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Having to attend to things campus wide, committee work, ALA stuff, etc. in addition to my primary duties is new and challenging. Not overwhelming (yet), but much more to handle and stay on top of then just jetting off to the ref desk after class.
I feel a disturbance in the, someone's...missing their mate.
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Shantay, that sock stays! - Zamms
Real sock realness. - Derrick
There will soon be a reunion. - Derrick
It took ALL DAY LONG and was not without obstacle, but I now have a humidifier and I hope it helps with this awful state of Winter Cold. *achoo!*
Effin' red and white bullseye. - Zamms
I threw congested shade all up and down 14th St. - Derrick
they do help. I was having bad trouble sleeping until we plugged ours in. - RepoRat
Cool. My throat has been SO dry, and I felt my worst when trying to go to sleep and upon waking. Looking forward to some relief. - Derrick
I photographed my biscuit process, haha. #rodfather
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The complete set is on my flickr page. Also, that's a lot of gotdang butter. - Derrick
or, as we say, "enough" - Glen Campbell
Yum! - Anne Bouey
Super Yum! - Katy S from iPhone
I made a batch yesterday and this one today and all but about three are in the freezer for will call noms. Especially now that I picked up some bacon. And cheese. >.> - Derrick
What recipe are you using again? - Katie
I looked at maybe a half dozen different recipes and stole what I liked from each, and then tweaked that a couple more times to test and prove it. - Derrick
Those always turn out to be the best :D - Katie
Agreed! - Derrick
A great tip I learned from one of them was freezing the butter then grating it on a box grater. That way you don't have to cut it into tiny "pea size" pieces with your fingers. Also, placing the dry ingredients with the butter in the freezer for a few minutes to keep the chill on any heat worked up while prepping. - Derrick
Yes, Derrick, that butter tip has helped me a lot when making scones. It's so simple but really makes things flow better. - Gabrielle
heh, I refrigerate my whole-wheat flour on general principles. it does help in this situation! - RepoRat
dammit, i forgot to get buttermilk at the store today. *adds to list for tomorrow* - holly #ravingfangirl
Oooooooh - Soup in a TARDIS
Yoli, do you see that biscuit cutter? :P - Derrick
I do! Also, I'm hungry! - Yolanda from Android
why am i looking at all these pics when i am starving? NOT SMRT. - holly #ravingfangirl
Want. - Jenica
*breathless* - MoTO Boychick Devil
Due to the wintry mix falling in the DC metro area right now, I will make another batch (or two!) of buttermilk biscuits.
Butter in the freezer to firm up before grating! - Derrick
Can you get through that many biscuits? Or can you freeze them? - Soup in a TARDIS
Oh, for the freezer, for sure. I usually make 9-10 from each batch (though I made some yesterday and ate three!). - Derrick
Oooh, that's good to know. My entire understand of buttermilk biscuits is the buttermilk-flavored ones in the tube from Pilsbury. *fails* - Soup in a TARDIS
I might just join you in biscuit-making; finished the last of the last batch yesterday. Might do bread instead, though. This morning was the last subzero one we'll get for a good while. - RepoRat
I just use Bisquick. That way I can have biscuits or coffeecake or pancakes or whatever without fancy supplies. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Thank you! You just reminded me that I was thinking about making biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast on Monday, and that means I need to start thawing the sausage now. - Catherine Pellegrino
I only started making biscuits in the last six months and I love it. So simple with ingredients I usually have on hand: flour, baking powder/soda, salt, butter, buttermilk. The technique can be a little tricky, but it's worth it! - Derrick
Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups -
Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups
Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups
"It's basically hot bourbon and lemon juice, with a heaping helping of honey. I cut it with a bit of water, too, but that's optional. It's an easy nightcap, steaming and warm, with a stiff shot of booze to put you to sleep, lemon for Vitamin C, and all that sweet honey to make it go down easy." - Derrick from Bookmarklet
thank you, boo. *winks* - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
:) - Derrick
Um, isn't this a hot toddy? That's pretty much how my dad's always made them, anyway. - Kirsten
I've seen a dozen different variations on toddy's (toddies?) recipes since last night and they're not too far apart. I just like the name. And bourbon. - Derrick
Oh sure! Was just confuzzled. - Kirsten
I call it: Delicious. ;) - Derrick
Can you get PLJ over there? I'd use that instead of the Lemon Juice, which could sort of "Muddy" it a bit - Iain Baker
Don't think so, Iain. - Derrick
Damn! It's good stuff - Iain Baker
Oh. I need some bourbon. - maʀtha
Damn. I'm remembering this for next time I get sick. - Jason P
Jason, why wait? - DJF
Landlord came home and shoveled the walk. Oh well.
