I’m leaving (on a jet plane) for two weeks in the UK. The blog will be rather quiet while I’m gone but I promise to regale you with all SORTS of fun stories when I’m back. In the meantime, get caught up on some reading. Ciao!
Soundtrack: Popped Into My Head
(an on-going, experimental playlist built by the dark recesses of my brain)
Last week I had a surprise two hours to myself and found myself drawn to the kitchen in a way that’s been lacking lately. I have gotten out of the habit of eating much pasta but recently inherited the pantry leftovers of a friend who can no longer tolerate gluten. With some end of season cherry tomatoes to use up, I set to work on a pan sauce that would bridge the gap between summer and fall. The sausage gives the tomatoes a heft and depth that feels squarely autumnal. Topping with a dollop of ricotta is really just the right thing to do.
Linguine with Tomatoes and Sausage
12 oz uncooked linguine
1/2 large onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb uncooked sausage, cut into 1″ slices (I prefer spicy pork, you do you)
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Whole milk ricotta
Basil, cut into ribbons
Prepare linguine according to package instructions. Drain when al dente and set aside.
While pasta is boiling, brown the sliced sausage in a heated skillet. Remove and set aside once cooked through.
Heat oil in a large sauce pan, add onions and garlic and cook until soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in whole tomatoes and cook until they start to soften. They’ll burst and release yummy juice. When the tomatoes are mostly soft stir the cooked sausage back in and deglaze the pan. You can use whatever you have around: chicken stock, wine, pasta cooking water, the idea is to add a bit of flavor and pick all those delicious burned on bits at the bottom of the pan. Stir cooked pasta into skillet and combine with pan sauce. Plate and top with a generous scope of ricotta and sliced basil.
I took a few more steps toward Fall Acceptance this week. I remembered Brussels sprouts. I ordered some new cords and bought a snazzy new raincoat to take to Scotland. I modeled it for my office and they approved. Baby steps, don’t rush me. Wednesday’s super moon found me being driven through the back alleys of Ballard to pockets of the city I’ve never been to before. That’s a rare feat accomplished by few. If autumn can be all bright moonshine on dark water with the heater blasting my feet I believe I can be convinced.
UIUC, re-instate Steven Salaita NOW. Scotland is voting on independence the day after I arrive in London; your questions about what happens next answered. Cassandro, the drag queen luchadore. Don’t watch the Janay Rice video. Read #WhyIStayed. Playboy recently hired a new online content editor…and got kinda feminist-y? I have lots of weird feelings about that. Their oral (ahem) history of Tinder is pretty spot on though. Harry Potter and empathy. Scott Foley. In bed. With puppies. You’re welcome. (#teamjake forever)
Anna Wintour, obviously staged to the nth degree, delightfully answers 73 questions. (Blake is even better.) The Live at KEXP youtube channel is a black hole of time suck…but Beat Connection is great. Our prayers have been answered! Gilmore Girls on Netflix!
This summer was AMAZING. I wrote in June that I “couldn’t wait to have a classically Northwest summer” and, oh baby, did I ever. Work was busy but full of new trainees and welcome happy hours and introducing new folks to the city. Evening and weekends were wall to wall awesome: weddings of beautiful friends, dinners out, visiting besties, insane produce everywhere, drinks on the patio, 9pm sunsets, everything outside and everything great. I’ve been on a hard campaign against early fall pushers this year. I’ve got one more week before I head off the the UK and I’m going to milk every last, sun drenched morsel out of this perfect summer.
Go sailing at least once a month in
July, August, and September Uhhhhhh……mixed. I went sailing in July and September. I spent lots of time on boats in August but drinking a G&T while watching the sun set behind the Olympics isn’t exactly the same as nailing a sharp jibe. So, gentle reader, compromise at a B? Eat fro yo I hilariously threw this one in as a total gimme and then spent the whole summer waiting for the new Menchie’s by my apartment to open. Kat and I finally tasted sweet fro yo success during a gigantic end of summer rainstorm. It wasn’t quite what I had imagined but delicious just the same. Attend the Fremont Solstice Parade The people watching is always epic. Perfect our house margarita recipe Mixed bag on this one. We did less workshopping of margarita recipes but had plenty of other delicious booze experiments this summer. I’m going to pat myself on the back for achieving the spirit of this goal.
Get out of the city and go on a hike Total failure. Didn’t even attempt to plan this one. Sad face.
Go to an outdoor movie (or two) See above. 😦
Saturday morning outdoor yoga at the Sculpture Park This quickly become one of my favorite ways to welcome the weekend. The Sculpture Park is right on the water, 8 Limbs provides great instructors, and yoga in the outdoors is so awesome. Highly recommend. Take a beach day While I didn’t indulge in the full weekend beach afternoon I had envisioned when I made this goal, I did spent plenty of time sunning on Siiri’s downtown rooftop deck and running around on the beach. Smooshed together they totally achieve the same effect. Grill as much as possible Patio Friday made sure of this! Have a blast in Mexico in July! More fun than should be strictly legal.
Tune up my bike and go for a ride Big ol’ fail. Saddest face.
Attend my 10 year high school reunion (’04 sho!) Watch the sunset at the beach A good sunset makes a good day GREAT.
Bottom line: 9.66 out of 13 ain’t bad! I’d be the best hitting player in baseball!
Books: I read and was grilled on the fabulous Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit. Finally dove into The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which my mom loaned me months ago, and I was completely immersed. The letdown of the month was Love Illuminated by Daniel Jones. I lovelovelove the New York Times’ Modern Love column and picked up this book thinking it would be a collection of essays the paper never ran. Instead it’s part pop-pysch/part memoir and I just wasn’t feeling it. In more exciting news, I found out that Reuben has a subscription to the New Yorker and has agreed to pass them along to me when completed. I’m currently working through a small backlog (bring ’em on, R!). Annual total thus far: 17/15
Exercise: My co-worker and I successfully rocking our All Stairs August challenge. I didn’t darken the threshold of the elevators in my office building at any point in the month of August! We took it super seriously and kept our tracking calendar near the coffee pot so accountability would be high. It was a great way to institute a fairly small change.
Shows: Saw The Dip twice: once while opening for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Neumos and then on my lunch break as part of the Out to Lunch concert series. I’m new to working within lunching distance of downtown and seeing live music in the middle of the workday is a great treat. Please make this happen more, universe. Kat and I also had a surprise Roommate Date night when she won tickets to Pink Martini at Zoo Tunes in her office raffle. We packed champagne and enjoyed a lovely evening in the park gratis. Rounded out the month with Galactic and Trombone Shorty at Zoo Tune and Sylvan Esso at Neumos.
Travel: Polishing up my itinerary for the UK next month. London suggestions, anyone?