Friday, July 31, 2009

I love the 80s

Although I really hope the fashion from that time period does not ever come back. I know it's trying to, but really people. Stirrup pants looked good on NO ONE. It's just not right to have the crotch of your pants hit midthigh. Nope. Not Good.

I took two of my coworkers to see the Spazmatics last Friday.

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John also got to see the full show for the first time. I think he loved Geoffrey and his love of Star Wars.



They played my song



I've had this song stuck in my head pretty much all week long



and finally Cecil got his groove on



Obviously a good time was had (I won't tell you how many had previously been cleaned off during the evening)

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As a final note - going to the gym with a raging hangover is not a good idea. Ever. You will hate yourself even more.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Packaging Overkill

Do any of you mail order your prescriptions? I use John's insurance plan for my meds because it's cheaper. However, they require you to do mail order for anything that you'll be taking for over 3 months. No big deal. One click shipping. They verify everything online for me. Plus it's cheaper than picking up at the pharmacy! Easy peasy and saves you money!

I only take two prescriptions (and about 800 vitamins). One is my thyroid and since those pills are teeny tiny I get a regular looking pill bottle in a regular old envelope that's shoved into my teeny tiny mail box with the 200 pieces of junk mail I receive every day. My other prescription is the one that keeps the babies away. Another reason I love mail order. They send your reminders to refill them. They'll even set it up to do it automatically! It just shows up like clockwork on your doorstep. No mishaps here! No sir! However when it does show up on your doorstep it looks like this:

Giant box.

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You open giant box to see this:

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You pull out the little airbags and find this gigantic padded and insulated envelope.

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Inside you find a partially melted ice pack and your meds.

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See that little ziploc with the little blue foil wrapped packages? Yep. All that packaging for those 3 little packets. A little overkill don't you think? Especially when you consider that the company that ships it is in my city. It's not even 15 minutes from my house in fact! Which makes no sense that it takes them almost 2 days to get it to me and the ice pack is always melted (still nice and cold though). If anyone ever needs an ice pack I've got plenty - or can you donate ice packs? I'm sure someone out there needs ice packs.

I also store my BC in the fridge. Is that insanely weird? Would your significant other be totally freaked out to find your BC in the fridge?

By the way, my fridge looks like this at the moment.

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I need to find some starving college kids to come over. We've been eating leftovers for days it seems. Although I did cook last night so there's two more of the little rubbermaid containers in there. Who's hungry?

This might be one of my most random posts ever...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Chicken Tikka Masala



No, this isn't the recipe that I mentioned the other day. This is one that I made a month or so ago that I got off of Pioneer Woman. Pastor Ryan is actually the one who made it and you can find the recipe here.

Let me just say that this dish was absolutely AMAZING! John and I both LOVED it. It was a bit of work, required some different ingredients, but was so worth it!

The recipe for the garam masalsa isn't on the link but to make your own you can use:
1 tablespoon coriander; ground
1 tablespoon cumin; ground
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper; ground
1 tablespoon fennel seeds; ground
1 tablespoon ginger; ground
1 tablespoon cardamom; ground
1 tablespoon nutmeg; ground
1 TEASPOON cloves; ground

I found most of this at my local grocery store (HEB), but had to go to a higher end one (Central Market) to get a few missing spices. Of course when I got to that store they actually had the garam masala in stock so it was a bit of a waste! I also buy bulk spices because it's so much cheaper.

A bit of a warning - if you use your rice cooker to make the rice - especially if this is the rice cooker that your mother in law gave to your husband back when the two of you were first dating and had just moved in together (yeah, we moved in together after just 6 months). You know the one in which your future mother in law's exact words to your future husband upon his receipt of this gift was, "If the two of you break up, just remember this is your's. Don't let her get it." You know that rice cooker? Just know that the tumeric will turn your rice cooker yellow. Nothing will remove the yellow stain either (at least that I can find. If you know a way I will love your forever and ever) and you will hear about it from your husband until the end of time because "his momma gave him that rice cooker and it's his and now it's yellow!"

I also used Greek Yogurt on the chicken because that's what I had on hand. Personally I think it worked a bit better because it's a bit thicker than regular yogurt.

Served this up with some Naan that I found over with the pita chips and other random bread items at our local store.

