Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkins

I've been pretty lame about Halloween this year. I bought decorations a month ago that haven't been put up. We've turned down party invites. I spent 30 minutes in the candy aisle and almost had a breakdown over the outrageous prices on Halloween candy and how a bag might be on sale for $4.50, but it's only a 10 oz bag and you can get the 20 oz bag for $7.


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We did finally get around to carving our pumpkins last night though. We had bought a new set of tools and patterns (over a month ago), but the patterns turned out to be for jumbo pumpkins and not our little ones. (Don't get me started how I bought our pumpkins at HEB Central Market only to find them for $1 less at my neighborhood HEB). We went to the internets to find our patterns this year. Mine, on the left, was one we had to get creative with. Thankfully John helped me out because I am totally not good at that sort of thing. John's suggestion was that I work on it by playing video games.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Birthdays

John's birthday is Wednesday. He's officially over 30 now. He's my old man and I love him. :)

To catch up on some birthdays. My friend Florist Erin (I call her that cuz she's a florist and I have like 5 friends name Erin) celebrated her 30th birthday at the end of August.

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Her husband Jason threw her surprise party with a Hawaiian Luau theme.

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At the end of September another good friend Stephanie celebrated her 30th birthday too. She threw a toga party to celebrate.

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I had originally suggested a White Trash theme. I decided to go with mine and her's when I made my toga choice.

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I'm just glad I've got another year and a half until I have to start worrying about the 30s. At least I'll have an contingent of friends that have survived the milestone when my turn comes!

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Painfully Embarrassing Car Story

Why is this so mortifying to me you might ask? I can fix stuff on cars. I drove a beater all through college. I changed my thermostat in an Auto Zone parking lot on my way to Indiana. I've changed spark plugs & wires, the distributor and an alternator. I could probably do my brakes if I wanted to. I've helped many a friend with battery problems by simply pouring a can of coke on corroded connectors. If I can't figure it out, my brother or my dad can. I know enough to know when I'm getting screwed on repairs and I will totally play the cute girl card to see what I can get. Sorry guys, you can be stupid too and I'll take advantage of it sometimes.

So all week, my car has been starting funny. It starts, but it just wants to take a really long time. I just hoped it would go away.

Well this morning it wouldn't start. The engine was turning over, it was doing all the grumbling engine noises, but wouldn't catch. I did what I always do in this situation and called my dad. I try to start it with him on the phone and we both agree, not the battery since everything is turning on and the engine is turning over. I break down and call the repair shop and then a tow truck.

The tow truck shows up and it's this pretty good looking younger guy. I tell him what's going on he tries to start it and it makes the clicking battery is dead sound. I look at my car like it's a traitor! He suggests we try to jump it and so we do. And it starts. And I wanted to die right then and there. I even try to defend myself by saying that it made none of the battery is dead type sounds or symptoms. He then tells me that my battery is low on water, that it's an old style battery and that I should replace it. (Water in a battery? That's a new one to me). Then he tells me that he won't change me the full price for the tow, but that it's going to be $45.

That's right. I paid $45 for something I could have asked my neighbor to do for free.

So I leave the car running for awhile and then head out to get a new battery. I call my dad to catch him up and while I'm telling him my story I notice I have a CHUNK of peanut butter on my face. Like, I could have scraped it off and had a snack, type chunk of peanut butter. There may or may not have actually been a peanut in it.

I tell my dad and he's peeing in his pants type laughing at me saying, "haha, I better remember this one cause it's gonna be a good story round Christmas time." I say, "No wonder he charged me! I probably looked like a dork with peanut butter hanging off my face trying to look all cute. He's probably thinking what a stupid girl, doesn't even know that her battery is dead, called a tow truck for a jump and has peanut butter all over her face."

Mortified.

Also Seen in New Orleans

This is one of the BEST Bachelorette Party Themes I've ever seen. (Please excuse the crappy quality of the pics. I had to be quick at getting the pictures)

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The Butt Bow on that wedding dress? AWESOME.

