Archive | February, 2011

Creamy

13 Feb

Doesn’t the word creamy just sound dirty sometimes?

I think  my inspiration for meals this weekend has been because I’ve had this song in my head the past few days

Unfortunately, nothing too saucy like that going on here but that’s a different post for another time.

Creamy described my dinner last night. I was out and about the entire day running errands and such and when I got home, I was in the mood for something quick and warm.

I put some chicken with wing sauce and water in the crock pot when I left in the morning and when I got home, the smell of chicken was in the air. I took out and pulled apart and store for use this upcoming week.

I took some chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese, red onion, Cholula, garlic and black pepper and mixed together in a bowl

To make chicken enchilada quesadillas

 I needed all that creamy, warm yummy goodness because it was time to do my taxes thanks to Turbo Tax. I’ve used H&R Block online the past few years but this year, they changed the format and just seemed more difficult to navigate through this year as opposed to less. And H&R Block was trying to give me $350 less back than what Turbo Tax gave me so yeah, I’m officially a Turbo Tax girl now.

I also watched The Town

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I’m still conflicted if I liked it or not. I feel like it ended with some loose ends that I thought would be wrapped up but never were. Lincoln felt a little conflicted as well but at least he was warm

Anyone else see it-thoughts?

I slept in until 10A this morning which is pretty much unheard of, I love sleeping in!! I’ve been sleeping in more and more on the weekends which is wonderful since I tend to wake up at 4 or 5A and then have nothing to do for a few hours. I made a breakfast wrap grabbed some coffee to go and was on my way out the door!

The mission for this morning was to find a new bed frame. I thought all the bed frame drama was done with after last weekend but it broke again. And I really don’t feel like fixing it every week because that is going to get annoying very quickly plus I am frugal but not so frugal that I won’t buy a new one. But then again, if I end up moving to a different city this year, I most likely won’t take my furniture with me so if I were to buy a new one it would be a waste of money. I checked out a few thrift stores this morning and found nothing, went to the Sears Outlet and all they had was California King frames and went to Value City Furniture and they don’t carry any full mattress frames. I may have a gentleman friend coming into town next month and I am really going to look like a hooker if I have a broken bed. Ugh.

I met up with a friend at the gym afterwards. I’m finally starting to feel better again and had enough energy to work out and we killed it! I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the bike then did various upper body exercises

Can I get a hell yeah??!

And can I get a hot tub?!

Speaking of hot tubs….kinda…..my friend and I went into the sauna after our work to sweat everything we didn’t sweat out out. I am all for being comfortable with your body but what is up with the 60+ year old crowd flaunting what they got? I am talking boobs down to the knees, it was very uncomfortable trying not to stare at that since I fear I’m going to be like that one day. I loathe you gravity.

Instead of going for protein packed smoothies, we chose to go for $2 mimosas instead

Look at how big they are! Plus, they weren’t shy with the bubbly and only $2. I could’ve had at least six more with how smooth they were and hello-cheap but we settled on two a piece. This is going to be dangerous for future Sundays, I love mimosas and I love getting my vitamin C in along with booze!

Creamy was the word for dinner again tonight. I made stuffed mushrooms yet again but this time I stuffed with spinach dip!

I saved the stems to use this week, I have no clue how I will use them but I figure I can chop up and cook and add to rice, pasta, etc.

Let the mushrooms marinate in extra virgin olive oil

I mixed thawed frozen spinach, parsley, cream cheese, shredded mozzarella and spike seasoning in a bowl

Then stuffed, lined up on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

They turned out even better than the last batch!

I know it’s not Frugal Friday but if you have an Earthfare near you, sign up  to get a free dinner with a $10 purchase!

Are you watching the Grammys? I had no clue it was on but feel like I know what’s going on thanks to the Twitter. And what the hell is up with Gaga–she arrived in an egg or something?

The little Frugal Friday that could

11 Feb

Not gonna lie, this edition of Frugal Friday almost didn’t make it. I tend to put together Frugal Friday posts ahead of time and the fact that I wasn’t feeling too hot this week didn’t help. I woke up this morning at 5A. Naturally, I woke up this early since I planned on going to work a little later than normal. I was going to write it then but wasn’t too coherent and the coffee was taking its sweet time kicking into my system.

