Speaking of Cute things falling asleep...
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Creamer Cooker Dinner
Friday, March 27, 2009
1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a really young child I wanted to be a dancer. Then I think it was lawyer. Then it was a child psychologist. After getting my psych degree i realized that being around children all day who had serious issues would really mess me up at home. call it selfish, maybe. i call it self-aware :)
2. What have you done in the past week to help someone else?
probably nothing. i'm a self-aware jerk i guess.
3. Who is the best-dressed person you know?
um...this is tough. probably my friend christy. she doesn't read this though so that compliment was wasted. damn.
4. What is on your nightstand?
Lame, alarm clock, old pic of jeffrey and i at disneyland, some random jewelry, connor nail clippers, the tear out ads from a magazine...random junk.
5. If you were a cat, what kind of a cat would you be?
an awesome one.
6. If you lived in a house surrounded by acres of trees, what particular type of tree would you want flourishing on your land?
I'm an AZ native so the only trees i really know about are palm and palo verde. but i think i'd want trees that don't drop stuff all over my flourishing land.
7. What do you find to be very overrated?
8. How many email addresses do you have?
Three. One personal that i use all the time, one work, and another random that i never ever use.
9. Have you ever felt replaced?
Yes, i suppose so.
10. Would you rather watch football or baseball?
Football, hands down. Baseball is horribly boring and the longest season eva!
11. What is the wallpaper on your phone?
on the front of my phone, it's a closeup pic of the fabric from my diaper bag since it's so purty. the inside is a pic of connor in the snow
12. Name a lyric from the song you're listening to.
I got some fancy shoes to try and kick away these blues They cost a lot of money but they aren't worth a thing.
13. Do you use a feed reader?
Oh yes, Google Reader.
14. What chocolate do you always leave in the box?
This is a funny question because everyone does this. i don't like the ones with different colored inside stuff. or stuff with nuts.
15. What would you do if you found out your ex is engaged?
Send a congratulatory card
16. Do words hurt you?
Sure. anyone who says they don't is probably not being entirely truthful.
17. Are you a talker or a listener?
I honestly think i'm both, but i've always been a talker.
18. Have you ever walked on the beach at night?
Strangely, no i don't think i have.
19. How long do you sleep at night?
yikes. not enough is the obv answer. I'm up daily at 5am and typically down at 11pm, so i guess that's 6 hours typically. I need way more than 8 hours too so i'm really not doing well with that.
20. Which TV show have you seen pretty much every episode of?
Several but let's go old school with Saved by The Bell shall we?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Starting on April 1, you can get a ticket to local museums, the Phoenix Zoo, and other must-do attractions (like Desert Botanical Gardens, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Arizona Science Center, The Arizona Museum for Youth) for FREE. FOR SEVEN DAYS. FOR FOUR PEOPLE.
Here’s how it works - you pick up a Culture Pass at a local library anywhere in the Phoenix area. The pass is good for seven days & for four people. Some of the places it gets you in: Arizona Museum of Natural History, Arizona Science Center, Heard Museum, The Bead Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum and more are all covered by the pass. Times are tough & everyone is looking for free/cheap stuff to do. To see a full listing of FREE attractions, as well as more details, take a look at: http://www.theculturepass.org/
Spread the word!
Right now the walls are painted a medium brown color and I think I’ll keep them that way-it’s a great neutral and I can add anything to it and it works. He’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse right now, but I just don’t know how long that will last so I’m not in a hurry to order up some pricey mural that he’ll be over in a year or two. I need something with staying power!
I really love the vinyl lettering and decals that I see everywhere. I would put them in every room of my house if I didn’t think it was a bit of overkill. I’ve always wanted something for the playroom that goes around the perimeter of the room…maybe up at the top of the walls kinda like a wallpaper boarder (gag)…or maybe closer to chair-rail level so it’s obvious. Hopefully that makes sense. I’m thinking the words to Take Me Out to The Ballgame would be cute. Connor loooves baseball and all sports so I think that would be appropriate. I wonder how difficult the vinyl letters are to work with…and how permanent they are. Hmmm.
Maybe something in a cute pennant with his name. Not these colors, but I really like the idea (and his name was the sample!). I’m into personalized stuff, big time. Monograms, entire names, all of it. I think I’d go with Navy and Brown maybe.
This vinyl alphabet wall thing is amazing. It’s a statement piece and I know that Connor could spend hours just staring at it. I’m no way trying to teach my toddler to read, but helping him become familiar with the letters is fine by me. I just read the description and the red square behind isn’t included, so we’d have to do that ourselves. I really like the colors of it and don’t think I’d change anything!
