Recent Huân's Journal

  • HV on Crime and Context 6/17/15 HV6/16/15How are you today? SO HAPPY THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL. IT HAS BEEN A LONG YEAR. I AM READY FOR A BREAK!CRIME ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 4:47 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Huan's Notes 6/9/15 From: Meghann Parkinson <mparkinson18@gmail.com>Date: Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 12:00 PMSubject: Huan's Notes 6/9/15To: Huong Pham <huongnpham@gmail.com>HV6 ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • HV on Can you see me? So, today we had our APS visitors. I gave Huan a bunch of choices for his lesson - Investment,  Robert Frost and Can You See Me? - a lesson featuring Ido Kedar ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2015, 3:20 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Courage Lesson On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 12:26 PM, Meghann Parkinson <mparkinson18@gmail.com> wrote:Hello!Here is Huan's writing from our Harry Potter lesson on Courage! He mostly ...
    Posted May 26, 2015, 9:43 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Huan on Memoir's! HV5/5/15What is the holiday today? CINCO DE MAYOWhat should we talk about? MEMOIRS.How was your day today? NO BAD, PRETTY CRAZY BODY, FOR ME ...
    Posted May 7, 2015, 2:15 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
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What's Up

  • Gia Phả (Family Tree record) Just happened that Huân's homework is to fill out the family tree, and ... I don't remember our grand father/mother names! So, anh Trung came to the rescue with these two pictures of the documents, which Bố had prepared, as if Bố already knew of this day!
    Posted Sep 26, 2016, 9:48 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Dream Job A dream job is one which you would do it for free! And I think Huan has his dream job todayAugust 25th, working at the library
    Posted Aug 25, 2013, 1:54 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Will & Trust We know that we should do this sooner, but procrastinations are us!Oh well, now is better than later, so here they are   Our WishesB&T to take care of HOne (B&T to share the responsibility) to visit every weekOne (B&T to share the responsibility) to take H to activity, when needed.Have H to come & stay with either B & T, at least a week each yearLegal AssetsBank of America, account number:Should be evenly divided to BTHWell Fargo, account numberShould be evenly divided to BTHHonda, Accord LX, carFor Bảo first, then ThuỵToyota, Sienna LE, mini vanFor Bảo first, then ThuỵHouse, 3701 N. Albemarle StreetFor ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2013, 5:53 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • D2 Yep! That's the name we called ourselves. The D2. Now, sitting here thinking about the name, can't help but laugh out loud on the silly things we do when we were young!
    Posted Oct 16, 2012, 2:55 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Huan's BW Portrait Found Huan's portrait, taken by a teacher at school. It's a BW image, and it captures the forever happiness and innocence of Huan.
    Posted Apr 1, 2012, 3:00 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
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Recent recipes

