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Well there is some bad news, some good news, and some cookie news!

Without a doubt cookies get their own category.

Good News:

  • I managed to sever the bond the couch had made with my ass.
  • I had a great hour at the gym
  • I know what I am doing for everyone for X-Mas! I will need some help for a few of them so I’ll let you all know soon ;)

Bad News:

  • Lowes is out of baby cactuses
  • I did not get anything else done that I wanted to today
  • I set out to buy x-mas presents, but instead bought 26 dollars worth of baking supplies for..

Cookies News!

I used THIS RECIPE. best. cookie. ever.

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more good news

  • i did not eat my weight in cookies and only feel minimally sick to my stomach. My strategy? I countered any cookie consumption with equal fruit and tea

Can you spot the cookie?

  • Also, there was only one isolated crumble incident..

Don’t fret–I took care of that ;)

A bit more of bad news

MOM CLOSE YOUR EYES

  • the room remains a disaster zone to be tackled at a later date. tomorrow possibly…probably not though.

AH out of control!!!

In the forecast for tomorrow

1) more baking–for lobo holiday party

2) cycling class possibly

3) room cleaning..maybe

4) work..maybe

5) make secret santa present!

6) holiday party

7) staying fly

splash




Everyone has their zone of zen, mine happens to be my lovely little green honda civic–1997 born, standard (not automatic), and sans cd and/or tape player.

People who have been in the car with me are probably astounded to hear this bit of information seeing as I am afflicted with an acute case of road rage. This would be because the love for my vehicle is conditional. Depending on its location and traffic conditions mainly.

When moving freely at a reasonable pace, on the freeway anywhere east of the four hills area, my sanity is restored. Some people channel their best thoughts in the shower, or burrowed in their bed with an animal, but I find that contemplation comes easiest to me in the duration of the last thirty minutes of the fourty minute commute to my dad’s house.

I simply turn up the music and let my mind wander. Occasionally my ipod dies and I am left without music so I just listen to the sounds of my engine because my radio doesn’t work and even THAT fails to bother me in my four door space of serenity.

Do not call me while I’m in transit to the pop’s abode, do not text me–aside from the fact that it is illegal to do so, there is no service so I cannot get it anyways–communication is impossible and sometimes that feeling of solitude is comforting.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmkk

That being said, my week of total socialization and abq re-integration has come to a close and a new month has begun!

So, just for those of you that didn’t already know …

I’M BACK! (like the herp, i just stick around..can’t get rid of me muhahah)

I celebrated Halloween a day early, as I suspect many of you did as well, and I have had a wonderful 31st. It began with a 2 year old’s dance party, and ended with a bbq at home.

Yes, I still forced my dad and kristen to dress up and watch a scary movie!

 

woooo self timer!

The kitties were excited, and moderately bothered by my cat-ear wearing ways.

 

 

hope you said rabbit rabbit! :)

length

One of the many perks about being a temporary transplant from another place is that responsibilities are minimal. That being said, I have class for approximately 5 hours every week and aside from that I have quite a bit of free time on my hands.

So what was a girl with no class to do on a dreary Thursday but to cook dinner for some lovely ladies?

My first inclination was to make some salmon considering I have yet to eat it out here where it is plentiful and cheap, despite it being a staple back home where it is neither. This all changed when I arrived at the grocery store after the 6km bike ride filled with fog and drizzle.

At that moment I realized only one thing would do–vegetarian chili! and apple crumble.

So I started grabbing cans of beans and corn and vegetables left and right, then biked the goods back to my place and got baking.

Yep, baking.

On my own. If you can call it that, considering it actually was the easiest recipe ever and was mostly chopping.

but I remain quite proud :)

Cooking commenced shortly thereafter, and the girls came over around 7

We had germany, america, and france represented at the table and two swedes on the couch. International chili!

It was deemed edible and I have yet to hear of any ailments after eating it so it looks like my first dinner in sweden was a success!

Going out to Platå followed, which is always a good time mainly because it frequently involves tequila and dancing.

 

Alright, considering my new expertise in all things culinary (i kid, i kid) I have devised a recipe for the erasmus student experience. You ready? here it is. let it cool after you take it out of the oven :)

 

Kallie’s perfect recipe for using up free time

5 cups laughing

1/2 cup studying

3 cups going out

1tsp missing home

5 gallons coffee (a day)

1 cup eating

and a sprinkle of hangover

catch-up time

WHY HELLO

Sorry I have been MIA for quite a while, after leaving off with such a dismal (and apparently worrying) post. Luckily for me, I have the best mom in the world (no offense to any other mothers out there, but it’s my opinion) who flew her cute little patootie out here and to spend some quality mother-daughter time! and okay, a side of business as well

Thursday night she met me at the office, I got to show her around our little Congressional box before taking her poor, dizzy daughter to the sole urgent care facility in DC that takes our insurance.

