Thursday, August 30, 2007

a recent recipe

i took a picture of this the other night when i made it, because i promised my brother i'd post it, but i can't seem to get it to come off my camera at the moment. so picture forthcoming.

Linguine with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce

  • 12oz uncooked linguine
  • 1 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (i like it spicy, you can use less)
  • gorgonzola cheese, about 1/4 cup, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 medium dried fig(s), coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, minced

Cook the linguine according to package directions; drain and keep warm in a large bowl. (I don't do this now that I know how long the other part takes, I do them concurrently. But this is probably a good plan for your first time).

Meanwhile, with a wire whisk, combine the milk, half and half, and flour in a large skillet, blending unitl the flour is dissolved. Add the salt, pepper and cayenne; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture is bubbling and thickened, about 5 minutes.

Add the Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheeses to the milk mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese melts. Stir in the figs and chives. Keep on heat 1 minute longer.

Pour the cheese mixture over the warm linguine; toss to combine.

Points: 8
Serves: 6

new craft project

i entered a swap last week called "OTT 14." for those of you not in my immediate family or on craftster, a swap is something organized by my favorite web forum,, where people who make stuff swap crafted goods with one another that are organized around a theme, in this case OTT. ott stands for one tiny thing. craftsters use one skill that they're really good at to make one TINY (4x4" or less) item to send to their partner. since lately, i've been getting really into (and decent at) jewelry and beading, i decided to use that as my skill. plus the partner i was assigned had a beaded bracelet on her wist. (wist, also for those who don't know is a site that allows you to capture thumbnails of any picture on the web and add it to a wishlist, with both crafted and manufactured items as well as books, people, and whatever else appears on your ultimate wishlist - found at so i made her the beaded bracelet you see below. it was my first of this style, and i'm pretty pleased with how it came out. i brought it to work today, and two of my coworkers said they'd pay between $15-20 for it. if i get accepted to the craft fair again this year i might have to make some. they'd bring a much tidier profit than my plastic rings of yore.

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on my wrist (please ignore how hairy it is!):
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what do you think?

Douglas Adams

The caffienated libarian who I found courtesy of my brother provided me with a great quote today to describe how I am feeling about work. Douglas Adams gave us, "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." I have just started (last week) my first official full time "job." Not that the Analyst Program I just graduated from wasn't a job, but it had definitive start and end dates, and limited me in the scope of what I could achieve by the 8 month time frame in each rotation. Also, in the two years I was doing it, I sometimes had to work on stuff I didn't care much about, or better said, couldn't be passionate about. But now, I think I have found something that is not only interesting enough that I won't dread coming back to work every morning, but also is going to give me skills that will be useful in whatever field or industry I move to next (since I know financial services is not the last stop for me). To do a quick description my job is basically a hybrid of three things: communications, training, and sales. All of these jobs give me a chance to use both my organizational skills (since they are by nature multi-tasking roles) AND my presentation/communication skills. That pang I felt during the first year after graduation where I realized it was the weekend, but I wasn't getting to debate? I just ignored it, instead of saying, hey this probably means I'd like to be speaking or presenting more often in my job, since I enjoy it so much. But now that I've figured that out, it's all good. And so for the time being, I'm still with my same firm (a.k.a. "the man" for the purposes of this blog), and I'm actually happy about it.

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It's almost my birthday!

Practical stuff:
- Dust buster or small vacuum cleaner (I could REALLY use this!)
- step stool (this TOO!), preferably one that closes up (i.e. doesn’t have to stay open all the time) (THANKS MOM & DAD!)
- splatter guards for frying pans
- gift cards to any of the following supermarkets: trader joes, shoprite, a&p
- gift cards to any of the following craft stores: joann’s, Michaels, ac moore
- gift cards to any of the following home goods stores: target, bed bath & beyond, linens n things, kohls

- vegetable harvest by patricia wells
- canyon ranch cooks: more than 200 delicious, innovative recipes from america’s leading health resort by barry correia and scott uehlein
- the golden door cooks light and easy by michel stroot

other books: (used or new)
- the woman who walked into doors by roddy doyle
- the children of men by p.d. james
- life of pi by yann martel (THANKS, MOM AND DAD!)
- now discover your strengths by marcus Buckingham
- wild swans: three daughters of china by jung chang
- from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler by e.l. konigsburg (THANKS, MOM AND DAD!)
- storm front (the Dresden files book 1) by jim butcher
- Walden two by b.f. skinner
- Never eat alone by keith ferrazzi and tahl raz
- America, the Book: A citizen’s guide to democracy inaction by Jon Stewart et al
- The complete book of sewing (new edition) by DK publishing (THANKS, SETH!)
The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Neuromancer by William Gibson
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

- the devil wears prada
- any animated Disney movies of my childhood (except Cinderella, lion king, and beauty and the beast, which I already have, and Dumbo, which I hated) (some favorites include Aladdin, mulan, sword in the stone, fantasia, robin hood) (THANKS KEITH AND MOM&DAD!)
- seasons of buffy the vampire slayer (not season 1 or 2, just 3 thru 7)
- my big fat greek wedding
- monsters inc
- mary poppins
- seasons of animaniacs or pinky and the brain
- extended editions of LOTR: two towers or return of the king (already have fellowship)
- the brave little toaster

cds: (bought or burned, no difference to me)
- b’day by beyonce
- a fever you can’t sweat out by panic at the disco
- liz phair by liz phair
- melankton by kate havnevik
- lafcadio by as tall as lions
- eyes open by snow patrol
- the white album by the beatles (THANKS AARON!!!)
- futuresex/lovesounds by Justin timberlake
- breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
- the kink khronicles by the kinks
- something real by meg & dia
- princesses nubiennes by les nubians
- surrealistic pillow by Jefferson airplane
- the high lonesome sound by roscoe holcomb
- film soundtracks: lost highway, cool world, natural born killers

Board games:
- settlers of catan
- balderdash (THANKS RACHEL!!!!!)
- clue
- boggle
- stratego (THANKS RACHEL!!!!)
- battleship
- jenga (THANKS KEITH!!)
- Othello
- mastermind
- catchphrase
- cranium
- apples to apples
- scattergories
- monopoly

Card games: munchkin, chrononauts, fluxx, uno

video games:
- lego star wars (for Nintendo gamecube)
- new super Mario brothers (for Nintendo DS)
- cooking mama (for Nintendo DS)
- elektroplankton (for Nintendo DS)
- beyond good and evil (for Nintendo gamecube)
- karaoke revolution party bundle (for gamecube) – this is considerably cheaper than anywhere else when bought from (THANKS KEITH!!!!)
- brain age (Nintendo ds)

computer games:
- “sid meier’s pirates!” by 2K games
- “zeus expansion: Poseidon” by Vivendi Universal (this is REALLY hard to find, and is more a ‘dream’ than anything else)