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Wind in the Sails

it is hot!
work has been a real bear lately. i did not sleep hardly at all last night, which left me getting to work later than i wanted to today (but still about an hour earlier than everyone else). broke down and bought jade empire. it is everything i hoped it would be. i am actually having trouble with some of the battles and the difficulty cranked up all the way.

i packed up pantry and pots and pans today - maybe dishes later, if i can muster the energy. outlook hazy on that one.

i am continuing the audience participation trend with frankandeddie. if you don't know what this is, start at the beginning before catching up - even if you don't read, you should fill out the poll - it will make it more entertaining. i just realized that frankandeddie started the day after my birthday. that is pretty funny - i have no recolection of when i started it, only that i was bouncing off of a post murnkay made.

in cleaning out shit, i came across a stash of chocolate stuff i kept on hand for seemestarfish. it seemed a pity to toss it all, so i made some brownies for my co-workers. it is funny, how making brownies always stresses me out. i've never made a "bad" batch (where nobody liked them), but i have tried some pretty experimental mixes in my day. the biggest thing is that i don't like chocolate, so i don't taste what i am making - i am cooking with straight theory - it is funny to see how the results turn out.

i have several combinations which work pretty well - which ones would you want?

Which of these combos sounds best to you

dark chocolate brownies with bittersweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate drizzled on top with chocolate sprinkles
bittersweet brownies with white chocolate chunks, cashews, and powdered sugar
dark chocolate brownies with milk chocolate chunks, almond bits, covered with a sliced almond/amaretto/vanilla glaze
just plain brownies with walnuts
black cherry and dark chocolate chunks in a fudge-based brownie, topped with confectioner's sugar and drizzled with chocolate sauce

Or, how do you like your brownies?

i need to sleep tonight. i had some really disturbing dreams all night, which kept me up until about quarter to six this morning with no continuous sleep greater than about 30 minutes from 2am on.

i'd love a drink right now, but i packed all my booze away 0_o


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
those other things aren't brownies.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
leave your personal prejeduces out of this!
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: pfft
those other things may be delicious chocolatey confections, but they are not brownies.

Jun. 15th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
i still say bah
this is you being a semantic purist - if i threw a plate of any of the others out there, they _look_ like brownies, people would call them brownies, and i could easily sell them as brownies.

just not TO YOU!
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: i still say bah
a rose by any other name is still not brownies.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
pfft x2
a chocolate fishhook upon your cocoa hairsplitting
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: pfft x2
i do bite my twice dipped chocolate coated thumb, sir.
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I wondered why you'd packed your booze already. Everyone knows that you pack the essentials last...
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
i am just trying to pack as pack can at this point - i am not gonna have much time over this weekend, and i am moving next saturday. speaking of, is there any way we can reshuffle the stuff on the pew? i gotta disassemble it so it can be moved.
Jun. 15th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: meh
Yeah, no prob with the stuff. I need to get packing myself, so just any old where that's out of your way is fine...
Jun. 15th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
I'm partial to black cherries. ^-^;;
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
you know, that was one of my biggest complaints about that game - it just wasn't difficult, even with the difficulty cranked. i never even bothered to finish it because i could smell the letdown coming in the last battle.

just picked up sacred, which finally answered the question "what would happen if diablo2 got dungeon siege drunk one night and had his way with her?' pretty interesting so far.
Jun. 15th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
much like star wars kotr and kotr2, i love the immersive feel of the game, the stylized gameplay, and the way that the plot rotates around your actions (to an extent). i dunno what kinda character you played, but with a magic-based character, taht game is tough, particularly when msot of your strengths lie in areas that don't hurt the demons/ghosts.

overall, what i like about the game is that they made it short, so you can play through it a few times and see everything.

did you scope out dungeon seige 2? vast imrpovement over the first one - i think i may pick it up when it comes out.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: hmm
yeah, it does give you that - i played a speed based character. my biggest complaint in terms of difficulty was that there was only one character (to my recollection) that you couldnt really bob&weave on - just seemed like the AI couldnt handle a wang-esque flippy character.

havent done much research on ds2 - wasnt thrilled with the first one, to be quite honest. mebbe i'll give it a looksie. fairly certain it's out, tho.
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
um, not out yet
it is jsut recently in open beta - it is very similar to diablo this go-round, with slightly better tools for connecting to the gamespy network than blizzard's battle net.

what i like is the versatility of the ds series as a hack and slash goes - they allow you to be flexible, rather than restricting you to a single class, but you can always see the glory possible if you were to totally max out in one class.
Jun. 15th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: um, not out yet
well see, that's part of why i never really got anywhere - i had to keep balanced, so i had to keep doing multiplayer to build up four aspects instead of just one :-p
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