Saturday, September 15, 2012

iTunes Updates

I am so annoyed with iTunes. I have a laptop computer from 2008 - a nice light Toshiba laptop. Unfortunately, it has gotten slower and slower over the years.. and new heavyweight software totally kills it. Well, today I am trying to download a WMA audiobook which I checked out from the library and normally, I download the ODM file. Then I open up Overdrive Media Console. Then I connect my iphone and FINALLY I get to transfer the book over. I have successfully done this numerous times in the past. Well, today, this time, iTunes refuses to connect with my iphone unless I updated to itunes 10.7. So... I have to download this 85 MB file. Which is STILL installing BTW and Overdrive wants an update, too. Jeez. This is so annoying!!!! Why can't they just leave a thing that works alone?!?

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Saturday, May 12, 2012

English shorthair

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Toyota ads on pearl milk tea at Fantasia

Friday, June 25, 2010

Secrets of Happiness and Good Health

"Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health."—Julia Child

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tomato Soup

I made a great tomato soup today for dinner. Well, actually, I used too much carrot so the whole soup ended up tasting carrot-y. But, the moments when I wasn't eating carrot chunks, the rest of the soup was delicious. There was just this nice deep tomato-ey flavor. I think it is because the recipe has you roast the tomatoes for 15 minutes.

It is a very simple recipe. Take a can of tomatoes. (I used two whole tomatoes.) Put on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and peppper and stick in the oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. While that's roasting, take diced carrot, diced onion, and minced garlic and stew in a pot until soft. That takes about 10 minutes. When the tomatoes are done roasting, dump them into the soup pot with some chicken broth. I also added a frozen cube of basil which I got from Trader Joe. I think the real recipe uses a bay leaf. Then you simmer that for 15-20 minutes and blend with an immersion hand blender. I have this one, which is a pretty awesome hand blender and was only $20. Inexpensive, versatile and you can chop stuff too in the little processor. [Unfortunately it looks like they no longer carry it. This is now the top result on Amazon.]

That's it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cooking More 40 Clove Chicken

I have been trying to do more cooking lately. Tonight I made a 40 Clove Chicken. Well it was more like 20 cloves since I split the recipe. It was one of the best dishes of chicken I've ever had. I used drumsticks instead of chicken thighs I think thighs would have been a lot better. I had to buy a $20 bottle of cognac since that's what the recipe said. Ugh I only used tablespoons! I guess I will just have to drink the cognac. ;)