Monday, March 31, 2008

tricksy

I think I picked that word up from Golem in The Hobbit, and it perfectly describes the weather. Isn't March supposed to be "in like a lion, out like a lamb?" Well, I think Mother Nature got a little confused this year. One day I wore sandals, the next it was back to wool coats and clompy boots.

We're cat sitting right now, and will be for the next week. It's not too bad, with the exception of the constant runny nose. The cat was very stand-offish the first few days, but she must have come to grips with the idea that we're her new owners, because this morning she rubbed against my legs for about ten minutes, and followed me everywhere.

We've had some good culinary adventures as of late, (wings, enchiladas, spoon roast, crepes, etc.) and took pictures too. Those will have to come later. Last night, at the advice of my brother J and sister A, we experimented with our ice cream machine. It was so fast and so delish!

Ingredients:

Jello instant pudding mix (we tried pistachio)
2 cups milk (as called for on the package)

Basically, you make the pudding, which requires 2 minutes of whisking, and then you pour it into your counter top ice cream maker. It becomes ice cream consistency in a matter of minutes, and is so good. I can't wait to try more flavors.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

nothing is less real than realism

That's Georgia O'Keefe. I've been looking for some framed art, or art that can be framed, and have found that I either don't like it, can't afford it, or it wouldn't go with anything in my house. There's something wrong here.
In other news, A bought a truck. It's a '93 Toyota, and cost $150. As you can imagine, it needs an engine, or motor, or one of those big expensive things. He is oh so excited about it, and it really is pretty cute. Plus, it has AC. My car doesn't have AC.
Some commentary on our trip to Cali, that I've tried to weasel out of by putting up far too many slide shows. It was great. My sister's family was sick, but that didn't keep them from playing hard. From Wii, to soccer, to online old Nintendo, to basketball with a soccer ball, we played hard. So fun to see the kiddos (and grownups) that we see far to little of on a regular basis.
Then we were off to Monterey, and then Carmel. Monday, we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as the Carmel Mission. Tuesday we went to Hearst Castle and then to Point Lobos. This is where we stayed. Overall, vacation wise, I'd give it a ten. It even included a stop at Buffalo Wild Wings on the way home, yum!
Now it's back to work and school, and discretionary funds. Blah. I just have to keep reminding myself that I'm at a transitional point, and that I won't have to do this forever.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

cigarettes and chocolate milk

I've been thinking about Rufus Wainwright lately, I like that song. So, I've been a blog slacker for a long time now. Here's what has been going on:

For my birthday, which was February 28th, A made delicious chocolate crepes with strawberries and whipped cream. Yum! He gave me this awesome jacket in cranberry, which just happens to exactly match my dansko clogs and both pairs of glasses I wear. So basically, I'll always coordinates, since I wear those three things almost every day now. For dinner, my family took me to Pho Green Papaya, and let me tell you, the pho (pronounced kind of like "fuh") was delish. Brother M says it all. Then, on Friday, we celebrated Mom's birthday with all six children, which was fantastic. Nepolitano pizza with fantastice antipasto from Caputos and gelato what we ate, and it was also delish. Saturday was the big shabang for Mom's 60th, with extended family and close friends.

More recently, my office moved from the 8th floor to the 14th. Moving really is a bummer, no matter how nice the new space is or how much it is needed.

A made delicious hot wings with sauce from B-dubs, and then our mouths were on fire so I had to make peach milkshakes. Coming soon: pictures of this dinner!

Saturday most recent, I had a fieldtrip for my Urban Environmental Geography class, where we drove around and looked at drainage basins, the Bonneville shoreline, and studied basic hydrology. There were six students, and we were in a University minivan. I was the only female, so I climed in the back and just hoped that the two gus, C and T, who I know are married and wouldn't try anything, and who are alos planners, would come sit by me. C did, and just as T was about to, this other kid, A, came and sat right in between C and me. At first he just smelled like sweat, then gradually I could smell the sweet hint of tobacco. I couldn't tell if it was him, so I kind of just ignored it. So, I had a traumatic experience with smoking as a child, so don't get me wrong, I don't dislike smokers, just smoking. Mostly the smell. So, every time we got out of the car, this guy would pull the same fat stubby cigarette out of this brown plastic bag and lite up. By the end of the trip, was covering my nose with my jacket, counting down the minutes, and trying not to swallow. I could taste it in the back of my mouth. Yuck.

I went to lunch with my good friend C on Saturday as well, and yet again, I'm going to let brother M give you the review. I only get the eggroll, no pork, and it's still more than I can eat. After lunch, T colored my hair. It's dark brown now, which isn't really my natural, but i pretend that it is so I don't feel like I'm wasting money.

Sunday, I taught primary, then gave the sharing time, spoke in sacrament meeting, and then went to a farewell. It was not so fun.

The good news is, I'm leaving. Tomorrow. For California. Yay!
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