Friday, July 04, 2008

Aloha & Happy 4th of July!

I'm on my way out the door to begin my vacation-I won't be back until Tuesday night. (I am not sure if I'll have computer access, and I am leaving my laptop at home.) Have a wonderful, safe 4th of July weekend everyone!

A slideshow of my food...

Thursday, July 03, 2008

With A Start

Oh boy-what a night I had last night! No, I didn't have a hot date or go to a wild party...I didn't even have a good dinner. What I DID have were nightmares the ENTIRE night. I woke up at 4:30 convinced that there was a murderer in my apartment. And you know how it is-after you get all freaked out, you just can't go back to sleep...

The sun was coming up & it's hard for me to fall asleep when it's bright out. So I put on my eye mask that I have just for these occasions. It worked, thank God, but I don't think I slept until about 6am. My alarm was slated to go off at 7:15. It did-and I snoozed it-or, so I thought! I woke up at 8:15. Thankfully I work so close now, but it's the first time I'm coming to work with wet, let me tell you how I woke up:

There was a party at my parents house and for some reason I was running late. (Go figure.) I don't know where I was, but I know that there were babies all around me (probably b/c I watched that teen experiment on tv last night before bed) and they were not happy. No one would help me keep them quiet so I was running around rotating between them trying to silence their little cries.

Flash to my parents house-all of my cousins are in the pool splashing around and jumping into the pool while trying to catch the rubber balls (this is something we all did as kids in my family while swimming at my Nana's house). They were all small-even though most of them are now in high school or college. There were lots of people in the house, but the only faces I could see were my Mom, my aunt (who we all hate) and my uncle (the fallen brother/uncle b/c he married her.) There were boxes and boxes of pastries all over the counters but no table in the kitchen to put them on. This later flustered me because my Mom didn't set a nice display. I think the pastries were made by me.

Where was I while my dream was looking into the party? At the end of their (long) driveway (by the busy main street in town) CAMPING in a pop-up tent!! I have no idea why. The thing is, someone was trying to wake me up, but I couldn't open my eyes. (There were times last year when I was in school where I couldn't force my eyes open in the morning because they were still sleepy-this was the case in the dream.) Finally, some random people who were going to the party (and walking there, naturally) roused me. I jumped up out of the tent only to find that I was stark naked.

On the busy main street in town. At the end of my parents driveway. There was a cool breeze, even though it was summer and well, you know what happens to girls when it's cold out side. Well, not only were they erect but they were BRIGHT red. Like, Bozo red. This, of course, alerted the cop that was driving by and he slowed down and turned around to come back. Worried that I was going to be arrested for public nakedness, I threw a blanket around me (the same one I used for Fun Day when I gave a wet t-shirt contest in real life) and ran to the house without getting into trouble.

This woke me up. I looked at the clock, and the rest is history...

Incidentally, when I was locking my door to the apartment, I noticed that I almost went to work with my zipper down. My underwear? Bright red. Like, Bozo red.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

HTML Hell!!

If anyone has any idea as to how I change a plain square sidebar into a rounded edge sidebar, please, PLEASE for the love of hot dogs, share.

It's driving me NUTS.


Panera may be a chain (I'm trying not to go to chain restaurants while here in the city) but it's outdoor seating area is just perfect for a girl to sit with a big mug of Chai Tea Late & a good book & people watch.

If the show is called "10 Scariest Escapes" you shouldn't try to have a cliffhanger before the commercials-when you say, "Find out if they made it." I scoff and say, "I already know they did, otherwise they wouldn't be on this show, stupid."

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought it was weird.

When given the choice between ignoring someone or being direct-the general consensus is that ignoring will hurt less. I'm skeptical but so many people gave me the same opinion, so...I'll go with that.

Did you know that only 2 companies make good hats?

When you're on a diet but you really want ice cream, DO NOT buy Dibs. While they are tasty and hit the spot, the fact that they are so tiny tricks you into eating more. Plus, they are addicting.

Today is snack day-it's usually Thursday, but b/c of the holiday it's today! Yay for snack day!!

It still looks like it's going to rain the whole time I'm on vacation. I'm trying to be optimistic, but every weather site I look at tells the same tale.

Apparently when you talk about sex toys on your blog, some people don't want to be associated with you.

Finally telling my German "friend" what I think about her feels fantastic. It's amazing how fast she can respond to this email, but the ones where we're trying to make plans suddenly go "un-sent". Whatever.

I really want to make s'mores.

I LOVE that when people at work asked me when my b-day was (they knew it was this month) and I told them how old I am going to be they gasped and said things like, "I thought you were 26!" Love it here!!

It's no good when you won't be paid for 3 weeks and you've just paid rent. It's also no good when you forget that it's the 1st of the month and therefore didn't put the check in the mail.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Mallow-licious

Toosdae ?'s

I know I just started a new job (and I'm still excited about it) but I'm extremely excited for this 4 day week to be over! Even though the weather looks evil right now, I'm still excited for my small vacation and looking forward to getting away...I hope you have a great Toosdae!

