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Volleyball, 0-3

We played "Way Out" last night and lost all three.  The first game was 21-23, so, very close.  The other two were not as close, but not blowouts.

None of us were doing well playing at 9 pm.  I hate 9 o'clock games.  We play another one next week.

Maybe we'll do better.

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Weekend update


Started work on some breads


Work on coding sample for possible job, had to upgrade my machine's Perl environment
More work on Sourdough and Pumpkin Sourdough
Stop at Home Depot


More work on coding sample
Clean up house for an ApolloCon meeting
ApolloCon meeting

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 10/12/13

Aikido players:  Tim, Trey, Marvin, Mario, Julio, Zach, and John


Got a couple of rolls in

The Walk:

Twice, per the usual routing


Worked with Zach on the first four releases.


I did some punch the dummy work with Zach, and then an intro to Shomen-ate.  He did pretty well.

Trey and I worked on some Koryu Dai San techniques: Oshi Taoshi, Kote Mawashi, and Uchi Tenkai Nage.


None of note.

Aikido Friday Night - 10/11/13

Aikido players:  Tim, Mario, Julio, John ( a new student )


A couple of warm-up rolls in, helped John with his rolling

The Walk:

Twice, per the usual routine


Worked with.......


I can't remember, dangit.  I think I worked with Julio on Gyaku gama ate.


None of note.

Aikido Thursday Night - 10/10/13

Aikido players:  Dan


None tonight

The Walk:

Not on Thursdays, normally.


Not on Thursdays, normally.


Dan and I worked on Oshi Taoshi and Hiki Taoshi. Once again, working with me after working with folks of normal height caused issues for Dan.  We're working in the section of techniques that's nice to have an outside set of eyes to help correct armbars.  I think we got through Oshi Taoshi fine.  Working on Hiki, I was feeling something in the armbar that I could not place.  He got the armbar, but there was something extra that I've not felt before.  I need to try to figure out what it is.


None of note.

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Weekend update - Fencon 2013 edition


Up at 5:15 a.m. to finish packing and get on the road
On the road by 6:30
Stop at Buc-ee's in Madisonville
Stop at Sam's in Fairfield for breakfast
Stop at Russell Stover's in Corsicana for chocolate for the in-laws
Arrive in Addison for FenCon around noon
Check-in and head over to the Art Show, K heads off to Con Suite
Dinner in hotel restaurant with Renee, Kimm, Sara, and K.
Panel on making leather masks


K up early to go to Con Suite
Breakfast at hotel restaurant - going somewhere else for Sunday
Back to Art Show for the day
Make various purchase: con memberships, art, books
Changing our convention plans for next year
Pizza brought in for Art Auction prep
Art Auction - served as a runner, bought a Tuckerization and my first Whelan
Hit a couple of the parties, very, very briefly


K tried to go to Con Suite, but it wasn't open
We went down the road for breakfast instead.
Back to Art Show to help teardown
Got caught in a weak moment by Jeff Orth, agreed to worked KC, should they win.  Did not commit to exactly what I'd work.  Right now, I should probably not work it.  I've got PTSD from San Antonio.
Left the con at 3:30 p.m.
Headed to Athens to visit Kat
Left Athens at 6:30
Stop at Buc-ee's in Madisonville for a bite to eat
Road down to one lane southbound in Huntsville
Arrive home at 11:30, dead tired, greet animals.

Aikido Thursday Night - 10/3/13

Aikido players:  Troy and Dan


None tonight

The Walk:

Not on Thursdays, normally.


Not on Thursdays, normally.


We spent the evening on the first 6 of Ju Nana Hon Kata for Dan, since we're still not letting him take falls.  He looked pretty good.  He was having footwork issues throughout most of the evening.

Troy and I did a couple of reps on the 4th kneeling technique from Koryu Dai San.  I wanted to make sure it was fresh in his mind.


Troy's schedule has just been changed for the drastically worse.  He probably won't be able to make any classes for the next 6 months.  We need to see if we can get some classroom rime on Mondays or Tuesday. 

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Crinkle Top Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies - a recipe experiment

Found on thekitchn.com

I know I've tried this recipe with butter, Crisco, lard and coconut oil.  This is closer to what I'm looking for than the other recipe I tried last night.  It's crisper.  While I'm not looking for a hard crisp, I want something stronger than what happened last night.  

First alteration will be chilling the dough, not sure what else.

Crinkle Top Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Makes about 60 cookies
2 cups (11 oz) dark raisins
2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup (7 oz) shortening
2 cups (17 oz) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups (8 oz) old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
extra sugar for rolling

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

Toss the raisins with 1/4 cup of the flour. Grind in a food processor with a blade attachment for 20-30 seconds until the raisins form a very thick paste and come together into a ball (see photographs below). You can also use a blender or a meat grinder to mash the raisins into a paste.

(I tried the above step and did not like the result.  I prefer my raisins whole)

Cream the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs until the mixture resembles soft frosting. Beat in the ground raisins.

In a separate bowl, combine the remaining 1 3/4 cups of flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Beat this slowly into the egg mixture until a shaggy dough is formed and there is no more visible flour.
Use your hands to pinch off pieces of the dough and roll them into balls slightly smaller than ping-pong balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar and arrange them two inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cookies are crinkly on top and just starting to turn golden-brown around the edges.

Blonde Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: a recipe experiment (altered)

This is the second attempt at the recipe I found at Lady Bean .  This is the only recipe I have on my blog, so I thought it was close to what I wanted.  Nope.  I think I know what I searched for last time, and just have to find it again.

Preheat the oven to 350º

1/2 Cup of softened butter
1/4 Cup of brown sugar (previous 1/2 C)
1/2 Cup of white sugar (previous 1/4 C)


1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.


1 Cup AP flour (previous 3/4C)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 Cup milk (previously not in the recipe)


1-1/2 Cups of oats (quick or old-fashioned oats) (3/4 Cup finely chopped in food processor)
1/2 Cup of raisins.


Stir until combined.

Chill dough for 1 hour

Drop a tablespoon of batter onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for about 16 minutes

Weekend update


Day off as I'd put in my 80 hours already
Refreshed sourdough starter
Mowed most of the yard
Trip into town to find sprouted grain flours.  No real luck
Lunch with K at Gringo's (King's Bier Garten was prepping for Oktoberfest, so they were closed)
Art Show Helper work


Blueberry muffins
More sourdough work
Aggie Football


Met up with Bill P. to get some stuff for transport and talk fannish politics
More work on two types of bread
Made some cornbread with polenta instead of corn meal
Attempted to hang new interior door, just a bit too wide
Big midday meal

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 9/28/13

No students, no class.  Apparently, Julio showed up after we'd left.

If no students show up by about 10-15 minutes after scheduled start time, class is cancelled.

Aikido Friday Night - 9/27/13

Aikido players:  Tim, Mario, and Julio


Light set

The Walk:

Twice, as usual.


Oversaw Mario and Julio working on releases.  It actually went pretty well.


Did some work on shomen-ate on both side for both of them.  That went pretty well, also.


None of note

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