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I've been offered the job! It's only a short-term contract for 3 months (replacing someone on medical leave), but it's work.

Now I just have to get the drug screen and background check done, so I might be starting as early as Tuesday.
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I am peopled out today, and not up to contradance. Woe.
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Went on another job interview today -- not terribly exciting, but if they offer I'll take it.

Stopped at the eye-doctor on my way home to see about getting new lenses for a frame I have to make computer glasses, now that my eye-doctor wants to have either progressives or dedicated computer/reading glasses.

I'm off to the monthly contradance tonight, though who knows how long I'll stay this time.
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What jerk decided eyeglasses are gendered?

I'm looking through the Zenni website, and what I want to know are what frames match the measurements of the glasses I own and find fit best, not whether these are "men" or "women" frames. Once I buy them, they're going to be mine.

Also, I'd like a better way to measure pupillary distance, because I can't do it with my glasses off, and I think that doing it with my glasses on will give an incorrect result.
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3/4 of a peck of strawberries (that's 12 dry pints -- they were half-price is you bought an entire flat, and that jam was so good, so I'm going to make lots!), garlic cheese curds, chive quark, batard of sourdough, melomakarona, tiropita, and spring ramp sauerkraut.

Currently, one on my vegetable crisper drawers is full of strawberries...
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Went out with [personal profile] fabrisse to NuVegan Cafe, a vegan soul food place near Howard University, about 0.6 miles from Petworth Metro. The fried 'chicken' was excellent, some of the best fake-chicken I've had; they even had food-safe dowesl as 'drumsticks'. And apparently they have the best collard greens in the city, vegan or not. The only problem I had was that the ceiling fans combined with the recessed lighting made for a dizzying strobe effect in most of the cafe.

We then walked down to T Street, to a place called Ice Cream Jubilee, where I had a single scoop of their Thai Iced Tea ice cream -- a lovely orange color and so tasty! They also make their mint chip with spearmint instead of peppermint, which is what I do when I make mint ice cream at home; it's a much more robust flavor. Apparently they will soon have a cardamon-black pepper, which I do want to try.
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I went to my eye-doctor today, and he thinks it's time for me to get progressive, or at least separate glasses for reading/computer and distance. And while I do have frames that I could put new lenses is, I'm also concerned about price.

So, those of you who've used them ... recommend online eyeglass stores to me? I have a rather strong perscription, so it's got to be a store that can do that and sells high-refractive index lenses.
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After meeting with [profile] hollimichele for lunch, we went browsing at one of the local thrift stores, and I picked up a set of 1 lb weights for $1.

I'm going to use them to work on some of the trickier wrist and forearm exercises, as somehow all the free weights below 20lbs are gone, except for one long 8lb dumbbell -- not quite the thing for wrist curls or trying to get the form right on lateral triceps exercises.
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I think I'm sensitive to the fragrance in the blackberry soap I bought recently, since I've developed a slight rash on my chest and neck. I'm switching to an oatmeal-based soap and see if it clears up.

This is at least the second fragrance that I've wound up sensitive to -- artificial sandalwood was the first -- and the third thing that makes me break out into a rash (mango skin being the worst). I hope that it's not a trend.
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Scallions, sourdough bread, garlic cheese curds, unsalted butter, tilapia and black bean empanadas, jar of local honey, 5 pints of strawberries, and three chile pepper plants -- fish, buena malata, and escamillo.

Currently I'm making Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Jam, and will probably make Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup tomorrow. It's just a process of cooking it down, since it is only suppose to fill 2 half-pint jars, and it starts with a dry quart of strawberries.

I did look at the value tomatoes, but they were all slicers, not pasters, and thus not a good buy, so I won't be making ketchup just yet. On the upside, I talked with the guy who makes vinegar from scratch -- fruits and vegetables to wine and then to vinegar, and I think using his Spicebush Vinegar for half the vinegar in the my tomato ketchup recipe might give a really good base -- really savory and flavorful.
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Went to see Synetic Theater's Hunchback of Notre Dame tonight with [personal profile] greenygal as her treat.

This one was a wordless production, but fairly true to the book, including the 'everyone's dead' end.

The use of masks in the production was fantastic, especially with Frollo. There are several scenes where he seems to be fighting his mask -- his real feelings against what he should present to the world -- and in the finale it is Quasimodo against Frollo's mask, to the point where Frollo was killed when Quasimodo broke his mask into two.

Actually, some of the best sequences were of Frollo against himself, generally protrayed by Frollo, a dance troupe of six gargoyles mimicing his every move, and his fevered image of Esmerelda, portrayed in a change of dress and a concealing full-face mask to show this was Frollo's image of her, and not actually her, as Esmerelda wore lighter colors and was one of the few actors not wearing a mask as at all, though she did have make-up making a partial mask across her forehead, as did many of the 'beggar' characters. Phoebus and the guard were portrayed in shiny, military-style gasmasks, which emphasized their authority and also allowed several members of the ensemble to play soldiers (gasmask), gargoyle (plague-doctor mask), or beggar (domino make-up) as the scene required.

The next and final production of the season is going to be Mark of Cain, an original (instead of adapted) peice. I'm not sure if I'll go see it, but generally Synetic doesn't disappoint me.

