Thursday, July 28, 2011

Trouble again

This little kitty was in trouble again today.

Every night, she meows and meows over and over after I have gone to bed. David says that she even nips at his feet.

What does she want? Food.

Does she get lots of food at home? Absolutely.

Why does she do this? She is spoiled.

Every single night, I intervene from the bed for the kitty (it reminds me of The First Four Years after Laura has her second baby and Rose wants sandwiches and the baby-sitter won't give them to this reference lost on everybody but me?). "Give her a midnight snack!" I yell to David.

He tries to refuse, saying that she will learn that meowing and nipping will eventually lead her down a bad path and teach her that she can get what she wants by being bad. I retorted that she is, after all, only a cat, and cannot manipulate us like that.


Today at 4:50 a.m., I was awakened by a noise.


Was it an emergency? No.

Was it an injury? No.

Was it some sort of life-threatening cat ailment? No.

My cat simply wanted to be fed.

Lucky for her, I wake up at 5 a.m. anyway most days so that I can run before work. Lucky for me, David is a VERY heavy sleeper and was never bothered from his slumber by the crazy kitty, so he could not revel in winning his point.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I need some help learning how to wear a necklace.

I bought this necklace a few weeks ago at Loft and have yet to wear it. I really like it, but whenever I put it on it never looks right. I thought that I could wear it to work, but now I just feel like it looks goofy whenever I put it on. Thoughts? With what sort of outfits could I wear this thing?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Delicious Pizza and My Nails

So the pizza saga went well into last the point where I was scaring David and my brother, who is staying with us for the summer. They were afraid that they would have to stage a "pizza intervention".
This time I roasted zucchini, onion, and delicious cherry tomatoes in the oven with some salt and olive oil. I made my trusty half batch of the Jiffy pizza crust, added some tomato sauce with sugar, red pepper, black pepper, and thyme, and baked the pizza until it was nice and crispy. The dough was soooo delicious again....crisp on the edges with the perfect amount of delicious chewiness in the middle. The vegetables were so tasty on the top as well. I LOVE PIZZA!

Every Sunday, I paint my nails. I am not an expert in nail painting, but I always love posts where people share products so I thought that I would share some of my faves with you all as well!

My favorite brand of nail polish is essie. The line has so many gorgeous colors and I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I see their ads, go into Target to buy some, or go on their website. These are the colors in my collection:

(From left to right)
1. Rose Bowl: This color looks red on first inspection but has a tiny tint of hot pink to it. I love this color for a fun summery happy red.
2. Mademoiselle: If you read any beauty magazines, this color is always listed as a "must-own" color because it is the "perfect neutral for all skin tones". I have to agree, at least for my skin! I usually wear a neutral color on my hands and a fun color on my toes because I cannot be to crazy with nail colors in my line of work! Mademoiselle is perfect for weekly wear. It makes my fingernails look polished and professional.
3. French Affair: This color is a really fun and flirty pink color. I wore it this week on my toes!
4. Pinking up the Pieces: Again, this is a great neutral color. This has a bit of a pearly shine to it, though, so I think it is more visible than Mademoiselle. For some reason, I feel like it is more of a winter neutral color.

I also like OPI nail polish, although most of my colors are pretty old:

1. Aphroditie's Pink Nightie: This color is from the OPI Greek line from a few years ago. It used to be my very favorite nail color of all time, but I have not used it lately. Can you grow out of favorite nail colors?
2. Ate Berries in the Canaries: This is a fun purple/pink color and looks tropical. I was disappointed, though, because I used it last week and my bottle seems to be too old. I will have to replace it soon!
3. Parlez-Vous OPI?: I LOVE this color for a winter toenail color.
4. Miami Beet: I love this color for fall. It is a gorgeous burgundy/beet color that is very pretty.

