Archive for April, 2011


season 2 finale – part 1.

I love watching Top Chef, but sometimes I feel cheated when I can’t taste the amazing food. It’s such a tease. You know the feeling? Well if you don’t, you’re about to! Last night was part 1 of our Wednesday Night Dinner Season Finale. This was the meal that Derek and I chose and we were not disappointed. It was better than we both remembered! See for yourself. Thanks Stacy and Dre for a wonderful dinner and great season!

Drink: French 75
Pan Roasted Duck
Buttered Faro
Braised Endive
Cucumber Salad
Flaming Bananas Foster



From: Kindra
Date:  4/18/2011 8:34pm
Subject: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Hi there!
I saw your ad on craigslist, do you still have the spin bike? I was about to buy a spin bike on Amazon, but I’d rather buy a used one (reduce, reuse, recycle!). I’ve only got $250 to spend on a bike, and I know this is half of what you’re asking, but I thought I’d at least email to see if you’re interested. Let me know if this is something you could do, if not, no big deal!


Date: 4/18/2011 9:35pm
To: Kindra
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Its still available. Not gonna talk price until U take a look first.

From: Kindra
Date:  4/18/2011 10:05pm
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Not gonna talk about coming to take a look until U let me know if this price will work for U.

Date: 4/18/2011 10:19pm
To: Kindra
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

How nice….u want @ ur price & on ur terms…..& it’s my bike. Did U wantme to wash ur car as well?

From: Kindra
Date:  4/18/2011 10:44pm
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Well, I don’t mind washing my car, but if you wouldn’t mind…it does need to be vacuumed.

Settle down! I just don’t want to waste my time or yours if you aren’t in my price range. It’s not a big deal. I will get one off Amazon.

What a JERK. You can see from my first email that I was really nice and immediately his first response is short, curt and riddled with horrible grammar. I was trying to make fun of him in my second email with the “U” and the “ur”, but I don’t think he got it.  If I could hit rewind and do it again, I would have responded with the following:


Just because your name sucks, don’t take it out on me. Why would I waste my time looking at the bike if you aren’t going to be flexible with the price? It’s pointless.

Just a tip, using ridiculous abbreviations and poor grammar is only acceptable if you’re a 4th grader or you’re sexting. It’s not ok for a grown man to write this: “Its still available. Not gonna talk price until U take a look first.” There are at least three mistakes in your response! Also, an earthlink email address? Why don’t you join us in the 21st century and get a real email address. Let me guess, you still use AOL as your web browser?

Good luck selling your bike, ASS.

Hehehe. I would never send an email like that, but it sure would be funny if I did. P.S. – I don’t really think the name Don sucks, I was just trying to think of mean things to say. I also don’t mind abbreviations in moderation. Oh, and the “DonX” is not really the first part of his email.


wednesday night dinners.

As many of you know, in the fall, winter and spring, we have Wednesday Night Dinners (WND) with our friends Stacy and Andre. The concept started because the winters around here are so depressing and we wanted something to look forward to during the week. Basically, we alternate cooking dinners for eachother every Wednesday. It’s safe to say that we’ve sharpened our cooking and eating skills! I have to admit, I’m a little sad that we’ve just finished season 3 (our third year of WND), and we’re moving into the season finales. For the season finales, each couple chooses their favorite dinner that the other couple made. Season Finale Part 1 is this Saturday at Stacy and Andre’s house. For our last supper, we chose their April 6th dinner. I promise to post photos of the two upcoming Season Finales, but in the meantime I thought you might want to see all of the meals we made this year. Derek and I got much more creative as the season went on! Also, click on the following links for last year’s season final #1 dinner and season finale #2 dinner.

Thanks Stacy and Dre for a great season!



I’d like to preface this post with the following:

1)      I am not the Grinch. I do have a heart.

2)      Growing up we had two dogs, Sammy and Trixie Melin.

3)      In 3rd grade, I was walking to my piano teacher’s house for my lesson and a big, stray, black dog latched onto my ass and bit me. When my piano teacher’s husband found out, he marched out of the house with his rifle and shot the dog.

4)      To be clear, I do not hate dogs. I like dogs. I hate dog owners who are stupid.

I am sure that I’m going to get slaughtered with hate mail for this post, but I don’t care. Here it goes. I really wish people would be more considerate and not force their dogs on me. There is a reason why I don’t own a dog, I don’t want one. Here is my list of grievances.

1)      Fenced dogs that bark all day while the owners are at work. Could there be anything more obnoxious and nerve-rattling? Why do I have to listen to your dog bark all day?

2)      Owners who think that the “All dogs must be leashed” signs don’t apply to them. Umm…can you read? Inevitably, the unleashed dog heads right for me. The owners smile and say, “Oh, he’s friendly.” Thanks. I didn’t ask. The sign doesn’t say “All unfriendly dogs must be leashed.”

3)      Pooping dogs. It is so awkward when you’re walking down the sidewalk and a dog is taking giant dump right next to it. It’s just gross and totally awkward. I don’t want to watch ANYTHING take a huge crap. And I know the owners are embarrassed too because they always avert their eyes and pretend to be really interested in the nearby shrubbery. EWW. And then they have to pick it up in a baggie and you know it’s still warm. EWWW.

4)      Dogs in grocery stores or restaurants (service dogs aside). This is just completely unacceptable and wrong on so many levels. First of all, I don’t want to smell wet dog or hear barking while I’m picking out my produce thank you very much. Second of all, I think it’s dangerous. What if I’m allegoric to dogs? Or what if your dog bites a child? It’s becoming so common in Seattle that I’m tempted to get into a fight with a dog at Safeway so that I can sue the hell out of Safeway. Then they’ll have to change (or start enforcing) their dog policies.

