Wednesday, 31 December 2008

On the verge of 2009



I have never been big on New Year's Eve. For some reason, there has always been something negative or life altering that has occurred at that moment when the clock chimes twelve. I do not plan resolutions or changes. I do think about how quickly the year has flown by and if the next will do the same.

Last night, I watched the History Channel's first two episodes of the The Seven Deadly Sins, good by the way. Interspersed were commercials for next weeks barrage of Armageddon Week shows with their climatic conclusion being about all of these cultures, religions, prophecies about 2012. Yes, I am intrigued. Then, I began thinking, "So what if there were only about four years left?" That thought alone makes me want to take more risks in my life. Live on the edge. So what if it is just hype and crazy talk, though I have always been obsessed with end of the world stories. Why do I live so close to the straight line? Okay, so sometimes my line wiggles a bit, but I want to blow that baby askew. My daydream of when I am old is to be able to sit around a wax nostalgic about all of the wild adventures that I had as a youngin'.

Maybe this year, I will look forward to the New Year. Perhaps, I will take time to make a few resolutions. Not the mundane ones like to lose weight or exercise more often, no, exciting visions should be on that list. A bike trip in another country? Hiking some gorgeous trail that I have read about in National Geographic Adventure? Walk across a few states and camp along the way? Those may be slightly out of reach, but you get the idea.

We walk up to the pub tonight for libations and to be amidst other folks in the celebrating. I suspect that my mind will be racing with ideas. I suppose I should be excited about the prospects of a whole new year to live.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Too Much


This is my new favorite pic of me. And to think, I was only drinking water!

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Blah

Sorry that I have been MIA. Holiday shows have been kicking my booty. Five acts for me total, then a late night show too. We have been sold out though so that is awesome. I am just tired and queasey, even though I had no alcohol. I decided if I were feeling that way, I should just balance it out and have a few drinks this evening. WooHoo! Yeah, I don't follow any good reason, just tard reason...

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

BURLESCAPADES

If you want something fun to do this weekend or next! Dancing girls reminiscent of the 40s and 50s, aerial aecrobats, comedians, magicians and puppets!!
visit www.lannies.com to get tickets!
Check out the Westword article too
Photobucket

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Holiday food

We are going to play it low key this holiday, basically just the husband and me. Christmas afternoon, we'll be joined by a friend. I think Sam is going to run to work to bring another friend food who has to work the night shift. I am trying to create a menu that will satisfy all of our tastes and be yum too! Sam and I are going to hit the grocery late tonight to score the rest of the ingredients that I am lacking.

So far we'll have:

Seven Spiced Cornish Hens (already have the birds)
Stuffed mushrooms
Either Shrimp n Grits or a Spicy Shrimp nacho app that I make on single chips
Fresh baked French Bread


I'm working on figuring out my veggie dishes now. I have an orange asparagus that is good, but Sam doesn't really like asparagus and I'm not sure if our friend does either.

other possibilities

Cheese plate with candied pecans and fruit
Scalloped Potato Gratin
Stuffed peppers
Corn Soup

And I found this recipe that looks mmmmm

And of course, cocktails!!!
Fresh whiskey sours
Egg Nog
Micro-brewed Chocolate beer, if we can run there and snag some!
Varied beers and other concoctions

have you done it?

stolen from v8grrl

It's a shame because as I was going through the list I noticed how many places the husband has been...damn him.

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity ...
7. been to disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis ...
10. sang a solo ...
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris ... just what are all of those French lessons for?
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the mona lisa in france ...
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked ...
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon … a 10k is the closest that I have gotten so far
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset ... both
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise ...
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors ...
35. seen an amish community ...
36. taught yourself a new language yes but not fluent
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied...(agreed) it's not much money, but I'm satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person ...
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo's david in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa ...
45. walked on a beach by moonlight...
46. been transported in an ambulance ...
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris ...
51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling ...
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check....shhhhhh
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar ...
72. pieced a quilt, but not finished
73. stood in times square ...
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london ...
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle ...
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book, but have published reviews and stories
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper ...
85. read the entire bible .. I was raised Catholic...enough said
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating ... i am a vegetarian!...yup...hence the reason I'm vegetarian
88. had chickenpox ...
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous - quite a few ;)
92. joined a book club..
93. lost a loved one...too many
94. had a baby
95. seen the alamo in person
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee...stupid bees

Monday, 22 December 2008

Only on the Wank!

A friend of mine just sent me this email. This is only something that could happen back home!

After driving around for 45 minutes looking for the DMV in Algiers (which was right under the bridge as everyone said it was) I left the Wank only to accidentally drive through a tag only lane. I had to drive back to the west bank and stand in a line for 30 minutes to pay the dollar in order to not get a ticket (Which is $26, btw, and totally worth paying to not go to the West bank toll tag office.)

