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home again

I’m home!!!

…which means…

I have internet again!!!

 

I’m sorry I went m.i.a. …again… but for the last week the internet has been about as reliable as the british weather channel (just always expect rain, no matter what they tell you) but now I’m home and the internet is up and running!

 

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. It seems that most of you (myself included) prefer the rebellious scoundrel Solo to our archeologist friend Jones. I’m just a Harrison Ford fan in general and I love both sets of movies.

 

My first meal at home was grown almost entirely in my own garden. If you’ve ever lived on a farm or had a garden of your own you’ll know how satisfying that is:

 

 

Pasta with a fresh garlic, basil and onion pesto. Cooked with fresh tomatoes, red and green peppers and green squash. The only thing here we didn’t grow was the pasta, and the little bit of olive oil. It tasted amazing, I think the combination of tomato and basil has to be one of the best tastes in the world.

 

 

So what does a girl do when she basically only has two weeks to be home all summer?

 

    • Continue studying for the GRE *headdesk*
    • Sort through everything going to the apartment
    • Practice Tae Kwon Do

 

Did I mention that there’s a good possibility I’m testing for my next black belt degree in two weeks? My instructor will tell me within this next week if he’s going to test me. The promotion test is intense, including:

 

    • ~18 general forms
    • 106 hand techniques (with counting in Korean)
    • ~10 staff forms
    • ~ 6 nun chuck forms
    • sparing proficiency
    • vocabulary / verbal exam
    • as many sit up, push ups, kicks as they feel like making you do
    • a 2? or 3? part breaking combination

 

This is all stuff I should know like the back of my hand, but on testing day the nerves are high that once you make one tiny mistake there’s the possibility that you’ll be thrown off and mess everything else up. Can’t let the nerves get to you.

 

I’m also spending some time with my brother (outside of the dojo) Yesterday I took him out for chinese food:

 

 

Is it telling me to date someone at work? Cause that’s generally a really bad idea… let’s go with the translation: “date a physicist.” I can deal with that.

 

 

 

 

Today we decided to venture into the “city”. I grew up going to a small Montessori School in Lancaster City from when I was 2 until I was 13. I went to a public High School much closer to my home, and it became a trek to get to the city, but that didn’t stop me from spending as much time there as I could. Some of my favorite stops include:

 

Chestnut Hill Cafe

Source.

I spent almost every weekend coming here towards the end of high school. Great coffee, fun people. I still stop in at least once every time I come home.

 

Radiance

Source.

An herb shop  in downtown Lancaster. This is such a peaceful place, I just have to stop in every time I walk by. The women who run the shop are wonderful, you should check out Sarah’s blog

 

Lancaster Central Market

I love, love, love the market. When I was in middle school we used to take a “field trip” every Tuesday to walk to market where we would buy and eat our lunch. Today we were only there for fresh, local milk, but I couldn’t resist a smoothie from my favorite smoothie stand ever.

 
 
 

Pineapple, strawberry, banana, mango with fresh squeezed orange juice and yogurt. I have them add fresh wheatgrass to mine. Yum.

 
 
 
Now it’s time to catch up on the 200+ posts Google Reader tells me I’ve missed. At least it’s something to do when I can’t take any more GRE madness for a little while.
 
~Abi

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Yehaw…

So, I’ve been feeling rather lazy and uninspired lately. I blame the lazy part on the days spent sitting on the beach, and the uninspired by the fact that my times been spent mostly studying rather than…well, whatever everyone else does on the beach…

 

For as long as I can remember my family has been going down to the beach at the same time, and as long as I can remember I had summer homework to do during those couple of weeks because I put it off through June and July. When I was young the work was easy, just reading a few book, a couple essays. Now in college it’s playing catch up and preparing for classes, and getting ready to move. This year I have the GRE to study for and I’m continuing the work from my earlier internship. I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade this summer for any other, but at the same time I hope some day I’ll look back on this and recall this as an easy summer as well. (this will probably happen some time in the next couple months when I’m sleep deprived and in up to my eyeballs in school work and research)

 

 

But let’s get to something y’all are more likely to want to read about…more beach eats, from the last couple days…

 

Breakfasts:

 

Polenta on a bed garlic spinach, an topped with diced zucchini*, tomatoes*, feta cheese and an egg (could’ve gone without the egg) all beautifully lit in the morning sunlight.

