Up at 6:30, scale claims I lost almost 3 lbs from yesterday. Most of that, I think, was poop.
Showered with yesterday's bandage on, which helped it slip off, but it needed more help. Dried off the finger, applied more iodine, then band aid and tape. It's ugly still, but it is healing. Side effect of blood thinner meds is nothing heals as fast as it used to.
Refilled the pill boxes. Forgot last night.
Spent time online, Nancie asked for my photos of trips to NOLA, and my bread pudding recipe. I located the photos - 2002 and 2003. They are on my web site but small and low rez. They are also on my HDD at what was then full rez. Filed that for later**
Breakfast was the usual.
Off to the con by 11:30, there was cheese and cold cuts and diet Coke® so I didn't need to go out for lunch. I had packed a couple of bananas and Kind bars but didn't need them either. The mini water bottle was sipped a little.
2-fer concerts began
precisely at noon late at about 12:10. Tamara, the girl I talked to last night, killed it. She wrote an amazing song listing a series of our favorite sci-fi characters who have overcome Challenges, the point being all of us have done so, and she has recently run the gauntlet. "Like River, we have lost our minds and found them again for ourselves" Her second song was not as good, and maybe a bit too long, but still excellent - about how Pern's dragons came from the future.
Another eye-water inspiring performance was by Summer, who was suffering from a Dread Disease™ last year and whose life was literally saved by donations from fandom. The line which got me was There is a lioness in me. Yup.
Tom Smith's concert was next, I kept cuing up the video recorder and he kept not singing my favorite songs. But he did a lot of extemporaneous and improv stuff which was impressive. And his first two or three songs were group participation. He was playing for the right group. He kept saying how much he was enjoying the con, which didn't surprise me. We're his kind of people, and he's a legend. But I think the time he appeared at Conflikt in Seattle was better.
Lots of the usual suspects were missing. Dr. James, Seanan, Brooke, Betsy, the original large lady violinist, Alex, sign interpreters.
Jeff & Maya were next, but after they sang two numbers I have heard many times before I bailed. Rock Jam closed the concerts, and that event just annoys me. There are some amazing rock guitarists around here, but I'd rather hear melodies and lyrics than Jimi Hendrix riffs.
So, unclipped my badge and drove across the street to 99 Ranch market, bought 2 pre-cooked lobsters and 2 "fried" crabs and some coconut water with pulp because that's all they had. Kind of sad that the biggest Asian market chain doesn't stock it, while the local small one does. The Chinese mustard and horseradish sauce were cleverly hidden amongst the canned curry powders.
On to Walmart, plugged in the car for half an hour and nibbled on a sesame ball. Then to back across the Bay to GO for mixed greens and milk and mochi. And sliced cheeses. Plugged in the car there too.
Home, dinner was salad and a lobster. Spook perked right up when she smelled the crustacean. She ate every little piece I threw her way, but wouldn't take it out of my hand. She made noises like I was teasing her.
**emailed Nancie the following:
I mostly stole my bread pudding recipe from a few sources online and in irreputable cookbooks:
7 cups day-old French bread cut into (roughly) 1-inch cubes
1 qt milk
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup raisins, chopped
1 cup of apricots, finely chopped
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup bourbon or Southern Comfort
1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 Soak bread in milk: Place milk in a large mixing bowl and add the bread. Make sure all the milk is absorbed.
3 In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour over the bread and milk mixture. Add the bourbon raisins and walnuts, gently stir until combined.
4 Pour the melted butter into a 9x13 inch baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter. Pour the bread milk and egg mixture into the baking pan.
Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes, until the liquid has set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan.
5 In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low heat. Add the sugars and egg and blend well. Slowly cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, then remove from heat. Do not allow the mixture to simmer!
Add bourbon to taste. Whisk before serving. The sauce should be soft, creamy, and smooth.
Serve warm with bourbon sauce on top, or top with bourbon sauce and refrigerate overnight, cut into squares, rectangles or trapezoids.
My cross country trips to NOLA were on my web site at very low resolution, they were taken before trusted Flickr. So I uploaded them this evening, and they can be found here:
2002 – San Jose to LA and across the butthole of America to New Orleans and back
2003 – Emeryville to Chicago and then down the Mississippi on The City of New Orleans (and yes, it does stop first at Kankakee) and back
Not all of the trip is covered because the sun has a nasty habit of hiding on the other side of the earth (Emeryville to Chicago takes 52 hours and Chicago to NOLA is about 20 hours.
San Jose to LA is 11 hours and LA-NOLA is 46 hours.
Took out the garbages.
Plans for tomorrow:
Noon-4 pm window for Roto Rooter to come to fix the leak(s)
Take in the garbage bins
I expect the Bee's Friends to be blooming. If they are I will live stream that. If there are bees.
Maybe I'll live stream while waiting for RR
Job hunt continues