Recent Meals

March 30th, 2011 Posted in Food I've Made | No Comments »

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Meal One: bell pepper stuffed with brown rice, cracked pepper, cheddar cheese, cilantro, and onion, chopped garlic, and tomato cooked in extra virgin olive oil

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Meal Two: free-range organic local eggs cooked in extra virgin olive oil with chopped garlic, cracked pepper, and spinach leaves, topped with pico de gallo (tomato, white onion, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, and lime juice)

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Meal Three: spinach leaves, broccoli slaw, black beans, raw broccoli, avocado, tomato, salt and cracked pepper, topped with fresh squeezed lemon juice

The better it gets, the better it gets :)

March 22nd, 2011 Posted in Thoughts & Thanks | 2 Comments »

So many things in life are perfect right now!  I love that I work at a club on the weekends from 11a to 8p!  I love that I work at the IRS during the week from 6p to 2a!  I love the contrast of the 2 jobs; it keeps my life very interesting!  I love that I still go to school every Tuesday and Thursday!  I love that I work out at Gold’s gym at least 4 days a week!  It makes me feel so good!  I love that I have been eating healthy lately because it feels good too!  I love that I try to spend a little time outside every day!  Being on the same vibrational level as the world we all live in is one of the best feelings in the world!  Meditating outside keeps me centered with the universe!  I love that my sister, DonNell, and I are so close!  I love that I am talking to Jennifer again, even if it isn’t that often!  It is worth it to be in touch with my nieces!  I love that DonNell and I are going on a 10-day family reunion/ vacation in May to Anguilla!  On this vacation I will be able to spend time with some extended family (my father’s sister’s) that I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with growing up!  I love that I am a self-supporting adult at 21!  I love my parents so much for raising me they way they did!  I love that once our lease is up in April, I will be living on my own again!  I love the process of finding the perfect apartment to live in!  I can’t wait to find that perfect place!  I am so proud of DonNell for being such a great nurse that the hospitals in California are basically begging her to come work for them!  I love that I have such great friends and that some have kids!  I love being part of their live!  I love that I can still find time in my jam-packed schedule to occasionally hang out with these amazing people!  I love that Marissa and Tanya and I got to hang out the other night at the Oasis!  I love that I got to see Jessica and Kelly on Jessica’s birthday!  I love that Kelly Joy and I have “date night” on Saturdays!  :)  I love that Cliff and I have overlapping school schedules so I get to see him every now and then on campus!  I love that I have friends who I hardly ever see, but we will always be close because we share such fond memories!  I am so excited to see Mark and his cute girlfriend this next weekend!  I am so glad they are staying with us and don’t have to worry about finding a place to crash!  I am so excited that Kerri is coming back to Austin in May and I get to meet her sweet boyfriend James!  It would be cool if I can find a place for them to crash too..  I love that I am going to be able to get my wisdom teeth out soon!  Then I can finally get Invisalign!  Gah!  There are so many things that I am forgetting to mention, but that is totes ok!  It just means that there is so much great stuff going on in my life right now that I can’t sort through the greatness!  I love that I am able to write posts like this!  I love life and I love you!  Woo!

Recent Meals

March 17th, 2011 Posted in Food I've Made | No Comments »

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Meal One: canned white tuna mixed with fresh chopped garlic, pepper, lime juice, and a little bit of miracle whip on top of a bed of spinach leaves

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Meal Two: corn tortilla wrapped avocado, spinach leaves, pepper, and pico de gallo (tomato, white onion, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, and lime juice)

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Meal Three: omelet made with free-range organic local eggs, pepper, and well seasoned venison (mmmm)

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Meal Four: collard greens cooked with extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, cumin, and pepper

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Meal Five: fruit blend made with horchata (cinnamon rice milk), mango, mint leaves, blackberry, strawberry, grapes, and raspberry

“The Corrections”

March 17th, 2011 Posted in Books I've Read | No Comments »

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“The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen

This well-written novel is “a comic, tragic, masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes.”  Thank you so much Kerri for giving this book to me!  There is no way to describe the array of emotions that surfaced while reading this book.  Franzen truly is a master of dictating interpersonal relationships.  The drawn-out and in-depth interactions between the characters and the relationships those scenes structure between them is what makes the book.  These are impossible to quote, but here are some of my favorite quotes anyway:

[Pages 3 through 12 are completely stunning on their own.]

