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07:16 am: The fruits of labor
The new shifts at work started this week, so there were a number of new faces. The scheduling team is scrambling to get the holiday work schedules completed, since they were delayed by the whole bid rotation process. Everyone is, of course, anxious to find out what days off they will have through the holidays. My current projection is that I will be working every major holiday through New Year, but I am probably going to have a three-day weekend in December, so that's something. ...Assuming I don't get drafted for overtime.

I had a visit from one of my uncles, who flew into the area Saturday night and invited me out for the evening. He took me to a vegetarian restaurant called Greens, which is reported to be the best vegetarian restaurant in the city. It's certainly expensive, with the four-course meal price set at $49, not including drinks. It was also very delicious, and I was totally stuffed by the end.

In other news, the kumquat tree that I ordered last week arrived. A handful of the fruit got knocked off in transit, but there is still plenty on the branches. I bought a self-watering pot for it, and I plan to re-pot it at my earliest opportunity. I don't want to have to worry about leaving it unwatered the next time I go on vacation. I also spent some time looking for ways to use my mint, which is still thriving in my herb planter. I came across a site with directions for making peppermint schnapps, so I'm giving that a try.


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Date:November 11th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm afraid that if I were making the schnapps, by the time I tasted it a few times, there wouldn't be any left at the end of the 14 days.

Ah, but my goal is to eventually turn the schnapps into a liqueur. Imagine that, say, poured over ice cream...

I wonder if you can grow white grapes in your peppermint pot?

I thought about growing grapes, but I doubt my balcony has enough space for a good trellis.

Not that we actually have any of the recipes, but just to think about some of the ingredients that don't just pop into mind would be fun.

I had squash/coconut soup, which seemed like it should be easy to make. The brussel sprouts roasted in maple syrup were quite interesting.
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Date:November 11th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yummm. It all sounds so good, from the liqueur to the squash/coconut soup, even the brussel sprouts.
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