Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm back

Alive &.............burnt.

Let's just say that even after 50 spf sunscreen, my skin and the sun STILL do not agree with each other. I may look completely ridiculous now, but at least there was a lot of productivity, right? The past few days were pretty good, minus the drama [from parents, not kids--go figure].
Annnnnnnnnnnd we still have one more week to go. This should be fun.

Monday, July 19, 2010

This one time....

Dear Blogger Friends,

I am leaving you tomorrow to embark on the marvelous journey that is high school band camp. Please pray that I do not have a heat stroke [since we will be spending 9 hours outside 'enjoying' Alabama summer days], and also that I don't end up physically hurting anyone [because I will obviously be tired/hot & therefore irritable]. I will be in a small town, staying at a place that doesn't have cable OR internet, so if you get a call/text from's probably a cry for help.
I will be back this weekend though, for much needed R&R, before another week of pure joy ;)
If you don't hear from me come Sunday, just assume I didn't make it out alive.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

My first time...

Yesterday Aaron had an interview in Montgomery, so I decided to go with him.
After his hour long interview [isn't that nuts?] we decided to get some lunch.
It was my first time eating at Five Guys Burgers & Fries.
It was amazing. Seriously, I ate until my stomach hurt.
The only thing that sucked was the price.
For 2 hamburgers, 1 fry, & 2 drinks it was $18.00.
It was worth it for that kind of quality, but it will definitely be a rare treat.

Later, we went to see Inception. My heart raced pretty much the entire time. If you haven't seen it, you should do so immediately. I mean, I had a dream last night that someone was trying to get into my dream. But, was it a dream? Or was it real? Guess I'll never know.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

30 days of me::It's over now

Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy

What tickles my fancy today is our meal plan.
So, without further ado

Panko Crusted Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Bread
Italian Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole
Chicken Piccata with Crock Pot Mac-n-Cheese
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with New Potatoes, Carrots, and Corn Bread
Chicken Tetrazzini with Garlic Bread
Ooey Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

30 days of me::this is getting nuts

Day 27: This month, in great detail

what's happened so far:
-went on a mini vacay
-cooked, a lot
-held try outs for color guard
-sat in a boring graphic design class for 5 hours a week
-got my dog spayed
-watched tv, a lot
-got addicted to true blood
-pinched pennies like no body's business
-grieved over the break up of one of my fav bands, envy on the coast

what's going to happen:
-finish that stupid graphic design class
-teach routines to my c/g girls during band camp. oh joy
-finish season 1 of true blood [yes, i'm behind]
-read at least 1 more book in the gossip girl series. if i can get my hands on it
-try not to die from the heat

Day 28: This year, in great detail

what's happened so far:
-quit my old job
-started school
-adopted my lil kamzalina
-did lots of projects/worked my BUTT off [for school]
-spring break at Panama City Beach with friends
-studied for & ultimately passed the praxis
-got a new job
-finished the semester
-quit my 'new' job
-started my first summer semester ever
-went on mini vacay
-started my first gig as a c/g instructor

what's going to happen:
-hopefully pass my summer class
-make amazing routines so my girls will make all 1's at competition
-take a semester off, because my school is stupid
-hopefully get a second job
-finish seasons 1 & 2 of true blood. patiently wait for season 3, since we don't have HBO
-finish all books in the gossip girl series
-read all books on my 'to read' list
-lose 10 lbs
-renew my license

Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days

-to be healthy & happy
-to decorate matt's new apartment. when he actually gets a new apartment
-to try a gazillion new recipes
-to get out of this financial slump we're in
-to be a better friend, in general
-to stop procrastinating so dang much
-to get an internship & blow them out of the water so I can get hired as soon as I graduate ;)
-to graduate
-to get a big girl job

Monday, July 12, 2010

30 days of me::My week

Day 26: Your week, in great detail

- came back from our mini-vacation in Florida
- lazed around
- watched a lot of tv
- went to school a lot
- did homework
- cooked dinner a few times
- finished a bunch of stuff for color guard
- had my first phone interview ever. it was awkward.
- drove 2.5 hours north west.
- had my ear talked off.
- conducted color guard try outs.
- drove 2.5 hours back home.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

30 days of me::A day in the life...

Day 25: Your day, in great detail

- woke up
- went to class
- came home
- ate lunch
- attempted to take a nap
- finished making up color guard routine
- took a shower
- went to sonic for happy hour
- went to walmart
- got my car washed
- bought a few movies at movie gallery's going out of business sale
- came home
- finished some paper work for the color guard try outs
- cooked dinner
- ate dinner
- did homework
- watched 2 episodes of True Blood
- went to bed

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

30 days of me::22, 23, 24.....

Day 22: A website

My favs:

Day 23: A YouTube video

Day 24: Whatever tickles your fancy

I got a job as a color guard instructor at a high school that one of my friends is the band director at. I am a little nervous, but mostly excited to get back into it. It doesn't pay much, and I'm hoping I can get a second job, but I think it's something I will really enjoy. And, at least I'll be getting out of the house!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

30 days of me::Foooooood!

Day 21: A recipe

Each week I like to try at least ONE new recipe.
My favorite new recipe?
Crab cakes!


4-5 slices white sandwich bread
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 Tbsp plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 pound cooked fresh Dungeness crabmeat, picked over and drained [I used TWO cans of lump crab meat, drained]

Horseradish Mayo
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt


1 Tear up the bread and pulse in a food processor to make fine, soft crumbs (about 4 cups). Transfer the bread crumbs to a shallow pan and mix in 1/2 cup of the parsley.

2 In a food processor, combine the egg yolk, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, mustard, paprika, thyme, celery seeds, and black pepper. Pulse to combine. With the motor running, add the oil through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream until the mixture emulsifies and forms a mayonnaise-type sauce. Transfer sauce to a bowl.

3 In a large bowl, combine the onion and bell pepper with the remaining 1/4 cup of parsley. Add the mayonnaise-type sauce and crabmeat and mix lightly. Using a rubber spatula, fold in 1 cup of the bread crumb mixture. Do not overwork the mixture. Gently form 6 cakes and flatten them into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Dredge the patties lightly in the remaining bread crumb mixture. Cover the crab cakes with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or longer.

4 Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat and add about 2 Tbsp of butter to the pan. Working in batches, fry crab cakes gently 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown and heated through. Add more butter to the pan if necessary.

5 To prepare the horseradish mayo, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning. Cover and refrigerate.

Makes six 4-inch wide crab patties.

Monday, July 5, 2010

30 days of me::Hobbies

Day 20: A hobby of yours

My new found hobby:

making jewelry.