Practice Makes Perfect

Or in my case practice may make enough to pass my German test Saturday afternoon because after looking at some of the sample tests last night I am certain that I shan’t be perfect.

Given The Weather That Wasn’t A Horrible Drive
Granted I worked until about 7pm and then stopped for dinner at El Pollo Norteño, so that had a lot to do with my good drive home. All in all I was home by 9:30pm.

Though I Nearly Wrecked This Morning
I usually think that I am a fairly decent driver, although this morning I completely misread a situation. Near the office I was driving down a decline and saw traffic stopped ahead of me. There are two lanes on the road in which I was driving, the other one was completely empty. Since I drive on this road daily I know that there is rarely severe traffic on it early in the morning. All of my previous data, combined with the road being wet, nearly cost me.

Fortunately I was able to slow down enough, and there was no one coming in the other lane, so I was able to shift lanes.

Was I driving too fast for the conditions? Perhaps.

For my punishment I was unable to get back into the lane in which I needed to be, and when I turned into the Taco Mac parking lot the driveway had a HUGE puddle, one that I feared driving through. Needless to say I did so very gingerly.

No Trivia, Much Studying
Holy smokes do I need to study for Saturday’s exam. I want to be over-prepared, but it may be too late for that.

I’m also trying to budget enough time to start a crockpot for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving potluck lunch in the office. Do you know that there are almost no Ukrainian dishes that can be made in a crockpot, with the exception of borscht? Poop. I was trying so see if I could impress my Ukrainian coworkers on their final lunch for this trip in our office. It’s staggering to me to think that they’ve been in our office for a month, that I’ve only done one post-work outing with them, and that they’ll return to Ukraine on Saturday. I currently have no idea what to make for tomorrow’s lunch; I’d like it to be something that’s not soupy, and perhaps vegetarian. I need to keep in mind that studying for Saturday’s exam is more important to me than impressing my coworkers tomorrow.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to Practice Makes Perfect

  1. Stacy says:

    Eh, I wouldn’t worry about making them Ukrainian food: they’re going to be back there soon enough to eat it. Go full-blown American delicacy: say, a Hamburger Helper cheeseburger macaroni? (hahaha! I jest! I jest!)

  2. I thought about making a tub of mac’n’cheese but someone has already signed up to bring some.

  3. Barb says:

    I’m back (online & goofing off at work normally)
    I’ve had work computer problems, my desktop decided that Internet Explorer was a bad thing & that is the browswer of choice with Matson. IT sent me a loaner laptop that was a piece of shit. So, yesterday morning I worked from home on the computer we have but rarely turn on. Took a while to get my work programs up & running. Loaner laptop# 2 showed up around lunchtime yesterday, so I can into the office & got it all back up & running with the correct programs. It is amazing how you get so used to doing things a certain way & how hard it is to adapt.

    So anyway……. not sure how much personal stuff I want to do on this loaner laptop. But – thought I’d check in here……

    What other food are you having for the potluck? I’ve got a super easy crockpot creamy corn recipe.

  4. Stacy says:

    Um! Want super easy crockpot creamy corn recipe please! Even if Paulie doesn’t.

  5. Barb says:

    Its frozen corn, a box of cream cheese & some salt & pepper. I’d have to look at the recipe at home to tell you how much corn, but really, it depends on how creamy you want it, I seriously think that is all it is. Dang tasty……..

  6. Stacy says:

    I know corn has, like, absolutely zero nutritional value but OH do I love corn. Especially creamy corn at the holidays.

  7. Barb says:

    I’ve got some recipes at home that make the best cream corn the real, long, labor intesive way, but that recipe works great for work functions. And I’m from Iowa, I think it is a rule that I have to like corn.

  8. Stacy says:

    Kinda like I have to like cheese.

  9. Our signup sheet looks like we are a company of fucking kindergarteners — so. many. desserts!

    I want to make a entree, but will settle for a side dish if I can’t make up my mind. My only constraint is that we are eating off of plates, not from bowls, so it can’t be too soupy.

    And fuck that warning is getting on my nerves.

  10. Steve says:

    Good morning from home. I convinced the boss to let me have today off in trade for working this past Sunday. I do have to take one conference call at 1 o’clock but other than that the day is my own pretty much.

    Barb I’m having problems with my derailleur and I think the chain needs to be replaced, which is part of the problem. I was also thinking we need to make a TC run so I was wondering if you and Alan are free tonight.

    Yesterday’s commute home on the bus was two hours 15 minutes. I don’t know how much of that can be blamed on the weather but the bus was late from the go and had to stop and pick up a young lady who uses the wheelchair lift which takes about five minutes to complete. Uggh.


  11. Barb says:

    well – I think we are going to Dean’s house for dinner – let me check with him & see if its still on (& if he wants to more guests, LOL). Its a closer drive for you 2.

  12. Steve says:

    But with due respect to Dean, it doesn’t get our TC fix!

  13. Barb says:

    he’s making Mongolian beef, fried rice & the garlic bok choy……. he did just have his brother & his chinese wife & family here for a visit……… he said sure – come on – he just needs to know if you can make it.

  14. Jenka says:

    Gawd, you’re such a southerner now. Anyone from the mountains knows that when you drive through those pools of water you have to plow your way through as fast as possible. Going slowly only increases your chance of stalling out.

  15. I knew a woman who cracked her engine block by speeding through a deep puddle. I’d rather stall than buy a new engine.

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