Friday, January 29, 2010

Awards

So two weeks ago Alyssa awarded me with the Happy 101 award.



While I thanked her for it I never got around to fulfilling my end. Then yesterday Monica gave me a Beautiful Blogger award and I figured if I didn't take care of these now, I probably never will.



So as part of the Happy 101 here are the rules:

1) List 10 things that make you happy
2) Tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day
3) If you are one of the 10 bloggers awarded, link back to my blog and continue brightening people's day!

Ten things that make me happy:

1. Thursday night television
2. BYOV - that's bring your own vino night with some of my girlfriends
3. John singing and playing his guitar
4. Breakfast tacos, they can make a bad day so much better
5. Tuesday nights when it's John's turn to make dinner
6. Just out of the oven chocolate chip cookies
7. Chai Tea Lattes
8. Curling up with a good book
9. Hanging out with friends
10. Shopping

Now the rules for being a Beautiful Blogger

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Paste the award on your blog.
3. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
4. Share seven interesting things about yourself.
5. Nominate up to 7 more beautiful bloggers.
6. Link the bloggers you nominate.

So 7 Interesting things about me:

1. I'm the only girl out of 4 kids
2. I've lived in 8 different cities
3. I totally love that TiK ToK song by Ke$ha
4. I signed up to take a 6 week knitting class starting next Monday
5. Clueless was one of my favorite movies and my best friend and I at the time knew almost every line in the movie.
6. I have freakish double jointed elbows
7. My dream job is one where I can wear jeans every day and have beer Fridays. I actually know someone that has a job like this and I hate her.

Ok so now the people that I'm going to tag. Depending on your mood you can choose which award you'd like. If you need to feel happy or just like those questions better then go right ahead and take that Happy 101 award! If you need to feel a little bit prettier today, go ahead and take the Beautiful Blogger award. You all are beautiful and totally make me happy! You can even take 'em both if you want to!

1. Deanna over at Single Fest
2. Julie at The Ordinary Days
3. Leah at Marital-Bless
4. Meredith at La Buena Vida
5. Julia at My Life in Transition
and to some of my real life friends that also need to blog some more
6. Erin at Mama Said No
7. Becky at As My World Turns
8. Stephanie at Bits and Pieces of My World

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Random Bits

Dear Bill Miller,

While I appreciated all those times you've given me 5-6 chicken strips, sometimes I really just need the 3 that I ordered. Most of the time I shouldn't even be eating 3 fried chicken strips since all three will go straight to my ass, but this poor girl can't stop a 3. If there are 5 I'll eat 5. If there are 6 I will eat all 6. I didn't do so well in kindergarten with that whole "sharing" thing. Sometimes I even think I'll hand 'em off to a homeless person that sleeps under the bridge where I park every day, but like I said, I cannot stop eating them. Then it leaves me thinking, "oh boy, bet the poor homeless person would have enjoyed those 3 extra chicken strips. They were mighty tasty!" and then I feel bad because not only did I eat the food intended for the homeless, I also added 3 additional chicken strips to my ass. So please. Please stop giving me extras.

I talked to my little brother last night and asked him what is up with guys that hollar at girls in traffic. (I asked John this question and as he is not one to hollar at girls he was really no help in this situation) You see, I was stuck in traffic the other night going home and this semi driver kept honking at me. I had no idea why. Thought something was wrong, thought he thought I may have been trying to get over or cut him off. I had no idea. Every time I came up on him he would start honking. A few times he would wave to me in his side view mirror. This went on for a good 15 minutes. Eventually I came to my exit and had moved to the lane on the other side of him. When he saw me he started honking again and even turned to wave at me through his back window. I finally gave a half assed wave back. So I asked my little bro what this was all about, and what exactly are guys expecting from this. His reply, "He probably wanted to see your boobs." I was appalled and asked if things like that really happened and he said, Yes, all the time." He even said he got some girl's phone number one day in traffic. Crazy! Women. Please stop this insanity. Please do not show your boobs in traffic. Please? Especially if it's my little brother doing the honking.

Went to Kate's big 30th birthday last night. I have a picture, it's not with me, but I have one. We ate at Silo and I had the most amazing mussels ever. They were like butter melting in your mouth. Absolutely delicious. Oh and the coconut cream pie? To die for.

Ever since I finished with my braces I have gotten more stuff stuck in my teeth than ever before. What's up with that? It almost makes me want to have crooked teeth again.

I have a giant bruise and puncture mark on my toe from my cortisone shot. My toe is even swollen from the injection. It is feeling a lot better than it was. It's mainly just the injection site that hurts. Mean old hottie Dr.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The TOE!

Or my OMT for those following along. I went to the podiatrist today who was a TOTAL HOTTIE! Don't you just love HOT Drs? I mean, being a Dr. is sometimes pretty hot, but when they're good looking too? Julie also says that the other Dr. is also hot in an older, Harrison Ford type of way. Anyways, back to the toe. I actually heard the Dr. say to the nurse when she was in the hall explaining my case say the words, "Mystery Pain." Thank you. I'm glad it has become a medical term because that's almost ALWAYS what I have.

So he poked my foot a bit, looked at my Xrays and decided to do an ultrasound to get a better look at the joint. Of course the whole time I'm looking at the screen and seeing nothing but black and white fuzz for 5 minutes until he finally describes to me what's going on. I have a ton of fluid and inflammation in my joint, similar to bursitis. Ten points goes to mom because that was her prediction after gout. He also didn't totally rule out gout, big jerk. However, the treatment I received today is one that is also used to treat gout.

So for treatment I got a SUPER FUN shot of cortisone in my big toe. As I writhed in pain during the procedure that involved painfully cold numbing spray and two needles, the hot Dr. coached me on and said I was doing great and I could cuss him out when we were done. I told him if I could give him a shot in his toe we'd be even. He laughed and asked if it was the most painful thing I've had done, and I told him no, the five needles that were shoved into my neck for my thyroid biopsy totally had this beat, but that I never wanted to have either done again.

