May 3rd, 2013
Walk: 7 miles
Visited: Luxemborg Garden, Saint Sulpice, St. Germaine, Ile De La Cite.
I found a couple of Indian curry recipes that I have been meaning to try. I finally decided to give the Chana Masala recipe from http://www.cookingandme.com/2013/03/chana-masala-recipe-chole-masala-recipe.html and Chapati recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/indian-chapati-bread/ a try. I love chickpea curry and definitely had a taste for the leaner version of indian bread other than naan.
I think the recipes turned out pretty well. Ben who is 18 months now, loved it too. Both recipes only took 30 minutes to prepare together.
As of late, I have been coming across more and more editorial errors in my reading material. They used to only appear on cheap reading materials but now they are prevalent in every written media. I’ve found errors in newspapers, magazines, and books.
I am not sure how in the days before computers with spell checks software; editors do a better job than today. It seems with more technology, more errors show up on printed material. I wonder if technology is to blame or editors are getting sloppy with their work. I find myself irked when I stumble across an error while reading a good book or article.
Maybe I should just get use to this new norm…..
Every weekday, I come home from work frantic trying to get dinner to the table. I get home about 6:05pm; I am hungry, Ben is hungry and so is J. We are tired of frozen food bags (with that said, it’s still a life saver once in a awhile). Ben does not care for it of course, he is only 16 months!. So we’ve come up with a dinner plan. A schedule for easy evening meals. Yes, very predictable for a project manager (truth be told it was Jim’s idea).
So we’ve got a two weeks plan and recipes to go with it. Most of them consist of crock pot recipes, pressure cooker recipes or rice cooker with timer recipes. So far Ben loves beef stew made in a pressure cooker, beans and ham soup from the crock pot, easy weeknight curries and fried rice. Keeping my fingers cross that this will alleviate the crazy evening rush to get dinner to the table!
So if you have easy weeknight dinner recipes, please send them my way.
It’s summer 2012, I decided that it was time for the old bar under the staircase to go. Yes, there is a bar with a sink and all under the staircase… I supposed it was an 80s thing. $70 dollars for it to be removed (sink cabinets and etc). Time to test my carpentry skills. What could go wrong? Famous last words 😉
Did you know that all sides of the walls and the floor can be not level and in a different direction?… Shims to the rescue!.
3 weekends in,.. i got partial of the frame going. Calling it a night, to be continued…. later…
Late last year, I got the fine idea that during my maternity leave, I was going to have time in my hands to prepare for my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. Yes… I know how ridiculous that sounds like now, no words can really describe the degree of “clueless”. My only excuse is that it was my first pregnancy. I thought if I normally work an average of 10 to 11 hour days, not working with a baby seems like easy street!. Again, “Yes” clueless.
So after Ben was born, and my maternity leave had expired, not a page from the PMBOK was ruffled. Safe to say I was completely out of my league when it comes to juggling baby and lack of sleep. The line “PMP Certication” did not enter my mind once in 3 months. My PMP certification time limit was starting to countdown, there is only 1 year limit before you have to completely reapply and go through the process again. Soon I realize that if I did not start preparing in earnest, I might as well just quit the certification. So I put myself down to the task, starting in May one hour each night after Ben goes to sleep and half days over the weekend. Skipped 1 family trip that I wished I had taken however it was just too risky and skipped a whole lot of gardening this summer. Hubby helped out around the house more than usual so that I’ll have time to study on PMP.
July 9, 2012: Drove myself to Prometric test center at 8am. Sat down and started the exam. I completed the exam in about 3 hours and 40 minutes. Started doing some review but did not complete and ran out of time.
I Passed :-). Proficient in all categories except for one. WHOPPEEEEEEE!!!! Done! Whewwwh… what a relief!
Now to put the knowledge to practice in my day to day activities…… that should be easy right? Right… 😉