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To Do List; or, Why does travel trigger a cleaning frenzy in women?

Posted in Life, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2012 by urbannight

I have an ambitious night ahead of me.  I have to sort the clean laundry and pack what I need for 4 days. I’m going to Breckenridge Colorado for wedding for some friends.

I have to wash the dirty laundry because I’m sure there area couple items I want for the weekend.  I’ll throw in the sheets and remake the bed. 

I want to get all the dishes cleaned and put away.

I need to shower again to try to get the last of the grease paint out of my hair.  I didn’t put it in my hair but some got into my hair as I was trying to get it off my face.

In addition to cleaning the litter box area and making it all fresh and ready for the cats, I want to clean the entire bathroom so it is clean when I get home.

Washing up tonight means I can pack ‘most’ of my toiletries and bathroom stuff tonight and not worry about it in the morning.

I need to set up four-day feeding and watering stations for the cats.  although I will be home half way through the fourth day. 

I think I would like to clean up the bedroom so that I’ll come home to a nice tidy bed.

This is where we will be staying for 3 nights, Tomahawk Lodge in Breckenridge CO.

I’m working the day after we get back, so it would be nice to have a tidy and neat apartment when we get back.  That probably means I should put away the Halloween stuff early this year.  Leave the more autumnal stuff out and set out the more Thanksgiving specific stuff.

Basically, I’m going to try to fit in an entire Fall Cleaning ritual in about 4 hours, while hoping my roommates class runs the full-time. 

I have not even started on my plans for tonight and I already feel the need for this.

Not to mention I want to watch a show or two, do a little stitching, and take some screen shots and do a couple of blogs for which I’ll try to set up publication dates during the time I’m gone.

What is it about going on a trip that causes women to go into a frenzy of cleaning?  Is it learned behavior?  Because I know my mom did it.  Do men suffer this compulsion?  My roommate is a naturally neat and tidy male.  Most I know have not been.  I knew that he, and most other men I’ve met over the years, often just grab their stuff and go.  So I don’t really see men as the ‘gotta clean’ now type.

I also need to take a book or two, a stitching project, a crochet and/or knitting project for riding in the car, and some food prep and take my tea.  Oh, I don’t want to forget the lap top for extra photo storage.

Maybe I need to take two suitcases?  One for clothes and bathroom things and one for stuff to do?

I’m getting tired just thinking about it.  And I have to work a half hour late today.  ARG!

My Experimental Kitchen. Cooking as Art.

Posted in Art, Books, Entertainment, Food, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by urbannight

I love to cook. I love cookbooks. I love the glossy coffee table cookbooks where every dish has a picture. Cooking is part science and part art. Art for your tummy. It can be visual art. But it is more important that it is art for you taste buds.

I have to share the most WONDERFUL pasta dish I made tonight.

Chicken and Garlic Tortellini in a Tomato Pesto

Since I’m serving myself from the pot and dishing the leftovers into freezer bags for work you don’t get to see any pictures. Between cleaning, packing, and trying to move, I didn’t want to dirty an extra dish to take a picture.

(Sorry, I don’t use many measurements)

In a food processor add two tablespoons of basil, pine nuts (I used almonds today), some cheese (any hard white Italian type), red pepper flakes (you can skip this), onion, garlic, and olive oil, a bit of hot water (not much) will help it mix. You are balancing the rest of the stuff to the amount of basil you used. Run until mixed very well. Add one of the small cans of tomato sauce (5 oz). Blend well. Set aside.

Put one package of cheese and garlic tortellini in a pot to cook. Dice up two chicken breasts. Fry in a tablespoon of olive oil (use a large pot). Season with a bit of pepper, salt if you use it, and when half done add the some of the pine nuts (almonds) and finish cooking until chicken is done.

Add the tomato pesto sauce to the chicken to heat while the tortellini finishes. Once done, drain and add to the chicken and sauce. Toss well.

Makes 5 servings. I sprinkled a bit of cheese on top (not much, just to look pretty). I used a soft cheese for the topping. Another white Italian cheese.

I’m deliberately leaving out the exact type of cheese used because you should use your favorites rather than mine, or what is available, or what you have in your fridge. That’s what makes experimental cooking so fun.