I can’t believe 2010 is upon us.

I also can’t believe that I went to the grocery store on New Year’s Eve with the hopes that there would actually be food on the shelves and a cart for me to fill.

Well, maybe I can believe it since procrastination runs in the family.

After my grocery store run, I stopped in Target to get the 2nd season of Big Love. Because, you know I have such a disposable income that buying a full DVD set about polygamists is at the top of my must-have list.

Last weekend, we watched season 1 within 2 days. We were such bums, and it felt wonderful. I was hoping for season 2 so we could watch it and season 3 before the new season starts next Sunday. Geez, that’s alot of season’s in one sentence.

Target was out, so I went to my favorite place to pay more look for it.


There is just something about bookstores that do it for me. The minute I park my car and walk in, I am so giddily excited about what I may find. The possibilities are endless.

Apparently, the possibilities for diet’s in the New Year are also endless. This was the display as I walked in.


Great marketing job, B & N. I can’t imagine the amount of people walking through those doors in the next 3 days that will scoop up these fad books. I wonder if it will ever be different? Good thing we all know better. :)

When I was younger, I would beg my mom to go to the mall just so I could go to the bookstore. I would sit on the floor inside and read the likes of Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley High, R.L. Stine, and more. Once I got the books home, I could finish one within a day and couldn’t wait to read more. I engrossed myself in those books, sometimes pretending I was inside the story.

I still love fiction, and I think I always will. I am a day dreamer. I hope that never changes, but I hope I make some dreams a reality. :)

These days I sit for hours in other sections.


I totally adore flipping through cookbook after cookbook after cookbook after cookbook. I wish my wallet did, too.

On our first New Year’s Eve together, my husband and I went to a Thai restaurant. This was only a few months after we began dating and were still so entangled in each other that we sat on the same side of the booth.

(I am so joking – one of my biggest pet peeves is when 2 people sit on one side of the booth. I need my space. So do my thighs.)

This was the first time I had ever eaten Thai food, and I instantly fell in love. It also became a favorite food of my husband’s, which means we had to go once a week for months until he eventually grew sick of it. This has also happened with Panera Bread, english muffin french toast, plain turkey burgers, and diet Mt. Dew. I wish it could happen with other things, like heavy metal music, egg whites, snoring, cover-stealing, and Nascar.

A girl can dream.

When I came home this afternoon, I made some shrimp pad thai from Jaden’s cookbook. After the Thai food obsession began, I had made pad thai, but have long since lost the recipe.


Her recipe ended up being fantastic. My favorite part is always the crushed peanuts on top.


We will probably continue our Big Love-athon the rest of the evening. I usually don’t go out because I’m boring, 78 years old, don’t like to remove myself from the couch, and want to eat cookies all night in the peace of my own home. Around 10pm we will hop on over to a party at my aunt and uncle’s house to ring in the New Year and eat copious amounts of food with my fabulous family.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve! <3 you. :)

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27 Responses to “New Year’s Eve.”

  1. #
    Evan Thomas — December 31, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

    Pad thai sounds sooo good right now!


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    tra — December 31, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    omg! i still do that in book stores! i always finish books in a day! =D
    i love perusing books in the bookstore.


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    Lily @ Lily's Health Pad — December 31, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

    I just laughed out loud at the commentary on sitting beside each other in the booth. Oh my. I can’t stand that either.


  4. #
    Stef — December 31, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    i am OBSESSED with big love!!


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    Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen — December 31, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

    Happy New Year! I love going into stores and looking at cookbooks too…I try to write down the names of the recipes and then google them since most of the time they’re online for free ;) Hope you have a great night!


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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — December 31, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    I loved, loved, LOVED BSC, SVH, and RL Stine (Fear Street!!) growing up! I so wanted to BE Elizabeth Wakefield :-)

    Sounds like a great NYE– I love Big Love!

    Happy 2010!


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    Kristie — December 31, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

    I always felt so scandalous when I was reading Sweet Valley High. That’s what you get for reading it in middle school I guess ;)

    You’ll probably hate me now, but Chris and I occasionally sit on the same side of the booth. Yep… we’re *that* couple.


  8. #
    Mellissa — December 31, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

    I an anti sit on the same side of the booth too! Happy New Year :)


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    Jenny — December 31, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

    Just returned from the grocery store. All I have to say is that I was glad that apparently no one buys bananas and Greek yogurt on New Year’s Eve…they don’t know what they’re missing.

