Archive for October, 2007

on second thought…

upon very careful consideration, and after consulting many experts and spiritual guides, i’ve decided to remove desperate housewives from a list of shows that i love. i really only like it and regularly watch it becuase i’m sure to be home sunday nights, and jake enjoys it, too. if it suddenly got cancelled, i wouldn’t really mind….i hope this news does not damage anyone’s understanding of the world as we know it….


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what in the–?

so either they do things special in ojai, or taco bell changed its curriculum at burrito making school, because instead of this:

i got this:

. i turned it over, thinking i opened the wrong end, but i was WRONG (rare, but it happens). it was folded over on both ends. i mean really–does tradition mean nothing these days??

(which reminds me of when my friend worked at taco bell in high school and during her first week was super excited because she had “learned” how to make a burrito. my other friend and i just looked at her and were like, “you mean fold over one side, fold up the bottom and fold over the other side?” she looked very deflated as she answered, “yeah.”)

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so, ok, not the ONLY thing, but it definitely helps, especially around 2:30 each afternoon. (the bell rings at 2:45, at which time i start cleaning off my desk, checking lists of things i should have completed that day, making a list for the next day, etc. unless i’m in the middle of something unexpected, which is like 80% of the time, so you can see that it really only acts as my savior when there is an afternoon lull.)

ANYHOO…i love: a fancy picture, yes; they clean up good.
and:affectionately known as “HIMYM”
as well as:
but since i only have basic cable, i must resort to DVD or http://www.tv-links.co.uk/ to see:
and i can’t wait for these seasons to start:

on which is the cutest little boy ever:
(this is a newer picture, not as cute–and the killer is when he giggles.)
FX is a pretty good network, too. i enjoy:and (the riches)
i do understand that some people don’t love tv, and some people have a lot of hobbies, and tv can be a major waste of time, but there are some really good shows on (better than any movies that have come out in the past 5 years), and it’s always bothered me when people have this condescending attitude towards those of us that do enjoy the tube…TV is awesome!
my word! i forgot:

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1 year

our first anniversary…we hope to take a weekend away sometime soon, but our lives are a bit too hectic now. we went out to a lovely dinner, though not the dinner we planned. unbeknownst to us, it was oktoberfest in camarillo, and the restaurant, california grill, which i have been longing to eat at for a year, was only serving german food. damn germans!!!

i got:

from jake,

and he got:

(note: not jake’s actual truck, but the same model/color) from both of us!

anyway, i can’t believe it’s been a whole year! we had a lot of changes–2 new jobs, a new car, a new puppy, a trip to europe, a garage makeover, our first joint family holiday celebration, 2 new eyes (for me)…we’ve learned a lot and look forward to more travels and new hobbies–biking, which the truck will help us to do–and even more home makeovers!

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bloomin’ halitosis

i had more than a few petals of a bloomin’ onion at outback last night. we went with jake’s old coworker and his girlfriend. everytime i woke up to take the doggy outside, all i could think of was, “what did i EAT to make my mouth taste so horrendous??”

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sunday night…

i’ve made this recipe so many times and adjusted it, i feel it’s ok to call it my own:

kelly’s corn chowder
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 small onion, diced
3/4 cups baby carrots, sliced
2-3 celery stalks, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 medium red potatoes (give or take), diced
3 cups white corn kernels, fresh or frozen (the safeway brand is the best)
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups mixture of milk and half-and-half –the ratio depends on how healthy i want to be and if there will be enough half-and-half left for my coffee in the morning.
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Remove puppy from your feet and leave on the couch, sleeping after an hour of manic hyperactivity.

Melt 1 stick of butter in a smal saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, and saute for 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Cook until the roux is lightly browned, 3 or 4 mintues; set aside to cool to room temperature.
Check on puppy–he might have woken up and he doesn’t seem to understand the concept of heights–find him moved up to your spot on the couch:

Meanwhile, combine the potatoes and chicken stock in a large stockpot, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, add the corn and simmer for 10 more. Spoon the roux into the boiling stock, whisking briskly so it doesn’t lump. Bringto a boil. The mixture should become very thick.

check on puppy again– he may be chewing on anything from a power cord to the iron leg of a table–find that he has walked across the couch to jake’s spot:

In a pyrex measuring cup microwave the half-and-half/milk mixture for two minutes; stir it into the thick corn mixture. Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste.
try to enjoy the chowder with puppy now completely awake and rarin’ to go:

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