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It was such a nice weekend with Jeanne. It just freaking KILLS me that she doesn't live here anymore. She's seriously made of WIN. We had a great time--late nights chatting with Jeff and making him laugh at our discussions about The League of Fantasy Boyfriends. We can also relate to each other as professional single women in our thirties--and that's something I don't have with anyone else. She just gets it. I love her. (I LOVE YOU JEANNE! *waves*) Also she made me another glorious pair of socks which I immediately put on--they're green stripes!

After Milo's awesome first birthday party, we went to see Mamma Mia with Kelly, Rob, and Jen. It was a squeal-y fun time. As much as I love my guy friends, this was a very girlfriend-y movie and I'm so excited I got to see it with Jeanne! We browsed at Barnes and Noble and I bought the first Charlaine Haaris vampire book. Then we drove back home, hung out with Jeff, looked at shoes and cakes online (because, duh) and went to bed.

Today we drove down to the public market for breakfast at Maximilien's. Mmmmm warm pastry basket. OF JOY. We then went shopping at Sur la Table because Jeanne'd gotten me an absurdly generous gift certificate. I once told Jeanne, back when she was completing her training that I was buying her dinner because one day she was going to be a very rich trauma surgeon and it made sense to butter her up now. Apparently that has turned out to be true. I got a cake pan of joy (9x13, FINALLY) and a chrome cooling rack (so I too can make bacon in the oven).

And then we parted company. Jeanne drove her rental car back to the airport and despite being tempted by a cab, I took the bus back. I was very lucky--the 10:30 bus was running 7 minutes late and I didn't have to wait until 11!

I walked to Safeway for the ingredients for vegetarian chili. The reality is, this is quickly turning into a vegetarian household. Jeff certainly doesn't demand that I cook for him or that I not cook meat at home, but for better or for worse--he's my Culinary Muse. (He'd look good in Greek draping and an olive wreath, non?) I don't have the energy to make separate food for us and I love cooking for him too much to give it up. No chance that I'll ever actually become a vegetarian, but clearly there's going to be a lot more veggie cooking around here. It's just so deeply unsatisfying to have food on the table that he can't eat.

And now I'm home and it's only noon. As tempting as it is to do sweet fuck all and nap with Brutus, I have some goals to accomplish today, dammit!

Here they are for my crossing-out-pleasure:

- dishes, and cleaning the kitchen in general
- deflate air mattress and box for Jeff to return to Kirsten
- tidying up the mess in the dining room from packaging gift bags
- laundry
- make room for the pressure canner in the cabinet
- make chili
- make peach pudding cake
- water plants
- scoop Brutus' litterbox

I am NOT going to sit around doing nothing. NOT!

Date: 2008-07-21 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, fun girliness! I'm glad you had such a good time. :)

Date: 2008-07-21 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, me too!!

Date: 2008-07-21 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I keep kosher and am completely okay with eating vegetarian most of the time, but Brian normally requires protein. One good thing I've found is that a lot of dishes are okay vegetarian, and then I can make something that he'll eat on the side. The best example I can think of is pasta with veggies, and then I can make chicken or sausage or shrimp or scallops to put on top of his (although I can eat chicken and some sausage, but you get the point) - maybe this kind of thing would work for you and Jeff?

Date: 2008-07-21 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I appreciate the tip! It does work actually--I baked some Trader Joe's chicken skewers last night to eat with the vegetarian chili. I'm just a little lazy, so I can see myself buying a lot of pre-made meat stuff to eat on the side or on top of whatever. I just meant that the food is going to be vegetarian with an add-on instead of like a real meat dish. Like, lasagnas will be vegetarian and stuff like that. But you're right--I'm not giving up meat at home, it'll just be an afterthought instead of fully incorporated into the meal!

Date: 2008-07-21 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, that would be tough. Occasionally, I make separate dishes of stuff for us (like when I made him crab macaroni and cheese - I just baked a little one for me with no crab), but that often ends up to be a pain.

Date: 2008-07-21 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooooooo YUMMY. Now I need to make crab macaroni and cheese! (Though like you, in separate dishes).

Date: 2008-07-21 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My mistake for that one was making him way too much and not making myself enough - we ended up having to throw out some of the crab stuff, and I could have eaten a lot more. I think this is the recipe I used, although I'm not a big fan of Old Bay, so I probably didn't use much, if any.

Date: 2008-07-21 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for the recipe--and the tip. I'll be sure to split it 50/50 :)


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