Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mid-Atlantic Folks....

Calling all girls (and the few random boys) from the Mid-Atlantic states--
 
I need some advice (lots, preferably),
 
Where is your favorite place to escape to for a weekend away?
 
My husband and I in the process of planning a few weekend trips during the upcoming months, but we need some help deciding where to go!  Have you been anywhere (within a 4 hour radius of Washington D.C.) exciting?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ten on Tuesdays

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Graduating from college (where I had more than my share of fun) with honors.
Gaining admission into graduate school at Tufts University.
Actually graduating from grad school (sucked)
Buying my first home

I know, it's more than one accomplishment, but what can I say?- I'm an accomplished chick. :)


2. How much did you weigh when you were born?

7 pounds, 11 ounces. I'm terrified that I'm going to deliver ten pound babies. Gah. Ouch.

3. What is your favorite perfume?

I have a few perfumes in my arsenal, but more often than not, I don't remember to wear them. Perhaps I should give it another whirl?!

4. How many siblings do you have?

1 26 year old sister, 1 24 year old brother, and I've recently inherited two sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law.

5. How many children would you like to have? (Or how many do you have?)

If you asked me five years ago, I would have said five. Then I got older, grew some brains, and realized that my hips just can't handle that much birthing. I think we're gonna go for three. I'm one of three and my husband is one of three. It's worked out for both of us.

6. What’s the best class you took in college?

My favorite class was Abnormal Psychology. I found it to be fascinating. Granted, I barely got there in time every week (I seriously sat on the floor 9 times out of ten in my sweat pants because the seats were all filled up) but I actually went-- and it was a 10:15 class. That's early in college.

7. What was your favorite game to play when you were a child?

T.V. tag. Is anything more fun than T.V. tag?

8. What character on Friends are you most like?

I'm anal and clean like Monica. I'm ditzy like Pheobe. I approach life and friendships like Rachel.

9. Are you a phone person? (ie: Do you like talking on the phone?)

I'm actually quite scared of the phone. Unless I'm married to you, we're related, or we're BFF's- I hate the phone. I dread calling parents. I do it, but I dread it. I make John do all of my phone based dirty work. Call the plumber? I can't do it.

That being said, texting was a fantastic invention.

10. What was the best vacation you ever took?

My honeymoon! Seriously, we still had that we're married high, it was tropical, it was all inclusive (hello free food and booze) and it was a week off of work.

My favorite pre-John trip was probably to the Grand Canyon. Yes, it's a little lame, but it was when I had my first helicopter ride and that was amazing!

Monday, January 25, 2010

100 Days



100 days ago, we became Mr. & Mrs.

I still wish that we could relive that moment every. single. weekend.




I love you, Hubs.

The Bachelor: Jake, Episode 4

Tonight, we start out with that cutie, Chris. He announces that the girls are going to live in an RV from here on out. The girls seem psyched-- I personally think that it sucks. Wow, 9 chicks, no beds, no walking room, and one tiny bathroom-- I'd prefer life in the mansion.

Here comes Jake on his hot rod motorcycle with a TENT. WTF. If I were on this show I'd be like umm no- I didn't sign up for this?

(side note: I think that it's funny that Corrie is a wardrobe consultant. What does that even mean)?

Jake meets the girls and informs them that his tent is just down yonder. The girls whip out their folding chairs and read the date card. Gia gets the first one-on-one date! Ashleigh's sitting in the folding chair in 4 inch heels. Overdoing it much?

Gia's wearing stilettos and a dress for her wilderness date. I'm pretty sure she may be wearing a leotard as well. They spend the first part of their date playing hide and seek and then they chat on the blanket for awhile. Gia claims that she was picked on for being such a dork. Jake had a similar experience (not shocking). Oh lord, they really are dorks. They are playing spin the bottle with a grand total of two people. LAME. Their kiss looks lame too. Must not have been so bad in person because she gets the rose.

The group date is in Pismo Beach, CA. First up, dune buggies followed by sand surfing. I must say that I wish that I had Corrie's body. Just throwing that out there. During dinner Jake talks with Ashleigh. AWKWARD. They have nothing to talk about but she's all over his ass. Jake and Ali talk next. She's sporting her plastic clip (as usual) and she's asking hard questions about the elimination.

(.......this is kinda boring so far)

Here comes Tenley and Jake. He's thrilled to talk to her. So thrilled that he sprawls out on the couch and lays his head on her lap. They discuss her divorce and apparently her ex husband cheated on her with a cop coworker. What a bummer. Vienna gets the last few moments with him (what happened to Jessie? That chick gets ZERO air time). Their time seems a bit lame as well. He claims that he's seen a couple of red flags and he's starting to be a bit concerned about her. Overall, Tenley gets the rose and she's safe.

