A small win of mine, is that I got a 4-month extension on my internship job! It was a little stressful before I got the good news because, as I was preparing my progress report, I realized that I had more troubleshooting success than actual progress. I had a lot of data, but for projects that didn’t work. Since the Winter Term started as well, I was worried about falling behind in the classes I’d have to take if I didn’t continue my job. However, after communicating my progress, I was given another 4 months to work on the project and am no longer worrying about falling behind on my studies!
Since I got an internship extension, it meant that I could drop one of the 2 university courses I was enrolled in. This is a small win in itself because my tuition was $600 lighter, and now, I can sleep in (somewhat) 2 days of the week now.
I bought a USB Wi-fi adapter recently. Now my misbehaving Wi-fi card has a back-up, albeit a super clunky one. It’s okay.
I made up a spaghetti sauce recipe that is quite good! Here is it below:
- 4 medium-sized tomatoes, cut into quarters
- A small handful of dried mushrooms (a mix is best)
- A small handful of sun-dried tomatoes
- Half a zucchini, diced
- Half a green pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup generic tomato sauce
- (Optional) Small can (about 1/2 cup) tomato paste to thicken the sauce
- Chopped basil (4-5 leaves)
- Splash of fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 2 shallots, sliced thinly
- Chopped parsley (to taste)
- Grated Parmesan cheese (to taste)
- In a large pot, fry the shallots in some oil; in another little pot, boil the sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms together in 1 cup of water and let it reduce to about half the original volume.
- After the shallots are fried, throw in the vegetables (green pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes) and cook together. Then, add in the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes (along with the water that you boiled them in).
- Using the little fry pan, fry up some garlic with butter (optional here, but you can also fry some chopped green onion together with the garlic, too).
- While the garlic (and green onion if you used it) is sizzling in the butter, add in the 1/2 cup of tomato sauce to the pot of vegetables. Keep stirring contents of both until the garlic has browned a little.
- Then, pour the garlic (green onion) butter mix into the large pot with the vegetables and sauce.
- If the consistency of the sauce is too runny, here is where you add in the tomato paste.
- Here, I taste the sauce and generally add 1 tbsp honey and 1tbsp fish sauce to it (optional).
- Then, near the end, I will throw in the chopped basil, stir it around, and turn off the heat.
- Now, the sauce is ready to serve with the pasta! ( I generally have the parsley and Parmesan cheese on the side and add it to my pasta after plating it).
To end, an inspiring quote I found:
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
Small wins are small, yes, but mighty! Let’s keep celebrating them! 🙂