Good morning! Finally fell asleep, and woke up, too. A promising start? Mostly. What woke me was a guy on my roof, and no, it wasn't (isn't) Santa. We're finally having a proper gutter repair, and they showed up on time. Shocking, right?
Today I begin the baking-making mayhem for Thanksgiving. I will be home by myself, but I still love to bake, so why not? TOay will be walnut-cranberry oatmeal cookies, then pumpkin pie. Tomorrow, cherry-almond bread and lemon-poppyseed cupcakes. Wednesday, theplan is for chocolate chunk cookies and a nice basic batch of brownies topped in (yes, homemade) peanut butter "crunch".
No, I'm not expecting a horde. I always bake. And, as usual, my husband's brother's wife will NOT serve any of it. Why? We call her Pie... Uh... Never mind. Over a decade ago now, my BIL foolishly liked my pumpkin pie better than hers at a long-gone T-giving dinner, and I've bene uninvited ever since. I send baked goods with Hubby (invited as long as I'm not there) and they'll be thrown out. Yeah, she really did that. Also, she only serves *wine*, *beer*, and *water*. Do you know how rude that is in *my* subculture? If your guests (or their kids) want Kool-aid or juice, by golly, you have it. Hmph. *tail lash*
So... This year, no idea who gets all this, but Hubby and I can acccount for a bit, and I guess some neighbors will luck out?
So, how was everyone's weekend?
Mine was... spent kicking flu virus's butt, while Hubby has a touch of it. I also had to re-finish part of a railing in the house. Plumbing dissater stuff.
Today in 1867, Alfred Nobel patented what we now know as dynamite. Nobel was upset at the destruction his device caused, as he alleged he wanted to use it to make mining safer (no more picks and shovels, just boom-boom!), or similar ---- and people being people, they used it on each other. This is the genesis of the Nobel Prize(s), and there's none in mathematics allegedly b/c Nobel had a romantic rivalry with a mathematician. Economics, yes. Mathematics, no.
In 1992, Czechoslovakia voted to become two republics on January 1, 1993 (cutting it close, if you ask me?). Thus, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are now... well, same as they were, really, since the Czech part is more German and teh Slovak isn't.
Two years previous to that, Poland held its first presidential election post-Soviet-occupation/domination. It's one of the few former Soviet bloc nations to not disintegrate or devolve fairly quickly. (Think: genocides and such in Romania, former Yugoslavia, etc.)
Speaking of which, same date (25 November) in 1995, a protest against a peace plan was held in Sarajevo (Bosnia) by Serbs. Yeah. Just... sometimes, big nations think "Oh, we shouldn't allow self-determination, these squabbly little idiots know so little," and then ...
Speaking of, Today also marks the anniversary of the admission of arms sales to Iran, in secret, by the US... to fund Nicaraguan rebels. While POTUS Ronald Reagan and his VP (George HW Bush) escaped censure, Oliver North and John Poindexter got into absolutey no real trouble whatsover other than som etelevised hearings. Ever feel like history is all bad re-runs? Yeah, me too.
And, given yesterday's pro NFL games were either tight, or bizarrely lopsided in scoring, tonight's game between Baltimore and the LA Rams should be... uh... Y'know, I blew my predictions for the week, what do I know?
Off to see Hubby drinks his pre-CT concoction, pet the cats, do laundry, and make/chill my pie pastry to roll out much later. And set butter to warm to room temp. And all that other stuff I would've done on the weekend, but y'know, the flu an dall.
Hugs to all. Shout out if you can, okay? We worry about each other! And if youcan't... well, just know we're here, holler if you need us!
Good morning!Today I was reading up on this year's flu outbreak. It's not A-strain-dominated (y'know, our usual H-N friensd.) This year, looks like the uS is getting hit by B/VIctoria --- which isn't dangerous per se, but certainly isn't the usual "dominant" flu. So far, over 60 percent up to 70 percent of flu cases tested for strain? Yep. B/Victoria. (Named for Victoria, Australia.) And, be...