Monday April 3, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_13

The weather was wet. This has been a very wet March, the second wettest March on record. Gosh, only the second wettest?

Well, even if it's only the second wettest March on record, it was still the rainiest March since 1904. Yipes!

Now it's April and Daylight Saving Time has kicked in. Perhaps the weather will improve. We can but hope..

We cleaned off the screens in my office windows and installed 1/8" acrylic plastic behind them (we removed the glass many years ago when we installed our sunroom). Then we went down to Target and bought an 84" curtain to hang in my doorway. The temperature in my office is considerably nicer now — low 70s instead of low 60s.

We did Rich's taxes. While it was not a pleasant experience, there was no bloodshed and now we're done for another year.

Harry Homeowner installed an angled acrylic panel on the top of the bird feeder in an attempt to keep some of the rain out of the seed. Rain water has been dripping from the end of the gutter directly into the pan under the bird feeder, turning the seed into a muddy mess.

Google Giggles: Did you happen to visit Google on Saturday, April 1? Did you investigate Google Romance?

When you think about it, love is just another search problem. And we’ve thought about it. A lot. Google Romance™ is our solution.

This week I read Suspense and Sensibility, by Carrie Bebris (I didn't like this quite as much as the previous book); Owl's Well That Ends Well, latest in the series by Donna Andrews; and Just the Fax Ma'am, by Leslie O'Kane. This last book is the second in O'Kane's Molly Masters cozy mystery series; I've ordered the rest of the set.

I also read Last Puzzle and Testament and Puzzled to Death, both by Parnell Hall, as well as A Crossworder's Holiday and A Crossworder's Gift, two books of short stories by Nero Blanc.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends.

I made a peach "calzone" for desert one night using one Pillsbury ready crust and a can of Comstock "More Fruit" peach pie filling. I put the peaches on the crust, folded it into a half-moon shape, crimped the edges, and baked it on the "low mix bake" setting of our convection microwave for 25 minutes. It turned out nicely, although the peaches started to leak out.

Next time I will hold back some of the jelly (sauce? syrup? gloop?) to heat separately and pour over after the crust is baked. Also, I think I should try to turn the whole thing over about 2/3 of the way through baking, to get the bottom more cooked.

On the Job Search Front: I may have a phone interview this week... Cross your fingers.

Onward and Upward.

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