I've decided to switch to LiveJournal; I think it might be a nicer site to use overall, and I can probably live with the slow speed. I spent much of tonight playing with my account, which doesn't at all make up for my lack of productivity during the day.
I made a disappointing Thai red curry for dinner, using a premade sauce from Thai Kitchen. I've been able to make a really good one before using the same sauce, but this time it didn't turn out. I did make questionable substitutions in the recipe, such as: dried basil leaves in place of fresh basil [I forgot to buy some], water instead of chicken stock [i was too lazy to make up some veggie stock], and nothing instead of fish sauce [in case my roommate wanted to have some]. The veggies tasted pretty good, but the sauce itself was pretty lacking in flavour. Oh well, at least I cooked something.
On a positive note, I'm enjoying my book quite a bit. It doesn't really have any earth-shattering insights, but it does have a lot of interesting facts. Eg.
Many of the famous Muppets were created for ad campaigns: Big Bird is really a variation of a seven-foot rdagon created by Henson or La Choy commercials; Cookie Monster was a pitch-man for Frito-Lay; Grover was used in promotional films for IBM.
I spent an hour last night reading it before going to bed... Now if only writing could keep my attention as well as reading can. I think a lot of my procrastination is due to both tasks on my plate at work being small writing assignments. I really need a third task that's easier on myself, like programming, so that when I feel the urge to distract myself at least I can do something productive.