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That sequin pant suit? I don't even know where you'd find something like that. Plus they're all wearing Airwalks. Makes me want to get married again, or at least fake a bachelorette party....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Seen in New Orleans


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We'll return to your regularly scheduled programming soon. Right now I've got to recover from what I call my New Orleans Hangover and get caught up on just about everything in my life and at work.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ready for Halloween

Here's Rufus modeling his costume for the Pet Parade.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Meatless Monday

John was feeling a little under the weather on Monday and asked for soup for dinner. PW had recently posted a Roasted Vegetable Minestrone that I wanted to try so I went with that.

Ingredients:

2 whole Zucchini, Halved, Cut Into Strips, Then Cubed
2 whole Summer Squash, Halved, Cut Into Strips, Then Cubed
8 ounces, weight White Mushrooms, Stems Removed And Quartered
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Kosher Salt To Taste
2 Tablespoons (additional) Olive Oil
2 whole Carrots, Washed And Sliced (not Peeled)
1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
3 stalks Celery, Sliced (leaves Included)
8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
2 cans Cannelini Beans, Rinsed
1 cup (heaping) Cut Green Beans, Fresh Or Frozen
1-½ cup Medium Or Small Pasta Shells, Uncooked
1 can (14.5) Diced Tomatoes With Juice
Salt And Pepper, to taste
¼ teaspoons Turmeric (optional)
Parmesan Cheese, Shaved

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Toss cubed zucchini, squash, and mushrooms in a bowl with olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt. Arrange onto two sheet pans (to avoid crowding) and roast in the hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until brown and black parts begin to show. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, and celery and stir to cook for 3 minutes. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for ten minutes.

Add cannelini beans and green beans. Cook on low for five minutes. Add pasta and cook for an additional five minutes. Add canned tomatoes, stir, and cook for an additional five minutes on low heat. Check for seasonings, adding salt, pepper, and turmeric.

Add roasted vegetables at the very end. Stir and allow to simmer and heat for a few minutes before serving. Be sure to check seasoning! Add more broth if necessary to increase liquid amount.

Serve with Parmesan shavings and crusty Italian bread

A few of my notes:

I added an extra cup of chicken broth because it wasn't soupy enough for me.

I only had one zucchini instead of 2. Not by choice, just what I had.

I didn't use mushrooms.

I added garlic.

I used macaroni noodles because those were the smallest noodles I had on hand.

When you open a 500 degree oven. Stand back. The steam from the veggies combined with the high heat will melt your mascara and make you think you just burned your eyelashes off. Trust me on that last one.

The soup turned out great. Really easy to make and easy on the tummy for John. Plus it makes a ton so it's a great add on to lunches!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

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1. What does your work out schedule look like?
Ummm...whenever I can fit it in? I did sign up for a six week Pilates Reformer class so I'll be doing that once a week. My goal is in squeeze in one other day in there and a class on Saturday morings.

2. What is your favorite machine to use at the gym?
Absolutely none of them. They're all evil. I honestly hate the gym, but I spend most of my time on the elliptical or similar machine.

3. What is your favorite class to take at the gym?
I've only taken Body Flow. I like low impact, doesn't make you sweat much, but makes your body feel like it was hit by a truck the next day.

4. Where do you shop for work out gear and clothing?
Target or Old Navy. Wal-Mart has been the only place I can find a sports bra in my size that hasn't cost $40.

5. If you can’t go to the gym, do you have a favorite outdoor activity?
Outdoors?

6. What about a favorite work out DVD? If so, please share!
I have a pilates one and I have the 30 Day Shred. I hate both.

7. Are you more active now or when you were in high school?
Ummm.....high school for sure.

8. How has your dieting/working out philosophy changed since high school?
Yes, as in I can no longer eat all the same crap that I did back then but sometimes still try.

9. What do you do while working out– (i.e., day dream, read, listen to music, gab with a friend)?
Listen to music or watch TV. We have TVs on all the machines. It makes working out a lot easier.

10. What working out resolution would you like to make for yourself this year?
To actually do it. Let's start small.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekend Recap

This weekend I finally got John to take me to see Eat Pray Love. It was ok. I liked the first half more than the second.

We also saw the Social Network which was interesting.

I steam cleaned the carpet in the bedroom. It always grosses me out, but nothing beats a clean carpet.

I baked pumpkin cream cheese muffins last night and I think I could eat every last one of them.

