Friday, October 31, 2008

Just a little rant

Dear random guy in the library. When I'm sitting at a table for four by myself, I am perfectly happy to have you sit down across from me, even though I don't know you. But just ask OK. Just say hey... can I sit here?

Ok thanks bye.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Go Happy - Things I learned from a two year old

The other day, I read my friend Andie's blog and a conversation she had with her two year old. The story made me laugh out loud. Then I started thinking about it a little bit. Somehow as my parents, past roommates, and current roommate can attest, I have trained myself to have to go to the bathroom the very second I get home.... and it's not that I just have to go the the bathroom, I. HAVE. TO. GO. TO THE BATHROOM.RIGHT. NOW! I have tried to untrained myself of this little habit, but I can't. Anway what's the point of this little story???

This habit of mine has been a bit difficult lately. When I walk in the door, I'm usually carrying my backpack and my purse, and have a jumping dog at my every step. It makes me crabby.

So as I was reading this conversation between Andie and her daughter, and I couldn't help but think. Go happy, how smart is this girl? I think it's my newest philosophy is life...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What we've been up too

I promised that I'd get a few pictures of what we've been up too lately.





We hit the town with a few of my new friends from school Kelechi, and Diana



Kelechi and I capturing a photo op at school


And then there were the weddings. Jake and I at Jake's good friend Jackie's wedding.


My whole family at my cousin Pam's wedding. I wish I had taken some pictures of the dancing, the Kelm's were dancing machines that night.





And last but not least, lunch at railhead.

The tee-shirts we are modeling were compliments of Jakes friend. Check out Jake's blog for more info on where you can pick them up yourself.

Friday, October 24, 2008

What is American Food

So I have this really fun experience right now of working with a girl from China, a girl from India, and girl who I think is from the US, but her family is Persian, and to have a good friend who is Nigerian.

We have been talking about taking turns having each other over for dinner, and to possibly learn to cook the different ethnic dishes.

My problem is, what is American food? What do I serve them? Hamburgers and fries. Should I bake an apple pie? It feels like all of the food they will be making for me is time consuming with fresh ingredients, and specific ways of cooking. And all of the things I would think about making are of another ethnic variation.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Writers Workshop

It has been a few weeks since I used a prompt from Mama over at Mama's losin it. I don't have kids yet, so sometimes the prompts don't apply to me, and sometimes I don't think she comes up with very good things (ha ha see I can be mean to mama Kat because we're bloggy friends, and she knows I'm just kidding and that the real reason is I'm just lazy)

Anyway, today I have to modify the post becuase I don't often play scrabble, however, I do play a game called Mexican Train. If you haven't heard of this game, it's a dominos game my parents introduced us too a few years back. It has become a family staple, and I think my mom has now gotten all three of us kids a set of own our for Christmas. We play this game pretty much every time the family gets together.

It would be natural to think this post would be about one of those family games. It has all of the right ingrediants right... family, game, competion, sibling rivalry, a little alcohol... but you would be wrong.

This was a friendly game between Jake and I one evening around our kitchen table, (which at the time was still my kitchen table because he was still wooing me)

The basic idea of the game is get rid of all your dominos before the anyone else. Once some has gotten rid of all their domino's the rest of the players have to count up the points on their dominos and you start a running total. The person who goes out get zero points. You play the game in rounds so the score can fluctuate.

So here Jake and I were playing... and I had gone out like 8 rounds in a row or something. I was kicking his butt. So needless to say I got a little cocky, and was starting to mouth off just a bit.

We had one round left, and I was up like 387 to nothing, so it seemed like I had the game in the bag.

We start the round, and Jake puts a piece down, and I can't go so I have to draw, Jake puts another piece down, and again I can't go.... round and round we go, until the next thing I know, Jake is out and I have like 12 dominos still in my hand. So I started counting my score, and then I had to pull out the calculator, and then the calculator couldn't count that high.....

The final score was 392 to 387.... I lost.

