Archive for January, 2008

Jan 31 2008

Tagged by Patti.

Published by under Introspection,Snippets

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.

1. For a few years now, I’ve had problems with right and left. I don’t know why.

2. I’m paranoid about a lot of things, but I generally don’t inflict the results on other people.

3. The living room is the only room in my house that is consistently clean. The rest of it gets cluttered, but not really dirty.

4. My favorite way to take a nap is on the couch, with “How It’s Made” playing on the television.

5. I love living in Michigan, and I get annoyed at people who bitch about the weather and the fact that there’s “nothing to do”, but won’t move away to someplace that might make them happier.

6. It makes me really happy when my toenails are painted.

7. I’m going to be 30 this year, but my mental image of myself is still me at 17. This is a very false mental image.

I can’t think of 7 people to tag (lots of my friends don’t keep blogs), so I’ll just go with the usual suspects:
Julio
Mackers
*miss* B

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Jan 30 2008

Upgraded.

Published by under Computing

The site was down for a brief time today while I (finally) upgraded to WordPress 2.3.2. Everything should be back to normal now; if you notice any weirdness, please let me know.

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Jan 23 2008

Cooking question.

Published by under In The Kitchen

Do you cook? Like, regularly? If so, how many different things are in your dinner rotation? I feel as though my dinner rotation has too few things in it. It seems like we’re eating the same stuff all the time, although maybe that’s just me. I’ve been trying to add some stuff to it, trying out new recipes and whatnot (Steak sandwich=yes, sweet potato soup=no). Today I decided that maybe turkey breast is a good thing to try, so now I have a 3 pound turkey breast brining in my fridge. The Man will most likely HATE it because brining is supposed to make the turkey more juicy, and he is a psychopath who prefers his poultry to be dry. But what am I supposed to do? I’m running out of meat options here. I’m certainly not going to start bringing home some of the stuff I saw in the meat case today (Beef liver? Duckling? CHITLINS?)

This is on my mind because I went shopping today. I don’t really like grocery shopping, and today was worse than usual. It wasn’t busy at all, but everyone in the store – employees and customers – seemed to be drugged. They were moving at a very dazed, lackadaisical pace. One of my first stops in the store was the deli counter. I was the only customer, and I only wanted 2 pounds of ham. I was at that counter for TEN MINUTES. Not waiting to be served, or trying to get someone’s attention. . . the deli lady just apparently was the slowest meat slicer in all creation. She’d slice some, wander to the scale, slice some more, wander back, it’s like HURRY UP MEAT LADY I HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO TODAY. God knows what would have happened if I had ordered more than one kind of meat. I might still be there.

I saw more people just standing in the aisles, more people staring hopelessly at the spice display, more people using their carts to block off entire shelves while they were only interested in one particular product. No one was being deliberately rude, they were just. . .blank. Like zombie shoppers. There was an elderly black man sitting on an Amigo in the middle of the laundry detergent aisle, just staring off into the middle distance. I was about to ask him if he needed help, or if his motorized scooter had perhaps run out of go-juice, when he kind of shook his head and buzzed off. This was not an uncommon sight today. Did they add something to the water?

Anyway, food, right. What do you like to cook for dinner? What are the “staples” in your freezer or cabinet? Personally, meat-wise, I try to have the following on hand: Several pounds of ground beef, a pork tenderloin or two, a chuck roast, kielbasa, and chicken breasts. Anything else is usually bought with a specific recipe in mind and used that same day or the next day (see: cube steak, turkey breast, ribs, any chicken meat that is not breast).

My favorite things to make for dinner are: pork tenderloin and baked potatoes, pot roast, carrots, and mashed potatoes, any kind of pasta, and sloppy joes. I make other things, but those ones are the low-maintenance, no-thought things that get me through.

Sometimes I think I’d like to make a cooking blog, but then I remember that the only way I can prepare food is with a recipe in front of me. Not very original.

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Jan 16 2008

It’s a color splash!

Published by under House Renovs,Photos

I got bored yesterday and decided to knock another item off of my “home improvement” list. It was a fun way to fill the afternoon/evening. This is the new improved bay window area in our living room.

When The Man came home, he said “Um. . . that wall wasn’t green this morning, was it?”

Chris would have been happier if I’d painted the whole room that shade of green (Dark Sage on the Olympia paint chips), but I prefer to keep my dark colors confined to their own individual spaces so that I don’t have to feel as though I’m living in a hunt club, or someone’s “study”. I don’t smoke pipes and I don’t have any animal heads to display, and I have little to no mahogany, so I think this works out better. I like my new green wall.

In semi-related news, after a couple of days of working at it, I realized my basement is far less creepy if you remove all the cobwebs and sweep up the 7.5 million dead bug carcasses. There’s still a cistern down there though, so the battle isn’t totally won yet.

By the way, this is our new soap dispenser. It’s a rhinovirus! Isn’t he cute?

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Jan 09 2008

An amazing leap.

Published by under House Renovs,Photos

The dining room has gone from the least used room in our house to the most used room in our house over the course of this day. It is also no longer “the dining room”, but rather “that place where we all hang out on our computers”. The dining room table is still in the room, but it is smooshed down to its smallest size and is now serving as a display table. The chairs are in a closet. Here’s a picture of our new sort of office.

From the far left we have a small bookcase, The Man’s desk (including The Man), Chris’s desk, our hard working humidifier, my desk, and the dining room table (now display table). The cat toys are just bonus features.The former office renovation will begin at any time. Woo!

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