A Worthy Home

March 8, 2010

I saw the most amazing apartment over the weekend, and I just can’t stop thinking about it. It was truly something special. I feel like I’m in love. I almost feel like I shouldn’t talk about it , as not to jinx it.

Maybe just a bit.

It comes fully furnished, and when I say fully, I mean that it even includes linens, dishes, empty picture frames and coffee table books. And these are not just any furnishings, they are stunning. The furnished apartment was featured in Architectural Digest. It was built in a converted water tower on a huge, elegant estate in the Pupukea hills. It would be like living in Architectural Digest, which is to say it would be like living in a dream.

I would give anything to live in this apartment. What’s shocking is that it’s affordable, but we’re running into some problems getting our application completed. They want us to fax a credit report for each of us, and I have no printer and no fax machine. They also want one month’s pay stubs, and we both started new jobs so we don’t have pay stubs. They also want to call our current landlord, and we haven’t given notice, for fear that they will kick us out when they hear. See, we have no lease, and the last tenants who gave notice were given an afternoon to pack their things.

So there are some hills to climb to get to the most amazing apartment in the world. But we deserve it. It feels meant to be.

Please God, please give us this apartment!

If all goes well, I’ll be able to post pictures. If not….I might just cry for what might have been.

Yesterday was a great day for food and shopping!

The Kitchn (my favorite food blog), posted a great video showing how to poach an egg. I’d been under the impression that poaching eggs was hard, but as you can see in this video, it’s super easy (and oh so good!). One requirement for good poached eggs is that the eggs be fresh, and fresh eggs are hard to find on the island (most having been shipped from the mainland). But with wonderful timing, our roommate filled our eggs carton with fresh eggs she got from her friend, an egg farmer (is that what they’re called?).

We were actually in the middle of figuring out what to have for lunch when she gave them to us, and we’d already started making some brown rice. With the opportunity  to try poached eggs, I simply couldn’t wait, so we decided to have poached eggs over brown rice. It was really good, and quite filling. Perfect comfort food for a cold Sunday (and yes, it was cold here in Hawaii!).

Prior to the egg poaching experience, I had been in a pouty mood because I had nothing to do, so Filippo promised me some thrift-store retail therapy. The poached eggs turned the mood around, but we still wanted to do some shopping.

First stop was Goodwill in Wahiawa, which is a very nice Goodwill. This was Filippo’s first thrift-store experience, and I’m so glad the store was clean, big, bright, and organized. We found some cool vintage drinking glasses (a set of 6), but decided against them because they weren’t colorful enough. But then we found a great set of blue-tinted Pyrex mixing bowls:

I know that some people collect Pyrex (usually the solid-colored, patterned kind), but I’m not one of those people. So I have no idea if these are a good find, or just normal Pyrex, but I am excited about them. Everyone needs mixing bowls, and these ones have a blue tint. That’s just cool. I got them both for $7.00.

Then we found a matching casserole dish with a lid:

Again, this was $7.oo for the set, and I couldn’t say no. I mean, I could have, but I didn’t want to. We also walked out with a George Carlin tape for Filippo (since he only has a tape player in his car). It was .99 cents.

Then we went on to a great antique shop where we found tons of cool stuff for our future apartment. Especially cool was a big turquoise glass table lamp. I can’t wait till we have our own place, because I really want that lamp.

Our last stop was Ross, because Filippo had some pants to exchange. Since we were in a shopping mood,we started looking around, and I stumbled upon the best find of the day…a pair of adorable green leather BC wedges for $2.50. That’s right, $2.50.

My first thought was “What’s wrong with them?” But I still haven’t been able to find a single problem. They’re just cute, comfortable goodness.

WordPress is being stupid, so please turn your head to see the beauty

They’re just so cute, right? What a score, and what a great day for shopping. All of this for under $20!

The day ended with more great food, and this time the idea just popped out of my head! Looking into our fridge I saw a bunch of veggies, tomatoes, and a baguette. So I made something like a bruschetta (although I’ve never made one, so I’m not sure). I minced scallions, and chopped potato, carrot, mushroom, long beans, and tomatoes. The scallions went in the pan with a little olive oil, and the rest of the veggies followed. My plan was that it would become a chunky sauce, and the veggies complied. I also added some mushroom bullion, a little sugar to counteract  the acidity of the tomatoes, and seasoned with fresh thyme, an Italian seasonings blend, and a little garlic salt. I buttered and pan-toasted the bread, and poured the saucy goodness over the bread. I wish I’d taken a picture, but it was so good we just gobbled it down without thinking or speaking.

