My friend Claire gently pointed out that I neglected my little blog once finals were over. She’s right, I did… I even forgot the password on this thing and had to reset it! This phenomenon of getting distracted seems to be pretty universal. Ever notice the increase in Facebook status updates during finals week?
Now that my ducks are all in a row, I have a little bit of time to share. So as not to be chaotic in updating you on the past three weeks, I’ll boil it down to three things.
1. Work. Okay, not really. Shoes!
I do have one legitimate reason for being busy: I started working on Monday! Just like nearly every other native So Cal girl, I definitely trend toward casual. Unfortunately, casual doesn’t cut it in the working world, so I used this as an excuse to expand my wardrobe.
I picked up some blouses (will share later), but the star of my haul is the pair of Salvatore Ferragamo pumps I scored on sale. EIGHTY DOLLARS. Hello, beauties.
That’s all for now.
2. District of Columbia.
I spend a few days in DC on a whim (visited an old college friend) and absolutely fell in love with the city. It has this wonderfully young, vibrant atmosphere and the girls have absolutely mastered the art of business casual.
U.S. Supreme Court.
Softball games on the lawn.
Beltway Series: Orioles at Nationals.
3. Recipe (and this time, not for disaster).
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know how terrible I am at cooking. I was fortunate to have a mom and best friends who are great cooks, so it never really occurred to me that I had to do it for myself. Luckily, I do have one foolproof recipe perfect for summer.
I loosely followed this orzo salad recipe by Giada de Laurentiis from Food Network. Honestly, I just look in my refrigerator and throw in whatever I think might work. Also, I have a bad habit of not measuring ingredients. Fortunately, this is something you can easily eyeball.
Ingredients I used in mine:
1. box of orzo
2. chicken stock
3. baby cucumbers
4. bell peppers (I like yellow, but orange and red would be perfect for some extra color)
5. roasted artichokes (these are from the produce section in Whole Foods… comes in a pouch)
6. garbanzo beans (chickpeas?)
7. “Mediterranean” dressing – something similar to a Greek dressing will do
8. feta cheese
Cook 1 with 2 according to the directions on the box. Slice and dice 3 and 4. Toss everything along with 6 and 7, and sprinkle on the 8. Chill in the refrigerator until cool, and serve.
Orzo salad – picnic-worthy dish.
I have to be up at 4:30 AM tomorrow morning, so time to hit the hay!