Friday, April 27, 2012

Why Not? - Sunshine Award

Thanks Miss Rink for the nomination! 

For the award:
*Each tagged person should share 7-10 things about themselves.
*Choose/tag 7 people
(I'm not tagging anyone. If you have a blog, you read mine, and you wanna do it - go for it. Just let me know you did it so I can read it!)
*Go to their blogs and tell them you tagged them
*Have Fun!
  1. I am a reality TV junkie - it's bad.
  2. I think I'm funny and I like people more if they think I am too. 
  3. I have never broken a bone in my body. (Knock on wood.)
  4. The older I get, the more fears I seem to have.
  5. I used to love grunge and rock music; now I am a pop princess.
  6. The last vacation I got to take with both my mom and dad was to Yellow Stone Park where we experienced Old Faithful together.
  7. Coming up with interesting facts about myself is tough. Does this mean I lead a boring life? LOL
  8. I love the San Francisco Giants and going to live baseball games.
  9. I absolutely love Diet Soda, but recently gave it up. It's been almost two weeks since I've had one.
  10. I have a love for shoes, but don't allow myself to act on it for fear that it will become a bad habit!
7 Blogs:

I'm not doing this. If you have a blog and want to do it, have at it. Just let me know you did it so I can read about you! 
Next up, I was tagged in Ms. Rink's Bow's and Leopard 11 questions tag.
The Rules:
  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.  
    (I just did 10 so I am going to skip this part)
  2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus provide eleven questions for the people you have tagged to answer.
  3. Choose eleven people and link them in your tag.  
    (Same as before... if you have a blog and wanna do it - go for it!)
  4. Go to their page and tell them
  5. No Tag Backs!
  6. You legitimately have to tag. (Oops)
Jenna's questions/ My answers: 
  1. Favorite sweet? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (especially the holiday shaped ones)
  2. Place you would like to visit the most? Those huts in the ocean in Bora Bora
  3. Dream job? One that makes a difference in the lives of people and/or animals.
  4. Favorite musical artist? Gwen Stefani
  5. Style Icon? Uuuuhhhh... Ellen Degeneres? Style isn't really my forte... I go more for comfort.
  6. Last movie watched at the theater (or home if you can't remember or don't go)? Theater: I think was the last Twilight movie. Home: Drive
  7. Favorite animal? MONKEY!!!
  8. Best Halloween costume you have ever seen? I like clever ones that give a chuckle. I can't really think of any off the top of my head.
  9. Favorite smell? NagChamba incense or natural Eucalyptus
  10. Jeans or Leggings? I'm sure I would love leggings if I owned any, but I don't so - Jeans.
  11. What's the best thing about blogging to you? Ugh. I have a love hate relationship about blogging. I think when I post a blog, the thing I look most forward to are the comments.
My Questions:
  1. What's your most embarrassing moment? 
  2. Biggest fear(s)? 
  3. What is your biggest demon/weakness?
  4. Favorite comfort food/meal?
  5. A friend is...? 
  6. What's the one thing you are most proud of?
  7. You've just won the lottery... What's the first thing you will do with the money?
  8. If you could create your own charity... what would it be? 
  9. Have you ever done a random act of kindess? Had one done to you? If so, please share the story.
  10. Dream job?
  11. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be? Why them? What would you say/ask?
Please leave a comment to let me know if you participated in the tag because I would LOVE to read your answers. Or you can answer the Q's in a comment below too!

MAJOR Score!!

I am so excited right now!!

Ever since I have become a Pinterest addict and started reading DIY blogs, I have seen and been inspired by DIY furniture makeovers. I have wanted to try one of my own soooooo bad, but to be honest - I am a little intimidated by it.

We don't really have anything in our current collection that could be re-done. I certainly don't want to spend money on a piece of furniture and then ruin it because I don't really know what I am doing.

I always hear stories (and have read a couple blogs) where people find these amazing pieces of furniture on the side of the road and I always think, "Why can't that happen to me?"

Well... tonight... IT DID!!!

I went to take the trash out and BEHOLD! There was this big wooden box by the dumpster. It was dark, so I pulled out my trusty phone, clicked on my flashlight app and it was like I could hear the glory music playing behind me.

