Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Long long day, long long weekend, I'm just putting this here so that you'll know I care, I'll write more tomorrow.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Well, last night, Jake and I hung out with my mom for a little bit, then we rented apocalypse now, and we watched half of it while we ate ice cream till jake had to go home. Chuck rotiseried some bacon wrapped tomatoes... buuuuuuuut, Jake didn't get to stay for those to get done. However I cannot say I am 100% disapointed, as I love them and always enjoy having more.

Tonight Dad and Mary Ellen are coming over, I'm going to be smoking ribs for them. That's the third time in 3 weeks that I've smoked ribs, and I really like the recipe and the techinque, I could really use a real smoker though. After this, I'm going to move into more indoor areas of cooking. I really want to be able to do a brisket though.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Avast, there are many pirate things for the day. I am always fond of all things piraty, and even though it's not officially talk like a pirate day, well, ARGH!!! For all of those who are fond of games, let me say that I'm with you on that. And remember, piracy is never just for the guys! For the record, buckaneering is okay too.
Well, tonight I'm going to go grocery shopping. I went the last 2 days without eating any fast food or at any restaurants. I broke down for lunch today, but I'm hopping right back on it. I can save several hundreds a month and be healthier if I eat only what I cook myself(or what Chuck cooks and I steal from him).

Anyway, tonight, I'm buying food to cook food for my dad, I'm going to have a barbecue on friday so that he can try my smoked ribs. He missed my last two cookouts, and I really want him to be able to experience how good I'm getting at this. Jackson and Jake will also be there, which should be pretty cool.

I'm having pretty serious problems with blockbuster online, it's been almost a whole week and I havent recieved any of the movies that they have mailed to me, and I don't have a clue as to why. I reported this to their service, I'd rather get the problem fixed than just have them remail the movies. There is no reason why I should not be getting them in the mail, but on top of this, when I was first getting movies, I was getting the wrong movies entirely for no reason at all.

I think i'm going to watch Road to Perdition now. Long live the Revolution!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Some things are just inherantly wrong with the world. The lightsaber I want is sold out. And frankly, that is not cool. Anyway, I spent the day watching the first season of Night Court. I had planned on watching Road to Perdition, but when I got there, my coworker had that as a sort of suprise, and I loved it as a kid when all I saw were reruns, so I had to watch it. It was funnier than I remember.

I have also done a ton of work on the interface for Project KSM. So far it's looking pretty good, I've gone and made it look as scuffed as I can, and I have some more plans up my sleeve. I'll post more here and maybe screen shots too.

I'm really hyped about the new Batman. It just looks like they're getting back to something with more substance, less flashy lights, or neon lights. I also can't wait for the new Chocolate Factory movie, even though I haven't heard anything at all new about it. Other than that, I cannot think of anything right off the top of my head that I want to see, even though I know there is.

I got registered for classes yesterday, and I tried to get in touch with Grandma and Grandpa today to get that taken care of, but I think I was too late, so I may have to change my schedule to take those classes in the fall, I wouldn't mind the break though. Anyway, I'm really tired right now, so I'm going to go to sleep, have a good night.

BentSea Highway
Lake Love8
Tower of Commitment23
Loony-Bin Lane48
Please Drive Carefully

Where are you on the highway of life?

From Go-Quiz.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Well, last night was pretty cool. I was surprised pretty late in the evening when Jackson showed up. Didn't have much to do because Mike wanted to go home pretty early, which is understandable, he has work in the morning, so we went for a walk down to the local gas station, picked up some snacks, and walked back. We talked and I showed Mike the logo I did for our website, and then he went home for the evening, followed shortly by Jackson, who did stay for a little while to play hacky sack.

My dad called and agreed to come to a bbq next friday, which should be small, I'll do a couple of racks of ribs, which shouldnt throw me back toooooooo far, and some corn. It will be fun. I may invite a few other friends who are willing to chip in, which should be pretty cool.

