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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SINKing feelings...

On the plus side, my landlady is showing my apartment to someone tomorrow! Hopefully they'll think it is so awesome they want to move in May 1 and I'll be off the hook for May... side note, if you know of anyone in the twin cities area who is looking for a 1BR in Minneapolis starting May 1 have them call me! It's a beautiful apartment, I am really sad to leave it... right on the bus line, 3 blocks from Calhoun Square, a few minutes walk from the lake etc.

Anywho... on the minus side, my right-hand sink drain somehow managed to clog itself. I am really not sure how this happened, since I only use that side of the sink to drain dishes and never even run water down it! I tried Draino, which at first didn't work at all and then my sink was full of water AND Draino, neither of which was going anywhere (gross), and then finally kind of worked and yesterday afternoon it was draining but this morning it's clogged again. Any ideas? Anyone??? Is gunk from the other side of the sink getting pushed over in the pipe? Why isn't Draino working??? I'm stumped. And I really don't want to have to call the "plumber" (aka my landlady's son who tends to fix things with muscle and/or duct tape rather than actual skill)... so any advice on plumbing is greatly appreciated :) Moving on... yesterday I tried Brittany's idea for a brown rice breakfast bowl! I have tons of leftover brown rice from the weekend and am trying to figure out how to use it all up... I froze half of it and have been using the other half to make lunches and dinners, and now breakfast! The mix: 1/2 cup cooked brown rice; 1 T Bob's Red Mill 5 grain cereal; a little less than 1/4 cup plain soy milk; the same ammt of water; 1/2 T vanilla ;1/4 T Cinnamon; 3 cardamom pods (totally optional). Cook everything together in a pot for 7-8 minutes, or until the liquid is pretty much absorbed. Pour into a bowl and remove cardamom pods (you do not want to chomp on these, trust me!). I topped mine with 1/2 a diced apple, honey and some almonds but any toppings would be delicious :) I also broke into the sea-salt chocolate bar from Foodzie last night! YUM! The finish is shiny, the chocolate is rich and creamy and the salty balance is perfect. My only criticism is that I wish there were more goji berries... they are few and far between and really if they're going to be in the name of the bar they should at least have a solid presence! Wedding updates: All of our travel arrangements for Thailand are completely booked (except for the hostel in Bangkok, which won't let us book until closer to when we'll be there), and the invitations are FINALLY ordered... probably a few weeks later than I would have liked, but for some reason I kept procrastinating it. They are supposed to send us a .pdf of the finished product to approve but I haven't gotten it yet...hopefully soon... I really want to be able to send the invites in May! Also, I've decided to ignore the fact that it's 44 degrees and break out the spring jackets and scarves. Hopefully if I'm dressed for the occasion, the weather will take the hint :)


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