Tuesday, January 27, 2009
(Oh my gosh. My mom laughed at me and Kristin in high school because we often dressed alike. This photo is going to make her chuckle again. I never noticed our dark pants, green jackets, and short, dark hair made us look so twinny. At least MY sigg water bottle is black. So there. We don't match :-P )
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I wanted to show everyone that for the most part I'm still cooking! Last week I made grilled pork kabobs from MS Everyday Food, they were alarmingly good. The warm weather afforded us a second night of grilling, so I made some pizzas. One has tomatoes, zucchini, and goat cheese, the other is more traditional with artichoke and hearts of palm (from Sunflower's marinated olive bar) with asiago cheese, marinara, and basil.
Last weekend I made angel food cake with lemon curd and blueberries. I made angel food cupcakes the week before for Cooking Club and they didn't quite work out. Probably because I didn't use cake flour, I halved the recipe, I didn't whip the eggs long enough, and I tried to bake them in cupcakes instead of a traditional round. They were still tasty, but not big and fluffy. This one makes up for them.
Later we met with the Walkers, Amanda, and Brian for dinner at Zaidy's deli. Zaley was into the sauerkraut hardcore.
Beautiful cakes and pickles...
After dinner we watched Stardust at Amanda's recommendation. FANTASTIC movie. I remember seeing trailers for it a couple years ago, and boy, did they miss the mark with their advertising. If you haven't seen it please go watch it! Between this and Coraline, I might have to start reading Neil Gaiman's stuff.
Friday, January 23, 2009
"You take a can of biscuits and cut out the centers with a ketchup bottle cap, you know, to make the little hole. Fry it up in a lot of oil and then roll it in a lot of sugar. Mmmm."
I thought that was a clever little recipe. Seems like something Joy from My Name is Earl would make. On second thought, maybe it's more of a Randy recipe.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ok, I typed that first part right when I got home and was motivated to blog. Now it's almost bedtime and I don't want to hash out any more details. Let me sum up the night:
1) I spent 30 minutes coloring pictures at a table with genuine psychotics while we listened to Metallica.
2) Miranda and I made an unusual evening gym visit, squeezing in 15 min on the elliptical and 15 minutes of weights. Better than nothing!
3) ZOMG! I took Jem for a jog when I got home and I ran longer than ever before! I haven't lost any weight yet but I definitely have more energy and stamina.
4) Ugh, I don't want to go back tomorrow.
5) 30 Rock was awesome again. "That's just a white man myth, like Larry Bird and Colorado."
Monday, January 19, 2009
The school gave us MLK day off, basically our last vacation until we graduation in fourteen weeks (14 weeks!). So far I have accomplished:
1) one hour at the gym with Miranda
2) tracking down a lemon curd recipe using only yolks
3) throwing out old shoes because they were too worn out and/or the cat barfed on them
I'm down to 29 pairs of shoes, not all pictured, and not counting various ballet slippers. You can't really see but on the top rack at the far right end are my newest acquisition with Christmas money, patent leather black pumps. Here it is online, but mine are shiny.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Back to school, Mental Health to be exact. What a breeze. The teacher might be a nut but the material should be fairly simple, so I can work with her. My Roles class should be very helpful for resume building and getting a job. The cool thing about my schedule is they shifted T-Th classes to the afternoons, so I have the mornings to continue going to the gym.
As promised, here I am getting my ears pierced at The Retina Center. This might be the most sterile ear piercing ever performed.
Friday, January 09, 2009
One week ago I went to a new stylist and she chopped off most of my hair. The only comment I have had is from Brian, who said, "Whoa, did you cut off a bunch of hair?" Aside from that I have had no feedback.
Now, I'm not so vain that I need everyone to ooh and aah. But usually you can expect a few nice words after a new style. Which leads me to believe that my new hair-do must be SO horrible that everyone is pretending it didn't happen.
Okay, okay. Probably no one has said anything because it was snowy the day after so I had bad hat hair, then I got sick and didn't do my hair or even lip gloss for four days. But that is over! So the next time you see me I could use some reassurance.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
This has changed my life:
Dubbed the "Clever Cat" litter box, it's a top-entry poophouse for your cat.
Molly never grasped the concept of putting her bum inside the litter box. She prefers hanging her tail over the edge while sitting in the box, presumably thinking that all four feet are inside the box and that's good enough. After having her for a couple weeks I bought a box top to create three walls, but she still managed to dribble out the door flap occasionally. So I come in every couple weeks to clean up the spilled pee. (Yes, I put a mat underneath but still. Gross.)
Years later I find this box. FOUR walls! She adapted right away and we have been mess free for a week. I don't know that the fancy top mat with hole is necessary. Once I set it up I realized I could have bought a large rubbermaid tub and it probably would have worked just as well. But the idea of catching her with her head poking out makes me laugh. Sort of like this rest stop we used to visit in Wyoming or Utah on our family roadtrips. The stalls were short so you could see your neighbors' heads while peeing, like this:
Monday, January 05, 2009
After a day in GJ we drove up to Salt Lake to visit family. Grandma made a feast for our arrival. The next day we had a heavy winter storm. I read a book and knit the day away. Ogden offered a nice knitting shop where I got some gorgeous yarn. We had to stop at the Arctic Circle for fries with fry sauce on the way home. By night the roads were clear enough to see the Temple Square lights. They have the best tree lights. No one else knows how to wrap a tree so well. At the end of the night we met Andy and Jen at a french bistro where I had a wonderful beet and goat cheese salad. I'm going to try to recreate it at home this week.
I love sharing presents with my family. I like to give handmade gifts when possible. My folks always have a few surprises for us. I knew that we would be getting iphones for Christmas (and I LOVE mine!). But they also found a 1940s nurse's cape and a vintage copy of Julia's Child's French Cooking book. Mom, Amanda, and I have been passing around Child's memoir "My Life in France" all year. It's so funny to read the final recipe book that she spent so much of her life trying to perfect.
The biggest surprise came from Ben. He presented me with a box of sparkly earrings and a card that read "I changed my mind." I've been thinking about getting my ears pierced for months and the only thing holding me back was Ben's insistance that he liked the fact that I didn't have pierced ears. With his go-ahead I had my ears done at the Retina Center. More pictures to come in a later post.
Grandma came down a few days after Christmas on her way to St. George. She helped me figure out how to use my cheese making kit that was under the tree. (Note the lovely anthro apron from Amanda, that has it's own apron! Oh, the cuteness!)
I was able to get together with old friends to catch up.