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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shirazi Salad and Salmon

Tonight I decided to make dinner. We eat at this Persian restaurant from time to time and I always loved the Shirazi Salad. I found the recipe last week. It's super simple.

2 seedless cucumbers
4 round tomatoes
1 medium red onion
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 tbsp dry mint
1 tbsp oil (optional)
salt & pepper

Dice the cucumbers finely. Depending on the thickness of the cucumbers they can either be divided into 6 or 8 slices. Dice the onions finely as well, but you won’t need the whole onion, which is a good thing since they made my eyes tear! Do the same with the tomatoes. I would suggest doing the tomatoes last so that you don’t have to wipe your cutting board dry after chopping them. Season with salt, pepper and add dried mint. Mix well, cover and place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Make sure to taste the salad to make sure that there is enough salt. Pour lime juice and olive oil over the salad. Mix well and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Even the salmon I made was simple and so good!

4 (6 ounce) fillets salmon
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons capers

1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 slices lemon
Preheat a large heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Coat salmon with olive oil. Place in skillet, and increase heat to high. Cook for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with capers, and salt and pepper. Turn salmon over, and cook for 5 minutes, or until browned. Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
Transfer salmon to individual plates, and garnish with lemon slices.

 I would recommend these recipes, especially as an end of summer meal! Bon Appetit!

10th Anniversary at the Upper Merion Township Library

Today marks my 10th anniversary as a page for the Upper Merion Township Library. While I was hired on August 14, 2006, I didn't officially start until August 28,2006. I was 17 and heading into the eleventh grade. I've grown a lot over the past 10 years and had many ups and downs. I'm thankful for my part time library job and I know it'll serve me well in the future.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hanging out with Scott and Andre

Yesterday after I dropped the package I am sending to Adam off at the post office (I sent him a copy of As Far As The Eyes Can See, a few poems, a few travel pieces, and a letter), I saw Andre and Scott driving as I was making my way to the bus station. Scott picked me up and we decided to go to the King of Prussia Mall to see the expansion.

It had been a good six months since I last saw them - on the bus, I was heading home and they were going to a rap battle. It was nice catching up on the way to the mall. We talked about high school, writing, and old stores in the mall we loved to hang out in when we were in high school, that since have closed. There was much laughter.

We couldn't get over how big the mall is now. We all went window shopping and decided to go into Papyrus after Scott and I saw a wall calendar called "Hot Dudes Reading." We giggled and Andre took a photo of us critiquing the calendar. Scott thought this was a great idea and is in the works of making his own calendar of different reading poses.

Before we headed out, we ran into an old friend of mine. She was the girlfriend of my first ex for two years, they broke up, and a few months later he dated me for four months. Needless to say, things didn't end well and this girl and I got into a huge fight. We haven't talked in seven years. She had a baby last month, she was married last year. Surprisingly, she gave me a hug and said, "it's so nice to see you!" I said the same thing, and congratulated her on her brand new daughter. Of course, that wasn't the time for apologizing, but I hope that was a good sign. I might send her a message later - saying it was nice seeing her and her daughter, then extend an apology.

I had such a nice time with Andre and Scott yesterday after work. Although we only hung out for an hour and a half, it was still nice seeing them. We are going to plan a trip to a Lebanese restaurant, at least we talked about it in the car. We'll see!

This is what the extension looks like.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Caterpillars: Growing

Yesterday mom found another caterpillar. Both of them are more mature, we are guessing they will be turning to chrysalis soon. I'm so glad we have caterpillars this year!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday 8/25/2016

It's that time of week again - thankful Thursday! I feel thankful for a few things this week. Andrew has received the sheet gift I had my friend Annette pick up for him (and send off since she lives in the UK as well). Though, I gave her Andrew's grandparents' house address and the sheets were delivered to his grandparents instead. Oops! But, they will arrive to Andrew shortly. His grandparents told him what the gift was and Andrew was super appreciative. I'm thankful Andrew liked the gift and I am thankful for Annette. These are the pictures Annette sent me.

One of my library coworkers has been cleaning out her house and she gave me these four photo albums. I'm thankful for my coworker and whenever she thinks of me. I just have to figure out the photo sizes - I'm thinking 3 x 5, but could the pictures be 4 x 4? Also, Sunday is my 10th anniversary at the library. I was hired on August 14, 2006, but I didn't officially start until August 28. 2006. I am super thankful for the library and for all that I have learned over the years.

Moe and I are talking again. We have had an off and on again relationship, but this is the last time for that. For the past year things have been stressful and I have been learning not to take out my frustrations out on people... and during hormonal times, just going for a walk. I'm thankful he is forgiving and I am thankful he added me back on Facebook. I will be taking care of this relationship from now on. It's hard to write about, but I think most readers understand this feeling.

With that said, in September I will be taking a break except for Thankful Thursdays. I want to use September as a month of relaxation and working on new material for the blog.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


On Sunday before I went out for my walk, I noticed the caterpillar cage was out. Mom said that on Saturday she found a monarch caterpillar and since I came home later in the evening after my test, I didn't notice it on Saturday when I came home. The caterpillar is late this year, and I am hoping we find more caterpillars. However, I am super excited to take pictures of the growth process like last year.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Philadelphia Museum of Art Members Ice Cream Social | Rodin Museum | August 21

Last night after Ivette's first birthday party, I trekked in the pouring rain to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Members Ice Cream Social that was held in the Rodin Museum. I had never been in the Rodin Museum before and I am glad I went. The ice cream I had last night was amazing - it was a peaches and cream oatmeal cookie sandwich. I also met some nice people and loved seeing all of Rodin's art work.

I posted this on Facebook: Funny incident last night after the ice cream social. I decided to take the free trolley from the Rodin Museum to the Art Museum since it was pouring. When I hopped on, a father and daughter were sitting and taking pictures. I said hello, they said hello and asked me about Philadelphia. I finally said, "I take it you're from the UK?" The father smiled and said, "YES! London in fact!" Oh man, I had an embarrassing fan girl moment. I exclaimed, "Nice! I love your new mayor! Mayor Khan is great!" I rambled on about Mayor Khan for a good five minutes. They do like him, fortunately, then we talked about London and traveling.

When I was heading home to King of Prussia, this was the view of the sky. It looked gorgeous after the heavy rains.