Here are the rules:
Write down the following, take a photo of it, and post it - The Handwriting Meme!
1. Name & blog name
2. Right handed, left handed or both
3. Favorite letters to write
4. Least favorite letters to write
5. Write 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.'
6. Write the following words in all caps. CRAB HUMOR KALEIDOSCOPE PAJAMAS GAZILLION
7. Favorite song lyrics
8. A special note or drawing
And the end product:
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Here are the rules:
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
1. Think back a decade, do you remember what your first cellphone was? Was it as cool as Zack Morris’s phone? My cell phones are never cool. I'm not a technology geek, so I'm usually quite behind the times. I didn't even have a cell phone until 2002 or 2003 and when I finally got one, it was bulky. I have a blackberry now-- and I just got it in January. That's right, hello 2005, I've finally arrived.
2. What is the first children’s book you remember being read to you? Remember? My first memory is of Goodnight Moon. It was my favorite. Fo Sho.
3. What was your first car? Did you love it or hate it? My first car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo- Green. Unfortunately, I ripped the bumper off of it while trying to exit the garage. I tried to duct tape it back together, but my father picked up on that trick quickly. I loved that car. I'd give anything for Jeep to recreate their cars circa 1997.
4. Who was your hero growing up? When I was a kid I aspired to true greatness-- Clarissa from Clarissa Explains it All. Obvi.
5. Think back to your first kiss. Was it everything you dreamed of? It was interesting. He came out of no where and missed my mouth. We ended up dating for awhile though.
6. What was your first BAD hairstyle choice? I'd like to blame my mother for a bowl cut that she gave me in the first or second grade. I think that she forgot that I'm a girl.
7. What was your first realistic dream? (One where you had to think “Oh dang, was that a dream?”) Good question?! I have no idea.
8. What was the first phobia you remember developing? Thankfully, I don't have a lot of phobias. To be honest, I can't remember being scared of anything in particular as a child.
9. Which character on Sesame Street do you most identify with? Cookie Monster. I love food!
10. What was the hardest goal you ever accomplished? I'm proud of everything that I've accomplished-- graduating from high school, college, getting an internship, getting a job. Life is great when it's full of great accomplishments.
I'm a Scrubbing Bubbles brand junkie. My mother has always used Scrubbing Bubbles and as a result, I love it too.
My own husband has commented on my Scrubbing Bubble obsession more than once-- so I know it's bad- but Scrubbing Bubbles is just SO good.
My most HATED task is cleaning the bathroom-- more specifically the shower! Whenever my husband offers to clean, I'll gladly hand him the cleaning supplies and tell him to have at it.
Recently, a Bzzagent contacted me about joining a campaign for the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner. I obviously signed up, and within a week, I had a brand spankin' new Automatic Shower Cleaner in my shower.
So far so good! My only complaint is that I sometimes forget to turn it on after my shower. Too bad it doesn't automatically detect when you leave the shower vicinity and turn on itself. :)
Regardless, I love anything that saves me five minutes of bathroom cleaning time.
Have you tried it for yourself? What did you think?
Monday, April 26, 2010
I have been the worst dieter the last few days.
On Saturday, I swear that I ate my weight in spinach dip at a friend's party.
On Sunday, we got a TON done around the house. We took down two trees (I know, we're naughty and it's Earth day weekend and all, but they were dying), my husband installed a new outdoor light fixture, we hit up some shops, went grocery shopping, did all of our laundry, painted the pantry door, painted the trim in the bathroom and watched TV.
We also ate at a Chinese food buffet. FAIL! I was as good as you can be at one of those, but it was one heck of a naughty weekend.
An so it goes.. it's Monday. My least favorite day to get out of bed.
I stated my morning off with.....
