May 16th, 2015

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New Shiny!

So we bought a new KitchenAid dishwasher at the end of December (DW) (LJ), as the one that came with the house in the summer of 1993 was dying. We'd been talking about upgrading the heavy kitchen appliances, since they were over twenty-one -- and replacing a fridge when it fails on its schedule is no fun.

Back on the day of the Earthquake (DW) (LJ) we'd been in Grand Haven back at Bekins looking at new refrigerators. No, the old one wasn't dead. But I've had too many people have to deal with old refrigerators which died. Less of a big deal in the dead of winter in Michigan, but Summer is Coming. And since, like the dishwasher we replaced at the end of 2014 (DW) (LJ), the refrigerator was going to be twenty-two years old this year, I'd say we got our money's worth out of it.

Besides, we hadn't yet deposited the Federal tax refund check yet. (grin)

We came to a decision about a refrigerator pretty quickly. We're on well water, so really have no need to waste door space with an ice-and-water maker. We both hated my mom's side-by-side refrigerator-freezer and liked the freezer underneath of our first unit. Ended up there was a nice KitchenAid which had the bonus of matching the stainless steel and curved handles of the new dishwasher. Why not?

While Mrs. Dr. Phil was across the room taking shelves and drawers apart, I was parked in a chair -- right next to this stove. A stainless steel KitchenAid with the same curved handles, two ovens, a smaller one over the usual big stove, a fifth "fish burner" with grill pan, and much easier to clean and heavier duty grates. Oh, and ball bearings on the adjustable racks, with a cutout handle to make getting in and out easier. Really nice.

At first Mrs. Dr. Phil said no, but a couple things became clear. One, and you can call this trivial, but those nice curved handles we like? Naturally, they are going away and all the new models from all the companies are having straight handles. Two, the ovens are convection ovens, too. The more we looked at the range, well, we had been talking about upgrading the stove, too, at some point. Apparently some point was now. And given the cooking Mrs. Dr. Phil does, and we didn't pick the stove 22 years ago either, why not? Call it in between your basic consumer gas range and those semi-commercial grade Viking units popular with the granite counter yuppie remod people. Pretty much same size as the old one, so it's a drop in.

Delivery day was set for Thursday. We have the 2.5 cu.ft. minifridge downstairs we bought for storing IV bags of antibiotics a year ago, so critical supplies like milk didn't have to depend on coolers or ice bags. And there was plenty of stuff to weed and certain things we've kept in the refrigerator that can stand to be out for a time. Plus we spent ten days eating down some of the reserves. Oh, blueberry-rhubarb crisp... from last year's wonderful bumper crop of lovely blueberries.

The Old


Our kitchen since 1993. Mrs. Dr. Phil at first declared the fridge a magnet-free zone, but between my mother and my sister and other friends and relatives, that was quickly a lost cause. These are almost all wide angle shots with the 12-24mm f4G DX AF-S NIKKOR at 12mm (18mm equivalent, 99°). (Click on photo for larger.)
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GE XL44 gas range. Converted to LP. (They ran natural gas down the road less than two years after we moved. Mostly we've saved money by not paying for the pipe and converting all our appliances... again.) (Click on photo for larger.)
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Sears Kenmore 21 cu.ft. refrigerator with 6 cu.ft. freezer. When we bought it, this was the first of new ultra energy efficient units, with an EPA estimated annual cost of $58/year -- and off the charts below the range listed for all 21 cu.ft. refrigerators. So we've been fairly immune to all the news articles saying CHANGE YOUR FRIDGE AND SAVE BIG MONEY! (Click on photo for larger.)
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The New


Bekins is not the cheapest store, but they have a lovely showroom, really knowledgeable sales staff and really great repair and installation teams. With the fridge emptied and de-magnetized, and the stove top cleared in the morning, they came in at 1:30 and had both units out really fast. Hardest thing was figuring out if the doors needed to come off the fridge to fit through the door -- they did. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Old units in the garage. Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity will pick them up next week -- nothing wrong with either unit. Oh, and if you are prone to worry, yes we left the fridge doors open so it doesn't turn into some horrible biology lab experiment in the meantime. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Fridge in. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Bringing in the range. Mrs. Dr. Phil really liked the carrying straps the guys were using. Because we had stairs, they weren't going to use a handtruck or dolly. And you can clearly see the curved handles here, which won't snag or catch as you walk past. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Hooking up the LP line and checking for gas leaks. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Paperwork to sign. Well, it's ours now. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Our new kitchen for the next ten-fifteen years plus. Oh, and just like with the new dishwasher, there is an issue with the nice curved handles when their doors are shut and a small utility drawer. But, we can mostly make it work. The new stove can't get as close to the wall as the old one, since the cutout in the back isn't in the right place for the shutoff valve on the LP line. So much for standardization, guys. (Click on photo for larger.)
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I forget to take a close-up picture of the new fancy range display. Besides a clock, it displays the actual temperature of both ovens, you care barely make out the red numbers on this blowup, plus chase messages in blue -- these are saying Pre-heating. Both ovens were put on 350°F for half an hour to take off the oil all the inside parts are coated in.
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Open wide. The crew took a good long time to get this exactly leveled. Not so easy in a house where it's always had a few issues with horizontal floors. (We're built on sand and I think there's some settling over 20+ years.) (Click on photos for larger.)
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To Celebrate!

