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STUFF!
My sleep pattern has gotten so regimented adn trrible at that. Now at approximately 5:00 am every morning I wake up. It doesn't matter if I'm dreaming, there's no loud noise, no light. I shoot awake. Today, for example, I was having lively, lust filled draems and BAM I'm awake in the middle of them. Annoying. I may try adfjusting my bedtime by an hour so I wake up when I need to get up but I don't like the idea of going to bed at 11 to get up at 6.

It will be an interesting battle as we are trying to merge three kitchens into one. Currently, my utilities and... well, everything useful, has been relegated to a set of shelves in the Living Room2. I have draped artfully a sheet over it so we can pretend we don't have hardware shelving in our Living Room2. I hate shelves like that in a house but until we can get a nice corner cabinet it must suffice. The truly hard part, though, will be finding cabinet space for misc. dry goods adn cooking supplies. both Aetrix and I (and Fox by extension) have enough spices for a full corner cabinet shelf... but she's altredy moved her's in so mine (ours) sets upon the floor in the backpack we used to move them. Depressing. I need to feel like that kitchen is partly mine and I'm not getting that now, especially when we're using none of our silverware and I have 1 skillet avaiable... in the Living Room2.

My chain fell off while I was in the left turn lane at Gammon and Mineral Point this morning. It was easy enough to replace but I'm curious how it happened. I think the huge fricking pothole I hit at Gammon and Gammon Plaza jarred it and down shifting two gears finished it off. Glad I back pedaled before the light changed.

I've set The Great Camera Attaining for July 5th. My savings is sitting just under my arbitrary goal amount ($1000 + cost of camera and lens kit). If I am careful, the gap will close July 1st with leftover monies from this month and the day I buy it my normal auto transfer will continue but not be "used" for the camera. The task for this weekend will be to find from where I may purchase it

I'm kinda antsy but in a weird way. Firstly, I'm buying this with real money, no loans, which is very responsible but strange. I've bever had this much money in savings and I'm going to, essentially, chop it in half? Frightening. Plus, I'm going from shit camera to a really nice Prosumer DSLR. Can I handle it? Can I learn it? Am I good enough for that much camera?

I dunno. It seems hard to justify spending that much money for something I'm not going to use everday, especially now that I don't really buy "useless" things... Well, I may use it everyday. I'm considering getting a padded bike rack case for it....

That's not true. I bought a terrible sandwich and sweet coffee yesterday at BnN while I was out.
Terrible sam'mich.

I fear my journal has become utterly prosaic these last two weeks. I have no sex stories, no art, no photography to speak of. It's sad. But it's Friday at least. Though more unpacking must happen this weekend. Blah.
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Hooray for suburbaknght! He accepted a QA position with Epic.

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ralinad From: ralinad Date: June 16th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I highly recommend taking your camera with you as often as possible. I've really been building up my skill set over the past year or so, just by carrying the damn thing around and trying to take pictures in every situation I encounter. Night, day, dusk, fog, movement in day, movement at night, action, harsh light, no light, etc. More than just "indoor at party" and "outdoor in the day" like most people shoot.

Theres also a book called "understanding exposure" thats a pretty good read, and explains with beautiful examples. You'll have so much more control over an image, but the best way to really understand is to go and shoot. With the instant gratification of digital, you'll learn quickly.

You'll also see typical things in a new way. Its great stuff. Good luck.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. My only trouble is that having a camera at work could be an issue, legally. We have stuff that can't be displayed in public forum. Were I to accidetally do that... troble. That said, one of my coworkers has a camera around occasionally. I suppose if i'm just careful. :)

I'm really excited. I have a list of bokos to check out at the library next time I go to learn all the nity things about my camera. I learned a lot from my current one with it's minimal control settings.

Ultimately, I'm really excited. The big next step is getting enough decent images for a portfolio and a show. Who knows when that will be.
leleth_faery From: leleth_faery Date: June 16th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I second the carry the camera everywhere suggestion. I almost always have a camera with me, though I'm not a serious photographer like you and Ralinad. I have run into enough situations where I've been glad I had the camera along.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 17th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if I count as serious. I think I have some amount of aptitude, sure, but I dunno.
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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 16th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Kitchens Bitch

So I had these detailed passages all written out in response to your kitchen whoas then firefox crashed. Sad panda. Anyways, the general gist went something like this...

