Monday dinner: Brown rice, mom’s stir-fry of pressed tofu/chicken/pickled mustard greens, mom’s stir-fried small dry fish (小魚), rainbow chard stir-fried with garlic.
Tuesday dinner: Brown rice, mom’s stir-fried small dry fish (小魚), fried egg, stir-fry: extra firm tofu, carrots, celery, garlic, Chinese cooking wine, salt, sugar. I think one magic taste of my mom’s cooking that I had a hard time recreating until now comes from Chinese cooking wine! Another piece of the puzzle unlocks.
Wednesday dinner: Brown rice, the rest of the stir-fry of tofu/carrots/celery, the rest of the rainbow chard stir-fried with garlic.
Thursday dinner: Brown rice, the last of mom’s stir-fry of pressed tofu/chicken/pickled mustard greens, mom’s stir-fried small dry fish, some kale stir-fried with garlic.
Friday dinner: The last zong zi, the rest of the kale stir-fried with garlic.
Saturday dinner: Ramen with a few handfuls of spinach.
Sunday dinner: Eating out at a Korean place in town. I got Kimchi jigae (kimchi stew - to me, indistuigishable from korean tofu soup with kimchi, tofu, and beef).
Tuesday dinner: Fried rice: onions, brown rice, eggs, broccoli (stir-fried first with garlic), and the Essential but Surprise Ingredient of…ketchup. This was my first time pouring the uncooked, beaten eggs directly over the rice instead of cooking the egg separately, and I’m not sure if it made my fried rice moister than usual. And, another buttermilk chicken drumstick.
Wednesday dinner: More fried rice, more chicken drumstick.
Thursday dinner: Thanksgiving, duh.
Friday dinner: By mom: soup (turkey drumsticks, napa cabbage, cellophane noodles (fen3 si1, 粉絲); stir-fry of tomatoes, green bell peppers and green onions; stir-fry of pressed tofu (do4 gan1, 豆干), chicken, pickled (preserved?) mustard greens (zha4 cai4, 榨菜).
The fellowship coordinator at school sent out this handy inspiration:
You get three years of funding, at $44,000 per year. Your application packet is 5 pages (3 pages of personal statement and 2 pages of research proposal). If you are awarded the fellowship, each page you wrote earned you about $26,4000!
Thursday dinner: Dinner with Mike! The last of the chicken noodle soup with carrots, celery, and napa cabbage.
Friday night: Eating out at a burger place downtown. Their tater tots came with ranch and bacon :)
Saturday dinner: Eating out at a great Vietnamese/Asian place in town (which is super close to campus). Pho and vermicelli with beef.
Sunday dinner: Kale and white bean stew with garlic bread and a poached egg on top.I think this is a recipe I will continue making in the future. I used Chinese cooking wine (rice wine) instead of dry white wine and onions instead of shallots.
What to look for in a partner (according to my dad)
1. Is this person a fundamentally good person? Do they have a good heart, a kind heart?
2. How does this person react to his or her mistakes? Does or can this person learn from his or her mistakes? Is there a self feedback loop in place? You will be growing as a person throughout the relationship. You want the other person to be growing as well so you can grow individually as well as together. The relationship won’t work if you are growing and the other person is not changing. Of course…it’s possible it might work if both people do not grow and stay the same…but I think that is uncommon.
3. But in the end…what matters is, is your heart happy? Are you happy? This first two points are rational points…and relationships are emotional. It can be hard to use rational guidelines for emotional matters. So in the end, it all comes down to if you are happy.
“Once we have a firm practice of compassion our state of mind becomes stronger which leads to inner peace, giving rise to self-confidence, which reduces fear. This makes for constructive members of the community. Self-centredness on the other hand leads to distance, suspicion, mistrust and loneliness, with unhappiness as the result." - The Dalai Lama
I don’t get it yet but I’m sure it’s something good.
Being compassionate -> -> -> less fear. What does it mean to have a stronger state of mind?
A rule of thumb I thought of Saturday morning as I was waking up at 7am for a conference:
Say I divide the weekend into 6 slots: morning, afternoon, and night on both Saturday and Sunday.
