Sunday, April 23, 2006

Things Jim can do: Bake Bread

The second thing I had to do in the list of challenges was to Bake Bread From Scratch. To successfully prove to them that I can bake bread from scratch, I had to make edible bread using nothing but my hands and the oven. No bread makers, no mixers, no help.

I was a little worried about this. I'd never made bread, even in a bread machine. My mother had one spectacular failure of an attempt, so I had no reason to think I was genetically predisposed to bread-baking. I figured there was no way it was going to turn out. Surprise.
Here's me mixing. By hand. I was at my friend Lindsay's. She lent me an apron that said "hot dish" on it.
Now I'm kneading.

Wow, it came out looking halfway decent. Snap!

The tasters were satisfied. The bread was a little dense, but delicious. The butter helped.

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I'm running out of time here in Kingston, so rather than give me the challenges one at a time, as originally planned, they decided to make the list public:

1. (Figure) Skate

2. Speak with a Jamaican Accent

3. Bake Bread from Scratch

4. Martial Arts

5. Ski

6. Play the trumpet

7. Cut a woman's hair

8. Win a game of pool/darts

9. Sew a garment using a pattern

10. Win at blackjack

11. Swim

12. Have sex with a pregnant woman

13. Speak french

14. Double dutch

15. Grow an herb garden

16. Take his underwear off without removing his pants

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Should I take this black pug?

I posted a message to a pug mailing list in Ottawa and someone responded. She has 3 pugs and it's just too many. She wants to find a good home for "Peachy" who is a black female pug. I went to meet her last night. She's got an eye problem that requires about 35 dollars worth of medicine each month, but she's cute, energetic, lovable, house-broken, 3 years old, and free. I like her and I'm thinking of taking her when I move here. My folks are here with me and we asked a lot of hard questions. It's pretty exciting. I don't like the name all that much and would change it to "Peachy Pickles Wiggles," and she'd go by "Mrs. Wiggles."