Thursday, July 31, 2008

Stupid Piece of Shit

My stupid fucking A/C is not fucking working again.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The List

Ok, list update time!

I've finished 2 and now almost 3 novels that are not chick lit. I'm going to be switching back to it though cuz I need some easy reads. I finished Water for Elephants first which was really good. Then I moved on to The Handmaid's Tale and as if I hadn't had enough of weird birthing stories after it I moved on to Brave New World. I'll probably finish that one tonight and go on to my chick lit called My Fake Wedding. It's totally something I pulled off the shelf at Half Price strictly because of its color.

I tried 3 new recipes that all turned out yummy. Yes, I'm counting the Jello Shots, because I've never made those before either and they turned out absolutely delicious.

The dogs never got walked poor things, but John did get a romantic date night out of me.

It's not on the list, but we also went and saw Batman.

Tried a new restaurant - Trudy's in Austin. Had the most fabulous hangover breakfast food on the face of the planet. A little sad when Virg told me there's another location with a breakfast buffet. Will be trying that one out next time I'm up there. This was also part of a fun weekend with the girls.

That's it for now!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cookies, Cookies, and More Cookies

So in preparation for Molly's bachelorette there were many many cookies to be made. Julie came over to help out and even made John and I some yummy meatloaf. We first bought the log of dough from the grocery store. But all the cookies came out kind of deformed.

We decided the dough wasn't "stiff" enough and tried freezing it. That still didn't work so we decided to make our own. I also got to try out a new recipe in the process. I know - can you believe it? I've never made sugar cookies. I was a little scared because Betty told me I needed to use powdered sugar. It turned out alright in the end and I think tasted better than the store bought log. They also came out a little more "normal" looking and not so cloud like.

Made a huge mess, that I did not leave for John to clean up:

and we had tons of fun decorating:


In the end we were really happy with the finished product.

We also tried to make penis jello jigglers, but that didn't quite work out. I don't think the jello was quite thick enough. Not one to let some good jello shots go to waste, I portioned them out and they became a great start to the bachelorette party.

More to come on the party later.

Friday, July 25, 2008

RIP Randy Paush

Shortly after he made this presentation I had the opportunity to view it in one of my grad school classes. If you've never watched it, it's worth the time. It's entertaining, inspirational and you better have your tissues ready.



Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit www.cmu.edu/randyslecture.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mmmm....Pizza.....

Yesterday my two coworkers started having a conversation about pizza. That's all I could think of for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot guys!

So I decided to make my own creation of a favorite pizza - Margherita. Mmm....nothing like some basil, tomatoes and mozzarella. Yum! In fact we got one from Costco a couple months ago that was downright delicious. I have since turned against Costco because they refuse to take credit cards - Who does that ? - so I will never again get pizza from there.

Ingredients in this dish:
One tube of Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough
Basil Pesto - thanks to HEB being nazis I could only find their refrigerated brand and I'm too lazy to make my own.
Tomatoes
Sliced mozzarella cheese (I'm on a budget and couldn't afford the real stuff)

Roll out the dough, spread on the pesto, put a layer of sliced tomatoes, cover with cheese and bake according to the pizza crust directions.

Before:


and After:


Now trust me this thing was delicious. However, I set the oven to a higher temp on accident. So I'm not sure if it was this fact or there was too much oil in the pesto, but the crust was really soggy. It could also be the cheap refrigerated pizza dough I bought as well.

and yes, we ate the whole thing!

Only In San Antonio

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What are you wearing?

So I have a bachelorette party this weekend and then the wedding the following weekend. The theme for the bachelorette is little black dress. Now I've got about 5 hanging in my closet right now. Do any of them fit? Hells NO. Even after I danced around in several dressing rooms over the past week trying on several pairs of Spanx and faux spanx. 2 things that annoy me about them. One is that the legs are so freaking long. How are you supposed to wear a short dress with those things? I'm sure you're saying right now, well if you need something like spanx then you don't need to be wearing short dresses. Do you know how hard it is for a 5'11 woman to find a "long" short dress? Really. The second is that they slim your waist, tummy and thighs, but do nothing for your backside. Come on! I mean if I'm going to be stuffed and squeezed into something I might as well make it all worth it! I want the all around slimmer, not just for the front side!

So with the faux spanx in hand (the real ones were too long in the legs for me) I will be ready for the next 2 weekends festivities. BTW I lost another 2.5 pounds! This puts me at 5 pounds total lost for the past 2 weeks. I'm really not sure how I lost any since I've been eating like a pig. Be prepared for next week when this all catches up to me and I don't loose anything.

Ok, so here is my bachelorette outfit. Yes you are going to have to use your imagination a bit since I couldn't find all the crap I bought or previously owned online.

First the dress with these shoes, but in silver

For accessories I've got:

The necklace I bought is smooth like the pendant on this first one but is a little more shiny. However it has a wire "chain" like this second one. There's only one "chain" though. I've seen necklaces similar to the one I bought all over the place, but couldn't seem to find one online.


