Monthly Archives: September 2005

Tasty Dinner and Busy Weekend

Last night’s dinner was perfectly fabulous, I must say. We tend to get into a bit of a rut with the same-old, same-old menus (pork chops, sauteed chicken breasts, burgers), so I tried to break out a bit. I poked around America’s Test Kitchen‘s recipe archive and I found an excellent recipe for pan-roasted chicken with a sage and vermouth sauce. I really like how nice and browned the chicken came out, and the sauce was relatively simple and quick. I’ll append the recipe below since ATK seems to demand you register just to access the recipe.

This week has dragged by slowly. Dan had some kind of nasty upper respiratory infection and initially it looked like I caught it too, but since I never developed a fever I guess it was just a nasty cold. It’s all but gone now, leaving me with a slight cough and sore throat and a rather hoarse voice. I’m sure it will all be over with by the end of the weekend.

Registrations for Midwest FurFest are pouring in as people try to beat the 9/30 deadline for cheap registration, and this makes me very happy. After the slow start in getting online registration up earlier this year I was concerned that our overall attendance might take a hit, but all that seems to have happened is people put off registering until the last minute. This is confirmed by the rate at which people are reserving rooms at the hotel. A word of warning: last year we came extremely close to selling out the hotel; this year I would not be surprised if we did in fact sell out. More importantly, as the hotel fills up, certain types of rooms become harder to get (i.e. double, king, whichever) and not being able to get one type or the other can really throw a wrench into people’s plans. Take my advice and reserve now.

Looking ahead to the weekend: Well, there’s Serenity tonight, of course. Tomorrow I have a ton of MFF stuff to work on, and rumor has it that we’ll be joined by hartree. Sunday is the MFF meeting, and while we’re out that way I want to duck into Ikea for a few things.

As promised, here is the recipe for Pan-Roasted Chicken with Sage-Vermouth Sauce:

Kennel cough?

Well, that was actually a pretty productive weekend. Our agenda was pretty short, since takaza has been fighting an upper respiratory infection (or as linnaeus called it, “kennel cough”) for the last few days and so was not up for a whole lot. On Friday, Datahawk joined us after work and he had a pleasant evening of chatting, tasty pork chops, and (heaven help us all) We {heart} Katamari, the sequel to Katamari Damacy. Paul was off for an early bike ride thing so he turned in early and we were all pretty tired so we turned in around 10 PM. Sorry we couldn’t join you, Woody – it sounds like it would have been a fun time!

On Saturday I met up with partran and we walked around Little Italy for a bit, then caught a bus up to Wicker Park and walked around there some. I looked lustfully at some recumbent bikes but they didn’t have anything in stock for under about $2,200. Yeah, I’m thinking not. There’s a place up in Niles that has a pretty lenient test ride policy – I need to try them soon and see what their prices were like.

On Sunday, Dan was feeling well enough to go in to work to catch up on some of the work he’d missed. In the meantime I enjoyed the quiet apartment and got a lot of work done on Midwest FurFest stuff (sorry about all those e-mails, neowolf2!). I still have a ton of work to do on the Restaurant Guide, but otherwise I’m in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, while I was working all afternoon I started to get a tickle in my throat that blossomed into a full-on sore throat. Last night I slept very poorly, with lots of sinus problems and coughing. I’m getting by today, but I think the pseudoephedrine I took is starting to wear off; fortunately I brought more. I’m going to hold off on calling the doctor unless I’m actually running a fever – she can’t really do much besides treat the symptoms anyway, and we have meds for that. Now, if I can just keep from falling asleep…

For Want of a Nail

So I stopped by the Illinois Secretary of State‘s (aka the Department of Motor Vehicles) office yesterday afternoon, because I’m a masochist or something. Actually, it’s because Dan’s car still has North Carolina license plates, and they expire at the end of the month. So I went in to find the place blissfully uncrowded. I got the forms needed and started to fill them out, until I got to the line: FILL IN YOUR IL DRIVERS LICENSE NUMBER. Um, whoops. See, I’ve never quite gotten around to getting an Illinois driver’s license, even though I’ve been here for about a year. Heh. My bad.

Well, the Drivers License office was right next door, so I figured what the heck? I opened the door and was shocked to see that it, too was uncrowded. I was directed to a large, unsmiling man who asked me what I wanted and what documentation I had. I handed him the bundle of papers I had, he looked through it and said, “Where’s your Social Security card?” Aw, crap. I haven’t seen my Social Security card in more than five years. And if it’s still around, it’s somewhere in our storage locker – good luck.

So now it looks like I need to come in a early one day next week and leave by 2:30 PM so I can get to the Social Security office in Waukegan before they close at 4 PM. There’s an office right near us in Chicago, on Lawrence between Western and Damen, but it too closes at 4 PM. And me with a 40-60 minute commute to get there? Yeah, I’ll go to Waukegan. And theoretically all of this needs to get done by the end of the month. Um, yeah. We’ll see.