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Did I mention that Windy's Chinese is closed? Forever? My favorite Chinese place of the last 5 or 6 years is gone. No more pineapple fried rice. Or sweet and sour chicken that isn't cloying. Or fantastic general's chicken. All gone. Auf weidersehn, mein Lieb.

As it turns out, this means it's really difficult to get good (read, not cooked in peanut oil) Chinese food at 3pm on a Sunday. Happily(?), P.F. Chang's still exists. I guess it's time to pony up the dollars and see if their food is an acceptable replacement.

Sigh. I'm considering trying to find someone willing to drive to Chico to see if the Windy's down there (which is/was owned by the same people) is still open.
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Okay, for the record. When making a recipe for the first time, under no circumstances should you 1) decide to substitute blood oranges for regular oranges; 2) forget that you're supposed to stir fry with veggie oil, not olive oil; 3) make the recipe for someone while they're watching you cook.

All in all? Not a success. Happily, Hunan Garden's orange peel chicken is significantly better than the poor mangled version I came up with.

Also, poor Patriots. But, Tom Brady, your throws sucked the entire game. Except for that one where you took the lead from the Giants.
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First, and most importantly: Happy birthday, Nodya!

An entry containing stuff about my computer, my wireless router, lentil soup, the merits of brownies versus boardgames, and the Superbowl. )

Geez, this entry turned out awfully long. ::throws up an lj-cut::
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Someone once told me that I have a love/hate relationship with everything in my life. The more I think about it, the more I think that they're right. And then I get angry at myself for being that way. I wonder if it's not just love/hate, but a series of diametrically opposed feelings. Too much looking back, not enough looking forward. I think I just want it all. On a silver platter. Handed to me by hot naked men. There should probably be hand-peeled grapes somewhere too. This paragraph ended up in a different place than I intended.

Today is brought to you by the number two.

Count the fishies! One fish, two fish... Two fish, ah ah ah. Saturn and Neptune are all that's left of the United Federation of Planets And Two Outliers. I wish I could say they were Pluto and Alpha Centauri, but alas, the luck did not hold. But that is okay. At least two survived the Russian roulette that was my tank for a while.

Count the number of hours past midnight Inga slept! One hour, two hours... Two hours, ah ah ah. Why the hell was I up at two? Because I'd gone to bed at nine, and I had work to do. So I watched Harry Potter 1 + 2 and reviewed lotsa websites for 3.5 hours before coming into work. Happily, the energy has held. Perhaps due to the fact that my lunch was literally 15 minutes long, most of which was waiting in line. This implies Many Things Are Afoot.

Today is also brought to you by the letter C.

This Saturday was painting a Condo. Or at least the trim around the doorframes. There was also Chipotle sauce and Chicken mole burritos. Sunday was going to the City to eat Chinese food -- dim sum -- with Chopsticks. I got to take the Caltrain and discovered the local Coffee shop near the millbrae Caltrain stop. So, there was also a bookstore shop and I read several Chapters of two books before deciding to buy them and a CD. One book was on Cars. I used a pair of Coupons, so it didn't Cost as much as it would have. Then I went grocery shopping and bought Chicken and Cheese and Ciabatta bread and Cherry yogurt. Then I went home and ate an ice Cream sandwich.

Today is further brought you by the number 13.25, which is the number of hours that I have worked today.

And on that note, I'm out to go rampage like any CG Fang dragon would. With dignity, honor, and a fearsome treasure lust. Rawr.
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Thing I am happy about: When pressed, I can, in fact, cook things like scrambled eggs and eat them for breakfast. Also, I can legitimately start playing Christmas music again, although I yet need to figure out a place to put up my Christmas tree. It's not December yet, so I figure I've got some time.
Thing I am less happy about: My four day weekend of doing nothing (well, mostly) is almost at an end. Also, I can't find the power charger for my ipod, which is kind of annoying, given that you can't play music off of it while it's charging in the computer. It's old, so this might have been fixed with a newer gen.
Thing I am working on: doing work. And also half heartedly Christmas shopping on amazon.com.
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Thanksgiving! It was of the awesome, with tons of ridiculously good food all made by [livejournal.com profile] onetruedavid He has pictures, which he should post.

Thing I am happy about: good friends, good food, lack of flying.
Thing I am less happy about: I think I ate enough food that I actually feel sick now.
Thing I am working on: Screw working, going to bed.
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Thing I'm happy about: oatmeal. Yes, it's ordinary, but every morning, I have a small bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit and it's awesome. Thank you, Google, for providing me with food.
Thing I'm less happy about: The list of things I need to get done this weekend is growing.
Thing I'm working on: getting through today.
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Man, I love sleeping in. I can't believe I have to go back to work tomorrow. At least, it's a short week, what with Thanksgiving and all.

