dreamcatchings: (g/c: happier days)
If you have any knowledge of me and did not just stumble onto my journal randomly and are brand spanking new then you know I do a lot of baking. Cookies, cakes, brownies, breads, etc. I love baking. It's so much like chemistry. I like the orderliness of it even though I know that chemical reactions always have a chance of failing. I've had baking failures. I readily admit to them even though they might reduce me to tears or swearing like a sailor while I pace around my kitchen muttering darkly and dangerously.

Something you might not know about me is that my hands do not like me or, at least, they do not like me when I am kneading bread. They get all stiff and sore and aching. Both sides of my family have hand issues so I should expect it, but it still pisses me off. My current stand mixer (oh bless you, Sunbeam) is older than me. It's from the 60's and was my paternal grandmother's. My father and uncle thought I should have it after she passed. It's a workhorse, but it can't do bread dough. I fear every single Christmas that I will kill it by making it go through Cookiepaloza. I also have a bread machine, which is decent for kneading bread but can pretty much only do one loaf at a time. This gets totally annoying when my dad asks me to bring him two loaves of something because it means an entire day of waiting for the bread machine, second rise, shape, bake, wash the bread machine pan and repeat. I'm not a fan.

So I started researching stand mixers. KithenAids have mixed reviews and, really, the general consensus on the wide world of wonder web is that they're not really fit for bread, which does not suit my purposes. Sunbeam doesn't offer the capacity that I need. Viking, once again, seems to be less fit for bread than what I was hoping. Cuisanart has decent reviews but, again, it's mostly aimed toward other than bread baking. After a lot of research, I decided that the Bosch Universal Mixer was probably the best machine for me given what I want to do with it. It doesn't come in pretty colors, and it looks a little like something that should be on STNG but the reviews are good, especially for bread. I have dithered on and off about a new stand mixer for awhile now as it is a bit of an extravagant expense. However after once again fearing the good old Sunbeam would quiet during Cookiepaloza, I decided that once the tax refunds came back I would be stand mixer bound.

They did.

I ordered my Bosch earlier today. I hate making big purchases, but I really think I'm going to love this little beauty.
dreamcatchings: (Default)
If you have any knowledge of me and did not just stumble onto my journal randomly and are brand spanking new then you know I do a lot of baking. Cookies, cakes, brownies, breads, etc. I love baking. It's so much like chemistry. I like the orderliness of it even though I know that chemical reactions always have a chance of failing. I've had baking failures. I readily admit to them even though they might reduce me to tears or swearing like a sailor while I pace around my kitchen muttering darkly and dangerously.

Something you might not know about me is that my hands do not like me or, at least, they do not like me when I am kneading bread. They get all stiff and sore and aching. Both sides of my family have hand issues so I should expect it, but it still pisses me off. My current stand mixer (oh bless you, Sunbeam) is older than me. It's from the 60's and was my paternal grandmother's. My father and uncle thought I should have it after she passed. It's a workhorse, but it can't do bread dough. I fear every single Christmas that I will kill it by making it go through Cookiepaloza. I also have a bread machine, which is decent for kneading bread but can pretty much only do one loaf at a time. This gets totally annoying when my dad asks me to bring him two loaves of something because it means an entire day of waiting for the bread machine, second rise, shape, bake, wash the bread machine pan and repeat. I'm not a fan.

So I started researching stand mixers. KithenAids have mixed reviews and, really, the general consensus on the wide world of wonder web is that they're not really fit for bread, which does not suit my purposes. Sunbeam doesn't offer the capacity that I need. Viking, once again, seems to be less fit for bread than what I was hoping. Cuisanart has decent reviews but, again, it's mostly aimed toward other than bread baking. After a lot of research, I decided that the Bosch Universal Mixer was probably the best machine for me given what I want to do with it. It doesn't come in pretty colors, and it looks a little like something that should be on STNG but the reviews are good, especially for bread. I have dithered on and off about a new stand mixer for awhile now as it is a bit of an extravagant expense. However after once again fearing the good old Sunbeam would quiet during Cookiepaloza, I decided that once the tax refunds came back I would be stand mixer bound.

They did.

I ordered my Bosch earlier today. I hate making big purchases, but I really think I'm going to love this little beauty.
dreamcatchings: (red dwarf: got it wrong)
I've had what I'm going to consider a busy weekend so far.

On Thursday I ran errands and got the car's tires fixed. Finally. It took two trips for them to notice what was wrong and fix it. It's only a $20ish fix, though, so it never bothers me too much. When I was there two weeks ago, I paid $10 for a tire rotation so I don't think they're ripping me off. It was just that the hole or issue or whatever wasn't big enough to find last time and this time it was. When I get new tires, I'm going there. I trust them.

I also started getting some apps together for a new RP game that [livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel pointed me at. I think it'll be a lot of fun. I seriously miss RPing.

Friday was getting the taxes done, cleaning the oven (it was terrible and needs its own post), making the first king cake of the season and then, yep, doing two more apps for the RP game mentioned above.

Taxes are a major argh, though. My work keeps withholding money for Kentucky instead of Indiana, which ends up screwing me over because I owe Indiana enough that they penalize me for it. I basically have to file Kentucky, Indiana and Federal. Kentucky and Federal give me money back and then I have to turn around and pay a whole year to Indiana at once. It bites. I have to go yell at work about getting it fixed on Monday again. I did it last year, too. Hopefully this year it will stick because I hate pay $177 to get my taxes prepared when they're actually simply enough I can do them myself other than the whole multiple state thing.