Anyway, my stomach isn't feeling it's best today. Oh, and I appologized to Mike yesterday, that went well. I still need to watch this movie, suspect 0 that my mom loaned to me.

Monday, May 23, 2005

This weekend was mostly nice. On friday night I hung out with Mike, we ate at humble chinese kitchen, which I like. Afterward, we had to pay cash because the credit machine couldnt connect through the phone lines, which was the first indicator of a much larger problem that was affecting the entire city of humble. A cut fiber line that was crashing phone service, cell phone service, and internet service for everyone, no one could use credit cards, and everything was going wrong.

Including things at Mike's work. No biggie, but we had to go there and I waited in his office while he did what he could. He's really moved a long way from the temp job he used to have there, and he has big plans there. And he really can go places, and that's awesome. I know I'll still be talking to him when he moves to Jersey, but I'll still miss him a lot. He worked really hard for his degree and he's using it to do some really cool stuff for Panalpina. I wish I had that kind of dedication. He'd be the first to tell me that I just need to pick something as a career path and follow it. And it's really good advice.

So, it actually wasn't boring. Doesn't hurt that I'm good at entertaining myself, doesnt hurt that I was able to guilt him into letting me play on his PSP, which he got on thursday and didn't tell me about. After that we stopped at H.E.B. and I bought six oranges and some raspberries to make candy with, the oranges produced a ton of candy, and the raspberries are ruined because I tried to rush the recipe.

On saturday we went to Best Buy, where I bought a game, we did that till we were sure Justin was at his new trailer, and then we got directions and went out to visit him there. It was... to be honest, not the greatest hole in the world. But with some spit and elbow grease they've fixed it up to dilapidated. With much more work, they could actually make it liveable for about a year. Justin is always cool, and they had a lot ot laugh about, they found shemale porn hidden in the old place, and there were maggots in the fridge, and a bong in the bedroom. So they inherited it from a pretty serious loser of a chick.

After that we came back and we ate some mexican food, and then went on to shop at H.E.B. for the real food for sunday. 4 racks of ribs and some corn. Pretty simple list, plus wood for smoking and a smokebox to put on the coals.

Sunday started out really slow, I started to think no one would come till people started trickling in around about 6. I had put the rub on the meat with joe's help at around 1 in the afternoon, till 2, and then let it chill in the fridge till time to cook with. Food was ready at 9 and everyone loved the food. George tried the hot sauce, he said it only tasted slightly hotter than tobasco, but his body knew otherwise, his lips spasmed, and his stomache made him regret it. I later found out that he deliberately didnt chew, just to avoid getting the full effect. And then he brushed his eye. Wow, I can only imagine the sting that would bring, or I could only imagine if I hadn't experienced it all too many times with habanero juice on my hands while taking out contacts.

He didn't finish those ribs, and so when Chuck started walking around, eating the ribs left on the plates people were done with, even the ribs that already had a bite or two taken out of them, he got a little surprise when he got to George's plate. I wouldn't even have known about Chuck's little round of eating if I hadn't walked in on him in the kitchen holding some ice to his lips and with a brooding look on his face as he suffered. He swore that he could see burn marks on his lips afterword, and described the decreasing pain as similar to that of a lingering sunburn.

The whole day Mike was mad at me for some reason, and I don't know why. I got frustrated and snapped, I really shouldn't have, and I owe him an appology. It caused him to leave my house early. I felt really bad about it, and I'm going to talk to him about it when I call him this afternoon.

Justin and Cymmeron showed up, and they had an okay time, except for Cym. When I took Zac to get his car so he could go home, I got to see the awesome lightsaber he got from his girlfriend. Coolest gift EVER. I really want Darth Vader's lightsaber though. Well, I mean they're both Darth Vader's, but, well, nvm, you know what I mean.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Well, last night was really cool, I got my special sauce in the mail. It was really quite wonderful, I gave joe an itsy bitsy taste and had one for myself. It wasnt that bad, so when I met dad at Subway, I put some large dollops on my sandwich. My dad and Mary Ellen told me that I looked like a cartoon character the way my whole head turned read and my eyes started getting real big and bloodshot. Started hopping around Subway begging for a piece of bread and offering to pay for it, but all she would say was no, but then, she could barely speak english, so begging wasn't doing much good.

