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[Mar. 31st, 2013|06:47 am]
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Easter Marzipan Happy Easter to you whether you celebrate spring or resurrection. (I don't think i currently have anyone in the southern hemisphere reading this.)

Yesterday's commitments were definitely derailed by the whole sudden "buy a place, earn equity" rush, with the added realization - "look at the yard!" Owning a home was one of the things i talked with the career person about as a definition of success. It's not so much financial success as responsible adult success, a mark of being able to make decisions that indicate one is past the care for the immediate moment and gratifying the small wants.

The coldest water thrown on the thought of buying a place was the thought of committing to the Bay Area. I do have a network of support and friends here, but it's not clear to me that here is a place we can thrive. Moving back to NC to be nearer family has a great deal of appeal to me, despite the politics of the state.

Today, meeting with friends for breakfast (our monthly last of the month gathering), Meeting for Worship, then home to get a few MUSTs done today. Minimally, must get flex plan monies!

Marzipan was fun to play with. Lessons: buy the log at World Market not the local grocery store next time. Definitely a pleasant way to make a treat. Might be delightful as holiday gifts for family and friends. Thanksgiving

Ordered more tea. My vendor has no organic keemun, so i had to discern organic something else (for the workers' benefit, not mine), or keemun (because i don't like the "brisk" in Assams on an empty stomach, and i've never been able to appreciate a Darjeeling). My preference won, and i am nagged by the same regret as when i don't think carefully about where and how clothes are made.

Also, tea prices seem to have gone up (finally).

This morning i think i feel the discomfort, the "hunger," of withdrawal. One of the benefits of doing that demanding food restriction test was learning how this sense of discomfort is not because i need more calories. I had a lovely large piece of fish and broccoli for dinner last night, and a stack of rice cakes (within my 200 or so budget) when i was craving desert. Pickles instead of chips yesterday.

Yay pickles!

Christine is eschewing anything but Clausen pickles now. I'm noticing the garlicy flavor of pickles and remembering pickles that also had strong clove notes. Anyone know what brand of pickle is more clove-y? I may just add my own cloves.


[User Picture]From: annie_r
2013-03-31 07:23 pm (UTC)
Very pretty marzipan!

My main thought about committing to the bay area is the amount of money needed to buy even a small place vs. what housing costs elsewhere. It's a world of difference.

(also, thanks for the book recommendations in the earlier post)
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From: mopalia
2013-03-31 10:13 pm (UTC)
WE should get together and make pickles. If you use garam masala, instead of standard pickling spice, your pickles will be so clovey that I won't eat the, ;) (not a big clove fan) I have all the gear and have done it for years. One year we made so many that we ran the cucumbers through a washing machine cycle to de-spine them. Worked great.
Our next venture, (after the museum) according to my son, is a pickle factory. We make what I immodestly believe are the best sweet pickles you can get. Well, you can't get them, really, unless we make them. ;) As for dills, they all use a little pickling spice, so you could totally control the amount of cloviness in them.

Edited at 2013-03-31 10:15 pm (UTC)
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