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Bread!

I made bread.
It was very exciting. I used a recipe I found here –
www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/04/no-knead-crusty-artisan-bread.html

Tis a very simple bread. Came out crusty and delicious. I let it rise for too long. It was out for less than 24 hours but it got a bit too tangy. I also put in too much salt. The next loaf, which I’m going to make tomorrow. Mix the dough when I get up and make it when I get home, should be better.

I baked it in a le creuset dish that Rose’s partner Eric dumpster-ed. It is a very nice thing to cook in. I don’t know if I’d ever buy one at full price, but it’d be tempting.

bread top slice missing

slightly burned bread bottom

bread in the le creuset in which it was baked

me holding my first slice of bread

No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread

YIELD: Makes 1 loaf
INGREDIENTS:
3 cups all-purpose flour

2-3 teaspoons kosher salt (not table salt)

1/2 teaspoon dry yeast (active dry or highly active dry work best)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Special cookware needed: Dutch oven or any large oven-safe dish/bowl and lid*

DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and stir using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a shaggy but cohesive dough. No not over-work the dough.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours*. Dough will bubble up and rise.

After dough is ready, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place your Dutch oven, uncovered, into the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

While your Dutch oven preheats, turn dough onto a well-floured surface and, with floured hands, form the dough into a ball. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let rest.

After the 30 minutes are up, carefully remove Dutch oven. With floured hands, place the bread dough into it. (You can put a piece of parchment under the dough if your Dutch oven isn’t enamel coated.)

Replace cover and bake for 30 minutes covered. Carefully remove cover and bake for 7-15 minutes* more, uncovered.

Carefully remove bread to a cutting board and slice with a bread knife.

Enjoy!

NOTES

Uncovered baking time depends on your oven. In my oven, the bread only needs 7 minutes uncovered until crusty and golden brown, but this can vary. Just keep an eye on it!

Preheating your Dutch oven to 450 degrees F will not damage it, or the knob on top.

I’ve let this dough rise anywhere between 8-24 hours and it has baked up beautifully. Just make sure it has risen and appears to “bubble” to the surface.

There’s no need to grease the Dutch oven/baking dish/pot. My bread has never stuck to the pot. If you are concerned though, put a piece of parchment paper under your dough before placing into your pot.

I do not recommend using whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour in this recipe. The resulting bread will be very dense, and not as fluffy and delicious.

I used a 5.5 quart enameled cast iron Le Creuset pot, but you can use any large oven-safe dish and cover. All of these also work: a baking dish covered with aluminum foil, crockpot insert, stainless steel pot with a lid, pizza stone with an oven-safe bowl to cover the bread, and old cast iron Dutch oven.

from http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/04/no-knead-crusty-artisan-bread.html

In other news

This weekend I am going to Boston for Arisia. I believe E.T. is running a few games. It should be fun.

In August I am going with Rose to a hacker conference called Chaos Communication Camp. It is an event that happens every 4 years. As the conference is in Berlin I’m now learning some German. I’m using a free app I got for my phone called, duolingo. I’m enjoying it.

I got a new room in my apartment. I have a bigger room now. I like it. I like having a bed. I thought I’d miss my futon and I did for awhile. I miss my hammock more. I have a very comfortable room room, but hammocks are wonderful!

At this very moment, many things are wonderful.

Professor Marvin

I graduated.
I am now Prof. Double Masters

A Master of Library Science
&
A Master of History

it’s a wonderful feeling

also being able to say
“I am a Professor”
after so long enjoying the phrase
“I’m faculty”
is delightful

there are libraries, even academic ones, where the librarians aren’t faculty
so I’m thankful to be in an institution where I get to be a Professor

tenure track even

the clock starts in Sept.
at which point
it is all
Publish
or
Perish

I already have a blurb working its way through the process at Government Information Quarterly

I also got to go to New Hampshire for a week and to HOPE
both were fun
one was no internet
one was all internet

(NH out in nature with no internet, HOPE the hacker conference in Manhattan with all the internet)

All is well.

