Other than having to spend some dough on the Jeep, and having...intestinal excitement...all week, it's been a pretty decent week. I think I've finally shaken off the malaise that hit me when I got back from CO, and can actually start to feel excited about things again. That said, I still had a couple of cranky days this week where I spent the bulk of my time pretending not to be so I didn't rip somebody's head off for something that was well and truly not deserved, but even with that it wasn't as bad as last week, where all I wanted to do most of the time was sit and veg.

Oddly, this whole post took only a paragraph, because I actually have nothing to write about.
For a change, I'm not one of them. I'm not sure why this is, except I can't make myself want to.

In other news, the Jeep needed the alternator *and* the battery replaced. $500 later and a broken credit card machine later, I did get the Jeep back yesterday afternoon. Ahh, fun.
Up: Yesterday I woke up feeling a lot better than I had in awhile, for the 2nd day running.
Down: Costco killed it. I have a problem with crowds. It's something I try not to let bother me, but somehow it always does. People getting in my way make me cranky beyond reason, and they tend to throw me right into that ugly funk.

Up: Today I feel better again.
Down: The Jeep was particularly cranky about starting. And then it didn't want to idle. So I ran it for awhile and it got better. Let it sit for 5 minutes and it got worse. Gotta take it in. Hope it's just the battery.

Up: Yesterday I weighed in at 260, which is my first primary goal.
Down: Weigh-in is Wednesday and this morning I was 262. Dunno what's up with that, but it's probably just retention. No big deal, but showing me my goal weight and then taking it away is annoying.
Additional Down: Got a new scale. Now, I've always known that the scale I use weighs a little light, but it's not really been in my face and without another scale I didn't have any alternatives anyway. So experimentation this morning suggests that my scale is 7-8 pounds light. Fortunately, even tho WW doesn't let me edit my starting weight, it does let me edit every weight since (no idea why it's weird about that). So I just added 6 lb to all of my readings--meaning I'm still going to take a 1-2 lb hit as the scale adjusts, but I guess I've got to live with that. It's a much nicer scale and it gives a much more reliable (as in, same reading 3 times in a row, within .2 lb) reading than the old one (which could vary by 4 lb just stepping off and back on it)
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Apr. 26th, 2005 11:11 pm
I'm back.

My friends list is filled with chatter about the Serenity trailer.

That's great, but I promise you, at least one person out there doesn't want to see it, and putting the font up three sizes only makes that person want to pee on you.
11 pmSaw it!
12 amSaw it!
1 amSaw it!
2 amSaw it!
3 amSaw it!
4 amSaw it!
5 amSaw it!
6 amFinally! Glorious sleep!
6:30 amDamn. It was a lie. Saw it!
7 amMissed this one!
7:15 amBut not by much!
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Apr. 3rd, 2005 06:51 pm
Oddly, there's not a great deal to tell about my life right now. Most of it is consumed with weight watchers and trying to slim down. I promised I wouldn't post about that publically (I post plenty behind the lock), so I'll just mention it in passing, oh, and I've lost 15 pounds since I've started it. Which is a drop in the bucket for the amount that I'm overweight.

I made a batch of experimental salsa--roasted tomato, black bean and corn salsa. I'm curious how it'll turn out, but I don't think I'm going to know for at least a day, and from what I've read I get the feeling that the stuff is best 3-4 days after it's made. Er, at least, the stuff that I sort of based my recipe on. Which this kind of isn't very much like, except for having black beans and corn in it. We shall see! I also made my more normal roasted tomato chipotle salsa. That one ought to turn out well, tho I suspect it'll be quite fiery.

On the gaming front, at the end of the last session (oh crap, I never wrote it up), I sent my players off to WAR. Not that they know what the war's even about yet. They have some guesses, but I've set enough different things in motion it's going to be hard for them to really predict a whole lot of this. Some of what's going on has just been in the background and never made it to the players' knowledge. I'm looking forward to the next session, though I'm nervous about the scale of what's going on, and whether or not it'll actually work out in terms of fun play.

KublaCon is coming up around Memorial day. That one's going to be busy for me. I'm running a Feng Shui game there, as well as the bulk of the Shadowfist events. Should be interesting and exciting. And all those other things too.

I learned last night I make a really good margarita, now that I know how. And now I've gotten to put the martini and margarita glasses that Andrew got us for Christmas to use twice. Wish I had a place for them. We have so much stuff!