Of the FIVE people I asked directions to the DMV, only one actually know were it was. None of the others admitted to not knowing and sent me on a random chase around the westbank. There was a kind man who ran a gas station, who although he was unaware of the DMV existence, offered me a beverage called Chelada while I was pumping gas. "It is very popular in Mexico"

There was an actual sign on the gas station window. My picture unfortunately cuts off the refreshing pieces of lime that it is served with. If I hadn't told you about the lime, you may have found the drink distasteful. Attached is a picture.

Friday, 19 December 2008

hOliDayS



I want to make whiskey sours for Sam and me for Christmas. I think I'm going to use Ina Garten's recipe for fresh whiskey sours. They just look super yummy. I will more than likely do a seven spice cornish hen for Sammy too.

I made a pretty decent broccoli and veggie creamy soup yesterday. I also baked a spaghetti squash and picked out the insides to make something tonight.

Sam is going to tape a show for a private party tonight. I can go too, using our second camera, but I don't know if I feel up to it. I have just been under the weather this week and need to be recovered for these crazy rehearsals and holiday shows next week. They are paying $100 for videoing tonight. That will be nice. We'll see if I make it down or not tonight.

Oh, and I just got an email from someone I was trying to set up an extra practice with. Lo and behold, I wasn't told rehearsals got changed. These are the things that irk me. Like changes to a routine in a group number I'm in. I didn't even know they had gotten together to rehearse, much less change steps. Changes and I'm always left in the dark. Odd ball out, always. Breathe in, breathe out. Not really, I guess this is what happens when there is a big show with lots of people, numbers, acts. Just too much at one time, I think. Plus, I think my hotmail account is going whacky. It will all be fine once shows begin next Friday. Calm thoughts. I'm getting too old to be doing this much.

I am on a raw smoothie kick lately and raw chilled soup kick too.

How boring am I?

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Sew, sew, sew


I have been a sewing fool. Aprons, food pieces, skirts, props...all for the holiday shows that begin next Friday. The apron, though, I love it and will more than likely use it to cook with because I'm a dork like that. I also have been slightly under the weather, but have meds and am feeling good now, yaay! Damn snot and such. I think just constant practices, sewing, work and stressing have finally taken their toll. I have a feeling that my extra activities will be coming to a stall next year, or just a crawl. I need to create less stress in my life. Though I LOVE the performing, all of the preparations and time are quite tiring and stressful. I am just going to have to take on less. Plus, I love to sew, but not under time constraints or deadlines. It seems too much like a job when things are required in time lines.
Next year is going to be more relaxation and free time. Maybe one show a month, two if I stretch myself. No more derby. Work done in my own time limits, to an extent. I have let all the things I have enjoy slip away. I don't like that. And, my health has suffered from pushing through so much this past year. Time to take care of me and enjoy activities, not make them a job.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Bye, bye Bettie



You were an icon of a lifetime. You will be greatly missed, but truly live on forever.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

The Clockettes


Silent Butterfly Photography

It's a group shot of some of us gals with individual insets, hehe. I think it came out super cute!

Holiday dress.


So, I just bought this vintage dress on ebay. I couldn't help it; I was hypnotized by it. Plus, it was only $14.99!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Winter gardening

So, I am experimenting this winter. I just got done potting some small veggie and herb seeds. I put them on this winding wine rack/cabinet thing we have that is in our kitchen by our sliding glass door. Now, I just wait and see. Some of the seeds that I used were old, so if there is no budding in the next two weeks or so I will know they are bad and try some new ones that I have. If it works, I am thinking of making a bench/shelf type piece to put in the large open area there. Right now, I am just concerned about my nose-y dogs and my dirt. They love to nose around, and when sprouts come up, well they like to taste. ~frown~ This is why I chose the steps going up the wine rack for perches right now. Well, let's cross our fingers and see if I can get yummy-goodness during the snowy winter months too. The goods: dill, parsely (old seeds), basil (old seeds), peppers (two kinds of old seeds), spinach, cherry tomato. Let the experiment begin.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

If you are in the Denver area this weekend


We are collecting for two families. Proceeds from the specialty drinks and donations go towards giving Christmas to two families who are less fortunate.

100x good luck?

On my way to put some mail in the outbox around the corner, I found a $1 bill fluttering down the walk. Does this mean that I'll have 100x good luck? Haha.

I have been busy sewing and crafting for our holiday shows. I am making skirts for our group roller skating routine. My weekends are pretty crammed with practices and shows. A few of us are in five numbers, five. Whew! That is a ton of choreography to learn and costumes to make! I am excited about all of it.

I wonder when I will find time to do Christmas shopping or decorating. As usual, I have no idea what to get the hubbin'.