He also changed my anti-inflammatory since obviously the one I'm on isn't work. The boot sentence is also over as of tonight. He said that the cortisone shot may take a few days to kick in (right now it's THROBBING). I'm allowed to exercise, but no running or walking or exercises that make me put pressure on the balls of my feet or make me go up on my toes. That also means no heels, but I pretty much live in flats anyways.

We're not really sure of the cause, but at least for once I have a diagnosis! Woo Hoo! I have an appointment in two weeks so he can see how I'm doing. If I'm doing great I can cancel. If things don't improve we'll do an MRI.

Since I'd had to have a post without a picture here's what a tall girl looks like at the Foot Dr. (my feet should have been on the mat)

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After I took this they did extend it all the way, but my feet still hung off. Oh well.

Weekend Recap

Friday night I got an itch to go see a movie and went and saw Leap Year. I left John and home (he was very glad) and me and the boot went together. It was cute, girly and predictable. Pretty much what you would expect.

Saturday I went to WW and lost 1.6 pounds. I have no idea how I did that which probably means this week I'll gain it all back. Especially since I can't work out with the boot. Oh well.

Then we got together for our friends' son Josh's birthday. His momma Kandis did a Winter One-derland for him - Texas style. Which means you try to turn a very Texas space into winter. You do the best you can since Texas has no idea what winter is and Kandis did a great job for her little man.

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Josh discovered the awesomeness that is whipped cream

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and had no interest in the cake no matter how hard him mom and dad tried to get him to smash it

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He pretty much started screaming right after this picture

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After the party I went home a rested up a bit because my favorite girl Emily was visiting from Germany.

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Kandis,

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Florist Erin and I

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met up with her at the Lion and Rose for some interesting conversations about bidets. Emily and her husband Jordan are the second couple I married (in the wedding Emily said her dad calls, The Wedding that Must not be Named - which cracked me up). Jordan's in the Air Force and they're currently stationed in Germany which makes me insanely jealous. I told John I may use my wedding coordinator money to go visit those two which made him a little jealous.

Here we are all together

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Someone please yell at me the next time I lean in in a group picture and I'm standing next to someone short. It always makes my boobs look like they're going to eat the poor person next to me.

Can you believe I met these lovely ladies over 2 years ago on The Knot? It's actually kind of fun to tell poor unsuspecting people that you met your friend online! Emily and Jordan should be back for a visit in July and I told them they HAVE to be here for the Hinchman Olympics. I'm holding you to that Emily!

Sunday was football day. Have I told you that John is a huge Colts fan? I have no idea how he became one - I'm the one that lived in Indiana, not him, but he's gotten to be pretty hardcore. Apparently all of our friends got together to watch the two games on Sunday, but John? John needs his giant high def TV to watch his team on so we stayed at home. He has become spoiled in regards to TVs and one of our friends needs to win the lottery and buy some monstrosity of a TV so we can go somewhere else for once. Please guys? Not that I don't love having you all over all the time, but sometimes, I need to get my husband out of the house.

So as you all know, the Colts won as did the Saints. I would have liked to see a Colts v Vikings match-up because I think that would have been the better game, but John thinks the Colts can beat the Saints easier so that's who he was rooting for. Although with all the mistakes the Vikings had the Colts probably could have beaten them as well. We shall see!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Panko Crusted Fish and Chips and Homemade Tartar Sauce

Panko are Japanese bread crumbs. You can find them in the Asian section of the grocery store. They're large and crispy and are a great substitute when a low-fat recipe tells use to use corn flakes. I'm opposed to breakfast cereal being on my "fried" food.

I must say that I think I've only ever made one other fish recipe before. I think I tried to fry catfish and all it did was stink up the house. I've been craving fish and chips lately, but wanted a lower fat option. I oven fry chicken a lot and have even done shrimp. I almost prefer it over actual fried chicken sometimes. Shhhh.....don't tell anyone. I googled a few recipes and decided to just throw something together. Please note that I'm not one to measure anything so most are guesses. I'm a taster when it comes to stuff.

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Oven Fried Panko Crusted Fish

Ingredients:

4 servings of white fish (I chose haddock because it was on sale. I also had no idea how many pounds to buy and the sweet lady at the counter asked how many servings I wanted and did it that way. I think it came out to 1.25 lbs)
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1 egg scrambled with a bit of milk
salt
pepper
cayenne pepper
garlic powder

Directions:

Fully coat a baking sheet with cooking spray (I use the olive oil one).

Cut fish into individual strips.

Mix salt, pepper, cayenne and garlic powder on a plate. Roll fish in spice mixture, dip into egg, roll in the Panko crumbs and place on baking sheet.

Repeat.

Bake at 375 until done. I think it was about 15 minutes for me. Turn over halfway through cooking time.

The fries I made where oven fried as well. Just cut up a couple of potatoes into strips, put them in a bag with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and coat. Throw those onto a cookie sheet as well. You'll want to put these in the oven before you even start making the fish since they take longer.

I also somehow had no tartar sauce in the house and had to make up my own. It was so freaking good! John and I almost liked it more than the fish which was pretty much off the hook.

Faith's Made Up Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise. The real stuff. Julie recommends Hellman's and that's what I had on hand.
About 2 Tbsp dill pickle relish
About 1 Tbsp Minced onion (if you use the dry kind like I had make this in advance so that they can soak up the moisture from the mayonnaise)
Lime juice. I had a bottle and just did a few squirts. The lime juice really is to taste.

The verdict: Like I said, John and I LOVED this. I did make the tiny mistake of wanting to hurry the fries, threw them under the broiler and burned them a bit. Everything else though was AMAZING. We ate 3 servings between the two of us and I probably would have gone back for more (since "fried" fish probably won't taste as good the next day) but was stuffed. The fish was almost a method to get more tartar sauce in my mouth. I could have eaten the entire batch of tartar sauce.

As for WW points? One serving of fish is 5 points. The fries, depending on how many you have are 5 points (this was 2 small potatoes). The tartar sauce is 3 points for 1 Tbsp. If you used fat free mayonnaise you could have a ton for no points, but why would you want to?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Chili con Carne

This was another one from my Cooking Light Magazine. I love chili and have my own tried and true recipe, but thought it'd be fun to mix it up a bit. I like that this uses chunks of beef. I modified my version a bit and have posted it on here, but click the title and it'll take you to the original. The original recipe is a stove top one, I turned this into a crockpot recipe and just threw everything in.


