Archive for September, 2010

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

26 September 2010

It’s really hard to come up with clever titles for my posts – I don’t know how people who blog every day do it. Perhaps with enough practice, it will come more easily for me. 🙂

I don’t really have a lot to write about tonight, but I thought I’d do a little update from the last couple of days.

Saturday was cold, wet and rainy all day long. This did not make me a happy girl yesterday, as I had plans to go to an OUTDOOR concert with a friend. My friend, Emilie, and I did go to our concert – braving the rain and cold armed with fleece and hoods. Fortunately, it stopped raining about an hour after we got there, and it wasn’t raining very hard at all.

You’re probably thinking that this must have been some amazingly awesome concert to have made me buy a ticket for it knowing that more than likely it’d be rainy and cold, huh? It totally was.

Not only was this a festival concert with like a gazillion and one bands, but it was a show that I really wanted to see like ALL the bands – a first for me. I especially wanted to see the headliner – The Smashing Pumpkins.

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I love the Smashing Pumpkins – I’d have to say that they’re in my top 4 bands, along with Tori Amos, Depeche Mode and the Cure (which is #1). So far, I’ve seen Tori thrice, The Cure also thrice, SP once and Depeche Mode not yet. I really had thought that I’d lost my chance to see Smashing Pumpkins since they broke up and everything a few years back – but good things happen. 🙂

I missed Dreams are for Rookies, AM Taxi and Civil Twilight, but did get to hear Cake, Anberlin, the Limousines, The Beautiful Bodies and A Silent Film – they all rocked my face off! And I gotta say, I loved the particular English accent of the singer from A Silent Film. ❤

Today is not so wet, but quite chilly – a good day for sipping tea and cooking! Which brings me to the next part of my update – dinner! I deviated a little bit from my menu, but not by much. I made everything but the green beans – instead of those, I made a small spinach based salad.

so, this is what it turned out looking like. Salad, chicken/sweet potato pocket, leftover mashed sweet potato filling and roasted spiced acorn squash.

My favorite comment from the husband during dinner, “What is this?” (holding up a piece of squash) “Acorn squash with spices and salt.” “It’s good!” Lol.

I’ll take it that he approved of dinner. 😉 thank you Martha Stewart.

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Mindful Menu: 26 September – 2 October

24 September 2010

Sunday: Chicken & Sweet Potato Pocket Pies (from September 2010 issue of Everyday Food); acorn squash; green salad (didn’t make roasted green beans, had salad instead)

Monday: homemade Gnocchi (from September 2010 issue of Everyday Food);  (too late, too tired to make the green salad when finally done making the gnocchi!)

Tuesday: broiled pork chops; tomato tart (from September 2010 issue of Everyday Food); roasted green beans (having these tonight since we didn’t have them sunday)

Wednesday: Potato Soup

Thursday: Boca Chik’n patty sammie, tater babies

Friday: Elephant Souffle

Saturday: Vegetarian Black Bean Tostadas

well – this is the plan anyway…i think I did alright with it. Wednesday and Thursday are my busy nights with class, so I’ve tried to make it as quick and easy as possible those two nights. Husband will more than likely take any and all leftovers to work for dinner, so I can have “girly” meals the nights he’s working! lol…

P.S. (Tuesday) I doubt that I’m going to try and edit menu posts like this again – I’ll just keep it like I have been with posting a new entry showing the edits. WordPress isn’t saving my strike-outs, for one – and this is just kinda confusing. even for me.

back from the abyss

24 September 2010

So it’s been about 2 whole months since I’ve blogged a menu or anything for that matter. Ugh – sometimes life gets kinda crazy and if you don’t take the time to slow it down and breathe, it just keeps on going – y’know?

What have I been up to that’s so crazy the last two months? Well, really, a lot of things have been taking up my time and energy.

After posting that last time in July, I was hardcore looking for a dreaded J-O-B. When I wasn’t doing that, I was deep cleaning my house and planning an awesome vacation for my BFF Jen and her husband Pete, August 6 – 20. We had an amazing time together, full of being a tourist in my hometown, lots of spending time with family and friends and a road trip to St Louis and Chicago! It was Pete’s first time in America – and I wanted to make a good impression so that he’d not hesitate to come back! 🙂

That Friday, the 20th, after Jen and Pete returned to England, we went out to celebrate Ade’s birthday (Ade is Jen’s brother and my sister-in-law’s husband!). Saturday the 21st, husband and I volunteered in the beer tent at a local festival. Monday the 23rd I started an MA program in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language.

On the 24th, my brother’s wife had a baby girl. 🙂 Thursday the 26th we adopted a new puppy that a friend needed to re-home.

This week, my ratbaby, Calliope, died and my nephew’s fiancee had a baby girl- all in the same day.

In between daily housework, school work, looking for a job, and puppy training, the blog I was never very good at keeping fell by the wayside. A lot of other habits I was trying to make – but wasn’t doing such a hot job with – also fell off, like my Weight Watchers. :-/ Today, I’ve decided to slow my roll and get back in touch with my personal goals and more in tune with myself.

I’m feelin’ pretty good about today so far – though it seems like I haven’t really gotten a lot accomplished by the looks of the house, but I’ve made some preliminary framework plans to keep on top of everything over the next few months. I’ve done the dishes! (I HATE doing dishes!) and I’ve made biscuits and sweet tea as well as started a menu plan and pruned a couple of the plants which survived my brown thumb over the summer. 🙂

Expect more posts from me here on out – in fact I’m going to try to get a menu plan up here in a bit. I have to go to the grocery store, so might as well plan my menu for next week, eh? 😉

I’m trying to figure out how best to upload pix, but I’m such a n00b when it comes to the technical stuff of a blog that it’ll take me a minute to figure it out.