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"Sherlock Holmes" (yes, again) -- and Friday at the Festival Office

We went to see "Sherlock Holmes" again, getting home past midnight. Again, what a wonderful movie!

Marilyn got her hair done today, while I stayed home and slept in -- then pretty much goofed off after that. (smile)

I've done little at all most of the day, napping a ton and reading. I have been thinking about a story I'd like to write, but that's about it! I've got this 'Western' thing going on lately, on and off, that keeps popping up. Probably from years of reading Western novels. (smile) And movies and TV shows that I love... (Like "3:10 to Yuma.")

When we got home, I made a batch of Coquito, a rum drink that Angel introduced us to when we visited his home during the holidays. He gave me his recipe and I'd found one online. Anyway, I made my own version, which I'll share here!

Coquito - Charlie & Marilyn's Recipe

A reduced-fat version of an old favorite!


1 (12-ounce) can Lowfat 2% Evaporated Milk (Carnation)
1 (14-ounce) can Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk (Borden)
1 (14-ounce) can Lite Coconut Milk (Thai Kitchen)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup Puerto Rican light/white rum (Barcardi)


Blend all ingredients together until well mixed and frothy. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator and serve well chilled. (Best over ice.)

To be honest, I used slightly more (not a lot) than the cup of rum. (grin) It should probably be chilled before drinking, but we put it over ice and had it right away. It's really yummy! And I've noted the brands we used, but I frankly don't think it matters all that much.

Angel uses the regular versions of the three milks, plus a cinnamon stick in place of the powdered (he drops it in the bottle after pouring in the ingredients). The online recipe calls for two eggs. Both Angel and the online recipe tell you to use a blender, but I just put it all in a bowl and used and egg beater, which worked fine. (Yeah, yeah -- and we still use a bowl and spoon to hand-mix our cookies, too. Go figure.)

As for work at the office on Friday, it was crazy-busy for me! I did do some website edits (!!!), but for the most part it was IT again. Kris contacted me about an issue on Carol's computer (she had a major issue, it turned out -- both viruses and malware -- so I started the process on locating that for him), and I'm glad we've got that taken care of.

We set up the four new stations in the 'spare' office (that people have been using for meetings), and got Laura moved in there. Her computer is cloned for the Marketing Intern, Madhu's computer is cloned for the Finance Assistant and Carol's old computer is set up for Kristen's new seasonal assistant (Karen).

I had to MOVE Laura's phone from the front desk to her new spot, and THAT was interesting! I'm still learning the Administration (backend) side of the phones, and had to change one of the default settings on the phones Hailey and I had set up. Anyway, I'm almost starting to get it now (scary!), so that's a very good thing!

And since the phone meeting on Wednesday, it looks like our phone quality is where it should be (finally). You go, Rick (and Kris)! Rudy has followed up with us, as has Travis, so it's all good!

I had every single box from IT open and spread all over. Kris helped me determine what I could get rid of (two full boxes of stuff that he took away for me), and I re-packed in such a way that I have less boxes now. I also freed up one of the large bins we're using as 'traveling offices,' so that the new events assistant could have one. It's fabulous to feel more organized (and I wasn't that bad before, frankly).

I got Laura and Ashley to help Kris and me move ALL the 'extra' (currently unassigned) computer towers into the room with the new stations. We'll take them one at time and decide what can be used and what can't. There are nine, and I need to end up with six -- but I think some of them are pretty bad, frankly. We might steal parts from some in order to make others into better equipment. Anyway, I'm pretty sure now that I won't need to buy more computers -- which is a good thing, as I probably need to buy monitors and mice... (sigh)

I spoke with Jeff who asked me if he was going to be shocked by the cost of IT -- to which I honestly answered 'yes.' The move has impacted us, of course. Plus we have other IT issues we need to address. And it's clearly a year where we'll need equipment (I've already had to buy some), so... I guess Marilyn had given him a 'head's up' that this would be the case, and of course I'm just going to bluntly tell him the truth. Well, we saved money last year, so...

Sue B. insisted on buying lunch for both Marilyn and me (!!!), even though I was there and had my credit card. She's so good to us! We got food next door, and it was quite good!

I was tired and brain dead by the end of the day -- but also really satisfied with what I got done! Some days feel good simply because of what's accomplished. This was a day like that.

We're up now watching the Australian Open, but heading to bed soon.

Tags: 2010, festival, food, it-manager, it-related, january-2010, jeff, kris, marilyn, movie, reading, recipe, sherlock-holmes, sue-b, work, writing

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