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Sunday Going on Monday

I'm tired and definitely wary about heading into the week, because there's word coming down that the very few of us reporters who have a single town beat, or a two town beat, are going to be shuffled around, given new beats, and generally upended because the company undoubtedly won't replace the six reporters who took buyouts and will simply try to stretch us even thinner than we are. I don't look forward to that - but sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof, eh? I'd rather focus on things I'm grateful for.

1. I am grateful that I got to spend a delightful evening with one current colleague and two former colleagues, having dinner at a Nepalese restaurant, catching up with each other, and laughing a whole lot. Laughter and friendship; absolutely necessary to one's spiritual health.
2. I'm grateful that I raised a fannish son, particularly one who is a fan of Who. I came home from dinner, to find that FB had spent one day at C2E2, the Chicago version of Comic Con, and while there, he'd bought me a lovely necklace, featuring a black and white pendant with the Gallifreyan symbol on it. I'm wearing it now. It's lovely.
3. I am so glad I finally got around to making coffee jelly with unused coffee that had been sitting in the kitchen for a bit (luckily, coffee lasts a long time before it's unusable).  Coffee jelly is a wonderful dessert from my childhood, (and is a also a big dessert in Japan, which I find amusing). I've made it before, but I wasn't sure I'd get around to making this time, because procrastination is one of my big problems these day. But I made it, and I am very pleased with myself. So I'm grateful that I didn't procrastinate.
4. I'm grateful for a burst of energy that has allowed me to almost complete the fic that had been log-jammed for so long, and for whom I'd written a paragraph last week. It went from about 390 words this morning to 930 tonight. That makes me very happy.
5. Finally, I'm grateful that I was able to take a picture of this sign, as BB and I did some shopping chores this afternoon.


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a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 21st, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
Good luck with the upcoming week. Hope it turns out better than expected!!

Eeee!! Love your positive things! YAY good friends! Yay Gallifreyian necklace! YAY desserts and words written!

Also? That pic is EPIC! Whoot!

Whenever you feel down. Look at it, yeah? Cause TRUTH.

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Mar. 21st, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a wonderful picture? I have some friends who are feeling quite down that I'm thinking of sending it to, just to remind them that they are beautiful.

Almost done with the story; I need to adjust some things, come up with a bit more conversation and do a snappy ending (it's pretty fluffy), but it's more fic work than I've done in a long while.

*hugs back*
tardis_stowaway
Mar. 21st, 2016 07:56 am (UTC)
Ooh, what is Nepalese cuisine like?

That was a sweet gesture of your son. :) I like that the seal of Rassilon looks enough like it could be some random design that you can wear it public situations where you don't necessarily want to broadcast your geekhood to everyone, but those in the know will recognize it.
kaffyr
Mar. 21st, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
Nepalese cuisine appears to be heavy on chicken, lamb and some pork, but no beef (I think that stems from maybe having a heavy Hindu influence in their culture?) It's almost a milder version of some types of Indian cooking. I had the lamb curry, and it really didn't have much curry taste at all, although it was beautifully tender and the sauce was very rich. They do several types of samosas, and I really enjoyed the vegetable samoas I had.

The seal of Rassilon is shortly about to go around my neck, but I'm determined not to become insanely megalomaniacal about it all. Heh.
maruad
Mar. 21st, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yada, yada, yada... COFFEE JELLY!?!?!? Funny how my brain works. I am certain I had read and understood everything else but the idea of coffee jelly has wiped all else before and after it from it's path.

What is coffee jelly? How is it made? How is it served?

I used to make wine jelly from very cheap, not really drinkable, Spanish wine It went very well with chicken and turkey. I found the recipe in the label of a Certo fruit pectin.


edited because my brain isn't really working yet. I need more coffee.

Edited at 2016-03-21 12:33 pm (UTC)
kaffyr
Mar. 21st, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
I grew up with my Nana making two kinds of coffee jelly as dessert: one was made of black coffee (and that's the kind I made), and another, which was milder, and quite lovely in and of itself, was coffee with cream/milk in it. It had a bit more mouth-feel about it than the black coffee version. Basically, I think it was her way of getting rid of excess coffee (which strikes me as odd all these years later, since we were an instant coffee household for the most part, with everyone making a single cup of coffee out of Nescafe.