And this is what I found:

Not that exciting, right? Keep reading...
Still not sure what exactly it was, I pulled on the top to see if it opened and it didn't budge. So I slid it out so I could look at the back... where I saw hinges. *Eyes getting a little wider* It's a chest! 

I went back to the front of it to see how to open it. As you can see in the picture above, there is a small button. I pressed on it, pulled up the lid and was amazed by its inner beauty:

Please forgive the picture quality. 

It's insides are full of gorgeous cedar! I FOUND ME A CEDAR CHEST!!!  For free!! That I can re-do without worrying about messing it up!!!

The green part is the lining to a shelf attached to the lid. Seriously? I found the mother lode with this thing! 

Salvaging this was quite comical. K was already in bed so I had to recruit the SIL to help me. We have a garage, but it's PACKED with stuff. Like every time we open the garage door I just get overwhelmed and want to close it right up! I asked the SIL to get the garage door opener... "Get my car keys, too," I yell after her. If we cant fit her in the garage, she's going in the back of my car until we can find her a home!!

Shaking her head the entire time, my SIL opened the garage. Right in the front was the perfect spot for it. I just needed to move a couple of boxes and she slid right in! 

Just to give you an idea of exactly how excited I am about this (just in case you hadn't already figured out how excited I am)... After putting it in the garage, I came inside and woke K up just to show her the pictures. She was a good sport though and did her best to look at the pics through her sleepy, groggy, eyes. I am pretty sure I wouldn't have been nearly as gracious had she woken me up for something like this.

I can't wait to see what I can turn this beauty into! I just need to find someone that has an electric sander because sanding her by hand may take a while, not to mention - make my fingers bleed, kill my arm muscle, and bore me to tears.

Stay tuned!! :o)

What would you do with this beaut if she was yours??

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Introducing - CONE KID!!

"Slow for the Cone Zone"
Yep. That's me inside there!

Today was National Bring Your Kid to Work Day. My boss approached me about a month ago and asked if I would represent Caltrans as Cone Kid. I reluctantly agreed. (But was also secretly a little excited. LOL)

The events leading up to me becoming Cone Kid were nearly tragic, comical, and overall fun.

Yesterday, we were checking out the costume and being sure the pants and shirt fit before the big day. I took a look at Cone Kid himself and thought, "Oy. I hope I don't get claustrophobic in there." (I am not really sure why we didn't test out the whole outfit right then, but we didn't.)

So, today is the big day. I suit up five minutes before the event is to start. My boss slides Cone Kid over my head and..... INSTANT PANIC!!!! :o(

Oh, no! Am I going to be able to do this? I mean, come on! How irrational am I being? What could really happen to me in that suit? 

Well, let me tell you what could happen.
  • What if I fall over? 
  • What if there is an earthquake and I have to run and I cant get out? 
  • What if I get nauseous and throw up inside Cone Kid? 
  • What if my stomach hates me and I have to run to the bathroom? 
  • What if I freak out inside that thing and scare the kids?
  • What if I pass out?
  • What if some kid bullies me?!
The catastrophic scenarios were racing through my head. Not only would I not be able to run, but I wouldn't going to be able to get that cone off my head without the help of someone else. What? I have to rely on someone else? This is NOT a comfortable feeling for me.

Thankfully, my boss found a great solution. Instead of being in the costume for the entire welcome session (about 30-45 minutes) she suggested I wait in a closet and at the end of her presentation, she would come get me. We'd have the kids just take pictures with Cone Kid and I would only have to be inside the cone body for about 10 minutes. I could do 10 minutes. Couldn't I?

I sat in that closet for about 20 minutes running all the scenarios through my head again. Then laughing at myself, I returned to my original rational thought: Really? What was the likelihood that any of those things would happen in 10 minutes? Sure. It could happen in some freak scenario, but the odds were pretty low. Plus... I LOVE kids. And the kids are going to LOVE Cone Kid. I wouldn't want to take Cone Kid away from them! So... I was able to sit in the closet, talk myself off the ledge, then (for not the first time in my life) I came out of the closet with a bang!

