Monday, January 31, 2005
Ace bandage - 9 dollars
ER visit - 389 Dollars
Ice pack - 3 dollars
X-rays - 135 dollars
Splint - 113 dollars (<- wow, way overpriced)
They didn't charge us for the dose of baby tylenol that she took.
One catfish fillet, soak in milk for a little bit. Get some bread crumbs and mix in salt, pepper and whatever other spices you want (we used cayenne and paprika). Take the catfish out of the milk bath and dredge in the bread crumbs until coated. Place in an oven-safe pan and pop into oven or toaster oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes (I'm not sure exactly how long) until done. Test with a fork. Serve with starch and veggie. We had a mashed yam and steamed broccoli. Yummy!
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Came back was tough near Richland. It was very foggy. Now both of us has some kind of love bugs. It is getting better now.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
Vince was the slowest eater in the class. Hadn't even started his 2nd slice and all the other kids were done.
We talked almost all night just to get the stories straight for these past several weeks. After interview on Mini, we are going to Washougal this morning. I found a lot of real estates in Washougal area for auction. Will take a closer look on this. May provide us with some opportunities.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
I'm not sure what I'm going to do today really. Probably make some phone calls. I need to switch insurance and I'll have to call that guy from sun back. I don't know why he hasn't contacted me yet. It's probably not very good sign as to how well he's organized. But a job's a job.
Mmmm. Maybe I'll have some pancakes for lunch.
And I'm finally done with geocities! Woo hoo! All the pictures and past posts are here on blogspot. I'm going to wait a few days until I'm a little more settled and then I'm going to reclaim my $5 a month for hosting my lame website on Yahoo.
I'm not looking forward to Saturday. There are going to be too many sad people there. While I try to let people grieve in there own ways, sometimes I just think it's stupid to cry so much. For me, it's the same thing as being diagnosed with cancer. What's to get sad over? The only option you've got is to deal with it. Same with death. Sure it's not pretty. Sure you don't want it to happen to folks before their time. But it isn't something you can control.
Anyway, I can't help thinking also, that this is just the beginning of it all. The longer I live, the more funerals I'm going to go to. It's just the way it is.
sorry if I'm a cold fish. Maybe it will be different for me when it's someone super close to me. If it were my wife, for example, I can see myself being devastated to the point of being non-functional, but maybe that's a special case. or maybe it isn't
Doris, please request blog to get Mom in again. Mom did something that it did not work last time. I can help her while I am at her place late this evening.
Too see Mom soon :)
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Richland locals would like to interview Mini on Friday. See what will happen.
Yesterday, I drove back to DC and shoveled the snow, watered the plants and checked out the house. Everything was fine. And I drove right back to Pittsburgh. I arrived at my hotel at 9:00 PM, not bad.
Can't wait to see Mom on Thursday :)
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
I really really like the dude. he'd make a good mentor.
i'm trying to learn to type on a dvorak keyboard now. my typing is so slow now but we'll try to stick with it and see how it goes. It's to satisfy the nerd in me.
So now that the holidays are over, we are back on our budget.
Let's see how we are doing. I have a budget of $300 dollars per week. This doesn't include things like car insurance, gas bills, telephone bills, etc. The budget starts over on Sat morning, In that way, we can blow money on the weekends and eat ramen during the week... Here goes.. The $300
Jan 1 - Jan 7
20 - gas
20 - antibiotics for ear infection
10 - co-pay at doctors
8 - J's lunch
138 - groceries
52 - lunch at Japanese restaurant (<- extravagant)
Total: 297 (Hooray!)
Jan 8 - 14
110 - Target (diapers, detergent, etc..)
40 - alcohol ( <- OK extra expense)
22 - gas
152 - Groceries
-18 - returned the cheese
10 - post office
11 - groceries
Total : 327 (Boooo!!!!)
Jan 15 - 21
27 - gas
22 - gas
61 - Japanese restaurant (<-OK, extra again)
173 - groc
Total: 324 (Boooo!!!!!)
I won't go into details, but I have $50 to feed us for the rest of the week... Sigh... Oh well...
