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Play the Tape Through — 27 Comments

  1. Baking and cooking in all forms is madness 🙂 Even now, living in Asia where the bread is gross – all sweetened and stuffed with stuff like flossy pork (what even is that??) – I’m not tempted to try. But kudos to you. Even your anaemic bread is surely 30 times better than anything I’ve ever cooked.

  2. I totally get “brilliant ideas” at those types of moments, too. Like I’m some sort of superwoman or something. And hey, at least you tried. Baking bread is hard!

  3. I like your analogy of playing the tape through to the end. I do this stuff all the time. The burst of energy kicks in and I’m biting off more than I can chew. And wow…now I want some bread warm from the oven with butter melting on it. Yum.

  4. This post reminded me soooo much of my husband. He is constantly trying to squeeze in totally random projects at inopportune moments. I am the one who always has to play the tape through for him.

    P.S. I am the world’s most horrible baker. I can relate to the rockhard bread.

  5. It’s funny, I do the same thing. “Oh, why don’t I bake a cake for my guests?” when in reality, I never bake and I suck at it. It’s always a good idea until you follow through with it. 🙂

  6. I think baking bread is one of the only activities for which there are no shortcuts at all. No magic technology to knead faster or speed up the time it takes to rise. When I have all the time in the world, I love that about it. But when I’m pressed for time, it just makes me want to drive to the store and buy the bread that someone else made.

  7. This is hilarious! You are like my husband in that he always has these ideas of fitting something in that he doesn’t really have time for. I’m the opposite. I need TWICE as much time as stated in order to give it a try, ha! That’s why I don’t bake bread 😉

  8. I can totally picture you running around planting a bush and packing in the same day! haha And I’m impressed that you bake bread! I watch Greg do it sometimes, and while I do have patience, I don’t have patience for bread. I think I probably would have shoved it in the oven early too. 😛

  9. I hear you on this one. Trying to do some ridiculously long project when there are other more urgent things to be done. I do just that far to often and then get nowhere. I hope you get to try the bread again when you’ve got more time.

  10. I think the brilliance of your posts is that I can never tell if it is prose or nonfiction. A simple action, like failing at baking (which I do almost daily) is somehow elevated to great importance because of your wording.

    You might be jealous of my pageviews, but I’m jealous of your prose and all these commenters. (Mine means nothing, yours, everything).

  11. I get those brilliant ideas too. They never every work out. Maybe because I’m the polar opposite of Suzy Homemaker and Martha Stewart. Especially Martha Stewart–I’d never survive in prison.

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