Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Yes To Carrots Delivery

My Yes To Carrots package was delivered last  Thursday. It took about a week - for the amount I paid, I expected it a bit faster, but oh well. Here's what I ordered:
Yes To Tomatoes anti-acne scrub
S is strongly opposed to the smell of the blueberry towelettes, which is a combination of lemon peel, apple and blueberries, so I can see how it might smell a little funky, but I liked it and it was refreshing and left my skin feeling clean, but not dry. They will be handy for taking on my trip, since it's not a liquid that I have to squeeze into a tiny, clear zip lock bag. But I digress. This was part of the buy one get one free deal, so I have a total of 60 towelettes.


Yes To Blueberries anti-aging towlettes
The tomato scrub didn't really smell like anything, and I received no complaints from S, so that's good. The scrub beads were very fine and not too harsh and again, after rinsing, my face felt clean. I only have one pimple at the moment (ugh) so we will see if it helps with that. It also claims to help with oily t-zone, which I used to have growing up, but not as bad anymore. 


Yes To Carrots Lip tint
The lip tint I like a lot. I picked "Sunset Pink" and it is perfect. Brightens up my natural lip color just a tad so I don't really look like I'm wearing a color and it is very moisturizing. 


I might try the cucumber and carrot line of products, but will probably just pick them up from Target. I will see if I have any visible results of the current products before investing in more. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

My weight loss reward

I'm delayed in posting this, but here is my reward for 15lbs lost which I hope to achieve soon after my trip. 
Badgley Mischka black satin pumps with the cutest bow on the side, 4" heels. 
Thanks to a friend to sending these my way, I got them on sale on MYHABIT, which is an Amazon owned site. 
They are so cute and I can't wait to wear them! And also, I'll be 15lbs lighter, so that's an all around plus!

NARS Product

I have a couple NARS products and to be honest, I'm not convinced they were worth the money. I have this eyeshadow:
It's a really pretty, shimmery, intense shadow and I really like it, BUT it never lasts the whole day, even with primer. I was really disappointed because this was over $20. Has anyone else had this problem with NARS shadow?


My mom was talked into buying this lip color from the NARS consultant at Sephora, and I really don't think he knew what he was talking about. My mom ended up not liking it, so she gave it to me. I think it's ok, but it again doesn't last very long. Why are these expensive products not lasting?
Swatch on my arm
Its quite an orangey-red shade which I think looks funny on some skin tones. I haven't quite decided it it suits me or not. I have seen some other NARS products that interest me, but I'm hesitant given my past experience. I want a product to last the whole day. At the very least, the whole work day. Anyone else have a better experience with NARS products?


PS. I REALLY want a better camera. Soon. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2

Now I don't have school we've had the chance to go see a bunch of movies. I really missed doing this. S and I used to go to the movies almost every weekend. Saturday morning we got up and caught the matinee showing of Kung Fu Panda 2, in 2D not 3D. We heard 3D wasn't good, and after being let down with the past few 3D movies we decided to skip it this time. We both love Kung Fu Panda and although S thought this one wasn't as good as the first one, I really enjoyed it. It's so funny and cute. And I love panda's. And tigers =)
This movie was more serious, a bit more emotional than the first, but it was just as cute and still a good engaging plot. Po is so lovable and we get to see him as a baby panda and how he came to arrive at Mr. Ping's noodle shop. Po and the Furious Five set out to defeat Shen, an evil peacock trying to take over China and destroy kung fu. . . and he also happened to have wiped out all the pandas in China, including Po's parents. Po has to discover inner peace in order to defeat Shen and his newly developed skills of being able to catchy fiery cannons and fire them back at the enemy is pretty cool. This is one my favorite kids movies. I'll admit it - I totally cried. 

Spoiler! At the end we see Po's dad having a vision that his son is still alive, setting it up for a third installment. I am interested to see how that plays out. Happy family reunion in the third? I guess we will see!

"Cucumber Fear Spreads In Europe"

I know this isn't a funny matter, but the BBC website has some interesting article titles that crack me up. "Cucumber fear" to me means fear of cucumbers. . . like they came to life like zombies!? I know it's really over the E.coli infected cucumbers, but who knows when zombie cucumbers will take over the world!! It could happen ;-)

Sunday Tidbits

  • A*D gets here this afternoon!
  • Looking forward to Blue Fish tonight!
  • I think I finally caught up on chores. Having someone stay with you is usually a good motivator for that.
  • I'm thinking about cleaning out my box 'o liquor. Do liquor/spirits expire?
  • Watch The Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night - I like the Narnia movies. I think they've done a great job so far. 
  • Have I ever mentioned that I love Rolos?
  • I still haven't packed. I can't figure out what I want to wear. I'm running out of time!!
  • I decided today I'm going to prepare a "tornado bag" so I can grab it and run for the bathroom. I'm thinking some water, granola bars, flashlight etc. Also, I need to remember to put on sneakers the next time. The last thing you want to be looking for after a tornado is shoes. 