Monday, January 24, 2005
On the job front, I think I've given myself about 3 more months to find a decent CS job. After that I'll have to think about what other options are. Somehow I have to find something that's more low pressure. Maybe I'll have to think about leaving the Bay Area.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
It was very tough to go out there during the snow storm. It was one of the toughest trip I have ever made. But, I arrived there in one piece without any scatches. From my place to there is about 130 miles. But, it took 4.5 hours to get there yesterday and 3 hours to get back today.
Grand uncle in Beijing just passed away due to heart attack. Uncle Joseph is organizing somethings together with aunt Margaret for the grandpa's side of the family, us.
Mom was also back yesterday. Cannot wait to see her this coming Friday :). I am flying out.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
The living room will be a mess. :)
Friday, January 21, 2005
Now I realize that they aren't held back by their intelligence. It's the fear and panic of realizing that you don't have the insight to solve these problems. That fear blinds their critical thinking that needs to be there to think rationally about it. Then it just goes downhill from there.
Anyways, dunno what my point is. Just something I was thinking about. Sorry I didn't call you back Doris. I'm OK tho.
On a more adult note, I was invited to the German expat morning "English coffee hour" and had a lovely time. We had tea and scones an homemade bread and butter. Also we played Boggle which I have to say, even though my English is fluent, the Germans were not to shabby.
Whoops. I almost forgot about my classes too. hrm. strange. Well the schedule works out anyways. hrm. I'll have to remind myself about it from now on.
Thing with Joceyn are better. We talked last night and now we're not pissy at each other at least - even tho nothing really got decided as usual.
Okay. I'm going to eat some cereal now.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
I had lunch today with an old co-worker from Sun. She's just had a kid at the age of 38. It's pretty impressive an apparently it was a harrowing experience since there were all these complications. She's sorta helping me get some more contacts and such since she's a pretty good networker. Plus she's really good at all this political stuff and has some good perspectives on job hunting and the job market in general.
Anyways I have to decide what I want to do for a job. A lot of places right now seem to want to work you to death, and I'm not sure how into that I am. I mean if it's all that I got then maybe it's what I have to swallow but having a life would be nice too.
I saw the pictures of Vince in our bath tub. Really cute. Some of the attached boxes in the blog, I cannot see, Westinghouse blocks them.
Yesterday, I almost cut off my fingers against my desk while moving my chair. Really hurt. Right now, I exercise regularly trying to lower my blood pressure. In addition to medicine, it works. Other than that, my car runs well. Except a minor inconvenience. When I open the door, the snow at the top, on the windows falls right onto the seat.
Welding class was just a bunch of administrata. I have to figure out something to do with a 6x6 piece of aluminum. Oh yeah, and my homework is to email the instructor with my email address. funny.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Anyways, off to my welding class. I'll see how it goes. Yikes.
I got another phone screen with Nvidia coming up and Amazon too, tho that might mean I'd move to Seattle.
On another note, I smashed my rowing record! 2000 meters in 11 minutes 5 seconds. Now, I'm something like 74 out of 78 participants. Watch out olympic team.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
I have one last resort to go to. Maybe I'll have to do it tho. Manpower - Stanford.
Anyway it was a pretty crispy morning. The skies were bright and clear. I past all those tech buildings and I about all those little drones with 100k salaries. Then I wonder why I'm not a littl drone. Hrm.
All my posts are disgusting. Sheez! How much can I talk about personal hygiene? I've even lowered myself to talking about the dog. Next, I'll be talking about the moldy cheese. (Which we did have, by the way, bought an $18 wheel of cheddar cheese and brought it home and cut it in half and the whole thing was moldy.)
Mom told me this morning in Chung Ming that she offered a grand-daughter of her aunt a computer. She needs one. She is the one who, about 2 years ago, received a year college tuition from Mom. Mom even told me that if anyone in her family can get into Harvard while she is alive, she would certainly help. I believe she meant it.
It is bitter cold outside. It is about 2 degress. I have to go to the Beaver Valley Nuclear Plant this morning. I am waiting for the day break before leaving. I am concerned the country roads are icy and, without day light, not too good for driving.
What do yall think?
Monday, January 17, 2005
Rowing (working towards that 1,000,000 meter mark!)
