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In other news, today I made stewed red cabbage and apples for the Sundance hot bar. But, because red cabbage has a tendency to fade and look less pretty over time, I added roasted beets and red onions. The resultant product was a truly fearsome shade of magenta, and my cuticles are stained purple. Life is good. Now it is time for dinner and then Sin City.

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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] acapnotic!

Vegan molasses-ginger cookies are done, and chocolate cake (also vegan) is in the oven, scheduled to be done just in time to drive up to Portland, which leaves plenty of time for it to cool. Woohoo!

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Happy Birthday Peter! Enjoy your last half-hour of sleep, and I'm looking forward to making you an exciting party dinner!

Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] quizro! Your birthday funfact is that there's a hippie cafe in Eugene whose bathroom graffiti includes a sticker on the light switch that says "Wade is cooler than you." True.

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Well, they're in full swing. Right now I'm taking a break from the major cleaning project. I started with the range and the grimy grease-catching area underneath the burners (turns out the stovetop lifts up, but by the look of things no one had ever done so until Peter showed me how), and have just begun to clean the even grimier area underneath that (i.e. the oven). My hands are already cramped and the skin on them is all tender and wrinkly. But at least I have me some tea (made before I dismantled the stove, so it's cooled to an extremely drinkable temperature). At the rate I'm cleaning, though, we're probably going to have to go out for dinner, because first of all I might not be done by the time people are hungry, and secondly it's my night to cook and I'm already pretty sick of our stove, oh yes.

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Ok, so this weekend was the first time I worked on Saturday and/or Sunday in like a month, but I let my grumpiness at not having many hours be known. One of my coworkers suggested that if I learned to open the restaurant kitchen, I could get scheduled for 6 AM shifts. Ouch, but at the same time, I could use the hours, and if I knew how to open, I'd be more useful in general, and thus more qualified to harass management for a better schedule and raises and suchforth. So I let the "what if I trained to open?" idea slip to a manager when I was signing out yesterday, and she said, "That's a GREAT idea! Can you come in tomorrow, just for an hour or two, to see what it's all about?" and suddenly it was almost like I'd promised I'd come in. So this morning I got up before the sun and started learning about opening the kitchen at the Glenwood.

Turns out it's pretty easy. ) Today my reward (besides pay, that is) for coming in to open was a lot of good monkey points, a really bitchen breakfast (spinach-feta omelette with sauteed mushrooms and garlic) and a lovely bike ride home (I took the long way, east to campus, across the Willamette, northeast along the north bank of the river, and back across and backtrack east to our house, and it was great to get some exercise). Then I went back to sleep until 11 or so, and now I'm contemplating errands, albeit not very enthusiastically.

Hmm. On second thought, I'd better get out now, before my mom calls and talks my ear off about the past three weeks or however long it is my aunt and uncle (her brother) and their kids have been visiting from Holland (they leave today). Also, I want to catch the 5:05 showing of Whale Rider at the Bijou (Eugene's indie/art house theater, in a remodeled church --- so cool, and the closest movie theater to our house, woo!) I am way psyched about this movie. I think it will pander to me in all the right ways, and wash away the stain of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

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  • Laundry

  • Clean cat box

  • Tutor my last student of the term at 1 PM (number theory, and find out how her analysis final went) This is about half-done, since it turns out her final got rescheduled, so we're meeting again tomorrow.

  • Maybe stop by the Glenwood and celebrate that I'm done tutoring for a bit and drop hints that I'd like more hours now that I've got all the free time Um, cancel that until I'm ACTUALLY done with my student, ok?

  • Clean the table in the living room, which is kind of out of control

  • Start packing to move (we get the keys to the new place on Friday or Saturday, but since I'm working on Saturday and can't be helpful then I'd better be useful before that)

  • Updated to add: Make hummus. Done! And deliciously so, I might add.

  • Updated to add: Pay for health insurance for the month of June (oops; I just found the bill in the living room table mess)

And now, a story about the last time Peter and I moved: <lj-cut> for everyone's convenience )

Okay, enough digressions. Time to do some laundry, I guess.

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I meant chai. Soymilk chai, to be exact. And yes, it does taste like chai Luna Bars. Woo!

Rawk!

