heyya, it’s been a while

i woke up and picked up my phone. this is the habit of a million people, i’m sure. the google home page tells me about the news that i missed yesterday after not checking a device most of the day… 20 people killed in el paso in a wal-mart. rodney says, what are you doing? i said, reading the news. some guy killed a bunch of people in a wal-mart. did he buy the gun there? he asked. i chuckled, yea probably, and tried to go back to sleep.

that’s not going to happen. so i read the nytimes article. white guy who thinks brown people are going to take over america, so he opens fire, with an automatic weapon, on folks who are JUST FUCKING SHOPPING.

i feel sick.

i can’t imagine being attacked, shot at, killed, because of my skin color. i have white privilege. i will likely never be the victim of race hate crime. i will never agree with the “president” of this country, who, without actually saying so, agrees with the masses that want to “send her back”.

i’ve been reading about, listening to, watching the history of woodstock today (50 years ago) and wish that the american people had the gumption to do that again. we need change. something has to give, and it can’t be human lives anymore. it can’t be prayed away. it can’t be thought around. it can’t be picketed against. it can’t simply be a candlelight vigil. something has to give.

*relaxing sigh*

what a lovely set of days off. i really needed a break from work. i turned my out of office on starting wednesday at 3pm and turned off all notifications from the slack app until monday morning.

and now, gentle reader, prepare thyself for a photo dump.

the turkey. dry brined for 16 hours, rubbed all over with butter, stuffed with a lemon and two heads of garlic, trussed, and roasted for 3 hours.

stuffing prep. this actually began tuesday night (baking the par-baked baguette) and was made wednesday and reheated while the turkey rested on thursday. i used this recipe and it turned out wonderfully.

i didn’t get a picture of the gravy, but here’s the start of it, made from leeks and butter.

i could barely eat half of what i put on my plate, but it was all delicious.

not to waste a thing, i popped the carcass into my big slow cooker on thursday night and it simmered for about 16 hours; after which, rodney strained the broth out and we made turkey noodle soup.

and finally, we had leftovers for dinner on saturday night (with some still left in the fridge!).

 also, dogs.