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Living Room update
The living room is sort of in the shape that I like it. I still would like to rearrange the furniture so that it is more inviting for visitors and conducive to conversation.

Anthony put together our cabinets from Ikea. We have DVDs in the cupboard on top. Inside the bottom is our new PS3 and extra cables. You can also see our hideous drumkit from Band Hero. It's super fun, I just wish I didn't have to see it all the time.

The rest of the room is pretty much the same. I still need to make new covers for the pillows so they aren't brown and swap out the brown art on the wall, but it is getting closer.

You should come over and play the drums with us:)
So maybe I went to the Black Eyed Peas Concert last night

Thanks to Jessica and a little petitioning we got to be on the floor for FREE! I definitely have the best friends this month.

They put on a great show, lots of costume changes, high-flying and video effects. Fergie looks way better in person than in the tabloids.

Ludacris opened and came out to help on G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S (All I can think of when I hear that song is Gossip Girl)

Will.I.Am did a little DJing to give the band a break.

On a rising, rotating stage. He was a robot or something.

Put your hearts up.
Needtobreathe had a little Rock Show at First Avenue
And here's how it went:

Can you find Erica and me?

They played a final acoustic song on the balcony.

P.S. We got to meet the band before the show. (!)
Life, lately

I finally finished an embroidery project and remembered to photograph it. I started embroidering a tea towel with Roller Derby Girls on it in January of 2009. And I finally finished it in time to give to Erica for her birthday in 2010.

Another embroidery project that I'm proud of is this hoop that I gave to Anthony's parents for Christmas. They are building a cordwood house and have given it the clever name of "Cordial Wood". You can watch their progress here.

Jessica has decided it's spring and put away all her winter clothes. I'm thisclose to doing that too. But I'm not quite as optimistic as her. So, I'm wearing lighter or brighter colors and less wool.

I made a faux risotto last night that I'm very proud of. I've been reading about cooking pasta with the "absorption" method and I cooked with this recipe in mind. But really, I just winged it.

I started by heating some olive oil and cooking 1/2 a chopped an onion until translucent. Then I added a cup of chicken broth and brought it to a boil. Then I added a cup of orzo (all I had left) and cooked it until the broth was absorbed. I added another cup (all I had left) of the broth and again cooked it until it was absorbed.

Then, I added, bit by bit, a batch of my Aunt Lisa's "Mild Salsa" that she gave us last summer and I had in the freezer. It's more just a tomato sauce. The tomatoes were very smooth and there was a lot of good liquid for cooking the pasta. Stirring constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot. I also added red pepper flakes, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once the pasta was al dente, I added a big spoonful (all I had left) of sour cream to make a little smoother and creamier. And it was so yummmy.

We froze our credit cards in a block of ice a la Confessions of a Shopaholic. We're going to live on cash and not be tempted to use our credit cards. Cause it's freaking annoying to pay interest. And we have plenty of debt with our mortgage and everything.

I started working out again this week. I'm very inspired by Natalie Hill (I read her blog & twitter) who is currently training to teach at Physique 57 in NYC. Which means she is doing 2 or 3 workouts per day.

Also, inspired cause my clothes aren't fitting right. Anthony and I did a couples workout on Monday. Tuesday every muscle in my body hurt. Wednesday, I ran only 2 miles on the treadmill. And Thursday my back hurt so much. I'm really surprised how much my back muscles are worked when I run. It's been a fun 3 months off, but I really want to get back to a place where I can run 4 miles and feel good. Especially, because it is getting nice out and I want to run outside and with friends!

P.S. You should follow me on twitter, I'm tweeting more than blogging. Which isn't really a lot, just more.
So, um I got to go the John Mayer concert last night. And watch from a suite. FOR FREE

We owe everything to Anthony's cousin Nicole. She was our hook-up for free tickets in the Koivu/Backstrom suite. She knows a guy, who knows a guy. She's cool like that.

The background LED made for interesting repeater images.

We may have been far away, but the large screen helped and the music was awesome.

He was cool and didn't say too many weird things.

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