May. 31st, 2003 09:14 pm
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Ok, so a little under 12 hours ago, I presented myself at the Alder Street Glenwood and said, "Hi, I'm Tracy. Tell me what to do." I was handed an apron, given a quick tour of the kitchen, and then for the next five hours, plus or minus two breaks, I was mistress of the toaster and waffle irons, and it was good. (Also I helped out with a bunch of other random stuff, when I wasn't busy trying to stay out of everybody's way --- there were 6 people in the kitchen, and a normal kitchen staff is 3 or 4, and it's cozy back there even if there's only 2 people working.) Some time after 3 PM, I got to fill out some forms that make me officially employed, and I go back on Monday at noon to start getting trained for real! Woo! More about my exciting day. )

I do have a speck of bad news, which is that we didn't get the house we worked so hard at applying for this week, but hey, at least now I only have to search the classifieds for housing and not jobs. Woo!

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...is a very, very good breakfast. It's also incredibly hippy and D-I-Y, but really, that's what makes it so good for me. I can't believe I went for so long thinking applesauce involved some kind of long, complicated process. But no! Apples, water, rice cooker, potato masher... and like an hour later I'm all set! Woo! Anyway, I got up this morning and tried to work on the rental application for the place we looked at on Wednesday, but I got all freaky-stressed out about it (that'll teach me to try to be productive before breakfast). I'm feeling much better (although still a little nervous) now that I've showered and had my tasty, tasty breakfast treat. Mmmm. All I need now is a pot of tea and I'll be ready to give the paperwork another shot.

In other news, I got paid yesterday! Woo! This tutoring thing is, like, a real job! Woo! My second student (the one I accidentally ditched on Tuesday) was totally cool about the fact that I stood her up, but I apologized about a million times anyway. And conic sections are my bitch. So if/when I get sick of working on the rental application or my renter's resume or the cover letter (we really like this place we're applying for, so we're going kind of buck wild trying to impress the landlord and lady) I might switch to working on business cards and/or posters advertising my tutoring services. Anything to distract me from stressing about my first day at the Glenwood tomorrow. I'm so nervous... ack! Must stop thinking about it! I know, I'll go make some tea...

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Note: I started this entry a little after 1 PM but couldn't submit it for some time because LJ was freaking out. So I kept adding to it. And now it's kind of long and boring but oh well. Anybody know why LJ kept giving me "database temporarily unavailable" messages all afternoon?

This morning my new student (the one taking number theory and prob/stat) cancelled; she decided she couldn't afford tutoring. Oh well. I had a good session with my other student, number theory this time, which sadly I don't remember as well as I'd like. My notes from Discrete Math are hilarious, though.

After tutoring, I stopped by the grocery store for the stuff I'd forgotten or missed in my fit of responsibility yesterday (how dare they run out of mushrooms when I'm there? how dare they?) and then I got home just in time to catch a phone call from Wes, who wants to go to Matrix Reloaded tonight. I'm down with that.

I had chips and salsa for lunch, which helped me get over my wooziness post-tutoring (I think because I'd been sitting in the hot hot sun while we worked?) and that was good. Then I made rice for nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) for dinner tonight. Mmmmm, nasi.

I have an hour and a half until my interview with the owner of the Glenwood. Part of me wants to take a nap, but what I should really do is finish rereading Ain't I a Woman? Black women and feminism so I can return it to the library today. They're holding Feminist theory: from margin to center for me, which is all kinds of good. Yay bell hooks!

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...because I made almond biscotti and they're really good. Mmmm, biscotti. Once again, Moosewood Restaurant New Classics provides me with instructions for generating tasty goodness. Rock!

(I also made roasted red pepper hummus, but I already knew how to make that.)

Ok, should probably finish the pot of tea and sleep now. New student to meet, another student to teach, and a potential employer to impress tomorrow! Whee!

Updated to add: Ok, that "accomplished" mood icon is frrrreaky.

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So I just got done reading an interesting article which I think is a transcript of a speech given at the Museum of Natural History in New York by Jared Diamond, the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which if you haven't read it is a very interesting book about the geographical and cultural coincidences that have shaped the course of human history. (It's not without its problems, but it's definitely a worthwhile read.) Anyway, the article is called "How to Get Rich", although of course that's just a catchy title and if you read it you can draw your own conclusions as to what it's really about. I'd summarize it as a discussion of the social, cultural, and historical factors that shape the course of human economies and technological development, and speculation about what level of organization works best for organizing groups of people (in particular, groups of people producing things, so think companies).

