November 26, 2009

I mean, really?

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:17 am by ginalucca

Who decides whether a certain food item is appropriate for an occassion? I mean, is there a “food police” out there that I was not made aware of? I only ask because my sister Jess thinks that the original food item I volunteered to bring for Thanksgiving dinner was RIDICULOUS. Yes, that’s correct. I lied in my last blog. I didn’t originally offer to bring dessert, it was a second choice after my initial suggestion was shot down with roaring laughter from the one and only guru of the kitchen, Jessica Hatchette.

So you may be wondering what the item in question is? The food that has me so worked up that I am contemplating bringing only enough for myself to dinner tomorrow just to prove a point. It is something so good that it may just make you wet your pants in awesomeness. DRUM ROLL PLEASE……………………………POTATO SALAD! Yes, that’s right! I wanted to bring potato salad to Thanksgiving. Apparently that’s a ludicrous idea according to my cooking expert sister. The only occassion where potato salad is deemed appropriate is at a bbq/cookout/picnic. I strongly disagree. I truly believe that my potato salad is something so amazing, something so delectable, that it cannot be contained to just one season of the year. It seems just selfish to not share it with the rest of the world. And what better a time than at Thanksgiving when we are all sharing and saying what we are thankful for? I don’t mean to toot my own horn (again!), but I’m pretty sure that when we go around the table at least one person would have said they were thankful that they had the privilege of tasting my heavenly potato salad. But, sadly, no one will be able to have that chance this year because Jess has deemed that dish unworthy of the 2009 Thanksgiving menu. Well, you just wait until next year Jess! My potato salad WILL be making an appearance!

Okay – So I’m going to get off my soap box about the potato salad. Damn! Now I want some! Anyways….let me change the subject and get it off my mind. Are you ready for the stupid moment of the day? (You know there’s always at least 1, if not 10+) Today Lauren and I went to Trader Joe’s to get some organic coffee for her mom, and some wine for me and whoever I feel like sharing with at dinner tomorrow. While we were there I was laughing and reminiscing about the time Lauren dropped a bottle of champagne and the cork went flying. It was pretty funny since all the cashiers made a riot over it. Not more than 5 minutes after ragging on Lauren about her accident, I break a bottle of wine. UGH! Lauren will tease me for this, but I swear to you it wasn’t ALL my fault. I was carrying our basket and this heavier old lady was waddling with her shopping cart and practically railed into me. So I’m trying to follow Lauren to the cash register and as I move to the right to avoid being body slammed I hear this light tap off of my basket…..CRASH! All over my pants and foot is a bottle of red wine. Great! Of course everyone looks and I instantly say “IT WASN’T ME!”…Umm..problem? IT WAS ME! What I really wanted to say was that it wasn’t all my fault – stupid waddling lady! But I thought it better to take the high road and not blame the true culprit. Anywho, so now I guess I can’t make fun of Lauren. Also, I had to complete open foot surgery today/tonight to get the damn glass out of the heel of my foot. Whoops! 

Sidenote: Apparently people find my inability to flush a toilet pretty dang funny. Wow, if I would have known you found stuff like that funny, I would have been telling a lot more stories before this. Like tonight I was inspired after watching So You Think You Can Dance and I started practicing double pirouettes in my little living room. Now for those of you who have taken dance, you understand the importance of “spotting”. Yeah, well I was really caught up in this song I was dancing to and as I did a double pirouette I forgot to spot and practically collapsed into the wall. That would have been a nice “shiner” to wear to J. Crew on Friday. “What happened to you?!”…”Oh, I fell into my wall. You know, the usual.” Seriously…it’s probably pretty good that I’m trying to find a dance studio in the NOVA/DC area. I’m a hazard to myself and my apartment. I didn’t have to put a deposit down, and I sure don’t want to have to pay for any unnecesary repairs when I move out. 🙂

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I’ve decided to make a meat and cheese tray, gluten free brownies, and gluten free chocolate pudding pie with a homemade gluten free graham cracker crust. I told Jessie and I think she was really touched at how thoughtful I was being by making things gluten free for her to enjoy. Little does she know that I’m going to set the pie in my lap right next to the potato salad she wouldn’t let me bring and she doesn’t get any! HMPF! That’ll show her! No potato salad for you? No chocolate pudding pie! 😉

Besides my excitement about the desserts I’m making, I’m seriously ecstatic about the crinkle cutter I bought! I was talking to Annie tonight and told her about my cool new cutter and she thought I was a loser. Yeah, well looks like Annie won’t be getting any of that tray! RULE: Don’t make fun of someone that is bringing yummy appetizers or desserts, they will not share with you. Okay, anyways, back to my cool cutter 🙂 Remember when I used to work at the deli at SuperValu? Well, we used to have this hand-held cutter that had a jagged/wavy edge and it looked really cool when you cut the cheese and meat. I’m so excited I’ve tried to brainstorm for other times that I could use it. I haven’t really thought of any, so if you think of some let me know!

