Which Kind of Worker Are You?

Funny! It did not dawn on me until just now, when I finally sat down to jot some thoughts for the September Muse, how well the topic fit with the theme of Labor Day :-)

Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to enjoy one-on-one time with all 3 boys. It started Friday with taking Buddha Boy for his physical so that he could be cleared to continue with the grueling ROTC early morning workouts. Since he had to fast for the blood work, and the physical was not until 1:30, he was big hungry by the time the physical was over. We enjoyed burgers at Five Guys, which I prefer to In N Out, but he remains loyal to In N Out.

Later that evening, in a belated celebration of his 22nd birthday, I took Soccer Boy to a nice dinner with lovely conversation at The Elephant Bar and shopping for some new clothes that he wanted. We got home in time for him to put on his new duds and go out to Par-tay.

The next day I drove out to Irvine to take Computer Boy shopping for computer parts for the super machine he is building. He had a list and had done his comparison-shopping online, so he knew just where he wanted to go, and we used his iPhone to navigate. We first went to some computer store I had never heard of, but it was large and had the item he wanted. Then we went to Fry's where he located some of the other components, and I even found a hair-bun-sock and some other odd yet irresistible must have items.

We dined at a Peruvian restaurant and enjoyed a delicious lunch and pleasant conversation. I was able to talk with him about coming home for the big Labor Day bash that hubby and I host. I was thrilled to learn that he had actually secured the time off from work and would be able to join us.

We began discussing party planning prep, menus etc. I remarked that his father and I have completely different work styles, but that together we get it all done. I mentioned that I like to begin with the largest task which I believe to be most crucial, and then work my way down to the smaller items, while my hubby often prefers to start with the smaller items and work his way up to the grand finale. We often bicker and squabble as he wants to sweep before bringing out the food table, and I just want to make sure the table is set up before the guests arrive so that I can put the table cloth on it and set out the chip and dip. If we have time left over, we can sweep around the outside of the table because who cares if there is dog hair under the table which is obscured by the lovely tablecloth? Hubby cares! That's who! Things must be done correctly..

Oh it is a comedy to watch us in action, and I'd be willing to bet that by the time our guests arrive, they envision that we worked together like a finely oiled machine, making everything lovely, while guzzling our Bailey's and coffee. Ha! Computer Boy chuckled and remarked that this was a perfect example of Dynamic vs. Recursive work styles! He had just learned all about it in his Algorithm course.

I figured that I was the dynamic one, wanting to get all the flash and pomp prepared, and that hubby was the recursive one tending to the tedium, but Computer Boy had to set my wagon straight on that one. Turns out that Hubby is the Dynamic worker, and I am the Recursive worker! He advised I check it out on Wikipedia as it was explained very well there per his recollection. So I did! Just now.

And I quote:

Dynamic:

"The idea behind dynamic programming is quite simple. In general, to solve a given problem, we need to solve different parts of the problem (subproblems), then combine the solutions of the subproblems to reach an overall solution. Often when using a more naive method, many of the subproblems are generated and solved many times. The dynamic programming approach seeks to solve each subproblem only once, thus reducing the number of computations: once the solution to a given subproblem has been computed, it is stored or "memo-ized": the next time the same solution is needed, it is simply looked up. This approach is especially useful when the number of repeating subproblems grows exponentially as a function of the size of the input." ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_programming ) So in other words, break and chunk- do the little stuff and the big stuff will almost take care of itself.

Recursive:

"Recursion is the process of repeating items in a self-similar way. For instance, when the surfaces of two mirrors are exactly parallel with each other the nested images that occur are a form of infinite recursion. The term has a variety of meanings specific to a variety of disciplines ranging from linguistics to logic. The most common application of recursion is in mathematics and computer science, in which it refers to a method of defining functions in which the function being defined is applied within its own definition. Specifically this defines an infinite number of instances (function values), using a finite expression that for some instances may refer to other instances, but in such a way that no loop or infinite chain of references can occur. The term is also used more generally to describe a process of repeating objects in a self-similar way."

It turns out that Hubby's method is actually much more efficient since the combined efforts of all of the little tasks build up to a result that is grander than the sum of all of their parts. Problem is, sometimes there just is not enough time to do it all perfectly.

This is where I come in demanding that the table be set up so that I can work down from there. Computer Boy went on to explain that some computer tasks face an insurmountable amount of data to go through in order to determine the best outcome. This is where the recursive programming comes in to put a limit to the minutia. Make a rule, set a limit, and whatever is outside of that does not matter. Well I added that last little part. But the main idea is to stay on track in order to reach the goal in the time allotted.

So see? We are the perfect pair. It takes all kinds to make the world go round. And God bless him for sweeping up the dog hair :-) And thank heavens I have excellent time management or else we'd not eat until 10 PM and end up with GERD!

Happy Labor Day. I hope you all got to enjoy it in whatever way floats your boat.

Potato Parfait

This recipe was inspired by a beautiful entree I enjoyed at a Peruvian restaurant, but since my babies would never eat cold cheesy potatoes with a center filling of peas, corn, shrimp and mayo, I changed it up and will serve it warm.

12 medium baking potatoes- cook 6 in each of 2 pots

1 stick butter- divided

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup milk divided

1 cup shredded cheese- 1 used pepper jack and cheddar

Salt, Pepper, Granulated Garlic, Seasoning Salt,White Pepper, etc

1 package bacon cooked crisp, drained and crumbled

1 bunch green onions, white parts cut and chives cut up and saved for garnish.

1) Cook the bacon I cut it into little squares and stir fried ( much easier than fussing with turning the strips! ) Throw the green onions in at the end. Drain the fat and reserve the bacon onion mixture.

2) Boil the potatoes half in one large pot and the other half in the other large pot.. Drain the potatoes and return to their respective pots for mashing.

3) For cheesy potatoes, add 1/2 stick butter, the sour cream, shredded cheese, garlic, some pepper, and 1/2 cup milk or to taste. Mash them up.

4) For the regular potatoes, add the other 1/2 stick of butter, salt, pepper, milk, and mash them.

5) Spread the regular potatoes in the bottom of a large glass pan.

6) Sprinkle the bacon, onion mixture on top.

7) Carefully spread the cheesy potatoes on top.

8) Bake for 40 minutes and top with chives.

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It doesn't matter what you can do, what matters is what you will do.

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