Cereal Mix- 2 points
Midmorning Snack (b/c my body was used to pigging out all weekend):
Fire Roasted Tomato and Olive Oil Triscuits- 2 points
The usual sandwich- 3 points
The usual apple slices- 0 points
The usual ranch mini rice cakes- 2 points
A handful of peanut butter filled pretzels- 3 points (a total guess)
1/2 serving Salt and Vinegar pop chips- 1 point
These beauties. They are an actual weight watchers recipe-- it's chicken, cheese, BBQ sauce, hot sauce and potatoes.
"Potato Skins"- 4.5 points
Too much Rosemary/Olive Oil Bread- 5 points?
Total: Over by 1.5 points
Stick a fork in me!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
First, one of my readers asked about Pop Chips...
These things are amazing. They come in all different flavors, taste much better than baked potato chips, and are super low in calories. Each single serve bag is only two weight watchers points, and each serving is about 20 pop chips. Try them out, but you may want to search for them online first-- not all stores carry them yet.
Someone else asked what kind of cereal I eat,
I generally mix 2/3 cup of the Kashi Honey Sunshine (tastes like a grown up captain crunch) with half a cup of the Fiber One Caramel Delight (tastes like a grown up cinnamon toast crunch).
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Sorry, I forgot to share my menu on Thursday and Friday...
On Thursday I did pretty well (went over by about 6 points thanks to three beers at my kickball game)-- and I weighed in. Down another pound (would have liked to seen more, but whatever).
For now, I'm enjoying my weekend. It's a totally lazy weekend and those come few and far between for the two of us.
On Friday we lounged and enjoyed some seafood. For those of you that are local- let me let you in on a little secret- the crab cakes at Giant (yes, the grocery store in the deli section) are the best around (better than the Annapolis fish market). The crab cakes we got last night were no exception. Bigger than baseballs, full of lump crab meat, no fillers and only 7 bucks each on sale.
We also had some steamed shrimp, baked potatoes and some beer. I didn't even count my points on Friday night. I went into the evening will 12 left over and I'm sure that my dinner swallowed up all of 'em.
(thank the lord for 35 flex points).
Today we did a little yard work, ran a few errands and have spent most of the day napping with these cuties.
Alright ya'll, I'm heading back to the couch.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Same old cereal (it's yummy)- 2 points
Same old sandwich as yesterday (it's my favorite)- 3 points
Ranch flavored rice cakes- 2 points
Apple slices- 0 points
2 Hershey minis- 2 points
1 cup grapes- 1 point
1 piece reduced fat cheese- 1 point
Pretzels- 2 points
Apparently I'm a snack-a-holic today. There goes my points.. ;)
My dinner was ridiculously random. It went a little something like this...
Mushroom Gnocchi (it was gross)- I probably ate about 2-3 points worth before I moved on to something else.
Steamed broccoli- 0 points
Salad with 1/4 cup low fat feta cheese and low fat vidalia onion dressing- 3 points
More cereal- 2 points
Total: 21 points
My doctor has yet to tell me what's going on.
I'm thinking that no news is good news.
I called the doctor last Monday and the b*tchy secretary told me that the report wasn't in.
I called again on Wednesday and the b*tchy secretary told me that the doctor would call me if there was a problem. Otherwise, we would discuss it at my appointment in THREE FREAKIN' (she didn't say freakin', I added that part) WEEKS.
So now I'm waiting.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
1. What two cities should be moved closer together? Good question-Washington D.C. and any/all Caribbean cities would make nice neighbors.
2. What was the first plane ride you took? I'm not sure, the first one that I can remember is to Florida when I was 11 years old. I'm sure that I traveled prior to that though.
3. What continent would you most like to visit? Europe-- the options are endless there.
4. What’s your favorite place to window-shop? Target, Marshall and T.J. Maxx! My favorite place to shop, shop is definitely Ann Taylor Loft.
5. What’s the least fun you’ve ever had at a place specifically tailored for fun? I'd have to say that it was at Six Flags New England-- only because I fainted while in line for the log flume and made quite the scene. It was a 100 degree day, and I'm pretty sure that I overheated. The story involves my sister slapping me across the face and an cutie-pie EMT (this was pre-husband).