(photo from Cooking Light)

Chili con Carne

Ingredients

4 poblano chiles (cut down from 8 only because the poblanos I bought were crazy hot. Love poblanos, but have never met one that packed as much heat as these did)
3 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups peeled seeded chopped plum tomato (about 10 medium - I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes. I'm lazy like that)
1 can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
chili spice to taste
1 chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce

Preparation

Rise, remove seeds and chop poblano peppers. Rinse and remove seeds from one of the chipotle peppers (those suckers were hot!) Chop onion and throw into crockpot.

Trim roast and cut into 1 inch cubes. Throw into crockpot (you can brown beforehand if you'd like, again, I'm lazy)

Add spices, garlic, 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 1 can of tomato sauce.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Makes 10 1 cup servings at 8 WW points.

The verdict - John and I both really liked this. It was a little more stew like than regular chili. I added the can of tomato sauce, because I actually didn't think there would be enough liquid to it - especially since I was making it in the crockpot. I may add a small can of tomato paste to thicken it up some next time (this will probably be the recipe I use for Super Bowl Sunday at our house). It wasn't overly spicy either. I actually threw in a couple of the chipolte peppers before I tasted a piece and decided to pull them out. One was enough for us! The adobo sauce gives this chili a nice smokey flavor. Halfway through I tasted it and decided to add the chili spice. It didn't taste like chili to me without it. It probably won't replace my regular chili recipe, but it'll be a nice way to mix things up every now and then.

Friday, January 22, 2010

OMT Update

I just got home from the local Med Clinic. I chose them over my regular Dr. because they do in house Xrays and I didn't want to wait around for another week for results. Well this Dr. didn't seem to think it was gout because I've had no redness or heat, just a tiny bit of swelling. She did an Xray which showed nothing and recommended me to a podiatrist. I'm also sporting some really awesome footwear in the meantime.

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I still have to take my anti-inflammatories as well. Since I'm still having pain she asked if I needed any narcotic pain meds for night time. I turned them down though, I prefer a little bit of self-medication. :)

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Besides that boot is surprisingly comfortable!

Podiatrist appointment is next Friday. Julie recommended one to me and said it took her no time to get in, it just happens all the Drs are out of town next week. Just my luck!

My OMT

That stands for Old Man Toe which is what John and I are calling my gout toe. Actually I can exactly call it gout anymore. My blood results came in and my uric acid levels were normal, BUT that doesn't necessarily rule out gout. Then I explained that I still had swelling and pain in my toe. That's not normal for gout. By now (and especially with the meds) I shouldn't have any of that. While the pain isn't as bad as it was, I still can't bend my toe (it's amazing how you don't even realize how much you bend your toe when you can't do it), and it's a little painful to walk sometimes. I'm keeping it elevated (you might laugh at my current office setup that allows me to do this) and have been soaking it in epsom salts. The soakings really help with the swelling, but by the end of the day it's back. No, my toe isn't giant either. You couldn't even tell unless you touched it in just the right spot that it was swollen. That's the plus side to having skinny feet. Your foot swells and it still looks like a normal foot.

So, I'm waiting to hear back from the doctor today (I talked to the nurse yesterday). We're guessing I might need an Xray to see what's up. I just hope it's not some other mystery ailment like I normally have...."well, we understand you have pain and we know where it is, we're just not sure why. It's probably because you're just too flexible." While that's worked with my wrist and my back, I'm not sure how a toe can be flexible. We'll see.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Guess Who Fixed the Shower?

**doing a little dance**

Guess who fixed the shower...Guess who fixed the shower....Guess who fixed the shower....Guess who is the shower fixin' badass....

Plumbing Update

So John and I headed out to buy a new spout at Home Depot last night. We found one we liked and took it home. John told me it was my project, good luck, and if he heard me scream then he knew I had flooded the bathroom. He was sweet enough to volunteer his man strength should I need it though.

I finally got all the pieces together (there's 4 different ways to install it depending on the size of your pipe and whether your pipe is threaded or not on the end) and went to turn the water on. I had water coming out of the spout like it was supposed to, turned the shower on, and the water barely came out of the shower head, and mostly out of the spout. I was pissed. I thought I had successfully completed a plumbing project. So I took the whole thing off (which was a major PITA) but the pieces were all stuck together. I took it out to John to try to unscrew it and he broke a piece (not a major one, it'd still work just fine). He thought that maybe the shower head was clogged or something was stuck in the pipe and maybe that's what the problem was. We head into the bathroom and decide, hey, lets just put our finger over the pipe and see if we can make water come out of the shower head. Well surprise, it works!

So now we know that the line is clear, the shower head is clear, and it obviously has to do with the spout. I get the whole thing back on there, turn the water on and then realize, we bought the wrong kind of spout. This one has a little connection to install a "personal shower line" onto it. Yep. We're really great a reading packaging. Because it's broken I can't return it (it was only $17) but will go back tonight to buy the right one. I'm just glad that I know I can properly install it so there is a bit of success to this story.

Another great thing that I learned is that I can not only buy a new spout, I can also easily change out the handles. They have some that fit specific brands or there are universal ones (the spouts are all universal as well). Now I don't have to spend $100+ on a new spout and handles for the bathroom. I can spend less than $50 and get an updated look in my bathrooms. Awesome!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Reasons why I love Twitter

We need a new kitchen faucet. Ours leaks unless you have the handle in a certain position that's near impossible to find. Plus I just don't like our faucet. It's old and dingy and I'd like something new. Preferably with two handles instead of one.

So I spent several hours looking around and found four that I liked, emailed them to John and we both agreed on this one:

I went to buy it and noticed that the shipping was $22.13. WOW! For a faucet? It's sold by another company through Amazon so I go to their site, where they have the faucet for the same price, but with free shipping. At the bottom of their site they had a Twitter icon so I look 'em up on Twitter, send them a tweet saying that I found a faucet I like on Amazon, the shipping's $22, yet free on their site, and what's up with that? They shoot me a message this afternoon asking for my contact info and the item number and tell me that their Amazon rep will contact me soon to get me free shipping on my order through Amazon.

