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Woooooosh!

That is the sound of time passing by.

I have been absorbed by getting Karmoxie and Grape Thoughts moving forward, and the last 3 years have flown by.

There have been highs, there have been lows.

Two of the lowest things are:

1. my good friend passed away two weeks ago in an accident. It was very sad, and I have been trying to spend 2011 catching up with friends, but Laura and I had not gotten to see each other in a good many months.  I was just thinking of trying to get together. From now on, no delays.

2. I gained 40 pounds. WTF? It almost seems overnight, but it really had taken some time. Breaking my ankle didnt help. I am on Day 7 in a row of workign out, and today I started the Smoothie Shakedown.  I have a wine tasting event Tuesday but will go light on it. I really like using Ann Louise Gittleman’s advice.  I think my liver is not healthy, so Im not only eating right, but detoxing, and trying to give it a break.

Anyway, as the 89 year old custodian of the Rachel Casron Homestead told me – you get one body and one mind, take care of them.

YUM – story of my dinner

red curry catfish & apple cider vinegar greenshere’s how this dish came to be…

1.    ask hotel desk guy for key to room since i lost it, he gives me 2 and says to keep 1 in car and one with me. i explain im checking out in the morning, and wont have time to lose it again.
2.    change for gym, grab my bottle for water
3.    grabbed ipod and got in car to drive 2.5 mile to Gold’s gym from hotel
4.    listened to Lynn Rossetta Casper – Splendid Table on ride over about Mexico’s food history. Another reason to honeymoon there. need to decide.
5.    realize gym is next to place i had sushi last night, but i resisted returning for fresh wasabi (mmm)
6.    Get inside gym and realize I don’t have the pass from the hotel
7.    Again, ignore sushi and get back to hotel
8.    As Lynn talks of Mexico – i see a MEXICAN restaurant, am tempted but ignore it
10.    decide to work out in room but first to cook some catfish
11.    bit of olive oil in 1 pan for fish,   and apple cider vinegar in another for greens
12.    Smoke FILLS the hotel suite and i wonder if the alarm will go off
13.    it doesn’t. i add the greens which stops the smoke in that pan
14.    decide to add lemon zest since Lynn’s guest is talking about lemons
15.    after lowering heat, i place the fish which is smeared with oil, and has a generous smearing of red curry
16.    get the fish going nice and well, then use the only small lid available to cover the fish
17.    go out to the car to get my bottle to make cranberry juice
18.    realize i have just locked myself out of the suite
19.    drive frantically over to the office to get another key – and hopefully sop the fish form burning down the hotel room
20.    get back to a nicely blackened catfish and yummy greens
21.    as i write this the ingredients in stump the chef include COLLARD GREENS

Congrats to WordPress

WordPress was just recently recognized as being the BEST in open CMS.
Read the response from WordPress

 

Wordpress Schawg

Creative Commons License photo credit: Peregrino Will Reign

Well, glad those sleepless nights helping clients weren't being put towards the worst open source CMS solution!

 

Ive been starting to write plugins and get into some more of the advanced features, and its been an adventure. Teaching classes on Design Patterns (in Java) I have to say I wasn't thrilled by some of the common approaches and recommended solutions being proposed to me.  Most solutions I was suggested involved NOT using my customized database tables, but overriding the use of Pages and Posts, and shove everything into Options tables.

But, Im starting to get a better handle on things, and see how to design clean solutions.  WordPress does offer a lot, and i really has helped me to get my clients sites up and running quickly. Plus the availability of plugins is quite nice.

Even still, it's amazing to think that for certain categories, there are only 2-3 plugins.  Maybe when I have *free* time I will package up some of my custom solutions and spread some good karma around.

Ah, free time – wish I had some. If so I would create a custom theme for this site.

The life of a developer, you spend more time on clients stuff than your own.

Reminds me of a logic problem:Barbershop

You arrive at a secluded small town with only two barbers (they are the only ones who know how to cut hair )* and you need a haircut.

They charge the same amount.

One has a very messy shop with hair everywhere, and his hair looks terrible. The other has a great haircut and his shop is immaculate.
Which one should you use?

* Added this to clarify problem for my boyfriend and others who might argue their wives might cut their hair

So, the answer is basically related to the fact that – even though my current theme is messy, its not too much of a negative, I'm just so busy helping others. ;)
 

In case you didnt get it – they cut each others hair…So choosing the messy barber would mean you get the best cut – he is too busy to clean up!.

This is a test, are you reading this?

I made it to the office!

I have been working from my bed and the couch – but missed being in the office. I’m excited to have found some things – such as a business card for a great gal I met during the PPRAC ride and my shiny blue pajamas.

As I said in my last post, it’s the little things.

I decided to make a post to test something out. Right now this is a blog in WordPress, and it has an RSS feed that is picked up by Facebook. I know a majority of readers are in Facebook, but wanted to test using a summary of the RSS feed to draw people to the site itself, and comment there.

I have not found any way to work with RSS and see who the actual subscribers are, so Im hoping this post can be a sort of roll call. You can just send me an email if you do not wish to post a comment. That would be to my winegoddess at gmail account.

Now, just to extend this post a little further, in hopes of it being truncated…a trivia question.

What has 35 eyes and they all blue? Their eyes can’t see shapes, but can detect light and motion
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A scallop