24 thoughts on “October 2, 2020: Things”

    1. I wasn't the one who made that comment, but I've thought he seemed off, not just in terms of results, but also in terms of his usual approach. He always seemed to have an outsized confidence which served him well, and I didn't feel like we were seeing that. Injury could definitely deflate that.

    1. I think maybe I'm rooting for Kershaw to win a ring now that the Twins are out.

      As someone prone to beating myself up way too much, his quote after the 2017 WS still kills me:

      Maybe one of these days I won’t fail, we won’t fail and we’ll win one of these things. [Emphasis added]

      When I first read that, I felt it, blaming one's self for everything that went wrong even if it wasn't your fault. It's stuck with me since, and I've been pulling for him since.

      1. It was murderously good.

        2-3 lbs bone in chicken thighs
        1 large butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1 inch or larger cubes
        A couple cups sliced up carrots. Baby carrots cut in half worked great
        A couple small potatoes cubed

        For the sauce
        1 tbs ginger grated (or more if it’s your jam)
        2 tbs soy sauce
        3 tbs guchujang paste
        3 tbs neutral oil (I would actually cut this in half. The thighs have enough fat to baste the veg
        The whites of a dozen scallions sliced thin

        Preheat oven to 425. Add ingredients for sauce in a large zip lock bag and marry the ingredients. Add veg and toss to coat. I lined my 1/2 sheet pan with parchment. Dump the veg out, and throw the chicken in the bag to get the rest of the sauce out. Nestle chicken in between the veg and roast til done. About 50 minutes. I also cranked the heat up for the last 10 or so to really crisp the chicken.

        Served over rice with quickle scallion greens and radishes. Just a delightful dinner.

        1. I feel like the foodie posts here are where I see a disproportionate quantity of the (relatively few) words I don’t recognize while going about my days.

        2. Ah... fermented korean chili paste/sauce. Ironically, I asked my food supplier to find me some of the good stuff in bulk, as I plan on working it into my menu. Also looking into making my own kimchi. Not sure if we can do it with the volume we experience in our kitchen, but I want to give it a try. I will be trying your recipe above at home.

          1. The recipe called for adding additional salt to both the veg and chicken. I omitted that here because the soy was salt enough.

            I was also worried about the lack of liquid being enough to have a sauce, but it was perfect. Again, the veg is what soaks up the flavor not the chicken. Which will make for a really, really disappointing sandwich.

            I should add that this could be an excellent roasted tofu recipe as well.

    1. Wow, interesting. We got a vaguely worded message from the school yesterday that indicates they may change to a different "learning model" after MEA break. Hard to know if that means anything at all.

      1. Our kids' school district announced this week that they will be applying for a waiver from the county to be allowed to come back in-person in some sort of (presumably hybrid?) manner. Our county is still in the highest level of concern according the the state, so who knows if it will be approved. But if the school gets the waiver, we will need to decide whether to keep the kids still at home or send them back.

        I don't know yet what we will do, but the announcement said that they are expecting families to make the decision for the entire rest of the year, which I'm not super happy with.

          1. Yeah. If it was just a quarter (or trimester for us), I wouldn't hesitate so much.

            And it may all be moot anyway if the county says no. So, we're in wait and see mode.

            I feel like that's where I've been at with just about everything since March. Wait and see, wait and see, wait and see.

    2. The elementary school had three or four classes have an outbreak so the entire school went to virtual this week and next week. I am not regretting my decision to go virtual to start the year.

  1. Woke this early morning with a pair of Great Horned Owls hooting by the house. She - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo, He (lower tone, maybe by a couple of notes) Hoo Hoo Hoo. They kept on for a long while.

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