I should aim to have at least 2 of those 6 slots free of active interaction with other people. One of those 2 portions should be a morning (so I can sleep in at least one day of the week…this is important for morale).
Monday dinner: Zha jiang mian (炸醬面) with blanched bok choy. This time the zhajiang is mom-made and SUPER DELICIOUS.
Tuesday dinner: More zha jiang mian, this time with steamed broccoli and julienned carrot.Also, a cup of the water I used to steam the broccoli with = soup. (When I “steam” broccoli I put the chopped pieces directly in a thin layer of water, boil the water, and taste test or watch for the changing color of cooked broccoli. This way I don’t need to fiddle with steamer trays, and I get to drink delicious broccoli-infused soup.)
Wednesday dinner: More zha jiang mian, with blanched bok choy and julienned carrot.
Friday night: Tucson Meet Yourself festival! Arepas, empanadas (with cilantro? dripping sauce), chicken tamal, crepe with nutella and sugar, aebelskivers, gallo pinto, almond milk tea with fruit jelly.
Saturday dinner: Leftover chicken noodle soup and sauteed broccoli that was very plain because I forgot to add salt.
Sunday dinner: Baked Quinoa Patties with dipping “sauce” of leftover oregano + lemon juice + oil and the last drumstick. It takes a while to chop and mix everything for the patties (1 hour), but you make enough for several meal/snacks and it does seem to be conveniently designed (like a stir fry) to use up your vegetable odds and ends (e.g. I used green onions instead of chives). I’m not a fan at all of plain quinoa cooked like oatmeal, but it’s pretty good in this rendition. The lemony brightness of the dip was great with the pattie. For the leftover patties I might just squeeze some lemon juice on top. Or try it with hummus. And ketchup as dip would be delicious.
One maddening tendency of any small electronic device is that whenever the battery is low, it wastes most of its remaining power beeping and flashing to tell you that battery is low. Similarly, the human body comes with many self-defeating [&]
tend to be the ones where I’m most overwhelmed. I think 4 deadlines (# of assignments due Wednesday) are physically impossible to meet in one night.
I have noticed in grad school the amount of work is greater but the grading (and in some cases, the deadlines) are more flexible. E.g. You put serious thought into this? 85%+!
I have been reading lots of journal articles as our homework (2-6 pieces a week). It’s nice because they’ve all been handpicked by the professor…so they’re all high-quality papers. A different experience than trying to comb through literature by yourself.
Dark-chocolate covered almonds are a delicious but expensive snack (organic, $15-17/lbs for real).
Monday dinner: Leftover curried cabbage soup with rice. Soup more palatable with rice.
Tuesday dinner:Leek and tofu stir-fry and a fried egg on rice. And a bowl of ice cream. Stir fry= 1/2 leek, sliced + dry tofu (豆腐干), cubed. Cooked with rice cooking wine, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and salt.
Wednesday dinner: Use-up-produce-day: Stir-fry with 1/4 onion, 1/2 a leek, 1 button mushroom, 2 garlic cloves. Hardboiled egg sprinkled with black pepper. Roasted potato wedges with oil, salt, and paprika. The very teeny tiny end piece of a loaf of bread.
Thursday dinner: On the plane: A hardboiled egg, leftover pita and tortilla chips, chocolate-covered almonds. At Mike’s place: 2 ribs and a spicy tortilla. At home: 2 guavas.
Friday night: Dinner at home! Bone soup with shiitake mushrooms and napa cabbage, brown rice, beef tendon, duck? wings, some duck? organ meet that is not liver.
Saturday dinner: Italian food (lobster ravioli, pasta carbonara) at a meh restaurant in the city.
Sunday dinner: Mom-made stir-fry rice noodles (炒米粉, chao3 mi3 fen3) with carrots, cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, chicken. Stir-fried dried small fish (小魚) with sliced almonds and chilies.
