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Our closet smelled like beer – and that’s a good thing!

Hello dear ones, there will be no story snippet tomorrow – or rather later today as it will no doubt be in the wee hours by the time I post this. To be both honest and blunt, I’m working both Saturday and Sunday and have an interview on the latter (wish me luck!) so this weekend is just too filled to the brim for me to even think about trying to write and illustrate. But since a picture is worth a thousand words, this is probably a perfect time to share my adventures in home brewing thus far…


Ingredients for my first attempt at home brewing – I used a True Brew kit for a pale ale (supposedly one of the easiest types of beer to brew).


Time to brew some tea…er, grains!


Looking pretty!


I wonder if the squirrels and birds will find a bag full of brewed grains tasty?


After adding the malt extract and wonderful, wonderful hops (and sanitizing my equipment like crazy) the wort went into my primary fermenter with a packet of yeast. With the help of my husband, the bucket made its way to our bedroom closet because it was the warmest place in the condo and I feared fermentation wasn’t actually happening after only seeing a few measly bubbles show up in the airlock. After sitting in the closet a few days, my husband complained our closet smelled like a brewery. Good sign!


After taking a 2nd gravity reading and confirming that my little yeast friends did in fact do their job, it came time to siphon the wort future beer into my glass carboy for second fermentation (not actually a necessary extra step according to some folks but I’m sticking to the recipe steps on this first try). The carboy now resides in our laundry room since that’s an even warmer spot and will sit there, covered up with black tarp and a cloth, for another week before it’s time for the next step – bottling! Unfortunately that will be followed by more waiting but that just gives me time to start planning out my next recipe choice while waiting to drink the fruits of my labor!

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My “About Me” page proclaims me as being a North Carolina native still proud to call the state my home. While that’s certainly true for NC_to_GAnow, I’ll have to do some editing come this summer because my  husband and I are moving to Georgia in the neighborhood of mid-June to early July.

I met Isaac in an editing class back at Piedmont Community College in Yanceyville,  which is the type of town you may miss if you blink too long while driving through.  I needed the course to complete the animation program there and it was a requirement for his film degree.  Another thing easily derived from the “About Me” is the fact that, while I held a genuine interest in animation, animation didn’t love me back.


A still from “Snowman” back in my college days. In the animation, he reaches up to grab his carrot nose and eats it. (Hey, you can get pretty hungry hanging out in the snow all day).

It turns out I can write things like dark humor stories involving cranky zombies but when it comes to modeling and animating anything beyond something simple like a ball or a piece of fruit,  my prowess with the keyboard and mouse is far less amazing. Though I’m skillful enough obviously to have met the basic requirements for the degree,  places like Pixar aren’t exactly pining for bouncing bananas in their latest feature. bouncing_bananas  But while I made the not-so-natural transition to working in nonprofit and the human services sector, Isaac actually works in the field relating to his major (shock, horror). And while there’s been intermittent film work here in NC, the big breaks have come from Atlanta and the likelihood of consistent work is more likely there. And soooo, in a couple of months (yeesh, barely even that), we’ll be trekking down to the Marietta/Atlanta area.

Atlanta_nightNow this is exciting, awesome stuff and believe me, I’m thrilled about the idea of starting off someplace new and all the amazing things wrapped up in that.  And as we’ve been praying about our decision of whether or not to make the move, it seemed God gave a pretty bright green light when I learned the organization I work for is closing its Durham office this month and relocating all staff to the corporate site – which is an hour-long drive one way from home. That all being said, as the Junish-Julyish moving time steadily looms closer, there’s a wee bit of internal YIKES! going on. Our actual future residence right now is still in the form of potential prospects and while my husband has a definite job waiting for him, my future employment is a big question mark. moving_day_box Topping this all off with the general stress and semi-chaos that inevitably comes with trying to pack your everything into cardboard boxes, I need to take a pause on the story snippets until after our move. Believe me, it’s way better to take the break than for me to try squeezing in a few spare, scatterbrained moments to write and illustrate a story post during this time. The only alternative is for you to be left wondering at some point in late May why Uncle Albert is carefully bubble-wrapping glassware for an impending epic journey.

But I promise not to disappear until then (a simple 400+ mile move can’t get rid of me that easily). Though it will not be on the regular schedule of every Sunday, I’ll try to pop in every now and then with updates. So while the approaching summer will not pave the way much for continuing Sylvia’s adventures and misadventures, there should be plenty of my own iSANYO DIGITAL CAMERAn both categories. Hopefully more of the former and much less of the latter.  If anyone happens to have experience traveling a few hundred miles with three cats via the interstate, advice would be most appreciated. On that note, anyone currently living in Raleigh, NC happen to want a cat?


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