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1. Today stared longingly at every guy I saw and contemplated whether one of them could be the love of my life. I stared at the guy at Starbucks and told him how excited I was that I was ordering a pumpkin spice latte. I stared at everyone on the el and on the street. I stared at the hot guy who works at Whole Foods. I stared at Eric and MattS. I told Eric and Matt that I don't think either of them is the love of my life. Eric complained that I was staring at the back...

I am starting to think I should start my own cooking blog of what not to do in the kitchen. Don't get me wrong. I love to cook. But sometimes I think cooking doesn't love me. And really I have none of the qualities that it takes to do either. Let us examine three of the meals I cooked this week for what NOT to do...

Sunday night we were planning on going to Ravinia to watch David Hyde Pierce sing Cole Porter. Halfway through the day JoeJoe asked me if I had checked the weather and so I looked it up and saw that it was supposed to rain. We thought about it and discussed and decided that maybe going to Ravinia wouldn't be the best idea...

1. Heather thinks it's weird that I have never shaved my legs above the knee. 2. Heather's response to our night out watching I'm a Major League Eater: "You guys (me, Pat, Tim) would start laughing at some point and I didn't get it. I figured it was some kind of competitive eating inside joke." 3. Thursday night Heather and I got Guatemalan food and we shared a pitcher of strawberry margarita. That may have helped and may have hindered my ability to edit photos. 4. Saturday night I met up with Chelsa and we got tapas and shared a pitcher of sangria....

Tuesday, May 26 My coworker gave me some asparagus she picked. Welcome first food to the fridge: I made pasta: Then I passed out. I was tired. Wednesday, May 27 Heather and I went to Volo for dinner. Do you even have to ask how excited I am to have a wine bar two blocks away? I hadn't been there since my birthday two years ago. We got free glasses of '08 Cortijo, Viura, Blanco Rioja because I mentioned that I followed them on Twitter and that I saw a promotion for it there. I'm awesome. I had truffled potato ravioli. Yum. And lots of...

While I was back in Champaign, Illinois, for the KCSA (Krannert Center Student Association) Reunion, my friends and I, of course, spent some time visiting old haunts from our college days. There was an afternoon drinking beers at Murphy's. There was a late-night dinner at The Courier Cafe. And there was a pizza party lunch at Papa Del's Pizza on Neil Street. Papa Del's is a Champaign institution. The restaurant serves the most authentic Chicago-style deep dish and stuffed pizza on the Chambana University of Illinois campus. Students and alumni flock there for slices of the savory pie. Obviously...