Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday, Monday

I wasn't going to mention this, but after work today, I went to the cardiologist. Do not be alarmed, I'm not dying (yet). My doctor, and the doctors before that, have all informed me that I have a very fast resting heart beat. I've known this for years, and I've even had an EKG awhile back, which came back normal (but fast). I told them, if you think it's fast now, you should hear it when I work out (however, I also told her that I was probably out of shape). Apparently, Dr. D didn't find this very amusing.

Anyways, my primary care physician told me to just go to the cardiologist and have it checked out. The cardiologist did an EKG and all that jazz and apparently I have a slight heart murmur (and she says many people have this-not a reason to be alarmed), but just to be sure, she's going to run all of the tests. If I'm so normal, what is the point?

Being the hypo that I am.. I'm kinda glad that she's being proactive, but I was not prepared to walk out of the office covered in electrodes. The nurse thought that she was a riot when she asked me if I showered today. Apparently I can't shower again for 48 hours (sorry Lori.. I'm going to smelling and look like a peach on our lunch date). I'm going to try to convince boyfriend to wash my hair over the tub, but seriously, wtf. Apparently I will not be going to the pool and/or getting sweaty anytime soon.

Have you ever had one of these mobile heart monitors? Really, there is nothing quite like carrying a 2 pound box on your pants (sounds small.. it gets annoying). I've dropped it approximately 4 times in the two hours that it's been on, and boyfriend is lovingly asking me why I'm wearing a beeper ever two minutes. Sweet.

How am I supposed to hide this thing at work tomorrow? It's literally about four inches wide x 3 inches high. Obnoxious much?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pathetic?

Is it pathetic that my good mood can be attributed to the fact that...

1. Anthropologie

&

2. Target

will be moving in...less than two miles away?

Hooray for not having to drive that extra fifteen minutes. =]

Project #2

Apparently, inquiring minds want to know. Well, maybe one inquiring mind, but whatever. That counts.

Today, I began operation new kitchen. I finally decided on some fabrics, which can be seen here (the lighting sucks, but you get the idea).



The striped fabric is several different shades of green and will one day be the curtains. The floral fabric will be the covers of the chair cushions. So far, I've put together two valences. The cafe curtains are going to have to wait until I have purchased a decent pair of sewing scissors (i.e., ones that can cut a straight line).

I've got my fingers crossed that the whole kitchen comes out as well as I have imagined. We don't want to buy too much for the new place (in case we happen to get married and need gifts, ha). As a result, I'm making large changes that are cost effective. The curtains and chair covers should run me less than thirty dollars total.

This is the table that we are going to get. I figure it's worth spending some money on that because when we buy a house, it's a simple table and can easily transfer into any kitchen. Next steps include completing the curtains, chair covers and starting on the mosaic. Unfortunately, actual pictures of the projects will have to wait until August (when we move). I'm not going to hang the curtains up until then, but I'll be sure to share them later.

Fantastic! and Book Review

On Saturday, Boyfriend and I ventured out to Northern Virginia to meet my folks. Although they have met him a handful of times, my mom and dad (okay, mostly my mom) were itching to get to know him better. My mom's reasoning, "I don't want you moving in with a girlfriend beater." Umm, thanks for the concern mom, but I can assure you he's not.

The visit went very well, and my mom later called to tell me that she feels so much better about us moving in together. It sounds as though mom may think that he's the one as well. Thank god, because they last time we were all together everyone was drunk, rowdy and god knows what she was thinking (you may remember my father's birthday in March).

We all went out for Thai food for lunch and then shopped around the town center. Mom was feeling very generous and bought me this dress from Banana Republic (it's adorable on).

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Afterwards, we came home and mom took a look at my sewing machine. Obviously, she didn't encounter a problem and attributed it to dumb blond daughter difficulty. Mom showed me what I was supposed to be doing, and we went to town making my first pillow case for the new apartment. Now, I'm obsessed with sewing. I'm going to make curtains and seat covers for the new place, but I want to do it now. Like five minutes ago now.

I walked around Calico Corners and fell in love. I touched all of the fabrics and imagined what it would be like to shop there. Jo-Ann is fine and all, but it's nothing compared to Calico Corners. I've been searching for weeks to find something perfect at Jo-Ann's without much luck. Today, I fell in love with 99% of the inventory. Unfortunately, I'm not my mom and I cannot afford to outfit my house in such a way. It's time to stop dreaming and head to the bargain bin.

