August 20th, 2002

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Work

Rode into work for the first time in over a week. Took extra time to stretch out before I left. Hamstrings all tightened up. It's slow at work so I'm going to google for cycling warm-up stretches, see what comes up. The ride took me longer than usual as well. I was taking it particularly easy, wanting to ease into things.

They've decided to move us about at work, consolidating the regulars and leaving the far-flung machines open for temps. This is a good thing as it will make things like the quarterly peaks less disruptive to the regular staff. Of course, everyone is resistant to change and finds the upheaval unfair in one fashion or another. Maybe because all of the work-stuff I leave on my desk for reference fits (very loosely) into one file folder I'm not as broken up as everyone else.

Still, today was moving day so that involved resetting all the preferences for my profile on this machine. Gotta have more resolution than 800x600 on this 17-inch monitor. Gotta not have stark white to stare at all night. Gotta reduce the amount of screen real-estate the browser overhead takes. Gotta move my bookmarks over and re-up all the cookies that keep me logged in to sites I want to stay logged in to. A minor hassle, but hey, it's kept me busy.
  • Current Music
    Less than a feeling--Hoodoo Gurus--Ampology
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Success!

Just finished the cleaning and de-cluttering of the downstairs freezer. Defrosted overnight. Wiped out with a warm-water/bleach solution; very dilute and honestly probably not necessary. Got some grunge out of the door seal which can't but help it's performance.

Divided the freezer into three zones, convenient because there are three shelves. The bottom shelf is now for frozen dessert items. Currently occupied by two key-lime pies and a bag and a half of macadamia nut cookie dough. (I'll bake up some of the cookie dough later if it's frozen enough. Otherwise tomorrow.) Middle shelf is for frozen pastas, currently occupied by two bags each of tortellini and stuffed shells. Top shelf is for pizza. Ericka is bringing Lou Malnatti's back from Chicago as comfort food and there are two boxes of mini pizzas that make good microwave snacks when one is in a hurry. One of these is destined for upstairs after that freezer is de-cluttered.

Feels good to have things cleared up. Now to each some of the pizza I cooked last night and embark on the next project!
  • Current Music
    Bleeders--The Wallflowers--Bringing Down The Horse
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Stage 2

Started on the upstairs freezer.

Packed all the food into a medium and two small coolers. Discovered we have an inordinate number of cold-pack thingies. Well, these will serve well to keep the food cool while the cleaning progresses.

This box definitely needed the bleach solution for its wipe-down. A bag of frozen berries melted and leaked, leaving sticky fruit goop on many surfaces. I removed all the baskets and shelves and wiped everything down.

Next step will be washing all the baskets and shelves. I'm leaning towards using the dishwasher as a short-cut. Then we re-load the freezer.

I'm instituting new policy for the freezer upstairs. It will only hold things that Ericka can access and use herself. Anything that requires someone to prepare will be in the downstairs freezer. This will leave convenience foods in the upstairs freezer and quick-sugar frozen treats. My thinking is that anything Ericka would need help preparing will involve a person who will be able-bodied enough to get it from the basement. While things Ericka can prepare for herself she can't get from there. Seems logical to me.

So the downstairs freezer will require some adjustment from its 3-part division of storage. I'm thinking entree items on top shelf. Pastas and side-dishes on the middle and desserts on the bottom. That should cover thing fairly well. I might want to codify a bit more in order to prevent the top shelves from becoming "whatever we have" shelves. My thinking being to not buy frozen goods for which there is not shelf space.

There will be the process of educating Ericka about this, but I think Kelly, her main PCA will buy into the idea. (Kelly's a control freak, so this sort of scheme should appeal.)
  • Current Music
    Take the Bitter With the Sweet--Muddy Waters--Chess Blues Classics - 1957 to 1967
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Doh!

Embossed on the bottom of the freezer shelves: "Do not wash in dishwasher." So much for that short-cut.
  • Current Music
    In the Wild--Hoodoo Gurus--Ampology