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Monday, April 30th, 2007

I Call This One…

Chillin with the evoo… and the Dayquil… and the.. sigh, I’ll get to it one of these days.

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So anyway, I went to to work today.  It went pretty well and there was only minimal traffic and that’s always good.  We had crappy burritos for dinner tonight.  (That’s code for leftovers).  But last night I made a baked orzo from a Sarah Moulton recipe.  It wasn’t bad but I was expecting something different.  I forgot to take pics but honestly it wasn’t much to look at.

I have class tomorrow.  I think it’s the last day finally.  But whatever, cause summer session starts pretty much right away.  I would love to write about something funny that happened today like the time I saw that guy slip on a banana peel but not one single funny thing happened all day.  As hard as that is to believe it’s true.  I’ll  be on the lookout tomorrow for something comical.

I called my grandmother today… I haven’t called her in ages and I guess I was afraid.  Her memory’s going and I’m afraid that she won’t remember me or worse yet that she’s ill or something so I put off calling.  Well, I did it, and no one answered now I’m even more worried.  But I’d like to think that someone would have called me if something was wrong.  You know I didn’t just pull the title neuroses galore out of the air, right?

I am so ready for my last year of law school.

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Sunday, April 29th, 2007

From Today’s Paper…

When he’s not selling mobile phones for a living, Allen spends about 45 hours a week on all things pirate.

Lord have mercy if they ever published something like that about me… I’d die. They say everyone gets their fifteen minutes. I just hope I’m imortalized in print for more than this.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.pirate29apr29,1,5741960.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

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Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Bygone Brokeback

I don’t know why I haven’t felt like posting this weekend.  Nothing big has been going on.  I got an extension to finish writing my paper through the end of the summer so that’s a big load off.  Now I’m just focusing on preparing for my exam on the 10th.  By that time I should be able to absorb enough info not to fail.

We watched most of Maurice (pronounce morris in England apparently) last night.  I don’t care what you say I just love, love, love Hugh Grant.  I don’t know when he did this film but it’s pretty good aside from the fact that it’s just as long as every other Merchant-Ivory film I’ve watched.  I love a good costume drama but honestly, more than two hours seems a little excessive.  Did I say it was pretty good?  Kinda like Remains of the Day meets Brokeback Mountain.  I haven’t actually seen Brokeback yet but I did read the story so I’m guessing that it’s pretty close here.

We’re definitely teething over here.  Chase woke up from a nap today and in spite of being fed and changed and entertained she continues to be sort of fussy.  A low-grade kind of different than usual fussiness.  Turns out upon further investigation that she wants to chew chew chew.  She was so not herself, not smiling and laughing like usual.  So we took her out to BRU, she took another little nap and we bought her some teething thingies and another little gym toy that has more bells and whistles than the one we have.  She was much happier when we got home.  Do I think this is because she had new toys?  Probably not, but you know, we felt better.  The stupid activity gym is supposed to grow with the child but the picture on the box is deceiving as far as it concern pre-sitters.  It has a little foot bar that prevents her from being able to reach the toys… I have to look at it better tomorrow to see if it can be used without the foot bar thing.  I had a piano toy in mind that she could kick.  But they all had to be suspended from the side of the crib and I’m not down with that.  I don’t even like having the mobile there scratching up the side of the crib.

We got a little inflatable pool too with a little sunshade.  Can’t wait to use that she’s really going to dig it.  And all the while he’s putting crap in the cart, Ben is telling me how his kids won’t get everything they want.  I didn’t say much about it because I suspect just the opposite especially for his little girl.

I’ve started working my way through this crap shack on a spring cleaning jag.  It’s going well.. about as well as can be expected I guess.  I should really be working tonight as I’m going in to the office tomorrow.  I’ll keep you posted.  Oh, and once the sod’s down we’ll probably be hosting a bbq.  More on that later.

Oh, and those bastards STILL aren’t done with my computer.  Make no mistake, I will be calling AGAIN tomorrow.

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Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Saturday… How Original

Nothing much to report today. We ran some errands and checked out couches. We think we might have found something we like but are going to keep looking. Luckily, I got an extension on my paper so I’m just gonna start trying to teach myself article 9 of the UCC… fun!

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007

On Cooking & Maryland

But not together… that would be a post about John Shields and since I still haven’t been to Gertrude’s I’ll have to post about that another time.  There’s so much to tell from today and yesterday.  I hope I can get it all down before I forget.

First, the queen of England and Duke of Edinburgh are coming to Greenbelt!  Yes, folks you heard right, Greenbelt!  Ok, really the NASA Goddard Space Center but same dif right?  This is awesome for a number of reasons. 1) Because if they get hungry they can get beef patties from that Caribbean place in Beltway Plaza 2) what can you come up with?