The kids ooh'd and aah'd and cheered and smiled. It was great. They each got their picture taken... even the big kids got their pictures with Cone Kid:

High Five!

He was so stoked! I guess some of us never fully lose our innocence!
I thought it was a little bizarre at the time, but when I saw these pictures I thought it was HILARIOUS! He's totally wearing the hats and safety jackets we gave out to the kids. I am pretty sure he was more excited to be getting high fives and pictures with Cone Kid than the actual kids were. He even had someone video tape it! LOL! I'm not even 100% sure this guy works with us!

Also hilarious about this day... instinctively, at every click of the camera, I would catch myself smiling from ear to ear inside Cone Kid as if my face was going to be in the picture! Every now and again, I would catch myself and chuckle wondering why the heck I was smiling. Never the less, the next click of the camera, there I was from inside of Cone Kid smiling and thinking, "Cheeeeeese".

So, it was nearly tragic in that I almost couldn't be Cone Kid. But thankfully, I was able to talk myself off the ledge. Find it comical. Laugh at myself. Get over my irrational fears and end up having a great time.

I might even consider doing it again next year. 



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Crescent Pizza Rolls

Photo courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything


The Recipe:
(Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
4 cheese sticks, halved
1 (3.5 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
optional - marinara or ranch sauce for dipping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take each triangle of crescent roll dough, brush a thin layer of marinara on the crescent roll triangle, and place about 6 pepperoni on the bottom of the triangle. Place half of a cheese stick on top and roll up. (I sort of tucked the sides up so the cheese didn't make too much of an oozing mess.) Place seam side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with a side of marinara and/or ranch. (I preferred dipping in the ranch first and then the marinara.)

The Review:
Delicious. Quick. Easy. Fun. Would be a great appetizer/finger food for a gathering. I think kids would think these are fun and would be something they could easily help with/make on their own.

The Final Product:

Trying to find a tag for my pics... Not sure I love this one.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Parmesan Garlic Pasta



 This dish (found on this blog via Pinterest) is perfect for my household for four reasons:

  1. I love all things garlic.
  2. I love a quick and simple meal.
  3. K cant do red sauces so this creamy white is perfect. 
  4. My good friend Ms. Rink always enjoys my recipe blogs, but she's vegetarian so a lot of my dishes would require alteration. This one, Ms. Rink, is already vegetarian, just-for-you! :o) No altering necessary!
The Recipe:
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
¼  tsp salt
½ tsp pepper (I left this out. K literally cant do any spice.)
3 cups chicken stock (I used broth - is there really a difference?)
½ lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (I would say this is optional, but it does give it a nice pop of color.)

In a pot, bring the olive oil to medium-low heat. Add the garlic and stir, allowing it to cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix in the butter until melted. Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock. Raise the heat to high and let it come to a boil. 

Once it is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook for as long as the box’s directions indicate. Reduce the stove to medium heat and mix in the parmesan until completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream and parsley. Serve immediately.

Add a little broccoli to top it off and vuala! You have a perfect meal.  

The Finished Product:


The Review:
Mine turned out on the salty side which baffled both me and the sister-in-law so we went on a mission to identify the saltiness. 
  • Sure, chicken broth tends to be salty, but that shouldn't have been it. 
  • I didn't use fresh garlic, I used Dorot Crushed Garlic frozen cubes. They had salt in the ingredients, but it was the second to last ingredient, so that couldn't have been it. 
  • We brain stormed a little more, and then she tasted the parmesan I used. AHA! That was it! I used the fresh grated parmesan that comes in pre-packaged tubs in the refrigerator section. 
What I will do different next time: 
  • I will suck it up and by a hunk of parmesan and grate it myself to see if that will help with the saltiness.
  • I will also forgo the 1/4 tsp salt the recipe calls for. 
  • Could add chicken.
  • Serve with garlic bread! (I don't know how this didn't happen to begin with.)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Schmoop Contest!


