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Saturday: Woke, played guitar. Got a call from Gypsy. Drove up to Blaine to try to pick him up. Discovered that the combination of one closed exit ramp and suburban winding roads made it 95% impossible to get to his lot. Eventually found the other 5%. Helped Gypsy pick up the last of his stuff from the old house. Took him to the Podium, bought a capo, tuner, slide, and a few picks. Took him to Rockler and bought stain and tack cloth. Brought him back home and disappeared into the basement to stain my frame while he and Eric chatted. Brought them both to the liquor store, then to Fuji-Ya for Kate's 30 birthday celebration. Had a magnificent dinner with fantastic people. We all went down to Crema for ice cream and coffee. Dropped Gypsy and his booze off at his new place. Put one more coat of stain on the frame.

Sunday: Played guitar. Grabbed my frame and "art" and walked down to Rockler for my second and final framing class. Completed the framing job, much to my satisfaction. Wrote a bunch on LJ. Drove down to Gypsy and Kelly's place for drinks. Had fun frolicking with Gypsy's extremely cool clique.

Monday: Walked to work with Mum. Did work stuff. Had lunch with a semi-estranged friend. It was good to see him again. Went to the dentist, got 3 wee cavities filled. Bused home: discovered that the 18 no longer stops at Southdale and the 21 no longer stops on my street. Feh. Played guitar and made savory joes for supper.

Tuesday: Walked to work with Mum. Prepared more presentations. Began to wonder whether they call on me for this because I actually have something to talk about, or just because I don't mind getting up and talking in front of everyone. Remembered to eat lunch again; twice in two days is amazing. Workload has become acceptable. Arranged to really truly take Friday off. Cleared my calendar for Wednesday in order to give these presentations. Bought chocolate covered glace orange slices and shared them with a friend. Got home around 7:30, reheated my lunch, and finished up my presentations.

Wednesday: Bused to work. Everything about all the presentations got completely switched around. Doesn't bother me, I can roll with anything. However, had 3 managers at varying levels all wanting me to do mutually exclusive things. Whee. Got it sorted out. Changed into jeans and bused down to Rockler for Fundamentals of Woodworking class. This was session 1 of 6. We will make a small box and an end table. We learned about basic hand tools and how to sharpen and use chisels. Cut a hinge joint, which actually came out rather well. I must buy a set of stones and a block plane. I must also sharpen my chisels. Got home late, but played guitar for a bit anyway.

Thursday: Started the day with a nice clear calendar - this was to be "day two" of something that started on Wednesday, however when I cleared my calendar for Wednesday, my calendar for Thursday silently followed suit. Great news, as I was able to both clear a significant portion of my backlog AND begin to get through my e-mail. Went to my guitar lesson and then back to work to finish up. Guitar lesson was good. I have been feeling a bit frustrated lately because I can't hear myself improving, but I'm now working on a new and different lesson, which I think will be sufficiently rewarding. Came home and made polenta with tomato sauce and cheese. (Monterey jack, as that seems to be all that's in the house. Wonder where it came from? Never look a gift cheese in the culture.) Completely nondescript Sangiovese accompanied. My own fault; I wanted a Madiran.

Friday: FREEDOM! I go stir-crazy when I'm asked to go to work five days a week. I realize that I'm spoiled, but I look at it this way: I rarely work fewer than 50 hours in a week. I just tend to put in my hours either in the course of 4 days or at least without going in to the office more than 4 days. (I am still trying to discover whether it's the working or the going to the office that really gets to me.) ANYWAY: read a bit, cleaned the first storey, closed all the storm windows, called to get my drivers' license fixed, bought a plane and a float glass (online), and then posted this. The rest of the day: TBD.

    Odd little things that I've learned this week:
  • If you yell a string of curses and gobbledygook at the MN-DOT voice recognition program, it connects you to a customer service representative
  • Cheap modern windows are much worse than old windows in at least one sense: if the old ones don't work properly, you can take them apart and repair them (I could probably extrapolate beyond windows here)
  • Making polenta is a pain in the arm
  • Having a truly flat surface is a necessity for tuning fine woodworking tools and sharpening stones
  • Chisels are much more versatile and precise than I ever realized
  • Bus stops are fluid things
  • The odor of poly-oil permeates everything and takes a long time to go away
  • So does the odor of raw onions, particularly when allowed to soak into one's hands (okay, so I knew this one before)
  • Extremely lean ground beef is less than ideal for sloppy-joe making

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Date: 2006-09-22 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lollardfish.livejournal.com

Read Bill Buford's book, "Heat!"

Now I need some Polenta.

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Date: 2006-09-22 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnehaha.livejournal.com
We have stuffed cabbage. Will that do?


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Date: 2006-09-22 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lollardfish.livejournal.com
Is it stuffed with polenta?

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Date: 2006-09-22 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnehaha.livejournal.com
No. A beef/veal/pork mixture. Much tastier.


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Date: 2006-09-22 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tesla-aldrich.livejournal.com
Looks like a winner; I'll hve to find a copy.

Polenta is said to be a traditional food of Italy. I was under the impression that maize didn't make it to Europe until (roughly) the 16th century. Does this mean it's "a tradition dating back to the 16th century," or was maize being used in Italy before then?

Thanks, Professor. :)

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Date: 2006-09-22 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
no, it was made with other grains, including some really foul stuff. Maize is entirely new world.

Buford, in the book, describes the buckwheat polenta he makes as ... well ... depressing at best.

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Date: 2006-09-22 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saracura.livejournal.com
What are you doing tonight? Are you available to hang out? Call me if you are - 612-388-3294... Spontaneous - I know. BTW you have been making cameos in my dreams lately. What's up with that?

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Date: 2006-09-22 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnehaha.livejournal.com
Come hang out with us!

K. [details in our journal]

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Date: 2006-09-24 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saracura.livejournal.com
Awww - thanks for the invite. I'm not on-line at my new place yet so I missed this timely message, but I do appreciate the offer! Hopefully I will be connected again soon and I will know about your events sooner.


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