Bitcoin & Smell

I am no longer playing with bitcoin. The IRS declared it a commodity, digital gold, which is cool. Now that I realize that bitcoin = tax things to think about, I’m less inclined to play with it.

I’ve been hard at work. And at play. And the gray areas in between.

Technocolorshow my radioshow, it now has some old episodes up on mixcloud, which is pretty awesome. You can find recent and some ancient shows http://www.mixcloud.com/technocolorshow/

The show on Monday was really good

TechnocolorRadio03312014 by Technocolorshow on Mixcloud

So
in other news
I’m learning perfume!

it’s smelly
https://www.commoditygoods.com/

I like it :)

I got both the womens and the mens kits
’cause gender is just a social construct

the unisex scent I like is Gold
the lady smells I like are Ivy & Mimosa

the only dude smell I like is Wool
and I’ve tried a couple of others but I haven’t found another I like as much as Wool
it smells sweet, and not like wool, but nice

Bitcoin experiment

so, I’ve got a tiny bit of bitcoin
and I found a silly miner which will live on my website
I’m using BitcoinPlus for wordpress

http://www.bitcoinplus.com/miner/plugins/wordpress

’cause I think it’s cool

If you want to generate bitcoin for me
http://www.bitcoinplus.com/generate?for=32982994
go for it!

2014

the week leading up to entry into 2014 was rough
I turned 28 on the 24th
and I had an amazing get together
there were also all the scones
because Rose made me and all the guests brunch for my birthday
all the scones
and bacon marmalade
and it was wonderful
there was gaming (7 wonders) and tea and scones and bacon scones and bacon marmalade on bacon scones
and Yoko got me bacon themed socks
I ended up playing poker until 4am betting with bits of bit coin
it was wonderful

the next morning I woke to a flurry of messages on my phone
E.T.’s grandmother was in the hospital
we rushed to NJ
she’s only now out of the hospital and into a rehab place
this means that E.T. is stressed, and so am I
I am very glad that I don’t go back to work until tomorrow

luckily we were able to ring the new year in together
at a low stress party not far from my place
and it was good

the last week has been intense
I am hoping for health and healing for this New Year
I know many people who have had a rough 2013
and I feel guilty because it has been mostly great with the exception of the last week, but I am thankful to move into the 2014 chapter of my life

this next semester will be my last
soon I will complete my second masters
and I will shift from my instructor line to a professor line
and enter my tenure track

I’m intimidated but I am also looking forward to the challenge

long time no blog

I’m turning 28 tomorrow
It’ll be fun

you know what is fun?
this awesome house

99 Year Old B-Day, Lobster & Pinball & a Fawn & Brutalism

yet another update from the land of being married
my grandmother in law turned 99 years old on Friday
my father in law orchestrated a fantastic party for her that night
I ate lobster, it was delicious
and I hung out the next day with the in laws out in NJ
I ended up staying the weekend
and on Sunday my father in law flew back to Alaska
and the husband creature, his mother and myself went out to Asbury Park
and we played pinball at SilverBall http://www.silverballmuseum.com/‎

I stayed Sunday night and commuted into the City from NJ
on my walk to the train station in NJ
I saw a deer and a fawn
it was so cute
but there wasn’t enough sunlight to get a good picture
it made for a fantastic morning

today there was a article in the slate

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2013/10/18/campus_brutalism_were_the_buildings_designed_to_thwart_student_riots.html

which argues that brutalism style buildings on campus’s weren’t in response to student riots
but I don’t know if I buy it
riots and take overs happened in 1969
and the building’s construction started in the 1970s but it wasn’t completed until 1984
I think that there were aspects of the nac building which were designed to prevent take-over by students
of note is the equestrian stairs which surround the building, I don’t think those stairs are related to brutalism, I think they are more likely designed for facilitating cops-on-horses
I don’t know more sure
I rather wish I had more information on when the building was designed and about any redesigns
but I think the Slate just tossed the NAC in and didn’t investigate it’s specific history

Guns in Alaska

I went to Alaska
it was interesting

I got to shoot guns.
I’ve decided that such deserves a blog post.

