Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Work Hard, Play Hard

The full-time sales associate at my part-time workplace recently left without notice, so I went from working 9 hours a week to 24. ...oh well... The other part-time associate also works a 9 to 5 and is stepping up just as much. This boss is also covering the sales floor while suffering with pneumonia.

Luckily, my precious little time off has been well spent lately...

I was off last Friday night, and the highlight of my evening was preparing my pasta specialty for dinner. As usual, it was penne pasta with tomato sauce loaded with vegetables, this time, red pepper, zucchini and spinach. I enjoyed it with red wine and good bread with flavorful olive oil. 

I was also off last night on Tuesday. With a Christmas present gift certificate in hand, I indulged in a professional pedicure. I brought my own polish and am now wearing my favorite, California Raspberry by OPI. It was relaxing to savor such a pampering experience and read a bit of my latest book. I love that not only my toenails are well taken care of, but my feet are as well, so soft! After that, my parents had given me a steak, (meat is a more expensive item at the grocery store so I don't buy so much of it), so I grilled that and made olive oil roasted Tuscan gold potatoes. Following dinner, I watched Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother on my little netbook. This is the one TV show I keep up with. As usual, it was legend... wait for it... dary! Ted is so close to meeting the one. I hate to see it end! I hope my boss hires someone soon as I can watch the series finale on my TV when it airs on a future Monday at 8.

The cast of How I Met Your Mother

Tonight, I prepared another pasta dish. This time, I made penne with tomato sauce and sauteed spinach with grilled boneless skinless chicken breast sliced on top (again, grazie Mom and Dad). A bottle of red wine is a fixture on my kitchen counter, but alas, I didn't have any to go with this Italian meal. 

I've requested a week of vacation from my full-time job beginning on my April 15th birthday. Usually, I know how I will spend my birthday by the end of January, but this year, I have no idea... Usually, I am out of town. (Remember last year's birthday weekend in Boston and the previous year's weekend in Philadelphia and then Annapolis?) I am so worried about making my trip to Paris happen on my 30th birthday that plans for my 29th are simply not a priority. About a week and a half ago, I redirected the direct deposit from my part-time job into my savings account, separate from my checking. So, everything I make at that job will go towards Paris. I took action on this payroll change at the beginning of my busy season in leasing, where I tend to earn more commission. So, I should still be able to eat! As you know, this is very important to me! Anyway, I think the celebration of my 29th will be low key for me. Perhaps a day trip? Or an Italian feast shared with friends in an independently-owned restaurant? Maybe in Baltimore's Little Italy? You know I appreciate experiences, but maybe I should simply purchase something nice, something beautiful for myself instead... That stunning dark pink ruby bracelet from Fire & Ice that I wrote about here in December comes to mind... If I can afford it on my strict budget! The rest of my spring vacation should be a relaxing staycation.

Will I be Betty in Paris?

On Monday morning, doing laundry at my parents' place really quickly, my mom asked if she and my dad could give me a membership subscription for my birthday. I really look forward to dating again. In preparation, I asked my girlfriends to take new solo pictures of me for my profile as I don't have any since the ones from my vacation to Fort Lauderdale and Miami with my friend E in July 2008. With a College of Visual and Performing Arts degree, the results have to meet my artistic standards. I've been trying to think of poses, what I could wear, etc. I hope to go to Paris with a new boyfriend!

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