I figured I'd spend a minutes doing just a bit of coding for the imminent version 2.0 of Pew Pew Laser Blog. Here I am, two hours later and needing a shower. At least I got the authentication query written.
As for the news in brief, the kitties survived their trip down to the Portland area - they only meowed for the first hour. Christmas was very pleasant, and disaster was avoided on all counts. The husband likes his new lens, and I'm looking forward to going to Teatro Zinzanni.
Saturday afternoon was very relaxing. The husband played Portal and we discovered just how much of a lie the cake was. I enjoyed watching as I made some cookies. I started with a tube of premade sugar cookie dough, pressed into mini-muffin pans and then baked. I then dusted the cookie-cups with powdered sugar, and spooned some microwaved jam into the cups. Then I melted some chocolate chips, scooped them into a platic baggie, cut off the corner of the baggie, and drizzled the chocolate on the cookies.
If you do these, be sure to spray the muffin pan with sprayable butter to grease it. I messed up a second batch tonight by forgetting to do that. Also be sure to press the dough all the way up the sides of muffin cups; leaving a very thin shell of dough at the bottom of the muffin cup. And wrap the jam microwaving bowl in some wax paper to prevent an exploding molten jam disaster.
For the first half of this week, I attended the Silverlight Workshop in Seattle's Capitol Hill district. I did not like the studio space that was used for the workshop; it was very ghetto. Speaker Shawn Wildermuth was very knowledgeable; although his notes were missing some apostrophes. I was excited to go back to work and play with all the new code that we'd gotten, but unfortunately I had actual work to do. On Monday and Tuesday next week, I'll also heading offsite for another conference. There's an NDA involved, but let's just say it will involve a long bus ride and a company sponsored cocktail mixer. Woot!
In other news, that storm was a hell of thing, huh? It started snowing big fluffy snow flakes on Saturday afternoon at the beginning of the party we were throwing. Everyone said that the snow wouldn't stick, so of course the snow stuck. I love watching it snow - watching snow is one of the reasons I first tolerated football on T.V. The snow kept coming for 4 hours, and then turned into rain all night. On Sunday morning, it was snow and rain, and it turned into a non-ending torrential downpour in the afternoon. I was beginning to get worried about the small pond developing in the backyard.
The rain kept up all of Monday, with heavy winds. I didn't have too much difficulty commuting to the Silverlight Workshop though - bus shelters are plentiful around here. But many folks in less urban areas had a tough time of it:
- My mom moved to Tillamook this summer; which is famous for it's cheese and tendency to flood. She's just fine, but is quite done with Tillamook, thank you.
- I5 in Centralia is flooded. Did you hear me? Interstate 5 is effing flooded, man! Many houses flooded, and not all the cattle survived. Even the Walmart's flooded.
Our temporary backyard water feature is gone now, but the news says that another rainstorm might be coming. Dandy.