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Saturday, July 08, 2006

inspire, verb

you know how sometimes people can inspire you just by being themselves? somehow through talk or communication of whatever sort you end up improving your own life when they aren't even there?

there are the people that my grandmother thought you should marry, in fact what she said was "marry someone who brings out the best in you." smart lady.

personally i think it applies equally to friends, lovers AND spouses but anyway, i digress.

the point is that lately i have been hanging out with a chef. does he give me cooking lessons? no. does he cook for me? sadly, no. does he do anything other than talk about food with passion and joy? nope.

and yet there i was, bright and early on thursday morning, wandering home from work and thinking 'hmmm i should make breakfast' and since i only really have two kinds of breakfast ever and only one of them involves cooking this was pretty much a given. i wasn't having yogurt and granola and flax and fresh fruit and maybe nutella all whomped together. nope, i was having a couple of eggs steamed in a tiny bit of butter mixed with water and served inside a half a pita and beside a couple of potato patties (from cavendish farms... SO yummy.)

and then it hit me, why was i just automatically making the same food? how had i gotten into this same food rut?

i used to cook. i used to cook for othercat and i all the time. i used to make lunch and make enough for three days so i could bring it to work. i used to invent things.

in fact, i used to have a kitchen i LIKED and currently i don't.

but still, i said to myself, "self why are we making the same old thing? is it any wonder we never cook at home anymore?" and so i went to the store and i got a tomato and some cheese and a yellow pepper and some mushrooms and home i came.

in the SAME exact amount of time as my standard cholesterol laden and not very healthful breakfast?

i sauteed the mushrooms and peppers and then cracked some eggs over them and left them to sit. toasted up the tortillas just enough to make them warm and bubbly (in the toaster natch) and chopped up some of the tomato.

in less time than this post is taking to type i had two burritos, one with the egg mix, tomato and cheese and one with that plus some spicy smoked turkey. (of course garlic and hot sauce were in the eggs yeesh)

fuck me was it yummy.

and so easy that i made it again today.

[please note that pile has been feeding me home cooking for months, which hasn't hurt either]

and with that tiny little bit of inspiration i feel myself starting to cook with joy for myself again and this makes me so happy. i didn't notice it fading away but i did notice that it was gone and i considered it nigh on to a tragedy.

and now i know *how* it happened.

my accident made it impossible to stand for more than a few minutes at a time for like two years SO i got stuck in a rut and i didn't even notice it happen. i got SO stuck in that rut that even if i made something interesting i just thought of it as work. this from a chick that didn't have a recipe so she made up peppercorn sauce from scratch (and it was de-fuckin-licious.) this from a chick whose cooking has drawn pretty happening reviews.

i am not a chef but i am a heck of a home cook and i forgot that. hell i think my favourite cookbook rotted away when i wasn't looking.

so chef, if you're reading, which i don't think you are? THANKS! breakfast was delicious and inspiration yummier still. [no worries y'all, the compliment got passed along]

Dating StrengthsDating Weaknesses
1. Independence - 85.7%
2. Varied Interests - 85.7%
3. Adventurousness - 75%
4. Financial Situation - 69.2%
5. Open-Mindedness - 63.6%
1. Selfishness - 54.5%

Dating Strengths Explained
Independence - Your strong sense of independence comes in handy while dating. You are not held back or tied down; you are free to pursue your interests.
Varied Interests - You don't limit yourself, and that's a dating asset. Your varied interests make you available and interesting to a wider range of men.
Adventurousness - You are willing to try new things and be spontaneous. You want to get out there and really live, and you will attract people with a similar love of life.
Financial Situation - You've got your financial situation under control, which is a very desirable quality. Be careful to avoid men who are only interested in your money.
Open-Mindedness - You are open to trying new things and entertaining new ideas, and this widens your pool of available men.

Dating Weaknesses Explained
Selfishness - You think too much of yourself and your needs. You must learn to put your partner first and tend to his needs.

Take the Dating Diversions Latest Online Dating Quiz

what a crock of shit. my money. oh man.

