Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Night Out, a Birthday and a Sandwich

Saturday night Virginia came down and paid me a visit. We got our group together and headed out to La Tuna. I've been there for drinks before, but had never eaten there. The food is AMAZING. I had the fish tacos with nopalitos and it was all delicious!

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Here's me and John

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The lovely ladies Becky, Virginia and Julie

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We left La Tuna for Bar America only to find it closed. So we made a short stop at Rosario's for another drink before we made our way back. Hey - we were on the look out for cheap beer! See what $1.50 Lonestar does to a person?

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Oh I love Virginia! Plus she has cute purses - isn't this one cute?

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Me, Virg, and Sarah

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Great thing about downtown San Antonio and hole in the wall bars - the local pizza places run around selling pizza at the end of the night.

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After sleeping in on Sunday morning we got ready and headed over to John's brother's for his niece's birthday.

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Don't you love how kids get so excited about things?

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John and I made a stop at Walmart to buy some hardware for the floating shelves we're putting up in the bedroom. (He didn't think the one's that came in with the shelves were heavy duty enough). I was starving and looking for something to eat while John was in the ridiculously long checkout line. From across the store I hold up this monster sandwich jokingly at him, but he gets real excited about it so I say what the heck and come home with a huge sandwich.

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It was plenty for two people

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Yeah, we're dorks.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Garden Critters

I've been meaning to post some more pictures so I can brag about how great the garden is doing, but 1. I haven't had the time and 2. parts of it weren't doing so great. I finally sucked it up today and headed out to the patio with my camera.

I started with the cucumbers.

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I don't seem to have many female flowers. I had two that never got pollinated (I didn't know at the time that the female flowers looked how they looked and thought they were little plants growing) and they shriveled up and died. Since educating myself a little more on the flowers I'm trying to help the process along. I have one that I hopefully hand-pollinated successfully today

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There are two more that I may have not gotten to quickly enough (they had already bloomed) but one can still hope.

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I'm trying to pull off the dead male flowers more and hopefully they continue to produce and I'll get some more female flowers soon.

The pepper plants are the only plants that seem to be doing amazing.

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I've already picked 3 and one plant currently has 3 growing on it and the other two are about to start flowering like crazy.

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Then I moved on to my tomato plants. They're doing pretty good and have several that are ready to pick.

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Then I got a little closer and saw this:

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Something has been eating my tomato plants! Then I found this little guy hanging out nearby.

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See him eyeballing my tomatoes?

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He's even turning red to blend in with them.

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John got home just after I found this and assured me that lizards do not eat tomatoes (Google says iguanas do though) and that it was probably a bird (Google also said this happens a lot). In the time it took me to have this discussion and to Google, sure enough 3 more of my tomatoes had been attacked! Sneaky little birds! Now I have to create something to scare off the birds. Google says to hang cans or CDs - something that is bright or makes noise. John thinks this is trashy though and wants to get one of those giant plastic owls. Talk about trashy. We might as well get a couple of plastic deer out on the front lawn while we're at it! We can have them mount eachother and teach the neighborhood kids all about the birds and the bees.

Now my squash plants had been doing really well and had been flowering and producing, but the new veggies started shriveling up. The first few to grow have been this size for weeks.

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I've pulled off a lot of the dead male flowers and original runners in the past couple of weeks, but the plants still aren't doing well.

My zucchini plant has two that are really big, but the new ones also aren't growing.

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I decided to do some inspecting and sure enough, vine borers.

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I tried to do some dissecting, but I think the squash plants were too gone. When I finally found the borer it was too far up the vine to cover up again with dirt (the downside to container gardening I guess). By the time I finished with the squash and got to the zuc I was so grossed out by the stupid things I just ripped up the whole plant. I did salvage a couple of squash and the two zucchini plants and hopefully they won't have any bugs inside. They look pretty much in tact, but we'll see.

