Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Starting this week, I switched my in-office day from Wednesdays to Thursdays in an effort for more in-person engagement at the workplace. While most of the people I work with directly (on projects) are not in my office and our collaboration has to continue to be through Teams, I do hope to get some more interaction with my supervisor and other people in my research group out of the switch. I am still fully embracing the WFH lifestyle (and will stay 80% remote if at all possible), but it’s nice to see people once a week.
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I appreciate everybody’s feedback on the Feedly situation. Three weeks ago it looked like Feedly had fixed itself, only to go completely disconnected afterwards. I had no updates from my blog in 19 days, although I’ve posted!
If you know me, I cannot let this rest, so I spent more time online researching what the issue could be (as other feed readers have no problem pulling my RSS feed) and have now employed the help of a Feedly Platform Engineer who had kindly responded to my plea for help on Reddit. He’s been so kind as to get in touch with my hosting provider support directly to figure this out once and for all. Keep your fingers crossed that this will result in a solution.
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We’re coming off a really intensive heat wave. We had four days in the triple digits (up to 106F/42C) this week and it was a little brutal, especially since we didn’t get much relief at night. The temperature stayed above 72F/22C for like three days. While it will still be quite warm this weekend, the Delta Breeze has set in and is bringing some relief to the Sacramento Valley.
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In a recent onset of a homemaking frenzy, not only did I make another batch (4 jars) of apricot jam last weekend, but I also pickled cucumbers, and I am in the process of saving vegetable scraps to make my own veggie broth.
I found pickling cucumbers and fresh apricots at the International Market last week (strangely, these items are harder to find at our regular supermarkets). While I was there, I thought I’d give myself a break from weekly baking and also picked up a loaf of European bread. I used to get that every once in a while and remembered it to be quite good. Sadly, it was very disappointing (in taste) this time and also didn’t last half as long as my sourdough bread, so needless to say I’ll be baking again this weekend. In all honesty, this would be only half the fun if I had to do this out of necessity (our situation is not that dire yet), but it does feel good to snub the prices at the grocery store and produce something homemade that is cheaper and possibly better (because you know what’s in it!). Which things do you make completely from scratch?
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ICYMI: Our kitchen floor is done. I am really thrilled I don’t have to give you any updates on this drawn-out process anymore. When I was scrolling through the photos on my phone (looking for something completely unrelated), I found a picture of the broken tiles from back in 2020. That’s how long ago it was that we first brought it up with the landlords. Anyways, it’s done and we’ve been enjoying the new smooth floors (still exclaiming “We have new floors!” every time we step into the kitchen and don’t wobble on the broken tiles). It does almost feel like a new kitchen.
What’s been going on in your world this week?