*shakes head*



someone had a dream about me. turns out that even in my dreams i don't get any but i do go climbing a lot.

i can't tell you how funny i find this, really i can't.


in other climbing related news i went climbing four times in five days this week AND i flashed the new 5.10- and i think i might have been the first one up!

my teacher today

was heard to utter the words:

"watch sassinak, she's got it"

of course i promptly lost it but STILL!

*such a HUGE snoopydance*

*crashes and sleeps*


Blogger Pyrhonik said...

Oh man I could go for that burrito right now!

I think you have the correct amount of selfishness. In my mind everybody should take care of themself and if they want to share there life then the selfishness would be about half. Looks like you want to share. I agree.

7/09/2006 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous gut chick said...

I am so jealous that you can just "whip something together". I am recipe bound!!! When I have a recipe, I am a good cook :( Your breakfast may inspire me though!!!

It is rare to have someone in your life that can make you self-reflect and encourage you to be your best person.

No, the "gut" isn't based on "catgut"--I'm a colon surgeon.

Hey--am I the first to post???

7/09/2006 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous gut chick said...

Guess not--beat out by 2 minutes!!

7/09/2006 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

pyr: it was fuckin' awesome so i would totally recommend it.

i think you're right, over giving is an excellent way to kill relationships. and i've seen lots of people do it. i'd like to share but not enough to lose my *self*

gutty lady: *grin*

well, i got my first cookbook when i was 6 or 8 or something and when i was 5 or 6 the 4 or 5 year old next door taught me to make scrambled eggs. by now the cookbooks are unnecessary.

thing with recipes? think of them as suggestions or ideas instead of orders. like i look at cookbooks for ideas and then just make something up in the middle.

be inspired be inspired! what a lovely chain of inspiration!

you are correct, and i have LOTS of them.

now i'm curious about the gut thing :)

nope, you're second *g*

7/09/2006 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger DZER said...

sass ... this post totally inspired me to have eggs for my VERY late dinner, which I just polished off. Since it's so late, I didn't feel like driving out for ingredients, so when with what I had.

Four eggs, whipped by hand, with some salt and pepper and some diced onions and garlic. Poured that into a skillet and popped some hamburger buns that were going stale into the toaster oven. Back to the skillet to stir up the eggs and add in some small chunks of swiss cheese, then back to the toaster oven to brush on some melted butter and garlic salt on top.

In short ... thick egg-n-cheese sammiches on garlic-toasted buns ... mmmm ... yummy most!

Thanks again!

7/09/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger terry said...

suddenly, i'm hungry...

"you think to much of yourself and your needs?"

i don't think so, sass.

7/09/2006 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

dzer: nice. i don't have to go anywhere for stuff since i live maybe a hundred feet from the store that i went to.

mmmmmmmmmm diced garlic, good idea, i'll do that next time. that sounds fantastic. i couldn't take that much food or that much dairy but i remember when i would have died of bliss for the cheese.


terry: so cook something delicious :)

and thanks, i thought that was sort of silly.

7/09/2006 04:36:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

I don't have time to read the rest just now but MAN that breakfast sounds yummy. I love home cooking and I love it moreso now that I have someone to cook for.

I need to check back on those dating stats tomorrow! Happy Sunday!

7/09/2006 11:30:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

jmai: it WAS yummy. i did the same thing today but added asparagus and removed the turkey...

god i love food. all food really.

i miss having someone to cook for... was nice.

the dating stats are SILLY!

7/10/2006 01:27:00 AM  
Blogger debambam said...

firstly, my damn mouth is watering.....not nice to do to Kell at 11.30pm!! Secondly where the heck did you do that quiz thing? It was obviously written by a bloke, or a women who is stuck in the 1100's......hehehehe

7/10/2006 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger Casually Me said...

Anyone that can do the snoopydance and say fuck me all in the same blog, well...my eyes are watering here...is a friend of mine. So when do you start climbing the big stuff? K1, something like that...???????

