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Yo, yo, yo…

I’m back.

I feel like I have a million things to tell you all, but I don’t really know where to start.

Let’s begin with DC.  It was pretty good.  Aside from the conference, there was a lot of R&R.  Plus, Camille and I hit the International Spy Museum, which was basically the most amazing thing ever.  Turns out that I would make one helluva spy based on my keen instincts and sharp memory.  At least that’s what the little computerized quizzes at the museum indicated.  I’m not joking when I tell you that I went back to my hotel room and went straight to the CIA website to find out what it takes to be a secret operative.

Possibly the most incredible part of the trip was this:


I spent one afternoon wandering the Washington Mall and stumbled upon a pro-war rally.  After grabbing a bit to eat, I walked straight into THIS – a huge anti-war march that spread from the White House to the Capitol.  I parked myself on a ledge and snapped picture after picture with my Blackberry.  I’d like to add that Santa is apparently opposed to the war in Iraq as well.

I also enjoyed three Smithsonians (Air & Space, American Art, Modern Art), Sushi, a street art fair, margaritas at this sort of crappy Mexican place in Crystal City that happened to be underneath my hotel and therefore was amazingly convenient, and many bowls of crab and corn chowder.  Delish.

Back in Wichita, I hosted this month’s Bunco night.  I made the cutest cupcakes ever (that’s real buttercream frosting and fresh raspberries on top).  The Martha Stewart in me was proud.


Last night, Linda B. and I went with My Cool Boss to our intern’s football game.  It was so fun.  I was proud of him – he was tough.  He’s a lineman and I kept cheering everytime he knocked someone down.

And now it’s back to normalcy for awhile… or a week and a half.  Then I’ll be back in California for Katie’s wedding and a reunion with Martine and family time.


Sunday Dinner

Insalata Caprese is one of my favorite salads ever. It’s beautiful (tricolore – meaning it has all of the colors of the Italian flag), easy to make and so very summery. I put my chef hat on this evening and got busy:

In case you were interested, the ingredients are simple: high quality tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, good olive oil and freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste. Easy and yummy.

Even better, pair it with a glass of wine. Because I’m still on my quest to drink every Sauvignon Blanc at the liquor store, I chose to pop open this fantastic 2006 White Haven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (about $18). It’s one of my all time faves. If you like a light, crisp and slightly dry white wine, this is a great bottle. I highly recommend picking a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand because they tend to be a bit fruitier and easier to drink than anything from Napa, Chile, Washington or California’s Central Coast. Though I’ll feature a few from the other regions throughout the next week or so because wine at the liquor store today was 30% off (I love Sunday liquor sales) and y’all know I can’t resist a good bargain. So I stocked up.

And thus concludes another edition of A California Girl in the Kitchen. Bon appetit!


I’m getting ready to go to a luau. Because I’m slightly overachieving, I will be wearing a retro, tropical print dress, big wooden earrings, and I’ll be bringing the following accessories:

A pineapple upside-down cake. My very first. It looks so cute!

And this coconut cup, found on clearance at Target. Plus a cheesy lei.


Low Carb

I’m going low carb again. I’m quite motivated to do it right because I seriously need to lose my Kansas weight. It’s like baby weight, but put on thanks to an entire state of people who eat fried food and a ton of BBQ. It’s a bad influence. I come from the land of the avacado, cucumber and alfalfa sprout sandwich and I am living in the land of chicken fried steak and fried okra (still have no idea what that’s about. And I take issue with “chicken fried steak.” Shouldn’t it just be “fried steak”?). People eat things like fried livers and gizzards. I’m aiming for ahi tuna with cucumber salad.

So yeah, I’m all about the low carb right now. And the Gazelle – thank you, Tony Little. And Windsor Pilates, thank you, Daisy Fuentes. And I’m giving up booze for awhile… because that has so many carbs and calories and it makes me dance on tables. Just kidding, mom.

When I’ve reached my goal of fitting in my skinny jeans again, I’ll take a picture and post it. How’s that for accountability? It’s kinda like Kirstie Alley wearing a bikini on Oprah… Only not.


I’d say they were a hit.

Memorial Day Weekend Boredom Bonanza

I’m bored. I’ve been bored for approximately 30 hours. Since the best friend moved away and then became the ex-best friend, I’ve had a bit more time on my hands than I used to. Don’t get me wrong – I like my alone time. I embrace it. But this is a lot of alone time and I’m Just. Plain. Bored.

Boredom can drive you to do crazy things.

Exhibit A: I watched Lindsay Lohan’s craptacular flop Just My Luck. And liked it.

Exhibit B: I cleaned my entire 1100 square foot apartment – top to bottom. I mopped. And dusted. Not just, like, picked up my shoes and organized the magazines on my coffee table.

Exhibit C: I finally picked up and started to read the new Conde Nast business magazine, Portfolio. It was kind of like the Vanity Fair of business mags – sorta meaty and fluffy all at once. Much more interesting than Forbes (of which I also have a subscription – odd, but true) and much less interesting than Us Weekly.

Exhibit D: I walked the Pug. And not just so that she could do a doodie. We actually went out into neighborhoods so she could doodie there. Don’t worry – I brought a baggie.

Exhibit E: I made chocolate chip cookies. And ate a lot of batter.

On the plus side, I had another date with The Crush on Saturday. It was lovely.