Sunday, August 31, 2008

3 fricken lbs

Sometimes I hate being female. Or maybe I should be more specific, and say sometimes I hate being a female is obsessed with the scale. I have gained 3 lbs in the last week. Three pounds...seriously this shouldn't bug me. It's 3 lbs. It could because my schedule has changed and I haven't figured out a routine yet, it could be because my "friend" is visiting right now, it could be the fish and chips I ate last night for dinner. And on a positive note, it could be three lbs of muscle that I've gained from the increased length in my walking program that I blogged about here. I'm up to 40 minutes about 4 times a week. The program has a goal of 5 times a week for 40 minutes but I don't always hit it and am pretty happy with 4 times a week.

None the less I've been focusing on these stupid three pounds all weekend. I know Jake loves me, and my body how it is, and seriously I can't tell in my clothes or anything. I've tried not getting on the scale so I don't know exactly how much I weigh, but that doesn't work either, I end up feeling like I weigh more than I do. The funny thing is, I really do have a magic number. Once I hit on or around that number, I'm totally fine. My weight doesn't bug me, and I don't talk about it or obsess about it.

So questions for the ladies, or anyone who cares to comment. Do you have any suggestions for how to stop obsessing about 3 lbs? It's like I know in one part of my brain that it's silly, but the other part of my brain doesn't care.

First post on my new laptop

I got a new laptop this weekend. I found a sale for a Dell laptop that my technology guru Jake approved of, so we set off last week to go get it. Sadly everyone else had seen the sale as well, and they were out of stock. We were told we could get a rain check but the whole Metroplex was out of stock and they weren't sure if they would get any. I got the rain check anyway.

On Friday I had to run and get a few things for dinner and Best Buy just happens to be next to Albertsons so I thought what the heck I'll just stop in. I went and look on the shelf, it looked like they had one in I ran up the service desk to ask them to check to make sure. The lady looked and my rain check and said..... I'm pretty sure I looked this up for someone earlier in the day, and we didn't have any, but that she would check anyway... I sat there antsy thinking while this lady is telling me she doesn't have any, and taking her sweet time, someone is going to go up and steal my laptop. Thankfully another customer service guy came over and said, oh I think we have one and ran and got it, and I was able to purchase it on the spot.

If anyone asks I got the laptop for school purposes, but I'll tell you my bloggy friends the truth.... I got it because I am entirely too lazy to walk all the way to the office to check my e-mail and blog. I want to be able to do it from my bed or the couch. Preferable while eating cheetos and siping a cocktail.

So here I sit in a coffee shop typing on my new toy writing a blog post while I'm supposed to be doing homework. It's a holiday weekend right??

Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Favs: Recipe for the week

I have never wanted my blog to be a food blog. There are plenty of those out there. However, I really do enjoy cooking, and have been wanting to put a few recipes up here and there. So I'm stealing a page from Mama's Losing It and creating a weekly segment right now I'll title my favs but I'm still working on the name. (Creative Mama Andie, do you have any suggestions)

Basically I'll post my favorite recipe that I made for the week. If I got it from another blog, I'll give credit where credit is due, plus then all 5 of my readers will be able to find another blog.

Unfortunately I don't have any cute kids to help me do the cooking like Mama Kat does, and I'm not so sure it would be sanitary for me to let Lucy help, but maybe I'll get creative with the photo shop...

Ok so on with it... My favorite recipe this week is (drum roll please.....)

A modification of this recipe for Breakfast Style Casserole (or if your from Minnesota, Breakfast Style hotdish)

Side note: if you haven't checked out this recipe matcher website, you totally should. It allows you to type in ingredients you have and find a recipe that fits these ingredients.

Breakfast Style Hot Dish
Servings: 8 (I cut the recipe in half which ended up being a big meal for Jake and I but we finished it all)

1 Cup Cheese - Cheddar6 Slices (cubed) Bread - White
1 Teaspoon Seasoning - Mustard Powder1 Teaspoon Seasoning - Salt
2 Cups Milk6 Eggs
1 Pound Italian Sausage ( I used Italian Turkey Sausage)

I also added some onion, a tomato, and some spinach to this dish. I used a whole small tomato and about 1 cup of fresh spinach.

