August 7, 2005

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Level up!

Adobo was _perfect._ Or at least it inspired enough confidence for me
to store two portions in the refrigerator and four in the freezer. I
marinated the chicken in a mix of soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves and
pepper for two days, following a Filipino adobo recipe I found on the
Net. And it worked! It was wonderfully flavorful. The cost comes down
to roughly 75 cents per portion for the chicken, plus some more for
soy sauce and vinegar. I used far too much soy sauce and vinegar this
time, and I’ll probably scale the recipe down a bit the next time I
prepare a grand marinade. (Maybe once a week or once every two weeks!
;) )

Rice worked out, too. I have four portions of rice (two in the ref,
two in the freezer) ready to be reheated whenever I want to eat adobo
or whatever else I want.

I would also like to happily announce that I have found out how to
make the lettuce I bought palatable. ;) I threw together a quick salad
earlier: iceberg lettuce, crabsticks, tomatoes and carrots. Not only
did the salad appeal to me visually, but it wasn’t bad
gastronomically. I drizzled a quick vinaigrette (some vinegar, lots of
oil, salt, and pepper) using a sauce squeeze bottle I picked up for
CAD 0.29, and I had a very fun lunch. I _really_ liked the crabsticks.
Thanks for the tip, Clair!

To top it all off, I learned how to fold a fitted sheet so that it
stays nice and flat. =)

Level up!

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Slightly dissatisfied

The university Internet service has intermittent problems with DNS and
quality of connection. I’m beginning to wonder how much trouble it
would be to move elsewhere and sign up for Internet service with one
of the commercial providers. I wonder when it would be feasible to
consider that, since I’ve already paid the confirmation deposit for
this term’s lodging.

VOIP quality is really bad. I can hear my parents perfectly, but my
voice is really choppy and delayed on their end. I think it’s because
we’re allocated asymmetric bandwidth, which doesn’t match my usage
pattern. I upload nearly as much as I download (and none of that
infringes anyone’s copyrights! =) ).

Still, it’s good that I’ve got a confirmed slot for the term. That
allows me to enjoy my time in Toronto instead of scrambling to find an

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