Archive for October, 2008

Friend Olympics

I have joked with my friends that we should organize our own sort of Olympic Games. We’d make it up with events of things that we liked. In fact, someone had already adopted the idea last year for a friend’s birthday and called it the “Boba Olympics” or “Bobalympics.” (Boba as in the tapoica pearls if you’re not familiar with them)

Hmm… what would our events be? I have a fair amount of sporty friends, nerdy friends, and engineery friends. Let me make a list:

1) Boba (shooting them through a straw for distance and at a target)
2) 100m Dash and/or 1 mile run
3) Table Tennis
4) Something with a frisbee
5) Accurately assemble a piece of IKEA furniture
6) Driving on a course
7) Assembling a computer!
8) Sudoku or other brain puzzle/game
9) Cooking/Baking Something
10) Playing Rockband/Guitar Hero.

Haha. This was actually kinda fun to think up a bunch of silly and random things.

Scarf Girl, signing off.


The Sugary Goodness of Thai Iced Teas

Who doesn’t love a good Thai iced tea every so often when dining at a Thai restaurant? It’s thick(-ish), refreshing and sweet. Well, because of its allure, my friend and I experimented with trying to make our own.

Well, let me say that I researched a ton of recipes and they all seem to have a similar theme besides the tea: half & half, cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk. No two tea recipes were alike, so my head was spinning a bit from all the possibilities.

Condensed milk makes the Thai tea so yummy and sweet, but boy, does it come with a lot of fat. TONS! Half & half made things okay, but not as sweet. I haven’t tried cream yet because I didn’t have any on hand. Evaporated milk didn’t seem to do anything at all, though maybe I needed to add more.

It almost seems random to me as to how to make a good Thai iced tea. Mostly it’s all about how you like to drink it will determine which dairy you add in. You can use any of the dairy items, it just has to be in the combination that creates the desired sweetness.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Sushi Rice

My friends and I did a sushi night at home recently and so I made sushi rice for the first time. I don’t know if you really have to add in this stuff to make sushi at home, but it did give the rice a nice little something extra. I got this recipe off of

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1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/4 teaspoon of salt

1) Cook rice in a rice cooker. (I used 3 scoops of rice in this case)

2) After rice is done, scoop out the rice into a shallow wide dish/bowl.

3) Mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt until dissolved.

4) After rice has cooled a bit, mix the vinegar solution well into the rice. I didn’t quite use all of the vinegar solution as I was tasting it along the way. I suppose this would’ve been adequate for 3.5 to 4 scoops of rice.



Recycling Ink Jet/Toner Cartridges

One thing that HP (I don’t know if anyone else does this) has done to help in the recycling effort is to include postage paid envelopes/labels with their products. For laser printers, they include a pre-paid label to stick on the box that the new toner came in. For inkjets, they include pre-paid envelope.

Most people probably don’t know what to do with the cartridges after they’re done with them. Recycling is probably their first instinct, but I don’t believe that you can just toss them into your blue bin. So, then what? I know that I’ve seen some bins at Best Buy and maybe Office Depot, but that’s such a pain to remember or make a special trip for.

I’d say most people would recycle if it’s convenient like pushing your blue bin out to the sidewalk or dropping it in the mail.

Battery companies need to start taking some notes here. Maybe they can fold up a small pre-paid and self-addressed envelope (like the one that came in my little inkjet package) into their packs of batteries. It’s not really clear how to recycle/dispose of batteries properly, so let us send it to the experts instead. And while I care about the environment and would like to make efforts to keep batteries out our landfill, I don’t want to keep paying for postage to do so. Heck, I’m sure HP prices in the postage somehow so we’re paying for it anyway. I just don’t want to know that I am. :-p

Scarf Girl, signing off.


Scarf Season!

The other day when I woke up, I noticed that it was colder than it has been in a while. Afterall, it is fall, though my friends not from california would say otherwise, and it’s supposed to be cooler.

Anyway, I decided to break out one of my favorite scarves. Yay, how nice it feels to have a warm neck during those brisk fall mornings.

Scarf Girl, signing off.


Vodka Cranberry

I went to Safeway recently one morning and was watching my cashier beep my items through when I glanced at the conveyor belt and saw the two items that the elderly lady behind be had. One was a bottle of cranberry juice. The other, a bottle of vodka.

Um… will she be consuming this beverage… now? She didn’t particular seem like the cranberry vodka type, but hey, who am I to judge? I’m merely judging the fact that it was 10:30 am and that she was buying cocktail ingredients. That sort of purchase seemed more like a Friday night at 10:30 pm purchase. Hehe.
Scarf Girl, signing off.


The Children Are Our Future

Remember that Whitney Houston song? Well, if the children are our future, we’re screwed.

There’s this article in the Mercury News and it talks about 7-year-old boy who took animals from one part of a zoo and fed it to the crocodiles. Um…sociopath?

Scarf Girl, signing off.