Tuesday, March 31, 2009

where are you summer?

I could write about how unmotivated I feel at work right now. Or I could just tell you that spring break is 7 days away. Or we could look at the fact that summer vacation is now 49 (school) days away. Or we could even talk about how I sometimes wonder what in the world I was thinking when I signed up for this job.

But tomorrow's another day. It's going to be a great day. I will be positive!

In the meantime, I will dream of summer. Wonderful, warm summer. Two full months off of work. Yet, I will still find a paycheck in my mailbox every 2 weeks. One of the beautiful, lovely, fabulous perks of this crazy job that I really do love. Just some days more than others!

(photo taken in Oregon 8 months and 1 day ago on our honeymoon)

Monday, March 30, 2009

great balls of fire

We have noisy neighbors living below us. Very, VERY noisy neighbors. It's a young couple (we think they're in college) and we hear everything from screaming, to furniture sliding across the apartment, to loud stomping that sounds like someone is being chased, to horrible music coming through our floor NIGHTLY. It's a rare day if we don't hear them.

Last night as we were in our living room, I was reading a book and J was doing homework, we hear a VERY loud explosion/thud sound outside. We look at one another, and thought that although it was a different noise for the neighbors, we were not gonna put it pass them. They have stopped surprising us.

I don't watch the news in the morning as I am getting ready, and I prefer to listen to music on my commute, so I always change the channel when the DJ's come on. I get to school to find my fourth graders buzzing about the "meteorite" or the "spaceship" or the "ufo" that landed in our town last night.

"Really?", I say.

"Yeah, it landed here! It was just like the one that killed the dinosaurs!" says a big-eyed little boy.

I am intrigued. By lunch, it's all everyone is talking about. Turns out there really was something flying through the sky here last night. One teacher said her husband saw a "ball of fire" in the sky as he was taking out there trash. Another claimed her whole house shook.

So, I naturally come home to investigate. Right now, it looks like all sorts of theories are being thrown around, but something definitely did fly through our sky and land here last night. Pretty crazy! And the sad thing is, I actually thought this so-called meteor/ufo/Russian space ship was the couple below. They really are THAT obnoxious!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

a juicy weekend

Our weekend began with a lazy Friday night in, watching a stellar movie from 1987, and enjoying burritos from our favorite local burrito bar (where they have sprouts, spinach, and jalapeno cheddar tortillas...3 things I can't find at a Chipotle!)

Saturday, after some homework and grocery shopping, we ventured out to update J's wardrobe. He is now a happy owner of a new suit, new jeans, 15 new pairs of socks, 2 new pairs of shoes, and a new belt. My payment for being the ultimate fashion consultant? 2 new pairs of flip flops from Old Navy. You can't beat the 2 for $5 deal.

We also stopped at William Sonoma so I could buy this...

I already love it! I made salmon with a ginger-orange-onion sauce tonight (thank you very much Rachael Ray!), and I'll be the first to admit that I am an idiot for not buying a small juicer sooner than this. I use a lot of citrus juices in my cooking, and my fingers always end up one fire from lemon juice getting into the cuts by nails (yes, I have horrible cuticles, but that's for another post). This great little gadget kept all acidic juices away from my finger nails, and put them right into the bowl below. A wonderful investment!

How has your weekend been? Buy anything as exciting as a juicer? I doubt that's possible, but try me!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

r is for rachel...and a new recipe!

This is my overexposed photo of my bag hook in our office. Too much sunshine coming through the window here...but that's not such a bad thing with all the rain we've had.

I made a delicious new dish for dinner tonight, Creamy Shrimp with Corn & Bacon, from my April '09 Real Simple. I searched all over their website to find a link, but it looks like they haven't added anything from this issue since their "current" issue is technically the March one. Anyhow, Guess I'll have to share it with ya myself!

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 lb of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 10-ounce package of frozen corn
  • salt and pepper
  • Cook your rice according to directions
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel and let cool then break into pieces. Wipe out skillet
  • Heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4-6 minutes. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cream and bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp, corn, and 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper. Simmer until cooked through, 4-6 minutes. Stir in bacon, serve over rice.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I have always loved Brad Paisley and his music. When I heard this song on the radio for the first time last week, all I could think through the tears I was holding back was, "He did it again". This man has a way of writing the most beautiful love songs that get me every time. This new song is no exception! I can't wait for a video...for now we'll just listen!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I ordered these last Sunday from Old Navy with my 30% off coupon, and with all the nice weather we've seen this weekend, I'm really excited to have them arrive.

