Thursday, September 30, 2004

Does this mean I need special shoes?

Blogs Across America, from The State.
“Blogging is sort of the global bowling league — it’s the alternate place people go for social interaction...”

Note to self

Wear sunscreen to the next football game. Or a baseball cap. Or both. A peeling forehead is not a desirable look...

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Adventure Lunch (2)

For the third Wednesday in a row, I've gone on an Adventure Lunch.

The first week, we had Ethiopian food. "What's it like?", a lot of people have asked.

So - a miniminalist approach to a review. I have no desire to become a restaurant/food critic and will not fully document these visits with play-by-play commentary and photos. But I'll give you a general idea. And if it sounds interesting, go ahead and go yourself and let me know your impression. :)

Ethiopian food was definitely tasty - I got a beef dish with a red chile sauce. Although the menu had listed vegetables, the bowl of food I received had none visible - I'm guessing they were incorporated into the sauce. Most of the entrees were beef or lamb stews, but there were some vegetarian items as well.

We sat around a small handwoven bell-shaped table that looked like it was wearing a sombrero. When the waiter took our order, he removed the "hat" and returned with a tray that was draped with what looked like large fermented crepes. The waiter brought our bowls (and failed to instruct us to dump them out on the crepes. Instead, we set the bowls on top, and proceeded to tear off pieces of the crepe to scoop up some food. Halfway through our meal, we realized our faux pas, and dumped out the bowls and finished up. Next time, we'll know better.

Last week, we went to a Vietnamese/Japanese place.

Salad and miso soup - same as at any Japanese place. Lunch entrees were Vietnamese - very similar to Chinese, but some noticeable differences in the spices. Worth a trip back - but I want to try this pork soup/stew one of the others got next time.

This week. Honduras. Yeah, I know. No info there except the address. As I said earlier, go yourself and you can submit a review. Not my job/desire/thing... :) Here's a good primer on Honduran food. I really enjoyed the food in Belize (nee British Honduras) last fall, so I figured I'd be ok.

The food was wonderful. Between the 3 of us, we had hot shrimp, pork tips, and grilled chicken. Everything came with rice and beans and a small salad with a yummy dressing. And some really good corn tortillas on the side. It would be fun to go at dinner time and get a couple appetizers and a couple of cold beers - the menu really isn't geared toward a lunch crowd.

Next week? Maybe El Salvadoran...

Slowing the speed of light to improve networking

whoa...
Researchers at UC Berkeley, along with scientists from the University of Oregon and the University of Illinois, say they can slow the speed of light in a way that could help speed the delivery of movies to your PC.

Adventures with Pookie

I'm spending the week with my favorite cat, Pookie. Last night, I decided to soak in the tub with my new book and relax. Pookie decided to investigate and jumped up on the side of the jacuzzi to see what was going on.

Thinking "wouldn't it be funny if that cat fell in?", as Pookie was reaching her paw into the water to splash it was amusing. Having a wet cat flailing about in the water clawing at my legs in desperation to get out was not. But I bet she doesn't do it again...

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

My tablet PC

Here's a review of my tablet PC (select "HP Compaq TC1100"). I have to say, I agree. The ports are handy, the pen is comfortable to use, and the handwriting recognition is spectacular. I only use the keyboard in "have to" situations - like when I travel for work and have to write an email that's too complex to use my blackberry.

What they failed to mention is how much easier it is to play Spider Solitaire with a pen instead of a mouse... :)

Link via Scoble.

No more needles???

This won't hurt a bit
An Israeli scientist has invented a hand-held ultrasound device to administer medication without the use of needles.
The ultrasound disrupts a protective membrane under the skin, allowing fluids to flow in or out.

The openings allow larger molecules, including those of many drugs, to pass through quickly. The skin returns to normal in 12 to 24 hours.
That sounds scarier than a shot.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Come on, Titans!

Went to what has to be the worst game I've ever been to yesterday. It was frustrating, to say the least. Missing the 2-point conversion seemed big at the time and proved to be what lost us the game. Time to move on to next week (with or without Steve?).

Saturday, September 25, 2004

good news (2)

Bought another lotto ticket - and this time (thanks to the guidance of the ever so assistant clerk/my sister) I did the multiplier... So if I don't win it all, I will at least win 2-5 times what I do win. We'll see how this goes - I'm a newbie at this, but I'm hoping beginners' luck is with me. ;)

My sister attacks Florida

I've given BB immunity on this one...

