Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pasta + kale + carmelized onions + lentils = Yum!

I tried a new recipe tonight -- pasta with kale, carmelized onions and lentils. I kind of winged it with Rachel's recipe -- Rachel has a lot of vegetarian recipes and she's never steered me wrong.

This was good - the onions were sweet and the pasta/lentils combo was really filling. I also really liked the kale - it was my first time trying kale, too. :o)

I think it would taste REALLY good with some tomatoes -- probably of the sundried variety. ;o)

And so commences an evening of "When Harry Met Sally," a glass of wine, laundry folding, and further menu and exercise planning for the week.

Sometimes, this level of domesticity for a 23-year-old is a bit weird, though. Hmm.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Being a vegetarian has it's challenges and it's perks. One of the biggest perks is the increased dependence on your own creativity in the kitchen sometimes.

Recently, everyone in my office took a personality test to see where our character strengths are. My top trait was creativity - which I'm pleased to see.

Last night, I looked in the fridge for something to eat. Sitting on the shelf was a two-pack of tofu. With my tofu and some new finds from Whole Foods, I tapped into that creativity I supposedly have and voila! A hereby nameless, but nevertheless tasty dish:

{in the pan -- please pardon my turmeric-stained spoon}

So here are the ingredients and directions if it looks at all appetizing . . .
1 half-pack of extra firm tofu (about 5 ounces)
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
about 2 Tbsp olive oil
red pepper flakes (to taste)
cayenne pepper (to taste)
juice of 1/2 lemon
about 2 Tbsp soy sauce
about 2 Tbsp white vinegar
2 ounces (dry) capellini (angel hair)

First, I cubed the tofu and put it in the pan with the olive oil. While I was frying the tofu, I boiled angel hair pasta. In the pan, I threw the chopped green onion and cilantro and seasoned with the red chili pepper flakes and sprinkled with cayenne. I drizzled the vinegar and soy sauce over it then covered and let it simmer for a bit while I strained the pasta. After this, I stirred the pasta into the pan, tossing it with the tofu. I let it fry in the pan with the cover off (to let the noodles crisp just a bit). After a few minutes, I sprinkled with some more soy sauce, vinegar, chili pepper flakes and cayenne. All in all, I think this took maybe 20 minutes.

{all finished - just wishing I photographed food better}

Mmmmm!!! There was some good heat, good flavor and texture to it. I'll definitely be recreating this one.

But what to name it????

Friday, January 29, 2010

It's tricky, tricky, tricky.

(My Run DMC references are over. I promise.)

I don't know why, but I find it difficult to ignore the peevish feelings that arise when my coworkers do things like ask me if I've received email, talk to me from another room, or ask me about whether I've completed a task before I've even gotten to it yet. They tend to crop up in situations where I feel I'm being treated like someone's personal assistant (which I'm not) and for reasons beyond my understanding, my usually cheerful, happy-to-help self is left in quite a state. Can they see the steam coming from ears? Is it seeping out between my teeth as I try to smile and be pleasant? The following is a list of frequently arising work-related pet peeves:

1. Asking me if I've received an email
Generally speaking, my email inbox works quite well. I understand that technology isn't always fool-proof, that there are glitches, but in general if you send me something you can bet that I've received. I may not have had a chance to reply, but I have it and will get to it.

2. Talking to me from another room
Okay, there's really only one person who does this and it's because their office is fairly close to my desk which means I can hear them speaking to me. Of course, they get agitated when they can't see that I have headphones on and can't hear or that I'm ignoring whatever is being said. Maybe that's because if you're dying to tell me something you could a.) send me an email or b.) come up and talk to me.

3. Asking me if something's completed before I've even started
Now, if I were a slacker, this would be totally warranted and absolutely essential to making sure I'm getting the tasks done that need to be completed. However, I'm not a slacker. I'm a pretty hard worker. I also have many projects on my plate. Is it so difficult to understand that I can't publish a web page in under 15 minutes yet? Is it impossible to grasp that your tiny request of making a PDF of a file will be done after I've attended to the urgent project on my plate at the moment? Goodness gracious -- I'll GET to it!

