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1. Make a mess of pancakes. Blueberries optional.
2. Hold batches of pancakes in 250 F oven to keep warm as you prepare subsequent batches.
3. Serve up and eat final batch of pancakes.
4. Turn off oven, but forget to actually package up leftover pancakes.
5. Wait.
6. Preheat oven to 400 F in preparation for cooking dinner.
7. Open oven and discover pancakes.
8. Remove dry, crispy pancake-cookines (pancookies?). Replace with casserole dish containing Mac'n'Cheese (or whatever else you happen to be cooking.


Aug. 16th, 2010 10:57 pm
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The phrase "A whole nother ..." infuriates me. There is no such word as "nother". The phrase is either "Another whole ..." or "A whole other ...". I would also accept "An whole other ..." if you're being British or something. I'm ok with splitting infinitives, but not articles.
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Stolen from [ profile] tirani ...

1.) Do a web search and type in "You know you're from [your area] when..."
2.) Cut and paste the list
3.) Bold or italicize items that apply to you.

Washington, DC )
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I hate it when I lose my temper and then end up regretting it for the evening. Kate's driving us home. We're about to make a turn, when I notice the car next to us motion to roll down the window. Thinking he needs directions or wants to let us know we have a tail-light out or something, I tell Kate to stop, roll down the window and am greeted with:

"I didn't mean to make you stop, but I could fix the body damage back there..."

(We had a fender-bender almost a year ago. There's a minor dent and some scuffing we never bothered to get fixed.)

The correct response is to just ignore him and drive off, which Kate did. But before I got the window up I let fly an F-bomb. I was more annoyed at stopping in traffic for something so trivial than at the unsolicited contract for auto detailing, but it was still unnecessary. And set a bad example for David. I'd apologize, but it's too late for that. I wouldn't have auto work done by some stranger anyway, but I'm weirded out that my first instinct is not to take an offer at face value, but to assume the other guy has an angle.

This happens in more civilized settings as well. I was at the Apple Store for the sole purpose of buying a laptop. Of course they were slammed, so I put my name on the list for sales assistance and started poking around. When someone finally did come to me, I instinctively told her I was just poking around and didn't need help. It took several seconds for me to realize what just happened, and had to chase her down so I could actually buy the dang computer I came in for.
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I've developed a bad habit over the last couple years of setting cooked dishes on unused burners, since every single square inch of the counter is usually covered. Tried that with the bacon this morning and turned on a pot to boil. Came back a couple minutes later to discover I'd turned on the wrong burner, and that smoke was wafting from the blackened mess on a spot on the plate. While the bacon and paper towel were destroyed in this way (I admit, it's shameful), the bottom of the plate was barely scorched! Go Corningware!
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Man, I hardly ever post any more.

Lot of grant proposal writing. No sooner did Cassini Data Analysis go in than I had to start working on Planetary Geology and Geophysics. And once that's in, it's time to start on Mars Fundamental Research. Perhaps I can support myself 100% time writing grants! It would be better if I didn't totally suck at writing grants. This is extra interesting because one of our two budget people is out with an injury for an extended period. The other goes on maternity leave in two weeks. Don't know who will be doing the budgets then.

I'm off to LA tomorrow morning. Giving the Planetary Science Seminar at JPL on Monday. Tuesday evening, I pop up to Santa Cruz for a meeting with some colleagues there, return home Thursday and hopefully beat this proposal into submission. Pun intended.

On the electronics front, I acquired a Macbook Pro last week, which I'm reasonably happy with. Imagine, the Unix-style interface is built into it. I don't need Cygwin! I can ssh without having to download PuTTy or anything!

For a phone I have ordered (but not yet received) an HTC Droid Incredible. I'm sure it will arrive half an hour after I leave for the airport.


Mar. 29th, 2009 09:08 pm
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Technicon the Last is over. Kinda sad, but I honestly think it would be better for it to die and be resurrected full-strength in a few years than to limp along like this. Just not the same when it's not a 24-hour con at a hotel. But there's precious little in the way of facility space in Bburg, or more importantly, staff.


Mar. 21st, 2009 12:28 am
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Time for my monthly? update.