I was hoping I had enough milk, though I'm happier about finding a stash of lemongrass and green tea, because sick.
I mean, I don't like the sick part, but you do have that bourbon cough syrup recipe too. - Zamms
True, true. - Derrick
Hope you feel better soon. - Kirsten
On third mug of tea. Feeling a little better. Now if I could just finish up that one thing for work... - Derrick
Feel better soon, boo! - Tamara J. B.
WAIT! bourbon cough syrup recipe? DIGAME! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
this book has all sorts of bourbon cough syrup recipes. #OnlySortOfKidding Tieraona Low Dog, MD: Healthy at Home - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I might need shoveling lessons. My landlord, who's done it so far this winter, is out of town.
lift with your legs - jambina
^This. And, like voting in Chicago, it should be done early and often. - Katy S
If the snow is really deep and soggy, don't try to shovel from the bottom - go in layers. Also don't pile it on a storm grate or you can get flooding when it melts. - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm happy our yard, walk way, and sidewalk are rather diminutive. I think I can handle carving out a path so we can get in and out. - Derrick
Yes - this snow is expected to be much wetter and heavier than previous. Don't try to scrape all the snow from the sidewalk and lift it. Take off a level at a time. Spray the shovel with Pam if the snow sticks to it. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
If you have a hydrant, don't forget to clear the area around it. - Katy S
Remember to make a path for the mailman. One of my neighbors only shovels one short path from her front door to her car and that's all. Grrrrr. - bentley
ProTip: Find a kid you can pay to do it. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Everyone is right! - Zamms from iPhone
Not really relevant to your situation (heavy wet snow), but I've learned to throw the snow downwind: one, it doesn't blow back in your face; and two, it's less likely to blow back down into the canyon you're gradually carving out. - Catherine Pellegrino
Try to do it as soon as possible after the storm ends, before it has a chance to freeze or get trampled down. (It will be harder to clear if that happens.) If you can, try to shovel the whole width of the sidewalk and make sure meltwater has a place to run off so that it doesn't pool and freeze on the sidewalk. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks, y'all. Plotting my strategy... - Derrick
Be sure to have warm drinks at the ready for when you're done. - Zamms from iPhone
^This, too, is very wise. - Katy S
yes to all of the above. AND - try to shovel BEFORE you step in the snow - that is, shovel in front of you - or you'll have shoe-shaped ice spots that WON"T THAW TIL SPRING. #HasHappened - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
If you remember where your drain is, clear that as best you can so when things thaw it won't flood as much. - Hedgehog
If it looks like it's going to be deep, don't wait till it's over to get started. Take advantage of lulls and start shoveling. Especially with wet, heavy snow, it's better to do it in stages rather than all at once. Also, it keeps people from trampling on it. - bentley
Had a vendor give me a price quote...that happened to be the wrong price, but works in the library's favor to the tune of a $5K savings. I think I'll go with the database.
was that in writing? - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
I believe so. In any event, they're honoring the lower price. - Derrick
For now. Just wait until renewal time. - RepoRat
Yeah, see if you can get language in the contract that specifies that future price increases will be based off the first year's paid price. - Kirsten from Android
We have excellent people that handle all of that stuff actually, so I'm more than happy to bow at their prowess in dealing directly with our vendors. - Derrick
Lord have mercy, I'm using SharePoint.
