Parenting, Bread, and Agent Carter


Yesterday was a day.

Both kids, now teens, were in a bit of a fuck. Our youngest in a mood that we don't usually see. I hope we can help them sort that out.

The oldest, just getting hit hard with teenagerness. They haven't ever really enjoyed school. Almost resent it even. However, the pandemic elearning at home mode isn't helping things. Even with a spouse that used to be a teacher isn't helping. So, we are doing the best we can and hope to just get through the next 2 weeks.

I rushed the start of a preferment 2 days ago for some bread for last night's dinner. I also cooked down some vegetables in preparation for making meatloaf.

After my spouse got back from the weekly grocery store run I had the bread I needed to make the panade for the meatloaf. I mixed everything together for it over my lunch time. When all was finished I ended up with 6 pounds 10 ounces of meatloaf mix. It got to hang out in the fridge until I was ready to bake it.

Speaking of baking, that preferment was mixed into the final dough and rested over night. Then yesterday I pulled it out around noon and shaped at about my 3pm break. Then baked just before dinner. No fun to time the baking of the bread at 500F (I should have dropped it to 450F after I put it in and steamed it) and also bake the meatloaf at 350F.

So, the 3 one pound blobs of meatloaf got some time at 500F and then dropped to 350F.

The bread didn't get much of an oven spring and had a really overdeveloped crust, for me, and I like a good crust. It was still tasty. I sort of knew that this was likely to happen. In the end, it doesn't matter because home made bread is usually better than grocery store bread.

We have been watching Agent Carter. My spouse and I really enjoyed it when it came out. We still enjoying it with our kids. I think I dig the spy nature of it and my spouse likes the period piece setting of it. It really deserved another season or two. The kids are really swept up in who the story just twists and turns and reveals the various conspiracy threads.

I wish we had started a few weeks ago so it would have integrated better with our watching of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I still think the kids will pick up the crossover in content that happened.

I also did a little prep for tonight's gaming session. I still have more to do but that is task for..well today.

Catching up, Grey, and Cooking


A late night of gaming and general blahness caused me to miss posting a few days.

Gaming was good, players always make unexpected choices and they never seem to pick up on hints you lay down. That's ok, I get it. That's part of human nature. I'm shitty at reading people and social cues. Especially after a day of work, you really just want to maybe do a little murder hobo shit.

No real excuse for not blogging last night. Just tired and working on stuff at the last minute for a birthday.

Today was a cold day, and like a friend says, "at least it's a damp cold." Tomorrow is supposed to be better weather. A few gray days seemed to drag on, especially during the pandemic's "stay at home order" days.

I made some pretty good baguettes today for my youngest child's birthday. Started it yesterday morning with a pre-ferment from my starter. Then last night I added in the last bunch of flour, water, and salt. Then let it bulk ferment in the fridge overnight.

Timing it to be ready for dinner was a little tricky. An end of day work task delayed when I did the final shaping and rise. They turned out about as good as I could expect.

Dinner was fresh made pasta from the hands of the birthday kid. I cooked some chicken breasts and a cream based Alfredo sauce with plenty of garlic.

Then we introduced the kids to Agent Carter. My spouse and I really liked it when it first came out, and were extremely disappointed it didn't get a third season or more. We probably should have started watching it a bit sooner so that some of the stuff in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would make a little more sense to the kids. Either way, it's good to rewatch these episodes.

I also submitted a talk proposal to Conference in the Cloud, this year's incarnation of The Perl Conference. It had to change a bit because of Covid19.

All in all not a bad day.