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Tuesday
May182010

Take Two

I was supposed to travel to San Jose, CA on Sunday.  My day started out as follows:  the alarm clock went off at 6.30am, got up and got ready, kissed the dog, couldn't find the cat, out the door at 7am and to the airport by 7.30am, kiss Michael, thru security and at the gate by 8am.  Load the plane and taxi to the tarmac - sit for 30 minutes due to an odor in the plane.  Travel back to the gate and sit for an hour before we heard the dreaded announcement:  This flight has been cancelled.  Please proceed to baggage claim to retrieve your luggage and then proceed to ticketing for a new flight pattern.

Off the plane and to baggage claim, grab my bag and race to ticketing to get ahead of as many other passengers as I can.  And when I say 'race to ticketing', I mean, elbow any old women and punt any kids or drop-kick dogs out of my path.  I make it to the top one-third in the ticketing line and I'm rewarded by standing in line for 2 hours.  All the while, listening to a screaming kid (give him some food already!) and a caged dog barking (see drop-kick comment).  My best option for San Jose is to travel on Monday so I call Michael to come back to the airport and pick me up....5 hours later. 

Dinner for me was country ham on a steamed bun with mustard (shout-out to mommy) and tater-tots smothered in ketchup.  Michael was more refined with homemade pasta, homemade pasta sauce and a sprinkling of asiago and parm cheeses.

Monday moves along at a better pace.  The plane actually lifts off.  The first leg is from Charlotte to St. Louis - no complaints.  The second leg is from St. Louis to Phoenix, and I having a screaming child sitting behind me (and he screams the ENTIRE 3 hours).  The third leg is from Phoenix to San Jose.  On the first hour of the trip, the passenger at the window seat on my aisle chants in his native language.  Chants! Holy cow! 

It gets better....I was sitting in the bulkhead, which means there is no seat in front of me under which I could store my computer.  I had put the computer in a pocket on the wall in front of me and a flight attendant grabbed it and said that it must go in an overhead bin during take-off.  OKay.  I'm lazy by this point and I don't retrieve it.  During flight, an attendant is carrying someone's bag and is looking for storage space so she opens the overhead bin.  Out flies my computer!!  It crashes down on the girl sitting beside me and gives her a big gash over her left eye (skin hanging off and it is swelling).  Now the flight attendants are glaring at ME and asking why the computer was just thrown overhead like it was.  I just glared back at them and told them that I didn't throw it up there.  After the third glare and smart comment from the attendants, I ever-so-calmly and ever-so-smiley said "one should always use caution when opening overhead bins as items may have shifted during flight".  LOL  I thought they were going to strangle me.  But, I made it off the plane alive!

I made it to the hotel by ~ 11pm EST.  Dinner was room-service.  Sorry to disappoint.

 

p.s.  i didn't really elbow grandma or punt any kids or drop-kicks

Saturday
May152010

Dinner was a hit!

The pizza I created for dinner had the homemade pasta sauce, red onion, fresh on-the-vine tomato, garlic, fresh and grated mozzarella.  It had a very light and clean taste to it; it tasted homemade...and delish.  Michael said it was tasty, so that's a plus.  He ate 4 pieces - the little pig (heeeheeeheee). He is now rubbing his tummy.  Below is a picture of the final pasta sauce.  It has quite a kick - I dropped in lots of red pepper flakes.  There's also a shot of the pizza.

Saturday
May152010

Testing...is this thing on?

What's happening:  Making homemade pizza for dinner

Ok, so this is my first post.  I'm experimenting with this page, so bear with me.  Tonight my husband and I are taking it easy after a long week at work, so I thought I'd make us a homemade pizza to eat while we veg out.  There is a little place down the road from our apartment called Pasta & Provisions that sells fresh pizza dough and pasta, so I thought I'd try my hand at homemade pizza.  There's a Papa Johns right next to our apt, but why buy that when I can make something better?  I also picked up a pound of freshly made garlic and rosemary spaghetti.   I'll be hitting the road tomorrow morning going to San Jose, so I'm actually making him enough sauce to last a few meals.  Between the pizza and the spaghetti, he should be good to go.  I thought I'd share some pictures of the ingredients.  Once I get everything made, I'll post the results and ingredients.  Here's a couple of pics to tide you over.  For now, I've got to run back to the kitchen...  

 

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