Thursday, February 11, 2010

New E-Home!

Come visit me!

I'll keep this place up for a few weeks, just to make sure you all can find me.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A meme

I'm thinking of closing up shop and moving to a new location (no worries, loves, I wouldn't leave you entirely). I'm feeling a little ... stale ... on the weight loss blogging. It's kind of routine, and there's a lot more interesting shiz I want to post about, but I feel constrained because I started a "topic" blog. No fear, if I open up shop somewhere else? I'll link ya.

Until then, I copy and paste a meme from Mar, over at Chub to Chic. Because obviously you need to know more about me. Without further ado:

Welcome to the new 2010 edition of Getting to Know Your Family and Friends: The Blogger Version. Change all the answers so they apply to you, then send this to several people you know — INCLUDING the person who sent it to you (that would be me).

What's your occupation right now?
Law Student and Slave Labor Law Clerk at a firm here in town.

What color are your socks right now?
Bare feet!

What are you listening to right now?
This week's episode of Community on Hulu.

What was the last thing you ate?
Hummus and All-Bran crackers.

Can you drive a stick shift?

Last person you spoke to on the phone?
My dad.

Do you like the person who sent this to you?

How old are you today?
24. 25 this year ... it's gonna be a blowout.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Now, football. But, growing up in Indiana, I used to love me some basketball on TV.

What is your favorite drink?
Non-alcoholic? Diet Coke from a fountain or Diet Dr. Pepper from a can. Or a tall glass of ice-cold water.

Have you ever dyed your hair?
Haha. If you knew me in person, you'd know I used to dye it all the time. Every shade of red that has ever been. However, now I've got some very faded highlights that I got almost 5 months ago, and nothing else.

Favorite food?
It's far too hard to choose.

What is the last movie you watched?
You know? I have absolutely no idea. I know I've watched some on TV this week, but it was really only as background noise.

Favorite day of the year?
The first sunny day in spring where you don't need a coat, but can get by with a light jacket/long sleeves. Alternatively, I love the first crisp day in fall.

How do you vent anger?
I stew.

What was your favorite toy as a child?
I actually wasn't a big "toy" kid. I liked activities/puzzles/nerdy things. So, if I had to choose, it would probably be my science kit. Yes, I had one.

What is your favorite season?
Late Spring. Or early Autumn.

Cherries or blueberries?
Neither. You have single-handedly named the only two fruits I really don't like. If I had to choose? Cherries.

Living situation?
Living in a 2 bedroom with Boyfriend in a nice area of Pittsburgh (I promise, they exist!).

When was the last time you cried?
I really don't remember.

What’s on the floor of your closet right now?
Laundry basket, snow boots, and lots and lots of shoes (and my shoe rack).

What did you do last night?
Law school stuff. It was totally awesome. /sarcasm.

What are you most afraid of?
Failure and mediocrity. Being unhappy. I know that's three things. Deal with it.

Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers?

Favorite dog breed?
Boston Terriers

Favorite day of the week?

How many states have you lived in?
If summer internships count, three: Indiana, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. If not, nix South Carolina.

Diamonds or pearls?
Diamonds. Though I have a string of pearls that I'll always like more than diamonds because they belonged to my great-grandmother.

What is your favorite flower?
Daisies. Preferably Gerber Daisies.

Which of your friends in this distribution list have you had the longest?
Of the people who read this? Amanda, most likely, who I met in college. If we're talking people on the blogroll to the side, probably Mar.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Today ....

Is one of those days when I consider dropping out of law school.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lunch and dinner today (and tomorrow)

One of our New Year's resolutions was to menu plan and not eat out or eat crap. To that end, we cooked food today. Each recipe feeds four, so we have food for tomorrow, too!

Pasta Primavera:
(serves 4)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 yellow bell peppers, chopped
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
salt to taste
1 box pasta (we used Dreamfield's Rotini)
2 cups lightly packed baby spinach
1 cup thawed frozen peas
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice.

Boil water for the pasta. Make sure to add salt!

While you're waiting for the water to boil, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat, then add garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds. Add your bell peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, and salt to taste (we used about 1/2 teaspoon). Stir, then cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Then uncover and cook until veggies are tender (about another 5 minutes).

When the water boils, add the pasta, then cook until al dente. Drain, and return to the pot. Add spinach, peas, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pasta. Stir in the tomato-veggie mixture.


Steamed Salmon w/ Asparagus & Chive Butter Sauce
(serves 4)
1 lb thick asparagus, trimmed
Salt and pepper to taste
4 salmon fillets (we used thawed frozen fillets)
1/2 cup white wine (we used a medium dry riesling)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped chives (we used dried, but fresh would probably be better)

Lay asparagus in a single layer on the bottom of a large skillet. Add 1 cup water and salt (we used 1/4 teaspoon) to the skillet. Season salmon with salt and pepper and lay it across the asparagus spears. Bring water to boil over high heat. Cover, and cook over medium heat until salmon is cooked through and asparagus is tender (this took about 8 minutes for us). Transfer salmon and asparagus to serving dishes.

Add wine to the skillet, increase heat to medium-high, and simmer until mixture is syrupy (this took about 5 minutes). Turn off heat. Wishk in butter and chives, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over salmon and asparagus.

Both were tasty!