Whew. It's so hard to be productive and festive this time of year, because it's our busiest time for the store. I had such grand ideas... send out fresh baked goods as gifts, for example. Ha. I haven't even had time to send anyone a card, much less bake in quantity. But soon we will have a day off, oh yes!
A lot has happened in a week or so. The most exciting is that I've decided I want to be a runner. Why is that weird? Well, for one thing I'm not the least bit athletic. I'm overweight, and I pretty much despise exercise. The only time I have ever consistantly kept up with an exercise routine is when Christy and I took yoga classes for two years. So here we are- day nine of my running experiment. I've gone out there six days out of the past nine. I'm pretty weak, I can't run for long. I have to go as far as I can, then walk. Everything hurts. My knees, shins, ankles, feet. It sucks. But for some reason, I still feel compelled to accomplish this. Ken is a good trainer too, by the way. He's a real runner. We'll see how long I can take it.
But anyway. Here's some pictures and stuff.
Moe! It's Moe's world, we just live in it. I like this picture because everything in it is Moe-ified. Not one but two scratchy posts in the background, along with a framed picture of him on the end table. What you can't see is Moe hair on every surface.
The store parking lot gets tagged pretty often with cool graffiti. I especially like this one that recently appeared because you don't see much graffiti that includes birdies wearing fat albert style hats.
We have a really sweet customer that owns a date farm. She sent us an amazing care package of fancy dates in several varieties. They taste fucking amazing, so sweet and good. There were a lot more than this, we had to give some away because there were too many for us to eat. This is what we kept:
And Ken made banana bread with some of those lovely dates by following the recipe from HIAV. It turned out great!
Tonight we wanted to try a new vegan feta cheese we got in at the store, so we made a pizza with one of those pre-made Rustic Crusts. We topped the sourdough crust with sauce, crumbled vegan feta, black olives, onions, and sun dried tomatoes. This was VERY GOOD. The feta is flavorful and nice, without being too stinky like real cheese. And I have enough sun dried tomatoes left over to (hopefully) whip up a batch of Creamy Tomato Soup from the Veganomicon tomorrow night. I've been craving the hell out of some tomato soup lately.
So yeah. More cooking should be happening next week, I hope!