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- Altruistic Wishes
You have been grated three wishes. The caveat is that you cannot wish for anything for yourself. What do you wish for?
My first instinct was to wish that my parents would live forever, but that's not a wish for them; it's a wish for me. I would love to see them live out the rest of their lives fully, without pain.
I wish for my nephews to get full scholarships to the universities of their choice.
And I wish for Jason to be happy in love.
- Pricey Purchase
The most expensive personal item I've ever purchased has to be my new 2012 Hyundai Veloster. It's a great car, except putting a bike rack on the thing has turned out to be a challenge--there are whole message board threads dedicated to finding an solution to that problem.
Most days, I feel good about buying a brand new car for myself, although it most certainly came with the requisite amount of buyer's remorse. I guess I've got five years to let that remorse burn out before it's paid for!
- An Author I Admire
If I could have lunch with an author with no pretense, I'd like to dine with Melissa Febos, the author of Whip Smart. Her memoir details the story of her experience as a professional dominatrix in New York City. It would be fascinating to converse with a person with an experience so dramatically different than my own, but I bet I would find that we have more in common than I think.
- In Defense of My Vice: Tanning Bed
I'm sure that if you ask anyone that knows me, they could each identify one of my different vices.
The vice that's probably worse for me is going to the tanning bed. I know that exposure to the UV light from tanning beds carries a high risk of skin cancer with it, but I tan anyway. I'm taking the risk because I feel peaceful and meditative when I'm in there. It creates an emotional high for me that I usually don't get during the course of a typical day in Oregon, especially since I work in an office with no windows.
Tanning also forces me to relax for at least fifteen minutes when I'm lying in the bed. It's also beautifully warm and cozy in there.
Maybe I'll pay for too much UV exposure someday, and maybe someday I'll choose not to tan anymore, but for now, I'm okay with having a tanning vice.
After all, I have to prove that I'm imperfect somehow. ;-)
- My Random Five-Ingredient Recipe
Chipotle Chicken Burgers
2 chipotle chilies
Stay away from the powder and go for the real thing. Pick up some dried chilies at your local bodega. Dice finely.
Straight from the tree if you have one in your backyard. If not, fresh from the produce section. No bottled lime juice! Squeeze a tablespoon of fresh juice.
1 tbsp. EVOO
Good for the good stuff.
2 chicken breasts
Boneless, skinless, organic, and cage-free is the way to go! Put the breasts between two sheets of wax paper and pound until they are of equal thickness throughout...about 1/4 inch think. Cut then into two pieces each for a total of four sandwich-sized cuts.
Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
If the first ingredient isn't "whole wheat," it's not whole wheat (no matter what the label says)!
Mix the first 3 ingredients together and use to marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Grill the marinated chicken. In the last two minutes of grilling, grill the sandwich thins and assemble into sandwiches. Serve topped with homemade guacamole and fresh-slice organic monterey jack cheese.