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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2012|12:25 am]
[Current Location |Rogers Park, IL]
[mood |tiredit's late]

Holidays! They are over! Well, all the big clumpy ones, anyway. (Clumpy in the sense that they ALLHAPPENATONCE! Sort of.)

I had some good holidays. In case you missed the post, Thanksgiving was spent up in Wisconsin with my mom. Christmas Eve, Brent and I spent the day and evening together, quietly. For the life of me, I can't remember what we had for dinner, but we opened our presents to each other German-style (e.g. on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas morning), and saved the rest for later that week when we went up to Wisconsin again to celebrate Christmas and my birthday with Mom. Gifts included a Kindle, fuzzy socks (blue! like Cookie Monster!), The Rabbi's Cat, 2 Professor Layton games (probably my favorite presents!), and a Totoro calendar. The calendar is actually a Totoro resin figurine on a grassy base holding a sort of shepherd's crook/fishing pole and off that is hanging a string with a hook, and there are pages shaped like fishes with the months on them! It is terribly cute and I really need to find a prominent place to display him. TOTORO!

On Christmas Day, we were pretty busy! I did sit around for most of the morning on my computer but then we drove out to Oak Park to help a friend with her computer. While Brent was working on that, I went over to another friend's house to visit her, since I hadn't seen her in a really long time! This friend (M, with her husband J) is the lady with whom I used to stay when traveling in or out of the area; she always had a guest room open for me and Oak Park was an ideal stopover place because it was close to O'Hare and relatively close to my mom. I like to call her my "Oak Park mom." That is, once my mother moved out of Oak Park. ANYWAY, we had a really nice visit, and Brent also finished in time to come over and meet M and J and chat for a little while before we had to go home and start dinner. Christmas dinner was to be turkey, mashed potatoes, and some sort of vegetable (I was thinking glazed carrots) but since we had run late in Oak Park and didn't think of going to a store earlier while they were still open, by the time we got home everything was closed. Also, we were having Couchsurfing guests who would be eating with us so the half-bag of frozen peas I found in our freezer wouldn't be enough. Sooo I scrounged some more and found a bag of frozen edamame in shell that we ended up boiling and tossing in salt that we ate as a sort of appetizer to the main course. Unfortunately, the propane tank for the fryer wasn't working properly so the turkey wasn't done in time, so we sort of had our dinner in stages: edamame, then mashed potatoes (and some garlic flatbread that we created from thick flatbreads and garlic butter), and finally the turkey last. Which STILL wasn't even completely done in the middle at 10pm when we finally ate it, but we cut off the outsides and stuck the rest in the oven.

Then last week, Brent took the leftover turkey and made miso soup with seaweed and put the turkey in it! It was surprisingly good, though if you're used to miso soup with seaweed and tofu it's a bit of a surprise to get that turkey flavor.

The visit with Mom was nice, and there were no trips to the emergency room! Always a plus. We had a meeting with her friend Susan, who offered to gift us with our table decorations (she used to be a professional flower/landscape designer), and she may also make our bouquets though we'll pay for the materials for those. Susan also made a DELICIOUS Asian-style (sort of a Vietnamese/Filipino style) soup and noodle dish when we came over. Soooo tasty.
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(no subject) [Dec. 24th, 2011|01:08 am]
[Current Location |Rogers Park, IL]
[mood |sicksick]

First, I have to post this link sent to me by the ever-watchful sashatwen. This is an amazing tree, and some day I want to have a party with faerirose, kpooka17, and anyone else who has ever watched tentacle hentai, and recreate that tree.

I am a bit sick, which is No Fun. It's not completely incapacitating but I am still sniffly and slightly wonky in the brain. Work today was fun... but I got through it with the help of tea and honey, and going into the walk-in coolers and freezer as little as possible. I do have to work this weekend, but not for very long, just making some salads and a couple deliveries tomorrow (Saturday) and then deliveries on Sunday. Brent and I are having 2 couchsurfers on Sunday, just for one night, and will probably take them out to Clark and Belmont for window shopping and possibly Japanese food on Monday.

