Boyfriend Out of Town Day 4

Boyfriend out of town day 4 (out of 5) was yesterday. Still sick. Still not the fun party time one would expect of being home alone. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Wild Magic for non-scary entertainment (HP only the first half, the second half is way too scary!).

But there was even more cheerful entertainment to be had! Checked out my friend Georgia’s awesome gallery of shoes. Georgia made The Bridget Zinn Memorial Cool Retreat Shoes Gallery so that I wouldn’t miss anything at the SCBWI-WI fall retreat this year (the first I’ve missed in six years!), including the shoes! So so cool. Thanks, Georgia! I can’t decide which are my favorite. I have a thing for red shoes but I have to admire anyone who can wear heels to a long weekend conference. 🙂

More entertainment: (found on Meg Cabot’s Blog)

See more Natalie Portman videos at Funny or Die

I don’t tend to watch much tv when I’m home alone because I like to revel in the quiet, but there’s something about being sick that makes television entertainment seem soothing and nice (by tv, I mean my laptop, but they’re shows MADE for tv so I’m counting them). I tried to watch The OC and One Tree Hill (I was on the ‘O’ section of hulu) but I realized that they might have hot guys in them but are totally depressing. I finally got Undeclared in from the library so I gave that a try. It is such a funny show! Makes me wonder why I worked so hard in college.

Potatoes Recipe of the Day:

Potatoes and Pasta with Pesto and Green Beans

I’ve always loved the potato/pasta/pesto combo and it was one of the first dishes I learned how to make on my own (right after buttered noodles!). I picked up the green bean addition from the recipe in Moosewood Restaurant New Classics.
1/2 lb green beans
1/2 lb baby red potatoes
1 lb penne pasta
Large bunch (1/2 cup or so) fresh basil, finely chopped
3-5 cloves garlic, crushed
Handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese (1/4 cup or so)
olive oil (as needed, usually about 1/4 cup)
salt

Start salted water boiling.
Chop potatoes into thimble sized chunks.
Tip and tail green beans with kitchen scissors.
When water is at a rolling boil add pasta, set timer for full time.
One minute later add potatoes. Two minutes after that add green beans. (If you wish to retain more nutrients steam these veggies separately).
While the pasta and veggies cook, make pesto by mixing together in a large bowl chopped basil, crushed garlic, grated parmesan, and olive oil. (You can use pre-made pesto too).
When timer goes off, drain pasta and veggies, stir into pesto.
Good with broiled salmon and/or tomato cucumber feta salad.

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