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Saturday, January 31, 2004

We had to see it again

After putting it off for a few weeks, we went and watched "Return of the King" again. What can I say? It's such an epic film and am glad that it nominated 11 times this year for the Oscar's. We are going to make it a point to watch the Oscar's this year. I am glad to see "The Last Samurai" didn't make the cut. I'm sure it was a great movie and all, but I just have this thing about Tom Cruise. I really can't place my finger on it...his acting's fine, but something about him just grates at me the wrong way.

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Friday, January 30, 2004

More newbie stuff

I'm about 90% finished with my client site. I've decided to make an opening page in Flash. Again, another day of totally retraining the way I think.

On a happier note, I got paid yesterday for a few jobs! Yay!

Tonight was the first time that we did take out in a long time. I had a Pollo Asado Burrito and it was sooo gewd!

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Thursday, January 29, 2004

Tired...

I tried to concentrate on work today, so I didn't do too much. I actually took a 1-1/2 hour nap this afternoon, which is something I haven't done in a while. My ass was totally knocked out.

My client decided to change the look of the website AGAIN!!! `Nuff said...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

More classes

I signed up for a few online classes provided by Macromedia. They were Flash MX 2004 classes. The way had it set up was you log into the site to watch the video portion, while you listen to the audio portion through the phone. Now, being the Flash newbie that I am, it was a little challenging. While the audio part was in real-time, there was a lag on the live video portion. They plan to record the online sessions with audio and upload them onto their site in the future, so I think that should help a lot.

We finished the bean soup that I made last night. Damn it was gewd! We also ended the night with some more hot caramel cider.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Homemade soup & hot cider

I was totally in the mood for more soup tonight. I made another batch of the bean soup recipe from 2 weekends ago and it was awesome!

I had some Naked Juice in Just Apple that I got from Costco. I also had some Caramel Sauce from Starbucks. I steamed the apple cider with the espresso steamer and squeezed in some of the caramel sauce. It was really good and it came really close to the Caramel Apple Cider that Starbuck's sells.

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Monday, January 26, 2004

New Williams-Sonoma goodies

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Williams-Sonoma has done it again! Their new line of Valentine's Day theme ramekins, dishes, and mugs are just too adorable. The heart shaped molten chocolate cake does look absolutely divine. It's been a while since I've gone to the store. The last time Walt & I were at UTC Mall, we were going to stop in, but it turned out all the stores on that section of the mall had lost power. Too bad...

I can't wait to go back to the outlet store in Primm, Nevada. The WS outlet actually houses not only Williams-Sonoma stuff, but also Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.

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Sunday, January 25, 2004

Lazy day...

My ass is still kicked from not having good sleep from Friday night, eventhough I had some really decent sleep last night since it rained. We were gonna head over to the zoo, but the weather looked kind of crappy.

Shortly after my mid morning cereal, I felt kinda sleepy again. I went to laid down on the couch with the intention of taking a 1/2 hour power nap, but ended sleeping for 3 hours. I know I could've slept more, but I knew that was gonna mess me up again tonight.

For dinner, I made another rotisserie chicken, this time I coated it with barbecue sauce before I stuck it in the oven. Well, big mistake was that the sugar content in the sauce totally scorched the skin of the chicken, but the inside was still really juicy and moist. I'm still on the fence with this one, since the metal basket is a lot harder to clean with all that sauce baked and burned into it.

I'm on a FFX kick tonight.

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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Crappy sleep & Sabrett's

It's been a while since I had coffee made in the vacuum brewer. Well, yesterday, in anticipation of my drive to learn more about Fireworks, I decided to have a nice big cup of coffee while I sat at the computer and read. Because of that, I had really crappy sleep last night. I probably got in a total of about 2 hours.

Anyhoo, I wanted to make a run to the office supply store to get a paper trimmer. Since I also wanted to stop by the technical bookstore, we went to Kearny Mesa. The Sabrett's Hot Dog cart was nearby, so we treated ourselves to a few of them.

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What's so damn special about Sabrett dogs from the cart? They are a little taste of home for me. Living in New York back then, these carts used to line the streets. The thing to get was 1 hot dog, 1 knish (both with the hot mustard and red onion sauce), and a Yoo Hoo chocolate drink. Since I'm not too fond of the way the knishes are done out here, I usually just get another dog. The cart even has Wise Potato Chips too. The Onion Garlic was the best flavor.