Margarita time!

Well the photographer side of me was on strike Friday night because I did not take one picture! Terrible, I know. So I headed out to Blue Goose to meet my oldest friend for her last get together with friends before she moves to Colorado. I'm sad she's leaving, but we were apart all throughout college, and then she moved to Florida when I moved back to Dallas and our friendship has survived so I'm not worried. It was just nice to know she was only 40 mins away for awhile. Anyway, I decided margaritas were in order to celebrate no work and no school so I obliged myself with three! It was good to see all Car's friends again - I think the last time I saw everyone was college (we won't say how long ago that was). I hope I get to see Car again before she leaves! And now I have an excuse to go to Colorado =)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

  • I love long weekends.
  • Woke up this morning and watched I Am Number Four. If you haven't seen it, you really should.
  • I am NOT checking my work email at all while I am off. 10 days of freedom!
  • I want to go see Kung Fu Panda 2. If we go during the day will it be full of kids?
  • My body still hurts from my tumble down the stairs a few nights ago. 
  • I'm eating Nutella with a spoon. I couldn't resist its chocolatey call from the pantry.
  • I need to start cleaning and packing but I just don't have the motivation.
  • A*D will be here in like TWO days! Woo! 
  • Meeting some friends tonight for dinner at Blue Goose - looking forward to some warm tortillas and queso. And maybe a margarita.
  • S skipped school today to hang out with me =) Although, he's playing Halo right now. . . but at least he's home, right?
Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

e-readers

I always said I would never get a Nook or a Kindle for reading books. Or even really use that app on my iPhone. I always like the smell of books, and the idea of giving my eyes a rest from all the screens I stare at all day - work PC, personal laptop, TV, phone, even my work phone has a screen! But I did read one chapter of Sweet Valley Confidential that was a free download on iBooks, and it was ok. 

If someone stole my $12 copy of Water For Elephants or $20 Harry Potter, I wouldn't be that heartbroken, I'd just buy another. If someone stole my Nook or Kindle, I think I'd be a little pissed and not so quick to replace it. The e-readers are handy though - slim, lightweight, can download any book I please. . .I just don't know. Am I ready to be 100% digital?

Anyone strongly for or against them?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Random post of the day

I love that my hair is long enough to just plop on the top of my head in a knot.
Like this. Totally office appropriate. Don't you love my awesome attempt at cropping out identifying factors of my office =D 

Biggest Loser Finale

Anyone watch? I am such a huge fan of the show. I wish I could get my butt kicked by Jillian and Bob. These people go through some great transformations and completely change their lives. I want to take even 1/10th of the motivation they have and put myself to work. It must be nice to have to opportunity to just take some time to focus solely on weight loss, diet and exercise. 

(I'm disappointed that the weather man kept cutting in and then just didn't go away so I missed the entire last hour. . . but to be fair I was sitting in the bathroom hiding by that point.)

Spoiler alert! A*D told me who the winner was, Olivia, and so I checked out pictures online and she looks amazing! Hannah, too! Actually, it looks like pretty much everyone made an improvement, as always. Although, seeing collar bones really pronounced creeps me out. Just sayin'. I'm not sure how I feel about Anna Kournikova being the new trainer, but I guess we'll see. I'm pretty sure she's no Jillian Michaels.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tornado Warning

I'm writing this from the downstairs bathroom. I know you're not supposed to be in rooms with mirrors, or glass, but this is the best option in the center of the house that I have. I surprisingly don't ever remember hearing tornado sirens before tonight, and oh my god do they strike the fear of God in my heart. 


There has been a severe outbreak of tornados and just all around bad storms here lately. Not just Texas but all across the south and midwest. I don't think I can remember a tornado season so bad. And I don't think I've ever hidden before. I'm so glad I have a laptop and internet. I'm streaming the WFAA weather channel to so I can hear what's going on. They've mentioned several tornados that have been seen on the ground and winds up to 75mph. 


"This is an extremely dangerous situation"


Awesome. I can hear rain and wind from where I'm hiding. There is also reported hail. If my car survives, it's gonna be beaten up =( I really hope it doesn't hit here. The weatherman says it's headed the way of my parents house - my family is all in the closet. You know it's bad when my dad is in the closet. 

It's a prime rotator storm!

Coworker: "They are predicting sever storms here from 7-10p tonight."

Me: "It's a prime rotator storm!"