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In other news, I finished another book. This time, it was....

The Summer of Secrets by Martina Reilly

Seriously, go out and read this book! You may have a little trouble finding it, seeing as though it's actually an Irish import and was never sold in the USA. However, thank god for Amazon, because you can easily get your hands on a copy. I actually read a review for this book on another blog, and she also rated it five stars. It's going to cost you a little more than another used book may cost, but you will feel super cool laying by the pool with a book that it almost totally unavailable to your fellow American peers.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Run, Don't Walk

to www.monogramchick.blogspot.com

This week, she's giving away a monogram travel mug!

Plus, if you comment on her blog and tell her that I sent you, we can both win one! It's a win, win situation and you've got nothing to lose!

Nice Shoes

Awhile back, someone asked me about my bowling shoes. Yes, I have bowling shoes, yet I'm not really an avid bowler.

They really do save money though.. if you go a few times a year (I used to go much more), you really get your moneys worth.

Plus, seriously, when else do you have an excuse to wear crazy, shiny, purple shoes?!? If you're going to go with bowling shoes, the crazier the better.



Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of just the shoes. I know, crazy right? However, you can get the gist of them from this picture that was taken a few months ago (Ignore the wet jeans, we went out in a rain storm). Oh, and you can also ignore the super sweet stance. I like to dance after I knock a lot of pins down.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

This touched me..

I'm not usually political. I mean, yes, I care about politics, but after spending the last seven years in Massachusetts, I learned that my opinion was not appreciated and often belittled. Seven years of opposing ridicule made me shut my mouth-- quite frequently.

However, since moving to Maryland, I have learned that most people are quite open minded, and a lot of people aren't staunch supporters either way. Instead, they are somewhere in the middle, leaning only slightly towards one side. I like that.

Regardless, seven years has done it's damage, and as a result, my political "ness" is mostly hidden away. However, I read this article today and it really touched me. Check it out, but don't bitch me out for being slightly conservative.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pretty Little Thang...

I wish that I had something exciting to tell ya'll.. but I don't. I spent most of the day at part two of the in service. Unfortunately, I do not find practicing basket holds on grown adults, or placing my hand under a grown woman's sweaty arm pit amusing. I'm trying to remove the images from my mind. Permanently.

The rest of my day was spent in the pool (prune), reading outside, and having a kitty photo shoot. Since I'm not going to share any pictures of me in a bathing suit, I'll amuse you with countless photos of Oh'Snap and Sage.

Seriously, click on them to make them larger. My cats are gorgeous.

{Also, get over it. I know it's tragic, but I haven't posted about them in awhile}.


I love when they lay like this. I think it's so cute, and luckily, they do it quite often.


Snap looks so comfortable. I wouldn't mind spending my afternoon looking like that.


Okay, now they are getting sick of the camera.


Snap ran away, but this is a great picture of Sage. I love that you can finally see all of her coloring in a picture. She has these fabulous blond spots (same color as Snap) mixed in with all of that gray.



Last, but certainly not least, is Snap and a pile of boyfriend's clothes. Under normal circumstances, that pile of clothes would make me crazy (certifiably). Sometimes, I do freak out about it, but there isn't much that I can do about it. Boyfriend stays over virtually every night and there isn't any room for a dresser in this tiny one bedroom. I keep reminding myself that we are moving in one month, and that soon, this madness can be thrown in a closet with the door shut. Oh, and I also nag, quite frequently for him to actually pick the stuff up and fold it. It rarely works. Looking on the bright side, if I ever need to find Snap, he's undoubtedly laying on the boyfriend's pile. He's obsessed. In fact, I took that picture four hours ago, and he's still there.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Bachelorette

Spoiler Alert!







Okay, seriously, I can't be the only one watching this show (avidly, I might add).

I've been watching it since day one, and I don't mean day one DeAnna, I mean day one Alex. Grandma watches right along with me. Thankfully, I met boyfriend, because she's been trying to pull one over on me and sign me up for years.

To this day she calls and says, "I hope you still have your boyfriend, but seriously, if you don't, I'm definitely going to hook up my webtv and sign you up." Gee, thanks grandma.

Anyways, blah blah, I'm a fan of DeAnna and all, but am I the only one that thinks that her choices are a little whack?!? Granted they didn't give her much to go on (half the twenty five were simply not suitable), but I'm really not that enthused about the three remaining bachelors.

