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Monday, November 28, 2005
Today I got up on time, worked nine hours, didn't eat any junk food, and went to the gym. I'm turning over a new leaf. At least until Christmas when I can have some of my mom's world famous chocolate cake.
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Sunday, November 27, 2005
Dan must have liked my pecan pie because he had some for breakfast this morning. And I discovered that the pumpkin bread is good for breakfast too. Good to know.

P.S. Of the five items on the to do list I posted on Friday, the only thing I didn't accomplish was cleaning up my apartment. And I plan to work on that before I go to bed tonight.
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Friday, November 25, 2005
Thanksgiving was wonderful. All of my dishes turned out well and it was great to have a homemade meal with friends. The stuffing that I improvised from three recipes was well-received and actually quite delicious. Now if only I could remember what I put in it. It turns out Iím a much better cook than I thought. So now that Thanksgiving is over, here is my to do list for the rest of the weekend.
1) Wash dishes from last-minute Thanksgiving cooking
2) Clean up my wreck of an apartment
3) Work on cross-stitch projects
4) Tape James Bond movies for Dan
5) Get my fake Christmas tree out of the garage
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
My Thanksgiving pecan pie

Itís been quite a day and hereís what I have to show for it Ė a beautiful pecan pie and a messy dining table. Besides dropping one of the loaves of pumpkin bread on the ground my cooking has gone pretty well. Itís a good thing the recipe made two loaves so I had another chance to keep one of them intact. Happy Thanksgiving everyone (in four minutes)!
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My mom got an electric hand mixer as a wedding present and she is still using it today. I bought a mixer in February and today I discovered that the blades had rusted. That really ticked me off. I didnít pay very much for the mixer, but I think I should still be able to expect rust-free blades. Thatís not too much to ask. So before I could start my Thanksgiving cooking this afternoon I had to go to Target and buy a new electric mixer. Now itís time for me to take the corn bread out of the oven. Then Iím going to make some pumpkin bread. Yummy!
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The grocery store is busy at 9 AM the day before Thanksgiving. And I wasn't carded when I bought white wine for my stuffing. My receipt says "Age Verification Bypassed." This surprised me since most people think I'm about eighteen. I just hope the wine tastes all right in the stuffing. *crosses fingers*
Posted at 9:49 AM, 0 Comments

Monday, November 21, 2005
ďI suspect the assumption with the filmmakers is that everyone who sees the movie has read the books. Even POA, which I think is the best of the films, left out crucial bits of exposition (ĎHarry, your father was a stag Animagusí), leaving Harry to assume, I suppose, that he is magically protected by Merril Lynch.Ē
Cassie Claireís review of Goblet of Fire
Posted at 6:17 PM, 1 Comments

Sunday, November 20, 2005
The cake was a hit!
Posted at 8:57 PM, 1 Comments

Mitziís birthday cake

Before I started preparing for Thanksgiving I had only salt and pepper in my kitchen cupboards. In the past two weeks Iíve added sea salt, fresh ground pepper, parsley, sage, thyme, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. All of the spices are all sitting on my dining table. My plan is to start cooking on Wednesday so that I wonít be so stressed on Thanksgiving Day. In the meantime, I made a birthday cake for Danís grandmother today. Itís a pumpkin cake that required pumpkin pie spice for seasoning. It cake smelled so good while it was baking. The frosting was a little runny, but thatís what the refrigerator is for. Iím taking it over to their house this evening so Iíll know how it tastes then. Many thanks to Cooking Light magazine for the recipe. I just hope my Thanksgiving recipes turn out so well.
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I need to stop looking at the J.Crew website. There are just too many things I want to buy.
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Saturday, November 19, 2005
Dan and I saw ďHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireĒ last night. He really liked it, but I havenít made up my mind yet. It was definitely a good movie, but Iím not sure the story was presented in the best possible way. The movie confused me most of the time and thatís hard to do considering I know the story inside and out. Two things I did like were the performances of Brendan Gleeson (probably related to me somehow) as Mad-Eye Moody and Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. In my opinion, they portrayed their characters extremely well. Dan doesnít agree with me as far as Voldemort goes. The movie stayed refreshingly true to the book except for one little hint that was added at the beginning. I have a feeling the director wanted to make something more obvious for the sake of the audience. When it was all over I felt a little disappointed. I guess the books with their details and exposition are just more satisfying than the movies, but thatís something I realized about movies a long time ago.
Posted at 9:45 PM, 1 Comments

