Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This is a bad sign.

I feel like it's been a long week already...and it's only Wednesday.  I'm still recovering from my busy weekend at home.  Which reminds me, today I was telling my boy about all the things I have coming up for this summer and how I was looking forward to having a free weekend to relax.  I believe that I need the weekends to recover from the work week while he informed me that the week is used to recover from the weekends.  He lives for the weekends.  Admittedly he goes to bed a little early on Thursday so he is all ripped and ready to go for Friday night.  How funny.  I apparently need to change my perspective on weekends.
I'm sometimes amazed by how messy my apartment can get in such a short time.  I'm only one person but I make it look like the Tazmanian devil went through it. 
This was still sitting in my living room tonight.
That's my laundry that I did at home this weekend.  Three days it has been sitting there. THREE DAYS.  If I need clothes in the morning, I just retrieve them out of the basket in the living room. 
This weekend, I will be heading home again so I figured it was about darn time I put them away.
I bargained with myself, that I wasn't allowed to blog unless I put away the clothes. 
So the good news is the clothes are put away,  but along with the good news comes the bad news.  My living room is still mostly a well as my kitchen.  Arg.  I completed most of my to-do list for tonight so I am putting those on the to-do list for tomorrow and hopefully it will get done. 
Cross you fingers. 
And hope my week goes quicker while you're at it. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Shave and a haircut. Two bits.

Well I'm back. Kinda sorta.

I'm borrowing my pop's computer for the week and most likely purchasing a new one this coming weekend. I'm hoping for a big Memorial Day weekend (now that's kind of an oxymoron isn't it?) sale.
So I am only back kinda sorta because I wanted to show you the pictures from my weekend but for some reason they won't upload. Possibly the computer.

Wait a sec.
Scratch that, I figured it out.

I was home for the weekend to see my family. Actually I lied, I went home because my brother was bringing his new girlfriend home. And well, I had to see it to believe it.
And really, before I didn't believe it. I needed proof.
Then, sadly I didn't get any pictures of her.
So sorry, but no proof for you. You will just have to take my word for it.

Did you know that in addition to my skills as an engineer I also cut hair? Betcha didn't. 
And I only charge a small fee of free.  Pretty cheap I'd say. 

My brother is quite hairy.  And by quite, I mean very, very, disgustingly hairy.  In fact in the winter, he sometimes grows a narf.  You know, where the beard grows all the way around the neck and creates a scarf.  It's gross. 
I am hairy as well, not nearly as hairy as Jared, but one time Matt did in fact, call me teen wolf due to my hairy neck. 
I cut hair.  But only with the buzzer.

That's right, I offer haircuts on a 5-gallon bucket. 
Slightly red neck, but hey, easy cleanup.

Looks much better, if I do say so myself.
Matt was the second haircut of the day. 
I wanted to capture a before picture of Matt's little curl in front.
This picture doesn't really do it justice.  It's cute.

This kid is a goon.
He won't take a normal picture.
After pictures.  I missed a few spots on the front and had to touch those up later. 
But overall, it was a good effort.
I think it looks good, and really isn't that all that matters.
Oh, it's not? Too bad.
We also played a game of croquet on Saturday. 
Everytime I play a new game with Matt he complains that I didn't tell him all the rules before we started and I just make them up. 
So now, I usually let someone else explain so he can't blame it on me.  Thankfully he knew some of the rules of croquet.  Don't worry, there were plenty of other opportunities for him to get upset with me.
My family is a little cut throat during games.  I personally just can't help it. 
We played three games.  I won the first.  My mom miraculously one the second after I was poison and took everyone out for her.  And my pops won the last game, again after I took almost everyone by being poison.  Of course I had to do all the leg work.
Obviously I am the croquet master.  duh. 
You may think I have a problem.  That's where we differ. 
I know I have a problem.  I just don't care to fix it. 
I want to win! All.the.time. 
So croquet was fun.  Because I won a game and if I hadn't I probably would have sulked.  Don't judge.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My computer has broken up with me.

It is with a sad heart that I tell you my computer has decided to kick the bucket.  That's right, it broke up with me.  After 5 (yes, 5!) faithful years, although that path has been littered with many random shutoffs and breakdowns in which I lost hours of hard work, it has decided that I have pushed it too far.  It no longer wants to meet my demands.  Which I must say have decreased significantly in the past half year.  I no longer expect it to stay up all night and write extremely long, detail-oriented reports and I rarely make it do any work after midnight.  I also don't have to run anymore ridiculous programs on it, which it always hated.
It's probably still upset about the time I left it practically freeze in my car during winter or when I accidentally dropped it (okay maybe these things happened more than once, but who's counting?).
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This is the third time in a year's time that it has stopped working.  The first two times it was mostly just extremely (and I mean extremely) slow.  But could be restored by just reinstalling Windows.  Currently, I can't even get Windows to boot.  I mentioned this at work and didn't get a very good response.  So I suppose this means I will be buying a new computer.
It's been real this past five years, but honestly my computer has gotten slower and slower.  And sometimes would randomly shut off without notice.  It also didn't have enough RAM to do hardly anything.  So maybe this break up will be good for me.  And a new computer will cost me a fraction (yes, fraction!) of what I paid for that old piece of junk brand new.  Because computers were expensive back in the stone age. Computers were a lot pricier 5 years ago.
What does this mean to you, you ask?
Well I may be absent from this blog for a little while.  I've had a lot of ideas lately, but it's hard to blog without my not-so-trusty computer.  (Currently I'm blogging from the "business center" at my apartment.)  But hopefully I will be back soon. With a new faster, better processing computer.
I'm glad this relationship is over computer.  I was the best you ever had.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My mom is awesome!