Well needless to say Jake started gloating and me being the good loser that I am got so pissed that I had lost, I threw all of my tiles at him and stormed into my room.

Sore loser? Who me?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bonified Texan

Today, I want to consider myself a Texan.

Reason number one. Vikings lost. Ok the Cowboys lost too, but I'm still not a cowboys fan.....

Reason number two. We were in Ohio this weekend and I think 52 degrees is cold. Glad to be back to a weeks for of 70 something degree weather.

Reason number three. Crazy Michelle Bachman and her comments that liberal members of Congress should be questioned about their patriotism. Oh and there was little thing about calling Barack Obama anti-American..

Sidebar: We've been up to some fun things lately, and I promise to get some pictures up soon.

Friday, October 17, 2008

New walking program

My google walking program is over, and I have to admit, I've fallen off the wagon a bit as far as walking goes. I realized this week that I am having a bit of a discipline problem. So it was quite the wake up call when the dog trainer we had come in this week suggest that we get Lucy out for 2-3 30 minute walks per day.

I am looking forward to getting her out more often as I think it will help with her energy level, and my frustration with her. Hopefully that will help my loose the 10 lbs I've gained since I started school. Walking over the summer definitely helped with that.

We are off to Ohio this weekend for a wedding, so my new walking program will start bright and early on Monday morning. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

You say it's your birthday.

It's my birthday too. Today is my 31st birthday. I will be celebrating by finally having a dog trainer come to work with us and Lucy, getting a pedicure and going out to dinner with Jake.

So do I feel older. On this birthday the answer kind of is yeah, a little. I feel like I am fully in my thirties. Last year when I turned 30, it felt like I was still so close to 29, that I wasn't really in my 30s yet. Now I'm defiantly there.

I have this philosophy about birthdays. I've shared it with a few friends, but I've found as I've gotten older it really helped me.

When I was in highschool and college I always wanted to be older. Wanted to be 16 so I could drive a car,once I was 16 I wanted to 18 so I could go to R rated movies and buy smokes (ha ha just kidding), once I was 18, of course I wanted to be 21. Once I hit 21 though things started to go down hill. When I turned 25, I wanted to be 21 again, 25 just felt so old. When I turned 28, I wanted to be 25 again. When I turned 29, I saw what always wanting to be younger was going to do to, I knew when I turned 30 I was going to wnat to be 28 again.

Finally it dawned on me, age is not something you can fix. You can't go on a diet and become younger, you can't read a book and get younger. You could get plastic surgery and look younger, but you really aren't.

So now my philosophy is just enjoy it, enjoy the day, enjoy everyone saying happy birthday. Just like you did when you were a kid. Rain on my parade and call me old... I don't think so, I have an umbrella.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Words of Wisdom?

My friend is going through a divorce. It was not her choice to get a divorce, and she is very angry with her husband. They have two kids together and she is mad at her husband for breaking up the family. I feel helpless to help my friend. She lives in MN so therefore I cannot just go hang out with her for a while. Plus the husband has never been too found of me, so it probably wouldn't be the best idea anyway.

I feel like I just keep saying the same things over and over to this person. "I'm so sorry your going through this" "feel terrible for you"

Does anyone have anything better to say, or anything else I can do? I know it is not my job to fix my friend(she is great the way she is, and doesn't need fixing) and divorce is not easy, especially with kids involved, but I feel helpless, and just want to do something. To keep letting that friend know I care.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Longhorn Lucy and being a Democrate

I read or heard on TV this week that McCain has decided not to campaign here in the great state of Texas anymore. He is so confident he will take Texas that he doesn't feel the need to campaign here anymore.

This got Jake and I talking about voting and how for maybe the first time ever, our vote really doesn't count. Minnesota has often been a battle ground state, so our vote always counted. My vote might be the tipping point to make sure MN was blue. Here is TX we are outnumbered.

I will be still get my fanny out there and vote. At the least I'll cancel out someone elses vote.

