Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It snowed in Las Vegas and the people here went insane! He He! All of you who live is states where snow is an everyday thing would laugh. Schools here shut down and work was let out early, it was breaking news all night (interupting my stories, which was upsetting).
It's pretty cool though. I hated the snow when I lived in Colorado and thats why I wanted to leave, but I kindof liked when it snowed here the past couple of days. Something different, and it is really beautiful. I dont want this to happen all the time, but during the holiday its really nice. So for now I will just enjoy it cause I will be wishing for it when it is 120 degrees in the summer.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I come from a family where no one has a birthday past October and before late February, which is perfect cause then we only have had to deal with Christmas presents during Christmas time. Now however, I have married a man whose whole family has their birthdays in November, December, and early January...What the F! This puts a lot of pressure on me, especially since I have made it my mission to be the best gift giver ever in his family.
So right now I'm in stress mode and since we don't live near either of our families, I need to have all shopping done A-SAP...
Of course with my running schedule, my Christmas baking, and work, I don't have much time....soooo, well, I should maybe get started, huh?
Well, here's to my next marathon, it starts on Saturday early morning and doesn't stop till i'm done! Wish me luck!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
7/8 lb. of almonds (ground)
1 cup Butter (Melted)
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 pinch of ground clove to taste
1 lb. fillo pastry
A little lemon juice
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of honey
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup water
Directions: Mix almonds, cinnamon and cloves; Butter a pan (9x13); lay 4 fillo sheets down and spread a thin layer of mix, then add 2 fillo sheets and continue on with the butter and mix, layer the fillo sheets in between. Top off with 4 fillo sheets.
Cut into squares before you bake in oven at 350 for 35 to 40 min.
Mix: sugar, honey, vanilla and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and Pour over Baklava. Let stand for a few hours before serving.
Trust me, its pretty Yummy.
And for you coffee lovers, I have some good holiday suggestions for you. If you have a Cost Plus World Market in your town, you should pick up some World Market Pumpkin Spice coffee. Im addicted and may need to go back and stock up before they stop selling it for the season. I also am glad that they have Cafe Du Monde Coffee and Chicory. I haven't been able to find this since I lived in New Orleans. I love it, it reminds me of the south. Its really strong and good for a wake up call in the mornings.
Before heading out for the gym, I would like to share with everyone how no matter how we torture my dog, he will let us get away with anything...
Well, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a good Monday!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In order to keep myself busy I did some baking over the weekend. I also did something I don't thing I have ever done. I rode my bike 4.3 miles to the gym on Saturday, ran 4 miles and then rode my bike back home. Im not much of a bike rider, but for my birthday last year my hubby got me a bike, so I guess I should start using it. My butt hurt really badly when I was done, but it was a nice day and it helped me get my mind off of things.
I took Perry to the dog park. I have never done this before, Walter had some bad habits having to do with other dogs messes, so I avoided going. Perry seemed to not care about the other dogs and instead decided to be the official dog park greater. He went up to every human that walked in the gate and got himself some love. Im sure they thought he was a poor little neglected boy. Little do they know that he gets more love (especially now) than most children by their parents.
So, I mentioned that I baked this weekend. one of the kinds I made weren't that great. The second set were pretty good. They were like a double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Craisens in them. I am not one to put anything other than candies in my cookies, but I thought these might be a good Thanksgiving cookie. I got the recipe from the Cookie Bible.
Double Chocolate Cranberry Chunkies
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chip chunks
3/4 dried cranberries (I just used craisens)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in small bowl; set aside. Beat butter and sugars in a large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks and cranberries.
Drop dough on cookie sheets. Sprinkle some extra sugar on top of the dough. Bake 11 to 12 min or until cookies are set.These are really good, and seem to be keeping really moist. So, happy baking!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I made my pumpkin bread, and this time I baked the batter in muffin tins just to shake things up a bit. They are really good. Many, Many years ago, when I worked for the Gap, a friend of mine, Barbie, use to bring me this bread during the holidays. I loved it so much. Here is the recipe for them.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
New job is going well, it's pretty awesome. Only issue...I now get up at 5am (I know, I know, I'm sure many of you already do this) and go run, then get ready and sit in a classroom all day (its not that bad). Its tiring.
My Pug does NOT like this routine, so he has been repeatedly going number 2 in the kitchen while I'm gone and my husband is sleeping...AWESOME! I am ready to choke him...but then i look at his little face, and love him all over again.
I am hoping that I'm not too tired for this weekend. First Fridays in the art district is going on and I am really looking forward to it...we will just have to see. Anyway, got to go relax and prepare for another crazy day.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Although everyone was really great, I am still keeping my eye on some of them. When working for the government, there are always the crazies that sneak their way in. You know, the ones...the crazy single middle aged woman with 6 cats or the weirdo 40 year old man that hits on you (after you told the whole class you are married during the personal sharing hour). I think a woman actually told me her whole life story today while we stood in line to get our personnel badges. It actually made me really uncomfortable.
The cafeteria food was okay. I had Lentil soup for the first time in my life (not bad) and I was able to hit up a pretty sweet salad bar. So that's always good. I also got to try out the new 24 hour fitness downtown, its pretty nice. So all in all it was a good day.
Im looking forward to tomorrow. I have 6 weeks of child welfare training, its going to be long, but I think it will be worth it.
P.S. with all my new outfits, I think Im totally going to be the cutest...Yea, me!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I am so excited I can't stand it.
No more moody and unstable boss, No more freezing office, and no more boring work.
I finally get to use my Masters Degree, and I no longer have to pretty much be a secretary (not that there is anything wrong with that job).