Katherine and Ella get the 2 on 1 date. One stays, one goes. Foreshadowing leads me to believe that they are both going to go. It's an awkward dinner date at his cabin. Ella appears to be monopolizing the conversation. Jake makes things way weirder than they need to be. He pulls Ella away and he dumps her. I'm surprised, they seemed to have the most in common out of everyone there. Next, Jake goes inside and dumps Katherine too. I don't know why he didn't just keep one of them- he had the rose. Oh wait.. no he doesn't. He burned that shit in the fire.

Back in the bus, the girls continue to hate on Vienna. I still don't understand what she did wrong. Do any of ya'll know?

Back at the cocktail party, Jake pulls several of the girls away for a chat. Corrie is growing on me and I'm growing fond of her. Ali continues to wear yellow dresses everyday. Jessie wears some wicked stupid outfits and she's sporting lime green eye shadow. Jessie calls Vienna out during her one-on-one. Girls, get a grip. Don't talk about others, talk about yourself during your one-on-one time.



It's time to find out who stays and who goes!

Jake's acting like a pansy and crying about how hard it is to pick a girl. Wah. Wah. Wah. Guys should not use the expression, "it hurts my heart."

Moving on, he picks....

Ali
Corrie

Dude- this is dramatic. his hand goes limp as he reaches for the rose.
MR. AWKWARD.

Jake runs out to find Chris (Chris apparently runs away and has a private party with plain clothed people during the rose ceremony- ha)

Jake just can't BEAR to give out two more roses. Well, duh. You are not left with many winners, buddy(and that includes the girls that he did pick).

Chris is damn good at improvising and thinking on the spot and he steals one of the roses away.

and the final rose goes to..............

Vienna

That means Ashleigh and Jessie are outta here.

peace out. don't let the door hit ya.

Over It.

I'm so over coming up with dinner ideas everynight.

Hit me with your favorites,

pretty please!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dear Husband, Part 2

Honey,

Can I pretty please have another one of these?

I love the two that we have, but they can't do this!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dear Husband

Dear Husband,

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Good, now.......

Since you won't buy me a yacht, will you at least let me dress like I belong on one?

Love,
Your Wife



I went into the Loft this afternoon to peruse the sales and I fell in love. Husband is in trouble, I need one of everything.



You won't believe your eyes-- this cardigan has a navy blue/white polka dot chiffon bow on it. I need this. Now.


I'll take this entire outfit please. You want me to look sailor chic, right?


Seersucker! Fitted! Structured! So cute!


I absolutely need another navy blue dress. You can never have too much navy blue.



Honey.... I Love this top. It's so me, right? Can I have it?



This would love lovely for a ...... well whatever, I can't think right now. It would just look lovely.




I pretty much need this blouse too. Polka dots! They are a must.








Thursday, January 21, 2010

WWW Week 2

(or THURSDAY)

I was super nervous about weighing in this week.

a). I had a long weekend. Long weekend = more time to eat.

I love long weekends. In fact, I live for the weekend. However, my husband, who is not on a diet, likes to eat (shall I say) well on the weekends. I didn't gain 20 pounds for nothing- I owe it to my husband's longing for Chipotle, Mexican, pizza, chicken nuggets and such. I can't blame him entirely, I put the stuff in my mouth because lets face it-- who can resist Chipotle? He just came up with the idea.

Eating during the week is so much easier. I have a 2-3 point breakfast (usually a special K bar or special K cereal -dry, I don't do milk), a 6 point lunch (usually 2 point pretzels, 4 point sandwich, 0 point fruit/veggie), and a 1 point snack (ff popcorn, vitatop, 100 cal pack). Even with all that food -- and it's a lot-- I have 14 points left for dinner/dessert.

The points never seem to go as far on the weekends. I don't know what it is, but I'm usually 10 points deep by 11am.

b). The husband and I had an incredibly fun long weekend together, which included a lot of romance, a lot of dates, and a lot of naughty foods. In fact- we had Chinese on Friday, homemade pizzas on Saturday and steak, potatoes and shrimp on Sunday.

Now, I was smart about eating out. I ordered steamed veggie dumplings (2-3 pts), chicken with veggies (5pts) and I measured out my rice so it was a step up from my usual General Tso's chicken. That being said, it tasted just as good, if not better.

Regardless, I went over my points and I went over my flex points.

And now.. for the moment you've all been waiting for.....

despite a) & b), I still lost some weight!!!

*happy dance*

1.6 pounds to be exact.

Pounds lost: -1.6
Pounds left: 16.4
Ultimate Goal: -20

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One of THOSE days...

Today, I had ZERO desire to get out of bed.
 
It's shocking, because although I don't wake up all bright eyed and bushy tailed every morning,  I can at least get out of bed on the first try. 
 
Today it was unusually dark.  I could hear the rain on my windowsill.  My bed was so incredibly warm.  I actually pressed snooze. 
 
