Archive for June, 2011

Only half food this time.

Since I am on a roll this week with pictures..


Getting in my car this morning I see something odd by the corner of the fence. So I start snapping pictures.



Then I get a little closer, still snapping away.






Went out to lunch with my daughter yesterday. We bought tons of side dishes and shared. The cup of lentil soup was just for me, a plate of vegetarian grape leaves, a plate of cut vegetables, a plate of olives & pepperocini, a plate of hummos, and a plate of french fries. Perfect lunch.


My daughter cannot eat gluten. So she ordered a cheesecake, and I ate the crust. 🙂

While staring at my pile of reduced fat cheez’its I started thinking that maybe there was a better use for them.


It didn’t work out as well as you might think. I could only get a few on floor 2 before it would collapse.






As Promised!

Water Bottles!

I went to take a picture of my Left Desk Drawer for Ofunlo, but then I remembered I don’t have one! We have no drawers on our desks.



It occurred to me last night that it might be easier for me to lose & maintain if I removed the table I keep on my lap.

And we finish with more work pictures.




This is my view if I look left. You can see the two doors to our conference room (with a big glossy map on the wall) and our server/lab/storage room.


This is the view looking right from my desk.  The exit door! I wish we had a window into the hallway. I would put up one way mirror film.


This is the view looking straight ahead from my desk.  Nothing to exciting here unless garbage cans and refridgerators flip your switch.

Morning calls.  It’s a good place to eat breakfast.  (I guess I should have taken a picture of my breakfast instead of my phone.)


Because of the time zone differences in our company most of our long intense calls are bright and early in the morning.



At least I have a better view in this office than the last one. Our old building didn’t have windows in the conference room. Just lots and lots of walls and noise. I have gotten out of the habit of doing other things during calls because I’ve caught myself drifting away too many times and then heard a voice say, “what do you think Tracy?” Never a pleasant moment. So, I try very hard to pay attention all the time now, and even take notes!

Did I tell you our whole office is packing up in September and going on a little trip? We’ll be heading to Texas where we will meet with all of the Texas people, plus some of the people from Stockholm will join us. Sounds like a nice team building experience! I really miss being around a large office full of people. The hustle and bustle keep you motivated.

Here is a picture that I just took, just this second! 

Of my desk. For no reason at all. I’ts my air plant collection and pen mug.


Tomorrow maybe I’ll show you the floor and Empty water cooler bottles. 🙂

Break’s over!  Back to work!  All of you!




Emily – after our discussion I had a sudden craving for salad that I could not get rid of!  Ended up having a Panera salad filled with fruit. Very nice.



Note to Self…Cook THIS

Found this here:

Looks pretty close.  Changed Chicken to Vegetable Broth.


Stir-Fried Asparagus with Sichuan Sauce

INGREDIENTS for 4 servings:
1 pound asparagus spears
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon chili paste
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (see below)

Break off tough ends of asparagus where stalks snap easily. Cut asparagus diagonally into 2-inch pieces. Mix sugar, chili paste and sesame oil.

Heat wok until very hot. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil; tilt wok to coat side. Add asparagus and 1 teaspoon garlic; stir-fry 1 minute. Add broth; cover and cook 2 minutes. Remove asparagus from wok; drain. Wash and thoroughly dry wok.

Heat wok until very hot. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil; tilt wok to coat side. Add 1 teaspoon garlic and the chili paste mixture; stir-fry 1 minute. Add asparagus; stir-fry 1 minute. Stir in sesame seed (see Appetizers & Cold Dishes: Toasted Sesame Seeds).



For stovetop toasting, use a wide frying pan.  Heat the sesame seeds on medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally.   Remove the seeds when they darken and become fragrant.

For oven toasting, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet.  Bake until the seeds brown and become fragrant.


For both methods, allow the toasted seeds to cool.

Store in a covered jar at room temperature.

It takes me between 3 and 5 minutes to toast sesame seeds on the stovetop, or about 15 minutes using the oven.

Just pictures

Charging my phone while waiting for the shower to free up.

Here are yesterdays pics (plus one)


P.F. Changs has a spicy Asparagus that is really good! They changed their menu so we pretty much ordered one of each of the only things they had vegetarian. It made a nice shareable meal.



Vegetarian gummy bears are not quite right, but they do make nice Movie companions.

Saw Super 8, LOVED it!




Watched Blue Valentine last night.  Liked it.


Off to the zoo!

Katy’s Surgeon and the new Rice & Green Curry from Trader Joe’s

What do they have in common?  They’re both hot!

This rice is burning a small hole in the top of my throat just from the fumes!

Katy went to her first post-surgery appointment yesterday.  Her doctor is really a beautiful woman. My husband is thinking his plantar facscitus might need some attention too.



Hey look Nina!  A foot!

It’s really much worse than this picture makes it look.  Poor little foot is hugely swollen and bruised with stitches on both sides.

I forgot my iPod today so I can’t catch up on my games during lunch.  Is anyone else playing Hanging with Friends?  I’m tlm0000 if you’re interested. That use to be my name on Xanga tlm0000, I had to pull a few proverbial strings to get Tracy. People use to assume I was a guy because they saw T L M and registered T I M. I have one Xanga’ian flirting with me until I had to point out that I was in fact a happily married woman not an unhappily married man. She was annoyed, like I had done it on purpose.


That is all.



Okay..I know…

this is going to sound disgusting. Really I do.

I have had this recipe sitting around for a while and finally tried it last night.  I was really curious what it tasted like and since it’s easy and inexpensive to make I did!  I figured if I hated it I would be out 20 minutes and $1.50.  Tops.


Fried Cabbage, Southern Style

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

    2 tablespoons oil
    5 cups cabbage, coarsely shredded
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 tablespoon salt
    dash nutmeg
    1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
    cayenne pepper, to taste
    2 tablespoons vinegar


1. Heat oil in large skillet.  Add cabbage, onion, salt and nutmeg.

2. Cover and cook slowly about 20 minutes.  Add vegan sugar and cayenne pepper to vinegar and mix well.

3. Pour over cabbage and cook 5 minutes longer.

Serves: 2-3, Preparation time: 15 min. or less


I made half the recipe, or at least I used a half a cabbage and about half of everything else, I didn’t really measure anything.  This come out to maybe 50 calories for a huge mound of it.

IT WAS GOOD!  Tasted like sweet and sour something.

That was yesterday, I had half left over so tonight I cut up a quarter of a package of the Trader Joes Tempeh and fried it up with this leftover Southern Fried Cabbage.  It was So So So Good! It tasted different than when it was fresh.  Fresh you could really taste distinctive Sweet, Salty and Sour.  Reheated with the chopped up Tempeh it was mellower.  I want more.

AND as a bonus, it’s really healthy and low fat, and low calories. Maybe 200 calories for six inch round serving piled up a little.


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