Thursday, January 27, 2011

Resolution


During the month of January I felt like I was in a bit of a funk with exercising. We had lots and lots of snow so I was unable to get out for my morning walks. I also walk during my lunch hour whenever possible. Instead, I worked on shoveling the driveway, ate a ton of comfort food, and called it good. For a while, especially just before the holidays, I was doing so well! I told myself that I would eat a lot around the holidays so I needed to be good and not eat as many bad-for-you things before they came. Furthermore, I am in much better spirits when I do have a chance to walk.

Therefore, I resolved to start walking in the mornings again this week. It was cold. It was snowy. But I did it! I have walked or ran every day since Monday. I have to say that I feel much better and my unhealthy eating (e.g. candy from the office candy dish...why do they even buy it?) is also more in control.

Did you fall off the healthy bandwagon this January?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cooking class!


Last week, on a very snowy day, I partook in a cooking class that centered around a cruise of the Caribbean! Needless to say, the class was quite a tropical escape. I went with David's sister and his cousin and we had a wonderful girls' night out! The instructor served delicious pork sandwiches, appetizers, salad, and couscous. We sampled several drinks that involved different kinds of rum and they were delicious. I had a wonderful night out with these girls and hope to make it a monthly event!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wild Animals

We all learned that animals hibernate in the wintertime, but if you looked in our backyard you would dispute that. Our little backyard is alive with lots of animals, including bucks, squirrels, and cardinals. Seeing the deer was a treat. This past spring, summer, and fall, we spied a mamma and her twin fawns on our early morning runs. Those fawns must have grown into quite the Bambis because I (think) I saw them gathering food for the winter.

Furthermore, apparently the cardinals have called a conference in our trees, because as many as ten we out and about on Sunday:

You may be thinking, like I was, that amidst all of this backyard activity, the guard animals must be active and, well, guarding. But alas:

One stayed in her play tube and the other lounged on the sofa:
Happy Tuesday to you!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Taco Soup

I obviously love soup. This weekend I decided to make a taco soup of sorts. It should have been called a pantry soup because I used up items in my refrigerator and pantry so they would not go to waste. The soup ended up being very delicious so I thought I would share my recipe!

Taco Soup
1 can black beans, rinsed
appx. 1 1/2 cups small grape tomatoes
half of an onion, chopped
one yellow squash, sliced
one packet taco seasoning
3-4 cups of chicken broth, depending on your taste for thick or thin soups
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a big pot and saute the onion and yellow squash until the squash starts to get soft. Add the grape tomatoes and let saute for another 2-4 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth, beans, and the taco seasoning. I also added about 1/8 of a cup of rice. Bring to a boil. Let simmer for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!

I know that everybody has a taco soup recipe that they like...what is yours?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Free Friends Episodes!

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Alert! I often have a hankering to watch Friends, one of my favorite shows of all time. However, I was sad because I could not find it on Netflix Instant Watch or Hulu. One day, however, I came across the wb.com website for the show and eureka! Free Friends episodes.

Enjoy! They can be found here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hoot hoot

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Yesterday morning I woke up verrry early (6:30 a.m.) while it was still dark outside. The animals were stirring. All of a sudden, I heard a "hoot hoot, hoot hoot!" After listening to it for a while, I got up and saw Thorina looking out of the living room window. I saw where she was gazing and I saw the silhouette of two hoot owls very far up in a tree.

Aack! Are hoot owls dangerous for things like small doggies going potty outside? They look kind of scary.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since I get Martin Luther King Jr. day off from work, I thought that I would share some interesting facts I found about him:

  • Martin Luther King day was not observed in all 50 states until 2000.
  • Ronald Reagan created the federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • MLK is honored as a 20th Century Martyr in Westminster Abbey
(from MLK Wikipedia article)

I remember reading "Letter from Birmingham Jail" while I was in high school and enjoying it. Today I decided to read it again in honor of MLK. I highly suggest reading this thought-provoking piece. One of my favorite quotations, and as someone who just went to law school, one that is interesting to me:
How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.
Happy MLK Day! Do any of the older readers of my blog have any memories of MLK while he was alive? Or were you too young?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fun Thing Friday: Stem Yoga gear

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Now that my friend Jancin and I are up to four yoga classes a week (please, you can just call us yogis...lol), I decided to start building my yoga wardrobe. Seriously, for how much I run, go to yoga, walk, etc., my workout wardrobe is pathetic. My mom bought me a few really nice tank tops/bra combos when I was younger and I have not bought anything since.

Therefore, I decided to start looking out for some yoga gear. This tank top is absolutely amazing and it was on sale at Nordstrom (I think that it sold out, though). I LOVE this top. It is super long, stretchy, and really cute. Now I want to buy the entire Stem line. I will have to keep saving my clothing budget!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dressing in the bitter cold


Not all of us have a fur coat, kitty.

Today is bitter, bitter cold. I just looked at the weather and it stated that it was 1 degree with a wind chill of -12. I know in some parts of the country that is not very cold, but for us it is!!!