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Friday, January 23, 2004

New learning

Okay, I know I'm a late comer when it comes to web design. I think I'm making really good progress to the transition and retraining my mind to think like a web designer would as opposed to a print designer. Today, I started working with Fireworks, and am totally loving it! Walt has been sending me Fireworks tutorials, and believe me, it's making my task a lot easier.

I am really hoping that once I get some freetime, I can start reworking my website. I've acquired quite a few more pieces since leaving my job.

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Thursday, January 22, 2004

Kung Hei Fat Choi

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Yes, it's that time of year again. Today marks the Lunar Year 4701 of the Chinese calendar. It is my year, the Year of the Monkey.

I do miss being with my family back in Brooklyn around this time of year. I called my family today and couldn't help but feel a little homesick after talking to my parents, grandma, and relatives on the phone. In the background, I can hear my mom cooking, the mah-jhong clicking and clacking away, and all the laughter. It brought back the many memories I had as a child around this festive time of year. Of course, as kids, all we cared about were receiving Lai See, which are the Lucky Envelopes with money in it.

I miss the huge dinners my mom would put together. I also totally miss the turnip cakes that my grandma would spend so much time making, along with her rice dumplings. And oh yes, the rice noodles with black beans were another one of my favorites.

I remember being dragged around for visits to relatives and just totally dreading it since there was never anything to do at their house. Other than my brothers, there were no other kids there to interact with. I had uncles that would only watch the football games that were on tv, which they forbade us to talk to them while the games were on. Heaven forbid if us kids interrupted them while they were trying to copy the scores to see if they've covered the point spread.

Now, when I look back, those visits weren't so bad after all. It's all the warm times that I got to share with my family that really mattered. It is very true, the further you are away from your family, the closer you get.

I haven't been back to New York since 2000. Walt & I were there for Chinese New Year (Year of the Dragon) and am glad we went. I used to hate going to Chinatown around that time because I'm not really that fond of having firecrackers ruthlessly tossed at me. Not that it was intentional, but more out of carelessness. When we were there, I was actually looking forward to going to Chinatown with Walt to see the lion dances. Fireworks were outlawed and it totally had a different feel to it. Gosh...it was like something was totally missing. I missed the smell of burnt firecrackers...

Here is what my Chinese horoscope says:

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The spunky Monkey is the original party animal! Charming and energetic, Monkeys crave fun, activity and stimulation. They truly know how to have a good time and can often be seen swinging from one group of friends to another, attracting a motley crew in the process. Always upbeat, they are considered minor celebrities in their circle thanks to their sparkling wit and that rapier-sharp mind. Perhaps surprisingly, Monkeys are also good listeners and tackle complicated situations with ease. This Sign's natural curiosity lends it the desire to become knowledgeable on a broad range of topics. Monkeys have a show-off side that loves nothing more than to dazzle their pals with all they know.

The Monkey tends to be rather accident-prone due to a certain lack of very high morals. This Sign's first interest is pursuing its own pleasure; this is not a malicious interest, it's just the way the Monkey is. However, this kind of carefree self-involvement can lead to all kinds of scrapes. In love, the Monkey makes a fun, exciting lover -- but one that may have the potential to stray romantically. The good news is, the Monkey’s glib manner and witty repartee can often get this Sign out of a scrape. Perhaps not everyone will be won over by the Monkey -- but do you think the Monkey really cares? The Monkey's world, full of devil-may-care energy and revelry, isn't for everyone. Remember, though, it's not that this Sign is mean; it might just be a bit too curious for its own good. Monkeys often feel the need to try everything at least once, which can make for a merry-go-round of relationships.

The Monkey's love of self-indulgence can also lead to other types of trouble. This Sign may have limited self-control concerning food, alcohol and other pleasurable activities. It's party time all the time for the Monkey, yet when it leads to a monster hangover or a shattered heart (generally someone else's, not theirs), this Sign might actually show a touch of remorse. They won't flat-out admit the error of their ways, but at least they'll pull back and try to tone things down -- for a while.

Monkeys must try to learn to think of others ahead of themselves, at least some of the time. This Sign's world will be more complete once it realizes the world doesn't revolve around it.

To find out your Chinese horoscope sign, check this site out.

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