Color Me Embarrassed
Remember, not too long ago, when I ran my mouth about never hearing back from a certain website to which I’d applied for a writing/photography gig, so I just assumed I didn’t get said job?
You know what they say about assumptions.
And if you don’t, I’m not going to tell you. Because that would only make me look worse.
It’s probably not necessary to say at this point, but I got the gig!
I’m going to be providing virtual tours of “green” homes and I’m going to get paid for it.
Yep. They’re going to pay me to do 3 things I love: Look inside people’s houses, take photos, and write.
This is like, unbelievably cool. So Jaime, thankyouthankyouTHANKYOU for sending me the job posting and then forcing me to apply.
As those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a little while know, I’ve been having a not-so-mentally-stable time of things over the past year or so. And while I’m a true believer that life will always be full of fluid highs and lows and nothing ever just stays the same way forever, it’s amazing how people — sometimes even complete strangers — come into your life exactly when you need them.
Don’t believe me? Just wait. You’ll see.
The trick is recognizing help when it arrives, trying as many new things as possible, and, most important, paying it forward.
So, who needs help? Because I’m pretty sure I owe you.
On a completely unrelated note, we ate something amazing last night.
I gave a little preview on the Facebook page last night, but decided I needed to share it here as well.
Because it’s unbelievably delicious.
Fig, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza (adapted from blue cheese pizza on Centsationalgirl.com)
1) Buy one (10 oz.) thin crust Boboli pizza crust. Sure, you could make your own, but that leaves less time for eating. Drizzle it with olive oil and bake for 9 minutes at 400-degrees F. (I’m not sure I would do this step next time — I might just bake the whole thing at once without the olive oil to get it a bit crispier.)
2) Grate 4-5 oz. of mozzarella cheese, and sprinkle most of it over the partially baked pizza crust. Then layer with 2 oz. of crumbled goat cheese (or blue cheese or whatever kind of cheese you dream about at night), 4-5 sliced figs, 1 oz. of sliced prosciutto, and a few diced green onions (green part only). Then sprinkle the rest of your mozzarella cheese over the top.
3) Bake the whole thing for another 9-10 minutes at 400-degrees F.
4) Pour yourself a glass of red, take a bite of this warm, gourmet pizza that took you all of 20 minutes to make, and allow yourself a moment to just enjoy it. Don’t think about the calories. Don’t think about the cheese. Just let the medley of flavors — salty prosciutto, rich cheeses, sweet figs — do amazing things — naughty things — on your tongue.
Everything will be okay.
UPDATE 4/24/2013: I have since made this with fresh figs. It is PHENOMENAL.
WOW! I don’t think you can cram a potential life changing new job AND a stellar recipe into one post. A little more back patting and a little less cooking – you deserve it! Love ya girl, so happy for you and can’t wait to see/read your new stuff!!!!
Haha, I think the pizza was a symbol for how life can start to feel good again if you just give it time.
Or something. :)
Woohoo! That’s so awesome! Much deserved. You’ll have to be sure to create a sidebar link for your ReNest posts.
The pizza looks awesome, too. Thanks for sharing.
Good idea! I’ll definitely do that, assuming I can get past the challenge of actually finding houses to feature. ;)
Congrats Katie! Looking forward to seeing the new work.
Thank you! After taking pics of all these houses, I’m sure I’ll be dying to get more Myra pics for a change of pace. ;)
Congrats! Great subject matter!
Thank you! I think so, too. I should have said it will tie in FOUR things I love, because I have a degree in Environmental Geoscience. :)
Congrats and kudos for hanging in there. It’s all coming into form. Before we know it…well…I won’t jinx it.
Hmmm…maybe I’ll hear from those people at Fox then….
I have a feeling things will start coming together for you soon as well (hell, they already are in the romance department!). But… uh… Fox? Blech. ;)
Yeah yeah romance. ;) No things are very good in that department.
Hey…it was a producer gig. I could have changed the face of Fox…or been swallowed alive trying.
Keep tryin’ — you’ll find something that fits. ;) (By the way, I know a real-life producer — went to high school together and she recently won an Emmy. She’s super cool, too — want me to put you in touch?)
Try buying crust from a local pizza place. Much better than boboli! Or see if there I premade crust available at the food lion, blech!
GREAT call. I probably should’ve mentioned it in the post, but the Boboli was the only thing I didn’t really care for on the pizza. It was too chewy — more like flat bread than pizza crust. I will definitely be using something different next time — EVEN if it requires me investing in a rolling pin.
Congrats on getting the job !!! I have never had those toppings on a pizza .. and not sure about “goat cheese” but hey it looks very yummy
Goat cheese is one of those things that sounds nasty, but it’s soooo good. But you could really use any kind of cheese you want — goat, blue, feta… one girl on Facebook even said she uses brie!
Exhilarating! Yippee! Deserving a Cartwheel kind of celebration. Enjoy the high
Thanks, I think I will! :)
Congrats! And can I just say, I’m so glad your posts now coincide with my daily bus ride home from work (which I absolutely loathe!!!) I’m so glad I now have some fun reading to keep me occupied :)
Unfortunately, my regularity never lasts long. Though I am going to try to start posting a bit more frequently again. Sorry I don’t have something on the ride for you today! :)
So, so, so, so, so COOL that you got the job and it entails those 3 things you love. Maybe that’s what this year has been leading you to all along.
And WHERE was this recipe when I was making my awful fig tarts?! Sounds great. I think I might need to go pick some more figs.
You know, I’ve never used figs in anything, so I had no clue how this would turn out. We definitely loved it! And I’m a little embarrassed to admit that we’re actually having this again for dinner tonight (except with different pizza crust), just to use up the other half of the goat cheese, prosciutto, and more figs before they go bad. I already know we like this, and I’m too lazy to look up another recipe. ;)
If it ain’t broke…Don’t fix it.
That’s all I’m sayin’!
This looks delicious. I’ve been really high stress for a bit now, and your last line was exactly what I needed to hear. Congrats on the job… so well deserved :)
Aww, you okay lady? I’ll try giving you a call this weekend. :)
Congratulations! That sounds completely brilliant!
I love apartment therapy and all of their sister links! been reading them for years. Congrats!
Thank you!! I’m so excited about this. :)
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I’ve never tried it, but I wonder how the Trader Joes pizza dough might taste with this?
I’ve never tried figs either, but I sure want to try this! I’m even thinking it might make a great appetizer at a dinner party??
I actually used TJ’s pizza dough last time we made this, and it was tasty! TJ’s dough is quite small so I was actually able to use both crusts with the ingredients listed here. Would be fabulous for a dinner party appetizer for sure! And super simple to make.