Things I’ve learned in the past 24 hours at Olin

After my abysmal failure with learning to vacuum, I've been on a quest to find some domestic talent, to balance out my inability to properly clean.

I was sitting at a homemade white board desk (photo) reading email and trying to figure out what to do. My brain was slightly fuzzy around the edges from 4 hours of Biology Lab reports, and seeing as today is Columbus Day nothing imperatively needed completion. The perfect state to tackle some of the projects that you never quite get around to.

I started out by learning some PHP and CSS so that I will be able to change the SERV website and actually make it usable. (serv.olin.edu). Apparently, I was a little overly ambitious. I wanted to start making a system so that people could input their name and keep track of their service hours, but this is a fairly time intensive process. I settled for a script that took inputs and echoed what they were, along with some text. PHP was interesting, but I think I still want to finish learning perl first. Fun yes, domestic no.

As I was learning PHP, I came across a second bit of new information. Two friends came in to the room to ask if I had a pair of pliers. Apparently, white board markers are extremely flammable due to the fumes from the chemicals. We went outside to test this, and yes it is the case. I would not recommend trying it at home... again, fun, but not domestic.

Finally, on the way back in, I encountered my roommate and another friend in the kitchen, surrounded by a few bags of flour and sugar, and more apples than I'd ever seen in one place. They were teaching tutorial classes on how to make apple pie. Ah-ha! I can't think of anything more domestic than baking. Plus, the end result of baking pie is edible. The gain from vacuuming is a floor you could eat off of, but that's useless without anything to drop on it. So, I combined flour, sugar, salt, butter, water, and apple cider vinegar to make crust. After mixing all of the ingredients, and freezing the crust so it would be solid enough to mold, I added layers of apple slices, sugar, and cinnamon. From there, I cut the top crust into 1/2" strips to use as lattice works. I glazed the top with a mixture of egg and cream to make it shiny and golden.

I would show you a picture of the end result, but I took my pie up to a meeting, and it was quickly gone. I will upload a picture of the remnants later.

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