    I love bookstores too! Don’t ever send me to one and expect me to be back in less than an hour.

    Have a happy new year!


  10. #
    Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar — December 31, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    Yeah, you can’t do that when one of you is left handed anyway ;]


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    kay (eating machine) — December 31, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

    so, i didn’t know that new years eve was a big shopping day
    and went to the store.
    there was NO parking
    like at all
    i had to park next to walgreens instead, and even then i was parked in a made up spot. life lessons…


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    carolinebee — December 31, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

    HAHAHA OMG we are the saaame 78 yr old women, LOVE it :D And sitting in B and N, or border’s i don’t discriminate, reading without buying the book is on my top 5 list of favorite things! Have a great New Year’s too dear!


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    heather — December 31, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

    i managed to spend $60 at a going out of business book store sale yesterday (am about to blog my finds soon!) And im sure you know my love for all things book-store. Its my go-to place for anytime i feel a)homesick b)bored c)spendy (is that word?!)

    :) happy new years eve, my dear! xoxo


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    Sarah — December 31, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    I should havr made Pad Thai tonight because it looks so good!

    Happy New Year’S!!

    PS I have 1-110 of the Babysitter’s Club stored away for my girls :)


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    Nicci — December 31, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

    I finally ignored all those silly magazines while at the grocery store. I usually would be buying 2-3 to see what diets to try in 2010. I found food at the store and it wasn’t too bad either.

    Have a Happy & Safe New Years!!


  16. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 1, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    I was totally obsessed with Sweet Valley High when I was youger!

    I’m a day dreamer too :)


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    Kelly B. — January 1, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    I am so like you when it comes to books. I can sit for hours on the floor of a bookstore and be totally happy! When I was a kid I was a sucker for The Babysitter’s Club series. :)


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    Bree — January 1, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    I love bookstores too. I was totally the kid that hid under the covers with a flashlight reading. To this day I love the SMELL of books. My husband laughs at the copious amount of books I own but I can’t help it! I can’t give them away! They are my friends!


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    The Candid RD — January 1, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    I’m not into the one sided booth sitting either. But when you first start to date, those butterflies may cause you to do crazy things. Oh I miss those days!! :) I try to keep them alive as much as possible.

    Those fad books make me sick. You are probably right, so many people will buy them, and chances are about 10% will actually read them and follow through. Of those 10%, 4% will keep it up throughout the year (Gina’s RANDOM statistics).

    Happy New Year Jessica!


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    Lauren — January 1, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    I could honestly sit in the Bookstore all day and page through cookbooks. I really have to be careful that I don’t just go into one when I am in a rush, because I will NEVER leave. It doesn’t matter if the Pres. of the United States is coming to dinner, nothing will deter me from leaving the bookstore once I am engrossed. ;)

    Sounds like a wonderful New Years Eve. My hubby and I also fully enjoy Thai food and always try to make it on special occasions.

    Happy New Year hun!


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    Shelley — January 1, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    haha you have a great sense of humor, i was laughing throughout this entire post!! i am totallyw / you on the booth thing- i like my space! and i also looove going to bookstores and looking through the books forever. it is the best past time!
    hope you have an amazing new year
    i love thai food :-D



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    Erin @ Big Girl Eats — January 1, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    My co-worker and I call those people ‘same side sitters’ or triple S. There are numerous college students who Triple S in the cafeteria. It’s highly amusing and slightly nauseating. :)

    Very impressive with the pad thai! It was the first thai dish I had too, and I was obsessed with it for quite some time.

    Happy 2010 Jessica! So glad to have connected this year!


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    Cheryl — January 1, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    Feel the same way about reading and bookstores…I also quite enjoyed Babysitter’s Club, SVH, and RL Stine – and of course Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan too! I saved all of my books for my children someday:) I hope you had a great NYE!


  24. #
    Christy — January 2, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Hi !
    Did u get my email? I live in shadyside, work out at gym in squirrel hill. What abt you?


  25. #
    Darla Baerg — January 3, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    Where can I find the pad thai recipe? Uhm, without going and buying the cookbook? :)

    I looked on steamykitchen’s website but couldn’t find it.

    Sounds really good!


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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 6, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    I love the crushed peanuts on pad thai too … mmmmm, pad thai is definitely one of my favourite dishes.


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