productive Saturday

Whew. We got a lot done today between 10:15 and 13:45. We’ve got a lot more to do, but so far, this has been a much more productive Saturday than normal. We

  1. got a cup of coffee at Black Bean for on-the-go Genuss.
  2. Thats not me (thanks Amazon)
    That's not me (thanks Amazon)
    checked out a bunch of stuff at MediaMarkt:
    • netbooks while we were there (not that we need one; but they are awfully cute, and could mean we don’t have to schlep our laptop with us to K.C. and Mexico next year)
    • stereo receiver units (been meaning to put my speakers from the U.S. to good use for the last five years or so; our upcoming move might finally make that happen)
    • TVs (ours is OK for now, but it has a mysterious green area which I can’t seem to eliminate – our TV apparently has no degaussing function)
  3. bought a drill, which will come in handy before, during, and after our move, I’m sure.
  4. hit our local favorite Chinaladen for some fresh cilantro, crucial for some falafel experimentation tonight or tomorrow
  5. hit the Edeka in the Galeria Kaufhof basement for some fresh parsley, also for the falafel, but also to pick up some supplies for trying our hand at this sauce, intended for enjoyment with these meatballs.

Time to go cook some more!

8 thoughts on “productive Saturday”

  1. cliff1976

    Follow-up: that sauce recipe from Alton Brown didn’t go over very well. This might be due partially to some textural problems resulting from some substitutions we made, but we think the bigger problems were the sugar and vinegar — they gave the sauce a tang we just coudn’t get behind. Without those, the flavor might have been just fine…but we’re not sure the tomato juice would properly thicken into a “loose syrup.”

    The meatballs were excellent (as usual). The falafel might serve as lunch today (we got the batter done last night). I’m crossing my fingers on that one; I had to deviate wildly from the two recipes I was blending together in order to get a texture I’d seen our favorite falafel guy use.

  2. Tammy

    Agh, you changed the look of the blog. I was not expecting that. Somehow, the old look was soothing – it was my first blog, after all.

  3. cliff1976

    Hmm, well, sorta. I changed it about a year ago, but with a plugin that lets users pick their own favorite theme out of the ones I made available here. I got the idea from B. over at awhile back. She has lovely, professionally made themes and offers you the ability to pick your favorite.

    But alas, I upgraded to WP2.7 over the weekend and the plugin which allows the theme switching is apparently no longer an option for this version of WordPress…at least, the last time I checked.

  4. Tammy

    I say Bah to upgrades (which is why I still have problems with my preview function). I miss your old look, but I guess I can move on.

  5. cliff1976

    I miss your old look, but I guess I can move on.

    Ah, but you don’t have to!

    Look again near the top of the page — you (once again) now have the option to choose from the Regensblog (the brownish one you like), the Remuzat theme (a greenish one based on impressions of Provence), and the black ghosty one (currently the default for new visitors).

    I found a theme switcher plugin updated for WP2.5 which apparently also works with 2.7.

  6. Tammy

    Oh yay! All is right in the world again – phew.

  7. Jentry

    Hey Sarah and Cliff! So you’re looking for a netbook…they are selling them at ATU now…Markus may get a discount…But the ones they are selling are from Medion…I don’t know about their quality…

    1. cliff1976

      @Jentry: we’re thinking about it, at least! I want one that comes with Linux on it, and since Linux tends to work best with computers made specially for it, or older computers upon which zillions of members of the geek community have done countless tests and tweaks, that rules out most of the netbooks on the market (there are no old netbooks). I suspect this is something I’ll be waiting on for a while…but a couple hundred euros for such a cute little bitty computer instead of our big honkin’ laptop is awfully attractive.

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