1. Jesse- yeah he's funny but WTF? The kid is clearly not your type and he even admitted that he didn't want to get married within two weeks. Apparently he hasn't watched the show before because I'm pretty sure that that you are expected to do.

2. Jeremy- Yeah he's perfect, yeah he's OCD, yeah he's affectionate and loving, but I also think he's more than a little bit blah. They never seem to laugh together and have a good time. He's like Debbie Downer, expect he's Donny Downer.

3. Jason- I suppose (via process of elimination) that he is my favorite, but seriously, that nose is driving me crazy.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Magic Hour

Book Review #1

In addition to all of my time spent being creative... I've been reading a lot. I love when people tell me about good books, so I figured that I would review the books that I read this summer (and I've got a stack).

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

I've never read any of her books, and I usually steer more towards chick lit and/or classics, but this was a hit (in my opinion). The book is about a feral child (i.e. child raised by wolves and/or other animals) who emerges from the woods and can't talk, let alone function well in the real world. The book outlines her journey and recovery, focusing significantly on her work with a psychiatrist. Not only is a fabulous book full of psychological references, it's also a love story, and a tale of a relationship between siblings.

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon

This book isn't one that I would normally go for either- but I really enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I ordered another book by this author to read later this summer. This book is about a girl who was ridiculed as a young child, and is later murdered. The book is a murder mystery, that follows one woman's past and present. Pam Lewis, who reviewed this book wrote, "Part ghost story, part whodunit, and part coming of age tale. Promise not to tell takes you through the twisted world of adolescent friendship, betrayal, and murder."

Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern

This story was also quite fabulous, and I'm just waiting for this author to produce another piece so that I can read it. This story is also about a childhood murder, but it is so much more than that- and I would say that it's more of a psychological suspense thriller, rather than a murder mystery. The focus of the story is about an autistic boy who witnessed a crime in the woods behind his school. However, this boy cannot talk, and cannot say nothing about what he saw that day. This book was so suspenseful, that I finished it within one day. I just couldn't put it down.

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As you can see, there is a minor theme in my reading choices thus far- children. Perhaps it's the school psychologist in me, but regardless, I would check them out.

Don't worry, I've returned to my lighter beach fare, and I'll share what I think about those soon.

Projects

I used to do really well doing nothing. Last summer, I spent at least 90% of my days at the pool, lounging around doing absolutely nothing.

This summer, I need projects. It is true that I'm working, but it's only work if you count 2 hour lunches with Mari and Alli (daily), surfing the internet, and planning imaginary vacations for four hours a day work. It's boring to come home after doing nothing all day to do, well, nothing.

I've contemplated quite a few productive ideas to be honest. I'm trying to decide on a new kitchen table, and I've been tossing around the idea of making a mosaic. Originally, I was going to mosaic the entire table- now, I think I've narrowed it down to making a mosaic on a lazy susan (which can be hidden away when I'm sick of it, and/or don't want to look at it). I happen to think that I'm quite brilliant.

Boyfriend is seriously against a kitchen table, but I'm sold. He thinks it's just too much clutter and prefers to eat on the coffee table in front of the T.V. He thinks that we won't realistically have anyone over for dinner, but I'm determined to change that. It may be a tiny bit cramped in the kitchen, but I'm really looking forward to dinner parties (he hates them) and wine nights with the girls.

I'm also going to sew up some curtains for the kitchen. First, I need to get that sewing machine fixed. It's been on the fritz since the first time I turned it on, a few months ago. It's coming home with me this weekend, my mom is great at being domestic and will know how to fix it.

Today, I was off work, so I took on another-albeit-smaller project. I had purple pansies in containers outside on my patio, but they were looking sad. Very sad. Today, I ran to home depot, picked up some great new flowers and painted my old containers. The green paint is the color that is currently in the kitchen (leftovers) and the yellow is the color in my living room (more leftovers).

I'm not Martha Stewart, but I like how they came out.




In other news, I went to weight watchers today! It's official, I'm going to try it. I thought that they would kick me out and/or laugh at me when I walked in there, but amazingly, 50% of the people there weighed less than I do (at least I think). Generally, you set a 10% goal and then an overall goal, but my overall goal is going to be no more than my 10% goal. I think 10-15 pounds will be more than enough weight loss.

Here's hoping that I can stick to it and here's hoping that I can quit my three times a day full fat, full sugar coke habit.