6. You’re stuck on an island with plenty of food, a companion, and a relatively stress-free lifestyle. What do you say when the rescue ship comes? Come back in a few weeks.
7. Which day of the week do you look forward to most? Friday evenings. I love having an entire weekend spread out in front of me.
8. What’s your favorite place to enjoy the great outdoors? I can make the most of any place that is outdoors whether it's my backyard patio or the beach. My only preference is that it's a gorgeous 75 degree day.
9. What’s on your “to do” list this summer? Enjoy life with hubby, have many BBQ's with friends, take a few impromptu trips (we're good at that), laugh a lot, try to wake up earlier, rejuvenate, become more mindful, save money for a (potential) 2011 baby, and book a 1 year marriage anniversary trip (we need a last hurrah before a potential baby).
10. Which natural disaster freaks you out the most? All of them. I'm a wienie.
Sorry, I don't have any pictures today because I've been eating the same old boring food (at least I'm enjoying it).
The same ol' cereal- 2 points
Sour cream and onion pop chips (these things rule)- 2 points
Arnold Deli Flat- 1 point
Reduced fat provolone- 1 point
Deli turkey- 1 point
Green apples- 1 point
Ice cream sandwich (they were having a party at work)- 3 points
1 cup grapes- 1 point
1 weight watchers chocolate cake snack- 1 point
Trader Joe's harvest grain blend- Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend is a blend of Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and tiny red quinoa grains. I should have taken a picture of the bag, but I forgot! It was good, even the husband ate some - 3 points
1 cup shrimp- 2 points
1 cup mixed asparagus, corn, and carrots- 1 point
Orange- 1 point
Total: 20 points
Monday, April 19, 2010
I know that I was M.I.A. with the food diary this past weekend, but I generally take my weekends off (a girl has to live, right?).
I spent this weekend in New York City, so my diet wasn't particularly great. It included a few beers, steak, burgers and a lot of fries.
My mother-in-law and my sisters-in-law invited me to join them on a trip to NYC to see Wicked. We had a blast! Although Wicked won't be making an appearance on my favorite Broadway musicals list, it was fun to see.
Now, onto the eats... My diet was really random today. I'm either suffering from a terrible cold or terrible allergies so nothing sounded especially great. Claritin isn't even working. Ugh.
The usual cereal mix: 2 points
Coffee with nondairy creamer: 1 point
Ranch flavored rice cakes- 2 points
Crab soup: 2 points
Rosemary and olive oil pretzels: 2 points
Orange: 1 points
Weight Watchers chocolate cake snack- 1 point
This cake was AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMAZING. I'll be the first to admit when a diet food sucks, but this tasted better than real cake. It's a new favorite.
1 cup of assorted veggies with soy sauce- 0 points
1/2 cup whole wheat pasta- 2 point s
1 cup strawberries- 1 point
1 cup purple grapes- 1 point
100 Calorie Hostess Lemon Cakes (I'm on a cake kick today): 1 point
Total: 16, which leaves me with about 6 points.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Today was my weigh in day and I'm proud to announce that I'm down 2.8 pounds this week! Wahoo! I'm proud of myself and it's the most that I've lost in one week, to date.
My meeting leader still reminds me of a hyper chihuahua, but she must be doing something right. So now, I have 35 extra flex points to last me through Wednesday. I'll need them, because the weekends are always killer-- especially this one, since I'll be away.
Now, onto the food....
The norm for the week- my cereal mix- 2 points
Coffee with french vanilla creamer- .5 points
Deli flat- 1 point
Deli turkey- 1 point
Reduced Fat Cheese- 2 points
1 serving ranch flavored rice cakes- 2 points
1.5 cups apple slices- 1 point
5 strawberries, 5 blackberries- .5 points?
