Mondays and Tuesdays are my new weekend days! I’ll have to explain why in a later post. But for now, I’m getting used to my new found freedom as most are toiling away at work. Saturdays and Sundays were nice since Nol also had the same days off and I’d never run out of things to do. My new days are a little weird. No one is really around except for me and Walter! Which means more snuggle time with him, and then I’m left to my own devices. I did manage to get a lot done!
I’m also attempting to eat healthier. I know it’s a little late to jump on the “new year, new me” bandwagon. But I have been eating horribly! Big portions, lots of sugar, and way too much snacking. So I am trying to reign it in! After two days of hitting the gym and trying to moderate what I eat Tuesday night (my Sunday), I decided to whip up a tasty dinner for two.
I tossed together a bowl of salad with olives, which I learned last night Nolan abhors! I did not know this before! But I love olives, and he hates them! I put them in the pasta I made along with red bell peppers and a few other ingredients to spice it up. Nol ended up picking out all of the olives and tossing them back into the pasta bowl. I did force him to down one olive just to say to gave it a try. He ate it and was a big baby about it, as he complained how the taste was offensive to the rest of the dish. We had a big laugh about it and finished up the rest of the pasta.
We also had extra left over food from Nolan bringing home a bunch of leftover subs from his workplace. They were going to get thrown away and he grabbed an entire tray. That’s my husband.
This morning I grabbed the turkey out of the subs, my left over salad from last night (OLIVES and all) and wrapped it up into a big yummy wrap! It was an awesome breakfast. That was my wonderful first weird weekend in a long time (since the days of Texas). Filled with food. Just the way I like it Now I have to be off to get ready for work … ehhh :/
WOW. I’ve really neglected this blog! My bad. I’m going to try to get back into the swing of things! No really, I am So what better place to start than gabbing about the Oscars. Not so much the ceremony, but my favorite dress on the red carpet!I can’t get over how stunning dress is, and how incredible she looks in it! Love the color, the pleats, everything! It screams whimsical fairytale! And she certainly was livin’ out a dream on Oscar Sunday. Gorgeous!
Also, gorgeous — this sweet moment between Walter and Nol. Love coming home to scenes like this. He’s just too spoiled. <3
Where do I start? It was a whirlwind and yet in so many ways it was not. The general election this year did not include any big races. Most of them were local, some of them close, some of them not so much. I was covering one of those sort of close ones. They only put me and a photographer to go back and forth between the two camps. By back and forth I mean running across the street between two hotels and keep and eye on the numbers to see who would win. Yeah, it’s a super glamorous job I hold down, but nonetheless, I still manage to love it when it comes down to the wire (just call me CRAZY).
Even before the evening full of excitement truly got underway my photographer managed to ram into a tiny four door car with our gigantor live truck (true story). The car was paralleled parked on the side of the street on one of the main roads in the city we were in. He took the front fenders off completely. Then came a lady who walked out with the assistance of her cane. Guess who’s car it was? Yupp.
So there we are a huge live truck parked in front of this tiny white car that we clearly bumped into. We eventually called the police, all of this going on while we were supposed to be setting up a live shot, which turned out not to be needed.
It was a a bit of a fiasco and certainly not a pleasant way to kick of the night that I knew would take a turn into a bit of a cluster. I means it’s elections, it’s expected.
So we did a lot of hurry up and wait. Really, not much to do when the polls close at 9pm and only then can you start figuring out which way the story will go. To make matters even better, I was paired with Oscar the Grouch for my photographer. Just lovely. Still, I planned to make the best of it. As the night went on and I chit chatted with colleagues from other stations in between the two camps I learned that the family member of the driver who’s car my photographer had an accident with was at one of the watch parties. And yes, they were making sure that everyone knew a particular news station had just caused a fender bender with their mother’s car. I just can’t make this stuff up. The night ended chaotically as expected. No need to get into the details. But it’s certainly an election year I will never forget.
If you follow any of the food boards on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve come across one of the many energy bite recipes. This past weekend was filled with pintereresting experiments for me. From trying to unclog our sink drain with baking soda, salt, and vinegar (failed horribly, in fact, I may have made the problem worse!) … to cleaning my bathtub with blue Dawn and hot vinegar, (this actually worked wonders!!!!) I highly recommend it. My tub looks sparkling clean now.
I wanted to do one last pinterest project before the weekend ended. Especially, since I had a whole box of oats that have been sitting in the pantry waiting to be used.
I ended up really liking the way these little balls of energy turned out! They are easy to make, and you can pretty much substitute whatever ingredient you’d like into the mixture.
Things can get a little messy! So be prepared to have a little fun
I kept my mix super simple with stuff we already had in the kitchen.
- 2 cups dry oats
- 1 cup peanut butter (i used the crunchy kind)
- handful of chocolate chips (i had white chocolate on hand)
- 1/2 cup of honey
After mixing it all up, I popped the bowl in the fridge for 1/2 an hour to let it chill. This way making the balls would be a little less sticky!
Once you’re ready to roll, you can start balling up the mixture into little 1 inch bites. If things are too crumbly just add more honey or peanut butter, if the mix is too sticky add in some more dry stuff. There are recipes on Pinterest with several different variations. Bites that include flax seed, sunflower seeds, wheat germ.
They totally satisfy my sweet tooth! Perfect mix of sweet, healthy and small! I plan to take a few of these to work to munch on throughout the day!
The rest I stored in this tea kettle for at home munching! Can’t wait to try some other variations, once we eat our way through the first batch! I would call this a Pinterest SUCCESS!
Looooved gaining an extra hour this weekend. As archaic as Daylight Saving Time is….it sure does feel wonderful to trick the mind and body into thinking you’ve somehow created extra time. Of course, in a weeks time it’ll all be for nothing and I’ll be getting up at my regular time.
Friday, after work we did a little midnight shopping at our grocer. Found these in one of the international aisles. Wine Gums! Intriguing. Wasn’t bold enough to buy these, but I am curious about how they taste.
Saturday night I made green curry! I bought green curry paste from the Thai section and just added coconut milk along with all the other veggies we bought! This was super simple to whip up! And ended up being super yummy with our beers!
It wasn’t all fun and games, though! This little boy had to take a trip to the vet! That’s twice in two weeks! His ears have been bothering him, but I think we’ve finally gotten to the bottom of it. He had some sort of ear infection. Not pretty, and definitely not fun to deal with. The vet said it should all be cleared up within a few days though, thankfully! The only down side was we had to take two trips and round 1 the vet we saw prescribed the wrong type of medication and it didn’t do much to help clear up the infection. It was also about $150 down the drain. Glad round two worked out, still another pretty penny though for all the medication. Here’s to healthier days ahead for both Walter and us!