Veggie Tuesday: Week 2

Breakfast A small bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and milk. Mid morning snack – a few bites out of the 2-lb. tub of Fresh & Easy low fat strawberry yogurt. . Lunch Homemade mac and cheese, half of Barefoot Contessa’s recipe.  Essentially shells, gruyere, and cheddar with a pinch of nutmeg. I also infused the milk with thyme and garlic. . Dinner Brandon made us Top Ramen… Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s Neapolitan Dynamite. Lots of it. . Satisfaction Level: Satisfied.  Didn’t miss meat once! Guilt Level: Very high for the lack of veggies when they could totally be had.  Oh,...
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Wheel of Fortune

I told you about my multi-talented friend Note, the co-owner of Kinnaree Gourmet Thai and tarot card reader extraordinaire.  The latter, at least our group of friends think she is anyway. I promised Note that I would blog about my month-to-month prediction, so that as time ticks on, we can come back to see how accurate she really is. Before we get to that, what she said about my overall future gets me giggling. She said that although I am a team player, I work better alone. Same thing with my social life, great with friends and going out but...
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Home At Last

Sawaddee from the Big Mango, y’all!  A nice, crisp, 75F “winter” Bangkok, no less.  I am enjoying the cool morning here. I arrived at dawn yesterday and what a day it was!  My brother and sister-in-law picked me up in his brand new BMW X5.  We had breakfast and I was left to myself all morning.  I unpacked, played some piano, and took a crack at the Nikki Heat novel before succumbing to sleep after lunch. My friend Note called to wake me up and off I went to her condo for a 4:30 p.m. pool party that didn’t happen....
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Out of the Dark

Oddly enough, one should be nice and high after a major life triumph like your first backpacking trip. Instead, I dropped off the side of Mount San Jacinto into the blues. Elated, I shot out an email to my family soon after I blogged about it here. It’s like dropping a pebble into a bottomless well. Except for a chirp from my sister-in-law, nothing. Well, heck, at least I expect to hear a “Well, you should’ve been working out so you don’t drag everyone behind”, but I didn’t even get that. In a way, I did know that I won’t...
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Fighting the time

Friends, get ready for another long and slow season on the OakMonster blog. Thrill the World is here. And in full force.  (Oh hey, register with our LA team here.) I’m involved in many different levels this time, a lot more than I signed up for this year.  Well, you know, MJ went and died on us. That brought a lot more to the original “let’s take it easy this year” plan. I met with Amanda and Mahdroo and our new group of helpers last Wednesday.  This year is going to be awesome! Friday was the second anniversary of my...
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Nowhere and Everywhere

I posted a long time ago about the pain of being a Jane of All Trades. The trades I keep collecting have a collective weight that threaten to crush me.  Just take a look at the list. Current Hobbies Playing piano, guitar (need to do more of that) and singing. Cooking. Photography. Photography of stuff I cooked.  Blogging.  Tweeting.  USC Football fanatic.  Pop culture fiend. TV junkie.  Movie and entertainment news addict.  Supporting the troops with being an Operation Paperback volunteer and gathering funds to do my own Operation Jingle All the Way annually.  Thrill the World Los Angeles. Developing...
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