Friday, June 20, 2008

I'm recovering

We stayed out very late last night (celebrating the birthday) so it's time for some R & R- which obviously includes blogging.

Anyways, in my boredom, I decided to check out stat counter for shits and giggles.

As always, I receive 20 hits a day from people searching for "MILF with cat," "MILF with muffin top," "My boyfriend loves MILFs." I get it, I get it, I'm never posting about MILF's again.

However, recently, I've noticed a few other keywords that are off the hizzy. I will admit to talking about MILFs, but I will not admit to the following....

"My cats are ruining my life"

AS IF! I would never say that.

"My giant sausage popping out of my pants"

Gag me. I don't think I've ever mentioned sausages.

"Crazy french lady with six children"

My bad, I was trying to hid it, but it was me. I mean moi.

Tagged Again

1. What time did you get up this morning? 8:15. Yeah, I was working, but I like to take it easy in the summer. Very easy.

2. Diamonds or Pearls? I just ordered new pearls today (we like to shop at work), however, I would never turn down a diamond.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Sex and the City.

SPOILER ALERT!

I hate big. Ugh, I so wish that Aiden swooped in to steal the show.

4. What is your favorite TV show? The Bachelor/ette, John and Kate Plus 8, anything on HGTV, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives.

5. What did you eat for breakfast? Quaker Oatmeal Bar. Cinnamon and Sugar.

6. What foods do you dislike? Bananas, raisins, and mayo.

7. Your favorite potato chip? Eh, I could take them or leave them.

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Carrie Underwood- and I didn't buy it. It was a gift.

9. What kind of car do you drive? Silver Jetta

10. Favorite sandwich? Turkey on sourdough

11. What characteristics do you despise? Ignorance and dishonesty

12. What are your favorite clothes? Dresses.. I would wear them everyday if I could afford it.

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Turks and Caicos, Greek Islands

14. What color is your bathroom? White. Damn rentals.

15. Favorite brand of clothing? The Loft and JCrew

16. Favorite time of day? It depends on where I am

17. Where would you want to retire to? I don't care, as long as it's soon.

18. Favorite sports to watch? Football. Obviously.

19. Coke or Pepsi? Coke. I have a Coca Cola problem.

20. Are you a morning person or night owl? ha, I would say a late morning person.

21. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? I've already shared everything.

22. What did you want to be when you were little? A cashier, a waitress and a princess.

23. What is your best childhood memory? Throwing carnivals.

24. Nicknames?
Some friends call me Ash
My mom, dad and other relatives call me Mallory, Alli Cat, Alli (no clue as to why)
My brother and sister call me Smash or Ashtray
and I've been called an assortment of other names including bitch, trailmix, and assley.

25. Piercings? All over baby. not.

26. Eye Color? Blue today, mostly green.

27. Favorite day of the week? Saturday

28. Favorite restaurant? Oh man, that's a tough choice. Anywhere with good crab.

29. Favorite ice cream? Eh, I could take this or leave it as well. I'll eat cookies and cream though.

30. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Anthropologie

31. Bedtime? Between 10:30 and 11:30

32. What are you listening to right now? Family Guy. Obviously, I'm not in charge of the remote.

33. How many tattoos do you have? Please playa.

34. Next film you'll see? I don't know, but it better be good if I'm going to drop 10 dollars on a ticket.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Boyfriend's B'day

So, Boyfriend isn't big on birthdays, but I am. I celebrate birthday month, so I informed boyfriend that he'd have to step it up and at least celebrate birthday week. He agreed, and we celebrated with dinner out last night on his actual b'day, we're hitting up the bar tonight with some friends, and celebrating with his family on Saturday.

Boyfriend appeared to enjoy it. Especially when I woke him up from his nap with two glasses of champagne.

In other news, boyfriend's present cracked me up and kept me amused for days.

He's probably going to kill me for telling this story, but it has to be told. About 1-2 months ago, boyfriend and I may have been looking at gems at a nice jewelry store in town. Now, if you know my boyfriend, you know that he turns into quite the comedian at the store (any store). Upon walking in, boyfriend slapped my ass right in front of two guards. Gee, thanks boyfriend. Upon sitting down in front of the cases, the comedy ensued. He asked the sales lady if we could see something in cubic zirconia.