Now, before I convince anyone that my coworkers are horrendously annoying people (they're not - they just have moments), there are two bright beacons of redemption. My boss is always so nice when requesting anything from me. Even when he's stressed, flustered and having a hard time to remember to throw in a "please" or two, he's still polite and knows that he can trust me in finishing what I need to get done in time. I mean, he IS my boss -- and yet he trusts me more than those who do not directly manage me? Interesting.

My coworker Lisa (name has been changed to protect the innocent) is the kindest, most thoughtful person I've ever worked with. She apologizes for interrupting me, she asks me to do something "when [I] have a chance." Just that wording alone makes me more inclined to help her because I think, "Of COURSE! Yeah, I'll take care of that little thing right now while I'm thinking of it."

In all seriousness, do you think Jesus had pet peeves? I mean, I'm positive that he would have dealt with them much better than I ever could and I pray that I will become more like Him in dealing with minor things that irritate me (because they really are minor). But sometimes, that quest to be more like Him demonstrates to me just how far I have to go and reminds me to be humble about my own shortcomings.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ouch, ouch, ouch!

I hope to write something better when my shoulder isn't all seized up. I don't know if I slept funny or what (I'm a tummy sleeper unfortunately, it happens), but yesterday I woke up with a stiffness in my neck and shoulders that just worsened as the day went on.

By the end of the day, the neck was "eh" (a 4 on a 1-10 scale) and the shoulders were "whoa! dang!" (a 7.5 on a 1-10 scale) of pain. Taking a hot shower seemed to help, but laying in bed was awful. I just couldn't get comfortable to save my life. It hurt to try to sit up, roll over, relax too much, or otherwise try to make myself comfortable.

This morning, the movement has been very slow. I avoided driving on the freeway to work because that would require more use of my neck than I am painlessly able to offer. I'm waiting for the Aleve to kick in, the whole time wishing I could just camp on the couch.

I think I should have called in sick. Tuesday Tops tomorrow if I'm feeling up for it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites - (n.) Like Tuesday Tops but not quite.

- flowers
- my new wine rack freshly installed by my dad
- my handsome boyfriend getting a pretty great opportunity at work (of course, it prolongs the amount of time until I see him, but I'm happy for him and really excited)
- my technologically challenged self managed to hook up my router (I'm blogging from my kitchen bar . . . NOT from the living room floor per the norm before this)
- books
- red lentil dal (I took Rachel's recipe -- it's a favorite and I make it once a week, usually)
- frozen bread (as a single girl living by herself, a loaf of bread usually goes bad before I can finish it so I've opted for freezing the loaf and pulling out and toasting slices as needed)

- veggie burger on toasted sourdough bread with goat cheese and mustard
- red wine
- long chat with my honey
- an organization 'game plan' is in the works

Current mood: loving life.

In spite

In spite of the dreary weather . . .
In spite of my currently low iron level (read: zilch energy) . . .
In spite of a birthday weekend full of high-calorie foods . . .
In spite of my own lack of motivation and pushing myself . . .

I've still managed to lose 1.6 pounds since last week. :o) I was praying to just break even . . . but I lost.

I'm going to run tonight, rain or not. Bring it, El Nino!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lions and tigers and . . . tornadoes? Oh my!

Well, Palo Alto officially has a tornado warning in effect. It has been dumping buckets of rain for a few days now and lighting and thunder abound. It's come and go for the most part, but we've been officially "warned." There could be a tornado coming.

Of course, the sky's not green/yellow and there are no funnel clouds to be seen anywhere and thankfully, no hail, but hey . . .

We've been warned.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Tops

Alrighty, I know I'm not fair to post twice on the same day after I just gave you a seriously epic blog, but there's some good stuff to mention.

1. My "person" -- Katie Beth is my "person" - a term we take from 'Grey's Anatomy' to indicate that friend that you have that you can call at 4:00 AM, the one who knows you so well they don't even need to ask how you're doing, the one you call to help you move a body. (Well, hopefully you won't have to, but just in case . . . ) This weekend, I would have liked to have had some one-on-one Katie time too, but I guess this means I have to go visit her in Fresno soon. :o) She freakin' rocks and that's all there is to it.

2. Stanford Hospital Emergency Medicine -- Last Thursday, I volunteered with several other hospital employees to help pack up medical supplies for four of our docs to take to Haiti. These docs will be there for three weeks helping with the ongoing relief effort. What they're doing is truly heroic. I hope everyone reading will at least think about donating to the Red Cross or other relief efforts.

