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Weird Day

Today was one of those weird days.
Work wasn't bad. I actually got quite a bit done. We have 2 rather large conventions headed our way between now and Thanksgiving, and there are lots of little details to get nailed down. I got a good headstart on several things today.
From a friend perspective, it was a mixed bag. On the one hand, my friend Di got good news about employment for the fall, which is a relief of monumental proportions.
On the other hand, my friend Tonya was dealing with a very difficult first summer camp situation with her daughter. Although it did not directly involve me, I felt really awful for both of them and it occupied my thoughts for the majority of the day.
On an unrelated note, my nephew's 17th birthday is coming up Wednesday. I feel very old. Dev tries to convince me that other people's aging shouldn't affect my perception of my own, but when you remember CLEARLY the BIRTH of someone, you can't help but feel old when they are no longer…

Another Lovely Sunday Picnic...

Dev's parents have been visiting us this weekend, so tonight we all took a picnic supper to Cole Park. The entertainment was provided by Katie Moffatt and Rosie Florez. They were a quite energetic duo from Texas. Here's a pic of Dev and his parents at our picnic... And here's a pick of Rosie Florez entertaining the kids in the audience with a honky tonk song about hot dogs...

Oh- and here's what Dev and his dad were doing while his mom and I were making the picnic....

Santa Fe

So this weekend, Dev and I took off for Santa Fe. We were meeting Tonya and Shane for brunch and a day of shopping and playing tourist. Tonya has posted her photos of the weekend here. I posted mine here. I'm also going to post some of them on this blog. Here we are as we loaded up the truck and headed out on the open road....

Dev seems to get a little irritated when I pull out the camera to take a pic. So here's the way he tries to discourage me from doing this....



But he's so cute...it won't work. So we drove in and met Tonya, Shane and Sarah at Harry's Roadhouse for brunch. Here's what it looks like:
I can't begin to tell you how outrageously good the food was here. And it was pretty inexpensive as well. All 5 of us ate brunch for about $50.00. I wish I had thought to take a pic of my food, but I didn't. I had chilaquiles with fried eggs. Dev had shrimp and grits. Both of us were very happy with our food. After brunch we headed to Jackelope, which is, acc…

No Bowling.... :(

We didn't go bowling tonight. I think everyone had a hectic day. I know I sat in meetings ALL DAY LONG. My first one started at 9:30am and ended around noon, then the next one started at 1:15pm and lasted til 4:30pm. That's a long time to be sittin' and listenin'. I feel pretty brain dead.
Dev is studying for his Statistics final. Tomorrow is the last day of his summer class. So I can't even bug him. I'm bored.
We might be going to Santa Fe this weekend. That would be fun. Tonya and Shane used to live there, and they are going, so we would have built in tour guides. I know there is a Trader Joe's there. I think that's a must see.
I'll give a full report, no matter what happens. I'll also report on my trip to Denver Friday- not going to be too exciting cuz I'm going for a meeting.
I guess I'll go watch foodtv for a while.

Being Outside...

Is nice. Especially when it is hot inside. Dev and I are sitting at our little table out on the balcony, watching the sunlight change colors as it shines on the wall of the Valley Health and Fitness Center. Not exactly idyllic, but it will have to do for now.
I just got finished blogging about my dinner over at the new blog, so you should go check it out. I'm gonna have to seriously think about how to divide my stuff up between my two blogs. So much of what I do is food related, but I don't want to stop posting to this site. I'm sure it will work itself out.
Tomorrow is bowling night, so there will be no food to blog about. Perhaps I will remember to take the camera, so I can blog about bowling.
Then there's always Thursday.....

It's Alive......

The new cooking blog has been launched! We haven't fancied up the place yet, but there are a few posts to read (I'm working on another right now)....
So go read it!

The name of the blog is 1700milesofcooking and it's sure to be a very interesting read.