Okay – I need to get to bed so that I can look beautiful tomorrow. I know, you’re probably thinking that I’m naturally a beauty and don’t need any additional sleep, but I’m not willing to take any chances. What if I have to run to the store last minute tomorrow and I bump into my future hubby? I know it’s unlikely that David Cook will be in NOVA, but you never know. 😉 I’ll be watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade tomorrow so feel free to call me in the morning if you want. We can discuss how terrible the lip-synching acts are in the parade. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Love you!

gobble! gobble! – gina! xoxo

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November 21, 2009

Not much new here

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:08 pm by ginalucca

So it’s Saturday night and I’m home chowing down on a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, reading the last Twilight book, and watching “Bones” on the tube. Now some people might think that I’m the road to being a cat lady, but I love having nights like this 🙂 As you know, I work tons and I rarely have a full day off or a quiet evening at home. So if you think my dream night is lame, you can suck it!

This morning I did the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk and it was pretty good. Me, Jess, Greg, the girls, lots of my friends and co-workers all did the 3 mile walk at 9:00 a.m. but this year it seemed to take a lot longer. I’m not lazy, and yes, I was tired, but for goodness sake, it was only 3 miles!! When we got to the part where it said “2 Miles to Go” I was about ready to say screw it and ask for someone to come pick me up when it was done. I don’t think that having to pee helped too much either. But then I had to keep reminding myself that it was for a really good cause and that Fannie was donating $50 for every person that I signed up and that made it better.

 After the walk we went to this little French restaurant tied to some hotel and I still had to go the bathroom. So I went in the unisex one and did my stuff and when I went to flush I didn’t know where the handle was. It looked like it was an automatic flusher so I kept trying to walk in front of it and then walk away or something so that it would recognize that no one was on the seat anymore, but it wouldn’t flush. Then I was trying to find a manual option and kept searching and couldn’t find one. I pushed on what I thought might be a bolt, but nothing was happening. Finally I decided to leave and told the person behind me that I thought the toilet was broken. I don’t think she really understood me, or was pissed, because she started speaking in French to the woman using the women’s bathroom. I later found out from Greg that the “bolt” is the manual flush. So I kind of feel disgusting that I peed and left without flushing, but honestly, the toilet was kind of confusing. I mean, it could have been much worse if you know what I mean.

So besides working tons I haven’t been doing too much. Mostly I’m just trying to prepare myself for the holiday rush at J. Crew and looking forward to the end of the chaos that we’re going through at Fannie. Usually this is our slow time of year, but because of all the federal funding being pumped into Fannie through the HAMP program, we are VERY busy. Usually we have about 30-40 reqs. total around this time. This year, I have 48 reqs. by myself and a lot of those reqs. are for multiple positions. Plus I have to meet with lots of managers since I just took over another group and I’m not familiar with them or their teams. I used to hate meeting people, but now I find that it works to my advantage. It seems like once I meet them, they are a lot more willing to do what I need them to. So it actually works out pretty well. Too bad I can’t find one that is hot. Ugh…single, decent, men that have their lives together are a rarity in this area. I swear I need to have some shipped to me from MN.  🙂 haha

So I’m pretty excited for all the awesome things going on in my friends and families lives. Jess & Lauren are both preggers, a friend from school is now engaged, and my friend Mickey is coming to the east coast in January and I’m going to go up to PA and see him. Road trip! 🙂 Winter is always pretty lame to me, so I’m trying to go see some shows and do some things to help off-set the cabin fever that I am sure will settle in.

This year Annie is playing hostess for Thanksgiving, even though Jess is making everything. I really could care less where we have it as long as there is turkey and stuffing, I’m good to go. I volunteered to make desert since it’s the only thing I know how to make. Surprising, right? I refuse to go over before the end of the Macy’s parade. It’s a tradition to watch it and I’m not going to start changing tradition now.

I have to work black Friday, but I’m not too concerned. I asked to work the earliest shift possible hoping that maybe it would help to work earlier. Then I don’t have to worry about closing and cleaning up and re-stocking the entire store. I actually find folding a good form of therapy, but trying to make the store look perfect in a small amount of time isn’t the easiest thing for me to do.

I wish I could write as often as I used to, but with working so much, I barely find the time to wash my clothes and clean my apartment. Apparently some people find being clean and having clean clothes important. If it wasn’t for those people, I would forego the shower and write a blog instead. j/k..Plus, if I’m working that much, I really don’t have any funny stories. Well, I guess I tell you about the random people that come into the store, but I’ll save that for another time. I’m tired and I am going to try to get further in my book. I’ll talk to you later mom. I promise my next post will be funny and make you want to run to the bathroom mid-way through. Hopefully you’re not like me and can figure out how to flush a toilet. 🙂

Love you! xoxo – gina