Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ten on Tuesday


I had written these and then forgot to post. Such is my life at the moment. Oh well, better late than never!

1. Pretend it’s Monday morning–take us through a day in the life of you.
Alarm goes off at 6:45. I usually snooze until about 7. Shower and get ready and get to work by 8:30. It seems I'm going to work late on most Mondays and Tuesdays as these are payroll entering days. So I'm usually gone by 6, 6:30 at the latest. Get home and figure out what to make for dinner. Dinner with John while watching (currently) The Closer and Rizzoli and Isles. Usually bum around the house until until about 10-11. Then usually read and go to bed.

2. What’s your favorite reality tv show?
Hoarders? That's about as close as I get.

3. What motto do you live by?
Hmmm...that's a tough one. At work I use, "Too bad so sad" a lot. At least I'm trying to teach one of my coworkers to use it more. Otherwise maybe just "one day at a time."

4. If you knew could you try anything and not fail, what dream would you attempt?
I'd love to be able to sell everything I have and travel the world. Maybe do something like the Peace Corps. I'd also try my hand at being a comedian or I'd write a book or maybe do both.

5. What was your first job?
Taco Bell. Oh yeah....

6. What is your current job?
I work for a large non-profit doing recruiting and payroll. I'm absolutely loving it.

7. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name (and you cannot pick the one you already have)?
I really would choose my own name though. It took me a really long time to actually like my name. I always wanted to be a Marie.

8. What musical instruments can you play?
Piano - if you count teaching myself and the clarinet. I played 5th grade through high school and have been trying to pick it back up.

9. Is it easier to forgive or forget?
Forgive. I don't think it's really possible to forget, but forgiving is sometimes even harder.

10. What is one food you’d never want to taste again?
I don't think I've ever had anything that I'd never want again. My taste buds are pretty adventurous.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Recipe Blast From the Past

This one was another Man vs Food inspiration. On a recent show Adam was in Indianapolis and had a pork tenderlion sandwich. In high school we worked concessions to raise money for our band trips at a local race park and the most popular item sold were pork tenderloin sandwiches. I hadn't given the sandwiches much thought as they had been replaced by things like chicken on a stick, but as soon as I saw Adam eating one I had to have one!

The recipe was fairly simple. Take two pork chops and pound them thin.

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Pour enough olive oil into a pan to cover it completely and turn it onto medium high.

Combine Panko crumbs, salt, pepper and garlic on a plate. Dip pork into an egg and milk mixture and then cover in the crumb mixture. Add to the hot pan and cook about 3-4 minutes per side.

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Keep the toppings fairly simple unless you have some nacho cheese handy. We topped ours with a bit of mayo, (use the real thing) a bit of mustard and a few pickles.

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These were amazing! While they weren't quite how I remembered them (as in deep fried) they were just as good. This will probably become a regular menu item at our house.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Conversations with John

John: I'd really like you to be on my Fantasy Football Team with me.
Me: Nope. There's no way.
J: I promise not to get mad at you.
Me: *Laughing* Yeah, but I can't make that same promise.
J: So you're saying that not being on the same Fantasy Football Team will probably save us from 2 years of marriage counseling?
Me: Yes. Yes it will.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Favorite Apps

John will still ask sometimes if I love my new phone or if I'd switch back to the Blackberry. I'd honestly still go back to the Blackberry if given the choice, but am enjoying some of the features on my Droid. A few of my favorite apps so far:

TweetCaster: I use it to update my Twitter account. I love that it gives me the option of just looking at my lists. This way I can just check out the people or categories I want rather than scrolling through my entire feed.


Places/Maps/Navigator - all these came on my phone and I can't tell a big difference between them really. They all will show my location and allow me to search for something nearby. Like today when the shoe repair place I had looked up earlier in the day turned out to be closed on Mondays, I was able to find one just down the road that was open.

Bump - I've used this quite a bit actually and it works between Droids and iPhones. Want someone's contact info? How about sharing an app? Just use Bump and you can send over whatever you choose to another person.

TaskKiller - For managing the 80 million apps that like to turn themselves on at various times.

Where's My Droid - This app will let you text message your phone and it will ring for up to 5 minutes for those times when you misplaced it and it's on vibrate. It will also help you locate your phone by GPS in case it gets stolen or left behind somewhere (and then probably stolen).

This isn't really an app, but I love that I was able to download my Blackberry ringtone and alarm sound to my phone. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit.

Google Sky Map - it's just a cool thing. It'll show you whatever constellations are in the sky above you.

