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The Botulism Question

Caroline Devereaux

J and I spent the better part of an entire day bottling barbecue sauce.  It was one of those deceptive Pinterest-inspired ideas that we thought would be a cost- and effort-saving way to get our holiday gifts made in one fell swoop.  

Bottling tomato-based elixirs is more complicated than just dumping it into a tupperware bin and loading it into the freezer.  However, we weren't aware of this until we'd already ordered bottles, created and printed labels, and bought $60 worth of ingredients

Rather than a delightful afternoon of giggling and dabbing tomato sauce on each other's noses while It's a Wonderful Life played in the background, we were surrounded by stacks of sticky pots and pans, muddling through an improvised sterilization process for which we were completely unprepared. Starting by boiling bottles and caps for a half hour, but finding ourselves without the recommended pressure cooker to finish the job, we opted for another boiling water bath after the bottles had been filled with steaming sauce.   

The bottles were left out to cool, and we were pleased to find the majority of the lug caps had suction-popped inward. However, visions of angry phone calls from hospitalized, botulism-riddled friends and family lead me to load the bottles into the fridge as soon as possible, and toss in a recommendation to "KEEP FROZEN and once open, consume within 2 weeks." We gave (sentenced) our loved ones to consuming 14.5 oz. of barbecue sauce in a 14-day time span. Merry Christmas. 

 

Living Wills and Other Necessities for Cleaning the Tub.

Caroline Devereaux

Like many folks living with depression and anxiety, I spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if I am about to die. 

As I was cleaning the bathroom today, of course I considered the possibility that I might die.  Dying as a result of slipping in a wet tub would be a terrible way to go - mainly because of the humiliation factor. If this DOES ever happen to me, I'd like my epitaph to read: 

"Caroline died the way she lived: not quite finishing stuff." 

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This sketch is my first attempt at drawing with a stylius on a tablet computer.  I'm experiencing quite a bit of hand-fatigue since I couldn't rest my hand on the touch-screen.  Other than that, I'm pretty happy about the purchase of a lower-end stylus from Adonit - the JOT MINI is easy to use, well made, and has a nice weight to it. It's worth noting that the pen must be held upright in order to make a mark, so if you are pen-leaner, this might not be the fake pen for you.