Turkey Fajitas WIP

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Thaw and inject fajita sauce in the bird, stuffing is saute’d sweet onion and bell pepper strips, wrap in bacon, cook, remove bacon and stuffing, and carve bird in strips.  Serve turkey, bacon, and stuffing on flour tortillas with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and Mexican mix shredded cheese.

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Saute’ing the stuffing in butter and a touch of marinade.

Turkey with stuffing.

 

 

 

Bacon wrapped in the oven.

Brazed for fajita sauce infusion, @ 2 hours.  Tempted to snitch bacon.

Done, removed carefully from oven.

Stripped of bacon and stuffing, dry pan.

The sides, bacon and stuffing.

 

The carcass is in the stock pot on the stove.  All other parts that were in the oven are in the fridge.  Pretty much on the schedule I envisioned, which is pretty slow.  I will be done by midnight.  Dishes are next.  Got a pretty good nibble cleaning the carcass.  It is yummy and pretty consistent on the fajita seasoning, tasty but not overpowering.  I would have no problem with this as a freezer staple.  I will keep the last cleaning, which is a fair portion of a quart ziplock.

Turkey fajitas

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The first injection just took place in the thawed bird, and it sits under foil in a roasting pan in the fridge.  Tomorrow, the stuffing and the bacon wrapping and the roasting, followed by disassembly, carving, packaging, and boiling down the carcass to stock.  It will be a fairly full day to prep it for transport.  I have the kitchen ready for the process tomorrow.  The 7 hour cook time should give me ample time to prep and stage for the road.

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Departure will be Saturday, as soon as I can get things packed and rolling.  With a single overnight, packing will be minimum.  I figure 30 hours there and an hour transit each way.  Friday night will be too cold to play and sing, so a Saturday arrival before noon should work.  Fajitas and second serving on Saturday, music on Sunday.  Second serving is either tamales or cheesecake.  I’ll figure that out on Saturday morning when I get the guacamole.

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The cold snap is easing slowly.  It froze enough to nix the bugs and mosquitos.  So we don’t need any more of that for a while.

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I look forward to the party.  I also look forward to emerging from post party recovery. I am ready for a prolonged rested lazy spell.  Nothing quite like sitting around, doing nothing, by choice.  One or two events in December, maybe three.  I’ll just have to see how ambitious I get.

Unpacked

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The house is finally back in order.  Took long enough.  Everything is unpacked, all moved stuff is back in place, the floors are clean.  I have one box of stuff from storage that needs filing away, old photos and documents, but that is a project in and of itself.  As of now, I’m moved back in.  I can be lazy.

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Had a heavy train of thunderstorms roll through, so I haven’t gone shopping for fajita turkey stuff as planned.  But I can start a thaw in the sink and finish it in the fridge without worrying about salmonella.  And I won’t be attending on Friday because of the low temp (can’t sing and play music outside on a cold night), so I can move cooking back one day.  So the schedule has flex, as long as I get it by Tuesday.  No hurry for anything else.  Well stocked.

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Learning to use the new microwave, meal by meal.  I like the sensor reheat.  I’m impressed by how well it heats without having to guess a time, based on steam release.  Very clever.  I’ll be using it.

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I have a few days to be lazy, do what I like.  Not much to do except get ready for TRD.  I can live with that.

Cold front

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Well, the warmth has been blown out.  -20°F in North Dakota as an arctic mass blows south across the central US.  Won’t be freezing here, but close enough for my tastes.  The frontal rain is almost over.  At least it will suppress the bees.

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Still not done with household chores and unpacking, but I’m going to make an effort today to get it all done.  Not that much left to do.  No chance now to do the truck shine.  But there will be chances ahead, after TRD.

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I’ll also be cooking a few things, like a chicken alfredo and risotto.  Haven’t had a big appetite, but it will rebound with the cool weather.  The new microwave is in service, but I need to tackle the learning curve to get the rest of the functions down.  Getting pretty good at guessing new times for common items with the more powerful unit.  It is quick.  I’ll eventually quit having to convert as the new times become commonplace.  Haven’t had a chance yet to try the sensor reheating.

