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All are welcome at apple time

July 9, 2013

Every workday at 3:00 p.m., we have apple time. Those able to take a break, sit in my aisle and eat apples. Sometimes people eat strawberries or oranges or blueberries and yogurt. But mostly apples. It is apple time, after all. One time I didn't have an apple, so I went to the employee cafe across the street and bought some apple juice and pistachios. It was the best I could do.

I've been eating an apple in the afternoon for several years. It wasn't until Sam was hired a little over a year ago that apple time became a group thing. He tells people it was my idea, but if he hadn't started eating an apple, too, it would still be just me, sitting at my desk, eating an apple.

Even our supervisor participates. We have the best supervisor in the world. He never holds staff meetings. He knows you can't have a staff meeting that isn't wasting at least one person's time. But he comes to apple time and eats an apple.

Our supervisor likes the Red Delicious apples. He's old school. Sam and I like the Pink Lady and Honeycrisp apples. I can't remember what Mark likes, but I know he doesn't care for the Braeburns. He's usually the one eating some other fruit, though. When Bruce worked here, he was apt to eat his apple before apple time. Sam called him out on it once, so Bruce called him an apple fascist. He said he'd eat his apple whenever he feels like it.

Sam tried a Kiku apple. He said it tastes like candy. So much so that it gave him a stomach ache.

Meagan and Jen usually come to apple time late, but they're welcome just the same. All are welcome at apple time.

Apples

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The Internet is Stalking Me

February 25, 2012

I did a Google search a while back, and a rectangle at the top of the Google page showed me what my friends on Twitter were tweeting. But I wasn't on Twitter. I was on Google.

I bought a new router last weekend and discovered I needed a new wireless adapter for my TiVo. I looked for one on the TiVo website and on Amazon. The next day, I went to Best Buy and bought one. The day after that, I started seeing ads on the Sparkpeople website for that specific wireless adapter. I suspect Amazon was pushing it out to me because I searched for it. But I wasn't on Amazon. I was on Sparkpeople.

Two weeks ago, I started getting deliveries from Greenling.com (they deliver local produce to your door). Not long after, Greenling.com advertisements were everywhere on the Web. I'm not sure what action I took that made that happen... maybe it was coincidence, but I don't think so.

Almost every time I go to Target, I receive a coupon for Brita water filters when I check out. I bought some there once. I didn't think much about it until it happened a few times and I suspected they were tracking my purchases, which means they're tracking me by my credit card number because I don't have any kind of special Target card.

Then I read this and knew: Target knows when its shoppers are pregnant.

As far as I know, none of this is dangerous or damaging (except for that poor pregnant girl who was outed to her dad by Target). I don't feel paranoid that they're out to get me. But it feels like stalking and it makes me mad.

I've closed my Google Plus account and try not to use Google search if I can help it. I like Gmail and Google Reader enough to keep using them, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking of switching. I'm considering paying for Target purchases with cash, but getting cash is so inconvenient. I hate that I even have to burn cycles thinking of ways to keep companies from stalking me.

Something I Had Delivered

Greenling Produce

My Greenling.com haul this week: parsley, bananas, green kale, grass fed sausage, broccoli, live basil plant, rutabagas, black radishes (gotta look close because they can be none more black), lettuce (I think escarole), and red kale. Not pictured are crimini mushrooms, oranges and avocados.

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NaSoAlMo 2011, Days 21 & 22

November 22, 2011

No music the last couple of days. Yesterday when I was leaving work, my car wouldn't start. My friend Bruce jump started it and I drove straight to Walmart. I turned the car off and tried to start it again with no luck. There were no auto customers at Walmart and they got me right in to replace the battery. Not even 30 minutes later, I was on my way.

Tonight I'm just worn out from work and cooking.

Something I Bought Today

I bought a produce basket from the Farm to Work program at my work. That's like having a farmer's market at work. They do it weekly for $20. I came home with the following, fresh from a farm in central Texas:

  • 4 butternut squash
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 2 bunches of collard greens
  • 1 bunch of mustard greens
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 gigantic sweet potato
  • 1 bunch of dill (for the sauce on my salmon this weekend!)
  • 1 bunch of spicy arugula

I didn't know arugula was spicy. I tasted a leaf and had to take it out of my mouth because it was burning my tongue. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it.

I cooked and ate the large sweet potato and the bunch of spinach already.

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NaSoAlMo 2011, Day 20

November 20, 2011

Last night I searched traditional folk songs for a song to record for my album. I wanted something I can offer for free download without worrying about licensing. I settled on "Kimmage" or "Three Lovely Lassies From Kimmage."

Today, after a big breakfast, I recorded the vocals for "What Went Wrong." I really like the way that one is turning out. I got choked up at one point because I feel so fortunate to be able to write songs and have good equipment to record them. I'm not as good at recording as a professional, but it's nothing to sneeze at.

This evening, after baking a meatloaf, I recorded the guitar parts for Kimmage. I just have vocals and possibly bass left on that one. This song is going to be lighthearted with some speaking parts. I might not get back to it until after Thanksgiving.

