Lynn Gold (figmo) wrote,
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Tuesday's not bad

Wednesday was pretty good, too.

Tuesday I mostly worked at home, but figured I'd better put in some "face time." My boss also wanted to meet with me to make sure he and I had the same list of tasks and goals.

I got on site and got to check out my new cubicle. It's more private than the old one. It currently shares an ethernet drop, which means half the time I have no net access. The Facilities Director gave me a mouse for my laptop unit. I was nervous at first when I saw baby stuff in my cube; turns out it was temporarly stashed there from his van when he was hauling stuff from our storage area to the dump.

I waited over two hours for my boss to get out of a meeting, then gave up around 7:15pm. While waiting I chatted with the Director of Engineering. He asked me when I was going to have online help ready for one of the products. I told him I'd turned it in a couple of weeks ago. He asked me to click on the "On-line Help" icon to see what it did. Voila! My online help was there -- and he liked it!

I also previewed the online help I'm doing for the other product. He was concerned it'd be loading lots of data; I assured him the opposite was true. I have designed that help to be as minimally invasive as possible.

After work I went home to make dinner for myself and Warren. I had all the ingredients for the night's meal:
  • filet of sole almondine
  • oriechette con broccoli (with lots of garlic)
  • roasted eggplant with fresh mozzarella drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

I thought I had all the ingredients.
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Wednesday was pretty good, too.

Tuesday I mostly worked at home, but figured I'd better put in some "face time." My boss also wanted to meet with me to make sure he and I had the same list of tasks and goals.

I got on site and got to check out my new cubicle. It's more private than the old one. It currently shares an ethernet drop, which means half the time I have no net access. The Facilities Director gave me a mouse for my laptop unit. I was nervous at first when I saw baby stuff in my cube; turns out it was temporarly stashed there from his van when he was hauling stuff from our storage area to the dump.

I waited over two hours for my boss to get out of a meeting, then gave up around 7:15pm. While waiting I chatted with the Director of Engineering. He asked me when I was going to have online help ready for one of the products. I told him I'd turned it in a couple of weeks ago. He asked me to click on the "On-line Help" icon to see what it did. Voila! My online help was <I>there</I> -- and he <I>liked</I> it!

I also previewed the online help I'm doing for the other product. He was concerned it'd be loading lots of data; I assured him the opposite was true. I have designed <I>that</I> help to be as minimally invasive as possible.

After work I went home to make dinner for myself and Warren. I had all the ingredients for the night's meal:<UL><LI>filet of sole almondine</LI><LI>oriechette con broccoli (with lots of garlic)</LI><LI>roasted eggplant with fresh mozzarella drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar</LI></UL>
I <I>thought</I> I had all the ingredients.
<LJ-CUT="Adventures in cooking follow.">
I started the water boiling for the oriechette. This is when I discovered I'm <I>out</I> of oriechette. The pasta I had was the wrong shape and quantity for the recipe, so I took the semolina flour from the pantry, pulled out the Cuisinart, and <I>made</I> oriechette -- right there, on the spot. I coaxed the broccoli florets into submission by nuking them for seven minutes while doing this.

The pasta:<UL><LI>one cup of semolina</LI><LI>approx 1/3 cup water</LI><LI>approx. 1/2 tsp of olive oil</LI></UL>
<OL><LI>Put the flour in the food processor bowl with the dough blade</LI><LI>With the processor going, drizzle the water in till you have a soft, cohesive dough. Make sure it is blended well and not gritty. Add more semolina as needed to thicken pasta.</LI><LI>Dust a cutting board or other flat surface with more semolina, then roll the pasta into 3/4" diameter tubes.</LI><LI>Make 3/8" slices, rolling each into a ball, then smooshing over your thumb or knuckle to shape into an indented disk (oriechette means "little ears," and that's what they should look like -- that, or little hats).</LI><LI>Boil until they float, then drain.</LI></OL>

I had no leftovers. :-) I was <I>proud</I>.
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