Happy first day of school! For Junie, anyway; Q has some sort of hour-or-two-long visit thing today, and then half the kindergarten class has their first full day on Wednesday, half on Thursday, and then everyone on Friday. I walked Junie to school, she found her line just as they were getting ready to head in, and it was nice. :^) At work, spent much of the day getting back up to speed, and also fighting through some laptop firewall freakoutery, they made some configuration change that somehow led to massive packet loss when connected to the wireless network. Went to TJ's and Penzeys after work, where at the latter I picked up some jerk chicken seasoning, the latest in my attempts to come up with an additional thing the kids would enjoy... It didn't work out well: It was too spicy, which meant that when I put only a little on, it was too bland, but more of it was too hot for our tastes. This was further enweirdened by the ingredient list on the bottle being rather different from the ingredient list on the web site -- "ginger, brown sugar, sweet chili, garlic, paprika, allspice, lemon grass, thyme, nutmeg, black pepper, cumin, red pepper and jalapeno", says https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/jerk-chicken-and-fish-seasoning/c-24/p-195/pd-s
, but the bottle actually has ancho pepper as the second ingredient, and no sugar, so my hope of a sweet-ish garlic sauce was not to be. I may just try to make a sweet garlic sauce from basic spices, rather than trying to find a blend, will see. (What I really want is the yu hsiang sauce from Dragon Garden, but recipes for things by that name seem to be complicated, and I haven't found it in a jar at TJ's or either of the local supermarkets.) Anyway, I thought the result was ok if boring, but the kids weren't into it, so cross that off the list. Finished the evening with a bunch of miscellaneous logistics, and a major breakthrough in Omni and notepasser stuff at work, giving me hope that we can actually get this thing wrapped up this week.
(Here's what I actually ended up using: 1 tsp jerk chicken seasoning, add 2 tsp water, let it sit for 5 minutes, add the juice from half a lime, add that to 12 oz of cooked chicken in a frying pan, realize there's nowhere near enough liquid there, add another probably 2/3 cup of water. Cook for a minute or two, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 mins or so, add to previously-cooked 10 oz shredded carrots and 8 oz peas. Meh.)