Monday, February 14, 2011

Weekend Wanderings: Work-a-Weekend

This was a work-a-weekend, but in between all the work, there were some really lovely moments of fun and relaxation, which made the whole thing feel worthwhile. Friday, when Roger met me at the train station, we'd planned to just go back to my house, but after a ton of arguing, we started fighting, and I realized that with the terrible week we'd both just had, it was time to pull out the big guns - going out to dinner. So I drove straight past my house to our favorite diner and we talked out a few issues and had a really good meal, complete with a divine strawberry milkshake. I'm convinced there's nothing a good talk, combined with a strawberry milkshake, can't solve. We went back to my house and, after watching a few episodes of our favorite sitcoms, I fell fast asleep at approximately 10pm. Did I mention it was a rough week? Yeah. I needed that sleep.

Saturday I woke up almost ready to go. I spent the day researching on Egypt for an interview that evening, and working on a marketing pamphlet for my mother's hospital, along with binge-eating three enormous slices of Sicilian pizza. [This is something I want to address in my next Gratituesday. I've been having some food issues for the past few weeks, and I think they're worth delving into.] I went and ran the interview for the Egypt article, which went well. I work for a hyper-local newspaper, and so of course this had to have a hyper-local slant, but it's still the first current-events article I've ever written, so I think that's something worth mentioning. In another life, far away, I'm some sort of foreign correspondent. That life is just as good as this one. After that, the much needed break - cooking dinner for my best friend. She requested "anything but salmon," which was going to be my big Valentine's Day meal, but I consulted my food bible and made a really wonderful, healthy meal to balance out the pizza: peanut butter kale over brown rice. It's pretty easy, and while I won't repeat the recipe here (go buy the book! - maybe I should hook up one of those amazon bookstore links...), but basically, you cook kale and garlic in olive oil, peanut butter and broth in a sauce pan, stirring in chopped tomatoes at the last second. It's amazing, and so fast, and as I've said before, Mark Bittman is changing the way I look at cooking, and getting me on step closer to my goal of learning to cook. I also made red velvet cupcakes, which Shelby kindly helped frost, and of which we each ate about four. After, we headed over to Desert Sun and met her parents for drinks. They're always a riot, and it was nice to be able to spend more time with her, since we only see each other on occasion now.

Sunday was a long day filled with writing and work, but Roger and I had a brief break for lunch together, and then I went with my parents for dinner at an Italian restaurant in town. They were having some Valentine's Day specials, and my mother ordered a lobster ravioli with champagne sauce. It was heart-shaped and dyed red, so I thought it was worth sharing. Then, there was more writing and some baking of sugar cookies for my office. My co-workers are really lovely about sharing foods, and so I thought it would be nice to bring in something for them, since the food always sits in front of my cubicle, giving me prime-access. Now, to start another week!

*Sorry all these pictures have been from my phone. I haven't been carrying my camera around like I should.
**Also, Lauren, Sarah, Trisha and I (and hopefully Mary!) have been posting our daily outfits on Twitter everyday, so that's why there is a picture of myself here. I've said it before, but I'm so grateful to have found a community of fun, interesting, and kind women on here. I don't think I would ever have been brave enough to do something like this even six months ago, so thanks to everyone who has helped me to come out of my shell a little. I appreciate you all more than you know.


  1. I'm glad that you and Roger talked it out :) It's always good to get out of the house and go out to dinner to have a nice talk- esp when dessert is involved!
    PB and Kale are awesome together!

  2. I love this!! Sometimes when I pick Kamel up at work I say "we're going on vacation!! for the evening!!" and I hijack him and run away to a mexican restuarant for margaritas. Same idea as the strawberry milkshake. :)