I am hoping to post some cool new recipes that I have been experimenting with lately. I tried anasanzi beans. They have fewer calories per serving than regular red, black and chickpeas. They are sweeter in taste, though, than the others. I hope to acquire a few new cookbooks. When I was visiting with my friend back home, I found she had the most awesome collection of cookbooks. It was like my porn. ~drool~

Monday, 1 December 2008

A simple joy

I just paid off the only credit card that still had a balance. Whoot!
Now, I just have a small amount of student loan debt to pay off. Sweet.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

I saw mommy kissing, uhoh


This just made me giggle to no end. Do you think his mommy got what she wanted for Christmas?

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. In my world, he would look like Sam Elliot. Yeah, he's my older man crush. Hot, hot, hot. He could be under my tree anytime. Wait, wait, back to reality. Believe me, I wish there was a mystical place at the North Pole. I would be among many who would run away there. Oh wait, but what if the elves are working like sweat shop captives. Yikes!

I love the holidays, but it annoys me that Thanksgiving gets shoved in a cob-webbed corner and forgotten. People on my street began decorating the day after Halloween. It really is too much. Last night on our way home, lights twinkled, trees glowed in front windows. When did this happen? I remember when I was really little, we did not decorate until around December 20th, at earliest. We even had a fake tree so it wasn't that my parents were afraid the tree would croak. It seems that the holidays are losing their meaning and appeal and magic, all of them. I mean, look at poor Thanksgiving, forgotten, no decorations, no nothing.

Food log for November 25, 2008

Yesterday

I am not feeling the greatest so I tend to eat less, especially since I cannot taste very much. I decided to start logging where everyone can see. Maybe I will feel scrutinized and judged?

Breakfast

2 cups of black coffee (actually 24 oz in the pot) 27 calories
1 serving old fashioned rolled oats 150 calories
1 tsp pure maple syrup 17 calories
1 kiwi 46 calories

Total 240 calories

Lunch

11:30 black bean soup with onions, jalapenoes, garlic, herbs & spices 150 calories
1:45 portebella burger 90 calories.

Snack
Small bag of chips 150 calories

Dinner

Lemongrass & Chile rice noodle bowl 220 calories
World's Chocolate Mint Meltaway 110 calories (whoa - looked after I ate it)
Sprite 110 calories (just needed it - bad)

Yesterday's total = 1070 calories

Whoa. I ate some crap stuff that I should have substituted with clean foods. I was just too lazy to take any effort as the day wore on. Today, I hope to do better. There was about 2 hours of dance-skate though. I actually feel it in my waist today. I felt like a dance teacher, "One, two, right, left, right, left, turn..." I have no clue how much that burned, if anything.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Back! Have cold, but don't care.

I'm back from a wonderful vacation. I spent the week just hanging out with my girls. Most nights we spent at one's house cooking and chatting and having a glass of vino. So freaking relaxing! I have not laughed so much in a long time. I pulled out the tassels and had one of my girlfriends spinning away. She said she loved it. I guess I know what I'm buying her for Christmas, haha.

I spent one night with my parents. They took me to their favorite vintage store. ~faints~ Vintage, rhinestoned hats still in their original hat boxes! Vintage furniture, dishes, dresses... ~swoon~ If I only had brought a huge suite case just to be checked with stuff I could buy. My mom did give me one of my grandmother's dresses from the 50s. I remembered it and have always loved it. Now, it is mine!

I did indulge and buy some super cute bras and panties from House of Lounge in Uptown. I wanted to blow my bank account in Trashy Diva, but my senses came to. But Sam was like, "Jen, their 100% silk vintage reproductions. If they are going to last, you should have splurged." I just have trouble spending $300 on a dress. Now, though, I'm thinking of going to the website and maybe, just maybe getting one. I know there were some on sale...

My aunt cut ALL of my hair off. It's really versatile, can be mod looking, flapperish, Josephine Baker-like, even 50s depending on how I play with it. It's uber short in the back. She told me what guard to use with the clippers and how I can maintain it myself. I'm really enjoying it now that I'm getting used to it.

Getting ready for the holiday shows. I just agreed to be in another group act because she promised it was super simple and I couldn't screw it up, haha. So now I'm in three group acts and one solo. I'm having a practice tonight for the roller skate, make fun of ice skate routine. It's the first time that I have actually had to choreograph and teach to other people. I even wrote down the steps and counts in my notebook because I am petrified that I will forget even though I have done it a bazillion times in my kitchen. ~nervous~

It is now to work on my diet and exercise again. Vacations sure mess with that. Oh I wish you all could have been at the Tapas restaurant we ate at my last night. I think Anthony Bourdain would have been proud with the selections we made and those offered. Of course, my head was so stopped up and hurting I didn't get the full on experience. ~boo~ But what I did taste made my mouth do the Snoopy dance of glee!

Friday, 14 November 2008

Bye, I'm NOLA bound.