Gosh, I'm tired.
 
Let's hope that I can shake this feeling by noon. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday

1. Are you usually late, early, or right on time?
I'm always late (ask my husband). However, I am never annoyingly late. You can count on me to be five minutes late for everything. I almost never go beyond five minutes (ten tops) when it relates to work or something with a start time. Despite the fact that I'm always late, I find it incredibly rude when people top 10 minutes on the late scale. I want that extra five minutes to myself but I don't want to look careless.


2. What is your middle name?
Nicole. Aren't you glad you asked? It has no significance. My parents just liked it. I like it too and hope to use it for my future daughter's middle name.

I don't really love the idea of naming people after other people. If it works out, I'll do it. If it sounds dumb and I have to try hard to make it work, I'll skip it. I'll honor you by hanging a picture up of you instead.

3. What are the last 4 digits of your cell phone number?

Sorry, I'm not going to tell you. I don't need any more solicitors.

4. How big is your bed?

A king. Would you know that I complained for years (seriously) about our crappy full sized bed and now I'm going to continue to complain about the king sized one. I have to roll over at least 6 times to even find my husband on the other side of the bed.

5. What are you allergic to?

Work.

6. What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Wish that it was Saturday, then hop out of bed. I never press snooze. After that I promptly go downstairs, make coffee, shower and get ready. I require less than 35 minutes to do all of the above and get out the door. I work with kids, it's not a beauty contest.

7. What was your favorite TV show growing up?

Hey Dude or Saved by the Bell. Oh, or Blossom. I loved that chick's hats.

8. Will you, or did you, go to your 10 year high school reunion?

My ten year was this past November and I didn't go. It was in Pittsburgh and it was the day after Thanksgiving. We just couldn't make it work. I wanted to go, but it wasn't worth the four hour drive when we had something we had to do in Maryland the day before and the day after the reunion.

9. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?

Don't ask me hard questions on my day off.

10. What, in your opinion, is the greatest invention?

The Internet-- although it's also one of my greatest annoyances. Life was much simpler when we didn't know as much.

The Bachelor: Jake, Episode 3

Chris Harrison starts the show off with the date card! Let me tell you, these ladies look rough in the morning. Must have been some hard core cocktail partying last night.

Vienna gets the first date. She cries. Michelle calls her ugly. Apparently none of the other girls like Vienna. At least she dressed appropriately for her date. She's the first to accomplish that task.

Their one-on-one date sucks. Who wants to have a panic attack on their second date? Hanging from a bungee cord? Not my idea of a good date. The night goes on and it looks like they're hitting it off quite well. So well, that she got the rose. The ladies are going to be pissed.

What do you know, they are pissed. Talk about foreshadowing. Alli is SO shocked that she came home at all.

Next up, the group date. Michelle runs up and molests him. Jake takes the girls to a comedy club and they find out that they will be doing stand up comedy for an audience. The girls aren't that funny, but it's a good effort. I couldn't do it.

Tenley finally shares about her ex-husband and Jake appears to be supportive of her. It has to be a hard story to tell. Ashleigh (why weren't my parents that creative?) talked shit about Vienna during her one-on-one time with Jake. Next, Ali throws Vienna under the bus. I'm not the biggest Vienna fan, but I haven't seen her do anything bitchy on the show-- I'm so confused. Michelle and Jake have their one-on-one time next. She's awkward and tells Jake about how she wants/needs a husband. Then she kisses him and disses him about it. Michelle threatens to leave (hoping he'll tell her to stay), but he kicks her to the curb.

Next, the girls face off with Vienna and gang up on her at the house. Vienna comes out to apologize about how she acted after her date and some of the girls forgive her. Ali, who is swiftly moving down a few notches from my favorite, tells her that she wasn't mad that another girl got the date, she was just mad that someone as trashy as Vienna got the date.

It's time for Ella's one-on-one date! Jake's taking her to seaworld, which is perfect-- Ella loves dolphins! ha. Jake surprises Ella with her son. I'm sure he'll be a fun addition to their first date. I think that Ella changed her outfit at least 10 times on this date. The editing is obviously all whack since she's in a different outfit in every scene. Things seem to be going well for the two of them-- which confuses me because Reality Steve assured us that she was going home after this date. Woah, he gave her a rose and they kiss!

Now, we're moving on to the rose ceremony cocktail hour. First, he talks with Elizabeth. She's all about leading him on. Jake calls her out on her little games and calls her confusing. I think she's a bit of a pain in the ass. It's obvious why she's single. While Elizabeth is off being a cock tease, Vienna asks to speak with him to clear things up. The girls hate her again because they wanted one-on-one time too. Ali, who gets bitchier by the second, tells her that she shouldn't have taken alone time from the other girls. Vienna informs her that they have all night and that they will all get alone time before the end of the night.