Resistance is futile - maʀtha
I hate it - Shevonne
I am so sorry. I am SO sorry. (Let me buy you some BBQ to ease your pain.) - Zamms
I'm on a search committee at work and I logged in prior to our first meeting and realized...I was in hell. - Derrick
It happens to all of us at some point. - Katy S from iPhone
We use SharePoint to help us with our disorganisation and hatred needs. - Pete
We use SharePoint to improve password retention. *click file; enter password; click next file enter password; click another file; enter password* - Heather
this thread is win. - RepoRat
it definitely helps raise frustration levels when they are in danger of dropping ... - Laura Norvig
all true. this is all true. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
SharePoint hate? Come on now! - Eric - Let Me Know
*secretly loves SharePoint* - Hookuh Tinypants
Parts and parts and parts and parts and - Eric - Let Me Know
Cross-Country Job Searching : An Interview with Derrick Jefferson | INALJ -
Cross-Country Job Searching : An Interview with Derrick Jefferson | INALJ
O HAI. I forgot I did this interview with Caitlin at Midwinter and my twitter feed started blowing up this morning after it was published. - Derrick from Bookmarklet
Haaaaaaaaaaaaandsome - Johnny from iPhone
And now I see others have shared it. *bows respectfully with gratitude* - Derrick
none of us shared it to lsw and we should have! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Oh hi there - Mo Kargas
<3 that face! - VALZONE#NEWHIP
You clean up nice. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫ from FFHound!
you're the best :) - Caitlin
I love that I made this big ass pitcher of margaritas for the game tonight like I ain't gotta be in the office tomorrow at 8am.
Finish it before the half and you'll be FINE. - Zamms
You're sharing that, right? - Julian
Besides, it's totally going to snow tonight anyway. - Zamms
I dunno, Zamms. I got a little heavy handed with my pours. J, uh, yeah...sure. I'm...sharing. - Derrick
I am having some limoncello whilst making tomato consomme. I've got a easy morning too :) - Iain Baker
Iain, I happen to see my passport in my bag. I could be there in...well, a few short hours. :) - Derrick
There is LOADS of soup - I had a huge bunch of tomatoes to use up. Seriously my favourite soup recipe - lovely clear broth, flavoured with basil. Needs to be served with a drizzle of Olive Oil on the top, and that's about it. - Iain Baker
That sounds gorgeous, Iain! - Half Pint
I'd eat that. - Derrick
I have Jamesons and left over Chinese food haha - Rodfather
Oh yeah. That's kicking in nicely. - Derrick
I made a pizza and yesterday I made chocolate cake. - Katy S
I have a chips and dips hangover today. - Laura Norvig
Adding Delaware and Pennsylvania to my list of new-to-me states.
Yes. :) - Derrick from iPhone
Yes, or rather I will be. Headed there now. - Derrick from iPhone
They totally didn't exist before Derrick visited them. *nods* - RepoRat
we call Pennsylvania the road-kill state. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
C'mon. Philadelphia cream cheese, yo. - Laura Norvig
When will you be in PA Derrick? - Janet
NOW YOU ARE DEL-AWARE!!!! (Stolen from Conan O'Brien. Of course.) - Zamms
I'll be there daily and commuting from Delaware through Sunday for the conference. Heading back to DC on Monday. - Derrick from iPhone
You'll have to check out the eastern shore of MD and the DE beaches when it's warmer. Lots of fun places to visit. I'm actually working on a trip back east for late spring so maybe we can do a mini road trip to the beach! - Corinne L
I saw Wawa for the first time last night and thought about Jim.
#teamSheetz (Sheetz > WaWa any day of the week) - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I'll have to get Caitlin to stop by Wawa one day to check it out. And Sheetz? Hrm. *googles* - Derrick
We don't have Sheetz near us. We have so many Royal Farms around that I can walk to a couple of them, but I'll drive to Wawa for the clean store, good lighting and actually fresh food. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Sheetz is all over the place in Virginia and in PA (where it's headquartered). When I was in college, I lived on Sheetz subs; I had one almost every single night, instead of going to the dining hall (which is how I maxed out my credit card in college). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Just looked. No Sheetz near here either. I'll give Wawa a go. - Derrick
I had a sandwich at Sheetz once. It was tasty. There aren't any in my area of New Jersey, though. - John (bird whisperer)
The nearest Sheetz I have seen locally is in Manassas. - Julian from YouFeed
Julian - There's also a Sheetz in Chantilly, which is closer to DC than Manassas. Because of the way they build their stores, though, once you get into more urban areas, you won't find Sheetz (they can't get zoning approved for their signature awnings, etc.). For some reason, I thought you were in Hagerstown, which is lousy with Sheetz (there seriously seems to be one on every corner up around Hagerstown/Frederick). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
We have many Sheetz and many Turkey Hill. Wawa is more towards Philly. - Janet from FFHound!