That just made me hungry.


Vacation time

February 19, 2010

As I’ve mentioned, now that I have a job coming, I feel I can indulge in a vacationer’s attitude. Today has been an excellent example of that attitude.

I awoke at 9:30 AM, and didn’t get up till 10, when I casually made some coffee and toast. I have no idea what I did after that, but by noon I was picking up my shoes from the shoe repair place (they stretched out some too-small shoes, and they fit perfectly now!). Then on to the library for book happiness. I got a practice guide for the nursing school entrance exam, a Suze Orman book, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Should be good fun.

From there we decided to try out a new place for lunch: Cafe Haleiwa

The food was good. Nothing too special, but good. Filippo had fish tacos, I had a grilled veggie sandwich.

The best part was their patio:

I just love the random colored chairs. They also have lights strung up between the trees that you can’t really see in the pic, but they were cool.

But even better were their glasses:

I asked where they came from, and our waitress (who must be an owner) said that she goes down to second hand stores once or twice a month to find them. They’re just so awesome, I feel a strong urge to second hand shop.

I’m also studying to take the Hawaii Driver’s License test, since my CA one expires in April, and I need residency to start school. The manual hasn’t been re-done since 1977, so the pictures are all outdated. It’s kind of entertaining. I think I’ll take the test on Monday…and then go to some second hand store to find cool glasses…

Cooking is fun

February 15, 2010

I know I already posted about valentine’s day yesterday, but the second half of the day was so amazing I need to post again.

We had our friends Rosy and Dustin over for dinner, and had so much fun cooking and setting up our cute little table by the beach. And as if that wasn’t enough goodness, the food turned out AMAZING.

Mushroom stuffed chicken with a mushroom cream sauce, mashed potatoes and strawberry salad

I mean, I didn’t know we could all cook so well. The thing I was least confident about was the mushroom stuffing, but wow. It blew my mind. We didn’t know when we planned the menu, but Dustin is a mushroom fanatic, and scarfed down his plate in no time at all.

Filippo took a little video of us starting our meal, with the goal of making everyone on facebook jealous. And since his motives weren’t pure, the memory card ran out in the middle of it. I was going to post it here, but I’m having difficulties. So check facebook 🙂

Dinner was REALLY filling, so we took a little walk on the beach while we digested and made room for dessert. And what luck, turtles were on the sand!

Turtle Buddies!

What a hooligan 🙂

When we got back it was time for red velvet cake! I’m so glad I had Rosy to help me with the cake, because I’ve never made one before. It turned out great!

mmmm...

All in all, it was a perfect night. I can say without a doubt that it was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had. We closed out the night with Dustin playing the guitar and singing (what talent!), and went to bed with full bellies and happy hearts.

Last bit of sunset

The view from our table

Dustin & Rosy

I like cake

Dinner for 10 for under $30

January 18, 2010

Last night we had an impromptu dinner party here at the house, and what was supposed to be dinner for four turned into dinner for ten! I’m not complaining at all though, because it was a lot of fun. We stuck two mismatched tables together in the living room, lit a couple of candles and played a little music from the computer. I made chicken a la Julia Child  from my new cookbook, Filippo roasted some veggies, and we made garlic bread and brown rice to fill everyone up. Everything cost under $30, and it turned out super tasty.

It was such a good feeling walking from the kitchen to the living/dining room to see our friends enjoying themselves, and to have the food turn out so well. I’ve officially decided that I really enjoy playing hostess.

Our guests weren’t able to stay too long though, because our roommate came home as we were finishing eating, and she seemed pretty shocked by the amount of people at the house. We had told her we were going to have a few friends over, so I understand why 10  people was a surprise.

It was really a very mellow party though. Everyone was gone by 8:45, and we had the whole house cleaned up and back to it’s original state by 9:30. While I was cleaning, our roommate had a little “talk” with Filippo, which left him pretty upset. She was overreacting to the get-together, and bringing up completely un-related things. Thankfully, she and Filippo talked again this morning and cleared the air.

The whole ordeal reinforced my feeling that we should get our own place though. We enjoy having guests, and I wish I could have let everyone stay till later, because we were having a lot of fun. So as I’ve said before, as soon as we both get jobs, it’ll be time to search for a new place.