Archive for October, 2009

Current Loves

7 Things I Like (in no order)

  1. watching my best friend & my husband laugh hysterically & be entertained by each other
  2. learning two new words – clowder (a group of pet cats) & crocklet (a baby crocodile) – seriously
  3. chocolate chip – pecan – toffee cookies right from the oven
  4. volunteering for a worthy cause
  5. holding hands with my husband when we walk places
  6. counting down the days until a vacation & a long-awaited visit from a friend
  7. plotting, planning, scheming, dreaming

Interesting side note: Both ‘clowder’ and ‘crocklet’ are not recognized by my spell check. Trivial Pursuit, did you lead me astray?

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Missing You

So, the busiest times of my school year (A track – off in July, November & March) are: the first & last few weeks of the school year, the middle couple weeks in October & February (report cards & conferences), and the week before state testing (usually the second week in May). That’s not to say that the rest of the time isn’t hectic, but those take the cake. I find myself struggling to return emails / phone calls / letters, and I burrow into myself at home, not wanting to do much.

I’ve had a pretty solitary 2009 due to several different changes – friends moving away, changing their hours / jobs / availability, an extremely hectic / social 2008, personal reflection, an increased focus on my romantic relationship & altruistic community efforts – and I’m not entirely sad that 2009 has been spent largely just with my husband. That’s not to say that I haven’t had any social interaction, but it’s been far lower than it had been in the past.

And, about a year after my self-imposed social exile, I am feeling more like organizing social events again (almost always my job with any of my groups of friends). I adore my husband, but it’d be nice to be able to do something with other people too. I know that my next two weeks will be absolutely crazy, but I am looking ahead. One of my best friends who, lamentably, lives on the other side of the country, will be in town for 10 days in November. The guy & I have all those days off, and we’re looking at a few different ways to spend the time. Here are some of our ideas. Chime in if any of them sound particularly appealing to treat a guest to / if you have any other ideas. Also note that we don’t have a ton of extra cash (still waiting to hear on the house) & that the only full weekend that he’ll be here will be spent with other friends who are coming to visit, so we’ll largely be looking at mid-week activities.

  • Go to San Francisco for the day. Get a hotel room. Spend the night & don’t worry about staying up late. Visit some old favorite places. Pick a new part of town with which we are unfamiliar (Chinatown maybe?) & explore together.
  • Drive up to the redwoods / Northern California (really northern). Walk under the trees. Maybe visit Humboldt. Go to the amazing beach there. Spend a night or two in a cheap motel & travel back down the coast.
  • Stay longer at the cabin (where we’ll be on the weekend with our friends since the new house hasn’t gone through & we can’t host people in our tiny place). Go to restaurants we like & maybe visit the boardwalk & walk around Carmel & Monterey & drive around.
  • Spend the day in Sacramento. Walk around the capital. Find a new restaurant. See my sister’s kickball team play.
  • Throw a party. Have a serious board-game-a-thon. Involve liquor & snacks & a whiteboard with scoring information. Maybe even put up a prize for the winner or make like Bunco where everyone brings $5/$10 & prizes are given out on a scale for different reasons ($20 to the overall winner, $10 to the overall loser, $15 to the person who came in second the most times, etc.).

I just want to be social & spend time with people (especially my guy & my girl [who, conveniently lives where my cabin is] & my friend who’ll be visiting). I need a little time with people to whom I am not married & who are over the age of 8.

Amazing Tuna Melt

Last week, I had the most delicious tuna melt sandwich ever. If I hadn’t already married this guy, I’d do it on the strength of his cooking. It’s a simple, mundane recipe, but it is just about perfect.

Combine tuna with your desired amount of mayonnaise (for me, very little; for him, quite a bit). Add chopped up dill pickles & red onion to taste. Take two slices of bread, butter lightly. Place the tuna mixture on one slices of bread (non-buttered side). Place in a pan. Put a slice of cheese on the other side (for me, cheddar; for him, swiss) & add a couple of slices of bacon if you’re feeling decadent. When the bread is totally toasted (can be done in a toaster oven if you’re not feeling the butter), take off the pan, add some slices of avocado & combine.

Now, I know the recipe itself isn’t any great shakes, but it is just wonderful & warm & delicious as the weather begins to turn colder. Make it. You won’t be sad you did.

Current Loves

10 Things I Like

  1. winning contests (a book called Happiness on $10 a Day by Heather Wagner & it’s neat!)
  2. quiet, productive, catch-up weeks
  3. cool almost-autumn mornings
  4. planning ahead
  5. the speed of my new computer & the almost total noiselessness
  6. making up words like noiselessness
  7. seeing Monty Python & the Holy Grail with like-minded enthusiasts at The State
  8. birthday celebrations
  9. heartfelt cards
  10. Chrissy’s sweet apple dip