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  • 09:21 Wonder why I'm watching Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards... #
  • 11:13 Is it nap time yet? #
  • 12:12 The Krabby Patty cake entry is up!
    tinyurl.com/cfu2ob #
  • 12:24 @glaelia That sounds delicious! #
  • 17:30 Back from Fred Meyer. I got a pizza for Bill and Soph. Don't know what I'll have other than a Becks Light. Hmmm. #
  • 18:13 Chicken breast + Franks Red Hot Sauce + Kraft 2% Colby-Jack Cheese melted on top = teh yummay! #
  • 19:08 @glaelia I don't know if Ewan is playing a priest who gets murdered; haven't seen the movie - just the commercial. :) #
  • 20:00 Sophia's Barbies are all naked "because they want to swim". #
  • 21:07 Family Guy is ON IT tonight! #
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  • 09:06 Cake making time! #
  • 11:47 The brownie part is cooking now. #
  • 13:42 Fuck! Splinter RIGHT into the side of my pinky nail. :( #
  • 21:52 Hamburger cake was a total hit. Oh crap; Earth Hour?? #
  • 21:57 WTF Pitt LOST? Fuck. It's all over for me now. No more basketball until next year. #
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Today I had to take a client to the airport so I had some time to kill before picking up Sophia. I hit the Goodwill in Ballard which is usually a great place. It paid off. Not only did I pick up a few pairs of cute jeans and shirts for Sophia, but I scored three purses. And not just any purses. Designer purses.

Behold!

A motherfucking Burberry, y'all!



How much did this cost me? $40? No. $20? Not a chance. Okay, okay. $10? Not even! $3.99. That's right. Four bucks for a Burberry! And it looks like it's authentic, too. Not like that jacked up stupid ass fake Kate Spade I bought once.


I thought about putting the Burberry last but I'm too excited about it!

Next up is a sweet purse from Kenneth Cole Reaction that will look much better once my crap goes inside of it to fill it out. This one was also $3.99!!




Finally, I got this cute purse by Guess for $3.00 (half off $5.99). First of all, the Burberry and Kenneth Cole purses had regular prices of $3.99 which blows my mind that a purse by Guess would cost more had it not been a blue tag day. I mean, WTF? I'm thanking my lucky stars, though. Anyway, here's the last one:




I initially got a tip from my friend, Tobie, who found a designer purse there as well. I can't remember what brand she found but she told me to look in this store particularly. Since then, I always examine the purses there carefully.

When I next sport these cute purses you know I'm going to be chuckling to myself because instead of spending hundreds of dollars for them, I got them on the cheap!

Meal Plan

Mar. 8th, 2009 12:23 pm
vespachica: (me in avatar form)
Sunday
Chicken Thighs
Brown Rice
Mixed Vegetables

Roasted Asparagus
Mashed Potatoes (from a box)

Monday
Roasted Chicken
Sweet Potatoes
Salad

Tuesday
Salmon
Broccoli
Brown Rice

Wednesday
Pot Roast
Sweet Potatoes
Carrots
Onions

Thursday
Chicken Thighs
Couscous
Green Beans

Friday
Pasta with Italian Sausage
Garlic Toast
Broccoli

Saturday
Turkey
Mashed Potatoes (Sweet Potato for me)
Peas
Stuffing
Rolls

Shopping List )
vespachica: (Scully and Mulder with Beers)
Much love for hulu.com - it enabled us to watch the episode of Dollhouse we missed on Friday!

Bacon Salt

Feb. 19th, 2009 07:14 pm
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I just bought three containers of Bacon Salt off woot.com. For $2.50 each (plus $5 shipping for all three) it seemed like a reasonable deal to me. I got one of each flavor: original, hickory, and peppered. They're zero calorie, vegetarian, AND kosher. How can it be bad?

Dinner

Feb. 16th, 2009 06:46 pm
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I thought I still had chicken breasts out to make for dinner but forgot that I had put them in the freezer last night. So, I made a bell pepper and potato frittata instead. Hakuna frittata! It's setting right now so we'll see how good it is. It should be pretty good.
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For the record, the red quinoa and chicken stew is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!! Pics/post up on Mary Cooks probably tonight or tomorrow night.