Monday, March 23, 2009
1 lb ground beef
1 taco seasoning packet
1 can whole corn, with liquid
1 can kidney beans, with liquid
1 can chili beans, with liquid
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
2 c. water
1 can peeled and diced tomatoes
1 (4oz) can diced green chili peppers
1 tbsp minced garlic
I know I've mentioned before that for me, crockpot(ting?) should be a one step process, so I just dump the ground beef into the crock to brown. I just can't understand browning it before when the slow cooker does it perfectly! So for this recipe, I combined everything the night before and then just took it straight from the fridge and plugged it in. Cook on Low for 8 hours and it's done.
Now, if you like it more soupy you could add more water or other liquid. This was just perfect for us though...it tasted like a really yummy chili but with more liquid. It wasn't watered down at all and I don't think i'd change anything next time I do it. With regards to the actual recipe above, I use more green chilis...mostly because the green chili cans i have are 8oz and we really like green chilis so we use the whole thing. Also, I put some minced garlic in, maybe a tablespoon, because I think most things are better with garlic. A recipe like this is simple to add/omit whatever you have on hand and make it your own. Enjoy :)
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
connor and grandpa...strangely connor had this same shirt on last time he went to grandpas for the day so all of our photos look similar...
blowing dandelions together...i was told that after this photo connor brought the dandelion too close and ended up spitting out petals for quite some time.
we call this his chucky face. it's creepy & cute at the same time.
Connor and Corliss on the slide
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Crock Pot Spaghetti
1 pound ground beef
1 package spaghetti
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
spices of choice
spray bottom of crock pot and dump meat and sauce in crock pot. break pasta in half and place in pot. Mix up well. Add any spices you like. I use black pepper, minced garlic to taste, and oregano. You can hardly go wrong with adding Italian spices to spaghetti. Cook for 4-5 hours and enjoy. You can add some fresh Parmesan cheese for the last 10 minutes or so.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie-The Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao Zedong altered Chinese history in the 1960s and '70s, forcibly sending hundreds of thousands of Chinese intellectuals to peasant villages for "re-education." This moving, often wrenching short novel by a writer who was himself re-educated in the '70s tells how two young men weather years of banishment, emphasizing the power of literature to free the mind. Sijie's unnamed 17-year-old protagonist and his best friend, Luo, are bourgeois doctors' sons, and so condemned to serve four years in a remote mountain village, carrying pails of excrement daily up a hill. Only their ingenuity helps them to survive. The two friends are good at storytelling, and the village headman commands them to put on "oral cinema shows" for the villagers, reciting the plots and dialogue of movies. When another city boy leaves the mountains, the friends steal a suitcase full of forbidden books he has been hiding, knowing he will be afraid to call the authorities. Enchanted by the prose of a host of European writers, they dare to tell the story of The Count of Monte Cristo to the village tailor and to read Balzac to his shy and beautiful young daughter. Luo, who adores the Little Seamstress, dreams of transforming her from a simple country girl into a sophisticated lover with his foreign tales. He succeeds beyond his expectations, but the result is not what he might have hoped for, and leads to an unexpected, droll and poignant conclusion.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
look mom, i can unlock my seat belt. awesome.
pick you up? absolutely not.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
3 chicken breasts
2 cups of your fav salsa
1 can of corn
1 can of beans
1 can of green chilis
Salt and pepper to taste
Season chicken with s&p. Dump all ingredients in and heat on HI for 2-3 hours or low for 6 hours. Sprinkle shredded cheese at end of cooking.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
So, today’s site is happy anniversary where you can find out the modern and traditional gifts for any anniversary. They give great suggestions too, and who doesn’t love help picking out the perfect gift?
Here’s the short version: Jeffrey and I went to the same highschool, but didn’t really know each other until my senior year in HS and his first year at ASU. We worked together and struck up a flirty friendship until we eventually got together in the summer after I graduated. We went to ASU together and he practically lived in the sorority house, moved into our first (and only) apartment together in 2001 and then bought our house in 2003. We got married in 2004 and had Connor in 2007. Good times. There is nothing simple about being married, but nothing as comforting either.
I should be cool and put some wedding photos on here, but I don’t have any on my usb drive, so sorry. All I have is one of me alone and that doesn’t seem to do it. I’m discovering that before connor arrived, I took barely any photos, so here are just a few of our little family over the past couple of years…
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Is there a black market out there for z-pack? Cause I’m buying if there is. Just putting it out there. Connor is on something right now for his ear infection and I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t think about it…