Tuesday, November 15, 2005
What I did today:
1) Worked two hours of overtime to help pay for Christmas presents
2) Bought tickets for Dan and me to see ďHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireĒ on Friday night
3) Replied to an email from a guy who wants to buy my Kool-Aid Man costume for a movie heís making
4) Bugged someone at work for her vegetarian stuffing recipe that she promised to bring me last week
5) Wished Christmas would come faster
Posted at 7:59 PM, 1 Comments

Saturday, November 12, 2005
It's going to cost about $400 to get a snowboard roof rack for my car. As if snowboarding wasn't an expensive enough hobby.
Posted at 11:44 PM, 1 Comments

Friday, November 11, 2005
Yesterday I found myself in a meeting with eleven other people, all of whom were males. This wasnít a particularly unusual occurrence considering the small number of women in my workplace, but I still made a note of it. What made this meeting different than most was that I was an integral part of the discussion. I was arguing with the best of them and sometimes I was even winning. Itís a strange feeling to second guess the guy who hired you, contradict what heís saying, and be right. Iíve been building up to this moment since I started working on my program and now Iíve become an ďexpert.Ē I am the person to talk to about certain systems. Itís really encouraging to be an essential part of the program.

Now I have a story thatís not so encouraging. After buying two pairs of shoes for aerobics that turned out to be incredibly uncomfortable, I went to New Balance last Saturday out of desperation. I knew their shoes came in widths so that eliminated the problem of finding a shoe that was narrow enough for my foot. Fortunately I found a pair that also seemed to fit correctly. Unfortunately they cost almost $120 with tax. The price wasnít a big issue because if I can wear them in aerobics and not lose feeling in my toes theyíll be worth their weight in gold. So I bought the shoes. I wore them in aerobics on Tuesday and Thursday and the verdict is...theyíre OK. Not really that comfortable, but good enough to wear until something better comes along.
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Sunday, November 06, 2005
I found mint M&M's in the grocery store today. I'm in big trouble. On a more positive note, I saved $21.58 on the same grocery trip with coupons and my Ralph's Club card. Most of my purchases were ingredients for Thanksgiving recipes that I decided to buy early. Two years ago I waited until too late and I couldn't find pecans anywhere. This year's gonna be different. The only things I still need are perishables that I'll buy a couple of days before Thanksgiving. I just hope the actual cooking part turns out all right.
Posted at 8:56 PM, 0 Comments

I thought of a great Christmas present for someone last night, but now I can't remember what it was. This sucks.
Posted at 11:17 AM, 0 Comments

Friday, November 04, 2005
Karma is not on my side. Two weeks ago I turned in money that I found on the ground at Target and then tonight I discovered that someone stole my laundry detergent. Not like it's a huge loss but still, someone stole my laundry detergent! It's usually true that a good deed is it's own reward, but why did someone steal my laundry detergent?
Posted at 8:57 PM, 0 Comments

Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Jack-o-lanterns on 10/31 My poor jack-o-lantern on 10/31

And hereís what the jack-o-lanterns looked like when Halloween finally rolled around. My pumpkin was even more two-dimensional than the day before, if possible. Danís pumpkins looked much better, but they were both in need of dentures. Dan dressed up as Spider-Man for the trick-or-treaters and we handed out a lot of candy to the kids. Actually, one of them was a teenager without a costume or a bucket. He just held out his hands and said, ďLay it on me.Ē Weird. Anyway, it was a good Halloween. Iím not sure the jack-o-lanterns felt the same, though.

P.S All of my Halloween pictures can be found in my new photo album.
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