3. Flowers -- I've been treating myself to fresh flowers lately. Rachel, a blogger I follow at Heart-of-Light does a weekly post called Friday Flowers, which is part of my inspiration for Tuesday Tops. Every Friday, she posts photos of pretty flowers (she's quite the photographer - among many other talents and lately, I've found that fresh flowers do more than just die in a vase. They brighten the room, they add color and vibrance and quite simply, they provoke a smile or two. This week I have beautiful, deep red ranunculas. I'll try to take a pic and post tomorrow.

4. Dyson -- The most recent addition to my aquarium, Dyson is my plecostomus. He's here to help me keep the tank clean from algae -- I named him Dyson in the hope that he'd never lose suction. Ha ha ha. :o)

Recap -- Sorry guys, it's a doozy!

This weekend (Saturday specifically) was my birthday. I was greatly looking forward to a visit from Alex and some fantastic tourism of the Bay area variety. I woke up feeling good on Friday morning . . . only to have had my fantastic weekend plans completely unravel by the end of the day.

To say that Friday was awful would be something of an understatement. At work, I talked to my mom about running shoes (we're participating in a marathon relay in April) and ended up agreeing to having dinner with the family at home. I was REALLY looking forward to going out to PF Chang's with my family and Alex -- the food is great and there are plenty of vegetarian choices.

I really beat myself up over this; I felt like an awful person for being so selfish, but I didn't really know what to do. What should I have said? "No, Mom, I'd really rather go out"? I'm certain if I had, my mom would have been fine with it, but my not-wanting-to-be-a-burden tendencies (an oldest-child complex, I think) made me think better of it.

Feeling rather glum, the day progressed with some more "meh." My mood was significantly lifted when I ran into old friends at lunch and got to enjoy some good company at Chipotle. I felt so much better going back to the office, until later.

While in a meeting with a much-respected design firm, a colleague interrupted to "remind" me of an upcoming deadline for a news release I hadn't published yet. I would like to write a bit more to explain, but it's a bit complicated. Suffice it to say, it was neither the time, nor place for them to have approached me for the discussion and I was beyond mortified in front of some very smart, very successful and very nice, helpful and generous designers who were walking me through our new layout for Discover SHC, the monthly newsletter I manage. I felt awful, and completely helpless as one of the designers asked me, "Do we need to leave?" "No, of course not," I stammered, "It's fine." But it totally wasn't.

After the meeting concluded, I cranked out all that I needed to do, making my deadline like I had expected and been so rudely reminded of. I excused myself and cried in the bathroom to release that stress and frustration. It wasn't that I felt awful, it was the mental agony of what these designers now thought of our office -- of how our future business will go. Ugh.

I ended up talking to my boss about it, which helped, but I still didn't feel great. The clincher to my day?

Alex tried to call me twice while I was in my meeting. Due to the projects on my plate that afternoon and the lousy reception in our office, I didn't really get to pick up the calls. Two voicemail messages let me know that he was sitting in the doctor's office with a high fever and a bronchial infection. I knew without him saying, he wasn't going to be here this weekend -- and then I cried all the way home.

Saturday, I still felt lousy, but somewhere during that afternoon, after my mom and I had talked, I showered and went to the mall. I decided I had to decide if I was going to let my awful, awful day yesterday cloud my entire birthday weekend. Coming from a stubborn girl who likes to really celebrate birthdays, the idea of giving into the yucky feelings was a little too much. So I shopped a little, treated myself to a pedicure (I really think the sparkly fuschia toes were a catalyst to the bad mood lifting) and drove to my parents house.

We ended up going to PF Chang's after all and mom (who typically makes carrot cake on birthdays) even Google'd a recipe to make red velvet cake - just for me because it's my favorite. And truth be told, her cream cheese frosting is the best in the world. No doubt.

The following day, Annie spontaneously came to visit me. And then we met up with Katie (also in the area for slightly spontaneous reasons) who introduced us to some seriously awesome people. Warm, welcoming and truly fantastic people. (You reading this Jeremy? Probably not . . . but if you are, that's you I'm talking about!) A night of good company, good conversation and some good wine -- it was wonderful. Such a good night. We drove all over San Jose and blasted Hanson (yeah, you read that right). The next day, Annie and I made a pilgrimage to Mecca where I found a brown duvet set that I loved, a plant stand for my growing herb garden, and some other fun things.

