Where the hell have you been?
I know, right? My life has been an endless series of work, sleep and family obligations. Things whooshing by superfast with no ending in sight. Last week at work, I had a special project going on and... it was an unmitigated disaster. No one's fault... just a series of happenstance and missteps that led to a wasted effort and dollars down the drain.
I've been so busy, I'd given up on reading LJ and blogs which means I didn't even notice until TODAY that there was a Penguicon meeting YESTERDAY! (Ed. Note: Hey guys... how about a mass emailing to the staff list or some such?).
In any case, I figure I have two choices... continue running around like a gerbil in a wheel or do what I'm doing now... which is making ice cream.
You see, we always look at ice cream makers in the store, but there's always a reason not to buy one. No space on the counter, too expensive, who has the time... yada yada yada. But then I had to go over to New Egg to look for a drive (5400rpm drive now replaced with much speedier drive, thank you), and they had the regular $49.99 Cuisinart maker for $39, and I had a coupon code for $10 off kitchen appliances with free shipping, so I figured why not? $29.99, and if I hate it, I'm not out much.
...and I know what your thinking... Dave, isn't all ice cream better when made with liquid nitrogen?
This is undoubtedly true, but I generally don't have a dewar of LNO2 sitting around in the kitchen when the mood for ice cream strikes. I could, of course, snag some from work, but they really frown on that sort of behavior, and I don't blame them.
And I know that I'm trying to lose weight, but don't think of it as an excuse to gluttonously devour an endless series of creamy, rich frozen desserts, but rather a chance to control the amount of actual foodstuffs that go in to the confection when I feel the need for a frozen treat. If I'm going to consume a few extra calories, at least I know it's from food rather than Dow, right?
Plus... it's kind of fun.
In any case, this is the first batch, so I started with a simple vanilla custard recipe, and as it's churning I'll stream in some scrumdelyicious blueberry preserves.
Should be good...
...and then I'm going to relax...
...and by relax I mean check my work email and work on creating a comic buffer...