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I wasn't born with wings, so I'm trying to make my own
 
Sunday, February 02, 2003  

Wow, what a way to end the weekend! I had such a great day! I wish this had been the first day of my long weekend instead of the last. But, I'll take what I can get :-) Of course, with the end of the weekend being so marvelous, it makes me want to go back to work tomorrow even less. But I have to make the money, I guess. Mark had the day off of work today, which is a rare treat, so I tried to get over my anger at him enough to enjoy the day together. I ended up staying up late knitting last night, so I was up when he got home from work, so we went to bed at the same time and laid awake talking about silly things for awhile, which is always fun. It's one of the things I like best about living together, but we rarely get to do it since we have such different schedules and almost never go to bed at the same time. So, I got to sleep pretty late last night, but I finished the fifth repeat and started on the sixth in the lace on my shawl. I measured again and I'm thinking I'm definitely going to have to do nine repeats of the lace. I'm not thrilled about it, but I don't want to go to all the trouble of making a shawl just to have it be too short. Hopefully I'll have it just about finished by the time my stuff for my fuzzy feet and knitter's bag get here. Otherwise, it may become an unfinished object instead of a work in progress, and I definitely don't want that to happen! Anyway, so I was up late last night, but woke up pretty early this morning feeling well rested. So, we got up and it was beautiful out! Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine! And it even got up near fifty! I opened the windows and soaked it up. I'm not sure if Phil saw his shadow, but if today is any indication he didn't! I need spring, and today was a boost to my spirit. Most of the snow melted today and hopefully it will begin to warm up. I normally love winter and snow, but this winter was so bitterly cold and grey, I'm just ready for it to be over! Last year we didn't really get a spring, we got a warm up in early February, everything started to bloom, then winter came back, killed everything, then we had one week of spring and then we were into the 80's and summer. I'm really hoping that doesn't happen again! The normal progression of seasons would be just fine with me! Anyway, so after wandering around for awhile after getting up and checking my email and my daily reads, we decided to make something to eat. Today turned out to be filled with culinary delights! Recently someone posted on their blog about the Cream of Wheat that was made in their work cafeteria (I wish I could remember who it was, sorry!) and it sounded so good! I've never had Cream of Wheat, so I decided that I would get some when I was at the market. So, I got some yesterday and decided to try it today. We had already decided to make omlettes, so I made myself a small bowl of cream of wheat as a side dish instead of toast. And I loved it! Yum was it good. I put in dried apples, pecans, and brown sugar and it was soooooooOOOOOOooooooOOOOOOoooo good! The omlettes were also good :-) We put bell pepper, onion and canadian bacon in those, but the star was definitely the Cream of Wheat for me! I love trying new things, especially when I cook them myself. And it's even better when they end up being good! So, after brunch (because it was almost noon by the time we finished cleaning up) I hit the shower, the I knit while we watched some shows I had taped. I love CSI! CSI Miami is pretty good, but I love the original the best. (CSI was one of the shows we watched, obviously :-) After that I had to run errands because the sales guy convinced my mom to get me a better printer than the one I asked for, but the only reason it was better was that it had a feature I can't even use. So, I returned that and came back and now I'm all set up with a printer. I'm very happy about this because I'm really missed my old printer the last month. But this one can print photos on photo paper, so I'll be using it a lot with my digital camera. *Happy printer dance* Then, later on the culinary scene, for dinner I made shrimp fra diavolo. Again, a slam dunk. We just finished cleaning all the dishes (and believe me, there were ALOT, but it was worth it) and my stomach is still thanking me! We also had a marvelous bruschetta that Mark made and some salad. Here's the recipe I concocted if anyone is interested:

Jenni's Shrimp Fra Diavolo (three generous portions)

2 fresh tomatoes, diced
1 - 28 oz can peeled tomatoes (crush them yourself or buy crushed - if you're a wimp :-)
8 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (this was enough to make my mouth tingle pleasantly, but you may want more or less)
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled
pasta of your choice, cooked (I use fettucine)

Place both kind of tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes in saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a half hour. While sauce simmers, cook pasta. Two to four minutes before sauce is done, toss in raw peeled shrimp and allow shrimp to cook all the way through. When shrimp are done, spoon sauce over pasta and serve... and enjoy!

Well, I'm off to get some more knitting before it's time to get ready for work and then bed. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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