1. In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter, add onion and cook until onion becomes translucent, add sausage and cook until brown. Add spinach and cook until slightly wilted. Add tomato and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat eggs; add milk, salt and mustard. Stir in bread cubes, cheese and sausage. Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish.

3. Let sit for approx 15 minutes so bread can soak up egg mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

In the future I will try to include a picture, but as I said... Jake and I ate it all.

Friday, August 29, 2008

YES! This is exactly how I feel

Instead of writing again how I feel McCain's vp choice is a sad ploy for female voters, I'll just send you to this link, so you can check out a new blog AND hopefully get your feminine undies all in a bunch.

Oh and Jake, I'm sorry we just got into a fight about politics, I still think your wrong, but we should remember we're on the same side. :0)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Did you have a favorite blanket or toy? Tell about it.

Mama Kat over at Mama's Losin' It gave us an assignment this week to write about our favorite childhood toy.

My favorite toy was a fake cabbage patch doll I named Katie Andrea. She was the first cabbage patch doll I ever had, and even though I got a couple more (yeah sometimes I was a little spoiled) over the years, Katie Andrea was always my favorite. She had yellow pigtails for hair, and a white dress with yellow and red flowers on it. I took Katie Andrea with me everywhere. She slept with me, I played babies using her, took her on trips.

I remember at one point, I couldn't find her before I went to bed. I thought for sure she was lost for good, so I was balling my eyes out thinking I'd never be able to sleep again because there was NO WAY I would be able to fall asleep without that doll. One of the best memories I have from Katie Andrea's disappearance is my dad searching and searching to find this doll. For some reason it sticks in my mind as one of those moments when you know your dad loves you because he'll spend what seemed like hours (but was most likely only minute) trying to find your doll so you could go to sleep. Thankfully Katie Andrea was found in a drawer where I had most likely put her to take a nap, and I was able to sleep soundly.

Monday, August 25, 2008

First day of School

So today is my first day of school. It felt nice to get up this morning and know I didn't have to go to work. I made myself a lunch, took the dog for a walk, made the bed, and did some dishes. I am sure not every morning will be this productive, but what a great way to start the week.

Last week in my Abuzz post I eluded to some things I'm afraid were just personality defects. Basically I think my personality has been as of late, "it" will be better when.....

For example, I wasn't all that happy over the summer and just kept say "it" will be better when school starts. Before we moved down here, I think I often said "it" will be better when I move to Texas.

The other night, we went over finances and budgets, and although I feel prepared, and have been saving all year for this, it was a bit shocking to see the money that goes out each month, vs the money I will now be bringing in each month, and I can't help but worry that school will turn into "it" will be better when I'm done with school and have some money coming in.

I'm just worried that I'll always be waiting until the next thing to make my life better, and that next thing may never come. How do I make sure to enjoy this time in my life and not start in with the it will be better whens....

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Minnesota State Fair

In the last post I realize I said the Minnesota State, rather than the Minnesota State Fair. Oops. The state fair started last Thursday. My family has gone to the fair for as long as I can remember. There maybe were two years in college when I didn't attend, but other than that, I have gone every year since probably I was born. It was always fun to see all for the 4H arts and crafts, the newborn baby animals in the Miracle of Birth Center, Princess Kay of the milky way's head carved in butter, the Ye Olde Mill ride, and of course all of the food. All of that yummy glorious food.

Since we won't be making it to the fair this year, I'll share a few pictures from the last two fairs.

mmmmmmm Footlong Hot dog

Pronto Pups, my mom's fav.

On the giant slide, if you look carefully, I'm on the top green bump, and Jake is just taking off at the top.

Enjoy a refreshing beverage in the beer garden.

For those of you who do make it to the fair, have fun and enjoy a cheese curd for me.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Abuzz with information

Oh I feel like I have so many things I want to share today. From Grannie pannies, to traffic, to the Minnesota state, a roommate update, and anxiety about school starting and my personality to the Olympics.

