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Catch-Up Post #2 (Things) August 18, 2013

Filed under: Traveling — sarahinpvd @ 7:33 pm

In rough chronological order:

1. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular 2012 – Roger Williams Zoo

“Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones!”

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2. Baked by Melissa – NYC

Novelty items, they were good but not quite worth that hefty NYC price tag. I do love the way they look.

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3. Club Med – Cancun in January

My first, real-life 20-something vacation. Dan and I (and his parents) went for a week in the middle of January and it was incredible. Beautiful weather, beautiful resort, beautiful people (haha – I’m not actually joking… the GOs were statistically significantly better-looking than the general population).

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4. Then one month later – my car buried under snow. Sometimes I wonder why I live in New England…

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5. Matt & Kim and Passion Pit in Boston

When I informed my brother that I had gone to see Passion Pit, he responded, rather sarcastically, with “My friends went to go see that concert Sarah – you’re too old for those groups!”

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6. San Francisco

I have family in San Jose and my cousin was getting married so I took the opportunity to also visit San Francisco. I had been there for a very short day trip before but this was my first real trip – complete with touristy things galore (ex. cable cars) and some of the most delicious food ever (ex. Dim Sum). Dan will tell you that I keep telling him to apply to grad school in California. San Francisco, albeit an incredibly expensive city, is now one my favorite places. The people in the picture are also some of my favorite people. 🙂

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7. Pentatonix at Lupo’s, Providence

One of my favorite a cappella groups. They were awesome live. I can’t decide who my favorite person is: either the beat boxing cello player or the bassist. Will “The Sing-Off” ever come back?

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8. L’il Bro Graduating!

Look at him all spiffy in his bowtie. I’m helping him move into his dorm at George Washington University this Saturday. You can’t tell in this photo since I look like a dud but I’m incredibly proud 🙂

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9. Cape Cod

New life goal: become an oceanographer/egyptologist/symbologist.

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10: #POLO

The whitest thing I’ve ever done.

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The last 3 posts pretty accurately sum up my life in the past few months.


Catch-Up Post #1 (Food)

Filed under: Cooking — sarahinpvd @ 6:55 pm

Okay, I’m taking advantage of my blog-writing mood. This is Part 1 of my attempt to document the past 6 months.

So I made some food:

1. Thit Kho Tau (at least this is what my mom calls it) – Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs

It didn’t quite taste like my Mom’s cooking… but it was close enough (here’s a recipe). Probably because I’m not great at cooking but also probably because I didn’t add any MSG. Not because I am against MSG but because I don’t have any. MSG is a natural by-product of the soy-sauce production process so suck it. Here’s an article on MSG which explains why haters can suck it. On a related tangent – Providence is home to a restaurant with a Momofuku disciple (North) and it’s one of my new favorite places to eat! 

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2. Spaghetti with meatballs (stuffed with mozzarella!) with Kate

I’m not the biggest fan of spaghetti and meatballs but this was a simple meal and plus, it had mozzarella, how could I resist?

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3. (Sarah had a random craving for) blueberry muffins.

For a quickie recipe – they didn’t taste half bad. I’m looking forward to actually baking in my new kitchen though! Once Dan lets me get a doughnut pan, be on the lookout for baked doughnut pictures!

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4. Cooking with Dan and Chris: Brown rice and quinoa from a box, pork chops, and roasted brussels sprouts with bacon.

One word – delicious.

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5. Itsuka and Sarah wanted buffalo chicken pizza.

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6. Ma Po Tofu

This is one of mine (and Dan’s) favorite go-to recipes. It’ll definitely be a staple once we move in together – along with Spicy Chicken Rigatoni!

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7. Accidentally eating vegetarian – veggie burger on an english muffin with avocado and sweet potato fries.

The veggie burgers were from Trader Joe’s, my review – decent.

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8. [Ninja Edit]: Spring rolls

One of the few Vietnamese dishes I know how to make!

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9. Last, but certainly not least in my heart, my dearest bok choy plant: Johann Sebastian Bok (kudos to Dan for the name). Here’s his progression from humble plant sitting on my desk at the office (I got him at a RI event at the State House) to monster plant in Dan’s Mom’s garden, to sitting in a kitchen, being prepped for cooking.

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Next – things I’ve done, places I’ve traveled, and events I’ve attended in the past 6 months.


End of Summer Musings

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahinpvd @ 6:06 pm

[Note: I started this post in March… typical.]

1. Sarah in PVD will be Sarah in Boston/Somerville (not quite as catchy) in September!  Actually, hopefully August 30th.

Leaving aside the blog name logistics, the ever-present parental disapproval, and the work travel, I’m excited. I am a little nervous, and by a little, I mean moderately nervous, to leave Providence. It’s hard to leave a city that I’ve grown to love during the past 6 years, a city where I met amazing people, ate a lot of delicious food (and expanded my culinary appetite), and most importantly, a city and a school that helped me grow into my own.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to move to Somerville but to borrow a phrase from Dan, I fear change! Somerville does sound pretty awesome – for example, they have a “Somerville welcome packet” and a bike path. And I won’t be lacking in food options – we’re close to Porter and Davis Squares. Also, Bonchon is a stone’s throw away (if a stone’s throw means 2 miles) – korean fried chicken wings all day, eer day!

2. I very much need to start finishing projects and accomplishing goals.

As y’all know, I have this tendency to go through “phases”. I get super excited about something, do it intensely for a few days, and then get bored and move on to something else. This means that I have many, many unfinished projects. Sometimes, they eventually get finished (ex. my Winnie-the-Pooh latch hook kit) but most of the time they remain unfinished (ex. my attempt at Harry Potter fanfiction – no, you cannot see it, it will remain under wraps). This blog is a PRIME example of this personality tendency – I go through long phases where I don’t update and then I update frequently for a few weeks (repeat cycle). The content is another great example – remember that list of things I wanted to do?

Maybe I should prioritize, first up – be consistent with is my exercise schedule. I’m usually good for a few weeks and then I lapse. I let work get the best of me and I almost always choose more sleep/lazing around over exercise. Let’s be real – when it comes to exercise or the Mindy Project, I’m going to choose the Mindy Project…laughing really hard is an ab workout right?

I also added a few other projects to my “list of things to do” – volunteering, taking an acting class, finishing my puzzle… what can I say, I have lofty goals and aspirations. If I can even get one of these things done, I’ll be happy. On that note, I did start taking some online courses on Coursera – and in typical Sarah fashion, I’m already behind.

3. On a side note – if y’all are wondering why I chose to cut my hair. I was inspired by the Mindy Project. And it’s awesome – not sure I’ll go back to longer hair anytime soon.

4. On a blog logistics note, I think I’m going to take this blog out of the crafting/cooking realm and change it to a “what’s going on in Sarah’s life” blog with cooking and crafting sprinkled throughout. I’ll have to think about rebranding it though – I guess I’ll leave the URL (Sarah in PVD) – I don’t think I can change this and besides that, part of me will always be in PVD – metaphorically and physically since I’ll still be working here.

5. On another note, in case anyone was interested in what I actually work on – this article by Dylan Scott from Governing Magazine is incredibly accurate. For reference, I’m on the data and evaluation team but did not partake in the migraine medicine… I am, however, guilty of the half-eaten salad.

THE END. Sorry for the incredibly long post. It’s way overdue.