100 Calorie Pack of popcorn- 1 point
My husband wanted buffalo chicken subs tonight and since I have some flex points, I figured that I'd play along. Once I saw the bread, it just wasn't that appealing, so I turned my sub into a salad.
3 oz chicken with buffalo sauce- 3 points
1 oz pepperjack cheese- 3 points
2 tbsp FF ranch dressing- 1 point
Lettuce and assorted veggies- 0 points
1 serving frozen french fries- 3 points
Which leaves me with one point-- I've got a hankering for something sweet, so I may use that point on a 1 point Weight Watchers dessert bar- either cookies and cream or caramel.
We LOVE these things-- and they are actually surprisingly healthy.
I'm going to warn you though-- make the sauce as it is directed-- if you omit something or substitute, it just won't taste as good as it should.
For the Meat Mixture:
1 lb 94% fat free ground turkey
1 red pepper, chopped
1 can water chesnuts, chopped
1 onion, chopped
Cook all of the above in a large pan, until cooked through.
For the Sauce:
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp chili sauce (such as Sriracha)
2 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
Pour the sauce over the meat and heat through.
Next, eat your face off.
Labels: Ashley Cooks
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The same 3 point cereal that I had yesterday.
Orange- 1 point
Sandwich thin- 1 point
Deli Turkey- 1 point
Reduced fat American cheese- 1 point
Pizza flavored pretzel thins- 2 points
Soy Crisps- 1 point-- and they were gross!
1 cup strawberries- 1 point
Thai turkey lettuce wraps- 8 points (We love this stuff)
I'm proud of myself today.. I even took the time to merge two cereals to make them more point friendly (The Fiber one is 3 points for 1 cup, but only 1 point for half a cup)! I'll appreciate this at 7am when I'm rushing around trying to leave the house on time.
I mixed these two together for a two point breakfast. I also snacked on a few while I was making them, so I'll add another point to my list.
Total: 21 points
I'm out of points for the night-- If I get a craving, I'll stick to zero point carrots. :)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
My eats for today--
1 cup Fiber One Caramel Cereal- 3 points
Eating Right Chicken Enchiladas- 6 points
Orange- 1 point
Two Oreos (bad, Ashley)- 2 points
9 mini cheddar rice cakes- 1 point
Dinner- random Mexican type mix... (as follows)
1 cup of shrimp- 2 points
Sauteed with onions and mushrooms- 0 points
1/4 cup taco seasoning- 0 points
served on top of....
1/2 cup brown rice- 2 points
1/3 cup corn- 1 point
1 cup steamed peppers- 0 points
1/4 cup salsa- 0 points
WW Cookies and Cream bar- 1 point
2 cups popcorn- 1 point
21 points, which leaves one to spare!
1. What book, movie or song has made you want to travel to a particular place? (eg. I went to Prince Edward Island because I was such a Anne of Green Gables fan) .. Although I've always wanted to visit Greece and the Mediterranean, watching Mama Mia and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants only solidified that dream. It looks so gorgeous.
2. Aside from your significant other, who would you want to take with you on a dream trip? I would love to take a nice trip with a few girlfriends. I have been away with the girls before, but only for work conferences and bachelorette parties. I'd love to do a vacation just cause...
3. Where would said dream trip be to? Anywhere with sand, margaritas, seafood and water.
4. If you were hosting guests or providing tips, what three things would you show visitors to your hometown? Well, we live about 30 minutes from D.C. and 30 minutes from Baltimore so the possbilities are endless. I'd probably take you shopping in Annapolis, out to dinner in D.C. and to the aquarium in Baltimore.
5. If you had a long weekend ahead of you, where you head – beach, city or country/mountains?I hate the city-- funny considering I live so close to two major ones. I enjoy living close to the cities, but I don't actually enjoy vacationing or visiting most cities. If I had a choice, I'd most certainly choose a relaxed weekend at the beach with plenty of BBQing or camping in the mountains.