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommy's out there!  I wanted to post a little tribute to my mom in honor of Mother's Day!
Here are a few reasons why my mom is awesome.

  1. She is the ultimate cheerleader.  Really when it comes down to it, there is no one that has cheered me on in life like my mom.  Even when others were probably just thinking "This girl is just crazy or dumb or whatever" my mom always encouraged me.  Even when I wanted to give up on myself, she believed in me.
  2. Although my mom admittedly isn't the greatest cook (really, she admitted she wasn't that great), there are so things that she makes that are absolutely outta-this-world.  For example, potato salad.  You haven't lived unless you've had my mom's potato salad.  I pretend that's it's healthy and have like 3 servings worth.  It's that good.  She also makes some pretty awesome decorated sugar cookies.  For real, people request them all the time.  For some reason, things always taste better when my mom makes them.
  3. She is so involved! When I was in high school and I was doing a hundred million things, she came to everything.  She even was on the Athletic Booster club and ran concession stands and volunteered her time at other countless activities.  Even while I was in college, she was always coming to activities I was involved with.  She was one busy lady.  
  4. She let me make my own mistakes.  Even though she probably knew what was going to happen she still allowed me to learn my own lessons.  
  5. She raised me.  And I think I turned out all right, kinda, sorta.  I'm sure I wasn't always a joy to parent.  I wasn't always nice to my mom, and still admittedly I am not always nice, but she stuck with me.
  6. She was green before anyone even knew what "being green" meant.  For some reason, I think this is so cool.  At home, my mom hangs all her laundry to dry and rarely uses the dryer.  She plants her own garden and it is super awesome (one of the things I miss most).  She walks everywhere --grocery store, to get the mail, to pay bills.  She recycles and composts.  My mom did all this stuff before anyone ever talked about global warming.  
  7. She has really become one of my greatest friends.  I talk to her on the phone probably more than anyone else.  Actually I think my mom really misses me since I moved to Chicago, which I think is so cute.  I miss her as well.  I like being able to laugh with my mom, share stories with her, and share troubles with her.
  8. She has comforted me and been a strong support.  My mom has probably listened to me cry more than any other person in my entire life.  And I mean the ugly cry, bawling, on the phone, in person, whatever.  And sometimes when you just want someone to be there with you, even if they can't do anything, but tell you it will be okay, she was that person for me.
There are probably a million more reasons why my mom is awesome.  She's been such a great influence in my life and even though we don't always see eye-to-eye, I know that she will always be there for me.  

I love my mom and she was the best mom I could have hoped for!

This post was inspired by Angie over at It's All About the Experience who wrote about why her mom is great.   

The much anticipated tour

Currently I am sitting in Panera, having myself a quick late dinner.  I am going to get kicked out in about 10 minutes so i need to gobble down my food and try to write a quick post while I am at it.
Well, scratch that, I am at home now.  The time it took my pictures to upload used up my remaining time at Panera.
My dinner was delicious though,  a turkey sienna sandwich and a Greek salad.  I really like the Greek salads there, mostly just the olives and feta.  And don't forget about the copious amounts of Diet Pepsi I consumed.  Oh how I love pop.  
Anyways, like I  promised on my last post, I present to you the much anticipated photo tour of my apartment home.  The above wall decoration was a gift from my Grandma Fischer.  It hangs near my door and welcomes all my millions of guests one guest.  It is cute though, even if no one sees it.  
On to the tour.  
Here is the view of my kitchen/dining room area from the door.  I liked this apartment a lot in the first place because of the vaulted ceilings and the very open floor plan.  It makes the entire place seems so much bigger when the kitchen is open to the rest of the space.
I tried to make my place more homey.  Instead of it just looking like I am passing through, I wanted to make it look like I actually lived there.  So I added plants and art work on the walls.  Here is my bamboo plant from IKEA.  
This is my living room.  Nothing really spectacular here.  Notice all my clothes hanging by the sliding door.  Since it was so nice today, I thought it would be a good idea to hang my clothes to dry instead of using the non-environmentally friendly dryer and save my dollar.  As much as it pains me to say this, I miss living at my parent's house where we always always hung our laundry outside.  There is something so refreshing about clothes hung outside to dry.  But when I was younger, I despised hanging out the clothes.  During the summer, my mom would often put a load of laundry in before she left for work in the morning and I was to hang it up when I woke up.  I even remember being too short to reach the line and having to turn over the clothes pin  bucket and stand on it to hang up the clothes.  Child labor, I tell ya.  And now I miss it.  How strange.
Notice my lovely, Go Hawks! decor in the above picture.  No Iowa fans home is complete without some memorabilia   
Next is my deck!  It's actually a good size.  I even keep my bike on it (even though I'm not supposed to, but I will just keep on hoping no one notices!).  I haven't spend a lot of time out here yet, but hopefully with the warmer weather I will be.
This is a better look at the kitchen and all the junk valued belongings I have in here.  The cabinets and counter tops may be a little outdated, but they aren't too bad.  After all, my last apartment had orange counter tops straight outta the 70s.  And best of all, I have a gas stove! This is my first gas stove and let me say it does not disappoint!  I don't think I can ever go back to an electric range, EVER! 
And now onto the bathroom.  Nothing special here.  See the shower curtain I stole borrowed from my mother.