Elizabeth continues to freak out. Hello, she could get a guy any day of the week! Riiiiiiiiiight, and that's why you're on a reality show trying to find love.

This was the shortest cocktail hour ever. Jake is emotionally drained and it's obvious.

So who's staying..........

Gia- has she even talked to Jake?
Corrie- cuuuuute dress
Tenley- another cuuuute dress
Ali- cuuuute dress, but she was a biatch in this episode
Jessie- does she speak either?
Kathryn- the third mute of the bunch
Ashleigh- she's SHOCKED!


So who's going home.......

Elizabeth- the tease
Lavisha, Valisha- or whatever he name is

WWW


Okay, it's not even CLOSE to Wendesday, but I did weigh in last Thursday (sorry, I forgot).
Pounds Lost: -2 (I was disappointed, but the lady said this was good)
Goal: -20
Pounds Left: -18
The best part, I haven't deprived myself whatsoever. I could live off vegetables, so I find this to be an easy diet because I can load up on the veggies (I haven't met one that I don't like).

21st Century Syndrome

I heard about this new "syndrome" on the radio the other morning.

Gosh darn it, I think that I may have it. Me, along with 10 of my dearest friends.

I often complain to my husband about feeling low-grade-crappy (yes, I made that up). Now I have an excuse. Duh, honey! It's just the 21st century rearing it's ugly head.

From: This Article

Are you always tired? Do you feel irritable, light headed when standing quickly, have a low sex drive, find it really hard to concentrate, crave salt or sugar and have problems with your digestion? Perhaps you've had more coughs and colds than normal?

If these symptoms sound familiar, apart from the fact that they are all typical signs of stress, you may be suffering from a recently recognised stress disorder called Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. This new syndrome covers a large group of non specific symptoms and it's now become so commonplace that it's actually recognised now by the World Health Organisation.

Adrenal Fatigue Syndromes occurs - simply - because the adrenal glands, the ones that are located just above the kidneys, get overworked. The adrenal glands work in times of stress to help the body cope by pumping out high levels of the hormone cortisol during short term periods of high stress.The problem these days however is that the adrenal glands 'burn out' as the body is almost always under stress, with the result that the glands tire, and the levels of cortisol in the body plummet, meaning that the sufferer can no longer respond effectively to high pressure situations.

Sufferers of this syndrome can show no signs of a physical illness; instead they live with a general sense of being ill, tired and generally not 'feeling right'. People suffering from this syndrome also find they have to use stimulants such as caffeine, coffee, and colas to keep themselves going through the day. Going to bed increasingly earlier and still having difficulty getting up in the mornings, waking up still feeling tired, is also a common symptom of the syndrome.

Many people with chronic or clinical stress disorders have problems sleeping - and lack of sleep is the main cause of adrenal syndrome - which further agitates the situation because adrenal syndrome sufferers need more sleep. This condition has been shown to affect more women than men.

Obviously, it goes without saying, if you suspect this syndrome for causing your feelings, you need to see your doctor or other medical practitioner. The term adrenal fatigue is now starting to be recognised by mainstream medical services worldwide. Medical treatments are basic in their own right, the treatments being based on stress disorders, but one of the main, major aspects of this illness seems to be mentally induced, although subconsciously.

What do you think about this?

Legit? Si or No?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Annoyed by T.V.

Did I miss the memo?

Since when did ALL the freaking shows on T.V. extend to two hour specials,
EVERY
SINGLE
SOLITARY
WEEK?

Thinking is hard for me right now (I haven't been sleeping well), but I seem to remember a time when shows were a half hour or an hour long (TOPS).

Now, shows can't seem to be long enough. One hour? Please, that's so 1999.

I try to enjoy So You Think You Can Dance -- but gosh darn it, it takes up three hours a week just to do so.

Same goes for The Bachelor, The Biggest Loser, American Idol, etc.

biggest loser Pictures, Images and Photos

It almost appears as though the networks are having a competition for who can take up the most time in one week. Sometimes I can't even find an hour in a day, how am I supposed to keep up with all of my favorite shows when they occupy at least 12 a week?



Another television related annoyance...

GIVE
US
TIME
TO
MISS
YOU

Several of the shows mentioned above, ahem, The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance used to wait months between seasons. I got excited when a new season started.

Lately, they've been waiting 2.3 seconds before airing the next season. The shows begin to lose their luster when they are always on (and always on for 4 hours a week no less).

The biggest loser is currently DVRing as we speak, but I'd rather go to sleep early than watch it right now. I'm still burnt out from last season.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Classic Sheperd's Pie

This is one of the (few) weight watchers recipes that my husband can get on board with.

It's excellent and it makes its way into the dinner rotation quite frequently at our house.

