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Next Steps.

I'm thinking about going back to school. This is ironic because I'm just now getting my students loans to the point where I can see that the end is in sight. So of course I want to wrack up some more debt.Currently, I'm thinking about going back for a teaching license. The nice thing about this is, since I already have a degree, I'm 3/4 of the way there. I'd just need to take some education courses and do some student teaching. Stuff like that. I could probably have it done and ready to go in about 18 months or so. Debt would be a lot less than another 4-year degree. Plus, I'm looking at in-state colleges this time around, so I'll get the residency rate. That will also help.
I haven't yet narrowed it down to what, specifically, I'd like to do. I think early elementary, like pre-k, k-3. I've done some searching at local colleges and universities, and I have a couple friends who's brains I'll pick. I've requested some information. Unive…

Dirty Little Secret.

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Some evenings, when I'm home alone and have no one to impress but myself, I drink my wine out of water glasses. 









Does this make me a bad person?

Open Letter...

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Dear Upstairs Neighbor,
I think it's really great that you're into exercise. Really, I do. I could learn something from you. But really, when you do your aerobics DVD, from down below it sounds like you weigh 300 pounds. I know you don't, because I've seen you. But from where I'm sitting, all I can envision are hippos in tutus trying vainly to execute pirouettes in a graceful fashion. 

I shouldn't talk, as I've often been accused of walking heavy, but good god woman. I've seriously got nothing on you. You've driven people out of the room, nay out of the apartment. You've given me a headache. You've kept people awake. How can one small person walk so heavy?

Please, for the sanity (and wall hangings) of those who live below you, pretend you're walking on eggshells. Or at least take the Uggs off *before* you pop in your Tae-Bo.

Sincerely,
The Frustrated Neighbor Below You

PS - if you fall through the ceiling when my favorite show is on, I'm g…

Weekly Sunday Food Blog

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It seems that every Sunday my blog turns into a bunch of pictures about what I'm eating this week. Well, today wasn't much of a cooking day. I just wasn't inspired to take on any challenges. Hell, I could barely find motivation to leave the house this weekend. I spent a good portion of yesterday in bed. Not necessarily sleeping, I just couldn't get up the energy to do anything. Today was slightly better, but only just. I don't know if I'm fighting off something or what. I feel fine, but the lack of energy isn't like me. That, and after walking home from a coffee date this afternoon, I was shaky. Which never happens. I ate something and felt a little better, but it wasn't as if I was starving or anything, or walked overly far. Low grade headache for a good portion of the afternoon, as well. Weirdness.As I was uninspired, my cooking pretty much followed suit. I made hummus this morning for my breakfast bagels, and for dinner this week I'm having chili…

Pondering.

Everyone has questions that are seemingly innocuous, but are actually quite deep. Y'know, those weird questions you think up when you're riding the subway on the way to work, or when you're in the shower or something. Those times when you're brain just goes out on its own tangent.My latest ponder is anthropological in nature. I think. It's about human nature, anyway. Well, not nature, behavior. Well, maybe both.
Okay, okay. I can hear you saying "Kate, get ON with it already!"
All humans are intelligent creatures (yes, even the dumb ones), with infinite potential for infinite possibilities. Why is it, then, that some cultures and societies "advance" to a certain point and say "ok, I'm good," while others keep going with no end in sight? Why do we have some cultures who are tribal in nature, while others abandon it for the more, shall we say Western approach to society? As humans, we are all theoretically capable of inventing, creatin…

Wisenheimer or Genius?

I think this is the best tagline I've ever come up with:Energy efficiency tastes good with bacon.

Let's see how far it gets in the approval process, shall we?

President's Day

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God bless President's Day. A day to remember our founding fathers and, well, an excuse for a 3-day weekend and to buy a car at low low prices! Act now, sale ends soon!I digress. Saturday I went up to Robin's to help her stuff wedding invitations. They are very pretty invites. You should see them.
Yesterday I made oatmeal bars for breakfast, being too cheap to buy them myself, and some White Bean and Roasted Garlic soup from Vegan With a Vengeance. Both are super yummy and look like this:




















After I got done being all domestic, I met up with Alex and we hung out. Saw Jumpers. We both agreed that while it's never a bad thing to look at Hayden Christensen for 90 minutes, the movie didn't blow us away. Not that we were expecting that or anything, but...
Today Alex took me yarn shopping for a new project. I drove her nuts, but I ended up buying some yarn I think will knit up nicely for a shrug. It's for Robin's wedding. I already have the dress, but I need something to go…

Durrrr....

This morning I was all set to leave the house to get to work on time. Lunch? Check. Phone? Check. Ipod? At the office. Wallet? Check. Content that I'm on time for once in my life, I head out, making sure to lock the door behind me. As soon as I get on the other side of that closed and firmly locked door. I remember. Keys? NOT check.

