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5 Things I Learned this Weekend

1.  BE CAREFUL WHEN COOKING WITH HOT OIL
I was only following the directions...it said 2 tablespoons of oil, heat then add gyozas...after 4 min ADD 4 TABLESPOONS of WATER, cover and simmer/steam for 4 min.  I DID THAT.  But apparently I had too much oil in the pan still and after I added the water, explosions everywhere.  I can say I have now officially hid from my stove under a blanket so that I could turn down the heat.  Please note, I have a gas stove.  Let's just say that was a really fun mess to clean up.  Next time, if I choose to brave cooking this again...I will wear an apron, use less oil and use a pan with a real cover on it and utilized my splatter screen.  Apparently you can pour the water through that....DUH!!  Seriously I have never seen anything like it! Popping, exploding hot oil!! Do not make my same mistake.

2.  DO NOT COOK IN YOUR UNDERWEAR (see above)
So my roommate had been out of town for a while and I was used to being in my robe with you know bra and underwear on.  It's very cozy.  For some reason I forgot to wear my apron thinking...I saute things all the time, won't be a big deal.  Now because of the above experience I have one welt on my lower tummy.  Luckily it didn't hurt really or burn per se, BUT I did feel it jump at me when it happened.  Gulp.  Never again, MUST WEAR CLOTHES WHEN COOKING WITH OIL.

3.  BEING SOBER FOR LENT ISN'T THAT BAD
I went to two events this weekend that boasted and offered FREE BEER/WINE/BOOZE.  You name it, they had it.  And you know what I kindly said "no thanks."  Don't be too shocked.  Your resident beer whore can say no, I promise.  No one thinks I can do it for 40 days.  But I really think I can.  It'll be my first real test in the 8 years since I moved to Los Angeles and took up my fun party ways.  Yay college.  Hey Parents! Look what I learned at college!! Alcoholism!! Not really but I know I can do it! I think, maybe...kinda...ok fine. I'll DO IT! I can do it! No booze. Hurry up April 8th!!

4.  SLEEPING IN HURTS.
You'd think sleeping in was fun and great.  And while I forced myself to stay in bed for the sake of the weekend I was actually very achy and uncomfortable.  But I stuck it out MAINLY because I could.  Whatever it was I was doing, I did until the kid next door started bouncing a basketball and hitting the backboard 800 times. Then I forced myself to get up, make coffee and watch Blade Trinity.  Happy Sunday!

5.  TRUST NO ONE
After 12 episodes of Showtime's HOMELAND and The Actor's Gang production of 1984, I am VERY SKEPTICAL.  I am trying not to let it get to me however I find myself wondering WHO is listening? Is my laptop webcam really video-ing me when I'm not using it? Are my friends REALLY my friends? Where are you Big Brother? ok fine guys, I'll just take my Lexapro...I'll be ok. I swear I'm not THAT crazy...


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