Archive for September, 2009

Back to you,

“…it always comes around, back to you. I tried to forget you, I tried to stay away… But it’s too late.”

FIRST of all, I made epic meatballs tonight. Yes, indeed. Go check out the recipe here!

SECOND, today was the first day of the quarter- and it was awesome! I LOVE all of my classes, particularly my 17th C Roman Art/Architecture class because, well, it’s the best. I love the first day of school; I always have, no matter what, when or where – it’s just exciting! (This coming from the girl who also obsesses over office supplies… uh huh.)

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Taking stock

Okay, so as some of you may know, I am a strange specimen of the female species: I really dislike shopping. So it may come as a shock when you hear that I bought a bajillion sweaters today (in almost as many sweaters- YAR ARGYLE) and some awesome hats (including a black fedora with a purple band – haha!)

In other news, we boiled the chicken from last night and made EPIC stock… pictured are the drippings from the roast, not the completed deal, but isn’t it gorgeous? (It tastes even better).

Ugh. Fall quarter classes start tomorrow. Double ugh.

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Just another manic Monday

Today was… meh. Led an athletics tour (laugh all you want, I was positively fantastically mediocre), ran around, inspired some serious awesomeness before the Fall Fling (featuring the Blue Scholars, Dyno Jamz and Common Market), ran around some more, and came home.

My evening was positively exciting: two loads of dishes, three loads of laundry, a few quarts of homemade chicken stock from last night’s roast, another batch of chai, and two different kinds of soup (both of which were ultimately vetoed in favor of Thai 65 leftovers).

Also, I found out that I can quickly and effectively bribe myself out of trouble with macadamia nuts…

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So today started off kind of rocky…went to my Dawg Daze volunteer shift for the Honors Open House only to find the office dark, locked and totally abandoned… I waited around for an hour, but no one else showed so I finally left… I’m super annoyed that I drove all the way up there for nothing, but whatever, it was nice being on campus, I guess.

In other news, I went to see Wicked with Levi tonight and it was super frickinamazingawesomeEPIC. I’ve been in love with the soundtrack since it was first released, didn’t really enjoy the book, and hadn’t seen the production — until tonight! Hit up Molly Moon’s in Wallingford on the way home (Mmm Theo Chocolate + Salted Caramel… I love having someone to share with!) for the perfect end to an awesome evening.

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Today was… crazy (in case you couldn’t tell by the really late post). Got up, moved the hydrangeas from the front patio into the ground, ran up to the Wells-Medina nursery (they’s SO fantastic there!) and bought container plants (to replace the aforementioned hydrangeas). Hopped in the shower and drove up to school for one of the major Dawg Daze events – the first annual Rock Band competition (Beatles edition) and Late Night Breakfast + Rocky Horror Picture Show — it was totally epic. I froze my butt off (despite a blanket, sweater and Northface fleeze… ugh) but it was so worth it! 50 or so people came in costume, everyone was shouting and dancing — it was perfect =)

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Ahh yes, the song lyrics are back– and quite appropriate. Today was the last day of residence hall move-in; all of the freshmen are safely tucked away in their little rooms, free to prowl the U District at all hours of the day or night – muahahaha!

Okay, I guess this is true, but come on- really? Anyway, ran around volunteering for Dawg Daze, helped out with Residence Hall check-in and got to hang out with my mentee all day (he’s pretty much, um, awesome — be jealous)

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Chez Kelsey

Had some friends over for a quiet dinner tonight… we’ve only known them a few months, but it feels like forever! Helping him move in tomorrow, which should be quite a good time indeed! Served up Chicken Marbella, Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts and Bleu Cheese, Roasted Potatoes and Crepes with Apple filling – can you say “yum!”? It went off fabulously well and I just can’t wait… for what exactly, I don’t know, but I’m excited!

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Beets me

Today was surprisingly busy; ran around cleaning the house, doing laundry, getting things ready for our dinner guests tomorrow night… worked a lot on technical things here (see my new Recipes and Portfolio tabs!), took tons and tons of pictures today and had a bunch of fun roasting four pounds of beets – yum!

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel!

Okay, not really. Gerberding Hall used to be the administration building on campus but now also houses the Graduate School.

So today was the first real day of Autumn, but it was a brilliant 86F with blue skies, a light breeze – it was GORGEOUS- so naturally, I was stuck inside at a training session. Ugh. I really have nothing against training sessions like this, but I did it last year and the program was practically identical and twice as painful as the first around.

In any case, came home and took a nap, woke up, steam-cleaned my shower, peeled blue tape off my trim and put the rest of my room back together… not sure if I’m excited for school yet or not… oops…

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Today is the Autumnal Equinox – precisely twelve hours* separates sunrise and sunset, officially marking the end of summer. I’m not really sure what to say about that.

Got up early, had a doctor’s appointment, came home and taped off my French doors to paint, rearranged my furniture, went to the obligatory work meeting, came home, hung some mirrors, played with my pictures and pondered the general disarray that is my life at the moment. Ugh.

* give or take 3 minutes.

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Lazy Sunday

Went to work, stopped by the farmer’s market, then came home and finished painting. The room looks stellar! I’m so excited! I was concerned that the gilded mirror that hangs over my dresser would look weird against the gray, but it looks fantastic – it’s the perfect museum or gallery color.

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So remember yesterday when I was talking about painting my bedroom in Edgecomb Gray? Well, we got started right when I got home from work (another hellish day at the drive-thru) and I have to say, this color is phenomenal. It’s almost a non-color; it absorbs and reflects light in such a way that it seems to disappear. I love it. It counteracts the green light reflected from the park and the red light from my brick patio just perfectly! I’m so thrilled (if it didn’t work out, my plan was to throw myself in front of a movie train and/or paint the whole thing Linen White and just call it a day).

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L’shanah tovah u’metukah

So tired. Slept on and off until 11:30 (I know, I know), ran a few errands, figured out how to partition my external hard drive so that it could be to back up Windows files. Bought a gallon of Edgecomb Gray, hopefully the red undertones will counteract all of the green light reflected from the park. Ugh.

BMHC173 EdgecombGray
Benjamin Moore HC-173 / Edgecomb Gray

On an unrelated note, Honeycrisp Apples are back in season! They are my absolute, unequivocal favorite type of apple and I am utterly thrilled. I discovered this lovely surprise while picking up mushrooms for another favorite, Hungarian Mushroom Soup – inspired by the recipe from the Old Wives’ Tales restaurant in Portland, Oregon. It was my favorite as a child but I hadn’t made it years – and the verdict: still fantastic.

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Mm Mm Good!

I wish I could take responsibility for this culinary masterpiece (okay, I maybe exaggerating a little): thin gluten-free crust, pesto, mozzarella, feta, black olives and red onions. It has replaced pepperoni with ranch sauce. Hey, stop making that face – it’s delicious I tell you!

Also, bought tickets to see Psycho at the Seattle Symphony this Halloween – the film will be projected and the score performed live – how awesome is that?

In other news, as some of you may know, I just transferred everything over here (to WP) this afternoon and I’ll tell you, it was giving me fits. I’m much happier, but the formatting was giving me grief! All of my time/date codes were off by 7 or so hours, enough to push almost every single post into the next (incorrect) day. On top of that, I never used tags on Blogger because they were internal and boring and inconsistent; here, they’re globally linked/accessible and way more useful. I feel like half of them are totally lame, but it’s my first foray — I’ve always wanted my very own tag cloud =)

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