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Mother Effing Rain

So, at this point, I really don’t think it’s going to ever stop raining.  Who wants to help me build and ark and start gathering two of every animal.  I have one female cat.  Oh wait, she can’t reproduce.  Well, I’m still bringing her.  On the plus side, I now have a swimming pool in my backyard, so that’s cool.

Also, if I hear one more person say, “Well at least it’s not snow!”  I am going to punch them, because if this was snow, it would be like 5 feet of snow, and I could be sitting home on my couch drinking Irish coffee instead of battling traffic with you assholes.  Some people are lucky enough to have “rain days” today, I however am not one of them.

Anyway, with yesterday’s 4 hour thunderstorm, I wanted nothing more to go right home after work and never leave my house again.  So that’s what I did, no workout, whatever I’m over it.  Maybe if it finally stops raining at some point this weekend I’ll get to play my football game tomorrow and go for a walk or something.

So what did I do?  I improvised on ingredients and made one of my favorite crappy weather comfort foods, meatloaf.  I made stuffed peppers with ground turkey one day last week, and had some leftover ground turkey hanging out in the freezer.  I had the forethought to defrost said turkey, and threw together a pretty delicious meal if I do say so myself.  I was missing the Cream of Tomato soup that usual makes an appearance in my meatloaf, so I subbed ketchup, and it worked pretty well.

I’d apologize for the crappy iPhone photos, but I don’t really care that much.  If you do, then get a life.

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Enough ketchup to hold the loaf together

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and form the loaf.  Place in a glass baking dish, and cook at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.  Basically until it’s finished.  I served mine with a bag of Steam Fresh veggies in a light cheese sauce.

It was good, not as moist as it could be, but I suspect using the can of soup would remedy this problem.  Either way I ate two pretty large slices and enjoyed myself.

Happy Friday, betches.  I’m off to find a canoe to row home in.

A Weekend at Home

Wow, Monday again and the last week of July.  This summer is seriously flying by, it’s really sad.  Saturday I did end up going to the pool for about an hour and a half, but it was just too hot to sit there for much longer.  Every time I dried off, I needed to jump back in and get wet again.  Either way, at 3:00 it was time to head home and shower because my sister and I had plans to head out to KOP for a little shopping and dinner at Seasons 52.

Our first stop was Nordstrom’s where I got my watch sized so that I can finally wear it, and of course they were having a giant sale so I couldn’t help but browse through the denim.  I ended up finding a really nice pair of dark denim Paige jeans on sale, and my sister found a pair of petite Citizens that fit her perfectly (she typically needs to get everything hemmed).  It was a successful stop, and surprisingly those jeans were my only purchase.  Then it was on to dinner!

This was only my second trip to the restaurant, but the first was for lunch so I was excited to see the seasonal dinner items.  My sister and I arrived around 5:30 and there was already a half an hour wait for a table in the dining room.  Luckily we were able to snag a table in the piano bar area, and didn’t have to wait at all.  I of course started with my favorite cocktail from last time, the Firefly Vodka Raspberry Teatini and on my recommendation my sister ordered the same.

Then as an appetizer we agreed on the Garlic Chicken flat bread with balsamic red onions, roasted red peppers and Mozzarella cheese.  It was fantastic, and the two of us finished the entire thing.

I typically am not a red meat eater, but when I saw the Char Crust Filet Mignon with garlic mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and tamarind sauce I knew it was what I wanted.

The steak was prepared perfectly for my liking, and each bite had so much flavor.  The mashed potatoes were delicious, and not too buttery.  The asparagus and carrots were also fantastic, and not covered in butter or oil.  I ate everything on my plate except the mushrooms.

My sister went with the Cedar Plank Atlantic Salmon with whole-roasted sweet carrots, fresh asparagus and red bliss potatoes.  The salmon was amazing, not fishy tasting at all and perfectly cooked.  She loved it also.

And then of course, onto the best part of the meal, dessert!  Both my sister and I each picked out one of the desserts and shared with each other.  I went with the Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road and Colleen picked the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake.

We each had a bite of each others, and then finished the ones we picked out for ourselves.