Anyways, while we were there, the lady randomly decided to tell us that in today's society, it is expected that a girl will give her boyfriend a "time piece" after he proposes. Seeing as though I'm 26 and not 80, I was thinking, "what the hell is a time piece?" (told you I could be a ditz). I was picturing a long pocket watch, and thinking who the hell would really purchase one of those!?!?

Boyfriend decided to be funny and asked the saleslady if they sold Timex.

Anyways, for his birthday, I bought boyfriend a watch. He hasn't had one since the 8th grade and I figured that it was a appropriate present.

I was hoping to buy a Timex for him in an attempt to trick him, but they were like 30 dollars at Walmart and I'm not spending 30 bucks on a gag.

Instead, I bought something even better. I wrapped it up beautifully and mocked sheer excitement over the present choice.




This is his first peek into the box. Imagine me behind the camera waiting anxiously for his reaction to the lovely "time piece" that I picked out for him.




He's so sweet, he actually tried to pretend that he liked it. He was like "wow, honey, thanks." It took everything within me to contain the laughter.



Finally, I let him in on my trick and allowed him to open his real present. He was like, "Ugh, so that one isn't it." No, no honey. He seemed much happier with the actual watch.


This is what he opened at first. A $7.00 special at Walmart, complete with two of the tackiest bucks that you ever could see.


Oh I'm tricky.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Happy Birthday

Boyfriend!

We're off to celebrate with dinner and presents. Expect a full wrap up soon!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

To ditz or not to ditz

Sometimes, I wonder if I'm a ditz.

I've asked my friends and I've asked the boyfriend and they always tell me "NO!".

Sometimes, I wonder if they are lying.

I mean, I've got the blonde thing going, and I've certainly said one or two stupid things in my life. Ahem.

In high school, I was like sporty spice. However, I picked my sports based on the outfit. Sure, I could have played basketball, but lets be realistic, those girls are practically in capris. Softball? Oh, hell to the no! Spandex went out in the mid-90's.

Field Hockey and Lacrosse, check and double check. I even won the shortest kilt award in high school. It's an award that I covet. To. This. Day.

However, I think that the one thing that I've got to help me straddle the fine line between ditz-a-licous and normal blonde chick is my tell it like it is attitude.

A ditz thinks everything is AWESOME, and cute, and perfect. They ooh and ahh over everything, even if they really couldn't give a damn.

Me, on the other hand, I'll tell you if your outfit sucks and/or if you're being a complete asshat. Some may think I'm blunt, I prefer honest.

I think it works well this way. It's a known fact that every girl needs two types of friends; one that will tell you that you are awesome, cute and totally perfect. One that will ooh and ahh over your ugly sweater. Then you need one that will tell it like it is and direct you to the nearest salvation army, complete with a print out of donation calling hours.

When you go through a break-up, you want your ditz to tell you how perfect and amazing you are. But eventually, you're going to need the friend that tells it like it is. Especially when you decide to rebound and need the perfect first date outfit.

Shoot, maybe I'm just a bitchy ditz.

Ooh La La

I am not trying to get all political, but seriously, the things that I would do for this dress.

Jenna Bush's Wedding

Gorgeous.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Minus One

I know that I added a 16th reason, but I'm going to have to retract it. Boyfriend wouldn't share his rootbeer with me tonight.

ETA: Oh, but he did run out for sour cream (about five minutes before dinner hit the table).

I guess that 16 will fly and that 17 is negotiable.

Awwwwwwwwwww YEAH!

I know, I know, I've been neglecting my blog like woah...

Expect a full update soon...

However, I decided that I had enough time to come on here and brag...




The Cat's Pajamas picked me, as one of the blogs that make her day. Well A.D., I'm glad that I can entertain you, and let it be known that you are a great entertainer as well (your cat love is just the icing on the cake).

Now, if I were to return the favor, I would most certainly nominate the Cat's Pajamas as well. She proves that cat owners can be young, hip, cute as hell, wear adorable clothes, and find a husband (so hah, you haters).

I would also nominate JKW because she's lost 40 pounds in less than a year and looks smokin' hot. I only wish I had that kind of determination (my ass also wishes thankyouverymuch).

Reason #16

He sure knows how to "shake it" when my foot is asleep!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Baby Blues

In honor of the boyfriend's birthday week, a list for him:

The top 15 reasons that boyfriend rocks!

1. I trust boyfriend 110%. He's the most loyal and trust worthy man that I have ever met. I could never doubt his faithfulness.