So without further ado…..Frugal Friday!

1) Coffee to go

When I was at Panera on Sunday, I got my coffee for free thanks to My Panera rewards. So I got my fill and had about two cups while there and then took a coffee to go. It’s free and you can use it the next day for iced coffee at home!

Soon after that, I had to say goodbye to my Dunkin Donuts plastic cup since I had been using it for a week or two. I don’t know what it about their plastic cups but I love them. I wonder if I could buy in bulk from their wholesale distributor?

2) Free Bagels!

I signed up for Bruegger’s Bagels email list some time ago and got this email last week. Three bagels for free–no purchase, catch or anything? Sign me up. Even if I didn’t feel like having bagels in the days after that, I could always freeze them and that’s what I ended up doing. Click here to sign up–if you do, you’ll also get a free bagel and cream cheese just for signing up!

3) Taco Tuesdays!

Lately, Qdoba has been offering $1 tacos on Tuesdays. They are located in my building so it’s very convenient and not to mention- cheap for me. Plus one of the guys who works there is way cute in a wrong side of the tracks kind of way—I represent corporate America and he looks like a burnout so at first glance we wouldn’t be a likely match. He is my forbidden fruit. Why do I love burnouts and bad boys so much? I guess that is a different post for another time.

 Back to the point, yeah, I like going to Qdoba. And I love Mexican food on the cheap so when I heard about $1 tacos I was there in a heartbeat.  I bring my lunch to work most of the time in an effort to save money but you really can’t beat $3.24 for three tacos. Just be sure not to get guacamole or a drink, that’s where they get you price wise!

4) Athenos Greek Yogurt

BOGO free Athenos greek yogurt coupons–woohoo! I can’t wait to use this!  I kinda want to scour my neighbor’s trash just to see if they got this coupon but threw it away.  I have lots of soap and a hot shower, I don’t mind dumpster diving for coupons. I’m sure you don’t read that alot from sorority girls. Always on a quest to be different, I am. And apparently, I like to talk backwards like the Yoda….even though I’ve never seen Star Wars somehow I know that.

5) Harris Teeter deals

I found some pretty sweet deals at Harris Teeter this week via their cart sales and advertised sales

Tomato soup for $.62/can

VITA TOPS!!! I feel like I’m the last blogger to these since I am always reading rave reviews about these things on the blogs. I’ve wanted to try them but thought you could only get them in select stores or online and i wasn’t wanting to try them enough to pay for shipping. These babies were BOGO so I got two boxes for $5.19–not too shabby. Reviews to come soon!

4 cans of Progresso soup for $4.58. I saw that they were BOGO plus I had a $1 off coupon so I stocked up. I like how none of the labels are the same. Whatever happened to just a selection of labels instead of label over load–what does “Now even better!” mean and how does “Traditional” soup fare against “Non traditional” soup? So many questions.

Perhaps, I shall call Progresso and I can be in a commercial……except in a smaller kitchen…..and not in a purple satin robe.

Kashi Island Vanilla cereal for $2.19. Ok, it is expired and can either be really good or really bad but I’m willing to try it.

Can we just talk about how Friday was the day of Lincoln? He was featured not once but TWICE in the blogosphere! Check out Katie’s post featuring me and Lincoln for her new Feature Friday series…..think #FF (Follow Friday) but blog-style! Then he was featured on Tina’s Blog Dogs series today! If you’re having a bad day, check out the Blog Dogs series, if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face something is majorly wrong with you…..unless you hate dogs and had a really traumatic experience. If that’s the case, don’t look!

Do you bring your lunch to work or eat out?

What were some fabulous deals you found this week?

Return of the Sinii

9 Feb

Is it weird that I’m 31 years old and have never seen Return of the Jedi?

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I keep meaning to watch the original Star Wars but just haven’t gotten around to it. Whatever happened to Billy Dee Williams?

