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09:37 am: Minding my Ps and...peas
I intended to update before now, but things kept coming up to consume all my free time.

I spent the weekend getting my garden ready for the winter. First I harvested all the slow-maturing root crops, notably parsnips and salsify. The salsify was an experiment, because I had never heard of it prior to last year. It supposedly tastes like oysters (to some) or artichokes. I chopped up my harvest and baked it with a bit of salt. I can see the artichoke similarity, though I'd say it reminds me most of burdock. Interesting, though I don't know that it has enough food value to be worth the amount of garden space×time that it requires. I cooked up a couple of the parsnips in a soup with some late-season tomatoes, and that came out really well.

After that was done, I had enough space to plant my winter legumes. I'm planting double the number of peas and chickpeas as I did last year. This time I'm trying several varieties of edible pod peas that are said to be "vining," so they will reportedly get about six feet tall. I'll be using a lovely trellis that my dad built to support them. I'm also planting two weeks earlier than last year, so hopefully the current warm weather will give them a nice boost before winter sets in for good.

Wednesday morning, my kitchen passed its final inspection, which was excellent news.

My new computer was delivered late Wednesday night, and I spent most of Thursday morning setting it up. I have some of my more essential programs working on it now, but not everything yet. It seems to be doing great so far. I spent the rest of the morning baking a batch of cookies to take to work to celebrate the government shutdown ending.

Today I'm continuing to work on the computer while also dealing with a cable TV issue that's becoming annoying. I've already put in two service calls, and I'm hoping that whatever new reset they've tried will work this time.

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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:October 18th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Hooray for kitchen inspection, new computer and the government getting its act together!

What model computer did you get? I hope the cable issue is resolved soon.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 19th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
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What model computer did you get?

I bought the Dell Optiplex 7010 because it was the only desktop computer listed at CNET as a "gaming system" that also had a slot where I could insert my video capture card. (It's really intended as a small business computer, though.) I haven't tried loading Warcraft on it yet, but I'm hoping it will do okay.

I hope the cable issue is resolved soon.

So do I. Customer service couldn't fix it after three calls, so they're sending a service person over Saturday morning to work on it.
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From:mangaroo
Date:October 18th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Wednesday morning, my kitchen passed its final inspection, which was excellent news.

I can never own a home because I had no idea a kitchen remodel required a post-remodel inspection. By whom?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 19th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
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By whom?

By the city inspector. He has to make sure that all city building codes were followed correctly. For example, he has to make sure that there are enough electrical circuits for all the appliances, the plumbing and gas are hooked up properly, and the door to the garage is fire rated.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 21st, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Every time you talk about harvesting parsnips from your garden, I wonder why we don't plant them. I need to remember this next spring.

Inquiring minds want to know: what kind of cookies?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 22nd, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
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Inquiring minds want to know: what kind of cookies?

Peanut butter. And for full disclosure, they came out more dry and crumbly than I had hoped. (Probably because I used melted butter instead of softened butter.) They tasted okay, though.
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