Ok, for the wedding attire. I've been going back and forth about what I'm going to wear. I've got a ton a dresses and with the 8 billion weddings I'm going to this year, I'm refusing to buy anymore. My only problem is that most don't fit anymore. Or I should say, most won't fit by August 2nd. I've been going between a new one that's been hanging in the closet for ages and one that I wore to a wedding in January (gasp! Yes my dresses will make multiple appearances at weddings this year) Well the new one didn't get over the booty even with the faux spanx. Or I should say it did, but I wouldn't be able to sit or eat and possibly even drink so it was immediately eliminated after the 20 minutes it took to get out of the thing. Note of Caution: You should not try on clothing that is too small when you are home alone. You end up stuck in said garmet crying on the bathroom floor with your two dogs staring at you wondering how they're going to communicate to your husband that you need to go to the looney bin. It's not pretty.


So that leaves me with this blue dress:
Here it is in black too since the blue model scares me:Really, they both kind of scare me.


I'll probably wear shoes similar to these but in black.


I do have a fallback dress just in case. I wore it to a wedding in May, but I just love the blue dress. Blue is one of the wedding colors though so it's my only hesitation to wearing it. It's probably against some crazy wedding rule that I love to disregard.

Having the mind of a 12 year old boy

Unless you have been living under a rock or you are not friends with Step, you know that hurricane Dolly is hitting the Texas coast this very minute. Since this weekend the news reports have been covering Dolly and all it's movements. Well one day the announcer said, "stay tuned for more updates as we continue to stay on top of Dolly." John heard this and started giggling like a school girl. "hehe haha, stay on top of Dolly, giggle giggle giggle." Now neither one of us can keep a straight face when the news reporters say they will be staying on top of Dolly. Especially when they add in an all day for you. Wow. Those San Antonio news reporters sure have some stamina!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My weekend on the run

The weekend started off right. I had a wonderful leftover Chinese food breakfast.

Afterwards I was on my way. All the way out of the city and then I realized I had forgotten my contacts. Damn. called John and said I would meet him at Erin's since he was going to C's bday. 15 minutes of waiting for him he shows up and discovers that C's bday is a pool party. Oh and so is the 2nd he has to attend today. Apparently he never learned to read birthday party invitations. So I run to Target for him and buy him some clothes and finally get on my way. (Yes, there are no pictures of all this ridiculousness.) I am now leaving a whole 2 hours later than I had tried to the first time.

Finally get to the parent's house.

Hung out with them and Grandpa and then had some yummy Italian food at Joe's Italian.

Then it was on the road again to go and see Virginia.

Had to stop and pee along the way.

Stopped at a rest stop that was kind of a tease. It was all nice and new and there was a even a playground. A PLAYGROUND! Seriously!? When did we ever get a playground at a rest stop?

Except this shiny new rest stop was closed. I got the rest stop that I knew growing up (except for those time my parents would pull over, open both car doors, make my brothers turn around, and hand me some Kleenex).

You know the one:

Yep - the kind where you get the one floodlight shining down on you while you pee. While I was peeing I heard a very funny conversation between a mother and her little girl. The little girl was shocked about the metal toilet with no seat. Then she states, "mom, you can't pee here when there's a storm. Lightning is attracted to metal." All I can think about now is some poor trucker taking a dump and getting struck by lightning right in the middle. Wouldn't that just ruin your day?

A big surprise about this rest stop was one it was clean! Someone was actually there cleaning it and two it had a mirror! Yes, a real mirror! Not the piece of polished sheet metal that usually serves as a mirror.

Gotta love rest stop vending machines:

Started on down the road again and saw a van I'd like to rob:

Finally found my exit to take me to Virginia:

Got there, got ready and went and saw Richard at the place he works:

We unfortunately only spent $30 of the $75 tab we had. Very depressing.

Then we headed over to 5th street to Qua. Where I was told a very funny thing by a gay man over in my Tweets.

Discovered a new fashion trend I hate ever more than short shorts and heels:

(Sorry, a lot of the following pics were shot on my phone)

We also made a friend with Mr. Blue Fish

Before we left I offered to trade shoes with Virginia since her feet hurt. Worst idea EVER.

This lasted a whole 30 minutes before I asked for my shoes back, but the damage was already done by then.

Headed over to another bar. Virg kept saying One, but I think it was another number. All I know is that I finally got a picture with her with her eyes open and on the very first try!

Then it was off to Viggo oer something like that. Wasn't feeling it and decided to take out poor little feet home.

Found out the only exit is through a back alley. Love the smell of urine at 2 am!

Virg didn't make it very far in her shoes though:

I also found out she needs a bigger purse

Got back to the apartment and had to laugh at at Virg's neighbors

Woke up at 7:30 am to the drama that leads me to believe my hubby may need a nanny for whenever he goes out.

Got back to sleep around 8:30 and got to sleep in until 11.

Got ready and headed over to see my brother and my nephew. I also got attacked by the cat.

The promised pictures of my cutie pie nephew Ben

I got that middle face a lot from him. I don't think he knew what to do about his crazy Tia Faith. Also love that his Mickey ears I bought him finally fit his head.

and finally our closeup:


Took off and finally came home to veg out in front of the TV and catch up on all my laundry. I wish I had taken off Monday when I got this crazy idea to skip town on Friday....
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