However, Return of the Sinii is in full effect and unfortunately, I am all too familiar with it. I thought my sinus problems went away but they crept back up on me Sunday afternoon and I have been miserable ever since. I finally went to the doctor tonight and he doesn’t think it’s an infection and I tested negative for strep. He prescribed me some zyrtec (so my company would pay for it with my health reimbursement card) and nasal spray which I’ve been having a ball with.

Not really, I seriously feel like crap.

I was calling people today and sounded like a sick 5-year-old valley girl….and I think I even got some symphony from some people which was a nice change of pace. Too bad I can’t remember the conversations though since I  was drugged up. We have to document every conversation we have so I am looking forward to reviewing those notes when I’m in a better state of mind. As long as I didn’t call anyone a f**tard, I think I’m clear.

I would love to show you all exciting, food creations I’ve made but this is all  I got, so enjoy.

Yeah, nothing exciting.

I think this is the most boring post I’ve ever posted so apologies but I’ve got nothing……just sinus problems.

That being said, I’m going to enjoy some new tea I got on sale at Target

LOVE individually wrapped tea bags. Celestial Seasonings-I’m giving you the stink eye. You trying to save the earth but not individually wrapping the tea bags is the main reason I don’t buy your product. I’m a hippie on the inside and everything but cmon, I need it so fresh and so clean clean

I’m going to cuddle with this little love

And see if this vaporizer is worth the money

I just want to be able to breathe again

Sing it Toni. Such a good yet forgotten song.

This one is my favorite though

Must download soon.

And her and her sisters have a reality show now? Has anyone seen it and if so, is it actually watchable?

While we are taking a trip down memory lane with songs that remind me of my glory days in college

What songs takes you back to college or your early 20′s?

Green+Googling+Gaffigan=Great

8 Feb

Maybe my company isn’t that bad of a place.

Seeing they gave me a pretty sweet bonus and all.

That’s right, I’m raising the frickin roof (and well aware no one has used that term seriously since the early 2000′s) I changed roles late last year and thought my yearly bonus would be in jeopardy because of that but I guess not since my old manager decided to give me the bonus. Thanks boss!

I still can’t believe it. They put out a notice saying they were having  quick touch base meetings with everyone individually and automatically, the number one thing that went through my head was “I wonder if we’re getting laid off?” then I started doing the math in my head about how much severance I would get (it would be a pretty sweet severance given my length of time with the company) When I stepped into the meeting, they handed me a sheet of paper and there it was–the number. They told me I did a wonderful job last year and that I will be seeing the bonus in my paycheck shortly. I probably won’t see a good deal of the bonus due to 401K, taxes, etc. but who cares—it’s a bonus! And a bonus that I worked my ass off for this past year so I am going to enjoy it. Who am I kidding–I am going to put some into my travel savings account, put some aside to get my hair did and buy some pajama jeans!  I just had to share since it was a complete surprise to me and just what I neede given my attitude towards work lately.

There’s going to be a couple of meatless Monday options up in this piece…..

 I was craving something warm and carbalicious the other night.I cooked spinach and mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil, oregano and red pepper flakes and cooked a couple servings of penne while that was cooking.

I added both together then added shredded mozzarella cheese and mixed

I transferred to a baking dish then since the penne wasn’t enough carbs for me, I topped with torn up pieces of Great Harvest Rosemary Garlic bread then poured a little extra virgin olive oil on it and let back at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Success  with that meal. Next time I make it, I think clam sauce or some kind of seafood would be a nice addition!

When I got home from work tonight, I seriously had no idea what to make for dinner. So when that happens, I do what any rational person does: I take almost every item out of the fridge, place on the counter and stare until something comes to mind.

Don’t laugh, it works.

I thought of a  black bean quesadillas but was too lazy to reach up to get the can opener. Add baking chicken tonight for Lincoln as treats because I was too lazy to drive to Target to the list of things I do because I am lazy. I can’t help it.

So no go on the quesadillas. But I guess I wasn’t too lazy because I mustered up the energy to whip up stuffed mushrooms and kale chips.

I started with cream cheese and parsley. I microwaved it for about 30 seconds to soften up then mixed together.

Added black pepper and mozzarella cheese to the mix

I took some extra virgin olive oil and let the  mushroom caps swim around

Then stuff!

