Thursday, April 30, 2009
I am feeling more nervous each day with our upcoming high stakes state tests. And sadly, I think my little fourth graders are feeling the stress. June will be so nice so we can just sit back and have FUN!
Some questions I've been meaning to answer on here...
Jennifer, NCF, and Emily asked about how this recipe turned out, and my answer is summed up with two words: simply delicious. It was so easy to make, and so yummy. And best of all, it was pretty healthy since I used all no fat yogurt. But don't be fooled. It still tasted so rich and creamy. Yogurt is one of my favorite substitutes in recipes. I rarely use mayo or sour cream unless it's totally necessary. Plain, fat free yogurt is my friend! And if you go to make it, know that chicken breasts work great too!
Laura and Taryn commented and asked about Rachel Getting Married. Here are my thoughts so stop reading if you have any interest in seeing the movie and don't want to feel biased. I thought it was good (gave it 3 stars on my netflix), but it let me down. It was very real, and Anne Hathaway was wonderful in it. She's such a fine actress. And this movie brought that to the surface. BUT...it let me down. Mainly the ending. Which, I suppose not all stories in life work out the way we want, but in a movie, it wasn't what I wanted in an ending. If you've seen it, please share your thoughts. I'd love to know what others thought.
Off to make some veggie pizza for a shower for a coworker tomorrow afternoon. And maybe some Office if I can fit it in!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Maybe one day in the distant future I'll have a baby or go on a cool trip or buy a home. And then maybe I'll have more things to photograph and I'll stop posting so many pictures of my dog. In the meantime, enjoy her pictures or stop reading. She IS my baby right now, and the pictures will continue.
Me: C is absent again? Does anyone know where he is? He's been out all week.
E: I think he has the swine flu
(rest of class erupts into chatter)
Me: E, there are no reported swine flu cases in Virginia. I don't think that he has swine flu.
E: Phew...now we know he hasn't turned into a pig.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I know, I know. My vet yells at me. My husband complains. Oh well. She's not overweight. She's happy.
In the past few months, she's become incredible at catching food in the air. I was eating popcorn a week ago and she caught 17 in a row. That's insane. I tried throwing one in the air for myself and it landed on my elbow.
As proof, I forced J into taking some photos. This dog is incredible. Here she is catching the ends of green beans. You know, when you chop off the ends? This is one of her favorite treats. Please excuse the big pile of recycling in the background!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Spent the afternoon at the beach. I got too much sand all over me, have a sunburned chest, and came home smelly. But I don't care. It was still the perfect afternoon.
I'll share some more photos tomorrow! Off to eat THIS for dinner (it's smelling wonderful!) and watch Rachel Getting Married.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The lovely Brittany tagged me to do this a few days ago...
2. Fish Tacos that J is making for dinner with the fish he caught on the Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday!
3. This gorgeous weather. It's gonna be 90 here at the beach and we're hoping to enjoy a nice walk this evening. We have too many errands to run during the day, but we're hoping to actually hit the beach tomorrow.
4. June 18, the last day of the school year! Only 38 more school days left!
5. The 4 summer weddings we have to attend this summer. So nice going to weddings when you know you never have to go through the planning again.
6. Getting a new car...possibly in a few months?
7. Our summer road trip we have planned.
2. Worked out at the Y
3. Had a catered lunch thanks to the office at school
4. Laughed at J as he watched a zombie movie
5. Received a million kisses from Layla!
6. Made Pasta alla Vodka (PW recipe here)
7. Slept too late
8. Drank a Brooklyn Summer Ale...we need to get more!
2. Go back to the Oregon Coast for a week
3. Work from home
4. Cook in a kitchen that has more than one square foot of counter space...see here!
5. Play piano
6. Stealing this one from Brittany...get paid to blog for a living
7. Play Quidditch
8. Have more puppies! One day..
2. Biggest Loser. DUH.
3. The Office
4. 24...for thos eof you who quit, you're missing out. This season has been excellent.
6. Big Love
7. Friday Night Lights
8. How I Met Your Mother
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
"Oberon, a summer ale. An American wheat ale with color and scent of a summer afternoon."