Movie Night

After the chicken parm was safely out of the oven, Dev and I headed over to Tonya and Shane's for our first Movie Night.


We ate a lovely dinner, then decided to go play in the park to make room for dessert. After watching Sarah play with the other kids on the merry go round, we decided to wander over to the tennis courts. Dev agreed to hit the ball around with Sarah for a while. I know Tonya took several pics of this match up. I only took one.
This is a Marla Hooch shot of Dev. We all had a good time standing around talking and chasing tennis balls everywhere.We returned to the house to eat chocolate cake and watch a movie. Tonya had selected "Farmer Astronaut" (or is it "Astronaut Farmer?"). Anyway, whichever it is, the movie was pretty good. I mean some of it was unbelievable, not only from a technical standpoint (not that I'm a science person- but I'd think freefalling through the earth's atmosphere with only a little parachute and landing on the s…

Waiting....

Man, it smells good in here. The tomatoes and onions and garlic are roasting away in the oven, waiting to be whizzed around in the food processor with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I also went ahead and pounded those chicken breasts flat (very very therapeutic- I might do that to all cuts of meat just to relieve some stress). As soon as the tomatoes are done I will pan fry the cutlets and begin the assembly of my chicken parmesan. If this doesn't turn out I will be highly upset.
50 minutes is a long time to wait. Especially when it smells like it does right now. I must be strong......

Playing Around

I'm playing around with my blog while Devin makes his roasted tomato sauce for my parmesan tonight. I am not allowed to watch the process. Dev says it is one of his "wooing" recipes. Maybe one day soon I'll post a list of these recipes. I've tried to tell him I didn't move 2000 miles away from home because of his recipes, but he doesn't seem convinced.

Anyway, I've decided to play with the picture upload features on blogger. I can't seem to figure out how to get the pics to appear within the post, instead of at the top of the post. Let me experiment with something.... Okay, hey maybe I figured it out. Great looking kabobs, huh? I actually posted these a while back. I just needed a pic to see if I was on the right track, and it looks like I am!!! Yay me!

More Saturday Fun!

Here is the progress Dev is making on the cheese for my chicken parmesan. One pic is of a bag of fresh ricotta hanging from my kitchen ceiling... The other is the mozzarella curding in the pot, waiting to be squeezed and dried.
Not bad, huh?

Saturday, Lovely Saturday

Our morning started with french toast. Any morning that starts with french toast can't be bad. After a quick shower, it was time for our weekly bike ride to the farmers market.
This week's purchases included fresh peaches and some really odd looking round zucchini. The peaches are bound for the grill, then a topping of vanilla ice cream. The zucchini will probably end up in a stir fry of sweet corn and fresh tomato.
Dev has been standing out on the balcony with binoculars, watching the planes do stunts at the Alamosa Fly In. We can see pretty well from our apartment.
He has also been busy making home made ricotta and mozzarella(sp) cheeses for my chicken parmesan recipe. We are taking it over to Tonya and Shane's for movie night. I hope it turns out as good as it sounds like it will. My goal is my version of the ultimate chicken parmesan. I'm planning to pound the chicken breasts out like cutlets, bread them in panko, pan fry them to crisp them up, layer them wi…

New Hairdo

So I went and had my hair cut today. I haven't had a real hair cut in probably more than 10 years.

I went in thinking I wanted it cut, but not necessarily drastic. The stylist and I talked for about 10 minutes about what I really wanted. Then she said if I really wanted to make a change, why not really make it count. She told me if I cut 10" off the length of my hair, it could be donated to Locks of Love. Then it would be used to make wigs for kids who have cancer. So I agreed. 10 seconds later I had no hair.

I suppose it isn't horrible. But it will take a while to get used to. I will probably like it after it grows out a bit.

Plus- it looks bad in these pics because I had to walk through 2 construction zones to get back to work, and our building isn't air conditioned, so I sat at my desk and sweated for an hour and a half before quittin' time.