I watched "Secretary" last night. I don't know if any of the people reading this have seen it, but it's a rather bizarre movie. I've decided that I really like Maggie Gyllenhaal (at least, in this movie). Bunches of people on multiple coasts recommended this, so I figured I had to check it out eventually. As it turns out, having a Blockbuster nearby is great for immediate movie gratification and having a "AAAAHHHHH, MUST DO SOMETHING" need inspired me to walk there. In some weird way, I kind of wish I could be a secretary like her.

I feel like I should get out of the house and go hiking or something ludicrous like that, but you know what? It's kind of cold outside. Guess I'll figure something out, though.

Thing I am happy about: AC/DC. Three chords of pure rock god-dom. It's the same three chords in every song, and they have tons of songs. And it's just feel good music. Unsurprisingly, it's making me feel happy. Also, it's eggnog season again.
Thing I am less happy about: Discovering that my disposable camera expired in February. I can't say as I've ever had film expire before. I guess I'll track down a developing place or something, and see if they can get anything out of it. I don't even know what's on here.
Thing I am working on: eating healthier. I spent the last week in New York eating practically no lunch and about 6 desserts a day. This is fine if your metabolism is great at digesting LARGE QUANTITIES OF SUGAR. Mine is only okay at this. Although, if you consider what I had for breakfast (apple turnover, yogurt, chocolate, eggnog), I'm probably not doing so well with this.
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i have my bag. luckily, my halloween socks arrived undamaged.

i had a fantastic dinner last night where my food was artistically arranged and the combination of flavors in a specific fish dish could be considered orgasmic, even if you aren't really a food person. no, seriously, i was rendered speechless by how good it tasted. and i'm picky.

i'm beginning to feel overwhelmed by work, but think that maybe i can handle it if i just click my heels together and wish it to be done.

the good fairies did not come and clean my apartment last night while i was sleeping. i guess i didn't leave them enough cookies.
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For Christmas this year, I want a pleasant surprise.

Sadly, this cannot be a new computer, for I now have a working Admin-access computer with accompanying monitor (nice), keyboard (average but at least the right color) and mouse (OMG, DIE). Need speakers, or at least some way of hooking the ones I have here up to the computer in the kitchen. I don't really want to move the speakers, but I don't have any way of plugging in the computer into the outlets in my living room. Because the outlets in my living room are from the sixties, when they didn't have 3 prong appliances. Neolithic twerps.

In other news, I found a recipe for bread. And I will attempt to make said bread sometime this weekend, maybe. Assuming that I don't reread the recipe and go "HOW LONG?!!!" and run down to the local McDonalds to acquire some of their McWonderBread instead. Not that that's the same kind of bread AT ALL, but beggars (or at least lazy ones) can't be choosers.

In additional other news, I called my parents something on the order of 5 times today. Once to say "Hi", once to let my mom know that I thought my shirt was ruined because I spilled coffee on it, once to ask my dad about checks with old addresses, once to tell my mom that my shirt was fine, and then finally to let them know that I had spent large quantities of money on their card for food since I'd just spent excessively large quantities of money on my card for electronics and was running close to my credit limit. They were highly amused. Highly amused.

I ate toast today. No, really. I really did eat toast, so this is now officially an "I ate toast" blog.

Actually, right now, I feel more like [livejournal.com profile] troglodyteking since I have a bunch of stuff that I want to talk about in a high-minded philosophical manner, but I can't formulate it well enough at the moment to be able to write it down. It involves something to do with relationships, so I'm not sure it would be all that interesting to many of the people on here, especially those concerned with logic and problem solving.

See, that's the biggest tolerance that I think most relationships have to develop. Most (not all, there are always exceptions) guys are very much like "you have a problem? Great, here's how to solve it and let me be logical in the meanwhile" and girls (again, not all) tend to want to explore the problem to the fullest extent and meander about before trying to come up with a solution that they're happy with. Guys just sort of optimize the problem and discover the correct solution, regardless of how easy (or nice) it is to implement. That, and I like complaining. Gives me something to talk about.

It was raining today, yet another thing that reminds me of [livejournal.com profile] troglodyteking. He does often like the rain. Bunches of my guy friends (who coincidentally ALL like to hike) were overjoyed by the rain and the coolness of the weather. Meanwhile, I went out for a small walk, got completely drenched and ended up shivering for a good half an hour. I'm not ready for fall, much less winter. Though, I did check www.farmersalmanac.com and it said that this winter was supposed to be mild. I wonder whether it predicted the drought that we had last year, since I'm getting the sense that it's going to be a long protracted rainy winter. We'll see - maybe I'm just pessimistic and the weather gods will surprise me with their benevolence.