2. Despite the worst hangover in the world, he always asks me what I want for breakfast on Saturday mornings.

3. He is never to busy to kiss me goodbye and/or goodnight. Every. Single. Time.

4. His tendency to be easily amused sends me into hysterics every time (or slight annoyance, but I find it funny after a minute).

5. Although he claims that he hates cats, he treats Snap and Sage just as well as he treats me.

6. I get flowers all the time.. just because.

7. He's got at least 6 inches on me, so I fit perfectly under his shoulder.

8. He laughs at my jokes, even when they are terrible.

9. Even if I cook the worst possible dinner ever, he eats it, smiles and tells me that it is amazing.

10. He's a phenomenal chef (and the reason for my weight gain).

11. He always asks me what I want, and if everything is okay. He makes me feel like his number one priority.

12. His eyes are absolutely gorgeous (but he already knows that- he gets compliments all the time).

13. He's fiercely competitive and when he's frustrated it melts my heart (as opposed to being scary, which would be bad).

14. He's 100% dependable and I can always count on him.

15. He makes me feel beautiful all of the time (even if I don't) and would never, ever say anything negative about me and/or how I look.

Tag you're it!

What was I doing 10 years ago? I was having the time of my life of course. I was 16, had a fantastic jeep grand Cherokee, and my parents covered my rent, utilities and gas. Those were the days.

5 Non-important things/habits/quirks:
1. I watched Cat's Eye a few too many times when I was little, and now I must sleep with my face covered (at least partially). I swear that a little troll lurks in the corner.
2. I can't sit in a swivel chair without swiveling like a two-year-old.
3. I prefer happy hour to all out drunkfests.
4. I drink far too many full calorie cokes per day.
5. I would survive solely on gummy candies if it were allowed.

Five Foods I Enjoy:
1. Asian
2. Candy
3. Blue Crab
4. King Crab
5. Lobster

5 Things I Would Do If I Were a Billionaire:
1. Save
2. Travel
3. Pay bills
4. Buy a house
5. Shop!

Five Places I Have Lived:
Ridgefield, CT
Pittsburgh, PA
Chicago, IL
Memphis, TN
Denver, CO

Five blogs I'm tagging:
The first five who do it. Post here if you have done it. Have fun.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Last Day!

girl's night out was a success, but I knew it would be. We tried this fabulous french restaurant where I ate way too much cheese, and had the most amazing paella paired with a seriously phenomenal fume blanc. It was so good, we went for two bottles.

I'm off to search for this wine, because if I can afford it, I'm going to buy it in bulk.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Lookin' Good

Well, the dinner party was a success! My mojitos were a hit and the cake was absolutely amazing. There was one minor snafu, i.e., their air conditioner didn't seem to work (it broke right before we got there) and it was about a trillion bajillion degrees out, but we made the most of it and had a fabulous time. I can't wait to do it again.

On Sunday, my mom and dad came up and we went out for lunch and had a fabulous time as always.

Today was my first day back @ school without the kiddos. I actually had something to do so I wasn't completely miserable. Tomorrow will be spent searching for a birthday present online for boyfriend. He doesn't like to divulge what he wants (annoying, right?). If I were a millionaire I would take him on a fabulous vacation, but alas, I'm not. I'm not a mind reader either, but I'm working on it.

Boyfriend bought me the cutest ramekins tonight. They are pink and green with tiny watermelon seeds inside. I can't wait to use them... perhaps at the next dinner party.

Until then, it's back to work and a busy week. It's girls night tomorrow, so I'll be dining in style with Laurie, Brook and Mari. I'm super psyched that we've stuck with our 1-2 times a month dinner out. Hopefully I'll be back with a fun (or slightly tipsy) report tomorrow night.

Things that make you go hmmmm..

This is my psychological expertise talking:

When it comes to messed up kids...

More often than not...

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dinner Parties

Our friends Alli and Tyler invited us over for a small dinner party tonight. I love dinner parties and would host them all the time (if I had a table that sat more than one- dinner parties on the floor don't sound quite as classy).

Hopefully, we'll buy a table for the new apartment, but until then, I just whip up my specialties and share them elsewhere.

