Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
And then who could forget this awesome music video of Chris Martin walking around on a beach? I'm pretty sure that I had (have? ahem.) a crush on him for years.
After that, X&Y was released. I enjoyed the album, but frankly not many of the songs actually stand out to me, except "Til Kingdom Come", a cover of Johnny Cash:
I also really liked the track "Lost":
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
This past weekend I already started by totally cleaning the living room. It took me three hours! However, I got so much dirt and grime up during the cleaning session, so I felt good after it was over. On Sunday, I cleaned out the insides of my kitchen cabinets.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The bars did not disappoint and I ate these for days. Now, I don't think real Twix bars are as good as the homemade version (but will still enjoy one in a pinch):
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The pumpkin patch was located in Louisburg, Kansas, and was a ton of fun. They had delicious apple cider doughnuts and sparkling apple cider. We watched the apples being made into apple cider while we listened to the band:
Being from Missouri and thus supporting my home team, the themes made me laugh. I guess this is what they call historical children's music? Themes:
- How Carrie Nation is a great Kansan and how you are horrible person if you eat tobacco, wear skirts, or drink alcohol (in fact, you will go to hell...and no, I don't get the skirt part);
- About the Civil War Era raids in Lawrence and how a bunch of parents died;
- How a little boy went to town and his dad got shot and he was lonely.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I made this in the crock pot a few weeks ago, and it was delicious. Delicious. You must make it ASAP.
Buffalo Chicken Wrap Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- one can cream of chicken soup
- 1.5 cups buffalo chicken sauce (orange--- I used Ott's)
David really liked this recipe as well. It was inspired by Iowa Girl Eats (seriously, I love that girl! Is there anybody who wants to make a pilgrimage to Des Moines with me?), but I sort of revamped the recipe based on ingredients I had on hand. I wouldn't recommend making this without any cream or soup to offset the flavor of the buffalo sauce.
Monday, October 17, 2011
First of all, I scoop my ice cream into my bowl:
This past weekend was so low-key and amazing. I really needed a weekend to simply unwind and enjoy the beautiful fall weather! I will post more about it later. I have so many home projects that I need to accomplish before the colder weather sets in...including my fall cleaning. But guess what? I haven't even started. I am going to make myself clean this upcoming weekend.
Do you have any special way you make your ice cream or other desserts?
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Arwen has a sudden infatuation with cat nip. "Sudden" meaning that I put it in her toy and open this bag of cat nip every evening for her to sniff. She LOVES it! Look:
Do you have a basic pasta sauce that you love?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Contemplating the death of Steve Jobs last night, I thought back to my many memories featuring Apple computers. Surprisingly, I have many.
- When I was very, very little, my mom was a typing teacher at school and sometimes we were able to have a computer at home. We had one that had actual floppy disks (they really flopped). My brother and I played a game featuring a mouse and Mavis Beacon typing.
- One day, I came home from school and the UPS man had delivered a real Macintosh. This was my family's first computer. It was a huge honking thing, but I really, really loved it. I have a bunch of memories on that computer:
- Playing Dinopark Tycoon---not only was I playing that game, but I played it on a sample CD, so I could only play it for ten minutes at a time.
- Playing Sim Farm....plant the peaches. They are the best investment by far.
- Then later, playing Sim City.
- Getting on Yahoo! Chat with my friend Jolene and talking about the Backstreet Boys for hours and hours on end.
- Printing tons and tons of pictures of the Backstreet Boys to hang in my room.
- Playing on Groiler Encyclopedia
- Later, we had Macs at school in the computer lab:
- VERY fast walking to get to the default leader in The Oregon Train (where multiple computers could play at once) first so that when everybody voted for themselves to be the leader I would win by default (I don't think I made it to the default computer very often).
- Playing Number Munchers
- Looking at something called "The Internet" on a browser developed by students in Wisconsin in my class.
- Then, later, I bought an IPod so that I could listen to music while running. This still has an effect on me today, as I think that listening to music is a huge drive behind my running longer distances and enjoying racing. David and I always listened to our IPods while we ran in college together.
- Before law school, I decided to buy a Mac laptop, on which I wrote every single law school paper, exam, and note that I wrote. Furthermore, my Mac has given me a creative outlet through blogging, other writing, and editing.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
This weekend I decided to do a craft project. A few months ago, David's grandmother gave me a bag of cat nip because her cat died. I did not think much of it until I found myself looking at the cat toy department in Target the other day. I saw a cat nip toy that had a Velcro closure and wanted to buy it. I decided against it, though, when I saw that the toy was something like $5! Instead, I decided to try a crafty project.
Here were my steps:
1. Yell down at David, who is in the basement, and inquire regarding the whereabouts of our sewing kit (nonchalantly).
2. Locate said sewing kit.
3. Locate toy that the cats never touch.
4. Try to cut a hole into the toy with the sewing scissors provided in the kit.
6. Cut a hole into the toy with huge human-sized scissors.
7. Cut hole a bit larger so you can try to pull the stuffing out of the toy.
8. Realize that the seam of the toy was right next to your cut; thus, the toy is now coming apart.
9. Frantically try to sew the seam back together.
10. Take out stuffing.
11. Block overactive kitty whose nose is turning bright red because of the the nip from your craft project.
12. Stuff the nip into the toy before the cat goes bonkers. Cat is now rolling on the ground at your feet.
13. Sew craft project back together.
14. Yell down at your husband the reason why you asked for the sewing kit.
15. Again, make your husband wonder why exactly he took you out on that first date.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
After the weddings....man....I have sampled everything from ice cream to cookie dough to sweet potato chips to creamy and delicious pasta to pizza to BBQ to french fries.
David says that we have the wrong kind of pan to make an omelette. Another issue may have been the fact that I used a TON of half and half and used five eggs. Do you even add cream or milk to an omelette? At any rate, here is what it looked up post-folding:
Monday, October 03, 2011
This weekend we were home after quite a few weekends out of town. While our other weekends were a lot of fun, it was nice to have a weekend to catch up on housework and simply enjoy being home! David and I are both homebodies, I think, so we enjoyed our time in our house.
On Friday evening I went with my friend Jancin to Bella Napoli, an Italian place in KC. I must say that I am usually pretty disappointed by Italian in Kansas City because I am used to going to The Hill in St. Louis for delicious Italian. Kansas City's restaurants don't really compare. However, Bella Napoli was delicious. I had a salad for my starter and then a pasta dish with Bolognese sauce. Oh my heavens, it was delicious. The noodles were the perfect consistency and I am pretty sure that they were homemade. The meat, veggies, and bit of cream in the sauce combined to make the best red sauce I've had in a while.
|Paco running errands|
On Saturday morning I ran and did some yoga, and that afternoon I made a trip to Target. After cleaning a bit, we went to mass and my dad came to visit with one of his friends after they watched the Northwest/Pitt State game at Arrowhead stadium. We got Jack Stack BBQ, which did not disappoint.
I ran 10 miles on Sunday morning and then decided to decorate for Halloween. I really wanted to clean up our front flower bed, but unfortunately the entire thing is currently ravaged by bees. Do bees go away as the temperatures get colder? I hope so.