February 5th, 2006

flat-out exhausted

Month in Review

Two weeks ago, we went to Massachusetts to have lunch with prince_corwin and prince_eric (and also prince_eric's child; I'd provide a suitable nickname except I can't remember if Eric of Amber had any children and can't be bothered to look. Anyway, really frighteningly cute child.). On the way back, Chad was bopped over the head by the Cold Fairy; his cold lasted about a week, mine started in very slow gear about the time his ended, and this weekend decided to really settle in (after quietly sapping my energy for a week, thank you so much). I've done a first draft of our federal taxes and some laundry, and that's about as productive as I can be today, so I might as well do a quick recap of the last four weeks before I need to take the next dose of cold pills.

Work: I've been at the new job for two weeks, and so far it's going very well. Quieter than it will usually be (I'm mostly waiting for other people to do things that will start my deadlines running), but I'm certainly keeping busy, and the relatively slow start is a luxury.

Football: yeah, I shouldn't have blocked off the Saturday night to watch the game, because I was (and still am) a bitter, bitter woman over the Bizarro Patriots, together with their close friend the Fumble Fairy, showing up in Denver. However, the next day I took great joy in listening to the last few minutes of the Steelers beating the Colts, and I'll be pleased to root for them tonight.

Books and tech: with the use of a USB number pad, I spent a couple of hours last Saturday typing in ISBNs for LibraryThing's consumption. The service is going through some growing pains, but I'm generally happy with it; when I've got everything in, I'll turn it public and point y'all to it.

Finally, we watched the March of the Penguins DVD, and in particular the "Of Penguins and Men" extra. Which is 53 minutes long (a sizable fraction of the movie itself) and mostly consists of repeat footage and sappy raptures about the penguins. So, as a public service, here's Collapse )

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International Super Bowl Munchies

Chad (who, as I may have mentioned, is both a better and more adventurous cook than I) decided to do a higher class of Super Bowl munchies tonight, and picked some appetizers out of Mark Bittman's The Best Recipes in the World. They were all damn good, so let me share them with you:

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Smell of silk

Bought a new sweater set this week, was pleased, wore it the next day—and then was cross because it reeked of something nasty that gave me a headache, that I hadn't noticed in the store. I figured it was just department store smell, so I washed it today. Twice, even, and it still smells exactly the same. It's a silk, cotton, and rayon blend, and Google tells me that sometimes silk has a distinct smell, but none of the suggestions for removing it seem to be very certain. Anyone have experience with this? I like it, and I doubt I can return it now that I've washed it (twice), but I cannot live with that smell.