That's social networking folks!

In news unrelated to Twitter, but related to plumbing and faucets, our bathroom faucet broke (or something) this morning. I'm almost done with my shower this morning when there is this thud sound and the shower turns off. Water is still coming out of the spout though so I go and pull the little thing to turn the shower back on and water starts coming out of the back of the spout. Please remember that I'm BLIND so this takes me a bit to figure out. The spout has also come away from the wall and is now at an angle rather than flush with the wall. I decide to give up trying to figure out what the heck is going on (because I can't see) and just stick my head under the faucet, wash the conditioner out of my hair and yell to John, "our bathtub is broken."

Remember when we bought the fridge for our 1 year anniversary (yeah, we're that romantic) and John tried to hook the water line up and flooded the kitchen? $185 later the flood was gone and we had water to the fridge. Needless to say he's terrified of all things plumbing so his response this morning was, "order a new faucet for the kitchen and call a plumber out to install it and look at the tub faucet." Yeah. Not going to happen. I think the kitchen one should be easy (I watched like 5 videos online on how to do it today). I "think" the bathroom one may just be that the spout is old and just wore away maybe? I'm going to unscrew it (also watched a couple of videos on changing the spout and that's super easy) and see what's up. Hopefully if it's just that we won't need a plumber. I really hope it's not something to do with the pipes though. The thud sounded like something with the pipes. Let's hope I don't come home to a flooded bathroom.....

Breakfast Braids

Another find in Cooking Light magazine. This was a reader submitted recipe so there's no link on the website. In the magazine they use canned pizza dough. I opted for crescent rolls because they cut down the calories and fat per serving and I wanted something more flaky.

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I made two different versions, one using turkey sausage, cheddar and mexican cheeses and another using chopped ham, cheddar and swiss.

Ingredients

1 can of reduced fat crescent rolls (I just rolled mine out)
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion chopped
4 oz of turkey sausage or ham (or whatever meat choice you'd like)
1/4 cup of reduced fat chesse (choose your cheese, you can use different ones or the same)
1/4 cup reduced fat cheese
2 eggs scrambled

This is my modificiation since the meat I used was already cooked. Heat meat choice in skillet, add bell pepper and onion and cook for a few minutes. Add eggs and scramble the entire mixture.

Roll dough out onto a baking sheet. Leaving 2 inches on other side layer spread egg mixture down the middle. Slice strips on either side and fold over. (As you can see on mine, I didn't like the braid so I just folded over on the second one. Well, that one didn't get cooked all the way so you might want to braid). Bake according to directions on the crescent roll can.

I just sliced these up into their individual portions, covered them and left them on the baking sheet. John and I grabbed a piece and reheated in the microwave for about a minute per slice. One slice is 5 pts.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

1. Favorite book(s) when you were a child and why?
Ones that stick out are Tikki Tikki Tembo, Rikki Tikki Tavi (maybe I just really like the names of those two books....), and Love You Forever which I actually bought in college because I enjoyed the book so much. It's a great one to read to your kids (if you've got 'em). Also anything by Shel Silverstein - Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree come to mind.

2. First “grown-up” book you remember reading (i.e. written for adolescents or with adult themes, such as The Outsiders or Catcher in the Rye). Brave New World and only because we watched The Matrix in class afterwards. My crazy English teacher believed there was an important tie in.

3. Favorite movie that came from a book (even if you didn’t read the book and just love the movie). A League of Their Own

4. Movie that you loved so much that you WISHED there was a book out so that you could find out more about the movie.
Labyrinth. I loved that movie. John had never seen it until recently.

5. Worst book you’ve ever read?
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. It PAINED me to read this book. I can't even tell you what it was about. I'm not one to give up on a book though. It took me 4 tries to finally get through Catch 22, but I did it.

6. Book that everyone raves about that you either a) haven’t read and feel slightly dumb for not having read it or b) have tried to read and hated and so feel slightly dumb that everyone is getting something you don’t.
Everyone talks about the Twilight series and I absolutely refuse to read it. Maybe one day, when the obsession with it dies down. I was also late to start Harry Potter and while I'm glad I didn't have to wait as long as some people for the new books to come out, I wish I had read them sooner.

7. If you were forced to choose only 3 books that you could read for the rest of your life, which ones would they be? (Or if you were stranded on a desert island, which 3 books would you want there with you?). Ummm....can I choose 1 book and 3 series of books? They would be Lamb, The Harry Potter Series (maybe just book 5 if I had to choose one) and the Chronicles of Narnia.

8. Name one book that if you could recommend that everyone you know read, what is it? Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. I seriously loved this book. You have to have the sense of humor of a 13 year old boy though and either need to know something about the Bible or have someone around you that does because you'll probably have a ton of questions.

9. What is your “guilty pleasure” reading?

Chick Lit. I pretty much go into Half Price and buy whatever book cover has some pink in it.

10. What book (excepting the Bible or other major document of your religion/faith) has changed your outlook on life the most?
Hmmmm.....I don't really have one. I read way too much fiction.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Katie and Mark's Wedding

Oh yeah, I didn't tell you all but this weekend me and my gouty toe coordinated a wedding! Katie and Mark tied the knot at the Weston Centre downtown. I know Katie through my friend Erin. She is also sorority sister's with both Erin and Julie.

This was a crazy, crazy bunch.



Check out AJH Photography for a few more sneak peaks.

My friend Florist Erin with Eden's Echo did the amazing flowers

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I snuck out and took a couple of pictures during ceremony.

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It had rained for 3 days straight and we weren't sure if there would be an outdoor ceremony. At the rehearsal the night before we only practiced inside. The day of I had to wrangle the groomsmen together to get them to practice one more time with the modified outdoor setup. The venue started construction the day before the rain started so even the original outdoor setup changed at the last minute. Whew! Lots of last minute changes. I'm glad the weather cooperated with us!

