Monday, June 30, 2008
Maybe it's just me.
Anyway, today I ate yogurt with a grapefruit spoon. This was not intentional. Here are the steps required for this to happen:
1) See spoon out of place in the cutlery drawer (but not really by the normal spoons), wonder briefly why it's there, and put it in the spoon section;
2) Grab spoon (& fork & knife) out of the drawer to put into the lunch bag;
3) Think "gee, that spoon is pointy". Put it in the lunch bag.
4) Go to eat yogurt & realize that the pointy spoon is, in fact, a grapefruit spoon.
5) Briefly consider walking to the kitchen at work to get another spoon. Reject it, and just eat the yogurt with the grapefruit spoon.
I have to say it was a little distracting - the serrated edges don't seem right with yogurt.
Sadly, I don't have my camera at work, so I can't provide a picture.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
The city of Ottawa does garbage pick up every week. They also pick up recycling once a week, but it alternates - one week it's blue box (plastics, glass, cans), the next it's the black box (paper).
As well, in the summer they pick up yard waste (i.e. compost materials) every 2 weeks.
There are rules for all of this. Yard waste must be in paper bags (which are sold at Home Depot, Canadian Tire, etc.) or else in a reusable container. Since I'm too lazy (and cheap) to keep buying yard waste bags, I have a large garbage can that I use for yard waste.
The other piece of info that those of you not in Ottawa need to know is that June has been rainy this year. On the 19th, it had rained 16 of the days in June - and it has rained most days since then. Unlike the snow this winter, we're not setting records for rain because it doesn't usually rain much, but it has been raining about once a day all month.
Getting back to the yard waste, since I keep it in a garbage can (and the lid isn't always on the can because there can be branches, etc. sticking out the top) and it has been raining a lot (see? I was going somewhere with this rambling story) it has been known to collect water. That makes it really heavy - not to mention smelly if water has been sitting with decomposing yard waste for 2 weeks.
I'm been meaning to do this for a while, but today I (finally) drilled holes in the bottom of the garbage can so that water will drain out instead of collecting.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Hopefully the garlic will meld a bit with everything else & be a little less strong.
The recipe in case you were wondering:
1 can (19 oz/540 ml) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup light sour cream
2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp each salt and granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cumin and ground coriander
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and whirl until smooth.
Friday, June 27, 2008
However, this week I was asked to provide a reference letter for a former co-worker who is applying to do her master's.
Today I finally got it completed and I provided a reference letter for a colleague and submitted it online. The process was pretty easy, although in the e-mail I got about how to submit the reference, it would have been useful it they mentioned that you had to have a letter typed up in Word format before hand.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
It was a little tricky to detach the backing and get it kind of straight, but I figure anyone who sees it will be looking for the garbage can and probably won't care too much about how the cabinet looks.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It was quite relaxing, although one of the poses involved sitting on the floor and bending until my head touched my chair. I'm glad no one walked in during that.
I think my favourite was chair twist 2. I skipped Warrior 2 because first of all, my chair has wheels on it, and secondly, I tend to hurt myself during the warrior poses.
Overall, it didn't take long & was definitely relaxing.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
At some point the provinicial government decided to make Ottawa a mega-city, and they forced the amalgamation of Ottawa. As a result, the city is now huge geographically, and it includes urban areas as well as areas that are quite rural.
One of the first controversial issues after amalgamation was a footbridge over the Rideau canal. It is a big benefit to the downtown area - it links the University of Ottawa with the residential and commercial areas on the other side of the canal. However, some people who live on the outskirts of the new city (and who aren't on municipal water, etc.) were against spending money on something else that they wouldn't use.
Anyway, today I walked over the footbridge over the canal.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
You can check my accuracy here.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I was always too sensible/chicken to try them, but today I ate an almond butter and cheez whiz sandwich. (I much prefer almond butter to peanut butter, but the principle is the same.)
It actually was much better than I expected.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I think I've hinted before at how I dislike banana flavouring. I like bananas, but not dried bananas or banana-flavoured anything.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Note: I also changed the list of other thing a day blogs to a blogroll. This should make it easy to see when they were last updated.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
If you combine that with a minor foot problem that started bothering me more yesterday, that leads to the day where I had two doctor appointments, with two doctors, in one day.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
My regular instructor has been training a new instructor so today I did an exercise class that was being filmed. It was being filmed strictly to evaluate the new instructor, it will not be publicly available. That is good because otherwise you'd be able to see how often I'm going in the wrong direction. It would be embarrassing.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Since I work as a software designer, once a product has been released, I often have to keep track of bugs that need to be fixed as well as future changes to the problem that aren't bug fixes but would make it better. My "new" job (which isn't actually so new anymore) uses Bugzilla to do this.
The product I've been working on is finally ready, so today I used bugzilla to record some enhancements for future releases.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Anyway, this afternoon one of my co-workers brought in ice cream sandwiches for everyone, so today I had a neopolitan ice cream sandwich. It was quite enjoyable.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
This year I went to Doors Open Ottawa .
I visited three places - the Ottawa Main Mosque, the Hindu Temple, and The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral .
In all three places, there were tours. There was no waiting - basically you arrive & someone is available to greet you immediately.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday it was still burnt out. I thought of calling the city to tell them about it, but it was too late in the day.
Thursday, still burnt out. Again, too late to call.
This morning I remembered and I called the city to tell them the light bulb was burnt out. And on my way home tonight it was fixed.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
This one is different from the ones I have used in the past - every so many questions one of the questions was essentially an ad. Not too annoying, though, as you just answer it with return to quiz and go on.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tonight I drove home and literally reversed my steps. I walked backwards to the trunk to get my gymbag, walked backwards to the steps, walked backwards up the steps, and went into the house.
I walk faster forward - in case there is any doubt.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Anyway, the end of the story is that I uploaded videos to flickr. It started with me trying to send my mom a video of my niece’s visit, and involved creating a new yahoo account, making it friends with my account, uploading the videos, and then sending detailed instructions on how to access it.
This way I can control who accessess some of my pictures & videos by sharing one yahoo account with everyone who should have it, and I don’t have to force them to create their own accounts.
Monday, June 2, 2008
On the map above:
1) Sure, let's walk through the park.
2) Let's turn left instead of right & see where we end up
3) We seem to be getting farther & farther away. Maybe we should walk along this path by the ravine.
4) We are saved! We know where we are again. (OK, step 4 doesn't appear on the map, picture it back where our red path meets the yellow road. )
Sunday, June 1, 2008
However, today was the first time I played sudoku on my Nintendo DS. (Specifically, it was part of the Brain Age game). I suspect this would be a good way to waste a lot of time.