Here's the coffee jelly recipe I made yesterday. It's sweet, and I added a little orange extract, because orange goes with coffee very well. Its mouth-feel isn't very hefty. I think you could make it so by making the coffee a little stronger than I had. It's worth experimenting with anyhow. I'd also experiment with the amount of gelatin. I think a little more would make the dessert more substantial.

1 .25 ounce package of unflavored gelatin, dissolved in 2 T of hot water. Then put into a sauce pan with 3 tablespoons of white sugar and two cups brewed coffee. (I actually doubled this, and added slightly more sugar.)

2. Bring all the ingredients to a boil, then pour the coffee mixture into a bowl, or a pan, or glasses for individual servings. I poured it into two ice-cube trays so that when the mixture jells, you can take it out in cubes for a nice looking dessert.

I'd be interested to learn if you tried it and liked it (or didn't like it.)
maruad
Mar. 22nd, 2016 11:01 am (UTC)
I will mark this as unread so I can find it when I want to. I still have your spaghetti squash recipe marked this way.
kaffyr
Mar. 22nd, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
If you do that, add to the instructions that you should let the coffee jelly firm up and chill in the refrigerator. I forgot to mention that.

Hope you got the chance to enjoy the spaghetti squash recipe at some point (did I give you the garlic recipe or the maple syrup/brown sugar recipe?)
maruad
Mar. 23rd, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
The recipe (from 3 years ago) contained both versions.

It took awhile to find it as I have been marking comments as read but I haven't been deleting them. I used this opportunity to delete over 1,000 old comments. There are still about 500 to go.
kaffyr
Mar. 23rd, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
Wow ... I admire your dedication!
azalaisdep
Mar. 21st, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
Friends, family, gifts, these are all good things. Crossing my fingers for you as you head into the week.
kaffyr
Mar. 21st, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much - today has, thus far, been OK. I'm typing with my fingers crossed!
liadtbunny
Mar. 21st, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC)
Nice pic:)

I hope the nice things keep rolling in and that work isn't too bad.
kaffyr
Mar. 21st, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a lovely picture? I keep looking at it and smiling. I'd like to meet the person, or people, who thought to put the sign up.
eaweek
Mar. 21st, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC)
That's so funny, because a friend of mine recently sent me a Gallifreyan necklace!

Love the sign!
kaffyr
Mar. 21st, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
I was so touched that FB did that. (He also got a signed, numbered print of Bettie Page for BB, which we'll have framed. We're both Bettie fans.)

I'm betting the sign has made a lot of people very happy, so I hope it stays up a long time.
strannik01
Mar. 21st, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
there's word coming down that the very few of us reporters who have a single town beat, or a two town beat, are going to be shuffled around, given new beats, and generally upended because the company undoubtedly won't replace the six reporters who took buyouts and will simply try to stretch us even thinner than we are.

I can understand trying to be positive, and I certainly wouldn't want to discourage that, but this is... concerning. The editorial shake-up Pioneer Press had at - I want to say around October 2014 - didn't do us any favors, and moving reporters like you who worked your beats for decades, know people and built up relationships in the communities they cover plucked into unfamiliar territory isn't going to be good, either. Having you guys cover more beats isn't going to be terribly good, either.

And what gets me most about this is this comes after Tribune Publishing failed to buy Freedom Communications. Shouldn't they now have $56 million they can use for other things?

Then again... Ferro.
kaffyr
Mar. 21st, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, hearing that he lost Freedom Communications, which he'd been targeting ever since taking over as top kick at Tribune Publishing, made me smile. Petty of me, I know, but there you go.

You are definitely preaching to the choir when it comes to the beat shuffling. But I've been through them before. I'd just hoped to be able to finish out my career with Wilmette. Still, I've been very lucky for a long time, so perhaps I need to take the burden up for someone else.

If I absolutely have to ....
strannik01
Mar. 23rd, 2016 04:43 am (UTC)
I have to admit, hearing that he lost Freedom Communications, which he'd been targeting ever since taking over as top kick at Tribune Publishing, made me smile. Petty of me, I know, but there you go.

The fact that Jack Griffin brought Ferro on board to get the money to buy Freedom Communications, got kicked out for his trouble and now sees the whole thing fail... This has to sting even more (than this already stung).

Still, I've been very lucky for a long time, so perhaps I need to take the burden up for someone else.

If I absolutely have to ....


Well, whatever happens... Good luck
kaffyr
Mar. 23rd, 2016 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks (and total agreement on Jack Griffin. Schadenfreude is a terrible thing in which to indulge, but I'm enjoying it.)
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