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  • I had my skirt on backwards for the first 3 1/2 hours of my day. Worse, this is hardly an uncommon occurence.
  • Er, I've already forgotten the other stuff I wanted to say.
  • On to other news. The nanny was an hour and a half late today. So I didn't get to work until 9:30. Oopsie.
  • I love wikipedia. I was trying to figure out when Pomp & Circumstance first started being used as a graduation processional. My google skillz failed me and I was about to post to ljgenie, when I had a flash of brilliance and checked wikipedia. They are the greatest.
  • My desk is messy. I do not enjoy having a messy desk.
  • I'm still really frustrated over my recipe quandary. I need to find an online solution that is feasible for someone with my lack o' skillz.
  • I've also decided I want all my contacts (friends/family/work phone numbers at least, if not also addresses) on a webpage. But that means I have to figure out how to password protect it. I don't know if it would be best to just have a text file with all this info and pop it up onto a password protected webpage or if there's a better/easier way.
  • Where exactly do I think I'm going to find the time for all these online projects? I have several weeks' worth of Julian pictures on my camera waiting to be put online. How do I expect to do any OTHER new projects?
  • Monday evening we have a contractor coming out to look at our basement bathroom/closet project to give us an estimate. We'll see. I think I liked the first guy, but I want to have three estimates. We're very bad about getting multiple estimates for stuff like that (I'm just impatient, plus don't have time to take off work to meet with the contractors just for an estimate, etc. etc. etc.).
Bored now. Still can't remember what else I wanted to say. So I'm going to go clean my desk and hope for the best.

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allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: August 5th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've also decided I want all my contacts (friends/family/work phone numbers at least, if not also addresses) on a webpage. But that means I have to figure out how to password protect it.

Post it as a private LJ entry. Then it will only be visible to you when you are logged into LJ.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I thought about that. But I despise using LJ as a personal organizer. I find it cumbersome That's why I don't want my recipes on LJ.

Though I suppose a single contact page on LJ wouldn't be the end of the world. I've already got a lot of contacts in my memories. I could compile them into one.
magid From: magid Date: August 5th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to suggest using memories, too; I find them pretty useful for keeping track of information.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: August 5th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've also decided I want all my contacts (friends/family/work phone numbers at least, if not also addresses) on a webpage.

Why not use yahoo or another, similar service for this? It's relatively easy to set up and already password protected.

I actually keep all my addressbook and web-bookmark info in my prodigy/yahoo account which makes it very easy to access both from home and from whatever employer I might be dealing with at the time.

(Oh, BTW, my last day at BE is today.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
you mean just store it as an email? Or make a webpage?

Duh. I could put my contacts list on comcast. I was just trying to find an easier way than to deal with a text file with this info.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
what will life after BP hold for you? I've been really lax in keeping up with LJ.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: August 5th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Re: Comcast

Yeah, I forget they have those because I rarely use the features that come with my cablemodem accounts.

Re: Life After

Yeah, I've been talking about it in my journal but I know I've kind of fallen off of your radar. Anyway, I got a permanent, full-time job that I will be starting on Monday August 15th.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I went back and looked at your journal and saw it. Congrats.

Not actually sure how you fell off my friendslist as I usually only cut people who cancel their accounts or otherwise abandon LJ. *shrug* maybe you were on the line immediately above or below something I meant to cut. I don't do regular friends list maintenance.

Anyway, good for you for getting the job.

I have a friend who's likely to be looking for some temp work in desktop publishing/layout/etc. soon. (She'd prefer to stay in MD for work, though). Any suggestions for where she should be looking for temp referrals for that kind of work? I might be terming it the wrong thing. She does a lot of the same things you do, but not exactly the same work.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: August 5th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
No worries. Being on/off someone's friends list should never be cause for drama. I figured either you had a reason or you'd notice it eventually. Either way, if you had an actual problem with me you'd tell me rather than play silly internet games about it.

Thanks for the congrats. Now I just hope I don't screw this one up ;-)

As for your friend, send her to www.bossstaffing.com that's my agency and they're based in Bethesda. They generally have a fair number of assignments at any given time and they're pretty good to their talent pool. If she wants to stay in Maryland, then they will do their best to only offer her positions in Maryland.

If she wants to, she can also call them directly at (301) 656-7744. Jessie Liebowitz is currently handling their desktoppers and should recognize my name if she wants to give them a reference.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I forwarded the information on to her re: bossstaffing.