I am totally making this again. It's delicious.
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Dammit, [livejournal.com profile] cerabellum! You know that cake is sitting on the stove begging to be eaten before dinner!

Nuh uh. It's gonna have to wait.

I tasted both the cake batter and the frosting and OMG it's gonna be orgasmic.

I didn't have pecans and didn't feel like buying any so I used almonds instead.

Meal Plan

Feb. 8th, 2009 01:01 pm
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Sunday
Split Pea Soup w/Ham
Bread

Monday
Tuna Casserole
Homemade Cheese Biscuits

Tuesday
Crockpot Red Quinoa and Chicken

Wednesday
Salmon Steaks
Brown Rice
Normandy Vegetables

Thursday
Beef Roast
Roasted Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday
Pasta
French Bread
Broccoli or Normandy Vegetables

Poetry Meme

Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:30 pm
vespachica: (Arwen Lying)
When you see this, post your favorite poem.


The Dead Woman
by Pablo Neruda

If suddenly you do not exist,
if suddenly you no longer live,
I shall live on.

I do not dare,
I do not dare to write it,
if you die.

I shall live on.

For where a man has no voice,
there, my voice.

Where blacks are beaten,
I cannot be dead.
When my brothers go to prison
I shall go with them.

When victory,
not my victory,
but the great victory comes,
even though I am mute I must speak;
I shall see it come even
though I am blind.

No, forgive me.
If you no longer live,
if you, beloved, my love,
if you have died,
all the leaves will fall in my breast,
it will rain on my soul night and day,
the snow will burn my heart,
I shall walk with frost and fire and death and snow,
my feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping, but
I shall stay alive,
because above all things
you wanted me indomitable,
and, my love, because you know that I am not only a man
but all mankind.


Here it is in Spanish, where it is infinitely more beautiful:


La Muerta

Si de pronto no existes,
si de pronto no vives,
yo seguiré viviendo.


No me atrevo,
no me atrevo a escribirlo,
si te mueres.


Yo seguiré viviendo.


Porque donde no tiene voz un hombre
allí, mi voz.


Donde los negros sean apaleados,
yo no puedo estar muerto.

Cuando entren en la cárcel mis hermanos
entraré yo con ellos.


Cuando la victoria,
no mi victoria,
sino la gran Victoria llegue,

aunque esté mudo debo hablar:
yo la veré llegar aunque esté ciego.


No, perdóname.
Si tú no vives,
si tú, querida, amor mío, si tú
te has muerto,
todas las hojas caerán en mi pecho,
lloverá sobre mi alma noche y día,
la nieve quemará mi corazón,
andaré con frío y fuego
y muerte y nieve,
mis pies querrán marchar hacia donde tú duermes, pero seguiré vivo,
porque tú me quisiste sobre
todas las cosas indomable,
y, amor, porque tú sabes que soy no sólo un hombre
sino todos los hombres.





I first heard this poem from the movie (my all-time favorite movie), Truly, Madly, Deeply which I recommend with all of my heart. Here is the clip from the movie with part of the poem in it.
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I almost forgot!!!

Yesterday as I was driving home I decided to stop at Lush (shut up) to see if they had any Christmas packages left. If they would have, they would have been 75% off. They didn't. *sigh* But I did get a new shampoo bar to try (Seanik) and a new face cleanser (Coalface). More on that later.

I was walking really quickly back to my car which I had parked near Lola on 4th Avenue. On the corner of 4th and Virginia whom did I see? None other than Tom Douglas!!!



Oh
My
God!

I was grinning from ear to ear. See, I have never met him but I know his restaurants and food are amazing and perhaps I feel a false sense of intimacy because I also listen to his radio show with Thierry Rautureau on Saturday afternoons occasionally. I wanted to shout, "HI TOM!" but I had some self-restraint. *grin*

Thierry, btw, has the sexiest voice in radio. He also has a face for radio. ;-D


Okay, so Lush. I used Coalface tonight and it smells weird. Very masculine. It smells of, well, charcoal and licorice. I moisturized with a different brand of moisturizer and my face feels so good right now.