The last shots I got were of the cakes. I was busy running around all night!

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Congratulations Mark and Katie!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gout

Yep. Like something an old man would get. Gout. Doesn't it just sound awful? When you add in that one of my nodules on my thyroid is big enough to be considered a goiter the things wrong with my body just really sound gross. In fact when I went to the Dr. today my Dr. totally laughed out loud that I had both gout and a goiter. In fact, her words were (while laughing), "You have gout and a goiter! Wow. That's sexy." Then she totally apologized for laughing at me and I told her it was totally ok. If I didn't make fun of myself for these things I'd probably go insane.

So yeah. I have gout. In my big toe. What's gout you say? According to WebMd: Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe.

What causes gout? Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Most of the time, having too much uric acid is not harmful. Many people with high levels in their blood never get gout. But when uric acid levels in the blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints. (It's those crystals that cause the pain)

What are the symptoms? The most common sign of gout is a nighttime attack of swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in your big toe. You can also get gout attacks in your foot, ankle, or knees. The attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away. Another attack may not happen for months or years.

My Dr. did a blood test today to check the levels of uric acid in my blood. She's also testing for another thing that also causes crystals to form in the joint, but we didn't talk much about that. Gout is very uncommon in women and is usually just seen in postmenopausal women. So how did I end up with it? Well, there is a link to gout and thyroid problems, but it's not certain. It could be because people in my family suffer from gout. Who knows?

So what do I do from here? Well if my blood results show that I do have high levels of uric acid then I have to stay away from foods that are high in purines. Purines occur naturally in our foods. What's surprising is that many of the foods high in purines are pretty healthy. Foods with high levels are foods that are usually high in protein. While I may not have to cut anything out, I have to be aware of my intake. All things in moderation.

Foods to limit (very high in purines):

* Organ meats, such as liver, kidneys, sweetbreads, and brains
* Meats, including bacon, beef, pork, and lamb
* Game meats
* Any other meats in large amounts
* Anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel, and scallops
* Gravy
* Beer

Foods to eat occasionally (moderately high in purines, but may not raise your risk of gout):

* Fish and seafood (other than high purine seafood)
* Oatmeal, wheat bran, and wheat germ

Foods that are safe to eat (low in purines):

* Green vegetables and tomatoes
* Fruits and fruit juices
* Breads and cereals that are not whole-grain
* Butter, buttermilk, cheese, and eggs
* Chocolate and cocoa
* Coffee, tea, and carbonated beverages
* Peanut butter and nuts

Dairy products that may lower your risk of gout:

* Low-fat or nonfat milk
* Low-fat yogurt

One site suggests keeping alcohol intake down to 1 drink 3 times per week and protein intake to 4-6oz per day. My uncle that suffers from gout also swears by Pom juice



and I've been gulping the stuff down. I've also kept my foot elevated, soaked it in Epsom salts and have been eating cherries since they also help with joints. My Dr. put me on some major anti-inflammatories today as well.

Hopefully it'll clear up and hopefully it's just a random occurrence and not something I'll suffer from for the rest of my life. We shall see!

Oh and for those that are curious and like gross stuff. Here's a picture of a foot with gout. Mine DOES NOT look like this. My toe barely got puffy. Both the Dr. and I think it was because of all the stuff I've been doing. Sorry. I googled and it was too gross. Ugh. It wasn't that the foot was so bad it was the toenails. Ewww! People have some funky looking toenails! So if your curious, google. Otherwise I can tell you, generally the side of your foot, right there at the joint of your big toe can get really puffy (sometimes golf ball sized) and red. Sometimes it even gets hot. Mine did none of this. My toe was a little swollen and today I have a tiny bit of swelling at the joint. My feet both look quite a bit alike.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thunderstorms

Reese is terrified of thunderstorms. Terr-i-fied! If there's a storm at night we're almost always woken up by her jumping onto the bed and shaking uncontrollably.

Well last night a storm blew in and John and I both woke up with a 45 pound dog shaking on our heads. Yep. She's started jumping on our faces when she's scared. She did this about 4 times before she got the bright idea to hide under the bed. Oh yeah, that's right. Our 45 pound dog thought it would be an even better idea to crawl under the bed.

Now Riley? He fits under there perfectly. Rufus? He fits under there all right. Reese though? Not.At.All. Doesn't she look squished under there?

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It's maybe, maybe a foot off the ground. Probably shorter. Plus we have those rods that run along so the clearance is even shorter. Of course when she decided to try to get out this morning she headed straight towards one of those rods.

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Then she got stuck and couldn't turn over to slide herself out. Poor old Reese.

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I eventually got her flipped on her side and pulled her out. It's pouring outside right now so we'll see how tonight goes. Hopefully the storm will be over before we go to bed. I don't think I can do two nights in a row with Reese jumping on my head (and definitely not at 3 in the morning).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Steak Tips with Peppered Mushroom Gravy

My awesome sister-in-law Kristie got me not only a subscription to Real Simple for Christmas, but also one to Cooking Light. I have a slew of new recipes I want to try - I made 2 this weekend along with the soup and the Mac and Cheese that I've previously posted.

This one though, awesome. John couldn't get enough and probably would have had more if he didn't have to rush to a meeting. The only thing I didn't like about this is that there wasn't enough gravy for me. I might add a bit more flour and some more broth the next time I make it. Otherwise, this one's a keeper!

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Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup beef mixture and 2/3 cup noodles)


Ingredients


2 cups uncooked egg noodles
Cooking spray
1 pound top sirloin steak, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 (8-ounce) package presliced baby bella mushrooms
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (optional)


Preparation


1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.


2. While noodles cook, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak; sauté 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan; cover.


3. Melt butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Stir in soy sauce. Sprinkle flour over mushroom mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly. Add pepper, salt, and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Return beef to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Discard thyme sprigs. Garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

4 Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

I'd been craving macaroni and cheese for a week, but didn't want to waste a ton of points on it. I found a revamped mac and cheese recipe on the WW site, but it was 9 points a serving. Still a bit much since I knew we'd have leftovers and if I was going to eat it for lunch, I'd want it to be less than that. So I revamped it a bit more and got 5 points per serving.

