What's for dinner?

That’s one of Alan’s favorite questions during the day.  Unless he is extremely busy (in which case I only hear from him half as often), Alan and I talk around 3-4 times in the course of the day. 

“How are things at work? — Busy?”  (Yup, busy here, too..)

“Did you call your Mom?  How’s Bubu?”  (to which I reply, “I guess they’re fine, she hasn’t called me.”)

“I’m leaving here later at ___…” (depending on whether there is a conference call, meeting, the boss is around, etc.)

“What’s for dinner tonight?” (and I can see him smiling as he asks..)

So even if I’m dead tired by the time I walk up to our place, I feel inspired to whip something up.  The pressure is on more so now that the two Moms are around (my Mom and his Mom), but the main audience is really the king of the house.  Tonight I had pork chops marinated in a Hawaiian sauce (bottled as a 30-minute marinade but in which I had the pork chop marinading in all night and all day) and I made some chicken macaroni salad.  (Got rid of the rotisserie chicken left over from the weekend, plus I’m trying to rid the pantry of any regular pasta as we’re shifting to whole wheat pasta on the way to Somersizing.)

To keep the pork chops healthy, I didn’t fry them but instead cooked it in the Turbo cooker (this is not like the turbo cooker we are used to in Manila) which let the pork chop cook in its natural juices plus very little water and the marinade, then when the liquid had evaporated, there was just enough fat in which to brown the pork chop in.  Alan was happy so I’m happy.. now what am I making for dinner tomorrow night?


Operation Recovery

I’ve been fiddling with my laptop all day, getting the fonts I lost in the re-imaging, trying to sift through the files I recovered from my hard drive courtesy of a recovery software (what else?) — and was it a relief to find that all was not lost.  I even managed to save a merge template I had worked on for the longest time.  It was just rather tedious going through so many files renamed in numbers to find out which ones were reusable, and which ones were beyond hope.

It wasn’t until the end of the day when I realized the Baguio pictures I had “lost” in a rewritable CD and which was the reason I purchased the recovery software in the first place had been wiped out in the re-imaging, too.  So here I am waiting for BadCopy Pro to scan the disc and give me my pictures back.  Once I get them, this time, I’m going to make sure I burn 2 discs for good measure.  I could’ve saved more but the tech who tried to help me out was running out of time.  He told me we could try to save the files but he was off the next day and it might take us all weekend.  I didn’t argue anymore.  Para que pa?  He gave me the laptop working again by the end of the day, I figured I’ll make do and salvage what I can on my own.

So here I am piecing together what I had lost and trying to whip my laptop back into shape.  I’m getting there but it’s a slow drawn out process.  At least the hard drive got cleaned of much of what was not essential.  I have most of the important files from my previous position on the H drive on the company server.  I was about to start archiving the new files there but had postponed it for the longest time.  Now I know better.