Here is a lovely Obama video to leave you all with this morning.

Friday, October 10, 2008

This is a first for me

A couple of new first for me today.

First time I haven't owned a car, or had a car owned by my parents that was mine to drive, since I turned 16. It's a little weird.


First time I've been at the library on a Friday night past 3pm ever. It's 7:20 and I'm still here and plan to be here for a about another hour, and then back at it. Why you ask. One who procrastinates all week, makes up for it on the weekend!

I'm sure we'll find one or two fun things to do this weekend. I'd like to get out on our bikes again, and maybe go to a movie with our friends Kalechi and George.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Vijaya Dashmi, Aprajita Pooja

Today is Vijaya Dashmi, Aprajita Pooja in the Hindu culture. It is an auspicious day where many Indian people buy property or gold or anything that they would like to have good forture with.

Why am I telling you about Vijaya Dashmi, Aprajita Pooja? Because on this auspcious day, it looks like there is a very good chance I will sell my car. I have a man who is very interested in buying it, we have agreed on a price, and he has contacted me today to come pick it up this evening. He is very interested in buying today. If everything goes according to plan, my car will be sold by tomorrow.

It has been kind of a fun experience to work with someone who is so interested in buying on a certain day. I hope it works out well for both of us.

Oh, and if anyone can find more information on this holiday, please pass it along, I couldn't find much except a few calendars that mention it is today. No wikipedia article or anything.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Delectable Delights

I'm sorry I have been neglecting my delectable delights posts. Ha who am I kidding, I've neglected posts all together. I don't know how those of you who post regularly can keep it up. I'm proud of you.

Make ahead lasagna (this is one of my all time favorite recipes, it just tastes so good. I've made it for several different groups, and everyone comments on how good it is.) As much as I want to, I cannot take credit for the recipe, I got it in college from my friends mom.

Lasagna

1 lb ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 45 oz jar Spaghetti Sauce(such as Ragu Chunky Garden style)
1 cup water
1 15 oz container ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives or 1-2 Tbsp dried chopped chives
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 egg
8 oz uncooked lasagna noodles
16 oz grated mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Brown ground beef with onion. Add spaghetti sauce, and water. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine ricotta, chives, oregano, and egg. In a 13 X 9 pan put half the sauce, then layer cheese mixture, mozzarella, and noodles (you do not boil the noodles). Top with remaining sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Cover, and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours. Heat over to 350 degrees, Bake for 50-60 minutes.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Flies in the Fall

Has anyone ever heard that flies get slower in the fall? It has something to do with the temperature cooling down. I believe this whole heartedly, and Jake doesn't believe it at all. First off, I believe this because there are more flies in our house right now than at any other time this year, and they are easier to hit with the fly swatter.

Has anyone else heard this? Are you able to find proof. Jake has tried looking for it on the internet, but has been unsuccessful.

Internet friends, I need your help. Prove me right.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thinking Thoughtful Thoughts

I got a note from a friend the other day, indicating they were a bit worried about me because a lot of my posts lately had been pretty anxiety ridden. When I shared that one friend had sent me a note to another one of my friends, she commented that she also had been a little worried about me as well.

So then I was talking with another friend(you following that? That's unnamed friend number 3) about a completely different topic, and she made the comment that things have a way of working themselves out. It wasn't that "Becca stop worrying" comment, it was genuine. She related a story about how if she had know 2 months ago, she'd be sitting in the library with me, she would have done a lot less worrying.

Anyway, I've been letting all of this mull around in my brain for a few days/weeks. I really want to keep this in mind when crazy things come up and I'm feeling stressed. The best part is every day is living proof of that fact. I'm alive, I'm happy, I've got a place to live, etc. Opportunities are out there, sometimes we just have to wait for them to come to us.

On that note to all my Minnesota readers. If you by any chance know of someone who is looking for a two bedroom apartment/condo for Nov, send them my way, I'm trying to rent out my condo starting in Nov.

Take care ya'll