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Justin’s Birthday – An Update

QQ note: I tried to publish this yesterday, but WordPress was having a hissy fit and logged up on me. But to be fair, yesterday just sucked. I don’t know anyone who felt 100% after the DST change. As Justin said, “I just wasn’t feeling [Monday.]”

How to celebrate a birthday, Justin Style

Step 1 –

Enjoy sushi and drinks at Nara.

Step 2-

Walk around and look at art in the Crossroads.


Step 3 –

Stop walking and grab a table at JP’s.


(From left: Christi, QQ, Justin, Emily)

Step 4-

Deliberate over perfect first wine flight


Step 5 – Look fabulous. It’s your birthday party night one of your birthday party. (I was not along for night two. But I hear it was fabulous as well.)


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  • Day five of the smoke out. I don’t even want to talk about it. The mere mention of smoking and you may get punched out.
  • I pinched a nerve in my neck and I can’t turn toward the right at all. I feel like a robot.
  • I blame this on two days of laying in bed sick.
  • Gertie wasn’t complaining.
  • She is now at the boyfriend’s parents’ home where she is probably in the bed right now.
  • The boyfriend’s mom blew up her microwave today. So she unplugged it.
  • It makes perfect sense to me. I like her style.
  • I now understand the decibels that the boyfriend can reach when he yells at KU on the TV. Between him and his father, I heard it in stereo tonight.
  • Today is Justin’s birthday. I am supposed to be coming up with an art gallery in the Crossroads district to visit during our night out on Friday. I’m at a loss. But I purchased a cute new cardigan to wear. That has to count for something?


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Trust me, it’s better than therapy

I have so many things to tell you, including the announcement of the Valentine’s Day gift from the boyfriend, the tale of the never ending Rent viewing party (Otherwise known as how I played sloppy seconds to Justin who led me to believe I was the first friend he was going to share in watching his copy of the last performance of Rent on Broadway) and reasons why watching a movie in 3-D is not necessarily the best hangover cure.

But I digress. I’m out of time. Totally busy with a list of things to do a mile and a half long. (That reminds me, I need to run tonight…)

So I leave you with a recipe.

Because it’s Monday.

And because one of the work girls had a baby shower today and I made this last night and people said they liked me it.

Queen of Quirky’s It’s Better than Therapy* Spinach Salad

1 large bag of baby Spinach

1 container Feta (I buy the largest one available b/c I love feta and think the more the merrier)

1 cup (or so) of Cherry tomatoes halfed

½ red onion diced


½ cup EVOO (Yes, I said it.)

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning (McCormick’s makes one in a grinder that I think really enhances the flavors, but you can just buy the regular kind too.)

Salt/pepper to taste (I go pretty heavy on the pepper and use sea salt)

1 teaspoon garlic (And maybe a pinch more b/c garlic is equal to happiness.)

A little parsley

Pour everything together and whisk or shake or both

Pour over spinach mix and toss shortly before serving.

Note: Leftovers of this salad are divine over linguini. The feta melts in with the dressing to make a rich and lovely sauce. This salad is also good as a meal served in pita pockets. You could spread a little hummus in the pita to make it more interesting.

* I had a therapist who swore by this salad. Not even kidding. I wish I was.



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It’s me. Kind of.

See, after my trip, I realized that there was a ton of follow up on top of new projects at work so it’s a bit chaotic in Quirkyville.

Not much time to gather my thoughts, so here are a few random thoughts to leave with you:

  • A coworker just burped and then said she pulled a “me.” I had no idea I had such a reputation.
  • KU lost to MU last night. It was sad, but I had a lot of fun watching it with the boyfriend and gang.
  • Justin and I are arguing about grits on Facebook. He’s anti. I’m pro. Discuss.
  • There was amazing seafood in New England. I want more.
  • I had a “getting old” moment in the hotel one morning around 2:30 a.m. when there were many drunk people being very loud somewhere near my room.
  • On my drive  from Boston to Dublin, NH, I called the boyfriend and stated two facts: A. I want a Jetta and B. I want to live in N.H. Would he join me?
  • The answer to the last question is very personal and confidential. (Of course, he would follow me to the ends of the earth. Wouldn’t you?!)
  • I call him with random things all the time. Like the time I was driving and I saw the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile. I called him and launched into the “I wish I were an…” song. Then I told him I saw it and hung up.

Hanging up now.

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hey- I’m down here!

The Happy New Year Happy Hour was a success -I got to see all my friends in the New Year and everyone stuck by the rules and brought a bottle of wine $10 or less.