I'm thinking of replanting again though. There's still plenty of time and we have warm enough weather that I think I'll still get a good harvest. Plus I think I'm past the time that the moths that cause the borers come through my area. I also know what to look for now and how to stop it - aluminum foil around the bottom of the plant to distract the moth, panty hose around the stems to keep them from laying eggs, or Neem Oil. So we'll see!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

I'm sooooo glad I took off on Tuesday and gave myself a 4 day weekend. It was MUCH needed.

Saturday I hung out with myself and started researching our upcoming headboard project. Did you know foam at one store was nearly $75, but at another it was only $25? Seriously. Same size, same everything. This is why project research is done. I've also settled on a fabric and now have to watch the sales so I can get everything I want at a cheaper price.

Saturday night John and I headed out and saw the Spazzmatics.

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We didn't stay for the whole show because someone in our little party of two turned in to Mr. Cranky Pants and wanted to go home. It was fun while it lasted though.

Sunday we hung out all morning and then realized that it was 30 minutes until John's niece's birthday party. Aren't we the BEST Aunt and Uncle EVER? This is also what happens when your brother-in-law texts your hubs at 11pm on Saturday night to tell you that the bday party is on Sunday at 1pm. So the two of use double check the text to make sure it really is at 1 and while we're rushing out the door, now 30 minutes late to the party, we decide to check the message one more time to see if it's at the house or at the pool only to realize that the party is NEXT Sunday. Yeah, like I said, we're the best Aunt and Uncle EVER! So this coming Sunday we'll be at a child's birthday party. This time we'll at least have a present when we leave out house 30 minutes late.

On Monday we had a BBQ at the house. Julie and Karl came and so did florist Erin and her two kiddos. John I think had more fun with the two kids than anyone else. I've also come to the conclusion that John doesn't really want babies, he wants a couple of 8 year old boys that he can be buddies with. This of course turned into a whole discussion where he thinks if I don't physically carry the child and expel it from my body I won't actually like it, so my idea of adopting a couple of 8 year old kids isn't going to work. And people wonder why we still don't have kids...

Tuesday I went and visited Virgina in Austin. We had a delicious lunch at North by Northwest. Then we headed over to an amazing toy store called Toy Joy.


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They even have their own Flickr Group (which is where I got the above picture) that shows just how cool this store is.

Then we headed over to Strut, my new favorite clothing store that I only wish could be in San Antonio. They had some of the cutest stuff! The best part? Most of the tops were in the $30 range, not so bad for a cute top, but the shoes? All around $21! I almost died! I was good though and only left with a super cute clutch that I can somehow manage to fit both my camera and my cellphone in.

By then it was getting too late for me to head back home (Austin traffic is KILLER) so I decided to head over to my bro's house and visit him and the fam. Plus I hadn't seen his kiddos since Christmas and of course they've gotten to be gigantic.

This is Ben.

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He had just woken up from his nap and wanted absolutely NOTHING to do with me. In fact, he took the long way around the room to get his juice cup and then sat there glaring at me for about 30 minutes. We eventually became friends though.

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Then there is my niece Lizzie. Last time I saw her she was barely a month old. Now she's crawling and rolling and doin' those things that 6 month old babies do. You know, like chasing the cat.

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After her nap she initially looked at me and immediately screamed, but we became friends too:

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All in all pretty good weekend.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monkey Bread

The other day I wandered over to Pioneer Woman and saw this picture:



I HAD to have this. Because I didn't want this whole thing going straight to my hips I decided to also force this on the lovely ladies I play bunco with each month.

The recipe is super easy and you can find the printable version on PW's website by going here.

My one bit of advice is don't use an angel food cake pan. It may or may not cause that butter and brown sugar that you just poured all over the dough balls to leak everywhere. If this does happen to you and your solution is just to throw it into the oven anyways be sure to tell your husband because the crystallized sugar just might reheat and expand to hit the heating element. This may cause a small fire to happen in your oven the following day when your husband tries to bake a pizza. Also make sure your husband knows where the baking soda is because water does not work in this situation.

