Oct 31st, 2008 |
So lately I’ve been on a roll of messing things up when I try to do good. For instance, I’m a deputized voter registrar, so I thought I would help Steve by registering him to vote in Bexar county…. but I didn’t check off one of the boxes on his application on mistake and his application got rejected. Voting isn’t a big deal right? It’s only his right as a citizen….
Another example of a well intentioned blunder happened just this past weekend. At his office party an inebriated coworker spilled a glass or red wine all down his back. I tried to help get the stain out, and accidentally shrunk his sweater to child size. I have no idea how it happened, I used cold water and didn’t put it in the dryer. I felt so terrible, its like I’m cursed or something. I cried a bunch and apologized – of course he wasn’t upset at all, but I’m a stupid girl so it was a trauma for me.
Maybe next week will go better.
Oct 29th, 2008 |
So today during my usual rambling tour around the interwebs I found a great little site called “Good Taste With Tanji.” Tanji Patton is a beloved former TV personality and pseudo celebrity in San Antonio, and now she has started a lifestyle website which is mostly about food and wine. One of my favorite things about the site is the “pairings” tool that suggests appropriate wines based on your ingredients. She has a great list of recipes from area restaurants, and lots of multimedia content. Her coverage of the upcoming New World Food And Wine Festival makes me feel like San Antonio is pretty happening city. Also note that I’m devastated that I’ll be missing out on all the NWFWF events as it coincides with the Texas Spirits reunion in Austin.
Oct 27th, 2008 |
I watched the entire first season of Laguna Beach on DVD this weekend. Additional self destructive behaviors I participated in over the weekend include but are not limited to: doing a load of Steve’s laundry but none of my own, spending way too much at the grocery store, and procrastinating on my MIS midterm project.
The only good news is that I chose to procrastinate by cleaning the apartment. I bought a new Swiffer WetJet and put it to good use in the foyer and kitchen. Long overdue for some mop action.
Oct 26th, 2008 |
According to wikipedia… Goulash is a dish, originally from Hungary, a stew or a soup, usually made of beef, red onions, vegetables spices and ground paprika powder. The name originates from the Hungarian gulyás (pronounced goo-yash), the word for a cattle stockman or herdsman… According to me, Goulash is one of my favorite comfort foods, it’s perfect for a cold evening (not that we have very many of those here in Texas) and goes nicely with red wine. Tonight I paired my goulash with a glass of Cellar No. 8 Zinfindel. Total prep and cook time for this dish was about 45 mins, also, I doubled the recipe so that Steve could take some home with him to eat for lunch or dinner this week.
1lb ground sirloin (90% lean)
1 box dried pasta, short stubby shapes are best. In my house growing up, macaroni was the traditional noodle of choice, but this time I used Barilla Plus rigatoni
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 large can tomatoes with juice
1 small can tomato sauce (6 oz or so)
Salt n Pepper to taste
Set a pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta for half the suggested cooking time – once you add it to the other ingredients it will cook for a few more minutes, and you’ll also want to bear in mind that you’ll be reheating leftovers most likely and preparing the pasta very aldente’ will help it hold up
Brown the ground beef in a large skillet or in a heavy bottom stock pot with a small amount of olive oil. Season the meet with salt and pepper as soon as you introduce it to the heat. Once the meat is almost all brown, add in the chopped onions and garlic and cook until the onions become translucent. Add in the carrots, celery and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes. Season again lightly.
Add in the can of tomatoes and and the liquid incorporating with veggies. Add in button mushrooms, and 1 cup of red wine.
Reduce the heat and let simmer for 12-15 minutes. Stir in the drained pasta and let combine in the sauce for 5 minutes. Top with parmesean reggiano and enjoy!
(Please excuse the bad florescent lighting in my apartment kitchen)
Oct 26th, 2008 |
Yikes I had a busy weekend! It was one of those where you don’t really feel rested on Sunday evening and you feel like you need another weekend to catch up on the sleep you didn’t get over the weekend. I think my busy weekend sensation is just magnified by the busy week I’d had. Due to an unfortunate confluence of scheduled events, I had my newsletter due to print at the office, a midterm in my Intro to public administration course, and Ole Marketplace was kicking off. Lets just say that I had about 16 hours sleep over the 4-day period from Monday to Thursday.
Friday, with my midterm turned in and the day off of work – I was free to spend much of the morning at Ole Marketplace visiting with my friend Rory
in her booth and making sure all of the marketing components of the show were going smoothly. My mom and I met up at Ole for some shopping and then we had Thai food for lunch – Thai Chili on Stone Oak Parkway is NOT good in case you had been wanting to try it. After lunch we headed back to my parents house where my Mom and I intended to spend some quality time together watching domestic TV. Due to my midterm induced sleep deprivation, I promptly fell asleep and stayed asleep until about 4pm. Later than evening I caught up with Steve after he returned from a geology field trip and we went up to the Flying Saucer for a few drinks.
Saturday I will admit started off on the right foot because Steve and I had a record breaking morning as far as sleeping late goes. We didn’t get out of bed until 1:30 pm (gasp I know) and we only really surfaced at that point because we figured the dogs were probably dying to go outside. It was pure heaven to get that much sleep. We had both earned it. The unfortunate part about sleeping that late is that you miss breakfast, and I love breakfast. Anyone who knows me well can confirm that if I don’t eat within an hour or so of waking up, its going to get ugly. Needless to say I was a bit of a grouch when we woke up since not only had we slept through breakfast, but the window of opportunity for lunch was slipping away. Steve is a smart man, and he got me to Fudruckers asap. Saturday night we went to a fancy party for Steve’s office, where his boss was announced as the newest partner in the their firm. Commercial real estate functions are hilarious because everyone in the room is really really good looking. That has never been my experience in the workplace personally.
Sunday morning I hit the trail with Steph
and Maddie for a long walk to get the week started right. After my walk I headed to HEB to do my shopping for the week, and to enjoy the wonders of the “Alon Market”
. (Seriously if I could quit my job and just go to Alon Market everyday, I would). In addition to the staples, I bought what I needed to make Goulash for Steve and I to eat during the week (watch for the recipe in a subsequent blog post) and also the goodies to make homemade brown rice pudding as a treat for me. With Sunday drawing to a close, I’m about to dive into my second midterm – MIS
in public administration.