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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The Amazing Race 5

Chip_kimAfter faithfully catching every episode for the last 11 weeks, tonight's the big night for the Amazing Race 5 Finale.

I am happy to say that the couple I was rooting for, Chip & Kim, were the winners.

It was a huge night for reality finales. Big Brother 5 announced their winner as well. I only watch Big Brother because it's the show the comes on right before the Amazing Race and Nancy usually has it on when I go downstairs to watch.

I hear The Amazing Race 6 is scheduled to be released later on this year. Oh well...there go my Wednesday night walks.

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Crock "of shit" Pot

Before I moved, I had given away a perfectly working slow cooker that I got back in 1997 that has never failed me. I thought I could easily replace it with a sleeker looking one with a stainless steel finish that would match the new kitchen.

Back in April, I got one in Costco, a Rival Smart Pot, Model #5860. It's anything but a slow cooker. I haven't been happy with it's performance because it just cooks too high. Liquids would be boiling eventhough I have it on low. Last week was the breaking point for me. I had a bunch of country style ribs with barbecue sause in the slow cooker. Within 4 hours, the liquid was boiling and a lot of the moisture escaped from the sides of the ill fitting lid. The ribs turned out really dry and tough.

I come to find out that the newer slow cooker models have been cooking at a higher temperature because of "food safety" standards that were issued. The theory was food should not be sitting in an environment that can encourage bacteria growth and contamination, like in a slow cooker that slowly comes up to temperature.

I've been searching for a replacement for this horrible monstrosity that's sitting inside my kitchen cabinet. I even hesitate to cook my "Damn Good" Chili recipe in it. I've considered the All-Clad Slow Cooker that Williams-Sonoma carries, but much to my dismay, they don't carry it any more. Hmmmm...I wonder if that one was burning hot too?

I think I'm going to buy the model that I originally had before my move. It was a reliable one, eventhough I hate the herb pattern and the hunter green crock liner that was in it. At this point, I want something that works. So what if it doesn't match my kitchen decor. That's the advantage of having ample cabinet space.

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Monday, September 20, 2004

New York bound...

We just purchased tickets to go to New York. My brother will be having his wedding banquet at that time.

I'll be seeing family I haven't seen in ages. We will be there for 10 days. We booked our tickets via JetBlue. It'll be the first time flying with them, and I'm looking forward to it.

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Saturday, September 11, 2004


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Friday, September 10, 2004

Get your knitting needles out...

The Fall issue of Knitty is out.

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Monday, September 06, 2004

More hiking...

We went on an easy hike today at Lake Mead Railroad Hiking Trail. Nancy mentioned that it's a pretty flat hike, so that should be good for me, since my knees can't take going downhill on any type of strenuous hikes. I guess any hike with any type of elevation is strenuous to me because I'm so friggin' out of shape.

After hiking about 5.5 miles, we all stopped by an A&W Restaurant and got root beer floats to replenish all the calories we had all burned.

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Friday, September 03, 2004

Back in Vegas

After spending the last 2 days in San Diego and driving back last night, I'm exhausted! I spent most of the day yesterday trolling around UTC Mall. I met Geri for lunch and we went over to the Indian Restaurant over on Miramar.

When we got back, I was saddened to see that Williams-Sonoma sold out of the Mocha Mix. I got some last week during our day trip in San Diego, but got only 1 bottle to see how it tastes. I figure that if we liked it, we can get more this time. Whelp...I was totally wrong. We loved it, and as usual, by the time I went back to get more, it's all gone. And the frustrating thing is that there is no website for this drink mix that I can order online.

Oh well...

Another lost opportunity I had was when I was waiting for Geri to pick me up. I saw a guy walking a pug...not just any pug. This pug had ear's that stuck straight up like a french bulldog. If I was on the ball, I would've approached him and asked to take a pic of his dog. But alas, I wasn't.

We stopped by the zoo yesterday and while we were on the panda line, the announcer was mentioning something about Bai Yun being a grandmother. Then we come to find out that Hua Mei had twins! Our little baby is having babies of her own! We had a pretty good zoo day.

Right before we left town, we stopped by Sam Woo's and had dinner there. I ordered my patented chow fun and they make it just the way I like it. The Sam Woo's here in Las Vegas just isn't the same. There are definitely things I really miss about San Diego.

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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Hello from San Diego

I'm in the UTC Apple Store, trying to figure out whether I like the 14" G4 iBook better for the 12" G4 Powerbook. I'm typing on the 14" 1.2 GHz iBook at the moment. The keyboard takes some getting used to. I'm making typos galore, even with my little hands.

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