Monthly Archives: September 2011

5 Kitchen Tools I’d Love to Have

I have some pretty fantastic kitchen tools. For example: My KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

I LOVE my mixer. And it's PINK. Just like this one.

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But, there are a few things I’d really like to get one day:

1. A Food Processor

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I would love to have a food processor. I keep finding great recipes that require a food processor – and I can’t make them. Plus, it is an essential for making a flaky pie crust.

2. An Immersion Blender

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Ahh. The Immersion Blender. Oh, how I love thee. I can make soups, and blend all sorts of yummy things.

3. A Double Boiler

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This is the inspiration for this post. I was making my favorite home-made candy (melted chocolate chips with marshmallows and sliced almonds) and while melting the chocolate in my ad-hoc janky double boiler, some water boiled over into my chocolate and totally ruined the consistency… So sad.

4. Cookie Sheet with Edges (aka a Jelly Roll Pan)

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I really enjoy roasting veggies with olive oil and I’m always afraid the oil will drip into the oven and I’ll have another smokey house situation

5. A blender

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Not to be confused with the Immersion Blender. This is for smoothies and such.

One day. One day, my friends.

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Things I like this week (vol. 5)

Soon, I'll be at a San Diego beach.

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As I prepare for my move and next adventure, I have a range of emotions this week. Some joy, some excitement, some sadness and a little more anxiety for my taste.

Anyways….

Here are a few things I really like this week:

This post by Lisa Rae about her marriage and when she met her husband. I totally laughed out loud. I know you will too.

This post by Drea where she unveils her manifesto. I may need to print her manifesto and read it. Lots.

Kristy’s brave posts on her weight loss. And they’re so freakin funny!

This from Molly’s Smart, Pretty, Awkward. Okay, I know it’s not from this week, but, it’s really great.

Another hilarious post from Marinka. (I’m super serious. You NEED to read her blog).

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On another note…

Tomorrow is my last day at my current job (which I ironically just realized, I’ve had for exactly a year. It was suppose to be temporary… it’s interesting how things change) – then I’ll be packing for San Diego. It’s a bittersweet time – I’ve never worked at a place this long before. I know it will be emotional saying goodbye to so many people. But the hardest part for me is the fact that I will never see some of them again. It’s weird. I’ve seen them everyday for the past two years; and after tomorrow, I most likely will never see them again. They know about my nephew, they know about my family, they know I’m a crazy dog lady.

But tomorrow, it will all change.

It’s going to be an adjustment.

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A Couple of Things

After I got offered my new job, my life has been in over-drive-change-everything mode.  Here’s a quick rundown about what has been going on:

1) Good News: upon hearing about my move, my fabulous landlord not only let me out of my lease early (it was until December 31, 2011) but he also found someone to take my apartment! I can’t tell you how big of a headache he saved me. Instead of trying to find someone to take over my lease, I can focus on finding a place to live in San Diego.

2) About that. As of October 3, I have no place to live. I know. I know. I have a few potential options for temporary housing, but nothing is confirmed yet. (And when I say few, I mean one…) I plan to live somewhere temporarily until I can find a fantastic roommate (with a dog, naturally) and a fantastic house to rent (with a yard, naturally). So, this is a bit concerning. But don’t worry, I figure something out.

3) Tahn. Clearly, I’m a crazy dog lady. Duh. But, my craziness even surprised me this past weekend. But, ever since I started packing, Tahn has been incredibly stressed and has started destroying things. So, I was going to bring her my dad’s for the next two weeks. But, when I started packing her things last weekend to bring her to my dad’s I literally became too upset with idea of not having Tahn. So, Tahn’s still home. 😉

My living room being packed; Tahn being stressed.

What is that, you ask? A DESTROYED hair tie. I know, not really that bad, but I picked up the other stuff Tahn destroyed (mittens) before I had a chance to snap a photo.

4) Leaving Sacramento makes me feel a lot like I did when I was leaving for college. I am excited to move on to my new and exciting adventure, but super sad to leave my friends and family. (My family doesn’t live in Sacramento, but they do live a little over an hour away).

5) Friday.Night.Lights. Netflix (DUMB Netflix) doesn’t stream season five of the BEST SHOW EVER (aka Friday Night Lights); so I have to wait for the next disc to come before I can watch the next episodes. Tonight, I’m without FNL and I’m going into withdraws. (Hold me) It doesn’t help that the FNL cast leaves for college and everyone is crying and missing one another. I feel like I’m leaving just like them.

6) My internet is out. I called the internet company, and they told me that it was my modem, so I went to the internet company store and switched out my modem. Well, that didn’t work either. Apparently, there is problem that the nice phone technician couldn’t fix; so they wanted to send someone out to fix it. Well, considering I’m movingnextweek, I’m canceling the whole thing and will continue to steal the shotty internet from one of my neighbors. Thanks, Neighbor.

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Emotional Scarring Before 6:30am

You think I would have learned my lesson.

You think I would have checked all gates before letting my precious Tahn into my backyard.