*tell friend a prime rotator storm is coming*

Friend: "HAHAHAHA - that's pretty geeky and hilarious :) love it!"

This is what happens when you work in Media too long. . .

Packing Dilemma

I am the worlds worst packer. I always want to pack things "just in case". I like having options. I like having my things around. I really was not happy when the $25 per case fee was introduced. I know Southwest has a "bags fly free" policy, but I'm not a huge Southwest fan. No reason really since I have never actually flown with them. Plus I'm really invested in the AA Advantage membership program so I always try to fly AA and earn miles. Back to the bags. Trying to cram everything I want into a carry-on bag is terrible. Last time I flew Delta and my bag was so stuffed it wouldn't fit in the overhead bin, so they put it down below for free. . . but I'm not sure the embarrassment and line of pissed off passengers behind me is worth trying that out again. 


I'm flying Virgin America this time - never flown them before so we'll see how it goes. They have the bag fee, unless you fly first class (ha!) so I'm using a carry on. Trying to plan outfits and shoes ahead of time is so hard. I know I'll need sneakers for walking, but when we go out to dinner at night do I want wedges? Flats? Heels? Do I want two pairs of jeans, or three. How many different tops and cardigans? And I hate this liquid and plastic baggie deal. I'm wondering if certain make-up items will get confiscated.What if I'm having a "fat" day and nothing looks right or feels comfortable? I'm going to drive myself into an anxiety ridden circle.


P.S. If you're reading this and thinking you can loot my house while I'm gone, don't bother. I have a big, strong boyfriend staying at home who you don't want to piss off by trying to steal his stuff. Just sayin'.

Fruit and Yogurt

One thing that always makes eating healthy food a little bit better is presentation. Make it look nice and fun to eat. 


I love eating dessert out of martini glasses. 
I forget where I found these. . . oh! Ross! 
Raspberries in the bottom of the glass. . .
Top with coconut Mediterranean yogurt. . .
Look how pretty it looks!
I love the stark contrast of the red and white. It would have been even better with some chocolate chips on top, but I refrained. See, I do have SOME willpower!

I can't wait until I have a better camera than a point and shoot so I can take higher quality pictures!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Smoothie Time

I'm not feeling too chatty, so instead I'm going to leave you with a smoothie recipe I made recently. First I grabbed some almond milk. 
And some Greek yogurt with raspberry fruit on the bottom. 
Grab some raspberries and a banana.
Throw it all in a blender with some ice. . .
I love the "ice crush" setting - so gangsta! Blend up until smooth and frothy.
This was really yummy and super easy. I should make more smoothies - a great way to get fruit and dairy servings. 

Save the kittens

I was going to post some cute kittens for some Monday Motivation and to cheer me up on this dreary start to the week, but I found this:
Since I am not an advocate of animal slaughtering, I will work out tonight. Promise.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Tidbits

  • Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean this morning - good movie, not so good 3D. 
  • I have decided Old Navy wants to kill their customers by turning the store into a sauna. I left dripping with sweat. It was quite gross. Don't worry - I bought all the clothes I tried on.
  • Had a hair cut yesterday. Got a whole 1/2 inch trimmed off. I don't think my bangs are short enough. . . guess it's too late now. Love my stylist though - she's great.
  • One week till A*D gets here and two more days and we are on our way to San Francisco! It's hard to figure out what to pack.
  • I am not ready for this work week. I'm so sad the weekend went by so fast, but then again it always does.
  • I've started rereading Eat, Pray, Love. I wish I could spend months in Italy munching on yummy food. 
  • I still have not received shipping information for my Yes To Carrots order, which is irritating me. 
  • I've eaten too many Mike and Ike's. Can't stop at just one serving. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nursing School Update

I have been doing more and more research into this and decided to speak to advisors at various schools to see if I was on track, what I needed to do before applying, if I was missing any classes, etc. Schools that were, and are, on my radar include The University of Texas at Arlington (oh, how I wish I could go back to UT), Texas Woman's University, Baylor, and perhaps TCU and Brookhaven. 


(Sidebar: I already wrote this blog and it didn't. freaking. save. so I'm pissed because when I rewrite things, it's never as good the second time. Oh well, here goes). 


I spoke with a UTA advisor to see what my chances of getting into that program are. Apparently, they only accept Chemistry for majors. I took Chemistry for Allied Health Science majors, and I made an A. But that still isn't good enough for UTA. I would have to retake Chemistry and make an A in order to have a 3.5 gpa in natural sciences. Needless to say, I'm not retaking chemistry so UTA is now out. And it would have been a stretch to meet the June 1st deadline. One good thing did come from speaking with the UTA advisor, and that is that I found out I'm missing English Composition II so I'll be taking that online this summer. 