6. Do you have a passport? If so, did you get it for a particular trip or just to have, in case? I got my passport when I was 19 for a college spring break trip to Acapulco Mexico. I need to get my name changed on my passport-- thanks for reminding me. I've only been married 6 months. ha.
7. Are there any travel souvenirs you collect? If not, is there something else you collect? Pittsburgh Steelers clothing or cool paraphenalia.
8. If you could name a paint colour, what colour would it be and what would you call it? It would be purple and I'd probably name it "Royalty" (original, right? ;)
9. If you were heading away for a weekend solo, where would you go? (forget about practicality here and flight times, assume you can get to any city in the world for the weekend). I'd head to Greece-- first class of course!
10. Is there a song or a smell or something that you strongly associate with a particular holiday/place/time, such that it always takes you back? I'll have to think about this one....
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Monday, April 12, 2010
I know that most of you don't care about what I eat... However, I'm going to try blogging about everything that I eat for a week or two (I'll blog about other stuff too-- if I can figure out my blackberry Flickr app, I'll even take pics of my food) to help jump start the diet. I've been slacking in the tracking department, so I'm hoping that putting it all out their on the interweb will encourage me to remove the wings and cheese fries from my mouth. Here goes nothing...
Kashi Oatmeal with Frozen Strawberries- 2 points
Chicken Pomodoro (Eating Right frozen lunch)- 6 points
Orange- 1 point
Apple- 1 point
Chicken and veggie stir fry and 3/4 cup brown rice- 8 points
Chocolate and caramel WW bar- 1 point
Swedish Fish 100 cal pack- 2 points
Small Salad- 1 point
Total Used-- 21
Thursday, April 8, 2010
My poor husband.
Whenever he leaves me unattended, I like to come up with home improvement projects. My ideas usually range from a simple paint job, to a full blown remodel.
Hey, I can't help it. I'm creative.
Last week was the perfect time for a new project.
The Setting: A random Thursday off of work
The Offending Object: The ceiling fan.
Before I had a house with a ceiling fan, I thought that they were beyond tacky. Now that I've lived in a house with a ceiling fan for a year, I think that they are a fantastic invention.
Yes, my ceiling fan is tacky, but it does a hell of a job keeping things cool and comfortable.
For the past year, I've hated the way that the ugly, eye sore of a ceiling fan looked in my living room. I've looked into replacing it, but I never seem to have the money to do so.
On that fateful Thursday afternoon, I decided to see how far a leftover can of spray paint could get me. I figured it couldn't get any worse than faux wood and brass, right?
I forgot to take a picture before I disassembled the fan, but you get the picture. Brass- faux wood- need I say more? Taking the fan down was easy.
Taking the ugly brass off was easy too. Please note the spots on our ceiling fan. For my last birthday, my incredibly sweet husband decorated the entire house with balloons and streamers. Apparently, tape rips off faux wood. Just a warning.
I put on my shortest shorts and a tank top (obviously I was tanning simultaneously) and got to work. Spray paint is a pain in the butt, but it got the job done.
It's still brass, but there isn't much that I can do about that. The white makes a world of difference, though. The fan actually blends in with the ceiling a little bit better.
Next on the agenda-- doing the exact same thing in our bedroom. :)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
1. If you could travel back in time, would you? What decade would you visit?
I think it would be fun to live in the 17 or 1800's. I used to love the Little House on the Prairie books and I would always pretend that I was living in that time period as a child. Would it be fun to churn butter and wear old fashioned dresses? Maybe. I sure wanted to find out. Also, how fun was playing Oregon trail? So fun!
2. What was your best Halloween costume? (fun to make? most creative?)
Well, my mother is obsessed with Halloween. She was anti princess and cheerleader, she thought that Halloween = scary costumes. I was a baby one year, but she put a faux bullet hole on my forehead to ghoul things up a bit. Once I went to college, I enjoyed the skankier costumes. Playboy bunny? Sure. G.I. HO? You know it. I cringe now. My favorite recent costume was when the hubs and I dressed up as dead prom king and queen.