I also prepared a sheet of kale chips, brushed with extra virgin olive oil and Spike seasoning then let the shrooms and kale cook at 350 for 13-15 minutes

I love meals that taste great. I love meals that taste great that don’t require utensils even more! A great end to meatless Monday!

Something amusing: I was looking at my site stats and one person found my blog by googling “bj jokes” and another found it by searching “Bj’s”. Immediately, I found this funny since I have the sense of humor of a 14-year-old boy. Then it made me think of this old school jam (um, disclaimer, please do not click on this at work, if easily offended, a prude, holy roller, etc.)

Which of course I sang “Put it in my bin” last week  when one of co-workers asked me where he should put some files for me to the tune of that song. I can’t help it–why must I turn everything into a song??

While on youtube, I had to search for this skit, one of my favorite comedy bits:

I love the Gaffigan.

And my other favorite Gaffigan bit

My ex boyfriend and I used to think of outrageously gross Hot Pocket creations and try to top each other. I thought Fish n Chips Hot Pocket with malt vinegar dipping sauce would always be a winner but I still haven’t seen it happen yet. I shall write them one of these days.

What’s the nastiest Hot Pocket creation you can think of or what would your dream Hot Pocket consist of?

What’s the most random phrase that someone entered to get to your blog?

If you want to show off your dog, head to Carrots N Cake and submit a picture of your four legged friend to be featured on Blog Dogs!

Rolling my balls

7 Feb

I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m the only person not hungover today. Maybe because I was sipping on some hardcore cranberry green tea. While others got buzzed, I got my antioxidant on-take that! At least my Sunday was productive yet relaxing.

I finally changed the lights in my living room. It’s been like a bat cave in there for the past month which each light bulb slowly fading out but I couldn’t reach up to change them. Duke Energy sent me some energy-saving lightbulbs…..for free! So I wanted to get those in so they wouldn’t collect dust and I could cut down on my energy bill over time. I finally found a ladder that I could use so it was on!

And now it’s too bright in here and I feel like I should wear sunglasses but I don’t want to be crazy-doglady-who-wears-sunglasses-at-night.

 I planned on taking a nap in the afternoon but stayed up to watch the Puppy Bowl instead and then as soon as I knew it–dinner time it was!

I was going to go out to one of the bars to watch the game but my throat was scratchy all day and the thought of staying at home in my pajama pants sounded better than dolling myself up for the randoms at the bar.

But, if I would dish out the money for pajama jeans, I wouldn’t have that problem would I?

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I still haven’t heard of anyone buying them. I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. Maybe everyone is like me and waiting to see if anyone will buy them then rave about how they will never go back to regular jeans.

I felt like connecting with my roots for dinner so Italian it was.

First thing on the agenda was meatballs. It’s been ages since I’ve made meatballs and felt like it was time to bring it back.

Some people use ground beef or ground turkey to make theirs but ground sausage is the only way I will make mine as I feel like I get the best results from using sausage. If I really feel like being saucy, I will use bacon drippings and mix in with the ground sausage but I wasn’t feeling saucy (and I haven’t been eating as much pork as I used to so no bacon on hand)

I take about half a bunch of parsley and 1/4 onion, chop finely or pulse in the magic blender.

My onions didn’t get chopped too well so they turned out bigger than I wanted.

I added one egg and 1/3 cup ground flax-seed then mixed together with the parsley/onion mix and seasoned with garlic and black pepper

Then crumble the sausage and mix in

My rule is the bigger the add ins, the bigger the ball so I tried to make these medium size for the most part. Roll the balls (giggity) until firm and round then I place on parchment paper

I had some extra mix so I rolled that into balls then popped them in the freezer so I can bake whenever I am craving meatballs.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. I flip them over half way through and then you have tasty goodness right at your disposal.

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I paired it up with Newman’s Own Vodka sauce

Can you say gone within 60 seconds?? Love these babies!!

Next on the list was pizza rolls. I love pizza rolls. I love them so much I only allow myself to have them every few months because I could eat them every single day but I guess processed meats and cheese on the regular aren’t too good for losing weight and cholesterol eh?

