March 03, 2014
I don't know about you guys, but that's what my breakfast looks like.
February 26, 2014
A few days ago my smoke detector went off in the morning, and kept doing so off and on for maybe half an hour, then stopped.
This morning it woke me at about 6:30 and it's been intermittently going off ever since. I suppose I should mention that there wasn't any smoke or anything like that, either time. (No, I don't smoke cigarettes or anything else.)
I got fed up with the damned thing and called the office, and the handyman came and replaced it about noon.
When he took the old one off, it was crawling with ants. I guess some of them got inside it and interfered with the detector gap.
I hope the new one isn't vulnerable to ants that way.
UPDATE: I haven't seen any ants in my apartment, which is why this was such a surprise.
February 25, 2014
I feel like complaining about my life, so I'm going to do what Brickmuppet does: put some cheesecake above the fold, and hide all the unpleasant stuff below the fold:
February 22, 2014
There hasn't been much activity here lately because there just isn't much to talk about. You can tell I'm desperate when all I have to post is nudity shots...
The latest episodes of Witch Craft Works and Maken Ki took a while for my selected sub groups to get around to, and for good reason. Neither was particularly good.
Maken Ki was another "girl of the week" episode, only for a change Takeru wasn't even in this one. The teaser says that next week will be Kodama, so maybe we can have some decent pettanko tsundere action -- but probably not.
And they censored the hell out of it, too.
Witch Craft Works is getting really strange. Actually, they're starting to explain things, but... well... learning what's going on is taking the magic out of the show, as it were. The mystery led me to imagine much bigger things than they're actually telling story about. Another problem with it is that Kagari isn't very interesting: fire and boobs, and there really isn't anything else there. For the show to become more captivating they need to develop her as a character, and they're not doing it. Plus, the Macguffin of the show, name of Evermillion, has only shown up once and then only briefly. (She's voiced by Mamiko Noto, another reason to mourn her virtual complete absence.
Witch Craft Works feels a bit like Yuushibu did, where they've decided to make one cour of show out of only one or two basic plot arcs, and thus having to spread everything out. And some of the running jokes are wearing thin.
Meanwhile, I still haven't found anyone writing anything about the Mouretsu Pirates movie.
Man, this season has been a real loser. And right now it looks like the only thing I have to look forward to in the next season is the restart of Fairy Tail.
February 11, 2014
I'm glad it's taking it's time melting. When we get snow and a snap-thaw, then we get flooding. And that isn't fun at all.
February 06, 2014
Well, everyone else has been having fun with the snow this winter, so now I guess it's our turn. They say 3-5 inches of accumulation by tonight, and we're probably not going above freezing until Sunday.
Also gusting winds, so maybe some drifting? Should be amusing.
By the way, it is snowing now.
It just began.
UPDATE: This will be the first time since I moved back that we've gotten snow that actually sticks around for a while.
OK, that's more like it!
February 04, 2014
I cook up a bag at a time, which is four servings for me. The bags are usually frozen solid, but I finally figured out that putting the entire unopen bag into the microwave for a minute breaks it up without fully melting the potatoes.
So I melt a quarter stick of butter in my fry pan, and then pour all the potatoes in:
And then I liberally salt it.
I use the timer in my phone and get up to turn them every 3 minutes. Initially the stove is set to medium heat (to melt the butter) but after I put in the potatoes I raise it to between medium-high and high.
They cook down nicely and brown up:
This batch is done. Now to put them in a refrigerator box:
And here's my favorite breakfast:
Three extra-large eggs scrambled, a quarter of a bag of hashbrowns, and a chocolate chip muffin. Yum! That's usually enough to get me through to dinner.
January 31, 2014
My last grocery delivery on Monday included everything I ordered except eggs, and I was out. So my breakfasts this week have been bleak. There's only so long I can stand eating toast before it's too much.
My ordinary breakfast is scrambled eggs, hash browns, and a muffin. I tried it without the eggs, but that really was strange.
So I put in an order for delivery tomorrow, which is sooner than I ordinarily would, and I hope they have my eggs this time!
(Life is tough, ain't it?)
UPDATE: Yay! They brought me eggs this time!
January 23, 2014
There are little clips by each of our doors here which the complex uses sometimes to leave information for us. Just now I found one, and it's a pity.
They hired a trapper to come in a kill the beavers again. This time all the mischief was caused by just two of them.
They did this before; last time it was 3. And this will mean the problems will stop, for a year or two, until the next time a pair of beavers find this branch of the creek system.
Reportedly it wasn't just us who were having problems. It was affecting Center Street, so Oregon Department of Transportation was involved. It was affecting the park, so Tualatin Valley Parks and Recreation was involved. And there's another apartment complex on the far side of the park which was having trouble because of it. (The foundation of one of their buildings was flooded.
It is a shame, but it's understandable.
UPDATE: I also just noticed that they wrapped a couple more of our trees with chicken wire.
January 18, 2014
I love cheese. It makes up a very large part of my diet. A couple of years ago I got in the habit of shredding it a pound at a time and keeping the shredded cheese in plastic boxes in my refrigerator, ready to use on whatever I want to eat: quesadillas, cheeseburgers, cheese toast, melted onto crackers, augmenting pizzas, and sometimes on my breakfast eggs.
I don't actually eat a lot of meat, though I do eat some. The majority of my protein comes from cheese and eggs.
I usually keep two kinds of cheese around: sharp cheddar, and jack cheese. The Fred Meyer jack cheese was really good and that's what I was buying. But I ran out, and these days the Fred Meyer store might as well be on the moon as far as being available to me, considering how immobile I am. I cannot walk a mile there and another mile back. Not possible anymore.
So I get all my groceries delivered by Safeway. I tried a chunk of their jack cheese and it wasn't really to my taste. So this time I decided I'd try mozarella from their house brand "Lucerne". I figured it would be similar to jack, being a soft white cheese that isn't aged.
A pound of it comes in a cylinder.
I can't figure out why it's such a strange shape. The cheddar cheese is box-shaped, which stacks neatly, but cylinders are more problematic. Is there something about how it's made that makes it better round? I know that some mozarella comes as balls, which is even less convenient. But I've also seen mozarella which are loafs, like my cheddar.
Some aged cheeses come in great big rounds, cylinders a couple of feet across. That's a side effect of the aging process. But mozarella isn't aged.
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