Monday, June 29, 2009
So on my to-do list before I leave Waco:
One last run with Cricket Dog: check
Waco t-shirt: tomorrow (I'll let you know which one I get)
Give blood/hit my gallon goal: FAILED
OH my gosh, I seriously almost cried. I have been trying to give this last pint of blood for two months now. My iron was too low the first two times, then there were some complications about the time I spent out of the country. I had to give before I left because the blood bank is local and I really wanted to get my gallon pin! I made sure to eat tons of meat this weekend so my iron was totally fine, PTL. I should have known things were too good to be true though. The lady doing my screening didn't know what she was doing. Warning sign. After that was done I went out to start giving and the lady they assigned me to was newish or hadn't done this in a while...I feel like it was a training day for people who work in administration and needed to get their certification renewed or something. Anyway, I knew right away she wasn't doing it right. She didn't have the arm band tight enough, she looked at my vein for like 3 minutes trying to figure out wear to stick me, oh gosh, and when she did she created a bit of a mess. Thankfully my white jeans were spared. I could tell (since I donate often) that she hadn't put the needle in correctly. Long story short (and I'll spare you the really graphic details), I wasn't able to fill up my bag and I wasn't able to get my pin! I do however have a 4" bruise on my arm that I've never gotten before.
No really, I teared up I was so sad/mad.
Ok, so the good part of this post.
I tested out the whole strawberries in balsamic vinegar thing this afternoon. Hello, life-changing. It was soooo good! It's suggested that you pair it with ice cream, but I just ate them alone (though ice cream would be delicious as well). This is a new fave for sure.
1/2 carton strawberries, stems taken off and halved
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp sugar
Mix together. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours or overnight (I think I waited about 30 mins, they were fine!)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I really do love all the songs, but these are my favorites lines from a few songs:
So we made the hard decision And we each made an incision Past our muscles and our bones Saw our hearts were little stones Pulled them out they weren't beating And we weren't even bleeding As we lay them on the granite counter top We beat 'em up Against each other We beat 'em up Against each other We struck 'em hard Against each other We struck 'em so hard So hard Until they sparked
But God can be funny At a cocktail party when listening to a good God-themed joke Or when the crazies say He hates us And they get so red in the head you think they're 'bout to choke
Two birds of a feather Say that they're always gonna stay together But one's never going to let go of that wire He says that he will But he's just a liar
The dolphin noises Regina makes in Folding Chair are brilliant, though I cannot seem to connect to my inner dolphin. I’m not really sure what noise I’m making when I sing that part.
I didn’t buy the deluxe version but I’ll download the two extra songs soon off of iTunes.
Friday, June 26, 2009
I just stood and ooh'd over them for a good ten minutes. I love them! However, they are Lenox which means $$$. I contemplated buying one mug for $25 and hoping it would satisfy me, but I couldn't bear to have the mug knowing that its plate friends were still at the store.
Last week I was in Target and came across these:
Not exactly the same, but still very cute and much more reasonably priced. I'm not a fan of the bowl because it's a little shallow, but I think I'll keep my eye on these and if they go on sale I'm getting them. I'll replace the bowls with some white ones. They come in a set of four which is fine since I already have a set of four plain white dishes.
What happened to the other set of my white dishes? Oh, they flew out of the moving truck my dad was driving because the back wasn't secured. I was following behind him and all of a sudden saw all these boxes all over the street that people were running over/swerving to avoid. I even ran over a box. So now I only have a set of four dishes.I think these birdy plates would compliment/complete my set!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
2 tbsp EVOO
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ Spanish onion, julienned
1 red pepper, julienned (I used green)
2 cups broccoli, lightly steamed and chopped (I swapped a zucchini and yellow squash)
1 12-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (I omitted)
3 cups mozzarella, grated (I used a little less than 2 c. reduced fat Colby Jack)
12 6-inch tortillas (I used corn)
1 jar salsa verde (I used regular Pace)
Preheat oven to 350 F
In medium pan, heat oil; sauté garlic, onion, and pepper until onion is translucent (I added the squash at this time and a bit of salt, next time I will also add a bit of lemon pepper or other seasoning)
Transfer to a bowl; fold in broccoli, beans, and 2 c. of cheese and cilantro (I folded in 1 cup of cheese)
In a non stick pan on low heat, warm tortillas until pliable (I put them in the microwave) place ¼ cup filling on each tortilla and gently roll
Lightly coat a shallow baking dish with nonstick spray; transfer enchiladas into it. Coat with store-bought salsa, then sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Pop in over for 15 minutes. Dot with sour cream and extra cheese if desired; serve hot.
Their ingredients cost: $29
My cost: $11, and I bought everything at the store
This was pretty good, I'll definitely make it again but will probably use a roasted salsa and will add lemon pepper to the veggie mixture. Note that they added zero salt and it definitely needs some. I also double stacked my enchiladas but I'll make them in a single layer next time so they'll all be coated with a bit of cheese. A simple and really versatile dish. You could easily add meat to this or even some Morningstar Farms Crumbles. These are very generous portions and by my unofficial calculations my version came up to:
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I’m much better now. In fact, I love writing thank you cards. Of course, the stationary is a big part of the excitement for me. I love building up my stationary collection. And I like going to the post office and picking out cute stamps. I only use stamps to send out cards, and I rarely send any out, isn’t that sad? I get stacks full of junk mail but I rarely have anything for the postman to deliver for me.
Yesterday I received the sweetest surprise:
So let me back up. A few months ago I had received an email about making a donation to the Page Turners Book Drive. Page Turners is an after-school program in NYC that my favorite Robert helps with. Now, I absolute love how they set this up. They created a wish list on Amazon.com of all the different books they wanted, sent you the link, and you simply picked a few books and had them shipped to them in New York. Even though I’m all the way over here in Texas I was still able to help out.
I had completely forgotten about this, and actually Robert had already thanked me through email and that was more than kind enough. But these little notes really touched me. The directors of the program also included a formal letter that filled me in on the program and the success of the book drive.
Did they need to send a letter? No. Did the kids need to create a handmade letter? Not at all. But the fact that they did was not only a kind gesture, but reminded me of the importance of giving and how it really does benefit someone. And how an unexpected note in the mail immediately brightens your day.
And if you want to donate a book or two and help build their library, you still can!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Perhaps there's still hope that I can work these...
Are pirates in style?
Success #1 I created a third column in html! Give me a techy prize!
Semi-success #2 I changed the banner. I'm not completely in love with it, but it's good enough for summer and I'll keep working towards something better. I'm getting inspired by other blogs--the key is to keep it simple.
Posts to come...
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Then we went to What About Cupcakes! I had forgotten about my love for that place during my hiatus in Houston. Laura loved it!!! I had a regular strawberry and a mini Oreo. I will definitely be taking some home with me when I peace out of Waco.
After our sugar rush we went to local theater to see Sandra Bullock's new movie The Proposal. Now, I generally don't like romantic comedies, and if I do watch one I usually wait for it to come out on DVD. I have a small affinity for Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant though so I'll go out and watch their movies. This was perfect for a summer afternoon after a long week. Also, Sandra looks AMAZING in this film. Loved her hair and make up, wardrobe, heels (hello Louboutins!) and I will not lie, they show a lot of her bod and it is amazing! She is 43! She's my new idol. Love her.
Ryan Reynolds isn't too shabby either.
That night my friend Clayton was passing through town on his way back home to SA. It's always good to catch up. We went to Common Grounds and I had my first Rodeo Clown, the skim version of the Cowboy Coffee (which I also haven't tried). I had to get it in decaf because it was 11 pm and I'm a grandma. It wasn't that awesome, mostly because it was soooooo sweet. When I want to indulge my sweet tooth there I get a mocha frap with 2 shots of espresso to cut the sweetness. I hear the Cowboy Coffee is amazing so if I ever come back during the fall and it's cold I'll indulge and get a regular version with half and half (Lord, forgive me and don't take it out on my hips)
I have one more full week of class and then I'll be finished the following Tuesday! The Borregos are coming that day to pack me up and I'll be out of here on Wednesday. I realize that there are a few things I need to put on my to-do list before I leave Waco...I'll post that later.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The show is so weird. It's a murder mystery with dark humor, and it has a large ensemble where every character is very distinct and none are devoid of quirks. I really can't compare it to any other shows. I think that's what makes it fun to watch.
It's only two seasons long, but it looks like the second season has about 20 episodes.
It's summer and there aren't a lot of shows to watch (I'm only watching So You Think You Can Dance and Top Chef Masters, and they both come on on Wednesday), so this is great to pass the time and hey, it's a cult classic and I can understand why.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I recently became a legit organ donor. I have made it clear to my family throughout the years that this is my wish (along with cremation), but actually solidified my commitment by registering. I know that a lot of people feel uneasy about this, but for myself I have always seen it as something natural. When my life ends, it ends. But if this decision allows someone else to live a better, healthier, longer life, then GREAT! I can only hope that if I (or my family) am ever in need of a donor that one will be available. I can’t imagine knowing that the life of someone I love could be extended IF there was an available donor. It is heartbreaking to know that something is possible, but not for you.
I registered with Donate Life Texas, but there are registration sites for all states.
And a few tidbits for you:
MYTH: Only your heart, liver and kidneys can be transplanted.
FACT: Organs that can be donated include the heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Tissues that can be donated include the corneas, skin, bone, heart valves and tendons.
MYTH: Donation will mutilate my body.
FACT: Donated organs, tissues and eyes are removed surgically in a routine operation. Donation doesn't disfigure the body or change the way it looks in a casket.
MYTH: My family will be charged for donating my organs, tissues and eyes.
FACT: No costs directly related to organ, tissue or eye donation are passed on to the family. A nonprofit organ procurement organization (OPO) will pay these costs.
MYTH: My religion does not support donation.
FACT: Most mainstream, organized religions approve of organ, tissue and eye donation and consider it an act of charity.
(I love how they became experts on mainstream religion)
8 Things I'm Looking Forward To...
- Moving back to Houston
- Being done with Truett
- Trip to the beach
- Swimming in chlorine
- Getting new running shoes
- Two summer mini vacays
- Some fun races
- The year ahead…
8 Things I Did Yesterday...
- Studied in Jones for 7 hours
- Cooked some chickpea curry
- Went to UBC
- Watched the first episode of Twin Peaks
- Read the bible. Forever.
- Wrote 2 papers
- Bought toilet paper (tmi?)
- Bought a Bush's half & half sweet tea…but discovered later it was only unsweetened
8 Things I Wish I Could Do...
- Go to NYC to see Katie and Robert
- Go on a serious shopping spree. I'm talking major damage
- In the same breath, take care of all debt. Haha
- Visit a winery soon
- Get a sno-cone from SoHo
- Find all of the jewelry I've ever lost.
- Fly like an eagle. No, actually swim like a fish
- Sew a dress...or make a quilt
8 Shows I Watch...
- Top Chef
- Gossip Girl
- Ugly Betty
- The Office
- Sex and the City
- Jon and Kate + 8
- Law & Order
8 People I Tag...
Whoever needs a little something to put on their blog :)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I'm no spring chicken, so I gotta do what I can to keep my skin in check.
Let's talk about how I love the word chicken these days as a petname. More on that later.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
SO, a website called Lauren Nicole Monogrammed Gifts is hosting this contest. I've never entered a blog contest, but like I said, I'm doing this for Sandy.