Durrrrr... I is intelligent, I is.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Okay, so there was no dining at Tiffany's, breakfast or otherwise. But MAN did I have a good time! Thank you so much Mary and Eva for opening your home to me this past weekend. It was a blast! Friday Flight was on time, all was well. Had dinner at a place called Tini, Italian with homemade pasta. Delish. 
Saturday Super busy. We started by doing some shopping at H&M. I bought a cute shirt and the perfect dress for my friend Robin's wedding in May. Headed to the meatpacking district where I got a pair of shoes at MooShoes and then we had lunch at Teany's, Moby's restaurant. We both felt a little put out that Moby didn't deign to show up while we were there, but what can you do?
Saturday night started out with dinner at Chez Napoleon. Then we had drinks at a great place called Buddakan. Then we went dancing at Cielo. Dragged our tired, sorry bums home.
Sunday More low-key. We had brunch at a restaurant who's name escapes me. Wandered around Central Park for a couple…

Wheeee!

By this time tomorrow evening, I will be in New York City, hanging at a pub and catching up with my friend Mary. If you're reading this, Hi Mary!We've got a whole big weekend planned. I only kinda know the itinerary. My flight leaves at 5 from Burlington (all times are theoretical, you understand), so I should land at JFK about an hour later. Mary's going to meet me at the airport, then she's going to bring me back to her apartment so I can drop my stuff, then off to pubs we go. Only this is NYC, not the UK, so odds are good they're bars. I don't care what they call themselves, so long as I'll be able to find alcohol there. By the time we get there, I'm gonna need a good stiff drink!
During the day on Saturday, I think it's going to be a lot of walking and shopping. I want to go to Moo Shoes, and any other veg store we can find. Apparently Teany, Moby's cafe, is nearby so maybe we'll lunch with other famous veg heads. We're going to Chez …

Lent.

It starts tomorrow, right?I grew up Methodist, and while we academically knew it was Lent, we didn't do the Catholic thing of giving something up. I do remember that the local schools would always serve cheese pizza on Friday, so kids would have a "no meat on Friday" option if they were Catholic. I don't think they were technically supposed to do that, but who am I to complain? When I was in elementary school (like 3rd grade), every Wednesday they'd shove 3/4 of the bus-riding kids on just two buses, and use the third to ship all the catholic kids up to the church for catechism. Uh, yeah, separation of church and state, anyone? They finally put the kaibash on that, and I'd like to think I had some small part in it. I got stuck way in the back one Wednesday and the trip home took three times as long because it had to make three times as many stops. I used to get carsick a lot. See where this is heading? Let's just say I was in my 20's before I'd go…

Yeah, So this day sucked.

And I'm glad it's over. At least, it would be over if I could just shut off this damned inner monologue I've got going on in my head. The sad thing is, most of it doesn't actually have anything to do with the sucky day I had. It's just adding to the feel-good party that is me.I feel like I'm caught in this vicious circle sometimes. I do the best I can at any given moment, but let's face it, I'm human and I make mistakes. I'll be the first to admit I don't always take critique, well, maturely, but I usually do see the merit in it and take it to heart. I may swear under my breath about it, but I see it. However, there is a difference between delivering positive feedback and making a person feel like they are three inches tall.
I've had my attire commented on in two separate instances. Seriously, how is one supposed to take "well, now that's a busy shirt, isn't it?" Because a little bit of embroidery is so offensive. I've h…

Pictures for You.

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I've been living in the apartment for 2.5 years now. I've been walking along my route for just as long. My route is essentially a section of the Burlington Bike Path that cuts through Oakledge Park (I've blogged about the park before). Every winter, these amazing ice formations pop up next to the lake. Trees that took up residence a wee too close to the water get frozen over and just are mesmerizing. For 2.5 years now, I constantly forget to bring my camera with me when I go walking along the water. Not today! So, for your enjoyment, some pictures taken today by Lake Champlain.
































My Saturday.

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It was a good Saturday. Slightly sloppy, but good. It was pretty mild, which means most of the ice on the trees and whatnot was gone by midday. Everything is melting, which is good, because it's ice, but bad because the ground is frozen and there's no place for it to go. I took this picture around 11pm last night:










The trees were all sparkly in the light. It was very pretty. It was also raining little ice pellets, which kept going down the back of my jacket. Shudder.
So today was a cooking day, sort of. I made some more scones - this time Almond Pear. They're yummy, and also currently hidden from my brother, who ate far too many of them last time. I'd post a picture, but they look just like the ones posted below, so use your imagination. I also made some more of that strange quinoa stuff I made a couple weeks ago with Robin. It came out lovely, and a bit more manageable. In case you've forgotten, here's a pic of what it looked like:









Here's the recipe, to the be…

It's Friday.

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Yaaaayyyyy!!!!!Haven't posted much this week. Mainly because nothing overly exciting happened. Went to work, went to the dentist (look, mom! No cavities!), went to work, went to work, went to work, hung out with various and sundry interesting people... that's about it. We did get out of work early today because of the nasty weather. Snow, sleet, freezing rain. Stupid-ass drivers thinking that just because they're in a gas guzzling 4-wheel drive the bad weather doesn't apply to them. Um yeah. That's why you're in the ditch and I'm still on the road.
Anyway. I was supposed to go out with my buds this evening, but that was cancelled due to the bad weather. It's raining pretty heavy out there right now. If you've ever been to Vermont, you'd know that rain in February is weird. But then, exactly one year ago Valentine's Day, we got socked with at least 3 feet of snow. This is a view from my bedroom window last year:










To set this up, I'm standing…