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8/29/14
Food food food. I'm cooking for the next week or two - made paella, berry crisp, and BBQ chicken breasts. I got halfway through the prep for the berry crisp before I realized that I was out of brown sugar. Luckily for me, Eve lives a mile away and has a fully stocked baking pantry. Yum. The paella is in the oven now, and the crisp will be next.

Gonna make an east coast trip in two weeks to see Derek Jeter one more time at the Stadium. I'm working on figuring out flights. My friend Peter got tix - for 9/11, could be better, could be a lot worse - for the game, so I just need to figure out getting there. Ideally, I could go to NJ, go to the game, go to Costa Rica to see Dad, and fly back to Phx, but it's hard to find flights to CR for an affordable sum, so I might have to save that for another, dedicated trip.

8/23/14
One of the perks of having a travel writer for a friend (Tesse) is that she shares the good parts of her job. I know there are crappy parts, too, but when the good parts include staying at swanky resorts, delicious food, spa treatments, and unlimited margaritas, it's hard to complain. We had a great time at a swanky resort - I thoroughly enjoyed my mini-staycation. And since I don't get to see Tesse nearly enough since we're not in the same city, it was so so good to catch up and just hang out.

Going back to work? Not nearly as much fun.

8/19/14
Rain rain rain rain rain. It's truly monsoon season. Right now it's 68 out, and I'm looking for a sweater. Almost.

Tesse comes out tomorrow to visit!! Super excited!

8/11/14
My life is surreal. I adore Kim, my nail tech. I've been faithfully seeing her every two weeks since I moved to Verrado, so about two and a half years, and we've become friendly. A few months ago, she said she and her husband were having issues, and I gave her my number and said to call if she ever needed anything. So Saturday night, after Eve and I watched Outlander (and I was just dozing off), she called in a panic because her husband had emptied their rareire night (I locked the cats - who gave me the stinkeye all morning Sunday - out of my room, and every time I woke up, I checked that the baby was still breathing. Kim came back at 6am to pick him up, and I staggered through work in a fog yesterday.

So she texted me to say that she is seriously considering taking her son back to her parents in Vietnam to raise, and may file for divorce. And could she stay here for a while? You know me... so I may get a roommate for a while. NOT permanent, I kept telling her. But until she gets settled down. Anyway, she hasn't gotten back to me yet.

Next brow wax better be on the house.

Horrified to hear about Robin Williams.

Tomorrow I have to go to traffic court in Scottsdale - for running a red light. Which was yellow, according to the traffic-cam pics they enclosed. Wednesday I have to go to traffic court in Buckeye - for allegedly speeding and not-coming to a complete stop at the stop sign here in Verrado. Sigh. I refuse to comment on whether or not that one is warranted.

8/9/14
I can't believe it's August. School starts earlier out here, so Eve's munchikins are off to classes already, and seem to be surviving so far. We've alternated between "monsoon thunderstorms" and "just plain hot" this week.

I'm stoked to be watching Outlander as a miniseries on Starz. I upgraded my DirecTV package so I could watch it. Yum. One of my favorite series - and if the first episode is any indication, the small-screen adaptation is going to be just as wonderful.

-catherine

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