LPSC is next week. I have a talk and a poster. The paper on which the poster is based is in press already, so that one's no problem. The talk is going to be suck-tacular. I didn't get the results I'd hoped for. It looked promising when I sent in the abstract, but apparently it's not. I don't think I made any mistakes, I think I just disproved my hypothesis. That's ok, just not very interesting. Could have used some more time to try a few other things, but the Space Department at APL decided that this was the _best_ time to do server maintenance. The weekend before a major planetary science meeting.

This would be the time my abstract gets selected for a press release and I get to do a press conference. Well, I won't have much to say, but I'll have to jazz it up as best I can.

We're going to my folks' tomorrow. They're going to watch the baby while [ profile] kathleenroberts and I go to [ profile] tango's game. We'll stay the night at my parent's since I'm flying out of DCA tomorrow. I'm in Houston until Friday. [ profile] kathleenroberts picks me up from the airport and we're going directly to Blacksburg until Monday. We got us a suite at the Microtel and we're staying until Monday morning. I'm bloody well taking Monday off. So, I'm gone for ... 9 nights.

The boy has gotten himself up on hands and knees a few times, but hasn't managed to go anywhere yet. I'm sure he'll start while I'm gone. He's also said "Dada" a number of times, but I don't think he knows it's a word. Just a sound he likes to make.


Feb. 20th, 2009 08:36 am
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I failed to post at the time, but on Wednesday I turned 11,111 days old. (Today's 11,113 which is a less interesting number). And now, please continue with your day.


Feb. 5th, 2009 05:55 pm
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Well, housewarming will likely have to wait. Until, we move into a new house to warm.

Our landlord's wanting to sell the property. He's not being foreclosed on; he owns the place outright, but he apparently needs some cash. We have a lease, so we can stay here until November, but we can't renew it. They're offering to sell the place to us, but I don't think we want to buy THIS place. I'm not sure we want to buy anything what with my position not being permanent. But we need a new place to rent.

Frankly, it's a bit of a relief. This is a little pricier than I'm wanting to pay. I was contemplating moving out at the end of the lease, but didn't want to go through the hassle of moving again so soon. Now, the decision has been made for us. The nice thing is that we have nine months to arrange something. If they'll let us out of the lease early, I think we'll be on our way as soon as we can. Although that may be April.

Gave a talk at Hopkins today. They're looking to beef up their planetary program. Looks like I may be able to wrangle a visiting faculty position there at some point.

Oh, and I have a cold.
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So, it sounds like 17 January is no good at all. That goes for the whole month it seems. But we're determined to do this at some point.

How's the first weekend in February sound?
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Happy New Year, everyone! Today we breakfasted on the Traditional* New Year's Belgian Waffles, I cooked the Traditional* New Year's Beef Stroganoff for dinner, [ profile] kathleenroberts did the Traditional* New Year's Varnishing of the Bar, I made a feeble attempt at the Traditional* New Year's Straightening up of the Office, and we did the Traditional* New Year's Playing with the Baby whilst watching the Traditional* New Year's MythBusters Marathon.

We've now been here nearly two months. I finally have office furniture and a Linux workstation at work now. However, we have not yet had any kind of housewarming party. In fact we've seen very few people since moving out here. We saw [ profile] stormcat once right after we moved here, and she was good enough to provide us with a Bebe Pod for David to use. The Matt that I am Not recently popped by, and we briefly saw [ profile] kittenchan and [ profile] vond and Callie last week and met a few more for dinner, but that's been it. December was slammed as usual as will be next week, but we may correct that.

We were thinking the 17th might be a good day. That's the Saturday after David turns 6 months old, so it would also be a half-birthday party for him. Not that he'd appreciate it.

So is 17 January good or are other things happening then? I have kept track of little in the way of social events lately, due to our limited ability to participate.

Better for me to ask:
Who would come on that day?
Who would come on a different day?

Other details:
We are in Columbia, MD.
Some sort of food will be provided. We might do a potluck. We'll figure it out.
Party would probably be in the afternoon rather than the evening.
However, we have crash space if anyone wants to crash (guest room w/ queen, den w/ queen sleeper sofa, stupid amounts of floor space elsewhere).

* Denotes traditions started this year.
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I totally forgot to mention this, but I'm going to be in San Francisco for the AGU meeting from 14-19 December. In fact, I'm here now. So if anyone's in the area and wants to meet up, lemme know. I'm staying at the Powell hotel.