Classic Sheperd's Pie
6 servings
5 WW points per serving

2 large potato(es), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/4 cup(s) fat-free sour cream (I usually omit this unless we happen to have it on hand)
1 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup(s) onion(s), chopped
2 medium carrot(s), diced
2 medium stalk(s) celery, diced
1 pound(s) uncooked ground turkey breast
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cup(s) canned chicken broth, or beef broth (we use beef)

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and pour in enough water to cover potatoes. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain potatoes, transfer to a large bowl and add sour cream and margarine; mash until smooth, season to taste with salt and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery; cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Add flour, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper; stir to coat. Add broth and bring to a simmer; simmer until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.

Transfer turkey mixture to a 9-inch, deep-dish pie plate. Spread mashed potatoes over top and using the back of a spoon, make decorative swirls over the top. Bake until potatoes are golden, about 30 minutes. Slice into 6 pieces and serve.


Let me know if you've tried it and what you think if you do!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Favorite Series

Now that we're coming up on three months of marriage, I forgot to share my favorite photo "series" with you all after the wedding.

These pictures were taken immediately after the ceremony as we were exiting the church. My excitement was obvious and despite the rain, I think it adds a special touch.

I'm showing a lot of leg in this one, but I love it. My dress was huge and heavy. As you can see, I required an entourage to walk in the rain.



My wedding planner saved the day with that giant umbrella. She did all the work, while my husband followed.



I love this picture because it is so me. If you know me in real life, you've only seen this face 22343243 million times. Plus, I know I'm biased but this picture really shows off my dress (in my personal opinion, nothing is as beautiful as a lace wedding dress). I was in love with that scalloping along the bottom of my dress and the hubs shows if off beautifully in this picture.



Here's the last picture in this series. We actually used this picture on our Christmas card (which was sent to about 20 people so don't be offended if you didn't get one). We were burnt out after all of the wedding thank-you notes, but had ambitious plans for our Christmas cards. :)

The hubs looks super hot in this one!



So there you have it.. I love all of these pictures. Do you have a favorite (I need help narrowing them down)?

Diet Food

Unfortunately, my metabolism isn't what it used to be. I like to blame my husband, but it could be a result of old age as well.

As a result - I - like fifty million other Americans, have decided to take another ride on the diet train.

I'm going to participate in Weight Watchers Wednesdays (WWW) posting, like several of my favorite bloggers. Unfortunately, my WWW posts will be on Thursday because that's the day that we way in here in Ashley's town.

I'm hoping to stay committed this time-- especially since I got one of my besties to join with me. It makes the meetings more amusing. Our leader happens to act like a chihuahua on speed, so it's nice to have a friend there to witness it and to roll eyes with.

Now that I'm counting points, I just had to share some of the lovely goodies that I've been ingesting as of late (see, dieting is all bad).

These are my favorites so far.......

Kellog's Special K Bar in Chocolately Pretzel. The bar is tiny, but I feel like I'm eating a piece of heaven whenever I take a bite (2 WW pts).




Arnold Sandwich Thins in EVERY flavor. These things ROCK. They are all the rage in the bread aisle and they taste 100 times better than plain ol' wonder bread. The best part-- both slices are only 1 point. I've been enjoying turkey sandwiches stuffed with deli mustard, lettuce, onions, sprouts and green peppers for 2 points all week.




Oh my gosh, ya'll. This frozen meal is to die for. I almost didn't want to share it with you because I hate when this variety is sold out at my grocery store.

If you like mushrooms, run out and buy Healthy Choice's Portabella Marsala Pasta. It has a little bit of spice, it's made with whole wheat pasta, and there are huge chunks of real mushrooms in every bite. Whenever they are on sale I buy at least 10 boxes.

What are your favorite "diet foods"?

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Bachelor: Episode 2- Review

Well, things happened fast right off the bat. Within moments we're in the limo for the first group date. There's a lot of woohooos and oohs and ahhs.

Jake, I see that you took my advice and you're sporting blue. Good job, man.

Apparently when you sign up for The Bachelor nowadays, you also get to model in In Style magazine. Roslyn's showing her cha-cha to the camera and Christina's freaking out (four minutes later-- she's still freaking out). Jake saves the day by slow dancing with her to no music-- in broad daylight-- in front of 5 other girls. Gag me.

The girls from group date #1 are enjoying cocktails by the pool. Gia really annoys me. You may think she's hot, but I think she needs speech therapy. Here comes Ashleigh (not from Pittsburgh) in her bikini. The rest of the girls dub her the "Bikini Buster."

but wait.. while she's straddling Jake in the pool, the rest of the girls decide to become bikini busters too and spoil her date.

Christina got drunk and she's acting crazy. She's humming the Twilight Zone theme song and told him she wants a baby during their alone time. Too soon, my friend. Too soon.

