Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
2. I would live near the ocean in a lickety-split second. But for now, Texas is fab.
3. I think Sean Connery is, and will always be, the best James Bond ever.
4. I knew I would marry the man who is now my husband after our 2nd official date.
5. I have a lot of shoes. No, seriously - a whole lot.
6. I'm kind of paranoid about a lot of random things, and hate being home alone.
7. I drink
8. I love decorating for Christmas.
9. I have zero talent when it comes to picking furniture. Thank god my husband has plenty.
10. I love anything with blueberries in it. Muffins, coffee cake, yogurt...
Friday, November 21, 2008
1. She can organize a baby shower, plan a Christmas party, and pick out tile for her new bathroom floor simultaneously.
2. She has her own sense of style. (which is very eerily similar to my own...patent leather, bright colors, animal print...pink ANYTHING...)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
However, I am making the important decision first - what to wear!
Which dress? I own them both, so price is not a factor, and have not worn either yet.
Please help me by adding a comment - thanks :)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
He's never refused to eat any of the little messes I've cooked for him since we got married...even the fried eggs that were hard as rocks! (I'm allergic to egg yolks, so my egg-cooking experience was very limited until I met him).
Usually I stick to a pretty basic menu:
- A green salad (I mix it up with different toppings/dressings)
- Two veggies
- A starch (oven fried potatoes, or sometimes just a little piece of french bread)
- Grilled fish/chicken/turkey burgers
It make grocery shopping a whole lot easier (I've learned this the hard way), if you have a bunch of recipes that use similar ingredients as the base then created variety with the spices. I don't even take a list anymore unless I'm making something special...just stock up on the basics and get a little creative.
Monday night was one of those times that you just don't want to go out to eat...but there wasn't much in the house to cook. So...I got a little creative :)
The Cast of Characters:
- Frozen Salmon
- Rice (I use the kind you microwave for 90 seconds, but whatever is fine)
- Veggies (anything you have, I used frozen corn and some baby carrots)
- Two Eggs
- Soy sauce
- Sake (or any kind of rice wine)
- Brown Sugar
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
First, defrost the salmon in the microwave. (whatever did we do without microwaves? Yes, I'm lazy. Hush.)
While the salmon is defrosting, stir together in a wide shallow pan equal parts soy sauce, brown sugar, and sake/rice wine (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of each is good...if you're into using measuring cups and such).
Place the defrosted salmon in the pan with the soy sauce mixture and stick it in the fridge to marinate for about 5 minutes.
If you're lucky enough to have gotten a rice steamer for a wedding present - hooray for you! Cook the rice. I have no idea how to use a rice steamer though, so you'll have to figure that out for yourself. I personally prefer the Uncle Ben's rice that comes in the microwaveable bag. Cut a slit in the corner of the bag, microwave for 90 seconds. Set this aside for now.
Flip the salmon over in the pan, and let the other side marinate for about 5 more minutes.
Take the veggies you are using, and defrost / chop / cook them if you need to. I used frozen corn (defrosted), and baby carrots (chopped/cooked).
Heat a large skillet with a little EVOO (sorry Rachael Ray, I totally ripped off your acronym there), or butter flavored pan spray. I personally despise the taste of olive oil (I know, weird, huh?), so I usually go with the spray. Throw in the veggies that you are using, and let them sautee a for a bit, stirring occasionally, until they are starting to get just a little browned.
Meanwhile, heat another pan (also with a teensy bit of oil/spray), and put the salmon (but NOT the marinade into it). Cook for about 4 minutes, then flip it over and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes - until it's almost done, but not quite done. Take it out of the pan and just let it rest for a few. Pour all of the soy sauce marinade into the pan just vacated by the salmon, and pour in about 2 Tbsp. (or two generous glugs), of rice wine vinegar. Let this come to a boil, and then simmer for a few minutes, until it thickens into more of a sauce.
Back to the fried rice: add the two eggs into the pan with the veggies, and stir them around so they scramble. Add the rice once the eggs are fully cooked (if you add it too soon it will clump), and let it heat all the way through. Drizzle in a little soy sauce, and add salt and pepper to taste.
Throw (not literally), the salmon back in the pan with the marinade/now sauce, and let it heat back up.
That's it. Plate that sucker up, pour a nice big glass of red wine (you totally deserve it), and EAT!
P.S. Newlywed Husband loved this!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Read the whole story here.
Here's a thought: Maybe next time, STOP WEARING THE BRA!
FYI, I have worn a VS bra EVERY day since I was a teenager and have never had a problem. Not saying that the people who did get rashes and such are lying, but use common sense ya'll! If it doesn't feel good, don't wear it!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Meet the Pilates Reformer...one of many instruments of torture used in the Pilates Method to stretch, bend, and contort your body into a myriad of positions nature never intended for it to be in. Our sweet instructor kept encouraging Newlywed Husband and I to: "Lift your center, feel it in your core, maintain a 'C' curve!". Not only do I still not know what a 'C' curve is, but keep in mind these instructions were given while we were trying to balance in the most unnatural and precarious positions possible.
I now feel like this:
Excuse me, I'm off to take an asprin, and find a heating pad for the sore muscles.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1. Got horrible mexican takeout food from this little local joint by the house. (yes, I did finish the entire order of queso by myself...what's it to ya?)
2. Watched Dancing With the Stars, Will & Grace, and What Not to Wear - chased down by a healthy episode or two of That 70's Show.