Also, I'm hungry now.
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Feb. 13th, 2005 07:14 pm
I watched the original Battlestar Galactica movie.

I will never get those memories back.
I haven't posted at all, but I've been sick for the last week and a half or so. Not coughing aching stuffy head fever (no you can't rest) sick, but instead just "I have no energy, I think I will sleep all day and lie awake all night" sick.

Today I can't tell if I feel like a million bucks or a bucket of rust. I keep sort of flashing between the two.

I suspect this means "better but don't push your luck".

I hope that's what it means!
I just feel like sharing for a change. I've been in a selfish mood since we bought the house, meaning I really haven't felt like sharing the day-to-day stuff with other people. Maybe I didn't feel it was interesting enough to journal.

Anyway, today I got Fedora Core 2 installed on a pair of Via C3 1 gigahertz Mini-ITX boxes. They're very small--12" x 12", and the power supply is only 80 watts. They make very little noise.

Fedora had a kernel bug which made the install problematic, and I eventually had to download a special boot CD which used the patched kernel that fixed the problem, and had to do a little magic to make sure it installed the patched kernel and not the stock one. Luckily the current kernel works fine, so the next Core release should be hunky dorey, as they say.

My plan is to split the services maelstrom offers across the two boxes. In particular, spamassassin chews so much CPU and we get so much spam (4k/day and that's only spam that's actually addressed to a deliverable account) that I was starting to really notice how much processor time it was taking on the machine.

The new machine will be named tempest; it'll mostly just handle mail service, backup DNS and it'll end up being our primary fileserver, since it's got a nice fat 120 gig drive ($87 at Fry's. Plus a $40 rebate).

I'm going to retool the firewall and turn it into a backup server, I think. I've been very lucky, i think, running a server 7 years without any data loss. I need to get a backup solution in place, and the firewall machine can be the place the data is put. I would just put it on another drive in maelstrom or tempest, but the small boxes can only handle one disk apiece. The problem with very small boxes. I will name this one firestorm.

And then I have to get back to the dissonance project. I've already got it mapped out. Just have to knuckle down and take the time to do it. That's the media server. I have some software that works, but it's been unstable, and it's not customizable. It doesn't do quite everything I want. I know what I want and approximately how to do it.

Oh, and I'm liking my new job too.
I don't do much of these lately. Not sure why.

Probably because I doubt most people are interested. =)

I did some cleanup today, managed to put away a few items that had thus far resisted being put away. Made butter chicken for dinner. I found on the net a recipe for the Butter Chicken from Amber India; I will try it sometime in the next week and see if it's really as good as the stuff from that restaurant. I hope so =)
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May. 10th, 2004 10:15 pm
On one hand, I'm happy that my leg hurts. It didn't hurt when I cut it and it didn't really hurt except in proximity for the first couple of days. I figure this means I severed the primary nerve that feels pain in that region. No big deal, really; so long as we take care of it, great.

Fortunately, now it hurts, suggesting that nerve is healing up quite nicely. Unfortunately...OW. Dammit.
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May. 1st, 2004 06:03 pm
I have a headache.

And today I am an idiot who can't tell Saturday from Sunday.

That is all.
1) The party this weekend went tremendously well. There was a lot of meat. Thanks very much to [livejournal.com profile] mallen for inspiration and recipes for the pork and the tri-tip. Though the BBQ sauce was entirely my own.

2) Yesterday I made soup for dinner. I expected it to be so-so but somehow this lazy experiment turned out fab.

It started with a refrigerated chicken stock paste -- Minor's to be exact. I buy it at Costco but i've seen it other places.
The fact that it's a paste makes it a step above boullion and honestly, I think it's a step above most canned stocks,
though it doesn't compare to real, homemade stock. Of course, real homemade stock takes hours and hours to
make and this takes about 5 seconds to grab some amount of and throw it in water.

Next went some powdered Hon-Dashi that I think was originally picked up at Nijiya market, but may have come from Ranch 99. By themselves, neither stock was really the flavor I wanted. Together they worked very well. I added a little powdered garlic cause, well, garlic. You know?

