The thing about a stand mixer is that it makes bread easy. I don't have the same connection with my dough, but I am more likely to make bread regularly, which is good when you have a sourdough starter that you need to keep active and perky. Also the bread I made in the last post, really did live up to it's smell.
I've got another batch of sourdough sponge rising right now. I'll roll out of bed and bake it tomorrow.