(You should invite us for dinner, I'm more than happy to cook) =]

This is what we're bringing:

Peach Mojitos



Ingredients
3 cups coarsely chopped peeled ripe peaches (about 1 pound or 3 peaches)
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 large limes)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed mint leaves
2 cups white rum
4 cups club soda, chilled
Crushed ice
Mint sprigs (optional)

Preparation
1. Place peaches in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.
2. Combine rind, lime juice, sugar, and mint in a large pitcher; crush juice mixture with the back of a long spoon. Add peach puree and rum to pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in club soda. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

Strawberry Brownie Torte



Ingredients:
1 package fudge brownie mix
1 (14-ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1/2 cup cold water
1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla flavor pudding mix
1 (4-ounce) container frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed (1 3/4 cups)
1 quart fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and halved (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Chocolate syrup (optional)

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease two 9-inch round layer cake pans. Line with wax paper, extending up sides of pans; grease wax paper.
2. Prepare brownie mix as package directs for cake-like brownies; pour into prepared pans.
3. Bake 20 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Cool.
4. In large bowl, mix condensed milk and water; beat in pudding mix. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped topping.
5. Place one brownie layer on serving plate. Top with half each of the pudding mixture and strawberries. Repeat layers. Drizzle with chocolate syrup (optional).
6. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Both recipes are super easy and super delicious. I can't wait to eat tonight.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

New Hair

This is a crab hat. The kitties hate it, so the picture isn't fabulous. The good pictures are on boyfriends camera, so they will have to wait.



I finally had my hair cut today! I hated the layers that they did last time, so I'm quite pleased with the results! I wish it was a little bit shorter, but I'll take it to that level the next time that I go back.

This is what happens when I ask boyfriend to take a picture of my new hair. Photographer, he is not.


New hair front view (excuse my face):


New hair side view:


Overall, I'm a fan. Yay for new hair.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I miss this...


ummm Hello!

Are the sheets really that bad, that NO ONE can comment on {how cute} they are?!?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Aren't we domestic?

As you may have heard, boyfriend is way picky when it comes to home furnishings and decor. A few weeks ago, as we were strolling through pottery barn, he saw this sheet set and mentioned that he liked it.

I actually like it myself; it doesn't have redskins written all over it, and it's not a hideously ugly color (although I generally prefer green in the bedroom, but I'm willing to compromise).

We decided to celebrate our lease signing, with a new bedding set for the new place. One that we actually agree on.



We lucked out and Pottery Barn just so happens to have this set on sale (which is why we jumped on it now- it won't last long). We went with the blue duvet and shams, the yellow sheet set, and a bed skirt (like the euro pillow- wide blue and white stripes).



I can't wait for it to get here... although I think we're going to wait until we move in to unpack them.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Case of the Mondays

Well, the AC unit was finally fixed today (supposedly), but I'm totally scared to actually turn it on. He claims that when he fixed the transmitter, it continued to malfunction. Sweet. He does think that he fixed it (tooled around with the heat pump unit outside). Regardless, I'm a little weary about the internal wiring. Although, he promises that the new transmitter will shut itself off long before any problems with fire and/or smoke would occur.

I'm especially terrified to leave it running when I'm not home (i.e. the kittens) and when I'm sleeping (i.e. what if the smoke alarm doesn't work this time).

I'm sure I'll get over it as the temperature rises, but for now, I'm insanely pleased that it's cool outside tonight.
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In other news, boyfriend and I are officially moving in together in August- even though I was very against premarital cohabitation only a few months before. Everytime I call my mom, she warns me not to give in and leaves me with this lovely tidbit of advice; "No ring, No room!" It's a little late mom!

Sidenote: I don't mind if you cohabitate. It was a personal decision that I made a few years ago, after cohabitating with an ex. It's amazing how $600 extra dollars a month can make a gal change her morals. No, don't worry boyfriend- I love you TONS and it's not just the $600 bucks. =]

We handed in our applications today, and reserved a pretty nice apartment in the complex. It's an end unit so we'll get a few extra windows, and it's on the second floor. The bonus is that there is no third floor unit above us (virtually unheard of in this complex).

We celebrated with a trip to the pool and a homemade dinner. After that, we wandered around Target for a good hour, where I picked up a "crab hat" for my cats (pictures of follow) and paper plates that I don't really need (hey, they were madras).

After that, I watched the Desperate Housewives finale. I know that I'm a little late, but WTF (sorry, I tivo many shows, it takes me awhile to catch up)?!?!? What's with this five year in advance business and what happened to Mike Delfino? Answers please!
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In other news, four more half days left until schools out for summer! Of course I'll be working, but I'm hoping it's more like fake work. I've already been stocking up on reading materials.