I cut up three slices of provolone cheese and hard salami into quarters

Since I seem to be putting Laughing Cow on everything as of late, I got one out to put into the rolls.

I cut whole wheat pizza dough into strips then dust with flour and roll them out.

After that, I spread and pressed Laughing Cow into then, topped with salami and cheese, rolled up then poured a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, oregano and garlic on them. I usually add grated parmesan and red pepper flakes but had neither on hand-boo.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes and they’re done!

LOVE the baked cheese bits!

Love me some pizza rolls, they hit the spot each and every time!

Speaking of Italian food…..I want some lasagna cupcakes!! Has anyone heard of these?

On a completely unrelated note–20 inch nails, really? This chick pays $250/month to get her nails did and it takes five hours. You would have to pay me that and then some to maintain nails like that. Random-if you have google “20 inch” and forget to put in nails, you may get some *ahem* interesting results. Like a baby’s arm….

Day 8-A moment you felt most satisfied with your life

I would say when I got hired to work for my company and my first year with my current company. Yes, for as much smack as I talk about my company, I was actually happy with it at one time. My first real job after college was at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and it sucked hard balls. I was living in Phoenix at the time, had to wear a suit to work and was measured on my sales of the optional insurance (i.e. bullshit). Doesn’t sound too bad? Well, to make it worse, it was Phoenix in the summer time so imagine wearing a suit in 110 degree weather. Plus we were located at a Ford car dealership but also had a satellite office at the Dodge dealership two blocks away so we would have to run from dealership to dealership to “help” people who were only renting a car because something was wrong with their car. They didn’t want to pay for anything out-of-pocket and sure as hell didn’t want any kind of insurance. Plus, I knew the insurance was bullshit so I couldn’t sell something I didn’t believe in. So, I did the only logical thing to do since I was unhappy with my job.

I quit.

Ok, not the smartest move but mind you, I was 24 years old with the thought process “I have a college degree, any company would be lucky to have me!” Well unfortunately life doesn’t work out that way, especially if you don’t have any connections. So I did temp work for the next nine months ranging from a security systems company to insurance company to realty agency. I was pretty much doing menial work just so I could pay my rent so it wasn’t anything that I had to use my brain to do. Then one temp agency had a contract position open at Charles Schwab for tax season so I did that for three months assisting people with tax forms and interest. Then the agency told me about a direct hire position with a bank in a position that seemed really interesting–sales via instant messaging. I had sales experience but hated the face to face, had customer service experience and  was somewhat tech-savvy along with fast typing skills so I went for it. The summary of the position was this: people would come onto the banks website on the credit card section. A pop up instant message box would come up to see if they needed any assistance with selecting the right credit card for them and if so, we would help them through the process to get them into the correct product. If they filled out an application, we got credit.

Well, I got the job. And I rocked. I was top in sales almost every month, had 100% customer satisfaction. I was team player of the year and nominated for a bank-wide award in my first year there, which is pretty much unheard of. Less than a year later, I was team lead of the group I started with. Life was great! Everything goes south from there-literally. I made the stupid decision to move to Charlotte or what I like to call-the biggest mistake of my life. I don’t like this city and really regret moving here. I moved here since my company is headquartered here which in my head meant there would be more opportunities for me to grow within the company. Wrong.I’m trying to figure out how to get myself back on track because my most satisfied moment was five years ago and I really haven’t been happy since with my career.

Thoughts on pajama jeans?

If you make meatballs, what kind of meat do you use?

Cursing the Swedes

6 Feb

Greetings from Panera!

I’ve currently loafing off their free Wi-Fi they offer here….one of the many reasons I love Panera so.

Blarg-why am I up so early??

 I woke up at 5A this morning for no reason whatsoever. And when you live in Charlotte, that blows because nothing is open and seeing that it’s Sunday, a majority of businesses don’t open until after noon. Seeing that I am not a churchie, this doesn’t fare well for me but god bless Panera for opening at 7A! I got the Breakfast Power Sandwich to start off with. I’ve never had this before and was pleased with it for the most part. It seemed to be a little soggy on the bottom but it comes in at 330 calories so I can deal with that.