1. In your opinion, what is the worst sound in the world? If you need a little help, go here.

2. Tell me a story in one sentence.

3. Fireworks: Love them, hate them or somewhere in between?

1. There are a ton of horrible sounds, but I have to say that the sound of styrofoam rubbing against itself skeeves me out. A close second is the old standby-nails on a chalkboard.

2. I was surprised to see that it was a man in the car behind me because the hair was long and braided.

3. Somewhere in between. I really love going to fireworks when the weather isn't oppressively hot and humid or when I can spread a blanket on the grass and cuddle up with someone to watch them. But I hate the crowds associated with them and really-why do they have to be that loud?

Monday, June 30, 2008

Let's Talk About Sex

There is a local free publication that I pick up every time I walk by the CVS on the corner. The topics range from sports, to food, to events and this week, to sex. While you all know that I enjoy a little sexy reading every now and then, this issue intrigued me. So I snatched it up and began scanning it while I walked home.

One article in particular got my attention-the one about toys. Now, I'm not what you would call an extremely experienced girl, and I've only had a couple of toys in the past. My play tends to be more "natural" but I'm not opposed to trying new things. And if I could afford some of these toys, I'm pretty sure I'd take a weekend to experiment. :)

The toy posted above is the one I would choose. It's made of stainless steel (classy and durable) and it also can please both the man and the woman. But with a $95 price tag, I think I'm going to have to pass.

The other options that the article spoke about were glass (yikes!) and wood (ouch!). They claim that the glass is made of borosilicate which is an extremely durable glass. I'm not sure I'd like to risk it though. The plus side to these toys are that not only are they extremely smooth but they heat up to your body temperature. That's pretty neat...

The last thing I found interesting (or odd?) was the fact that lubricants now come in "vegan" formulas. I guess because I'm a meat eater (shut up) I never thought about the fact that there might be animal products in lubricants...then again, I've never been a huge fan of them, so I guess it's never been a problem.

So what do you think? Would you experiment with the glass or wood toys?

Manic Monday: Pride

Today's Manic Monday word is Pride. It's a complex word to narrow down into one blog post and admittedly, I had a hard time with this one. I could have gone the American Pride route, but to be honest, it's not my style. I could have easily posted a picture of my niece who is so smart and silly and kind, but I do that anyway.

Instead, I decided to remind myself of an accomplishment I am very proud of-going to culinary school. I know, I've all heard about how much I loved it and how I miss the classes and the chefs-but it's almost a year ago that I was preparing for my final formal dinner and getting ready to graduate.

I remember feeling so very proud of myself for pushing through the fatigue, for achieving academic excellence and for proving that though I didn't have any experience in a commercial kitchen, I could handle the pressure. I was also proud that my classmates voted me into the sous chef position for our dinner.

I was proud to see my family and friends gathered in the dining room eating the food that they'd heard so much about. I was proud that the kitchen ran smoothly and we had no major hiccups. And I was proud that at the bar after dinner I was told that the steak I created, prepped and cooked was the best steak they'd ever had.

Know it all's girlfriend said that. That's huge.

Today, though I feel somewhat like I'm wasting my degree, I do feel proud of what I've accomplished. Even if I never cook professionally again (gasp) I know that I followed through with a dream and I excelled at it.

Bonus: When my team won 1st place at our very first food competition-against well seasoned professional chefs. :)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

What's Cookin? Jerk Chicken!

Truth be told, I've been yearning to make a full blown dinner party style meal for a while now but just don't have the peeps to do it yet. Lord knows I don't want to spend all of that cash on fancy food if no one but me can eat it! (I'm worth it, I know, but who wants to eat the same stuff 6 days in a row? Not me!) As I was browsing through recipes earlier today I found a recipe for Sweet Potato Souffle that I knew I just had to try. But that wouldn't be enough for me to eat for dinner-so I started thinking about what would pair nicely with sweet potatoes-and I came to the conclusion that tonight it would be jerk chicken!

Jerk Chicken recipes very from place to place so I took it upon myself to take a few and mix them together to come up with my own concoction. Here is what I came up with:

1/2 C. White Vinegar
Juice & Zest of 3 Limes
1/4 C. Vegetable Oil
6 Scallions, Chopped
5 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
2 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (or Green Chili's) seeded and chopped
1 1/2 inches Fresh Ginger, peeled and chopped
2 T. Allspice
2 T. Dry Thyme
2 T. Cinnamon
1 T. Sugar
1 t. Black Pepper
1 t. Salt
1 t. Cayenne Pepper
3 #'s Chicken-preferably Thighs

Combine all but the chicken in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Cover chicken with marinade for at least an hour. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until the chicken is done.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have one very small, dirty kitchen to clean. I call this picture "Secrets of an urban kitchen"...

Uh Oh!

I know it (hopefully) will change, but this:

isn't a good weather report for your only summer vacation...especially when said vacation is at the beach.