zesty_pinto: (Waldo)
Caught up on work.

Yesterday, I got a clump of work that came at the end of the day; that tends to happen. I think it's going to stay slow for this week until Memorial Day finally resolves. Visited the supermarket and there was a sale on beef! Oh, glorious beef!

Gaming
So I was referred to Magikarp Jump. I do know that I have some AAA titles on Steam I haven't even cracked into yet, right? Ugh, waste way too much time on Puzzle and Dragons already.

Planting
I got three sprouted beans so far, two more planters are still not doing anything yet. I'm tempted to plant one by the window so I can add to that window motif, but I guess we'll see how that looks. I am liking how the plants are so large.

The garden looks bleak but hopeful; a lot of leaves are dying out, but I can see new shoots coming out; I think there's a good chance that the beans will start growing out. I'm thinking that is the beans start growing the same way as the ones by the windowsill, then I'm going to get a pole in the next two weeks and start maypoling the plants.

Cooking
Despite my love of getting a sale on beef, I really should play around with this textured vegetable protein to see if I can make a decent substitute out of it. I can think of a few things if I do it vegetarian, but vegan? That'll require some more brainstorming to get some new flavors out of it. An advantage is that because it's dry, it's soak up whatever wet mixture I give it much more readily than actual meat, so it'll make for nifty marinade-based mixes.

Originally, I was tempted to do something with it for protein bowls for that birthday that I forgot about, but since that didn't work out, maybe I'll try something else. Maybe I'll put it in congee to test it out, marinate it in sesame oil, soy, and kimchi brine and then throw it into that potato-rice congee I kept telling myself I was going to make (although the kimchi itself uses fish sauce so isn't really vegan, but this is more of a test to see if I can do it than anything else).

I'll make this as well once the fridge starts to clear up more. I think there's still some stirfry, but not that much, so I'll go that direction.

Photos
So I dug from the back photos: not a lot of them came out good or that detailed.

For example, the comps for these snails wasn't too good. Part of the problem is the weather, the other is that I take these close to sunset, and the last is that I can't really handle staying outside in the rain for long periods of time yet. So in the meantime, enjoy this photo as much as, uh, those two snails are enjoying each other.



So yeah, a photo of when I finally cleared the stripped screw. That dremel is amazing. I should note though that most of the stuff in that case doesn't get as much use as you'd think with me; the grinding bits I used were actually bought piece by piece.

By the way, see that plastic hard case of screwdrivers? Those things were CRAP. The bit on top is slightly more useful since you can get better torque out of it, but the Moody bits? Excellent if you want to undo tight screws.



The feral green onions have started to really grow out properly despite the transplant, as they're starting to get ready to flower. Mosquitoes are coming out, so that's a good sign that the gardening weather is getting there.


-which explains this spider I found hanging out around the flowers. Those spider webs around it? Exactly.

I'll see if I can get some other shots; I took some of the recent hike up and down (me and Michelle are doing it more regularly to get some acclimation to the endurance test with it) and got a few more landscape shots.

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