Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bags O Bread

I've been neglecting you all, and I'm sorry about that. We've been baking bread this week--brioche, puff pastry, croissant dough used for Danishes, fermented breads, breads made with sourdough starters, cranberry-pecan bread, baguettes, fougasse--you name it, we've made it, or we will be making it within a day or two. Here's the fougasse (the larger loaf) and some cheese bread (top photo), followed by the bag of bread from yesterday, though a couple of the baguettes are missing, as are two of the cranberry-pecans.

What I'm not showing you are the pastries and brioche, because they're wrapped up for C's workmates, or eaten or frozen, respectively. I had a very good meeting with Chef Bob today about what I can/should do next, and I think he's going to be able to help me. That's a good thing, because we didn't get a paycheck yesterday--that's three missing, for those of you keeping score at home, on top of the already-missing nine--and we didn't get an update, either, even though we were promised same. (That is, on Monday the president said she'd update us Tuesday, but, here at nearly close of business Wednesday, no update.)

C's car is leaking gas, and he hasn't been able to fix it yet. We can't afford to take it to a mechanic, especially given the $1600 for a new clutch and brakes we had to spend. My meager savings are nearly gone. He's losing his job. It's not clear how we're going to meet all of our financial obligations over the next six weeks--we're certainly not going to be getting Christmas presents for anyone except the kids this year; there's just no money for it. Yeah, today was kind of a down day.

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