And finally..... 1. My very favorite top coat: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear. You MUST get the Xtreme Wear. Poor David had a lecture about this one time when I had it on a Target list and he came home with plain Hard as Nails. The Xtreme Wear makes my nails last for a full week! As you can see, I need a new bottle.
2. Cover Girl Boundless Color Bronze Beauty: My favorite color when I am cheering on my favorite team!

Generally, I lean to more pinky/purple colors and avoid oranges/corals because I don't like those shades with my skin tone. There is something about having my nails painted perfectly on Monday morning that makes the day go so much better!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Family Vacation

We had a fun and exciting weekend! David and I took the day off of work on Friday and we traveled south to meet David's family for a fun family vacation! We stayed at a ranch where food was provided, along with games, tennis, badminton, and swimming.
On Friday, we arrived and grew accustomed to our surroundings. We played tennis and badminton with David's sister and brother. Unfortunately, I only one one game of badminton! Tennis was fun, though, and I would like to play more often!

On Saturday morning, I woke up to this outside our cabin:

And this:
Pretty nice, huh? We decided to take a float trip on Saturday, which was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know some of David's cousins a little better. We laughed at family stories from the past and about our floating skillz....including David's getting almost hooked by a tree trunk hanging out in the water! The six mile float ended up lasting almost five hours! What a perfect way to relax on a Saturday.

On Sunday morning, we got up and went to a darling church that was made out of stone. Alas, I forgot to take a picture. Then we drove back to our old town, Columbia, where we met some friends for lunch. It was fun to see Danielle and Steve for a nice visit! I have to admit that being back in Columbia made me nostalgic for the town. I really enjoyed living there....there are so many fun things to do, trails, stores, and beautiful trees and buildings to enjoy. However, I think that I am happy about our current situation as well! The city has a lot to offer. At any rate, we miss our old friends who still live in that area.

On the car ride home I napped. The entire car ride to and from the destination was spent listening to a podcast about the history of science. David and I got a refresher on science in the 20th century. Isn't technology amazing?

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Seriously, what is better in the summer than sitting in your backyard, listening to cicadas and the birds? Answer: nothing.

Have a happy Thursday!


On Sundays I like to watch documentaries for some reason. This Sunday I watched this documentary called Ballerina on Netflix Instant Watch. It was a gorgeous movie...I adored the opportunity to watch the dancers perform.

Ballet is much harder than it looks. I took a ballet class in college and I was amazed at how complicated and exact the postures really are....I guess that watching ballerinas perform makes it look effortless!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our weekend

Besides David's birthday, we had a great weekend. On Saturday I went to yoga and we cleaned ba bit. After that, we went on a little winery tour in Kansas, including wine tastings! The scenery was beautiful and we really enjoyed it. We went out to dinner and then came back to our house. Arwen made the group laugh by having some sort of love affair with one of our friend's shoes:
On Sunday we went out to have lunch with David's sister's family and then I enjoyed laying outside in my little pool, reading my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice.

After my enjoyable afternoon, I began walking up the steps back into the house and felt a bee sting me! Argh! Luckily, we had a good amount of baking soda on hand so I made a paste and it made the sting feel much better. I am thankful that I do not react much worse to bee stings.

How was your weekend?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Birthday

I think that David had a very happy birthday! On Thursday evening, we had our nieces and nephew over to baby-sit and had a little birthday dinner. I made ribs, a salad, and some zucchini. I asked David what he wanted as his birthday treat and he said that he wanted boxed brownies. Please don't ask me why, when I feel like I can bake pretty well, my husband prefers boxed brownies, but it was his birthday so I did not ask him questions!

On Friday evening we went to our local liquor store and made a build-your-own six pack of beer. This is one of our very favorite treats because we can try so many different flavors of beer. That night, we watched About A Boy.

The movie was really cute and I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated. That evening I made (guess what else?) pizza. I made buffalo chicken pizza and pepperoni. David and I decided that we liked the pepperoni best.

