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8:30 AM
@Stephie i hear he had the temerity to call her stupid in a phone call
doesn't she have a PhD in Quantum Chemistry?
Trump can barely work a zip
 
Hi sweetie
 
hey trouble
 
Let me grab my phone. brb
What a PIA. Back
 
I haven't even looked at the news today cuz I've been busy with my case, but it looks like even the republicans in the senate are not insulating trump from this Russia bountying American troops thing.
 
8:38 AM
doesn't matter, his base will
"If I don't like it, it didn't happen."
 
I was hoping to be able to stay up and chat with you for a while, but I can barely keep my eyes open. After tomorrow I should be back to having all kinds of times to do nothing. I want to catch up with how the kids are!
 
lol, ok
tall is how they are
I've tried piling phonebooks and encyclopedias on them, but they just. Keep. Growing.
they're like fungi
 
@ElendilTheTall one of ours is just like that.
 
we thought it was only Isildurette as Anarion was always wee
but boy has he stretched
i put it down to all the pretending to be a T-rex
also maybe some genetics
50/50
 
Possibly the latter.
 
8:48 AM
gah
are you familiar with TDD?
 
No?
Test driven development?
Three letter abbreviations are a tiny bit ambiguous.
 
yes, sorry
it sounds good on paper, but in reality it means you have 2 sources of errors :D
is my code wrong, or is the test wrong?
reminds me of this
 
Don’t I know it...
 
what's on the cards for today?
and how did your cake work out?
 
@ElendilTheTall still waiting.
@ElendilTheTall work. Remote. Since before 8am.
At least I have a great husband who saved me by ensuring a constant supply of coffee.
Then lunch, finishing the cake and then off to the grandparents.
Birthday “party”.
 
9:06 AM
what're the rules at the moment for meeting indoors?
 
Private meetings are relatively unrestricted (but only idiots would be doing them, IMHO). We plan to be outside in the garden. That reduces the aerosols load at least a bit.
@ElendilTheTall 20 persons, max. Or no limits if all participants are either related or living in the same household.
 
i see
we can meet outside, two households can meet inside from the 10th July
 
The indoors/outdoors distinction was cancelled here.
 
Scotland has gone 4 days without deaths
talk of hopefully eliminating it completely by August
though of course, England is stupid, and we have an open border...
Look at the crowds! Ya cannae move fer folk!
 
9:32 AM
@ElendilTheTall Sure. They were all at the beaches. In England ;-)
But streets are crowded again here as well. And because it’s warm and sunny, people forgo the uncomfortable masks.
>.<
<facepalm>
 
9:52 AM
@Stephie see a new Swine Flu has popped up in China?
2020 is just warming up
 
@ElendilTheTall hubby sent me the BBC link. German media hasn’t got the message yet.
@ElendilTheTall The decade of pandemics?
 
i'm assuming Biblical Plagues
those bronze age goat herders were right, who'd'a thunk it?
 
10:24 AM
As long as I am not expected to kill a lamb and do something disgusting in the sense of front door decoration.
Although I am in the exceptional situation of at least being able to procure one of said animals.
 
Whole-lamb barbacoa!
 
i watched a food show last night where they visited a place in Marrakech
they braised the lamb for 3 hours in a spiced sauce
then roasted in the oven to crisp and firm it up
<flargleblargle>
 
10:59 AM
I love lamb.
Unfortunately I am the only one in the immediate family.
 
i think it benefits from the kind of treatment it gets in north africa
slow cooking, spices, fruit
 
11:22 AM
Certainly.
But the main issue is that its fat doesn’t agree with the sensitive stomachs of hubby and the kids unfortunately inherited the trait.
Not to mention the attitude of minor 2 to food in general and everything that can be seen as “cute”.
 
12:18 PM
@Stephie there is that
big sheep country around here, the place is lousy with lambs come spring
 
Update on the cake thingy: covered in whipped ganache, chilling in the fridge.
Thinking about clearing some space in the freezer, just to make sure it is stable.
And maybe a hidden dowel it two.
 
maybe take out insurance
and have the police clear a route
and would it kill the Air Force to fly an AWACS overhead just in case?
It occurs to me i have no idea what the German Air Force is actually called 🤔
is it still the Luftwaffe?
yes
well there you go
give them a call
Wikipedia says their nickname is 'Team Luftwaffe'. How inventive.
bah, no AWACS?
you will have to go with a surveillance drone
 
12:33 PM
:P
 
I could of course call them.
They are stationed really close to home.
 
logo is suspiciously similar to the daddies of them all
The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces unit of the British Army. The SAS was founded in 1941 as a regiment, and later reconstituted as a corps in 1950. The unit undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage rescue. Much of the information and actions regarding the SAS is highly classified, and is not commented on by the British government or the Ministry of Defence due to the sensitivity of their operations.The corps currently consists of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, the regular component under the operational command...
the fact their name sounds like a delivery company belies how much you want to avoid attracting their ire.
'a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action, and protection of baked goods'
 
Agree.
 
12:54 PM
i think i have tendonitis in my left Achilles tendon >.<
swollen and stiff (That's what she said...)
 
Poor thing!
 
1:37 PM
@ElendilTheTall 'We will find you and we will kill you... with our good natured hilarious bantering and delicious baked goods'
 
Done.
 
@Stephie :Drool:
 
@Mithrandir24601 LOL! Thanks!
Time to get the cake to its destination. Clear the way!
 
 
4 hours later…
5:27 PM
@Jolenealaska Opening it in a tab!
Will listen soon.
I hope your lawyer can help you enough! @EddieKal 's advice would seem sound.
@Stephie I am amazed!
Can you eat those petals and flowers?
I hope you didn't drop it immediately after taking that photo...
 
5:46 PM
@Cerberus thanks! You can indeed eat the rose petals. I wouldn’t nibble on the lavender, though. Everything was fine, reached the destination without incident, half-eaten already.
Lots of layers. Slightly smeared, but you get the idea.
 
6:11 PM
@Stephie Absolutely gorgeous
Where did you get the lavender petals?
 
@EddieKal Both lavender and rose petals are from my garden.
I did some experiment with lavender-infused ganache a while ago, so I had to repeat it.
 
 
5 hours later…
10:59 PM
@Stephie Ohh I was hoping those light-brown layers were ganache!
Is it good?
What are the other layers?
Red-fruit jam and two kinds of cake?
And the chocolate over the top, is it pure chocolate, or also a ganache/sauce?
 

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