Anyway, after that whole ordeal was over, we went to see star wars, which was pretty good the second time around, about the same as the first time, only maybe a little worse because of some nearby obnoxious kids.

After that, not much of anything else happened. I forgot I intended to stop at the grocery store on the way home
I need oranges and raspberries for making into candies.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Well, I saw Episode III last night. It was good, but it's good in spite of a lot of things it did really painfully wrong. No movie can be great in spite of flaws, flaws, by nature, reduce movies to being merely good by matter of fact. A movie has to be great as a whole, but can be good with bad parts. Some of the parts of this movie were great, but some things that were just so easy to do right were done so wrong that it was painful. Such as Darth Vader's awakening. When they had his arms clamped down, and he ripped himself off the table, screaming without bending his legs, the comparison to Frankenstein's monster was just far too heavy, it was almost disgusting, do they think that people are so stupid that they don't know a monster when they see one?

It was a horrible moment, something that should have been significant made meaningless and painfully funny. They spent bilions on this movie and made unintentional funnies... that's not supposed to happen. Star Wars movies are supposed to be the movies that OTHER movies make fun of by cheesily ripping off the scenes from, not vice versa. There were some great characterization scenes for Anakin, and for the turning against Obi Wan, that was really awesome. But there were way too many whiny scenes even as he became Darth Vader, I don't get what they're problem is, because he loses all of his menace by whining in this movie. I think they picked the wrong actor entirely. He had no force behind his presence.

I could go on and disect the entire movie, but it's pointless.

Going to go see it again tonight, with my dad, and mary ellen, and jackson, and I think marcia.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Well... Star Wars tonight.... and then again tomorrow evening with my dad. Wish me luck, and hope all of you who are going to see it too enjoy it. My standards are a bit high, this movie could be really good and I wont like it because it's not great.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Time to try to rewrite that massive post from yesterday, whew... this is daunting...

Okay, everything begis with friday, in which not much of anything happens. Got home from work and lounged around. I could swear I did something on the way home, but I'm not sure about that. I think I might have just gone straight home. But when I got there, I stayed there, and, I am sure that Mike and George came over, because I got my orange cognac back from George. After that I was online, and Pattie was trying on every piece of jewelry she owned for prom on saturday. I stayed up late chatting and playing games.

And of course that lead to waking up late on saturday. For once, though, saturday was not the date of this particular get together. Rather, though, I did want to get the shopping done on saturday so that on sunday I could just wake up and begin working and getting everything ready. Well, that didn't even get off the ground till about 8 in the evening. Zac and Mike went out earlier on, but I had just woken up and didn't feel like heading out, so I stayed in and played games, and otherwise disposed of my time until I was ready to go. I gave Mike a call and let him know that I was ready whenever he was, and that ended up being eight in the evening. We went to marble slab first, where I had a really good berry smoothie.

After that, and a call to George, who didn't meet us until it was very nearly time to head back to my place, and we were off to H.E.B. to wander the halls and carefully decide what to prepare. After a long and tedious decision making process, we decided on ribs, a single rack that would be divided among everyone as they were 12 dollars a rack, plus some boneless skinless chicken breast with some regular barbecue sauce that we would modify, rather than making our own, plus some sausage. Corn was predetermined to be a side dish, and for certain parties a requested dish of orange glazed portobello mushrooms was aranged for. All in all, a good night that cost 60 dollars, split three ways.

