- I have three different kinds of lard in my fridge right now. One is basic cheap lard for seasoning all my cast iron cookware. One is this lovely clean-flavored lard from the Old Havana Sandwich Shop here in Durham--makes the best pie crust ever. The third is from Roses Meat Market and Sweet Shop. It's got a more savory, smokey flavor to it that is wonderful for roasted potatoes. If you can't tell, I like to cook :-)
- When in a funk, I read the entire Lord Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold from start to finish. If you've not read the series, I highly recommend it. She had great character development, a complete and interesting world, good plots, and her books ask lots of interesting questions and make you think without you always noticing. You can start with Shards of Honor and read it in order (Shards of Honor and Barrayar together make up a science fiction story with a light romance) or you can read Komarr and A Civil Campaign. Komarr helps explain A Civil Campaign, which is a comedy of manners in space.
- I have four cats, but it was an accident, I swear! I had two cats like a normal person and was
- I have a dog named Seamus, after Seamus Heaney. My Seamus used to be owned by a poet named Angus. Angus, upon learning that Seamus Heaney had a dog named Angus, named his dog Seamus. Despite being named after a Nobel Prize winner, my Seamus is not a very literary dog. He's just a good, Southern hound dog with a highfalutin name.
There's a bit of randomness about me. Tell me a little about yourself. Randomness welcome!