I know that many of you read the blog from work and so you may panic when you come here and the music starts up - getting you bloggy busted by your boss or co-workers. Worry not, you can still check out the blog without getting caught. There is a pause button on the bottom of the MP3 dial. You could also, of course, turn down the speakers on your computer. Also, there are skip forward and back buttons if you want to go to the next song or the previous one.
In the meantime, have fun rockin' out to my tunes.
Tarable: Just so you know, when I die, I want to be an organ donor. Remember that ok?
Steve: Yeah, ok.
Tarable: What about you? Do you want to be an organ donor?
Steve: (after some thought) Yeah... There could be some porn star out there that needs my parts.
Feeling a little... bleh... So I only love two things today.
I do it every time there is a holiday that costumes can be worn.
I do it and then I drive down the freeway and watch people's reactions.
And I laugh and I laugh and I laugh....
New Brooks Runners ~ I had to pull off the Great Shoe Heist of 2008 which was almost identical to the Great Shoe Heist of 2007 - because somebody didn't spend the time to properly fit my feet to the proper pair of shoes the first time - despite my complaints of the shoes feeling too tight and rubbing against my heels. So after bandaging up my blisters and picking the rocks out of the bottom of the pair of shoes that were so very wrong for me, and then scrubbing them with a toothbrush - I returned them to the store and got THESE gems. These shoes are PERFECT. The shoe-sales-person spent a good half hour with me to make sure I got the right pair. There is nothing better than a comfortable pair of running shoes that feel like they were constructed to fit your feet.
New Nine West Handbag ~ Those who know me well, know that I have a "problem" with purses/handbags. The problem being that I purchase them far too often. An addiction, shall we say?? However, I have been on the market for a new purse for quite some time now. I haven't had a new one in months.... no... wait... It's been over a year since I've purchased a NEW bag! I've been so deprived! My problem was that I just couldn't find one that I liked. Correction - I did see a few that I liked in the Coach store but spending $900 on a purse just seemed wrong - even to me. So I finally came across this little beauty and it is just perfect. I can carry it when I'm casual, OR when I'm fancy (although the fancy is few and far between these days).
Unfortunately though, I can no longer use "What? Oh shit, I'm sorry - you're breaking up! I'm gonna have to let you go! Whatssat? I can't hear you. I'm hanging up now!"
This little face ~ Since this has been a bit of a materialistic T.I.L.T. and because I happened accross Stella at Nanette's Blog - I thought I would mention how much I love this little face when it is not begging for food, trying to rummage through the garbage, unplugging appliances from the wall, barking at herself in the mirror, escaping from the back yard or chewing holes in my blankets. Other than that, she's pretty cute and I adore her.
I feel accomplished that I was able to finish it. I haven't read a book this long in a long time. Good thing it was fairly easy reading or I'm not sure I would have made it to the finish line. If you like Stephen King - as in Carrie, Rose Madder, Thinner.... then this is probably something you would enjoy.
And now I'm on to "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini, who is also the author of "The Kite Runner" which I loved. Immediately after reading the last page of The Kite Runner, I went online to research the author in hopes of finding other books that he had written. What I learned was that The Kite Runner was his first and only novel. So I've waited a while for A Thousand Splendid Suns - and so far, after reading about 20 pages or so, I am not dissapointed. It's going to be one of those books that I burn through because I can't put it down. I'm already finding excuses/opportunities to read - as opposed to reading when I've got spare time or just before I go to bed to make my eyes/mind tired.
So kudos to Stephen King who provided me some good, easy reading, spooky entertainment. I was pleased to find that he has gotten back to what he is good at, which is making the hair stand up on the back of my neck. It was also a refreshing change in genre that I need every once in a while.
More on A Thousand Splendid Suns at a later date.
* Dried Cranberry and Feta Salad. Coincidentally, I also love Papaya and Avocado Salad which comes from the same source which is Best of Bridge which I ALSO love. The Best of Bridge website is filled with lots of delicious (although NOT diet-friendly) recipes. I have made quite a few recipes from this website and am rarely, if ever, disappointed. I would love to own the Best of Bridge cookbooks but I do not have any at this time.
I'm sorry! I can't help it. Things are a little slow here in the Land of Tarable. At least I'm trying!
I made this salad on Saturday when my family came over to visit for dinner. I served it with the lasagna that my mom had made for me that I had stashed in my freezer and some deadly homemade, real-garlic bread.
I don't know if it was the remarkable salad or what - but a remarkable thing happened after dinner... my brother cleaned up the kitchen. I mean, he didn't just throw a couple of empties into an empty case and call it clean. I mean, he loaded the dishwasher, wiped down the counter and cleaned up my stove. He also asked for the broom and swept up. Anyone who knows him will know how truly remarkable this is. But if I'm going to be truly honest with myself I can't say that it was the salad that made him do it because as grown up as cleaning the kitchen is - he still doesn't eat veggies like a grown up and that means he didn't have any salad. But that's ok. All the more for me.