  • Enchiladas (work in progress) Ingredients:~10-15 Tortillas (preferably small)1 can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (~12oz)1 lb Ground meat (chicken, beef, etc)Mexican cheeseTomatillo sauceOptional:CilantroDiced onionsSalsaExperimental:Chicken broth2 Tbsp Tomato pasteDirections:1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.1 exp. Prepare the tortillas by microwaving them wrapped in a damp paper towel for 30 seconds, then frying them in a pan with oil.2. Add oil and fry the ground meat at medium high heat until brown. Add about 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce and chipotle peppers into the pan and mix well. 2 exp. Add 1 cup of chicken broth slowly to make sure a sauce forms. After 1 cup ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2021, 2:47 PM by Thuy Vuong
  • Cherry Pie Adapted from https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cherry-pie-recipe-1913275 and https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018759-twin-peaks-cherry-pie, simplified by using a pre-made crust.Ingredients:2 Pre-made refrigerated pie crust doughs~4 cups cherries, fresh or frozen1/2 cup granulated sugar3 tablespoons cornstarch1/4 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons cherry liqueur or cherry flavored brandy (optional)1-2 tablespoons butter1 whole eggAll-purpose FlourRaw sugarDirections:1. Mix the cherries, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium-size saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries thaw (if frozen) and the cornstarch and sugar dissolve. Reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally to keep cherries from burning, and cook ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 8:19 PM by Thuy Vuong
  • Mapo Tofu Ingredients for 1 Serving, adapted from https://blog.themalamarket.com/chengdu-challenge-10-mapo-doufu/Ingredients2 ounces (60 grams) ground meat6 tablespoons peanut or canola oil2 tablespoons Pixian chili bean paste (doubanjiang)2 teaspoons fermented black beans (douchi), rinsed and roughly chopped1 tablespoon Sichuan chili flakes (ground chilies)1 cup chicken stock1 teaspoon soy sauce6 to 8 scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths1 block Asian soft tofu (around 19 ounces), cut in 3/4-inch dicetablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorns (to taste and according to potency of pepper; see note)InstructionsToast the 1 teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorns until fragrant ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 8:20 PM by Thuy Vuong
  • Bánh Chưng Update Jan 15th 2023Able to make 18 5"x5"x2-1.2" bánh chưng, from following materials10lbs sweet rice, 6tsp saltUse 1cup to scoop to make thin 2", or 1-1/4 to scoop to make thick 3"3 bags of mung beans, 6tsp salt, 6tsp ground pepper3-1/2 bags of banana leaves3lbs pork bellies1/3lbs of shallotsThe templates to cut banana leaves7" x 7" - Corners, need 410" x 5-1/4" - Sides, need 25" x 5" - Top/Bottom, need 2Ingredients to make 4 bánh chưng, about 5" square.3lbs of sweet rice1 bag of mung bean1 bag of banana leaves1lb of pork bellies1 ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2023, 11:43 AM by Ly Vuong
  • Spicy Sausage Cheese Balls Ingredients 1 lb of hot sausage 1 3/4 c of bisquuick 2 c sharp cheddar cheese 1 tsp of garlic powder Directions Mix all the ingredients up by hand in a mixing bowl. Then make bite size balls place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. On 2/23/2014, we did this but they came out pretty dry! So, I checked only, the Betty Crock's version, she added 1/2 cup of milk, and preheated the oven at 375. So here are the changes to the recipe if we don't want them to come out too dry: add some sort of liquid, like milk; or finely minced garlic, or onion; and ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2014, 6:03 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
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Recent Car Journal

  • Green Honda - Oil Tracking July 8th, 2017: Added 2 quarts of oil
    Posted Jul 8, 2017, 7:07 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • 2002 Honda CEL Following codes:P1259: Vtec System MalfunctionP0420: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)P0301: Cylinder #1 MisfireP0128: Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)P1738: second clutch ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2016, 8:05 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Sienna Catalytic Converter Bank 1 issue Today, while driving to have the car ready for Emission Control Tests, the CEL lit up with the code P0420. We addressed the P0430 by replacing the A/F sensor ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2016, 9:00 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Van's engine temp sensor We replaced the van's engine temp sensor today, hope that will fix the P0128 code.
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 4:29 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Truck throws CEL The CEL has been on for a long time, and today following the codes were readP0153 - This involves the oxygen sensor upstream the catalytic converter on Bank 2.P0401 ...
    Posted Aug 1, 2016, 2:14 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
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Recent DIY announcements

