Monday, November 12, 2012

We bought a couch!

This weekend, Tallman and I bought a couch! We went to Jordans with our coupon from when we bought a mattress and spent 4 hours picking out a couch.

This is it. It will be covered in a slate/graphite colored cotton that is on the couch. It seems a little dark but in natural light its not so bad, not like a velvet or a suede of the same color. Its a little shorter than our current couch, but the arms are lower so you can put a pillow on the arm and lie down (which I did in the store and was very comfortable).

Its made in America, and will not get to us for 11 weeks. But thats fine. We're just happy to have purchased a couch we both like and are excited about.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


The slippers that I've been using for the past few years I bought for my mother. Then she lost them. Then I found them. Then I took them away to college with me. Since then I've bought her many wool socks. She is less likely to lose those.

But this was so long ago that these slippers are now so worn that they don't have any fluff in them, and they're looking pretty matted and gross.

It might be time for new slippers. Maybe.
Ugg Slippers
L.L. Bean Scuff Slippers
The bottom ones are the ones I have now. But those top ones are looking pretty cozy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wild Game Night

No, I'm not talking about Scrabble! I'm talking about quail, boar, rabbit and venison. Four years ago I went to my first wild game night at Sel De La Terre, and my eyes were opened. Now I eat venison whenever I can (its plentiful, its a pest, it doesn't pollute, and its delicious!).

My parents, Tallman and I are going again tonight. I am so excited. If you want to have a game night of your own many specialty butchers carry these meats, and so does Whole Foods. Throw on a plaid shirt and invite a couple adventurous friends over!

Recipe for Venison with Mushroom Sauce
Venison is delicious in a sausage mixed with pork or beef, but on its own it is delicious as a steak. Just make sure you do not over cook it! That will cause it to taste like liver which I don't find particularly appetizing.

I've never had it as a shepherds pie, but I imagine it is amazing!
Wild Boar Tacos
Wild Boar is just like pig, but a darker meat. Remember that ad campaign, pork the other white meat? Well Boar is not white meat! Its so good though. Especially in recipes that require slow cooking. People on the internet seem to be raving about boar ragu... yum.
Grilled Rabbit
Rabbit is a bit like duck or chicken, you can do almost anything with it, but tastes best done simply. Grilled, roasted, sauteed up with some rosemary and cherries. mmmmm

I'm hungry. What about you?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012





Seriously, if you do nothing else today, make sure you vote. Make sure you shame your friends and co-workers into voting. Make sure you participate in this wonderful democracy we have.

I recently heard someone say that our system is a mess, but they've studied a lot of political systems and ours is the best one out there. 

Every year they say that this is the most important election of our lives. This one might actually be. We have two options for President neither of which will change the world but one option will move us forward. We have a messed up system of partisan politics and a huge country where people will never completely agree. But we have a system of checks and balances and representative government, so I hope you participate.

God Bless America.

Monday, November 5, 2012

And the wind was blowing...

Last Monday I predicted that the Hurricane would be no big thing, and at my house it wasn't (though I did get to leave work early because they shut down public transit). But overall I was clearly wrong. Hurricane Sandy was a very big thing and still is and I hope you are able to take 5 minutes and $10 and make a donation to the Red Cross. (There has been some talk that there are better options, but the President said to donate to the Red Cross, so that's where I'll be donating).

My heart goes out to those who have lost everything, something, anything.

And I hope that even in the aftermath of devastation like New York and New Jersey are currently facing, those of us who are not dealing with the wreckage of our homes and communities will take the opportunity to make an emergency bag, or buy flood insurance, or not think its a waste of money for the local transit authority to put in better drainage.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November? Already?

Happy November!
From Pinterest

But when did this happen? It feels like yesterday it was my birthday. November is going to be a fun month though, with the election, and I'm going to a variety of alumnae and networking events after work, my parents are going to Vegas for Dad's birthday, then the week of Thanksgiving I'm road tripping to DC, NC and DE for a brewery tour for Tallman's birthday. (Its my first Thanksgiving away from home!)
Fall in Virginia

But seriously. Where is time going? I am 26. Wasn't I JUST turning 21? What have I done in the past 5 years? (Attended and graduated from law school, met Tallman, traveled, many trips to ikea, etc etc.)

Sigh. Hope the start of your month is lovely and not at all filled with questions about the passage of time.