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Got the instrument microphone from Musician’s Friend.  I probably won’t be using it until after TRD.  But the option is now there for capturing the Egee to hard drive.

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Got most of the shopping done.  I still need to get the stuff for fajita turkey, which will be Sunday, considering thaw time, marinade, cooking, and packaging for reheating.  But I don’t need to spend any more large amounts of money otherwise.  I’m pretty well set for the rest of the month.  Just bread and little stuff like that.

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Myka has settled in pretty well.  The cool weather has her running about the house (scoochin’).  And she is claiming the LZB as her sleeping spot when I’m not in it.  And if there is a blanket over me, she will warm up between my calves hammock style.  I need to fix her box castle, as she gets rowdy inside it and pops the box binding tape loose.  She’ll have a new banker’s box when I switch a couple of worn standard travel boxes to new boxes.

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Well, back to chores so I can get them behind me.

Micro waving

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The decades old Kenmore is history, the magnetron fried, dropped off at the local mission thrift store.  The new Panasonic 2.2 cf 1250w is in the house, still in its box.  I need to pack up the mini and make room (lots of room, it is a honker).

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Not much to do, otherwise.  Finish unpacking, repack a couple of stressed banker boxes, a little house cleaning, and rest for a few days.  Then, weather willing, start on the truck detailing.  I need some quality dead-time before I get active again.  The body needs the R&R.  A little cooking, test out the new microwave.  But no toting, no stressing, no adding to the body aches.

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Looking forward to some unobstructed laziness.

Downtime

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Went to Cheryl’s party yesterday.  It was a lot of fun and consumed the entire PM.  Lots of good music.  Left me 100 ±5% worthless today.  Lots of napping.

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No progress on the microwave.  The little unit has removed the desperation of its downtime, though some dense things it won’t handle properly.  The big hurdle is moving the old unit back into the kitchen for a hot test.  At least I know where to take it if it turns out to be DOA.

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Bees swarming here as they were in Elgin.  The rain has led them to assume it’s spring, and not finding blossoms, they are keying on the scents from the houses.  Have to be aware for the few who manage to find their way inside.

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Did I mention that I didn’t get much done today?

touchdown

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Well, not quite what I was expecting arriving home, but take what comes.  There was a bit of mold growing in active places (skin oils), but not enough to force evacuation.  The house is neater.  But it’s not completely emptied.  No bed just yet.

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The microwave died about 30 seconds into its first run, so the traveling unit saved the day a second time.  I’ll pop open the old one and see what’s what later today, and go get another if need be.  (It is 30 years old, and the thought crossed my mind when I bought the 0.7 cf unit.)  Looking at $160 for a Panasonic 2.2 cf, 1250w.

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It was a cool night, in the 40’s, first furnace run.  Myka enjoyed the company of my calves, hammocked between them.  She was a bit depressed to be back after being an outdoor cat.  But I played with her in the box castle and fishing and brushed her.  She seems to be settling in after sniffing everything.  The ride back wasn’t as bad as most, but it still required multiple cleanings of the carrier.  The paper towel bedding worked very well.

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Garbage out.  Most was from yesterdays shopping ($115) to restock the kitchen after the depletion in late September.  I brought some of the frozen stuff back with me, but not all of it by any means.  Not going to go hungry.

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Two projects for TRD.  1) Polish and wax the truck. 2) Fajita turkey.  Two weeks.

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Today is the last day of early voting.  I’ll be downtown this afternoon.

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Voting was easy.  Parked directly across the street in light traffic, no lines inside, nothing to delay the process.  Was in and out in no time, back home with a minimal time and effort.  Last day of early voting is the way to go.

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Now the nuke autopsy.

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Fuse blown in the microwave.  There was a buzz that I associate with electrical death, but there were no obvious blown components (smoke, heat, or chemical stains).  I think rather than hunt down a 1/4″ ceramic 250VAC 20A (314) fuse, which would cost less than $2 at Dealer’s Electric about a mile from here, I’ll just call it deceased.  Considering the age and death cry, I am prone to think it will not run properly if I put a new fuse in it.  I can sleep on it, and use the 0.7 cf unit until I fully make up my mind.