3. Fed the dog some
4. Got all of my winter clothes from the bestie's apartment, where they've been languishing since she
5. Dumped all of the clothes in the middle of the living room in a giant, tangled heap. The dog was ever-so-slightly peeved that I took over his lounging area. He was placated with a bone.
6. Opened a bottle of champagne. That's a big pile of clothes.
7. Tried on every single piece of clothing (no lie, there had to be about 60 items), and sorted them into, (a). Keep it Pile; (b). Donate it Pile; (c). Throw it Away pile.
8. Attempted to find space for the Keep it Pile in the already stuffed closet. Spilled over into the guestroom closet. (ssshhhh, don't tell Newlywed Husband this)...
9. Collapsed, exhausted on the couch. Realize 3/4 of champagne is gone. Oops. The dog must have been boozing it up.
10. Paranoia sets in, as I am a HUGE fraidy-cat about sleeping in the house alone. Turn on all outside lights, triple-check that all the doors are locked.
11. Barricade self, dog, and newest issue of InStyle in the master bedroom. Wake up every hour thinking someone has broken in the house.
12. Run late for work, due to the fact that I don't usually do all the morning chores (make the bed, feed the dog, etc.) alone. Missing husband (and morning kisses).
13. Talk to newlywed husband on the way to work. Beg him to get an earlier flight. No dice.
14. Newlywed husband will be home in less than 3 hours - HOORAY!
Monday, November 10, 2008
However, I do have several shows that I DVR on a regular basis, so I have something to watch while I'm folding laundry. Somehow, watching some good tv makes an unpleasant task much more pleasant...or that could be the glass
My newest show is a little unusual for me - I hate detective/lawyer shows on policy. Really, how many Law and Order variations can NBC come up with? Plus, they tend to freak me out a little bit, I try to maintain my rosy little view of the world as much as possible - in order to avoid feeding my paranoia that someone will break in or something.
Enter: THE MENTALIST! (yes, I think he's pretty darn handsome). (Don't lie, you thought it too.)
Fascinating! Here's the definition of "mentalist" (brought to you courtesy of Wikipedia)
Friday, November 7, 2008
2. We look a lot like the couple in our blog header, notable exceptions being that Newlywed
Husband does not have quite such a square jaw, and Newlywed Wife (me) has much longer hair.
3. We both despise avocados and guacamole. Disgusting.
4. I love collecting shoes. He loves collecting guns. We respect each other's collections.
5. Our dog is our baby. Someday we will have a real baby. Or five.
6. He kisses me good morning, good night, hello, and goodbye. ALWAYS.
7. I have expanded my horizons since we got married. As in...learning to ride a dirtbike.
8. We can both eat our weight in chips and salsa. No question.
9. I'm disgustingly obsessed with Christmas, and he is sweet enough to indulge my need to plan tons of decorations, activities, and traditions.
10. We pray before EVERY meal we eat together. And have done so since our 2nd date.
After digging in the muddy backyard all day yesterday, Izzy did a bit of paw-painting (similar to finger painting, but with mud...and she lacks the posable thumb) alllll over our back patio/patio furniture (luckily, the latter was covered). She then decided to take herself for a run, and somehow managed to first dig herself out of our backyard yesterday afternoon, then spent a (I'm sure fun for her) couple of hours barking at cars in the middle of our street. A nice lady driving by stopped and tied our wayward adoptee to our fence with HER dog's leash, leaving a sweet note saying that if we would please call her she would come and pick her leash up later.
My poor husband got home before I did, and spent a good hour blockading every possible gap between fence and ground with rocks (not sure where he got the rocks???), and windexing every surface of the porch.
Izzy had the look of a sullen teenager, no love for mommy when I got home. We soldiered on and put her on her leash, hoping that taking the doggies for a walk would restore the normal peace and joy in our little household...
It did...for about 30 minutes. Until we got home and Izzy VAULTED/CLIMBED the 10 foot tall fence in the yard for another freedom run. After seeing her almost get run over by a car - twice - we had a moment of deep thought. The thought went kind of like this: "Izzy doesn't love us, she has been completely devoid of affection or interest in us for the past 3 days. She is obviously trying to get back to the foster family she lived with for 5 months by escaping through the fence/over the fence/under the fence. The foster family wasn't sure they wanted to give her up anyway....they loved her, and wanted what was best for her."
The conclusion of all this deep thought was clear: Izzy's foster family was where she belonged. They thought they were doing the right thing by giving her up to a family with a bigger yard and another german shorthair. She clearly did not agree, and just wanted to be with the people who so kindly rescued her and bonded with her.
So, we took her back. And Winston is again a bachelor. (I think he's ok with it though, he got two milkbones this morning and it seemed to cheer him up significantly).
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
- high energy
- needing LOTS of exercise
- being a little clingy
- not responding to commands when distracted by a scent or sound
- being extremely loving
- loyalty/protectiveness of 'their' family
- good with children (as long as they are taught not to jump)
- very high intelligence
Indy was rescued by a sweet lady and her husband in Ft. Worth after they found her and another dog abandoned by Lake Grapevine. She was skinny, had hookworm, and was (and still is) terrified of loud noises and new people. They fell in love with her sweet disposition and energetic enthusiasm, but have a small yard and not enough time to exercise her as much as a german shorthair needs...so they put her up for adoption. We brought her home yesterday, and she fell asleep in the car with her head resting on Winston's back...so sweet :)