An Update on Life

I realized today that it’s been a while since I posted anything. That’s just a shame, and it shouldn’t be this long between posts.

So, I guess an update on life:

Since the last time I posted, I haven’t really done a whole lot. Work has been really busy 1, and being married is like having another job at home.

My wife (who is getting her M.A. in English at Catholic University) has her comprehensive exams this week, so I’ve been hearing a lot about English literary studies and some about English literature. It was the other way around in our undergraduate education (both my wife and I studied English literature at the University of Dallas). Anyway, because of her preoccupation with comps, I’ve been trying to do more around the house to give her more time to study. Including cooking.

Kielbasa & Cabbage. Photo: http://jbl.me/37

If you didn’t already know, I kind of love to cook. Well, sort of. I love cooking when it comes out tasty and beautiful. I also prefer to have energy when I cook, so I’m often not in a good mood to cook for dinner.

Anyway, this weekend I made two really delicious meals. On Saturday we had Kielbasa and Cabbage. It’s hard to convey how delicious this meal was. Other bonuses about this meal: it was really really easy. Like, dead simple. Listen up, guys trying to impress a girl: this recipe is your best friend. Also: it was dirt cheap. We picked up a huge thing of kielbasa from Costco a while back for $7 and used a quarter of it for this meal (I added some extra kielbasa to the recipe), one head of cabbage for $2 and used half, and we always have the rest of the recipe on hand.

Sour Cream Noodle Bake. Source: http://jbl.me/38

Then last night I made this Sour Cream Noodle Bake from the Pioneer Woman. Seriously awesome dish. Most things she has on that site are amazing, and she posts really good pictures of every step of the way, making it easy for anybody to get it right. Also: her website is a WordPress multisite installation running 3.0.5 2 AND running BuddyPress!

If you don’t care about computers or technology, you can stop reading here. Or you can keep on reading, but don’t complain if you don’t understand what I’m saying.

I also got a new computer recently. This is the first desktop that I’ve owned, and I’m really really excited about it. there’s something about the fact that I can customize it as much as I want that is very cool. It came with Windows 7 Professional taking up the whole 500GB HDD, which is far far too much space to give to Windows. Normally I’d just wipe the HDD clean and throw Ubuntu on there, but with the larger monitor capabilities of the desktop, I figured the benefit of being able to watch Netflix outweighed the deficit of Windows’ existence. So I dual booted the computer. I’ll do a full post on that later, as it’s a whole topic in its own right.

Finally, I’ve been trying to teach myself C++ using Google Code University. I thought the hardest part of the language was going to be figuring out which modules to load for any given project. Boy was I wrong. At first that was the hard part. Then I started realizing that there is a HUGE difference between a weakly typed language like JavaScript or PHP and a strongly typed language like C++ (or C, etc.). I was just so confused the first time the compiler told me that I wasn’t allowed to treat an int like a char. And I still have no idea if typecasting is allowed on the fly, and if so, how. It’s going to be a fun process though (I hope).

Also, on Friday I got to meet “Mitcho” Erlewine 3 at a WordPress DC Meetup. Lots and lots of fun. The usual suspects were there (Nacin, Jorbin, Shaun Farrell, Anthony D. Paul, Ben Balter, and Zane Matthews come to mind, but there were more regulars that slip my mind) and a few new faces, like Heather Billings.

Ok, I’ve got to get some work done now.

Notes:

  1. Which reminds me: if you’re a web developer looking for work in the Washington DC area, my employer, Avendi Media, is hiring. Click here and check it out!
  2. Hopefully she’ll be on 3.1 soon. At least she kept updated through the 3.0.x branch, though!
  3. Pronounced “Early Wine”

Kansas boy transplanted to DC. English major transplanted to web development. Lover of things.