All in all, the weekend certainly turned out better than I expected it to once I gave in and allowed myself to experience the possibility for good things to happen in spite of such a sucky, stilted beginning. Alex and I have rescheduled our plans to see each other and I'm looking forward to it. I'm also glad that he stayed home and had the chance to rest his body and get better (even though I missed him terribly). Yes, it was a good weekend (and a three-day weekend at that!) and now I can truly say I am thankful for the good things that happened -- good friends, family time and relaxing -- that I might have taken for granted otherwise.

I think God has a pretty good sense of humor sometimes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Oh, I can't keep it in! :oD

I'm down a whole pound since Friday (1/8)!!!! I can hardly weight -- er, wait -- for our Biggest Loser Challenge weigh-in Friday. Am soooooooo excited, but trying not to be too stoked in case the scale shows me something not quite as generous on Friday.

Reasons why I think I legitimately lost the pound:
- I've been doing a VERY good job of sticking to my calorie range that SparkPeople recommends
- I've been eating well - not too much fat, too much sugar/salt/etc.
- I've been exercising more
- I'm wearing heavier clothes today (khaki pants and a shirt versus a silk skirt and tee from Friday) -- okay, maybe that's not quite the legitimate one, but whatever . . . every little bit helps, right?

Now, granted, I'm barely up to running a mile (ain't runnin' no marathons yet!) but I've been working other activity in as well -- walks at lunch time, exercise videos on On-Demand and trying to do little exercises here and there.

It's very motivating to actually see a difference on the scale but the weird part is . . . I feel different. I feel lighter, if you can believe it. And gosh darnit, I hope it shows on Friday, too!

I think I'm going to wear the same thing I wore last Friday -- which could very well become my Friday attire for the next seven weeks (until the challenge is over). But if I keep up the good work, I'll be in a bikini this summer, which I can honestly say has not happened in almost four years.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Tops!

Wow, a whole week without posting anything?!?! Yeah, I don't even know about that . . . But I am active in the blog community, mostly in the sense of reading them and commenting here and there.

This week's list . . .

1. Protein!!!
As a new vegetarian, I'm still working on gaining a sense of what my nutritional breakdown should look like. Mainly in the sense of finding high protein, but low calorie (because I'm trying to trim down) foods . . . It's hard! Exactly 22 almonds (an official 'serving') work out to be about six grams of protein -- just six!!! I need at least 60! Gah! So needless to say, I'm learning and taking in as much as I can . . . But for now, I'm still a die-hard fan of lentils -- 18 grams of protein for 1 cup of lentils (almost 1/3 of my daily requirement).

2. SparkPeople
Oh my heavens . . . I think I'm in love. I must credit Jackie for turning me onto it. I love all of the health articles, the forum exchanges with fellow vegetarians/vegans, the daily recipes and workout suggestions and the nutrition and fitness tracking. Oh gosh . . . It really does have everything -- if you'd like, check out (And if you'd like to be my Spark Buddy, my profile is icanhazcoffee2.)

3. Reading
I'm really getting into reading again. :) I'll go for long periods without reading anything and I feel like such a dork getting back into it because I read so much slower! When I stay on top of reading, I keep pace better. Right now, I'm working on "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell, which I thought would be a much lighter read, but it's still very good. She's witty and interesting and it discusses in depth more anthologized segments of history that are typically glossed over in classes.

4. CNN
I was such a CNN junkie in college . . . Wow, no joke. I would keep it on all the time. Now, I don't devote a whole lot of time to the news, but I like watching "CNN Newsroom" while I'm getting ready for the day. It's some nice background noise and something interesting to focus on while I'm putting on my makeup or ironing whatever I've picked for the day.

5. Advanced meal prep
I've started prepping my lunch the night before. It's saved me a boatload of time in the mornings -- I can grab my lunchbox, throw in an ice pack and go. I wash my salads (I love my salad spinner more than life itself right now), portion off dressing, snacks and my entree (usually leftovers of whatever I had the night before) and grab a piece of fruit.

