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January 3, 2007

aught seven

The year flipped. Everything else pretty much stays the same.

Ninsi and I had a good weekend. Went out to a club to ring in the new year. There was a curiously abundant number of Oklahomans about at the same time. It is my native state, so I understand the desire to leave it, if only for a weekend.

Never got into the whole resolutions thing. For me, it's more a facet of the holidays being over so I can get back into my regular routine of exercise.

Barley has started ripping apart the back fence with his teeth. I watched him tear a chunk off of it yesterday. Stupid dog.

January 4, 2007

What'd she ever do to you?

There is a gay guy that sits in a cube near me. I don't interact with him. We work for different managers. But he talks on the phone a lot, and I generally can hear very well what he is saying. It gets annoying sometimes. Okay, a lot of the time. Because it just verges on gay drama. This morning, he was talking to someone else about lunch plans. This was a solid two hours before lunch.

"Well, I know I dont want Le Madeline or Chipotle... Of course, if Tammy goes, then Deila has to go. ... no, i dont think anybody likes her."

And then a hour later, talking to another guy about lunch:
"Call him, yes, I would love for him to go. But I know he won't because Deila will be there."

I need to find out who this Deila is and let her know that apparently, no one likes her. For her own betterment, of course.

January 5, 2007

Omletteer

Ninsi decided that she wanted an omlette for her birthday. So yesterday, I learned how to make an omlette. I'd never done it before. I stopped at Kroger on the way home, and picked up most of what I thought Id need (i.e. eggs). We had eggs, but I figured Id be making 2-3 attempts so extra would be useful.

My first attempt, was not a complete failure. But it wasn't right. I decided that my pan was all wrong for omlette making, but I couldn't find the pan that I wanted. So back to the store real quick for a proper omlette sized pan.

I started my second attempt, and while it was cooking, the dogs got to eat the first one. All Ninsi wanted was a basic ham and cheese omlette. So, I cooked it, let it start seperating from the pan, added the filling, and walla, instant omlette. Ninsi declared it to be more visually appealing than any attempt she had ever made. She then proceeded to eat the whole thing, even though I repeatedly told her that if it was less than really good, I would happily remake the whole thing. But since she ate it all, Im guessing it was at least as appealing to the palate as to the eye.

That's really all I ask for when I cook. That my food tastes at least as good as it looks.

Then I made an omlette for myself. Remembering to actually spice the eggs a little bit. I think the only problem was not actually cooking it long enough. It was a little bit runny, but nothing severe. I'll have to work on that.

January 9, 2007

Paste

Thursday, I made omelettes. Sunday, Ninsi and I tried something new. Pasties. It's a traditional Cornish thing. Not unlike a hot pocket, with a history going back centuries. It was surprisingly easy. Ninsi made the dough while I cut up the meat, potatoes, turnip, and onion. Then it's just a matter of putting the filling on some dough, wrap, and bake for about an hour.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the taste, but they came out rather well. I think a little soy or worchestershire sauce next time will help a little, but isn't needed. Last night I made soup to be eaten today.

We are slowly putting together a kitchen that contains everything a cook or baker could possibly need. Not necessarily because we want the stuff, but because we keep making new things and have to buy something to go along with it. Like the flour sifter and the pastry cutter. We ran out of room a long time ago to actually store everythign though. Lack of space doesn't stop me from wanting a new marble pastry board, though.

When I log onto Amazon, it has a list of products that it recommends for me. All of them, except one, was a kitchen item. Granted, 5 of them were meat slicers, but still...

When I have something more exciting than cooking and cookware, I'll post it.

January 11, 2007

disillusioned

Im disenchanted this morning. The Dictionary.com Word of the Day for yesterday was 'coxcomb'. The Word of the day for April 1st, 2000: 'coxcomb.'

Yes, I know it's nearly seven years. But I dont know that they haven't used it in between. It is still less than 3000 days. You would think that with all the words availible to them, they would have a larger pool than 3000 words. I expected so much better.

coxcomb \KOKS-kohm\, noun:
1. obsolete. A cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red. (Now cockscomb).
2. archaic. The top of the head, or the head itself.
3. Obsolete. A fool.
4. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a dandy; a fop.

January 15, 2007

frosty

The weatherman cometh. But he was wrong. All we heard leading into the weekend was doom and gloom and ice up to our nose. It did get cold, and it did rain, but the reports were way overstated through Saturday night. It finally did ice over some last night, but it was supposed to be really bad before that.

Ninsi and I went out to see Pan's Labyrinth with Donut on Saturday, and went home immediately afterwards, expecting the roads to be bad. They were not. So we figured they would be really bad Sunday and we wouldn't be wanting to leave the house, so we went on to Kroger and bought a few items so I could make chili on Sunday. Sunday morning, nothing much had changed. Roads were still fine. So I made an omelette, then chili.

Turns out, Ninsi doesn't like my chili.

January 16, 2007

to chili

A pair of haiku. Because I dont have time to create iambic pentameter sonnets right now...

with flavor so heavenly
it warms my dank soul
nothing compares to chili


the humble chili pepper
gives spice to our lives
contemporary melange

January 18, 2007

No place like home

My home town of McAlester, OK is making the news these days. It is prominently mentioned in this CNN article and spoken of on numerous newscasts. Ole Man Winter has not been kind. My brothers have power back on. My mother does not. My dad has a generator that he purchased after the ice storm of '00. Last time, he was without power for over two weeks. And this time the storm was worse.

