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Yep. The time when I've decided that my alarm clock will be set for... at least it was until a week before vacation and this past week when I returned from vacation. I was rolling out of bed mostly before the external alarm was set - did that yesterday too in fact, though it was for a 6:55 AM external then. Maybe my body/mind is readjusting back from the pre-vacation slouch/slacker/sloth mode I was adopting. That included not reading my f-list or posting btw.

Funny email exchange with my boss:

Me: BTW - R said "Hi" yesterday when he called us...

S: I give, what's BTW?

Me: First LOL now BTW? We seriously need to get you an internet acronym dictionary. FYI: BTW means "by the way."

Note that he uses FYI all the time in his email messages.

S: What can I say? IAOOT.

I am out of touch.

- It's good he put in the meaning of his acronym because that's a new one on me. Not sure if I would've just pinged him back or Google'd it first though.

I got a lot of compliments on my shirt as well, which was a nice touch on the day. It had sparklies on it - which attracted them like magpies and other shiny-object-collective corvids it seems. I've been sidling up to the idea of getting (*Gasp!*) more "feminine" clothing... You know, skirts and dresses. It's like my mind has decided that the dress code at work is an excuse to do this or something. Actually, with sitting in a chair all day (well, for the most part, I do get up to go to various parts of the building semi-frequently) which can heat up pretty quick and well, a skirt/dress would be infinitely cooler to wear than pants. And since none of my choices will be form-fitting I'm going to switch over to (here's the TMI point people) boxers and/or boxer briefs which are infinitely more comfortable and come with the added bonus of zero chafing. Surprisingly, women's foot wear is a very flexible item, dressy sandals are allowed. Hell. Nice capris/gauchos are allowed too.

Have I mentioned how much I like this place? Yeah.

Was involved in getting another deal approved (this one for $6.5MM) on which I got compliments from the Credit Committee on the Industry/Market/Product analysis I wrote as an exhibit to the main document. Also got a "congrats" type pat-on-the-back email from my boss. Yay!

Got tapped for a special project today - I'm going to probably take over keeping the "Protein Complex Producers" Industry benchmark spreadsheet updated. I know Excel gurus out there probably already know this, but... I found out how to create a chart using data scattered all over the spreadsheet! That CTRL button really does give you control sometimes. When I first learned how to do this, my teachers all told me the data columns and rows all had to be adjacent to each other in order to create a graph/chart. When did they "fix" this issue? And that was just ONE of the many super things I did to impress the old-school man of a loan officer. He's come to rely on me to follow through and expedite these kinds of little "missions" as he refers to them. What can I say, his son is in special forces so he slips in a lot of military lingo here and there. I get it. Hooah! For those of you more up to date on military slang... it has been a long time since I used the "Hooah" and I never knew how it was spelled or if it has an acknowledged spelling. Am I getting it right?

Apparently we are entering our "slam season" part of the year too. This may or may not mean another long dry spell for me posting, with intermittent f-list reading/replying phases. I don't know yet. All I do know is that I'm glad I cranked out the three annual audits I did right before vacation instead of leaving them until after. Hot Damn.
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I found an interesting recipe on hip domestics - applesauce cake. I made a couple of modifications to the recipe due to either laziness (I don't have the patience to cream butter into sugar, I like to melt the butter and stir that into the sugar - slightly different "crumble" effect) or the need to substitute - I only had baking powder, not baking soda.

I made a small cake - 5 inch round - and some small muffin blobs. Tasty but not overly sweet.

I also found some interesting websites in my search about substitutes.

This gave me the info about the crumble affect. Baking 911 is a great site all about baking. My next project will be the pancakes I think. And then I went looking for other applesauce cake recipes: 1, 2, and 3. No. None of these was the one I used.

That would be as follows:
1/2 cup butter (that's a whole stick!)
1 cup granulated sugar, white
1 cup chilled applesauce (I used room temp, and it was unsweetened too)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda (I used a little bit more than a teaspoon of baking powder, probably needed to use more but there was no firm substitution ratio to be found)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Cream butter with sugar (Again, I melted the butter then stirred with the sugar). Add applesauce; beat well. Stir in flour, soda, and spices.

2. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until done. Use toothpick test.

