Archive for August, 2015

Professional-related goals

August 24th, 2015

Recently, I realized that every time I make goals for the year, they relate to my health (like exercise more) or to my hobbies (like play 30 games in a year). I don’t typically make goals that better the professional side of my life, which doesn’t really make sense. That’s an area I work on improving too! Even though more than half of the year has gone by, I still wanted to set some goals relating to being a team lead, software developer, and photographer to accomplish before the year ends. Better late than never, right?


Finish a personal Ember project

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A couple years ago when my work was deciding on a Javascript framework to use, we went with Backbone and Marionette. I became familiar with them after completing 2 Backbone projects, but then part-way through, we changed our mind and switched to Ember. My projects were already complete in Backbone, so it didn’t make sense to rewrite them.

When I went to a Javascript conference recently, I felt behind the times in my little world of Backbone. Everyone around me was talking about Ember or Angular or React! I was disappointed in myself for not trying any of them yet. I went home feeling inspired and set up my very first Ember project… and then Anime convention season came around, and I’ve been busy with cosplay stuff. I’m hoping that after the next con, I can get back to that Ember project (which is a secret for now), and perhaps try the other two. One thing at a time though! Ember first!

Make code reviews a regular thing

Normally I try to take a little time to look over what developers on my team have written before the feature goes out. Because I’ve been busier lately, I’ve been doing less of it or doing them too quickly. Code reviews are important, and one of the best ways to help developers improve. I need to make time for them. They should be regular and more in depth than what I’ve been doing.

Not only that, but if I’m going to code review my team more often, I should be open to it as well. This is also a goal for myself to ask others to review my code.

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Onigirazu follow-up

August 18th, 2015

It makes me happy that several people have tried to make onigirazu since my entry on it and have been enjoying the results :D I’m still making them as well! I thought it’d be helpful to have a follow-up entry on things I’ve learned since then and the fillings I’ve tried.

First, I’ve found that the rice in onigirazu has been drying out when I store them already cut in half. Onigirazu is easier to eat when it’s halved, and while it’s probably ideal to cut it right before you eat it, it’s not practical if you’re bringing it to work like I do.

So, my new solution is to cut them in half, but then wrap them back together again. Think of it like a saran wrap bandage ;) This has helped a lot in keeping the moisture in. Even though I was using sealed tupperware before, the rice still dried up if I didn’t have saran wrap around the open area.

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Second, I actually think onigirazu are better the next day! I normally make a few at a time, and then bring them into work the next few days. One time, I ate an onigirazu shortly after I made it, and it was harder to eat! The seaweed was harder to bite through, and the rice was still loose. When I wait until the next day to eat them, they seem to stay together better and the seaweed is softer.

Now for the fillings I’ve tried!

Tilapia (Fish)

If you’re not sure what to do with left overs, consider putting them in an onigirazu! Sometimes I spoil my turtles with fresh, raw tilapia, and as much as they’d love to eat the full fillet, it’s way too much food for them. (I am a responsible turtle mommy after all.) I had a half fillet left over, so I seasoned it, baked it, and then put it into an onigirazu with lettuce. Simple and easy!

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First Blue Apron delivery

August 11th, 2015

I had heard of Blue Apron before, but I didn’t give it a try until a friend gave me a promo code for one week free. (I mean, who can say no to free food?) Basically it’s a service that mails you 3 recipes a week and the ingredients you need to make those recipes.

You should know that they’re NOT pre-made meals. You have to do all the prep work and cooking yourself. The produce comes whole, so you need to cut them yourself, and the meat is raw and still needs to be cooked. Each dish comes with a recipe card with steps and photos on what to do.

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You might wonder… what’s the point if you still have to do everything yourself? I feel like Blue Apron is great for people who want to cook BUT…

1. Has trouble finding the ingredients. You supply the salt, pepper, and oil yourself, but everything else for the recipes are provided for you and mailed to you.

2. Can’t decide what to make. Uh yeah *raises hand*. This is me and my husband. It’s kind of ridiculous how indecisive we are about food sometimes. Sometimes we can’t even decide on which restaurant to eat at.

You can imagine this is even worse when it comes to picking out new recipes to try. We frequently give up and cook something we’ve done many times before, so we end up with not much variety in our home cooked meals. Blue Apron is nice because they decide for you, and they don’t repeat any recipes in a year. (You fill out a survey ahead of time with your protein preferences.)

3. Don’t like to waste ingredients. This is another problem we face when we try a new recipe. For example, a recipe might call for a tablespoon of tomato paste, but all we can find are 12oz cans of it. We use a bit and then the rest goes to waste! The ingredients Blue Apron mails you are the exact amounts you need.

So… that’s basically us! We always want to cook more often but struggle with the above 3 problems. We got our first delivery recently, and here’s what I thought of the meals.

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