September 04, 2005

Life is boring/fattening

Yeah. So. Nothing happening at all... nice long weekend is about halfway done. I was feeling snacky, so made a quick batch of peanut butter cookies. They're ok, but not one of my favorites. Speed was paramount.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Mix together in order: 1C peanut butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 tbs flour, 1/2 tsp vanilla

Bake at 325F for 16 minutes. Cookies will be soft out of the oven, but will harden, so don't overbake.

From start to finish: 30 min, 1 bowl, no mixer.

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September 06, 2005

Step Counting

I got a free pedometer in the mail courtesy of Chatelaine (which we don't have a subscription to, but anyway). I strapped it on today and at last count I've taken about 9500 steps today. My goal was 10,000 steps. So I'm almost there. Theoretically, that should be 500 calories burned off.

The trick is doing it every day!

I probably undid it with food, though. I made shrimp and scallop fried rice today and just finished off a sweet coffee and cream with several drops of almond extract (it was really good).

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September 08, 2005

Lunch with Jen

Went to Jen's for lunch... she's due for a baby near the end of next month. It looks like a small baby, she's not that big! But I dunno, maybe they grow a lot in the last couple of months. I have seen other people who were absolutely hyoooge!

Had a good time shooting the breeze etc. Need to do it more often, because it always seems that we never get all the conversation done by the time I have to leave!

I can't wait until I have my own house so I can invite people over for dinner :) It might be a while before I can afford furniture, though.

PS: don't forget to LJ friend me Jen, it makes me feel loved! Hee.

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September 09, 2005

Charitable?

So yeah. I've mixed feelings about donating to the flood victims in the States, sorta - not because they don't deserve help, but because I disagree with their administration so completely. I mean, appointing the head of disaster relief to your college roommate is patronage taken to a ridiculous extent and that the US government should really have the resources to deal with this crisis.

However. Other than voting for an evil dictator, they didn't do anything wrong... When feeling guilty and judgemental, apply money liberally.

Except. When donating via their website, can I really choose "Hurricane Katrina" over "Africa: Sahel Food Crisis"? How about "War Affected Children"? Bleah. When feeling conflicted, apply more money and choose "Where Help is Needed Most".

Canadian Red Cross

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September 16, 2005

This Little Piggy

Argh! My eating is totally out of control. Part of it is living at home with my parents. There's always unhealthy snacks around and I've been baking more because there are more people around to enjoy it.

Not that it was all their fault. Today I had a donut, Swiss Chalet (with fries, natch), a huge ice cream bar dipped in chocolate and rolled in crushed almonds (mmm, only $1.77 at Sam's Club!). So really, it's also the fault of the people in the office. (Damn you to heck!!)

Personal responsibility? What's that?

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September 17, 2005

BLT on Homemade Bread

My parents left me at home with absolutely nothing in the house to eat. Nothing in the fridge, nothing in the freezer. I considered ordering in, but didn't feel like pizza. So I made some bread! It's 3C flour, 1C water and 2 tsp of yeast. Then I added bacon, lettuce and tomato. Mmm!

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September 19, 2005

Grilled Lamb Dinner

Was left to my own devices tonight and wanted food FAST. The bus was 1/2 hour late and I was really hungry! So everything got grilled in 1/2 hour. The mushrooms went onto a hot pan while the potato and asparagus got microwaved. Lamb tenderloin joined the mushrooms and finally the asparagus got a grill too.

Everything was simply seasoned with black pepper and salt. The potato got a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil instead of butter. It was really good - actually just as good as butter.

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Yay/Yargh

The HR Decor Center called me at work today and said that they were going to email me a price list for interior features. They say they've finally got the "release to build" from the town and construction will be starting shortly. (Yay!)

However, I haven't received anything yet. The person must've taken down my email address incorrectly... The email address on their website is invalid, too. Yargh.

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September 20, 2005

Upgrades

Woo! Finally got the list of upgrade costs from the builder. Hopefully, I'll be able to go in and browse this weekend (ride permitting...). The only real disappointment is that the upstairs bathroom cabinets can't accomodate drawers. That kinda sucks. They both have mirrored cabinets, though, so whatever. I've got $3000 of upgrades to choose (included with the house) - $2800 since tax isn't included.

Click for the planned upgrades


On the "Definitely" list:
Angled corner kitchen cabinet $342
Pots and pans drawers $585
Roughed in central vac $500
Additional cable outlets $150

On the "Possibly" list
Upgraded bathroom cabinets $160 (cheap, so ok)
Upgraded kitchen cabinets $480 (depends on how crappy standard is)
Kitchen tile backsplash $480 (depends on how nice standard is)

Totals: $2697 - pretty close!

On the "Unsure/Probably Not" list
Roughed in basement bathroom $700
Oak Stairs $1614
Hardwood flooring in a bedroom $unknown

Expensive upgrades, so probably not. The basement bathroom would be good for a granny apartment, but I don't need one and definitely don't want an extra bathroom to clean. Plus, when my parents got a rough-in, it all had to be redone anyway.