It's exciting for me that I feel I have things to share, as I went through a period this summer where I just didn't feel like I had anything to share.

I think we'll start with a roommate update. Many of the other topic involve pictures and diagrams (don't worry, it's not the grannie pannies) and more time to post than what I have right now. Our temporary roommate has not come yet. She is staying in a hotel with a friend at least through tonight. It doesn't sound like she'll be joining us until early next week once school actually starts. It's got to a be a whirl wind for her she fly in Tuesday drove from Austin today, has oriantation all day today....

I'm still hopefully that she will joing us for a few days, but maybe for her sake she'll find permenant lodging for the weekend and she won't need us anymore.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Vegetarian Eating

I recently read an article about how meat didn't used to be the centerpiece of a meal, but rather a flavorful addition. Like adding a little bacon to a potato dish, or some fish to rice, etc. The article mentioned that over time, as people began to accumulate more wealth, the focus of meat began to change.

The article mentioned several ways to reduce the amount of meat in a persons diet for health reasons, as well as financial gain. One of the ways mentioned in the article was called the cheaters method, or something like that, maybe I've started calling it the cheaters method. The concept is that you don't eat any meat for breakfast or lunch, but then eat whatever you like for dinner. Since I do really enjoy meat, and I didn't want my eating decisions to affect Jake, I thought this was a really good idea for me.

I had several goals in mind when I started this program:

-introduce more fruits and veggies into my diet
-enjoy eating bean dishes again. Jake is not a fan of beans, so we don't really cook them at home.
-find alternative cooking recipes that were both flavorful and meatless
-save a little money by buying less meat at the store.

At first I found it to be very easy. Target had garden burgers onsale so I stocked up on those, and I was making salads more and taking them to work. I made one recipe for bean enchiladas and froze some so I have some for later. I have not been successful every day, but am still working at it. I would say that I've been about 50% successful with my goals. I would however be interested in any meatless dishes that people have.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Roommate

Friday of last week, an e-mail from the new student affairs director was sent to all of the students asking if anyone was willing to temporarily house a new student who needed a place to stay while she attended new student oriantation and found a permenant place to live.

Jake and I decided to open our home to this student, and either Wednesday or Thursday evening we will have a temporary new roommate. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help someone out. I remember what it was like when we first moved down here and would have really enjoyed having someone who could show us around. Especially a fellow student.

I am a little nervous about how Lucy will react, or how our guest will react to Lucy, but I did mention we have a dog and that she was a little crazy, and she said she thought that was fine.

We'll have to see how everything goes.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Asian Cooking

Both Jake and I really enjoy Asian food. From Sushi to Thai, and everything in between. We have just started to learn to cook it at home and now have fish sauce, and chili oil as staples in our cupboard.

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in China for 6 months, and with my cooking hobby, and our love for Asian food, I often kick myself so not taking some time to meet with one of my teachers or the "mami" at the local resturant to learn how to cook a few things.

One of the things I did get the opportunity to do was go to a food market with one of my classmates who was Indonesian so this type of open air market was the norm for her. It was very new to me. As we were walking along, she showed me this table with these geletain looking slabs on it and asked if I knew what it was. I guessed geletain. She said "no, it's blood" Well, you can imagine the look that came across my face. What??? Blood? For what? She said "For cooking" "WHAT?" I said starting to get a little quesy. She said "no it's really quite tasty" She said it was often used in soups and other dishes as a flavoring agent.

On second thought....maybe I'm ok with the fact that I didn't learn to cook in China.

Side note, I did enjoy a lot of the food in china, there was a particular tofu dish I still crave. but I also lost 20 lbs... I just never knew if I was eating meat, or kidney, or liver or blood.... I just often couldn't stomach it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dirty Dishes

About two weeks ago a water main broke on our street and the water was temporarily turned off. By the time I got home from work, the water had been restored, but for some reason the water in the kitchen faucet only came out at a trickle, and the dish washer wasn't working.

