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I Feel The Adrenaline Moving Through My Veins

in one month it’s just me, mia madison, and britney.  mia once said she could talk in britney lyrics in everyday speech, so for the concert how could we not do it?  and i guess we started practicing early because with alumni weekend looming, it got me and mia madison reminiscing…


miamadison: wat about george?

avav: remember how him and my ex roommate kept hooking up even after they found out they were related?

miamadison: hahaha yes. gross.


a guy like you should wear a warning…it’s dangerous


miamadison: did we ever have a crush on drunk joe?  thats wat betty sue told me. she said we had the “biggest crush on him”

miamadison: i dont believe it.

avav: yeah we did, we thought he was so cute. you don’t remember? we use to get nervous when he would walk into a room

miamadison: hahaha…gross.


i get the tingle i wanna mingle, that’s what i want


avav: we need to pick out our outfits too.  we have to look good so we don’t have to “dream about all the things that never were.”

miamadison: we should do manicures too. u gotta look good, head to toe

avav: i want to paint mine black or dark purple

miamadison: “french fingertips…something red lips…BITCH IS DANGEROUS”


should be a fun weekend. 


references were made to britney’s “circus,” “toxic,” “radar,” “out from under,” and “lace and leather.”


February 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Losing One’s Direction?

Last night i had a very interesting conversation with a friend from school who reminded me of myself at this time last year.  I was very comfortable with the way my life was, and didn’t want it to change.  I didn’t want to leave college and enter the real world.  And like my friend, not only did I have no idea what i wanted to do in this new life, but i had no way to figure it out.  I knew that i liked to cook, and knew that i loved my family and friends but i still had no answer.

Instead my cousin approached me when she found out she was heading to nebraska for grad school, she asked me if i wanted to join her.  I figured “hey, why not?”  It’s the one time in life where you have no responsibilites and can do whatever you want.  But this didn’t mean that i gave up on my dreams of cooking, like my friend probably figured it did.  So he asked me, what happened to my passion for cooking?

In addition to watching food network, going to farmers markets, and reading food blogs, I wrote my first cookbook over the summer.  This is when i realized i never shared the final draft with you.  Here’s some of the recipes:




Spinach Dip

Crab Dip

Not Your Average Joe’s Bread Dip



Banana Bread

Monkey Bread

Crusty Italian Bread

Blueberry-Lemon Loaf



Brussel Sprout Hash with Caramelized Shallots

Caramelized Butternut Squash


Loobee (Lebanese green beans with tomato sauce)

Ginger Rice

Green Bean Casserole


Main Courses

Pecan Crusted Chicken                   Chicken Cacciatore                           Rosemary Chicken

Chicken Tenders                               Company Chicken                            Honey Chicken

Turkey Meatballs                              Turkey Burgers                                  Turkey Meatloaf

Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin                Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Spicy Baked Macaroni                     Pasta with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Tomatoes



Monster Cookies

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Reeses Mini Cup Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies

Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I’d love to publish it, but this book was many a compliation of recipes i’ve loved from other cookbooks.  So now I’m working on my second one tentatively titled “Restaurant Worthy.”  They’re all dishes that i’ve had at different eateries, but since i don’t have the recipes, i’m writing my own. 

So although i couldn’t tell my friend what to do with his life, i found a direction for myself.  Food is great, and i will always want to share it with anyone who will listen.

August 29, 2008 at 11:58 am 2 comments

Living Out the College Dream

When Sophia and i decided to move to Omaha we figured on campus housing would be the easiest and best option.  It’s closest to campus, and comes furnishes.  By just searching for apartments online you never know what you’re going to get, all you see is the rent; which in omaha is less half the price of a similar place in Boston.  However, with an on campus apartment comes RAs.  I mean at 22 it’s not like i’m going to listen to them.  If you get a noise complaint: first time it’s a warning, second time you’re written up, and the third time is a $10 punishment…oh no $10?? 

With all the papers we got when we moved in we also got a list of activities for welcome week.  At first i didn’t want to go, i thought i would feel foolish being a lot older than everyone else there.  But then Sophia said to me, “Everyone wants to go back to college, and we can.”  It was then when i got inspired by DC Hero’s love for college bars.  Everyone wants to stay young and live out the college dream long after they’ve left, so i guess i should take advantage of this opportunity as long as i can.

