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The Puzzle Piece

Today i made some plans for valentines day! Being that it is only 2 weeks away, a girl has to plan accordingly. And being a sucker for all things girly i really enjoy the sweetness of this day. the pink hearts and flowers, chocolates and love... ahhh. This valentines day will be spent with good friends and enjoying the love of friendship.
However there is this sense that you have to have a love interest to having a big romantic night and feel complete. But even if you do have a significant other it doesn't mean that romance is in the cards... sometimes valentines day just stinks! Last year i spent part of valentines day crying... but then again i also spent my birthday crying and come to think of it i spent christmas crying last year too, all because i was upset with my then boyfriend. Maybe that is a good sign that maybe something wasn't working.

Sometimes the best relationships just aren't meant to be. Even with all the love and hope you have, it just may not be enough.…

30 and Golden!!!

Happy Golden Birthday to the wonderful, beautiful and hottest mommy... MEGAN!

good eats...

At work today, as I am prone to do when there is a lull in library activity (and YES! the media center can be a hub of excitement!) i peruse recipes. I was looking today at the Strib for anything that caught my fancy in their Taste section. I found not one but two recipes that sounded delicious and i had all the ingredients to make both.

Shrimp, Avocado and Goat Cheese Quesadilla's I actually tweaked this recipe a little bit. I used small pita's instead of tortilla's. And the pita's are the ones without the pockets. I also did not use the Monterrey jack cheese, because the goat cheese is flavorful enough. I warmed the pita in a toaster oven... and then i just layered the goat cheese spread and then added the shrimp, avocado and bacon. I also used paprika on the shrimp when I sauteed it.

and BLACK BEAN SOUP WITH CHILI, COCONUT MILK AND LIMEI used parsley with this one instead of cilantro and chicken stock instead of water. I also used my new hand held blender that i found…

What I am currently listening to...

Cat Power: Jukebox



Mexican Hash

Tonight seemed like a good night to use up some of the ingredients in my fridge that were days away from going bad. My first thought was to use the shrimp and this divine hot sauce I have. Key Lime Habanero Hot Sauce, whoo wheee, what a kick! I found it at Target and I am convinced that they will discontinue it, so I think I better stock up!

Also in the fridge were some black beans and an avocado. In the freezer i always have frozen cooked rice, perfect for quick cooking. I found this rice also from Target called Lime Cilantro Rice mix and I make the whole thing, use the amount i want and freeze that rest. So into the skillet I sauteed some garlic in olive oil then I add the beans, rice, avocado, shrimp some salsa and the habanero sauce. Then drizzled some lime juice on it and add a bit of salt, pepper, oregano, paprika and red pepper flakes. The great thing about cooking and using recipes is that you can substitute. Let's say you don't like avocado, add some corn instead. Or …

I loves Chloe Paddington bags!

I understand that it is frivilous and insane to pay $1000+ for a purse... but if someone said I had to pick one designer bag to own I would have to pick the Chloe Paddington bag. I have borderline at times coveted this bag, although i have come to terms that a whole village in some countries could be fed for a year for the price of a Chloe bag. But it is fun to look.
Funny story: When I was in Jewelry Design school at Minneapolis Tech. College we shared a floor with the fashion design kids. Everyday I would see the fashion boys and girls prance around in their latest creations, it was the equivalent of Jr. High Project Runway, so tre dramatic. The fashion kids always looked amazing while the jewelry kids, such as myself were always in t-shirts and jeans... because seriously, jewelry making is messy! One day i was riding the elevator up to our floor when the one and only fashion diva of the fourth floor fabulous fashion freaks stepped into the elevator. She had on her monster huge sung…

A Breather....

