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Sunday, September 27, 2009
One of the things I like about our house is that one of the kitchen counter tops faces the living area so I can watch TV while making dinner. For example, I watched this week's episode of Robin Hood while making a particularly scrumptious lasagna today. But unfortunately I couldn't watch the season premiere of Heroes while cleaning up after said lasagna because the sink faces the opposite direction. So I'm considering putting a mirror behind the sink so I can at least see the TV's reflection while washing dishes. Brilliant! And to answer the question everyone is asking right now, yes, I am obsessed with television. I'm going to go search for a "behind the sink" mirror now.
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Meyer said Tebow had just one question after the hit.

"He asked me 'Did I hold onto the ball?'" Meyer said. "I told him he did and he winked at me and said 'Itís great to be a Gator.'"

No. 1 Florida wins, but Tebow hospitalized
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
It's been a strange college football season already. With all of the upsets so far it's proved that any team can be beaten and the worst thing you can do is underestimate your opponent. When a good team loses it doesn't make them a bad team - it makes them a team with something to prove. One-loss teams are dangerous. Last season after Florida lost to Ole Miss, Tim Tebow vowed that the Gators wouldn't lose any more games. And they didn't. He took them all the way to a national championship. Talk about a dangerous one-loss team! I try not to be an obnoxious football fan because you just never know how a game is going to turn out. Yesterday someone told me that Florida is only number 1 because they haven't played Penn State. I almost responded, "Keep dreaming pal," but I kept it to myself (although I didn't let the slight go without some kind of retort). As much as I believe the Gators would beat the Nittany Lions, you just never know. For now I'm going to watch the games each weekend without any expectations. Another national championship would be nice, but the season is still young. GO GATORS!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I've just been reminded of a cherished source of entertainment while I was in grad school - Badgers! Granted, we were entertained by anything that wasn't related to our research after a twelve hour day in the lab, but I remember laughing hysterically at this little animation some days. At least there's some part of my grad school experience that I can look back on fondly!
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Friday, September 18, 2009
The only thing keeping me from eating junk food is the fact that I don't have any. The devil is in the details, I guess.
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Monday, September 14, 2009
I'm on the plane headed back to Los Angeles. I had a great weekend with my parents, even if it did rain quite a bit. I arrived in Jacksonville uneventfully on Friday evening and we drove to St. Augustine (with a stop at Cracker Barrel for dinner). On Saturday we walked along St. George Street (in the historical part of the city) before it started raining. We had lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, which I love. When the rain started we went to the outlet mall to stay dry. We only got to see a few plays of the Gator football game because it wasn't on basic cable, but at least they won. We also watched the bizarre Serena Williams outburst during her semifinal match because my parents are tennis fanatics. It was very strange. On Sunday it rained until noon so we stayed at the condo all morning. Then we went back to the outlet mall for some shopping therapy. I bought a few things which is better than a normal shopping trip for me. We had lunch/dinner at Steak N Shake, which doesn't exist in CA. I must say I ate very well on this trip. It was a lot of fun hanging out with my parents, watching sports, and walking on the beach. I need relaxing weekends more often.
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Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm on my way to Florida! In fact, I'm posting this from onboard my flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. While I love having WiFi, I'm not crazy about AirTran overall. I miss my United Premier perks, but it was way too expensive for this trip. Maybe the inflight XM radio will change my mind. I'll give it a try. Anyway, I'm on my way to Jacksonville where my parents will pick me up and take me to St. Augustine for the weekend! I'm very excited about this trip. I haven't seen my family since October and I figured this would be the perfect weekend for a trip since Dan will be in Las Vegas with his friends. I hate these cross-country flights, but it'll be worth it when I get there. See you tonight, mom and dad!
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Monday, September 07, 2009
Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken

1 lb chicken (I used thin-sliced breasts because they cook quickly)
1/2 large onion (or equivalent), sliced
6 cloves garlic (or less if you wish), chopped
1/2 cup soy sauce (I used the reduced sodium variety)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves

Before adding ingredients to the slow cooker, I highly recommend using a Reynold's Slow Cooker Liner. They make cleaning up after dinner ridiculously easy. But anyway, back to the recipe! Put onions and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker (mine is 5 qt sized and oval-shaped). Put chicken on top of the vegetables. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce and vinegars (you can probably use any kind of vinegar or combination of vinegars as long as the total amount is 1/2 cup). Add bay leaves to the soy sauce and vinegar and pour mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker. Cook chicken on high or low heat until done (I cooked mine for 2 hours on high and then about 2.5 hours on low). Shred chicken in the slow cooker, serve, and enjoy! That's it!
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Sunday, September 06, 2009
John Connor: We've got company.
Miles Dyson: Police?
Sarah Connor: How many?
John Connor: All of them, I think.
"Terminator 2: Judgement Day"


Finding where the remote control is stashed at the gym = getting to watch "Terminator 2" while working out. Excellent!
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Friday, September 04, 2009
If you're looking for a simple dinner recipe, let me make a recommendation - Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken. I made this today because I already had all of the ingredients at home, I could assemble it quickly, and it would cook while Dan and I were at our ballroom dancing lesson. I was skeptical at first because the recipe seemed too simple, but it turned about to be absolutely delicious. After one bite Dan said "wow," which told me he really liked it. I was impressed too. With just a few ingredients this was probably the most flavorful chicken dish I've ever made, and it was certainly the easiest. I didn't follow the recipe exactly (I never do), but the spirit of the traditional Filipino dish was still there. I'll post exactly what ingredients I used tomorrow for my own reference (and in case anyone else would like to try it). The only problem is, there are no leftovers because we ate it all! That's a mark of a good meal.
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
"My secret weapon is PMS."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (movie)


It's Thursday again! Load of laundry in the wash? Check. Leftovers for dinner? Check. Watching bad television? Check. Yup, definitely Thursday. And here I am struggling to write another post for my webpage. I go through phases where I have so many things to write about that I can't narrow them down to one post a day. And then there are times like these where topics seem to elude me. Actually, I thought of several points of interest today at work, but none of them seem to warrant an entire post. Hence my propensity for lists lately. I just can't seem to stay on one subject for very long. Speaking of changing subjects, does anyone remember the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie from the early 90's? It was on AMC on Monday and it reminded me how much I loved that movie when it came out. There are some great quotes, like the one above. Ah, memories. OK, I'll go back to my usual Thursday night activities now. Until next week!
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