Random Happenings

Random notes and pics about events in the life of a not-your-typical Computer Science grad student. (Yes I am a nerd, but I don't live and breathe the SciFi channel, well maybe Stargate SG-1...)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Just call us turkeys

Just call us both turkeys for getting up early early (before the sun) on our Thanksgiving holiday to join a thousand or so other crazy people in the 2007 Houston Turkey Trot. I ran in the race last year with Nathan and my two nephews cheering me on. This time I talked Nathan into joining me out on the pavement!

It was really really cold and really really windy, but really really fun. Nathan and I ran the entire 5K (~3.1 miles) together! We ran at a comfortable pace until the very end. Nathan decided to try for a photo finish and hollered "Let's push it!" as he began sprinting. It was all I could do to keep up. I blame it on his longer legs --- he definitely has an advantage --- but really he is just faster than me. We crossed the finish-line with me right on his tail at 26:13. Nathan wanted to run it in 30 minutes or less. I think he surprised himself with that finish time. Watch out, we may have another runner in the family!

Here are some action photos of the two of us: Nathan and me

We rewarded our success with bananas, muffins, and hot chocolate after the race. We definitely burned of our pending Thanksgiving dinners with the run!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Must resist

I just pulled this loaf of homemade bread out of the oven. It is incredibly tempting to resist cutting into it --- it smells so, so good! But I somehow must resist until it cools...

After practically giving up hope that I could make bread, I finally decided to give it one more try last weekend. I was encouraged by my friends that even I could do it. (I've had many many many failed attempts in the past usually resulting in beautiful bricks. My bread never seems to rise unless I cheat and use the bread machine someone gave us at our wedding.) Last weekend, I used the recipe here since it seemed straight-foward and came with step-by-step pictures. When I checked on the dough after it's hour rise I literally screamed and did a little dance when I found that it had doubled in size just like it was supposed to! It was a first! A miracle! The bread turned out wonderfully and disappeared in the blink of an eye.

Today, to test if my last success was a fluke or not, I decided to make the same recipe again. It worked! Again! I just may turn into a bread baker after all...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Things you don't expect to hear at the dentist's

I had my biannual checkup yesterday at the dentist's. Everything went smoothly (and I don't have to go back for another 6 months, yea!), but during the course of the cleaning, the dentist said two very unusual things:

  • "Cleaning your teeth is like going on vacation."
    (Not really sure what that is supposed to mean, but maybe that's why I'm not a dentist.)

  • "You have cute implants!"
    (I have dental implants. They look just like the rest of my real teeth, but I never thought of them as cute.)
I guess even a routine trip to the dentist's office can be an adventure.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A trip to France with the comforts of home

Last night Nathan and I took a trip to France without even leaving the house. We turned the kitchen into a French bistro with the help of Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook and Diana Krall Live in Paris. I put the music on while I cooked and danced around the kitchen.

For dinner we started with a mixed greens salad from the backyard garden (more on that later) with spinach, arugula, spicy mesclun, and a Dijon vinagrette. We then had tilapia grenobloise (pan fried with a butter, crouton, lemon, and caper sauce) with steamed garlic green beans. To wash it all down we drank a Louis Latour Chablis from the Cote D'Or region of France. It was a lot of fun to have a fancier-than-normal dinner for two on a weeknight. I highly recommend it!