12 oz uncooked macaroni
1/2 cup(s)Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2/3 cup(s) reduced-fat Colby & Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup(s) chopped onion(s)
2 1/2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
1 Tbsp margarine
1/4 cup(s) Swiss cheese
1/4 cup(s) Kraft Reduced Fat Parmesan-style Grated Topping
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 leaf bay leaf
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.

Cook macaroni as directed on package; set aside.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour, stirring constantly; cook for about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk to thoroughly incorporate flour mixture. Stir in onion, paprika and bay leaf. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently; remove from heat.

Combine blue cheese with about two-thirds of both cheddar and Colby jack cheese in saucepan and season to taste with salt and pepper; stir in macaroni. Pour half of macaroni mixture into prepared casserole dish and top with remaining cheddar cheeses. Pour in remaining macaroni mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into 9 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.

I served it up with some roasted broccoli.

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This recipe turned out really good. We both thought the onion was a bit much (I cut it back to 1 cup from the 2 the original recipe asked for) and John wished it was more cheesy. It'd probably be cheesier if you used full fat cheese. Don't ever use non-fat cheese though. It won't melt. John had some the next day and it held together. That's another downside to homemade mac and cheese, sometimes it starts to break down or it's oily when you reheat. This held up pretty well the next day.

Here's the original recipe for those that are interested. It uses Blue Cheese (which I hate, no matter what it's mixed with, I used Swiss instead).

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste (for cooking pasta)
12 oz uncooked macaroni
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cup(s) 1% low-fat milk
2 cup(s) onion(s), finely chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
2 piece(s) bay leaf
1/4 cup(s) blue cheese, crumbled
5 oz cheddar or colby cheese, shredded (extra-sharp suggested)
3 oz low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
3/4 tsp table salt, to taste
2 oz Parmesan cheese, finely grated (Parmigiano Reggiano suggested)

Bragging Rights

My mom, as most mom's do, loves bragging about her kids. I've given her tons of opportunities to brag over the years (probably way more opportunities than my brothers have). She's totally the type to bring in newspaper clippings, photos, etc whenever something memorable happens.

Me: Guess what?
Mom: What?
Me: I totally thought someone was trying to steal my identity today.
Mom: What?
Me: Seriously! *tells story*
Mom: *Laughs* Only you....
Me: I know. I could totally have my own reality TV show one day or at least write a book.
Mom: Well you've already been on TV and in a magazine (referring to the episode of Whose Wedding is it Anyways and our picture that was in the most recent issue of The Knot). I just wish they had put a picture in that magazine that showed your face.
Me: It's not like I had any choice mom. They called the photographer and picked a picture they liked. Oh, and don't forget I've been on TV 7 times. Remember? I was on 6 episodes of Texas Justice.
Mom: Oh, I had forgotten about that. I never saw any of those though.
Me: Yeah, I didn't either. Hey, I made 40 bucks though! Oh I was also on the radio.
Mom: You were? Did you just call in or did they interview you?
Me: Well they were talking about people that got ordained online and wanted to talk to someone that had done it so I called in.
Mom: I could do that, marry people.
Me: I'm sure you could. Make the flowers and then marry people. Oh, I'm also getting interviewed for my fraternity's magazine. They called me yesterday to do a profile on me.
Mom: I don't read that magazine.
Me: Well, like 250,000 people do. It's online, I'll email you a copy when it's published.
Mom: Is it going to have your picture at least? Are they going to show your face this time?
Me: Yes mom.

So John doesn't get left out of the conversations

*Taco Bell commercial with the guy that walks up to the register and asks to order from a certain girl is on TV*
John: Whatever! I only wish the girls at Taco Bell were that hot!
Me: Hey! I worked at Taco Bell once upon a time! *gives THE STARE*
John: Yeah....I mean that they were that hot nowadays....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Identity

So the other day I get this email asking me to go online and fill out this background check form. I'm all "weird, I didn't apply for a job with the FAA." I'm a little hesitant even though I've heard of the form, know you need an invite to fill it out, but I still kind of don't trust the email. I hover the links to see if they link to where they're supposed to, but I don't click anything and kind of disregard it.

Then today I get another email saying that they have received my form and I need to drop off an I-9 and my fingerprints at such and such location. I'm thinking, "I didn't submit any form" and where they want me to drop this stuff off is in New Jersey. I decide to look up the lady's name from the FAA and give her a call. I leave her a voicemail and then Google the company (a company rep was copied on the email with firstname.lastname at companyname.com) I get the company's number, call and ask for the person on the emails (I'll call her Jane Doe).

Person: Thank you for calling Company Name how can I help you?
Me: Is Jane Doe available?
Person: Can I ask whose calling?
Me: This is Faith Hinchman
Person: Oh Faith! Hi! How are you?
Me: Good
Person: So everything coming along then?
Me: Um. Who is this?
Person: You don't know my name?
Me: Um. No. I've been getting these emails asking me to fill out background check forms that I never filled out but yet received an email saying that they did.
Person: Oh. Ok. Well this is Jane Doe. You said your name was Faith Hinchman?
Me: Yes. I live in San Antonio and last time I checked I didn't fill out a form for ya'll, but I've been getting these emails.
Jane: Oh ok. Who sent you the emails?
Me: FirstName LastName with the FAA and then you're name was copied on there so that's why I'm calling.
Jane: Ok. Well Faith is a new employee with us, but I'm not sure why you're getting her emails.
Me: Yeah. I was a little confused and just want to make sure someone's not trying to steal my identity or something.
Jane: No, no. I understand. I know she didn't get the original email and I had to forward it to her. What is your email?
Me: *gives email address*
Jane: Ok. Yeah. They should be different. I'll get with Faith and with the FAA and get it straightened out.
Me: Ok. Here's my number just in case anyone needs to get ahold of me.

I also got a call from the lady with the FAA and it's all worked out. You don't meet THAT many Faiths, but there are even less Hinchmans out there. The two combined? According to How Many of Me there should only be 1 of us. Guess what? They're wrong.


