Showing posts from February, 2009

Should You be a "Jack of all Trades" or a Specialist? -- The EE Compendium

It's that time of year again. Time when my contract runs out. Just running out this time folks, I actually got good and had time to grow into this position, but with the economy as it is ... and The Mouse doing some house-cleaning (translated re-org), it's hard for a "generalist" like me to figure out where I fit best, let alone where to go next.

Craig Fisher, who writes at FishDogs - Career Branding for Social Animals directed me to the following article:

The generalists' range of knowledge makes them a better candidate for promotion to a supervisory or managerial position. When that happens, the generalist may not understand that in addition to the high stress of being expected to know everything technical, they will now be subjected to the stress of being involved in corporate politics. Whereas they became a "Jack of all trades" because of their love of science and technology, now they need to become an expert at "covering their ass", "b…

10 Geeky Tricks for Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

Some of these tips work for me, others I have found to be self-defeating, but  go-ahead and read the article. We can all use a little time-management reminder from time-to-time.
I found this fascinating quote today:

There aren't enough hours in the day for kids, hobbies, work, etc., and life's far too short to spend in a sleepy haze. Here are 10 tips for how I get up at 6:30 a.m. every (ok... maybe not every) morning:10 Geeky Tricks for Getting Out of Bed in the Morning, Feb 2009

You should read the whole article.

Wordless Wednesday - Reflection, trying not to go off the Deep End


Michelle Obama says White House feels so good | Lifestyle | Reuters

Michelle Obama says White House feels so good | Lifestyle | Reuters: "'People (here) want to make your life easy, and when you have small kids -- I've explained this to the staff -- they don't need their lives to be easy. They're kids,' she said."

I couldn't agree more. Glad that the First Lady is trying to keep her kids grounded. Though I wonder, who will clean up the dog poop?

Tuesday take 5 -- week #4

what are you currently trying to learn/master with your cooking?
Crockpot cooking of all things. Sometimes I don’t quite get it right. And pancakes. Though, after 20+ years, that might be a lost cause.where do you go for ideas for new recipes (cooking shows, cookbooks/magazines, experiment in the kitchen)?
Usually things I try in a restaurant, like pho, or ethnic food. Like the empanadas. I’ll also try some of the recipes in the back of magazines.what is one thing that you make, but you don't eat?
Shrimp stir-fry. Both me and my son are allergic, me mildly, him severely. But so far my estranged-dh and dd are ok.what is your biggest guilty pleasure with food?
Tasting while cooking.what is one thing that your mom (or who ever taught you to cook) can make better than you?
Traditional Mexican food I suppose. It’s been a while since I made huevos rancheros or chile rellenos. Now I’m getting hungry… I should stop all this food blogging.Who am I kidding? I LOVE food!D…

King Cake 55/365

King Cake 55/365, originally uploaded by Nannerlady. So, I'm not really big into Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, etc (does that mean Ash Wednesday is right around the corner?) I'm not Catholic, but my goodness this cake smells and looks delicious! So I decided to edu-ma-cate myself. (and evidently I can't remember the last time I wrote about Fat Tuesday. I'm losing my mind I tell ya).

I don't think the ones brought into work had little dolls in them ... but they were pretty well devoured by the time I got my slice.
A king cake (sometimes rendered as kingcake, kings' cake, king's cake, or three kings cake) is a type of cake associated with the festival of Epiphany in the Christmas season in a number of countries, and in other places with Mardi Gras and Carnival. It is popular in Christmas season in France, Belgium and Switzerland (galette/gâteau des Rois), Portugal (Bolo Rei), Spain (Roscón de Reyes and in Catalonia called tortell), Greece and Cyprus (vasilopita) and …

Empanadas a la @adbert

With the permission of the best twitter DJ on the planet (@adbert), I present his yummy Receta de Empanadas:

Here is my worldest famous recipe of Argentinian "empanadas." =)

Empanadas are very popular all over Latin America, there are thousands of variations...Each house have 3 or 4 variants. But this one is the Best of the Best. ;-) he he he.