All right. I think that's it now.

Risotto!

Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:33 pm
vespachica: (tomatoes)
I made my first risotto tonight!

Funny thing: I think Chef Ramsay would have yelled at me. I forgot the salt & pepper so we passed white pepper and sea salt at the table. It was all right. I should have made chicken to go with it instead of using it as a main dish.

Note to self: drinking wine whilst making risotto is probably not a good idea. It takes a while and the wine goes down easily and too quickly whilst stirring and stirring and stirring.

Photos/narrative will be up later on Mary Cooks.
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From [livejournal.com profile] sparrow77

This was interesting. I am definitely changed from even 8 years ago. Actually, probably even from 4 years ago. But it's not really a surprise to me that I lean toward the Libertarian side.


My Political Views
I am a right social libertarian
Right: 4.61, Libertarian: 6.09

Political Spectrum Quiz



My Foreign Policy Views
Score: 0.49

Political Spectrum Quiz


My Culture War Stance
Score: -4.01

Political Spectrum Quiz

Meme

Jan. 18th, 2009 08:22 pm
vespachica: (Gir Tacos)
This is a cool one from [livejournal.com profile] mprice

Pictures of my LiveJournal Friends )


Try out this Meme

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Mark Bittman's recipe is delicious!

I would seriously make this again. And again. And again! It's like candy for adults! Or kids!

I took a few pictures and put them up on Mary Cooks.

Risotto

Jan. 17th, 2009 10:52 pm
vespachica: (tomatoes)
Confession: I have never made risotto. It seems too mystical; too fussy. It seems like you do one wrong step and you will fuck it up and then Chef Ramsay will be yelling at you and throwing it in the garbage can while you try to keep your tears inside.

However, I was reading Mark Bittman's blog post about risotto with great interest. He demystifies it. I'm going to try it. I'm really going to do it! It's funny, though, because the comments are very much in trying to keep it sacred. Excuse me, people, but it's FOOD! I can pretty much guarantee I am not going to save a life with risotto. I do hope to enhance a few, though.

I am going to try it this week! I can do it!

Meal Plan

Jan. 17th, 2009 07:40 pm
vespachica: (tomatoes)
Sunday
Roasted Salmon Steaks With Pinot Noir Sauce
Asparagus
Rice

Monday
Turkey cutlets
Normandy vegetables
Mashed potatoes

Tuesday
Italian chicken with green beans (recipe from two weeks ago)
Polenta

Wednesday
Pasta with Italian sausage
Rolls
Normandy vegetables

Thursday
Pork Chops
Rice
Green beans

Friday
Chicken
Vegetables
Rice

Saturday
Rice Skillet with Ham & Peas

Recipe )

Cooking

Jan. 15th, 2009 09:00 pm
vespachica: (Macaron)
[livejournal.com profile] stemware has inspired me with his menus which are far more elaborate than mine. Well, he claims they're simple but...eh...

In that vein, I have reserved several books from the library. They include a few books by Mark Bittman, Thomas Keller (French Laundry cookbook and restaurant), and Anthony Bourdain (Les Halles cookbook and restaurant). I really want to learn how to make good sauces. I want to try my hand at a soufflé. I'd love to bake more (cakes, pies, pastries, macarons!). Etc. etc.

I am freezing. I need to go to bed.
vespachica: (Ewan Me? A Geek?)
I was finally able to get to the bakery here in Seattle (Honore Artisan Bakery) that has macarons. Their hours are totally not compatible with my own so I snuck in there before Sophia's appointment. I've eaten two already. *sheepish grin* The purple one must have been lavender! The pink one was probably strawberry and it was really good. The lavender one was weird (but I don't like that flavor anyway). Maybe Bill will like it.



More after the jump. )

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