in the afternoon he went out to take care of some visa paperwork, then later borrowed my bike for a grocery run. today's temperature hit 71°F and i took the opportunity to open all the windows and air out the house. that in turn made me realize how dirty the windows were and i spent some time cleaning them with windex. when marco came back from shopping (he bought 4 different kinds of cookies, the man likes his biscuits), i made my own food run as well, but first visiting the bank in union square to deposit a check.
sunset came at 4:30. around 5:00 marco went out for a run. i began my walnut-crusted chicken salad with honey mustard dressing recipe (from a complimentary copy of cuisine at home magazine). i used a mix of leaf lettuce and arugula for the greens, sprinkled with goat cheese. the crusted chicken breasts were sauteed first before baked in the oven. when marco came back home i told him i made too much and invited him to partake. he heated up some bread he had in freezer. the final result was pretty good. the chicken was a bit on the bland side, but the dressing had enough flavor to go around. i used old leftover bread crumbs which left a stale taste; next time i'll use better crumbs.
my 808 key fob mini video camera ($8) arrived today but i didn't get a chance to play around with it until later in the evening. although advertised as having a 740x480 video resolution, it was only 640x480. it wouldn't work at first and i thought it was broken until i realized it needed a microSD memory card (which i had). in my quick tests the videos seem remarkably good given the tiny size of the camera. one negative is the annoying date and timestamp in the corner that can't be removed and so far i haven't figured out how to change it either. this 808 isn't one of the recognized models so it's probably a new version. both avi's and jpeg's begin with an ECAMxxxx prefix. i was thinking about using it as a bike cam or possibly a dog cam (maybe even a kite cam).