Crust (Masa):
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 -1/6 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces stick butter or margarine. The real recipe is made with "fat cow": tastiest but heavier! LOL
- 1/3 cup milk

Or you can buy the Crust. =P

Filling (Relleno):
- 1 pound ground beef / corned beef. Mom is mom, she prefer ground beef.
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil, olive extra virgin preferred.
- 1 large onion, finely chopped. I said: Finely!
- 1 red bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, finely chopped. What I said? Finely!
- 2 hard cooked eggs, finely chopped. Have to explain? Fi-ne-ly!
- 10 green olives, finely chopped. Mom …

Settling In ?/365

I got to fooling around with my camera and tripod tonight. Starting to
truly settle in at my mom's.

A foot and a half: Finally, A Use for Twitter

Image by phxwebguy via FlickrYou have to read the whole post. Pretty funny, and amazing. Awesome to know that Shaq is real, and uses a G1 :)
"You realize that 'The Real Shaq' is probably a 5'4 White, 14 year old emo kid who's getting his jolly's from the attention, right?' I asked him.

'I don't know. I think it's really him'

Today Sean and I were discussing rumored trade situations over IM, and the possibility of Shaq being traded to Cleveland.

'Well, I just got a twitter from The Real Shaq, and he's at 5 & Diner right now,'
Sean informed me.

'Let's go then' I said, assuming that I'd finally put this 'Real Shaq' crap to rest.

Twenty minutes later we were pulling up to the restaurant and looking for the big black truck that he's rumored to drive around town. 'Maybe that's it' Sean said, pointing at an older, but nice Van and laughing. As we pulled up I saw the Superman symbol on the grill.&quo…

A case of foreshadowing

Image by -Chad Johnson via Flickr And I didn’t even know it. Back on Feb 3 I wrote about how hard it is for me to communicate. On Feb. 6 JPD and I broke up my brand new relationship ended, largely due to … *drumroll please*… my lack of ability to communicate important information in a timely manner.That, and my delivery positively sucked. Sweaty monkey-balls. I swear it was the worst delivery ever.Lesson learned. The hard way. I guess I should have expanded the chit-chat to some of the more serious things I needed to talk about. C’est la vie.NEXT!I’m not trying to be flippant. I’ve had two weeks to stew and reflect and play the “what if” game and get analyzed by my friends. And I have accepted the idiocy of what I did and how I handled it. I tried to make amends, and I’m learning, very slowly, that sometimes that’s all I can do. Is try. I can’t make it right if I’m not allowed to. And Lord, how I want to make it right. I’m stubborn. But I’m also a fast-learner. So, I’m letting go.So, …

I'm Sorry

Forget the bit about the President. Take this as the beginning of an open apology. Though I do still have some behind-the-scenes work to do.

tuesday take 5 -- week #3

deep in the dish of texas: "tuesday take 5 -- week #3
here are your five questions for this week's tuesday's take 5! thanks for everyone who has been playing along!

1. what surprises you most about your cooking?
That it's actually good and some of my best meals are my "made-up" recipes. Just taking what we have on hand, not using a recipe, and combining flavors in such a way that everyone in my family will eat all the dishes.

2. what one that you have mastered cooking (that you could not cook when you started)?
Pancakes. Actually, pancakes are still a work-in-progress, my kids make them better than I do, but at least I don't mix up the baking soda and baking powder anymore.

3. who was your biggest inspiration to start cooking?
I started cooking out of necessity to feed a large family. Every Sunday it became my "chore" to feed 10 people. I still prefer baking, but I am a pretty good cook these days. The biggest motivation to become a better cook has…

Find a Cure

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.
Even if it's to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.

Love(ly) Comments

Harriet had a wonderful idea and I choose to propogate it here:

1. Copy and paste the code to the Blog Luv Button:

2. Make a commitment to yourself that you will spread the luv by leaving a certain amount of positive comments per day. Make it 5 or 10 or 100 depending on how much time you have or how badly you want to do this.

