Monday, February 28, 2011

Stalking Chicken Again..

That lovely chicken stock I made the other day has now been made into two delicious breakfasts of tofu and mushroom soup. It looks like this:

And is surprisingly delicious. I think the chicken-stock thing might become a regular part of the old repertoire.....

And, unrelated, if you don't think that looks tasty? I've snapped the lovely photo below in which you are WARNED!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Does it make me a dirty stinking animal...

That I'm just about to take my first shower since before I left the US?

If I'm going to see my new buddies today, I might as well not smell like the Bowery...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Back to the Grind!

After a long and exhausting vacation, we are back in Seoul and attempting to settle into our own little domestic blister. The Lovely Wife is off setting up a doctor's appointment, while I putter around the apartment...

First step is to finish the reduction of my chicken stock. The night we got home the grilled chicken man was at the bottom of our hill and we grabbed two chickens. Yesterday, with what was left of them, I started a stock and today, with the grease removed from the top, it looks a little like this:

A bit of reduction and then into the freezer!

I also got my iPhone, which makes me feel super cool and with it. Today is all about learning how it works and syncing it to iTunes on my computer (I have been without portable music for about four months). This should also be good for my Korean study, as now I will have something to listen to when I am on the treadmill at the gym.

I also found a super-cool program (Bento) that will help me with my book-buying campaign here in Korea, and with the KTLIT thing. I've started databasing all the Korean translations I have (by "started" I mean I figured the program out, laid out my database, put two books into it, then became bored!). But once I get this inputting done, I will no longer accidentally buy duplicate books, and when I am looking for a particular short story I will be able to find it in whatever books it has been published in. Should simplify things vastly.

School begins next Tuesday, and after two years of having unspecific goals, I think it is time to go back to the model I used the first year here, and set out some very specific goals about work, play, travel, health, etc... because that first year I pretty much accomplished everything I listed, but in the next two years became a bit ad-hocish....

Tomorrow should be a great day - I'm going out to lunch with Bruce Fulton and Stephen Epstein and a whole crew of translation/blogger dudes and dudettes.. These are heavy hitters and its nice to be invited to hang out with them..