Clearly no.

Like every morning, I let Tahn out in my backyard to go “hurry” after she ate her breakfast. I ate my breakfast, reading amazing blogs, waiting to hear Tahn come up the back stairs.

After about 10 minutes, I realized I hadn’t heard her. I opened the back door and she wasn’t there. I called her and she didn’t come. I assumed she was being a bad dog and ignoring me.

I walked around the corner to go down the stairs – and that’s when I saw it: a gate was open. Not the gate to the alley, but the gate to the front of the house. The front of the house with a very busy street with cars zipping by at 6:15 on a Thursday morning.

My heart stopped. I almost screamed.

Instead I yelled, “Oh Shit!” really loud and went running out the gate.

To my relief, there was Tahn, sniffing a garbage can.

I’m in the fetal position in the corner, swaying back and forth if you need me.

Tahn, safe and sound

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When everything comes together

What do you do when everything seems to come together in your life?

When something seems right and is confirmed again and again?

Do you stand on the rooftops, shouting your joy?

Do you thank God for the gifts?

Do you relish in your new adventure?

Today, I am thankful, excited and happy.

And Tahn is a little stressed. She hates change. Poor Tahn.

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The San Diego Power Outage

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As you may know, I was just in San Diego again for a job interview. (And YAY! I got the job!!!)

I was so excited to go down to San Diego for my interview. Not only do I love San Diego, but also I really loved the job and company for which I was applying. Plus, my sister lives in San Diego – which makes it all so much more amazing.

So I flew into San Diego Thursday evening, arriving just before 5pm. We were told shortly after we landed that the airport was out of power and there would be a slight delay. I thought it was odd that the airport would be out of power – it was sunny and warm outside – not stormy in any way. But, I figured that something was wrong with the airport and the power would be up in no time.

Nope. I was wrong.

I turned on my phone to text my good friend who I was meeting for dinner to tell her about my delay. When I turned on my phone, I got a text from my friend telling me that yes, there was a power outage. In the entire San Diego county. And Orange County. And Arizona.

Oh, no.

Well, let’s just say that I did not meet up with my friend for dinner. I barely found anything to eat after leaving the airport. As oppose to tell you the rest of the story in paragraphs, I’m going to give you a play-by-play. Enjoy.

4:55pm – Landed safely in the San Diego Airport.

5:00pm – Informed of the power outage.

5:05pm – Told we were going to deplane using the “air stairs” and we were behind two planes, but it should be no longer then 10 minutes.

5:20pm – Made a friend who learned about my job interview and was wishing me good luck.

5:25pm – Wondered when I would eat again and kicked myself for not eating in the airport before my flight. New friend gave me a bag of pretzels. LOVED new friend.

5:26pm – Wondered where I could buy water. Kicking myself for sleeping through the beverage service and declining a beverage when I did wake up.

5:45pm – Deplaned using the “air stairs”.

5:55pm – Walked into a pitch-black airport.

5:58pm – Walked to the pitch-black baggage claim and found multiple areas sectioned off with luggage and signs with the flight numbers.

6:02pm – After not being able to find my bag (or my flight), asked kind airport employee to help me find my bag.

6:05pm – Kind airport employee found my bag (and verified it matched with my luggage claim tag).

6:10pm – Stand at the rental car shuttle area.

6:16pm – Received a text from my brother, “GOOD LUCK TOMORROW! YOU WILL DO GREAT. WHO NEEDS ELECTRICITY??” Well. I did. For hot water and such.

6:21pm – Thankful it’s still light outside and not raining.

6:30pm – Picked up by the rental car shuttle.

6:31pm – Thankful for air conditioning. Wondered how much longer I would be in an air conditioned area.

6:40pm: Arrived at rental car lot.

6:42pm: Got in the very long line almost out to the door.

6:43pm: Wishing I was still in the air conditioned shuttle.

6:44pm: Thankful I was not elderly (like a couple near me) and thankful I was not traveling with small children. (Like another couple near me).

7:00pm: Wondering if I really can find any food or water for sale.

7:00:30pm: Kicking myself for only having $2 in cash and wondering if I can find food or water for sale at a place that excepts plastic payment.

7:40pm: Signed my rental car agreement and walked to find my car. In the near – dark.

8:10pm: Arrived at my hotel.

8:15pm: Begged hotel staff for food or water.

8:16pm: Raided the candy/snack/ice cream stand.

8:17pm: Ensured the staff that whatever I got they could charge me for – I WOULD PAY DOUBLE.

8:18pm: Ensured that it would all be free – no worries.

8:18:30pm: Took two more bottles of water (I was super thirsty. Don’t judge. I totally would have paid $10 for each).

8:20pm: With armfuls of Luna bars and bags of ChexMix, I was escorted to my room by the staff.

8:25pm: Left in my pitch black room with no flash light or candle.

8:26pm: Opened my computer for light.

8:27pm: Devoured 2 bags of ChexMix and two 32-oz bottles of water.

9:00pm: Since I didn’t have light to read or a lot of battery left on my computer, hit the sack.