Wrapping up exile

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I’ll be heading home with Myka on Thursday.  Today is the last day here without chores.  Packing starts tomorrow, though there isn’t a whole lot of stuff to pack.  Most everything is in boxes already.

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Off to storage today to grab a few things.  It won’t take long.

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Been running a few tests on the truck, looking to clean, polish, and wax it before TRD.  I think I have it down as what to use for which function.

1) Strip years of dirt and funk.  Purple Power.

2) Rub out the oxidized paint.  Rubbing compound.

3) Wax it to retain the shine.  A spray wax for starters, a solid wax later.

I also have a spray on rust converter for the few places it need it.

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I have decided on fajita turkey for TRD, made beforehand and packed in an aluminum pan to be oven warmed.  It’s due an unveiling.

Settled

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Played a little music yesterday at Sharon and Andre’s for dinner.  It was fun.

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Pretty much settled back in at Grandma’s.  Found a couple of my water bottles (blue) at Walmart yesterday, added them to my collection.  I think I have enough now.  Maybe.  Depends on how long I live.

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Settled back in, dealing with connection again, but not critical yet.  Can’t complain.  Myka is happy, going in and out as she pleases during daylight.  It’s keeping her busy.

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Not much going on today.  I finished up the base editing of the recorded tracks before sunrise this morning.  (Normalize, equalize, echo, reverb to soften the small room bounce.)  I need to give each a critical ear and decide whether to post them or not.

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Today is supposed to be the last day of rain for a while.  Lake Travis continues to drop slowly from its near record rise (4th highest, within 1 foot of the record).

Transition

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Today is departure day.  Myka will have my company this evening.  Eric and Alicia depart Phoenix in about an hour.  I head to the airport in about three and a a half hours.   I will be packing in the meantime.

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It’s been a quiet stay, the rain keeping me close to the vest.  I did get to record, so it was worthwhile.  And I got to spend time with the horde.  There were a couple of errands I didn’t do and a couple of intended places where I didn’t eat.  I’ll survive.  It was a cheap stay, so I can’t complain.

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Ten days in Grandma’s and I should be heading home.  (Knock on wood.)

Wrapping up Austin

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Two more days in Austin.  Wrapping things up.  I didn’t unpack much, so packing will be considerably easier than loading the truck.  Kitchen will wind up properly.

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24 tunes recorded thus far.  Not sure how any more I’ll do here.  Plenty of editing (equalizing, etc.) to come, so I’m not in a big hurry to add to it.  I’ll be able to record more when I get home.  But it’s a good start.

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Still wet.  No flooding, but enough to keep me off the streets.  Lake Travis is 23.25 feet above stage.  I’ve never known the water level to be that high.

Recording

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Ten tracks on the hard drive thus far.  Third day of recording.

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Lake Travis is up 17 feet above stage.  It has risen 39 feet in nine days.  It’s pretty wet, though not flooding here.

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Myka is doing well at Grandma’s.  The pack here isn’t suffering either.

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Eating well.  No real take out yet.  Mostly stuff from the freezer.

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Life is good.

 

Austin

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Settled in Austin, two days since rolling in.  Shopped for food, did a take out, pretty much got everything squared away.  No need to go anywhere in the immediate future.

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Rain may curtail my runs out to see Myka.  It looks like the rest of the month may be rainy.  I’ll see how it plays.

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Not much to add.  Pretty quiet passing the time thus far.

Shift

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Another packing day today, getting ready for the shift to Austin.  Myka will be staying in Grandma’s, and I’ll visit her a few times.  She’ll do better better here than in Austin, not to mention two fewer trips.

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Rainy weather overall, and today is forecast to be a wet one.  First real cold front moving through, yeilding sunny skies tomorrow, with a 10 to 15°F drop.  Lows projected in the upper 50’s.  Glad I brought warm clothes.

