April 19th, 2017


Midnite Madness

Once again, shopping delayed things.
Woke up at 7:15 feeling low, HGL was in the low 60's. Had some ice cream & honey, went back to bed till almost 8. Skipped the shower, rushed through the morning stuff, checked Gmail and saw nothing asking me to go to the big building or do anything.

At work almost on time, grabbed a banana, there were no eggs, but a Kind bar and some cheese squares served for protein. I had brought a diet Coke from home.

Watched MST3k's first two Netflix episodes. The show has vastly improved from its earlier incarnation, and I like having closed captioning and FF. That was on the TV. On the Linux box I watched Thai vampire soap opera episodes, and loved the voice of the woman who sings the theme song. Turns out she is a very sexy cougar named Pat Wong who leads a band called Klear, and my eyes leaked a little when I found an episode of "I Can See Your Voice" where she invites a pretty, tall young woman contestant to duet with her on one of her hits. Kristen Chenoweth does this a lot in her concerts, and it usually is amazing how good the person-off-the-street is. In this case, the rock number was a piece of cake for "#6 woman" who afterward reveled she is at a prestigious university majoring in Opera. She launched into some semi-coloratura by way of example.

The panelists just before #6 starts singing at 3:24 are agreeing she has a very strong/pretty voice - prior to the beginning of the Youtube clip she had competed against 5 others for this honor.

I went online to ethaicd.com and ordered some Klear CDs.

Lunch was roast beef with gravy & lots of potatoes & mini broccoli. Two Jello chocolate pudding cups for dessert. There was some eye candy, actual employees from other buildings.

Break also had some people to look at, but no tour groups so it was kind of quiet.

Left at 5:30, and punched Whole Wallet Market into the GPS since that was the closest place which I figured had shallots and daikon. Total FAIL, instead of the GPS routing me away from traffic it sent me to the worst. And to add to the frustration, as soon as I got to the left turn at El Camino, the left turn signal stopped working. I sat through 4 cycles - about 10 minutes - before I was able to pull over to go straight, and take a left turn a couple of blocks later.

I found daikon right away, only needed a small one for the chicken stock, so I bought one for now and one to freeze. The shallots were nearby, but on the end of a table so not so quickly found. One thing about Whole Wallet is the amount of tight bubble butts in form-fitting pants was very high. So was the price on most of the engagement rings. So many tall blondes. The market also had my favorite French sheep milk cheese, and at a reasonable price (for them) a couple of 4-oz lox varieties, and I picked up a large and small falafel-with-hummus.

One frustration is WFM has free car chargers, but the one for my car needs an access card from Ford. Since there are no chargers of that brand which fit my car anywhere near home or work, the card was set aside on my desk in a pile of "I should file these" cards.

Home, and the fun continues. Delivered was a 6-foot USB-C cable to replace the too-short one in the bedroom, and an aromatherapy atomizer to replace the dead one, also in the bedroom.

In cooking news:
- Cut up the chicken hindquarters into drumsticks and split each of the thighs into two pieces, and cut off the tail bones.
- Placed those in a long glass baking dish
- Slathered them in the curry-like marinade, which smells delicious.
- Covered with plastic wrap and put into the fridge for overnight

- Sliced up 4 shallots, two paper towels' worth of very thin slices
- Sprinkled kosher salt on them
- After 15 minutes, paper toweled them to wick away most of the resulting water
- Got out my flat-bottom wok, added the shallot slices, covered with canola oil and fried them (it took about half an hour)
- Skimmed them out of the oil and onto a paper towel on a paper plate to cool

Dinner break - nuked the big falafels, and some pita pockets from the freezer. The pockets were cardboardized and stuck closed, I tried to steam them but no go. Toasting also failed. So I ate the falafel by hand, dipping them in a mix of hummus and Greek yogurt dressing. Yum!

