Got my annual flu shot at Jewel-Osco yesterday afternoon – $ 29.99

I checked my receipts for my flu shots over the last 5 years. The price of a flu shot at Jewel-Osco has been going up a dollar a year. Still, worth it. Cheaper than Walgreens or going to your doctor.

John V. Karavitis

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The Strandbeest – One of the craziest and coolest things I’ve ever seen!

http://listverse.com/2014/09/12/10-bizarre-projects-that-combine-art-and-science/

http://www.strandbeest.com/

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With greatest regret and sorrow, I just switched car insurance from GEICO to eSurance.

Got an email today from GEICO. The 6-month charge for my car insurance went up $25. When I called to see what was going on, I was told that prices in Illinois had gone up in general, that this wasn’t a reflection on me. I was offered a $25 reduction if I sat in a PHYSICAL safe driver class.  Not online. A real-life sit-in-a-chair-like-you’re back-in-grammar-school class.

I hit the web and found eSurance, which is owned by Allstate.

Got the same coverage, deductibles, etc., for almost $200 less.

Sorry to have to leave GEICO after 16 years of coverage. 16 YEARS.

When I called GEICO to tell them, they were surprised that my rate with them was so far off. “We typically are not that far off from what our competitors offer,” I was told.

Oh, really?

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I baked bread all by myself for the first time today! – John V. Karavitis

I love rye bread, and have come across various YouTube videos on how to make it. REAL German rye bread requires some kind of steam bath for 20 hours, which is NOT going to happen. So, when I went shopping today, I came across Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground Rye Bread Mix.

http://www.bobsredmill.com/rye-bread-mix.html

I debated buying this (just under $4) or a package of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Dark Rye Flour. I figured that the all ready to go bread mix would be a good start to any kind of bread-making endeavor.

So I opened the package and poured the rye bread mix into a bowl. I took the packet of yeast that came inside the packet, opened it up and put the yeast into the bowl. I added 1-1/8 cup of very warm water, two tablespoons of olive oil, and, although the instructions did not list it, I added about two tablespoons of Grandma’s Original molasses, for color and flavor.

http://www.grandmasmolasses.com/products/grandmas-original-molasses/

I don’t have a mixer, so I used a fork (!) to sort of mix everything together by “pulling it in” from the edge, then rotating the bowl. For 8 minutes.

I then tried to knead the dough by hand (kneading creates long gluten chains that give bread its chewiness), but I thought that I had done something wrong, as my hands got incredibly sticky with dough. I tried adding more flour (while the dough was still in the bowl – I don’t have enough space to knead it on a board, like you’re supposed to). I got really upset, and gave up, leaving the dough mixture in the bowl. (I didn’t grease the bowl first, which I should have, to make it easier to get the dough out of the bowl and into the baking loaf pan, which is 9″x5″x3″. But I would have had to have taken it all out of the bowl first, which I wasn’t able to do.)

I let the dough “rest” for almost 1.5 hours. It raised really high. Then I took a small spoon and “punched” the dough back down into the bowl. I then let it rest for 30 minutes.

I greased the loaf pan with unsalted butter.

I poured the dough into the loaf pan, using a spoon to gently scrape it away from the bowl. It went in all right. I got a bit of a “fold” from the very end, and I almost didn’t catch it, but I used the spoon to “punch” the space out.

I then patted the dough so that it filled the loaf pan, cut a line lengthwise across the top, like you’re supposed to, and put four thin patties of butter along the length on each side of the cut that I had made. (You’re supposed to grease the top of the loaf.)

Into the oven @ 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.

IT CAME OUT FANTASTIC. Not as “thick/dense” as the very dark German rye bread loaves by Today’s Temptations that I usually buy. But good solid bread, good golden color from the molasses, good taste. I had two slices with butter about 5 minutes after I took it out of the oven. I done good!!!!

Chalk another item off the ole bucket list!

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Cooking observations

Beef tongue is too large and unwieldly to deal with. Stick with veal tongue. The meat stays more supple after you boil it for 2 hours.

Pork kidneys are a decent, cheap substitute for lamb kidneys. But lamb kidneys, although smaller, are much tastier. Chicken gizzards and livers are cheapest. Chicken hearts are expensive and not worth it, although they are soft.

