I’m in the mood to ramble today. Cool?
How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day? Despite our crossed fingers, Aaron’s flight was cancelled both Thursday and Friday, so Amanda was our only guest last weekend. Aaron is Stephen’s oldest younger brother, and Amanda is his girlfriend. She is currently working towards a PhD in psychology at Berkeley, so she and Aaron endure quite the long distance relationship. I’m sure Amanda was disappointed to be solo on Valentine’s Day, but we actually really enjoyed getting to spend some one-on-one time with her. Amanda was our THIRTY-SIXTH house guest. Can you believe that? Yes, we’re nerds and counted.
The primary reason for her visit to Austin was a big psychology conference, so most of her hours were spent in seminars at the convention center. We managed to steal her away for plenty of fun, though. Highlights included dinner at a new-to-us vegetarian restaurant, some bouldering at our rock gym, lunch at Whole Foods HQ (she’s a vegetarian- she LOVED it), a long walk in Zilker Park, and a Master Pancake show. They roasted The Notebook. It was fantastic.
On Valentine’s Day, I cooked dinner for the three of us and our friends Dipti and Andy. Dipti and Andy are newly engaged, so Champagne with dinner was a must.
I prepared massaged kale salad and a Mexican version of this recipe.
I found that recipe maybe two weeks ago, and I’ve already made it three times. I only followed the recipe the first time. It’s really more like a formula, and it’s so easy to change it up. The second time I substituted chili-seasoned ground turkey for the Italian sausage, salsa for the pizza sauce, and black beans for the onions. The third time I made it, I used diced ham, kale and some leftover lemon dressing. We liked all three!
Let’s see… what else do I have to say?
Book club has been a lot of fun recently. January’s book was The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy. Group consensus was that we enjoyed his travel writing, but we couldn’t really relate to his “big” emotional conflict.
This month, we’re reading Tiny Beautiful Things. Cheryl Strayed is the author. She’s best known for her book Wild about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. So far so good! I’m hosting our meeting in March, so that will be fun.
Last thing to share… tomorrow is Austin’s Free Day of Dance! We’re going to take a few classes with friends throughout the day. I’m really looking forward to it! We need to practice our dance skillz for the wedding 🙂
Okay, ramble need has been satisfied. Miss you all!