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Weekend Recap

I usually post these on a Monday but, as you can probably tell, I’m a little behind with my blogging.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I made Daniel stuffed shells for dinner on Friday for his Hanukkah gift.  That night was kind of quiet for us because we both had to work on Saturday morning.

On Saturday night, we went out for dinner to a new tapas restaurant downtown.  It’s called Taberna and  their tapas are fantastic but what really knocked my socks off was their paella.  If you’re ever in Downtown Durham looking for a new place to try, go to Taberna.  The service was amazing and the prices are very reasonable.  You can try a huge variety of great food and it’s a really cute restaurant.  Daniel and I can’t wait to go back.  That was sort of our belated anniversary dinner, since we both forgot about it earlier in the week.  It was Hanukkah and his dad’s birthday on that same day, so we just ended up hanging out at his parents’ house to celebrate those.

After dinner at Taberna, we drove to the new apartment of Forest and Fran.  Forest is one of Daniel’s friends from high school and Fran is his girlfriend.  They just moved out of Forest’s mom’s house and into an adorable apartment near Southpoint.  We drank beer and wine and watched trailers on Youtube for some of the worst movies every made (including The Room, Enemy Mine, and Tiptoes).  It’s always a pleasure to see to them.

On Sunday we went to a small Hanukkah party with delicious food and good company.  Everyone brought a “white elephant” gift, which is kind of like a gag gift; basically, it’s something weird or random you might find laying around your house that you don’t want.  My brother recently gave me a bag of some of the most random dvds ever, so Daniel and I chose 3 of those, wrapped them, and I think Daniel’s parents finally ended up with them.  We came home with a silver picture frame.  Honestly, I’ll probably re-gift it to my mother.  She would get some use out of it.

On Monday while Daniel was at work, I went out to a craft store to buy more yarn for the fluffy infinity scarf I’m working on.  I also stopped at Bath and Body Works to pick up some of their candles because they were having a 2 for $20 sale.  The sale might still be happening.  I bought a Japanese Cherry Blossom scented candle, which is a really classic scent from their signature line, and I bought one of their holiday candles called Snowed In.  I’m burning that one as I type this and it smells great.  I wasn’t sure about it at first but I’m glad I bought it.  I was bummed that they didn’t have any of their 3-wick candles in Sea Island Cotton, which is one of my favorite scents, but I would never wear it on my body.  I just think it’s a perfect candle scent.

I hope everyone is having a great week!


The Final Haul

Hanukkah is over, so I can officially give my final Hanukkah haul.  We left off at the glorious new iPad that I can’t stop using.  (So many apps, so little time.)  Since then, Jessica came home from Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, so we had to exchange gifts with her.  She bought me and Daniel two video games:  Halo 3: ODST and Arkham Asylum.  Daniel has been loving the Arkham Asylum, which is great. She also bought me a gift card to Starbucks (yes, another one).  Daniel bought me some crochet supplies, including a book with tons of patterns and different stitches, new hooks, and yarn.  I’m already half finished with an infinity scarf.  Pics to come when it’s all done.

Daniel also bought me the first 3 seasons of CSI: Miami.  I admit that I absolutely love that show.  I already had the 4th season because that was when I first started watching the show on tv.  Now we are starting a CSI: Miami marathon and I could not be more happy.  I’m easy to please, right?

For the last night, Daniel gave me Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, which apparently got rave reviews and I’m so excited to play it.  First, I need to finish a few other games I’ve started, including Hey Ice King, Why’d You Steal Our Garbage for the Nintendo 3DS and Super Paper Mario for the Wii.

Oh, and I made Daniel stuffed shells on Friday!  It would have been a fantastic success had I not forgotten to put the spinach into the ricotta mixture.  I was completely bummed about that, and still kind of embarrassed that I forgot something so crucial, but the dish wasn’t all boring.  I did make a great red sauce with sausage mixed into it, and everything still tasted great.  We will be eating those leftovers for quite some time.

Happy Hanukkah!

I’m kind of bad about posting lately because things have been so hectic here.  There’ve been a lot of exciting things happening so this is probably going to be a long post. First, Happy Hanukkah! This post is coming to you from my new iPad, which is really exciting.  Daniel’s parents bought it for us which was very nice of them.  I can already tell I’m going to be using it a lot.

Let’s recap what’s happened during Hanukkah so far.  On the first night, which was Saturday evening, we went to Daniel’s parents’ house to open gifts.  Nicole bought me two bottles of nail polish and some eye makeup.  She knows me so well.  I also received my annual gift card to Starbucks from Adrienne.   We spent the majority of that night eating latkes and chatting with Wendy and Andy, who are good friends with Ken and Adrienne.