OMG I got Brent the awesomest present!!! He is never ever on Livejournal so I am going to post it. I got him one of <a href="http://www.atthemeadow.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_27>these</a> at a local spice shop. I read about it there and I'd been having trouble figuring out what to get him, and thought that it would be a super awesome present. We both like to cook and we both like to experiment with new and interesting methods. For instance, Brent usually cooks turkeys in a deep fryer, and the best way to do that is with an infrared fryer because a) you don't have to buy lots of oil, b) fewer calories and c) you get the drippings to make gravy with! So I am super excited to see what we can do with this. The only downside is that it's HEAVY. I'm sure the big joke this year will be that he didn't tell me in time what he wanted for Christmas so I got him a rock. :P Anyway, it's bedtime now. Sleep is good. Merry Christmas Eve Eve, everyone! Also Happy 4th day of Chanukah!
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(no subject) [Dec. 21st, 2011|01:07 am]
[mood |happyhappy]

It is the first night/day of Chanukkah, and we are actually lighting candles this year! We are a bit late (it should have been done at sundown) but I was actually still at work at sundown because I am a bad Jew. So I guess it's appropriate that we lit our candles after midnight. Also, I like money. This is why I work past sundown. We also lit candles at our friend Debbie's house so I guess we aren't TERRIBLE Jews. Also, I should be saying "I" not "we" since technically Brent is not Jewish. I also taught him the first prayer over the candles for Chanukkah tonight. He's a fast learner.

As of yesterday, I work at the Skokie store, and as of last Friday, the Lake Forest store doesn't exist any more. I am happy about everything except that I won't be able to work with my (now-former) coworker Deisy, who is awesome. But we're keeping in touch, and I think her 4-year-old daughter Jessica has a crush on me because she keeps asking "when are we going to your friend's house, Mommy?" Also I sometimes get calls from Deisy asking if I'm busy because Jessica wanted to call me and won't stop crying until she calls me. The girl is super cute, as is her brother.

It is after 12:30pm. I really need to go to bed. Good night, peoples and mices and blankets and kitties and books and whiskies and doors and tables and other things.
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A Post About Christmas [Dec. 9th, 2011|11:23 pm]
[mood |peacefulpeaceful]

I was driving home after work today, somewhat late in the evening because I was helping with a really big wholesale order we had for tomorrow. It was about 8:45pm, so it was dark and all the Christmas lights were lit on the houses that were decorated. I had Christmas music on the radio (guilty pleasure... does that make me a bad Jew? Then again, I'm only Jew-ish...) which put me in a good mood.

So there I was, cruising, and thinking about ChristmasCollapse )

So now I'm curious. What are your Christmas traditions, if any, and where are you from? Do you have a certain dinner menu? Family you always see? Sing any songs? Dress up the dog? :P I'd like to see who does what for Christmas (or Chanukkah!) and what you think of the whole Christmas season. Positive? Negative? Indifferent?
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Paella, Sushi, and Cider: a week full of delicious things [Dec. 5th, 2011|10:33 pm]
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[Current Location |Rogers Park, IL]
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |Sonata for Keyboard #100 - Antonio Soler]

Ohmygoodness. This past week HAS been busy. I totally meant to post on at least three days last week and just didn't get to it. So, a recap:

Couchsurfers and Paella!Collapse )

Weekend Wisconsonian Winery Wisit, I mean VisitCollapse )

This WeekCollapse )
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(no subject) [Nov. 27th, 2011|10:52 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]

I am home from a delightful Thanksgiving weekend with my mom and Brent. We had our Thanksgiving on Friday because I had to work on Thursday morning and we didn't end up leaving Chicago until about 2pm. Thus, we didn't get to Viroqua until almost 7 and since we had all planned on cooking and knew that I probably would have to work Thursday morning, we just decided from the beginning to scoot the big dinner forward a day to give ourselves more time to cook and get everything ready. Ultimately, we had 6 of my mom's friends over, all of whom I also know and like, and the evening was amazing. There was turkey (deep fried in Brent's infrared turkey fryer), mashed potatoes, Korean brussels sprouts with cilantro, green beans with oranges and almonds, a mushroom-spinach dish, cranberry-orange relish, cranberry-apple sauce, and a wild rice stuffing with hazelnuts and cranberries that would have been great except with all the excitement it got left in the oven too long. Excitement? Yes, you see, it was all going swimmingly until the part where Brent was cutting the giblets for the gravy and thought it would be a good idea to take the phrase "putting one's blood, sweat and tears into something" literally... and cut about 1/16 of an inch (about 1 mm) off the top of his finger and part of his fingernail. Like me, he doesn't panic at things like that so he washed it off, put gauze on it, put pressure on it, and finished making the gravy before he would let my mom's friend Diane take him to the emergency room. The doctors bandaged it up really well, but couldn't put stitches on because we couldn't find the bit of finger he cut off (though we did wash off the knife and throw away the closest bit of cut giblets to make sure it didn't actually get in the gravy) so we have to be careful about infection. But at least Brent isn't cooking for a living. He might be typing a bit more slowly but at least he won't risk getting hot soup or pasta sauce on his finger at work.