7/10/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Everything Nice said...

Firstly, I am now hungry for breakfast and eyeing the greasy spoon diner down the street hoping I can close my eyes and it will magically become everything you've written here :)

Secondly, damn dude, those dating stats are, well, let's just say I prolly shouldn't do those LOL!

Its a good think I don't date anymore!!

Third. I dream of you all the time, but you're not climbing :D

huggles and snoopy dance cause you've got it!

7/10/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

deb: you're welcome... really *g*

i did it wherever the link says i did it but i found it from okcupid... and yeah, it's ridiculous!

cas: nice, i think i'm proud you said that!

um probably next year, my schedule gives me no real days off this summer.

bubbles: it's funny how many people seem like they're going to start cooking cause of this post... it makes me happy.

oh man go do that quiz, now i WANT to see what you get, it will be that silly. and you sort of date, it's just different is all...

you dream about me? *blush*

yay *dances with emma*

7/10/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger da buttah said...

this is going to shock you...but that little quize said i have insecurity issues.

*moment of shock*

yea, i had no idea too!

7/10/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Love the snoopy dance

7/10/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

Both the boys cook eggs a lot, in lot's of different ways, but my favorite is the hobo...and I taught them that. :)

I'm afraid to take the quiz. The Jehova Witness's today dropped off literature (they're by every week for a dozen years now) titled 'A Happy Marriage'...they're late, LOL.

7/10/2006 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I did the quiz and my flaw was vanity. It said I like pretty people too much and I'm shallow. Right now it's true :P

7/10/2006 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

elle: damm, you must be just stunned on that one! *g*

kj: dance with us!!!

kathi: i love eggs, you can do almost anything with them... in fact i made them yesterday too. soon i will have to cook other things *grin*

the hobo?

the jehovah's witnesses sort of irritate me. i don't think god wants you to knock on my door at 8am on my DAY OFF. i just don't.

amber: me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7/10/2006 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Sass I will have to take the quiz and let you know... but onto other things...

I am so glad that you found someone to inspire you :) It is so nice to re-find something that you love, when you tell me how you love my childishness that is all it is, someone inspired me to tap back into that, they made me happier in doing it! We need more people around like that!

7/12/2006 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Jehovahs totally irritate me too!!

7/12/2006 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

they started knocking at 8:30am every saturday now...it is driving me CRAZY!

7/12/2006 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee: deal, i'm curious cause i think they're funny.

yeah it's amazing how just talking about cooking reminded me how i loved it. there i was participating in this convo like i cook all the time and i don't! but i'm starting to.

whoever inspired that in you deserves mad props.

oh man dude, 8:30am is just uncalled for.

7/12/2006 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

hrm I think I took a different quiz...


I didn't get percents...

7/12/2006 12:58:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

click on "online dating quiz" and then see what happpens?

7/12/2006 01:00:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

oh I found it, I will do it now :)

7/12/2006 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

I did the personality dating traits one...oops

7/12/2006 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee: excellent, it's fairly silly :)

i haven't done that one, any fun?

7/12/2006 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

I like the first one better...I don't like the results of this one as much!

Stooupid thing says my biggest weakness is vanity 66% WTF This couldn't be more wrong from a girl who doesn't care if I walk out with no makeup, messy hair or whateva...and looks are not 100% important to me! I am not vain...I used to get asked all the time why I was with my ex, he wasn't excatly a "looker" but I loved him for him...geez I dont like the vanity thing! But the otehrs are not too bad... My Independance and Optimism is right on....

7/12/2006 01:15:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee: well mine says i'm selfish so you can imagine that i think it's silly. after me for my money!

yeesh being able to balance a checkbook has NOTHING to do with being well off.

silly quiz.

7/12/2006 06:15:00 AM  
Blogger partygirljessica said...

Before I me this chef at webdate.com, I couldn't cook anything and pretty much depended on my trusty microwave. Now he inspird me so much to learn how to cook!

7/31/2006 09:31:00 AM  
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