Turns out that we tried to use the faucet before realizing the water had been turned off and managed to suck up enough dirt and rock from the broken main to ruin the faucet. The landlords finally replaced the kitchen faucet today and thank god for that. I was getting a little sick of doing dishes in the bathtub! Yes Eww go ahead and say it, but we didn't have many other options.

Now at least we can wash dishes by hand in the sink. The dishwasher is unfortunately still broken.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I thought I'd pass on a few pictures for today's post. I haven't put any out for a while.

This is my very cute dog in my favorite sleeping position. She tucks her feet behind her and sticks her butt out. Adorable. No wonder she's so rotten, it's hard not to spoil something so cute.

This is a picture we took of ourself before going out to dinner the night of our engagement. I'm not sure if you can tell from my smile but I was pretty happy. We had someone take our picture downtown Fort Worth, but it's blurry and I think this one is better

This is Jake sister and a few of his cousins one of the nights we were back in Iowa.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Where to begin Part II - Iowa

As I said in the last post, we found out on July 31st, that Jake's Grandmother had passed away. We got one of those calls at 6:30 am that you know probably isn't anything else, but you hope that it is anyway. Grandma Freitag went into the hospital about 8 weeks ago so it wasn't a complete surprise, but she had been improving over the last week, so we were still disappointed and very sad. Jake and I made the decision to drive the 13 hours back home, and took off early on Friday.

Of course it was a very sad time, but as odd as this might sound, I really enjoyed the trip. I didn't know Jake's mother very well, and had only met her one time before. We spent 3 days with her, and Jake's brother and sister, and I got to know her and them so much better. I loved spending time with all of them. Jake's mother is caring, funny and witty, even in such a time of sorrow. I was glad I could be there to comfort her, and it made me feel so happy when she would introduce me as Jake's fiance and say that she had a wedding to look forward to.

One of my favorite activities was on Saturday evening the day before the wake, the whole family got together at Grandma's farm and had a bonfire, a few drinks, and just spent time together. Everyone was so genuinely nice, unpretentious, and immediately made me feel like part of the family.

Grandma Freitag was too young and will be missed by her family, and I am sorry I didn't get a chance to know her better, but I am so thankful that from her passing I had an opportunity to get to know my future mother in law so much better.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Where to even begin

Well it has been quite an eventful first part of August here at Casa de Longhorn. So much has been going on, I'm not even sure where to begin. I think I'll have to do a multi-part post to get through it all.

First off, I promised you all some exciting news last Friday and did not deliver. Sadly we found out Thursday July 31st, that Grandmother passed away. So we made a trip to Iowa on very short notice. I have a lot to say about the trip, but think that will have to wait until part two.

The news, I haven't been writing much lately because there were parts of my life I couldn't share, and they affected me so much I didn't feel like I had anything to write about that didn't involve these area. Enough lead up you say...just get to it? Ok, I officially put in my two week notice at work yesterday and will be going back to school full time. Obviously this is not a spur of the moment decision and is something I've been thinking about for a long time, but I am not sure who reads my blog, so didn't want to make announcements that would affect my current employment. The job has not been an ideal fit for me so I am excited to leave it, and excited to start this new adventure.

Some other exciting news I got yesterday is that I was selected for a student aid job which I am very excited about. So all and all, things are moving in the right direction. New job, the ability to focus on my schooling. It is such a relief I can't even tell you.

One last bit of fun. Jake and I have decided to sell my car, as he works from home, and we live about 4 miles from school, so I'll either be biking it, riding the bus, or begging for rides from my fiance from time to time. The biggest challenge I think will be learning to drive a manual transmission. I have never driven a stick before so we'll be having driving lessons from time to time over the next month. I'm sure that will provide plenty of blogging fodder. So alas, if you know anyone interested in buy a 2003 Honda Civic with approx 75,000 miles on it, send them my way. Oh and they have to be living in, or will to get to Texas to pick it up.

Figured I'd end with a shameless plug!