On the other hand, winter = Christmas = family = good, so maybe by that transitive process, we can say that winter = good. But maybe not.

So, in conclusion: I ate toast. I went shopping. It rained. I was cold. The end.
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"Eating healthier is not going well," she said, as she polished off a small bag of beef jerky. "I just get so hungry."

Plans got cancelled for the night, so I now need to decide whether I want to get a chair massage and be trapped here until 800pm or whether I want to skip the chair massage and go do...something else?
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I really need to start eating healthier. Exercise probably wouldn't hurt either.

Yesterday was a day dominated by donut consumption, as well as some ice cream, and today... I think I ate 6 or 7 cheesecake brownies. This is not what we call a balanced diet, by any stretch of the imagination.

So, starting today, I'm going to keep a running list of things that I've eaten today. Somewhere.

In other news, not much is going on. I'm kind of happy at the world, but kind of sad at the same itme. Kim and Corinne are fully moved back to the East Coast, and I hear rumors that they're much happier there - sad to say, but good for them.

There are a couple of puppies that keep getting brought into work. One is a rescue dog from Taiwan with German Shepard coloring named Joey; the other is a Shiba Inu named Tiger. They're really cute. It's awesome because then I can get my nose licked by puppies!!!!!! I totally need a dog.

[livejournal.com profile] liberateanimum has cats now. This makes Dnd rather sneezy. They're kind of cute, but I'm pretty much not a cat person. I need to get a new place so that I can get a puppy. Okay, actually, I need to get a car, a new place, a stable career, some additional cash float, and THEN I can get a puppy. ...sheesh. :(

Right, it's way past my bedtime. May the Sandman make your dreams sweet and allow you to wake refreshed.
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Drinking iced coffee, while sitting in the middle of a heretofore unknown coffee shop, with an auspicious name resembling a famous poem by Mary Howitt, and discussing the downfalls of Objectivism as portrayed by Ayn Rand while attempting to make sense of the lyrical graffiti scribbled all over the walls of said coffee shop, is a pretty good way to have dinner. There was unspectacular food also involved, but it was more or less only body fuel and not relevant.

It also calls for an interesting (and yet not unreasonable) comparison to Conan's Pizza, which, in deference to its namesake, has laminated pictures and story snippets from some of Robert E. Howard's most read stories. Also had a truck driven through it at some point. All I could think while I was there was, "Dad and Jamie would LOVE this place." And then I got massively homesick. Really good pizza, though.

Starting thinking about going back to school to get another degree. Now if I can only figure out in what... CS is a little above my reach, methinks, but perhaps business or law... Maybe not law, now that I'm remembering the days that my brother spent locked in the back bedroom, studying for the bar, coming out only for tuna fish sandwiches and Dr. Pepper. And the look that he shot Lesley as he said "Never become a lawyer." You want terror? That was it, boys and girls.

Leaving tomorrow, back to the Bay Area. Don't wait up.
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Waffles are good for breakfast, especially served with blueberries and heated maple syrup. I may need to find a waffle iron to make these. And a mixer. And possibly some more bowls. And perhaps a way to ensure that I always have non-expired milk, eggs, flour, baking soda, etc. in my apartment.

Okay, that sounds like far too much work. I may just have to continue to steal them from people.

Also, I probably should purchase a new mattress. My current one is one of those cheap ones from Ikea, and I'm not sure it's actually doing much for me. On the other hand, I did wake up this morning with new and exciting back stiffness, which just goes to show that I can still apparently sleep differently enough to cause weird contortions.

And finally, I'm going to go shopping for shoes and jeans because I apparently need new clothing. Or something.
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Today, I was glad to discover a couple of things:

1) No matter how much time you spend talking to people or trying to understand them, inevitably you will be surprised by them. In some cases, more than once.

2) There are still people in the world who believe very strongly in the success and brilliance of love, and who are not necessarily jaded by whatever situations they might have been in before you knew them or after you lost them.

Both of these things makes me quite happy, even though I'm not sure that I fall into either category. It's just good to know that things like Truth, Love & Beauty still exist as ideals and that people are very different on an individual basis.

In completely unrelated news, I had an awesome dinner at Kaygetsu, which consisted of 6 courses of unidentifiable foods and fantastic tastes and much green tea. I had spent a good few hours stressing about what I was going to wear, how/whether to do my hair, how/whether to put on makeup, and other things, before watching a couple episodes of season four of Buffy (yes, I have seen all of it more than once but I'm rewatching it) and forgetting to be stressed until about 10 minutes before I had to leave. Thank goodness for skillz which allow me to get ready and look good within 10-15 minutes.