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LogoThere are
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or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Italian 0 Point Soup

I did a TON of cooking this weekend so be ready for a bunch of recipes to pop up here all week. All diet friendly, although you can easily make them non-diet friendly.

0 point soups are great to have around for a filling snack. Plus it's a little warm up during the cold weather. This recipe is also a crockpot recipe, which I love, just dump and walk away. My type of recipe! I think this recipe would be great if you threw in some pasta, to make it similar to a minestrone soup, but then it wouldn't be 0 points.

Italian 0 Point Soup

10 oz spinach leaves
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 medium celery stalks, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium garlic clove, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
28 oz canned diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed

Place all ingredients into the crockpot, cover and cook on high for 5 hours. Remove bay leaves, stir and serve. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

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When I was on plan before I bought 1 1/2 cup containers that are great for this soup. You know the perfect portion since it's marked on the container and they're easy to stack in the freezer.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Motivation

They gave this to us in the form of a bookmark in my WW meeting today. I thought it would be a great visual to help me and anyone else along (although some of the little sayings are a bit corny). Oh, and I lost 1.2 pounds this week.

If I lose 1 pound each week of 2010

By Valentine's Day
I'd be 7 lbs lighter! I'm loving it!

By St. Patrick's Day
I'd be 11 lbs lighter! With the luck-o-the Irish I'll make my goal.

By Easter
I'd be 16 lbs lighter! I'd be a cuter bunny. (Two weeks later I will have lost 10% of my weight as well)

By Memorial Day
I'd be 23 lbs lighter! Won't let it rain on my parade.

By Flag Day
I'd be 25 lbs lighter! Boy, could I wave my flag then.

By Independence Day
I'd be 27 lbs lighter! That's a neat declaration of independence from overeating! (I would also be 1 lb shy of my personal goal weight!)

By Labor Day

I'd be 36 lbs lighter! What a wonderful reward for all my hard work.

By Columbus Day
I'd be 41 lbs lighter! What a joy to discover what I can do.

By Halloween
I'd be 44 lbs lighter! I didn't think I had a ghost of a chance.

By Thanksgiving

I'd be 47 lbs lighter! I'd have so much to be thankful for.

By Christmas Eve

I'd be 51 lbs lighter! Talk about being merry.

By New Year's Eve

I'd be 52 lbs lighter! It's not just a new year, it's a new ME!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Random Bits

Mt. Cedar is finally catching up to me and kicking my ass. I woke up with itchy eyes (not itchy enough to be seen in public with my glasses though) and a sore throat from hell. I also felt like crap from all the wine I drank at wine night last night. It was worth every WW point I spent on it though! (A bottle of wine is 10 btw).

I'm wearing a dress with tights and boots today. It was 22 degrees out with I left the house. John kept asking me where my pants were. I explained that the dress is more of a sweater, tights are thick, I'm wearing socks over the tights and under the boots and with all that I'd be plenty warm. What I didn't tell him was that I also haven't shaved my legs in I don't know how long (it seriously might be pushing 2 weeks) so I'm sure that's giving me some extra warmth. John just kept repeating that he could see through my pants.

Just before I headed out the door this morning, John runs into the bedroom wearing his "long johns" where I'm standing in front of the full length mirror and says, "Whose legs look better in tights?" Gotta love him!

Cracked up this morning at the news anchor that put a cup of water on the ground while she was doing her news report outside. Was suprised that after an hour it still hadn't frozen. It's cold, but not that cold people. People here crack me up when it gets cold. This is nothing! Throw on an extra layer and get on with business. Can you Northerners believe one of our news stories this morning was about school closures? Yes, people were actually questioning whether or not they were going to close schools today because of the cold (they did not). I've had my school close before because of the cold, it was -40* outside. Had they closed schools here I may have died.

I don't know why I got out of bed today. My brain is clouded by pseudoephedrine. I doubt I'll be able to accomplish much. I'm lucky I can keep my eyes open at the moment (both because I'm tired and because when they're open I'd like to scratch them out). Bed sounds warm and comfy right now.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Our First Fire

Yes, we live in Texas.

Yes, our house has a fireplace and no, we have not used it in the 2 years we've lived there.

Yes, we also have ceiling fans in every room including the kitchen.

Yes, we generally do not get much of a winter here.

But folks, it's freaking COLD outside. While today is our warmest day with a high in the mid 50s it's been in the 20s at night, windy during the day, and tomorrow we're supposed to have wind chills of 10 degrees. 10 degrees! I'm sorry, but I served my time those 5 years I lived in Indiana. I've done the negative 40 degree wind chill temps. I've walked on 2 feet of frozen snow. In fact I've seen a snow drift so big it wanted to eat our two story house. I've been there done that. Let me have my mild winters thank you very much!

So last night, I was freezing in my house (we keep it at 72, but 73 makes all the difference to me. I don't know how some people keep it in the upper 60s in their house). I was cuddled up under a blanket in the bedroom and came out and told John I wanted to start a fire. It was going to be freaking cold all week and I wanted a fire. John is terrified that our house is going to blow up if we light a fire. In fact I told him if it was going to make him feel better he could bring the hose in from the back yard just in case. He opted to let me shine a flashlight up the flue to see if there were any blockages.

Say yay! We made fire!

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Yes, it's one of those fire logs, but still! We made fire!

Here's Reese hanging out by the fire.

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I enjoyed sitting by it eating popcorn. The dogs enjoyed watching me eat the popcorn.

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They sit so still and pretty when they want something

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John got a little camera happy - "Dad. Get that thing outta my face"

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Creepy demon eyes

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

I decided to do Chelsea's Ten on Tuesday today. If you don't follow her over on Roots and Rings you should, because she's hilarious, she's a Texan, and she also loves the Pioneer Woman. She's also having a super awesome giveaway for her blogoversary. You could be the proud owner of a cute Susie Homemaker style apron if you win. You know you want to enter so get on over there!

1. Are there any movies that inspire you to bake/cook?

Not that I can think of. I did see Julie and Julia, but it overwhelmed me. I do simple recipes, not complicated. Although it really made me want to be the proud owner of a beautiful dutch oven. I'm more inspired by reading a delicious sounding recipe online than anything.

