So anyhow, I have managed to catch up on a few anime… Some I’m watching and some we’re watching. Since we’re coming up on mid-season, I decided to go with a few quick season reviews rather than try to review a ton of individual episodes.
So hit the jump, let’s chat about what I’m caught up on, look at what the next few weeks are going to look like, and talk about the featured image.
The batch of miso I made back in November finally came out of the fermenter over the weekend!
Very tasty, though it tastes more like shoyu than miso. (The two are closely related, so this isn’t a big surprise.) To be honest, I didn’t expect any particular flavor as I didn’t target any actual style. My usual method of learning to make new things is to just aim for the general vicinity… and then refine as I master the skills and techniques.
I figure I’ll put the next batch down in late August/early September (my schedule is FULL until then), aiming at a fast fermenting lighter style. This matches my miso soup recipe, which uses a blend of lighter and darker misos. (A blend makes for a much better soup in my experience.)
Hopefully, this means that by November I’ll be able to make miso soup entirely with my home-made miso!
My deepest apologies, but I’m going to have to take a break this week.
Last night, one of our guinea pigs spent the night at the vet’s in intensive care… We adopted Miss Molly mostly fully grown in April of 2012, so she’s getting pretty close to seven years old. That’s pretty old for a piggie (80-85 in human terms?), and her health is increasingly frail. With the problems she’s already having, last night was pretty scary, I didn’t sleep well, and my head isn’t exactly in a place for creative work.
Hopefully she comes home today (watch my twitter for updates), but the future is increasingly cloudy. (Not helped by having another pig with inoperable cancer.)
Yeah, probably more than you wanted to know, sorry.
Anyhow, the short version is that it was one h*ll of an action packed episode… Scott’s review, linked below, covers all that pretty well. Hit the link and give it a read! There’s some stuff I want to talk about, but I’ll add it to next week’s post.
I hope you’ll forgive an occasional side-trip into something other than anime… Anyhow, an image from six years ago popped up in my Facebook memories this morning, and I was gripped by the need to re-edit it.
Below is my new version, the original version is after the jump.
To provide context: This was originally posted to Facebook a couple of days after I returned home from my dad’s funeral.
The original title and caption:
Empty but for memory
This is a the last of a long line of Dad’s chairs. This is not how I remember Dad’s chair. This is not how I want to think about Dad’s chair.
I remember him sitting there… Coffee or beer, newspaper, remote, and ashtray (back before he quit, much too late) near to hand. Kids, grandkids, and cousins on his knee. Watching benevolently as we scrambled beneath the Christmas tree and he struggled to wake up. Relaxing after work. Cooling off after chores or projects. Cursing politicians. Berating referees. Cheering when his team made a play, or howling when the opposing team made a better play.
Laughing. Crying. Living. Loving. That’s how I’ll remember this chair.
In Memoriam, H Dean Lyons 5/29/1939-1/6/2012
After the jump, the original image and some thoughts on the re-edit.
If you’ve read my About page, or followed my twitter, you know I’m into food and cooking and have been exploring pickling and preserving… And you also know from here on the blog that my interests in Japanese culture extend beyond anime.
So, all that comes together in my latest project – making my own miso from scratch.
So, let’s hit the jump and take a look at the process!