Archive for September, 2004

mass quantities

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

It’s late, late, late in the day & I’m stuck here at work because Jeremie and I carpooled and he is in crisis mode down on the first floor. As I am a nice person I am not going to leave him stranded here. Instead I will take some time and update this with what the heck I’ve been doing the past two weeks. I’ve been a busy bee.

A couple of Thursdays ago, the day after my previous post, Jeremie and I treated ourselves to a lovely dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY. I say treat because it was a little more than we usually spend for dinner and I had to make reservations a month in advance (thanks, OpenTable). The food was fantastic. Even the butter was out of this world. I recommend highly.

Last week Monday I flew out to Madison, WI with a couple of my work friends/colleagues to head up our recruiting efforts there. A very nice time was had by all. It’s a great school and we talked to a lot of good people at the career fair. Amy gave us a walking tour of the campus and so many things are eerily similar to UMich. Madison’s main drag is State Street and it has 2 Espresso Royale Caffes on opposite ends of the street, just like in Ann Arbor. Crazy!

We flew back to CT Wednesday morning, utterly exhausted. I did a couple loads of laundry that night and then Jeremie and I packed up the car and headed out to Detroit on Thursday afternoon. The drive was beautiful but served as an excellent reminder as to why I love flying. We didn’t get to his parent’s house until a bit after 1a Friday morning. The last hour and a half were definitely a struggle. Same thing on the way home. We left around noon on Sunday, planning to be home around 11p but Pennsylvania had other plans for us. We got stuck in construction traffic right near the end of I-80 in PA and that debacle cost us about an hour and 40 minutes of our life. Arrival at home: 1am.

It was all worth it. We had a lovely time in Detroit and it was the first time in as long as I remember that all of Jeremie’s siblings and I (and his parents) have been in the same place. We spent a good amount of time with his Grandma who is One Cool Lady. We shul’ed it up for Yom Kippur, fasted the whole day and had a great break-fast in the makeshift sukkah/florida room. Jeremie’s mom made this fantastic boterkoek with ginger in it that I’m still dreaming about. So tasty! Mmmn, butter. After most everyone had left from the break-fast, Jeremie, Elias, Adena, and I sat around the table and listened to Grandma tell stories while we enjoyed delectable fresh figs, hand-picked apples and pomegranates. She told us some fantastic stories of her times as a young woman working in downtown Detroit, back when Detroit was a fancy place to be. She was a feisty one!

The crazy travel is over for a couple of weeks, then it will pick back up again. For now, I’m going to try to get as much sleep as I can. So far, it’s been an unsuccessful week in that department.

a word from our sponsor

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Just taking a moment to say how much I love the coffee in the new office. Love it. Today’s flavor is cinnamon and it is a tasty delight.

I’ve been a right slacker getting pictures from msp up but I promise I’ll get to it soon. Lots going on lately. Last night I made apple cake and chicken soup to have for dinner tonight. Stop & Shop didn’t have raisin challah so I got a regular one. It’s nice that they have kosher baked goods else I’d be up a creek.

Back to work. Reviewing code. Eh.

Press the pound key

Friday, September 10th, 2004

I declare the word of the day to be: octothorp

a.k.a. “the pound sign” or just #

Did you know that? I didn’t know that.

when it rains

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

I’m happy that our lawn got a trimming Tuesday while we were at work because it’s been raining non-stop since then and it would be looking pretty jungle-crazy right now. Rain, rain, rain. Apparently it’s hurricane remnants. I’m a big fan of hurricane remnants as opposed to actual hurricanes. I could not handle that kind of stress. Yeesh.

Jeremie and I had a great weekend in Minneapolis with the fam. I did some baking with my Grandma and made her a bunch of soup for the freezer. I love making soup. We went to the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” (a.k.a. the State Fair) with my cousins and my auntie and ate a proper minnesotan variety of fried foods including my favorite, fried dill pickles. I have a bunch of pictures of the butter heads and baby animals to put up, which I’ll try to do tonight. I haven’t been in the mood these past couple days to do much computing once I get home.

Last night I made a soup with yellow mung dal and sweet potatoes. It is very tasty. I also made my tasty tuscan bean spread but accidentally put too much salt in so I’ll have to figure something out. I’m hoping that the salt will mellow given a day in the fridge but if it doesn’t, i’ll just combine it with another can of beans and we’ll have bean spread sandwiches all weekend. The other thing I did last night was talk to Shana for the first time in well over a year and that was very, very nice. I emailed her yesterday afternoon to tell her about an old friend of ours that had a baby boy on Tuesday and she called me back. Three cheers for old friends. Hi Shana.

I need to go get some yarn and make some baby hats.

lost opportunity

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

Last night there was a spider eating a beetle on the outside-side of the french doors that go out to the patio. It would’ve made the coolest picture but I couldn’t find my camera anywhere. Uh oh.
The last time I had used it was Monday at work to take pictures of my new space. On Tuesday I had looked for it at work and just figured I had left it at home since I couldn’t find it. Last night I looked everywhere at home and when I came up empty, I promptly told Jeremie that it must have been stolen. Jeremie, knowing that I often misplace things for a couple of days, doubted that it had been stolen and offered to come up to my floor and help me look for it. I remained unconvinced. But this morning I looked in one of my drawers and there was the camera. Jeremie-1, my paranoia-0.

So I don’t have an awesome picture of a spider eating a beetle to show you, but I hope this will do: