Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Head on over here and enter a comment. If you win you can thank me and bake me something in the dishes... I like chocolate, just in case you weren't sure.
I also like fun-fetti cakes...
Go do it already.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Lately I've been missing her a lot more because I don't really have a "girl" friend since she and I had a falling out (we moved in together, worst decision I've ever made).
One time She and I decided to go to Drama club, something we didn't do regularly, but we did like to go to clubs randomly because that's just something we did. They were discussing the trip they were planning toward the end of that year; and when they announced that they would be seeing Blue Man Group the auditorium erupted in cheers and clapping and all sorts of excitement, my friend included. I'd never heard of Blue Man Group, poor sheltered me, and turned to my friend asking her what that was. She said she didn't know, but was cheering because she wanted to fit in.
I feel like this happens more than we think.
Especially in high school.
Monday, March 29, 2010
So when I was getting my oil changes (#25.00 since my car only takes synthetic oil) they told me my tires have dry rot and all 4 needed replaced, 2 more immediately than the others; and that my rotors are warped which is what is causing the shaking and kickback for the the breaks...
So they quoted me (and this is with a coupon) $250 for the breaks and $100 for each tire.
I'm not very happy about this, at all.
So I called around.
I have someone coming to my work today to fix my rotors for $145 and I have tires set up that are about $270 for the four.
My advice is first never grow up, stuff gets expensive fast, and to always shop around. I'm getting everything for less than half my original quote.
My last bit of advice is to marry a mechanic/computer wiz/chef who likes to clean and rubs your feet...
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Edifying and Edgy is a site from two women who find books that they like separately, and books they like together since they have two very different tastes.
I recently won Condor, a book that can only be described as a modern day 1984 with a slightly Brave New World twist taking place in Condor Florida. My only issue with the book was that I knew how it was going to end, and was sad when I was right. When I finished 1984 I threw it across the room, you know since "he loved Big Brother"... gross! But I guess that's the reality of it. You can't escape because you don't want to.
Anyway, head on over and enter to win. It's great to win free books.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Get a load of this shelving unit, I love it for many reasons including, the ladder. Who hasn't dreamed of pretending you're Belle from Beauty and the Beast? Look at the top shelves and the lighting they have. It's perfect. I also love the grey wall. It's perfect, really. I may not include the TV, it could double as my computer screen though, just in case I need to take a break and watch a movie or something...
This if from Ikea, just like everything else from my dream home.
You make this calender by using chalkboard paint right on the wall. I LOVE IT! I'm a visual learner, and being able to have a big calender sitting next to me would help me remember things perfectly (not that I don't already, but some time in the future I may need to remember more than just my own stuff. From A Pina Colada.
I also love the idea of floating shelves, because 1. they look cool and 2. they make storage fun.
I have always thought dress forms were so elegant and cheque... And look up here in the corner, I love the thing for holding fabric and displaying it. Not to mention those floors... To die for. I love the dark wood with everything else in the room being really light and neutral. I think this room would look absolutely stunning during a thunder storm. Also from A Pina Colada featured on Or So She Says.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Here is what you need:
8oz cream cheese softened
8 pieces of bacon cooked, crispy and crumbled
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (if you've never crated your own Parmesan cheese you haven't lived... just thought I'd let you know)
1/4 cup finely chopped onions (if you saute the onions for a few minutes until slightly opaque in 1 tbsp. of salted butter it'll make them softer and take some of the bite out of them if you don't like a lot of onion flavor)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tbsp dried parsley)
1 tbsp. milk
2 cans (8oz each) refrigerated crescent rolls
How to make it:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Cook Bacon, and if you're feeling naughty saute onions in bacon grease, because being wasteful is just wrong
3. lay out crescent rolls keeping in sets of 2 (you'll have 4 rectangles per package) and pinch together along the fold to prevent from spilling out.
4. Mix the rest of the ingredients together
5. On each of the rectangles spread about 2 heaping tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture coating evenly.
6. cut each rectangle into 12 wedges*
7. roll the smallest corner or each wedge over the top and lay flat on a baking sheet.
8. Bake for 12-15 minutes and serve warm.
adapted from kraft foods.
Now, of course you could use things like diced tomatoes, pepper, spinach sausage, ham, cheddar cheese... You could serve it with sunny side up eggs, with hash browns, with hot sauce... You get the picture. This can be adapted to whatever you or the mouths you're feeding like to eat, and since there are 4 sets of 12 why not try a bunch of different ways?
From me to you, with love.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I have to buy gas, or I won't make it home tonight... because I am that person who drives till it's empty preying for the gas prices to go down, even just a little.
2) What habit is the next one you need to kick?
I desperately need to stop over thinking things. I add majorly to my stress because I can't get my head around the idea that life can be simple. Life is simple, we are the ones who complicate it with our worrying and over thinking of everything.3) Where is the next place you will be taking a trip?
heh... I don't know. I haven't taken a planned trip since High School, and that was with the drama club. My boyfriend is going on vacation with his family over his siblings spring break... I kind of home he asks me to take one with him this year too. I have a weeks paid vacation coming up in April; I don't want to waste it on something bogus.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
This picture is a pretty small one bed-room apartment, but the kitchen looks like it would be nice and open. I think I wouldn't want to trudge all the way through my house in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but I do like the layout.
Here's what I'm thinking: I want to live alone, for once in my life. I've always had a room mate, or 3... I want for once the dirty dishes in the sink to be mine only, the fact that there is no toilet paper to be my own fault only, my stuff to be exactly where I left them every single time. Not that I don't enjoy having a nice warm body to cuddle up to at night, and someone to eat dinner with and cook for; but I don't like having something put in a different place by someone other than me. Or finding dirty socks in the living room... My old room mate would leave dirty socks in the middle of the hallway, I don't know why; she would also use my razors, eat my food, and never clean up after herself. Needless to say she and I aren't really friends anymore.
-Curious as a Cat
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Polish: Tell the Polish cleaners to polish the floor.
Minute: The button was so minute that it was a minute before I found it.
Wind: Hopefully the wind will be strong enough to wind the windmill.
Record: It's the referee's job to record the new world record.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Pretty much anywhere I can. I'm not the type of person who is OCD or overly meticulous. A job well done is important, but if I can do the same thing with fewer steps and save time I will.
2) Has there ever been a decision that you made that you thought was right at the time, but now see was probably the wrong choice?
Umm... cut to my dating history.
"oh he is so handsome, he is so smart, he is so talented..." How about "he used me, he treated me like crap, he never made me feel loved"
Gotta make the mistake before you can get it right, I just wish people weren't so terrible to the people they "love".
3) Do others in your life have unrealistic expectations of you?
No. I don't think so. I mean, my parents are great, they really just want me to be happy and they know that I have high goals and high expectations for myself; not unrealistic, just high. I never felt like I was letting them down, ever. Even when I decided music education was wrong for me and didn't go to college anymore. They understood that I am a smart girl, who took a break. It's been hard, but I have been doing the best I can and they understand that. It's really great actually.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
Well, it half reminds me of the playboy mansion and half reminds me of British castles. I love that the sun is shining and there isn't a cloud in the sky. Today the weather is like that and I am seriously enjoying it so much more because the winter is finally over. I can almost smell the fresh cut grass and hear the soft chirp of the birds. I love summer, and spring is here! This picture makes me feel warm and comfortable, and it's all because of that beautiful blue sky.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here are my normally non twitchy eyes, they don't look like this right now because a small muscle is almost constantly spasming in my right eye. Okay, not constantly, but at least once or twice every 10 minutes.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sorry for my absence, but some things are very important, such as knowing the difference between a mutually owned insurance company and a stock owned one...
Here is my weekend in a nut shell. I cooked, I cleaned, and cooked some more. The hot water heater needed replaced, I had raw meat all over my hands and no water to wash with... it's all good.
Tonight was AMAZING! I had the little sister over, and the big sister over; and I made home made spaghetti and meat balls.
Here are some of the lovely shots of me teaching my little sister how to cook.
David to the rescue with the paper towels.
And you can see the picture of the meatballs on my computer look just like the ones on my counter.
I would also like to draw your attention to the cute knife rack. You see it? Its pretty cute, right?
Here Carol is. I taught her how to chop onions, and mince garlic. There is hope for her yet.
As you can see by the *eh hem* small pile of onions and garlic in front of me I may have helped out a bit with the chopping.
Big sister showed up!
I decided it was a good opportunity for a snuggle moment.
You can tell he is half liking it, half thinking I'm crazy.
Someone cut their finger...
As you can see we all enjoyed ourselves. Mostly me, but what can you do??
Friday, March 12, 2010
However, the site changed, and the promise of grandeur and fame dwindled when it went from a pay per hit site to a pay per "click on my ad" site...
I became disheartened. My blog I had spent so much time loving and making as good as it could be was letting me down. I had few things I could customize, every post was monitored for content, and there was no easy way for a reader to "follow" me.
So I moved. First to wordpress, but I found it hard to find other bloggers there, the site was pretty, but I felt like something was wrong there. So I came back to the good old blogspot, and here I am, happy as a lark.
Today I am featuring an article from my Today.com blog, and at some point I will feature all the other articles I liked a lot here to. For now, enjoy.
Are You Writing to Reach Someone?
Blogging is something personal and public and open and private all at the same time.
Do you write for you, or for someone else?
I am personally guilty of writing to others, or being conscious of what others may think, and in doing so I edit myself, my words, my message.
Why is that an accepted practice?
Today, I write to you, to tell you I love that you’re reading what I’ve written and that I appreciate the time you’ve taken to enjoy (or not) the thoughts that fill my head on a daily basis. Today I’m telling you that although I can’t see your face as you peruse the lines I’ve crafted, and I don’t know how you’re feeling as you read my words, I wish I did. And I wish I could see each and every one of you loving my work, because I do want to help you to be happy, even for just a few minutes a day.
I write to my little sister because I know she reads this. And I promise, Carol, to not shelter you from the thoughts inside my head. You’re older than you seem, and you’re plenty old enough to listen to your sisters musings, even if they don’t make all that much sense right now, they will (at lease, I hope so) someday.
I write to my older sister, because now she has no choice but to read this. I will try to make better conclusions in my posts, because even though I am lost, and even thought I usually have no idea where I’m going, that doesn’t mean you should leave my blog with a feeling of in-conclusion. (Check out My older sister and me here, I’m pretending to be a photographer this week)
I write to other people who I know are with me when I say I’m lost. And I write to you from the deepest depths of my soul. You’re not alone, and I’m not either. Because even though it feels like no one, and I mean no one, has been where we are (or think we are, or aren’t anywhere at all; because sometimes we’re so lost we feel like we’ve disappeared) we aren’t alone.
Not even a little bit. Ever.
Today I write for you.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I've never had it, but it sounds yummy. I do love me a good potato. And, to "healthify" things a bit I will use half ground beef, and half ground turkey. I will also double the veggies minus peas on one side, Bobby hates peas. I'm still using potatoes though... maybe I'll just use less butter in them.
No healthifying here. I'm going all out. I bought real fresh garlic, I'm making everything, except the noodles... I'll save that for after I get a rolling pin, I don't have one and the ones at Target are all $10 or more. The Paula Deen one is $20. I'm not spending that much on a freaking rolling pin when I can get someone else to do it for me. I also want a wooden spoon... and a Kitchenade mixer, in red. Just thought I'd let you know what I want.
So remember; if you ever get me anything, I want a wooden spoon, a rolling pin, and a Kitchenade Mixer in red.
Friday I will be making a few things because I don't work Saturday and can stay up late playing in the kitchen.
1. Spicy Chicken Nuggets, once again from Simply Recipes
David loves spice, and I don't. but these are made in a way that I can make some with the kick and some without. I love nuggets.
2. Cheddar Cheese Puffs From Simply Recipes again. I get all gung-ho about a cooking site, make a lot then move on. (I still love you Pioneer Woman, I do).
These puffs call for a French way of cooking the dough that makes them extra light and fluffy known as pâte a choux. It means you throw the flour and such into boiling water and it half cooks there. Then, after stirring the rest of the ingredients in you size up the balls (he he) and pop them in the oven to finish cooking. I love cheese, I love bread, I see no issues. Until I've made this recipe I can't tell you how I will healthify it. To be honest I may do nothing and just save it for special occasions.
We will also probably have left over pasta if this isn't enough. The recipe says it makes enough for 6 and since there are only 3 of us there should (fingers crossed) be some left over for Friday night.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
After I pass my test I get a 2$ an hour raise, and 1/2 my health insurance paid.
See you then. I've got some serious studying to do.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
And if someone cuts you off, maybe they deserve to be hit from behind...just saying.