Into the boiling water went: Bay scallops, shrimp, chopped baby bok-choy and some frozen dumplings (all from ranch 99) as well as some regular mushrooms, cut into bite-sized pieces (mostly quarters, some were big mushrooms tho). The shrimp and the scallops cook in no time in boiling water. I had the boil too high--the stove at this house is horrible for fine adjustments, and it took me 6 or 7 tries to find a setting that was between hard boil and no boil.

I thought it was going to be so-so, but the broth turned out fantastic, and the combintion of shrimps, scallops, bok-choy and wonton-like (but not really wontons) dumplings was mighty fine.

I find myself looking forward to more soup.
For me it began quite early today, as there was a ridiculous amount of prep work to do.

[livejournal.com profile] senatorhatty decided we should throw a fondue party. But 'we' he meant me, because he was due to arrive at 8:15 this evening returning from his vacation. But it seemed like a really good idea to me, so I volunteered to go through with it. [livejournal.com profile] esmerel, [livejournal.com profile] wildpaletz, [livejournal.com profile] jendavis77, [livejournal.com profile] redhound, and [livejournal.com profile] strider attended.

So as I occasionally do, I decided to completely overdo it.

I was a little quiet about it because a fondue party cannot really support a large number of people--we invited a total of 10 and ended up with 7. I had as much as I could prepped ahead of time so I could spend time eating as opposed to cooking and serving, so by the time we got to the party only the fondue needed to be put together in a pot and made ready, and then the same with the chocolate.


Course #1
Each guest got a choice of spinach or spring mix salad. Each salad came equipped with shredded mozarella, shredded carrot, cucumber sticks, half of a hard-boiled egg (sliced), brocolli florets, 2 little chef rolls (roast beef, turkey, ham and swiss rolled together). Several dressings, of course, though I failed to have Italian available.
Course #2
3 different cheese fondues. Basic 3 cheese swiss fondue, black forest mushroom fondue, and french gruyere with onion. Dipping choices: 3 kinds of bread, carrots, brocolli, apples, tomatoes and little dill pickles.
Course #3
The piece d'resistance. An electric griddle (which is cheaper and more effective than a swiss grill) and 4 kinds of meat: alligator tail, ostrich fan, wild boar shoulder and filet mignon. Sauces: K.C. BBQ, pesto mayonnaise, chipotle mayonnaise, asian style orange, spicy peanut, hot sweet mustard, ginger-soy, sour cream-horseradish. All hand-crafted, thankyouverymuch.
Course #4
Chocolate fondue, of course. Semi-sweet and dark. Dippers: apples, strawberries, cream cheese balls (rolled in cinnamon + nutmeg), rice krispie balls, little cookies, ladyfingers, marshmallows and poundcake.
Course #5
Veuve Cliquot Brut Champagne. Because New Year's deserved it.


We got started at 9:15 when the 'host' arrived and even though I had everything as much pre-prepped as possible, we didn't finish the last course until about 1am.

But it was lavish, extravagant and oh-my-god good. I may be willing to do this again next year. As long as I have plenty of kitchen assistance. It's a ton of work.
Pet peeve time.

I really hate--especially on MUSH, but on livejournal as well--when people put up a URL and don't take the 15 seconds to put a few words about what the hell the URL is. Why should I click on it?

Maybe it's because I'm so tired of the 99.5% crap that's on the WWW, but partly because I know that I'm not interested in all the things all my friends are interested in all the time. It's only a couple of words to say what it's about. Really.
Yea, I've been a little un-sharing lately. Must be a mood thing.

This morning I woke up crabby. Not sure why, but I think I was having a bad dream. Then I realize I'm being woken up and it's already 15 minutes past when I'd wanted to be up. This is ok, I've been leaving myself extra time for slack--so it just means I didn't have as much slack as I've become accustomed to.

When I turned the shower on, the shower nozzle had been turned to face directly out at the bathroom in general.

Tonight's dinner is 40 clove garlic chicken, courtesy of an Alton Brown recipe. I haven't seen the episode this comes from, and the recipe itself is pretty sparse on details, so I have a feeling there's something relatively key in the presentation I'm missing. It just doesn't seem like the product I'm getting is quite what I expected...but maybe I'm smokin'.

And tonight is the Altaia game. Muahaha. The demon draws nearer...or rather, they draw nearer the demon. Well, the demon's pet, really...

Update: Didn't game. Was too tired to GM and no one really objected.

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