- re-plant my Mystery IKEA Plant: DONE! I even moved it to a new location, where my wine rack used to be. I've been meaning to find a new home for the wine rack, since sitting out in the hot, stuffy apartment, usually getting a bit of sun during the day, is not the best thing for wine. I just hope I haven't ruined the 3 bottles I had out there (though only one of them was *really* good wine anyway). It meant a bit of reorganizing the hutch cabinet, but let's be honest, that was fun for me anyway (see picture below). Anyway, my plant is now happy in a place of honor on top of the new plate Emika gave me for my belated birthday, rather than on top of the dining rom table half-buried underneath piles of paper (see picture at the end).
- plant my window box garden: This did not happen. The lovely Jennifer advised me to wait until the plants were a little more stable so that they could withstand the stress of being moved, so I decided to take her advice. I'm not sure about the lemon verbena, which barely looks like it's still living, but the oregano and basil should be good to go for replanting on Saturday afternoon. The Boy and I picked the basil clean to make some rather unsuccessful pesto* last night, so it's looking sort of sad at the moment, but I'll reassess on Saturday and see if it might just be better to start over.
- pick up around my apartment: Well, I didn't get to the mess on the couch, and I didn't finish the mess on the table, but I did file all the bills and pay stubs. I found a few things that need to be mailed, which I promptly put in my bag to take to work today. I need to get some envelopes, big time.
- read: I read the introduction to The Google Story (thanks to Chrissie for letting me borrow it), and I have to say that I'm excited to read it. I know I work there, so this should all be old news, but I actually learned a few things, and it'll be interesting to read in detail about the beginnings of the company (the book came out 3 years ago and covers the first 7 years or so). It's so silly, but I was proud of myself because after brushing my teeth, instead of just getting in bed, I decided to go get the book and read a chapter before going to sleep. And it was great! :-)
*note: what the hell happened with my pesto? I tried to make the Magic Bullet Pesto, and I don't know if it was the basil or the fact that we added sun dried tomatoes or what, but it just wasn't working. It was sort of thick, even though we added more oil (per the recipe's advice), and when I heated it in the microwave (exactly as the recipe advised), it basically baked and became chunky and dry. It tasted ok, but the texture was all wrong, and I was very displeased. This is the first time I've been dissatisfied with my Magic Bullet Blender! Also, it was making grinding noises on occasion while I was "pulsing" and even started smelling a little bit like burning rubber...is it time to swap out a part or something? What's going on!?!?
Please let me know if you have advice about pesto or plants!