Ninsi and her pepper-hating ways is heading out to Paradise, TX for the next couple days for work.

I was unable to make it to work yesterday. I tried. But I reached a hill, and was unable to make it up the hill. Completely lost all traction in the Mustang. I slid around and backed down the hill and tried again for a while. But it just wasn't going to happen. If Id been smart, I would have put a couple bags of the concrete I have at the house into the trunk. Then I might have had enough weight to get the traction I needed. It would have been a really stupid long drive to work then. As it was, Id only made it about 2.5 miles from the house. Of course, it took me almost half an hour to get the car turned around, and then back up the other side, and then about another half hour to get home. Third gear was never an option. As soon as I shifted to third, I lost all traction.

Good times.

January 22, 2007

Gimball

Three weeks already gone in the new year. Aging sucks.
Slow weekend, mostly. Yesterday was a really nice day. Fairly randomly. It was clear skies and near sixty degrees. So of course Ninsi and I sat around the house and did nothing. I did sit outside for a while with the dog. We did eventually get out of the house to go buy dog food, but there was just too many people out and about. You get one nice weekend day surrounded by cold dreary ones, and everyone takes it as an excuse to be on the road.

Trying to go up to OK this weekend. Ninsi is going up to celebrate joint birthdays with her family. Im going to try to spend the weekend with the squid. Right now it looks like we would arrive in McAlester around 10 pm on Friday night. I wish we could get there closer to 8, but I dont think that's going to happen. It's nigh impossible to get out of Dallas on a Friday evening.

Not much else. Thinking of how to remodel the kitchen so that it doesn't cost more than about 5k, but still looks better. I think the answer is 'do-it-yourself.' Time to take a class on how to tile, I think.

January 23, 2007

extended warranty

The irony of this is fabulous. What I can't figure out is how I didnt hear about it last year.

Basically, pioneers of the cryogenics movement had to be cremated because their freezer malfunctioned and they thawed out last March.

January 24, 2007

riffic

Wow. Seems like everyone decided to post today. Ninsi, Hopper, Zero, and Neko all have new entries up. I reckon it has been closing on two years since we've had that many updates in a day.

Ninsi and I did have plans to go to OK for the weekend. But those plans have fallen afoul.

er, segway, gay guy near me on the phone just said to whomever he was speaking on the phone "gotta go. Going to get my hairs done." I dont know what that means. I dont want to know. He probably still doesnt like Darla though.

Anyway, uh, yeah, so we're going to put off the OK trip until we go to Edmond in February for a centennial birthday party.

Oh, and this whole getting up at 6 am thing is seriously for the birds.

January 29, 2007

Solid

Ninsi and I went new kitchen shopping this weekend. Spent a few hours at the Home Depot looking at cabinets and countertops before we finally got it all settled. They gave us a reasonable estimate for the laminate countertops and replacement cabinets. We did not really like their tile selections though, so went to a nearby tile and carpet store to look at that.

When we were in the tile store, the guy mentioned that not only could they do the cabinets and counters, they could do it for at least as cheap as Home Depot. They also made a very convincing argument of getting us relatively inexpensive granite countertops. That was just too much to pass up.

So, ultimately, we are probably paying a little more for just the kitchen than we really have to, but we are getting all granite countertops. And that just kicks ass.

Solid

Ninsi and I went new kitchen shopping this weekend. Spent a few hours at the Home Depot looking at cabinets and countertops before we finally got it all settled. They gave us a reasonable estimate for the laminate countertops and replacement cabinets. We did not really like their tile selections though, so went to a nearby tile and carpet store to look at that.

When we were in the tile store, the guy mentioned that not only could they do the cabinets and counters, they could do it for at least as cheap as Home Depot. They also made a very convincing argument of getting us relatively inexpensive granite countertops. That was just too much to pass up.

So, ultimately, we are probably paying a little more for just the kitchen than we really have to, but we are getting all granite countertops. And that just kicks ass.

Solid

Ninsi and I went new kitchen shopping this weekend. Spent a few hours at the Home Depot looking at cabinets and countertops before we finally got it all settled. They gave us a reasonable estimate for the laminate countertops and replacement cabinets. We did not really like their tile selections though, so went to a nearby tile and carpet store to look at that.

When we were in the tile store, the guy mentioned that not only could they do the cabinets and counters, they could do it for at least as cheap as Home Depot. They also made a very convincing argument of getting us relatively inexpensive granite countertops. That was just too much to pass up.

So, ultimately, we are probably paying a little more for just the kitchen than we really have to, but we are getting all granite countertops. And that just kicks ass.

January 30, 2007

do over

I really need to completely redo the site. It's way past due.
I'll try to get that done this year.
Move along now.

January 31, 2007

cheese!

I like cheese. But I like Ninsi more.
Dont ask.

She threw things at me yesterday. I walked upstairs, and when she say me, she just started throwing. Apparently I had done something I wasn't supposed to do. And I didnt know I wasn't supposed to do it. There are rules in her head to which I am not privy.

I was in the store at lunch yesterday, and saw a robe (with slippers). And it was on sale. So I bought it for myself. I'd been thinking of getting one for quite some time.

Apparently, Ninsi was planning to get me one for my birthday. Which is still 3 months away, I might add. So how the fuck and Im supposed to now that I can't buy myself a robe?

Also, adnoids are tastier than cheese.

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