Pomegranate Dried Cranberry and Feta Salad
1 head Romain lettuce, washed and torn
1 bunch spinach, stems removed, torn
Seeds of 1 pomegranate 1/2 cup dried cranberries*
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
Toss lettuce and spinach together in a large salad bowl. Add pomegranate seeds dried cranberries, pine nuts and feta.Whisk dressing ingredients together and store in refrigerator. Toss with salad ingredients just before serving.
The salad is so pretty! The red and white on the green? I love it! And the taste? Delicious! I love it. Steve and were fighting over the leftovers.
*When I read this:
"break the pomegranate apart and pop the seeds out by hand. Wear an apron - the juice stains!"
I quickly realized that I would be using the suggested substitution of dried cranberries "in case pomegranates aren't available". Or... in case patience, time and an apron aren't available. Which they weren't. Or aren't. Ever.
The dried cranberries were perfect anyways.
I got this idea from Comrade Gogo who took up the challenge from Gala Darling's site which to be honest, I didn't know much about until today and plan on doing more exploring there later.
Things I Love Thursday
I may or may not make this a recurring weekly thing, we'll see how I feel about it next Thursday. The idea is to compile a weekly list of the things that me happy or that I love or that I happen to be currently obsessed with.
So here goes:
* When a friend calls you at 2pm on game day saying she has two tickets to the Canucks game and asks if you want to go with her. That's the greatest. What a nice surprise and a great way to spend your Thursday evening! (Thanks Cara!)
* That Steve is somewhat "handy" and has been able to single handedly renovate our bathroom exactly the way I want it. Ok, well it's not quite finished yet, but the fact that I don't have to hire anyone is sweet. FYI - he's also put in our laminate flooring and my kitchen backsplash.
But in keeping with the theme of boring my readers to near death because I have nothing exciting to say and also because I had something for lunch that I was really impressed with... I'm about to tell you what I had for lunch today. And yesterday.
For the past two days I have eaten a Lean Cuisine "Grilled" Panini. And let me tell you my friends.... yum.
I had mixed feelings about buying and trying these because while I was curious about them since 'Big O' talked about them on her show, still I am not crazy about frozen meals or microwavable meals. So I was leary to actually take one out of the freezer and rely on it for being my lunch. Because I would have been pissed off if it was all I had for lunch and it turned out to be shit. Turns out it wasn't shit at all. It was really good.
I followed the package instructions and "grilled" the sandwich in the microwave on the grilling tray provided. The sandwich didn't come out exactly what I would call "grilled" but it was heated up and slightly toasty. I tried the Grilled Chicken Club and the Chicken, Spinach & Mushrooms and both of them took me to the Happy Sandwich Place. There was no shortage of filling in either sandwich, there was lots of chicken and surprisingly, there is plently of cheese. And the bread was man enough to hold the whole thing together without going soggy or floppy.
And if you care? They are only 5 or 6 WW points per sandwich (depending on which variety you choose). Unfortunately, they are also loaded with sodium so if you're sensitive to that, they might not be for you.
Now, if you try these sandwiches and expect to get a panini like something you might get at your favorite Italian deli, you are going to be very dissapointed. They're not that good. But they're pretty damn good for something you pull out of a box from your freezer.
As I was shutting off lights last night and getting ready to go to bed, I looked around and realized that I had completely re-arranged the furniture in the downstairs area, overhauled the look of my blog, and the bathroom is currently in the midst of fairly major renovations. I also spent the day batting around the idea of coloring my hair back to dark brown/black.
Without even realizing it until bedtime, apparently I was/am in need of some change!
I recently watched the movie "The Brave One". Had I not spent $4.99 on pay per view to watch it, I would have shut it off after about 20 minutes. This movie was as cheesy as it gets. And while I'm all about women kicking ass and taking names, I just wasn't buying into this movie. The transition of Jodie Foster's character from an annoying, love-sick fluff to a gun shooting, crow-bar wielding vigilante was hardly believable. And that voice of hers... enough to make me want to claw my ears off.
As mentioned above, my en suite is in the throws of a major face lift. I've got my handy-man, *Dick on the job. He always surprises me with his abilities for these sorts of things. I have to admit though, I was more than a little concerned when I walked in the bedroom yesterday and found the toilet sitting at the end of my bed. He got annoyed with me when I expressed my concern. I guess this is the same as when he questions whether I should maybe turn down the stove when I'm cooking because it looks like the food is going to burn - don't question me, this is my terrain and I know what I'm doing. So I won't question him anymore, I'll just wait patiently for the toilet to return to it's original home.
And yes, before and after photos will be available once the project is complete.
I'm still reading Duma Key, by Stephen King. It's a HUGE book but still, I seem to be getting through it at a pretty good clip. It's very easy reading and I'm actually quite enjoying it. More than once the hair has stood up on my arms and the back of my neck - I expect nothing less of Stephen King. This book is exactly what I needed right now. When I'm finished reading, I will be ready again for something a little more challenging. I'm thinking maybe, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini.
That's all I have for now.
I must go now and put some finishing touches on my newly rearranged room, check in on my "contractor", and maybe settle in to read a few more pages from my book.
* "Dick" is Steve's alter-ego.