Wednesday, August 11, 2004

waiting for custard

I've got 7 little cups of custard baking right now. The directions for baking it altogether in one big souffle pan say 30 minutes. Since the individual cups are quite a lot smaller (only 1/7th the size, in fact...) I was expecting it to take less time to bake. However, those suckers have been in the oven for 20 minutes now and are just barely set around the edges. Maybe because it's custard, and not a cake? Maybe you just have to cook egg things as long as they need to be cooked, regardless of container size... maybe it's the depth, not so much the width of the pan... I don't know. Any one of these explanations could make sense.

I found myself a little blue tonight and thought about why. I am sad that I was so confrontational during the blog spat... I don't regret what I said, and I haven't changed my opinions on any of it. What I regret is the way in which I handled the situation. I know that if I continue to argue the way I have been, no one who disagrees with me will ever be inclined to listen. I'll never persuade anyone with snide remarks. I'll have to remember that for future encounters.

Of course, when you're dealing with people with entrenched beliefs who refuse to entertain any notions that conflict with their own, there's very little chance of persuading them, anyway. But maybe they would listen, and remember, and eventually the words could come to have some truth to them. And so change could come about, gradually, in its own time.

Well, the custard is out of the oven now, and looking slightly overcooked. Note for next time: 28 minutes is too long. 24 would probably have done it... still, I don't think it's ruined. It should still taste just fine. I just have to let it cool a bit before I can put it in the fridge.

Just let it cool a bit... sounds like good advice when posting comments, too. Heh.

I managed to finish the laundry, and get all the supplies sorted out. I have to finish up that paperwork, but I've already copied the kids' immunization records, so it'll only take a few minutes. This wittles my to-do list down to the following:
1) send out invoice for last batch of free-lance work (about 15-20 minutes)
2) order prints for everyone from our summer vacation photos (an hour or more)
3) get the laptop working on the wireless network (???)

Plus, the usual meal prep, clean-up, and picking the kids up from school...

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