What do you think the sex(es) of the twins will be?

Thursday, January 31, 2008

I'm well, thank you.






Oh grammar.

Yesterday a girl I work with tried to tell me that it's proper grammar to say "I'm good" when someone asks how I'm doing and that I'm wrong when I say "I'm well" because "well" is an adverb and "good" is an adjective. It seems that "well" functions as an adjective here, describing a state of well-being. Am I right? Spencer? Jenny? Somebody? I feel like my grammar is under attack.









Sunday, January 27, 2008

Birthday Fun

Yesterday for my birthday Dan planned a little excursion to the Good Time Emporium with Kate & Logan and Laci & Christian. When we pulled into the parking lot it was full of ambulances and police cars. Turns out someone got their hand stuck in the Skeeball machine. Consequently, the Skeeball machines were out of service for the night. This was VERY bad news for us because I happen to love Skeeball (I have very fond memories of playing Skeeball with Courtney at The Tilt and Lagoon). We found plenty of other fun games to play though, including Iceball which is an inferior cousin to Skeeball (yet oddly requires twice the number of tokens - maybe the risk of getting your hand stuck in that one is lower so it's kind of like Skeeball insurance). There was also one of those machines with the stuffed animals inside that you try to pick up with a claw. When we walked past it, I somewhat facetiously exclaimed to Dan, "Dan, win me a teddy bear! Please!" There was a guy at the machine who had just won a Bart Simpson doll and he told me I could have it. My Bart has a cleft lip, but I love him anyway. The cleft is really quite endearing.

Afterwards, we went over to Kate & Logan's apartment. Kate made me an amazing chocolate cake. We also had ice cream from my very favorite ice creamery, Christina's. Here are some pictures. Dan was behind the camera, so that's why there are no pictures of him. He was looking really good though.

Thanks for a good time Dan, Kate, Logan, Laci and Christian. You made turning twenty-nine into a very good thing.
























































Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Psalm 110

When I woke up for work this morning at 4:45, I asked Dan (still sleeping) what time he wanted me to set the alarm for (usually about 5 hours later than I get up). He fumbled around for a minute and then very confusedly replied, "Psalm 110."

This wasn't an entirely crazy reply (and/or prophecy) since he's been studying for his Hebrew Bible final for days. He finally took it yesterday and now has a week off. Meanwhile, I'm whittling away at my essay.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Wee Houses

















When Dan and I moved into our studio apartment, the realtor thought we were crazy. She even told us after we moved in that if we were going to back out, we should tell her ASAP. I have to admit, it took a little adjusting to get used to sharing such a small space with Dan and Pumpkin. BUT, I can happily say that I am now a small space advocate. I'm learning how to maximize the space we have (loft bed, tall bookcases, foldable table). It has made me realize how little space a person/family really needs.

Some reasons why small spaces are a good idea:

1. Less to clean. Enough said.
2. Reduces your carbon footprint (a smaller space can mean less electricity, less suburban sprawl, etc.).
3. Causes you to buy less stuff (because it won't fit).
4. Encourages you to get out into the community. Instead of studying at home, I'll often go to a library or a cafe (as I type this I'm at the Harvard Design School looking out the big, beautiful windows).

There are some awesome small space designs these days, from pre-fab houses to custom designs. What I like about a lot of these is the huge windows which allow you to work the outside world into the design. Someday I hope we'll have a wee house of our own...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What I'm making for dinner...

Besides surfing the web, cooking/baking is my most common form of procrastination. I have a big fat essay to write right now. But instead of writing it I'm planning out what I'm going to cook tonight for dinner. I just went to the grocery store and bought delightful ingredients such as prosciutto and watercress. In another life I think I would go to culinary school. But then, maybe it's better to keep it as a hobby.

On a side note, I love this magazine. I don't subscribe to it, but sometimes I'll buy it for a plane ride (which is what I did on the way home from North Carolina). This is what I'm making tonight, compliments of Real Simple:

UPDATE: Just made the soup and sandwiches and they were SO good. The bright green watercress looked beautiful on the sandwiches and the little flourishes (olive oil, shredded cheese and freshly ground pepper) on top of the soup made it look super fancy. I used herb infused olive oil on both the sandwich and the soup and I highly recommend it. Did I mention that I LOVE prosciutto? And that I believe I am becoming a FASCINATING WOMAN (click on that link and search inside the book!)

Cauliflower Soup with Prosciutto Sandwiches

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion
1 head cauliflower
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups whole milk
4 small crusty rolls
4 ounces sliced prosciutto object
1 cup watercress, trimmed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups (8 ounces) grated white Cheddar
Kosher salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower, broth, and milk and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.

Cut the rolls in half. Layer the bottoms with the prosciutto and watercress. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the extra-virgin oil. Top with the roll halves.

Puree the soup in the pan using a handheld immersion blender or, working in batches, a standard blender. Stir in 1 2/3 cups of the Cheddar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Divide the soup into bowls. Add the remaining extra-virgin oil and Cheddar and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve with the sandwiches.

Tip: The colder and harder Cheddar is, the easier it is to shred. So don't remove the cheese from the refrigerator until you're ready to grate it.


Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 687(55% from fat); FAT 42g (sat 17g); SUGAR 12g; PROTEIN 36g; CHOLESTEROL 108mg; SODIUM 1884mg; FIBER 5g; CARBOHYDRATE 53g

Friday, January 11, 2008

Beyond Jennifer and Jason

Okay, no one be alarmed if you come over and see this book on my shelf:























I am NOT pregnant (heaven forbid Marcus ever see this post). My advisor this coming semester, the great Michael Martone, wanted me to put this book on my reading list. He says it's a good reference for naming characters (knowing what kinds of stereotypes are associated with different names, etc.).

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happy Birthday, Aimee!

(I had to steal this photo from Aimee's page because I'm in North Carolina and don't have any pictures).

Hope you have a great day, Aimee!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Peter Sarstedt

I've been digging this song ever since Dan and I saw "The Darjeeling Limited" on Thanksgiving. It's only available on iTunes if you buy the whole Darjeeling soundtrack. Boo. I just want this one song.

I guess I'll just come on my blog and click on this video every time I want to listen to it.

I also love that thick, hearty mustache. Too bad my husband can only grow a molester mustache...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

You know you're in the South when...

they announce at the beginning of your flight that chewing tobacco is strictly prohibited on the plane. Right now I'm sitting in the Asheville Airport waiting for my friend's flight to get in so she can give me a ride to the Warren-Wilson campus. I just had about a thirty-minute conversation with a Baptist. His name was John. The Baptist.

Anyway, flying always reminds me of this little clip from Seinfeld's "I'm Telling You for the Last Time." Have you ever noticed that airplane bathrooms have the best smelling soap? This stuff is much better than your typical pink commercial soap. My plane had "Lemongrass Wasabi" scent. Very sophisticated.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

How 'bout sending your armpits to the cafe...

So I was walking through the drugstore the other day when I saw this:


















Vanilla chai deodorant? Am I the only one who thinks this is a little odd? Now I love chai just as much as the next guy, but on my armpits? Come on now.