Sunday, November 26, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
The Moscow Food Co-op had only extra-large butternut squash available when I did the grocery shopping on Wednesday afternoon. I actually picked up the squash for a recipe for Wednesday evening, but could not find all the ingredients, so I had to change the original plans for the squash. I found a recipe for sausage and apple stuffed butternut squash in the Joy of Cooking. Lacking sausage, but not the Granny Smith, I made that with only half the squash, but modified it by adding pumpkin pie spice (the recipe already called for a lot of brown sugar), raisins and pecans. It was yummy. (I just cooked the other half of the squash).
Thanksgiving Day included…
9:00 AM-- butternut squash and pecan waffles and coffee
1:00 PM – roasted squash seeds with cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin and salt
1:30 PM – late lunch of slow cooker chicken, apple, raisin, and pecan stuffed butternut squash from the night before and salad
3:00 PM—raspberry and pear pie with vanilla ice cream and coffee
8:30 PM—Thanksgiving Burritos inspired by Taco Tontos in
Mmmmm! Twelve hours of eating… sounds like a traditional Thanksgiving to me. I even got in an afternoon naps with both Swirls and Pokey keeping me warm.
Oh, and the pie. It was my first attempt at making pie. The crust was a little thick and the bottom crust kind of shrunk when it was first baked, therefore, the top and bottom did not meet. It wasn’t as good as my Dad’s or Chris’s Grandmas’, but it was still tasty and I have now gotten over my pie crust intimidation. The next one will be even better, but it might be a full year until the next one. As Dad’s favorite saying goes, “I’ve been slavin’ in the kitchen all day.” But, surprisingly, I have enjoyed it. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, whether it be traditional, some spin-off of traditional, or completely unconventional and unique.
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Sunday, November 05, 2006
I’m writing this at 39,000 feet above somewhere between
We flew on American Eagle from
It’s about 10pm and we’re not due to land in
We did visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium this afternoon, something I recommend. A lot of people we talked to prior to our trip were a bit jealous that we were getting to go to the aquarium because it’s pretty famous for being good. We even got a bit of a discount on the admission price for being college students. We were a bit limited on time and were also a bit tired from walking the 4.5 miles from our hotel (with luggage) to get there but if I ever get a chance to go back I think it would be easy to spend a whole day there. One of the most impressive tanks they have contains yellow fin tuna, white sharks, and a fish called a giant sunfish. It’s not your common bluegill and I’m not sure I would know what to do if I snagged one of these things. I don’t know what I’d do if I snagged a damned tuna! Those things were huge and their scales almost looked like they had chrome plating. I’ve never seen anything like it. Kind of makes you wonder what percentage of a single fish Bumblebee is stuffing into that little can…
The conference was a really great experience. We were able to establish some great contacts with the people at VR&D and that will hopefully help us when we undoubtedly run into issues trying to set up analyses in Genesis and VisualDOC/Script. I know that I was more than a little surprised at the range of analysis problems that the VR&D products were being used on. It also gave me quite a few ideas for helping the tractor pull team with their frame optimization. After seeing some of the huge potential this software has, I think it could be hard to justify designing without it in many cases.
I would have loved to spend a little more time in
I guess this was really the first day of the conference because it was when the presentations actually began. We had a nice social breakfast and then about 5 presentations before lunch. The lunch was a pretty fancy affair complete with multiple forks! I should probably focus on more of the subject matter rather than the food even though both were great.
I think the coolest presentation was done by an analyst from the
The evening concluded with drinks and dinner at a restaurant called Isabella’s on the Wharf in
It was a bit too early getting up this morning to head to
I met up with Jason, another grad student, at the airport and we proceeded to fly to
Our next stop was
The flight to
The hotel was right on
We were pretty tired from the trip so we didn’t hang out at the reception too long. Besides, we had homework that we brought with us to do… something that didn’t last too long as we were losing motivation as the night wore one. We did consider walking down to downtown to check out the night life but decided that it would be better to see everything in the daylight. I guess the really interesting part begins tomorrow.