The white connective tissue in chicken gizzards can be softened by boiling them in a pot for an hour. After that, proceed with your recipe.

Chicken livers can be baked in an oven at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes, in a glassware baking pan. Leaving chicken livers on aluminum foil is a no-no, they will melt into the aluminum foil. Use glassware, coated with olive oil.

Recipes for something like banana loaf (which is neither a bread nor a cake, but something in between), if they ask for two cups of flour, will make more cake than a single individual can handle in two weeks. Typically, for a single individual, recipes that ask for one cup of flour are sufficient. Look at a typical Betty Crocker cake mix box. That’s all the flour (and sugar) one person would need to make a dessert that would last 10 days.

Lemon zest is an over-rated ingredient. If you must have lemon juice in a dessert recipe, bottled lemon juice works just as well. They even have bottles of “lemon extract” and “orange extract” in the section of the supermarket where they have vanilla extract.

In fruitcake, the fruit pieces MUST be dried, like prune or raisins. Wet fruit will stay wet after the cake is baked. This will lead to spoilage. Also, golden raisins are expensive and over-rated. As are currants (a type of grape that is treated to end up like a raisin).

Never cook your meat at too high a temperature for too long a time. THESE are the cardinal sins of cooking.

Regardless of what a recipe says, or what you’ve seen on YouTube, you have to experiment. Failure is the best teacher.

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More spam email from shitbag staffing agency Artech Information Systems LLC – will the madness never end?!?!?!?!

I ALREADY UNSUBSCRIBED FROM THESE TOOLS’ MAILING LIST! WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?

From: Sumit Sharma
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:17 AM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Job Openings as a Senior Financial Analyst

Hello,

My name is Sumit and I’m a recruiter at Artech, a global staffing and IT consulting company. We are constantly on the lookout for professionals to fulfill the staffing needs of our clients, and we currently have a job opening that may interest you. Below is a summary of the position.

Job Title: Senior Financial Analyst
Location: Deerfield, IL
Duration:

Job Description:
This position provides financial and analytical support to Corporate Finance & Project Management area in Deerfield, IL. The candidate must have a collaborative management style with the ability to build partnerships across client groups and key stakeholders in order to effectively influence and drive business performance. Position will help drive the significant cost reduction modeling and budgeting and value realization reviews with Sr. Management and coordinating across multiple geographies Total program cost of $1.5Billion.
This position manages financial support related to BoD quarterly reporting, provides guidance to zero based budget(ZBB) Program steering and leadership as needed.
Describe the primary responsibilities of the position in order of importance and identify % of time spent on that responsibility:

Responsibilities include:

1. Provide decision support, thought leadership, analytics and insight on Cost Reduction & Value Realization activities including evaluating new organization structures/costs, restructuring spending and savings/costs associated with other outsourcing initiatives, etc.
2. Manage monthly monitoring of KPI s to ensure program delivery progress and trouble shoot issues to resolution escalated from the Regional/Global PMOs along with ad hoc requests
3. Review and support approval of programs and initiatives in accordance with overall program masterplan
4. Liaise with regional VRO/ZBB Cost leads and drive coordination/reporting of program initiatives on a timely basis
5. Guide and prepare analysis for ad-hoc Sr. Management requests and special projects

Qualifications:
BA in Finance Required
MBA and/or CPA preferred
10 yrs business experience
5 yrs Financial Analyst experience
Excellent Analytical, leadership and communication skills
Orientation towards details and driving results
Extensive practical system knowledge (Advanced Excel, Modeling, PowerPoint)
Strong team player who manages collaboratively with all stakeholders
Strong influencing and communication skills and ability to lead informal teams
If you believe you’re qualified for this position and are currently in the job market or interested in making a change, please give me a call as soon as possible at (973) 998-2500 Ext.3609.

You may respond to me via email but please be sure to include your direct phone number so I can reach out to you quickly. In considering candidates for our various positions, time is of the essence and we are committed to responding to our clients promptly.

If you have not worked with Artech in the past and would like to know more about our company and what to expect when applying for a job with us, click on our FAQs or Get Started! page for a step-by-step explanation of our hiring process.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read and respond to this message.

