah. This can stay.

[food] CUSTARD.

Feb. 4th, 2016 02:54 pm
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RIGHT. Pursuant to previous, I have achieved CUSTARD to my satisfaction, for the purposes of meeting the goal "acquire this culinary skill before next birthday", which means I am going to have to decide what the next one will be.

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Today was going to be my "Liz applies to twenty gazillion jobs" day, but then I got a call from...

Uh, hang on. Background.

So as I said last year, there are three Not the IRS offices in Ithaca: one down in the valley, and two up on one of the surrounding hills. Of the two hill offices, one is in a shopping mall, while the other is simply near a shopping mall. (The same mall, actually.) I am currently working in the two hill offices, which will henceforth be known as the mall office and the plaza office; their respective managers will be known as Mall Boss and Plaza Boss. (These two people are replacing Hill Boss, who ran both offices last year but is now working elsewhere. The valley office is still run by Valley Boss.)

So I got a call from Mall Boss saying that her office was swamped, and could I please come in and provide additional coverage even though Monday is my day off. I said okay, and there went my afternoon and evening.

On the one hand, yay money and experience! On the other hand, I am not going to come anywhere near my target number of job applications for the day. *sigh*

...

Okay, time to go look up the job one of my plaza office coworkers told me was going to come available today.

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