PicSay - lets you edit a photo on your phone. You can add word balloons or stickers, text, or correct exposure, contrast and brightness.

Calendar - again it came with the phone and it took two of my IT guys at work (well, really 1 if I had just asked the right one in the first place) to get it to sync with my Outlook. It will also sync wirelessly which is pretty cool. I love that I can have my work calendar, my Google Calendar (if I had one), my personal phone calender and any other calendar I want to add right on my phone. Plus I can put in the location of an event and automatically have the navigator come up to get me there. Awesome.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Totally F'd Up

Someone came into my yard and jacked all my pears.

No, it was not some little woodland creature crawling up into the tree and taking bites out of the pears.

This was a person. A person able to shake down 25+ pounds of pears and haul them off.

Asshole.

My tree is no longer laden with pears.

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All that's left are these two sad looking little ones.

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There will be no pearsauce or diced pears to be canned this year. At least not for me. Maybe for the jerk face that stole my pears. Maybe they'll get botulism or eat a worm or choke on a chunk of pear. At the very least I hope one of the pears knocked them really hard on the head when they shook the tree. Freaking Assholes.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Spoke Too Soon

The day I posted about my garden I went out to check on the plants (the pictures were already over a week old by now) and one of my cucumber plants looked really sad and pathetic. The other still looked great so I wasn't sure what the problem was. A closer inspection showed me this:

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Aphids, ants (who actually take care of the aphids and encourage them to come hang out) and what looks like whiteflies. I didn't notice the whiteflies until I uploaded the pictures to my computer.

I also have these tiny little worms in a couple of places.

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I think they might be cabbage loopers, but I'm not quite sure.

A spray with neem oil over the weekend has pretty much knocked them all out. The sad plant is still sad looking though. I sprayed again today since there were some that remained and what looked like a new crop of aphids showing up. Since the ants take care of them I need to do something about the ants next. I almost think I'm destined to never grow cucumbers.

Friday, August 20, 2010

What's Going on in the Garden

My cucumbers died so I decided to start them again in a container and they're doing great so far.

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The tomatoes are also doing great, even if they are taking over.

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There are a ton of little green tomatoes all over the plants.

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The plants have gotten so large and wild I've had to start tying them to eachother to keep them upright.

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They're also tied in various places to the chicken wire.

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Tying them has also helped to give the pepper plants some more breathing room.

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This pepper plant I uprooted and moved to the other side of the garden to help it out some air. It looks very sad in this picture, but a week later it's still alive so I guess it's working!

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The jalapeno plants have learned to cope with the tomato plants invading their space and have started to grow taller.

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I've also uprooted the entire other end of the garden. The squash plants weren't producing anymore so it was time to go.

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I'll probably do a fall planing in September, but haven't decided what I'll grow yet.

And of course, the garden is still full of bugs.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This Weekend

I worked Saturday morning to get my CPR, AED and First Aid certifications for work and then headed over to my niece's 10th birthday party.

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I encountered John's brother Matt on my way in and he jokingly told me he was feeling faint and wondered if I would now be able to save him. I replied that most likely I'd give him a couple of kicks before going into the house and telling his wife that he's passed out on the lawn. I'm a great sister in law like that. :)

Sunday we went to Karl's lacrosse game (none of those pictured are Karl)

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The ice cream man came by.

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As the ice cream truck pulled away someone asked John what the truck said. His VERY loose translation: "We all yell together for peace without borders. The children are our hope, we will not harm them." Who knew ice cream trucks also carried political statements?

I went old school and got a Pink Panther from the ice cream man

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and got John a Bomb Pop. I took a picture of him and the Bomb Pop, but he refused to let me post it saying that he resembled a member of the Munster family.

Karl's switching over to indoor lacrosse, which sounds much better to me. It's actually in the same place that John plays hockey so maybe I'll be able to knock both games out at the same time!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ten On Tuesday


1. Where did you go to college?
I did a semester at community college back in Kingwood (as well as a summer semester) and then transferred in my 2nd semester freshmen year to St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

I also went to University of Texas at San Antonio for my Masters.

2. What did you study?
I started off as International Business, decided I will never be fluent in Spanish no matter how many novellas I watched with my roommate, considered changing to accounting before I decided I rather stick forks in my ears and finally settled on Human Resources.

I majored in Adult Learning and Teaching for my MA.

3. Was college really all that it was cracked up to be?
I LOVED college. I had a great group of friends. I did all the crazy college stuff. I spent a ton of money doing it, and yet would still do it all over again! I'd probably add in a full semester of study abroad rather than just a summer though.