Such a delicious, satisfying, and healthy meal.  My sister enjoyed it as much as I did, and we’re already talking about going back in the fall to see what they offer then.

Sunday was a day filled with more errand running.  I wanted to pick up a travel case for my new MacBook, so Best Buy was our first stop where I found a pretty pink one.  Then it was to Barnes and Noble where I picked up the latest issue of Runners World to read their Sub 2:00 half marathon article.  Very glad I did because there is an awesome training plan included, and our last stop was Michael’s where I picked up some craft supplies for scrapbook I’m making.  In the midst of all this errand running, it started to downpour and my poor sister and I got caught in the rain and soaked.  Luckily the storms brought the temperature down by about 30 degrees, and it is absolutely gorgeous today!  Maybe I’ll even be able to get in a run outside.

Alright, I hope everyone has a good Monday I’m off to actually do some work!

All grown up

First of all, I just wanted to thank everyone for the ridiculously nice comments about my hair on Friday!  Nothing like giving a girl a big head to get her weekend going :).  For now the hair will be staying dark, I plan to make an appointment for May sometime, so we will see what happens then!

Originally, I had no plans for this weekend and then the bf was supposed to come down on Saturday, but he texted me on Friday afternoon that he hurt his back, couldn’t walk, and therefor couldn’t come visit.  Me being the caring and awesome gf that I am, I decided to drag myself up to NYC again to keep him company while he laid incapacitated in bed.  To hold me over until I could eat dinner, I grabbed this to snack on, on the train.

I like the regular chocolate chip flavor better, I ate half and wrapped the rest up for later, in fact I think it’s still in my purse, hmm…

When I asked Alex if he wanted me to bring him anything from my house, ya know like food, things to cook, all he responded with was “Scotch”.  Haha, so I spy…

A bottle of Scotch, and some Milk Duds, and Raisenettes.

So for anyone who’s ever traveled to NYC via Penn Station, you know that standing in the cab line out front can be a nightmare.  Now imagine that on a Friday night, during a monsoon, horrible.  In an effort to avoid this, I decided to put on my big girl pants and take the Subway, alone.  I’ve taken the Subway to and from the train station before, but only ever with the bf taking the lead, so I was a tad bit nervous.  I had a general idea of what I was supposed to do, take the A,C, or E downtown towards Brooklyn, and switch at 8th Ave to the L.

Unfortunately for me, the 8th Ave stop is labeled 14th Street so when we arrived at it, I didn’t get off.  I stood at the door looking out for a minute thinking about whether to get off or not, but I stayed.  Then as the doors closed and we pulled away I realized that was in fact where I should have gotten off, I asked someone just to make sure and they confirmed my suspicion.  Sigh.  Luckily the next stop wasn’t too far away and I hopped off there and ran to the other side of the tracks to head back uptown one stop.  I made it back to the 14th Street stop and onto a Brooklyn bound L train just as it was closing its doors to pull out of the station.  I made it to 1st Ave, and to Alex’s apartment just as our Sushi dinner was being delivered!

The rest of the night was spent eating these California Rolls, some Vegetable Rolls, and whatever Sushi Alex ordered.

Oh, we also laid in be watching TV drinking a lot of Scotch (him) and a lot of Vodka (me).  It was a great way to spend a very rainy Friday night.  The rest of the weekend wasn’t any more eventful really.  Saturday morning I ran to the deli around the corner to grab us some bagels for breakfast, and as I was standing trying to jump and reach a box of Cheerios that had also been requested, I hear a guy start to laugh.  I look over and he’s just standing there watching me jump up and down, almost managing to grab the box each time.  He helped me get it down and I went on my way.  Fast forward a few hours to about 10 pm Saturday night (we managed to escape the house) and we walk into the bar across the street, and I hear “Hey, didn’t I help you get your Cheerios at Lenz’s this morning?” Ummm, why yes, yes you did.  How did he recognize me so easily you ask.  Well, I was wearing the exact same thing I had been wearing that morning, and my hair was still in a messy ponytail.  Clearly I did not make the shower, change, go out transition that he did.  So embarrassing.

Yeah, that’s about all I have to say today.  I hope everyone had a great weekend, and you are enjoying your Monday.