Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cats are GREAT!

Getting a toy and playing with it in my bed is one of their favorite ways to wake me up. It's not very fun (although I prefer it to getting my nose tickled by whiskers). So, instead of getting pounced on I decided to play fetch with them until I was ready and get out of bed.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Panzanella

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If I could define this past summer with one recipe it would be the recipe for panzanella. So many things happened the summer of 2011, but what I'll remember is that the summer of 2011 is the summer I learned to make panzanella. And where has it been the previous 21 summers?

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Well, the answer isn't so dramatic. It has been in my life in one form or another. In fact, I attribute my love for mayonnaise to a very similar combination of tomatoes and cucumbers. And there is nothing wrong with the mayo version of this salad. It's just that I'm kind of ashamed of my love for mayo. It seems that it has fallen out of fashion. Aside from deviled eggs (which also seem to be "nicht nicht"), nobody cooks with mayo anymore. I remember seeing a recipe for a chocolate cake with mayo in the list of ingredients. I am too much of a chicken to make it.

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This salad is awesome because it's tasty! (Even Young Weezy wanted to get a taste. Silly Tigger, vegetables are not for cats.) And it takes no time to make. I know it's the middle of October, but Los Angeles has been really hot the past few days. I have no AC. When I get home I can't bring myself to turn on the stove. So, panzanella it is. You do have to turn on the oven to make the croutons, but I usually make a big batch in the evening after it has cooled down.

It's so simple, it seems silly to type out the recipe.

4 cups of tomatoes
2 cups of cucumber
1 small onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 pound bread
1/4 cup basil
salt and pepper

Chop it up, toast the bread, toss it all together.


No one is probably going to make this, but just in case here is a word of advice - if you're the only one eating, don't mix all the bread in at once. I keep the bread separate until about 15 minutes before I am planning on digging in. It does need to soak for a little bit, but no longer than 30 minutes, really. For the love of kittens, don't leave the bread in the salad overnight.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

An Addition to the Family

Meow, meow! I adopted 2 cats from Kitten Rescue!


(from the left: Moosya, Tigger)

Meet Moosya and Tigger. They are both girls. I know, I know. It's confusing I named a girl a boy name. My rationale is that they're really "it"s. They've been neutered. I often say "he" when referring to Tigger. If Tigger could talk, I think she would forgive me.

I love these cats. I've always wanted to have a cat and always knew I would get one when I got my own apartment. When I was apartment shopping I was definitely keeping cats in mind. My requirements were: gas stove, no tiled counters in the kitchen, window in the bathroom and kitchen and vaulted ceilings and big windows for the cats. Apartment shopping was a pain in the ass, but I'm really glad I didn't settle and found this perfect one. It was the LAST one I looked at and it met all of my requirements. How lucky is that? (You might say "meh", but you'd be surprised how difficult it is to find an apartment with a gas stove.)

I am just noticing that I keep saying "cats" as if I knew I was getting two cats all along. The truth is I really wanted one cat. But Kitten Rescue really did not want to give me one cat (unless it was an adult that would rather be alone) because I am at work most of the day. I struggled with the decision for a long time, but I had grandiose training plans for the cat and I wanted to be sure she'd be on board. It ended up working out OK and I knew what I was signing up for, but man, it's a lot of work. I love them both and couldn't part with either one at this point, but it would've been a lot easier with just one kitten.

So, anyway, after reading two kitten books and a ton of online materials I ventured out to look at cats at an adoption event. I originally thought I was going to get tuxedo kitties and I probably would have if they weren't so sleepy that day. I picked these two sisters because they were trying to catch a fly in their cage, and that's just the kind of playfulness I was looking for.



The next week was the WORST! I had to WAIT. After 10+ years of wanting a cat I had to wait one more week?! They're crazy. I kept myself busy by doing various home improvement and getting cat accoutrement. I wanted to put up shelves for them to play on (I read that they like to have a vantage point), JT helped me put them up. They really love the shelves. They can get a running start from the kitchen, hop on the couch, first shelf, second shelf and then the top one. I'd like to put carpet up there for traction. I keep thinking they are going to slide right off when they're going so fast.


I have a lot more to say about cats, but I think this is enough for today. I'll leave you with this adorable picture.

Aren't they cute?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Triumphant Return to Blogging

Hey, there! It has been a while. I'm not good with apologies, so if it's alright with you I'll just skip it. Anyway, HEY! How is it going? Is anyone still reading this? What's new?

Well, a lot is new on my end. Let's start with the obvious.

1) I got a job. I've been working at Final Draft, Inc. for almost 4 months now! I love, love, love, love, love it here. I am on the iOS team (I get to develop on iPad app). I still can't really figure out how I landed such an awesome job. I have the best team. They are supportive, they are fun, and we get shit done. I work with these oafs.
(from the left: HB, J-Money, SB, yours truly)
I don't really know what else to say about it other than how much I love it. I am learning so much here, and couldn't possibly have a better team to work with.

2) I am renting my own apartment in Thousand Oaks. That was a weird change.
What I love:
- I can play music when I'm cooking
- not closing doors
- fridge/freezer space!
- control over lights (not worrying about waking people up)
- my yellow kitchen
What I hate:
- rent is expensive
- can't share food!
- can't cook for anyone (and my favorite pancake recipe makes pancakes for 2)
- lonely :-(

I'll post a picture of the kitchen soon! Stay tuned for the biggest news of all news.