Siiiigh. Summer shall be here soon. In the meantime, I'll just drink summer ales!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Things we hate about this kitchen:
- The appliances. The oven is so small that it doesn't hold some of my pans. It sparked and sort of caught on fire once. The stove. This is probably my second least favorite part of the kitchen. Many of the burners don't work. It's also electric which I hate. And it's filthy. I guess I could work on that last part...And then there's the sink. It is an off white color and stains terribly. You must rinse out the sink immediately after dumping any thing dark down the sink, or it will permanently stain in minutes.
- The size. As you can see form the picture, our kitchen doesn't have much room. J and I have become better at working in here together, but, as you can imagine, it's tight. The small size also limits our counter space. We have one decent size space where we do most the work. The rest of the time, we're storing prep items in all kinds of funny places (on top of the microwave, in the sink, on burners that aren't being used).
- The floors. They're nasty, gross, dirty, and UGLY. And we really do clean them. J is a great mopper, but nothing can totally clean these floors. Oh, and did I mention they're cracking in a few places? We're high class with floors like these!
- The number one thing, I hate more than anything else about this kitchen...the counter tops. We have light pink marble linoleum counter tops. And oh. my. goodness. They're hideous. If you go back and look at some of my food or recipe posts you may be able to get a better picture of these terrible counters. And like our nice floors, they are also cracking. We joke about how when we move, the first thing we have to do is figure out how we can bring these counter tops with us.
- The window. As you can see from the photo, our kitchen gets pretty great natural sunlight, which is something I love in a room. I take a lot of pictures here because of the great lighting. It's also nice to open this window while cooking. I love a great breeze to flow through the kitchen, especially when I happen to burn something!
- The time I've spent in here. Despite the crappy conditions that we have been given to work with, I do love spending hours here. Before moving here, I had a few things I enjoyed cooking, but since August when I moved here, I have become a pretty decent cook! Through all of my time in this kitchen, I've come to love it and all of its downfalls.
One day I will have a kitchen like Pioneer Woman (she has my dream
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Spring break is officially over and I have a few more things to get ready for a busy day with my kiddos tomorrow. It won't be fun to go back after such a relaxing week off, but I do miss my friends at work. And, I got an email from our principal tonight reminding us that we've only got 43 work days until summer vacation. I can do it!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This would be my poor little mutt who has a big gaping hole on the top of her head from trying to squeeze under a bed that only has about a foot of clearance. This would also be the same dog we took to the vet this morning to make sure she doesn't have mites around her eye. She is also the same cute little dog who has messy ears due to allergies and too much itching. This is also the same animal who is now on antihistamines to help her allergies. And you may surprised to know that this not so little dog has gained 10 pounds since September (oooops....too much table food!).
But what you probably already know is this is the dog who I love and loves me back unconditionally. She is the crazy little girl who brightens each day and makes me laugh more than anyone. Lucky for her, we've had lots of time together this week thanks to spring break. We can't wait for summer vacation together!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
One of my biggest guilty pleasures is The Biggest Loser. I love it.
I never make plans for Tuesday nights, as I have dedicated my whole night to this show. And I sit here now tearing up as I type this. I am such a baby. Good thing J is in class Tuesday nights, because I know for a fact that he'd be sitting on the other sofa laughing at me cry as I watch people run and sweat on a treadmill.
Now back to my some more tears and eating leftover peeps! A great combo for this show!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Step 1, find your stale bread. These were sourdough rolls. J likes to make homemade bread, and I also love using the ends of that to make croutons. Step 2, chop your roll up with a sharp knife. I only ended up cutting one roll tonight, since I only wanted enough croutons for just J and myself.
J has class from 4-7 on Friday nights, so I had it waiting for him in the fridge when he got home. I am pretty sure he was pleased with the treats the Easter bunny left for him.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This song has been on my heart all day. I remember singing this in college when I'd go to weekly large group on Thursdays, and at that time I felt chills as I'd sing it aloud. I still tear up today. Each time that I get to the verse below, I feel this wonderful sense of peace. Peace that can only come from the Savior of this world. The words are so powerful and bring me to my knees with praise.
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Spring Break To-Do List:
- Get my oil changed. J was not too happy with me when I mentioned I was 1,500 miles PAST the point where I should have had the oil changed. Oops.
- CAR WASH - this pollen is driving me crazy. Is it bad where you live?
