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…and a happy New Year!

Happy 2010! May the new year be a sweet one!

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Happy birthday,

Today was the boyfriend’s 20th birthday! =) We ran about picking up his nieces and nephew from Federal Way, brought them home, took the two oldest girls to play at their cousins’ while we got dressed for dinner at Maggiano’s and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Benaroya Hall. It was just lovely.

We dropped the girls off afterwards and headed home for cake. Naturally, BF’s favorite cake has to be the most complicated known to man: German Chocolate Cake. That being said, it was beyond wonderful – and, as someone who doesn’t like coconut (there are two cups in the recipe- jeeze!) that is impressive praise. Four layers of moist chocolate cake, with a custard-coconut-pecan filling, rum syrup glaze, the richest chocolate frosting you’ve ever had, topped with more of the coconut and pecan mixture. Amazing. Yes, it’s labor intensive, but it is definitely worth it! And Jules GF flour really proved its worth – this is layer cake perfection.

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Sternocleidomastoid

Say that three times fast.

Physical therapy this morning; had four different problems in my neck (joy!), impacting various muscles in my chest and back – seem to be somewhat improved. Mom and I ventured off to Costco (a frightening prospect this time of year), came home, made dinner (potato leek soup), and had a nice quiet evening at home. Scarf #2 is coming along quite nicely (well over halfway done) so we’ll see when I’ll finally finish it!

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Woke up kind of late this morning, hung around the house, made lunch; boyfriend picked me up and we dashed up to Lincoln Square to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie at 3:40– it sold out while we were waiting in line to buy tickets. UGH. Back home, we decided to forego the 7:00 and try the 7:40 instead. Made dinner, played Halo, drove back up to Lincoln — earlier, this time. 7:15, we’re on our way, I’m trying to buy tickets online via iPhone and guess what? Their ticket page is down. I called and the girl told me that all of the Avatar people were trying to buy tickets and it crashed their server, fantastic. Oh, and the show we wanted to see? It sold out ten minutes ago. So what happens? It’s 7:35 and we book it down to Southcenter, planning to skip the 8:00 and see the 8:30. Well, when I said ‘book it’ I meant it – we were there and parked by 7:52. It was quite impressive. After all that, the movie was great – I don’t know that I would ever buy it, but I love Jude Law as Watson and, on the whole, it was quite entertaining. But really, for all the trouble it caused, it really ought to have been!

Oh, and dinner? Gluten free chili and cornbread =)

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Market me

Highlight of today was definitely hitting up Pike Place Market with boyfriend and my mom — I took way too many photographs (as usual) and I can’t help but share them with you (as usual) so enjoy (as usual?)!

Oh, and dinner: Dover sole with black butter and capers, herb roasted potatoes and roasted asparagus bundles with red bell pepper bow ties…



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Mi amore

I can honestly say, I did nothing today. It was lovely. Seen, tonight’s dinner: eggplant parmigiana – a classic favorite modified from a Batali recipe.

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Merry Christmas!

25 December 09

Merry Christmas! We were going to go see Sherlock Holmes and get Chinese food (as per Jewish-Christmas tradition…), but P.F. Chang’s was closed and we couldn’t motivate ourselves to leaves the house. Sad, but true. We bummed around the house, he taught me how to play Euchre, made progress in Halo, etc. I love holidays.

Seen above, roasted brussels sprouts with an apricot glaze, which accompanied butterflied chicken breasts with asiago cheese and prosciutto- so delicious! I have to admit, having the BF home has certainly improved the menu!

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