Jeanne nears Florida with 115 mph winds; devastation predicted

Jeanne stalks Florida

Jeanne menaces

Half a weekend gone...

Got all but one (replace brake light) chore done today. Had a nice dinner with Peach and am home doing laundry. Looking forward to going to the game tomorrow (and our third date) and then on to house-sitting and living with Pookie for a week.

Weekend Plans...

Spent a relaxing morning - coffee with BB, followed by a couple hours with TiVo. Including two episodes of Iron Chef -- in less than an hour :) -- Morimoto went into overtime to preserve his title and beat the Ohta faction. Good thing I'm easily entertained.

Errands to run and chores to do the rest of the afternoon.

Tomorrow? Sunday paper and coffee, Sunday crossword and mimosas, and Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. See you at the game!

wouldn't this be helpful...

As a self-admitted TiVo junkie, I have to admit, this definitely amuses me (click to enlarge)...

Thursday, September 23, 2004

What hit the Pentagon?

I was there.

I drove past the Pentagon two minutes before it was hit.

I called my hysterical mother minutes later, who asked me to find a church in which to pray. I told her I was more concerned with finding a bar that was open and serving alcohol.

After the last plane went down, I stood in downtown DC and listened to churchbells playing every patriotic song you can think of.

I then took the Metro back to my hotel (alone) and smelled burning airline fuel and flesh and got my luggage and started a 24 hour journey (car ride - and if you know me, you know that's trouble) home. I was stopped on the Interstate for hours (and saw the wreckage of the plane) in front of the Pentagon and saw a plane that had crashed. Not no wreckage - no questionable evidence here. A real life commercial airplane. Jammed into the side of the Pentagon. And it stunk. It stunk like burning flesh and fuel.

And I got home and was PISSED because every television story was about New York and I know it was horrible, but if DC had happened and NOT New York, it would have been just as bad. That and the fact that my brother had a party at my place and it was trashed when I got home...

AdSense

See that box to the right?

CLICK ON IT.

thank you. :)

It's a movie

I could document my last 24 hours and make BIG money for a movie. No details here, as I am not that much of an exhibitionist, but...

4 ex-boyfriends and a nameless coworker have pretty much propositioned me. Something About Mary has nothing on me... And the pathetic thing is I have to live with this.

The last ex (just hung up the phone while writing this) says it's because I'm "so cool". I'm thinking it has to be another reason... like I'M AN IDIOT and keep talking to all of them. :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Cooking for Engineers

How can I resist a blog with the following description?
Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!
The format of the recipes (at the end of each post) is pretty cool, too. As is his Blogger template. ;)

good news

I finally got around to buying a lotto ticket. Maybe tomorrow will be better news. Or... Maybe tomorrow I get to go to work just like any other day - but at least I have a little hope. :)

Broadband Users Know More

According to a University of Michigan study, broadband users know more than dial-up internet users. Unfortunately, they don't necessarily know more important stuff, as they tend to use their higher speed connections for entertainment and social interaction.

So who's going to fund the study that shows that those who gather their information via RSS/webfeed aggregation not only know a hell of a lot more, but only about exactly what they want to know? ;)

Adventure Lunch

Week 2 of our adventure lunches... Last week was Ethiopian (and yummy, despite the fact that I was on so much sinus medication, I had no appetite). This week? Vietnamese.

Next? Honduras.

Linking Guidelines

This subject has been a hot topic at work since our site redesign - it's an ongoing battle between design and usability:

D. Keith Robinson's Guidelines for Linking.

via Nick Bradbury

Also:

Jakob Nielson's Using Link Titles to Help Users Predict Where They Are Going and Guidelines for Visualizing Links.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

ewwwww...

Swimming in syrup is as easy as water
"It looked like snot."
via Moreover

Wedding wrap-up

I know, other than post a few pictures, I didn't discuss the wedding weekend. It was:

Fun
Thankfully, the rehearsal wasn't one of those where the wedding planner runs things with an iron fist. We joked (well, I did - my offer to walk back up the aisle with both Warren and Jay wasn't meant to be hysterical, but more than one of the groomsmen felt it was more than entertaining) and laughed and -- oh yeah -- tailgated. Man, I wish I had a picture of that! I pulled up at the rehearsal to find Cutter tailgating with the father of the bride. Of course, I grabbed a cold beer and joined in.