John also baked. He made a ice cream cake roll. (There's a lot of ways to make it, this is how John did. Just don't use wax paper like the recipe says. Use parchment.)

I did a Body Flow class on Saturday. It's a combo of Thai Chi, Pilates and Yoga. My body still hasn't forgiven me for it.

I start a Pilates Reformer class on Wednesday. I may just die from it.

I got my hair cut on Saturday and I hate it. It's too short and a bit uneven (confirmed by my coworkers so it's not all in my head). That's what I get for cheating on my regular stylist.

I leave for New Orleans on Thursday. I think John's excited about all the video game time he's going to get in.

If you were going to New Orleans would you do a ghost, vampire or voodoo tour?

Friday, October 08, 2010

Living Next to Werewolves

We have a neighbor that we never see on one side of us. Two doors down there's the drunk guy that watches TV in his garage all night, and then right next to us we have the house with the weird Emo girl. She's gone through her phases over the past few years as she's gone from middle to high school, but she's always had the hair over her eyes and the black clothes. This past year though she's had more and more friends over. There's always this weird little gang of kids in her yard or out in the park across the street. When the other kids started showing up, we started noticing the TAILS.

*insert the one good picture I had of the weird kid with the tail that I can no longer find here*

Yes. Tails. These kids have these fake animal tails and crap hanging off the back of their pants. About 2 weeks ago there was a little gang of 8 of them outside and 6 of them had these weird tails on. We just HAVEN'T understood it.

Well then John came across a news story (it actually aired a few months ago, but I guess we didn't catch it)



Yep. They're werewolves. They're a pack of kids that wear tails and believe they're werewolves.

My favorite part of the story is: "We're not a gang at all. Gangs are like posers. They just want attention, that's why they go along tagging stuff. The pack? We're a family. We go to each other for our problems."

Really? A tail isn't going to get you attention? Fangs and creepy contacts aren't going to get you attention? Uh huh....teenagers.....

Edited to add (and not that this has even posted yet), there was a news story tonight on the Wolf Packs. Appearantly there were 2 suicides in one of the packs recently and there were concerns that there may have been a suicide pact made within the group. The story tonight (Thursday) was about parents concerned about sending their kids to school out of fear of violence from the packs.

Yep. Crazy. Personally I think if there are suicides within a group like this, one that refers to themselves as a pack, a family, a group that helps eachother out only to have deaths within that group, those kids probably need help. Who knows what else is going on within those groups (the leader of the group mentioned in most of the news stories is also linked to killing a dog)? Parents should probably be concerned that their kids feel like they need to find their family elsewhere and not condone their "self expression."

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Celebrity Sightings and an Early Birthday

John's birthday is at the end of the month, but his birthday present came a little early.

On Sunday we headed out to see Daniel Tosh, host of the Comedy Central show Tosh.0.

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If you haven't seen his show he basically brings you the best of the web each night and makes fun of people while doing it. He's crude and my 13 year old boy sense of humor loves him. John's also a big fan that started watching the show first. So when a friend said she had tickets we originally said no because of the price, well, I should say the tickets were priced low, it was the additional Ticket Master fees that made them a bit high. Then I remembered that it was in October, which is John's birthday month and a birthday present justified the expense. So I kept the show a secret from him until I realized that the show was a week away and I should probably let him know about it!

We headed to dinner with our group at Acenar, a restaurant on the River Walk next to the Majestic. While we're eating a large group comes in and John asks, "Is that Shakira?" I turn around and see the back of a TEENY TINY blond girl and tell him "No way. Shakira is not that tiny. She's got more curves to her than that." Turns out, it was actually Shakira! She was eating at a table just a few away from ours. It was crazy and I still can't believe that John was right. She was very low key and no one bothered her that we saw. Neither did we so we've got no pictures of our celebrity sighting.

John and Deanna are ready for Tosh!

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The show was great. There were two other comics that opened the show. I don't remember their names and didn't know who they were. The first was funny and the second was all right. Tosh did an hour show that was really great. (We weren't allowed to take pictures and the theater employees were doing a really good job at making sure people didn't take any). I enjoyed it, and so did John and the rest of our group. I will say for me, he's a bit funnier on TV, but I think it's because the videos also supplement his comedy.