I'm out.
Well, I leave this Sunday and don't return until the evening of the 23rd. Going to New Orleans to hang with the Council. I'll also get to see the rents since I have not since them since last December. I'll miss the hubby, but I'm really looking forward to time back home.
So, I figured I would say au revoir today in case I don't get a chance to before I leave.
Stay out of too much trouble.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Wouldn't it be cool?



to start a CSA farm? I love, love, love gardening. I even grow a few veggies indoors during the winter since I moved up here. I grew up with a mom & dad who grew year round. We had five acres that we went to on the weekends. Believe it or not, we had tons of veggies to eat and give away to friends and family. I would love to get some rural land, build a house (with an industrial kitchen and a basement for S), and farm. Yet another dream to add to the pile.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Freaked

So here's three times.
I went around the corner to drop something in the outmail. Then, out of nowhere, there it was the people across the street's dog, barking, lunging, coming forward. I froze and realized there was of course, no one around. I decided I couldn't go back to my house the way I came and slowly moved without turning my back around the block. It continued. Finally, it stopped following. So here I am walking all the way around the other street around to my street. I come around the corner and there it is again running toward me. I stop. I woman was getting in her car and had her cell. I yelled, "This dog chased me around the block and all I want to do is get back in my house." She didn't really say anything, but stood and watched as I inched down the street yelling, "Go!" and "Shoo Dog!!" at the top of my lungs, going into people's front yards at the dog zig-zagged barking and growling. I knew his owners were home so I yelled louder. Finally, about five houses from my house, I heard her open the door, "Ok, Gordy, it's time to come in now." I screamed, "Please, keep your dog inside. This is the third time he's come after me, and just now around the block." The only response, "Come on Gordy," not even concerned. The dog ran inside. So here I am three hours later, still crying and shaking. They have left there house. I called Sam crying. He's going over to talk to them tonight, and I'll have no recourse but to call animal control or the police next time. I shouldn't have to be petrified to leave my house. I walk everywhere and often. This has also impeded my being able to take my dogs out for their daily walk because if I'm cornered, I don't know how my dogs would react.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Wednesday, 5 November 2008


I stole this from a friend of mine.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Before...


Well sort of. This is from a performance three weekends ago. I can't be too much bigger than that right now. Well, it's possible that I could be bigger. I figure this is as close to a naked before that I'll get, well besides the pasties picture and I decided to spare you all that one. Notice the nice muffin top, flab-a-wabba over the pretty sequined panties. Not that attractive is it?
I would like to get back to this point *points down*

Yeah, that was taken a few months ago, like July. Notice the differences between the two - ribs, no ribs, flat tummy, not-so-flat tummy. I'm actually really scared to take a picture right now, and I have a show Saturday night. I'm resorting to my fat costumes and very little reveal. I'm talking the nude colored bra with pasties glued to them, and only a few seconds of bra and panty action at the end of the act.
Looking at this should kick my fat ass into gear. Will it? Also, some of the girls and I have a group photo thingy in two weeks. ~sigh~ There are some really big shows coming up next month and in January. I should have extra motivation as I've now been included in the group for big shows at the club. I'll be joining in on being involved with planning and acts for the shows at the end of the year and all of next year.
Must psych myself up.
Run, Jenny, run.
Avoid the delicious beer.
Hula hoop during the week, like you used to, almost every day.
Eat tons and tons of fresh fruit and veggies.
Lift the weights, lift the weights, lift the weights.
Ok, I'm going to go and do something.

Irony or just sad?



Watching Celebrity Rehab while drinking, that was my evening.

Monday, 3 November 2008

My name is Jenny, and I like to dance... dance, dance, dance, dance



Is it sad that I want to take ballet classes? I mean I took them when I was younger. I took them all the way to high school. I was a chunkamonk though, and never felt comfortable. So, would I feel anymore comfortable now? Me, and my awkward self who trips and stumbles and falls. Plus, most of the adult classes are on Friday's from like 8 to 9. That could seriously interfere with my drinking schedule. Maybe I could just admire from afar as I always have. I can't count beats or any of that stuff anyway.

I like to roam around.

It's little articles like this that make me have the wanderlust. I get this magazine every month, and when I read it, I immediately want to sell my belongings and get to hiking around the country. Then, my sense of responsibility kicks in and I remember that I'm married with a house and fur kids and bills and such. ~sigh~

Friday, 31 October 2008

Happy Halloween


I'm thinking of maybe dressing up tonight as Mother Nature. I was also thinking of carrying a present so that I could offer to give ladies their monthly present. Yes, I'm twisted. Otherwise, I am now dressed in my long sleeved tee with glow in the dark ribs and arm bones. =) We did finish making up all of our goodie bags last night. We made about twenty less than last year. Last year we made up sixty and had nineteen left over. So, this year we made up forty-one, heh.

Oh well, it's off to work now. Well, off to fix my cup of coffee and begin sitting here and actually doing work.