I've found Turkey Hill is kind of a crapshoot, though. Some of them are clean, well-lit and nice (like Sheetz and WaWa), but others are pretty crummy and small. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
You can find Sheetz in Frederick, MD and points west from there. I have a Wawa a couple of miles from my house. - Alan
Sheetz > Wawa > Love's > Pilot > any other gas station and convenience store - Holly's favorite Anna
RoFo has darn tasty fried chicken. - Julian
Wawa is definitely > Sheetz, which is > Turkey Hill - Friar Will
+1 Sheetz. Wish they'd expand to New England. - Technodad
Surely I'm not the only one who snickers over the name Sheetz. And for the record, Turkey Hill ice cream is great, the stores, ehhh. - Corinne L
I love Zamms' new avatar. That's all.
Well Zamms has great hair. *puts on Bona Drag* - Derrick
*googles Bona Drag*... sorry - MoTO Boychick Devil
That is his international man of mystery pose. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
I wish I could arch my eyebrow. I'd totally rock that at happy hour. - Derrick
It seems to be genetic, in so far as David can now replay my world-weary look of ironic detachment at me. - Pete
They grow up so fast, don't they, Pete? - Zamms
Oh, yeah. - Pete
*manually uses finger to arch brow* (not quite the same effect) - Derrick
years of practice, my friend. I've worked in libraries a long time. - Zamms
Being wined and dined at the conference. #turntup
Red wine is awesome; FREE red wine? Girl, bye. - Derrick from iPhone
We cute.
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<3 - jambina
Yes, you two are! - Julian
:) - Anne Bouey
you any cuter, it'd be CUTEPOCALYPSE - RepoRat
we really are. - holly #ravingfangirl
All that and a curried goat! - Prairie & I Know It from Android
Fuuuun! - Soup in a TARDIS
Did you check out the computer sandwich builder? It's fun. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
That's a high quality lid you have there. - Eivind
Aww, Wawa! I haven't been to a Wawa in years. - Laura
Is there one in the city? - Julian
This was in Delaware. There's also one right across the street from the Philly Convention Center. *note to self* - Derrick
I also smell like coffee. - Derrick
Welcome to the Wa! - Great Scott!
I was eyerolling because of the hassle, closures, traffic, and hullabaloo about it, but the snow, at least today when it's bright and sunny (and hovering around 0° with the wind chill), is really quite beautiful.
Snow days are REAL.
Perhaps it will actually snow. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
As someone who is new to snow, I'm kind of over it. All it does is cause problems and shuts everything down. - Derrick
I don't mind when it shuts things down. I mind when you have to go work anyway. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I think snow in a non winter climate would make me nuts, for that reason. Here? It's just a thing that happens. - Jenica from iPhone
DC is weird because it gets snow often enough that it should be prepared for it, but not often enough for it to be prepared for it. It's like it forgets how to handle snow every single time it does. - Zamms
DC and Baltimore always blow the snow removal budget on the first snow and then get blasted by the real thing later in the winter. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I don't doubt that snow and lots of it can be exciting for snow lovers and a bit of a pain logistically for it's detractors, but DC weather people and a lot of the residents go crazy when snow is on the horizon. It is exactly what Zamms said and I just want everyone to take a dose of cat tranquilizers. - Derrick
Ha! Maybe you can make it snow cat tranquilizers? - Jenica from iPhone
:) - Derrick
Snow is fun and a novelty for people like me living in a place where it snows once every 4-5 years for an hour. Or it's fun when you're visiting somewhere and get to see the snow, and then leave. I know I'd feel much differently if I had to live there. It's annoying and very dangerous. - Trish R
I disagree -- when you live somewhere that it snows regularly, there's nothing dangerous about it, because municipalities are appropriately prepared to clear the snow, and people don't freak out about it. It's just part of life. It's only dangerous when people get all OMGSNOWMAGEDDON about it. - Jenica
When I lived in NOVA, they closed the schools for one inch of snow because, I was told, they're in the South and it doesn't snow in the South. - bentley
DC is SO OMGSNOWMAGEDDON about it. I guess there hasn't been much snow here since the last Snowmageddon. - Derrick
LOL Derrick -- I think DC may we worse than Atlanta! :) - LoisMarketing
I guess that shows how much I know about snow. I've been deceived into thinking these weather situations are dangerous. Nevermind. Have fun and enjoy your snow days! - Trish R
It's started! - Derrick
Enjoy! Ignore the fearmongering weather dudes! :) - Jenica