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Got the truck washed, though there is still more to do.  But it shows a marked improvement.  I got various cleaners for the second round, interior and exterior, as well as rust treatment and a spray wax.  (Not going to do a full wax, not worth the effort.)  Now that the heat has abated, I can spend some time getting it looking a bit better.

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Life has been good in exile thus far.  Miss my internet, but it’s not for that long.  Stephen’s seafood gumbo was superb.  Can’t complain.

The hush

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We had a jam session tonight at Cheryl’s.  Was a many talented, many styled group.  There was plenty of chaos between songs, as we didn’t spend a lot of time talking at first.  I started playing If I Could Only Fly, and the chaos was all around through the first verse, until I got into the chorus.  One measure was chaos, the next was nothing but me, it was a deep silence of group recognition, very sudden.  Unusual to be singing through the conversations and then suddenly being the focus of everyone.  Probably the single most impressive moment of the evening for me.  It was a lovely evening.  The music was great.

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Laundry tomorrow, as I have the place to myself in the am.  Still a few things to get done, but not many.

The Good Life

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Settled in.  Have had two wonderful dinners in the 39 hours since I arrived.  Myka has been outside, and while not overly enthusiastic about it, she is having a good time.  So all is good since the arrival.  My body is starting to recover from the transition, aided by occasional ibuprofen.

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The internet is usable, though a bit slow without the booster, unless I’m on the porch.  I’ll probably set it up today.  Haven’t particularly missed the speed yet.

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Not complaining.  Exile is good.

H-4

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Less than four hours to scheduled departure.  Most things are packed and staged, and the loading begins soon.  I’m well within margin, but departure time isn’t that hard set.  Only the last minute stuff hasn’t been packed.

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Myka is bugging me to feed her.  I wish I could, but…   All she gets is calming treats in three hours.

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I’ll be glad when I get to Elgin and everything is unloaded.  I am tired.  It’s been a long week, and my body hasn’t been all that perky.  I’m glad I’m packing fairly light.  Myka will be glad too, when we get there.  She’ll get to eat well when we arrive.  Not looking forward to her misery in transit.

Rib eyes, jambalaya, and tails

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Meals and cookings are being scheduled for the rest of the week.  Rib eyes were last night.  Pastrami and baby swiss tonight.  Eggs and jambalaya are tomorrow.  The rest of the sirloins on Thursday.  Burger for lunch and pot pie for dinner.  Friday morning is garbage pick up.  All the big waste meals are done.   Chicken strips and shrimp (fried/frozen) on Friday.  Saturday, whatever is left over in the fridge.  More than listed will be consumed (bacon and cheddar tacos, cheesecake, ice cream, etc.)   I will be working on bundling steaks, ribs, chicken, pork loin, and more from the freezer for the month of October’s road trip.  I might be bringing some of it home with me.

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The biggest gecko lost its tail, nothing but a fat stub.  Either a cat or a bird are my prime suspicions.  Maybe an anole, a big one, but they tend to go for the head in a scuffle.  It looks awfully funky.

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Made Myka a three box castle with ample little windows.  She loves it.

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Mental fundamentals for the scale of packing has been the big chore, though it is by no means all.  I have hard drive cleaning and prep, as I’ll only be taking one external drive with me.  Only a few changes of clothes, not the whole wardrobe.  12 string and mixer for recording.  Lots of scaling for one month duration in three segments.

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Doing pretty well, but my back still needs ample breaks.  So that is a major consideration in packing, even on a light scale.  Five days and counting.

Pan smoke

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Cooked a 3 quart pot today.  Boiling 6 eggs, dozed off, wondering what the smell was when I woke.  I found out when I left the office.  Yikes!  The idea was use up the 10 eggs before the end of next week.  That much I made good progress accomplishing.  Doh!  Fortunately, it was a cheap pot to replace.

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It will take a while to air out the house.  It’s going to linger.  Vanilla Fabreze in the meantime.

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Sirloins have been postponed until tomorrow.  At least I got them trimmed down before garbage went out.