Train Travel

I have been traveling very muchly indeeds. At the end of the last month I was in Chicago for the American Library Association conference. It was wonderful. I stayed in a hostel, for the first time in fact. Last two ALAs I attended I stayed with friends, or family of friends. This time I shared a two bed room with Yoko. Yoko completely overworked herself for the conference. I did not. I learned things and I engaged with the conference, but I didn’t suffer too many 8am mornings, nor did I collapse in the room afterwards, I went off to spend time with my friend Julia, or with my cousin J.D. both of whom are just lovely wonderful people. After ALA I came back to the city and promptly left for DexCon, a gaming conference with E.T. and Rose Regina. It wasn’t Rose’s scene, which was a shame, but she did convince me to join her in the hotel pool (salt water instead of the usual chlorine) and that was its own adventure since I didn’t pack my suit. We went from store to store and I rejected most suits until I encountered a dress I liked which looked so much like a swimsuit I new it would pass once we took a pair of scissors to it, and I was correct. Twas lovely. We also played some agricola, which I promptly bought a copy of. E.T. had a good time and won the 2013 Lost World Championship and I competed but didn’t place in the Dominion competition. I also got to play both monster hearts and dread. I love dread! It is really fun and I am such a bad ass at jenga.

This post is long a ramble. I think that’s okay. I’ve been failing to blog, and I think it is because I have been censoring myself, trying to be more careful with my language. Screw it, I’m just writing.

Speaking of writing. I’ve been saving sentences I like. I think I may be shifting in the direction of writing some stories.

I am currently on an amtrak train heading from Fort Edwards-Glen Falls back to New York City Penn station. It is beautiful and wonderful traveling by train. We’re going along the Hudson river at sunset, and I have a comfortable seat with my chromebook (little laptop delights me) with electricity and wifi. I had a relaxing weekend of celebrating my friend Rachel turning 28. This celebration involved ribs with homemade bbq sauce, grilled chicken, perfect potatoes, an absolutely obscene amount of cheese cake and a few too many mojitos. They were delicious mojitos but the next morning was a bit unpleasant. I did nap a bit on the train.

I had not realized I hadn’t mentioned to Rachel that I’d gotten married. That was interesting. She was surprised but not that surprised. I thought she would have seen the youtube video of the ceremony.

I’m going to be at home this next weekend (thank goodness) it has been a bit too much travel. I want to relax for a bit. In August I’m going to Alaska. For my father-in-law’s 70th birthday. I’m nervous about it, but looking forward to it. My friend Rachel had wonderful things to say about Alaska.

One of the things I was reminded of while I was at the party was how intensely lucky I am to like my job. I was hanging out with many folks who are not fond of their currently employment.

I’ve been feeling very blessed.

New Jersey

It is a rainy night in New Jersey. My husband’s 98 year old grandmother is having a night out on the town, giving him the opportunity to invite me over and making me an intimate dinner. I find myself comforting the dog that had been left behind and watching E.T. cook for me. We have They Might Be Giants playing in the background and I’m live blogging the experience.

The menu is
chicken basted in yogurt with garlic red pepper chutney
or more simply “chicken with Indian spices”
fried peas
nan
and for dessert – coconut pineapple pie

To warm myself after the damp journey adventure of traipsing from the NJ Commuter Train to am imbibing wonderful chocolate chai tea latte. I feel cared for and loved. It is a good night.

I have not been blogging much. This is a mistake because it is a thing I enjoy doing.

Life is good. At the end of the next school year I will be a professor, and ten years out of high school. I am surrounded by love and life is wonderful. I have fun challenges and interesting problems to battle.