new classes

Jan. 9th, 2008 03:02 pm
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So I'm taking a real grabbag of classes this quarter.

This morning started off with circuit training. It was really good and kinda kicked my butt - I was so totally NOT expecting cardio this morning. The instructor has us do 1 minute of bicep curls, bodyweight squats, 3-way abs (crunch to the left, then center, then right), 1 minute of cardio (today was mountain climbers), and 1 minute of rest. Then another circuit: shoulder lifts (start with weights at waist level, lift in front to shoulderlevel, down, lift to both sides, then down), good mornings, supermans, and rest. We did 2 circuits of each. By the time I was done, I was *done*. ;-) Yay! I'm liking this - it's a nice change from my normal weights routine.

Then, I had "Sociology of Gender". It fills a general ed req.

Tonight, I have "Cognition and Interaction Design".

Yesterday, I had the advanced HCI course, and an "Art v Psych: Learning Emotions" class that got rescheduled to Spring, so I'll be taking a Studio Art - Design Fundamentals class instead.

Yeah. Lots of weird classes.

Anyways - I've gotta do my assignment now.
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We ate dinner at this little place in Paris, called La Cordonnerie. It was the best meal ever. Fois Gras - that was *light*! And duck breast with cognac flambee. And zabaione with raspberries for desert. And a 1999 Cahors to complement it all. It was fabulous.

The next night, Signore was sick (nothing related to the food -we ate the same thing and I was fine). So he sent me on my own. I sat next to the open kitchen and got to watch the chef. That was great. Like food network, except I got to eat the stuff afterwards! (I had lamb - OMG it was good. Very simple - rack of lamb, browned on all sides, then garlic and parsley spread over it, and roasted in the oven for a short time.)

If you ever get to Paris - go to La Cordonnerie. It's on Rue St Roch. Worth going to Paris for, imho.
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You Belong in Greenwich Village

Avant garde and bohemian, you're quick to adopt new ideas and lifestyles.
And while you're a bit less weird these days, you still have a "live and let live" philosophy.
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pasta (long thin: spaghetti, bucatini, or the like)

olive oil,
heat to melting
add some anchovy paste
mix in to oils
add ricotta cheese and mix well
add half-n-half and mix
turn off heat, add parmiggiano

when pasta cooked, add to the sauce, mix well to coat the pasta.

serve into bowls, then spoon caviar on top of each bowl.

dry white wine is good with this.


Nov. 18th, 2007 10:54 am
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Signore gave me a wonderful day yesterday. I slept late (11!) and then we went to farmers market and bought wonderful olive oil. We had aperitifs lunch at a new(to us) restaurant called Mad&5th. Afterwards, we napped. Last night, we went to San Jose and had dinner at Grill on the Alley - an "upscale" NewYorkstyle place. Signore fed me lobster and caviar and Mumm champagne. And after THAT, we went to the ballet to see Carmina Burana!

Carmina Burana was so kewl! It was like a combination of opera, ballet, and ritual. They did such a good job. I swear I had my mouth open almost the whole time - I was on the edge of my seat. It was incredibly intense! What a great day.

Thank you Signore!
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Signore rocks!

That is all.
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no damage here. Here's a map of the epicenter, for those who want to see it.
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our cat has been out for most of the weekend. it always worries me when he's gone this long. i know he does this sort of thing some times. but it still worries me. tonight, we locked the kitten in the bedroom and left the patio door/cat door open. (We don't want the kitten going out the cat door so we've been keeping it closed and just opening the door for the cat when he wants to go in and out.)

EDIT: YAY! the cat came back. now i can go to sleep. hooray!
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So - the rules of the game:

person A says some noun

the others write an adjective

after everyone has theirs, run a google search to find out who wins.

fwiw - playing this with a spouse doesn't work as well (or works better, depending on your pov) because, well,
we kept coming up with the same adjective!
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some times, his kisses are like silk, they
cause tingles all through my body
and leave me grinning in joy.
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If you get a chance to see _Book of Longing_ from Philip Glass (based on the poetry of L.Cohen) GO! Sell your first born if you have to, quit your job if you have to, jump a freight train if you have to, but *GO*.


Just fucking wow.

On all channels of input, wow.


Oct. 7th, 2007 01:04 pm
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John 1
1. In teh beginz is teh werd, and teh werd iz liek "Oh hai Invisible Man" and teh werd eated teh Invisible Man.
2. In teh beginz teh werd an teh Invisible Man iz teh bests frenz.
3. Him maeks alls teh cookies; no cookies iz maed wifout him.
4. Him haz teh liefs, an becuz ov teh liefs teh doodz sez "Oh hay lite."
5. Teh lite iz pwns teh darks, but teh darks iz liek "Wtf."
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We're listening to music while doing housework (folding laundry, matching socks, putting away DVDs, etc)

Signore asked me if I recognized a piece we were hearing. I was like, no, I was mostly ignoring it. It had too many parts that sounded like those whistle/flute/slider things we used to get as kids. The kind that changes the pitch of the whistle depending on how far you slid it. Turns out it's Richard Wagner. I've never been impressed with his music, and I'm still not. Signore asked me if I'd been ignoring it because I didn't like it or why... I explained that I was "waiting for the good parts". He responded that he "think this is the good part." Oh.

But when Mr Bombastic was finally done, the delightful strains of the Die Fledermaus overture came on. Yay. I love Strauss. (Johann, not Richard.)


Oct. 3rd, 2007 09:40 pm
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Got my homework done for two classes and turned in early. Signore and I are reading a book on poetry that even has exercises. It's great. We were doing iambic pentameter. We had to write 20 lines of iambic pentameter in 10 minutes or less. One of mine was self-referential: I was particularly proud of that one:

iambic pentameter is so hard
to fit into a line of just five feet
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Signore loves it. Yay!
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Sep. 24th, 2007 08:22 pm
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raspberry and chocolate
later - a hint of leather
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[ profile] seastormwitch reminds us that it's time for BoobieThon!

See http:\\ for info.

boobies will be forthcoming.
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At least temporarily... Next week, my hair stylist Lana comes back and gives me stripes.
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