And that's it for today, folks! ;o) Stay tuned for a future blog about how my short temper is not always a classy thing . . . and how I'll lose my temper with someone but offer up some redeeming comment as I'm leaving. You know . . . so they don't think I'm a TOTAL jerk . . .

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesday Tops!

Alrighty folks . . . I skipped last week it would seem, so here goes a lengthy (not quite) list of things I'm diggin' today.

1. Audrey Hepburn -- A colleague from work introduced me to the Stanford Theatre, which shows only classic movies. I missed the weekend where the double-feature was "Roman Holiday" and "Sabrina," and since I've never seen "Roman Holiday," she picked me up an on-sale DVD copy of it. I'm really excited to see it!

2. Coffee -- It's what I'm clutching for strength today.

3. Lush Cosmetics -- I've been using their toner, a face mask and moisturizer and I'm really liking what they are doing for my skin. I still have a length to go before I'm where I want to be, but hey, baby steps, right? (I take small victories any day -- especially today when my sleepy haze caused me to forget to put my sunscreen on. D'oh!)

4. Planning -- I'm on a OCD-planning kick right now (seems to crop up at least once a month) where my mustplaneverylastdetail nature is going into hyperdrive.

5. The Biggest Loser -- Okay, I know it's just a TV show, but I love it. It's so inspiring, so motivating. I mean, if there are 400-lb people willing to run a mile and work out like crazy to help get themselves healthy, there's no excuse for me not to jog around the block, right?

6. Mad Men -- Sorry . . . I know that TV rots your brain, but I'm in over my head with this one . . . I just got hooked. I've seen four episodes and On-Demand can't provide 'em fast enough for me . . . Must . . . Follow . . . Regularly!

7. Zombies -- Because apparently, with all this TV I'm watching, I'm bound to turn into one. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? Okay, maybe not . . . If my sleeping doesn't improve, I may actually become one after all.

8. Tangrams -- Remember these? The square and triangles that you try to make into different shapes? Well, I found an app for my iPhone that had dozens of these puzzles. I had them all solved in two days, which of course meant I had to buy (for a whopping price of $0.99) the regular one to get "over 500 new puzzles!" I seriously fly through at least a dozen every day. Sooooooooooooooooo addictive.

9. Miso -- I'm pretty sure this has been on a Tops! list before, but I'm resurrecting it. If we are what we eat, then I am clearly fast, cheap and easy.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'm done.

Sleepless in San Jose

A second night of sleeplessness . . . An inability to fall asleep creates a panicky feeling that I might not wake to my alarm clock -- which perpetuates the inability to fall asleep.

For two nights I've taken long baths (complete with book, aromatherapy of the lavender-chamomile variety and a cup of herbal, decaf tea). For two nights I have tossed and turned trying to shut my mind off and Just. Go. To. Sleep.

Tonight, I am going to turn off all stimuli for at least an hour before bed -- phone on silent (alarm still works if phone is on silent), computer off, TV off. If I can't catch "The Biggest Loser" and finish watching it before 9:00 PM, I'll just have to watch it on On-Demand.

I'm thinking . . . bath, yoga, tea and reading and lights off by 9:45 to give myself time to fall asleep. I love sleep. I have absolutely no qualms about it. If I could get paid to do it, goshdarnit I would. Typically I sleep like a champ.

Not lately. Anyone reading . . . what are your strategies?

Monday, January 4, 2010

I wanna dance with somebody!

This song, as dorky as this may sound, might be one of my all-time favorites. It's so happy, so energetic and when I hear it, yes, I do wanna dance with somebody. Namely a certain boy who lives in South Lake Tahoe.

Today is the first "official" day back in the office. Several of us worked here and there through the holidays (the only mandatory days off were the 24th & 25th and the 31st & 1st), but it was so quiet and goodness knows we didn't exactly crank out 8 hours worth of work on the days we were here. (The bosses okay'ed that, though. I swear.)

Last night, I stayed up waaaaaaaaaay too late talking to this handsome boy I'm dying to dance with (the last time we danced together was at a friend's wedding in 2007 - dang!) finalizing plans for my birthday. I am so jazzed about what we'll be doing that I had a hard time talking myself into going to sleep. This is becoming a recurring theme -- the last several nights Alex and I have talked have resulted in semi-sleeplessness for me because I'm so excited about some of the plans we're making together.

