Haightlife

Kitchen progress

April 1, 2005

This is the before-and-after, the reeeeally early version.

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New cocktail for 2005

April 1, 2005

Rochelle and I are, shall we say, fond of cocktails. We’ve been known to drink a few, and even make a few for friends and guests. And, we’re always on the lookout for new ones, especially things that are easy to make and serve. This year’s find: Trader Joe’s Organic Strawberry Lemonade.

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Anti-virus for Mozilla Thunderbird?

March 15, 2005

For many years, Rochelle used Netscape Communicator for her email. A little over a year ago, I switched her to Mozilla Thunderbird, which is the code and user-interface successor to Communicator. For the most part it works very well, but it has one astonishing omission: its anti-virus capabilities are terrible.

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The tragic consequences of reasonable decisions

March 13, 2005

There is no doubt that I should have seen this coming. Should have been ready, mentally, financially, for this to get really complicated, really fast. But it really did seem simple to me, back when we first started.

I am writing, of course, of our apparent decision to rip the kitchen out to the studs.

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The joy of BAC

March 11, 2005

This story of portable breathalyzer abuse passed my “laugh out loud” test.

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NYE Open House and Freecycle Party

March 6, 2005

On New Year’s Eve we had a daytime open house and “freecycle” party. I thought I’d post the invite here, since people told us it was pretty amusing…

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What’s black, weighs 650 pounds, and will soon be crashing through my front door?

March 3, 2005

You know that “oh shit” moment at the top of a roller coaster, when you’ve just finished the slow climb up, and haven’t really started the first drop. The point where you’d really like to take just a couple seconds to summon your courage, but it’s too late, out of your hands, and carrying you away whether you’re ready or not?

That’s what buying our new stove was like tonight.

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Out with the old…

February 26, 2005

On New Year’s Eve, Rochelle and I had a “Freecycle party,” where we put all the things we were getting rid of in our dining room, invited people over, gave them plenty of alcohol, and then told them they could take anything in the pile that they wanted.

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Get back to work!

February 19, 2005

OK, the new version of WordPress is going to get me into trouble. I need to get back to work, instead of continuing to fuss.

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90% upgraded

February 18, 2005

I found myself unable to resist the draw of the cool. I had to go and upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.

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The abstinence kitty

February 18, 2005

Luigi has this alternately amusing, endearing, and irritating desire to sleep in between Rochelle and I. He likes to be the meat in the sandwich. Given that he sleeps on top of the covers, and weighs 18 pounds, it means he essentially separates us into separate compartments of the bed. Almost like a chaperone.

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Must. Not. Remodel.

February 7, 2005

It started innocently enough. Rochelle’s mother very generously offered to buy us a new stove, after we complained about our current oven during Thanksgiving. And, if we could have just done that, it would have been a great kitchen improvement that would have cost us almost nothing.

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