Upon ariving at my house I began peeling oranges, which had been purchased to be used for the glaze, while we began watching one of the movies that Mike got when he was out with Zac earlier in the day, Tokyo Babylon. I liked the second half, which I didn't watch until yesterday, much better than the first half; though, I did enjoy the first half. After they left for the night, after George got an emergency call from his open girlfriend, Jennifer, and Mike got tired so they both left and Chuck and I watched Smallville while I sliced the two orange peels into strips and then used my cleaver to carefully cut away the pith from the orange. After the cutting was done, which didn't take that much time at all, I blanched the peels for 2 minutes, then I boiled them in 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar till they were nice and tender. I took them out and quickly tossed them in sugar to give them a light granular texture, more like candy than orange peel. After that, at about 1:30, I put them on a dehydrator, which cut the drying time down to 1/4th its normal.

When Mike first tried them, it was like pulling teeth, though later he certainly seemed to enjoy them, admitting that he had not actually tried the orange swiss candies he was comparing them to, only the raspberry ones. I think he just likes to tell me that he hates my food. Clearly, if something isn't the best, it's no good at all. Either way, I'm going to take him on directly, I have finally looked up a recipe that will allow me to do the same with raspberries, so that I can have a direct comparison from him rather than a simple, if their raspberry candies are that good, then there's no way your orange are as good as their orange. I'm tempted to just not feed him anymore, though, if he really didn't like the food, he wouldn't be one of the people who chips in the most, and always chips in, for me to cook. So I guess we both just like being grumpy.

Anyway, so, I still went to bed pretty late because after everything was done, I was still cleaning and Pattie got online after prom and told me about how much fun she had and about the movie she went to afterward still dressed in all of her prom jewelrey, tiarra and all.

Didn't wake up till 11 the next morning. Hopped on yahoo before I started getting ready for all the other work I had to do, and sure enough, a new random popped up for the morning even though it was sunday, one of the worst days for randoms, and this one happens to ask what I'm doing. When I tell her about all the food I'm cooking, she told me how totally gross it was, and how she was a vegetarian who doesn't like portobello mushrooms, or corn on the cob or in fact much of anything it seemed. So I wasted an hour being told how humans are absolutely and totally un-natural, and how horrible it is that we have to kill to survive, everything that humans do apparently being the work of evil. I've heard good reasons for vegitarianism, even being vegan. It's not un-natural. On the other hand, neither is eating meat, we're omnivores, and we're designed to live however we want to. So after that I finished getting ready and began preparing the meat, putting together the rub and putting it on the ribs, and the chicken, then covering them and popping them into the fridge to let the meat absorb the flavor. After that, Mike showed up, followed fairly shortly by Jake, who brought some onions and a few other odds and ends.

That was it for the next few hours, we hung out, but didn't do much at all, almost no one showed up at 3 except Kayla, who brought some nice fluffy buiscuits. George, bearing extra chicken because we began to worry about numbers, eventually showed up around four, followed shortly by Chris' brother, Steve. Around 5:30 or 6, Marcia, Tera, and a friend of theirs from quest, I think his name was Brandon, it's a shame if it isn't Brandon because I've met him twice now and I should remember. Though they were preceded by Chuck, who I forgot to mention because he, of course, lives there. The fire got started around 4:30 long before the last set of people arrived, and well after the music was already playing with the speakers pointed outside so that everyone could hear.

Tera and Marcia brought some "carrot cake", which I didn't try till after all the other food because it was innapropriately named "cake". I say that in a way that makes it sound bad, and yet, it was really very, very good. But it was by no means a cake, it had shredded apple and carrots, and a few other things, I think, and I would like to have had it along side my chicken, ribs, and corn, because it was much more of a cole slaw with carrots and apples, thant it was a cake. It's a shame they didn't leave some, because just thinking about it is making me want more...

Okay, on top of all of that, I did not actually grill. This was a real, honest to goodness barbecue. I smoked that meat by building a small fire on one end of my grill and putting alluminum pouches filled with soaked woodchips on the fire to generate smoke and keeping the meat as far from the charcoal as possible, so that the smoke itself would cook the meat. I used apple wood chips, and I really could taste the difference it made. The ribs I cooked slowly for 2 1/2 hours, flipping regularly, and for the last 30 minutes I threw the chicken on, which cooked VERY well, it was amazing how good the chicken looked with perfect grill lines and the sauce on it, oh my. At the last minute, as I was taking the ribs off the grill, and making the mushrooms, I second guessed myself and left the chicken on 5 minutes more than it needed to be, and it was just ever so slightly dry. While still delicious, I can do better next time. I was just worried because it was chicken.

