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My Miscellany

July 16, 2008

My weekend was not as super-fantastic as I had hoped, but it wasn’t half bad.

Friday I left work at 4 and had AMAAAAAZING chicken for dinner. We served it with roasted asparagus (did you know it makes everyone’s pee smell weird, but only 40% of the population has the olfactory glands to smell it?) and tomato and goat cheese salad. I’ve done this before, but added fresh herbs ala Kalyn’s Kitchen. I sliced up regular tomatoes and grape tomatoes and added crumbled goat cheese and a handful of freshly chopped parsley, basil, and oregano. I drizzled in some basil & balsamic dipping oil and it was delicious! We’re doing that chicken again tonight. TRY IT. We didn’t do it on the grill, we just pan roasted it and it turned out great.

So then I went to see David in Damn Yankees at Sunset Playhouse. I wore THE DRESS and the new shoes and I felt fabulous! The show was great. It’s funny and light hearted. I’ll be seeing it again, and I’m looking forward to “The Game” and Applegate’s song.

So… here’s the dress picture. One would think I’m talking about a wedding dress or something. Maybe I’ll wear this for my wedding. I love it that much. (PSYCH!!!) Anyway, I forgot to bring my camera (GASP!!!) so I had to take pictures after I got back from the show. This is my silly edit for my self portrait project on Flickr:
Pic174- THE Dress

It is a tiny bit shorter than what I usually go for, as I don’t like for my chubby knees (ha!) to show at all, but the fit just feels so great.

Saturday was a day of running errands. Though we did start by going to Greek Fest at State Fair Park for lunch. We got there just as they opened at noon and YUM!! We ate a gyro, chicken shishkabob, and fried eggplant slices. We wandered for a while and then split a small loukemades, or honey puffs. You really can’t go wrong with fried balls of dough smothered in honey syrup and cinnamon. They were so sinfully delicious.

That night we went to the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Oriental. Their theme was Christmas in July. I went as the Virgin Mary and David went as Baby Jesus. Yes, we are so going to hell. I (well, we) won second place in the costume contest and won some fabulously crappy prizes! It was waaaay too late of a night, but I had fun.

Sunday was a day to sleep in. Though we did make it down to Bastille Days for lunch. I was very disappointed by the lack of French food and goods, though I did have a delicious crepe and cafe au lait. We listened to a cool band on the street for a while, but we couldn’t stay too long. I dropped David off at his show and went to a friend’s house to help her with some Ebay stuff. I did boring stuff like grocery shopping and washing dishes. I also collected the mail from the bottom of our stairs and found my Moo Cards from Flickr! If you don’t know what these are, I’ll post a picture when I get home. They’re cute! I also got a credit card to replace the one that is about to expire. It has the SAME design as my old one. That is LAME!

Sunday is when we had planned to go to Bacchus, but we had to cancel our reservations! Sunset Playhouse does this “Photo Call.” Basically, they stage pictures so it looks like someone took great pictures during the show. It’s nice to have a slideshow of non-blurry pictures of the show, but it takes so long! Sure enough, David found out that they were going to do it after Sunday’s show. So we cancelled. I was SAD. I don’t really want to go during the week, and now we won’t have a free weekend evening until early August. Oh well.

Instead we made taco salads which is one of my favorite meals. We also watched Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical.

OMG LOL!! Has anyone seen this? I loved it. The Warped Cast is doing this in the winter. I don’t know H(ow)TF we’re going to manage it, but I don’t care right now. It was so funny! The music is really catchy. Right now I have “Mary Lane” stuck in my head.

MondayI called in sick. Could I have gone to work? Yeaahhhh… maybe…. but it wouldn’t have been fun. I had a bad sinus headache thing. I felt good enough by the afternoon to do a buttload of laundry and dishes, so I didn’t feel like a total bum. David and I watched the movie Waitress after dinner. It was CUTE!

Tuesdayfor lunch I ate the first lettuce from my garden! I used it in a salad. It was pretty good. I also started my new stripperific classes. I’m taking a Lap/Strip class and another encore of Pole 2 from Miss Pole. I really like the teacher. She’s funny and really gives you a workout. The Lap/Strip is… interesting. I do know that it really worked my abs, so I’ll keep an open mind. In Pole 2, I am getting upside down on the pole more often than not. And… last night… I hung by just my legs! I took my arms off completely! It was only for about 2 seconds, and it hurt my poor thigh skin badly, but I did it!! My pole partner in crime also made it upside down finally! It was a good class 🙂

And with that, it’s already Wednesday!!