Singing with teeth

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Went to Music School last night and had my first experience in singing with dentures.  Over all, it was successful, but I did learn a few things.  Adhesive on the lower plate is a must to avoid irritation to the gums.  Breathing will be different.  More power on the bass notes is needed.  And lots of little things that aren’t easy to describe.  But over all, I now know that I will be able to perform in public with them.

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Slept 15 hours since I got home.  Whew!  Not just napping, it was lights out.  Sore too, upper legs and back fussing big time.

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Ten days until exile.  The countdown begins.  Four chunks of sirloin to be tenderized and marinated, broiled and frozen for the stay.  They’ll join already cooked ribs, pork loin, chicken, etc.

Freezer

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Doing what I can to reduce the load in the freezer.  Rib eye…

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Gas Tank

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Just a quick model and first render in modo 12, a propane tank.

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Back

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My three day stint is behind me.  Back home.  Been raining a bit this week.  But everything is going well.  No complaints, other than a little sore from the waist down.

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I’m going to take it easy for a few days, settled in, relaxed.  Chance of rain for the rest of the week.  Highs in the mid 80s.  A good time to relax.

Bryan

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Headed tomorrow to housesit in Bryan, Friday to Monday morning.  Feed birds and Squirt and new feral cats.  I’ll take care of business while I’m there.  Haven’t made any Music Schools recently.

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Paid auto insurance today.  Ouch.  Still staying afloat though.  Only have storage left to pay for the month.

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Starting to look at next month’s exile.  I will have fresh 90 day scripts for everything, so no pharmacy juggles.  Looking at what I need to pack for a 30 day w/ Myka jaunt.  I will probably take the audio mixer and do some recording.  I expect to do a little jamming as well.

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Not much to worry about in the meantime.  Lots to eat.  Just killed off a loaded pizza.  Had a chicken/broccoli alfredo before that.  Steak, ribs, and smoke turkey/provolone sandwiches are filling out the main courses.  A risotto is for when I get back from Bryan.  Still not gluing the plates in yet, but the partial helps a good deal when eating without them.  That is about to change, though.

-ember

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Finally resolved the digestive issue in this morning’s wee hours.  It had kept me at home for a couple of road trips, so I’m happy to resolve it.  The bloating was getting uncomfortable and straining my repaired abs.  The new hypertension med will hopefully not repeat the problem.  I was happy with the valsartan.  A shame they recalled it.

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Speaking of meds, the pharmacy has been problematic.  Actually, the online refill function and the insurance were the issues, not the pharmacists themselves.  One more refill toward the end of the month, and I’l be set for exile in October, no refills until I get back (knock on wood).

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Had a strange dream about being tattooed.  It came from a video I saw of a band’s performance, the singer had strange tats on his neck.  I dreamed that I joined some social/political group (that part was fuzzy), and the requirement was getting tattooed.  In the dream, I woke up with a flower on each bicep, didn’t dream about the actual imprinting, and I wasn’t happy.  The flowers were the same as on one side of the singer’s neck.  I tried to make them go away, but none of the dream resets was successful, and that was quite frustrating.  I was glad to wake up.

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Weather starting to change, the heat fading ever so slightly, with a continuation in the near future.  Triple digits to lower 90s is a welcome change.  I’ve had my fill of peak summer, though I’m sure I will miss the heat when it turns cool.  It will help in thawing and cooking the freezer contents.  Ribeyes, sirloins, and more to be cooked.  They’ll join ribs, pork loin, chicken, and more that are already cooked while in exile.  I will be fed and dining out during my stay, so no large masses will travel.  But I will have plenty variety to tide me over when I have time to myself.  I just want to empty the freezer as much as possible for my absence, considering the last exile’s debacle.  I will stop replacing what I eat this month.  (Skipping the baby back ribs sale isn’t easy.  But the $4 Blue Bell won’t be a problem.  I’m near the bottom of the tub.)

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September is an expensive month, auto insurance being the big ticket.  But I am still above water.  Now that I have taken care of my digestive tract, I can make a run to Bryan and do bank business.  Maybe even take in a Music School.  All in all, things are looking up, though they weren’t all that bad.