Verdict:

This may not come as a surprise but apparently I am officially a resident of Crazytown. It appears that nothing is physically wrong with me, so this little bit of vertigo must originate from within my noggin.

That said we chowed down at Hank’s Oyster Bar before metro-ing out to her lavish hotel where I enjoyed a KING SIZE BED and wonderful sheets. AH. I also indulged in coffee for the first time the next morning and it actually helped my condition a bit.

FRI-DIZZLE

My caffeine needs met, I set out to enjoy my Friday decked out in a yellow shirt (bright colors=happiness) and successfully gave my second tour of the Capitol in addition to a slew of other various tasks throughout the day because we were down to 2 interns.

Kept busy, the day flew by and Mom and I ate out at Founding Farmers before going to sleep like the little early birds we are. There was a justifiable reason for heading to bed so early this time, however:

I had to wake up for my 7:30 tour of THIS baby..

SATURDAY

YEP, it was actually not all that interesting but I tried to take my time and remember all the details because it is not every day that you get to step foot in a place where so many great men and women who have shaped America’s history have resided. You can imagine that security was quite abundant, if you even bring a bag with you to the grounds they shut down the tours for the rest of the day.

All the secret service men were quite good looking, but they were pretty staunch about following the rules dang it hahah. I asked one how the rooms could ever be used by the president if people were always walking through them on tours but he informed me that tours happen in the mornings and then they shut it down for afternoon business.

And no, the Obamas were not there. They were in Maine for the weekend, as were the rest of my family all together without me :(

REST OF SATURDAY:

I was back to my dorm by 8:30 so mom and I grabbed coffee at a cafe downstairs and planned our day. We first went to Georgetown for a bit of shopping and then lunch at THE DISNEYLAND OF FOOD


DEAN AND DELUCA people..The granddaddy of Whole Foods. I will never look at WF the same again now that I know what is out there. ONly I would take pictures of this store but I was in HEAVEN.

Their samples of baked goods were too good to be true. I seriously have never tasted anything so wonderful in my life– I am not exaggerating–I am returning before I leave.

Then we headed out to Great Falls–My mom’s childhood home. We drove around, and I got the full run down. Saw all of her houses, schools, friends houses, hang outs, horse stables, etc. With some time to spare we made a stop at the Great Falls nature park.

Over on the other side of the Potomac you could see people in Maryland looking out at the falls from their side.

We then went to her childhood friend’s home to clean up and relax before dinner at a fabulous French restaurant with a crowd of very well educated and diverse individuals. I had the best halibut I have ever encountered this night.

I realize I look really thrilled in this picture but I didn’t think I was in  it haha and the other one half the people aren’t paying attention SO we are stuck with this one. I promise I wasn’t an angry bunny  this night..just this picture. I generally don’t genuinely smile in pictures anyways though because I feel uncomfortable and fake. It drives everyone crazy but I cant really bring myself to do otherwise.

SUNDAY

was filled with the Tour de France, visits to mom’s old friends, a proper grocery store run, and then I was returned to my dorm and said goodbye to the momster

this brings us up to speed..

MONDAY

I began this morning filled with fresh resolve to face my situation positively. I woke up extra early for a light jog–after breakfast and a shower I was feeling worse than ever and was worried I couldnt even make it to work but I pulled it together and somewhere along my day I started feeling LOADS better.

Possibly it was because of

–A member of the staff’s birthday Chipotle and baked goods

–getting to leave office for a bit to retrieve aforementioned Chipotle

–being occupied with tasks

–having coffee

–leaving an hour early to attend a reception with glorious fruit platters everywhere

–a heart pounding sprinting run followed by 20 minutes of relaxing hatha yoga

–taking out my contacts

–a generally positive attitude

As of now I am feeling a less horrible, not perfect but alright, I am reluctant to say that in case I jinx myself but I am going to keep taking it easy and see how it goes.

Time for laundry now!!

the term ‘desperately need to do it’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

queasy

It appears as though I have a penchant for jinxing myself. Merely hours after proclaiming my love for all in the world and excitement for the future I was struck down by a mysterious illness.

The truely peculiar thing about this sickness was that it was not quantifyably a sickness at all! I couldn’t, and still can’t really, explain or precisely put my finger on what is wrong with me other than that something is not right. It’s a mystery–all you detectives out there..Here you go.

Symptoms:

  • My mind is disconnected from my body at times–seems as though the world is moving beneath me and I am floating
  • Slight headache
  • Tired
  • Nauseous occasionally
  • Eating, drinking, closing my eyes–nothing helps!

As of now I think that I have stress and tension induced vertigo BUT other suspected causes ranged from sodium deficiency, lack of iron, exhaustion, inner ear trouble, low blood sugar, heat exposure, the list really goes on and on.