Rozlyn comes to steal him away. The girls think that she's super hot, but I think she looks like she partied a little too hard while she was in her early twenties. Rozlyn went in for the kiss and wins "The Rose." After the rose, she discusses her strategy with the camera and informs them that she beats bitches up when they mess with her. Forgive me, but you shouldn't need a strategy to fall in love with someone.

Ali wins the first alone date and probably 15 carats worth of diamonds. She wears a cute little yellow satin dress and four inch heels for a motorcycle ride around town. Jake takes her to the airport, despite the fact that she told him that she's afraid of flying on night one. Ali looks like she's going to have a panic attack as he buckles her in, but flying was so easy with that stud Jake by her side. sigh. They are flying high up on the wings of love (could have done without that song playing in the background). Hooray, they arrive alive and a old time sports car is waiting for them to whisk them away to.......

no, not a castle.....




.......to a large grassy field.

Ali gets the rose and the kiss. She's def. my favorite so far.

Moving on to group date #2. What do you know, Jake's wearing blue again and the girls are all inappropriately dressed for a day at the amusement park. They really should give these girls a fashion heads up prior to the date.

Elizabeth steals Jake away from the rest of the WOO girls. Apparently Elizabeth gets naked and writes letters. She told Jake not to kiss her until he proposes to her. Elizabeth is trying to play hard to get. It appears to be working to her advantage since Jake is an "old fashion guy" who just happens to make out with all the other girls when Elizabeth isn't looking.

I'm not really feeling any of the girls on group date #2. Vienna isn't my type and Ashley is too WOO for me. Vienna told Jake about how she used to be married. Jake didn't seem too phased by that. Seriously, most of the girls on group date # 2 are duds. He didn't even give face time to 2 of the girls on the date. I'm guessing that they'll be axed at the rose ceremony.

Elizabeth gets "the rose" of the night and admits to playing hard to get. I liked her on the first night, but I'm not really feeling her anymore. She's a total tease and she's trying to pressure Jake into a kiss. Tease, Tease, Tease.

It's time for the rose ceremony cocktail party. Jake has no clue about who he's going to send home. Ya, right. Jake steals away the birthday girl-- you know, the girl who didn't even get a date this week. Jake surprised her with a cupcake and Ella thinks he's just the sweetest thing. I think she really owes her thanks to Chris Harrison, who probably planned the whole thing, but whatevs.

Okay, maybe Vienna is kinda funny. I like when she makes fun of Michelle. Michelle is a total drama queen. She's cried every time she's had one-on-one time. Cut the strings my man. She's too much to handle. Ha, and Jake calls her out on crying every time they are together. Love it.

Oh Snap, here comes Chris. He pulls Rozlyn outside (I knew that girl was a ho). Rozlyn plays dumb for a little bit. Chris informs her that the staffer was fired and that they know she was getting frisky with him on the side. Chris doesn't think it's fair to allow her to try to build a meaningful relationship with Jake. Rozlyn doesn't think that her personal life is anyone's business and doesn't want people to judge her poorly.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand she gets the ax.

Chris is thinking aww, shit. I didn't sign up for this crap. He must be loving that awkward conversation. Now I want the juicy details, and I doubt we're going to get them. Was it first base, second, wtf?!?!?!?

Chris is telling Jake what went down. Jake doesn't know what to say and he wants to cry. Eh, get over it. There are plenty of other girls to chose from.

Chris makes a to do about putting another rose back on the pile. Rozlyn blew her chance. And so it begins....

Vienna
Gia
Tenley (damn called third and didn't even have a date this week)
Ella (Oh SNIZZZZZZAP, she didn't have a date either)
Valisha (or something like that-- who the hell is she)?
Corrie
Jessica (did she even talk in this episode)?
Ashleigh H
Michelle (they must be paying him to do this)
Katherine (who doesn't speak either)


Ashley from Pittsburgh and Christina, the drunk girl, go home.

At least Ashley keeps a good attitude despite going home, I may like her after all. Christina was nice, she just got a little trashed on their first date. Oops, it happens to the best of us.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Just a Test


, originally uploaded by spicey8138.

I'm testing out Flickr for the time-being.

You can enjoy this lovely picture from my bachelorette party (would you believe 4 months have passed and I never posted about it)? I'm second from the right looking tan, tipsy and well rested.

I THINK that I'll take that as a compliment!?!?

On Friday afternoon, I stopped home before getting my hair did.

Someone knocked at the door, so I went to answer it (I was hoping it was UPS or someone equally as fun) but it was Sears. They were looking to sell me a new door, siding, or windows.

They asked me to look at the list and to tell them which item I would be most likely to purchase from them.

I immediately said, "No, thank you" because lets be realistic-- It's about 2 degrees out and I'm not down with standing on front stoop picking out home improvements that I cannot afford.