All in all, I think that David enjoyed his birthday very much! It makes me laugh to see our different styles of birthday celebrations. I like to go out and do something, but David prefers a quiet evening at home. It was fun to relax!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pizza problem

This week, I had pizza on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. I'm making it again for my lunch today. I think I have a problem.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Today is a very special day because it is my husband's birthday!!! Happy birthday, bubs!!! Paco and I are glad you were born:

We love you!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nom nom pizza

On Monday evening I made this delicious pizza as a last-minute dinner. I had a craving for pepperoni pizza.

I made a half of a box of Jiffy pizza dough mix (seriously my favorite out of all of the boxed kinds of pizza dough, but still worse than homemade in general). After that, I rolled the dough thinly onto a pan that I saturated with olive oil. I kneaded the dough around the olive oil and added more (I think this was part of the secret to deliciousness). I added some tomato sauce from a can (just plain), sugar, thyme, pepper, and red pepper. Then, I covered the pizza with pepperoni and some slices of grilled eggplant I made the night before. I cooked it on 395 degrees for about 20-30 minutes (I always peek).

One word: YUM. This was seriously my very favorite homemade pizza of all time. Usually I think the pizza dough is too thick, but this time it was thin, crispy, and delicious. Guess what? I didn't share with ANYBODY.

What are your favorite homemade pizza combos?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Grumps

She is ALWAYS grumpy.
Do you ever get into the grumps? I was in the grumps twice this weekend and have no idea why. There is no reason for me to be grumpy!

On Friday, I was running errands and it seemed that I hit every. single. red. light. Then I decided to run to yoga and try to get to the grocery store after it was over to pick up some last minute things for my shower.

I brought a new shirt along but figured that even though I would be disgusting and sweaty after yoga, I could just quickly run into the store, grab my two items, and run out. As predicted, I was nasty and sick looking after yoga (seriously, I cannot describe the amount of sweat I produce during my literally drips from my body). I ran into the store, successfully found my stuff, and got into line. I debated between two lines: the first was the Express lane, but someone had JUST started to unload their groceries onto the belt. The second was a regular line, but the checker man had already almost finished with his checking duties and I could see a woman with her debit card in hand, ready to pay. While I was deciding, a mom with two kids came up and said, "oh you go ahead," to me, nodding at the Express lane. I saw her kids and said, "no, you go ahead," because I think that most moms probably want to get as far away from a grocery store as possible when they have their kids in tow.

I debated between the two lines and finally decided on the non-express line since the mom was now in the line. In the meantime, another guy came into the line behind me, penning me into the line.

Slowly, I realized that the woman in front of me, who I thought was almost finished paying, was actually bargaining her way out of the grocery store. "EXCUSE me," she said, "you forgot to scan this item...(holding up a block of cheese)...that means that it is FREE, doesn't it?" The old checker looked at her and said, "pardon me, ma'am?" while scanning the block of cheese. A checker behind him interjected, "it is free, you can't not scan it....and she knows that. Just type in your supervisor code." Of course the old man didn't know his supervisor code, so the other checker had to yell it out to him. Then he did something else wrong that the other checker had to correct.

Growing impatient and feeling REALLY bad for the people around me, I thought to myself, "it is okay....just stay calm. You will never see anybody who is here again, so it does not matter if they think you smell." Then I looked at Kate Middleton on a magazine until I realized that the woman had a stack of coupons in her hand. $%@$#!!!@#$%@$#^@!!!!

The checker man slowly, slowly, checked every single coupon and scanned it in, and then told stories about how much people save using coupons. This woman had at least 15 coupons. By this time, I was telling myself that I should not be impatient because this lady was saving money and it was something to be admired, not something that should anger me. However, with every coupon, the time ticked slowly away. I smiled at the lady and at the checker, because I did not want to be impolite, but I was grumpy and annoyed. I walked out, trying to hurry to my car.

