Here's the recipe I wish I could share the smell through the computer.
1 lb of ground sirloin
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium green bell pepper diced about ¼ inch pieces
2 jalepeno chilis chopped and deseeded
1 TBS + 1-1/2 cups beef broth
6 medium cloves garlic, chopped
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, drained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, (do not drain)
2 TBS ground cumin
2 TBS red chili powder
2 TBS dried oregano
1 cup corn kernels frozen
¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
1. Cook sirloin with about a 1/6 of the chopped onion.
2. Heat 1 TBS broth in a medium size soup pot. Healthy Sauté onion and bell pepper in broth over medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring frequently, until translucent. Add garlic, cumin, red chili powder and jalepenos continue to sauté for another minute.
3. Add 1 ½ cups broth and rest of ingredients, except cilantro and corn. Simmer for another 20-30 minutes uncovered. Add corn and cook for another 2 minutes. Add chopped cilantro and season with salt & pepper to taste and serve with cheese and rice.
We also cook up some extra peppers to make it hotter in a skillet and add to the top. YUM!
- "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" - Seen it
- "The Reader"
- "Slumdog Millionaire"
We release "fred" to the company today at 10am. And by noon on a holiday we had over 3500 hours logged (the excitiment is spreading so fast it's contagious!) It's not just about the application either. I was at someone's desk today and I saw their neighbor following new processes and procedures too. that just gives me warm and fuzzies.
Okay end nerdy work talk.
Despite the great dissappointment I decided not to let that get me down so I went swimming in the hotel pool, and now I'm hanging out in the hotel lobby drinking free hot tea, in my $4.50 Boston College Hoodie, and waiting for my laundry to dry. Yup I got a nice thick warm hoodie at the local altheltic supply store for $4.50 - I would have rather had BU, MIT or Harvard but those were not available at this steal of a deal so I went with BC - and being that I had to leave all hoodies in Indiana because of lack of space in my carry on I needed some more warm garb. After I'm done with the laundry I'm going to make my team treats for tomorrow's big release I had planned to order cupcakes from the local bakery with clocks on them but when I called this morning they pretty much told me I needed to call last week. So they will have to live with what I can whip up in my tiny kitchen with no oven.
Anyhow here's a few pics I have taken in the last few days because we all need more pictures.
Look there's my car covered in snow earily this week. It's a Mazada 3 can you tell. For the record I hate it and I can not wait to return it to Enterprise next week.
Oh and this was a sight on the way into the office the other morning. the sun was just coming up behind the city and sky looks pink. the bridge looks cool.
And this is a view out the window today. not the best shot of the snow but I like how the panes of the window frame up the view.
(I'm pretty sure I can share this baby snipet of it). This has been about 18 months coming. Even though we have 2 other releases until I put this project to rest it's nice to accomplish something. So tonight after three 20 hour days we deployed the first phase of my project we call it "FRED". It's been a long road - have I mentioned we went through 5 test analysts, lost a SME to a vendor, changed technical solutions, we had performance problems that brought the app to it's knees, my tech lead had to return to india a week before deployment and much much more.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And like I tell my "super kool team" - it can only get better from here.
Oh in case you wonder what this does - because it's client specific I can't tell you too much but "FRED" tracks time toward requests. In Feb "BARNEY" will be deployed and we will intergrate with another application that will allow for justifying, prioritizing, approving, managing demand for IS resources.
I found a cool place for lunch called gulu's which was this adorable place that was like 1/2 a cafe and another 1/2 beer, meat and cheese bar. Totally cool there was a live band playing with like 10 members and probably 6 customers in the place including myself. But the food was good and so was the atmosphere. If your ever in salem you should pop in.
Then I went to see the psychic not that I really believe them, but it was cheap and how many times can you say a psychic told me my fortune in salem, mass? Not many I don't figure what she said was a little vague anyhow here's a little recap of what she told me -
- I see and chart my own course (this I think is her telling me that I don't really believe a lick of what she was going to say)
- I have a cheerful soul.
