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Writer's Block: Giving Thanks

What are 10 things you are thankful for?

10. The holiday bin of tri-flavored popcorn in the kitchen. Why choose just one flavor when you can have it all: caramel, butter, or cheese. Mmm. Cheese.

9. The gossip magazine person in the office. Thank you for the weekly subscriptions to US Weekly, People, and if I'm lucky STAR magazine. How else would I stay on top of fashion trends or the latest on Amy Winehouse hiding more cocaine in her beehive. Fascinating!

8. No weird or unappetizing foods this year. The closest I came to weird food was blowfish in Japan. But that was rather tasty. Hopefully my trip to China next year won't find me eating dog or monkey brains.

7. Forever 21. Cheap clothing at it's finest. Wear, wash, and toss. Sometimes tossing without washing.

6. Spas. Deep tissue massages, mani-pedis, facials, steam rooms, jacuzzis... Need I say more?

5. My VW Beetle. I love to hate you. Yes, I did say I was getting another car, but here I am driving you to the dealership month in and month out. We've been together 8 years and minus some scratches, you're still looking mighty fine. So the seat handles have been replaced. Three times. And you have an oil consumption problem. But we all got problems don't we?!

4. That Nick cooks better than I do.

3. For once in my life, I'm living comfortably. Almost debt free and able to afford a nice meal or a tropical vacation when I want to. And without guilt. That's the most important part.

2. Champagne.

1. Of course my #1 thing to be thankful for is friends and family. You knew that was coming.

the simple things

I'm visiting the parents. Mom is making fried catfish in a tomato sauce of some sort. She seemed really excited that I was coming home for dinner instead of brunch and rushed to the market this afternoon. I wish she'd let me help out in the kitchen. It's never done right or good enough by her standards so I stay out of the way.

I cooked a *real* dinner last night. Not the simple stuff I've been preparing for the last six months with whatever happened to be in the kitchen. Yes, it's been a really long time since I've prepared a decent meal. I purchased dry, aged beef filet mignons, a nice bottle of Zinfandel, goat and sheep's milk cheeses, field greens, winter squash, and a basket of grapes and strawberries. Quality ingredients make even the simplest of recipes shine. I rubbed the steaks with cracked peppercorns and truffled infused olive oil, threw shallots into a red wine and beef stock reduction sauce, and turned on the broiler. Twenty minutes later, I had one of the most amazing meals that I've ever made. Yum.

Yang Qian Paintings

Saw these lovely paintings on a friend's blog today. Oil on canvas paintings that almost look like photographs. Purty.

on normal time

Hit the gym, fave noodle shop and market all before 8pm. Woot.

90s Music Monday

I was confused by burr86 post, is it 80s Friday or Monday? I saw this on VH1 the other day and remembered how much I used to like the song. It came out in 1989 and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1990.

o/~ Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done? Dum, dum, dum it's the sound of my gun. o/~