Aside from its potential fire danger, this monkey bread is absolutely delicious and absolutely addicting. The 6 of us almost polished the whole thing off.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Random Updates

The knee hurt like hell after going back to the gym last week. I was off for two weeks while I let it "heal." "Heal" because the X-Ray and MRI both said nothing was wrong with the knee. Go freakin' figure. Mystery ailments are the story of my life.

Taking off on Tuesday for a 4 day weekend. I TOTALLY need a break from my job and all the craziness that is my boss and coworkers and current work situation. New job please fall into my lap. Thank you.

The office aside from the ugly children's ceiling fan is now complete. Hallelujah!

The master bedroom has also gone under a mini-reno as well. New bedding, new curtains, removal of a bookcase and the installation of some floating shelves. I'm going to use my 4 day weekend to make a headboard, buy the remaining curtain panel, and possibly the 3rd floating shelf if I can find it.

Would like to tackle the master bath after the bedroom is done. New vanity, framing the mirror and a new light fixture to come.

John and I replaced parts of the toilet in the master bath last weekend. We installed everything, flushed it several times and then broke it. Took it apart, put it back together again, and it worked. Can't get the whole flushing thing back to normal, but I rather hold the handle a second longer than have a running toilet.

We will tackle the jungle that is the backyard this weekend. Or I should say, John will tackle the jungle. I have to find Riley somewhere among the knee high grass first.

Hoping for nice weather so I can spend 4 days sitting on the porch again. Sigh...

Missing my Virg. I may go see her one of the 4 days I'm off. She doesn't know this yet. :) I may also force her to go with me to try on additional bridesmaid dresses at a store in Austin. It's not fun when all the dresses you picked are from the new line that hasn't yet made it into the stores. Or when your hips are the size of Mt. Rushmore and none of the dresses fit anyways.

Really want to buy some new clothes. Have decided that I cannot shop until I lose 5 pounds. Every 5 pounds (the goal is 20) I am allowed to buy something for myself. Hopefully this will work.

Go back to the endo on the 1st. Hopefully I won't have to go through this again, but I'm also convinced that something is wrong with it and that's why my hips are the size of Mt. Rushmore and I haven't lost any weight despite regularly working out since February. This is probably all in my head and test results (as usual) will reveal that absolutely nothing in wrong and my thyroid is just GIANT.

The garden has gone insane. I've picked 3 tomatoes so far and 3 bell peppers. I have 9 squash growing on 1 plant and 8 on another. Anyone want some squash? I don't know what I was thinking when I got 2. I also have a gazillion tomatoes on my other two plants (the 3 came from the small one). I have about 5 zucchini and only 2 cucumbers that I can find. I don't get the cucumber plant because it has a million flowers, but only 2 have become veggies. I guess it's good because I don't know what I would do with a million cucumbers. Hourly face masks?

Umm...I think that's it, for now at least. I'm sure there is more, but I need to go eat lunch.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Couple of Recipes

John and I bought a grill the other weekend and have been busy grilling away. One of the first things we made was a Grecian Pork Tenderloin. Note on the recipe - I cut out some of the oregano. 6 Tbsp just seems like a lot to me but use your own judgment!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
3/4 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, sliced
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons dried oregano
2 (1 pound) pork tenderloins

Directions:
1. Place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and oregano in a large resealable plastic bag. Shake sealed bag until ingredients are well mixed. Taste the marinade for tartness. If too tart, add a little more oil. Not enough zing, add more lime. The garlic and salt flavors should also be up front, yet not overpowering. Place tenderloins in the bag, seal, and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 5 hours.
2. Preheat grill for medium heat.
3. Lightly oil the grill grate, and discard marinade. Grill tenderloins for 20 to 30 minutes, turning once, or to desired doneness.

The other recipe was one I just decided to try because I had a giant hunk of brie leftover. It turned out pretty good! I added some grilled chicken to my version, used penne pasta and also heated the garlic, basil and tomato mixture. The brie I added at the very end.

