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March 26, 2007

Oh, the joys of simple foods! This has to be one of my favorite recipes in a long time, and it’s so gosh-darn simple (you can find the recipe here). Sweet tomatoes, spicy arugula, and pungent feta…everything just barely cooked and super flavorful. I forget how much I love warm cherry tomatoes…and salad in my pasta.

A long time ago, my friend Shara made spaghetti for a group of us girls at her apartment, and we had mixed salad greens on the side. I think I was a bit nervous (I was meeting lots of new gals that night), and in a hurry to eat, so I forked up a leaf of lettuce with a twirl of pasta. It was a match made in heaven! I loved the crunchy freshness of the greens with the toothsome pasta, so any pasta dish that includes slightly wilted greens is a winner in my book.

In other news, I’m turning 29 this Friday. 29! Yikes! I’m having some issues with feeling old…will I reach 30 without traveling the world? Without writing the great American novel or a cookbook? Without finding my one true talent? It’s possible, maybe even probable. I bet when I’m 40 I still won’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I’m also feeling a bit like I missed out on some things. I was always a mature kid. I was always good, never irresponsible. Married with a degree by 21, with no debt or late payments or drunken debauchery. I feel like I’ve been acting 30 all my life…now it’s almost here and I wish I had been a little more reckless. Carefree. Irresponsible.

Is it okay to act 19, just for one year? Instead of 29, can I be a sassy, silly 19 year old, ready to take on the world? I think I might just have to try.

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7 Discussion to this post
  1. blackbird says:

    Yes says the lady who is 20 years ahead of you…yes to the pasta with arugula and yes to acting 19 (which is, however, a worrisome year for parents, so go easy on them).

  2. Anne says:

    You just described me! Graduated from college @ 21, debt free. No drunken nights, no overextended credit card calls home. Married to my high school sweetheart at 23. Started my career one week after graduating from college. Always met my curfew growing up. Just turned 30… sigh for reclaiming your youth.

  3. Dad says:

    Hi there,
    In case I don’t get to talk to you Friday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope the day is great for you. Go have a piece of warm peach pie with ice cream tonite, and say my name at the first bite!

  4. Philis says:

    You are young at heart and that’s what counts because that doesn’t have to change EVER!!! God bless you on our best, wonderful day – YOUR Birthday!!
    Because that day made it possible for you to love our son TODAY.
    Thanks for that and for being a super daughter.

  5. Pearl says:

    happy BD

    Go for the 19-year-old-feeling.

  6. Joey says:

    Hey!! Crys!! Birthday!!! — Bes! Johvee :)

  7. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy birthday dear sista love! Happy Birthday to you! Love you and miss you bunches!

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