January 4: It’s the food

Posted in photo, recipe, to-do list by gwen on January 5, 2010

Today we made a menu for the week for the first time in ages, bought far fewer groceries than we usually do [planning! it works! who knew!], and for dinner made pizza [Chad has become THE best pizza maker ever, click through on the photo for what went on mine] and Brussels sprouts* [D swore she hates them but ended up picking the leftovers out of the pan. HA! It’s totally the bacon.] and it was soooooo good. Lousy picture but worth documenting nonetheless:

January 4: Pizza and Brussels sprouts

* I think lexica is the one who shared this recipe: cut the ends off the sprouts and halve, toss in oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake. I went the stovetop route because the oven was full of pizza, then I tossed in some chopped-up leftover bacon and cooked for a couple minutes.

And here are some of the trinkets I bought at the swap meet yesterday:

Antiques mart score

Also today I did another thing from my extremely detailed list of every single nook and cranny in this house that I am going to clean, sort, and purge the hell out of. One a day hopefully. Today was the cookbooks, got rid of a bag full. And I got my Yelp elite status for 2010 which means more awesome parties with free food and booze.

Tomorrow is:
– write and send cover letter [my first since 2000! what!]
– mail rent
– farmer’s market
– I might go to a happy hour meetup, or I might chicken out because I will only know one person there, but I am determined to meet new people, so I think I will go.

Wednesday is coffee with J.

This week is going well so far [*knock*], how’s yours?

I need a girl…with…pos-i-tiv-i-ty

Posted in to-do list by gwen on October 18, 2009

A friend posted this about her co-worker. It’s something I think I might benefit from doing, too. I have been working for several years on being more positive in general — I do the five good things journaling and try to have a brighter outlook but sometimes the catty creeps in and it is all I can do to keep my mouth shut.

He’s started this positive thinking exercise where he’s wearing an elastic bracelet for a month and whenever he says something negative he has to snap it and then put the bracelet onto the other hand.

The goal is to keep the bracelet on one hand for 30 days by training yourself to not say anything negative. The theory is that your thoughts and actions will follow.

It has sparked fun debates on positive/negative thinking. And it’s been contagious.

What do you think?

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Maybe this is a little true

Posted in to-do list by gwen on October 14, 2009

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance,” said playwright Francoise Sagan. Keep that in mind during the coming week, Sagittarius. Whether or not you actually play or listen to jazz, do whatever’s necessary to cultivate intensified feelings of nonchalance. It’s extremely urgent for you to be blithe and casual. You desperately need to practice non-attachment as you develop your ability to not care so much about things you can’t control. You’ve got to be ferociously disciplined as you transcend the worries and irritations that won’t really matter much in the big scheme of things.

Possibly related: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

p.s. My birthday is December 2. It is not too early to start shopping.

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lil apple jack-o-lantern

Posted in craft, Halloween, photo, to-do list by gwen on September 28, 2009

This is so cute, can we have a virtual apple carving contest?

lil apple jack-o-lantern

photo by massdistraction