I started filling out my application for TWU since that program seems like a better fit. I believe they have a weekend program, so maybe I can continue to work. I don't know - that sounds tiring. From looking at their requirements, they will take all my classes but I need to take the TEAS test for TWU, not the HESI. I think I will still take the HESI soon, just in case I apply somewhere else that requires it. The TEAS test is $100, and the application fee for TWU is $50, so I'd better get in after investing $150 (maybe more if the nursing application has a fee)! 


I think Baylor and TCU are out, mainly because of the cost. I'm considering the Brookhaven Associates program as a backup. All of these have deadlines of September, so I have some time to get this all together and see what happens!


That's the update so far!

Thor

Went to see Thor last night with S at the Studio Movie Grill up in Plano. Man, can't resist those nachos! Anyway, the movie was in 3D, but there really wasn't too much 3D to the movie - nothing flew out at the audience or anything. S edit: "This is because the movie has been converted to 3D during post production, rather than being filmed in 3D like Avatar." S likes to be technical) . It was a good story, funny, with action and a bit of romance. 
I don't know who plays Thor, but he was very good. And Natalie Portman was super cute. I like her a lot. I'm glad I can finally think of Anthony Hopkins as something other than Hannibal Lecter too. Thor is cast out of his realm by his father, along with his super hammer, to earth. Jane, played by Natalie Portman, is the one who finds him in the New Mexican desert, hitting him with her car. The gist is that Thor is trying to find his hammer (which no one else can even lift because you need Thor's super strength to do so) and go home overcoming problems from the feds and his own brother who would like to see him stay on Earth. I'm not doing the movie justice with this description, but I promise it's a good movie! I definitely want to see it again when it hits the Redbox!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

  • I love raspberries
  • I dislike raspberry seeds
  • I entered to win a work out with one of the Biggest Loser trainers
  • I think they'd kill me
  • Since I wrote post on cupcakes and whoopie pies, I'm now craving cake and frosting.
  • Going to see Thor tonight - hope it's good!
  • Hair appointment tomorrow, and as much as I'd love to chop it all off since Texas summers are hotter than hell, I won't. Coz it's pretty. 
  • I will be trying a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino tomorrow - I'll let you know how delicious it really is.
  • It's 4pm and it's REALLY dark out. End of the world?
  • Considering this weekend is supposed to be the end of the world, I'm not too concerned.

Dessert Makers

No. Literally. Dessert makers. Like this whoopie pie maker that I find myself wanting. . .

I can perhaps understand the whoopie pie maker. But if you don't know how to make cupcakes, you probably shouldn't be baking. Here is some help for the extremely challenged baker (I'm not trying to be mean, but if you can't open a box of Pillsbury cake mix, stir some oil and egg in, and dispense into a cupcake tin you really, REALLY, shouldn't be baking). I will admit that I kinda want the cake pop maker too, although I have made cakeballs from scratch before - not hard, just messy. I assume you just put a stick in the cake ball and voila! Cake pop! 

Do people create things just to tempt me knowing what a sucker I am for a) sales, b) cool things and gadgets and c) spending money.

*mentally calculates how much extra cash is available for cakepop maker. Oh, it's on backorder. Until June. Well then.*

They also have cake recipe/instruction books to go along with each machine, like the Cake Pop book by Bakerella, and the Whoopie Pie book that I find myself wanting to go along with my whoopie pie maker. Whoopie pie's for everyone!!

Found via Outblush

More gems from S

"Ya'll are a bunch of Sesame Street Characters playing with my money!" (to the bank)

"PayPal is the enemy. Never forget that. NEVER FORGET THAT!!"

"It's like if deliciousness got into a fight with deliciousness and in that process they end up making love to one another. Then afterward they end up having a child called Wing. Wing grows up into an even more delicious Hooters wing that is just so delicious."

"This is PayPal hell. It's PayHell!" 

Eye Spasms

I may have mentioned that my eye has been twitching hardcore. I always assumed it was due to stress and/or tiredness. Earlier this week I decided to Google eye twitching to see if I could do something to stop it because it was driving me crazy and really really awkward. Would you believe someone created an entire website devoted to eye twitching. How crazy?!


Obviously, I was right. It's stress or tiredness related because the other causes don't apply to me. I supposed I should take it as a warning sign that I need to slow down and relax for a bit. I'm just glad I didn't get sick after the semester ended, which usually happens. And this just goes to show. . . you literally can find ANYTHING on the internet!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yes To Carrots

I was perusing the 2011 Beauty Awards in Women's Health this morning and came across Yes To Carrots. First of all, the name is just too cute. Even as a person who doesn't really like carrots, I think it's cute. So it drew me in. I've said before, I'm all about cute names and packaging, but you've got to have the product to back it up! 