On the topic of dry goods: Combine and throw away. Dried herbs do go bad. They age, they mold, they discolor, and they basically become crap after about six months. There's a small selection of dried savery items that most kitchens make use of. My professional kitchen has less than thirty dried spices on hand including items like tomato powder. Granted we use a metric ton of fresh, but there are just some things which its not even worth keeping dried, on hand because of the way they decompose during drying. Cilantro is a good example of this. The general thrust however is that there's no reason for a kitchen to have five bottles of oragano or ground thyme. Additionally, be sure you're properly storing according to heat, light, and humidity needs. For example, never keep your savery items near a heat source (like over the stove) because they'll toast very quickly, which will make them salty.

On the topic of hardware, two suggestions: 1) Seperate everything into two piles -- daily use and special occasion. In a home kitchen, unless you come from an extra-interest background, an iron skillet or teflon coated pan should not be used daily in place of a standard aluminum sate pan. It drastically shortens the life of your hardware and (in the case of the teflon) can be a health risk. Likewise, be honest about your appliances. A pasta machine or food processor is an awesome thing to own, however most home kitchens don't use them every day. So make sure this stuff is properly cleaned, seasoned, oiled, and wrapped, and then stow it away until you need it.
2) If the problem is a "yours, mine, and ours" situation, then I recommend making yourself a toolbox. Put together the essential tools that you need in the kitchen and you don't want other people playing with literally in your own toolbox. Stow it wherever there's room that makes you comfortable and happy, then just tote it into the kitchen when its go time. For example, brooke has stocked our home kitchen with all kinds of gadgets and utensils and whatnot, but I maintain a box of very expensive and high end things that I use both at work and home. I'll grab one of her knives to cut a peice of fruit or something on the fly, but for the most part, when I'm cooking, I'm cooking with my own hardware.

Beyond all of that, if you're dealing with an ownership mentality, good luck to you. I actively despise the state of mind that makes you keep things in the kitchen you never use. A cupboard full of old tupperware really puts a stick in my craw.

That's my five cents.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kitchens Bitch

An interesting concept, these tool boxes. They may be antitetical to our desire to be an integrated family type house hold. I'll suggest it tonight when there's an invitable clash over knives.

The purpose of the shelving was to house tools used regularly but infrequently, like the cuisinart. Anything used daily or near daily, like the rice cooker, stays out on the counter.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 16th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kitchens Bitch

It's been my experience that integration in the kitchen is all about product. Shying away from "mine" labels, and openly sharing common resources works out just fine. Kinves kinda piss me off in general. People get really self-righteous about them. Blah blah blah balance blah blah blah forging blah blah blah ice blah blah blah chemical blah blah blah...it just goes on and one. I do own really expensive knives and I take care of them, but I bought them because I use them around ten hours a day. Shit won't hold up without constant sharpening for that amount of time. For most people, who seriously cook maybe one to two meals a day, all they really need is around three knives (which assumes they make or use bread products) that will cut, not tear food. And you can buy those from walmart for less than thirty bucks total.

*shrug* Good luck with things.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kitchens Bitch

It'll be fine, I think. I should buy new jknives anyway. :) Ours are really crappy. Honing doesn't seem to help and it'll be cheaper to get new ones.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 17th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kitchens Bitch

What about just sharpening on a wetstone?
suburbaknght From: suburbaknght Date: June 16th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray for abmann! He helped me get a QA position with Epic.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I had much to do with it.
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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 16th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You do!! That'd be fun! Come join us!
leleth_faery From: leleth_faery Date: June 16th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as excess dry goods go, have you guys taken on the challenge of cooking to use up the excess? I use a similar challenge in the time prior to moving to use things up. It makes cooking require slightly more creativity, but it is satisfying when the shelves clear and there's all that space to fill in the next grocery run.
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