Ugh. Speaking of work, I have to go finish work stuff now. And I have to get up early for work tomorrow, to pack my inventory that wasn't brought on Friday. Sigh. Some parts of long weekends aren't so good. :(
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To list, or not to list [Nov. 24th, 2011|11:54 am]
Turkey turkey turkey turkey turkey! That is not a list. Well, I suppose it could be construed as such, but it's not *really* a list.

Today was reeeeeally slow at work. The parking lot was only half full, so we weren't expecting much anyway. And we'd gotten so much done at work that I didn't even have to do anything after LF --

And that was about when I fell asleep last night at my desk. Happy Turkey Day, everyone! We're getting packed to go to my mom's in Wisconsin, which is a 4.5 hr drive. Have a great day, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not! (Also, implicit apologies to all those with Native American ancestry.)
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Today [Nov. 21st, 2011|10:56 pm]
[mood |drunkslightly tipsy]

Today I:
* successfully refrained from panicking when the register began randomly not cooperating in the middle of lunch (this may have been in part due to the fact that it was a less-busy Monday lunch than usual). I also successfully repaired the register with the help of my supervisor, who has dealt with things such as these.
* mostly successfully made the shape of an "H" on the floor with the help of my 2 3/4 year old neighbor Hazel and her mom Toni. Hazel and I were the vertical lines and Toni was the crossed line. I say mostly because really, it was a bit of a crooked "H" but Hazel was satisfied so I think it was successful enough.
* drank red wine with Toni and ate pork liver pate that her husband Pete had made... delicious!
* got in and out of Sam's Club at 6:00pm on the Monday before Thanksgiving within twenty minutes.
* trimmed an entire case of green beans. A case is one bushel of green beans. This is approximately the amount of green beans that fits (tightly) into a banana box. This is a lot of green beans. (For the curious, I think it took me about 2 to 2 1/2 hours with a couple of short breaks.)
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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2011|08:49 pm]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here]

Hi everyone,

It's that time again, where Saeri decides she has Too Much Stuff and goes through said Stuff and ends up with a pile of things to give away. I've already put some out in the alley just to get it out of the house, but I have a box full of books and manga (in both English and Japanese, all genres, including shounen-ai). I wanted to give you guys first dibs before I donate the whole pile to either a library, school, used book store, or the alley.

If you're interested in coming over to take a look (I'm not going to list all the titles here), please email or call me. If I have time, I could possibly also go over the list verbally on the phone. If you don't have either of the mentioned pieces of contact info, you can comment on this post, but this offer is going first to my friends, who should all have either phone or email info.

I might be willing to mail some things but I've been really busy with work and life so it's probably best if you can come over. Let me know!
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(no subject) [Jun. 30th, 2011|09:32 pm]
[mood |sleepysleepy]

It is really really really windy outside. I think it might even be wuthering. Please, deities of winds, trees, and cars, try to deflect all falling branches from my catbus. Thank you for your efforts.

Work is basically ok. There is some tension at the main store because the owner's admin asst/sort of partner (V), who has a really good head for business and is trying to help build up the company to some degree of success (which we are not currently enjoying) but she is the only woman working among 4 guys and is experiencing some pushback. No direct sexism, but it's just tough, especially given that the owner has a very laissez faire personality, and the head chef is sort of a gentle personality and disinclined to discipline people. Not really a good trait for a manager. So V is having a hard time. Luckily, the employee situation at my location -- which was that I didn't have any -- has been resolved. At least 8 weeks after my assistant walked out on me, I have found an awesome assistant in a D, 24 year old Mexican-born, US-raised woman, married with 2 small children, hard-working, very sweet. A couple weeks ago I also found a replacement cashier, H, for my old one who gave me her 2 weeks after finding herself a full time job, something I totally don't fault her for. H was looking for a part time job to get her out of the house while her husband is in school on the navy base nearby for engineering. Also, V found a new manager for our newest (and smallest) location, who seems to be working out. I would really like to see things settle down emotionally, and perk up commercially. You'd think that summer is better for catering, right? Guess we'll see. Maybe our sales guy will actually start doing his job and getting us more clients. Woo business.

Tomorrow Brent and I are driving up to Wisconsin to visit Mom. I love my mother, and am happy to help her out, but I had to do a double take when we started talking about what we would do during the visit and she said she wanted us to help her drain and clean her pond. -_- It's not a big pond, though, so hopefully it won't take too long. My other goal is to swim in the Mississippi. It's supposed to be really hot on Saturday. Anyway, bedtime for me. I've been getting to bed way too late lately.
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