“It was raining so hard in Manhattan that water was streaming down facades and frothing at the mouths of sewers.”

“Her open eye was like nearly black balsamic vinegar beading on white china.”

“The jismic grunting butt-oink.  The jiggling frantic nut-swing.”

“[…] the problem of existence was this: that, in the manner of a wheat seedling thrusting itself up out of the earth, the world moved forward in time by adding cell after cell to its leading edge, piling moment on moment, and that to grasp the world even in its freshest, youngest moment provided no guarantee that you’d be able to grasp it again a moment later.”

“The leaves of the sunflowers had black spots and were rimmed with pale senescences; the heads were meaty and splendid, heavy as brownies, thick as palms.  In the center of a sunflower’s Kansan face was a subtly pale button within a subtly darker areola.  Nature, Chip thought, could hardly have devised a more inviting bed for a small winged insect to tumble into.  He touched the brown velvet, and ecstasy washed over him.”

“Finch’s tongue was probing beneath her upper lip like a cat beneath blankets.”

“A low fountain was murmuring nearby, generating medium-strength privacy.  A small unaffiliated cloud had wandered into the quadrant of private-sphere sky defined by the encompassing rooflines.  The light was coastal and diffuse.”

“The beds of mums and begonias and liriope all around him were like bikinied extras in a music video, planted in full blush of perfection and fated to be yanked again before they had a chance to lose petals, acquire brown spots, drop leaves.”

“[…] each intervening hour was like a granite block to be broken by a shackled prisoner…”

“He believed that if he heard himself weeping, at two in the morning in a smoke-smelling motel room, the world might end.”

“Brown grease-soaked flakes of flour were impastoed on the ferrous lobes of liver like corrosion.”

“And like self-pity, or the blood that filled your mouth when a tooth was pulled – the salty ferric juices that you swallowed and allowed yourself to savor – refusal had a flavor for which a taste could be acquired.”

“They drank cocoa and he told her that human beings were born to suffer.  He took her to a steel-company Christmas party and told her that the intelligent were doomed to be tormented by the stupid.”

“[…] her chill-stippled arms and thighs and belly, the plump twin cloudberries into which a suddenly gray winter sky had drawn her nipples, the quaking ginger fur between her legs.”

“Robin spoke in a voice like an ice cube compressed between molars.”

“His mind was aware of its own racing.  He didn’t fall into sleep but skipped off it, again and again, like a stone on water.”

“The rock was four-sided, a broken corner of granite cobblestone.  It was coated with fresh hostility and seemed faintly embarrassed.”

“He felt like a piece of paper that had once had coherent writing on it but had been through the wash.  He felt roughened, bleached, and worn out along the fold lines.”

“And the posture of the older oak trees reaching toward this sky had a jut, a wildness and entitlement, predating permanent settlement; memories of an unfenced world were written in the cursive of their branches.”

Art #25

March 15th, 2011 Posted in My Art | 2 Comments »

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Recent Meals

March 2nd, 2011 Posted in Food I've Made | No Comments »

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Meal One: (Kerri’s last meal at my house) tilapia encrusted with crushed almond, extra virgin olive oil, green onion, and pepper, accompanied with a Texas organic spinach salad with sun-dried tomatoes, chopped apples, crumbled feta, and golden raisins, drizzled with a home-made vinaigrette of extra virgin olive oil, Tina’s organic honey, and white wine vinegar, all served with a deep glass of Ménage a Trios

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Meal Two: (a Kerri-inspired meal) a can of garbanzo beans rolled in cayenne pepper, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh chopped garlic, and parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 350

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Meal Three: (from breakfast taco night!) Central Market flour tortilla, eggs cooked in extra virgin olive oil, chopped white onion, canned black beans, prepackaged shredded cheddar, fresh cilantro, pepper, and Jessica and Kelly’s delicious salsa

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Meal Four: simple peanut butter cookies made with Jif’s crunchy peanut butter, sugar, and one egg

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Meal Five: Central Market flour tortillas, avocado, canned black beans, chopped white onion, Texas organic spinach, fresh cilantro, pepper, and prepackaged Central Market salsa and pico de gallo