It's a pretty neat concept - using natural fruits and veggies that have good effects on skin and hair, such as blueberries for anti-aging and tomatoes for anti-acne. There are others like cucumber and carrots (of course) but the acne and aging categories are the two I'm drawn to. Overall my skin is pretty decent, I just need to use a moisturizer because the air conditioning everywhere dries me out. I am starting to focus more on anti-aging products because the best solution is prevention. I don't want to be buying every miracle cream on the market when I'm already knee deep in wrinkles. I want to delay them as long as possible. I like looking younger than I am.

I do get the occasional breakout, especially from stress. Stress is starting to show visibly on me the older I get from the break outs, to the eye twitching (a whole other post) so that's where the tomato products come in being anti-acne.  Since the Blueberry Brightening Facial Towelettes won a Beauty Award, they running a promotion, buy one get one free. They are running the same promo for the cucumber ones too, but I went for the blueberry. I also wanted to try the Tomato Daily Acne Pore Scrub. For good measure I threw in a lip tint in a pinkish shade. I Googled a coupon code, and found one for 20% off. I always try to find a coupon code - you never know how much you can save!

Hmm, I just realized I don't know how long shipping takes. There was only one option and it fluctuated with the cost of your shopping bag. I will keep checking on that. I like to know where my products are. Once I receive the products, I will try them out, do a review and let you know what I recommend - whether to say yes or no to carrots! (Ok, that was cheesy =D)

Quiz Time

 I love quizzes. I am currently obsessed with this one:


How'd you do? My highest score was 48. It's harder than one may think!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gilt Taste

I'm a member of Gilt Groupe, so I received an email that they started a new site which will be selling foodie items called Gilt Taste. I should have realized it's like designer food. Like this $29 box of chocolatesI adore chocolate, but I'm pretty sure I will never pay $29 for nine bite-sized chocolates. Yep, just nine. 9. Nueve. I could get 9.5 cupcakes at Gigi's for that price, and these babies are huge! 

As I browse the site more, I see they sell truffles for $112 per 14 oz can *jaw dropping*. Ok, I know those are expensive, but still. I supposed some items that are bascially $1 per piece are ok, except it's a 50 piece box. Yeah, I don't see myself buying from here. Unless I win the lottery. Oh gosh, and they charge shipping. . . wha?!? It's currently reduced because they just launched - I'd hate to see what it costs to ship AFTER the launch! This really doesn't appeal to a (newbie) foodie on a budget.

I hope in the future there are more realistic deals. Unless they are just appealing to a true "foodie" with gallons of money to spare. But for those of us in the real world? I shop Gilt Group, Rue La La, ideeli and MyHabit for a reason - designer names at discounted prices.

Ring Bling

I have small hands, almost child like in size. In college a friend used my hands to portray a child's hand covered in Cheetos dust. Not even kidding. Gloves are usually too big for me. And I have a problem with fashion statement rings. Rings that are too big overwhelm my hand, and it just looks stupid. 

I really like this one from Forever 21. The other rings I got a few months back were also from F21. They are small enough to suit my hand, but big enough to be a bit flashy. 
The "Sweet Tooth" ring is only $2, so I'm thinking a stop by the mall is in order! I love cupcakes, and I love bling! It's like the perfect ring for me ;-)

My current favorite photo

Taken by Heath (the father) during my visit to the hospital visiting the new addition. Sweet baby is about 23 hours old in the picture. Precious.

Nutella Love

I read many blogs daily, from fashion to photography to food. I love blogs. I also love Nutella. I love when blogs are combined with Nutella =)

Cupcake Rehab makes some GREAT cupcakes, very creative and delicious sounding, but todays Cupcake Rehab post is about two easy recipes using Pillsbury crescent rolls or Grands! biscuits and Nutella. Can you tell how much I'm drooling? I can almost taste the buttery crescent roll or biscuit and the warm, melty, chocolatey Nutella. . . Enjoy!