I also got a free coffee thanks to MyPanera rewards club. If you haven’t joined–what are you waiting for? Not only have I gotten free coffees, lattes and teas but I’ve always received free pastries and bagels. Sign up now!

Check out the swag I got! You can’t take me anywhere…..

 I’m really stoked to try that mayo. I don’t ever buy mayo since I’m not addicted to it or anything but if I have to use it, I have tons of packets on hand.

Yesterday was interesting day so let’s just start with that. I woke up at 6A on a Saturday-completely meh worthy. I didn’t have any plans for the day and the Y doesn’t open until 7 or 8 so that wasn’t an option. And it was miserable outside. I don’t mind the rain that much but when you had a skiddish dog who dislikes the rain, it can be a bit difficult to deal with. Especially if it’s more than a steady drizzle out there because once we get back in, I have to towel dry him since he doesn’t reek of wet dog.

But he is pretty damn cute so I guess I can deal with it.

 I remembered a Groupon for Luna’s Living Kitchen I bought a couple of weeks ago. Luna’s is not only a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, they also offer raw options as well. I’ve heard good things about this place and switching it up with something vegan or raw could be an interesting switch up from the normal eggs or oats I have for breakfast on the weekend. Plus cold, rainy, dreary weather is totally an ideal let’s-go-get- hot- breakfast setting. 

I ordered the Bombin Buckwheat Blaster (with fresh kiwi, apple, banana, blueberry and raspberries) and a cup of coffee. About $11 for that…..breakfast for one person. But Groupon was paying $10 for that so only $1 and some change out-of-pocket. If I didn’t have a Groupon, I would definitely not pay that much for a bowl of buckwheat. Free refills on the coffee so at least I had that working to my advantage. 

Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?  There were so many bright, colors in front of me, I felt like I had to wear sunglasses. It was a big, hearty portion with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a  wonderful breakfast to start a cold, rainy morning off on. One of the employees dropped by, asked how everything was and if I’ve been before. They are so dang friendly….and dare I say natural….there, I love it and wish more places employed people like this. I really like how they have fresh fruit sitting out by the window in the front and the staff will walk back and forth from there and the kitchen picking what they are about to use in a dish, that’s just cool seeing what’s going into your food. All in all, a great experience however I will only be going back to Luna’s if I a have coupon (lucky for me, I bought two Groupons) or want to splurge. Their prices are just too high for my budget with eating out but I really love their concept.
I got back home and it was Bob Vila time

Which naturally, I sang to “It’s peanut butter jelly time”. Whatever happened to him by the way?

I wasn’t doing major home renovations or anything, just fixing my bed frame. Which that itself is a huge project since I am really not a home improvement kind of girl. It took me about 15 minutes just to find my hammer and screw drivers so yeah, this was going to be interesting.

Basically, what happened was Ikea sucks.

No, just kidding that’s not what happened but they do kinda suck.

My bed frame broke…..and not because of anything fun. It broke because it was $90 and I had to put it together at home instead of ahem, a professional bed frame put together-er doing it.

So I’ve been ghetto-fab taping it up with duct tape

Classy I know. So naturally, my thought is “Ok, the duct tape and rockiness are ok for me but what if I meet a gentleman caller soon?” Not like I will meet one soon because this is one of the slowest seasons I’ve had and haven’t even been on a date since August-meh! But still what we to happen, things get saucy, then hi-come to my broken Ikea bed because that doesn’t make me look like a whore or anything.

So I lifted up the mattress to see what exactly was going on with this stinky bed frame and found the root of the problem

Hmmmm…..pretty sure that it shouldn’t look like that. I removed the ladder thing from the bed and found that the actually frame was really shaky. So I grabbed my screwdriver to see if I could tighten things up a bit. Then I remembered that Ikea has their own little do-hickeys to use when putting together their furniture so a regular screw driver was going to be of no help to me.

So I started to curse everything Swedish….

Ikea

Meatballs

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My ex boyfriend who was Swedish

I cursed everything Swedish….. except Abba of course

(source)

Dear ABBA: I love you and owe so many mornings to you since your Pandora station is always there to properly wake me up!