Here's a look at the vanity.  I also have a nice little linen closet on the left.  And I couldn't forget Mr. Rubber Ducky.  An essential item in any bathroom.  Oh and that, reed diffuser because sometimes it needs a fresh scent. 
And last, but certainly not least, my beloved bedroom.  Where I spent the majority of time while I am at home, even if most of it is sleeping.

Yup that's my queen bed still outfitted with a twin-sized comforter. I love it so much that I don't want to part with it.  I am not ashamed to admit this.  
Here is a view of my large closets--a must-have for me and all my extra belongings.
This is what populates my night stand.  Pictures of my mom and I and Matt and I.  (I actually just updated the picture of Matt and I today! The old one was still from high school!)  

And now a quick view of the wall decorations in my room.  I apparently have a thing for black and white pictures of places.  The first one is a sketch of Rue Royal obtained on my visit to New Orleans.   And the second I bought at a small art sale on a corner.  

 This is my most recent addition to my collection.  The flatirons in Boulder, CO to remind me of my friend Danielle, who I so dearly wish I could see more often.
Well that was the tour.  
Come visit sometime and I will give you the real life tour.  It takes about 9.5 seconds.  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

There are some advantages to living in a more populated area that I had never considered before.  
One of them being, the grocery stores carry more produce and can sell it cheap.
(Well cheaper than what I am used to, where some of the food was considered more of a special item.)
Also I feel that the produce is fresher.
The other day I got a bunch of cilantro at the grocery store for 50 cents.
I mean literally, I got a bunch.
A bunch more than I could use in a week.

I have been using it in everything I made this week, but it still was too much.
So I decided to freeze some of it.

I cleaned off the bunch.
Then plucked off the leaves.

The stems took up a bunch of space on the cutting board so they were demoted to the counter top.

These little babies are fragrant.

They filled up my whole glass measuring cup.

And made me crave some fresh salsa.

Alas, there would be no fresh salsa making and these little guys were stored safely in the 
trusty Ziploc to be placed in the freezer.

Want to know what else was on sale at the grocery store?
These guys.

They were only 39 cents each! 
Which is a super good deal because usually I am happy getting them for 50 cents!
I eat yogurt almost everyday so I bought 12 last night.
Should last me about 2 weeks.

I've said this before, but don't you just love getting a good deal!?

Also bloggies I am going to make a promise to you to show you pictures of my apartment this weekend.
I need a reason to clean because this place is getting out of control!
Seriously, I am embarrassed by how messy it is.

See you soon!

Monday, May 2, 2011

New food and drink

Since I have been living on my own and have a little more time to spend cooking (and money for food for that matter), I have been trying to venture out and try some new food.  I've bought my own mango and also bought my own pineapple for the first time.  
So far I have had only good experiences, and this time was no exception!  I bought some naan at Garden Fresh Market to enjoy with chicken and veggie stir fry and quinoa.  I have heard quite a bit about quinoa at some new food blogs I have been reading including Lee at Fit Foodie Finds and Jenna at Eat, Live, Run, as well as Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats.  All are great blogs with fun fresh foods and ingredients.  And Jenna's desserts looks out-of-this-world delicious.  
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah according to the box) is a seed and it puffs up a lot like rice.  The flavor and the texture are different than rice though.  
According to the World's Healthiest Foodsquinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.
I have to say it is definitely fluffy and has a nice creamy feel.  
It cooks up very similar to rice and taste great.  It is a nice change up from rice.  It has a lot of great health benefits as well because it contains magnesium and protein and more important nutrients.
This was my result.

The quinoa has this white grain ring that puffs out when it cooks up as well.

The stir fry included broccoli, chicken, peppers, white mushrooms, garlic, and carrots.

 I love me some veggies!
On another note, I had some wine with my dinner.  And sure that seems innocent enough, but when I was putting my little  diamond ring cork back in disaster struck.  Part of the bottle neck broke of the bottle and went flying.  A big ole chunk of it hit my in the face too.
It scared the living daylights out of me!

The close up.

The remnants.

I guess it was just a cheap bottle of wine from Trader Joe's but really that's quite the health hazard.
I decided it was a cheap crappy bottle of wine anyways and I won't buy it again.

Any good fairly cheap wine suggestions?

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