And Ams, I DO brake for puppies! 🙂


book reviews.

I’ve just finished reading a number of books and I wanted to give a quick recap on them while they are top of mind.  I am also in the market for a new book, so if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Worth Reading

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris: I think I must be the only person alive who hadn’t read a David Sedaris book, but I finally got around to it while I was in Mexico. Overall I thought it was pretty good. I’d give it a B. There were parts of the book where I was literally laughing out loud and there were parts that were really boring. I wish he would have written more about his brother the “Rooster”, that was my favorite part. I’m always amazed how authors can turn a seemingly boring life tidbit into an interesting and engaging story.

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand: Until I read this book, I had never even heard the name Louie Zamperini. Now I’m in complete awe of this man who endured so much. Hillenbrand takes you through his life first as a troubled youth, then as an Olympic contender, then as a bombardier in WW2 and a plane crash survivor, then as a POW and lastly as a veteran. The unforgettable story is a page turner and makes me want to read Hillenbrand’s other book Seabiscuit. I highly recommend this book and I give it an A!

 Escape, Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer: I stumbled across this book on Amazon and decided to give it a try. It’s a memoir written by a woman who escaped from the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints with her eight children. Carolyn was born into a polygamous family and was later married off at the age of 18 as the 4th wife to a prominent figure in the FLDS. Her story is powerful and heart-wrenching. I give this book an A-.

Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls: While this story is not as memorable as Walls’ other novel The Glass Castle, it is still a good story and I enjoyed it. For those who did read The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses details the life of Jeannette’s maternal grandmother Lily Casey Smith who was a no-nonsense, hard working woman in the American Southwest. I’d give this book a B.

The Widower’s Tale, Julia Glass: I hate to keep comparing books to the author’s previous books, but I can’t help it! The Widower’s Tale was good, but not nearly as fulfilling as Three Junes. The parts of this book that I loved: complex, real characters, interesting family dynamics, and a plot that demonstrates how people intersect and influence other lives. Overall, I found the plot to be a little lacking. I also started to get impatient with one of the storylines. If you have not read Julia Glass, read Three Junes. If you have already read Three Junes, give The Widower’s Tale a try (I give it a B+)!

Green River, Running Red, Ann Rule: I read this book because it was on my Kindle, it’s not typically the kind of book I read but I liked it. Well, that’s not entirely true. I really wanted to like it, but it was just ok. It’s interesting but boring. I wish she would have focused more on Gary Ridgeway and his motives, upbringing, lifestyle, etc. I feel like she barely scraped the surface on him. Instead she gives a biography of each of the victims, which is a noble idea, but it gets redundant to read. I also think she gave too many details on the individual law enforcement officials. I couldn’t care less what officer ABC was wearing or who he married or who attended his retirement party. I give this book a B-.

Don’t bother reading

The Blue Notebook, James A. Levine: I really didn’t care for this book. This is a fictional story about a 9 year old that was sold into prostitution in Mumbai. The book started out ok, but went bad quickly and the ending was bizarre. For me, the narrator/main character wasn’t believable and the writing felt VERY FORCED. One minute she was writing sophisticated and insightful poems and the next minute she’s talking to a stuffed tiger. It didn’t make any sense to me. I also detested how she referred to rape as “making sweet cakes”. I would not bother with this book, I give it a D+.

Room: A Novel, Emma Donoghue: This is a very fast read, but I wouldn’t say it’s a good read. I was disappointed because it received good reviews and I thought the concept had potential. The story is about a boy and his mother who are being held captive in a small room. The story is narrated by the 5-year old boy whom I found to be annoying and not believable. I also thought the plot lacked depth and the ending was rushed. There were parts of the story that the author should have explored more, but she was limited because her narrator was a young boy. I give this book a C.


girl’s weekend.

I know I promised that my next post was going to be about Oprah and angry travelers, but I started to write it and I got so fired up, I had to stop. So, new plan. I’m going to write about my weekend in Scottsdale, AZ with my mom and sis. Every year we escape to the sun for a girl’s weekend and we always have the BEST time doing a whole lot of nothing! As you can imagine, there was a lot of talking, eating, drinking cocktails, playing cards, drinking coffee and laughing. As it turns out, there wasn’t quite enough sunscreen or water (I came back a little sunburned and needing water)! I am so lucky to have a mom and sister who I enjoy spending time with! They are the best!



Ok, so it’s been a long time since I posted, but for good reason! I’ve been on vacation! YAY!! Well, first I was in Juneau for work and then I headed down to Mexico where Derek was waiting for me. Punta Mita was as amazing as it always is and Derek and I had a much needed, relaxing vacation. It was a vacation in the purist form. NO PLANS. Every day, we’d get up, drink coffee on the balcony overlooking beautiful Banderas Bay and decide what, if anything, we wanted to do. It was A-Mazing.  We went zip-lining, we rented stand-up paddle boards for the week, we ate, we drank, we played cards and frisbee, we went for walks on the beach, we sunbathed, we slept and read. I read three books in 7 days!  Then, to top it all off, Stacy and Andre picked us up from the airport and surprised us with a homemade dinner to-go since it was dinner time and they knew we wouldn’t have any food in the house! Talk about nice friends!

After a great trip, I suppose I had it coming. I got sick. The night we came home I was up all night with a 103 fever and chills. It really sucked. REALLY SUCKED. After being out of the office for so long, I really felt like I needed to be at work Thursday and Friday, but I was absolutely worthless. Oh well, such is life.

Enough for now, I’m getting tired. Time for another nap. But, as a reminder to myself, my next post will be about Oprah, hamburgers on airplanes and miserable vacationers.

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