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Mar. 16th, 2004

It was a pretty nice day yesterday. Windy, but sunny. This morning when I woke up the snow was coming down hard. By my drive to work, it was hailing. It's doing some mixture of that now.

I have homemade raspberry sorbet in my freezer. It's a little sticky, but it is also very very delicious. I also have chocolate ice cream in my freezer, and that is the perfect consistency and also very delicious. Jeff gave me an ice cream maker for my birthday, you see. And I need a bigger freezer.

Sometimes I confuse being bored with being depressed.

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prettykate
Mar. 16th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
I confuse being lonely with being depressed, or one becomes the other pretty quick.
intothelight
Mar. 16th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
Sometimes I confuse being bored with being depressed.

haha, me too.
blooman
Mar. 16th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
The really bad thing is, when they both run into each other.
petit_chou
Mar. 16th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
What'd you end up doing to the raspberry brick to make it delicious sorbet?
littlewashu
Mar. 16th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)
Oh! I was going to go back and tell you, but I didn't get around to it. My bad.

I actually had the same thought Friday night, that you then mentioned -- I put it back into the fridge so's it would melt, and re-spun the stuff the next day. It came out MUCH better. Like I said, still a little sticky, but I think as good as it'll get with the raspberry chunkies in it. I can't wait to have a proper bowl of the stuff! (I've just been stealing spoonfuls here and there because I can BECAUSE IT'S MY HOUSE.)

Tonight I'm going to put the mixture together for a Guiness sorbet, and I'll spin it tomorrow evening. Hopefully it will turn out well enough to bring to a St. Patrick's Day party this weekend.
petit_chou
Mar. 18th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
Speaking of stealing spoonfuls of sorbet, I'm seriously contemplating eating part of my bigger key lime pie for dinner tonight. Right out of the tin. YUM.

I'm interested to hear how the Guiness sorbet turns out -- I have a friend who'd totally love that. Did you find a recipe somewhere or are you just improvising?
littlewashu
Mar. 18th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
The Guinness sorbet turned out surprisingly well. I don't really care for Guinness to drink, but I even had a little bit and it was swell.

The beer sorbet recipe was in the Ben & Jerry's book! They said that during trade shows they'd end up getting put next to a beer booth, and it's hard to get people with a beer taste in their mouth to want to try ice cream, so they invented beer sorbet. Here's the incredibly complex recipe, I have it memorized:

18 oz. flat dark beer [I made this correction to the comment, p_c]
5 tbs sugar

Mix until the sugar dissolves.

That's it!

I'm going to try to make a bunch tonight to take with me to the party on Saturday. The beers are already cold in the fridge, so the mix doesn't need to chill much (btw, the consistency with this came out PERFECT, and that was so satisfying), and I'm going to try to get the bowl off the thing after mixing, wash it up real quick and stick it back in the freezer for an hour or so between batches. We'll see how that works out.

Last night everyone took a scoop of the raspberry, and a scoop of the Guinness, and they actually went really well together. I got raves. Not sure how we'll serve them on Sat. Guinness floats, perhaps?
littlewashu
Mar. 16th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
Oh, and hey, you know what the consitency of that raspberry stuff was like, when it didn't work properly? You ever have those Italian ices (in South Jersey they call 'em water ices) that come in a little yellow cup, that you eat with a wooden spoon? And you'd turn it over and there'd be that sticky sweet stuff on the bottom, that just accumulates from the stuff sitting there? That's what the whole tub was like.
counterfeitfake
Mar. 16th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
Woe to hice?
littlewashu
Mar. 16th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
If you're making fun of the South Jersey accent, they actually say "wooder ice". If not, then . . . you totally lost me.
qed
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
It's from the Cryptonomicon. The British English pronunciation of "Waterhouse". If you haven't read it yet, you should read Snow Crash first. Then go read something else second, and read Cryptonomicon if you have trouble sleeping.

(It's actually a pretty good book, if you like cryptography and historical fiction).
littlewashu
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
Man, I read that less than a year ago (I think that copy floating around your house may be mine if it isn't yours, I lent it to Jeff), but I don't remember that at all.

Phew. Do I get to be a little cooler, now? I have too many geeky interests.
counterfeitfake
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
ST: FTG
No. You don't. Get rid of the cardboard Spock stand-up and we'll talk.
littlewashu
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
ST=<3
I DON'T HAVE IT [YET], NO ONE BOUGHT IT FOR MY BIRTHDAY, HINT HINT!! I'll probably end up ordering it some night after watching a TOS episode whilst drunk and/or high. Cuz I shore do love my Vulcans.
counterfeitfake
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
Man, I think Cryptonomicon was about two times better than Snow Crash or anything else Stephenson has written. Not that his other works are bad, but Crypto is my favorite book, ever. I couldn't put it down, and I'm kind of surprised that you're implying you found it boring.
qed
Mar. 16th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
It was OK. I just REALLY liked the style he did Snow Crash in, and I've always been a little disappointed that he insists on using this more "serious" style now. Cryptonomicon was good, and the second book (I've already forgotten the name) was maybe a little better. I just think he's better as a science fiction hack than as an historical fiction writer. Which probably says more about my taste in books than his writing.

"Diamond Age", on the other hand, was a fucking sleeping pill.
christy_p
Mar. 16th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
i loved cryptonomicon. it was a difficult read until I got into it, but loved it in the end. I gotta say though that Diamond Age was one of my all time favorites...Snow Crash not far behind either one of them. So far...aside from his newest book, that steve assures me is way too boring and without story line, i've loved everything he's written.
counterfeitfake
Mar. 16th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
Quicksilver is different. If you've loved everything else Stephenson has done I'd encourage you to read it, but it's likely you won't enjoy it as much. I think he did an amazing amount of homework, which shows, and it's interesting, but I never got into the characters as much. I think I finally figured out why. In his previous works, Cryptonomicon expecially, the story was told kind of "looking over the shoulder" of specific characters- Randy, Lawrence, and Bobby for the most part. You generally knew what these guys were thinking and that really tied me into the story. Quicksilver always feels like you're an outsider looking in on the situation.
qed
Mar. 16th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
I just couldn't stay awake for Diamond Age. I don't know why, there just wasn't anything at all about the story that held my attention. I can't even recall any of the main characters or plot points, and it's only been a couple years since I read it.

I think Quicksilver is worth a try. It doesn't have much action, but it is an interesting story, and I did like the characters.
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