I sometimes laugh to myself about how, whenever I know that I am being mean, rude, or just stupidly impatient, I get taught a little lesson. I was grumpy going out of the store for no good reason (I really did not have to be anywhere special, and the lady WAS at the store on a Friday, not on a really busy day like Saturday or Sunday, so I should not have been that annoyed), and then I heard someone calling my name. It was my sister-in-law with her three adorable children unloading out of the car! I stopped and visited with them for a little while. At that point, I chuckled to myself. Without the coupon lady, the slow checker, and the man penning me into the lane, I would not have gotten to see my family members and have a fun little visit. I thought that it was an apt lesson that sometimes annoying things happen for a reason!

On Sunday, I was grumpy again and went to yoga. Yoga always seems to help me get out of a bad mood....maybe it is the endorphins!!

What helps you get out of a bad mood? Do you ever feel that you are being taught a lesson?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shower Decor

I had a wonderful time planning the shower for this weekend and I thought that I would share a little bit of the decorations I used!

First of all, I did NOT spend very much money on decorations and I was really proud of myself for that. I borrowed the dishes I did not own, I used flowers from our own rose bush, and I bought a few things, but not too many. Since the shower was in my house, I thought that I could keep the decorations to a minimum as I did not have to decorate a hall or something similar.

The drink table:
I served the following:
- Ginger lemonade: This lemonade is delicious but it was not a big hit with the crowd.
- Sparkling grape juice: I bought this because the shower included a wine tasting and someone was not yet 21!
- Champagne: I've been to another shower with champagne and it was gone within a half an hour, but this time nobody but me drank any and I only had one glass! Too bad.
- Wine: I bought a bottle of red wine for the group and one person had a glass.
- Skinny Girl Margarita: EVERYBODY wanted some of this. Seriously, I poured every guest a glass and it was finished. I should have skipped the champagne and bought another bottle of this stuff. It is very delicious, in my opinion, and a great summer drink.

Fluffies:I went on a hunt for fluffies (the decorations you see above) and my local party store was out of them. In fact, the checker lady laughed when I said that I wanted them and would not hold a pack for me because "they sell out too quickly."

Then, I tried going online, and the only colors available were multi and white. I quickly ordered them in white and I am glad I did! They were super cute. Arwen helped me assemble them (above). My parents and David joked that they have heard more about my quest for fluffies in the past month than anything else, and I think that it is true!

Place settings:
I also bought these pink and green plates and napkins. I had some cutlery leftover from another party (always buy white!), so that was easy.

I served caprese salad, salami, cheese, crackers, salad, shrimp, and a chocolate tart. Everything was gone by the end of the meal.

Finished table setting:

Planning was a blast and I enjoyed myself immensely!

Monday, July 11, 2011

My weekend

I had a fabulous weekend, but it was exhausting! How about you?

On Friday my aunts and cousins came into town for a fun wedding weekend in honor of my cousin who is getting married this fall! We were all excited to celebrate her upcoming nuptials and shower her with some gifts!
That evening, we ate too much food and had a wine tasting that I bought on Groupon. It was great!

The next day, we walked on a trail and went to eat breakfast on the Plaza. After that, we shopped a bit and then went to see Bridesmaids! The movie was hilarious and I recommend it. It was a bit vulgar in parts, but overall I thought it was great! I laughed out loud several times. That evening, we went to eat a La Bodega and had a great time (as always). We topped off the evening with some frozen yogurt, my new summer obsession. Yay!


Paco was tired after all of the guests departed:How was your weekend?

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Taking full advantage of the 100 degree weather. I love summer!!!!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Four years old

Why do I always feel the need to mark Thorina's birthday and adoption anniversary, but never any of my other animals? Probably because we got Thorina only four days after getting married, so she holds a special place in my heart. It is a good thing that said special place in my heart exists for this feline, because she has sure gotten herself into a lot of trouble over the years, from accidents on the floor, to escaping from the home and reappearing later in the evening, to falling from one story to the ground below....the list goes on and on and on. But the best part of this kitty is that every day, when my alarm goes off in the morning, she feels the need to meow it up and announce the day. She then proceeds to hop on my chest, making it impossible for me to snooze back to sleep. All the while, she wants many pets and affection.