3. When you see this button on another site, be sure to leave a luv comment as well.

4. Let's see how much we can all make a difference in the comment quality and luv around the blog world.

PS. Someone has suggested that everyone who wants to participate leave a comment with a link to your site to share comment love with one another.

Wordless Wednesday: On The Train


Tuesday Take 5 -- week #2

from: deep in the dish of texas1. what is one food that you refuse to try? Brussels sprouts. I had a bad experience with them as a kid and just can’t stand them now.2. what is the one food that you like to eat, but won't make? Chorizo3. what is the farthest you've traveled for a meal? From Hillsboro to Lincoln City for some awesome burgers and shakes at the 60s Cafe

View Larger Map4. what is the most creative/exotic meal you've ever made? Red Thai Curry Chicken5. what is scariest (i.e. hole in the wall) place you've eaten at? Probably the ‘berto’s on Miramar near the base in San Diego. Hole in the wall, but the best burritos EVA! oh, and Chinatown Sam Woo. Not a hole in the wall, but at one point it got a “D”. Still good food.

Mouth Watering Monday: Fiesta Salad

Mouth-Watering Monday 2/9/09
Serves 8-10 Salad:1 pkg. (10 oz) blend of romaine and leaf lettuce
1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen corn kernels, thawed
3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/2 small red onion, peeled and sliced
1 avocado, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Honey-Lime Dressing1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp garlic, minced Directions:1. Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl until combined.
2. Toss all salad ingredients in a large bowl just before serving.
3. Pour dressing over salad; toss until evenly distributed.
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper Serve with additional cheese and dressing on the side.

time loop

I feel like I'm suddenly stuck in a Time Warp. I started reading old blog posts from late 2005 and I can relate, eerily. It's deja vu all over again. No wonder I feel like I should be doing something differently. Time to move on, or forward, or something. Anything but backwards. Now how do I get out of this rut?

Because who doesn't miss the Darwin Awards

BAD DATES--REDUCE YOUR CHANCE OF ADDING TO THE GENE POOL. -------------------------------------------+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+
AN ILLUMINATING STORY (2008 Darwin Award) (February 2008, France) A 71-year-old pensioner met a shocking end when his frugal attempt to illuminate his yard with power siphoned from the National Grid backfired spectacularly. The gentleman in question illegally opened a major power junction box at the front of his house, intending to hard-wire a cable to his garden shed. Unfortunately, the poor chap attempted to do this rewiring during a major downpour. The fatal result was all too predictable. He was immediately deep fried and declared deceased at the scene. Lessons:
1--Don't hardwire your shed to a local power substation
2--Don't hardwire your shed to a power line... in the rain!
3--There _is_ such a thing as being too frugal.
A SCREW LOOSE (2008 Darwi…

Why no, I don’t blog for money

I had a very interesting lunch today and it made me realize some things about myself. I already knew I wasn’t money motivated, but I really am NOT money motivated. On some topics, I just couldn’t relate. The main thoughts going through my head included “Who? What?” and “Why?”Who: are these people they are talking about? Who are these designers?What: I’ve never heard about that. And generally I consider myself fairly well-informed.Why: would you say/do/think that???I knew I was an oddball, but wow, either I’m out of it, I’m travelling in the wrong circles, or being money-motivated leads to … I don’t know what it leads to. The only thing I am searching for in life right now is contentment. I’m not denying that money is useful. BOY, do I know that it’s necessary. But the things I would use it for, compared with the things other people use it for, are just at opposite ends of the spectrum.But hey, if you want to give me money, for a little bit of work, and some visibility, then yes, I mig…

orange colored day: Attempt to #crashTED was an epic #Fail

: (photo courtesy of @theagent)
If you haven't heard, the think tank of all conferences (TED) is in Long Beach this week. Last night one of our members saw Al Gore and we tried to get Kevin Rose to let us into the block party. @killregrets wrote up our adventures before anyone else.