I have been going non stop from Friday after work up until Sunday night. But everything was very laid back and relaxing, it doesn't feel like I had fun to the point of exhaustion this weekend.
After work on Friday I decided to go visit my parents and brother and just hang out. We had a really fun night of making homemade pizzas and playing games. My brother completely dominated in Yahtzee, after getting 2 Yahtzee's we all realized that defeat was eminent! We also played Fact or Crap, which everyone really enjoyed so much so that on Saturday after noon we had to play it again. Saturday was laid back, too. We went out sledding on the four wheeler and then we watched a movie. The highlight was taking a trip to Hutchinson, the "Big Town" near my parents house. We spent hours in Target just walking around and having some laughs. While my mom and I were in the makeup isle my dad was in the valentine card isle, and we heard him laughing so hard and we were 10 isles down! Ap…

Time to get LOST!

One week from today, after a long much anticipated 8 month hiatus, the best show on television returns!!! LOST! I know, it has lost many viewers with the long drawn out plots. Everyone cries, But nothing is resolved and nothing is revealed! And what about those darn polar bears? All I know is that this show has me hooked. I can't get enough! It's more than just a group of people stranded on a not so deserted island. It is a show about the human spirit, mixed with redemption and healing. Everyone has a back story, they all tie into one another, and it seems as if they were all brought together on this island for a specific reason. Everyone bears a secret, everyone carries around guilt and shame. However, everyone in their own small way, comes to the point of letting go and finding that freedom, but it might involve pain, it might involve some soul searching, but freedom and healing is there waiting on the other side. Just like real life. You got me sold!
I have a theory for tho…

MMMM.... Cod

I am one who needs to have some snacks at my desk to keep me going throughout the day. Sometimes I have almonds, or beef jerky or goldfish. Today I was in the protein bar isle at target and i saw these neat looking protein bars called Twisted. Four delicious layers... Pretzel, caramel, peanuts, and nougat, covered in a creamy chocolate coating. 15 grams of protein!! You can't beat that! I love me some protein! You didn't need to "Twist" my arm to buy these bars. As I am sitting at my desk around 2:00 and feeling the need to munch, I pull out my new handy dandy Twisted bar and went to town. I was pleasantly surprised at the taste, I mean it is a protein bar so they do add copious amounts of soy, which is not my favorite but I will eat it. So this is probably one of the better fake candy bars out there. And so I thought, "hmmm i wonder what is in this bad boy?" Well funny that you ask! Ingredient #1: Protein Blend (whey protein, soy protein, milk protein, bas…

Whatevs...

My last post was deeeep, and I don't want to be in that mode any longer. So I am going to write about Pegasus, the mythological horse that flies. When I was little my mom told me that all white horses would fly around at night, but you could never see them. I believed her too! And not only that, i was convinced that when I left my room all my toys came to life and had a party. I just had this suspicion and I would try to catch one or at least see if they moved even a hair, I never could catch them in action. When the movie Toy Story came out, I almost peed my pants! I wasn't the only one who believed toys came to life!

Nada!

Believe it or not, i have been out of words the past few days... but i have been thinking a lot and processing for me leaves me rather introspective to say the least. So this is really strange, but I don't know what to write about. I do have a sports related blog post in the works, but that is in development phase. So in the mean time, any suggestions on what to write about? I'll write about anything I am so desperate. I think this means I have writers block. Ouch.
Ok, I am back from lunch... and I had a few thoughts, but are they writeable? I don't know. I have been having a series of dreams all about the same person, but different situations. Last night in my dream I asked this person if they would consider running away with me, and they said, NO. But they also said that one of these days I will need to learn that running away will never solve the problems at hand. It is by staying and facing these problems that I will become the best version of myself. What? I mean I get…

Holy Mole!

Last night I was invited over for Mole (pronounced Mole-ay) at my friend Sarah's. Her friend Francisco was making us and a bunch of other friends, traditional mole from his home land Mexico. The whole meal was delicious, and the mole was outstanding. Francisco said that traditional mole has about 32 ingredients including, chocolate and cinnamon. The base is sweet and you cook it in chicken. WOW! We also had refried beans and rice and this fantastic drink called horchata, which is a sweet rice, almond, cinnamon and sugar drink. Plus we had some fantastic Chilean wine. What a treat! After dinner we all sat around and watched the end of the packers\giants game... too bad packers, whaa whaa. As you can see i am NOT a fan! Sarah and Francisco almost have me convinced to go salsa dancing with them in the future... I don't know though, i might look like a spaz! :) But life is short, and not for sitting. And as Kevin Bacon once said in Footloose, "Let's Dance!"
Earlier i…

TDC=Too Darn Cold!

