Soaring Ceilings and Lovely Wooded Views

Looking at apartments, I came across this hilariously yuppie description:

Imagine coming home to a resort setting with everything you need at your fingertips. Your sport utility vehicle fits with ease in your 2 car private garage. As you enter your home, you are welcomed by soaring ceilings and lovely wooded views. Walk-in closets ensures a clutter-free existence and spacious rooms aid easy positioning of your overstuffed furniture. Deluxe appliances and in-suite washer and dryer make your active lifestyle easier to manage.

In the summer, enjoy a refreshing swim in our pool. During cooler months join us in the luxuriously appointed clubhouse to watch the latest movie on our big-screen TV. Open 24-hours a day, our resort style fitness facility boasts equipment that rivals even the best private clubs.”

I wish I could say I was kidding. I am not kidding. I wonder if I have to buy the requisite “overstuffed furniture” to even get a tour of the place?

And really, there is no way The Boy and I could afford these apartments, so I suppose it’s all for naught.

The Importance of Being Sharp

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Recently at work, we were able to take a cooking class at the Viking Store at Legacy Village that had been graciously sponsored by a wholesaler.

I had a ton of fun, and got to learn (which, besides getting hammered on complimentary wine, was the point).  Specifically: knife skills.  I got to use a Shun knife, and let me tell you (what every experienced cook knows) – holy crap, what a difference a sharp knife makes!  At home, it takes me an eternity to get through chopping a single vegetable; but during this class, I was actually disappointed as I was nearing the end of the vegetables I had been assigned to cut.

I asked the instructor what he thought some of the best knives were, and he said Wusthoff and Henckels are great brands from Germany, and any knvives made in Japan are great.  So, I put three Henckels knives on my Amazon wishlist, with the hopes that I will be able to get them for myself.  It makes a huge difference.

I cannot wait to enroll in some of their other cooking classes.  They are not inexpensive, but they are definitely worth it.