Dec. 9th, 2008 07:57 pm
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David finally had his appointment with the pediatrician and got his four-month shots. A bit late. His schedule was rather disrupted by the move. Doc said we can try giving him food, so we tried some rice cereal. His reaction behind the cut )


Nov. 30th, 2008 09:10 pm
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One of the things I like best about Thanksgiving is the next morning, when I have a fried-egg sandwich with leftover cranberry chutney on it. Nobody else thinks this is a good idea, but I like it. We didn't come back with any leftovers. Except for the turkey carcass. A large amount of turkey rice soup is now sitting in the fridge. OK, turkey soup. I have to keep the rice separate and add it to each serving or it will continue to absorb liquid in the fridge and turn into a tasty but unattractive rice sludge.

David's learned to roll over this past week. He flipped front to back on Monday and back to front on Thursday, and again yesterday. We're going to have to stop swaddling him at night I guess. He's also teething and his gums hurt. We had quite a shriek-fest yesterday afternoon, but he seems to be doing better now. He's discovering his vocal cords and today has exhibited a high-pitched squeal he uses when he's happy. I'm glad he's happy, but that squeal is painful to listen to up close.

Christmas decorations went up today. Haven't even got the house all put together yet. Still a few crates of misc. that haven't been dealt with, and a couple pieces of new furniture that need sanding, staining and finishing. Was going to do that today, but it rained. So we put up the tree instead.
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(reposted from [ profile] kathleenroberts's journal, for those of you not on it.)

Hi All,
We're now mostly moved into our new home in MD. Since we're back among people we know, we're thinking a house warming party is in order. The big question is when. It's not going to be before Thanksgiving, and it's not going to happen right at Christmas. We could do it before Christmas or make it a New Years party... there are several weekends that could work. So if you're in the area and interested in coming to a party, respond and let us know what would work for you guys. See you soon.

New House

Nov. 16th, 2008 09:55 pm
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We're all moved into the new house now. Parents (both sets) came up for the weekend to help us arrange and unpack and put away and hold the baby. Verizon came out today to hook up our cable and internet. Unfortunately, there's a cable across all our neighbors driveways until they get around to burying it this week.

I'm supposed to start at APL tomorrow. Oh, and my UCSC email was finally restored. I've now got it forwarding, but there's a week of bounced emails I'll never get.
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We'll we're out of the house, and chillin' in a hotel at SFO before our flight out tomorrow morning. Went relatively smoothly; the only issue was the rental car not being ready when it was supposed to be. I often get screwed over by rental car agencies, so this was not a huge surprise. The problem here is that we still needed to vacuum and mop so that we could load those items on the truck, so the driver could take off. We have way too much stuff.

And my UCSC email was apparently switched off today. I never set up forwarding on it; I didn't think they'd turn it off this quickly. I'll try and call tomorrow and get it reactivated. I have a paper and two grant proposals in submission, so I'd really like to get those emails. I checked it earlier today with no problems.


Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:51 pm
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So, yesterday (Sunday) we did something we've never done in all the time we've lived in California.

We went to the beach. )

The movers came today and packed us up. Three people packed almost all our belongings in eight hours. Plus two subcontractors that came for two hours to crate up our glass tabletops and secure our washer and dryer for transport. The house had hookups, but we had to buy our own appliances. We tried to just sell them to our landlady, but she didn't want to deal with maintaining them, so we're taking them with us. Oh well, APL's paying for it, not us.

I sit here surrounded by boxes. )

[ profile] kathleenroberts confessed to having the song "Bear Necessities" stuck in her head today.

Tomorrow, we load all the boxes onto the truck. The landlady's supposed to come by at 6 pm to get the keys and check the place out. I can't say as I'm really going to miss the place much. It just never felt like home the way NoVa or Blacksburg, or even Boulder did. I'll miss Miyuki (our Japanese restuarant). (The food in CA is generally quite good. Maybe why I'm 15 lbs overweight. OK, 20. Damn taquerias. Also, laziness.) But the commute in was never fun. They FINALLY finished the HWY 1/17 merge lanes project a couple weeks ago. They started it before we moved here. We never really made many friends out here. I rarely hung out with people from work. The UCSC Anime club was, well, college students. We just don't fit in with that crowd anymore. It was never really awkward and we were pretty good friends with some of the older members, but we were clearly "the adults". Ah, well.

What a long, rambly post. I should go to bed.


Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:05 am
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1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.

2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.

3. Include these instructions, and share the love.


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