One day short of a month. Sigh; it’s been a busy month.

To keep the culinary theme going, it’s been a month of learning. I got copies of Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, Harold McGee’s “On Food And Cooking”, Shirley Corriher’s “Cookwise”, and Jacques Pepin’s “Complete Techniques” as birthday presents, and between those and studying for my CISSP certification, I’m reading a lot. I’ve begun to focus more and more on the science and techniques of cooking rather than the recipes and flavors of particular cooking dialects (French, Italian, etc). It’s starting to come together again in my head, but I’m going to have to focus more on the certification for the next few weeks, so this may take a back burner. I have, however, made everything from grilled filet mignon to Beer Butt Chicken with real success. My wishlist item now is a new cooktop, gas or electric, with more than two burners. (Ours has two burners and either a grill or a griddle attched. It gets a little cramped.)

Work has become steadily more busy. We’re really starting to feel the effects of the organizational changes that went into place in January, which is a good thing, and means that my responsibilities are broadening. This is a Good Thing[tm]. The trick will be to hit a groove in the near future and crank out some high-value work for the rest of the year.

Home life is great. Christine and I are three weeks away from our first anniversary (!!!), and being married is still a fantastic thing. Jason is in full-swing teenagerhood; fortunately, he really is a good kid and we get along quite well. I still want to wring his neck every so often, but that comes with this age, I believe. I’m learning a lot.

Now, if only I carved out more time to blog….