Jun. 22nd, 2017

zesty_pinto: (Jar)
It's been busy.

Well not for me, mostly for Michelle. The issue release has been keeping me busy with deadlines, but Michelle's got several accounts to worry about from her end transiting details left and right so we tend to get home late and then it's on to Animal Crossing and watching television. Yesterday was even worse because she needed to visit her lab so we spent time there before we got to a supermarket (where I go to pick at discounted meat to brainstorm new recipes and pick up random missing bits in my inventory of staple ingredients) and then got home at 10:30. Between all our trips, I've been playing mobile games.

I checked the slot for the screen door and it's not going to come off easy, I think it's glued in. Pain in my butt, I might need to use a scraper to pull it off, but first I need to find a place that can sell some sort of replacement for this. gauging by eye, I think as long as it's 1/2 inch, I can use it.

Cooking
I've been trying forever to make a decent tomato mozzarella salad, and I think I finally found the right combo. It essentially boils down to a deconstructed pesto in a way with a few other things.

-add grape/cherry tomatoes into a bowl
-julienne basil leaves
-peel and slice cucumber
-dice ball of fresh mozzarella
-Combine in bowl
-throw in two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
-throw in tablespoon of sesame oil
-drizzle in two tablespoons of olive oil
-garnish with pine nuts
-Combine lightly and serve

My previous problems was that I was putting too much thought into playing with the formula. As it stands now, this works. The sesame oil provides a light toasted element into the flavor and doesn't overpower the other flavors like I was worried it would. Tiny tomatoes also don't add wetness to the batch which makes it a lot less of a PITA for me since I tend to have this combination come off as really wet and does not handle storage well. Yay for success! The mozzarella also comes off as brown because of the balsamic, so maybe I can replace with apple vinegar mingled with maple? It'll look more dun/tan instead though, so...

I also just realized that it isn't entirely a deconstructed pesto as I would have added parmesan if it was. I'm glad I didn't, I'd worry about it overpowering the flavors.

Television
I've been following up on Star Trek DS9. I'll be honest with you: never was big on the Trek. The films were interesting sure, and I found them to be hit as well as miss (wtf was with Nemesis seriously). When I was a kid, I thought Next Generation and the original series were amazing and I keep reading about how NG just doesn't hold up as well as we used to believe, and I thought DS9 was boring because it was about a station; no exploration or anything!

Then I grew up.

I've been giving it a try these days and I've been finding that it feels more palpable as a series about people living in space from different regions. I still believe that we, as humans, are not going to be the Federation but the Ferenghi since we're being ruled by hyperreligious wealth gluttons that can't take women seriously unless money is involved, ESPECIALLY if Americans and the Russians are the ones with the space race in its reins. I keep noticing how there's no real black and whites in this series but everyone in the end does mean well in their intentions despite that.

At the same time though, I have to admire how well the storylines hold up. A lot of the stories seem to find a lot of analogues with our current events issues. An episode about a female Ferenghi seemed to resonate with a lot of issues with the 4channers (e.g. Kira despises the Ferenghi for being backwards bigots, but Dax finds them decent enough if you enjoy them for the lulz). Then there was an episode about a society of lost colonists who intentionally shut themselves off from the Federation because they wanted to return to nature and their reasons read like every anti-vaxxer website you can come across.

The Cardassian scheming simultaneously seems to involve tactics that seem to reflect everything we find so frustrating about our current political parties by hiding under pretenses to disgrace the Federation but pulling back and cutting off losses ruthlessly the moment they find someone no longer useful, not unlike Trump and hell, even with Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the DNC.

Just finished up Season 2 and I don't think I'll finish it up anytime soon, but I have to admire the writers of the series for writing material that reflects our modern life even 20 years after its original release. I did joke with a friend though that if Apple followed their same policy with touchscreens, we'd have people wondering why their iPhone is full of digital lines and buttons framing their tiny screens, lol!

The Garden
I'll check the garden when I get a change. The beans I planted have sprouted. I'm going to need to get those poles soon and I didn't even have time to plant the tomatoes (which are doing well inside, by the way.

Oh, one of my neighbors also offered one of their cabbages, which I will look forward to seeing if I can make something out of. I need to see if I can get enough light from the kitchen to let it grow from there, not sure if the patio will do it.

Post is too long, posting this. Will see if I can get some photos today if we don't end up too busy.
zesty_pinto: (Default)
I forgot to note one thing that stuck out to me:

Podcast
I was listening to episode 40 of My Favorite Murder and they talked about that infamous Jenny Jones episode where a man was murdered for admitting he had a thing for a man back in Texas on that talk show. I remember growing up to this news and it was more interesting when they mentioned that this happened back in '95 I forget that this was little more than 20 years ago and yet it was still considered all right for people glorify homophobia. When things like this still seem so not that long ago, it's no wonder people think the country is changing for the worst for them when they think they're still living a time that doesn't look that different from those times.

I have to admit, a lot of progressive issues have come to a head as a result, and the fact that Caitlyn Jenner is a thing (a terrible, terrible, thing that in a way I'm glad has the same daddy issues as log cabin Repubs have with the GOP) says how much times have changed. Hell, another ten years back and interracial relationships weren't exactly embraced, either.

What times we live in, huh?

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