You have to try this. I'd make it more often if it wasn't so time consuming.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

On My Nightstand

It's a new link up top. I've found a better way to share what I've read, am currently reading or planning to read. Lets just say that I read a lot. Like a lot a lot. I love to tell people what I read, but I read so much and move on so quickly that I often forget. If you take a look at my list you'll see I also pretty much like everything I read. There are few books that I've had a hard time to get into. One being The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I tried and I just couldn't do it. It also took me about 4 attempts to read Catch-22. I also hated every last minute of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I've never just straight up given up on a book though.

More than half of what's on the list are what I've read since I started my 101 in 1001 last year. I've made an attempt to stop buying (John and I are seriously running out of space on our bookshelves) and check out more books from the library. I love to own books though. It's almost like an obsession. I love buying books almost as much as I love buying clothes. I recently discovered that I can find just about any book I want online at our library. (As on obsessive book buyer my knowledge of the public library was a little scant) I can reserve it online and usually in about a week or so I'll have a copy to pick up at my local branch. It's kind of nice really. I'm also scouring Half Price and entering books that I want to read into my phone so I can reserve them later from the library. I've got a nice little system worked out now. Let's just hope that I can keep my buying obsession at bay.

ETA: Yeah, I'm also compulsive with my authors. If I like one of their books, I will pretty much ready everything they've ever written.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Comment at the grocery store

As the girl was bagging up my groceries last night, "Wow! You eat really healthy!"

If she only knew about the burger.

However, I DID buy some really healthy things last night because I want to try a new recipe I found on someone else's blog. I'm not saying what it is though because I don't want to give it away. Instead you can up the readership on all the blogs in my blogroll down below trying to figure it out. Have fun and hopefully you'll discover some new reading material.

I also tried my very first green monster this morning. I should say my version of the green monster since there are I don't know, a million variations of this green smoothie out there. More to come on that too since time is short at the moment.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Night I Ate 2 1/4 lbs of cheeseburger

So Friday was not a very good day. In fact the week hadn't been that great to me and so when I get a little down, I look for a food item that consists of fat that's been dipped in fat, fried in fat and covered in ranch dressing. It pretty much always makes me feel better.

So Friday night my one request to make my day better was a pitcher of beer and a burger the size of my head. I found one at Bobby J's. Meet their 4 1/2 lb only thing that is going to make my day better giant piece of goodness.

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It's 3 lbs of meat covered in cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion on what is probably an entire loaf of bread. It weighs in at 4 1/2 lbs and the kid at the counter told us it could feed 6 people. My response, "Bring It On!"

I was nice and shared with John.

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However, he gave up after one corner and a bite or two of a middle piece. Me? I ate all three of my pieces! Every.Single.One and it was delightful! These belong to John.

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"We are the champions, my friend!" and yes, I totally wore my fat pants.

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John of course could not begin to understand how I could find comfort in food, and how after I consumed what was probably a week's worth of calories I could be in such a good mood. Ah! To be a man! If I was a man having a bad day all I'd have to do is play some video games and give my balls a good scratch. Nothing solves a bad day like a good 'ol ball scratch right?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hangin' with my nephew

Last Sunday I got to hang with one of my nephews - isn't he a cutie?

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I hadn't seen him since about October (I'm a horrible Tia that doesn't get to Houston often).

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He's gigantic! I was surprised how heavy he was when I picked him up.

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We had a lovely time hangin' out at Rudy's eating Skittles. Hopefully I'll get to see him a bit sooner next time. If I don't watch out he's going to be in high school.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bridesmaid Dress

I have a dress for Julie's wedding! Last Saturday I made a stop up in Austin and ordered it. Plus, they FINALLY had it in stock and I got to try it on. I LOVE it! It's great that everyone's wearing tea length since I would have had to order extra length if we decided to go long. So which dress did I pick? This one:





I love the flowiness of it and that it hides my monster hips. Which is fantastic, because my hip measurement was up there on the size chart. I still had to order a larger size because of my monster boobs though. Sometimes I think bridesmaid dress shopping/ordering is up there with bathing suit shopping.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Upcoming DC Trip

Ok blogworld - I need your advice! August 9 - 16th I will be heading to our nation's capital.

