Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
I had a little bit of a breakthrough with a work task this week. Do you know that feeling of working on something and constantly running into roadblocks? I’ve been trying to bring two datasets together (3D models from two different time frames) and they just didn’t want to snap together, but I finally figured it out this week! I finally have results that I can show to my colleague (and the project cooperator) and I am so thrilled.
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I went to the gardening center and got some plants for our backyard last weekend. I got some flowers – cosmos (I love them), dianthus, and a seed mix for California wildflowers (I am so curious about what will grow!) – and also some crop plants – strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini, and herbs. I am trying to keep it simple this year and focus on keeping everything alive during our summer heat. That was a challenge last year when we traveled with my family for a few weeks. Do you plant a garden?
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I tried out a new bread recipe last weekend (a pure rye bread) and it turned out so, so good. Pure rye usually means it only consists of rye flour (+starter), water, and salt. In this case, there was one little helper – buttermilk – which I think contributed largely to the fact that the bread didn’t dry out as quickly as rye bread usually tends to do. It’s darker and denser than wheat bread and very filling. I baked it on Sunday, had my first slice on Monday, and did not see much of a deterioration in quality over the last few days. I am a big fan.
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Tech hack of the week: did you know that your iPhone can pull text out of a picture or screenshot? I shared this little trick with Elisabeth recently but thought you guys might benefit from it too. If you took a picture of something that has text on it or if you want to extract a phrase or paragraph from an article or book page (that is not digital), you can take a picture or screenshot and pull the text out of the image. No manual jotting down is needed.
To use Live Text, you need an iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or later with iOS 15 or later.) It’s so convenient, I use it all the time.
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Kitchen tile update! I wonder if that is going to become a weekly thing and for how long this is going to go on – but here is this week’s scoop.
Nerd that I am, I did some research last weekend. I found out that the kitchen tiles had a company engraved on the bottom – Ladrillera Mecanizada, Mexico – and putting that into Google, I found the company’s website and – lo and behold – found what I think are our exact tiles. The catch (or good thing – you decide!) is: the tiles are only available in Mexico. Some further digging online revealed that once upon a time (10+ years ago), Home Depot seemed to have carried these tiles, but they don’t carry them anymore. I wasn’t able to find them anywhere else (on any other US site) either. I forwarded this information to my landlords.
(On a side note and as a reminder: our landlords are a couple, but the duplex belongs to the landlady’s parents who live overseas and the couple just “manages” the rental. The landlord is pretty handy and does a lot of general repair work around the duplex and I think he realizes that the floor should be redone completely. However, the decision maker is the landlady (and her parents), who seems to think that just replacing some tiles will do. It’s a very interesting dynamic to watch as a sideshow. Haha.)
The landlady thanked me for the research and said her husband would come by on Tuesday with another sample tile that they had picked up somewhere to see if it was a match (it was not!). The color was off and what’s more, the tile was thicker than our current tiles and therefore it would be impossible to create an even surface. When he left, he said he’d talk things over again with his wife and they’d get back to us.
To be continued…
What’s been going on in your world this week?