Tiring

The rehearsal dinner took a lot out of me - either that or it was the free-flowing wine. Either way, I didn't make it through dinner and got to bed quite early. But that was good, as I was well-rested for...

Busy
Saturday was jammed packed - bridal luncheon, nail appointment, hair appointment, time to get ready... wedding, pictures, reception... And no time to breathe in-between.

Late
(Well later than Friday...) I made it to the end of the reception -- and to E for a nightcap on the way home.

L-O-N-G...
After reading the Sunday paper, It was time to go to my sister's for yet another get-together with the out of town family (and a surprise visit by the bride and groom). I was only there a few hours, but it felt like an eternity. I just didn't feel comfortable with both my mother's and father's families hanging out (sort of) together, but am grateful he knew better than to show up.

Over
Made it to E for the second half of the Titan's game (glad I didn't end up going...), went home to survey the "damage" my house guests left (and was more than impressed - they even laundered the linens!), head south for a quick visit with Pookie (poor thing was neglected all weekend - I showed up to feed her and go to sleep), and out for a few drinks with friends. Not a bad weekend at all, but I'm glad it's over -- I'm getting too old for this! :)

Google browser update

More evidence that the Google browser may be in the works.

Next week is what???

October. It will be October by next weekend.

This probably doesn't really surprise many people (and shouldn't surprise me, as this is the 33rd time I've made the September to October transition), but wasn't it May just a few weeks ago? I completely lost summer...

But I guess it's not every summer that I'll be stuck in project hell at work, followed by surgery and a few months of family turmoil. I'm just glad things are starting to level off and I can think about catching my breath and maybe even figure out when and where I can find a beach and recharge...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Gmail anyone? (4)

Anyone want a gmail account?

Photos from the wedding

Me and Cutter before the wedding - he really did his best to behave.

All the guys:


The happy couple:

Sunday, September 19, 2004

sigh...

So about 8 months ago, I met this girl who said I had to meet her brother. I ran into her today and agreed to meet her brother and she was right. :)

Oh shit...

So Eddie George is a Cowboy and the Freak is in Philly and the Titans lost and my brother got married.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 PR

Love it.

Why? Um...

#1: RSS feeds can be added to bookmarks...

Release notes

Yum

French Lentil Soup with Sausage - Once the wedding is over and I get my house back, I'm making this. If you're lucky, I'll bring it in to work for lunch. :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

I want some things back too...

...doesn't mean I'll get them.

UPS Wants Its Shirt Back

Note to self (2)

Don't answer my work phone at 5:00 when the phone call is coming from Marketing (sorry BB - not you!)

New Citysearch Tools

After my adventure lunch today, I was inspired to find some more new places to try out at lunch time. While poking around Citysearch, I saw a notice that there were new Tools and Playthings. My favorites: Pronto IM and RSS feeds.

Oh, wait! I work there!

Corporate policy change

Ayyyyy!

Sunday is Talk Like a Pirate Day, matey! There's even a blog.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Warning

Don't expect to see anything here this week that isn't related to me bitching about the wedding -- including my (uninvited by me) house guests -- for the next 6 days.

If I'm able to shift my focus to anything else, we'll consider it a treat. :)

Weekend wrap-up (3)

In the past hour, 5 people have asked if I had a good weekend. Let me stop anyone else from doing the same.

No.

Coming from a person who was in DC on 9/11 and have my own story of survival and a L-O-N-G trip home, I think it's time to move on.

Speaking of survival, I survived my first bachelorette party - although I really didn't attend, other than to go to dinner with the girls and head home when they hit the bars. I just don't see the point. But, I felt obligated, as Alison will be my sister in law, and don't plan on ever going to another.

On a good note, the Titans won on Saturday, although it was quite an ugly win. Once again, our defense saved the day.

Sunday was pathetic - not one mimosa, and a whole lot of work, getting my house ready for my five (not invited by me) houseguests and my brother's wedding. This time next week, it will all be over. I just need to keep telling myself that.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Going, going, gone

They're dropping like flies. Rob just left, and now Ron is moving on. I've made my treats for the going away bash and packed up some champagne and wine for the celebration.

I'm running out of people to bitch to... Dale???

Note to self

Don't marry a Brit. Or buy earplugs...

Give me a break

Pornographic fruit.

