Heat it up!

Apr30a

“Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor”. ~ William Cowper, English poet and hymnodist (1731-1800)

Just a stylized photo of the spice cart from the Thai restaurant.  Other versions, including the original, below.

 
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Red, yellow, and green curries

Apr29

“Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull.” ~ C. Northcote Parkinson, British Naval Historian (1909-1993)

Mine is the red curry tofu.  Mmm.

Just what typa tracks was you followin’?

Apr25

So, for his birthday, my boy got more Thomas the Train stuff, and I got to be creative with the tracks.  What’ I’ve found is that you have to be very specific with how you use the switch tracks in order to get a loop that does’t keep the train stuck on one side of the loop.  This one worked fine.

I also discovered these two rail maps of the Island of Sodor – the more stylized one (first) is really neato.  Also, if you’re wondering where the title of this post came from, it came from a Bugs Bunny entitled Foxy by Proxy.  Enjoy it below also.

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Happy 4th birthday my boy!

Apr24b

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 

Apr24 The birthday cake, a cool train made with cookies, graham crackers, icing, and cupcakes, is now decimated. My boy looks sad here, but he's just squinting and trying to smile on queue.  A perfect weekend!   

We also had carnitas, Mexican rice, tortillas, and a salsa de nopales.  I'm not a big fan of nopales (cactus leaves), they don't have that much taste, but they are kind of refreshing.

Extra pictures below.

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Nobody makes salsa like mi suegra

Apr23

La mejor salsa del mundo es el hambre. (Hunger is the best sauce in the world.) ~ Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote

My mother-in-law lives with us, and she cooks some amazing foods.  Her salsas are fantastic.  This one was special, made for my boy's 4th birthday (for the adults ;).  She roasted some chilies I hadn't seen before, guajillo chilies. Yum!  Onions and cilantro gets mixed in last.

It was a hat day

Apr22

The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does. ~ Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer player and manager.

Apr22a

When I was in college, we used to roll out of bed, put on a painter's hat (they were stylish, believe it or not – see right).  This past week, I had to get up early, and picked up this hat at the gas station.  

What are the Chivas, you wonder? The state soccer team of Jalisco, MX. Chiva means goat.  My wife's from Jalisco, and I'm a Capricorn.  It just seemed like a fit.

 

My beautiful commute

Apr21

“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.” ~  George Washington Carver

One thing that makes my commute home bearable is the scenery out here in the country. This is along Hwy 5 South near Westley.  Here’s some other versions of the same panorama above.

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The clouds, the sky, the sun

Apr20a

“To pay homage to beauty is to admire Nature; to admire Nature is to worship God” ~ Anonymous

I know that the sun is blown out in these pano’s, but it’s still  a really nice view.  Here’s some other versions.

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Almonds in full swing

Apr19

Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. ~ Numbers 17:7-9, God confirming Aaron’s call to Moses by blossoming an almond branch.

Almonds are here, the blossoms are gone.  I’ll do a composite of all the picshttp://dgsinclair.typepad.com/.a/2010/03/white-petals-gone-green-lives-here.html

I’ve taken of this at end of the season.

Fuzzy almonds

Apr18

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” ~ Jeremiah 1:11, God confirms Jeremiah's call by showing him a blossoming almond branch.

Here's what the almonds look like early in the season.  I estimate about 100-150 per branch.  NIce. 

Vista Point with beauty

Apr17

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~ Stacia Tausche?

Yesterday, we saw the plaque at this Vista Point along Hyw 5.  Here’s my lovely 6 year old posing at that location, in front of the fields and aqueduct.

Vista Point

Apr16a

Take the back roads instead of the highways. ~ Minnie Pearl

Apr16 I stopped at this Vista Point on the way home, and took a picture of the placard describing its humble view.  This is a portion, showing the local aqueducts (shown here).  I just find these details interesting, kind of a forgotten, unremarkable stop on the side of the road.  The smaller image is actually a super closeup if you want to read the placard easily.

Laptops ready for shipping

Apr15

I have never done this before with any Apple product I have ever owned. I
actually went to the Apple Web site to look up the return policy!
That’s like dating a swimsuit model that you have been admiring for
years only to dump her after a few days when you realize she’s not
really that “functional.” She looks awesome to friends at parties, but
your friends never dated her-you did. I found myself longing for a more
fully functional model.  ~ Joseph Weber, in 48 Hours With the iPad

WePad-demo Man, that was a lot of work.  Now I can ship these out and get some cash for an iPad.  Why?  Cause the wife and kids will love it.   And I might even like it, despite the lack of features.  Maybe I should hold out for an Android tablet?

Getting rid of old laptops

Apr14

“E-waste in our country is being increased by 10 per cent every year and only five per cent of urban e-waste are recycled in India” ~ Abdul Kalam

Here I am wiping and installing windows on the four or so laptops I’m getting rid of.  The rest should become ewaste.

Trying to get an iPad – ouch!

Apr13

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.  ~ Andy Rooney

So I've decided to sell the old Thinkpads around my house that no one uses – turns out, if I keep our best T41, I can sell the rest, which includes two other T41's, a T30, a T20, and three T20's that are only good for parts (no workie).

Anyway, the process for getting these ready for sale is interesting.  It goes like this:

  • Download the ISO file of the Universal Boot CD
  • Burn the ISO image to a CD (luckily, you can Burn ISO Images Natively in Windows 7)
  • Boot from the UBCD, then run CopyWipe to wipe all data (reformatting a drive does not remove all your data, all it does is clear the index)
  • Install Windows XP Pro w/ SP3

Apr13a Not that hard once you do it once or twice, but anyway, one of my T20's that I've already sold took a tumble and broke the corner off.  I took the picture to the right, then used a Picnik filter to make it artsy for this post.

Boy with trains

Apr12a

“When I was a kid, I went to the store and asked the guy, Do you have any toy train schedules?” ~  Stephen Wright, Comedian

Apr12 My kid loves his Thomas the Train tracks, and I like putting together various configurations.  In fact, I keep buying more tracks so we can go bigger!  I never had train tracks, and these are easier than real model railroading in that the tracks just snap together.  No electricity, no wires, no transformers, and no worries if you lose or break something. 

Home made pigs in a blanket

Apr11

“Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs” ~  Dwight David Eisenhower

To add to our fun weekend while Mama was gone, I purchased some little smokies and two rolls of Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough.  Using the pizza cutter, I cut each triangle of dough into three smaller ‘triangles’ and allowed the kids to roll up the little ‘pigs’ (all beef ;) in their blankets.  Then we put them on the cookie sheets (about 50 little guys in all), baked them and ate them with corn on the cob.  YUM!