And, I completely did not stick to my no libations during the week. S bought some Blue Moon Belgian White and oranges. How could I possibly say no?

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Gone to nowhere

Many, many mornings I wake up and just want to go walking. The problem is that I don't want to come back.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Chubba-wubba

I jumped on the scale today, big mistake. Wowza. Vacation did some damage to my figure. I also noticed it in the pictures. Chubbiness over the jean tops, the dreaded ahhhhh muffin top! So, I made up my mind and walked up to the grocery to buy good things. Heck, we needed food anyway. I bought lots of fresh fruit and veggies, some whole grain pasta, oats, rice, bread, and organic chicken for the man. I am going to plan out the meals and stick to it. No more boozing on week nights for a while either. (Did I mention that we did cocktails and left over Chinese last night while watching the episodes of True Blood that we missed?)

I want to look decent when I go down to visit home in three weeks. Plus, I have been asked to perform in two big holiday shows in December and January. Being half naked for the big shows gives me some incentive. I want to look as toned as those other girls do. I am going to pull out my Oxygen magazines and go through the weight training routines, the nutrition plans, look at those chicks and get myself motivated. At least I walked about 1.25 miles so far today. I didn't buy dumb bells for no reason. And one of my magazines just had a whole section of dance exercises with a resistance band. I actually tore that out and put it in the neglected recipe and exercise folder. I have one of those resistance bands tucked away. What about all of those pilates, yoga, aerobic, belly dance and sculpting videos that I have bought over the years and never put in the dvd player? Maybe I will dust those off too.

I have given up on going to the gym. I can do more at home. I can get a curl bar and more weight plates. The dvd's that I have are more varied than the classes they offer. Their classes are few and the times suck. I just have to create the plan and stick to it. I was doing awesome a few months ago, right before I found out that I was pregnant. Then, with all of that uncertainty and the miscarriage things just went kaplooey. All thought of any health down the drain. I should really get myself healthy and fit if I want to try for that. When I came back from vacation I saw a girl that I know from the net for years just found out she was preggers. I am so happy for her, but I became overwhelmed with sadness and major blues yesterday. I thought I had passed that. Oh wait, going off on a tangent, let me get back on track. To tie in, when I get blue, I eat and grab cocktails. Not the healthy solution, but it's what I know. I know if I get back into exercising it will help with moods and periods too! Lighter, happier periods...like the commercial.

So, I guess there will be lots of recipe posts and boring exercise things that I discover to come.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

More pictures!

Inside the Venetian, and very tired. That's where we stayed.



Wasted and putting dollars in the Hulk's pants.


The gondolas outside the Venetian.


My hero....Buffy!

Vegas Baby

With a "showgirl" on the seedy side of the strip.


Zombies love me. (At Madame Tussauds)


Johnny Depp is my boyfriend.


W. is a dirty bird and tweaked my nips!


Jazz hands outside the Phantom Theatre (We got to see the sped up Vegas version one night!)

Wow, just realized that my last paycheck was short by $200. It's nice to "find" money.

I am officially a coffee addict. My consumption each morning is ridiculous. I should try to balance with some decaf or some herbal teas instead.

I broke down and bought two of these Iris Impressions wrap skirts. You can wear them over 100 different ways, don't ya know. I had seen them earlier in the year. In Vegas, though, I could haggle the price with one of the many kiosks selling them. =p

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Wow

This is something that I never knew happened in races. I mean, I know if you are seriously in it you have to make times in other races and have that chip thingy, but I never knew they separated races in this manner. I always just assumed the fastest person won.
Woman with the fastest time doesn't win marathon.
I guess you learn something new everyday, right?

Monday, 20 October 2008

Photo


This is one of the pictures that was taken of me modeling a hat for Miss Kitty Mae's Over the Top Millernery. It was taken by Norman Dillion Photography. He got a good angle and I'm happy at the way I look! YaaY!! I usually hate the way that I photograph.

Check out her myspace for more beautiful hats!

Friday, 17 October 2008

Friends, Food, Fun

My friends are so amazing. There are two of us that had moved away. We all haven't been together at one time in well over a year. The girls in New Orleans got together and sent Southwest giftcards for a flight back home to visit. We're planning on next month. I'm excited. I miss the Council so much. YaaY!! Coffee and food and fun =)

I finally heard from S a few minutes ago. He's in Guam. He met up with a guy he went to the academy with and he showed him around. He got to see the end of a fire twirling show, and women in coconut bras. I'm jealous. He had to get ready to go and catch his flight back to Hawaii and then from Hawaii home. He should be back in the morning, that is as long as he doesn't get delayed two days again in Hawaii!

I made a beer bread recipe last night. Super easy, and tasty, just on the sweeter side. I had to stop myself from munching on it last night after it was cool enough to cut!