August 18, 2008 at 10:06 am 2 comments

Time To Graduate

Last week the senior class had three events that led up to yesterday’s graduation. 

The first night was at a club in providence called the complex.  The club consists of 4 rooms, that all play different types of music.  Although I wasn’t there to witness it, the final few songs were a melody of boy band hits from the 90s, a perfect ending to a perfect evening.  I just have one tip for you, if you don’t know how to dance…no big deal, not everyone is JT….but don’t step on your partner’s feet!

The second day was at the casino, Twin River.  I saw a comic who made fun of everyone, saying we’ll all be unemployed in a week.  We also saw a hypnotist, but I that’s not real, so there’s no reason to dwell on it.  The night’s finale was a concert by the grammy awarding winning artist: Coolio.  Other than gangstas paradise, the concert was so horrible that it was humorous.  One song was called “I like girls”…it was a little repetitive and went a little something like this: “I like girls, I like girls, oooo weeee I like girls.”  And at the end of the concert he plugged his cooking show, Cookin’ with Coolio…aka the gansta gourmet.  He also has a new cd coming out called “Steal Hear.”  But the best was when he announced his age, 44!  Oh and he came back to campus and partied with some students….seems reasonable huh?

The last night was a formal up in Boston at the Park Plaza.  The dj was horrible and totally killed the mood with songs like the electric slide and the chicken dance.  But we got dressed up and looked cute one last time.

The saddest part was knowing that once it was over, it was time to graduate; and that’s what happened yesterday.  It wasn’t depressing to get my diploma, it was just sad to think that I will never see most of those people ever again, most of which is fine, but there’s those others.  The other people that you’re not quite good enough friends with to go see, but good enough that you want to.  It amazing to think how many wonderful people I was able to meet over the four years at college.  I would hate for that to go to waste.

death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away,
i’m living life, do or die, what can I say
i’m 23 now, but will I live to see 24
the way things are going I don’t know

May 19, 2008 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

College Review: Biggest Obsession

During college I maintained the Britney obsession that started in high school, but once my sophomore year came around my attention was turned to Ashlee Simpson.

Mia Madison and I would play that CD over and over again, making our other roommate extremely annoyed.  We also watched the Ashlee Simpson show every week.  At the time I wasn’t sure where the obsession came from; she wasn’t a good singer and she didn’t have dance skills.  But now I realize that she is an amazing song writer.  It was her lyrics that spoke to me:

I’ve been waiting all my life
To finally find you
Just so I can push you away
And when you’re crawling over broken glass to get to me
That’s when I’ll let you stay

Oh how true…It’s amazing how things can change so fast, yet how they stay the same.

May 16, 2008 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

College Review: Most Random Moment

College is full of random moments.  One time my roommates and I fed drunk kids cookies outside our window like a drive thru.  Another time we went mudsliding on the soccer field.  We even started a water balloon fight on the quad.  But this story beats all the rest…

One night on the way from one bar to another we walked past the firehouse, with some firefighters standing outside.  They invited us in, so of course we gladly ran in.  First they took us upstairs to slide down the fire pole…not an easy thing to do when you’re drunk.  Then when we were all at the bottom we put their uniforms on.  But the best part was when they gave me the axe to hold (that was pretty heavy).  How often does one get to do something as random as this?  And now that I’m thinking about it, good thing the alarm didn’t go off while we were there.

May 15, 2008 at 1:00 am 1 comment

College Review: Most Shocking Moment

Shocking can be good like a surprise party, but it can also be a bad eye opener.  And this story involves the latter…

As described earlier I once dated two guys at the same time.  And it came to an end because it was stressful, but I also because I realized that one of them was the doing the same thing to me, but on a much great scale.  Through a mutual friend I found out he also had his “eye” on three other girls at the same time.  I’m not sure if they were all aware of the situation, but once I found out I didn’t let it end that easy…I confronted him.  

After I told him what I found out, his face transformed into the most perplexed expression I’ve ever seen.  He had no idea what to say.  Instead he just left without muttering much to explain his side of it, that being because there was no other side. 

This was the first time I realized that’s how some people function.  Until then I was blinded by the ways of college boys.  The aftermath left me so shocked and I spent many hours trying to find an explanation.  I finally came to the conclusion that he did it because he could, there was nothing in place to stop him from doing it…so in his mind…”why not?”

May 14, 2008 at 7:00 am 1 comment

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