On Sunday night, Adrienne handed me a gigantic gift bag full of Doritos.  She knows me pretty well, too.  As one of Daniel’s gifts to me, he made me a delicious dinner consisting of chicken bacon roulades, green beans, and homemade bread courtesy of Ken.  It was amazing.  We’ve only had that dish once or twice before, so it was a nice surprise.  I had expected risotto or something like that, so I’m glad he surprised me.  I only guessed what it was after we went grocery shopping together earlier that day.  From me, he opened The Orange Box for the XBox 360, which has Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2.  He was very excited about it.  And I’m looking forward to playing through Portal again on an actual console.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner!  Thanks Daniel.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner! Thanks Daniel.

The full table shot.

The full table shot.

On Monday I opened a chocolate orange and a gift card to Target, both from Daniel’s parents.  Daniel gave me The Avengers on DVD which I was thrilled to see because I love that movie. (You can read all about that here.)

But Tuesday was the most exciting day. Daniel called me around noon to tell me that he had received a job that he only just interviewed for on Monday.  As you may know, he is currently working a temp position at Duke, but his new job will be a full-time position at Duke that will start the same week that his temp position ends.  How perfect!  Last night we celebrated by going to Bull McCabe’s for some drinks and good Irish fare.  And then…we went to his parents’ house where they gave us an iPad. Ohmygod.  I love it.  AND we also went to Best Buy to pick up our new TV, which was also a gift from Ken and Adrienne.  So right now we have a lot of new toys to keep us busy for a very long time.  I can’t even express how excited I am right now, about all of it.  Daniel will finally be able to sleep now that he has full-time work, and I am so proud of him.  I have a fancy new gadget that I can’t get enough of, and we’re only half through with Hanukkah.

Our new TV.  Daniel is playing Skyrim.  He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

Our new TV. Daniel is playing Skyrim. He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

The iPad.

The iPad.

If anybody reading this has any suggestions for cool or interesting apps, let me know.

A Quiet Weekend

This weekend was pretty relaxing overall.  After buying a growler of beer at Bull City Burger and Brewery, Daniel and I fired up the XBox yesterday so we could play through Halo and Halo 2 again.  The XBox doesn’t quite work the way it’s supposed to, so Daniel and I are going to be purchasing an XBox 360 for Hanukkah.  It’s going to be a gift from both of us to both of us.  We’re pretty excited, because our XBox is absolutely on its last legs.  Today it shut itself off for no reason.

Of course, an XBox 360 means we can play through all of the other Halo sequels.  I am also excited about Plants vs Zombies for the XBox 360, since it has a co-op mode.

Expect a special post coming later this week about Thanksgiving.  And, as I mentioned in the R. Kelly post, we will be doing a “Trapped in the Closet” marathon sometime this week, so there will be some mention of that.

An Early Hanukkah Gift

Look what Daniel bought me!

That’s Daniel with Doody on his head. (It’s a game…called Doody Head.)

I’ve been having a lot of problems with my laptop’s screen.  It’s actually a common problem among MacBooks like mine.  I bought this when they first released the aluminum unibody 13″ MacBooks (before they switched them all to MacBook Pros).  The computer itself still works great, so we just converted it into a desktop.  I love it.  It wasn’t meant to be an early Hanukkah gift, but I guess I came home early one day after work without warning Daniel, and he had set it up just to make sure that everything worked.  I guess he figured that since I’d already seen the gift, I might as well just have it.  Thanks Daniel!


Every weekend, Daniel and I wake up in the morning and say “What fun things are we going to do today?”  Usually, we end up on some “adventure”.  These adventures usually aren’t anything too crazy.  Today we just went to the Southpoint Mall in search of a specific Hanukkah gift for his sister Nicole.  We were fortunate enough to have completed our mission (and saved 10% while doing it).  In the process, I also finished holiday shopping for my nieces and nephew.  I never get that sort of thing done this early.  I’m always that person out the weekend before Christmas looking for gifts.  I’ve made it a personal goal not to let that happen this year.

Other adventures have included driving to various GameStops in the area looking for a certain Wii game that Daniel really wanted.  The only reason we didn’t order it online was because we found out we could get it for $5 or less at a store in Morrisville.  Unfortunately, we bought the game used and then found out it didn’t work.  Returning the game was a less fun adventure.