I'm flying in to Baltimore on the 9th around noon. Since I'll be in Baltimore I'd like to see a few things. My friends aren't getting in to DC (they're not all tightwads like me and spent a bit more money to fly in to Reagan) until 5 so I've got 5 hours I could spend in Baltimore. Someone said to go to the inner harbor and the aquarium. Anything else I could do in 5 hours or will this take all my time? I will also be relying on public transportation (have I told you I LOVE public transportation? I'm a NUT! I love to ride the subway, the train, light rail, trolley's, buses, you name it. They're all things I miss from my study abroad in Europe and we don't believe in public transportation in San Antonio. Horrible and not very green, I know.) Ok back to Baltimore - questions being:
  1. What to do in 5 hours (inner harbor, aquarium)?
  2. I've also heard there's a great farmer's market there - is that worth a trip? (I also love stuff like that, and again, it's hard to find where I live)
  3. I'll also have 5 hours on the 16th that I can spend in Baltimore if there's more to see
  4. How do you recommend I get to DC? It needs to be cheap (no cabs or shuttles). I had planned on taking a MARC train, but it doesn't run on the weekends. Is my only option Amtrak into DC's Union Station?
  5. Is BWI's security line ridiculous? I heard the lines can be awful at Reagan and Dulles on a Sunday, but wasn't sure about BWI.

On to the DC part of the trip. I'm staying in Arlington, specifically the Crystal City area (if that's really a thing. I know the hotel is "brand name" Crystal City and has a walkway to the Crystal City Metro station). I'll really only have Monday and Tuesday to get around and see the city. Yes, I know that's not a lot of time, but I'm at a conference the rest of the time.

  1. Part of my conference includes a trip to the Air and Space Museum so I've got that one covered.
  2. What art gallery do you recommend? My mom said, "be sure to go to at least one art gallery while you're there." I really don't know much about art, but I like to look at it and enjoy museums.
  3. What are the absolute must see's? (I really want to go to the zoo, but don't know if I'll have time). I want the stuff that I will regret going home without seeing. with the White House, I'm totally fine just having a picture of it.
  4. Would you recommend I sign up for some kind of tour to maximize my time? I saw one that was an all day and included -White House South Lawn and Visitor Center
    World War II Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museums. It also says I will see the FBI Building, Federal Triangle, Ellipse, Tidal Basin, National Archives, Washington Monument, House and Senate Office Building, U.S. Botanical Gardens, National Gallery of Art, U.S. Navy Memorial and Grant Memorial. I'm assuming those are just drive bys though. OR should I do a less expensive one that allows me to get on and off (yeah, it's one of those red double decker buses) at various sites for 2 days?

Thanks for any advice and tips!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Baby Palooza 2009

Seriously, after the close to 30 ladies I knew having babies last year you think it'd be over! But no, it just keeps on coming! People that are younger than me and have been married less time than me are having babies. It's gotten so bad that I had a guy friend email me to tell me they're expecting and to ask me when I was going to have a baby. Yes, a guy. As if your mother in law wasn't bad enough (not that mine asks, I think she knows better and only asks John) now you've got guy friends starting in on you! I feel like the last man standing on the baby front. It makes me wonder if anyone will be having a baby at the time that I'm finally ready to have a baby. Everyone else is already going to have their 2.3 children by the time I get around to my first! Oh well. I guess I'll get lots of advice, leftover baby crap and free babysitting!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

H*man Olympics

This 4th of July was the 2nd Annual H*man Olympics (the H*man is for my last name).

We started off with some Guitar Hero

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Then went out for the 1st event - Chubby Bunnies

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Julie had it worked out to a science.

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She ended up winning, scoring 3 points for the White team, and I think she may have counted 14 that she spit out. I'm being nice and not posting the picture of her spitting them out, but you can find it on Flickr.

Next up was HORSE

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I have no clue which team won that game.

Then we moved on to Bubble Gum Blowing

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Here's Kandis with her winning blow, earning 3 points for the Red team.

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Karl showed up in his short shirt just in time for Watermelon Seed Spitting

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Can't remember who won this either, but it wasn't me! We came in for a break and the Red and White Teams were tied and the Blue team was close behind.

Then it was time to get to grilling. I pulled out my big hunk of meat

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and John and Becky got to making burgers

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Then we played Jello Shot Bingo. I first heard of this from Jannypie. Only she did not tell me what a bad idea it is. It leads people to do things like this to their fiance.

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Basically people just got wasted. Fun, but not a good idea. Karl was also the first to get BINGO scoring 3 more points for the Red team.

One happy group of slightly intoxicated party goers.