I'm trying to figure out how to recycle yarn from old wool sweaters. So if you have any dud sweaters out there, please let them find their way to me.
Does having kids count as a hobby?
Sunday, January 16, 2005
I get to post _from my bed_! Wow!
I got to _toast_ my bagel! Amazing!
There's another half a wonder - laundry. It's nice to have just downstairs. Oh yes. It's nice to have heating too. Everyone is trying to be stingy on the heating. We are setting it at a chilly 60 degrees. For me, this is the tropics! Oh la la.
I've got 3 other roomies - Frank, Eon, and Andrew. They all seem pretty chill. Frank just moved to the Bay Area, so he's pretty bored sometimes - like tonight. We both took a little excursion to Safeway and Ranch 99 in his new Mazda 3. It's a nice car. I can't wait for Choon to get his TSX.
Wow. I'm still in awe.
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Last night marked the end of The Era of The Shack. I packed last night for 4 short hours and that's all i really needed. I don't have a lot of stuff. I put everything into the car, went off to storage a picked up my futon this morning. The elevator to the storage place was out of commission so I had to haul my futon down 4 stories. ugh. I said hi to some people from The Bike Shop since it's just downstairs from the storage place and I hauled everything off to my new digs. So it's over. Honestly, I'm glad. Tho when I look back on it 10 years from now, I think I'll still think more fondly of The Age of the Garage.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Soap operas are great. Here's a little snippet from today's Days of our Lives.
Girl - "How do you think I felt? My mom was accused of killing all these people!"
Guy - "How do you think I felt?!? Most of those people your mom was accused of killing were my family!"
Girl - "But you weren't there for me!"
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Maybe it's cause I've only had a GU packet and 2 Oreo's to eat today...
I went mountain biking this morning but my head wasn't really into it. Plus, I get tired pretty fast since I'm all flabby now from not having biked in 10 years. I had a good spill on my bike from doing a drop. I really made the drop okay, but sorta lost control on the post landing. Brian complemented me on how well I tucked and rolled.
My stress is still my usual stress - Job Stuff. But I have to go home and start packing up my things. I'm moving on Saturday! Woo Hoo!
Okay. I've spent enough time at Arif's. I'm off to get lunch.
In an article about japanese vegetarian cuisine and why one would want to not use meat in cooking.
"In Japan," she said, "the idea of focusing on a small aspect of something and then exploding it into many possibilities is an appealing notion, in both life and aesthetics. Working in a limited set and not letting it inhibit you but allowing it to take you to another level is part of the pleasure. Think about using just ink and paper instead of the whole palette of colors and media in painting; in the same way, the limits of cooking with plants force me to be more creative, to explode, almost into infinity, all of the possibilities."
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
I'm off to Rich's place tonight. It's bridge night. I'm not really in the mood for it to be honest, but I'll end up playing anyways.
Tomorrow, I'm going mountain biking with Brian and Jason. Brian's off to singapore but not before he bought this. It should be muddy and fun. I haven't been on my bike in literally weeks.
okay. I'm off. BK or MCD?
Regardless, I still need to study my C/C++ some more. Which also reminds me that I should send Jeremy my resume.
I'm glad Edda can now enjoy the wonderful thing that is cheese. It's a brand new world baby. and Doris, I think the ice cream needs some good lovin'.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Sounds like anyways, I may talk to 4 people. They'll see if they like me or not, and then schedule an additional 4 people to talk to me.
My C++ sucks...
I stopped by the bike shop today and chatted with everyone. The store seems more organized that ever before. It's actually starting to look ... presentable. Keep up the good work Jason! Too bad the shop didn't have the tool I was looking for tho. Ah well. I bought it at Performance.
Li Pei Zin had a crisis today too. She had a dinner party tonight, but her home phone stopped working so she couldn't call anyone. She woke me up to borrow my cell phone and proceded to stay on hold for 30 minutes to SBC. She ended up burning something and hanging up.
Whoops I can't post pictures... DOH!
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Ohhhh, I love these Kouign-amann. It's like a croissant covered in a crunchy sugar coating. I'm eating poorly these days, snackin...