You can read her account [excerpt below, go to her blog for the whole story]
orange colored day: Attempt to #crashTED was an epic #Fail: "We began our night at the Dubliner in downtown Long Beach with @nsputnik and @theagent. We shared a round discussing current and past employment, the housing market, and the art scene in and around Long Beach. Once @daNanner, @missmotormouth, @DigSomeMore, @agentjon, @niecee, @jpdefillippo, and @Fogarty arrived, we got word that 18 #TED people were at Rock Bottom Brewery. Upon heading in that direction we realized that the TED Block Party was going on and we needed to be a part of it."

and read our #crashTED tweets for the whole vicarious experience.

TED Updates… - Where Are Your Friends and Family? Check Google Maps - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

Image via - Where Are Your Friends and Family? Check Google Maps - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News: "The feature, dubbed 'Latitude,' expands upon a tool introduced in 2007 to allow mobile phone users to check their own location on a Google map with the press of a button.

'This adds a social flavor to Google maps and makes it more fun,' said Steve Lee, a Google product manager.

It could also raise privacy concerns, but Google is doing its best to avoid a backlash by requiring each user to manually turn on the tracking software and making it easy to turn off or limit access to the service."

I'm signed up, but haven't used it. Go figure.

Passive – Aggressive Idiocy

So, my marriage taught me how to approach people and issues from the side. Obliquely. Never deal with anything head-on if you can avoid an unpleasant or disappointing confrontation. I’m learning that doesn’t work real well in the real world. Or with dealing with people who aren’t control freaks. Boy, do I have a lot to re-learn.This is one reason why I said being single wasn’t so bad a few days ago on twitter. It doesn’t reflect on anyone I might be dating, it’s totally on me. I don’t know how to relate to people anymore, at least, not the ones who are interested in me romantically.JPD said he wanted to have time to talk and I nearly had a panic attack (yes, hyperbole), it was merely a mild anxiety attack. Gob-smacked because someone actually wanted to have a conversation with me, in RL (that’s real life). And then realizing that might mean that I’ll have to be emotionally available. Girlfriend say what??!!!??? That’s what actually caused the racing of my heart and heavy breathing. I…

Postcards and Link Love

So, I have been woefully neglectful of my postcrossing, and in an attempt to get back into it I have joined the The Postcard/Link Exchange of 2009!All you have to do to join is:Email [azlynne1972 at gmail dot com] your name & postal address. Email subject line needs to contain “The Postcard/Link Exchange of 2009“.  [NOTE: Do NOT leave the information in the comments for the whole WWW to see and abuse! By all means leave me a comment saying you’ve emailed me the info - comment love is always appreciated!] Only requests received by February 20th, 2009 will be entertained. You should receive your postcard by the first week of March. Sometime between March 6th - 16th 2009 (providing an additional buffer in case the card took a circuitous route to you), you then publish a post on your blog relating to the received postcard: criticize my handwriting!; take a picture of it in your mailbox; puzzle over the image on the stamp; whatever, be creative! Please make sure you link back to a mala… Fun

I was following a trail of Entrecards that led me to and this meme. Put your answers in the comments, or place the meme on your blog and leave me a commentYour name?
An amazingly gorgeous type girl who loves everyone and never turns her back on anyone. a type of person who gets mad very rarely and loves to have fun. she is a very sexy person and loves flirting and showing off herself.
Damn she's annette!

2. Annette 20 up, 4 down
Girl's name. Someone you can't ever forget about. Will make an impact in your life. Sometimes bipolar.
wow that night was so annette!
What car do you have?
2008 Honda Fit
Image via WikipediaA hatchback subcompact car offered by Honda that has become very popular with gay men in America. This can largely be attributed to the advertising campaign "the fit is go" which featured still images of the car rotating around with rainbow backgrounds, bad 80's-style techno music and wh…