Good things: 2 of the 3 book reviews I needed to fetch today are available online. Bad thing: The printer didn't respond to print commands. I had to go in to campus for the third article anyways, this will just save me a bit of running around while I'm there. And I had to go in anyways to run some errands.. aka picking up odds and ends for the nice dinner I have planned for tonight.
It's a bit chilly here today. A rumble of a thunderstorm and the rain is still drizzling. If only today will feed quite as satisfying as yesterday did.
Goals: photocopy/print book reviews and drop them off; run errands; enter more data into db and try doing some more interestesting interlinkages and searches.
I feel content with today, if not overwhelmed by any stretch by my productivity. The errands were run, the articles were printed/copied/dropped off, and I spent some time talking to people in my year of the program. One of them is (somewhat surprisingly) getting married next year. She just had her first book review accepted. Another is teaching a class this summer and gave 4 papers this year. I don't feel inadequate, so much as there is a great deal I need to do. Happily. Sometimes I'm easily intimidated by what others accomplish.
We're waiting around for L. to arrive for dinner. She's running late, which is fine. The oven is pre-heating for the pastries which may or may not be completely inedible. The pastry store is quite competent - but their fridge broke yesterday. More later - she's about to arrive.
Dinner was really good. I intended to have both the main dish and the dessert from an amazing, highly recommended tart shop, but their refridgerator repairperson is, evidently, incompetent. They were very unhappy bakers. This was the fourth time in a few weeks the freezer has failed them. The freezer held the savouries. So much for the idea of a main course from them. However, as they told the woman also patronizing the store at the same time, the pastries without eggs or butter in their primary ingredients might still be okay, if substandard. We were welcome to walk off with 'em. Cheap (free), if imperfect, way to try the product. Still, once warmed in the over, they made very nice appetizers. I'm glad I took advantage of the offer.
In need of a sudden substitute for high-quality quiche, I went with roast chicken, and made the cranberry sage sauce we normally use on meatloaf, but thickened more. It was REALLY good. And the salad was nice. I went just far enough out of my way today to make it to a store which sold good balsamic vinegar (we were out - too many nice recipes and salads call for it). And it's nice having L. back in town. She brought over a bottle of white (from her copious accumulations of party alcohol she keeps trying to be rid of) and we did some catchup from her month away.
And, although no one else 'needed' them at the end of the meal, I'm happy it's strawberry season.
(Overlooked work note: I now have buttons in my Sources Db which do clever things. Happy with them.)