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On the Occasion of Turning Thirty

January 31, 2011

Friday was my birthday and I celebrated by taking the day off work, spending no fewer than three mid-day hours naked, and throwing a big birthday bash with all of my friends.

On the occasion of turning thirty
Photo by Matt

It was pretty fantastic.

Comfort of Home

January 24, 2011

My mom spent the weekend with us, it was pretty awesome. We hit some antique stores and didn't buy anything because everything was priced for antique buyers. We had dinner with my brother and his family and a mysterious baby who showed up mid-meal and stole everyone's heart before soiling its diaper.

I took her to a quick photoshoot and I took her grocery shopping to Costco and I took her to the gym where we hit the treadmill and then a bunch of weight machines. When is the last time you pumped iron with your mother?

In honor of a weekend with my favorite maternal figure, I kicked off the end of Monday with some good old comfort food.

Comfort of Home

1 c chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 c ketchup
2 T grated Parmesean
3 oz diced cheddar
1 T horseradish
1 T dijon mustard
3/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1.5 lb ground beef
1/2 c breadcrumbs
1 large egg, beaten

1. Stare at the week's meal selection list for a full 5 minutes while sugar crashing after a day of dealing with forgotten backups and data loss. Decide on a brand new recipe, because you always make the best decisions to try new culinary delights.

2. Pull the ground beef out of the freezer and throw into a sink full of hot water. This is a terrible disease-inducing way to thaw meat, but see sugar crashing, above; laugh in the face of diseases.

3. Peel and chop some potatoes while waiting for the beef to thaw all the way through, then dump them into a pot of hot water. Chop half the onion and throw into a lightly oiled pan and saute until translicent, then add in the garlic until fragrant.

4. Gather all of the other ingredients together and dump into a bowl along with the onions. Once the beef is thawed through, dump it into the bowl as well and combine with your fingers because it feels so gooey.

5. Shape into four little loaves or one big one, then drizzle about 1/4 cup extra ketchup on the top. If a bit of ketchup gets on your finger, put the finger in your mouth; no one is looking.

5. Bake at 425°F for about 25 minutes. All of the diced cheese melts into little gooey pockets of cheesy love and you'll wonder why all meatloafs don't have pockets of cheesy love in them.

Ten Hour Cookies

January 20, 2011

In the last two weeks I have made a batch of chocolate chip cookies on two separate occasions. While the batches were baking I helped myself to some of the cookie dough. Okay, a LOT of the cookie dough. And then a couple of the cookies right from the oven because it would be a sin to not eat at least three warm, fresh cookies. Jesus will back me up on this.

All in favor of cookie dough for dinner?

All of the cookies previously baked are now all gone and I'm pretty sure Steve only got three of them. I have also been working 10-hour days at the office with little to no breaks.

These are possibly related.

But tomorrow is Friday and my mom is flying back into Alaska from attending my 88-year-old grandfather's wedding. She will be staying with me for the weekend before her flight back home, and I am really excited to see her.

Which means 1// I get to wear jeans to work, 2// If I'm able to leave early I will and no one will say anything (see 10-hour days, above), and 3// I need to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS because I do not want my mother to know just how slovenly I am.


January 16, 2011

Last week I worked a ton of overtime and drank a grand total of 8 cups of water. This resulted in me not spending much time in my kitchen, with a giant headache, and pretty stressed.

4:00pm Friday, Connor's Lake

I had this gift card for a massage that I'd been hanging onto forever, so on Thursday I called for an appointment and they got me in on Friday. I told my boss I had an appointment and wouldn't be back, then left work at lunch time. I ate some lunch. I drank some water.

I got a massage.

dog park-2

I am extremely ticklish. I am ticklish anywhere you can imagine: all of the normal places--feet, armpit, knee--and some very strange places--forehead, back of the hand, elbow, lip. I can tickle myself pretty much anywhere, and have often been tickled without anyone ever touching me.

dog park-3

I was pretty worried about the massage because of my extremely ticklish nature, but it ended up being not as bad as I expected. The massage therapist made sure to not dig with her fingers and I was able to tell her when it tickled. I left feeling much lighter, it was awesome.

All that to say I got to cross one more thing off my Thirty before 30 list.

dog park-4

After the massage I ran home, piled on the full winter gear, and took Olive to the park. It was just what we needed to end the long and stressful week.

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