Posts Tagged ‘life in general’
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
― John Stuart Mill
So 2012 was the year my lovely wife & I started brewing. Let’s see exactly how it went.
2012 Brew List:
- Imperial Nut Brown – kit
- Red Ale – kit
- Pumpkin Spice Ale – kit
- Lemony Snicket Wheat – slightly modified internet recipe
- Raspberry Wheat – modified internet recipe
- Denny Conn’s Vanilla Bourbon Porter – internet recipe
- Hard Cider 1 – Purple Turkey Alehouse Original
- Hard Cider 2 – Purple Turkey Alehouse Original
- Simple Saison – slightly modified internet recipe
- Pete’s X1-RIS – Purple Turkey Alehouse Original
- LHBS Pumpkin Spice Beer – LHBS recipe
- Modified Midwest ESB – internet inspired PTA original
- Irish Red 2 – modified internet recipe
Considering all the “real life” things that happened last year, 13 brews (12 brewdays) in 10 months is fairly respectable. But I’m certainly aiming for a higher number this year.
Despite her not wanting me to record & share it, I thought ‘teh intarwebs’ might enjoy this 30s video of Gabriella doing yoga, which is apparently a thing now.
Introducing Just O. Pig.
(The O stands for “Only”. Gabriella’s naming convention isn’t very creative)
Please direct all inquiries to his creator
Consider yourself forewarned, the next week or so will most likely contain a succession of outdated posts that have been sitting unfinished for some time now.
So for the longest time, Gabriella insisted that she wanted “bread and paint” from Santa for Christmas. This was not explained any further than a one-off “because I want it”, which let’s face it is pretty much how we’re told Santa works. So Santa’s elves penciled her in, albeit while scratching their heads, for bread and paint. But one day, on the way to visit Santa while he picked up a script for Mrs. Claus at the local CVS (where mommy works, BONUS!) the light went off.
Me: So are you going to tell Santa what you want for Christmas?
G: Yes! Bread and paint!
Me: Good, now remem-
G: Bella already have bread and paint!?
Me: Yup, you do.
At this point I can hear the gears turning for about 45 seconds.
G: Bella want a ‘tove.
And thus the elves replaced “Bread and Paint” with “‘tove”, and went to work.
On Christmas morning, Gabriella showed absolutely no surprise (she told Santa what she wanted, why wouldn’t it be there), but plenty of happiness, as she discovered that Santa had indeed brought her not only a tove, but essentially an entire play kitchen:
Complete with matching potholders…
Later that day, we visited family, as we had the night before, and it quickly became evident that Gabriella wasn’t feeling very well. She behaved like an angel (more evidence that something was up) and when asked if she wanted to go home, simply said “No”, and laid herself back down on the floor to talk to some deer.
Thankfully, despite flirting with a 101/102 fever for almost the entire week following the holiday, Gabriella was healthy and back to normal for New Years Eve, when she hung out with her new best friend.
I’m not a fan of my library. Don’t get me wrong, I love libraries in general, but my local library is just a small puny thing that never seems to have anything I want to read. You see, my library is part of the county’s Library System. But only a small part. If you know exactly what it is you want to check out, that’s not an issue. Simply pick your book out online, and pick it up in a few days. If, on the other hand, you’re more of a browser when it comes to books, like I am, well then you’re sol.
The main branch of the “library system” is only half an hour away, but that’s an hour long trip plus browsing time that just doesn’t get made that often. Especially since when I do check out a book, I generally finish it in roughly the same amount of time that it takes to make two of those trips. It just isn’t a good system.
Once a year, however, I do make the trip. Read the rest of this entry »