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Thu
31
Mar '11

One In, One Out, One Odd.

A lovely scramble this morning before heading to the airport a little after noon. Taking Solus to the airport and picking up Jameson, nice to be able to combine the two trips, and let’s Solus meet Jameson. Lunch was a variety of leftovers from the fridge. A little chicken noodle soup, half a sandwich apiece, […]

Wed
30
Mar '11

In The Kitchen

After the usual breakfast, picked up Solus at the train station, the train was even on time! Back to the house we went, with a lunch of home-made chicken noodle soup, with home-made eggs noodles. I used the bread machine to make a batch of dough, though I should have cut the recipe in half […]

Tue
29
Mar '11

Ducks In A Row.

Today is all about getting setup for the rest of the week. Priest on Wednesday Thursday trade priest for nephew Friday trade nephew for Curt Saturday, who knows Lots of cooking coming up. Nice to have a quiet day to work on Boltage projects (adhesives conference call with 3M Rep), on the Summer Gathering (Registration […]

Mon
28
Mar '11

Red Letter Day.

Well, maybe no red, but it was a good day at the mail box — three pieces: Morgan Stanley junk mail, right into the trash Letter from my buddy in prison who I haven’t heard from in a couple of months My IRS refund check, the first in probably 10 years Spent the day running around […]

Sun
27
Mar '11

Welcome Home Breakfast.

A welcome home breakfast awaited me this morning, though I did have to get out of bed to enjoy it. DancingBear and Swanda arrived a little after nine-thirty with all the fixing in tow for a stunning breakfast: Homemade sweet rolls Slices of pineapple Scrambled eggs Bacon off the grill Prosecco and juice Steamed asparagus […]

Sat
26
Mar '11

Trans-Canada: Day Five.

End Of The Line.

The million dollar question at breakfast this morning . . . what time will the train arrive in Toronto? Answer: 11:40, a little over three hours late. Not a problem for me, but there were many people with a two hour connection, not at an eight hour connection. From getting off the train and into […]

Fri
25
Mar '11

Trans-Canada: Day Four.

I’m really settling into a routine — the early breakfast, then back to bed followed by the shower and lunch interspersed with reading. Today I’ve started a Sandra Brown detective novel (bubble gum for the eyes and brain) called “Fat Tuesday”. Needless to say, it’s set in New Orleans. Lunch was especially good today with the […]

Thu
24
Mar '11

Trans-Canada: Day Three.

Now that we are on the prairie the train has picked up speed . . . lots of speedy – – 65-70mph according to the GPS unit hooked to the computer which for the evening I had mounted in the rack over the bed: The down side of all this speed is the train is […]

Thu
24
Mar '11

Midnight In Alberta.

Definitely Not Midnight At The Oasis.

Unless There Is Snow At The Oasis.

Extra post for today. Update from Edmonton where hopefully there is a signal. This is a really bad still shot from my video camera because my main camera battery died while I was in the “bullet lounge car”. Almost looks like a sepia tone. Dinner tonight was the pork no-so-tenderloin with Atlantic fish chowder, salad, […]

Wed
23
Mar '11

Trans-Canada: Day Two

Woke up in Kamloops a little after six and lounged around in bed for another hour or so until we pulled out. I’m pleasantly surprised that the beds are actually more comfortable than those on the Amtrak long distance trains. Open seating at breakfast in the dining car, which actually has movable chairs rather than […]

Tue
22
Mar '11

Trans-Canada: Day One

I should have taken the bus to Canadaland. Up at 5:30am to catch the 7:30am train to Vancouver, the later train gets in too late and I don’t want to have to spend the night. Got checked in at noon, and am having a good feeling about this train trip . . . they are […]

Mon
21
Mar '11

Back To The Dinner Party Circuit. Part Three.

Package at the apartment, the first of the two phone shipments, or is it three if you count the set of five connectors that are coming. Spent the rest of the afternoon getting the MagicJack up and running. MagicJack basically allows you to plug in a regular landline phone into your computer and basically routes […]

Sun
20
Mar '11

Back To The Dinner Party Circuit. Part Two.

Slept in — actually, got up at 8:30am, had a cup of coffee and went back to bed until 11am. Rest of the afternoon was spent doing laundry and the apartment, picking up butter and wine, and baking the bread for tonight’s dinner. Dinner you ask? UncleMarkie Todd DancingBear With Bretticus cancelling And the menu? Two […]

Sat
19
Mar '11

Back To The Dinner Party Circuit. Part One.

Company in town, dinner guests coming — time to fire up the grill for a slow cooking of a slab of pork ribs. Todd arrives at 2:00 Ribs on a 3:00 Start Bread at 4:00 Put bread in oven and rep salad at 5:30 Jim and Suze arrive at 6:15 (delayed by bridge opening) Eat at […]

Fri
18
Mar '11

Of Scholarship And Red Meat.

Wonderful toast this morning  — from the loaf of bread I made last night. Unusual in that my challah generally doesn’t make good old regular toast — French Toast yes, regular, not so much. I love ripping into those bright yellow yolks and watching it drip from the bread. Yum. With a late lunch went the last […]

Thu
17
Mar '11

Dinner With Jill.

Jill has 10 days of freedom, and luckily she spent one of those evening with me eating lamb lollipops, asparagus, salad, and a Trader Joe’s Amaroni which at $16 is really good — especially since most Amaroni’s start at double that price. And really, the rest of the day was dull in comparison to Dinner With […]

Wed
16
Mar '11

When In Doubt, Book A Trip.

This morning I got an invitation to go with the Colonels on a tour of Nova Scotia —  a little rich for my blood at the moment, and the availability of frequent flyer mileage tickets in the summer is questionable at best. But I did take them up on their offer to spend a couple […]

Tue
15
Mar '11

Tuesday.

Life And Death.

Breakfast of eggs and toast. Traditional Rose Street breakfast. “Gift Bag” drop off at the Microsoft campus for Boltage prototype… the campus has gotten scarily large… and by the way, it’s on BOTH sides of the highway, and extends to the left and right out of the picture. Nice soccer/baseball field in the middle — […]

Mon
14
Mar '11

Monday, What Can I Say.

Monday is all about running around SODO and the International District Shirts from the cleaners Install wireless router at Swandas Red wine and rack of ribs at Grocery Outlet Liquor for the cabinet and the luggage for Canadian train trip next week since there is no duty-free on the train Car wash and gas at […]

Sun
13
Mar '11

Productive Day

Today is prototype day – the day to rework the Boltage™ prototype and design and sew a bag to hold the electronics. Last week I found a great source for webbing, elastic, hardware for this project and tons of stuff for non-work projects – anyone want to make a tent? Check out Seattle Fabrics – […]