February 13th, 2006

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After a couple of rounds of edits, my first full set of Part 7 TOEIC questions was finally accepted. I just got my first draft back for my Part 6 set. It seems to have even more problems than Part 7, probably because these are grammar questions rather than comprehension. I was hoping I could meet my quota before the 15th (end of the first payment period), but it doesn't seem that way now. I do have a half-complete second set of Part 7 questions. But I don't know if they will be approved before the 15th, so my payment could be withheld until next month (didn't meet the quota). I'm glad the editor is patient. I hope I'm not over-troubling her with my ineptitude.

I have something of the house to myself for a little bit, since I have a week to myself. But I also have charge of my brother, which is difficult at best. I thought I'd have some writing time during the latter part of the weekend, though I haven't been alone much up till bedtime, and this bothers me to a great degree. I'm starting to learn again how to look cheerful in spite of current conditions. I don't know yet what will happen with the things I've tried, and I haven't been writing towards my own work since the beginning of the year. I feel I should try to take advantage of this week and take time off to be alone when I can be alone, but maybe this will be counterproductive. I have to learn to plan my time better.

Mostly, I am very tired. Also, my coding work is taking up all my time, so I'm really working practically in my sleep. Maybe it will all be worth it.
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Attempted to make Greek Lemon Chicken Soup for dinner. Based on photographs and recipes online, I believe the proper consistency might be something like a thin hollandaise sauce. With a look not unlike runny meringue. Made up a nice tasty stock the other night, scraped the meat off the perfectly boiled carcass, had the onions and carrots diced. Threw in the lemon juice and peeled off all the zest too, since I don't like wasting lemons. And then, there was the entire problem of the eggs. Soup too hot, eggs not mixed with enough soup beforehand, eggs curdle. End result is a soup that looks like Chinese egg flower soup and tastes like baked milk and lemon chicken. Should've made a hollandaise first and gradually stirred the soup into that, I think.

Came home with a story idea. Wasn't able to sit down with the story idea since I had chores from the moment I got home. I also haven't had a bite to eat since about 10AM. I also have TOEIC edits up to my neck.