- Transferred the cooled fried shallots to a ziplock bag and put in the fridge next to the chicken

- Ground up a couple of pinches of saffron in the mortar and pestle
- Poured 2+ cups of chicken stock from the box into my go-to saucepan
- Cut up some daikon and added to the stock
- Threw in a few cloves of garlic
- Simmered for 15 minutes
- Skimmed out the daikon & garlic, and added the now-powdered saffron
- Turned off the heat, stirred, covered and let sit

Dessert break - lactose free chocolate ice cream, crushed pistachios, walnuts, chocolate syrup

- Poured the saffron-infused stock into a storage tub, and set in the fridge with the chicken & shallots

- Poured my open package of jasmine rice into the measuring cup. Not quite 2 cups.
- Opened a new package and topped off the rice

Yet to be done:

- Sear the marinated chicken in the wok, using the shallot-infused oil
- Wash the rice until the water runs clear
- Heat the rice in the shallot-infused oil
- Put the rice, stock and chicken in a pot and cook together

Plans for tomorrow:
Improv group in MV

Boring Day, Tedious Night

Late dinner last night translated into 200 on the Hgl meter in the morning. Should have been lower, all things considered. I mean, how many carbs does falafel have, anyway?

Slept well when I finally got to sleep at about 2 am. Had to work till I reached a convenient break point in the Kao Mok Gai recipe.

Woke up with the alarm, but watched a short video before I got out of bed. AG phoned when I was in the shower, he was early, I wasn't. I called him back when I got into the car 10 minutes later. He spend the last week in Hawaii, but we barely had time to talk about it because his Sprint network kept messing up - trying to run half duplex on a full duplex network means horrible echoes.

At about 9:30 Boss scheduled a meeting with me at my lab for 2 pm. I had no real work to do, so I ad hoc tested apps. Took lunch at 1 as usual, but rushed back early, only to find Boss had changed the meeting to tomorrow. :-(

I watched MST3K (remembering when it was MST2K) for another episode, The Time Travelers. There was a particularly attractive slut when they got to the future, I looked her up, she had been a Playboy cover model and probably centerfold a couple of years before, and IMDB lists a string of appearances on TV and low budget films for a few years after. Also in the future is a more elegant older woman with a svelte figure, whom IMDB says had a long career on TV and movies, and this was the last credit they listed for her. The slut from the present, Merrie Anders, who had the hots for her manly co-worker, has a seriously impressive list of TV and movie credits, including Desk Set, How To Marry A Millionaire, and Lassie. The movie is pretty good, actually. Cheesy in places, and low-budget tech, but the general plot is sound, and the ending has an O'Henry twist.
Dinner break
Pork buns. Also the Kao Mok Gai was done. The chicken came out great, but the rice is way too oily and soggy. It's the right color, and smells great, but I definitely needed to drain it better after sautéing in too much of the canola oil in which the shallots were fried.

5 servings of chicken in rice are in ziploc freezer bags, cooling on the kitchen counter, and 3 small packets of just the rice. It's going to take a while for the (expected) brown layer of rice to soak off the bottom of the pot. Nice heavy duty pot which I had bought for chicken soup and then forgot. I need to nest it inside the larger pot I used the last 20 times.

But I digress.

Blew off the improv group, and left work for home at 5:30. Traffic was mixed. Watched half an episode of Match Game and now I am going to read some LJ, DW and FB, and go to bed, after finding the next trashy book on my Kindle app. I finished The Trilisk Ruins (Parker Interstellar Travels, #1) by Michael McCloskey. It was free, but each of the 8 sequels is $4. It's a good book, well written, well defined characters, a lot of imagination, some chapters are narrated as if in the POV of the alien creature, most narrated from the POV of our heroes. Unlike most free things on Kindle, this was well proofread and edited.

Delivered was the zoom/macro lens.  One pet pevee with my very expensive Nikon zoom is it doesn't focus close up. The roses are in bloom, maybe tomorrow I'll try some macros shots, see how much better they are than what I get from the phone:

Plans for tomorrow:
Sync with Boss. She is looking into getting a lock on my door so I can do all my testing in the hole.
Home (?)
Run the dishwasher