But it’s not just consumer-driven adventures that we go on.  In Rochester, we often went on hikes in the summer.  We’ve been doing that less since we moved here, which is a bummer because the Eno River State Park is very beautiful.  (Daniel, this is a not-so-subtle hint that I think we should go on a hike soon, if the weather is nice and it’s not too cold.)

Sometimes we will hear about an interesting event that’s happening downtown or an art exhibit at the Nasher, and wander on over to check it out. Those can turn into really interesting adventures because you never know what insane things you might see, hear, or be a part of.

Pictured: Daniel (top) and Christine (bottom) adventuring on a gigantic turtle.

There are also lots of bigger adventures that we haven’t gone on yet.  For instance, we’re both anxious to take a trip to New York City, since I haven’t been there in years and I’ve never gone with Daniel.  I’ve never been to Chicago, so I’m dying to visit.  I’ve also never visited to Seatlle, and some of our good friends in Rochester are moving there in January; I hope that we can sync up our schedules to visit them sometime next year.

What adventures have you gone on recently?

Perhaps I spoke too soon.

Yesterday I posted a beautiful picture of the Eastman Quad on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.  It was sunny, warm, and most of the snow had melted, leading me to believe that perhaps winter, for the most part, was over.  Not true.  Last night and this morning it snowed heavily.  I would estimate that we got at least 2-3 inches of accumulation.  I snapped these photos during an afternoon stroll with Daniel.

Francis Parker No. 23

A bear with a book.

He actually looks like he's crawling out from underneath the snow.

An appropriately placed penguin.

But, today I am not here to discuss Rochester’s schizophrenic weather patterns.  This post is all about the animated show that aired briefly on MTV from 2002 – 2003 called Clone High.  Daniel and I are watching the first and only season again.  This is probably the fourth time we have watched it together, and I tried to get my sister to watch it a couple of months ago.  She was not having any of it.  It was a brilliant show, co-created by Bill Lawrence, who also created the well-known show Scrubs.

I did not become aware of the show’s existence until I got to college.  This is strange because when I was 14-15 years old, I watched a lot of MTV.  A lot.  So it came as a surprise to me when, in October of 2008, Daniel summoned me to his dorm room (before we were dating) to watch an episode of this television series of which I have no memory.  It was absolutely hilarious.  I could remember my friend Haley Wynn mentioning it before, during my sophomore year.  When I lived in the dorms as a sophomore, I would often venture into the room next to mine, and while Haley did not live in that particular room, she was always there.  I would find her sitting with her computer on her lap, watching episodes of Clone High, but I neither watched it with her, nor ever really caught a glimpse of the show.

The premise of the show is that a number of famous and inspirational leaders from the past have been dug up and their DNA cloned to create a clone army for the Board of Shadowy Figures who work for the government.  These clones include Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, John F. Kennedy, Joan of Arc, and the most controversial character, Gandhi.  (Other minor characters include Marie Curie, Katherine the Great, Julius Caesar, Jesus Cristo, George Washington Carver, etc.)  They are all attending the same high school (Clone High) at the peak of their awkward, horny, emotional, hormonal teenage years.  Episodes include scenarios like JFK versus Abe Lincoln for student body president, a greater awareness of A.D.D. after Gandhi is diagnosed with it, and the death of JFK’s best friend, Ponce de Leon, due to littering.  And the entire time, Joan of Arc is in love with Abe, Abe is in love with Cleopatra, Cleopatra is in an on-again/off-again relationship with JFK, and JFK is just trying to bone all of the girls in the high school.  It included guest stars like Andy Dick, Michael J. Fox, Marilyn Manson, Tom Green, Jack Black, Ashley Angel (formerly of O-Town), Mandy Moore, Luke Perry, Zach Braff, and Donald Faison, along with most of the other actors affiliated with the show Scrubs.

This past December, during Hanukkah, Daniel bought me the first and only season of Clone High on DVD.  Prior to this, we have only been able to watch some bootlegged episodes on my computer.  Since we watch it so frequently, it’s great that we finally have it on DVD and can watch it on a real television.  If you have never seen the series, I highly recommend it.

Here is a clip from the episode titled “Sleep of Faith: La Rue D’Awakening”.  In this episode, Abe has stayed up for a number of consecutive nights in order to help Cleopatra prepare for the PXJTs.  Now he and JFK are about to enter into a car race to determine who will date Cleopatra.  Joan and Gandhi have tried to convince Abe not to race, out of fear that he is risking his life.  Who will win the race, therefore winning the affection of Cleopatra?