Sunday, October 29, 2006


Well, despite my Thursday post where I said I was going to have a super-busy weekend, it ended up being pretty quiet. Friday night, I was supposed to tag along with my friend Dan to Northfield, because they had a show, but Dan decided to ride with the band at the last minute, so I was sort of "uninvited." I ended up spending most of Friday night on the phone with various friends and my mom, so I wasn't bored or anything . . . just not what was originally planned!

Saturday early afternoon, I had an interview with a local high-end kitchenwares store for a part-time, seasonal retail position. Yes, I had already accepted a part-time seasonal retail position with a national chain, but I was so excited about this local store, (where I actually shop,) I wanted to take the interview anyway. They ended up offering me the job on the spot, (after a 90 minute interview!), and offered me WAY more money than the chain retailer, with the potential to increase my wage over time with training to $12 per hour! It's a dream job, almost! I start on Tuesday night. (And yes, I quit the other position already.) I'm oh, so very excited about this job -- during the interview, it came up at one point that I store my surplus kitchenwares in my living room closet. My interviewer exclaimed, "really? Me too -- I store stuff on a bookcase in my living room, and another manager stores extra kitchenwares under his bed!" I think I may have found my people. :)

Saturday night, Michelle and I went to see So It Goes at the Kitty Cat Klub in Dinkytown. Michelle told me that I had seen them once before, but I couldn't remember . . . but . . . I really really enjoyed their set! They are loud and crazy (yes, I wore earplugs,) and if the stage had been larger, I think they would have rocked out WAY more than they were able to. I will need to buy their CD, once some extra cash happens into my life!

This afternoon, I was supposed to get together with Dan, (reschedule from Friday night,) but we ended up cancelling, because he leaves for tour on Tuesday, I have a low-grade fever and a cough (beginnings of a cold, methinks,) and neither one of us wants him to be sick on a van for 12 days with his entire band. Boo! Fortunately, I did use the extra time to my advantage. After I moped around on the couch for awhile feeling crappy, I got up off my butt and did a little cooking:


I decided to follow my plain beans 'n rice recipe, and give it a few little somethings extra. Mmmmm . . . it's chillin' in the fridge right now, (to give time for the flavors to mingle,) but I think this will make a nice one-bowl meal a few times this week (lunches, dinners, maybe even breakfast once!)

I also cooked up the kale that has been hanging about in my veggie drawer for a week now, and had that for dinner with some leftover sloppy lentils and butternut squash.


Culinary deja vu? Certainly. Tasty? Definitely.

Off to a movie with some friends tonight (more about that later,) and then back to the ol' grind tomorrow. Gah. Have good weeks everyone, and if you partake, Happy Halloween!


Anonymous said...

LOOK, IT'S A PANDA!! :) Ha. Ha.

I can burn So It Goes for you. I keep meaning to do that, but with student teaching I haven't gotten around to it.

Anyways, I hope you feel better!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm! Your version of beans 'n' rice looks delicious. Very healthy & fresh.

Jen said...

Congrats on the new job! Does the shop offer any cooking classes? Maybe they'll let you do some vegan demos! And they'll probably be a great market for your cookbook :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new/better job! That sounds great--I love the local kitchen/cooking shops.

Yummm...lentils, kale, and squash--quite possibly one of the best dinners around!

Catherine Weber said...

Michelle: a panda? Where? Me = anxiously awaiting Historionics.

Crystal, I had some of my beans and rice for dinner tonight, and it is SO good! Yummers. More packed for dinner tomorrow night!

Veg triathlete, they do offer tons of cooking classes -- I'm most interested in helping out with the cooking classes they offer for children! A perfect marriage of two of my best skills!

Courtney, there's just something about sloppy lentils, kale, and squash that makes for a perfect supper. Mmm! I had the same thing for lunch again today! Many people were super jealous of my squash.

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

congrats on your new position! how exciting to be doing something you enjoy & have talent. lovin' the kale and lennies! :o)

KleoPatra said...

i love the food! So wonderful, especially the beans on the bun. Very nice.