Marathon Recipe

Q: What does one do with a three day weekend?

A: Something one can’t do with a regular weekend because there is too much stuff to do.

Q: Like what?

A: Like going over to a friend’s house for Mad Men, nachos, salad and MKP Mad Kool Parfaits


  • A great friend who you can be around for hours at a time
  • A subject: In this case, we chose Mad Men because my friend wants to knit, so she wanted something she’d seen before. We also considered Arrested Development, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Scrubs and Queer as Folk.
  • A menu: Foods that are nibbly, keep well, and cover all the basic food groups. I’m not talking about the food pyramid you learned about in 6th grade. I’m talking about this one:

Chart of the ideal Sweet, Salty, Chewy, Crunchy and "Oh right, veggies" ratio
Our menu looks like this:

Salad: romaine, corn, be-podded peas, toasted almonds, boiled baby potatoes, feta and a balsamic vinaigrette I brought over last time we hung at my friend M’s house when I neglected to bring the salad.

Nachos: round corn tortilla chips, black beans, refried beans, cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, something jacky), sour cream, taco sauce, salsa verde

MKP Mad Kool Parfaits: involving pudding, oreos, lil chocolate chips, whipped cream and by special request, gummy worms.

Yours might involve more handy snacks, or fewer highly negotiated parameters. This menu, simple though it may appear, is the result of 2 solid days of gchat talks. I feel like the League of Nations received less thought. One of the great things about M and me is that we both LIKE planning menus and have specific preferences that other people might dub picky so it’s all about choosing things we already like so nobody has to pick out anything.

So a little later today, I’ll bike over, around the park, and we’ll settle in to watching Mad Men season 2 with the Best Snacks Ever. Jealous?

[ETA: So it turns out there’s snow, or whatthefuckever, so I’ll be taking the subway instead of biking. But otherwise this is TOTALLY ACCURATE]

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