Thorina is definitely a one-family cat. She dislikes anybody who is not me or David (generally).

It was four years ago that we got this kitty (well, really last Monday on the Fourth, but you get the picture). Happy Gotcha Day, kitty Thorina!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

N-O-T studying for zee bar

I had to echo my friend Ashley's sentiments regarding NOT studying for the bar. Can I just say how happy I am not to be doing it? Last year at this time, I was turning off Facebook, my blog, and all other fun internet distractions. Blah!

Now, my friends who graduated a year after I did in law school are turning everything off and studying diligently. I do not envy them one bit! This summer has been SO nice and I have loved it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Baaaannnaannnaaaa Ice Cream

I saw this recipe for Blueberry Banana Ice Cream over at Iowa Girl Eats, and I knew that I had to try it!

I blended everything in my blender, and it was so tasty. As you can see, I couldn't resist adding some chocolate chips to the mixture. Next time, I want to freeze the bananas before trying this...I think that it will make the concoction even better!

Yum de dee dum. What delicious things have you tried lately?

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fourth of July!

We had a great Fourth of July. The long weekend was a much needed break from work! Now I feel like my summer is in full swing. On Friday evening I had some delicious pizza with a friend and walked around outside. It is SO nice to simply enjoy the outdoors in this nice, warm weather. I love the summer! After that, David and I watched the movie Pride and Prejudice. We both love that movie and I am currently reading the book, which made it even better!

On Saturday we cleaned the house a bit and I hung out in my new pool that David bought me for our anniversary (by pool, I mean a $10 kid pool from Target. But I am not complaining because I love it!). That evening, we had David's sister and her family over for a BBQ and a (tiny) fireworks display. I can't resist getting some fireworks over the Fourth! Our niece was excited about the sparklers:
Enjoying the sparklers:
Lighting the snakes (which were awesome):
On Sunday, we traveled to my parents' house where we enjoyed a Fourth of July party with my family! My mom loves the Fourth of July and whenever they host a party, it is chock full of fun Fourth of July decorations and festivities (and good food!). David's family was able to come, and I had to show a picture of David's grandmother's glasses:
Of course, I did not take nearly enough pictures at the party. So many great people were there with whom I enjoyed visiting!

On Monday, we drove home, cleaned some more, and barbecued. Everything was perfect and I had a great weekend!

Friday, July 01, 2011

American Girl Dolls


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Did you have an American Girl doll when you were little? Today I read this hilarious article about how your American Girl doll shapes the rest of your life.

When I was little, American Girl dolls were THE item to have. I remember spending hours and hours pouring over the catalog, dreaming about having a doll. I REALLY wanted one. Specifically, I wanted Kirsten because (like it says in the article!) I loved the Little House books.

I clearly remember actually getting my first doll. It was at my First Communion. My parents had a party after it was over to celebrate my sacrament and as my gift they gave me Kirsten. I remember unwrapping the paper around the package and seeing the American Girl box...and gasping. I was SO excited!

After that, I also got Felicity. These dolls provided hours and hours of entertainment for my brother and I. We used to act like they were our kids and we were Ma and Pa from the Little House books, that we were farmers, or that we ran a school. I always played with the dolls' hair, clothes, and other accessories. I loved them to death.

When I was older, we went to the American Girl store in Chicago. By that time, my younger cousin was old enough to love the dolls and she had a blast. I have to admit that while we were there, I was thrilled to look at the dolls, the accessories, and the books.

David does not get the big deal about the American Girl dolls, but I've made it pretty clear that he will just have to accept my desire to spend an irrational amount of money on a doll. Mine were well worth the money. Besides the fun I had with the dolls, and the fun memories I created, I am pretty sure that my memory of American History was pretty much shaped by the books.

Did you have an American Girl doll?