Thursday, October 30, 2008


Quiet as a...

I've just quit my gym. I haven't been going, but I felt like having a membership and not going was better than not having a membership and not having the option of going. I know, I know. It made sense on some level. So, yes, I've parted ways with my gorgeous expensive gym, its fun classes, and its beautiful sauna because I am lazy.

Not lazy, exactly. The gym route just wasn't working for me anymore for a variety of reasons. I have some classes and a few other ideas lined up to keep me in shape, but I'd really like to work out at home. The only problem is that I live in an apartment building and have above and below neighbors who, I imagine, would not be thrilled with a regular kick-boxing routine, jumping jacks, running in place, etc.

Can you recommend some good/fun exercise ideas or DVDs that are quiet enough not to disrupt my neighbors...?


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Something new update: success!


Just a quick note to let you know that I followed my rules for my first week of keeping busy. I admit -- my Saturday outing was just to the store to pick up some ingredients for dinner, but it was raining. Thanks to Pete for making sure I didn't fall off the wagon with my first test. I came this close to not setting foot outside.

Friday dinner was delightful, Sunday brunch with C at a new restaurant was lovely, and our walk following brunch led us to inadvertent participation in a parade of costumed dogs led by the Salem High School Marching Band.... Well, that's something new! Court, forgot to tell you that I have confirmed the parade was, in fact, the 4th Annual Divas Unleashed Halloween Pet Parade.

Lots of Halloweeny plans are in the works. Can't wait to reveal the ingenious costume that P and I came up with! Anyone have a good costume this year?


Thursday, October 23, 2008

keeping busy

Ground Quidditch in VT...

I have slight cold weather onset anxiety. I am preparing for the end of Leah Season and the beginning of much time spent at home involving flannel, fleece, television, and tea. To combat this state, I have decided that I want to make Anna my role model and emulate her: "do one new thing every day" rule. I was quite impressed to hear her account of a recent Quidditch match she attended... Now there's ingenuity in seeking out something new.

I am not quite so ambitious, but would like to lay out the following guidelines semi-publicly so you can keep me in line and make sure I'm sticking with the plan. Rules are simple:
  1. Do something besides go straight home after work at least once a week (to start).
  2. Leave the apartment at least one time a day, each day of the weekend. No more pj-all-day days except in the case of: blizzard, sub zero temperatures, drenching rain, sickness. I must have some caveats.
  3. Write a weekly post about my "something new."

We'll see how this goes. So far, so good. Last night, I went to hear Senator Kerry speak. Tomorrow night Pete and I will have dinner with Amy and Carter. This means I have a Saturday and Sunday outing to come up with still....

Working on it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

mulling it over...


I was cold/cranky/tired/home alone/lying on my bed pouting up until 5 minutes ago. Then, I decided to mull some cider. The apartment is already warmer and smelling fall-ish.

I don't follow any sort of recipe, but just throw in whatever I feel like. Today I have some cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, dried orange zest, and a piece of my precious and very expensive vanilla beans simmering about on the stove. I do have some co-op mulling mix that I scoop into a tea ball and drop in the pot.


Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 30 minutes or so. I have a cinnamon stick all ready and waiting in mugs for me and P (when he gets home).

PS - I hear you can spike your cider, but I wouldn't know...
PPS - mulled wine is a whole other post and delicious drunk while sitting on a cushion under your Christmas tree...
PPPS - What else could I throw in to mull? Whole allspice?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

the end is near...

...and that is a fantastic thing! One more work event left then freedom from 2yrs of planning!

PS-happy birthday, Mom!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

officially fall

K among the apples...

On Saturday, Pete and I headed first to Scituate to have one of Ryan's famous sandwiches, and then to go apple picking a short car ride away. It was a perfect fall day with brilliant blue skies and puffy white clouds. We ate lunch on T&R's back deck while listening to the wind rustle the fall leaves on the trees. R made one of his delicious salads (in which he included sesame seeds), and an even better sandwich of tuna salad (with the perfect amount of mayo and delicious sun-dried tomatoes) topped by alphalpha on a fantastic and hearty multi-grain roll. T and I sipped a chilly gerwerstraminer (note: this is the first time I have ever actually written out "gerwerstraminer." I had to look up the spelling.)

The orchard was hopping. P's quick thinking secured us a picking stick right away -- a very valuable commodity we were later to discover. It's a good thing, too, because P was the tallest among us and therefore did most of the work. He was also the best at deterring the swarms of zombie apple picking moms/dads/kids who repeatedly tried to commandeer our stick. It was brutal out there, but we prevailed with a 1/2 peck each plus 1/2 dozen or so eaten along the way (K single-handedly ate at least 4).

In the orchard...

After picking, we made an impromptu stop at my boss's house where he and his wife were hosting a birthday party for their daughter. We identified their house by the huge inflatable jumping castle in the back yard.

I anticipated stopping in for one beer, but suddenly P&R were playing two rounds of bocce, T, tiny K and I were playing in the back yard and sipping wine with the family and friends at the party, and we even stayed for dinner. It was such an unexpected, but fun way to end the day.

Today, I am left to deal with my 1/2 peck of apples. As I've said before, I'm a cook, but not a baker, so think I will make an easy apple crisp. Pehaps we'll break out some port this evening or mull some cider, as fall had definitely arrived...

Thanks T&R!

Friday, October 3, 2008

the last bit of summer

More green tomatoes...

TS and I met up for dinner recently in the South End. Lucky me, she brought a sack full of teeny-tiny green tomatoes as a present. I wasn't quite sure what to do with them at first, as I'd never really contemplated using teeny-tiny green tomatoes in any particular way. So, I went on a search to figure out what to do and found this fantastic link on one of my favorite sites.

I was all set to make the curried green tomatoes, and T was thinking about the green tomato cake, when I caved and just made up a huge batch of miniature fried green tomatoes.
The were delicious and adorable.

Thanks, T! Can't wait to see you for apple picking tomorrow!