Grad school is totally overrated.

4. How far were you from home?
3 hours. Close enough yet far enough. UTSA was where I worked so I was either at the campus I worked or at the one that was less than 5 minutes from my house.

5. Did you have the same roommate all four years?
I sure did. Rosa. We knew we'd be BFF's on the day we moved in and we both showed up with boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios. We had bunk beds. We were awesome.

6. Where did you order food from at 2am?
Hmmm....campus had a delivery service for awhile that was awesome. Usually got pizza and or wings from them. St. Mary's is kind of in the GHETTO so we usually didn't venture out to find food (there was only a McDonalds nearby). If we were out though we'd get Taco Cabana, Jack in the Box or Whataburger. (Whataburger is how I gained a ton of weight my junior year)

7. Did you date in college or were you tied down?
I had a boyfriend when I went and then we broke up - long distance thing and all. Then I dated another guy for almost 3 years. John and I started dating halfway though my senior year.

8. Funniest drunk college moment?
Hmmmm......that's a REALLY hard one, which may or may not be classified due to roommate confidentiality and all. Some fun (and not always drunk) moments were living on campus during Oyster Bake. I once asked Sarah to jump out a window so we could sneak her out of the building since she wasn't supposed to be there. Senior year during Oyster Bake I snuck John in in the trunk of my car since he also wasn't supposed to be there. (They're very strict about visitors in the dorms during Oyster Bake)

9. Did you make it to class on time?
Usually.

10. What was your favorite class in college?
My senior level HR classes. It was the same little group of us in all the classes and our professor was awesome.

Monday, August 16, 2010

To Paint or Not to Paint?

I painted our master bath this great blue grey color.

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John was a little apprehensive at first thinking it would turn out to look like a battle ship, but really likes how it turned out. I love the color so much I'm really thinking of painting our master bedroom the same color.

Our bedroom is currently a dark blue grey - Cornflower Blue by Valspar

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I couldn't get a great picture of the true blue, but got the best that I could.

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The two pictures above are the ones closest to the actual color. The others turned out much more gray than the paint is.

I painted a couple of samples around the room to see if I'd like it.

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I do and I don't I love the color, but wonder if it would be too bright. We were worried that the original color would be too dark, but it really isn't. I kind of like the darker color because it's relaxing, but wonder if the new one would be a bit more refreshing. Any thoughts?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Another One Bites The Dust

I've always paid a bit more than the minimum payment on all of our credit cards, but ever since the law changed and it shows on your statement how much you SHOULD be paying, it's shocked me at how much just a little bit extra can count. I've always KNOWN that, but to actually see it on paper is crazy. This month, another credit card was paid off! I paid off another last month as well. Granted they were both ones with very small balances but it really feels great! We're also really close to having another one gone within the next few months. Plus now that we've proved we can live off less money and we'll both have more money coming in, we're set to pay off some things much more quickly. It's such a great feeling.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dear....

8-5 job. Please stop kicking my ass. I still haven't learned to go to bed at a reasonable hour no matter how hard I try. Then the weekend comes and I want to crash out like a baby around 8 pm.

Self. Your new job comes with a fancy city-wide gym membership. Please find the motivation to get your booty out of bed early and go work out. (Although I have enjoyed checking out some of the classes while I sip my morning coffee. Nothing like seeing a bunch of people get their butts kicked in Boot Camp while you look through a window drinking coffee).

Self. Please go through the box of crap that you cleaned out of your old desk to see what needs to go into your new desk. Get rid of the crap that you don't need. As in - put in the trash.

Body. Please stop falling apart. Yes you have insurance through your husband, but I'd appreciate it if you'd stay together until I have time to become eligible for new benefits and can compare plans. New ailments are also NOT COOL.

Time. Anyway you could multiply? I'd really appreciate having a little bit more of you each day.

Onsite coffee shop. You will be the death of me. Yes you're nowhere compared to Starbucks in price, but you're so good and you're just right there AND you even have the sugar that I use no which NO ONE HAS because it costs $800 a packet. (Plus it doesn't help that my office can compare to a meat locker and so all I want to do is hug a giant cup of hot coffee)

AT&T Cell Phone Company. You suck. I had no idea you did something like CHARGE A MONTH IN ADVANCE. You think you'd put something like that in big fat letters somewhere when one is signing up with you. That way they don't have to pay 1/2 a month to their old cell phone company and then a month and a half to you all in the same month. You currently blow and my checkbook hates you.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pear Thief

Our pears won't be ready for at least another month, but something is already having a taste of them.

