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Gone Till November

November 11, 2010

Whoa. It’s already November! How did that happen?

Just a little note to self of all the things that I’ve been meaning to post about and need to get to…



Wine tasting in Temecula:


A surprise trip to San Francisco:


Our first time carving pumpkins:



Colgate Day

August 13, 2010

Happy Colgate Day! I pulled out my old Gate shirt this morning in honor of the hallowed event.

Separate but equal

August 12, 2010

First words out of James’s mouth when he woke up today:

“You have to keep the sea urchin and the skate SEPARATE!!”


What a weirdo!

My little shallot

June 9, 2010


Yesterday, James was nice enough to offer to do our grocery shopping for the week. He told me to send him a list of what I needed, and he’d pick it up in the morning. I was rushing around, getting ready for work, so I ended up just copying and pasting the ingredients lists for a couple of dishes I plan to make. I even separated the list by sections of the store to limit his confusion! I figured he was doing a good job because I didn’t hear from him. Then I got a text message.

“They don’t have thinly sliced shallots. Just whole ones. How many?”

I honestly don’t know how I kept my cool in the office, but I managed to respond that I only needed one. Later when I got home, and he was recounting his traumatic shopping experience, I had tears streaming down my face because I was laughing so hard and could barely breathe!

He said he had purposely left the produce section for last because he knew it would be the hardest. He ended up spending more time with the vegetables than in all the other aisles combined. When he got there, he started filling his cart with the easy stuff: 6 oz. spinach – check, 2 onions – check, thinly sliced shallots…??? He looked in the refrigerated section where they had the sliced mushrooms, and pre-diced onions – a reasonable place to begin the search, right? – but couldn’t find them. Frustrated after several laps around the area, he asked a worker – Asian, male, around his age – “Excuse me, can you tell me where the thinly sliced shallots are?,” showing him my list that he had carefully printed out. The guy, James says, stared at him strangely for a few seconds before slowly saying, “Um, we…don’t have those. Only the whole ones…over there.”

At this point, I’m literally howling and rolling on the floor, and James is asking, “Why didn’t you just write SHALLOT?? I felt like such an idiot!” I tried explaining, between gasps and giggle fits, that I had just copied and pasted the list from a recipe online, but his ego remains ever so slightly bruised. Of course, now I’m campaigning for him to do more of our shopping, if only for more stories like this! It is no exaggeration to say it was the highlight of my day. It’s even spawned a new nickname – only time will tell if it sticks! The French have a similar term of endearment – mon petit chou-chou (trans: my little cabbage), but c’mon, doesn’t mon échalote émincée (my thinly sliced shallot) sound just a tiny bit cuter?


Back to life

May 23, 2010

James and I just came back from a weekend camping trip in Ojai with friends. It was so much fun, but it’s definitely nice to be home!


As I’ve been unpacking and getting things back in order, I noticed my poor, poor flowers are dead…still strangely beautiful, though!

La vie en roses

May 16, 2010

James’s mom has been in San Francisco for the past week and a half, so yesterday, we drove down to San Diego to visit his dad and cook dinner for him. This morning, before we left, I asked James if I could pick some roses from their garden to bring home. I carefully picked out some pretty peachy blooms, and proudly showed James my bouquet. Of course, an earwig chose that exact moment to crawl out from under one of the petals, and I screamed bloody murder, while James stood there laughing at my – shall we say “intense” – reaction. We shook the flowers a couple more times, and two more fell out! I can only hope that there aren’t any more hiding in there, just waiting to scurry out and give me a heart attack.





April 3, 2010

This morning, I decided to try to use up as many things in the fridge as possible. I saw lots of eggs, bacon, and tomatoes – frittata time! When it was done, I decided it’d be nice to have some flowers, so I ran over to the farmers’ market across the street and picked up these beautiful bunches of anemones and ranunculus. I got some tangelos and blood oranges while I was there too. Came home and pulled the frittata out of the oven (it was off, but I left it in there to keep warm), arranged the flowers, and had a lovely brunch at home!





March 21, 2010

Friday, James and I went to Disneyland! Apparently, we weren’t the only ones with this bright idea – it was SO crowded! We actually thought that it’d be kind of quiet since it was a weekday. WRONG! While we were riding the tram on the way back to our car, we overheard a Disney employee saying that even on the coldest, rainiest, nastiest day, Disneyland gets an average of 30,000 visitors! (What recession?) They’re running a “2fer” promotion, which means that we can go back to California Adventure for free within the next 30 days. I’m hoping we actually do because I’ve never been, and I can’t resist anything free!