So as mentioned in the previous posting, i had a whole night planned with my girlfriends. Well the fact of the matter is, is that sometimes the weather really does dictate what you can and cannot do. And admittedly, I would've taken driving in the snow last night, then running around in the cold. I can't believe i just said that! Anyway, cousin Kelly was out due to a bad cold :( and Cindy was at a convention, which left Shannon,Jaime and I set for a night on the town. We decided on pizza first at Dulono's which is always delish.... good laughs, Shannon had a blind date, Jaime had a goofy hair stylist lady, so we had lots to chat about. As it was time to leave, and as we opened the door to brave the cold once again. I stopped and said just as we were almost to the car, "How about we skip the museum and the wondrous punch and just go back to my place?" And I think as much as they wanted me to have a fun birthday night out, they were also thinking of my cozy apartme…

Oh Spring... Where art thou?

I think it's really cold outside today... I don't even want to check, because i think it is in the negatives... as in degrees! So here is a little taste of spring, to make us hopeful for all that is warm, cheery and bright.... Tulips! I saw these at the grocery store the other day and i couldn't resist! At least somewhere in the the world tulips are growing! Probably in Holland, those Dutch got it going on! (Right Diana!)




Tonight, I am going OUT! (so cold! brrrr) with my west side girls, Jaime & Shannon sans Cindy... (isnt that a song, East end boys and West side girls?) My cuz Kelly is going to join us and see how the H2oTown girls roll... The plan is the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Walker Art Center... I am a big fan of Frida, a bit bizarre yes, but colorful and deep also. Then we are hitting up my favorite pizza place Dulono's in my old Mpls neighborhood and then maybe a sip of Wondrous Punch at the Red Dragon... should be WONDROUS! Stay Warm!

Such a Lovely Day...

I must confess, I have never been big on celebrating my birthday. I tend to look at it as a much ado about nothing. But this year, for year 31, this has been the nicest birthday yet. I spent the first half of my day relaxing then meeting with my parents and brother for lunch. It was great to see them and have a good lunch. After that i headed home, because i had a lot to do. I planned a little party at my place. I wanted to have some of my favorite people over and make some yummy food. Everyone was commenting on how i had to make food for my own party... but making food for me is a gift, and I want to share this gift with everyone. So it's no big deal! It makes me happy! The best was the pad thai in individual cups! I must eat pad thai on my birthday! But the food is just an after thought, because it was the people that were there that made it so special! I had a whole home full of the greatest friends a girl could ever ask for! What a blessing! Plus well wishes from friends and f…

Twas the Night Before...

Awwwww... this year, the night before my birthday is so much more... relaxed! Turning 30 last year was a pain in my you know what, the worst time, the baddest birthday. I spent the whole time waiting... waiting for what? Waiting on a boy trying to figure out what he really wanted... A girl waiting to grow up... A life waiting to begin... No more waiting! PUKE!
I received a birthday card today from my BFF Rachel, and I loved what she said, "You made it through your 30th year and you had FUN! Even though it was one of the hardest years for you--you didn't squander your time and your energy [she probably meant on silly boys!]-- you lived with purpose and determination!" I love me some Rachel! Here I am on the eve of 31... more content, more cheerier, more a lot of things. And not putting an ounce of might into waiting. Well, except on God... cause He is the only one worth waiting on! I'm super excited for tomorrow! Lunch with my parents and brother and dinner and laughs …

Girl Put Your Records On!

Sometimes as i sit in my apartment, I often think, something is missing. Like a big question mark is looming above my head, like the Arby's symbol in those commercials, Are you thinking Arby's? But there is no words with my question mark, just a blank question hanging there. For months and months now, I would be in the middle of doing something, and suddenly stop, something is missing! I immediately look for my keys and my cell phone, because I am always losing (or at least i think i feel like I've lost them), but alas they are right there where i left them. What could possibly be missing? In those times I feel like I am stuck in a moment where the answer is at the tip of my tongue, but doesn't quite come to fruition. Then on Sunday, I figured out the mystery. My record player! I have been living a whole year in my place, and my record player has been MIA! Tucked into boxes, saved in storage. How did i get this far without it? I love the sound of records, the crackling…

Ladies DO love country boys!