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It's not just the pears that have fallen to the ground. Whatever it is it's taking bites from pears still on the tree.

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Whatever it is it can climb a tree (opossum?) and yet is gentle enough to take bites out of rock hard pears without pulling them off the tree (raccoon?)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - John's Answers


1. Do you have an innie or an outie?
Innie

2. What kind of milkshake do you order?
Ya-Ya. It's espresso, peanut butter, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. Delish.

3. How often do you repeat outfits at work?
Every day, unless you differienciate between sleeves rolled up and sleeves rolled down. I do put on fresh clothes each day, it's just the same uniform.

4. What are your feelings about thank you notes?
What are thank you notes?

5. Do you like spicy food?
Yeah.

6. How many toilet paper squares do you use?
6 folded three times.

7. Were you in Girl Scouts?
Yep. ;)

8. Notebooks/Journals: College ruled? Wide Ruled? No lines? Spiral Bound? Plain front? Decorative?
Moleskin

9. Do you snack throughout the day? What do you pack for snacks?
Sometimes. I usually buy my snacks and don't pack them.

10. What is your favorite month? Why?
October, weather's changing and it's my birthday.

Over the Weekend

My friends Misty and Gilbert were in town. They joined us for John's hockey game (as did a pretty big crowd).

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John and I saw Inception which was just downright awesome. A must see movie.

We joined everyone for dinner at my favorite Thai restaurant - Thai Taste. It was a St. Mary's haunt that Misty and I knew well back in the day.

Then we tried out a new bar.

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Played some darts.

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Hung out.

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It was a nice weekend spent with some good friends.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

First Week

I started the new job last week and I'm loving it so much. My new boss and I share a love of travel and photography and another coworker and I are in a competition to find a restaurant that the other has yet to try. I have one more coworker that I have only met during the interview process that I will get to work with next week since she's been out on vacation. Plus I work with an old classmate from college so it's nice to have a friend around.

My new office pretty much kicks my old office's ass in meat locker temperature status. I'm switching offices next week with the coworker with a warmer office. It will also get me away from the wall that I share with the daycare, but it won't help that much since the walls are paper thin. It was a TON of fun the other day trying to work while a kid was having a complete meltdown.

I spent most of my week visiting the majority of our locations. My new company is a large nonprofit with several locations throughout the Greater San Antonio area. It was great to go out and visit each location, meet the employees, learn the personality of each one and to hear the stories about what that location means to the community that it serves. In fact, I almost cried on my first day from one story.

Otherwise I spent the rest of my time learning probably half of my responsibilities. At one point I did get a bit overwhelmed. I really just need to get a routine down, which I know I will. Besides, it's good because that means I won't be bored out of my mind in 3 months!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Another Dinner Home Run

I've tried 3 new recipes this past week and each has been a major hit. They'll all become regulars on the dinner rotation. While this one didn't come from Cooking Light specifically, I did get the idea from their website and just googled to find a version I liked. Actually it's a merger of two recipes since I liked a little bit from both.

Pork and Green Bean Stir Fry

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Ingredients
Serves 4

1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat (I had thick cut chops and just cut the bones away)
Coarse salt
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
3 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced, peeled peeled fresh ginger (I had some and was lazy and just used ground)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into thin strips
Cooked white rice, for serving

Directions

1. Cut pork diagonally into 1/4-inch thick slices; cut each slice lengthwise in half. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil; set sauce aside. Add pork, toss to coat and set aside.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the ginger, and pork; cook, stirring, until pork is no longer pink.

3. Meanwhile, cook green beans in a medium pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; dry with paper towels.

4. Add remaining teaspoon oil to the skillet. Add beans, bell pepper, and 2 tablespoons water; cook over high heat, stirring often, until peppers are tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in pork until heated through. Serve immediately, over rice, if desired.

I've previously said that I suck at making stir fry and this is an exception. It turned out really good and the pork was nice and tender. It was a great way to use up a big bag of green beans I had picked up at the farmers market as well. Plus it made great leftovers.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I'm On a Boat

Please tell me you've seen that SNL sketch. If not here it is:


(May not be work appropriate)

This past weekend John and I headed up to Austin to hang with my old college roomie Rosa.

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Her and her boyfriend Brandon invited us out to a party boat on Lake Travis up near Austin and a great time was had by all.

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We did some floating

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Played with water toys

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Went down the water slide

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Jumped off the platform

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caught up with old friends

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and relaxed in the sun.

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It was a ton of fun! Thanks Rosa and Brandon for putting it together!
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