The ribs were practicaly falling off of the bone, and they were nice and tangy, and extra delicious, the corn, oh my, none of it was undercooked or burned, it was divine, in fact, everything came out superb. This is by far one of my most successful cooking ventures considering how little of it I looked up exact details for in advance. I am deffinitely doing it again next weekend, with only ribs and only people willing to chip in a full share, so that we can eat better, for fewer people, which should be really really good. Justin showed up quite late, but there was still some food, and Cym was with him, absolutely everyone enjoyed the candied orange peel, and even Mike had more than one more piece after the food. Just wait till I make them together with candied raspberries.

Everything broke up really early, I was alone by 11:30 at night, and so I played games until I fell asleep after cleaning up. I did so much cleaning before the party, even before I started cleaning, the whole place was cleaner than it had been on friday evening.

I love my new cookbook from half priced books, barbecue inferno, it is now tried and true, and looking for much more use in the future.

That covers the weekend, then, last night, after a long day and having the post deleted, I finished watching that movie, while at work, then in the evening, Mike and George showed up and... we worked on our game. Currently under the working name, Project K*S*M. This was an absolute first for us, out of all the game projects we have ever previously done, we have never, aside from time spent cooking up ideas and brainstorming, spent a whole hour and a half, as was done last night, simply working on a game non stop with actualy work in the same room together. We made some serious progress and I want to do it again at least once more this week. I continue to nag them both, and I am not afraid to nag to get this done, for once I'd like to finish a project, and prosepects are looking good. Mike may be out for the week, but at the very least I could hammer out some serious details with George about the ships and the other things he's working on in the document he's making.

Special credit to Scott for the Retsina wine I enjoyed at the end of each night, and for a whole bunch of links that he sent me that will, and I mean this with deadly sincerity, will indeed get used...

Anyway, that's it for today... I finally have Gattaca back, George swung by and got it for me, and I'll be watching that later tonight.

Monday, May 16, 2005

I had a really long, really awesome post typed up. I was in a really good mood. It took me two hours to do what I did, and I had a great time doing it. Then firefox crashed on me and cost me 2 hours worth of work. I could kill right now, my blood is boiling and I am furious. I'll write it again tomorrow. Right now, I need to simmer down. Seriously simmer down. That was just... wow, I HATE my work computer right now. I don't know what the heck is wrong with firefox on it.

Anyway, I'm going to try to relax now. I'll give the post again tomorrow. Look forward to it, it's going to be really awesome, just like this weekend was.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Scott did some more digging today and came up with some awesome links, plus there are the reviews that he found yesterday. I love this quote:

"Get yourself into a dark room a tripod and a digicam that can take infrared and point it at you. They'll show up like a glowing golfball passing through your GI tract. It will also hurt as much coming out as going in. In all seriousness though, I hope you're feeling better soon, Steve! Once upon a time I grew some tomatoes right next to a healthy crop of serrano peppers, and I am not kidding when I say that some of those wolf-apples had a touch of a kick to them. I'm going to try to replicate the process this Spring, only I'm going to plant habs instead. If I'm successful, the results would make an incredible batch of spaghetti sauce. Wish me luck!"

Anyway, it's only a matter of time. I've been looking at recipes to cook on sunday, and I think I know which ones I want to do, I should probably start preparing them tonight or tomorrow, and decide how I'm going to go about smoking with my standard charcoal grill... I wish I had a real smoker with a firebox for smoking.

It's been argued that there's nothing special about Blair's 16 million reserve, that it's just pure cap, and to an extent that's true. But I still want some, just to try it. I'll live, so it wont kill me, just be an experience, however painful, that I can brag about.