Next season is already available for subscription, being: The Adventures of Peter Pan, The Trial (Kafka), Titus Andronicus, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is a bit of an odd mix, in my opinion. Of course, it all depends on my employment status when next season rolls around.
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Yesterday I went to [personal profile] greenygal's for a jisgsaw puzzle party -- 5 people, doing a 1000-piece Star Wars Posters puzzle and a 1000-piece Wonder Woman puzzle, while eating snacks and pizza.

It was a lot of fun, and I hope to host a jigsaw party of my own in June. I only have one 850-piece puzzle (and several small Bafflers), so I might have to get a second puzzle if I do that. Possible a Ravensburger antique map puzzle...
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Cheese curds, eggs, spanakopita, tiropita, melitzanosalata, strawberries, pink lady apples, tomatillo and chile pepper plants -- jimmy nardello, fish, buena malata, and king of the north.

I'm hoping the buena malata is productive so that I can make salsa morada this year.

I'm also thinking about making strawberry preserves of some sort, now that strawberry season is fully upon us. I have recipes for strawberry syrup, strawberry vanilla jam, honey sweetened strawberry jam (would a light or dark honey be best?), strawberry meyer lemon marmalade, quick pickled strawberries, and whole strawberries in vanilla syrup.

And lastly, I was at the library yesterday and looked through a cookbook titled Vintage Cakes -- it has a recipe for Watergate Cake with Impeachment Frosting, so I at least know what to serve if the time comes...
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... I'm all for them getting useful feedback, but eShakti only asked about 2 skirts and 10 dresses this time. Not one thing that I would actually buy in the bunch, especially not the trapeze silhouette dress...

I actually included in the feedback "I have bought one dress and one skirt from you -- EVERYTHING else I've bought has been a top or pants. Ask me about your shirts, jackets, and pants!"

I want to tell them about what I want in shirts, jackets, and pants! I know it's not a major part of their brand, but it's what I actually buy from them!
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Yesterday, I watched Eurovision with [personal profile] ell and [personal profile] temve.

That was an experience...

I personally found the winning song bland and forgettable, but Salvador Sobral had the most hilarious reaction faces every time Portugal got another 12, so I was glad for him.

Afterward, Tem and Ell showed me a selection of past winners, and really, this year's finalists were downright staid in comparison to some past winners...
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Olive bread, spanakopita, pita bread, melitzano salata all from Baklava Couture; black pepper chevre, alpsiago (asiago-style) cheese both from Shepherd's Whey Creamery; strawberries, pink lady apples, an ear of popcorn; batard of sourdough from Atwater's; burrata ravioli, fresh fettuccine, and mushroom ragu from Cucinia al Volo as part of their market deal.

Also picked up the following seedlings:
creeping thyme
two Purple Blush tomatillo
two Purple Beauty bell peppers
two fish hot peppers
a Czech black hot pepper
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Went to the 2 nd Thursday contradance at the civic building. Le Vent du Nord was the band -- I stayed the entire three hours and will probably be sore in the morning, but it was totally fun!
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I made kimchi jjigae again today, since it's easy and [personal profile] quigonejinn's post made me think about it. Plenty spicy, but great with rice.

I've started more seeds -- hopefully I'll have some transplantable tomatillos soon. They go like gangbusters when they reach size, but they're incredible fragile when they've just started. Also, I'm trying even more bean varieties -- Flor de Mayo and Sangre del Toro -- which I hope will be productive. It's supposed to rain starting tomorrow through Saturday, so it might be worth it to scatter a few in the ground and see if they do fine on their own.

Oh, and thrift is Armeria maritima; I don't know if I've ever seen it in the wild, and certainly not under that name.
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Planted the maize, squash, peanut, eggplant, bean, and chile pepper seedling today. Used twine to tie up the pea plants into trellises -- there are already pea pods forming, so I might have fresh peas by the end of next week!

It's raining right now, but I might plant more beans tomorrow -- I want to try some tepary beans and Good Mother Stallard beans, and I should put out some tomatillo and cowpeas as well...
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I planted my three hardy kiwi plants in pots today. As they arrived as four inch tall plugs, I figure they could use the time to grow a bit. I also planted za'atar (Syrian oregano), Provencal lavender, 2 pink-flowered strawberries, a red snapdragon, spearmint, and an Italian oregano in pots.

I was going to plant some of the hot peppers, so I weeded out the larkspur which is everywhere in the one bed -- at first I was hoping it was carrots, but it's definitely larkspur and while it was nicely shading out the mint some idiot planted in the ground years ago, I don't want larkspur when I could have vegetables. And piling the pulled larkspur plants on the mint makes a good sunblock, so maybe that will help control the mint for a while, too.

However, I can't find my trowel, at least not this early in the morning. I'm going to clean off -- transplanting pots gets you covered in potting soil -- and look for it again.

At the very least, the day is comparatively cool and a bit overcast, with rain promised this evening. I've set out most of the seedlings. I want to put in the ground out in the approximate places I want to put them, to get them acclimated on a not-brutal day. I'll plant them today or tomorrow, even if I have to buy a new trowel to do so.

And at the very end, I was scattering bone meal and blood meal among the plants in pots and in the ground, and one of my neighbor's French bulldog puppy was very enthusiastic about investigating what I was doing. It probably smelled wonderfully disgusting to him.

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