I am an absolute sucker for a good love story. I am pretty sure I make my one sister gag with all the schmoop that melts my heart. I cry at everything schmoopy. A sweet commercial on TV, a spontaneous proposal of complete strangers,a heart warming story. I even cried when we went whale watching and I caught my first glimpse of a whale up close and personal.

I. Am. A. Sap.

So when I saw this sweepstakes, I was all over it! All you do is share a timeless love story. (And you get a second entry if you blog about the sweepstakes - hence, this blog!)

Here's the details:

Mark your calendars – The Lucky One opens in theaters April 20! Watch the trailer on The Lucky One website.

Share a unique love story for a chance to win a camera or tickets to see The Lucky One!


Prizing
  1. One Grand Prize – Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with accessories
  2. Three Second Prizes – Canon PowerShot Digital CameraFive 
  3. Third Prizes – $30 Fandango.com gift certificate

To be entered for a chance to win, share a unique love story using this entry form.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
  1. Submit a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt in the comment field on the entry form at this link
  2. Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in the comment field on the entry form at this link**
 **In order to comply with the FTC Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines (available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm), entrants who choose to blog about this Promotion as a method of entry will also need to disclose in such post that they are receiving an entry into a sweepstakes for posting such blog.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here. (Be sure to check these out. I just read that you had to be a member of BlogHer at the time of entry. I was not, so now I am not sure my entry was even valid. Ugh.)

This sweepstakes runs from 4/4 – 4/22.

Be sure to visit The Lucky One page on BlogHer.com, where you can read other bloggers’ love stories!

If you don't plan to enter, at least share your love stories here with me! :o) 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cookie Monster

In November of last year, I got a new co-worker. She filled my old position after I got promoted. It was pretty much friendship at first sight. We hit it off from the get go and quickly realized we are alike in a lot of ways... right down to our unruly natural curly hair.

We both enjoy baking and baking for other people. This is one of the many things we have in common. However, she actually has talent and creativity. It's impressive really.

She brought in cupcakes first. And then she made cookies a couple of times. Her skills we so impressive that the Director asked her to make cookies to celebrate one of our partnerships and she would give the cookies to them. You kind of have to know our Director to understand what a big deal that is and what a compliment that is.

Here is what she made (I made the tags, thank you very much!):

She personalized each cookie.

Then today, she came in with these adorable cookies:

Happy Easter!
She made those for our co-workers kids. He didn't show up to work today and he's off tomorrow, so guess who these cookies are going home with tonight? ;o)

I am already recruiting her (aka - begging and bugging till she agrees) to make some cookies for Relay for Life. I foresee some boob cookies and/or cupcakes in our future!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy 40th Birthday, Love!



Normally, we are not big on Birthdays. Neither one of us like direct attention, but I think part of this has to do with getting older. The older I get, the less of a hooplah I want. K is the same way. BUT I feel like there are certain birthdays that need to be acknowledged more. Milestone birthdays. Like 40. :o) 

K turned 40 on Sunday. The original plan was to go camping, K got a new job (YAY Honey!) and the new job is not Monday through Friday, so camping was kind of out the window. However, I found this rad campfire cake on Pinterest about seven weeks ago (according to Pinterest) and I have been patiently waiting for K's bday to make it.

In an effort to still do something for her birthday and keep the camping theme (duh - so I could still make the cake), I planned a small beach bonfire BBQ (and by BBQ, I mean - roasted hotdogs on a hanger).

Here are the pictures of the day...

                        The Scene:

Doheny State Beach
The Oasis
The fire.... It was insanely windy.
 Friends:
Kitty & K
"Junior" & Kam
Me & Kim

                                                           The Cake:


With the real campfire in the background to compare.
Oh, and let's not forget my other masterpiece:


This was the most fun to make. I just wish I didn't procrastinate till the last minute so I could have had a wider range of pics (like from birth to 40), but procrastinating is what I do, so I did the best with what I had and think it turned out rather cute! 

Happy 40th Birthday, my love. 
I hope that you felt loved on your special day. 
I hope that 40 is better than you think it's going to be.
I hope you wake up every day with a smile on your face because you are loved and adored. (By more than just me, too! ;o)
I hope you are as happy as you make me! 
I love you. Welcome to your 40's!