Garden Update

July 9, 2008

My cute little plants are plodding along. All but one of my tomato plants are sporting little green tomatoes. Strangely, that one is the tallest.

Here are some pictures I took tonight. First, one of my Better Bush plants:

And here is one of my Early Girls:

I was really excited to see the bunches of Grape Tomatoes that are springing up. They’re so cute!

  

The Rosemary is looking great. In fact, I’m going to be using some tomorrow when I start marinating chicken for this recipe from one of my other favorite food blogs, Culinary in the Desert.

If you don’t have them bookmarked, do it! They update almost daily, and I have to say it’s a little torturous now, because they make so many delicious looking treats!

The plant that has surprised me the most is the lettuce. In the past few days it has grown a lot. In fact, when I finish the lettuce in my fridge now, I don’t think I’ll buy any on my next grocery trip! It looks yummy!

And here is my still exploding basil, with more lettuce in the background:

I’m still upset that my other herbs didn’t make it. My mint was looking a little dried up, but when I checked it today, I see some new growth. So maybe I’ll have mojitos after all!

Speaking of YUM, I made myself a delicious dessert after dinner tonight. I whipped up some Sugar Free Jello Instant Pudding in the Cheesecake flavor. I added a handful of blueberries and sliced strawberries, and enjoyed. It would be yummy with Chocolate or Vanilla, but I think it would be divine with the White Chocolate pudding flavor. Whichever way I think about it, it all makes for an awesome Phase 2 dessert.

The Plants

June 26, 2008

First things first. I’m freakin’ buying the dress. I went to see if it was still there today. They had ONE size 14 left. Everything else was 8 and under. Not only that, but it was marked down to $80!! My mom is going to pick it up for me tomorrow. After her discount, it will only cost me about $60! AWESOME!

Oh, and I tried on a dress in a similar style, in a hot fuchsia pink. In a size 12. (!!!!!!!!!!) It was really pretty too. I was really torn for a while, but I stuck with the blue. The pink was a tiny bit tight in the bust. Whatever.

Okay, so on to my plants. I’m a little worried, especially after spending so much money on so many plants. My fingers are crossed that they haven’t all drowned.

My thyme and parsley is completely dead. The tarragon thrived, but I didn’t really care about that one!

My lettuce is looking good. I don’t really know when I’m allowed to pick it though! It hasn’t grown a lot. I’m hoping since it’s not pouring rain anymore, the leaves will start to get bigger.

The basil is exploding! Rosemary and mint are doing fine, but the basil looks awesome. I can’t wait to eat some of it. I’m thinking a tomato/mozzarella/basil salad. Yum!

I’m still worried about my tomato plants. They’ve got flowers, but a lot of yellowed leaves. They seem to keep flowering, and even the one with the most yellow leaves has a little green testicle tomato growing! I hope those babies keep on growing!
 

Diet Food

June 4, 2008

It’s hardly fair to say that I’m on a diet, when I get to eat delicious food like this salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen. I have taken so many recipes from her blog. And everything has been good!

We added avocado and instead of her directions for basil vinaigrette, we just pureed some basil with olive oil to keep it easy. It is so delicious, and I recommend it to anyone who likes goat cheese. Yum!!

It might look weird, but I swear it’s delicious.

I can only imagine how good it will be when I can use ingredients from my own garden! It’s a porch/patio/balcony/container garden, so we’ll see how it goes.

I stimulated the economy to buy pots, soil, and plants over Memorial Day weekend. Since I had the extra money, we didn’t limit ourselves and bought everything that looked good. This included:

  • 4 Basil plants (3 green and 1 purple)
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 2 “Better Bush” Tomatoes
  • 2 “Early Girl” Tomatoes
  • 3 Grape tomatoes
  • 9 Lettuce (Yes, 9. They came in a package of 9 for like, $3)

Here is everything sitting inside on the dining room table, waiting to be moved outside after a chilly night:

And here is everything outside on my disaster of a balcony. It’s being resided and we were hoping it would be done Memorial Day weekend, but it didn’t happen. But these babies needed to be outside and getting some sun, and this was the only place they could do that. Hopefully this will serve as a nice “BEFORE” picture in a couple weeks when we get the balcony all set up the way we want it.

I can’t wait to get it all cleaned up and useable. It smells heavenly out there. I highly reccommend buying rosemary, if only for that scent! Now if only we could actually get some sunny days and I can manage not to kill anything, it’ll be $120 well spent in a couple of months!!