My name is [D] and I was your student at [local high school] in 2006-2007. I wanted to reach out to say thank you for giving us a solid structure in how to set up word problem: listing out your givens, your unknowns, and what the problem is asking you to find. This structure has stayed with me and has been tremendously helpful in the past 5 years, first in taking physics/environmental courses at [university 1] as an undergraduate and now natural resources/hydrology courses at [university 2] as a graduate student. In these classes, I have observed a number of students getting confused while working through problems because they start plugging numbers into equations before getting lost and unsure of what they are actually solving for. The format you introduced to us back then has never failed.
No reply needed, just a short message to say thank you. Hope you have been well and continuing to teach some rockin’ physics classes.
And he replied!
Thank you very much, [D]. I remember you and I hope that you are doing well.
I appreciate your kind words and I wish you the best.
“How, in light of Creation’s complexity, could devotion / stand free from inquiry, vast love from articulation?”—excerpt from the poem “The Trinity Years” in the book First Hand by Linda Biers (K picked up this book in Seattle, in that little bookstore in a basement. The author is from Bainbridge Island.)
Sunday lunch: A piece of toast with a layer of (Trader Joe’s) guacamole and a fried egg, with freshly ground black pepper on top.
Sunday dinner: Curried Cabbage Soup. Meh. Didn’t cut the cabbage thinly enough? Too much water? Too much curry? Not enough salt? Should have used garbanzo beans instead of substituting leftover green lentils?
I am desperately sitting here going “latino wizards give me south american wizards of all sorts”
yeah seriously tell us how wizardry’s done in the new world tell me how the wizards from france and spain and britain stamped out the brujos and the medicine men and set up their own schools tell me what the fuck the british raj did to fucking india because the patel twins are going to school in scotland and what are they told about their history, tell me about native american kids learning to say wingardium leviosa with hate in their hearts and tell me about wizarding rabbis bickering about whether you can use potions on the sabbath tell me about the slaves on their ships with their wands broken, mouthing curses in the dark tell me about the runaways that made it with garter snakes wrapped around their wrists that told them when they tasted dogs in the distance, tell me about the underground railroad and abolitionists with unbreakable vows and home-spun invisibility cloaks and disilusionments, using obliviate, using imperio, knowing that they served a higher justice, tell me about what happened to black wizards in the fifties, about what gates they were storming in the sixties tell me about queer wizards taking love potions every morning in their coffee to stay married to their husbands and their wives because what else could they do?
the world only begins and ends with straight white christians if you don’t bother looking any farther than that and too many people don’t and i am tired, tired, tired
Monday:ZhaJian Mien = “Chinese Spaghetti”. Omitted the “sweet bean sauce”/”sweet fermented sauce”/tian2mian4jiang4, talked to my mom, and found out that it was a pretty crucial ingredient. My version was quite salty, and my mom said it’s designed to be salty so it can last 2+ weeks in the fridge. I also cut up pork chop instead of using ground pork. If I made this again, I would try to copy my mom’s recipe (she uses tian2mian4jiang4 and dou4ban4jiang4) or use a different one from online.
Tuesday: Leftover butternut squash + chickpeas, as well as baked spaghetti my project partner made. My first time eating dinner with someone not my mom or M!
Wednesday:ZhaJian Mien + spinach sauteed with garlic + a pork loin chop that I sprinkled/rubbed with salt/pepper/paprika and pan fried. The pork turned out salty (and overcooked).
Thursday: ZhaJian Mien + spinach sauteed with garlic. The zhajian mien sauce is so salty that I only use about 2 spoonfuls of it with each bowl of noodle. At this rate, I’m going to be eating this mien for the next 2 weeks…
Sunday lunch: Noodles and bok choy (local, looks a bit more wild than Ranch 99 bok choy), mixed with zhajian mien sauce.
Sunday dinner: The remaining white beans and cabbage, plus a fresh batch of spinach salad (with bacon, red onion, and some pickled carrots + radishes). The pickle juice clinging to the carrots and radishes add enough zing to salad that I don’t need to bother with dressing.
"Male privilege is “I have a boyfriend” being the only thing that can actually stop someone from hitting on you because they respect another male-bodied person more than they respect your rejection/lack of interest."