And if you are a true Nutella-holic like me, wait till you see this!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fast Five

S and I had a date night last night, which are pretty rare now-a-days since we're both so busy with school, or just plain tired (me). I have always like the Fast and the Furious movies. The only one I haven't seen was Tokyo Drift, but I've heard it was decent. Let's be honest - these aren't your Oscar winning, intellectual type movies. It's unshaven guys, scantily dressed girls, fast and loud cars and the "bad" guy wins. All things considered, it's really entertaining. This latest installment, Fast Five, might be my favorite. I did like the previous one, "Fast and Furious", also. 
It was like a giant family reunion with everyone from Tyrese to Ludacris to characters from every movie showing up. Dwayne Johnson is the "good" guy in this, as a federal agent hunting down the crew. Isn't it funny how in these kinds of movies you root for the bad guy and dislike the good guy? Is it just me? Anyway, it wasn't all about the racing this time - there was a plot, something S had been stressing to me all weekend (he saw it first with his brother). Dom, Bryan and Mia have been on the run since busting Dom out of the prison bus and ended up in Rio (I've always wanted to go to Brazil - the beaches looked so beautiful!). They do a job and get into some trouble with a Rio drug lord and also alerts the Feds (Dwayne Johnson) to their location.

There was some racing, which was good and funny in parts, but it was mainly about planning and executing a job against the Rio drug lord. Channeling The Italian Job and Ocean's 11, 12 & 13, the movie was very entertaining, not one dull moment. I think I want to see it again. Maybe even rent the old ones! If you go see it, be sure to stay through the credits. Apparently there is a short clip at the end that's a sixth installment teaser! We left before seeing it, but I read about it online and am very curious how it will play out!

Monday, May 16, 2011

O.M.Bees!

I just found out honey is basically bee vomit. WTH! I'm kinda scandalized by this, and can't believe I didn't know this?!

"In the hive, the bees use their "honey stomachs" to ingest and regurgitate the nectar a number of times until it is partially digested. The bees work together as a group with the regurgitation and digestion until the product reaches a desired quality. It is then stored in honeycomb cells." - Wikipedia. 

Mind. Blown.

Meet the parents

My brother's girlfriend, aka T, graduated from Baylor this weekend and so her family came down from Colorado for the occasion. T is moving to Addison in a few weeks, so I'll have a yoga/wine-bar buddy close by! Somehow it was decided that our families would get together over at my parents' house so we could meet and get to know each other since it looks like Rik and T might like each other just a little bit. They are like two peas in a pod. It's cute and really funny. 

So while T's family and Rik were moving things up from Waco, I went over to Mom and Dad's around lunch time to help with food prep and hang out. My parents entertain a lot, very social people, so my Mom is like Queen of the Kitchen. She made burgers and I helped with the pasta salad, the Caprese salad, the coleslaw. I'm a very good vegetable slicer ;-) I wish I had taken pictures of all of this. Maybe next time. I made brownies the day before and decided to share, and Mom had made a pineapple pie, which is always delicious.

Mom has several delicious burger recipes and I think my favorite it Taco Burgers. I shall steal it and do a post. The pasta salad was easy - one box of tricolor rotini , thinly sliced peppers, sun dried tomatoes, feta, olives and some Italian dressing.  So quick, easy and delicious. Same for the Caprese salad - sliced some beefsteak tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella and lay out on a platter overlapping, alternating tomato and cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and throw on some basil (Mom had some growing in her garden). I actually really liked different kinds of salads. Variety is key.

T's family is super nice, and we all got along really well. It was a delicious dinner and great company. It's too bad they live hundreds of miles away. The only thing that would have made the whole thing better was if S had been able to join us. He always seems to miss out on the best meals and get-togethers.

Sorry blogging was light over the weekend. Saturday I was relaxing and Sunday I left my computer at home to do kitchen duty with Mom, but I plan to be back on form this week!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Lazy Saturday

I'm all about minimal effort today. The only real thing I've done today is grocery shop. I watched Lilo and Stitch. I took a three hour nap. Three hours! And it was good. I've done a little bit of laundry. Watched Grey's Anatomy from the past three weeks. It's nice to be lazy every now and then. And I definitely feel I deserve some laziness. I also plan on making some brownies. Nothing special, just from a box. Going to take them to my family cook out tomorrow. That's gonna be interesting - we are meeting my brother's girlfriend's family tomorrow. Hopefully we all get along and they don't think my family is too crazy ;-) 


It almost feels weird to not have homework or something to study for... almost guilt? Almost. I'm sure I'll wish I was back here next time I'm in class and have tests to study for. I guess this is what it feels like to have minimal stress. I like it. 

Breaking News

Taking a moment from my baby induced coma/haze to let you all know... I MADE AN "A" IN MICROBIOLOGY!!!!!


So yeah, I'm just a little bit happy about that. I worked my butt off and studied so much for this class, so I'm really happy it paid off. 


I guess I'm much smarter than I believed I am. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

My heart was stolen today

By this little man. 
Lil Gunnar arrived on May 12th at 807pm. I'm amazed by him, and Alicia for having a baby! He's so tiny and sweet. I just sat in a chair rocking, holding this amazing little man for almost an hour. He didn't cry once and kept making cute little faces and little noises. 
I can't believe one of my close friends has one of these! I hope he feels how much he is loved. I can't wait to see Gunnar grow up - Alicia and Heath are going to be great parents, I just know it. Hopefully, I'll get to see him again soon and take more pictures. He's pretty photogenic if you ask me!!