Oak stairs would be nice if I ever got rid of the carpet in the place. But they're so expensive!

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September 24, 2005

Lotsa Choices

Went to the HR Decor Centre today to pick stuff in advance of the meeting with the design consultant in October. Got together what I think will be some nice picks for the rooms. The colors aren't really representative of the actual things, but they're close enough, I supppose. I went previously with Dave K, but this time I spent more time actually choosing stuff.


Kitchen
Floor: Kansas 12x12 Brown, PLKS.BWN.1212
Counter: Jamocha Granite 7734-58
Cabinet: P71 Maple, Color 710 Chestnut, Viking 3, Upgrade
Intention: Stainless appliances, tile backsplash
The colors are actually slightly greyer, which compliments stainless appliances while not being too dark for a northern facing kitchen. Trying for a warm modern look here, rather than a cold modern. So hopefully I get the warmth from the wood and the modern from the appliances and countertop. Gonna have to take another look at the wood color, I remember it being more subdued.


Powder Room
Floor: Aruba 12x12, Snow White, DU.AR.SWT.1212
Counter: Rose Granite, 86201
Cabinet: Thermovision 8001, Color Ontario White, Viking 2
Intention: White walls, red accents, replace light fixture with halogens?
These colors are actually closer to white and black, not yellow. I do wonder if I should go for a darker floor to match with the counter and contrast with the cabinets. Going for a minimalist, sterile look here.


Ensuite
Floor: Corte Milia 13x13 Beige1505I? GE.CM.BGE.1313
Counter: Tuscan Marble 7736-58
Cabinet: P71 Maple, Color Natural, Viking 3, Upgrade
Bath Tile: Excellance Bisquit 49990, GE.EX.BIS.0606
(Go for the white tile instead? Concerned about grout)
Intention: Neutral walls
Just going for a warm, neutral bathroom with (hopefully) universal appeal. This is probably the only bathroom that'll actually see much use. The cabinet finish is actually a pale maple finish, not golden like it appears in the photo.


Bathroom
Floor: Palio 12x12 Terracotta PLPO.TRC 1212
Counter: P-277-CA
Cabinet: Quadro White Matte
Bath Tile: Excellance Blue Moon 60670, GE.EX.BLM.0606
Intention: sky blue walls
This is the odd room where I threw some color around. It's meant to be sort of beach-like. Glossy white cabinets with minimal detail, an earthy terracotta floor tile that I'm sorta worried about wear on, a gravelly looking countertop and a vivid blue bath tile. This is the only room that actually has color and it's an opposite-sides-of-the-color-wheel sorta thing. We'll see how it actually looks...

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September 26, 2005

Inadequacy Dreams

Whoa, was very active dreaming last night - and they were all crazy and related to feeling stupid.

Flew to school on a dragon that looked more like a brontosaurus than a dragon. A girl (can't remember who) flew with me and was NOT enjoying the ride, especially (understandably) the loops in the air. Whatever, it was fun but later on in the dream the dragon wasn't so much fun...

Long boring dream after the cut...

Was failing Finite math, so I stopped going but never dropped the course. I've never failed a course in my life (though I hate math), but fine. Anyway, it wasn't past midterms, so it wasn't too late to drop it, though I wouldn't get any money back - even though this was high school, for some reason it operated on university terms.

I was supposed to write a pre-test for Computer Science so that they could measure how much the taught us over the year *snort*. Except I needed to validate this letter to get a pass to write the test. I was incensed that they wouldn't just use the validated school photo ID instead of the letter and was ranting about it to the admin person. Of course when their sympathetic eyes got very round, I knew that a Computer prof was behind me. Undeterred, I railed at him and even he had to admit it was pretty stupid.

I worried about graduating on time because of the not-yet-dropped finite class and getting a job on the way home. I walked Cathy B to her car (commenting on the clumps of heather she liked and talking about the fall air and the Don Valley trail) and then looked for my dragon to fly home.

The dragon was nowhere to be found, so I hoofed it. On the way, I saw the towering head of my dragon coming towards me. As it got closer, it got smaller and smaller and deflated until it was a child's pool seahorse ring toy.

For some reason, I was wearing less and less clothes. Finally I was down to wearing underwear on top of my gym shorts. Um. I looked around for a place to change but there was only a really grody public restroom. Yuck. I didn't go in.

And then the alarm went off.

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Bad Omens

First the dreams (see this morning's post).

Next, my clock must be 1 hour fast. The alarm went off at 6.30 (I usually wake an hour later) and the clock read 7.30. I was thinking, "Damn, it's really dark. Must be the rain!" But when I came downstairs all the clocks read 6.30.

My wireless keyboard batteries died in the middle of the last post. They've been operational for over a year (keyboard batteries last FOREVER).

I think I should just stay home today.

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