Soon enough, I got everything in check. Turns out the middle partician was wobbly so I taped that bad boy up and then taped up the corners as well.

I got the mattress on and it was Lincoln approved!

Afterwards, I made the mistake of turning on WE, then getting sucked into the Joan and Melissa Rivers reality show then Ghost Whisperer. I’ve never seen GH but I actually enjoyed it–besides the fact that I was crying every other minute. Hello emotions–it’s nice to see you come out and play while I try to kick back and watch tv! One of my friends texted me asking me if I wanted to meet her at the Y for a workout so I jumped at the chance since I needed to get away from the couch and crying.

I met up with her at the Y, I’m not used to working out with someone so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We got machines next to each other-she ran, I ellipticalled for 35 minutes (is that even a verb? If not, I’m making it one), then I rowed for 10 minutes. When we were both finished with cardio, we did some leg presses and leg extensions then I did some side bends with a 25 lb weight. And you know what? Had such a good time! Working out with someone made the time fly by and it was fun to catch up, gossip, talk about boys, etc. I can’t wait to meet up with her again for a buddy-workout!

I had plans to meet up with some friends at Big Daddy’s for dinner and was stoked to go. I am always down for a burger and fries and Big Daddy’s is one of the best in town. I walked over there because I figured the walking would cancel out maybe a slice of cheese I was going to devour on the burger and every little bit helps right? When I was about a block away, my friend told me they weren’t going to make it since they were fighting. Hooray for less awkwardness come dinner time but boo for cancellation at the last-minute. I wasn’t so gung-ho about it that I had to have a burger so I ended up turning around and going back home. I toyed for a few ideas of places I could carry out from but really didn’t want to spend the money. I would’ve made something  but was feeling too lazy.

Enter in the solution:

Times like these are why I buy frozen pizzas!

Holy cheesy yum! It was difficult to have only three slices and be satisfied, I could’ve downed the whole pizza. Instead while cutting up my slices for dinner, I sliced the rest of the pizza and put in the fridge asap so it wasn’t as accessible to be.

I had the last of my pumpkin ale.

LOVE THIS STUFF! I need to re-stock asap.

A good day all in all……I’m a little less hateful towards the Swedes than I was at the beginning of the day.

Ikea-Love it, hate it or *gasp* never been??

Sake, pillaging, pizza and signs.

5 Feb

I can breathe

I can smell

I have no tickle in my throat

And snot?? What’s snot?

It’s a miracle!

I took some Mucinex and Zyrtec Thursday morning and once I did, a complete 180 happened. I wasn’t sneezing, sniffling or feeling like all around crap.

I even found enough energy to whip out my camera while at a stop light because I had to take a picture of the mini van with its reindeer ears still on in February!

I think they saw me take a picture because they proceeded to drive terribly slow, not use their indicator, swerve within the lane (possibly drunk at 8A?) and all things annoying when I’m trying to get to work on time.

I was most excited about eating foods they weren’t scorching hot or liquid, since that’s all I’ve been craving since Monday.

Hooray for salad!

 Anytime I’m sick, all I want is super hot soup preferably hot and sour- or ice cream. I dodged temptation from buying a gallon of ice cream this time around, go me!

The real reason I wanted to get better was so I could enjoy Cowfish. My friend and I have been trying to make plans to go but fate keeps telling us it’s not in the stars. We had reservations, which I never would have though we needed reservations for a restaurant in Charlotte on a Thursday night, but apparently the wait without a reservation was two hours. Some of you may remember Cowfish from when I went to their soft opening. This was my first time back since then so I was interested to see if it would live up to the soft opening.

All sake is half off on Thursday night. Hello lover!

I really want to get a sake bomb but didn’t want to get sloshed so we got the sake sampler which includes (from left to right)

*warm sake (the only time I like it warm is when it’s dropped in a beer

*sparkling sake (mmmmm)

*regular sake (again, would be good in a beer)

*unfiltered sake (it looked like a shot of jizz)

Seriously

*plum sake (my favorite!)

A great deal for $6, especially if you want to try different sake’s!

