April 30th, 2011

love a nerd

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Today I got to spend the day with Christine, something that I have not been able to do in a VERY long time. It started out with lunch at Pei Wei (sesame chicken FTW!) and then an afternoon of thrifting and girl time.

The last time we did this was with Kat, and I think the three of us had lunch at Applebee's that day...or maybe it was before Mike & I got married and we went to Frederick's of Hollywood at the Tucson Mall? Either way, it was great to spend the day with my best friend.

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Anyhow.

I also went to Walmart today (referred to last night at bowling as Satan's Asshole, much to the delight of the rest of the team) to get my oil changed. My car gets me from point A to point B, but I need a new air filter (at least) and in car years, it's older than Betty White. They didn't have the air filter, and my car still took a couple of tries to start up, but it doesn't seem to idle quite as heavy now and I'm not hearing some of the noises I was hearing beforehand, so it seemed to fix something, I guess.

So that's good.

Mike and I went out to dinner tonight (he said it was my pick but kept pushing towards the Guadalajara Grill, which is delicious but I wasn't really feeling like Mexican tonight) so we went to Zona 78 instead. They're a middle-of-the-road locally owned Italian place with great food - we had gone there with Kat & Jason for Dine Out For Safety a few years ago and I remembered how good the heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad was, and decided that seemed like a good place to go back to tonight.

We started with the preserved lemon, honey and ricotta flatbread appetizer (so amazing) and then we each had a pizza. I'm not a big pizza eater, but it just sounded good tonight, so I had house-made mozzarella, Italian sausage, tomato and spinach pizza on a whole wheat crust. It was delicious. I can't remember what Mike had, but it had pepperoni, fresh basil & prosciutto and he was pretty impressed with his, too. And then we split a slice of spumoni cheesecake for dessert, which is every bit as amazing as it sounds.

I think part of the reason that I haven't called the cooking school at PCC yet is because I'm not sure exactly which aspect of the culinary arts I want to go into. Commercial baking? Do I want to be a pastry chef and come up with amazing things like spumoni cheesecake? Or do I want to be one of those badass women line chefs that Tony Bourdain wrote about in Kitchen Confidential like Beth, the Grill Bitch? I just don't know yet. I love to make bread. I love to make desserts. I love to cook. It's such a hard call for me to make, trying to narrow down all these options, but in order for me to pursue it I need to make that decision. Time to make a list of pros and cons, I guess?

Anyway, I have to work in the morning and today has been hella busy, so I'm gonna walk my happy ass over and crawl into bed. :)
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