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March 27, 2003
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Jet Eats!

Quiet day at home with Jet. I have a ton of things to do for work. I cancelled on a meeting this morning because I knew that one of the three people wasn't going to make it and I really didn't have anything to say to the other. I needed the hour to get caught up on some part of the Massively Overdue Project. So I worked.

Jet helped immensely by napping long. He slept for a good two hours, and it helped me out a great deal. I needed that.

But it did mean that he didn't get up until nearly 3, so we had a really late lunch. I steamed a bow for me and a sticky rice bundle for him, and we ate in front of the TV. He loves the sticky rice and was dancing while I unwrapped it for him. He munched a good half of the bundle. He seems to be, consistently, eating more since our vacation, and it's a great thing to see.

John got home around 4:30 and took over. So I worked some more, trying to make up for taking Monday off. John made a very simple fish stick dinner, and we got to open our bottle of "Fish Stick Enhancement System". Heinz got very, very inventive with their labels a while back and I hadn't been able to resist. The old bottle of ketchup was gone, so it was good to open the new. Jet loves having something to dip fries in, so he got as much of it as he wanted. It amazed both of us that he ate his fish stick first, and *then* most of his fries. It's cool that he's choosing that way.

The long nap had helped me for work, but it kept Jet up late tonight, so John went to sleep at 9, and I took over getting Jet to sleep. We had to brush his teeth twice, as he wanted milk, the juice, and then milk again. On the second glass of milk, he just took two swallows and was finally asleep, at about 10:30. Whew.

I stayed up a bit afterwards, just to wind down, watch a little Food TV, and think a little. I got to see Tyler Florence's Ultimate Recipes, and while I was very impressed with his sources that he saw to see the best of roast chickens, I wasn't nearly as impressed with the recipe he came up with. The again, any recipe with 3/4 pound of bacon and half a pound of butter has got to taste good. Right?

I dunno.

I also got to see smatterings of the Cook's Tour when Tony goes to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the culinary wasteland that is America's Mall. It was pretty funny. I was especially bemused that when they did go to a great restaurant in the area Tony was intrigued by and had them film all the burns on all the professional chefs in the kitchen. "Look, you could put this guy in an Armani suit and you'd still know who and what he was by these burns."

I dunno about you, but I haven't seen many sleeveless Armani suits.

Still, the example itself was intriguing. Consequences. Lots of hot items in the kitchen, most of which have to be handled, one way or another. Time pressure galore. So the burns. I'll have to remember that if I ever want to be a professional chef.

If.

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