Going Crazy

Blogger has been down for like two days, and I've been going crazy! I couldn't post anything, write any drafts, check my stats, nothing!! I didn't realize how much this has become part of my daily routine. So we can all breath a sign of relief that Emma won't implode or have a meltdown. I'm already going crazy waiting for my final Microbiology grade, and where do I vent about that? Here! Then here was gone! Ah! It's ok - all better now. =)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Best thing I've seen all week

My brother guided me to this video, and if you haven't seen this kid opening his Christmas present, you gotta watch. If only everyone was so excited about life. 






Pure awesomeness. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sitting is killing you

A co-worker sent this to me today. It's quite scary for someone who sits at a desk pretty much all day, and then sits to study at home or watch TV to relax. I'm almost glad the amount of water I drink sends me running to the restroom almost every hour! Check out the stats on sitting. . .

Sitting is Killing You
Via: Medical Billing And Coding

Monday, May 9, 2011

I'm a Mac!

My darling S gave me a MacBook for helping him out with his spanish class. Isn't he so sweet =) We sold my Dell on eBay, and that will be the last thing we sell on that site. But back to my MacBook. 
Ooooo, purty. 
If anyone is debating purchasing a Mac, I highly recommend it. I've had multiple laptops, computers even, from Fujitsu to Dell to homemade and I just love, love, love this MacBook Pro. It's very light weight, and once you get the hang of how it operates, it's fast and smooth and hasn't frozen once (knock on wood, although I get the feeling I don't need to).

Those Russian's are crazy

I found Kitten crash on eBaum's World thanks to my friend Stacy, who sent me to the site for a completely different video. I'm not really sure why someone would do this to such cute little kittens. I can't decide if I'm amused, or sad. The kittens are cute, why are they being made to crash? Where's the disclaimer that no kittens were harmed in the making of this video?!


Ah, those Russians are crazy. Just like the time they remade HIMYM. . .




Found via GeekInHeels

End of Spring Semester

I did it, ya'll! I'm done for the semester! True, I don't know what my grade is, but I'm pretty sure it's good =) I made an A on final so I'm sitting at a 91.6 right now.  I'm praying that my last two grades to post keep me above that 90!! 


Wouldn't it be awesome to make an A in Microbiology? Me. The girl who cruised through advertising just to get through. The girl who never thought she could pass a science class let alone be making A's and B's!! If anyone reading this has any doubts about doing something, don't. Put your mind to it and work hard. I know it sounds sooooo cheesy, but honestly its the truth, and I never really believed it until now!


I get a little break before starting another Spanish class, and then I have the English class that I'm missing starting in July. I might try and get into the pharmacology and pathology class at Brookhaven for the Fall. We will see!

Roger Hargreaves' Birthday

Did you read Mr. Men books as a child? I love them. My dad still has them on the bookshelf in his office - I should pull them out soon.
Did you happen to use Google today, May 9th? It's the author, Roger Hargreaves', birthday! And Google is rotating Mr. Men images as the Google Doodle.

I remember Mr. Greedy!! My mom used to say this was me:
Yep, Little Ms. Bossy! Can't say I disagree. Which one are you?
And don't forget the "Mad Men Mr. Men" that I found on GeekInHeels. Doesn't this look like Don?
I love Mr. Men! Such classics. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Tidbits

  • Is it odd that I like the word "Abbottabad"?
  • I am the Queen of procrastination today. 
  • And S is the king. 
  • Napa day trip has been booked!
  • Three weeks till vacation!
  • Last day of school tomorrow, and I'm very excited.
  • I'm craving frozen yogurt - I think a trip to Yumilicious tomorrow is in order.
  • Am I too old to want/wear a Hello Kitty t-shirt?
  • I think work weeks should be 4 days. I love 3 day weekends. 
  • My family is awesome =)

My Two Cents. . .

I'm not usually verbal about my thoughts regarding politics or sensitive events. I'm not here to offend anyone, or be offended myself. Everyone is weighing in on the death of Osama bin Laden, whether his death should be celebrated or not, whether one should feel happy or not, but at least we all can agree on one thing and that's the fact he was an evil man. I don't judge him, or al Qaeda, because of the religion he proclaimed to be representing. I judge him based on his actions. And those actions were bad.


