Sunday, October 12, 2008

Debate Dinner #2

The presidential debates were last Tuesday night. Here it is almost a week later and I'm still reeling with excitement. Okay, I admit not from the two candidates, old man river and 'that one', but from the spectacular eats I encountered that night. I learned a few things that night, but the one most pertinent to this blog: I make a damn fine sous chef! (That's me tooting my own horn. I have a knack for all things pastry, but prefer to have recipes when it comes to mealtime dishes.) Back to my sous chef excellence. I am a great and organized planner. I can anticipate the needs of others and have honed my ability for forethought. (The running a restaurant thing really helped me with that-specifically the catering part.)

Okay, enough about me. Now to JH's mad cooking skills. Brilliant! In just over 30 minutes we were able to plate up two huge plates of deliciousness. On the menu, angel hair pasta with a fabulous tomato garlic olive ragu, steamed mussels and clams. And the best brussels sprouts I've eaten (sauteed in garlic and pancetta). This was the most spectacular thing I have eaten in a looong time... until dessert anyway. :)

For dessert, I made an almond cream tart with peaches and rasperries. I made the almond cream from scratch, just like last time. Wooooweee that was good.

The meal was washed down with a glass of white wine, and opened by my new thrift store purchase (See top right of picture #1)! That's right, and automatic wine opener. $3.99. I think I'm in love!

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I've become somewhat obsessed now. I've taken countless Meyers-Briggs tests over the last year and half or so and they ALWAYS come back different. Am I undefinable? Uncontainable? Indescribable? I seem to walk the line on many issues. Which do you think I am?

You Are An INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.

Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.

You are an excellent listener with almost infinite patience.

You have complex feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.

You enjoy relationships when they are improving and changing. You can't stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy... as long as you are working toward a dream you support.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable



Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging

ESTJs are civic-minded individuals who dedicate themselves to maintaining the institutions behind a smooth-running society. They are defenders of the status quo and strong believers in rules and procedures. ESTJs are outgoing and do not hesitate to communicate their opinions and expectations to others. ESTJs are practical, realistic, and matter-of-fact, with a natural head for business or mechanics. Though they are not interested in subjects they see no use for, they can apply themselves when necessary. They like to organize and run activities. ESTJs promote the work ethic. Power, position and prestige should be worked for and earned. Laziness is rarely viewed with ambivalence nor benevolence by this type.