INGREDIENTS
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
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DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

Beat the beer and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl to make a smooth mixture. Add the baking powder, and gradually stir in the flour to make a smooth dough. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Remove the bread from the oven, and pour melted butter over the top. Return to the oven, and continue baking until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes more. Cool in pan 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Cool bread 10 minutes more before slicing.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Plane panics...

So, S was laid over in Hawaii yesterday on his way to Micronesia. When they tried to leave Hawaii, the plane had trouble midair and they had to turn around and go back to Hawaii. He spent the night in Hawaii. Today, they have tried to take off twice and had to turn back to Hawaii. I don't remember which commercial airline it is because I did not have to drop him off at the airport. Me, I think it's time to end this trip and head back home. His return has already been delayed two days. Our trip is next week. It would only figure that he continually be delayed and screw up the trip, as it always seems to do. Sometimes his job really, really sucks. I just don't want to hear about any planes going down between Hawaii, Guam and Micronesia.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Better

I am feeling a little better. I went to the photo shoot tonight with Miss Kitty Mae Cupcake and her husband. She's making these fabulous hats now! It was more 20s inspired and my hair decided to cooperate and I was able to pull off a somewhat Clara Bow. Hopefully, it photographed well. They were so fun to work with. Getting myself all dolled up made me feel like taking a little more care and effort. I cannot wait to see the pictures, maybe. Sometimes I photograph ok, other times bleh. I have confidence that they came out cute. =)
I may do some pinup style photos with him as well....possibly zombie pinup ~score~

The State of LPM




I have become one of those women, the ones you see on What Not to Wear. I swore that just because I work from home that I would not do it, but I have. I crawl out of bed when the phone starts ringing, grab a cup of joe, and shuffle down to my office. I stay in my pajamas all day. I don't fix my hair, just clumsily tie it back in a pony tail. Heck I have even quit wearing a bra. I think about going outside to walk the dogs or walk to the store, but that would require actually putting on real clothes and putting forth a slight bit of effort. Why worry after all? No one even sees me and the FedEx guy just shoves my envelopes between the screen door and real door so I don't even have to worry about him anymore.

I sit my doughy butt behind this computer most of the day. When I know the office there is closed, I shuffle on around to do housework. I try to jump in the shower before S gets home and put on a new pair of pj's. I have lost interest in almost everything because I don't want to be bothered.

In a few months perhaps I'll require an intervention. However, I don't expect Stacey or Clinton to show up at my door or Nick Arogio to do my hair. Ok, Nick would be my wet dream for hair. I guess I will consider it rock bottom when you see me out of my house in my pj's. If you do witness it, feel free to stop me and smack some sense back into me.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Vegan Veggie Potpie

That's what I'm making right now. I have the bottom crust in the oven right now. It smells really good so far. I stuck the top in the freezer for the moment. I basically took

2 cups +\- all purpose organic unbleached flour
mixed in about a teaspoon and a half of each thyme, basil and dry mustard powder and a dash of salt and pepper
2/3 cup oil ( I mixed olive oil and canola, about 1/2 & 1/2)
just a tad of water

mixed it all up, cut it in half for a top and bottom

filling

I took about a quarter of a pack of soft organic tofu and about a tablespoon of spicy brown mustard and some water and blended it until it was about like ricotta cheese.
I mixed that with a combo of chopped green zucchini, mushrooms, onions, garlic, corn and a teeny bit of jalapeno.
Then sprinkled in some salt, pepper, cajun spice, dry mustard and mixed.

I tasted it raw and it was good.

I plan on putting in the bottom crust then covering with more dough and baking it some more.

It's made a decent size pan so I'll get a few meals out of it! Plus, it's chilly and I felt the need to bake some warm comfort food. =)

edited:
Definitely needs more filling. Though it filled up a bowl before hand, it shrunk inside of the two layers of crust. I think using the whole pack of tofu and addign more of everything would make it killer. I may make more filling tomorrow, cook it separately and just mix it in with my bowl of goodness as I eat it. On the bright side, the crusts were definitely rich and pastry like.

Holy Psycho Mess

I cannot believe today. The phones have been ringing off of the hook, home one and cell. Of course because I had to bring Sam to the airport today, work is just going crazy with needing things and calling. If the phone is not ringing, they are emailing jobs. May I please pull my hair out now? Not to mention my knuckles are just aching with pain. Too much, I tell you! My house is pure 'd wreck.

Then, my door bell was ringing and the crazy, fear-aggression dog was going balistic. The neighbor came with a load of mail the mailperson put in their box. I'm glad she did because it was checks and medical bills. I was holding the dog by the collar because I was caught off guard and unable to go into the whole training method of how she is supposed to act when someone comes to the door simply because no one ever comes to our door. The woman made a comment about it. I felt like telling her that her freaking dog chased me down the street trying to attack me. At least my dog is away from people when they come over, and when she is out of the house (on a leash) she is totally fine. It's a territorial behavioral fear thing which we are getting training for. They let their big dog run around the neighborhood unattended terrorizing people. ~Sigh~

I'm sort of glad that my hat photo shoot was put off until tomorrow evening. I could not imagine getting myself all dolled up today. I'm kaput.

