December 1st, 2001


Blueberry Pie

I'm baking a blueberry pie*. Mmm. Hope it's good. I need something comforting after the way I've felt today. Feel all hot and sweaty now even though I know it's not that hot in here. I hate being sick.

* - No, not from scratch, it's a frozen Mrs. Smith's pie or whatever. They're actually pretty good, if you've never had them, they're much better than you might expect.

Anyways, I don't have the time to make a pie from scratch, especially at 10 minutes to 1 am. I'm sure I could make one that was edible and possibly even quite good, but as I've never made one from scratch before and I've seen it done enough, I'm pretty sure the crust would suck. I'm pretty good in the kitchen but I doubt if (assuming I made a standard crust and not something simple like a graham cracker crust) I could get it right on the first try. Anyways...

The funny thing is, after sleeping almost all day now I can't sleep. D'OH. Oh well. I had passed out right after dinner but then the phone woke me up and since then I haven't been able to get back to sleep. Sigh.


Ok, this is disturbing. UPN and FOX both just went off the air.

I don't have cable. There's nothing to get cut or shut off.

Last time two or more television stations went off the air that I can remember was September 11th.



Ok, that was good.

Freshly baked blueberry pie, still steaming (I waited like 15 minutes so it wouldn't be too hot), with Breyer's vanilla ice cream spooned over the top... man, fantastic.

Of course, now I'm coughing like a mofo and my sore throat is hurting worse than before and I'm thinking that was really stupid, but you know what? It was worth it.

Assuming I survive. *cough cough choke cough*


Surprisingly quiet night, didn't really get bugged even though I'm on call. Thank God.

[Insert something intelligent and witty here, as I'm too bleary to come up with anything myself.]
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Another day done... old friend came over today. He needed to use my computer to record some video (he's got a Sony digital camcorder but no firewire card to transfer the video with), and he brought his N64 and Perfect Dark, so we played that for a few hours while the video transferred and then was burnt onto cd's.

I'm still feeling like crap, but fortunately playing a video game is low-impact at best - I sat in a chair and we talked and laughed while we played, which was nice. Still, it left me with a bad headache and a mild bout of dizziness. I probably shouldn't have been out and up for that long, but I wasn't going to go take a nap with him sitting 5 feet away.

Anyways, playing Perfect Dark with him was a lot of fun - and his camcorder was freaking amazing. It's small and light, easily held in one hand, but it records video at ~720 x 480, 30 fps, stereo, and pretty damn nice quality. Since it's all digital, you can go frame by frame without any blurring or loss of detail, you can go slow mo forward or back, fast forward or reverse, all sorts of things - and record it onto your computer almost effortlessly.

We tried the software that came with it, and it sucked - it recorded AVI's only, at 100 megabytes per minute. Then we tried Microsoft Windows Movie Maker - and while it saves them in a proprietary format and is a little slower, the image quality was almost identical and the audio quality better, and the files were ONE TENTH of the size. So the 34 minutes of tape took ~350 megs instead of 3.5 gigs. Crazy. Too bad he's got nothing that can record it as an mpeg, but oh well.

So today was officially ok. It was fun hanging out with him, and impressive seeing his camcorder in action, but I still felt like crap and whatever. I didn't eat anything for breakfast or lunch as I was feeling kinda sick, and then ate too much for dinner because I was hungry (and it was fried, too, ugh) and so ended up feeling sick for a while afterwards. Now my stomach's calmed down some but I'm thinking I'll probably pass out soon. I feel so worn out. I hate being sick.
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