My latest celebrity crushes:

Trace Adkins!

and
LUKE BRYAN! mmmmm!

The Birthday Care Package Mother-Load!!!!

This morning, I enjoyed a fabulous Valentine's themed brunch at Kyle & Kelly's. Complete with Asparagus Stratta, Heart-Shaped Lemon Poppy seed muffins and some laughs from their nephews, Drew & Ben. (Do you know that they call their school mascot not the Mustangs but the Buttstains? That was sooo funny!!) After brunch, I helped Kyle haul dry wall into his house. I don't think he actually thought I had it in me to lift and carry dry wall, but alas I am one bad mamma-jamma when it comes to lifting things! Then Kyle changed my oil on the Legacy. Awesome & Appreciated!
I headed home and what did my wondering eyes appear, an awesome care package that brought me lots of cheer!!! My Aunt Lori sent me the most fabulous birthday care package ever! Complete with all the things i love! Heart shaped muffin molds, valentine cookie cutters, assorted sprinkles and icing, soap, and candles! Basically, a girly-girl like moi's dream package!! I am so thankful and happy for t…

St. Paul's Finest

Last night Ellen and i went to the heart of downtown St. Paul, which is about 1 mile from my home. I was saying to Ellen, "Downtown St. Paul is smaller and closer to me then Downtown Minneapolis, but I know my way around MPLS way better." I do know my way around DT St. P, but somehow i always get confused! Maybe Jesse Ventura was on to something when he said the roads in St. Paul were all made by drunk Irish men! Remember when he said that? So Ellen and I went and ate at my most favorite place, Babani's Kurdish Restaurant.
My roommate Holly Wood and I fell in love with this place about 7 years ago, and we can't stop raving about it. Babani's claims to be the first authentic Kurdish restaurant in America.... I believe it, how many conversations do you hear that go something like this, "Honey, how about we go eat some Kurdish food tonight!" Kurdish people are an ethnic group found in the middle east, over the years have gone through some very serious trial…

RICEing and Knitting

I am home from work today. Why you ask? The Flu? No! Allergic to the Library? I Wish! Mental Breakdown? Possibly. Truthfully, last night as I was doing my exercise thing, I think i jacked-up my knee. I didn't know until the middle of the night, when I woke up in pain. This morning I could barely walk on it and sitting down was painful. SO I popped some acetaminophen and promptly RICEd my knee... Except I can never remember what the "C" stands for? Compress? All I know is Rest, Ice and Elevate. I am feeling a lot better, not 100%, but Lord help me if it something more serious! So I am on couch rest, so i decided to knit some mittens. Which it has been about 4 years since I've made mittens, so i was a little shaky getting started... but I am trying my best.I can knit lots of things... although i have yet to knit a sweater, which will be my final gift to the world. I knit hats, scarves and mittens. Don't ask me about baby blankets. They are my arch nemesis. I have …

Sledding on a Sunday

I'm getting a little behind on my life updates. This past Sunday my mom called me and left me a message saying, "You've got to come out to the house! We are hitchin' up the Jumbo Sled to the 4-Wheeler!" You didn't have to twist my arm. So I headed out to good ol' Lake Ridge Ranch and was ready to do some jumbo sledding. I call it the jumbo sled, because it is literally a ginormous jumbo sled. My dad uses it to haul hay bails around with the 4-wheeler in the winter or else he would just use the bob-cat. Anywhoo... My mom and my brother Buddy, and 2 friends of the family Becky-Shelly (we call them that, because they are always together and are pretty much the same person) and I went for a few spins on Jumbo. My dad whipped us around, down the road and into the fields. We were all screaming and laughing and having a gay ol' time. We had a snowball fight and then we built a snowman. It was a beautiful day for the beginning of January so we really took ad…