Back to reality, mon

Finished! Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Not my favorite of the series, actually my least favorite.  Of course I HAD to finish the book, but I don’t think I’ll be spending $10 to see the movie in a few weeks. And they are splitting it into 2 movies?! Big mistake. Huge.

Currently Reading: The Hundred- Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Really enjoying this one so far, although it makes me hungry everytime I sit down to read. Should finish this one up this weekend, then on to Lena Dunham’s book.

I thought I would get a lot more reading done on vacation, but it took me forever to get through Mockingjay.  I would finish a chapter and think “hmmm a pina colada sure sounds good…”

# of Miles run in November: 9

I realize this is pathetic BUT my cardio on vacation basically consisted of dancing up a storm at the disco.  Don’t forget—the Turkey Trot is next Thursday morning!!  Sign up here:


For some reason I got a strange craving for Chicken Cordon Bleu the other day.  Perhaps it was partially inspired by the book  I’m reading, which is set in France, or all the things I’ve seen regarding Home Alone in the past week (it was released 24 years ago this week.  Let that soak in a bit…)- whatever it was got me looking on Pinterest for a recipe.  This is a dish we had a lot growing up, but I don’t think ever homemade.  If memory serves me correctly this might have been the one thing we consistently ordered from Market Day, and it was delicious.

This recipe was super easy.  I did not make the cheese sauce to go on top, but I will say next time I’ll add more cheese to the filling.  This one is definitely going to go into my dinner rotation!

Date #4:
Who: Mark
The Hook-up: Becky and Jeff have been on the lookout for someone for me since this challenge began. About a month ago Becky had a revelation and thought Mark and I would probably have a good time. I agreed as soon as I heard he could give me more details on the infamous “Jeff lost his jeans in Japan” story. He was game, so we set up a meeting earlier this week.

What we did: Mark lives downtown, so he suggested either a spot down there or in my neighborhood to grab dinner and drinks. We both agreed Third and Hollywood was the winner, so we met up for cocktails, a great dinner, and a Cavs loss. Then we popped over to Grandview Café for my first Christmas Ale of the season.

Tell me more…. Mark is a good time. He has lots of stories of fun nights out, vacations, and that time his car got stolen in Cleveland. He also seems to balance his fun with a great career that he clearly loves. His favorite gin in Hendricks (right answer) and supports the correct Ohio sports teams. #clevelandrocks

As always, keep the recipes/ men/ books coming!



Meatloaf, Bagels, Mockingjays… oh my!

A longer post than usual, but you won’t be hearing from me for a few weeks, so enjoy!

FINISHED!: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding- Kristen Newman
Sarah- great pick, we could clearly be friends with this chick!
The official Jamaica reading list, mon:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (have to read it before the movie!)

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Sis and I both bought this without consulting the other.  Typical.)

The Hundred- Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (based on a reco from a lady at the pool)

# of Miles run in October: 24

Thanks to Becky and Allison for joining me for the Grandview Great Pumpkin 5K…. and a little shopping and brunch of course!


I’ve never made meatloaf- it just wasn’t something we ate much growing up, and living alone it seemed a little strange to me to whip up a whole “loaf” for myself. I can only eat left overs once or maybe twice if its really good, so it seemed like a waste.

Steph send me a recipe she had from an old “friend”… he actually never let her write it down, so she studied him making it.  Basically, mix a bunch of stuff together and throw it in the oven.  I knew Megan was a meatloaf fan, so I invited her over to try my creation.  Judging from our plates, we both liked it!  This was such an easy recipe, and delicious… and cheap!  And now the joke is on this old friend, as I share his “secret recipe” with the world!  Enjoy!

You’ll need:
1 lb beef
soy sauce
Garlic (3 cloves or so, minced)
Garlic Salt
Yellow onion – not too much (less than 1/2 an onion) diced finely
Onion Powder
1 egg
Regular bread crumbs
Mustard (I obvi left this out)
Mix everything together. There are no measurements, just put a little bit of each and you can be pretty liberal. It’s hard to screw up.
Line a pan with foil and spray the foil or grease it somehow.
Make it into two little loafs that are flat/concave on top. This way as it bakes you’ll have a little “dish” of sorts to put more sauce.
Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Take it out, turn the oven up to 450, and put a mixture of bbq and ketchup (or just bbq) in the “dish,” enough to glaze.
Put it back in at 450 (as it’s heating up to that temp is fine) and bake for another 15 minutes.

Date #4:
Who: Mike
The Hook-up: So, when I started with this part of the challenge I wanted it to be pretty “organic”- how many people could I meet though other people.  I figured that if down the road this wasn’t working out I could do the Match/ Tinder/ eHarmony/ Plenty of Fish/ Christian Mingles/ Meet Black Singles thing and line up dates pretty easily to meet my quota.  Randomly on Facebook last week an ad come up for “Coffee Meets Bagel” (don’t you hate how good FB is at knowing what you want to look at?), I was intrigued, so I clicked.  Within a few minutes I was signed up for this site that required literally no work on my end.  All I had to do was wait for my “bagel” to arrive each day.  If both people said YES to their daily matches they both got a text with a conversation- starting question.  This is how Mike became date #4.

What we did: Mike suggested Brother Drake in the Short North.  I’ve never been, so I was obviously up for the new experience.  They make their own Mead, so a slight departure from my normal bourbon/ Pinot Noir/ beer selections.

Tell me more…. So that description of what we did doesn’t even scratch the surface.  Little did we know that we would be in the audience of a musical recital (ummm we never had our piano recitals at a bar- I’m sure my parents would have preferred that).  We watched a young sister duo perform an original piece on their violins, another girl cover one of my favorite Adele songs, and a “rock band” made up of a couple middle school boys.  Quite the experience.  If that wasn’t enough we also sat next to a beekeeper from Alabama that told us all about his own honey and mead- he even let us taste his flight.  And on his way out he told us that “marriage is awesome man.  I love my wife.  This is a good thing”.  That could be awkward but Mike took it like a champ.  Mike is some sort of “computer genius” (that was for you SIL) working for IBM.  He’s only been in Cbus for a little over a year, but seems to be in for getting the most out of this city.

As always, keep the recipes/ men/ books coming!