Progress:

  • NaSoAlMo 1: Count the Sunrises (Finished ~ 4:20)
  • NaSoAlMo 2: Bright Eyes (Disenchanted) (Finished ~ 4:20)
  • NaSoAlMo 3: Personal Space (Finished ~ 2:34)
  • NaSoAlMo 4: Scoggins and Kay (Finished ~ 3:20)
  • NaSoAlMo 5: On the Strength of Hope (Finished ~ 5:00)
  • NaSoAlMo 6: What Went Wrong (Almost finished ~ 5:42)
  • NaSoAlMo 7: Kimmage (Instruments recorded ~ 4:34)

29:50 total (I think)

Something I Want To Cook But Don't Have The Right Kind Of Pan

Paleo Chocolate Cheesecake

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NaSoAlMo 2011, Day 13

November 13, 2011

I didn't work on music today and don't plan to tonight. I need to recharge my brain batteries.

I did make beef stew in the crock pot with onion, turnips, cauliflower and celery, though. I forgot to put carrots on my shopping list, or it would have had a little bit of orange to brighten it up.

I unfriended someone on Facebook today. That was in lieu of telling her this:

If I wish you Happy Holidays, it's because I truly care that you are happy through the holidays -- holidays being Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or whatever it is you celebrate at this time of year. I am not trying to take Christ out of your Christmas. Well-intentioned, kind, caring words like "Happy Holidays" cannot do that.

Something New I'm Using

I've been using Cozi.com for their shopping list feature for a while now and love it. I can type my shopping list on my computer and access it from my iPhone when I go to the store. I can also add items with my iPhone when I'm not at my computer.

Today, I discovered they've added a meal planner where you can enter recipes (or copy them from another web page with the click of the mouse). You can also click a link on the recipe and it will add all the ingredients to your shopping list. After adding a few recipes to the shopping list, you might have to clean it up a bit (remove things you have on hand and delete duplicate items), but it is such a breeze! And it should help me not forget to buy carrots next time!!

I'm so happy about this. I love you, Cozi.com.

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NaSoAlMo 2011, Day 12

November 12, 2011

Today was a chore. I recorded vocals and guitar for "On the Strength of Hope" which has drums, bass and electric guitar. It got better as the day went on, but I only deem it a tolerable song. Ugh.

Recording it was like when you're reading a book and you don't like it, but you think you should press on because you've already invested quite a bit of time hoping it will get better. I'm pretty good about quitting a book like that because life is too short, but if I quit this song, I'd have to write another one to take its place. Plus, I thought maybe I could learn something if I kept trying to make it better. Maybe I did learn, but that will only become apparent later.

One problem with the song was the chorus was poorly sung. When I recorded it, I only had drum and bass to go by and it sounded on key, but weak. Then I added electric guitar strums and realized the vocal wasn't weak, it was sharp. A retake on the vocal fixed it.

I haven't done a final mix yet. I thought I would let it sit overnight (or several nights). Sometimes things sound better later.

Something I Bought Today


RSVP Endurance 15" Splatter Screen

I was making my Americanized Big British Breakfast this morning, and a piece of egg splattered out of the pan and hit my face just a half inch under my eye. I have a burnt spot there. I'm grateful it didn't go in my eye.

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NaSoAlMo 2011, Day 5

November 5, 2011

OMG! For the first time in all of my days, I made a pork roast that falls apart and melts in your mouth. I wanted carnitas (shredded pork) and found this recipe. I was skeptical because my roasts NEVER fall apart (no matter what cut of meat, no matter whether it's in the slow cooker or oven, no matter how long I cook it). Today, all that changed.

I also made coconut flour tortillas. They aren't really good as tortillas because they tear easily, but they're good as a bread substitute.

I also roasted a pumpkin. smile

Carnitas, Coconut Tortillas and Pumpkin

I started a new song using the drum program I got for Christmas last year. I made a very simple drum track except that it toggles between 4/4 and 5/4 time throughout. Then I put a repetitive bass track in and one repetitive electric guitar riff. I think this song is going to be very annoying. smile

Tomorrow, I need to write some weird vocal parts. This is going to be an experimental song for me. I'm not sure I like it.

Something I Watched on TV Today

Texas vs. Texas Tech

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Paleo Diet

October 28, 2011

For over a month, I've been eating a paleo diet. The paleo diet is much like a low carb diet, but I like how it's framed. 1) Eat Lots of Plants and Animals. 2) Don't Eat Poisonous Things. That's how Mark Sisson of Mark's Daily Apple describes it. Poisonous things include sugar, grains, processed foods, junk foods, etc. (You might not consider those things poisonous, but the improvement in how I feel when I don't eat them makes me believe they are.)

When I did low carb diets in the past, losing weight was the goal. A side effect was feeling better physically and mentally. This time, feeling better is the goal and losing weight is a welcome side effect. The truth is, I haven't even weighed.

I'm also trying to change my mindset about food. It's fuel, not a treat or comfort. Breakfast used to be a treat for me... a chocolate croissant from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or a home baked scone. Breakfast was always a challenge when I was on diets before. Now I've worked out a breakfast that is simply part of my morning routine. Get up, take a shower, brush my teeth, eat a boiled egg, go to work. I usually have some fruit or nuts at work if I get hungry between meals.

I feel great!

Something I'm Going To Cook Soon

Pumpkin

Pumpkin!

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Quisp is for kids

May 8, 2011

I'm becoming quite the homemaker. For supper, I've started cooking instead of eating out every night (thanks to e-mealz.com meal plans). For breakfast, I've started brewing my own tea and making my own scones instead of going to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf every morning.

I just turned 47. It's taken me this many years to feel like cooking for myself isn't "playing grownup." Does that mean I've finally grown up? I wouldn't go that far.

I found Quisp cereal on clearance at Target this weekend. I didn't know they still made Quisp. It still has the same little alien on the box. I bought a box.

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