In which I get sentimental.

All this week, Jamey has been out of town for business.

It’s always funny when he leaves and gives me the house to myself. For the first couple days, I am usually good at finding entertainment: I have time to watch all the t.v. shows and movies I have been wanting to watch (although I never got around to The Last Song like I meant to…bummer), the opportunity to throw my clothes everywhere, maybe not wash all the dirty dishes in the sink at once, and have ample time to do loads of laundry. Girls’ nights feel like they can last all evening, since I only return to an empty house, and later evening shopping excursions give me an excuse to get out and buy just what I don’t really need. (I may or may not have bought this scarf tonight…I am my mother’s daughter.)

That’s not to say Jamey pressures me to do any of the above chores or chains me to the kitchen sink when he’s home. (Or does he?) But our evening hours together are precious, since he’s not a night owl and sometimes likes to do his own thing. That’s fine, and I always respect it; I know we need our space and different activities here and there to relax and take our mind off of a long day’s work.

However, hours spent doing loads of laundry and dishes are not ever appealing (for the obvious reasons and others). I’d always rather spend time with him, no matter the activity. Evenings with Jamey are always a time of day that I wish lasted as long as some work days feel like.

But come Thursday after a business trip, I am always ready for his return. Even if it means that he makes fun of me constantly, like this…

…then nights sitting at home and mocking each other are the only evenings I need.

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A Musical Segment by Ross

This doesn’t really tie into the “Jamey and Claire” theme of this blog so much, but then I realized, of course it does!

My younger brother Ross will be performing during a segment of our wedding, so it makes sense to share with you some of his music. This is his music video he created for the Folgers jingle contest. Music, lyrics and performance are all by him:

I’m very proud. I don’t know of a voting process to help him win, but if there is you can bet I will be sharing it with you!

Sous Vide Time Again: Hanger Steak Style

In case our last installment of sous vide videos wasn’t enough for your viewing pleasure, I now have several sous vide steak videos to share that Jamey and I took last week. I also filmed the videos correctly this time, so no more skinny vids for you to deal with.

This time around, we used hanger steak that took us only a few hours. We threw it into the sous vide after prepping it with a little olive oil, spices, and McCormick’s Montreal steak seasoning.

These videos only further remind me that we need to ask our landlady if we can paint the walls. Anyway. Continue reading

Blame the Duel at Dawn

Well, since I’ve been deemed the sentimental one around here (as in, I’m not discussing dying birds), I thought I’d share with you a little snippet of the early days of Jamey’s and my courtship.

What’s funny is that exactly one year ago yesterday, Jamey sent me a link to a video with which I am very familiar. It is the subject of a great historical event that I like to describe as one of the most tragic: for in one single moment, a great historical figure was lost – a Founding Father, mind you.

Yes, I am talking about none other than the duel between Mssrs. Hamilton and Burr.

When I met Jamey, this somehow became part of our early conversation. After all, what else are you supposed to say to a history major?

I leave you with the episode of Drunk History Vol. 1 (rated PG-13 by myself, so you are forewarned if you’ve never seen this hilarity).

I suppose you could say that with this video, the wooing began.