It's amazing how hot things seem to gather up myths about them almost as if they were Gryphons or Unicorns.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Well, today was pretty long, I didn't do a whole lot of interest, mostly just slacking off, I had planned to go to the movies with Mike, Zac, and Emily, buuuuuuut, they decided to go to Hitchhiker's Guid to the Galaxy, which, not only have I already seen, but wasn't that great and I'm not keen on paying to see it a second time. I would have gone anyway for the company, but then George told me that Marcia and Tera were having a housewarming party, so that combined with the alternative being a mediocre movie, plus Zac's habit of just not showing up after making plans made it easy to call and cancel on the movie and go to the party, which was tons of fun, I mixed drinks but didn't have very much myself. I just like to mix.

I accidentally left Gattaca there, which is an awesome movie and I had planned to watch it at work today, cest la vi.

When I got home, Scott had stopped talking in Senryu, I think he was too hyped about hot sauces to bother. In fact, that's the hype that spreads. Because of our chat I have purchased a bottle of Mad Dog 357. Collector's Edition. I'm going to join the 600,000 scoville unit club. Eventually I want to work my way up to the 16 million club. That one left the creator, who put one crystal on his tongue, swollen for several days. He described it as having your tongue pound on by a hammer against a cement sidewalk.

I can't wait to try that.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Today I write Senryu.
It is a form of Haiku,
That is beautiful.

It's a simple thing.
There are many challenges.
It makes me happy.

There's something awesome,
About complex thoughts done short.
Oh, how it inspires!

Each and every verse,
A whole idea encompassed!
How that feeling burns!

Do you like Haiku?
Does a Senryu inspire you?
Maybe it will now.

Write your poetry,
Do not try to be profound.
Just express yourself!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Well, this weekend started on a decent note with a nice friday evening, and then I didn't do anything but play games all day saturday, I never left the house. I got a mother's day present online for my step mom, I got her a Jewelwer's Loupe, which is a little magnifier that she will use for her master's gardener certificate. On sunday when I gave her the picture of it, it wont get here till friday or something, she was really happy.

I gave my mom a little glass crucifix statue, and I got them both cards. I stayed and watched some tv with my mom, and dad and Mary Ellen gave me a fresh rosemary bush which I have been keeping well.. minus a few leaves *wink* I can't wait to start cooking with it, or to have it big enough that I can use it a lot.

On monday I finished my last couple of assignments for Intro to Computers, and then I posted after I finished my test,that's why I was feeling so worn out, and I had class today with my final exam. It was also Mike's birthday, and after a TON of running around we had dinner with George and Kayla at Olive Garden, he got himself a car, a Suburu, and George got him a darwin awards book, and I got him Mystery Island and 20,000 leagues under the sea by jules verne.

Today I wrote my final critical analysis on the poem "The Word Plum". Only took an hour. Even had a long chat with Scott today in haiku only. If he'd had a whole hour to practice he would have kicked my ass with it. Scott is just cool like that.

Anywho... That's not a reaaaaaaaaaaaally long post, but I don't know what else to say. Watched when Harry met Sally, and I liked it a whole lot. Anyway, time for me to get off.. have a good night.

Monday, May 09, 2005

It's late, it's been a long day. Pretend I wrote a long post here explicating the events of this weekend and today. If you pretend it today, then I promise to fulfil it tomorrow.

Good night.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Well, mothers' day is quickly approaching. I don't know what to get my mom yet, but it's easy enough to shop for her. Mary Ellen on the other hand I have just asked my dad about what to get for her. Mike is getting his mom an iPod or an iPod Shuffle for mothers' day. Mike's birthday is on monday and I just found out what I need to get for him. As it happens, he wants to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I was starting to think I was going to have to fish for something hoping he would like it, but I got lucky. So I need to finda decent copy of that tomorrow because his birthday takes place monday, though I do not think there will be a party.

