photo: Madawaska, Maine
About: I'm Jen. I live a few miles outside of Boston. I do web work for a non-profit during the day.
This web page has been in all sorts of forms since 1994 when I first wrote HTML in emacs on a Unix terminal at BU. Now I prefer BBEdit on my Mac. I'm never quite sure why I'm doing this
Movable Type 4.0
March 28, 2005
Burger King has announced an Enormous Omelet Sandwich. From the CNN article:
"The sandwich has one sausage patty, two eggs, two American cheese slices and three strips of bacon.
That works out to 730 calories and 47 grams of fat -- more than a Whopper sandwich..."
The article also mentions Hardee's "Monster Thickburger" -- made up of two 1/3-pound slabs of Angus beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered sesame seed bun. It has 1,400 calories and 107 grams of fat.
March 22, 2005
Easter week traditions
Today is Holy Tuesday, which is not the same as Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. I grew up in a Congregational Church and we'd always have a pancake breakfast on Shrove Tuesday. The basement of the church had a huge kitchen and room to eat it, so we'd all get together and have pancakes and bacon. My dad would often be one of the guys cooking in the kitchen. I was allowed to be late for school, which was a treat.I didn't know it then, but apparently this is common in the UK and Ireland.
Apparently, long ago, strict Christian Lenten rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products, so keen housewives made pancakes to use up their supplies of eggs, milk, butter and other fats. They could be easily made and cooked in a skillet or on a griddle. Families ate stacks of them, and pancakes were popular with all classes.
I don't recall much about Holy Tuesday. This is the day Jesus spoke with his disciples at the Mount of Olives, but my church never celebrated this specifically.
On Easter, my family plays the traditional Armenian egg cracking game using hard boiled, colored eggs. The one who cracks another's egg without cracking their own gets to take the cracked egg. Whoever ends with the most eggs, wins (and ends up eating egg salad all week).
March 13, 2005
Some unrelated thoughts & links:
Mireille Giordano says having family photographs hanging in the home is so American. Really? Maybe it's just so not French. I love her floor to ceiling bookshelves.
A lot of the things I thought were Hasidic are actually just plain Jewish. Or perhaps mostly Orthodox and Hasidic. Also I mistakenly thought the way Lubovitch Hasidim look is the way all Hasidim look. Interesting (to me atleast).
This will be the last year Ford makes the Thunderbird. Suprising.
The delicious tag productivity is chock full of helpful tools for getting yourself organized. I set up my bulletin board at work on Friday complete with index cards, yellow stickies, and thumb tacks to keep me on track with multiple projects.
Oh and I love Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub.
Posted by Jen on March 13, 2005
March 3, 2005
I haven't posted in a while and I've even sent myself email saying "blog this" with a link and then never getting around to it.
I've been trying out Basecamp for a large project at work that I'm leading. It's been a great way to organize everything. I saw Jason Fried from 37signals speak at Web Design World and enjoy their blog so just knew that Basecamp would be excellent.
Work has been a lot of thinking about content management systems, web-based collaboration, and also randomly switching between ColdFusion and php, neither of which I know extremely well but both which I seem to be using to get stuff done. My brain is busy. Thankfully I have kexp streaming into my ears and The Diesel feeding me Tex Mex Veggie Wraps and chai or coffee or english breakfast or whatever kind of caffeine I need.
I do wish it would stop snowing and being winter. I love sweaters, but I'm sick of chapped lips and standing in snow banks to pay the parking meter.