 

Lunch:

 

 

A cup of roasted red pepper soup toped with chives and blue cheese, paired with a sesame seaweed salad. All courtesy Mama Kwan’s OBX mile post 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinners:

Lightly breaded baked eggplant on top of broiled zucchini* served with a fresh mairanara and parmesan.

 

 

Macaroni and cheese with kale, served with lima beans and topped with salt and pepper tomatoes*

 

*brought from my garden

 

 

I did manage to get out a bit yesterday. It rained so we (along with most everybody else on the beach) decided it was the perfect time to go see a movie. What did we choose?

 

Cowboys and Aliens

 

 

We’ve got Indiana Jones paired with James Bond as our two hunky tough as nails cowboys, and Tron’s new drop dead damsel for the eye candy factor. How can you go wrong with this cast? (probably by throwing in aliens)

 

Well unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to make my top ten but I did enjoy it. I went into it not expecting a full on serious movie, I mean they mixed a a western with a sci-fy for goodness sake, but it was fun.

 

It starts off with a few shots of Butch Cassidy esq scenery, a bit more violence than I enjoy and then we introduce the aliens. I cant say much more without giving away any spoilers, and I hate when people do that to me so I’ll shut up here.

 

~ Have you ever had to work through a vacation?

~ Harrison Ford: do you prefer Han Solo or Indiana Jones?

It’s probably not surprising that I fall into the Han Solo category…

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August??? Really!?

It’s already August! ~25 days till move in! ~50 days till my GRE!

 *breathe*

Where did my summer go?

(it snuck on by while I was tanning in the English rain)

 

I still have plenty of time to finish up my summer duties (right?) Today I both finished paying (or borrowing) for this semester AND started sorting things out for my apartment. Most of my stuffs being stored in PA right now so all I can (will) work on here are the fun things, like designing my wall decorations (more on those when I actually start making them) As for now, this is going to have to be a brief post ‘cause I just got back from a run with my brother and I’ll be ready to pass out soon.

 

Vacation Eats (from over the last almost a week):

 

tonight's to die for dinner

Protabella mushrooms marinated in a aged balsamic, sitting on guta mashed potatoes, and served with sauteed spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes. Oh and of course its topped with warm delicious melty feta! With this dinner I’ll never miss the meat and potatoes of my past…too bad it was ordered at (an amazing) restaurant, The Black Pelican (OBX mile post ~4ish between the beach and the main road)

last night's dinner...maybe I should lay off the cheeses for a bit...

 

The best ever french onion soup ordered from Jockey’s Ribs, located in Kill Devil Hills right across from the huge sand dunes.

lunch from ... ?

 

Home creation! (yes I still eat in at vacation, it’s just not nearly as exciting) Southern Wrap: shredded zucchini (brought along from my home garden) black beans, avocado and a little bit of shredded cheese poorly held together in an organic spinach wrap.

Indulgence (as if the rest of this wasn't) also from ?

 

Real live traditional mouth watering Key Lime Pie, drool… Bought from Whalebone Seafood in Nags Head, then carried out to our house (and mostly devoured by my brother)

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On another note I’m trying our google reader, it’s getting to be quite the effort to go through my “blogs” folder on my browser just to be disappointed when something’s not updated. Hopefully this will alert me to updates, though I really dont like actually reading them in that format so far…I like all the individual layouts and formatting…

HAPPY AUGUST!

~Do you use reader? Something else? What do you like about it?

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