Skirts and dresses will be here before I know it. I am so looking forward to the sunshine!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

from the student who brought you the "wet cat"...

Everyday when the school day ends, the kids leave as their buses are called. I have a few children who end up hanging out and staying late just about everyday. It's during this time that I really get to talk to them and learn all about the funny things that go through their heads. One student in particular, wet cat girl, makes me laugh the most.

Yesterday afternoon...
Student: Mrs. W, did your husband wear green today?
Mrs. W: No. He doesn't have much green in his wardrobe. He's not as cool as I am.
Student: Your husband is lame.
Mrs. W: Agreed
Student: So why'd you marry him then? Why would you want to be married to a lame person?
Mrs. W: Well, he's cute. And he'll do the dishes for me.
Student: Hmmm...I guess he was a good guy to marry

Student: BRB....do you know what that means?
Mrs. W: Be right back.
Student: LOL?
Mrs. W: Laugh out loud.
Student: TTYL?
Mrs. W: Talk to ya later.
Mrs. W: ROFL?
Student: What?!

Made me laugh. Mainly because my kids have no idea that my generation really was the AIM generation. It's also unfathomable to my fourth graders that I too have a cell phone and know how to text message.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

a four leaf clover kind of day

Hope you've had a "lucky" day! St. Patrick's Day for us was celebrated by a long day in the classroom (me), a grad school exam(J), some chik-fil-a, and of course, Biggest Loser. No green beer, but still a great day!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

soft pretzels

Is it as rainy and cold at your home as it is here? It has been pouring since about 10am on Friday. Crazy, considering a week ago it was 70 and we walked on the beach!

Since we were pretty much trapped inside yesterday, I decided to try out a soft pretzel recipe that I had found about a month ago on Food Mayhem. I had never worked with yeast before, but lucky for me, J has become an expert bread maker, so he assisted me in the process so that I didn't kill all my yeast. The end result was DELICIOUSNESS! The best part is, this recipe uses our KitchenAid, which I like finding opportunities to use since it's one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.
And the delicious finished product...

I ended up making 6 salted pretzels, and 6 cinnamon and sugar pretzels. We ate more than we should have yesterday, and then had a cinnamon and sugar one for breakfast. Isn't that what you're supposed to do on rainy weekends? Stay in and eat yummy things in your pajamas and watch movies? That's a perfect weekend to me!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

loving the sunshine

This is what we did on Saturday. We walked a little over a mile along the bay, while Layla rolled in every tidal pool we walked by and I found more sea glass for my collection. We're loving these warm temperatures. It's supposed to get colder again as the week goes on, but it's nice to have these little glimpses of warm weather! And as much as I love teaching, I also love the fact that spring break is LESS than a month away, and summer vacation will be here in about 14 weeks. Not that anyone is counting...

Now off to find some cute sun dresses and a new two-piece!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

evil cactus

Don't mind the messy apartment in the photos below...

On Wednesday, J came home from work with an inflatable cactus. I still don't know why, but that's not what this post is about! After bringing it in, he blew it up (naturally), and at this point the dog flipped out. When I say "flipped out" I mean making weird noises while crawling on the floor at a snail's pace, all while starring down the evil cactus. We attempted to get some photos, but it all happened so fast, as you can see from the blur. Poor Layla. We're so mean for messing with you, but you make us laugh so much!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Please excuse my absence from blogging...

This week I purchased this...

And since making this purchase, it's been about all I've done in the evenings. Well, playing this and watching LOST (which o-m-g! last night was so good)! Is it sad to say that the lunges I've done on this thing have made my thighs sore? Either way, it's was a good purchase. Just doing my part to stimulate the economy!

Monday, March 2, 2009

and march begins...

I love waking up at 5:30am and finding out that we have a two-hour delay due to a light dusting and some ice.

I love when I get the chance to wear my rain boots.

I love coming home from school, only to find 2 freshly baked loaves of bread on our counter top.

I love when Layla takes naps and makes chirping and growling sounds in her sleep.

I love when I doze off on the couch between 6 and 7 only to awake to dinner on my table.

I love when J makes his spaghetti for supper.

I love knowing that spring is around the corner.