Posts Tagged ‘eggs’

Sunday morning in fuzzy socks

February 21, 2011

Sunday mornings used to be my least favorite time of the week as a kid. We had to go to church, dressed in our bows and white tights, and pretend to enjoy the company seated around us. These days, I can dictate what happens between the hours of 9am and noon: Usually a ton of laziness followed by some sort of breakfast festivities. Many times, I have to work around 4pm on Sundays, so I try to spend as much time as possible with my boyfriend. We suffer from a common dilema: Different schedules. He has the traditional 9 to 5 while I have the untraditional, 4 to midnight. I’d be completely lying if I said this didn’t interrupt our relationship; while most couples are canoodling over dinner, I’m usually serving them! But these were the cards we were dealt, so we play our hand.

It's a warm, happy buzz

I’ve been trying new recipes for brunch as simple scrambled eggs gets boring and Nick isn’t interested in pancakes. When we go out for brunch, I usually end up getting some form of eggs benedict because I can’t save myself from a running yoke and hollandaise! We’ve been experimenting with shiitake mushrooms, guere cheese and Frank’s Redhot. Well, that last ingredient usually just hits Nick’s plate as I can’t stand to cover flavors with spicy red nonsense! What never changes is our love of PG morning cocktails. When Saturday rolls around, I make sure to grab up a bottle of Prosecco and some oddity that Nick can add to his Bloody Mary. This week’s addition was a sweet pepper stuffed olive with a fresh green bean. Since I usually get out of work on Fridays and Saturdays loooooooong after Nick and the boys have been boozin’ it up, I enjoy Sundays as being our day to enjoy a libation together and at the same pace. This may sound ridiculous but just try getting out of work at 1am on a Friday night and attempting to get up to speed with a group of people who have been consuming since 7pm. It’s not healthy, I don’t even try! 

Best jammies EVER

Sundays start off a little late since we usually don’t have early afternoon plans. I don’t bother to change out of my “Christmas Jammies”, which are quickly just becoming my routine bedwear. Nick bought me techni-colored socks for Christmas and I typically remain in those fuzzy things till I have to get ready for work. To be honest, I forgot I was wearing them and I rolled into work with pink socks on yesterday! Dumb. Oh well. Nick is usually in charge of the coffee and picking a music station on Pandora. We’ve made a playlist called Rich Girl Radio which is filled with MoTown jams. I’ve taken a liking to exploring online recipes and creating new brunch meals. I made the mistake of trying to make a bacon cassorole last week and while this seemed to have some potentinal, I missed the step of CUTTING the bacon into bite-sized pieces. The end result featured snake-like under cooked bacon that made us both feel sick and we threw most of it away. Epic Fail. However, this Sunday’s rendition of brunch included shiitake mushrooms sauteed in bacon fat with a sunny side up egg cooked on top. Well, it was supposed to be sunny side up. I broke both yokes in the flipping process regardless of the forgiving bacon fat. Damn.

Nevertheless, we had crispy REAL bacon, two eggs apiece with sauteed shiitakes, and 100 calorie english muffins with a cup of vanilla flavored coffee, sparkling water from our bubbler device and of course, breakfast libations. I love Sundays like this: MoTown in the background, no place to be for a moment and a delicious breakfast. While we don’t have regular evenings together, Nick and I enjoy each other’s company each Sunday morning. It’s something I look forward to each week and you know what? It’s taken a day that I dreaded as a child and turned it into a mini holiday.

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$25 and a pair of Kate Spade booties

January 3, 2011

I flew to Seattle for a whirl wind Christmas. It was even more jam-packed with to-dos than my suitcase! My best friend, Kristin – who I didn’t even get a chance to see! – said this trip was probably my busiest, save one other trip a few years back. I don’t remember which time she was referring to but my god, this trip bit me in the ass. One possible reason why everything was such a cluster f*ck was I brought my boyfriend to Seattle with me. Trying to visit with my family that I see once a year and attempting to keep my honey entertained/comfortable as well proved to be something of yard sale: All over the place. However, Christmas Day this year was aaaaaawesome! I received everything I asked for and more, the key gift being a pair of perfect black Kate Spade boots with perfect red bows!

Would you like to go bare foot or wearing my boots?

I left Seattle only four days after arriving to battle the nasty N0r’eastern storm that was rocking the New England area and leaving hundreds of flights delayed or cancelled. To be honest, I shouldn’t have been leaving in the middle of a such a storm but I had to cut my trip in half to work. Whatever. So, my boyfriend and I drove back to the SeaTac to return our rental car, leaving behind a slew of fun things left undone. I had no idea that our adventures were far from over!

The estimated cost of the Dollar Rental car was $96 for four days. I have the confirmation code to prove it. The actual price we paid was $172. Taxes, they said, and literally stopped talking to me about it. End of discussion, get the F outta here. I always end up spending more than I anticipated when I travel but I didn’t mean for it to be on something so lame. Jeans or wine perhaps, not a stupid car.

Ma gave my $25 for travel money moments before I tried to keep my shit together when I bid my fam a dieu. I figured I’d just spend the cash on booze during our layover in Denver. After returning our lame and over-priced car, we made it to the airport ticket counter to throw our bags into someone else’s hands.

“Your bag is just at the limit,” scolded the ticket lady. “Next time, put the heaviest bag up first.” Apparently we ruined her system by putting Nick’s bag on the scale before mine. I am ashamed. We waded through the line of other tourists and visitors, sauntered through customs and finally made it to our gate. Fine, no incident. Our flight to Denver was short and cramped. Nick and I played Angry Birds on his Ipad and caught up on the zzz’s that we missed during our vacation. Whoever said that vay-cays were relaxing has never traveled with me!