Sam is gone until the weekend so I should have expected life to just go insane since I have to handle everything on my own. Calgon take me away... Thank heavens we are off to Vegas at the end of next week.

edited to add

On a good note though, I got the coolest coffee mug from Barnes & Noble last night. It's big, black with bones and cartoon skulls all over it. There's even a little skull & cross bones on the white inside. Cute!! They also had an orange one with cute bats all over it. =)

Hair is evil. I am tempted to take Sam's clippers and do a shave job on my head this week. I keep telling myself that I'll be sorry if I do...

Friday, 10 October 2008

Food Whore


Is it bad that at 7:00am I am looking up recipes and want to make those? *points up*
I'll put the recipe after. I want them, for breakfast. Unfortunately, I have no mushrooms or kalamata olives.
I also found a tempting looking recipe for stuffed mini pumpkins. ~drool~
Tomato & Olive Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps

2/3 cup chopped plum tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 portobello mushroom caps, 5 inches wide
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1. Combine tomatoes, cheese, olives, garlic, 1 teaspoon oil, rosemary and pepper in a small bowl.
2. Preheat grill to medium.
3. Discard mushroom stems. Remove brown gills from the undersides of the caps using a spoon; discard gills. Mix the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, lemon juice and soy sauce in a small bowl. Brush the mixture over both sides of the caps.
4. Oil a grill rack (see Tip, below). Place the caps on the rack, stem sides down, cover and grill until soft, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and fill with the tomato mixture. Return to the grill, cover, and cook until the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes more.



Thursday, 9 October 2008

Reading


This is what I'm reading at the moment. I'm only within the first twenty pages or so, but it's not bad. Background on history of areas, most of which I already knew, but also some interesting info there as well. Hopefully, I will finish it this weekend as it's not that long.
And besides work, there is not very much going on besides chores and cooking and trying to get in some sewing and crafting. Sam goes on a business trip next week. Then during the next week, well we're off on vacation! Whoopee!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Viva


We are taking a mini vacation, long weekend, relaxation, don't worry be happy, no work, no faxes, no FedEx, no phone!! We haven't been to Vegas since we got married in 2004! At the end of this month, we're off! I cannot wait. I am going to start counting down the days! I don't even care that I really have no clothes to wear. I'll just wear what I've had forever because Vegas hasn't seen it, haha.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Pretty in what?



So, I'm pulling an Andie. I had a bag of clothes to give away to Goodwill, Paralyzed Vets, whoever called first. Then, I thought about that movie and thought, why can't I pull apart clothes and make them into other things? It's harder than I thought it would be. Not only do I keep scaring the crap out of myself every time I come downstairs, but I keep redraping and redraping the fabric trying to figure out how the fabric speaks to me dahlin'. The scaring myself is because the dressform was in the back room with all of my burlesque costumes. I moved it into my office where my sewing machine is. Every time I come downstairs, I think there's someone there and I jump. So how did Miss Molly Ringwald's character create these uber cool creations? I'm convinced she cheated and had help. I do wish that I had taken a picture of the dress before I ripped every seam out of it and started draping and cutting and pinning. Should be interesting, and at least I am using materials that I was getting rid of anyway. Perhaps by some miracle, I'll create something cool and maybe get the hang of making things without patterns and just brilliant ideas?

Monday, 6 October 2008

Bento Lunches!


I have been obsessed with looking at the bentolunch community over at LJ. It amazes me what people can do with food, especially those that have little kidlings. I mean, what little kid wouldn't want to open a lunch with cute critters, cartoon characters and such? I may try to make some onigri and cut some shapes out of my tomatoes and cucumbers. Why not have fun with food?

I think I am going to try this recipe for some curried zucchini soup since I still have a bunch of zucchini growing in the garden. I have a million tons of cherry tomatoes too. I made one batch of red sauce in the crock pot and froze it. Maybe I'll make some more or guazpacho or something.

Well off for more coffee and to begin my work.

edited to add:
I made the soup and substituted plain water for the chicken stock. I also used a little more zucchini just because I have so much. I have to say, it's pretty darn tasty!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Anxiety

attacks suck.
This morning has been riddled with them. Unfortunately, I'm so bogged down with rush work that I can't go for a quick, hard run/walk which would help alleviate some of it. ~sniff~ I think the work (amount and reasons for me receiving started work from other people) is part of the reason that I'm afflicted today.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Baby, baby, where did my abs go?


So my husband is a crazy picture taking fool. Anywhere we are he feels the need to snap pictures. Usually, I'm giving the crazy faces because I hates it. Luckily, in this one he cut off right before the belly button, whew. Still, I have crazy look on my face because I was talking and trying to hide my stout beer out of the pic. Maybe that's where my abs went... I'll spare you the pictures of me giving him the dramatic gopher stare and sticking my tongue out.

