November 29th, 2020

Things to do

Next week will be busy and Dana's birthday is on Tuesday.  Much to her chagrin I'm not much of an even celebration person so no balloons or glitter but I did get her some cool Bomba (well, actually they are warm) socks and a way to turn off and on her sound machine (an alexa plug) in addition to one of those glass prints of Toby that I already gave her.  But I do need to get some icing for the yellow cake she loves.  And make the cake.  

I'm thinking store today but I can go to our low population store (Randalls) since I don't need anything specific.

Meanwhile I've cancelled Butcher's Box after two months.  I wanted it to be good so much but most of the meat was disappointing.  Might be because it was frozen or just not high quality.  The cost was great but we had a chuck roast that I made into tasteless leather pot roast (the dogs are thrilled, though).  That was the last straw.  They were supposed to charge me for next month's box tomorrow but I killed it.  I'd rather have half the meat that was twice as good.  They did have wonderful scallops and I KNOW how to cook perfect scallops.  So I need to find a source for them.

I can do not quite as well money wise but way better taste at Costco and HEB.

After I've gotten over the sad I may try another service.  

We're still using Home Chef (discussion to follow in another post) and Dinnerly gave me a free week after their recent disaster so we're in good shape for meals for a while.

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And so did nothing

Today turned out to be a loss as I accidentally turned on HBO Max The Great Pottery Throw Down (which is the Great British Bake Off but not edible) as recommended by my lovely sister susandennis.  

A couple of times in my life I've been a potter and have a love / hate relationship with it.  By far the most complex art form it is actually a dozen forms in every piece of finished pottery and way more than that ways each can go wrong.  It is the only art that I've run across you can spend a week on a piece and be completely done only to have it explode in its final step.  Stupid pottery.

But, if you happen to fight through and get a decent piece out of it someone will invariably say "I saw something just like that at .....   ".  

I've got a couple of bowls sitting around that have survived.  One I use frequently and like, one that recently broke.  But that is out of maybe 500 hours of doing it.  Nothing else was worth keeping (well, not entirely true.. I did give some away).

So watching others go through the same pain is a bit cathartic and it is wonderful to watch someone throwing on the wheel and get to the point they are almost done only to have the clay collapse (soooooo many times I've done that).  

But what they do make... some of it is exquisite.

They are doing raku now which is something I always wanted to try but never did (takes specialized equipment). 

Living vicariously.