As I went to shut the door, the salesman and his partner (who looked about 18 himself) told me to let my parents know that they stopped by and to ask my parents to keep them in mind when they decide to do any home improvements.

My parents?

I own this house, fools. and p.s., I'm 28.

I get this a lot.

80% of people think I'm 10 years old and the other 20% think that I look 80 years old. Can't I just look like I'm in my twenties for once?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Amazing Soup

Ladies (and maybe gentleman), I made the BEST soup tonight.

It was super simple to make, super yummy to eat, and it's a weight watchers recipe. My husband doesn't like any soup, so I'll be taking this for lunch all week.

Broccoli-Cheese Soup (a.k.a. you will not be disappointed soup)

4 Servings, 4 WW Points

2tsp olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
16 oz frozen chopped broccoli
2 14 oz cans of chicken broth
4 oz of Kraft Velveeta processed cheese product- cut into cubes
1/2 cup of fat-free skim milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cornstarch

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 3 mins, until soft. Add broccoli and broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 3 mins, until broccoli is tender.

Reduce heat to low, add cheese and stir until cheese melts; stir in milk and garlic powder.

Whisk together water and cornstarch. Add mixture to the pan and simmer 2 minutes until thick. Serve hot. Yields 1.5 cups per serving.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Woah Nelly

On Tuesdays and Fridays I'm at my rich school.  The rich school is doing NOTHING for my diet.
 
At my ghetto schools, I'm lucky to find a fork.  At my rich school there are treats, and chocolate, and cookies, and pies, and presents everywhere you look.  Right now, in our main office, there are 12 tins of cookies, 14 boxes of chocolates, 2 cakes, a package of chocolate covered pretzels, and hundreds of chocolate truffles. 
 
If I keep up at the rate I'm going, I might turn into an M&M by 3pm. 
 
Rich school likes to give presents and I do enjoy some presents.  So far today I've received a cute new ornament (chinese food box- my fave food), a new monogrammed lunch tote, some cute polka dot sticky notes, a light up plush santa, and a giant box of chocolates (nooooooooooooooooooooooo). 
 
The last time I was here (before Christmas break), I got a tin full of M&M's (my problem), a huge bag of green and red tortilla chips, salsa, some People magazines and some swedish fish.
 
Rich people want me to get fat and stay fat.
 
Can I trade in all the candy for a Coach purse?  or perhaps more monogrammed polka dot sticky notes?

Guess what I got?




I may not know how to use it, but it's oozing cuteness.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Bachelor- Jake, Episode 1, Part 2

The Bachelor, Cont.

9:00 pm. Channy thinks that Jake needs Cambodian fever. I predict that this isn't going to go well.

9:01pm. Channy just said, "Jake, you can land your plane on my landing strip, anytime." Hmm, does she know what that means? Yikes.

9:02pm. I'm not feeling Ella. She reminds me of one of those people that worship elves and fairies.

9:03pm. Ashley from Pittsburgh is annoying me. Probably because I'm Ashley and I'm from Pittsburgh. My hair is real though. Her weave/wig/whatever isn't even the same length or color of her natural hair.

9:04pm. Ashley from Pittsburgh (not me) just changed into a skanky stewardess outfit. Did you know she's a teacher? Remind me not to send my kids to that school.

9:13pm. Apparently Kathryn is SO hot, she needs to wear a fake engagement ring to fend off the men. Right.

9:15pm. Ahh, here's the first drama queen. FINALLY. Hello, Michelle. Way to lay it out there.

9:18pm. Look who's here. Jillian and her loser boyfriend, Ed. After all this time, I still think that Ed sucks. At least he's covering his thighs in this episode.

9:26pm. Jillian and Ed are such a BIG help. They've developed some really great (not) questions.

9:31pm. Tenley gets the 1st impression rose. I saw that coming and she seems right up his alley.

9:45pm. I thought that we were going to see some drama! Where's the chick making out with the sound guy?

9:46pm. He's cute, but he's kind of a goober.

Who's in--
Ella (I love fairies)
Elizabeth (pretty but the fakest boobs)
Ali (she's cute)
Vienna (umm no, she reminds me of the crazy chick from the Bachelor Paris)
Christina (cute dress)
Gia (are you kidding?)
Ashley from Pittsburgh
Rozlyn (he's going downhill fast)
Jessie (she has red eyeballs, perhaps she's a vampire?)
Corey (she looks like Vanna White)
Alicia (wow, we are not on the same page tonight)
Ashleigh from Maryland (Ms. Skanky Dress)
Kathryn (hmmm, I did not see that coming)
Michelle (is he crazy?!?!?!?!)

I'm sad that the girl in the girl in the green dress (Emily) is out. She was cute. He kept the train wrecks and got rid of the cute girls.

Jake, I now know why you can't get past the first date. You sent all the winners home.

Sigh.

The Bachelor: Jake, Episode 1, Part 1

It's finally time for the bachelor to return to ABC.

