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Sunday, August 30

Life

It's Sunday, So It Must Be Time For -

Pixy's Failed Adventures In Baking!


Status: Not failed yet. Failed.  You could drive nails with that one.


Found a second source for cheap gluten-free bread mix.  I'd ignored this one since it cost 50% more than the other, then I looked closer, and realised that it was 50% more for twice as much.

Doh.

It's a slightly different mix (soy flour in place of chick pea flour) and is a grain bread (linseeds, sunflower seeds, corn kibbles) but it's made by the same company.  I used a little less water than specified, and this time it looks more like dough than cake batter so that's promising.

And I bought enough for six loaves, so I should be able to zero in on a good recipe before I run out.

Update: Hmm.  This one also uses baking soda rather than yeast.  It hasn't risen at all yet, so I hope it does so as it bakes.

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Sunday, August 23

Life

And Pixy Said, Let There Be Bread...

And then Pixy said, measuring cup, measuring cup...  Aha!

And then Pixy said, are you sure these proportions are right, bread mix packet?  That looks more like cake batter than bread dough.

And then Pixy said, what the hell, the worst that can happen is I end up with no bread, which is where I've been since 2010.

Found some inexpensive packaged gluten-free bread mix* at the supermarket, so I dug out my old bread maker thingy and it's whirring away right now.  I lost the instruction book long ago and I'm expecting this first run to be inedible, but it's worth a shot.

Update: Yep, inedible.  Definitely too many waters.  Will try again with fewer waters.

* In case you're wondering, tapioca starch, potato flour, chick pea flour, and rice flour.  There's no real substitute for wheat, unfortunately.

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Saturday, August 15

Life

A Wild Yuuno-Kun* Appears

Yep, old iPod still works.  Those things are built like tanks.

* My iPods are called Yuuno and Unagi.  I don't know why they're named after anime ferrets, but they are.

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Wednesday, April 22

Life

Went Outside Today

Pepsi restocked.  Back to work.

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Tuesday, April 21

Life

Uh-Oh

I just checked the fridge, and there's only one bottle of Pepsi left.  I might have to go outside.

Which might not seem to be much of an issue, except that where I live is smack in the middle of the biggest storm to hit the Sydney region in a decade.

Not the most violent, but in terms of covering a large area, dumping huge amounts of water over everything in sight, blowing down trees, and generally continuing to cause havoc for two full days so far, definitely the biggest.

I can't actually remember the Parramatta River (the main river flowing into Sydney Harbour) flooding before.  I'm worried about the Nepean River, which is where we usually get major flooding in weather like this.  (Miles and miles from where I live, but the one place we do get significant flooding in Sydney.)

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Sunday, February 15

Life

Could Be Worse. How? Could Be Raining.

Most people have a story to tell when they find themselves passed out on the bathroom floor in a puddle of their own vomit. Even if they can't remember it.

Me, nope. Dinner at home, listening to Ace of Spades podcast, start to feel really sick, run for bathroom [TMI elided] then the food poisoning (if that's what it was) brings on a migraine as a special guest star and I find I can't stand up any more, or even sit up, and lying down on a floor that I've just thrown up on actually starts to look like a good option.

Then I pass out for a while.

And, in extra bonus this-is-my-life-now news, my neighbours are making so much noise (at some time after 10 at night, and they've been carrying on like this since 8:30 this morning) that they wake me up. Food poisoning, migraine, massive sleep deficit due to recent rush jobs at work, comatose on the bathroom floor, and they wake me up.

No idea what it was.  My first thought was scombroid poisoning, but unless turkey has been reclassified as fish, that's impossible.  Very rapid onset, almost equally rapid recovery.

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Thursday, December 04

Life

At Least 700%

Feeling crabby today, partly because the humidity in Sydney has been around 700% all week, so here's a picture of a cat.

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Friday, November 14

Life

How About That?

I have a natural wake-sleep cycle of about 28 hours.  Left to my own devices, I'll go to bed and wake up about four hours later every day.  Which means that once a week I sync up with the rest of the world. 

Whenever I take time off work and don't actually go on a trip somewhere, this happens, but so long as I take time off in full weeks, I go back to work synced up with the rest of the company.  I've been like this since my late teens; as a child, I was normal.  In that respect.

What I never realised is that this is not just a personal quirk, but a rare but scientifically recognised condition...  And considered extremely debilitating.

Well, it's not a lot of fun, but...  I guess I'm lucky in a way that my job so often requires me to work weird hours, so that I always have an excuse.  (Okay, I didn't get in to the office until noon on Monday, but I was working on that crashed server until 3AM on Saturday...)

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Of course, as with all self-diagnoses, it's possible that I'm just a hypochondriac with bad sleep habits who's been on call 24x7 for six years straight.

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Sunday, October 05

Life

They Took My Hour!

Daylight savings.  Just say bah.

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Thursday, August 28

Life

Not Dead, Plotting

Language warning: Contains language.

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