Archive | January, 2009

celebrating the end of a national nightmare

19 Jan

I am drinking a Summit Winter Ale anticipating tomorrow, when we will no longer have President Bush, but President Obama! Here is to a greater America, in which we can accomplish greatness. Because I am celebrating the end of the Bush-era, I wanted to paint my toenails, so I searched for my blue nail polish. Instead of finding my blue nail polish, I found the social security card of a man who died in my old apartment….that’s what this post really is about..

So, in February of last year, I moved out of my place with Court because I needed space and time to think about where our relationship was headed, etc, etc..I am living with him again, in our tiny one bedroom and our adorable kitty. Anyway, I moved into another tiny one bedroom, which was oh-so-cute, but had a little bit of trauma unbeknown to me. Apparently the previous resident was bi-polar who had violent outbreaks and had recently gone off of the medication. Well, one night he broke into the upstairs apartment which then had three girls living in it–and hid naked until they came home. He attempted to rape one of them, and attacked her so badly she had to be hospitalized for her injuries. Fortunate for her, her room mate was able to call the police…well, long story short, the police ended up shooting and killing him. The girls moved out. I moved into his apartment, and found his social security card along with some ‘blood’ stained walls in the kitchen which are below where he was shot. I always felt a little off at the place, and then I found that out about halfway through my living there. That would really only happen to me.

i just might have the cutest kitty in the world

8 Jan

My cat Lola has always had a playful and often mischievous personality, but yesterday she was especially so. I found her tucked behind a curtain, behind the Christmas tree (we usually do not take it down for a long while after the holidays, as it warms up the place) eating a candy cane. She had stolen one from the tree, and was lapping it up in pure kitty delight. When she noticed me staring at her, she gave me the “uh-oh” kitty big eyes. I took it away from her, and she immediately seemed disheartened. Fast forward a couple of hours as we had both just fallen asleep in bed. She jumps from the top of a cubed bookshelf a couple of feet away from the bed, onto our bed with a very ungraceful thump. Immediately we are startled, but erupt into a fit of giggles. It is like she can sense when we have just fallen asleep, and enjoys waking us. I probably should have played with her a little bit more before we went to sleep, but it was already ridiculously late. Her favorite game is to play hide and seek, and she particularly likes it when you startle her. Her back arches, and she side steps in a sideways snake-like motion. Not to be all “cat lady”, but she has added a lot of fun and love into our lives. The song “Wop a Din Din” by the Red House Painters speaks of this love perfectly..

bbq tempeh sandwiches

7 Jan

The other night I made bbq tempeh sandwiches. img_2228 I used a package of garden vegetable tempeh, slicing it into thin strips and baked in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes covered in tin foil. I made my own bbq sauce consisting of: olive oil, tomato sauce, ketchup, thyme, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, tobasco, liquid smoke, diced onion, smoked paprika, ancho chili powder, soy sauce, and salt and pepper. I don’t have measurements for what I made, because I just went with taste. I covered them completely in the sauce. They turned out incredibly well. I served them on buns with home-made cole slaw, diced onion, and pickles. I have really been wanting something bbqish for a while now, and had some tempeh in my fridge that I did not know what to do with..I will never be afraid of tempeh again!

butternut squash leftovers

3 Jan

With the butternut squash soup I made two nights ago, I am making a pasta sauce. I added mushrooms, butter, olive oil, spinach, and fake Mexican sausage. After adding the soup, I added a little milk, sherry and pasta water tossed with penne. It is really, really good. I could also envision this mixture being terrific in an omelet or possibly a quiche. I am always up for new uses for leftovers, especially since I tend to make a lot of stews and soups. Yesterday I made a really good tomato soup with the canned tomatoes my mother gave me from her garden. I’m obsessed with soups, if you hadn’t noticed.

happy new years!

2 Jan

Holy crap, I cannot believe it is 2009 already. I remember in elementary school when the year 2000 seemed so futuristic; we did drawings all the time which included flying cars. Hah. Flying cars? We cannot even break away from the combustion engine, like that will ever be light enough to levitate. Anyway, it is the year 2009. How soon do you think it will be when people finally say “twenty oh nine” or “twenty ten” instead of “two thousand”? I will make it my personal mission this year to say “twenty oh”, anyone else with me?

Some of my goals for the new year are:

  • Apply to graduate schools.
  • cook at home more
  • continue exercising regularly
  • improve my gpa from 3.6 to 3.75
  • kick ass on the gre
  • have friends over more
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