  • Furnace Limit Switch The temperature upper limit switch was broken yesterday, and the house is at 60F today. Ordered online with Trible's: B1370145 : Goodman Furnace Limit Switch
    Posted Dec 22, 2020, 7:23 AM by Ly Vuong
  • Furnace Control Board Once again, we have to fix the heater! The fan blower motor is overheated every 5min or so. After taking the motor out, cleaning the squirrel cage blades, oil the bearing, and reassembled everything back, same thing! It's overheated and shutdown, while the gas heater is still going full steam. I even opened up the condenser coil to clean it up, thinking that it's dirty and block the air flow, causing the motor to lack of air cooling it, which in turn overheating the motor. But the condenser coil is clean except for small weird looking blob of dirt.After researching the internet, reading all about AC blower motor overheating issue, there is one guy mentioned about testing ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2020, 6:59 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • LED light bulb The LED light bulb installed in the TV room has been flickering for 15min before remain lit.This bulb was installed on Sept 16, 2016; which means it last only about 3 years. Let's say we use it 10hrs each day, or 3650hrs a year; the bulb last only 10950hrs. The box says that it should last 35000hrs to 50000hrs. 
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 1:35 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • AC again The rooms above the garage are cooled by a separate AC unit, and they are warm! So, the main AC unit has been running extra hard.The refrigerant line is cool, but not cold. 
    Posted Aug 29, 2018, 4:12 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Washer (again) It has been years, the washer had not giving us any trouble until last night! The water did not drain and the rinse cycle cannot start. It was late last night, so I did not remove the clothes & water ... will try to fix it again todayTurns out to be the capacitor is broken, the terminal fell off. So, we placed an order on Amazon, for only $8.75 and will be delivered in 2 days using Bảo's prime account.PMJ270 - Packard Aftermarket Replacement Motor Start Capacitor 270-324 MFD 110 125 VoltOn May 28th, found out that we still have the same issue: water did not drain. So, I jumped the lid switch, and run a load ...
    Posted May 30, 2018, 4:07 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
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36th Street Project recent announcements

  • Exhaust Fan The electrician could not make the external blower to work, so now I have to figure out how to install this.On Sunday, found the fast acting fuse was bad, which is an indication of wrong wiring; and who knows what else was burned. Went to Radio Shack & bought the replacement; but still it does not work. The 120V goes into the board, but the remote control panel does not light up, and when pressing the button, it does not respond with any sound or light. Supposedly, the main board provides the power to the remote control panel. I then removed the remote control panel & inspect to see any loose connection or burned parts; but could not find any thing ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:57 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Knobs & Levers The builder has polished chrome for door knobs and they are just ... too shiny for our taste, so we set out to have them changed; and the cost is around $900 for changing to a different finish! Yeah right, we said.Here are few places that we can get the door knobs online:Door Knobs EtcMy KnobsDoor Knob Discount CenterSure, there is always eBay and Craig's ListLocal Craig's List (looking for door handles, knobs & levers)eBay's Here is the list of what we need Dummy, typical for closets. Qty. 10. Est. $15 each, $150 total.Two closets (4 doors) in bedroom #4, need 4One closet (one door) in bedroom #3, need 1 ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:20 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Walk-through After almost a year, from the day we signed the contract with the builder, today is the walk-through of the house. The house comes together great. Walking through each room, feeling the walls, trying every single faucet, switch, and electrical outlet; the house is finally here.Other than paint touch up here & there, few dink and scratches, nothing major. So, we will have another "re-walkthrough" next week. As you can see from the pictures, there are blue tapes marking the places we have for the touch-ups.Few things the "home owners" now have to do:Build a privacy screen to cover up the A/C units on the side of the house. This is Arlington ordinance, saying ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2009, 7:41 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Did not realize During the process of building this house, there are numerous things that we did not realize until late in the game; so here is a page that we use to keep track of all these thingsThe garage door does not come with garage door opener, and if we are going to put one in ourselves then it will void the guarantee on the door. So, check out the price on installing a door opener next timeThe trim & molding in the family room is NOT includedThe basic model provides only ONE exterior light at the garage. If we want two, one on each side, then we need to pay additional to the electrician, around $200.The kitchen only ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2009, 6:46 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
  • Cabinets To finish up the 5501 project, there are few areas which we need cabinets or build custom shelves. Washington DC CabinetsThe Model Home LookButler PantryIn the dining room, we have two areas which need to be finished. One is the butler pantry, and the other is a wine rack. The butler pantry is a fancy name for a wet bar. Basically, it should have some wall cabinets to store cups, glasses, wine flutes. Then the counter big enough to accommodate place to prepare drinks, and a small sink. Under neath should have a mini fridge or wine fridge. Wine fridge is better, nicer looking because of the glass front. Something like this would be great.
    Posted Oct 1, 2009, 2:25 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
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