I have faith that you're not going to screw this one up. You should have the same faith.

glad you weren't all drama-queen about the friends list. Like I said, I do maintenance only rarely.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: August 5th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah...well, I'm trying to be positive about it. I'm sure it will be fine but I also don't want to raise my expectations too high in case it's not.

BTW, I'll be up in Rockville Monday evening for a doctor's appointment. Should I give you guys a call?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't have my calendar with me, but yeah, give us a call. What time's your appointmnent? We could always meet up for dinner or something.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: August 5th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
5:15 which means I'll be done by 5:30.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: August 5th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I had my skirt on backwards for the first 3 1/2 hours of my day. Worse, this is hardly an uncommon occurence"

Further proof that we are indeed, twins, with a six year delay :)

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
glad I'm not the only one that does that. Turns out it wasn't backwards, but turned 90 degrees. Ooops. So when I turned it around 180 degrees, it was still 90 degrees off. So really, I spent the first 5 1/2 hours of my day with my skirt on wrong.
From: bodnej Date: August 5th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you are still using .Mac, it can sync your computer's address book with the web (and your appointments), all located on a password-protected website (your .Mac account).

http://www.mac.com/1/sync.html
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh. didn't think of that. Thanks. Something about the addressbook on the mac bugs me, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe if I just make the list in it more complete it will bug me less. That would be good.

Of course, this is yet another way that I'm dependent on my .mac account, which I'm not overly thrilled with, but that's okay. I'm too lazy to undepend myself. ;)

So while you're coming up with clever solutions... you can fix my recipe database quandary.
From: bodnej Date: August 5th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is your quandary exactly?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 5th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
quandary isn't the right word, I just happen to like that word.

I'm looking for the most efficient way to deal with my mounting pile of recipes. Preferably, I'd also like to be able to keep track of my menu combinations.

I'd like a searchable database of recipes, and I'd like to be able to include pictures with the recipes (this is not an essential element).

I would like to be able to have this database of recipes accessible via the internet. So if I'm sitting here at work and I decide I want to make, um, Chicken Provencal, or some such thing, I can look up the recipe so that I can figure out what to pick up on my way home. Or, say, my friend Lauren calls me and says, "Hey, I'd like to make that butternut squash kugel you make, can I have the recipe?" I could just send her a link to the appropriate recipe.

All of that, of course, would be in a "perfect" world. I'm willing to compromise, since I don't have any of it now, but I'd like to have some of it.

Oh, and I don't care so much about other people being able to modify the content. But I'd like other people to be able to see the content. Cary had suggested a wiki, but doesn't that seem like overkill? The discussion Cary and I had about it is in the comments to this entry: http://www.livejournal.com/users/estherchaya/240371.html

Basically, I don't exactly know what I'm looking for. I just know the "perfect world" model of the features I'd like.
From: bodnej Date: August 7th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah. Well, take a look at:

http://www.epicurious.com/

You can create a free account, and upload your own recipes.

If that doesn't meet your needs, let me know. I might be able to be talked into writing a program for you...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 7th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. I hadn't thought of epicurious, though it should have occurred to me. I remember rejecting it some time ago, but can't remember why, and it looks somewhat different. I'm going to play with it for a few weeks and see how I feel about it. If it doesn't work for me, I'll let you know.

It doesn't have all the fields I'd like, but still looks like it could work. Not sure yet (based on the recipes I have in mind that I would often like to link to) whether I'd be limited by the character limit (2000 characters for instructions sounds like a lot, but I'm not convinced it's always sufficient for some of my multi-step recipes).

I know it seems like overkill that I want to do this, but with as much cooking as I do, and with my desire to keep track of what I'm serving and when and with what there have just been too many times in the last year or so when I've wished to have something like this.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 7th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. I hadn't thought of epicurious, though it should have occurred to me. I remember rejecting it some time ago, but can't remember why, and it looks somewhat different. I'm going to play with it for a few weeks and see how I feel about it. If it doesn't work for me, I'll let you know.

It doesn't have all the fields I'd like, but still looks like it could work. Not sure yet (based on the recipes I have in mind that I would often like to link to) whether I'd be limited by the character limit (2000 characters for instructions sounds like a lot, but I'm not convinced it's always sufficient for some of my multi-step recipes).

I know it seems like overkill that I want to do this, but with as much cooking as I do, and with my desire to keep track of what I'm serving and when and with what there have just been too many times in the last year or so when I've wished to have something like this.
From: have_inner_lady Date: August 9th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would be cool if they invented rotating skirts. You know, like those restaurants. They rotate slowly throughout the day to keep coworkers confused. I suppose they'd need a stationary setting for sitting times, though... and maybe a fast setting for dances.
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