I did not expect to spend three days on icons for y!Gallery. I did not expect but did welcome a chance to make more painting cards and do more experimentation on mounting (which has ended up with our having a big plexiglass plate in our living room). I did not expect to have to do mild skin surgery on a duck in order to roast it this evening (for some reason all the skin was missing off the leg/thigh/back of a discount duck, maybe that's why?). I did not expect to have Jet get madly interested in Heston Blumenthal's In Search of Perfection. Perhaps I need to introduce Jet to Alton Brown, too.
My sister sent me avi's of all the shows that have come out so far. And I love them to pieces; but an unintended side effect is that Jet's now utterly fascinated by the show, and is willing to try foods that... bemuse me. We spent an evening frying and eating tempura vegetables and a few tiger shrimp (talk about a cheap night out compared to buying the stuff). He really, really, really wants to try the skin off a duck, which is why the purchase while we were at H-Mart. A four dollar duck is something of a deal... but now I see why. *sigh*
It is not the duck Heston got that was specifically made for Peking duck, but then I'm not blowing up the carcass or taking all the skin off in order to poach the breast and cook the skin separately, either. Though that would have been a viable solution, come to think of it.
Also gotta make the cardamom ice cream today, and the egg mushu for after the duck for the pancakes... Just to have it be an all cooking day...
Hmmm... paintings... here is a card line up from the last few days.
I *tried* to mount one of the bamboo failed painting, and failed because I did the gluing and mounting over newspaper and squishing it under a pad of practice paper, rather than doing it on a really flat surface that I could glue the mounting paper to, so it ended up with bubbles, wrinkles, and isn't flat... but that's why I sacrificed something I was okay with, but... *shrugs* Now I have actually bought the plexiglass, and need to try and mount something else. Maybe one of the orchid fails before I get to the successes...
And I'm not embarrassing myself by posting fan art here, yet, but I do have to say that using GIMP is a lot easier than using Paint. Now I just have to figure out layers. *grins* I mean, I get it conceptually, but figuring out exactly how to stack them... I'll probably just have to google around for a tutorial or something.
I really should be writing. REALLY SHOULD be writing... and after this warm up, I shall.