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Three laps, then cumin coffee

I had strange, rowing-related dreams last night. I was rowing with the Aggies again, trying to get out on the water in a double with another rower, but then the tide came in and swamped the dock, and conditions looked awfully rough. The tide crept in so high that it got my duffel bag of rowing clothes all wet. Curse you, dream tide.

We hadn't made it out on the water by the time I woke up.

My sore throat felt vaguely better this morning, but I can tell it's still lingering.

The other rowers and I got off to a slightly earlier start today, and I was able to get underway before the sky started to lighten, to get a feel for navigating the area in the dark. I was slightly startled by a silent kayaker right at the beginning, but otherwise I pretty much had the waterway to myself. [I can't call it a lake or pond because it's a brackish marine area; I guess officially it's the Berkeley Marina.] There are a ton of different kinds of shore birds out, including several kinds of ducks and coots, and a white heron. Makes sense, seeing as the area is a bird sanctuary. I felt bad about being the person to wake them all up. Also some bird that seemed vaguely hawkish and predatory, with a long tail, swooping around and then perching in a tree. Enough interesting wildlife that I might even go back to trying to identify birds again.

The waterway is about 1500m long, which means that one lap is around 3 km. It's much smaller than Tempe Town Lake, where a lap was around 5 km. I put in three laps this morning. I can tell that I'm in pretty good shape from a cardiovascular standpoint, but it always takes a while to re-toughen my hands without ripping them to shreds, and there are approximately 100 small postural muscles that are still working to play catch-up to keep me balanced. Maas singles are pretty forgiving boats anyway, but at this stage it's still best to only go for as long as I can keep reasonable form so I reinstate good habits.

I also learned that there are showers in the women's bathroom / locker room, which means I might reevaluate my morning strategy. I'd been planning on just hobo showering and eating breakfast at the lab, which is what I did in Texas, but it could be convenient to stash things at the boathouse instead. Otherwise I'm in full hobo-mode, hauling along breakfast, lunch, a change of clothes, my backpack, and the usual bicycling tools and supplies (e.g. rain gear, arm and leg warmers, etc.), in two overstuffed panniers. The main downsides of switching over to showering at the boathouse would be: getting sweaty all over again on the bike ride to campus (although this hasn't seemed too bad), wearing out my work clothes by biking in them, and the hassle of not having toiletry stuff in the right place at the right time. We'll see.


For coffee at work, I've been using my klean kanteen with an H2JO! coffee filter, toting along a small repurposed spice jar full of dairy product. The first time I used this spice jar for this purpose, I was dismayed to discover that the spice it had contained had left lingering flavor residues. Out of all the spices it could have been, it was cumin.

The cumin flavor has been remarkably persistent, but after further scrubbings and uses, it seems to finally be dying down.

This is mostly funny only if you know the story about how, at one point, S used my wall-mounted coffee grinder to grind up a bunch of cumin seeds (which he thought I'd wanted him to do), and then didn't clean it out before using it to grind our coffee beans the next morning. It's the cumin coffee curse.



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Jan. 14th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I did clean it out, in one sense. In another sense, it's way harder than I thought to clean cumin out of something.
Jan. 14th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, yes, I believe I can now say that the second sense is very much the case with cumin. :^)
Jan. 14th, 2016 10:55 pm (UTC)
Hm! Quite possibly! It was too big to be a sharp-shinned hawk (I only know that from a really up close encounter with a sharp-shinned sometime in middle school).
Jan. 15th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
cumin eh? york!
add grand marnier or sambuca to your coffee, that should fix it. or it might just be a waste of liqeur..

no i can't imagine cumin coffee
i am a coffee snob and that does not appeal to me
Jan. 17th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: cumin eh? york!
Yeah, I just settled with choking it down and trying to forget the experience / not repeat it.

Yay coffee snobs who enjoy scrumptious coffee!
Jan. 18th, 2016 08:24 am (UTC)
Re: cumin eh? york!
maybe i could never do that, it would spoil coffee for me forever...

Jan. 20th, 2016 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: cumin eh? york!
For some reason, I associate Intellegentsia with Whole Foods.

I would take that chocolate chip cookie junk well before cumin! ;-)
Jan. 23rd, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: cumin to new york!
yes, chocolate for cumin.. i know people who put weird cross spices into food when they cook, they can ruin a perfectly good french or italian fair by throwing thai or jerk spices into sage or oregano..

it only serves to confuse the senses and not please the palate at all. i can't do flour and sugar now due to food sensitivity, but chocolate chip used to be a big favourite.
Jan. 18th, 2016 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: cumin eh? york!
this is really funny if you've never seen it..


portlandia coffee snobs

bean around the world

Edited at 2016-01-18 08:26 am (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
I am giggling imagining cumin coffee. Mae is a fan of turmeric tea and I tease her about that; I'll have to see if she has tried cumin in things, heh.
Jan. 17th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh man. I've known more than one person who's into turmeric. I would NOT recommend the cumin coffee!!
Jan. 18th, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
Mae has also had someone do a similar thing to her coffee grinder, and said she couldn't recommend the experience either, heh.
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