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…drip…drip…drip

St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Mass, Easter, Church, Vatican

“What’s that?” you say, “Kelsey, what’s that dripping sound?”
“Oh, that’s just me, don’t worry about it.”

Well. We got up a little after 7 AM and trekked it over to St. Peter’s for Easter Mass. The upside: we had excellent seats (seats can you imagine!), we got to see THE POPE, it was one of the epic-est High Masses ever, and I got to see St. Peter’s. The downside: it rained a lot, we could hardly see because we were shivering so much and everyone else seemed to have an umbrella but the six of us, we were soaked to the skin and I may have been accidentally baptized a Catholic.*

Have some pictures while I try to thaw.

* Results still inconclusive

St. Peter's basilica, Rome, Vatican, Italy, Mass, Easter

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…and a happy New Year!

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

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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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Tinseltown, revisited

Merry Christmas Eve! Spent tonight at the boyfriend’s parents’ house for a wonderful dinner + evening with family and friends, etc. – 21 in all (and this is considered a small gathering – oy!) Their Christmas tree is huge and gorgeous, but unfortunately, I just had my little Olympus P+S =/ ah well, there’s always next year…

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Ocho kandelikas

Well. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited, happy, pleased, etc. I am to have the boyfriend home. I mean, really, it’s almost sad. Picked him up from the airport last night, dropped his stuff off at his parents’, came home and had dinner (chicken with blueberries and an apricot-dijon glaze) , enjoyed being in the same room at the same time, you know, the usual.

We drove down to Lakewood this afternoon and picked up two of his oldest brother’s kids and brought them to his parents’ and again, came home for dinner — it’s the last night of Chanukah, so we made more of those amazing butternut squash and sage latkes with Chicken Marabella (one of my favorite meals) and brussels sprouts with apples and bacon.

I’m off to spend more time with him — I feel like a social sponge, as if we’re making up for the last two months by spending every possible moment together. Silly, right?

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Happy Chanukah!

Okay, I know, it’s the second night, I’m late, yadda yadda. It’s been a rough week! (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot – time to for the quarter to be over? I think yes.)

I don’t even want to talk about today. It was positively miserable and generally disappointing. Worst of all, I’m disappointed in myself for holding so much stock in what people think of me. 30% will always love you, 30% will probably hate you and 30% won’t care either way. The remaining 10% – axe murderers and sociopaths.

The only (okay, major) upside to this whole incident was the untimely creation of Butternut Squash and Sage Latkes and oh man, are they delicious! I have to say, I’m not a huge latke fan. I know this is practically blasphemy, but as much as I love fried foods + potatoes, latkes just never did it for me – until now. Admittedly, these are potato-free, but they’re just delicious. For those of you who are skeptical of butternut squash (usually on my blacklist), just give it a try: it’s like the perfect combination between Russet and sweet potatoes. Convinced yet?


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Woke up, got dressed, ran around to the JCC’s Chanukah Pajama Jam festival to help set up a booth. The highlight? Eastside Chabad (Lubavitch) had an oil press and barrel of olives setup and made olive oil RIGHT THERE. It was pretty awesome.

Anyway, another chilly day: we finally cleaned out the impatiens and violets in pots by the front door, hung evergreen wreaths with Alanagh, moved the bright magenta chard to blue pots, replaced the chard with little 24″ lime green cypresses and an arbovitae for the front door. It’s feeling mighty Christmasy around here…

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gobble gobble

Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a full day around here! In addition to the multi-course carb-fest, it’s also Mom’s birthday! Our menu this year:

+ Brined Turkey with Paprika, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Rub
+ Wild Rice Dressing with Cranberries and Hazelnuts
+ Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Bacon and Cranberries
+ Baby Red Potatoes Mashed with Roasted Garlic
+ Pumpkin Pie

Happy holidays! Eat well, try not to go too deep into a food coma…

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Whew

I made it! It’s Thanksgiving break! Woooo! My afternoon class was cancelled; I still had to show up for Rome at 12:30, which was fun but kind of frustrating… Grabbed lunch with Chester afterwards and checked at least one person off my Christmas shopping list…

In other news, it looks like a funeral parlor around here: there are flowers everywhere, having arrived throughout the day, to celebrate Mom’s birthday tomorrow. I’ll be honest, I’m a little jealous — but I’m also glad I get to be here this year to celebrate.

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Happy Halloween!

We saw the cutest infant costume EVER today, at Bellevue Square: an 18-month old, in a stroller, dressed up as an OCTOPUS. AN OCTOPUS! I’m so doing that to my kids! Went shopping, found the perfect little black dress, a little blue dress, and a few business casual blouses to wear out with my slacks.

Alanagh came over, we ran around and took pictures, carved pumpkins and watched The Happening, skyped Kevin for a little bit to show off our awesome costumes (well, at least Alanagh’s… she was the Mad Hatter)… we’re up to all kinds of shenanigans and are about to watch The Village and The Sixth Sense – so peace out! Happy Halloween and don’t forget to ‘fall back’ in a few hours!

PS I kind of quit my job today. It’s JUST COFFEE, CALM DOWN.

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Sooo it’s almost Halloween! Is that not reason enough to be super excited? Really? Well how about the fact that Levi and I got to go see Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall! It was so unbelievably excellent! It was raining like WHOA when it was over, necessitating a midnight stop at Dick’s for fries and a shake… nothing quite like showing up at Dick’s on 45th, at midnight, in the pouring rain, dressed for the symphony!

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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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kaBOOM!

Well! Happy 4th of July! This year was amazing – probably the best of the last five. Friends, food, fireworks (albeit, an epic firework fail on the part of the boys). I’ve been thinking a lot about what was going in my life a year ago, and everything has changed so much! I have changed so much in the past calendar year, it’s crazy -and I’m so much better for it. Anyway, happy Independence Day :)

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