2. What’s your favorite food blog and why?

The Pioneer Woman Cooks of course. I also love her Tasty Kitchen site too.

Smitten Kitchen. I can't actually read her site because just looking at the pictures of things that she makes causes me to gain 50 pounds.

Annie's Eats. Yum.

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef?

I don't have one. I don't even watch the Food Network. I couldn't tell you who have of them are. The closest I get is Man vs Food and it's on the Travel Channel.

4. What’s your favorite kitchen tool?

After forever saying "I don't need a KitchenAid" I'm kicking myself for not getting one sooner. I love that thing. A sharp knife is always handy as well.

5. When it comes to cooking/baking, what’s your specialty?

Chocolate Chip cookies are what I love to make. I have a weakness for good chocolate chip cookies. I don't think I make anything that's absolutely mind blowing, but don't think I make anything that's absolutely terrible either. Oh, I do make a mean apple cake.

6. When in the kitchen, do you wear an apron, if so, any cute ones you’d like to share?

Yes. I have no pictures of them though. I only wear them when I have to make something and people are about to be over and I don't want to get dirty or when I'm doing a marathon cooking session in the kitchen. Otherwise they stay hanging on the pantry door.

7. Is there anything that intimidates you when it comes to baking/cooking? (ex. Pie crust, yeast breads, sauces, etc…)

Gravy. I finally made awesome gravy this Thanksgiving. It's taken me a long time to get it right, but I'm still terrified every time I make it.

8. What’s the weirdest gadget in your kitchen?

I don't know? My husband the taste tester? The dogs that lick up everything I drop? None of them are really gadgets. I do own an apple peeler, corer, slicer. I haven't quite figured out how to properly use it, but it's come in handy quite a bit. John came with a fondue pot which I always found strange.

9. What’s your go-to music for cooking/baking?

Actually I like to have the TV on.

10. After several failures, what do you do to motivate yourself to get back in the kitchen to try again?

I hardly ever fail. It took me 7 years to make something my husband just plain wouldn't eat. It wasn't bad, he just didn't like it. I've had few failures, but usually just try again until I get it right.

Monday, January 04, 2010

A Few Goals

Not resolutions or anything, just some things I plan on focusing on this year like:

Continuing to work on my 101 in 1001 list. I'm doing ok, but could be doing better.

Work on paying off some serious debt. I spent most of yesterday working on a budget for us. I do this every year. Last year I didn't start until March and gave up that same month so hopefully I'll make it farther this year. We need to cut back on going out quite a bit. This includes going to the movies, going out for drinks or dinner with friends and eating out during the week. It's currently what we spend the most of our money on (aside from normal bills that is). If we cut back just a bit we'd save a lot. So sorry guys if we start turning down invites this year! John also gets a nice raise at the end of the month. I plan on putting every last penny of that raise towards credit card debt. My goal is to have a high limit, high interest rate card paid down by the end of the year. Also involving debt is kids. John wants a baby like yesterday. I tell him, when I'm 30. One of my main issues with having kids right now is how much debt we have. While I know you will never have enough money for your kids, I'd like to at least be in a better financial situation than we're in. I told John that my goal is to have one of those cards paid off before we start trying. I think having a more feasible goal such as that helps to communicate my feelings about when I'd like to start a family to him a little better.

Which is a third goal. John and I need to work more on our communication. For two people that talk a lot it's sometimes a big issue for us.

Find a new job is next on the list (well really kind of first).
I don't talk a whole lot about my job on here, but I need to find something else. I absolutely love what I do (well portions of it, it's all the extra crap that gets dumped on my that I don't exactly appreciate) but I don't like where I do it or the environment in which I do it. I've been searching for awhile, but really need to buckle down a get serious about it. I can't be here for another year.

Stay healthy. I started Weight Watchers about 3 months ago and have been going to the gym regularly since last February (except for the 2 months when things got all crazy around the holidays, weddings, and all the deaths in the family). I currently weigh .2 pounds more than I did when I started WW 3 months ago and about 2 pounds more than when I started the gym nearly a year ago. I'm actually 12 pounds more than I was when I did WW the first time in 2006. So in the last 3 years I lost 26 pounds and then gained 38. Yikes. I know I'm facing a few more challenges than I was 3 years ago and I'd like to make myself feel better by thinking if I hadn't been doing things like going to the gym I'd probably weigh a lot more, but I don't know if those are really excuses. It is frustrating that I lose a tiny bit each week only to gain it back the 3rd week. I'm going to get better about tracking my food (I admit to half-assing it) and I'm going to try to add in an extra day each week at the gym. I'm also one of those insanely fast eaters so another goal is to slow it down so I can tell when I'm full. While I'm usually good at portion control, if I'm full before I eat it all, why should I continue eating? So, I'm going to throw that bit into the mix as well. I'm hoping my new thyroid meds will help a bit, but I'm not really counting on them. Hopefully the increased gym time, better tracking and slower eating will help get some kind of results! (I'd take almost anything right now!)

So that's what I'll be working on this year. I'll hopefully blog a lot about these (you know since I won't have any interesting going out stories as often) and I hope you all stick around to check out my progress every now and then. Either way, I'm excited about a new year and the new prospects it brings!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Ringin' in the New Year

We decided to do the pub crawl that we did last year since we all had a blast the last time. Plus one of the bars that we could leave from is only a few blocks from my house so it would be easy to get home. We had a group of 17 people after mfy BFF Virginia punked out on me (I still love her though). In fact here are most of us on the bus (there were some bus issues this year).

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Someone in the group had a bunch of leis that they gave to us so we could all find eachother. GREAT idea!

Sarah drove in from Houston to ring in the New Year with us.

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Karl got a little gangsta at the first bar

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and Stephanie got low.

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By the second bar we all started to get a little crazy.

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One of my toes is still numb from these shoes!

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Sarah and Jennifer did a Faith Sandwich to keep me warm while we waited for the bus to go to the third bar.

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While we didn't get pizza and a champagne toast this year, they did give us cool hats and boas.

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Happy New Year!

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