- Visit with a few friends. I have a few friends who also teach in this area, and I've got a few meet ups planned.
- CLEAN!! This is a big one. Our apartment needs some TLC. In many ways and in many rooms. Here's to hoping for a new and improved home at this time next week.
- A wedding shower for a special college friend who has been living out west for the past year. It'll be so nice to see her and a few other friends at her shower next weekend. She's also getting this, except in stripes, as I picked it up at Williams Sonoma on my way yesterday. I got one as a shower gift from a friend of my mom, and it's one of my top 5 favorite things in our kitchen. Be looking for a post with the other four!
- And last but not least, have a fun day out with J and Layla one day. He's planning on taking a day off sometime this week so we can (most likely) go to the beach or hiking for the day.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1. Easter Egg Cupcakes from my room mom. So precious and delicious and I am pretty sure she has some sort of Martha Stewart hook up, as this is the 6th set of cupcakes she's made our class this year.
2. When wet cat girl brings me a hard boiled egg that she has dyed my name on. That's right folks. I now have a half puke-green, half orange hard Easter egg which reads, "Mrs. W". Life is grand.
Oh, and totally not related, but I need to gloat for a minute. I was a winner on Ali Edwards' blog this morning! What an exciting thing to wake up to. If it weren't for my monogrammed Easter egg, this may have been the highlight of my week!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
After reading Caitlin's post HERE about her review of the 30 Day Shred, I decided to go in and give it a try. Her pictures and chart were enough to win me over. And, let's be honest, I am very devoted Biggest Loser fan, and while Jillian scares the crap out of me, I'd pick her as my trainer in a heartbeat if I were ever a contestant. I am totally on Team Jillian. She's a machine. A crazy, screaming, beastly machine. But I think it's all a part of her charm.
Anyhow...I got my DVD from Amazon yesterday (which, btw, is cheaper with shipping than it is in Target), and O-M-G people. My butt has been kicked. After two days of this workout ( only level 1), I now know why it works if you follow it. This 20 minute workout is so intense. While I ache all over, I'm glad I'm doing it. I can feel so much growth. The next few days are gonna be rough as my body adjusts to this type of exercise. But it will be worth it. I may groan and make funny noises as I walk down the stairs, but I keep telling myself how much it'll be worth it!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Remember when I posted about these sandals here? I now have them in my possession and love them. They've only been mine for a few weeks and you can already see the outline of my foot in the sole.
It's been a rainy day. But by the time I left school at 4:30, the sun was out and the sky was blue. I'll take that! After a trip to visit a friend from college this weekend, I was pretty tired from my busy weekend away. Good thing I told school I had to go to the "doctor" this morning. Arriving to work at noon made for a short and relaxing day. I could get used to a schedule like that. And just so you all know, the "doctor" went well. So well that I slept in and watched Rachael Ray as I ate my breakfast. Ahhhh spring break...just 3 more days and then I can sleep in all of next week!
One question for all of you before I go...what do you like to give for wedding presents? Do you prefer registries or do you like to be a creative gift giver? Any great gift ideas you'd like to share? We have 7 weddings to go to between April and November, and I am looking for some fun/creative ways to give to our friends. As the bride, I loved getting registry gifts. After all, it's exactly what I wanted. But some of our friends gave us some really thoughtful and fun things that we didn't register for. Please share any and all ideas and thoughts you have. I'd love to hear 'em!
In our lunch the room, the lunch monitors use a color system to show me how the kids behaved in lunch. Green is good, yellow means they need work, and red means it was a VERY bad day. Up until today, our class has never received red. But that all changed today! As I walk in, I see a red cup on the table, and our lunch monitor looks very upset. I walk over and see some smiles, and I say to the class,
“There is nothing funny about this! You shouldn’t be laughing about a red cup!”.
At this time, the class stands and shouts “APRIL FOOLS!”
So there you have it! Either my kids are great jokesters or I am just very gullible!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
And then I come home, see a ticket on J's car for parking on the street on street cleaning day. Call and tell him and get asked if this is an April's Fools Joke. No, honey. You actually owe the city $35. I am not actually smart enough to come up with my own prank for this jokester's holiday.
And in very serious matters, check out THIS blog. Made me laugh for about 10 minutes, as I am probably the most mature 25 year old you know.