The Life of Erin

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Herb Pesto and My Best Omelet June 7, 2009

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I was inspired today. I’ve been eating crap lately and my body is craving freshness!

Breakfast: the best omelet I’ve ever made. Two eggs, one whole scallion, two mushrooms, three slices of tomato, a touch of Parmesan cheese, and a sprig of dill.





Then I made some pesto. I never use a recipe so it’s a lot of guessing whenever I do this. Today I grabbed a handful of fresh basil, sage, and thyme, and threw it in the processor with slivered almonds, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. I could eat this all right now:



Therapy Sessions Resume May 13, 2009

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The gardening (aka my spring, summer, and fall therapy sessions) has started slowly this year. First it was cold. Then it was 90 degrees. Then it rained for 3946 days straight. In the past week we’ve had a chance to get started outside. Gardening is the one thing that calms me and at the same time gets me excited. I also don’t really care if I mess something up–it’s easily fixed and I just try something different the next year. My sanity thanks gardening.

Here are some shots of our new front yard. On Easter Sunday, Matt and I pulled out our dying bushes and these beds are finally ready to be beautiful:



Our composter:

And the back–mostly we will grow veggies and herbs with some flowers thrown in here and there. The veggie garden is not finished, obviously. We have some seedlings ready to go: tomatoes, peppers, peas, and soy beans:



Seedlings–we have a lot:


Day Staycation May 11, 2009

If you’re feeling the economic crunch this year and can’t get away on a real vacation from the Philadelphia area, try Terrain at Styers for a Day Staycation.

We went for Mother’s Day and I know that during the summer and fall, and even winter, when we need to relax for a day, this will be the place.

It has multiple greenhouses, gift shops, and a cafe that serves delicious food. Click here for my cafe review.

Enjoy the photos and visit Terrain at Stylers soon to relax and rejuvenate!


















It’s Alive! May 2, 2009

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We were just about to pull out our seemingly-dead grape vine when we saw this:

And this:

2009 may be the year of the grape-producing vine! I can’t believe that just two years ago, when we bought it from Trader Joe’s, it was only about one foot tall. It’s all growns up.



Clean Slate April 12, 2009

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Goodbye azaleas! Goodbye rhododendron! We’re sorry we pulled you out but our house is going to look so much better without you.


















IKEA, seeds, and Meeting March 15, 2009

I feel like we got a lot accomplished this weekend. It all started on Friday night when Matt discovered that the IKEA near our house finally had a bookcase in stock that we had been coveting. So we made sure to get there right when it opened on Saturday morning. Matt and I hardly ever go to IKEA, but it really is a special place. I couldn’t resist snapping some shots with my iPhone.


I love eating at IKEA. I didn’t know they had breakfast and it looked so good, but we had already eaten. So we shopped and then got lunch.


mac n cheesesalad

I also love IKEA for inspiration. I love this room. It had toille wallpaper. I hate wallpaper so I’m thinking of another way to get toille on the walls. I’m thinking Mom and Chad and Andrew can help me figure this out! (Hang fabric on the walls?) I’m crazy.


Finished Products:

book case
(Matt made this one)
(I made this one)

We replaced a TV and TV stand that we never used for the nice big bookcase/filing cabinet. It holds so much more and actually clears up a lot of floor space.

When we got home we planted seeds for our garden. Last year we did a pretty good job as first-time gardeners. Hopefully it wasn’t beginners’ luck.







We are trying the old-fashioned soil method and also a tray of special pellets that expand with water. It’s called a hydrofarm and it comes with a vented plastic top. Who knows which will work better.

Today we decided to go to Meeting. Before we got married, we knew that we wanted to look into Quakerism and we were lucky enough, as Pennsylvania residents, to have the choice of a Quaker or “self-uniting” marriage license. As a bit of a stressed-out and anxious person who can never sit still, I never thought I would enjoy going to Meeting, which is an hour of sitting and thinking. Meditation. If you feel so moved, you can stand up and speak what is on your mind. Protocol says that after someone stands up and speaks, you should take a few minutes to reflect before you can stand up and respond with your own thought or observation. I have never said anything in Meeting, but I am usually very moved by what people say.

This is the meeting house we attend:

meeting house

I snuck a photo of the inside because we got there early. There are rows of benches that all face towards the middle of the room. It’s very basic–no alters or guys dressed up in fancy robes preaching at you.

meeting house

We are going to try to go to Meeting again on a regular basis and it is our goal to someday be accepted as official Friends. I was excited to see that in their January business meeting, the issue of same gender marriages is being discussed as a possibility. Quakers are also Conscientious Objectors, which makes us very happy.

Matt is now practicing taiko, and I have to make some jewelry.

Is tomorrow really Monday already?


My New Year starts tomorrow January 5, 2009

I wasn’t ready to let go of 2008 on January 1–not even this weekend–I was in denial. It seems fitting that since tomorrow is when I have to talk to Real Live People for the first time since 2008 (like, coworkers) that January 5th is the official start of my New Year. For the first time in my life, I’ve thought of some official resolutions:

I am going to cook more, and cook more healthy meals in 2009. I have a slow cooker and some new cook books and I am prepared to use them.

I will not watch trash TV five out of seven nights of the week. Matt and I canceled our cable and suspended our Netflix subscription. I think it’s true that people who watch less TV are happier. We have been focusing on DVDs and short clips online–Northern Exposure is still the greatest show of all time, and Weekend Update is the best part of SNL (thanks Hulu). And once a week I can gorge myself on Real Housewives clips or Top Chef reruns (thanks again, Hulu).

We are all going back to Japan. This has been Matt’s and my dream since we met: to return to Japan together. Timeline: I’ve been multiple times from 1985-2003; Matt lived there from 2001-2002; and we started dating in 2003. We’ve never been there together and we are finally getting the chance because my parents will live there for four months starting on Thursday! I will miss my parents and they are giving Matt and me a chance to return to our favorite city together.

I will not insist on cosmetic home improvements. We have some necessary work that needs to be done and that will come first. No more obsessing over the paint colors or landscaping, although these projects will hopefully be hobby-like distractions this year (I release all of my stress from March through September when I can weed, plant, and pick vegetables).

And finally, in 2009, I am going to sleep more. I never get enough sleep but I owe it to myself to get at least 7 hours a night on average.

That’s all I’ve come up with as far as “resolutions” go. I’m sure I’ll think of a lot more and maybe even convert my musings into a spreadsheet.

I wish you all a truly Happy Year, and leave you with a few photo highlights (because everyone knows that blogs with no photos are boring as hell).

me funnysquirrel
(My obsession with squirrels began.)

(I started custom-making jewelry…and selling it.)

(RIP, Nannie)

(We made it back to California.)

(We celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary.)

(We planted a garden.)

(We did some painting…)

(…and then our ceiling fell in…)

(…which turned into a full-scale demo project that lasted 6 months.)

(I spent a weekend with my best friends in DC and said goodbye to Bush.)

Whole Foods
(I sold more jewelry.)

(I got a new office.)

(I was warm in the summer.)

(More gardening.)

(I went to Montreal.)

Penn Yan
(We finally went to Penn Yan together.)

(I went to London.)

(The Phillies won.)

(Then Obama won.)

(Anita got married.)

(And the holiday season was filled with happiness.)

I’m exhausted. How will 2009 ever compare?