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I missed pictures of the Beer Relay, but did get the 3 Legged Relay.

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Then we moved on to the Hula Hoop Relay

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We ended with the Water Balloon Relay, but by this point my camera stopped working. It suffered an accident with spilled lemonade, but it's better now. Things were very touch and go for a bit, but it's all better now.

In the end, the Red team came out the victors. Another successful H*man Olympics. Hope everyone else had a great 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

New Orleans

This was originally a two part post that I started while I was in New Orleans. Instead I'm home now and have little time so it's been converted to one monster post.

I arrived in New Orleans only to have to wait in the underground of the airport where all the heat, humidity and exhaust collects for the sole purpose of making your arrival to this city absolutely miserable. Especially when you have to stand in the crazy heat waiting for the stupid airport shuttle for 2 hours. Ridiculous and not a great start to my trip.

I made it to the hotel - oh the complaints I have about the hotel! Like, that they charged my credit card $500 more than they were supposed to, they shove 4 rooms in a corner so you can hear absolutely every little thing that goes on outside your door and in the room next to you, and that the police station is a block away so you can hear the have sirens going off at all hours of the night despite being on the 14th floor. Yeah. Loads of fun.

After checking into the hell-hole called the W Hotel, I wandered around trying to find something to eat. I missed being in Chicago (the conference was there the year before) where there was a Walgreens, Panera, and Starbucks on every corner. I also missed the 100 degree weather of San Antonio. Yes. I said that. I'll take extreme heat over extreme humidity any day. The weather in New Orleans is just oppressive.

Sarah made it in from Houston and we headed up to the pool. The weather was rather deceiving up there - we were freezing! We actually didn't stay up there very long because we were so cold! We thought for sure it was going to be a lovely evening when we headed out and were wrong. The same insane heat and humidity greeted us when we headed out. Here's a slightly before picture:

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We had dinner at Hard Rock Cafe after giving up on trying to find the place the hotel recommended. Really, we were just too hot to go on! I tried a local beer - Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit. The guy said it was like Blue Moon. GROSS! It was horrible. I love Blue Moon and this was nothing like Blue Moon! Honestly, it tasted like a mimosa made with beer. I ended up with the regular Abita.

After we finished dinner Sarah and I headed over to Bourbon St. We knew we were close when we passed all the "massage parlors." Or first stop was at Tropical Isle for a hand grenade.

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Then we wandered around for a bit before we ran into a couple with these giant Miller Lite bottles. We were directed to a place with this sign.

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$20 all you can drink? My kind of place!

Us with the Miller Lite bottles

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For some reason I look 12 in that picture.

Then we went to Rick's which had this awesome sign welcoming all the Human Resources people attending the conference.

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I might have to use it in my sexual harassment trainings!

After a few trips to refill our beverages we ran into this lady.

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Then we decided it was time to go and ride the bull.

We made a friend in line - her and her husband drove all the way from Canada to New Orleans. Crazy!

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First it was Sarah who did really good!

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This is her mouthing off to the guy in charge of the controls - typical Sarah.

Then me. I did not so good, but they let me go twice.

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We also passed by this place (not sure if the name is still the same, but the inside is):

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Let me tell you, on my frist trip to NOLA there were some things that happened in this bar that will never be mentioned. In fact even the negatives have been destroyed. However, all chances of running for a major political office for many people on that trip have probably been ruined.

This picture is for Susannah and Misty

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Sarah left the next day covered in bruises from the bull (I still have one on my thigh). I slept most of the day and then had to head to the conference.

I really didn't get many pictures of the city because it was so hot out. I did go out early one morning a took these:

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They had these all over the city, but this is the only one I got a picture of

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Each year on the Tuesday night of the conference they bring in a musical guest. Last year we had Lionel Richie. This year it was Sheryl Crow and she put on a great show!

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I have some videos posted on Flickr that you can get to here. I'm just to lazy today!

That was pretty much the excitement of my New Orleans trip. I never made it to the actual Cafe Du Monde, but did make it to one of their coffee shops for a cafe au lait and some beignets. I also had an awesome alligator sausage poboy at another restaurant. My coworker ordered some bread pudding from Mother's only to find out it had peaches in it (she's allergic). I wish I had been around to take it from her, but I was losing money at Harrah's. Oh well! I'll have to make another trip (in the winter!) to hit up a few more of the hotspots!
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