Why can't I be one of those normal people who can simply breathe, smile and drift into sleep knowing that something will happen eventually? Not me. I'm the one who's W-I-D-E awake thinking about all of the possibilities.

So even in my tired state, I'm still really stoked. My birthday (which I like to celebrate in the tradition of a national holiday) happens to fall on a Saturday this year (no deliberation over whether to go to work - yay!). Alex will be joining me in San Jose for the weekend and we'll be playing my favorite game -- "Bay area tourist."

On the to-do list: cross the Golden Gate Bridge, see the Winchester Mystery House (which will be the third trip for me in the last 2 months) and go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey is one of my favorite places in the world and the Aquarium is just so much fun. (Not to sound snobby, but my mom and I visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore several years ago -- we walked away thinking that the "national" aquarium needed to up the ante because it had nothing on Monterey.)

I am beside myself with excitement. And I might need a nap soon.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year indeed!

Yesterday afternoon, I drove up to Sacramento to spend New Year's Eve with my honey. Some delicious dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant in Elk Grove, strolling downtown Sacramento and standing on Capitol Mall to watch the fireworks over Tower Bridge . . . So very nice. We split some champagne and kissed at midnight. Of course, without the advantage of Anderson Cooper or Dick Clark, we had to wing it on the countdown. I was watching the clock on my iPhone while we trotted across the Capitol Mall grass to get closer to Tower Bridge with me tugging on Alex's hand like I was a little kid, so eager to watch the fireworks.

I wish I'd had my camera, but alas, it was sitting on my bookcase in San Jose. I've realized that Alex and I really aren't (so far) one of those "picture couples." You know, the kind that photographically document everything. There's nothing wrong with doing that (please don't assume I'm judging), but it seems like it's not really our thing. I would like to make it a point, though, to start carrying my camera more . . . I did for a while, but not so much anymore.

I like optimism. I'm not always good about practicing it, but I like to believe in it. I like to think positively, I'm just lacking in the routine of practicing it.

Which brings me to my New Year's resolutions . . . I haven't always been good about keeping them (who is?), but these are resolutions with strategies, so I'm optimistic. (See? I'm getting better already.)

- Losing weight
This is a tried-and-true resolution, one that inspires many each year. I've recently joined, an all-encompassing weight loss and motivation site. This website is . . . incredible, for lack of a better word. A nutrition and fitness log, a diet and exercise plan, forum, an advice center, a social network. To say that it 'has it all' would be putting it mildly. The best part, though is that as overwhelming as that sounds, they make it very user-friendly. Tutorials and guides to help you get used to using the website. I'm really jazzed about this and have gym plans tomorrow. ;o)
- Taking better care of my skin
Even into my 20s, I'm still dealing with teenager-ish acne. It can be really embarrassing and downright frustrating. I feel like it makes me look like a kid and I work in the so-called 'adult world.' So from tracking how much water I drink (Sparkpeople actually helps with that too), to washing my makeup brushes more regularly, to taking off my eye makeup every night and wearing sunscreen daily (I used to be religious about this), I've got plenty to work on.
- To learn a new language
Not to toot my own horn, but I'm good at languages. I'd like to try my hand at German or Spanish. Maybe work on recovering my French or ASL. But for fun, I think Russian, Italian or Chinese would be good choices. If I'm trying to get in touch with my roots, any Celtic language, Polish, and again Russian (I'm not Russian explicitly, but ancestors came from the Ukraine, where they likely spoke Russian).
- To run another marathon
I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do it right. I'm giving myself 12 weeks to start building my aerobic base again, but then I'd like to start adding distance runs and applying a training plan. Maybe I'll do the Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon in June? It would be a nice long weekend and a chance to check out a city that I'm not only dying to visit for the first time, but to live in as well.
- To log reading with Goodreads
I started an account with a while back, but I'd like to get back into reviewing books. It's a neat site that keeps track of the books I'd like to read, have read and reviewed.

There are a few more, but I'll wrap up and not bore anyone reading too badly. ;o) Hope everyone had a happy New Year! May 2010 bring some fantastic new adventures.

To those reading, what are your resolutions?