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January 10th, 2013
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  1. Evil Grin

    Hello, my chums. It's been a long time. I miss you guys.

    How have you all been?

    January 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • MicheleG™

      HEY there! How ARE Ya? Long TIME! What's news?

      January 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
      • Evil Grin

        It turns out, trying to take over the world is hard. Who'd have guessed?

        In all seriousness, I've had a few health problems that kept me from posting here, but nothing serious.

        I have the minions check in every so often to see what everyone is doing. They're sneaky, not supposed to be seen. But you know that extra box of doughnuts that just appears sometimes, or the quiches that no one admits to bringing in? Those are gifts from the minions.

        January 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
        • MicheleG™

          EG Hugs, and Minion Hugs!

          January 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
        • 5-10

          I bet you're g@y evil grin

          January 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • Truth™@EGrin

      Welcome back!
      How's life in the lair with the minions?

      January 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • Evil Grin

        Going smoothly. They are currently attempting to breed attack tortoises. It's going predictably well, but it keeps them busy.

        How's life been for you and the wife?

        January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Reply
        • MicheleG™

          Attack Tortoises? That has to be a looooooong range kind of thing only sloooooooooowly achieved............sounds like the "enemy" will have plenty of time to step aside.

          January 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
        • AleeD®@MicG™, Turth™ & Evil G

          Sometimes longer and slower is the more effective solution.

          January 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
        • Evil Grin

          "Built in armor," Minion #2 tells me. And Minion #4 keeps murmuring something about not needing to house the troupes. I'm not sure, but Minion #3 has this look in her eye when she supervises the training, then glances over at the soup pot.

          January 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • AleeD®

      Hi Evil! Great to have your evil presence back (and front)! Are you going to be able to hang around for a while? Very sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope they're history. If you can stay a while, I could use your help with the dungeon redecorating. You should see what Rich & Sir Bid did to it.

      January 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • Evil Grin

        Tell me they didn't mix '70s disco with '80s day glow colors again.

        January 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
        • AleeD®@Evil Grin

          Worse. Pastels. Esp Sir Bid with his newest to Biddle Mansion: Little Biddle 2 – feeling all nesty and stuff.

          January 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
        • Evil Grin

          Yikes. Dungeons should be far more bleak than that. I'll order the Minions to begin work on a proper torture chamber post-haste.

          Although pastels might qualify as torture in some parts of the world.

          January 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
        • AleeD®@Evil Grin

          Noooo pastels in my dungeon unless my slaves are wearing them. The minions help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Right after I got back from the holidays, I brought in contractors to re-do everything. So they're only just now getting started. Semi-gloss black and wrought iron are replacing the disco ball, boas and baby blue walls. Eesh.

          January 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
        • Evil Grin

          Feather boas, or boa constrictors?

          January 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
        • AleeD®@Evil Grin

          Feathered, definitely. Forgive me for not thinking of that. It's been a while since we talked. ^_^

          January 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
        • Evil Grin

          Oh too bad. The constrictors would have been a nice touch.

          January 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
        • AleeD®@Evil Grin

          Oh dear sir! I believe you misunderstand me. I'm getting RID of the feathered type. I would have no qualms about replacing the feathered ones with the constricting variety. No qualms at all.

          January 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Maybe you should teach the minions how to type so you can keep in touch with us. Welcome back my friend....you have been missed.

      January 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • Evil Grin

        You're right. I've been woefully neglecting their education.

        How's WD doing?

        January 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
        • RichardHead@EG

          Sadly, WD passed away last year. She lives in spirit with me tho. Sorry to hear about the health issues–just don't become a Vegan. :))

          January 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
        • Evil Grin

          Oh gosh, I'm so sorry. She lived a great life, though.

          Still no veganism here, don't worry.

          January 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@EG

      Welcome back!! Attack tortoises...hmm, are those like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?? We made Ninjabread Cookie Men at Christmas, and the little ones made a few mutants.. Hope you are feeling better and can join us more.

      January 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
      • Evil Grin

        What is Ninjabread? That sounds fun.

        January 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
        • ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@EG

          I think the minions might like this..I was able to score the kit at Big Lots for $5!! WIN

          http://www.amazon.com/In-the-Mix-Ninjabread-Cookie/dp/B009RQT6H6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357845971&sr=8-1&keywords=ninjabread+cookie+kit

          January 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
        • Evil Grin

          Hahaha. That's gold. They would love that.

          January 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  2. coffeemike

    (In case that didn't already come through – commenting glitch on my side...)

    Off the top of my head, while I'm supposed to be writing strategy documents:

    * I'm trying to get back into braising in a pressure cooker. I haven't done enough to really have intuition of it yet, but I'm not yet convinced that the extra pressure won't squeeze too much life out of a hunk of meat before the collagen etc. can break down. I believe it can be done, I'm just not sure how.

    * That part above is driven mainly by my current obsession with doing something to pork belly other than making bacon. Scratch that – "in addition to", not "other than". Mmm, bacon.

    * I'm torn. I've made good friends in our local restaurant community, and I want to see more people eating at good restaurants. On the other hand, I believe passionately in cooking at home, and really want to see people get back to knowing how to handle their own food. The end result for me is a lot of moral support and not a lot of dining out.

    * Coffee; I underestimated the importance of a high quality grinder and was taught the error of my ways last fall. Now I'm looking at water quality and how that affects daily brewing.

    * The cookbooks I use the most are the ones that refer to cooking technique rather than recipes. Not that I can't or don't like to follow a recipe, but I've found them much more useful than recipe tomes.

    Something to chew on...

    January 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  3. Kat Kinsman

    Wahoooo! My husband is up and walking around with a cane. It hurts, and he's still sick from the anesthesia, but he's mobile. Yaaaaaaaaaayyyy!

    January 10, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Truth™@Kat

      Much support and good vibes being sent your way! Keep us posted!

      January 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • MicheleG™

      Dittos what Truth said! (((Hugs!))) going your way!

      January 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • AleeD®@Kat

      Glad to hear hubby is well enough to be up and around. Nothing speeds up healing like short walks after surgery.

      January 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • RichardHead

      Great news Kitten...as long as it's not a long white cane they gave him. He should be able to get back to doing the household chores in no time. :))

      January 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • Evil Grin

      Yikes. What happened?

      January 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  4. MicheleG™

    Good AM on a wet, rainy Thursday out here on southern Cal.

    January 10, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
  5. Truth™

    Good morning all! How is everyone doing today? One more nice day on tap and then winter kicks in on Friday.

    January 10, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  6. Alee D Alarm Clock®

    Seems obvious to use this song to get y'all AWAKE!
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opU1urLhw50&w=640&h=390]

    January 10, 2013 at 6:54 am | Reply

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