I suspect it might be a combination of everything–stress of a new job, new climate, and possibly being a bit sick. All i know is that I am four days into whatever this is and worried that there is something dreadfully wrong with me.

Needless to say my meals have been less than exciting. Breakfast has been instant oatmeal every morning, lunch has been a kashi bar and fruit or a quarter of a subway footlong and yogurt or fruit and dinner has been sporadic.

Egg + spinach + salsa

Baked salmon & Trader Joe’s veggie mix.

sound

Alright: preparations for my departure to the northwest are proceeding according to schedule. new drivers license- got it. new playlist- finished. I have been somewhat of a recluse lately I suppose one could say, in the sense that I have only gone out one night so far.

I consider it more of a prioritization of my life though, I am not going to be here for that much of the summer and then I leave for Sweden in the fall so I find it important to allocate a large chunk of my time to hanging with my family, pets, and those closest to me. On that note, yesterday was wonderful: ran errands, hiked with august, made pizza from scratch for dinner, treated myself to new martha stewart magazine and yummy bars ;)

I leave you with a few snippets from the summer playlist! For the summer I went for a lot of upbeat, slightly superficial (think cheesy pop), and quite a few oldies. The actual playlist has over 200 songs so if you think this list is long, you ain’t seen nothing yet ;)

Banquet- Bloc Party

One week- Barenaked Ladies

Nighttiming- Coconut Records

Bottoms up- Keke Palmer

How Bizzare- OMC

My Humps- Black Eyed Peas

California Gurls- Katy Perry

Better Together- Jack Johnson

Sugar- Flo Rida

Magic- B.o.b. and Weezer

Barely Breathing- Duncan Sheik

Starry Eyed Surprise- Shifty

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots- The Flaming Lips

What’s your Fantasy- Ludacris

Two Towns from Me- Blind Pilot

Ghosts- Fanfario

Tony the Beat- The Sounds

Russia Privjet-Basshunter

Digital Love- Daft Punk

Dirty Pop- N*Sync

Body Language- Jesse McCartney

The Longest Time- Billy Joel

Never Let You Go- Third Eye Blind

Pretty Baby- Spin Doctors

Friday I’m in Love- The Cure

California- Metro Station

Clumsy- Fergie

Whenever, Wherever- Shakira

Once in a Lifetime- Talking Heads

Summertime- New Kids on The Block

Radar- Britney Spears

Faith- George Michal

Love Me- Justin Bieber

Phantom Limb- The Shins

teeth

I absolutely adore the squeaky-clean feeling of post dentist knashers, although I do not approve of the time which I was expected to wake up to make my appointment (7 o’clock). I was done an hour too early to sell my books to Page One Too so I just browsed and found what new books I wanted while waiting for 10 to arrive.

Book shopping is the love of my life, hands down my all time favorite activity. I go through books like Whole Foods chips during a Top Chef marathon so it is great that I can sell them back and get new ones. Currently I am in the process of deciding which one to start first, Jen and I just got back from the gym and ate lunch (slash breakfast for me, i was cranky because of lack of food–i couldn’t eat before the dentist though!).

Yesterday I was great, but I was totally beat by the time dinner rolled around. I was once again indecisive about what I wanted to eat for dinner, there was too much to choose from. I made a delicious snack tray–sun chips, some greens, salmon, guac, and salsa. The avocado in the fridge was approaching its last days, so I made quick use of that.

My mom and step dad loved it! We watched the season finale of House, which was great, then I creeped on facebook (IM TAKING ANOTHER BREAK  as of now hahah) subsquently talked with Kemper, and fell asleep.

AHHHEM..RANT WARNING: (skip over if you hate immaturity..I just have to let it out but that doesn’t mean you have to read it hah)

I am seriously so incredibly weirded out about how some girl’s brains work. I just dont see how they can interpret a situation so far from reality, (and honestly I find it creepy that I took the time to look at someone I dont know’s facebook profile to notice their misinterpretation in the first place). Just because my boy is aware of your crush and allows it to perpetuate doesn’t meanhe feels anything for you like that, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a girlfriend of 2 and a half years, and doesn’t mean he says nice things about you to her. He thinks you are creepy and prepubescent. so. ANYWAYS, I am just not going to get on facebook for awhile again because it is infuriating basically and frankly I think its sad you cant find an actual boyfriend so you have to ask mine to take pictures with you and pretend like you are going out. Age is not an excuse for doing psychotic things like that, I certainly didn’t at 16, maybe your ex-boyfriend broke up with you for a reason (if he even was ever your real boyfriend).

okay,I truly apologize that I vented about that in such a public forum but I have held it in since March and it has just reached a ridiculous level of crazy at this point, too much for one girl to internally maintain.

SOOOOOO

I am going to figure out what I want to cook tonight at my dad’s, so I will leave you with a little glimpse of my ridiculous hair from yesterday hahahah. ;)