Anyway, I was motoring through it just fine, a little annoyed that it was comparing the relative efficiencies of various industries without ever defining efficiency, and then I stumbled across the sentence "...the German beer industry suffers from small-scale production." Oops, what now? I'd much sooner say the U.S. beer industry suffers from large-scale production! While I understand it's inefficient for everybody to produce everything they need on their own, beer included, at a certain point you get efficient to the point of producing Budweiser and Coors, and really, who wants that? Likewise, a little later Diamond says "...chicken in Japan costs $25 a pound. The reason the Japanese can get away with that is that Japanese chicken producers are not exposed to competition with super-efficient American chicken producers." Dude. If by "super-efficient American chicken producers" he means factory farms where the birds are pumped full of hormones and don't have room to move, count me on the side of the inefficient. Diamond also mentions the fact that beef is really expensive in Japan, but not the fact that it's so cheap in the U.S. because it's highly subsidized by the government, so that annoyed me as well. Anyway... it was a thought-provoking piece, but it's kind of long, so consider yourselves warned.

Updated to add: Oh, and tonight's successful culinary experiment of sorts is: If you've got some granola that's gone a little chewy from sitting out too long, you can bring back the crunch by putting it on a baking sheet and toasting it in the oven for a bit (I just put mine in the toaster oven, set to toast medium-lightly). It'll be soft when you get it out of the oven, but crunchy when it cools! Yay!

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Because I know I mostly read my friends' journals on my Friends page, and know I haven't really noticed if any of y'all have nifty titles on your journals, I'm making an entry to celebrate the fact that my LiveJournal now has a title:

Rampage of Prose

There's no telling how long this'll last, but in the meantime it makes me really happy. It came out of a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] morganlf over online Boggle Yay online Boggle! Yay for Peter for making it, and yay for him and [livejournal.com profile] morganlf and everybody else who's played it with me! Yay friends!

In other news, yesterday's hot and sour soup experiment was a rousing success, as was the substitution of balsamic vinegar and vegetable stock for lemon juice and soy sauce in my usual baked tofu marinade. Yummity yum yum yum.

Now I am sleepy as well as silly, and clearly that means it's Ralphie Wiggum time:

Oh boy, sleep! That's where I'm a Viking! )

Yep. Silly. Bedtime. G'night, all!

Ugh

Mar. 11th, 2003 05:17 pm
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Okay, so I went to Staples and got me some legal-size paper and had it cut in half so I can make it into blank books and write about it for Nervy Girl (actually, I've written a very rough draft of my article already but I want to make a book to fact-check my directions and so that I have a better mental picture to base my illustrations on). Unfortunately the paper wasn't cut very well, kinda crooked even. So these are going to be pretty shitty blank books, I'm afraid. Which makes me kinda grumpy. But oh well. It's kinda my own damn fault. The copy center clerk did warn me their papercutter wasn't the best, and she did give me a very apologetic discount. I should've listened to her warning and taken the paper somewhere else. Oh well.

In happier news, I love my new sneakers (they fit, which is a big relief), I hardly got rained on at all during my Staples run (partly because I'm super-speedy, partly because the weather decided to be ambivalent for a bit). Furthermore, there's garlic roasting in the oven (mmm, roasted garlic) and [livejournal.com profile] pmb is on his way to the local hippie food store for spinach, tomatoes, and tofu, which means I'll finally have me those wasabi mashed potatoes I've been craving for so long. Yay!
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So every time we make Indian food what gets stuck in my head but that Simpsons episode where Apu invites Marge and Homer over for dinner. Marge compliments Manjula's cooking, and asks what's in a certain dish. She replies, "Lentils, chickpeas, and rice."

"How about this one?" asks Marge.

"Lentils and chickpeas," says Manjula. "Try it with rice."

Mmmmmm.... Last night I flaked out on making wasabi mashed potatoes again, so instead Peter learned how to make chana dal (yellow split pea/lentil stew of oh so yummy goodness). It was delicious on rice with yogurt and raisins. Yay for brown gack!
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I am my cat's bitch. It's rainy and cold out, and I've been looking outside and thinking how glad I am I'm not out in that all day. But Iggy just called my attention to the fact that he has no more cat food, and I emptied the bag refilling his bowl. So off I go to the store, because I am the cat's bitch.

The good news is this means I can finally get whipping cream and make wasabi mashed potatoes for dinner tonight. Mmmm.... I have been craving them for a while. And feeding the cat isn't really bad news, it's just I have to go out in the cold and wet to do it. Iggy better appreciate all the love I gots for him... but if he doesn't, I still love him, just 'cuz he's the cat.

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