Posted on Monday 28 August 2006

sense :: taste // stroopwaffel

Okay. Finally getting an opportunity to catch my breath. Okay, not really a significant opportunity, but something.

Being on project on a project that I wanted nothing at all to do with has made my regular day in the office nothing short of massively irritating, but here’s to hoping I’m dealing with it well. I think I just need a good stiff drink when I get home tonight. Correction: I try not to drink at all on werknights, it messes with my sleep patterns. But maybe early bed, at the very least-that’s not a bad idea. For some reason waking up in the middle of a deep, heavy sleep and having to get up for werk makes it really difficult to get oneself situated for the day ahead. Just as well, I was planning on taking a half-day tomorrow for something relatively important, but it’s being rescheduled, so it’s not so bad. Still, a half-day on Wednesday and a three-day weekend this weekend; can’t ask for much more. Better hit the liquor store on Friday, though.

In other news. I read articles like this one about keeping your desk neat and tidy, and it makes me long for my old massive cherry desk that I had back when I lived in my old one-bedroom apartment. You can check out said deak here. And to give you an idea of how big that desk is, that’s a 22-inch CRT on that desk. My desks have gotten progressively smaller over the ages, moving to my frosted glass table on four legs that was a little wobbly and cold and definitely couldn’t hold the weight of my monitors. Then I wound up getting my current desk, which is nice, but a little small. Still, the tips are solid, I think I just need to build up from my desk and put some shelving on the walls to hold some of those docking stations and speakers and things. I could use a little more desk space.

Speaking of docking stations, I really wish I had the capability to listen to my iPod with any kind of sound clarity in my car. The lovely Raevyn bought me an FM transmitter and in-car charger for my iPod a few years ago, and while they’re great, the range of FM stations is limited and we live in a pretty FM dense area, so its usefulness is limited. Eventually I’ll either get a new head unit for my car, or get a new car. One way or the other. But why, you’re asking, do you bring this up? This is why. Between being able to learn another language, hear all these amazing books, and listen to my own jams in the car, I can’t resist.

Last among the great stories ever told is the child, encouraged by her mother, that’s suing her classmate over a lost iPod. I’m not kidding, check out the story here, along with the subsequent discussion that I’m very happily and proudly a part of. Seriously-there’s a teachable moment here, and I think the mother is losing it in favor of showing her daughter that society, and the courts, apparently owe her something, even if that debt is to be paid in absolving her and her child of any responsibility to behave like civilized adults and to instead bicker in front of a judge.

Anyway. This is enough for one day, it’s off home for me.

6 Comments for 'stroopwaffel'

    Raevyn (Aka The Girl)
    August 29, 2006 | 3:34 pm

    I had SUCH hope for that FM transmitter. Using it, however, reminded me of just how crowded this world is.

    August 30, 2006 | 10:11 am

    stroopwaffels — yum Have you ever tried steaming them over your hot coffee? If you have a narrow coffee cup you can place one on top of the cup and flip it over in about 15-30 seconds (depending on how hot your coffee is). The syrup melts and the cookie part gets more waffle-like. Mmmmm.

    I enjoyed your comments on the iPod site.

    re: desks We are constantly working under budget constraints . . built a big desk for kurii out of a small Staples desk, a unfinished B grade door ($35) and two file cabinets. The huge slab of wood is strong, (and its door knob hole is perfect for cables) . . .

    August 30, 2006 | 10:12 am

    EDIT an unfinished

    I so need an editor

    August 30, 2006 | 11:31 am

    @ Raevyn: Agreed. Sometimes I think there is such a thing as information overload.

    @ Pastilla: What a wonderful (wonderfully delicious) idea! I’m definitely going to have to try this with my next cup of coffee. Sounds delicious!

    ^^ You don’t think I over-reached my bounds with my comments, do you? I don’t mean to tell someone how to raise their children, but I do mean to make my point clear. It’s a tough line to walk.

    Also-I do so much wish I had the space and place to build something like my own dream desk. I’d really love to do it…I’ve heard and seen amazing desks people have made from old doors that they’ve refurbished.

    September 1, 2006 | 10:25 pm

    PS – just tried stroopwaffel steamed over a cup of hot cafe diablo.

    Absolutely blissful. Yet another debt I owe you, Pastilla!

    September 7, 2006 | 3:30 pm

    Oh . . . I am pleased.

    No, you did not even come close to overstepping your bounds. Wait until you have a little phoenix of your own; the work it takes to shield kids from the crazy values of their peers’ families is immense sometimes.

    FWIW, I think both girls were equally careless and irresponsible.

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