Aug. 4th, 2007

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Last night's shift at the MCC went well, with the Russians I was supporting calling it a day around 7:30 am, as is their habit. I drove home, stopping at three garage sales along the way (experiencing not the slightest twinge of interest in any of the offerings) and the Kroger (for something to spread on toast).

I was in bed by about 8:30 am and got up 2-1/2 hours later, at around 11 am. Galina and I took off to look at refrigerators, leaving Natalie and the still-sleeping Kyle at the house.

My goal for the day was to end up at a wellness therapy place near the intersection of Stella Link Road and Bellaire Boulevard, for that was the only place in Houston I was able to find, during a brief break last night, that might have kombucha, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast that I became (re)acquainted with - I'm pretty sure I had some while in Baikonur - via an item at Craftzine on brewing some of the stuff.

It turned out that the therapy place no longer carried kombucha because the Whole Foods Market, just down the street, had begun to do so. This was good news, as Galina and I were headed in that direction anyway.

You can imagine my disappointment when, upon arriving at the store, it turned out that what they had in stock was ready-made kombucha drinks, with just a hint of culture material settled on the bottom of the glass bottle. I had been interested in buying some "mother" material (i.e., the culture).

On the way home, we swung by the Russian store, where we picked up some goodies and - on impulse - I asked if they had any kombucha (which is known in Russia as chainyi grib - grrr, this computer doesn't grok Cyrillic, sorry!), and they sure enough did! In fact, for about what I paid for a 12-oz. bottle of "high-end" kombucha I bought about a gallon and a half of product with a sizeable chunk of "mother" culture floating in it.

I started writing this post too late; it's time, almost, to be going out the door for tonight's shift.



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