I used a 5 inch metal pan, and two silicone muffin tins with paper inserts. It took 20 minutes for the muffins and 35 for the 5 inch pan.


In other news, we are checking out this new show Pushing Daisies... Has a Lemony Snicket feel to it (CoB says) and I'm rather enjoying it. We've also become interested in the Bionic Woman and Life.

I really like Life. It reminds me a little of the movie Dream Catcher, but that is only because of the protagonist. I like the way they've integrated the Zen outlook on life into the main character and how the crimes are solved. It would be interesting to see this put into practice in the real world of criminal investigation.
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Okay, like it says in the subject line, this post is being done in response to a request about an essay I had mentioned previously writing... Let me know what you all think of it. (As an aside, this was written right about the time we were invading Afghanistan.)

War Leaders and Activists

WS 124

TOPIC: Women as warriors, leaders, and protesters for change. How the historical authority of women carries into the present.

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I have decided to post, in its entirety, an essay that I had written a while back for a women studies class that I had:

PROSTITUTION: Victimless Crime or Victimization?

WS 124

TOPIC: Prostitution as a form of Sexploitation (women as property issue)
Readings: Gender Makes the World Go Round, (Enloe)
Movie: Shackled (from 2/4/03)
WAC: pages 23-26, 164, 117
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EDIT: (made at 6:48pm Eastern)
For clarification, I am posting the New York Times article that was posted on [ profile] feminist so that everyone can get the whole picture of what we are discussing, along with the comment that I made previous to the posting of the article...

I was happy when I saw this article. I had actually written an essay on prostitution in my Women Studies in a Global Perspective class a year or so ago. I had taken examples from history about women who were powerful because of their control over their sexuality and how that ties into prostitution... I made the comment that the profession shouldn't be demonized, and that it is is due to the supressive force of patriarchy (both secular and religious) to control our sexuality. I gave examples of current societies where it isn't demonized and corellated it to lower rape rates and lower rates of violence against women in general. What do all of you think about prostitution? (and I'm not talking child prostitution or forced prostitution, I'm talking consensual call-girl courtesan geisha type stuff here.)

Long Silent, Oldest Profession Gets Vocal and Organized
December 18, 2004

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I've got to say, this livejournal stuff is more complicated that I first thought. I wanted to (still trying, the vote isn't in yet) join a poetry writing group. One that actually writes good stuff, not unintelligible goth/crap that you find in so many places... There was one requirement that I didn't get in the "how to post an application" section. That's right, you have to audition! The rule said that you had to "lj-cut" your poems... I had NO idea what they were talking about. Now I do. However, I didn't go looking for the how-to (because I had no idea what it was) until AFTER I posted... And didn't my stuff look silly, all laid out on the page instead of just a bitty link. (totally embarrassed look) I hope they forgive me.

For now, I am on tenterhooks.

Anyways.. I'm going to try the infamous lj-cut to see if I can do it without a hitch.

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I was rolling around LiveJournal, searching for interesting things to do and found this:

(adizzi) wrote in writingworkout,
@ 2004-08-20 16:29:00

off the top of your head, without thinking a lot about them, write a paragraph using the following as themes, cues, quotes, titles or departure points. post yours in your journal and link to it in the comments here.

the point is to improvise, if you're open to it. to get the full thing out of it, don't look until you're ready to write:

1. ninety-five seconds
2. tragic lips
3. one thousand apples, give or take
4. burned
5. statue of an emperor
6. someone's summer
7. fantasies of despotic power
8. t. p. tea shoppe
9. carlo's dilemma
10. [superlative] evening ever

Hence, my answer:

Ninety-five seconds is all you have left my nemesis. What are you to do with the rest of your life? Do you pout your tragic lips and start to blubber on about those one thousand apples, give or take, that you never got to eat? The poison you mistakenly drank burned down your esophagus. The poison was put into the cup, with the purple pimpernel mark on it, that you left at the base of Emperor Ling’s statue. Last summer, you never dreamed that something like this could happen to you. You thought you were invulnerable. Like Saddam Hussein, you were filled with fantasies of despotic power; never suspecting that behind every sip you took in the Tart Petite Tea Shoppe could be your last. You have met with the end that was Carlo’s dilemma. That’s right, he’s the one who decided your evening was over. Isn’t life grand?


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