I am nervous though, but I can not wait! Wish me Luck!!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Walter looooooves Gabby and in the mornings Gabby and her mom sit on their porch and read. Walter always knows when we are close and runs as fast as he can (while snorting loudly) and meets her at her porch gate. My dog does a lot of face punching and licking so I know he is really in to her.
In the meantime Perry of course wants nothing to do with this situation, he meanders around, sniffing pushes and eating cat poop. His allegiances are with his mom (me) and he loves me too much to care about another woman.
Sad, isn't it...
I do feel bad though. I am a bit cranky and gross looking in the mornings. Lately, I have been waking up really sore (from my runs) in the mornings and have been feeling extra hatred for all who roam the earth...soooooo, I've kind of been avoiding Gabby and her mom. Walter pulls me towards her apartment in the mornings and I pull him the other way. I feel really bad, but the thought of idle chatter with this (perfectly lovely) woman in the mornings makes me cringe.
Does this make me a bad dog owner. Am I being selfish? I have to confess, this is not the first time I have ruined my dogs love life. In Colorado Walter was in love with a pug name Grace. I of course have no tolerance for other dog owners (They all seem a bit off to me) so I again would begin avoiding all areas where I might run into Grace and her mom. I know, I know, I sound horrible, but I just feel so awkward trying to find something in common with these people. I don't want to become friends just cause our dogs are in love.
I also have this problem with the gym, which is a whole other issue. I don't like making friends at the gym. I'm there to run, do weights and go home, I don't feel the need to chit chat with the other regulars. (wow, I'm beginning to sound like a Seinfeld episode.)
I'm actually beginning to scare myself. After reading through this, I am realizing that I'm an old cranky woman. Kind of like the character Shirley Maclaine (one of my favorite actresses) played in Steel Magnolias, the cranky Ouiser Bourdeaux. If you haven't seen this movie, I suggest you do, its really funny (and sad). Shirley Maclaines charter says a lot of things like "You are a pig from hell," "Eat shit and die," and "take your Bible and shove it where the sun doesn't shine." I enjoy old ladies like this. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if I became one. People would certainly leave me alone then.
Well, I am actually feeling a little guilty now, so maybe tomorrow morning I will take Walter to see his Lady. I would hate to be the one who always ruins his relationships.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
My poor husband tries so hard every year to get me out of the funk, and I fight him the whole way.
Last night however, I broke, and finally had a good birthday, one that I allowed myself to just sit back and enjoy, I don't know what came over me, but I have to say, it felt good to not pout on my birthday.
When I got home from work my husband gave me my presents, I got a charm bracelet from Tiffany's and my first charm, its a cupcake because I love to bake.
He also got me Bette Midler Tickets!!!!! I know this makes me seem extremely old and a bit off, but she plays at Caesar's Palace, and really she is a legend, and we might as well go see her...Besides the fact that I think she is FABULOUS!!! I mean come on, Beaches alone was one of the best movies ever, and I hate sappy, sad movies...
The Hubby then took me to The Paris Casino to a French Restaurant called Mon Ami Gabi. Its really frickin good, and all fancy and stuff...I had an awesome steak and frites and we had the Banana Fosters for dessert. We had a table that looked out over the strip at Ballagio and every 15 minutes we got to see their water show. It was quite romantical, even though I am the most un-romanitical person ever.
All in All it was a great night, and I would like to say Kudos to the Hubby for making it special (and it smart of him to get me nice a liquored up). But I also want all to know that I did not turn 28 last night, I am now counting backwards, so I am 26. Thank you very much!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
But, as you will soon find out, I waste a cute outfit everyday on my god awful work place.
So now picture this...I am sitting at my desk with a huge woolly, dark grey sweater on, I have a dark red flannel throw blanket wrapped around my legs and I am sitting on a heating pad that is turned on high...this is my miserable existence every day that I am in this dungeon of an office.
Its so cold in here, that on occasion I have not been able to type because my fingers are so frozen (although I always make exceptions for Blogging). I actually eat lunch outside in the hot Vegas sun in order to thaw out from my morning freeze. This is getting friggin ridiculous. I have complained a million times, but apparently the other offices we share our thermostat with is located in the hot Amazon jungle and in order to function they need their air down to 65 degrees. Well, THE WAR HAS STARTED!!!!
When I come in to work I march myself down the hall and turn up the air, but it never fails that they turn it down immediately after. I feel the need to one of these days round house kick someone in the head! I'm Serious!
Um, P.S. personal goal set yesterday for me...I ran 8.40 miles! Supa Star! I of course however can barely move today, but it was worth it!
Oh, and P.P.S. I turn 28 tomorrow, this makes me want to cry, I don;t like talking about it, in fact, i didn't even tell anyone at work...I can't take a cheesy cake and the singing...it makes me want to stab myself with a pencil...I always think of the movie Office Space and how ridiculous everyone looks with the cakes and the singing...UGH!
And before I forget, my favorite show is back in full force...The Big Bang Theory...The season premiere was last night, and once again, they delivered brilliantly! BRAVO!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday we were on a Festival High and decided to check out the Hot Air Balloon Festival (the Balloon-a-palooza) WHAT A BUST! First of all, when I got to a balloon festival, I want to see Balloons! I got none of that!
The festival was more of a small carnival with a circus and rides, really. I do have to say that I ate a Corn Dog...which I hated as a child but now find them irresistible...
Oh, and we got a funnel cake with hot fudge and whipped cream on top...I almost passed into a sugar coma after that one.
There was a really sad cover band. They attempted some DMB but sadly were pretty awful.
I enjoyed the funeral wagon that greeted us as we walked in...
That is always a nice welcome...
So, all in all, I would recommend the Greek Food Festival for next year, and make sure there are balloons around if you drive out to N. Las Vegas for a "Balloon Festival."
Have a good Monday!