You would think that seeing all of these pictures of me would motivate me to exercise. Uhuh. Yet, for some reason this morning all of my muscles are sore as if I had actually in fact done something of merit yesterday. Nada. Working behind the computer, sewing, light house work, cooking, eating and knocking back a few last night with the hubbin was my whole day. Today may constitute the same. Perhaps I'll pick up the dumb bells and maybe do something. Although, the man did mention going to Movie Tavern this afternoon. Food, booze and movies?! Yikes, there goes the plan to eat well.

So as I finish my 4th cup of joe, I'll go do my work, stuff my face and perhaps I'll work in clenching my glute muscles.

Monday, 29 September 2008

when it rains...



My work must be back to normal. After a month of receiving virtually nada, my email and fax has been bombarded today by all of the big, wonky, screwed up jobs that no one else wants to deal with. The crazy stuffs that makes my head want to pop like a balloon that has been blown up too much. *pop* YaaY for money, finally. Booooo, for crazy-messedup-need-it-now-stuff-do-you-have-it-done-yet-flash-speed-rush-rush-rush.

On a good note, the weekend was lovely. There was the end of summer Tiki Lua Burlesque Show. I got to maid for the lovely ladies who always put on a great show. Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end and left early to go home and crash out until around 10 the next morning. Something I never do, sleep in. The hub and I did go have brunch on Broaday. It's nice to sit outside and have mimosas, a cheese plate (which I paid for last night) and a tofu veggie sammich with a yummy lemon cucumber drizzle and side of corn chowder. We wondered through the bookstores and decided we need to write down which Time Life Magical World books we have so that we can go back and get the ones we are lacking. Then, on home to be potatoes. I made breakfast for dinner and took some lovely allergy medicine to combat the runny eyes and nose and such from the dairy that I consumed during thd day. But it was worth it for a bevy of cheeses, grapes, apples, candied nuts and craisins. =)

Well I guess I am off to the grind.

edited
Oh yeah, some of the most fun things! I got the prettiest earring, necklace and hair flower as a gift. =) Thank you again, M! and I bought a great vintage, tiki style dress at the show too. =)

Thursday, 25 September 2008

FoOd, fOoD, FoOd, fOod

I have been a cooking fool since my work has been almost nonexistent lately. (yeah, it happens from time to time) I made these cookies yesterday. They came out soooo good! (even though I burned a few a little bit, oops) S even took a ziplock baggie of them to work with him this morning. =D

I have decided if we ever get "that" house, the one we'll never move out of, I am definitely getting a freaking industrial stove and oven.

I bought some shrimps. There will be shrimp & grits in our future! Also, I got all of the supplies to make S a pudding filled rum cake for his birthday next week. If I am feeling really ambitious, there may be some beignets this weekend with Irish coffees. Mmmmmm

Tonight I decided to batter & fry zucchini slices, from our garden. It hasn't happened yet because S isn't leaving work until later. He's also getting some Cajun style chicken. We're having a side of white beans and rice (meatless) left overs from the big pot I made on Monday. Possibly, I'll also batter & fry some okra too.

I really want to try a 200 year old recipe from a horse ranch in Texas for beer bread. Maybe tomorrow?

There is a deep need to throw dinner parties. I just fear that no one that I invite would show up. I absolutely adore cooking for people. HOwever, I have this deep-seeded fear that they will not enjoy the foods. =\

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Groovy kind of love


I was watching the green channel yesterday and saw a whole segment on this little cutie. It's and NmG car by Meyers Motors. I have to say that I'm intrigued. It is only a single seater, but it is electric, goes 75+mph and has tons of trunk room. Not only that but it's technically goes by laws of motor cycles, but you don't need a motor cycle endorsement on your license. It's cute. =)

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Easy, peezy breakfast or dessert


All you have to do is get some Pillsbury crescent rolls. Before you roll them up, put a spoon of all fruit, preserves, jelly in the center and give it a little spread. Roll them up and bake them. Just be sure not to put too much in the middle or it will leak out all over the pan. Let them cool because that center will definitely burn the roof of your mouth or tongue! You can also sprinkle them with a little powdered sugar or other sugar before serving. Yum!

Monday, 22 September 2008

Daydreaming...



http://www.chucklanglinais.com/

I have been daydreaming of opening a little bar that serves food. Truly, a New Orleans themed/based joint. Drinks, po-boys, red beans, andouille, some boiled stuffs, grits & shrimp, beignets, crepes. So, it's a far-fetched dream as I have no business or restaurant background, just some bartending and home cooking. It's a shame my mother isn't closer. She had some business & restaurant creating, owning and schooling. Plus, there's that whole, pesky money issue. Dreaming.