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5:36am: Woke up with a hunger rumble in my stomach. Rolled over to look at my cell phone to see the time. SAW THE BEDSIDE CLOCK ON.

5:36:30am: JUMPED out of bed and tested the lights. POWER!

5:37am: Joyfully went back to sleep.

Although I arrived to a power outage, waited for a long time, and did not have any food or water I cannot complain about my experience. I was not stuck in a flood. Nothing of mine was damaged. I had no tragedy. And, as mentioned previously I was not traveling with children or elderly people. It was more of a big inconvenience.

However, I did learn a few lessons from the power outage:

1)    When traveling, always carry cash. You’ll never know when you’ll need it. (READ: buying food and water).

2)    Always take the peanuts and pretzels on the plane. And, your free beverage.

3)    EAT before going on the plane. Even if you’re nervous about your job interview tomorrow and don’t really have an appetite.

4)    At home, have a freaking emergency kit. Water, canned food, candles, flashlights, the works. I always thought it was pretty dramatic when people talked about them, but I cannot tell you how much I would have appreciated one if I had one.

5)    Carry snacks with you when traveling. (Yes, I was really hungry. Clearly).

6)    Keep your luggage tags! You’ll never know when you have to show them.

And, some Honorable Mentions:

1)    Southwest staff: they worked hard to help us in any way they could. They created a path from the plane to the airport with a bunch of staff guiding the way. They worked effortlessly to get everyone their bag as quickly as possible.

2)    San Diego Airport staff: they were calm, informed, and gave clear directions. Their work was critical in keeping the thousands of people calm.

3)    Alamo Car Rental Staff: Using the headlights of rental cars to light their office when the sunset was one of the many resources they thought of to keep everything going. They worked as quickly as they could and did not leave until everyone got a car.

4)    Hilton Garden Inn Staff in Del Mar: they kindly gave me lots of FREE snacks and were adamant about my physical safety my comfort in the dark. (Plus they really are the best hotel staff in San Diego).

5)    SDG&E: for working throughout the night and getting our power back on. I was so grateful to have hot water in the morning to take a shower before my interview.

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Big News!

I currently live here:

Sacramento

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And I will be moving to here:

SAN DIEGO!

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That’s right, friends! I just accepted a job in San Diego and will be moving here in a few weeks!

I am currently in the San Diego airport, waiting to fly home. I am super excited!!

More details to come, but I just couldn’t wait to share it!

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My sister visiting Sacramento! And TSwift

Happy Labor Day, everyone! I can’t wait to tell you about my weekend, photo journalistic style. (aka I am so tired but I really want to blog about it).

My fabulous sister, Sarah flew into Sacramento on Friday. This was her first time visiting me – ever! It was so exciting. She had never really spend much time in Sacramento, so it was super fun showing her my little town.

On Friday night, we went to happy hour.

After happy hour, on the way to dinner.

Saturday we slept in and then my mom, brother, S2 and Buddy came to visit. It was so much fun. We had lunch and loved that sweet little baby a lot.

After an afternoon of hanging out with my mom and sister (my brother and his family had other people to visit in Sac), my mom decided to try on my sister’s shoes.

I swear I was not posing in the background. I really couldn't believe my mom was trying on my sister's platform shoes... A little dramatic, I know.

Saturday night, Sarah and I went to the Taylor Swift concert. My pseudo step-sister went to the Taylor Swift concert in LA last week and called it the TSwift concert – so that is what Sarah and I called it for the entire weekend.

For the TSwift concert, Sarah bought vintage boots for me to wear.

My outfit was a hit.

Yep. That's Tahn pouting in the background. She's upset that we were leaving.

On the way to the TSwift concert!

As soon as we got to the concert, my prediction of being the oldest people at the concert sans children was confirmed. Not only were there tweens there, but there were also four and five-year-olds.

Yep. that’s right. Women in their late twenties, at a concert for teenagers. It was awesome.

As soon as we got seated, we started tweeting like crazy. If you follow me on Twitter, you were very amused stopped following me immediately after my large amount of tweets. Sarah and I started tweeting to each other, which, (was confirmed later) was only funny to her and me.

Anyhoo. Taylor came on just after 8:30, and performed a full two hours. I couldn’t help but to compare her performance to Britney’s performance earlier this summer.  Not only did Taylor sing every song, but she also was so interactive with the crowd. (Compared to Britney who lip-synced most songs and barely talked to us). As my sister pointed out, Taylor was truly grateful that we were there and made us feel that way.

Plus, she put on a fantastic performance.

Photo from the concert.

By the end of the night, Sarah and I were on a TSwift high. The TSwift concert was the best concert I have ever been to. I will always go and see her perform. I recommend you do too. 🙂

Sunday morning, my dad came up and took us to an amazing brunch before Sarah headed to the airport. It was such a great weekend!

During the encore, Sarah captured me doing the "Taylor Heart". Taylor, and all her fans do this heart at her concerts. It's truly what I felt at the end of the night.

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