Second, I get in the car today  and isn’t t great when the stars seemed to be aligned in your favor?  Bea Arthur is the guest on Fresh Air because the first season of Maude was released today on DVD.  Did you know that she grew up on the Eastern Shore?  Listen to the interview.

In other news, I’ve been cooking.  I had some boneless skinless chicken breast so I did two recipes using that.  I have a great looking stainless steel crockpot but rarely use it because I don’t really have any good crockpot recipes.  This one was a white chicken chili from cooking light.  I have to say that it was pretty good.  I would definitely make it again but this time would ratchet up the spice quotient a bit.  I was a little concerned going into it because it was made with breast meat and I thought that it might get dry and tough.  It turned out though that the chicken was just the opposite and stayed moist and tender.  The chili itself must be fat free because the chicken isn’t browned and the base is just stock thickened with flour.  All the fat came from the sour cream and cheese I topped it with.  Definitely a keeper.

Tonight I made the chicken francese that Erin gave me the recipe for.  It was also really good.  I served it with yet more broccoli sauteed with garlic and crushed red pepper and spaghetti.  The only thing I would change about this recipe is that it doesn’t have you season with salt and pepper at any point which you absolutely must do.  The lemon flavor was subtle and delicious.  We will also be making this again because it was fast and easy and a good way to make those bland chicken breasts tasty.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Nflx. v. Blbr., 24 Puts U. in Po’house L. Rev. 99.

(per month that is)

Read more about the differences here.

For me: Netflix all the way, I’m addicted to my queue and how I can see my friends’ movies.

For Ben: Blockbuster and instant gratification all the way. If you read the article though it points out really how few movies they have in-store. This argument is not persuasive with Ben though cause he likes crappy movies anyway. He’ll watch ANYTHING. The next four days will be the real test. I’m not paying for both for another month. I’m mandating a decision by the 28th!

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

So I’m Not the Only Person Agonizing About It..

Marketplace has great commentary…

Click here to read the transcript

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Workin’ 9 to 5

So here are some pics from today at the office.  It’s too late and I’m too tired to post much of anything tonight but here is Chase in all her drooling glory.

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You didn’t think that my desk at work would be any neater than my desk at home did you?

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Et, Voila!

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

It’s Late I know

But whatever, I could be working but I’ll get around to it. We did the steaks today but instead of the roasted smashed potatoes I did a roasted potato salad (look under recipes and cooking for the recipe itself). Ben took Chase this morning so I slept until after 10. That’s like unheard of and it felt so good. It was too good to be true though because since I was too lazy to drag my butt out of bed, Chase missed her 10 o’clock nap and was hella cranky as a result. I ended up putting her in her stroller and walking up to Starbucks to calm her down. That worked and she took a nice long nap. Then we went over the the Barnes and Noble. You know, I waited so long for the store to open but it’s a sad and sorry excuse for a B and N if you ask me. Ben wanted me to find a Quickbooks reference guide so I go and look and I end up calling because I’m pretty sure he didn’t just buy Quickbooks 2006 but I want to be sure. They’re stock is all outdated and yeah I’m sure there aren’t many students that was Quickbooks reference guides but where’s your pride?!

So later we went to the B and N in Towson and found what he was looking for. I broke down and bought that new MS huge monster sized homekeeping book. I took it out from the library and it’s such an awesome reference book for everything relating to the home that I coulnd’t help it. And yes, the info is probably all over the internet but it’s nice to have it in one place. Some school was doing a fund-raiser there so a portion of every purchase went toward new computers for them and in return they were singing or whatever. It was cute, those poor awkward children sang their little hearts out and Chase enjoyed their rendition of Under the Sea.

When we got home I finally got around to planting the perennials we picked up in the little front garden. So I’m out there raking and digging or whatever and I hear a car creeping along. So I finally turn around and see it’s a cop car. The dude has the window down and waves and says hello. So I say hello and he drives off. I’m wondering to myself.. is he thinking that I’m breaking in to the basement window in broad daylight or is he checking out my ass? So I’m working and pondering this to pass the time cause I’m by myself and no one is around the whole block is dead. My question is answered when I hear someone asking me do you need some help? I turn around thinking it’s the crazy old dude across the street with the huge pink roses who’s always chatting me up but no, the cop circled the block and he’s coming back down the other side. So I laugh and smile and turn him down but now I’m wondering what the hell was he planning to do if I took him up on it. But guys are always good for a laugh in that department… who does that routine? Seinfeld? Where the best thing they can come up with is honking? I wonder if I can find that on youtube….

Oh, and check it out, that’s a real live picture for the potato salad.

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