April 6, 2006

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Backlog: Beef medallion, baked potato

Pan-frying beef medallion isn't quite the same as grilling it, but oh well - one does what one can. I'm a little bit skeptical about the meat, though, as I'm not sure if it's properly medium. If you don't hear from me tomorrow, you can send someone to knock on my room and see if I'm suffering from food poisoning...

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Random Japanese sentence: テーブルに猫の足跡が付いている。 There are footprints of a cat on the table.

“Talk nerdy to me”

Keynyn's shirt is _so_ right. Well, not all the time, and not all kinds of nerdy. Sheer brilliance and obscure but useful knowledge work, though. <laugh>

Random Japanese sentence: 私達はその猫をマドンナと呼んでいる。 We call the cat Madonna. Watashitachi wa sono neko o Madonna to yonde iru.

Backlog: Grilled again

I was planning to meet Calum for dinner, but I figured it would be a good day to try out the grill again, so I headed to the supermarket to stock up on meat. I ran into James, Mike and Mike on my way out, so I invited them to a barbecue at 7. I met Keynyn on the way back from the supermarket, so I invited her too.

It turned out to be a terrific potluck. I prepared vegetable kebabs and Caesar salad (store-bought dressing, but I made the bacon bits and croutons myself!). Keynyn brought mashed potatoes and cookies. James brought lots and lots of chicken legs. Mike and Calum helped with cooking and washing up. (Don't worry, they'll host some other time...)

The chicken legs were slightly dodgy as parts weren't completely cooked, so I think we'll do beef next time. At least, until we get the hang of this. Note to self: figure out how to properly grill vegetables so that they're nice and juicy. Also, buy a basting brush. Hmm, next Wednesday or Thursday seems like a good time to have another potluck party. (Psst! Kathy! I need tips!)

_And_ we even got to study afterwards! I much prefer studying with other people around. Today proved an interesting point. I'm a fraud of a computer person, really. I'm definitely not as geeky as Calum and Mike are. I find myself less into writing code than I'm into explaining things to other people, and sometimes I really do have to explain things to either people, stuffed toys, or my blog in order to get things straight in my head. Aiyah. How embarrassing.

(I say that now, sure, but when I'm in coding mode I can't pry my fingers off the keyboard...)

Anyway, it was a very good day.

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Random Japanese sentence: 彼女はネコをこわがる。 She is afraid of cats. Kanojo wa neko o kowagaru.