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February 14th, 2007

Not that cold-blooded murder is ever a good thing, and that's just what this local story ended up being about, but it was encouraging to me that even a criminally insane mind can recognize when to use "your" as opposed to "you're."

Raleigh — A Wendell woman died after being cut Monday evening—hours before her husband called 911 to report her slaying, authorities said Wednesday.

Nneka Wilson,24, died sometime before midnight Monday inside her 6637 Eagles Crossing Drive home, authorities said. Her husband, Jakiem Wilson, called 911 at about 6 a.m. Tuesday, claiming that he found her dead on the kitchen floor, along with a threatening message scrawled in her blood.

"It is obvious that he was not readily confessing to the crime. He portrayed a set of circumstances that he thought would allow him to escape the crime. We picked it apart," said Chief Richard Johnson of the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

A sobbing Wilson told a 911 dispatcher: "I just came in the door, and the back door is kicked in and my wife is on the kitchen floor. I haven't even checked on my kids yet."

He told the dispatcher that a bloody message said, "Your (exbpiltecthive) is dead. You're next."

But authorities believe the call was staged.

Nneka Wilson was dead for between six and 16 hours before the 911 call, authorities said. They haven't released a description of the murder weapon.

"Sometimes, suspects try to cover their own tracks, and they make decisions to do certain things," Johnson said. "I'm not sure why he did it."



I had a great meeting with Myra and Mark on our next steps in the new ECEC Web site that we're designing. At the end of the meeting, the three of us signed up for an upcoming CSS class, which should be fun taking together.

We had lunch at the Cafe Carolina & Bakery at Cameron Village. I had their Coastal Tuna Salad on a Wheat Wrap, which was quite delicious, with some pretzels.

Mark generously shared one of his dessert cupcakes with us for dessert. It was all good.



I had a very productive meeting with Dr. Dicks, the other advisor to my ENG 675 project, in his office from about 3:30 to 4:30.

At one point, we got to talking about so many things to possibly put in my portal that I had to say, "Let's not try to boil the ocean."



I stopped at Food Lion on the way home, and bought a bunch of ingredients that I needed to make tonight's "Valentine's Day Dinner"—my gift to Robert. It's always about the food.

I gave him my ridiculously gigantic card, which he seemed to get a genuine tickle out of.



Tonight's two recipes, again, both from the Replacements Ltd. Employees Share Their Favorite Recipes cookbook:

Fiesta Hamburgers

1 pound ground beef
1 cup crushed Corn Flakes
1 cup cooked or canned tomatoes
1 egg
1 small onion, minced
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
8 slices bacon

Combine beef, Corn Flakes, tomatoes, egg and seasonings. Shape into patties 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Wrap slice of bacon around each patty and fasten with a wooden pick. Place patties on broiler rack and broil until the patties are nicely browned (10 to 12 minutes). Turn and continue broiling until other side is brown (about 8 minutes).

Pineapple Casserole

2 cans chunk or tidbit pineapple
6 tablespoons flour (any kind)
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (can use low-fat)
1 8-ounce block cream cheese (can use low-fat, but don't use fat-free!)
1 stick margarine
1 stack Ritz crackers (can use reduced fat crackers)

Drain pineapple. Mix pineapple with flour, sugar and shredded cheese. Pour into 8x8-inch dish. Slice cream cheese and place over mixture (putting in freezer for 15 minutes makes this easier).

Melt stick of margarine. In separate dish, crumble one stack of Ritz crackers. Add melted margarine and mix well. Put cracker mixture on top of cream cheese layer.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until crackers begin to turn brown. Serve warm.

The burgers were decent. Robert liked them more than I did (or was just being polite). :-)  I thought they were a little too much like meatloaf, which would have been okay, except for the fact that I'd put them on buns.

The pineapple casserole was killer, but tasted more like a dessert. The first time I make a recipe, I don't like to use low-fat substitute options.  However, after making this one once, the next time I'd definitely use 2% cheddar cheese, low-fat cream cheese, and reduced-fat Ritz crackers.

I think I would also consider using half the sugar. I used real butter instead of margarine, but would not make a concession there.  Me and butter go together like fat on abs. That's my story and it's sticking to me.



Robert and I ended up sleeping right through dancing. We worked on a crossword puzzle, set the alarm for a 20-minute nap. Turned the alarm off, said, "They won't miss us tonight," and went back to sleep for the night. Life is good.

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