We landed late in Denver and I barely had time to pee. We ran to our gate and I specifically remember commenting to Nick, ” I have no idea how old people would have made this connecting flight!” I had missed my seat position of A45 because our Seattle flight took its sweet time taking off and I didn’t get to pick the seat I wanted. Who cares right? Well, I hate babies so I need to make SURE they are nowhere near me or I start to kinda freak out and get anxiety whilst they scream and their mothers just stare at them. No joke, on one of my previous flights years ago, this stupid woman was just staring in dumbfounded wonder at her wailing infant. An older, wiser woman got out of her seat, walked over to the idiot and said,

“You need to walk your baby around and bounce it.”

I still had my $25 at this point and I found some suitable seat. I took my chances with the baby situation and put my carry on luggage above me. My carry ons included a large bag of shoes and a picture of Seattle that Mom and Dad had bought for my house. It was carefully packaged in a flat, large box so not to be dented. The box itself was a present wrapped neatly in green and gold wrapping paper and one little boy said, “I wonder what she got!” Legos… a PSP… thousand dollar bills. No, just a photo. So this old guy got on the plane and wanted the space where I just placed my present. Nevermind the open bins around and behind him, only my bin will do! He took my package out and tipped it over. Sure, we both knew that there’s a flat picture in the box but what if it couldn’t be tipped over!? Dick. So, he shoved his goofy bag into my bin and tried to shove my present back on top of his luggage.

“Easy does it,” he sighed. I get up, this dude is out of his mind. My present won’t fit! I help him turn my box around a bit. “This is mine,” I said with annoy. Whatever. Everything worked out and we took off. The plane landed in Boston and the place was covered from a heavy snowfall. Our bags, or rather, the Southwest Airlines people took their sweet ass time getting our luggage out of the plane and we left the terminal about an hour after landing. Not bad, you say? TRY FLYING FOR TEN HOURS THEN COME TALK TO ME. Nick wasn’t happy about my bag collection. I had four, he had one. Sorry. I have a vagina so I pack more stuff. Plus most of the gifts were in my bag! Aaaand most of the gifts came home in my bag too. We waited and waited for the Silver Line bus to come and get us. As we’re waiting, I’m standing with our bags and Nick is trying to see where the bus stop is. During this process, he discovered the lack of airport courtesy and slipped on a patch of ice that wasn’t salted. He cracked his head on a garbage can and started bleeding! Things went from shitty to shit storm. My honey is bleeding, the bus is late, it’s cold outside, I’m tired, where’s the damn bus, I keep hearing about how many bags I have, I’m sorry, I’m sad, it’s okay to be sad, we need to stop being mad, oh look! it’s the bus. Five bucks for the ride, fine! We went from the bus to the T and rode into Harvard Square to hail a cab. Big shocker, the taxi driver didn’t speak a lick of English and I’m tried not to worry. You all remember that story from The Metro about that psycho cabby who got made at his patrons and stole the girl before she could get out at her stop? Yea. Same guy, I’m sure. We somehow managed to get to our house and everything was just lost under a mountain of snow! I whipped out my $25 from Ma. Nick had to drag all my shit around with him, so I paid for the cab. The cost was $5 something and I asked for $13 back out of my $20. We pulled our bags out of the taxi trunk and stood in a foot of snow before our house. The next question was where are the cars? In Boston during a “snow emergency” the city tows everyone parked on the wrong side of the street (you have to be all-knowing to understand which side of the street!) and they make a pretty penny before lifting a finger to deal with the snow itself. Plows come out, make a mess and return to base. Nick and I were frightened that our cars would have been claimed by this nonsense. We prepared ourselves and peered down the road. BOTH CARS WERE ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE ROAD! I was and still am amazed. I really thought Nick parked on the bad side of the road! It was incredible. God knows how much the towing fee AND storage fees would have been! Sheesh.

The next day I took the leftover $13 I had from Ma and went to Johnny’s Foodmaster. The place has wall to wall carpeting… don’t buy the produce! I bought the fixing for breakfast (and inevitably, some other random things too!) but upon return, I realized I didn’t get eggs! I’d just used all my money so I gathered up all our empty beer bottles and returned them for the deposit fee. $1.95, aaaaaaaalright! Now we have eggs.  After a hearty eggy breakfast, we set to the task of digging out the cars. Enter my awesome boots!

That's my car and Nick's behind it.

Previously, I was apprehensive about buying galoshes. I thought they were kinda dumb and made you look like a duck. The polka dot booties are simply dreadful. But after careful research, I sent Mom three different pairs that I deemed acceptable and had her pick one out for me. I could not have asked for a more opportune time to utilize my boots, hell, I wouldn’t have asked! Nearly two feet of snow mauled Boston and had to be shoveled away in order to life to continue. My boots received a thorough christening! It took Nick and me about two hours to not only dig our cars out but also to help our landlady shovel her drive way. That wasn’t my idea, it was Nick’s. She has a perfectly fine driveway where we should be allowed to park. She can’t drive anymore because she’s really old and choppy, so her car just chills in the driveway. If we had been allowed to leave our cars in her driveway while we were in Seattle, I would have totally been fine with shoveling. But that didn’t happen at all. We busted up our backs for charity. At least I had my Christmas boots though. And I made up a banging breakfast with my $25.

 Thanks, Mom!