while I don't miss winters further north, I do have very sweet memories of snow days in Baltimore spent treking around in the quiet blanket of the neighborhood to gather at whomever's pad with a fireplace. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
We have some laying NE of Baltimore County with more a coming. When I was living in nyc a dozen or so years ago, we had about 12 inches of snow and my wife was shocked that they opened schools on time the next day. - ♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Snow days when you are a kid are pure magic. Sledding, hot chocolate, no school, snowmen, snowball fights. Then, once you grow up, just move to California like I did. - Laura Norvig
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Untitled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Feet of the extinct Moa bird from New Zealand. - Derrick from Bookmarklet
As they say, "They are extinct because there are no Moa." - Prairie & I Know It from Android
Ma'am. - Derrick
(I just read that recently. Heh.) - Prairie & I Know It from Android
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Untitled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Statue from Easter Island. - Derrick from Bookmarklet
He's all "mum's the word" while I am dying to hear his story! - Eivind
The picture doesn't really reveal just how large in scale "he" is. Fascinating. - Derrick
I went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum today and the whole time I was thinking how cool it would be to see all the exhibits with John (bird whisperer).
I feel like he could probably provide a lot of insight. :) - Derrick
Improving my biscuit making skills.
dibs - Glen Campbell
I was watching youtube vids about Pine State Biscuits and got inspired. - Derrick
yum! - ~Courtney F
I'm also convinced after practicing with different recipes and techniques for a while, that biscuits are basically butter and buttermilk held together with just enough flour and pinches of baking powder, soda and salt. - Derrick
basically, yeah. - RepoRat
when I try to make biscuits I either get hockey pucks or doughy blobs. and it makes me so sad, because I love biscuits. LOVE them. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
It's taken me a lot of practice, t-ra. I think I've adjusted the recipe I was using to my liking. I need to work a little further on technique (folds for flakiness and rise), but I'm very happy with these. - Derrick
Do you have a favorite recipe for biscuits? - Yolanda
Obligatory work from home dance break to J.Lo's "Love Don't Cost a Thing" before returning emails. BRB
I should work from home more often. Maybe on days where I don't have to teach or am besieged with hellafied meetings.
It is pretty nice, but you have to stay focused. (And by you, I mean me.) - Zamms
Right now it's a lot of email and scheduling classes for the semester, etc. but it's a light day. Everyone's Polar Vortex'ed out, the students are still out for another week, and my comm faculty aren't back yet because the new building is still under construction, kinda sorta. But I hear you, Herr Zamms! - Derrick
Got all my stuff for the soup! Will go into the slow cooker in the morning. #copycat
Whatchoo cookin'. - Akiva
Soup! - Derrick
what KIND of soup? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Chicken enchilada soup. Which has been all over FF, and I talked about in my feed. - Derrick
I'd eat that. Al's made a super easy taco soup a couple times in recent memory. It's damn good. - SAM
ah, I didn't make the connection. Yum!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I thought I posted the recipe! I know a few people made it just in the last day or so. Perfect weather for it. SAM, give everyone a hello for me, including your four legged critters. Miss you, buddy! - Derrick
Miss you too, sir. Sadie says hi. :) ( She really digs my work from home days. Pretty happy pup right now.) - SAM
*paw bump* - Derrick
I need to dig around for that recipe using FriendFeed's search feature because yes. - Akiva
D, she totally does that too. I guess any good dog worth their salt has learned that one in recent years. - SAM
:) That's awesome. - Derrick
(Akiva, I just posted the recipe to my feed.) - Derrick
Found it. Thanks! - Akiva
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup -
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
This soup requires little prep work for the amount of flavor it yields: I started with my favorite red enchilada sauce as the base; it's so easy but packs in tons of flavor, way more than your average canned stuff. I tossed the sauce into my slow cooker along with corn, beans, and chicken thighs, then left it overnight to work all of its magical slow cooker powers. By morning I had a luscious soup that needed little more than salt and pepper to give it a boost. (Of course, if you feel like gilding the lily, a splash of heavy cream and a handful of cheddar take this recipe over the top!) - Derrick from Bookmarklet
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