Fettuccine with Basil and Brie

Ingredients:
12 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
4 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cubed Brie cheese
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. In a large bowl combine chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, brie, chopped basil, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and let stand at room temperature to marinate for 1 to 2 hours.
2. In a large pot of boiling salted water over high heat, cook the fettuccine until al dente, about 12 minutes.
3. Drain the fettuccine and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 15, 2009

MixFest

Last week I went to a concert that the local radio station was putting on. I lucked out that my super awesome friend Deanna was able to score tickets through her work and who can turn down free tickets from a super awesome friend? She's also my only friend from grad school. She's lucky I even hung out with her because she was a dork that did things like STUDY all the time. Ugh. Here she is at MixFest in all her dorkdom:

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I kid, I kid! She's totally not a dork, but she did kick my ass in our random MBA course that we took together.

We got there a little late because unlike all the 12 years olds that were in attendance we had jobs that we had to be at until 5. So we missed The White Tie Affair and We the Kings. Not that I could name ANY of their songs, but whatever. I was at the concert they were at and that makes me as special as any 12 year old Emo girl.

We did get to see Kevin Rudolf.

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I thought it was just one guy, turns out it's a whole band! Who could have known?

We also saw the Veronicas.

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Again, I only knew one of their songs and of course it was the first song they played. Basically our night consisted of us standing around drinking while all the 12 years olds jumped around and sang along to songs we didn't know. We're so cool!

After the Veronicas we took a break to go and find a place sit because we're old and it was 100 degrees out. Because it was 100 degrees outside you'll find that I am not posting any pics of our group. Trust me you don't want to see them. We were all one big hot mess.

After a bit we refreshed our beverages and headed back to the crowd of screaming children to watch The Offspring. Now there's a band I know!

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They started off with their new song that's all over the radio currently and for once EVERYONE knew a song. Then they went into some of their old school stuff like Pretty Fly (For a White Guy). For the first time all night the 12 year olds were silent while our group sang along and relived our high school days where we would rush home to catch the end of TRL.

Finally it was time for the "headliner" The All American Rejects. At least I know a few of their songs. Deanna loves them (it could have also been the maragarita talking, not sure) so I ended up with more pictures of them than the other bands.

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We also saw this little 4 year old boy "raving." (Yeah, there were tons of kids there. I even saw some people with babies strapped to their chests.) His mom took him over to go "battle" with this older kid. It was hilarious!

This is a very crappy video of him taken on my camera. He's the two little glowing lights on the left. If you watch he'll actually slow down to go along with the music. SO CUTE!



All in all it was a fun evening! Except for the part when The All American Rejects stole all the toilet paper from the port-a-potties. Deanna and I had to beg one of the DJs to let us in to the VIP area to use their port-a-potty. It's a lot of fun explaining how one holds their drink, holds the door that doesn't lock, holds their purse, tries to keep their clothing out of the muck on the floor while hovering over a disgusting toilet while slightly intoxicated and in heels just so that she can try to pee without getting it all over herself and her surroundings (let's face it, port-a-potties aren't very stable) only to find out you have to "drip dry" to a radio personality.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bridesmaid Dresses

On Saturday Julie, Erin, Stephanie and I went bridesmaid dress shopping. Well not exactly shopping. We went to 2 different stores to look at color swatches so Julie could find the perfect red that she wants. Then we forced her to try on her wedding dress for us at Alfred Angelo.

We found 2 brands that have the red that we all like and are in a reasonable price range. I think I'm favoring one brand over the other (as I only found two dresses that I only kind of liked with the other). We each get to choose our own dress which is great. These are the ones I'm currently favoring:

**Note, they're each linked to their respective websites. The email to a friend option for some reason isn't working on the Jasmine site so I copied the html from the email and pasted it on to there instead. Also, all the long ones will be tea or knee length. As someone that has to add extra length to long dresses I love when dress designers give the short option! Finally, the colors of all but the last two are in Berry. Dress L1018 is the only one on here that is in the Berry color. The last two I "think" are going to be Burgundy. I could be wrong and then it would be Claret. You may now proceed to looking at dresses.**

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L1018


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B1085


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We're going soon to actually try on dresses and see what we like and which brand we will choose from. I'm kind of favoring the first two at the moment. Which is your favorite?
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