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halloween fun November 3, 2007

Filed under: home — sp @ 12:49 am

josh’s pumpkin 2007halloween househalloween houseThe Saturday before Halloween, I dragged my friends to a corn maze, which turned out to be kinda lame and not at all like Knott’s Scary Farm.  We salvaged the night by going bowling, which brought out some fun competition (med students competitive? what?).

Sunday we had a pumpkin carving party.

Josh’s creation this year, which earned some compliments from trick-or-treaters: 

josh’s pumpkin 2007           pumpkin in the dark

I even decorated the house with spider webs.

halloween house

And then I toasted 2 1/2  pumpkins’ worth of seeds, using this recipe with some modifications (no garlic salt so I just used all seasoned salt; no worcestershire sauce; and doubled the seasoning ingredients).  They turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.  Tip: spread out your pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet or two and let them dry out overnight before toasting.


leaves, leaves, and more leaves December 8, 2006

Filed under: home — sp @ 7:27 pm

the gardener finally came this week, after 3 weeks of leaves from 3 large trees had collected on our yard, the sidewalk, and the street.

i should have taken a “before” pic, but here is one of the impressive pile of leaves after they finished:


and for size comparison, here is one showing the pile of leaves behind my car:

leaves 2


this old house November 20, 2006

Filed under: home — sp @ 9:27 pm

unlike the suburbs of LA or the many new developments in Davis, the houses in downtown and midtown Sac are old.  when looking for a place to live this meant combing through scores of “charming” “Victorian” homes with “character.”  our house is no exception.  it did meet my minimum requirements of central heating and air conditioning (Sac is both too hot and too cold to do without this modern convenience) and a good-sized kitchen.  also, it is 2 minutes walking distance to the hospital, which i love, especially each morning on surgery that i brushed my teeth, threw on some scrubs and was pre-rounding on patients a mere 15 minutes after dragging myself out of bed.  but still, it is old, and has old-house problems – like bathtub faucet handles breaking off and wooden window frames that appear ready to break off entirely any day now.

after dinner last night, the circuit which supplies our major kitchen appliances – refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and oh yeah, stove – shorted out or something [i know nothing about electricity other than V= iR].  this evening i had actually cooked dinner for my friends (vietnamese honey roasted chicken and braised tofu) so i guess i’m lucky that the power didn’t go out earlier in the night.

the power going out has not been a new problem for us.  every so often, and with increasing frequency this last week, the power in the kitchen goes out in the middle of microwaving.  usually the problem is fixed with a simple flip of some switch in the fusebox/circuit breaker thingamob in the back of the house [seriously, i know nothing about household electricity].  except last night it had nothing to do with the microwave (i for-real cooked!), and flipping the switch did nothing.

so now we have no way of cooking or heating food.  and if we weren’t able to hook the refrigerator up to an extension cord that barely makes it to the outlet in the dining room, we’d also have a lot of melting frozen dinners and rotting food.

maybe someone up there is trying to say something about my cooking?


this past weekend, i… October 24, 2006

Filed under: home,Uncategorized — sp @ 6:48 pm

…remembered that i can take something for the headache that’s been bugging me all day

…saw Todo Sobre Mi Madre at the Pedro Almodovar film festival

…hung out with my friends

…discovered that i play shuffleboard much better when i’ve had a few drinks

…slept an average of 12 hrs a day

and last but not least,  josh carved a pumpkin!

closer up: