I got tagged by Kim. If you haven't checked out Kim's blog, you should. It's a fun read; she washes her flip-flops in the dishwasher and stuff ;)
Ten years ago, August 1995:
It was the summer after my sophomore year in college. I came back home to live with my mom and work as a legal assistant at a real estate law firm in Beverly, MA. (I know, the excitement is killing you already). The job was hideously boring. I mostly made copies of real estate closing documents all day. And typed quitclaim deeds. Anyway, I did share a room with a really cute, older lawyer. I turned 20 that summer and he arranged to get a Killer Chocolate Cake from a nearby bakery called Klink's on my birthday. Klink's is either closed now or they don't make the cake anymore. I think they're closed. Among the motley crew of characters at the firm was a woman who had been married 3 times at age 47. She was mad because she heard someone whispering about her once, "She's been married 4 times."
Five years ago, August 2000:
I was living with my boyfriend and working as a paralegal at a securities class action firm in NYC, but I was leaving for law school the next month. I was going to miss my friends. They included: a fun guy who did sculpture in college and shaved his eyebrows; a secretary who slept with one of the lawyers, and was artsy; and a woman from Switzerland who was 28 at the time. Later she got cancer. I hope she recovered. We kept up a correspondence for a while, and then she disappeared.
One year ago, August 2004:
I had just fled my lawyer job a month before. My boredom at my two previous law jobs didn't clue me in that I would hate it. Ever been oblivious like that? After quitting, I went with my husband to Italy, where we ate and walked around. Some days we walked 4 hours. I guess that's why I lost 6 pounds. (I put them back on.)
Yesterday, August 24, 2005:
I went to yoga, made Thai tofu with coconut rice for me and D, and took a bike ride down the Hudson River path around 11 pm. The falafel man, who hits on everybody, said, "Taxi!" as I passed and then said, "Wassup, beautiful?" I didn't see any rats. My palm has healed from my last rat encounter.
Tomorrow, August 26, 2005:
I'll go to yoga and get psyched up for going to the beach on Saturday with D and DG. They have the same first name. I'll also make Grand Marnier French toast with challah bread in the morning.
Five snacks I enjoy:
Five bands that I know most of their lyrics:
Like Kim, I assume this includes individual artists. I'm gonna say:
Pet Shop Boys
Five things I'd do with a million dollars:
Have my apartment expanded to include 2 rooms that are lined with bookshelves
Pay off my law school debt
Put some into savings
Set my mother up for retirement
Get a house in San Francisco or Miami
Five places I'd run away to:
Providence (I know, it's weird. But I have a special affection for Brown and they have great sandwiches at Geoff's on Thayer Street).
Drawing a blank on the last one! Maybe Italy? I like the food, but I wouldn't want to live there. I don't think they like Americans much. I like London, but the air is really sooty.
Five bad habits I have:
Loving dessert (I have to buy individual ones; I only bake dessert for events, so I won't have to deal with tempting leftovers)
A bit of a temper
I can hold a grudge
I sometimes slack off with my writing
Five things I like doing:
Hanging out with people
Five things I wouldn't wear:
Anything with pleats
Heels higher than 1 or 2 inches
Five TV shows I love:
Currently, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. Not a big TV watcher other than that.
Five movies I love:
The Wedding Singer
Bridget Jones's Diary
(and many more)
Five famous people I'd like to meet:
This is tough. I find a lot of celebrities vapid and annoying these days. I guess I would say:
Anne Tyler (love her books)
Madonna (story value. Plus she'd probably do something outrageous.)
Five favorite toys:
My laptop (PowerBook G4)
Five people to tag:
Bdogg (thanks for the books :)
Ms. Dork (I know, that's 6. But some people might not do it!)
PENNE A LA VODKA
It rocked. Here's a picture:
And here's the recipe.
Penne a la Vodka (courtesy of Vegetarian Classics by Jeanne Lemlin)
2 T olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 c canned crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
1/4 c vodka
1/2 t salt
1/2 c heavy cream
1 lb penne
2 T fresh minced parsley
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (you can also add cubes of fresh mozzarella right before serving)
1. Bring a large quantity of water to boil in a stockpot.
2. Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook gently for 1 min. Do not let the garlic get at all colored. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, vodka and salt, and cook at a lively simmer for 10 min. Pour in the cream and keep warm while you cook the pasta.
3. Drop the penne into the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 10-12 min. Drain thoroughly in a colander and return to the pot. Pour on the sauce, toss, and cook 1 min. Serve sprinkled with parsley. Pass the cheese at the table.