I even managed to cram 10 friends into my apartment at once. I was impressed.

The kicker of the evening was my friend’s son. He’s four. And adorable. Not only did he love Gertie (and her toys), he cracked me up. Every time I brought in new person and started in on the round of introductions, he would get my attention and say, “hey, I’m down here.”

Too stinking cute.

Not to mention that he and Justin had matching shirts on – light pink button downs.

Other highlights included seeing Molly’s ring, sharing crazy people stories(with myself being one of the crazy people), introducing a few people, getting to know roomie a little better and Abigail’s Krabby Wraps. yum, yum!

Thanks ladies (and Justin) for coming!


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Jumping Justin & Other Christmas Break Happenings

  • My mom made her famous spaghetti for Christmas. It was yummy!
  • Everyone loved their gifts  — whoot!
  • Gertie picked a fight with my Grandma’s weiner dog, Buddy. For a split second, I thought she was going to have a hot dog for lunch.
  • Gertie and her BFF, Lily hung out on Christmas, then on Saturday, we went to see Marley & Me with the boyfriend’s family. When we returned, we discovered that Gertie and Lily had torn into some Christmas gifts, reminding us that every dog has a little bit of Marley in her.
  • Speaking of the boyfriend’s family, I’ve decided to start a list of things overheard when at their house. My top entry is: the boyfriend’s brother crashing in on their sister, napping on the couch exclaiming, “Spoon me, L!”
  • Among my gifts this year was a regift. I totally called it too. My mom has this tradition of giving us an ornament each year. The ornament is supposed to reflect our life in the past year. Mine was a ceramic painting of the Plaza. But upon closer inspection, I recognized it as an ornament my parents have had for years!! I am sure at one point it was a gift from someone too…








  • Gertie was terrified of half her gifts this year.
  • On Sunday, Justin’s van died, so I helped out by jumping him! Always willing to help out where needed.
  • Merry Christmas 2008!

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The Ghost of Christmas Past

In this edition of Memory Lane Monday, I’m reminded that it is Christmas. Due to a lack of space in my apartment, there is no tree, there are no ornaments. Quite frankly, it feels a  little bah humbug.

Although, I’ve finished my Christmas shopping and I have to say, I do feel pretty good about my gifts this year.

But at the same time, I’m also reminded of all the different Christmases  since graduating from college in 2000.  From Rocky Mount, NC to London to Kansas City, it’s been an interesting mix.

But if Ebeneezer Scrooge learned anything during his reflections, it was to stay in the present and appreciate what life has given you. In honor of the Christmas spirit, I’m scratching Memory Lane and celebrating Christmas 2008!

So from the Ghost of Christmas Present, I celebrate:

  • My wonderful family
  • A terrific dog
  • A warm, cozy apartment
  • A fabulous boyfriend!
  • His fun-loving family who accept me into their fold
  • A solid job where I am appreciated
  • Friends, friends, friends – Thank you to all of you. I couldn’t have made it through this year without you.

To mention a few (in no particular order):

  • D, you allowed me to crash at your place several times this spring with my dog. You have seen me through tears and laughter.  (Sorry about your couch. 🙂 )
  • Justin, you have been a constant friend and a source of both professional and personal advice. Thanks for keeping me laughing. I have enjoyed all of our adventures and am thankful for our shared world view!
  • The work girls – you have more than put up with my mood swings and listened to both my rantings and my celebrations.
  • Stephanie, thank you for visiting me for my birthday this fall and for being there for me this year all the way in Virginia. I’m so glad you walked into the Rocky Mount Telegram all those years ago and that we share the most awesome name ever.
  • Shannon, it was great to see you this year and thanks for listening to me on the phone. You exemplified your role as “maid of honor” because you were there when I needed you most.
  • J, you don’t read this but thank you for your support — even sticking with me when it was really messy and for sharing my love of Mexican food.
  • Mollywolly, I’m so glad you have found the love of your life this year and thank you for being there for me over bri, answering heinous phone calls in the middle of the night, sharing your family and finding me wine when I needed some.
  • The lunch bunch for all the great laughs and for always making me feel like a princess whenever you see me in real life. Your constant compliments flatter me.
  • Facebook friends of old: I’ve so enjoyed reconnecting with so many of my friends from Jr. High -College and North Carolina.
  •  And of course, there is a special place in my heart for all of my new friends – Christi, Crystal, Jeremy, Ian and the whole gang.

And finally, blog friends, thanks for reading and helping me find my voice this year.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!!!

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