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Friday, April 2, 2010

Macaroni Pie...

So for pretty much as long as I can remember, we've had a traditional dinner on Good Friday - macaroni pie. It's spaghetti with ricotta cheese, eggs, and vanilla extract, baked in the oven. It's, well, OK - kind of bland, and not particularly healthy, but it's a tradition. They weren't going to make it this year, because it was too much work and they don't get around too well, but I offered to make it. It's not really that hard to make, although it does involve quite a bit of stirring.

It came out OK, and the parents seemed pleased. My older brother even swung by for dinner.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter cookies....

So I decided to bake the traditional Easter cookies tonight before I go up to NJ tomorrow to spend Easter break with the parents. OK, there really isn't an Easter cookie tradition. And my Easter cookies are suspiciously similar to my Christmas cookies, only with pastel M&M's. But I figure it gives me something to bring up and gives my parents something they normally don't get.

They came out OK, although not quite as good as usual, probably because I was in a hurry when I made them.

Monday, March 8, 2010

forty-six inches of Apple goodness...

So we picked up some equipment at work that a department didn't need. Among the stuff was a 23" Apple HD Cinema Display. One of my coworkers had an extra ADC to DVI adapter, so I now have a matched pair of Apple displays on my Mac Pro at work.

Yes, it's only an extra inch bigger than the Samsung it replaced, but I still think it's cool, and it's nice to put otherwise obsolete tech stuff to work - especially since these monitors at one point were $3500 a piece.

And if you are wondering why there is a Windows logo on the right side, I run VMWare Fusion because I run some apps, including our ticket system, that won't work under OSX.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I checked, I have an engine...

So yesterday I was driving back from an electronics swap meet when I noticed the "check engine" light was on in the "Danger Ranger", my '06 Ford Ranger pickup. I checked, and I do have an engine, so I don't know what that's about.

The gas cap seemed snug. The owner's manual doesn't make it sound like a big deal - says it could just be a loose gas cap or bad gas, and that it could take a few fill-ups and quite a bit of driving before it resets. It doesn't seem like it's running any worse than normal, or making any more noise than normal, so I guess I'll just ignore it for now. A coworker is going to let me borrow his OBDII meter, so at least I'll have a starting point. But at some point, I'll probably need to take it to the dealer - which means spending money I'd rather spend on brightly-colored shoes and deeply discounted beef jerky, and spending time waiting at the dealership that I'd rather be spending time doing something else.

I hate the check-engine light - it's silly to have one light that tells you "there is something wrong with your vehicle, and it could be anything from a loose gas cap to your engine is about to fall out". At least most computer error messages give you some info of what you need to do.

Friday, February 12, 2010

C is for cookie....

So since I was bored, and hungry, I decided to bake some cookies. They are the same m&m cookies I made at Christmastime, only with non-holiday colored M&M's. I picked up the M&M's during my Tuesday Target run between snowstorms. Alas, I only had enough butter for one batch. Actually, given that I haven't been to the gym in over a week, maybe it's just as well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

i can haz snowstorm?

Nibbler seems fascinated by the snow - she's been in my basement perching on the sofa looking out my french doors at the snow, or up in the living room peeking her fuzzy little head between the blinds to watch it fall and blow.

Easy for her to do. She doesn't have to worry about shoveling it tomorrow.

And yes, the pic with the blinds open is staged - they are normally closed, but I thought it would be a cool pic.