- 2008 was a year for changes in my life. 2009 will be more changes and I will probably be in a "metamorphosis wandering phase" for a few years
- I apparently am "getting an addition to my family this year" (jonathan let's get ourselves another fish).
- I am moving someplace "cold" with someone close to me. (perhaps I'm going to buy a house without heat? or one with super good A/C?)
- Apparently at some point (after I get my new fish) I will meet someone who is a "soul companion" and we will only be together briefly because "he will lead me to my one true love"
- Oh I will live to be very old.
So there you have it there's my future as told by Lydia who does not wish to have her picture taken.
Let's see what else I tried to go to the Lizzie Borden Museum and the Witch House both were closed for the winter but I saw them from the outside. I hit a thiftstore where I almost bought a typerwriter for $7 however it was so old I was worried I would not be able to locate ribbon for it and I it might break in transit. I went to the waterfront where I saw the house of seven gables (it really has 8 gables) and the salem light house. Then I returned back to Boston. And because we cannot have adventures without pics here are some pics (note these are taken on my old school point and shoot as the good canon was broken on new years but not to worry I am looking into investing in a new pocket camera, although this one does okay considering it's on 5 megapixels).Me at the house of seven gables. I'm not sure why I look so shocked I took the picture myself.
A self portrait of me and the washington.
Ahhh Bananagrams & Cocktails! this has to be the best gift ever.
The next post will be more interesting surely (but at least I won't miss goal #26. because at least I blogged in the first week of Jan).
- Send 52 postcards - Done
- Visit Maine - Done!
- Purge old shoes - Done although I didn't really get rid of that many.
- Make something just for me - Done - Laptop cover
- Change my blog format (it needs a facelift) - DONE
- Go to the grape (wine) harvest
- Organize my dresser drawers - Done
- Stop using towels for curtains in my bedroom
- EUROPE - Done
- Make Sammie doll clothes
- See all the movies nominated for best picture before the Oscars - Done after Oscars but I saw the Reader this weekend (It was good).
- Go on another K&K road trip
- Do something faster than Janelle - Done - I blog faster!
- Eat an entire meal blindfolded
- Wear Mismatched shoes - Done
- Meridian Street home tour
- Work in a soup kitchen/food pantry
- Buy more vending art - Done
- Learn a setting that isn’t auto for my camera - In all fairness jodie tried to teach me.
- Make something with sequins
- Host a party
- Change light bulbs in the garage - DONE (no photo but Jono can attest to this one)
- Buy a typewriter - DONE
- Talk to grandpa about grannies charm bracelet - DONE JJ even recorded it.
- Cook with a new recipe - DONE
- Blog once a week - Done in fact I blogged 174 times
- Go on a date or even several dates (time to get back out there) - DONE
- Get chairs for the kitchen table - 1/2 DONE
- See a water polo match
- Finish Reading – Hot, Flat, and Crowded
- Take a staycation
- Do something with my flattened pennies - Started
- Guerilla Christmas Ornament Fortunes - DONE
- Spend a day on Mass Ave - DONE
- Make a new lifelong friend - too soon to tell if it's lifelong
- Visit the art stores in the back bay
- Get a font of my handwriting
- Take Jeanne to that dueling piano bar (we'll let her spin the wheel)
- Listen to some different musicians - Done I've been downloading some new music
- Hit the treadmill 3 times a week
- Write a “best of list” - DONE
- Redeem Lita’s girls weekend coupon - DONE
- Take a picnic - DONE
- Read 2 books about history - DONE
- Knit Legwarmers
- Grow something - Tomatoes Done
- Go to art exhibit opening or show
- Do the Crownhill Cemetery tour
- Take a hike- Done
- Make that t-shirt quilt
- Get Jonathan to quit smoking cigarettes (surprisingly he asked for this to be on the list) - DONE
- Make another list for 2010 - DONE