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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Random Ramblings

How is everyone's week going? So far so good for me, except that today I seem to be feeling like crap, and was running a low grade temp when I got home from work. I'm not sure if I'm getting a cold (which is what it feels like) or experiencing allergies (which very likely feels the same).

In any case, I had a pretty busy weekend. Kristin and I went to a potluck picnic in the park on Saturday, with a group of people from one of the yahoo groups (newcomers). It was pretty fun for the most part, but it's hard socializing with a bunch of strangers (for me anyway). I brought along a mozzarella/tomato salad, kind of like a caprese, but not quite. I think it tastes like spring. And even though I don't much care for raw tomatoes, I love this salad! My Dad makes it a lot. Very very simple, and tasty. (If you're interested - chopped fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, chunks of fresh mozzarella, coarsely chopped fresh basil, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt/pepper to taste.)
After the conversation died at the picnic, and people started getting sporty (I don't do volleyball, and that's what they pulled out), Kristin and I hung out and went shopping (no luck for either of us there) during the afternoon, and then met some friends for dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Concord. That was fun too - but I tend to enjoy myself around food, don't I? I was glad to hang out with Pearl and Jim, who are moving to UT in about a month. I don't see them very often as it is, but I have to say, if I ever start a career in stand-up comedy (not bloody likely), I want Pearl in my audience. (Others for my audience would definitely be Kerri, Yulia and Maryam, who just seem to think I'm hilarious. I am going to tell myself it's a compliment.) And Jodie and Mark came out as well, possibly their last dinner out before the baby comes.

Speaking of which, Jodie was getting induced today. Her appointment was at 8am, but so far there hasn't been any baby news, so she's most likely still in labor. I hope it is all going well with her and little Cooper (that's the new baby's name) and that there aren't any complications.

After dinner on Saturday, Kristin and I headed over to Dan's to see one of her coworkers perform in his band. It was his first gig with them, and I thought they were pretty good. I enjoyed the mix of music they played, which was mostly 80's/90's rock, with some current rock thrown in. All of the singing along left me pretty hoarse though. And I'm wondering if that's why my throat is sore today (or if it's a cold/allergies...etc).


Dagny said...

I love your dad's take on the Caprese that you have adopted. Was the mozzarella fresh?

As for your illness, I feel for you. It sounds like the stuff that gave me laryngitis for a week. All I have to say is tea with lemon and honey. Throughout the day.

Fluffycat said...

That salad looks delicious. I love caprese salad, and anything with tomatoes in it.

Pancho said...

newcomers eh? Well hey, what is Jodie's blog address? Inquiring minds want to know. I'm thinking good thoughts and hope everything goes smoothly with her delivery.

Kristin said...

Its wednesday and no baby news yet from Jodie or Mark.
Weekend was good. Salad was yummy (i think it was the oil i spilled on my jeans) and my allergies are killing me.

Jill said...

Mmmmmm...I'm big on salads at the moment...I have this idea to try a bunch of new dressings this summer. Your salad looks de-lish!

kerri said...

Yummy salad! And I hate to break it to you, but what you are starting to have, sounds a lot like what I already have! :( (I did not give it to her!)

Joie said...

Oh yummy!!

I LOVE that type of salad. especially with that soft mozzerella I used to buy at Costco. 3 big balls of it for $6. Not bad.

Unfortunately this neck of the woods charge an arm and a leg for herbs. Looks like I'll be growing my own basil this year!!