You know it's been too long when I've started watching Designers Challenge on HGTV to get my Chris Harrison fix.

First, Jake- wear more blue. In fact, you look almost as hot as my husband when you wear blue (yes honey, that's for you).

Secondly, Jake looks like my Doctor Daddy (aka, Travis Stork- the hottest bachelor ever, IMHO). Jake, this should be good news for you.



Okay, moving on to the episode.

8:05 pm. Jake on a motorcycle watching an airplane and a sunset. I DO NOT like how ABC is trying to toughen up his image. We all know he's to sweet for leather and motorcycles.

8:06 pm. Chris, I hear your voice- when are you going to show your sweet little face?

8:09 pm. FINALLY, Chris, I've missed you. I'm not sure about your skinny tie, though. Please change it.

8:11 pm. Alexa, the girl who likes to feel the motorcycle between her legs. Go home. Anyone who mentions the word orgasm during their first 3 seconds on national T.V. is too corrupt for sweet Jake. Buh-Bye.

8:12 pm. Since when did they start interviewing the chicks like this? I don't remember this?!?!?!
8:14 pm. What is up with the names of these chicks? If the next one is Twinkie, I may need to turn this show off.




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PSYCH.

Finally, an Ashley. Now that's a good name.

8:15 pm. Elizabeth- you are hot but your boobs are SO fake. There are at least 6 inches between the right one and the left one.

8:23 pm. Who picked out these ties? Gag me.

8:24 pm. Jake, thank-you for revving your moped up to the mansion. That has knocked your hotness down from 100 to 99. I'm surprised that giant helmet kept your hair looking so fine.

8:26 pm. Okay, fine. The cute dimples bring you back up to 100.

8:36 pm. He's still meeting the ladies. Is it just me or are these dresses crazy, colorful and a lil' skanky?

8:48 pm. They are still introducing themselves. I'm not obsessed with any of them yet.

8:58 pm. My first impressions-- Gia, no- she's a train wreck. Alli is probably one of my favorites so far.

1:45

It's me again.
 
That pencil looks appealing for eye poking.
 
 
1:45 pm. Is that all?
 
Why can't my weekends and evenings ever drag by so slowly?
 
 
I want to go home.
 
My husband is at home watching a movie. No fair.  I tried to text him and he told me he couldn't talk. he's too busy watching a movie.  Husband obviously forgot that I can be bitchy when I'm bored.
 
 
I'm still bored and tired.
 
He went to a funeral today for his great aunt.  He told me that I should go to work instead.  Now he's relaxing at home.
 
 
It's ALMOST quitting time.
 
but crap, I have a doctors appointment immediately after work AND need to go grocery shopping.
 
 
Wah.
 
I miss vacation.
 
 
 
 

Cry Me A River

The WORST part about vacation is coming back to work.
 
Oh, it is painful....
 
.....as in SO bad.
 
 
 
I've had back-to-work-related insomnia for the past two nights.
 
Literally, I've been up for hours on end and hourly both.freakin'.nights.
 
at least it better be back-to-work-related insomnia.
 
This girl can usually sleep like a champ. 
 
please let it be back-to-work-related insomnia and not old-age-insomnia or regular-insomnia or this-is-going-to-happen-every-night-now insomnia. 
 
Did you know that I can barely survive and function with 8 hours of sleep?
 
must stay up for the bachelor tonight. how the hell will I function with a child?
 
Let me add that my Monday school draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags.  Now I'm not going to complain,
 
except for right now, when i'm complaining
 
because it's usually a welcome break to have a school without any problems at least one day a week.  I can catch up on emails and reports.  I can relax. However, on a Monday back from break --- when you have nothing to do-- and have had an hour or so of sleep-- It's SUCKTASTIC.
 
I've been here for two hours and it feels like a century

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hi Jake!

Guess who's favorite show starts back up on Monday?

Why hello there, Jake.



I may be married, but I'm still human.

I can't wait to see what ABC comes up with for this season. I'll be back on Monday with the play-by-play!

Top Moments of 2009

Ashley's 2009 Review.......

Best New Activity of 2009- Tennis and I enjoyed it!

Best Win of 2009- The Pittsburgh Steelers winning the Super Bowl!




Fashion Icon of 2009- Blair Waldorf



Most Grown-up Moment- Buying our First House!

My Husband's Favorite Recipe of 2009- Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf

Favorite Vacation of 2009- Honeymooning in Antigua!






Favorite Day of 2009- October 17




Favorite "Do It Ourselves Project"- Our Dining Room

Before:

After:



Favorite Book of the Year- The Twilight Series


The Best Shopping Steal of the Year- THIS DRESS

The Best Party of the Year- My Bridal Shower!


The Best Weekend Away with the Girls-- My Bachelorette Party!