Nov. 4th, 2014 10:57 am
Apparently, I cannot be trusted to regularly cross-post between tumblr and here. One-line Whiskey now also has a twitter account which should make it easier to keep track of if you want to but aren't a tumblr user but I'm going to go on ahead and accept that the cross-posting always feels like I'm playing catch up because I'm always playing catch up and remove that (admittedly minor) stressor from my online life.

I can definitely keep up with the monthly book summaries. I'll see what else comes out of it, if anything.

Common chives sprout up all bent-like.

This angle doesn't get all of the pots but all of them have at least one teeny green thing it it. HUZZAH.
Our beloved bearded dragon, Issyk, passed away a while ago. Her enclosure is large and wired for both heat and UV light but I didn’t think another critter was a great idea.

Initially, I thought I’d do an elaborate carnivorous plant garden—and I still might—but, to be honest, I’m just not that good with plants and need some experience. So I’m going with herbs and veggies and flowers. Things with harvest times and very explicit modes of success (or failure).

This is the initial set up. If I’m bold I'll share further progress, success and failure, as events warrant.

Wish me luck.

Jul. 20th, 2014 11:11 pm
I still need to put up part four of four of What I Did on My Summer Vacation but I don't feel like I've done it justice yet so I'm still sitting on it.

In the mean time have this:

You'd think being this well-matched in a scrabble clone would get boring. It hasn't.

And this whiskey blog round up:

Littlemill Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Cask, 21-year-old
Revisit: Tin Cup Colorado Whiskey
Rosebank Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 22-year
Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, Single Barrel

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Tastings from Whiskies of the World:

Jun. 23rd, 2014 09:49 am

I added a challenge question to my goodreads profile a while ago after growing tired of authors who added me invited me to follow them just to advertise their books without any other sort of interaction. Different than the author of x type of fiction who also read y type of fiction voraciously and with whom I had a great deal of reading taste in common*. It’s simple. “Why do you think we should be friends? —-OR—- How do we know each other?” and you have to answer it just to send the friends request. I still get the occasional “We should be friends because you’d like my book!!” but it cut down on the number of adverquests significantly.

Recently I got one from someone who has overlapping tastes and wrote a nice note regarding a review** I’d written for a book we have in common. Their answer to the challenge question was, “Because you read the type of books I want to read, not burn!”

And now we have a close second to how to get my eyes to roll right out of my head as the result of a goodreads interaction.

* I did eventually read a couple of her books. They were good!
** I stopped writing reviews on goodreads when amazon bought them out but I haven't deleted anything. Yet?


Jun. 22nd, 2014 08:47 pm
Booker's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
High West Campfire Whiskey

And next time I post about whiskies it'll be a rundown of Whiskies of the World--a fancy whisky tasting on a yacht--before the queue started, I had this to say:

Gird your livers

The first of the Whiskies of the World posts will finally shake through the queue tomorrow. I am scrolling through and still agog at the sheer volume of them and quite pleased with how well I paced myself.

I’m also wondering how many times I managed to miss it when my fingers took over and I typed Whiskies of the Whorld because I’m pretty sure I did it on every single post and will be shocked if I caught and corrected all of them.

Turns out, I'm much better at regular subject-specific blogging when I can queue things up. The whiskey blog is still going strong and I think I need to find a new way to translate that to here. Possibly periodically in a batched link form? Let me know if that works for you?

52@40 ended. I do have the start for the next project but I'm still working out the kinks. It's very, very old instant film with a very, very old instant camera. Scanning is probably more involved than I'm likely to keep up with. Artistically sloppy images via my phone may work.

Conversations with my Teenager has stalled. I don't know if/when it'll pick back upagain.

And now for whiskies. This isn't caught up (one can scroll through One-Line Whiskey for that if one is so inclined) but I'll try to put up smallish batched doses until I've caught up.

Scotch Flight: JohnnieWalker Blue, Dalmore 12, Clynelish 14
Seven Stills Chocosmoke Whiskey
John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Very Special Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bender’s Small Batch Rye Whiskey
Some assorted novelty Jim Beam bottles

Today I went for a hike. Urban hiking, as it were. I went up and over hills, through pretty neighborhoods, skirted a race’s finish line and found myself at the Wave Organ. It’s one of my favorite places to take guests. It’s out of the way. It’s a gorgeous walk. And, well, it’s cool. If you’re a nerd. It’s one of the Exploratorium’s outdoor exhibits, an “acoustic sculpture” at the end of a jetty on the San Francisco Bay. I’ve only been there at high tide once or twice (and today wasn’t on of those times) but it’s neat regardless. Right now there are flowers blanketing and draping the installation in ways I’ve never seen before. I sat there on a day so much warmer than any other time I’ve been there and drank my tea, looking at the water to one side and the city to another.

I started this project with me at the Ocean. I’m ending it with me at the Bay.

To be honest, I’m a little glad it’s over. Not because I didn’t want to do it anymore but because the nice, clean end is giving me a chance to reflect on the last year as a whole instead of as a continuing thing. I’m considering more of what I want out of the next year. 

I also have ideas another 52 project but I won’t be sure which project I’m going forward with until I start it. We’ll see.

I’ll be honest. When I walked into the bar and saw that a Jameson was the monthly whiskey, I winced. There’s some funky aftertaste to the regular Jameson that I can tolerate but don’t really like. But, of course, I got it anyway.

And it was lovely. Mild, smooth, tiniest bit sweet but mostly just clean and crisp. More like Powers Gold than, well, than Jameson. Definitely one I’d drink again.

I love this dress. I love this dress so much. I found it at a vintage/second-hand store in LA and it fits like someone sewed it directly onto me. I had an excuse to wear it at a massive whisk(e)y tasting… on a yacht. And it felt so good that I’ll worry about how much of an insufferable prat I sound like saying that later.