I'm not American; I'm a British citizen. I'm getting close to the point of having spent over half my life in Texas instead of England. I feel more American than British. I do still have ties over there, family and a few friends, but I definitely feel as if this is my home. And even though it had only been my home for two years on 9-11-01, I was horrified and very upset by what I saw. It still brings tears to my eyes. I remember exactly where I was and who I was with when I heard (Alegbra II w/ my friend Chelsea). I had to hold back the tears in my eyes when I visited Ground Zero back in 2004. I still tear up seeing troops leaving at the airport and being reunited with family upon return. I teared up on Sunday listening to President Obama speak and felt what I thought was happiness. I even used that word when posting on facebook. But after reading all the news articles and others blogs and posts. . . it's not really happiness. It's more relief. Relief that an evil person can not create more horrific plots to harm others. Sure he still has his followers around to create havoc, but taking out the head honcho is a hit to the group morale, don't you think? Unless of course, we just made them twice as angry. . .


Anyway, I was watching as all those college students appeared at the White House fence. Those kids are anywhere from 18-22ish? Maybe 23 at best, unless they are graduate students. Regardless, the majority of them were between 8 and 12 years old when 9-11 happened. Unless they lost family or close friends that day, I'm not sure they really understand the impact. That's just my opinion. I didn't lose anyone, so I can't understand how that feels, but watching the country you call home under attack in real time, not on youtube years later or something, is hard and seeing people die and the first responders being so brave. . . the whole thing is heartbreaking. My dad was supposed to fly to New York that morning. His flight was canceled for obvious reasons. Back to my point. . . we were watching this crowd of young people gather, and chant and sing, and I just wonder if they really know. 


It's great that everyone came together, united and happy, but remember what it was like watching people in the middle east celebrating American deaths? Burning our flag? Being happy about the death of our citizens. Aren't we a little better than that? I'm not sorry he's gone. I don't even care how it all went down, the little details that keep changing, the stories that aren't being kept straight. It doesn't matter to me. We got the guy, he's dead, some justice has been done and that's great, but in the end it doesn't bring back all the lives lost. I guess what I'm trying to say is if we must be happy about it, let's do it with more dignity than they did. 


Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Maybe I'm wrong about the crowd at the White House last Sunday. Maybe you disagree with what I've said, and that's fine. This is the land of the free, everyone has freedom of speech, and I respect that. I hope that you can respect my opinion and thoughts too. This is just what I observed. I just hope there isn't fall out from all this. I'm not completely naive to think nothing will happen and the world will be all peaceful, full of unicorns and glitter, as much as I wish it would be. I just think it's time for our brave troops to come home. 

Happy Mother's Day

This is my 100th post, and I can't think of anything better to write about that my momma (wow, I can't believe I've written 100 posts already!)
My mom is awesome. I'm sure when I was younger I didn't completely agree with that statement, but I've always loved her to pieces and whether or not we were getting along or I realized how great she was being to me, the fact is she has been a wonderful mom. 


I am pretty sure I didn't make things easy, but I hope the fact I've turned out pretty well made it worth it. I've learnt a lot from her from baking and cooking, to how to dress for my shape and colors that are flattering, to sewing on a button, to how to be a good friend and person, and many other things that I don't always appreciate. I'm glad she was a mom when I was younger so we can be friends now I'm an adult. I'm sure I still have so much I can learn from her as I grow up and get married and have a family of my own.
Momma and a cowboy boot!
Happy Mothers Day Momma. Thank you for being so amazing. I love you.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Plan Be

I see a lot of interesting license plates out on the road; I managed to get a picture of this one. What are they trying to say? The car is "Plan B"? The plan is to "be". They are advertising "Plan B"?

Oh, the possibilities. I really want to know what they were thinking when they chose this. It's by no means the worst out there, but definitely odd. 
Sorry if this is your car.

Who has time to write anymore?

I overheard this statement, or question, in my office one day this week. "Who has time to write anymore?" In my opinion, if you like writing you make time for it. Look at me - I'm swamped at work, I'm swamped with homework, yet I take the time for myself to write in my blog because I like it. I write comments to people because I want to connect. If it's something you enjoy, you find time. Who has time to work out? Who has time to cook dinner every night for the family? Wow, this could apply to so many things now that I think about it.


I believe the comment was made in reference to a scholarship where kids were more likely to choose the option to utilize photography than write an essay. Photography is fun. I would love to get more into that, but for the moment I'm just writing, but that's just me. Both are creative outlets just as valid as the next. Perhaps the essay topic wasn't interesting? Perhaps after writing so much for school, the kids don't want to write anymore. Yes taking a picture is easier, but there has to be some sort of skill involved in a really good photograph. I'm sure there are many reasons why the kids opted for photography over writing, but if you like to write, you find the time. Whatever it is that you like to do, you find the time. Because, really, who has the time for anything anymore?