Author Archives: Danny Zawacki

About Danny Zawacki

My name is Danny and I like things to be simple. I believe that there’s beauty in a simply written text. There’s logic in less is more. And there’s clarity in writing things to be read.

Wedding Ring

Over the weekend Ellie’s cat, Tilly, decided to start playing with my wedding ring which I had left on the counter while I showered. No one was around to watch her and stop her. She played and played with it and then it disappeared. It was at that moment when I realized how attached I had become to wearing the ring. More than the ring, I was attached to what it advertised and it scares me to think I would go an indefinite amount of Continue reading →

Paczki

Today is Pazcki day, which is basically a jelly donuts eaten by the Polish before Lent. I have made them before, but not for a few years. It’s a very time intensive and daunting process. This year, I made the dough the night before and then fried them up the morning of. It worked out well. I took a dozen to work and Ellie took a dozen to work. Her dozen didn’t last past noon. Mine, because we were short-staffed today, made it to about Continue reading →

Soups, Good and Bad

I’ve never been great at making soup. I either need to follow a recipe or just give up before I start. There’s something about the free-form idea of soup that I cannot wrap my mind around. I hear that I can put anything in a soup and make it good, and my mind goes blank. I can only think of the soups I’ve had before and try to replicate them. But since I’m not really knowing what I’m doing, some step gets missed here or Continue reading →

Fermentation

So apparently there is a new seasons of Chef’s Table out on Netflix. Ellie and I really love this show. It’s fascinating to see how chefs from all over the world approach food. Often, they have very similar approaches and that usually means finding a way to modernize their country’s traditional dishes and prove it can stand up against all other cuisines of the world. Simply fascinating. More often than not, the chef cooks organic food that is locally grown by working with local farmers. And Continue reading →

A Perfect Dinner

Tonight, my creativity came easily. Tonight, I made pasta. My favorite, go-to dish which can be made in a pinch is pasta and Italian sausage. It’s one of those dishes I can put together without really thinking about what I’m doing. The ingredients are readily available and ready ahead of time. In a perfect world, I’ll eat it once a week. So why does a prepped in advance dinner make me feel creative? Maybe creative isn’t the right word, maybe it’s just it makes me Continue reading →

Coding or Cooking?

I’ve been trying to decide which of the things I did today was more creative, coding or cooking. Neither of them was particularly intensive, both were creative in some way, and both had satisfying results. Trying to decide which one is better isn’t really the important takeaway, but I want to weigh each one anyway. Coding For work, I needed to start laying out a landing page. I was given a rough design of what it should look like and a handful of functionality requests. Continue reading →

A Change of Pace

Doug Teschner, the Country Director for Peace Corps Ukraine while I was there, had a bit of advice he offered to newly sworn-in volunteers that has stuck with me over the years. He said, if you are doing the same thing every day and every day for ten days you want it to change, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing that thing. At the time he was talking about being a volunteer and letting us know there is no shame in admitting it might not Continue reading →

Planning planning planning

So it’s 22 days until we close on the house. In that time the seller is making some repairs, putting on a new roof, upgrading the electrical, and installing a new furnace. Meanwhile, all Ellie and I can do is plan. We can pick paint colors but we can’t put them on walls. We can decide what goes where but we can’t actually move anything. We can dream about how things will be different but we cannot activate on those dreams. All we can do Continue reading →

Why am I here?

Here’s the thing, I do my job because I’m the best person for it. You do your job because you’re the boss. If you don’t trust my opinion on things then why am I in the position I’m in. We aren’t here to cater to your every whim, we are here to keep a failing company afloat. A company that needs to be kept afloat because you’ve slowly sunk it. One of your former employees brought to my attention the phrase, “she had lunch”. Which Continue reading →

Two Years In

Today, I’m finishing up the first two years at my job. What a wild two years it has been. When I started, there were just three of us working full-time out of my boss’s condo. Everyone did a bit of this and a bit of that, and we mostly hobbled by. Then, we started brining on more staff. Someone to do this or that, some part-time and some full-time. And we grew, and grew. We built too, new products which were meant to change the Continue reading →