I also realized, after some conversation, that I'm vaguely addicted to my Livejournal and that I tend to write in it more than is good for me. Of course, this isn't actually reflected in my entries, given that I spend a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to write, deciding how much information I want to divulge, and then writing whatever part of it I feel like I can write, sometimes expounding further in a friends-locked post. (Though, as you may have noticed, I don't like friends-locked posts much.) Usually, I get the urge to post something 2 or 3 times a day, but generally restrain myself to posting once every 2 or 3 days.

Henry is safe in Texas -- I know this because I called him and he picked up. I thought, for whatever reason, that he was two hours behind (so calling him at midnight my time wouldn't be so late for him), but, as it turns out, he's two hours ahead. And now much less well-rested. Sorry, Henry.

I have also added large amounts of things to my Amazon wishlist. And I kind of wonder when I think I'll be able to afford the complete Star Trek seasons of the original series, the Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine, as well as the whole set of movies. In the meanwhile, I kind of also need to get Buffy 5-7 and Angel 3-5. It's a pity that my birthday is so close to Christmas. Although I don't get any fewer presents, I only get them once a year...

I also kind of want to go and buy an entire new wardrobe, with shoes and everything. I've recently had an increasing urge to become more girly. I don't think this will actually happen, although I should probably go buy another pair of flat shoes (maybe puma SpeedCats or more ballet flats) and maybe a pair of peeptoe pumps.

I have at least two snails in my tank. One of them is named Sparky. I think the other is Trouble, both in name and in actuality. Apparently, snails are hermaphroditic, so can produce without a mate. And apparently, they do this often enough to take over the tank. I have experience with this, actually, since I found one snail in the morning, and twelve hours later, there were two of them. Coincidence? I think not. I have to figure out what to do about them, although the internet tells me that most snails are generally beneficial to the tank.

Finally, I realized that it was the last week in July, which means that Summer is nearly 2/3 over. This is both sad (end of summer) and good (beginning of pumpkin pie and a return of Christmas music). Also, at the end of September, my parents will have been married for exactly 40 years. My dad wants to go watch a large quantity of P-51 Mustangs take to the air in Ohio, but I'm not sure we'll be able to all make it out there for that. And it's no fun without all of us.

As part of summer going away, Formula 1 season is also drawing to a close, with Louis Hamilton, the rookie, in the lead for the Championship. Will Kimi, Alonso, or Massa be able to steal his early lead? Only time (and the remaining races) will tell.

If this were the normal size of my LJ braindumps, would you really want to read two or three of them every day? Yeah, I wouldn't, either.
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re: Europe. I'm okay if they take all my money for taxes, if they give me free chocolate. (note the highly relevant google ads the bottom)

dear god, i <3 european candy. Even the weather's not too too bad.

also, why did livejournal create an IM service that allows us to post to our blogs from IM. Don't they think this is a *bad* idea? I do. I mean, what if i get angry at someone I'm talking to, and I post the contents of our personal conversations online. Easy to do, right? Copy in one window, open another, paste, click send, you're all done. creepy.
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i need to stop eating lunch at 1130. the crash i get around 2pm is KILLING me.
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This weekend:

Friday night: I don't remember Friday night - something must have happened. Maybe I went out to dinner?

Saturday: There was DnD. It was ridiculously sunny, and I didn't yell at my players. I also didn't plan enough, but c'est la vie. Next week, it will be better. :)

Sunday: There was some sun. And lunch with library people, and then coffee with a real live date. I have the feeling that he thinks it went better than it did, but I couldn't say for sure whether it went as badly as I presume it did.

Monday: I went to Sunnyvale for lunch at DishDash and had the chicken shawarma and kibbeh. Food was good. Then there was hanging out, and then dinner, and more hanging out.
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for the first time since moving into this apartment, i made myself an actual meal with actual meat and fresh vegetables, using nothing that was previously frozen, and very few prepackaged things.

I made: a rack of lamb ribs, rubbed with a moroccan lamb rub, consisting of parsley, mint and various spices; moroccan veggie stew, with zucchini, summer squash, carrots, and onions, as well as various spices, raisins and olives; and couscous to go under it. And a little cup of moroccan mint tea.

it took me just over an hour to make, i used all but one of my cooking pots, and my apartment reeks of onions, but DAMN. it was FANTASTIC.

i admittedly did not make baklava for dessert, but i think my land o' lakes cappuchino mix and a mcvitie's digestive biscuit will be sufficient.

Also, the trader joe's / draeger's combination of grocery stores 10 min walk from me is too great. whatever i can't find at TJs, draeger's has, as well as ridiculous amounts of various european food, including munich beer, british smarties (and digestive biscuits), and arabic chocolate.

oh dear lord, that food was good... mmm...food coma....

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