Today I have already been to the post to mail Kentucky taxes (no online return for them, wtf) and [livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel's Christmas/birthday box since the item I was waiting for finally arrived. Then I need to make this week;s lunches, do dishes and get RP stuff going.

Of course my monthly helper is doing its best to sap all my energy and making me hate sitting in my desk chair so grrrr.
dreamcatchings: (Default)
I've had what I'm going to consider a busy weekend so far.

On Thursday I ran errands and got the car's tires fixed. Finally. It took two trips for them to notice what was wrong and fix it. It's only a $20ish fix, though, so it never bothers me too much. When I was there two weeks ago, I paid $10 for a tire rotation so I don't think they're ripping me off. It was just that the hole or issue or whatever wasn't big enough to find last time and this time it was. When I get new tires, I'm going there. I trust them.

I also started getting some apps together for a new RP game that [personal profile] mizzmarvel pointed me at. I think it'll be a lot of fun. I seriously miss RPing.

Friday was getting the taxes done, cleaning the oven (it was terrible and needs its own post), making the first king cake of the season and then, yep, doing two more apps for the RP game mentioned above.

Taxes are a major argh, though. My work keeps withholding money for Kentucky instead of Indiana, which ends up screwing me over because I owe Indiana enough that they penalize me for it. I basically have to file Kentucky, Indiana and Federal. Kentucky and Federal give me money back and then I have to turn around and pay a whole year to Indiana at once. It bites. I have to go yell at work about getting it fixed on Monday again. I did it last year, too. Hopefully this year it will stick because I hate pay $177 to get my taxes prepared when they're actually simply enough I can do them myself other than the whole multiple state thing.

Today I have already been to the post to mail Kentucky taxes (no online return for them, wtf) and [personal profile] mizzmarvel's Christmas/birthday box since the item I was waiting for finally arrived. Then I need to make this week;s lunches, do dishes and get RP stuff going.

Of course my monthly helper is doing its best to sap all my energy and making me hate sitting in my desk chair so grrrr.
dreamcatchings: (paige: trapped)
Plans for this week:

Do not let work eat me and make me want to do nothing on my days off but curl into a self-pity ball and whinge.

Post. OMG post. I seriously never ever ever meant to do a whole relapse but the holidays and depression over the job managed to win me over. Then there was taxes and schedule changes. I just hope I can get back into the swing of things on Thursday. Even if I can only manage one thread for each girl at a time it would be better than nothing. And it wouldn't make me feel like as much of a failure.

Deposit state return check from Kentucky and send check to Indiana since my job has my W2 completely whacked out.

Go watch figure skating with Mum.

Make a doctor's appointment. Other than the need to get a referral to some sort of "I will fix your mental trauma" doctor, I have some distressing physical ailments, which include:


  • headaches
  • slow clotting
  • ear problems
  • heartburn that might be caused by ulcer or acid reflux
  • dizzy spells
  • hormonal imbalance (De's suggestion)
  • diabetes concerns (mine)
  • eye twitches



There might be more for the doctor's list, but that's all I can think of at the moment.

Cold. Bed time now.
dreamcatchings: (Default)
Plans for this week:

Do not let work eat me and make me want to do nothing on my days off but curl into a self-pity ball and whinge.

Post. OMG post. I seriously never ever ever meant to do a whole relapse but the holidays and depression over the job managed to win me over. Then there was taxes and schedule changes. I just hope I can get back into the swing of things on Thursday. Even if I can only manage one thread for each girl at a time it would be better than nothing. And it wouldn't make me feel like as much of a failure.

Deposit state return check from Kentucky and send check to Indiana since my job has my W2 completely whacked out.

Go watch figure skating with Mum.

Make a doctor's appointment. Other than the need to get a referral to some sort of "I will fix your mental trauma" doctor, I have some distressing physical ailments, which include:


  • headaches
  • slow clotting
  • ear problems
  • heartburn that might be caused by ulcer or acid reflux
  • dizzy spells
  • hormonal imbalance (De's suggestion)
  • diabetes concerns (mine)
  • eye twitches



There might be more for the doctor's list, but that's all I can think of at the moment.

Cold. Bed time now.
dreamcatchings: (dw: adipose)
I need to get things done today.

List:




  • Best Buy store pickup (Fringe Season 1 for $10. I have never seen the show, but it's $10.
  • Target for the new ST as it's on sale for $10 (I love sales)
  • oil change
  • Indiana State tax office in Clark County to take care of the 2008 taxes
  • dishes
  • Review more online Olympic figure skating coverage

  • bar - was canceled, sad face
  • write up fanfic rec for the most hilarious piece of fanfic I've read since that Blood Fever ST:V story



Some of these things can be done tomorrow like the dishes, figure skating and the rec.

The rest, esp. the bar, are for today.

Which means that I'm off to see the Wizard.
dreamcatchings: (Default)
I need to get things done today.

List:


  • Best Buy store pickup (Fringe Season 1 for $10. I have never seen the show, but it's $10.
  • Target for the new ST as it's on sale for $10 (I love sales)
  • oil change
  • Indiana State tax office in Clark County to take care of the 2008 taxes
  • dishes
  • Review more online Olympic figure skating coverage
  • bar
  • write up fanfic rec for the most hilarious piece of fanfic I've read since that Blood Fever ST:V story



Some of these things can be done tomorrow like the dishes, figure skating and the rec.

The rest, esp. the bar, are for today.

Which means that I'm off to see the Wizard.

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