Life as Jessica:
I just got home from a work luncheon where I took pictures. I have already changed into comfortable clothes and put my hair in a ponytail. It's rainy outside, and I don't mind spending the rest of the day relaxing. I have a can of Cherry Coke Zero in the freezer and the timer set so I won't forget it. My life is very glamorous.
I know I'm late to the party, but I've been watching Downton Abbey the past few weeks. I'm in season 2 now, so don't spoil anything for me. I used to think it was called Downtown Abbey, and that it was about a nunnery in an urban setting. I think the name is a little confusing that way, because neither of those things are true. Anyway, it's pretty good. Do you watch it?
I've been cooking some things lately and, for the first time, I made/ate salmon cakes. (See above--I may have had the temp too high when I cooked them.) They were good, although I might add a bit more mayo next time. I used this recipe, but I reduced it to 1/3, so I could've miscalculated a bit. The flavor was really good, though.
Oh and I learned that scallions are green onions! I felt dumb when I couldn't find them at the grocery store, and the employee who pointed them out to me said, "We call them green onions here." Uh...yeah, here too. Who calls them scallions? You can also call them precious onions, according to Wikipedia. My friend Ruth and I had a Twitter conversation about this hilariousness. Can you imagine? "Did you want precious onions in your salad?"
Speaking of recipes, at today's luncheon they served curry chicken salad, which I had never had. At first I wasn't sure how excited I was about it, but now I keep thinking about it and I might have to make some. The recipe was shared, and basically it's chicken, grapes (I won't include those--fruit and chicken should stay apart), whatever else you want, and then the sauce is an equal mix of sour cream and mayo, plus curry. I liked that sour cream trick--I might have to incorporate it into "my" chicken salad recipe.
Going backwards in time, on Easter I did a fun photo shoot with the lovely Katharine. I'm not ready to post my favorites yet, but here's one as a little teaser.
On Tuesday I have another photo shoot that I'm looking forward to, and then on Wednesday I am renting a macro lens to try out for 10 days! I am really excited about this, and have been planning it for months. I waited until now when we have both flowers and rain so I can try some fun droplet photos, plus hopefully some fern curls and anything else tiny that I feel like photographing! If you don't know, a macro lens helps you get in close to tiny subjects and it magnifies details that would be hard to focus on otherwise. If I'm any good at using it, you will be seeing a LOT of macro photography here over the next weeks. Stay tuned.
Next weekend I'll be in California visiting my parents, and I'm really looking forward to getting away. We've been having nice weather here, but now it's turned to the more usual gray rain, so that will make my trip south even better. I'm hoping maybe my parents and I can go somewhere fun, too, but even just hanging out with them at the house is fine.
I hope you're all having a nice weekend so far!