I think the biggest shocker of the show were the number of kids in the audience. There was a group by us while we were waiting to get in that really couldn't have been older than 12. NO WAY would I let a kid that age into a show like this! All of the comedians were crude, there were several (not a ton) F bombs dropped as well as the "C" word. Plus there's no way that they could have understood the humor. A lot of it had to be over their heads. Poor judgement from their parents.

I asked John if he had anything he wanted to say about the show and his response was, "All I have to say is that you'll catch more flies with honey, but you catch more hunnies when you're fly." Which is actually a quote from the 2nd comic that I didn't like as much.

Now he's making me laugh by telling one of Tosh's jokes about the hotness of a baby that would be made if David Beckham and Brad Pitt could have a baby. It'd be one damn fine baby.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Fall Garden


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About 2 weeks ago, in the rain I might add, I planted the fall garden. The tomatoes and bell peppers are still going strong and the onions that I left alone are growing back. I didn't really know what would happen with them but it's a nice surprise. I've planted 3 different lettuces, spinach, 2 types of green beans, carrots, 2 types of cucumbers (I'm not giving up just yet) squash and zucchini. I did think about some of the winter squash over the summer varieties (in TX you can grown summer almost year round) but with my luck I'd end up with 50 pounds of acorn or butternut squash and no idea what to do with them.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

John Speaks

Here's John's first post in which he tries to answer the age old question, "How do I get the man in my life to get his dirty clothes into the hamper?"

Understanding your Husband - A Guide for the Ladies

To truly understand your husband, the modern man, you first must understand his predecessor, the primitive man.

The primitive man found it easy to feed himself, after all, earth easily supports all kind of life, and man found food everywhere. A single man or a group of men could live off the land without too much trouble, as long as they weren't picky eaters. This is primitive mans primary concern: food.

Things get tricky when you add women. Men are strongly driven to reproduce, but women aren't always so willing and are at times confusing and picky with mate selection. Women have monthly cycles and child rearing to be concerned with, and thus crave stability and protection and consistent provisions. Men then developed two basic reproductive strategies:
1. Be a good provider and provide stability. (rich guy or 'nice' guy)
2. Be a good protector. (bad ass or bad boy)
This is primitive man's secondary concern: sex.

Men were doing just fine as hunters and really didn't mind not having a permanent residence because they followed the food. (see primary concern) When women began to choose more stable mates, men realized that they needed to have a homestead and that the better possessions they had, the better their chances are of finding the best possible mate. This is man's tertiary concern: his domain (although this could still be considered a reproductive strategy).

Enough with the history lesson, lets get into understanding why your husbands can't seem to put their clothes into the laundry basket. Putting clothes into the laundry basket won't feed your husband, so food is not the concern here. Putting clothes into the laundry basket will not get your husband sex, although NOT doing it could cause him to NOT have sex, and you might do well to remind him of this on occasion. Remember reproductive strategy #1? Just convince him that he is not just providing you with a house, but a home, and that means no clothes on the floor.

Why do men love sports? Because of reproductive strategy #2. We all want to be bad asses and be bigger and stronger than the next guy to protect our mate, namely, you. I am sure that many of you have dated a 'bad boy' and have since wondered what the hell you were thinking. You were looking for a strong protector or a warrior, or in modern terms, an athlete. Sports are simply simulated war and men LOVE it. So, if you want your husband to put his clothes in the laundry, make it a sport. Find a laundry basket with his favorite team on it, or paint your laundry basket his favorite teams colors, or put a basketball rim over the laundry basket. He will suddenly be interested in his new awesome laundry basket and you can now easily get him in the habit of tossing in his dirties. If you really want to reinforce the message, the next time he puts his clothes where they belong, have sex with him, he will understand this and probably remember it forever.

Men are really pretty simple. We want to eat and get laid. Everything else we do pretty much comes back to those two things in some way or the other. I think if you start to view your husband through the correct lenses, you will understand him better which will lead to better communication and you can motivate him to get what you want.

I still don't really understand women. You are like a 30 sided Rubiks cube with 50 different colors.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Currently Knitting


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The cooler weather has inspired me to knit more. I'm currently working on this scarf and already have a second one that I want to start. I'm trying to finish old projects before I start new ones though.

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