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There’s this place that Fast Mikie always takes me to for breakfast when I visit him in SD that serves the most AMAZING steamed eggs. I have recently been jonesin’ for them and have always wondered how they make them like that? And they’re steamed too! So that’s gotta be healthier for you too, right?

Well, I broke down and googled a recipe today, only to discover it requires a steaming wand:

How to Steam Scrambled Eggs

It almost makes me want to start drinking coffee so I have an excuse to pick up an espresso machine. That, or go back to San Diego….

Mmmmmm… steamed eggs…..

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I’ll be leaving on a jet plane this Thursday to Seattle to be with my sweet husband.

By the time we reunite, it will be 24 days since we last seen each other. So far, this has been our longest time apart. Coincidentally, it will also be 79 days since the last time I traveled anywhere, and 143 days since the last time I got on an airplane. That’s definitely a record!

This has been the longest time I have stayed in one place in the past four years. Wow…

No wonder I’m feeling a bit antsy.

I can’t wait to see my husband!

I am so grateful for my patient, kind, sweet, loving husband. I don’t know how he puts up with me! Every so often the only-child comes out in me. I admit it. It happens.

Whenever I start losing my patience and getting cranky, he just laughs at me and tells me how cute I am. Who does that? How can I stay mad at him for the silly thing that wasn’t even worth being mad at in the first place. It’s for that reason that we have still yet to have a real big knock-down, drag-out fight. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found someone that truly loves me so unconditionally.

Okay, now that you’ve puked in your mouth a little, let’s talk about food!

We got some pretty cool stuff recently for our reception. One of which was the grill I had on the registry. (Thanks, Tina!) Since then, I’ve been a grilling machine!

The other day, I made some Gourmet Bangers ‘n Mash:

I used four different kinds of chicken sausage (jalapeno cheese, basil, spinach feta, and mango) seasoned with Favorite Son lemon pepper seasoning, and Trader Joe’s garlic mashed potatoes (because I was feeling lazy) which I added fresh garlic and some Gorgonzola crumbles to. It was still pretty yummy.

I always hate that looming feeling whenever we know we’re going to have to be apart for a while, even if it’s only for a few days. This past month has been our record-breaking longest stint together…..39 blissful days…

For me, personally, this has been an all-time record length of time that I’ve stayed in one place anywhere since 2007. I’ve been home since we got back from Vegas on May 31. That’s nearly 2 months! I’ve only traveled about 8,000 miles and been gone 81 days this year. Wow… That’s a record for sure.

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On our most recent visit back to Charlotte, I took my “Charlotte Mom” to a glass-making class at Art in the Dairy. It was a new experience for the both of us.

There were so many glass pieces that I wasn’t sure at first what to design. But then, it became very clear to me. Duh!

We spent a couple hours there and it was a couple months before we got our baked pieces in the mail.



Spring night in downtown Denver

I FINALLY had a chance to take Marc downtown on Friday night and walk around the city for a bit. We’ve only been married four months but every time we’ve been in town it’s been so cold, up until now.  We finished our ‘work’ day early and the weather was a perfect 70 degrees!

We had fun just being tourists together all afternoon. I took him to the 16th street mall and the Denver Pavilions. We almost got run over a couple times by the Free MallRide and we passed by the Brown Palace and the Skylark Lounge.

I was so happy with what a great first(ish) impressive my beautiful city was giving my new husband. So much that he finally said, “I think I’m gonna like living here in Denver with you.” Well, good. I hope so!

We spent today downtown again at the Wynkoop for a pool tournament and we’ll be back again tomorrow. I was grateful to see my husband starting to understand why I love Denver so much. It really is a cool town.

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It’s been an eventful past couple of weeks. I’ve been working like crazy (and working out) and riding my bike like mad.

As usual, it was another amazing weekend at camp this year! I always dread the drive the day before and then in the blink of an eye, the entire weekend is over, just like that.

This year, I volunteered to pick up a special guest from the airport. Oliver Chin is an author from San Francisco that was coming in to do some workshops with the kids and sell his books in the book store. I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I just hoped he didn’t turn out to be a complete drag. On the contrary, he was the perfect company for the ride up and back down on Monday.

Highlights from this year:

  1. Seeing my campers from the past three years! They were all taller and without braces!
  2. Meeting and getting to know Oliver Chin.
  3. Since I singed up late, I was more a ‘floating’ facilitator. More freedom. Less responsibility. Still got to spend time with my kids. It was a refreshing change.
  4. Went rafting with my usual group on Saturday. There were too many people so I went for a hike with another counselor, Terrance.
  5. Working the Monkey Race activity on Sunday with Jeffery and Tzu. (Even though it was so windy, we renamed the Tranquility Tent the “Anxiety” Tent)
  6. Bringing all my own food and eating in my own peaceful cabin.
  7. Discovering the sanctuary that is the RAC computer lab.
  8. Monday morning breakfast with Oliver, Mandi, Tessa, and their families.

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Traveling light…. This is a concept I am not that familiar with. It’s not for lack of being an organized traveler nor that I’m a high-maintenance girl (although, I do have a weakness for fancy skin care products). It’s simply that not since 2002, have I once boarded an airplane without checking a bag.

You see, ever since 9/11, I’m required to check my pool cues when I fly with them and since I have mostly been traveling to tournaments in the past few years, I have yet to fly without them.

So, because of this, I have an over-sized duffel that and I just throw everything into, cues in the bottom, clothes all around it and on the second story.

In just a few hours, I’ll be boarding a plane for HON by way of PHX & LAX. For the first time in over 7 years, I will not be checking a bag. Since this is a family ‘vacation’ that will not be revolving around pool in any way, I decided I’m not bringing my pool cues.

What did this mean?

  • I had to actually purchase 3oz containers for my liquids, gels, etc. (not because I don’t know how much 3oz is but because I wanted the small, cute, matching containers that would fit handily in my carry-on bag) Typically, I just bring my normal or medium sized bottles and check all my toiletries so I don’t have to worry about it.
  • I had to make sure I didn’t have any nail clippers, cuticle clippers, or sharp tweezers (just in case) with my toiletries.
  • I have one large borrowed backpack and another borrowed carry-on, both from Mike.
  • I went through just about every pocket and extra pouch and bags to remove misc. items that might weigh me down or take up any excess room.
  • I’m only bringing two pairs of shoes. (Yes, seriously.)

The other exciting part of my decision means that I’ll get to walk right up to one of these guys at the airport without having to wait in line to drop off my checked bag.

Last night, I decided to hop on my rollerblades one last go-around before leaving town. I got a little lost along the way but that’s all part of the fun, right? It’s so awesome how late the sun stays out around here (that is, on the days that it actually comes out).

Google estimation:
7.0 miles
36 minutes

I guess if I had some sort of, say, compass or gps or phone or any type of sophisticated modern technology device with me, I might not have gotten lost and I could’ve shaved off that extra half hour or so and done it in the 36 (biking) minutes that they suggested rather than asking the neighborhood kids and parents and random people for directions to get back on the bike trail and getting home in an hour and some change.

I did bring my workout gear, gloves, and gym shoes so I plan to not fall too badly off the wagon this next week.