3. Do you like your name? If you weren't called by your name, what would you want to be called?
I do like my name. I was born in 1981 and Ashleys were few and far between that year and for one or two years after that. In fact, I never met another Ashley until I was 20 years old and in college (that's saying a lot because I've moved 14 times)! Now it seems like everyone is named Ashley!
4. In the past year, what is the BEST recipe you made. Please share it!
This is easy-- the Thai Chicken lettuce wraps that my husband and I DEVOUR every time I make them. I'll post the recipe this week!
5. Look around – what is the nearest object or picture hanging on the wall?
the phone. I'm at work (an elementary school)
6. What was the last movie you saw in a theater? Would you recommend it?
Good Question-- we go to the movies so rarely. Actually, now that I think about it we did go recently. We saw Dear John. It was okay.
7. Did you go to summer camp? Will you/do you send your kids to camp?
I sure did. Despite the fact that I'm girly as all get out- I used to be quite adventurous. In fact, in high school I used to go to "Awesome Adventures" camps (they were based in Connecticut). During one such week I white water canoed 17 miles, white water rafted 7, and hiked 14 miles up a mountain in Maine. Man, I was sporty.
8. What kind of ringtone do you have?
One of the standard ones, but I'm hoping to change it soon. I used to have Kenny Chesney's, 'Summertime" and Carrie Underwood's, "All American Girl."
9. Where is the farthest away from home you have ever been?
Probably California, Mexico or Antigua. I'm bad at math- you can figure it out if you want. ;)
10. Has anyone ever written a song or a poem for or about you?
Yes, my husband actually wrote me a poem for our first valentines day. It was super funny and totally cute. I'm actually going to frame it (I should get on that.. it's been three years), but I don't want to embarrass him. Maybe I'll scrapbook it instead.
(new additions are in boldface print)
1. Petsmart > Petco Every time.
2. When you're dating, "lets watch a movie" means lets make out....
3. When you're married, "lets watch a movie" means lets watch a movie....
4. Do not take friendship advice from the Real Housewives of any city/state.
5. The end of a vacation or a long weekend still sucks, no matter your age.
6. Two hours with a girlfriend (that can make you laugh) can cure most ailments.
7. Always carry a good book in your purse or car. Doctors move slowly.
8. You know you've still got it when your 13, 15, and 17 year old cousins beg you for hand-me-downs.
9. Bonus points when your 52 year old mom is upset that the 13, 15, and 17 year olds got to pick through the hand-me-down bag first.
Labels: things i've learned as an adult
Monday, April 5, 2010
I could have wished you a Happy Easter yesterday, but things were hectic so I figured that one day late is better than not at all.
The husband and I are blessed to live about an hour from most of our immediate family members, but that closeness makes for a hectic holiday.
On Saturday, we ventured to Northern Virginia to celebrate with my side of the family. My brother, sister, aunt, uncle and cousins all came up for the day. We drank a lot, we ate BBQ and we played a little bit of old school four square.
If you've been a longtime reader-- you may remember that my family has a longstanding Easter egg decorating competition. I was a little nervous about participating this year (due to an unfortunate incident with a glue gun last year) but was trying to rally and to allow the creative juices to flow.
(the winner circa 2004)
As luck would have it, after an afternoon of day drinking and four square, we were all too tired to compete. Are we all getting old or what? It's a little disappointing, but it gives me another year to get creative. It's hard to come up with ideas every year.
On Sunday we had brunch and relaxed at my parents house. In the early afternoon we headed over to my sister in law's house to celebrate with John's side of the family and to eat Easter dinner. The weather was gorgeous and it was too cute to watch my husband bond with his two-year-old god daughter all afternoon.
Now, it's back to work and back to the grind. Here's hoping I can sleep tonight! :)
The worst part about vacation?
When it ends.
What a bummer.