I think I forgot that I owned a camera this past week, because I have NO pictures to share with you! (The horror!) I guess you'll all just have to use your imaginations . . . !!
For starters . . . Valentine's Day. Have I told you all how much I despise Valentine's Day? Well, I've been single on Valentine's Day and in relationships on Valentine's Day, and honestly, I'm not sold on the holiday. When you're single, Valentine's Day has always been about me cooking a huge, fabulous dinner for my friends and I, calling it a "too cool for V-Day" party, and digging in. Well, actually, that part was pretty fun. I was actually going to have one of those parties again this year, (even though I'm not single,) because it is so much fun. Alas . . . Valentine's Day fell on a Wednesday this year, and I had church choir rehearsal. Gak! So, my Valentine's Day this year consisted of working (pimping chocolate and specialty ice creams for six hours . . . I'm SO SICK of chocolate at the moment!), running to Target (poor Oliver was almost out of cat food!), mac and cheese w/shelled edamame for dinner, and church choir rehearsal. I talked to Dan for about five minutes on the phone, as I was rushing out the door. See why I don't like Valentine's Day?
However, my mom sent me and Dan twenty bucks in the mail, so we could go out and celebrate (thanks, Mom!) Dan's comment when I showed him the card? "I'm such a moron -- when's Valentine's Day?" :) (I'm shaking my head right now.) It's okay, since I do mostly hate the holiday, so we went out for Thai food on Tuesday night. Mmmmmmm Pad Thai. Dan's still under the weather, stressed out, and tired from all the farm work, so it was an early night for both of us.
In food news, I haven't been cooking much of anything noteworthy these past few weeks . . . I'm ready for a change in weather and change in available produce. Late winter in MN sucks for poor cooks! ;-) I did make a pretty wonderful dinner for myself last night -- I topped a baked sweet potato with a pinch of salt and a few dashes of chili powder, some black beans, Muir Glen organic medium garlic & cilantro salsa, frozen broccoli, and mozzarella cheese. MMMMMMMMM . . . my coworkers were all very interested in (and very jelaous of!) my dinner. Hooray for sweet potatoes. (Hip hip, hooray!!!)
In other news, my friend Ann, who is an accountant by day, helped me with my income taxes the other night. CRAZY GIANT REFUND coming my way!!!! I've decided I need to be responsible with half of the money, and I haven't decided what I will do with the other half yet. Part of me REALLY wants to take a trip, but I'm realizing I might need some new clothes (mostly for work) come springtime, and I'm really tempted to update some of my kitchenwares. Is it completely nerdy that I want to spend my tax return on canisters???? :)