I Fought the Hair and I Won. by stegaliu
March 25, 2008, 2:02 pm
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 So I cut it all off.  It took me 2 years to get it to the middle of my back and in mere seconds it was taken away from me.  I was never concerned with it looking bad because I’ve had short hair forever but I do miss the length sometimes.  Made me feel more girlie.  But when was I ever a girlie girl?  Never.  Here’s the proof:




What do you think?


Too Much Food! by stegaliu
March 19, 2008, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Cooking, Home

Ok, well as much as we love out weekly delivery of veggies and fruits it’s just too much!  The small box won’t make it through the week but the big box is just massive, especially in the fruit department.  Anyone who knows me knows I am not a huge fruit eater so that just leaves Patrick but with him eating so many  veggies now too there is just nothing we can do about it.  We have a delivery coming tomorrow and we still have 3 bananas, 3 oranges, 3 apples that have gotten spotty, 4 kiwis, 2 grapefruit, and oh my god we just need to have a fruit party.  Tomorrow is going to have to be fruit at every meal for both of us.  It’s not going to be pretty but I am going to have to suffer through it.  If anyone has any suggestions for all this fruit, we’ll take it!  HELP!

PA weekend #1 of 4 by stegaliu
March 17, 2008, 9:19 am
Filed under: PA

We are going to be in Philly 4 of the next 5 weekends for various events, get togethers, and holidays. This was the first big trip home and will filled it to the gills. Saturday was the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Karen had her usual lovely open house full of breakfast goodies, Bloody Marys, Mimosa’s and more. What’s St. Patrick’s Day without early morning boozing? Then the whole clan headed over to the parade. Patrick has an obsession with taking photos of the growing ever cuter Aidan. Here’s some cute ones:


The Mummers are another obsession of Patrick’s. It’s a time honored Philadelphia tradition of getting blitzed out of your head, putting on the most flamboyant costume you can find, playing music and “strutting” in the parade. Men and their friends have been teaching their sons how their fathers taught them back so far into Philadelphian history I can’t even tell how long. To learn more about them, click here.


There are lots of other cute pics on our Flickr so feel free to visit and steal anything you want.

We were also in PA to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom! She is the ripe young age of 46. Yeah, she’s a young’n. That’s what happens when you pop out your first kid at 21!!!

it’s all different! by stegaliu
March 14, 2008, 12:30 am
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Welcome to WordPress.  Blogger was no longer impressing us; long photo load times, lame looking templates, etc, so here we are on WordPress.  Hope you like the move.  Let us know your real, true feelings so we can roll around in them and then do what we want anyway.  No, really, we want to know.  Seriously.



Beware of INTJ by stegaliu
March 13, 2008, 2:42 pm
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So I don’t know when was the first time I took the Myers-Briggs personality test. I think my mom gave it to me when I was very young but I don’t remember the results. I have taken it multiple times over the past 5-10 years (as you will see this is an intregal part of my personality type) and I am staunchly an INTJ. Very few of you reading this don’t have some experience with the test so I won’t go into here. If you don’t know about it you can learn about it here and you can take the test for free here and you can read your analysis here.

Because of my obsessive personality traits I have made all my close friends take the test and I went to the trouble of bookmarking all their results just so I can know everything I possibly can about my nearest and dearest. What I found out just the other day was that my friend Nikki and I are the same type, INTJ and this is so interesting (to me) because it is one of the rarest types, only 1-2% of the worlds population is INTJ and NYU had the good forethought to room us together all the way back in 2001.

Today Nikki sent me this site. I post it here for the benefit of all of you my family and friends, so you can better understand why I’m such a weirdo, why I love to tell you everything I know on a particular subject and why I “have the memory of a cat.” <–Patrick’s words. A few of the points I don’t totally agree with (I don’t have good grammar and I love to give and receive gifts) and somethings are true, I just wouldn’t say them so bluntly (at least not to your face). Enjoy! Maybe after you read this I will have a few less friends or maybe you will at least understand that this is who I am and its really not changing. Hehe.

Bread and such… by stegaliu
March 8, 2008, 3:14 pm
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Ok, so maybe I over estimated and there are only 3 “official” readers but I happen to know there are a few other readers hiding out out there. I’m look at you Gary and Nell (and Aunt Dee)! Weather here has been horrible. Rainy and cold. Patrick is far away and I am trying to entertain myself without going on huge shopping sprees with money we don’t have after a long, hard winter. Don’t worry, we’re back to work and as conflicted about that as ever. Ha!

One way I’ve managed to entertain myself is by pouring over my Microeconomics textbook. If I got anything at all from my parents (and I certainly did) it is this sickness with going back to school. I swear it’s a disease. Needforknowledge-itis. Everyone told me that I would be bored to death by this class and would just want to nap during it but really I don’t. Ok, so the subject isn’t the most exhilarating, I’ll admit, but the mere act of going to an academic class, surrounded by my “peers”, making new friends and learning is just so exciting to me. Alright fine I’m a nerd. So sue me. Now let’s just all hope this excitement pays off and Columbia lets me into its Ivy league doors next year!

In other news, Nell came over today and we attempted to make brioche. Both Nell and I love to try new things in the kitchen but I have been terrified of bread. Something about the yeast and rising and punching down and just all of it. I made a loaf of white bread last week and that went pretty well; a little undercooked in the middle but still edible. Lopsided evidence below:

Today we tried brioche. Brioche is different from most breads in that it is made with butter and eggs, resulting in a richer flesh (is it called flesh?) and a dark brown crust. Instead of doing it by hand we decided on using the stand mixer to give our arms a break. All started out well,

flour, yeast,

milk, eggs

spin, spin, spin.

We put it aside to let it rise for 2 hours and went on a little excursion to Marshalls. Long story short we took a little longer than the 2 hours and by the time we got back the dough was overproofed. Basically that means when we poked it it deflated like a popped balloon. It was very sad.

Round 2 went much better. We only proofed for an hour and a half and it was more than ready (that’s what we get for listening to a recipe).

Here’s Nell waiting anxiously for the dough to come together.
She’s kind of impatient.

And here she is hand kneading it when she couldn’t handle staying still for an extra few minutes and just had to finish it up herself. You know what they say, idle hands are the devils plaything.


Mmmmmm…the egg glaze made it look even better than it smelled!

Ok, it smelled amazing too. I only stuck my nose in it a few times. Yum! See bread isn’t scary! It’s great. Now go out and make your own. Just don’t shop too long at Marhsalls and then overproof and end up with dead fish dough.

slackers. by stegaliu
March 5, 2008, 3:45 pm
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So I have photos of the spicy sweet potato chips I made and some other things but Patrick took his camera to Arkansas/Texas without downloading them for me. Thus, no pics for you 5 people out there checking the blog.

Patrick is on a whirlwind 10 day trip to Arkansas and Dallas to shoot two spots with his friend Dean. I’m sure he’ll update at some point with one of his long winding tales (i think they call them ‘yarns’ in the south) of absurdity that only happens to him. I am doing a 2 week stint at a company called Imaginary Forces as the in house coordinator. Should be pretty painless. Sorry for nothing more interesting but the next 2 months are looking busy so I’m sure there’ll be something good coming up!