I got back from California on January 9, and classes began January 11. That meant that I had only two days in which to get over jet lag, purchase my books for the upcoming semester, complete my homework for the first day of classes, oh, and sleep. It was exhausting and I think I napped for eight hours in one day after the first week was over. It was totally worth it though..my nephew is the world's cutest baby and I am so glad I got to spend time with him. I can't wait until my sister comes out to visit in February/March (she has not decided yet).
Look at that face!
My classes this semester are great so far. I've gotten called on in Con Crim Pro TWICE so far (he cold called on me the first day, and the third class he began calling on people row by row. I sit in the first row.) Astoundingly, I knew the answer both times. I think I am finally getting used to this "talking in class" thing.
I was relatively pleased with all of my grades from last semester. I did much better than I have done in the past and I didn't feel that crushing despair I normally feel when I receive my G.P.A. I am very busy with classes, like I said, but I've still been able to see my friends and hang out with them when I have the time. I've even been able to cook a bit. I think I'm going to start linking to recipes in my blog that I made that week, meals that ended up being delicious. Here are a couple:
Roasted Eggplant Soup. Sounds odd, I know, and I've actually never eaten eggplant before, but it was delicious. If you like things with a little kick (and I do), I highly recommend adding her "spice suggestions", which I believe are 1-2 teaspoons of cumin, 1 teaspoon of coriander and a pinch of red pepper flakes. I just had a bowl for lunch and it was perfect for a rainy day like today.
Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers. This was so tasty and healthy, too! Zach's mom has a subscription to Cooking Light and I read a few of her copies over break, and then I checked out the website to see what they had for ideas. I just used the thin sliced chicken cutlets that I normally use to make anything with chicken and everything turned out great. Zach was skeptical, but he cleaned his plate.
That's basically all the "real" recipes I've made this week (I also made chicken parmesan and a stir fry over rice, but those aren't really recipes). This weekend I plan to organize my cupboards and take stock of all of the things I have, because I almost always end up overbuying things when I don't realize I already have them. For example, my six cans of black beans.
I was in Target a couple of days ago and I saw that they had a 6 quart Crock Pot on sale for only $30! I've always wanted a slow cooker, especially this semester because there are two days a week when Zach and I don't get back from class until almost 8 p.m. and it would be nice to have a meal all warm and ready to go. It also came with a "Little Dipper" which is basically a teeny Crock Pot to put warm dips in for parties. I was pleased, because I didn't realize that when I bought it so it was a nice added bonus. I think this week I am going to attempt beef stew in it, so we will see how that goes.
I have to head off to class now. See ya, three blog readers!