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  1. NebulousMissy

    Getting To Know Each Other, November 2018

    Challenge accepted. I don't yet know how, but I will do this. The work cafeteria managed this well enough yesterday
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    And yet we had to stay open! All the other IRS sites in the region closed but not us noooo... [hmph] The only people who showed up for work were those who are saving their leave for other things. Out of a team of 15 there were 6 of us who bothered to show up. Even our boss skipped out 5 hours early.
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    Learning a new language!

    My sister learned Spanish by working in a hotel kitchen in Los Angeles. The dishwashers and prep cooks tended to be Spanish-only speakers. The chefs tended to be English-only. Led to issues when my sister decided to be the one chef to learn Spanish. The elitism in those hotel kitchens can be brutal. Also made the head chef mad when my sister's stuff got done first because she made the effort and asked people how their kids were. Not the most helpful. But an argument for immersion and basic effort.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have acquired some of the stuff to make all day pasta sauce with. Also some large tupperwares for freezing leftover sauce in. However, that 'all day' is not today. It has been moved to saturday. The leftover pot roast will still be good, the vegetables will be fresher, and I won't be starting at 6pm
  5. I have my computer back! I hope... Partner's computer had... issues. Research indicated it was the power supply, fan died and it caused overheating issues. Power supply was acquired and so was a new case because "reasons". Entire computer was reinstalled in new case with new power supply. Testing indicates the problem was in fact the power supply since it's been running smoothly in a test playthrough of Torchlight for several hours now. I have not had my own computer for a week since it had been commandeered for background sounds via youtube videos, for acquiring parts to fix the other one, and for loading and running construction manuals. Because we seem to have misplaced the motherboard manual with all its "this cord goes here"... New case is lit blue. Not quite Jedi blue. Also black aluminum.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have acquired a pot roast. With a lot of pot roast juice. It took 3 hours of cooking and some ingredients. It was a fitting use for the freezer-burnt Meat Slab I found in the back of the freezer. The leftover pot roast is destined for all day pasta sauce. But the pot roast juice... Soup base! Roast beef ramen...
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    2018 Secret Sophie

    I have a mini in mind. Unless something else jumps out at me. Then I have some backups...
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    Pathfinder Version 2

    Probably that second one. Then lament the loss of the first opportunity. Or blame us, the consumers, for not liking a broccoli product.
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    Getting To Know Each Other, November 2018

    My teddy bear. When I was 4 I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia of questionable origin (parasitic pneumonia in an otherwise healthy kid, how does one get amoebas into one's lungs without a drowning incident anyway). My parents either would not or could not stay with me through the worst of it. Not sure which. All I know is they did not stay despite the circumstances. They bought me a teddy bear instead. I have moved nearly a dozen times. I have fled a house with the contents of a backpack. I have lived in a car, I have crossed state lines, I have traveled other continents. I have kept that teddy bear through it all.
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    Happy Birthday NebulousMissy

    Thank you all! (a day late) Hey, I just got home from work.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Work? I gotta go to work. I made cookies for the mandatory office party that got planned without anyone else's approval. I also was "encouraged" to donate $10 for the purchase of overpriced underwhelming food that half of everyone isn't going to eat because of "what stored where for how long?!" reasons. The problem is a simple one. We discovered last night that the lady who decides to plan all these things and then strong-arms us for money is rich as all broccoli and so has no concept of how everyone else on the team actually lives on our government salaries. I live two people to a studio and just paid my entire year's savings to the student loan people, one lady has kids and two jobs and pulls all of the OT just to make ends meet, our clerk can't pay for basic car repairs, another lady spends half her salary on gas because she drives 3 hours a day, we can't all just pull random monies out of our pants for office parties. I bring cookies so I won't have to be strong-armed into paying (worked last time, didn't work this time) and so I know there's food fit to eat. Not looking forward to it. Then I age tomorrow. 36th birthday. Not looking forward to that either. At least Saturday has the half-priced Halloween candy.
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    Good Eats!

    No idea. I haven't had her cookies in several years now but there's a distinct something missing... Maybe cloves? Dunno.
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    Good Eats!

    I'm writing these down to quantify the recipe. These cookies gave some co-workers religious experiences. I've been offered money to make these cookies for people and I'm still not sure why. They're a weaker version of the cookies my mother makes and she still won't tell me the technical details of her recipe. So instead I recreated her recipe from memory and from what I had lying around; I was not entirely successful. Still, here it is. Spiced Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 1/4 cup flour (err on less, yes, I said less) 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon (don't be afraid to add more) 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (maybe a dash more 'to be sure') bit of salt (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 tsp) stir together, set aside 2 sticks (half a pound) butter 3/4 cup brown sugar (err on more, it has flavor) 1/2 cup ordinary sugar (err on less, it's just sweet and that's boring) 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla (or a pour of 'enough') stir together until well combined add flour mixture stir add 3 cups uncooked oats half to 3/4 a standard bag of chocolate chips (semisweet) stir spoon wads onto cookie sheet bake 10 or so minutes at 350F Now, this appears to be the important part. Once they're cool but not too cool put them in a seal-able container and close the lid. Leave them there for a day. They stay soft that way while getting stale enough to stay together as coherent cookies. Watch people go speechless and stare at cookies like they hold the secrets of the universe.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I've worn glasses since I was 12. Being nearsighted as all getout has its advantages. Like the zoom feature when I take them off and can zoom in on the mini/bug/bug bite/food bit/lint/suspected bug I happen to be looking at. I just can't see more than 8 inches away. And my glasses are so strong the lenses desaturate color just enough to notice. That's creepy. But needing reading glasses on top of glasses... I'm one bad paycheck away from [gasp] bifocals... Or from that glasses chain that my grandmother had! nooooooooooo!