Best Regards,
Sumit Sharma
(973) 998-2500 Ext.3609
Sumit.Sharma@artechinfo.com

About Artech Information Systems LLC
Artech is an employer-of-choice for over 5,800 consultants across the globe. We recruit top-notch talent for over 65 Fortune and Government clients coast-to-coast across the U.S., India, and China. We are one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and this may be your opportunity to join us!

Want to read more about Artech?
Click here to visit our website or click on the following links to read what others are saying about us: The Wall Street Journal, Forbes (1) (2), BusinessWire, Entrepreneur, Better Business Bureau, Hoovers, Diversity Careers(1) (2), The Artech Circle, NJTVOnline, The Business Forum Show, and SIA: “Above the Crowd.”

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Another worthless spam email from a shitbag staffing agency – Artech Information Systems LLC pimping out for shitbag Mondelez/Kraft Foods.

WILL THE INSANITY AND LIES NEVER END?????

From: Divya Tiwari mailto:Divya.Tiwari@artechinfo.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 1:59 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Immediate Job opening with our direct client — Senior Financial Analyst — Deerfield, IL

Hello,

My name is Divya Tiwari and I’m a recruiter at Artech, a global staffing and IT consulting company. We are constantly on the lookout for professionals to fulfill the staffing needs of our clients, and we currently have a job opening that may interest you. Below is a summary of the position.

If you are available and interested then please reply back with your updated resume. You can reach me at (973)-967-3569. I am looking forward to hear from your end.

Job Title: Senior Financial Analyst
Location: Deerfield, IL
Duration: 5 Months

Job Description:
Intercompany Analyst

Recap:
This position will be responsible for the reporting and reconciliation of the US/Canada intercompany activity with Mondelez foreign affiliates. This position manages an area with high volume and high complexity. This position is also responsible for managing the Intercompany loans as well as supporting tax restructurings.

Key responsibilities of this position include 1) ensuring the month-end financial statements are correctly stated for both Intercompany receivables/payables and Intercompany loans 2) working to eliminate out of balances with the foreign affiliates and 3) identifying problems including system related issues and working with the appropriate parties to get corrected. Issue resolution is a critical aspect of this position as errors can have a material impact on the financial statements.

A key role of this position is to provide guidance to the foreign affiliates and identify and implement process improvements.

Job Responsibilities:

Manage intercompany (IC) activity (product and non-product) including the researching and resolving issues (system and process related), providing guidance to the foreign affiliates and identifying process improvements to minimize IC mismatches.
Execute intercompany month end accounting activities for Mondelez Canada and Mondelez Global by analyzing data and preparing accrual entries to ensure Intercompany financial accounts are correctly stated.
Perform intercompany account reconciliations for Mondelez Global and Mondelez Canada. This includes requesting information, analyzing data, working with the foreign affiliates to resolve out of balances and booking correcting entries.
Identify system defects and implement work-around until the defect is resolved to ensure the Intercompany balances are correctly stated.
Manage and execute accounting activities relating to intercompany loans including booking monthly interest, recording loan payments and reconciling account balances.
Book entries related to tax restructuring events.

Skill Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (MBA/CPA Preferred)
Minimum 6 years of experience in Accounting
Possess critical thinking skills, quantitative and analytical problem solving skills
Shows initiative and has sound decision making skills
Exhibits strong communication skills (written and oral)
Proficient in SAP
Proficient in Excel including advanced functions and is easily able to learn new sys
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read and respond to this message.

Best Regards,
Divya Tiwari
(973) 967-3569
Divya.Tiwari@artechinfo.com

About Artech Information Systems LLC
Artech is an employer-of-choice for over 5,800 consultants across the globe. We recruit top-notch talent for over 65 Fortune and Government clients coast-to-coast across the U.S., India, and China. We are one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and this may be your opportunity to join us!

Want to read more about Artech?
Click here to visit our website or click on the following links to read what others are saying about us: The Wall Street Journal, Forbes (1) (2), BusinessWire, Entrepreneur, Better Business Bureau, Hoovers, Diversity Careers(1) (2), The Artech Circle, NJTVOnline, The Business Forum Show, and SIA: “Above the Crowd.”

Connect with Artech through Social Media
Learn more about our company including the latest events at Artech, new job opportunities, jobseeker tips, and more. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

Note: You are receiving this e-mail because your resume was posted to one of the many Internet job sites and is listed as active or you had submitted your resume to us.

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