At my boss's insistence, I have stated taking days off work for the time owed me. As I was going through the vacation calendar to fill in the days, I noticed that I had not yet booked my last 8 days of vacation time. Oops. It is a little late in the year to be noticing something like that, so it looks like I will be taking some more long weekends in the next few weeks as I burn through them.
I am using today's time off work as an excuse to make a big pot of chilli. It seemed like a good idea when I plotted out it out my head because chilli is a very good cold-weather food. Naturally the weather refused to cooperate, and it is pushing 20 degrees here today. Ah well, chilli is a good warm-weather food too IMO. My original plan was to make a beef, bison and elk chilli, but by the time I went to buy some elk, they were sold out, so I had to settle on beef, bison and beans instead.
I considered adding some ground lamb to it to add some flavour, but in retrospect it is just as well that I changed my mind because the slow cooker is full to the brim. I emailed atara at work a few minutes ago and said, "I hope you like chilli..." Fortunately, our crock pot is only a 2-litre model, so this is not as insane an amount of food as it sounds. Still, this should be good for at least three meals.