April 16, 2014

When the swallows return to Capistrano..

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The first lawn mower of Spring. (Are lawn mowers migratory?)

Also, the maple trees are flowering all over my sinuses, and I'm a bit miserable.

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March 13, 2014

All the comforts of home -- except 1

You get used to things, and only miss them when they're gone. I started to make my breakfast this morning and turned on the kitchen faucet to wash something off, and got nothing but a sucking sound.

So I checked my front door, and there was a slip from the management saying water would be out from 8 AM until noon. The city was digging up something having to do with the water.

They've been out there at the end of the parking lot working on something for several days, right where one of the fire hydrants is located.

They turned the water on about 11, so it was only 3 hours and not that much of a burden, but it's still a hassle. Running water is one of those things you don't think about.

And when they turned it back on again, it was muddy. So I left my sink running for about five minutes, until it was clean again.

And then I made my breakfast.

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March 12, 2014

Bachelor Chef -- baby pizza

I've been creating again.

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Toast a hamburger bun.

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Add marinara and mozarella, then top with pepperoni.

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Cook for six minutes in a blazingly hot oven.

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And serve with an appropriate wine.

It wasn't bad, actually.

UPDATE: But it wasn't as good as this:

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Pepperoni and Havarti on Ritz. Yum!

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March 03, 2014

Found on the web

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I don't know about you guys, but that's what my breakfast looks like.

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February 26, 2014

Ant detector

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.

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February 25, 2014

Going for a walk

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:

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more...

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February 22, 2014

Not a lot to talk about

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.

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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.

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February 11, 2014

Well, it was fun while it lasted

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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.

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February 06, 2014

Join the fun!

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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.

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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.

UPDATE:

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OK, that's more like it!

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February 04, 2014

Bachelor Chef -- hash browns

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:

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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:

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This batch is done. Now to put them in a refrigerator box:

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And here's my favorite breakfast:

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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.

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