We talked a lot about the game. I don't know, I don't have a lot to say to Mike lately and I don't really know why, maybe he just doesn't have a lot to say to me. He'll probably be going away soon, so our friendship will be going out to lunch. In a way, it feels a little like it's already there but I can't explain why.

I wrote more poetry, this time for a girl I like:

A haiku for you
This way I express my love
This will be your kiss

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Today was a nice day, except it started badly. My big paper for the year got a C, which means I probably wont get a b for the semester. I might, but it will be low. I started speaking to a few people online in haiku only. Then I was inspired to interpret a Haiku visually, making essentially, a haiku of pictures combined. See if you can interpret it:

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Well, last night was really awesome. George, Jake, and Kevin met me at HEB, where we bought a salmon, feta cheese, tomatoes, and some other ingredients. I had of course learned earlier that day that I had recieved the wine Scott was sending me in the mail. It is a Greek Retsina wine. So, I decided to cook a salmon Mediteranean style.

Fry the salmon fillet in olive oil and garlic, skin side down. After a while, flip it and peel the skin off while the other side cooks. Keep frying until the salmon is nice and flaky. Add feta cheese, you can even get this with a little dry tomato and basil already added in, if not you can add basil here, preferably fresh, add diced tomatoes and some kalamata olives, or if you dont like olives(I was the only one who did that night) you can just add a little of the juice and drizzle a little more olive oil on top, keep frying until it is all warm, but not until the cheese melts.

Serve with a Retsina wine, chilled. Scott sent it to me, an incentive reward for beating Super Metroid in 59 minutes. I feel bad that I haven't gone back and done better, I really wanted 45, but I worked so hard to get down to 59, I just havent touched it for more than a few minutes since then. The Retsina was the inspiration for the entire meal. It's a very earthy wine. For desert, I served a Yaiourti Me Meli, which is very simple. Thanks again to Scott for the recipe. You take plain yogurt, and you use it as a base, then you take naval oranges, grate some zest off their peel before you slice them into bite sized bits, try to save all the juice you can, and then arange them on the yogurt, cover with a light layer of honey and then sprinkle with orange zest. It's an awesome desert, and there were a few things I could do to make it a little better, like serving it colder than I did, and making sure the orange is bite size.

Another package arrived today... ;)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Looks like I was so busy yesterday I forgot to post. Well, it was a very nice weekend. It started out with a slow friday where I didn't do much but play Guild Wars. Guild Wars is a topic all by itself, as it is a great deal of fun, but it is very unique in the way it takes a game similar to diablo and pushes it up to something that feels like an MMORPG but isn't, and adds enough depth and balance to the combat system that it actually feels like it's worth playing lots of. On top of that, it has plenty of story to go with it and play through. It is an entirely enjoyable experience.

On saturday, we went to help Tera move into her new apartment, I'd only met her once before, we got it all done in one trip, down from the second story and up to the third story. By sunday my calves were sore, and they're still just a little tender today from all the climbing. After that we ate a ton of pizza and then George took me to Jeni's house while he worked on her computer for her. After that we went to go and see the HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which was a decent movie, but it was clear that some retarted executive was in charge of putting things into the movie that had no business being there for the sake of mass appeal. Arther is supposed to be the most dense human being ever, and the romance in the movie between him and Trillian is totaly worthless. The dolphins are awesome, however, and there were lots of good parts.

It was disapointing since I love the book so much.

Sunday was spent lounging around, and enjoying the afternoon, and recovering. I honestly can't remember doing much of anything on sunday. Chatting online, oh wait, I think I went out to dinner at Zio's.. in fact, that's exactly what I did, and I had the spagetti and meatballs. Very good too. Other than that though, not much.

I picked my poem for the final today and wrote my first draft of my thesis statement. And yesterday I spent 6 or 7 hours working on work that was due that evening, but had been available for over a month. I am such a procrastinator. Anyway, aside from a few hickups, such as losing the entire powerpoint presentation part of the project after I was almost finished working on the last slide and having to redo it, everything went great.
/* Amazon Associates Script