I know I haven't posted on my blog for a few months. A lot has been going on. The day of my last post, I found out my older brother Josh had died. Josh wasn't just my older brother, he was an amazing Godfather, friend, teacher, son, writer, lover of dogs, and so much more.
Josh not only was fully committed to his family but also his job. He was a dedicated teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, IL.
He made such an impact on his students, we had to extend his wake an extra 90 minutes.... there was a line out the door and into the parking lot of family, friends, students, and alumni.
He truly was a man for others.
He was so supportive of me. Somehow Josh came to every event of mine - starting with my choir concerts when I was 8 years old, all the way up to my Polar Bear Plunger fundraiser for Invisible Conflicts. I could always count on Josh no matter what - he was the person I called when I got a flat tier in downtown Chicago.
There is so much more about Josh I cant write about. Maybe other people's memories will help convey what an amazing person he was:Josh's Guest Book
Happy Birthday Josh! I love you and will always remember you. I'll be sure to enjoy a Good Book, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and a Cheese Pie with Garlic Salt today.
Over the weekend, my friend Nikki came and visited me in Coronado! Even though it is November, we went to the beach and I introduced Nikki to amazing Mochas with Chocolate Whip Cream.
We also shopped all around Coronado and San Diego. If you ever are in the area, you must have Mexican food. We had amazing Mexican Food in Old Town and Cafe Coyote. And yes, I do believe we had a Margarita with every meal =)
We then took the Ferry from Coronado to San Diego to the Gaslamp District. An amazing area in San Diego with tons of stores, bars, and restaurants.
I firmly believe you are never too old to go to the Zoo. The San Diego Zoo is huge! I highly recommend wearing gym shoes as the terrain of the zoo is crazy with steep hills! Definitely wait in line to see the pandas - the wait was well worth it.
So last night I had an INTERVIEW for a nanny position... and Came home to BEN COOKING a
PORK ROAST With
ROASTED GARLIC VINAIGRETTE
1 (3 1/2 to 4 1/2-pound) boneless pork loin
2 heads of garlic, roasted
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons water
Season pork loin with salt and pepper and roast at 475 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
For the vinaigrette: Place the roasted garlic, parsley, and balsamic vinegar in a blender. Pulse the machine until blended. Drizzle the oil into the blender while the machine is running. Add the sugar, salt, pepper, and water and blend until incorporated. Drizzle over roast.
Ben's friends, Sperling and McManus,
were over as well and while waiting
for dinner to finish cooking
they put together our BAR STOOLS!
Benji is a wonderful husband
Sperling and McManus are not allowed to go to Guam....