Well, anyway, it's done and there's nothing I can do about it.

Good Day

I have had a very good day.

Work was productive. I got my entire desk and cube re-organized. I made sales calls and even got positive feedback from a potential group tour!

Now I'm sitting in the living room, propped on the couch, feeling the nice cool breeze coming in the window after having eaten the kick-ass turkey burgers Dev fixed for dinner, and listening to "White Lines" by Duran Duran (turned way up on the headphones). Not bad for a Tuesday.

I'm feeling so blissed out I might paint my toenails.

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Zzzzzzzzzzzz.....

After suffering another bout of insomnia last night, I am now sleeping sitting up at my desk. I am so freakin' tired! I feel like I just ate a giant bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy, only I didn't. I had Pad Thai (with tofu) for lunch, and didn't even eat a fourth of it. Drinking lots of cold water hasn't perked me up, neither did the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie my co-worker Phil offered me earlier. The sad thing is, once I get home and decide it's bedtime, I won't be sleepy anymore. WHY DOES MY BODY HATE ME???

What I Do When I'm Not Sleeping...

Well, on this particular evening while I'm not sleeping I'm geeking out. I did a complete overhaul on my blog. I changed the template, color scheme- the whole enchilada. I even added a hidden counter so I can see how many people don't read this stuff.
I got an email from my friend Diane today, proposing a new blog project. She would like to launch a tag-team type food blog. We are both amateur foodies, and we've spent many long summer days cooking up some not so shabby food. Now that we are 2,000 miles apart, the only way we can still cook together is over the wonderful world wide web.
I think we should do it. It's in very preliminary stages right now- we haven't got a title, much less an actual game plan. Not that those kind of things have stopped us in the past. If it happens, I'll be sure to link it here. I've been thinking of trying to install a blog roll anyway. I have several friends with great blogs and I'd like to link them to mine.
I'll le…

Picnicking(sp) and Blogging

I just got back from the Sundays at Six concert at Cole Park. Dev and I had a pretty good time, in spite of the rain. I have just submitted a piece on it to the Alamosa blog, so hopefully pretty soon you can read the details. I also submitted a piece on the opening of the Farmers Market. My Sunday has been disgustingly productive.

My Weekend

My weekend was quite the mixed bag of experiences. I'm not back to 100% after my brush with gastro-intestinal meltdown. So I had some really good moments and some not so good moments.
The not so good moments were usually when my tummy didn't feel so good and I needed to lay down. This happened roughly twice a day. I feel so much better than I did before, but I am looking forward to a time when I don't have weird crampy feelings going on in the background all the time.

Luckily the good moments outnumbered the bad stuff by a landslide.

Friday, Dev and I went to visit Tonya and Shane at their new house. We were mightily impressed. We were most taken by the back yard, which actually is big enough to plant a garden. We already know where we'd put everything! I can't wait to see what Tonya and Shane do with it. We hung out with them til around 9pm, then came home to vegitate on the couch for the remainder of the evening.

Saturday was the first occurence of the Farmers' M…

What a Week!

So much to write about....so much I'd like never to experience again!

So my last post was on the eve of the last campfire at Tonya and Shane's house at Zapata. It turned out to be quite lovely, in spite of Tonya's continuing battle with allergies. I have a few pics and as soon as I remember to take them off the camera, I will post them. Tonya also has pics posted on her Flickr page.

Sunday was fairly non-descript. Dev and I puttered around the house most of the day, then went to the park and practiced putting up our tent.

Monday was the beginning of the end....

I woke up not feeling great, but not feeling bad enough to stay home from work. As the day progressed, my stomach was hurting- really burning more than hurting. I figured I'd have a sandwich for lunch and it would go away. Unfortunately, it didn't. By the time I left work Monday, I was in a good deal of pain. I took some ibuprofen when I got home and hit the couch. By 10:30 the pain had changed into something mu…