Three hours after the new appliances were installed... we drove to Coopersville and picked up the Bravada, which needed an A.C. recharge and picked up a pizza. What? You thought Mrs. Dr. Phil was going to cook after unloading and loading a refrigerator and cleaning stuff all day? When the fridge is purged and allowed to be understocked because... reasons?

327 Pizza and Pub, named for both their street address on Main Street in Coopersville, and Chevy's iconic 327 cu.in. V8 -- Wendy's used 1969 Camero had a 327. And they say they do: "Chicago Style Thick crust pizza that is just like a PIE! We build our pizza inside a deep dish pan, put another crust on top of that, and finish it off with another helping of sauce and Romano cheese."

Did somebody say Chicago stuffed pizza in Coopersville, even closer than Crust 54 in Holland? Hello? ... sets Speed Dial 327 on phone...


Chicago style two crust pizza with sausage, mushrooms, black olives and green peppers. About $24. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Though it's really too thin to be a real Chicago stuffed pizza, it's a nice pizza pie. The sauce on top has lots of Romano and the crust was really tasty. They have other pizzas and calzones -- methinks this is probably closer to their calzones than Edwardo's.

Oh, and the appliances are really nice. They look like they belong. We think we'll keep them for a while.

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First Cooks

Yesterday I wrote about Thursday's new appliances (DW) (LJ):

Part of the joke was we got a pizza for dinner -- and used the new stove to place it on. (Click on photo for larger.)
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But I'd joked on Thursday that the first cooking on the stove would probably be hard boiling some eggs. I've added a hard boiled egg to my lunch since my sabbatical began, to keep my protein levels up and help my heel heal.


And I was right! Lovely brown eggs from a guy at GVSU boiling along. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Of course, Friday's cooking also included rice. Mrs. Dr. Phil suggested that she was going to have to relearn how to make perfect rice. (grin) I seem to recall watching Chopped the other day and some chef was trying to pass his rice off as being caramelized and I think it was judge Scott Conant who said, "Oh that's what we're calling burnt these days?" (double-grin)

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Spinning Wheels

I didn't do any Office Hours this week, but Thursday was a big day at home (DW) (LJ), so no writing. And I took some time off from the YA trilogy to work on another project. As I wrote on Facebook:
Friday at 2:53am · I decided to edit a 20,000 word novella from a few years ago. After spending months with multivolume files of 500-700 pages, I see the counter saying 56 of 79 and am thinking OMG, have I had a catastrophic file loss? -- Dr. Phil
And novellas are LONG for short stories! Tor.com The Imprint, is doing novella submissions from 4 May to 4 June 2015. SF, especially space opera, included. Woo-hoo! Novellas are very hard to place with publishers, which is one of the reason why these "short novels" are big in the self-e-publishing biz. So I anticipate spending some more time with ANR Version 2.80 in the next week.

Despite all the progress I did make this week, it almost feels like I'm not moving. Partly because I'm just about done with another big thorny section, so my Pass 1 page counter has only vibrated a little. And I took time to insert two or three sections, both before and after where my Done marker sits. This included taking the very first entry in my Interim file of pieces that I hadn't found a place for yet and FINALLY dumping it into the novel, far further in than I originally thought it would go. But with the new parts, it all makes sense now, and isn't that what writing/editing is all about?

Actually, my Pass 1 page counter has multiple markers, so I really am much further along than it looks:
Version 1.10 Edits -- pass 1 page 555 =551= (574) (572) (581) [678] {542}
Page 555 is the number I'm using in the shiny blue counter below.

New Researches: The science of apple growing is called pomology. (Apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan.) Most apples can be grown farther north than most other fruits, because they blossom late in spring, minimizing frost damage. “To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread.” Figure skating jumps: Toe loop, Salchow, Loop, Flip, Lutz, Axel. Les XXIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver, 9 February to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 2022 Winter Olympics (French: XXIVe Jeux olympiques d'hiver) will be elected on 31 July 2015, at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. [So in Book 1 Part B there's a sentence that says "Almaty/Beijing/7-31-2015" that I can fix later this summer.] "Of course he has a knife. He always has a knife. We all have knives. It’s 1183 and we’re barbarians." The Lion in Winter, 50th anniversary in 2018. Transformers and Optimus Prime (Generation 1) date back to 1984.

Again, lots of editing, less new writing needing new research. Leaving the shiny counters at:

Book 1 Page Edits (Pass 1)


The Lost Kingdom Project YA Trilogy Version 1.10 (05-16-15 Sa, 1357 pages)


Book 1 Part A (103,792 words, starts page 46) / Part B (90,847 words, starts page 381)


Pass 1 edits almost done on Book 1. Pass 2 will do people and place names. I sure hope by Pass 3 I get the length under control, because I right now I'm looking at 105,000 words for Book 1 Part A and 95,000 words for Part B. Or more... (excessively-long-grin) Anyway, Book 1 A/B's target has now been raised from 160,000 to 180,000 and now 200,000 words.

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