(Sort of) Peach

Peach created her own picture. Here 'tis - looks just like her!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

It's (sort of) me

Look what I made with the Portrait Illustration Maker. A little clunky, a little Engrish, but a fun tool!

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

It's about time

I'm finished helping mom move. Peach and I spent 2 1/2 hours today, expecting to have an hour of work, and leaving an hour of work to go when we left. But everything is packed and the trash is gone and everything that is packed is in the garage. We had a little trouble with the central vacuum system, which kept us from accomplishing what we thought was one of our two tasks -- to vacuum and mop the entire house.

So half vacuumed and nothing mopped (have to vacuum it first) but everything packed (including her damned candle cabinet -- though I'm not one to talk, I have an entire closet...) and the two cabinets of food and the two cabinets of coffee cups and other stuff, including more crap in my sister's room... Grrrrrrrr...

So as soon as I find out (in casual conversation) when she's moving to the new house, I'm scheduling a weekend trip to Chicago (heads up, Mitch).

Ten days and counting until my five house guests arrive...

My job...

Replace budget/cost references with meeting the deadline, and this is what I deal with (click to enlarge):

Monday, September 06, 2004

Weekend long gone

As is pool time. Ended up going back to Mom's last night for another hour of fun, and cancelled the pool party (sorry girls) today once it was evident my help (and that of many others) was much needed. Looks like I get to go back to work tomorrow evening after work, and get everything finished before the closing on Wednesday (went from the 21st to the 15th to the 10th to the 8th...). No one seemed to think that the closing date moving forward meant more work to be done in less time... Especially my dear sister, who moved out as much stuff as my mother did today. Grrrrr... At least she gets to house my mother, the two labs, and the cat for at least a month until we do this all again.

Ok - I figure I'll be crashing in about two hours - that leaves two hours for my holiday weekend. I think I have at least one mimosa left from this morning, and a glass of sangria or two. Cheers.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Long weekend

...in more ways than one. Still one more day to play and hang out poolside, but still one more day to help mom move. My two hours yesterday turned into 5, followed by a hell trip to the mall to find shoes for my brother's wedding. Went over early this morning, so I could avoid everyone else, and make it back here for mimosas and the paper before it was pool time.

May or may not have another hour of work tonight - I'll find out within the hour. Either way, I'll be back here early and medicate myself for a good night's sleep - forecast for tomorrow says POOLSIDE baby!

Friday, September 03, 2004

Titans win! (a prediction)

Home from the game (and it's still the 3rd quarter). But we're ahead (thanks to our defense) and it looked like it was thinking about raining and we beat the traffic and had a wonderful time. Got to hang out pre-game with some friends and have a sangria before grabbing some food and heading to our seats. And, we found the real beer stand and were able to have a Corona to wash out the taste of the lukewarm Bud Light draft (and Peach got her to-go cups).

Time to head south and apologize to Pookie for neglecting her for the evening (luckily, cats are quick to forgive) and start my mini-vacation.

Another reason why I'm glad it's the weekend

I'm getting 3 (maybe 6) bottles of this for an incredible price...

(Actually, it's this vintage)

Why I'm glad it's the weekend

Peach and I are going to the Titans/Packers game this evening. If the rain holds off, we'll have a great time. We've already established the "if it's raining..." plan (which I'm sure you realize involves a television and cold beer, both somewhere dry).

I love three-day weekends - especially since the last one fell during my "out for surgery" time, and I definitely didn't enjoy the time off. Add to that the fact that I'm "stuck" house sitting, and will be forced to spend every minute of sunlight (even those minutes between rain storms) poolside, and I think I have no reason to not enjoy this weekend.

Have a safe one!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

I SO could have written this

Gooooooooogle Google Whoops

Meet my new PC

Isn't it adorable?:



Got my network technician working on setting up my new router and should be (might be) up and running this evening.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

My buddy Grover

The Monster at the End of this Book was without a doubt my absolute favorite childhood book (well, that and the Childcraft Dictionary). I used to read it over and over (to my audience of stuffed animals -- primarily koalas) and would imitate Grover's voice and actions and finding it online and reading it today is the highlight of my week. :)

...I've obviously not had too much excitement this week...

Have to add this to my wish list...

Heard this on the way home from work yesterday - The Bonnie Raitt duet sounds great:

'Genius' Duets from Ray Charles Hits Shelves