Adrienne came up for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Nothing terribly eventful there. I was invited over to join Greg and his family for Thanksgiving, so we took them up on that offer. Food at both places was awesome! We consumed some 4Loko1 later on in the weekend while playing cribbage. We also checked out Cafe Capitano2 on Hertel Ave (just around the corner from my place), and I managed to steal a deal at Best Buy3 on Black Friday (shockingly4).

In other geek news, I’m loving my new and improved Android phone5! I have setup Victoria to compile the custom Android OS from the source code, and it does so in a blinding hurry6. Now I just need to figure out how to tweak the source files so I can get it to build the signed zip file with Swype and the associated library file intact7.

The pinot gris is about ready for one last racking before bottling. I should have ignored part of the last instruction set for this kit, but my OCD nature insisted I try to follow them to the T. Particular failure on my behalf! I’m debating offering a bottle each to my committee members (provided it still turns out okay), as I’m going to be inundated with a lot of bottles (roughly 30?). I’m taking requests for anyone interested in trying it!

My finances have been all over the place recently. I hunkered down and got MoneyDance running again and built a budget in it, so it’s time to see where the hell I’ve been putting (or wasting) all my residual income. A superficial glance says I should be recovering at least a few hundred a month, so it’s time to scrutinize what’s going on.

1The initial and continuing taste on the palette is just fine (at least for the grape), but the residual after-taste is a devil. Get rid of that part, and you’ve got a solid product on your hands Phusion Projects!
2Delicious little joint! Owned by a delightful older fellow, it has a cozy lil’ atmosphere going on inside. Drool-worthy stuffed peppers in there, and they have a fantastic tomato florentine soup, mmm!
3Seasons 1 through 5 of Weeds on BluRay for $10 each! Dayum!
4I loathe Black Friday. I hate crazy drivers and congested traffic to start with, so this day just starts out as an epic failure in my mind. Combine that with having to get up early (and fighting even worse traffic) to even acquire most of the good deals, you can pretty much count me out of the whole smorgasbord altogether!
5T-Mobile’s G2, a derivative of the HTC Vision. Solidly running CyanogenMod 6.1 release candidate 3, with the nightly (giving me legit FM radio reception now, too)!
6The half-hour’ish that it takes my laptop is left in the dust by the four to five minutes it takes the Mac Pro to compile everything and package it. *whistles*
7I have to manually re-install the packages after every CyanogenMod update. I suppose I could just write a script to install from a local copy on the microSD card, but wouldn’t it just be more fun to have it already packaged with the OS when it’s compiled?

Out of boredom, I decided I wanted to install Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro1. I was quite adamantly denied that, however, because the Boot Camp Assistant was unable to move some files out of the way for the partitioning bulldozer. That got me thinking about that though. Really? Just bored? Yup…without any new technology to play with lately, I’m getting bored and want to experiment with new stuff. That, and I could use a Windows-based platform to test out my CiteULike API programming to tweak the Perl a little bit (if necessary) to play nicely on all platforms.

Healthy household is also denied. I’m slowly recovering, but now Emily has come down with something that seems to be stuffing her up2, but more noticeably she’s got a ripe cough going on. Maybe what I had wasn’t simply a sinus infection trying to get out, and instead moreso a sinus infection as a consequence of some viral upper respiratory infection? If so, she has my sympathies: the past couple weeks have been a sonofabitch on my system. At least I’m stocked with some major decongestants, for both the nose and the chest. I may have to float those her way and see if they help.

Now that I’m getting healthier, it’s time to get caught back up on real life. Got some wine to rack this week, a car to get tuned up, some windows to finish sealing, and some real cooking to get back to. I need to get back to doing some practice runs, but I really need to make sure this illness has cleared my system, lest I relapse back into the frightful mess again. *shudders*

1This is a minor issue because of the 128GB SSD hard drive that the laptop uses. Considering Windows 7 is a bit of a fatter footprint than Mac OS X, it would eat up ~1/3 of my hard drive space to give myself a useful installation partition.
2The whiteboard in the kitchen said, “You little fuck. I’m sick.” It made me giggle; at least she didn’t blame me for it! Anyways, I can’t tell how bad the nasal congestion is, as one can only really hear it when you’re sniffling, and that is kind of dependent on how runny your nose is, not how congested it is.

All of the ISP options in the area for residential Internet access run something around 8:1 download-to-upload ratio. I used to run a SDSL connection back during college that pulled 1:1 speed ratios, which made uploading files a breeze!

I just checked my connection at work…

I want 1:2 download-to-upload speeds, too!!! Well, with a reasonable download speed, too. I would willingly sacrifice some of my 20Mbit download speed to bump that 2Mbit upload a bit. I’d willingly go for an 8/8Mbit, or 4/4Mbit, if it was at least consistent!

02. November 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Cooking, Random · Tags: , ,

I made some turkey and quinoa meatloaf over the weekend, which was quite delicious! I can probably afford to not pre-cook the quinoa with it, as there was plenty of residual moisture at the end of baking it. I even took the trouble to germinate the quinoa before cooking it, so technically it should have been far more nutritious. *shrugs*

The Apple Disaster still tastes awesome!

When did honey get so blasted expensive? I just loaded up on a couple bottles of it for sweetening tea (while fighting off this headcold), and they set me back nearly $15! I don’t recall it ever costing quite this much, but I really have not purchased this much honey in quite a few years.

Oh yeah, and the honey kick? It appears that it has some antimicrobial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Additionally, studies have been done that demonstrate the ability of honey to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, although most of these are in a topical application of the honey. Regardless, implications for it preventing recurrence of rhinosinusitis is a huge perk if it will help diminish this infection in my sinuses.

On that note, now that I’m on a steady dose of pseudoephedrine1, I’m finally on a mild upswing after yesterday’s utter misery. Hopefully it will continue throughout the week, and I can be >95% by the weekend!

Now, back to watching Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb!

1Pseudoephedrine is the only nasal decongestant that really works worth a damn for me. I’ve tried some very hefty doses of phenylephrine with little luck in actually clearing any congestion. So I’ve committed to just using Mucinex D (or similar) decongestants; they’re loaded with 10mg/hour (in a 4 or 6 hour dose, 40/60mg respectively) pseudoephedrine and really hit the spot (although it leaves me a little brain-spaced for its duration).