June 6th, 2004

Lynn-Lady

Day off for a change

While I wonder if they can ever figure out how to fix my gastrointestinal system, I'm trying to get life back to something resembling normal.

Yesterday was my first day off in two weeks. I slept 12 hours, then eased my way up. Warren and I went to Bajis', a cafe down the street that does very good breakfast and lunch and gets a "10" on friendliness. While we were there we saw lots of Ronald Reagan on the TVs. We then saw 1911-2004 and realized he'd died. Someone else in the place saw it and remarked "Thank God!"

After brunch we hit Costco and got supplies. We stopped home to drop them off (milk being perishable and all that), I petted the dog a bit, then we went to the Great Mall in Milpitas to walk around.

I always get a kick out of these stores that sell the stuff they show on infomercials -- I even call them "infomercial stores," and this mall has two of them. It's hard to look at things like the "Flowbee" or the "cordless grater" and not laugh. Some of the stuff is kind of cool and worth buying, too.

While we were there we decided to go see "Shrek 2." Pico-review: It was worth full admission. I won't spoil the plot, but there was a bichon frise in it, although its tail was more like a poodle's and it had very little personality.

Afterwards we got together with our friend Kristin for a light dinner and light conversation at Marie Callendar's.
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Lynn-Lady

Radio Day

I had a hard time waking up, but eventually I got going to the radio station. The engineers were doing transmitter work, so I had more time to work on my voicers than I'd expected. As our chief engineer went to take the station off the air, he quipped, "We know what the news is. Ronald Reagan is still dead." What cracked him up the day before was when someone came on and said, "Ronald Reagan died from pneumonia today. We have the latest on that...coming up." As he put it, "For God's sakes, he's dead! It's not like he's going to die any more or something!" I was laughing. My producer and I had both been quipping "Ronald Reagan is still dead" all morning because we were getting sick of hearing about it.

After work I stopped at the store, picked up some fish, then came home and made a light supper. (For those of you who care, it was "melchadik.") I made "oven fried" sole by lightly coating the fish with mayonnaise, then with a flour and spice mixture I'd improvised. As that baked, I cut up and separately nuked batches of blue and cranberry potatoes. After they were cooked, I added some diet margarine and salt and combined the two sets of potatoes for a really neat looking dish. (Yes, white would have been even cooler to add, but it would have made too much food.)

I also "micro-steamed" some collard greens, and while the fish was baking, I made some sugar-free lemon bars using lemons from our comptroller's tree. I did a double-batch so I'd have some to take to work tomorrow. Warren loved everything I cooked, which was great. He wants me to cook for his mother next weekend; she broke her left arm, and the potatoes would be easy to eat. I told him I could easily figure out what to make for the meat, as I'd had to deal with not using my left arm less than a year ago.

Now I'm relaxed and with Lady in bed, resting up for the week ahead.
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