I have a quandary today. The weather outside is so very cold, and yet I have to wear a suit of some kind. There is no way of getting around the fact that I have to look very professional for work. So---I need suggestions. How do people bundle up for work when you have to look presentable? I am thinking of doubling up on tights under my pants, etc. Help!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti


Yum. On Monday evening, I decided to make a spaghetti squash and add marinara. It was sooo tasty and we loved it!

All you do is cook the spaghetti squash at 350 for about an hour and then take the seeds out and fork out the meat from the squash. Add your favorite spaghetti sauce and viola! You have a delicious meal. Yum yum yum.

Have you ever tried this?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow day report

Over the last two days, we had a lot of snow. The animals took the days off for a snow day. As you can see, Arwen is showing off the snow in the picture above.

Thorina had to catch up on her sleep:
And so did Paco:

Here is to many snuggles on snow days!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day Dumplings

Today the weather was so snowy, so I felt like making a delicious soup. To me, nothing is more comforting than a big pot of chicken soup and dumplings, so I thought I would share my little recipe. It is so easy to make on a cold day like today. Plus, the little dumplings look like snowballs!

You need:
- two stalks celery
- two carrots
- 1/2 onion
- chicken broth
- flour
- water
- salt
- 1 T olive oil

Find a sauce pan and put the olive oil in the pan. Turn the pan on low. Dice the onion, celery, and carrots. Saute the vegetables until slightly soft.

In the meantime, mix appx. 1 cup flour with 2 T water. Continue to mix and add water until the flour is all well moistened, but sticky and not watery.

Add 3 cups of chicken broth to the veggies and turn on high. Spoon the flour mixture into the broth until the dumplings have cooked. Add more broth as needed. The mixture will become thicker as the dumplings cook. Salt and pepper to taste.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Fun Thing Friday: When Parents Text

This is a hilarious website...in fact, I would say that it is the newest internet sensation!

When Parents Text

Enjoy! It made me laugh SO hard.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Soft Rock

Since Christmas, I have listened to Ambrosia radio on Pandora. This morning, David and I got into a lengthy discussion about soft rock. I love soft rock and think that the cheesier, the better. Luckily, in college, I roomed with Julie, who may be the only person on the planet who likes soft rock more than me. Observe:


Great song.



Another classic.

Anyway, we reached a disagreement when David asserted that Boston is not a soft rock band and I asserted that Boston is most definitely a soft rock band.

David's example is that this Boston song is not soft rock:


I think that this is most definitely soft rock.

What do you think defines soft rock? Who is correct---me or David? And how baffled are you at the deep and interesting discussions between me and my husband?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Christmas card outtake

Look at how hard her little back claws are digging into the concrete because she was so distressed.

Photo taken by my friend Rachel.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Missing it


During certain points of the year, I have found myself really missing school. Most of the time while I was in school, I never felt like I was one of the people who could not wait to be finished or who wanted to graduate quickly. I loved school! However, by the end of law school, I felt like I was finally ready to graduate and work for a while. Studying, stress, and finals really wore me down. The bar this summer just took away the rest of my school energy.

However, this past month was harder. I really missed being in school. I missed the anticipation of finals, I missed studying for finals (if you can believe that!), I missed the coziness of reading, writing, and outlining. I missed taking tests and being rewarded by going on break. I even missed the stress a little bit!

I know that I am doing the right thing by working, that I am lucky to have a job, and that I am happy in my job. However, the realization that I will most likely never be in the school setting again finally set in and made me a little sad. I think it is just part of growing up.

All of my law school buddies, did you miss it this December?

Monday, January 03, 2011

Hoppin' John

I made Hoppin' John for New Year's Eve on Saturday. It was delicious and I may make this again! Did you eat your black-eyed peas? Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's day brings prosperity. I apologize for not warning you earlier. I created this recipe from several I saw online.

Hoppin' John

- two cans black-eyed peas
- three celery stalks
- one small onion
- four strips of bacon
- one can of beer
- salt and pepper to taste
- hot sauce

Drain the cans of black-eyed peas. Dice the celery and onion.

Dice and fry the pieces of bacon in a pot. Drain the grease, save a small teaspoon. Saute the celery and onion in the remaining bacon grease until slightly cooked. Add the can of beer, cooked bacon, and the black-eyed peas. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for an hour. Top with hot sauce to taste.

I hope you all have a happy Monday!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Blogroll

Happy Sunday to all!

I just updated my Blogroll. I know that I may have missed some people, or if you read and have a blog please let me know! I will add or edit anybody's blog link.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Resolutions for 2011

Do you make any New Year's resolutions?

I try not to make too many because then I just get frustrated and do not keep any. However, I think that it is good to make goals for oneself.

Here are my resolutions for 2011:

1. Keep photo albums: I truly dislike how bad I have gotten about keeping photo albums. I love them and my mom very meticulously kept photo albums for both me and my brother. I treasure the albums and want to keep that tradition for me and David. I vow to start this year!

2. Take more pictures and post them on my blog: I have a bad habit of not posting with pictures, but I enjoy posts with pictures more! Therefore, I hope to post more pics in my posts (not starting with this one).

3. Post more recipes: I cook all the time and I am so inspired by recipes online. Therefore, I feel like I should post more recipes!

4. Lost my last 5 pounds and continue going to yoga on a regular basis. Also, I want to run another half marathon in 2011.

Do you have any resolutions?