May 2008

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January 26, 1991.  What I thought was possibly the worst day of my life turned into the luckiest.  First, my car was literally blown off the road and into a ditch in a gale force wind on Highway 93 en route to Boulder, Colorado.  Second, I had to take a ride with strangers to actually get to Boulder, something I had never done before, nor have since.  I was terrified!   Are these people going to kill me?  Thankfully they didn’t.  Third, my sort-of boyfriend, upon my late arrival at my final destination of Fort Collins, instead of asking me if I was okay, demands, “Where’s my stuff?”  I had to leave it in my car that was in a ditch on the side of a road you #$&!  I would not speak to him again for another eight years.

Now that I had no plans to see the not-so-nice guy, I went to a hotel kegger with my friends.  There on the bed, I chatted with a very cute and sweet guy I had met once before.  When he got up to fill his beer, he asked me to save his seat.  I did.  We went out on our first date two weeks later, February 9, 1991.  Two years and a little over three months after that, we were married, May 29, 1993.  Today makes fifteen years – the absolute best of my life.

Sometimes, I can hardly believe it is true.   I look at him with amazement and pure joy every single day.  He’s with me!  He’s my absolute best friend, confidante, and partner in crime.  Our life together could not be more perfect, really it couldn’t.

Thank you wind, thank you strangers, thank you jerk!

I love you, Buddy.  Happy Anniversary!

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Tag

I found this tag over at Unruly Things, a lovely blog I visit often.  Thanks for the inspiration!

What was I doing ten years ago?

* Celebrating my fifth wedding anniversary

* Finishing my master’s in education at the University of Colorado (getting my first grey hairs as a result). 

* Gregory and I were getting ready to move to Oregon (in June).

Five items on my to-do list:

She used one for today, but since it is a holiday weekend, there’s nothing on my list, so I’m giving five in general.

* Get my book published!

* Pay off our house – all by myself (with the proceeds from my book, of course).

* Finish sewing two dresses before our trip to Denver and Santa Fe in mid-June.

* Forgive myself for making mistakes.

* Yoga like a yogi.

Snacks I enjoy

*Cheese corn, butter pretzels, apples with peanut butter, pickles, and nuts.

What I would do if I were a billionaire?

* Make sure we had enough to live comfortably and then give the rest away.

Where have I lived?

* Arvada, Colorado

* Denver, Colorado

* Portland, Oregon

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Via Superhero Journal - What can you let go of in order to manifest that good thing in your life?

Having to understand everything.  Holy frijoles!  I become so incredibly bogged down by believing I need to have the answers.  Why must I know why something is happening instead of just observing that it is?   Why am I sick or healthy?  Why do I feel depressed or happy or angry or silly? 

Sure, it is nice to be aware and understand myself as a person, but sometimes it is so crippling that it prevents me from truly enjoying myself and actually living in the moment.  After all, this moment is the only one that is mine to experience, and then it’s gone. 

I can let go of needing to know the answers.  I can just be.  It feels good to see it in print. 

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Normally I am a chatty gal, but for the past few days, I have felt a bit less talkative and more introverted.  I think the characters in my new novel (working title: Die Sleep Run Dance) are working hard to find themselves and me in the crowded space that is my mind. 

As a result, I don’t have a lot to say here, so here is a cool photo I took a couple of years ago in Venice, California and a summer play list that I’m programming onto my I-Pod.  Happy Listening!

Soul Coughing – “The Idiot Kings” – get up and dance!

Cake – “Nugget” – I love the irreverent lyrics

Big Head Todd and the Monsters – “Leaving Song” – Good memories – Gregory and I saw them at Herman’s Hideaway on South Broadway in Denver sixteen years ago!

The Eagles – “Take it Easy” – so summery…

Seal – “Violet” – chill out.

INXS – “Don’t Change” – I love INXS – my first concert at Red Rocks!

Elvis – “A Little Less Conversation” – a little more action.  Summer is all about the action. ;)

Bob Dylan – “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” – perfect mellow song for a warm summer evening.

Blair – “Have Fun, Go Mad” – more dancing…

Prince – “I Would Die 4 U” – and more…

Peter Gabriel -”San Jacinto” – dry, hot, summer song.

The GoGo’s – “Head Over Heels” – good memories of singing with my junior high pal Denice Romero.

Gem – “They” – light, airy, children singing.

Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir” – get in the car and drive, pronto!

Beastie Boys – “Jimmy James” – get your groove on!

Alpha – “Sometime Later” – fall in love, again.

Charles Trenet – “Que Reste-t-Il de Nos Amours?” – remembering it all.

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A while back, I was reading the blog Orangette when I saw a picture of a Moroccan crepe.  It was filled with goat cheese, olives, honey, and harissa (a Tunisian sauce).  Right then and there, I had to have it, or at least a variation of it.  It made it that day and several times since.

Here’s what I made yesterday, a perfect combination of sweet, sour, spicy, soft, and crunchy.  I call it Tunisian Delight, though the picture does not convey the sentiment adequately.

First, I made some pitas – very yummy and once I rolled the dough to the right thickness they puffed up nicely.  Then I made some harissa (pressed garlic, tomato sauce, smoked paprika, cayenne, coriander, cumin, salt).  Next I baked chicken thighs and coarsely chopped them, mixed in the harissa, and drizzled honey on top.

Gregory and I then stuffed the seasoned chicken into the pitas with lettuce, red pepper, carrot, pimento stuffed olives, bread and butter pickles, and a smidge of parsley.

Unfortunately, we were out of feta cheese this time, so I used some smoked Spanish sheep cheese, which was good, but not quite as good as the feta.

Then we ate until our bellies could take no more.  Heaven, sheer heaven, I tell you.

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