February 9, 2008

on a lovely day...

Yesterday was such a great day. It was one of those days where I just feel light and happy.

I was a complete scrub for the first two hours I was up and awake. (This could be due to a night out with M, which made me painfully aware of my complate lightweightedness - don't tell me that's not a word, because I won't believe you. Anyway. Two glasses of wine and one Shoot the Root shouldn't = uncontrollable giggling, becoming best friends with a room full of strangers, openly mocking someone's decision to wear a sweater tied around their shoulders, and a very passionate religious debate. Oh, and a full-on cheeseburger with french fries at 1:00AM is never a good idea. Just thought I'd throw that out there.) So, I enjoyed a bit of TV and just lounged around.

There isn't a laundry facility at the duplex, so I had to venture out and go to a laundromat. Which made me nervous. Call me paranoid, but I've always felt wierd folding my unmentionables in front of complete strangers. However, I lucked out because there is this cute little village area where we live, and included on the street is a little laundromat. I love the village area, because it has this small-town feel that is really unheard of in this part of Southern California. It has some old shops, a used bookstore, the laundromat, a dance studio a teensie post office (where you will most likely wait in a line of fifteen people to mail one package, but hey, at least it's cute) and a few other small businesses. I conquered the laundromat without any problems. It wasn't as frustrating or inconvenient as I thought it was going to be. In fact, I was able to walk to the used bookstore and meander around for a while, and also read a bit of my current book. So, I don't think I'll mind my bi-monthly trips there.

(Although, I was a bit sad that nobody was there to laugh with me when the first step on the dryer directions read: Check inside for children. I looked around and the only people there were an old woman and some seedy looking guy. Not funny to anyone else? No? Oh, well. I found it hilarious.)

The weather yesterday made me happy to live where I do. It was bright and sunny with a cool breeze. It must have been mid-70's. Now, I'm still a Northwest girl at heart (even though the town I grew up in is waist-deep in snow) but there's something about wearing a tank and flip-flops in February, and having your shoulders warmed by the sun while trying to quickly fold your unmentionables at the laundromat so the seedy guy across from you doesn't get excited, that makes me happy to be where I am. And I am quite happy.

I spend the rest of the day cleaning up and relaxing. I made dinner for Jay and I, and I must say, I'm completely proud. Martha Stewart's website owns my life - I've made two meals from there, and they both turned out great. I made Chicken Parmigiana last week (I completely recommend this one! So easy! So yummy! Jay said, "It's better than the Olive Garden!" and I proceeded to melt into his arms.) and yesterday made Sage Pork Chops (although I couldn't find sage anywhere, and used Italian seasoning instead). Next on the list will be Cous Cous Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Such delicious and simple meals! It feels good to cook. I always mess up something, somehow (What? I was supposed to cut the chicken breast IN HALF? Is that why they've been cooking for the last seven hours and ARE STILL PINK IN THE MIDDLE? GAH!) but in the end you can't really tell. And it's all a learning curve anyway. I hope.

current obsessions:
+ James McAvoy. (What a dish.)
+ Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on my favorite crappy reality show channel, Vh1. (Dr. Drew is a dish.)
+ The reign of King Henry VIII. (Not exactly a dish. Actually, he was kind of a bastard. And had a bum leg that apparently was a wee bit putrid. Fun, fun.) I know I mentioned this before, but seriously. It's so incredibly interesting, that whole situation. I just ordered The Boleyn Inheritance from Amazon, and absolutely can't wait to see The Other Boleyn Girl.
+ Flat Earth's veggie crisps. Better than potato chips. Don't believe me? Well, that's just silly. (Go to the website for a coupon to get a free bag! Try the Ranch ones! They will change your life.)
+ Walking. That is, in the sense of exersizing. I've been holding (surprisingly) fast to my workout regimine, and it's actually paying off. I've lost 5lbs. in a little over a month! All I've been doing is walking on the treadmill for 45-60 minutes (I keep the incline at 5-6, and the speed between 3.5 and 3.8) and doing 200 crunches, 4-5 times a week. Helloooo, 125.6. So lovely to see you again. Let us be friends.


  1. Haha, I always laugh at the warnings about children, it's so funny. :)

  2. I love the sign too. I love that doing nothing but laundry can make you say your day was light and happy.


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