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Saturday, March 28, 2009
After checking three times today I was finally able to exchange my middle seat for an aisle seat on my flight to DC tomorrow! This makes me incredibly happy. Sitting in a middle seat for 5+ hours is the worst form of torture. Now if only my copy of Twilight on iTunes would transfer to my iPod correctly I would be just about ready to go to DC.
Posted at 7:15 PM, 1 Comments

Random thoughts:
1) I initially went to the wrong store for the book signing today. Fortunately the right store was just around the corner. The signing was awesome and Cassandra Clare remembered me from last year! I also got a book signed by Lisa McMann (who I'd never heard of until a few days ago) so I'll add it to my list of books to read.
2) Why did I sleep in so late today? I was supposed to go to the gym this morning before the book signing. I worked late last night and didn't get home until 11 PM, and then stayed up to do some laundry, so maybe that explains waking up so late today. I guess I'll have to go work out later tonight. No excuses.
3) I found all of the ingredients I need to make a pizza for dinner in my kitchen. It's a Thai chicken pizza minus the chicken. I feel very frugal and the pizza tastes amazing. It will give me the energy I need to go to the gym later.
4) There is so much housework that needs to be done before I fly to DC tomorrow. There are only a couple more loads of laundry to do, but then there dishes to wash and quite a lot of cleaning to do. Dan and I don't spend that much time at home so it gets a little messy. I just don't want Dan to come home to that mess when he gets back from Las Vegas tomorrow (and I'm already on my way to DC).
5) Maybe I can watch some of those backlogged episodes of Heroes on our DVR while I'm cleaning and packing. That sounds like a great idea.
Posted at 6:19 PM, 1 Comments

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Add two more dishes to my list of new recipes tried in 2009 - ham, cheese, and pear sandwiches (based on this recipe from Life is a Feast) and Thai chicken pizza (based on this recipe from Taste of Home). Both were delicious!
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Monday, March 23, 2009
I was ridiculously excited when I got an email from Barnes & Noble today about the shipment of my copy of City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. Last year she made an appearance at Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach and she signed my copy of City of Ashes, her book that had been newly released. I was a bit older than the rest of her audience (mostly teenagers), but it was still very cool. I wore my Potter Puppet Pals t-shirt in reference to Cassie's earlier work (a fantastic, in my opinion, Harry Potter fan fiction saga) and I brought a Christmas card she sent me a few years back to prove my fan loyalty. Her boyfriend recognized the t-shirt (and its significance) and the Christmas card made her laugh. Like I said, it was very cool. And this Saturday I'll have a chance to meet Cassie again at Barnes & Noble in Torrance on her promotional tour for City of Glass. I'm hoping to get her to sign my copy, scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, even if I don't get a chance to read it first. At least I'll be able to take it on my trip to DC on Sunday. Catching up on reading is one of the only good things about business travel.
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
I finished uploading the photos from our trip to New Zealand! It's been almost three months since we got back, but I've finally put all of the pictures on Flickr. The final three albums are Christchurch, NZ 12/27-12/29/08 (just a few), Arthur's Pass, NZ 12/30/08, and Nadi, Fiji 12/31/08. The day before we left New Zealand, Dan and I took the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass to see the Southern Alps and do a little hiking. It was a small town, but a really beautiful place. Then, on our way back to the States on New Year's Eve, we had an unexpected visit to a beachside resort in Nadi, Fiji when the airport air conditioner was broken. The airport staff told us we would be better off leaving for a few hours before our flight left for Los Angeles. I still haven't uploaded any of the videos that we took on our trip so be on the lookout for those. I can't wait to go back to New Zealand.
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It's Saturday and I have a long list of things I need to accomplish this weekend, but I'm sitting here watching DVRed episodes of House instead. I did bookmark a bunch of new recipes online from my library of cooking magazines while I was watching, though. One of my New Year's resolutions is to cook more often and try new recipes, and I'm well on my way. I still don't cook as often as I like, thanks to the fact that Dan and I work so much, but I have tried some new things that have been pretty good. And after seeing how much I spent on eating out last month I think I need to invest in more home-cooked meals. A couple of weeks ago I made a creamy pesto sauce for pasta that was delicious and couldn't have been simpler, and on Monday I made Greek meatballs with tzatziki dipping sauce. Very tasty, even though I made the meatballs with beef instead of lamb (couldn't find any at the grocery store). On a totally different subject, I am currently downloading Twilight on iTunes! I decided not to buy the DVD because I knew Dan would never want to watch it, and the last thing we need is more stuff cluttering up our house. This way I watch it on my iPod while I'm flying to DC next weekend. Yes, another business trip is on the horizon. In fact, I've got two planned in the next month. Well, Dan and I are going to meet with a CPA about our taxes in a little while so I'd better get started on my to do list.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I looked for Air Force One as I drove past the Long Beach Airport on my way home tonight, but I didn't see it. Actually, the combination of freeway lights and runway lights made distinguishing anything pretty much impossible. Without crashing, at least. All of Los Angeles was geared up for President Obama's visit today and quite a few of my co-workers went outside at 3 PM to watch the plane on its descent into Long Beach. I heard on the radio this morning that Air Force One was going to land at Los Angeles International, so apparently the flight plan changed to a landing in Long Beach sometime after that. I have actually seen Air Force One before (one incarnation of it, at least) when George Bush, Sr. visited Tallahassee in either 1989 or 1990. (I tried a Google search to determine exactly when he was in Tallahassee, but nothing came up.) I was in fifth grade at the time and my Girl Scout Troop (Apalachee Bend Council Troop 258, 1984-1996) went to the Tallahassee airport to welcome the current President. I remember catching a glimpse of George H. W. Bush as he stepped out of Air Force Once, but that was about it. The best part was getting out of school for the afternoon. If I had it to do all over again I would never go all the way to the Tallahassee Regional Airport (it's a ways out of town) to visit a Republican president!
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
Dan and Lauren at Edoras
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Sunday, March 01, 2009
I didn't make it to work today. I was hoping that another day of rest would make going to work tomorrow less difficult. We'll see how I feel when my alarm goes off at 5 AM in the morning. One thing I did get accomplished this weekend was going through my old cooking magazines and bookmarking a bunch of potential Christas cookie recipes. I know it's a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but when the holiday season does roll around I'll have a head start. Speaking of holidays, I gave up chocolate for Lent. No, I'm not Catholic, but I needed something to jump start my diet. My ultimate goal is to wear my rehearsal dinner dress to Mike and Lisa's wedding in May and I have a ways to go before that's possible. Today is day four without chocolate and I really miss it. When Easter arrives I can have a Cadbury Creme Egg, but not until then. And I've already decided to make a Mascarpone Cheesecake for our Easter dessert. It sounds soooo good! OK, enough talk about food because it's making me hungry.
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