I wanted a burger but I also wanted sushi. I tried their burgushi last time I went but wasn’t blown away by it but soon saw a perfect solution to what I was looking for–a bento box!

 More places should offer bento boxes–I love that I could get a burger (topped with roasted red pepper and goat cheese), sushi, edamame, sweet potato fries and cucumber salad living together in harmony all on one platter in front of me!

We were sitting near the bar and one of the managers swung by telling us that they had an extra spiked milkshake leftover and if we wanted it. Answer-hell to the yeah! It was spiked with dark and light rums plus banana, ice cream and strawberry. A few sips floored me and I could not stop sucking down on it. Yay for booze but double yay with a cherry on top for free booze. I had a great experience again but don’t think Cowfish will be a regular spot for me. The sushi rolls range from $12 to $18 which is a lot of money in my book for one roll. I need to find a man to take me here soon!

I had a fabulous breakfast of quick oats this morning that left me warm and fuzzy!

with walnuts, shredded coconut, cinnamon and flax

I needed a bunch of energy to go pilaging

Ok, maybe not pillaging exactly but I was being sketchy and on a mission to check out all the empty cubes on our floor to dee if I could find any goodies

File organizer, markers and a sweet and sour sauce? Aw yeah bitches!  Sadly, I’m most excited about the sauce.

Maybe I should check if the sauce has an expiration date? God knows how long it’s been sitting in a dreary, sad, gray cubicle. But then again, a happy meal lasted four years so I should be ok if I dip some chicken into this sauce.

Speaking of sauce, I tried something new for lunch……Indian food! I’ve been very adamant in the past about not diggin the Indian food because I cannot stomach the smell or taste of curry. But I want to try new things and give it a second chance so Indian it was. One of my co-workers suggested an Indian place in our work building and we were on it like tiki on masala! I haven’t taken an actual lunch in ages so it was nice to get out of the cubicle, chow and chat with a co-workers.

I got some chicken and veggie combo but still have no clue what it was

I love that my co-worker let me take a picture of his food as well……and he didn’t even question why I was taking pictures of food.

The portions are sick–so much food for so cheap! And you know what? I loved it! I ate all of it up and it kept me full for a loooooong time. So long that I came home from work, hung out and  went to the gym without having dinner first. If I go to the gym at night I always have dinner first.

I had a decent workout including 35 minutes on the Crossramp doing intervals and then some upper body strength training action but I need to figure out how to change my weight on my Polar since I think it’s underestimating my calorie burn-if anyone knows how to let me know!

When I got home from the gym, I was finally ready for some food yet had no idea what I wanted. So, I went towards old faithful-homemade pizza using Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough. This was a different pizza from what I’ve tried in the past. Why you ask?

*Sweet peppers and tomatoes as the toppings. I’ve never used fresh tomatoes as a topping on my own pizza so I just hoped it would turn out well. I drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and oregano to give it a little pizzaz.

 * Newman’s Own Vodka Sauce-I was out of marinara and had this sitting all the way in the back of the cupboard. I haven’t had vodka sauce in a long time and welcomed it back into my life with open arms.

 

Such a delicious, fresh pizza to make and a perfect end to the week!

Day 7-Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality

I’m a Sagittarius (from Astrology Online):

Sagittarians have a positive outlook on life, are full of enterprise, energy, versatility, adventurousness and eagerness to extend experience beyond the physically familiar. They enjoy travelling and exploration, the more so because their minds are constantly open to new dimensions of thought. They are basically ambitious and optimistic, and continue to be so even when their hopes are dashed. Their strongly idealistic natures can also suffer many disappointments without being affected. They are honorable, honest, trustworthy, truthful, generous and sincere, with a passion for justice. They are usually on the side of the underdog in society they will fight for any cause they believe to be just, and are prepared to be rebellious. They balance loyalty with independence.

They have both profound and widely ranging minds, equipped with foresight and good judgement, and they can be witty conversationalists. They love to initiate new projects (they make excellent researchers) and have an urge to understand conceptions that are new to them. they think rapidly, are intuitive and often original, but are better at adapting than inventing and are at their best when working with colleagues of other types of character that compliment their own. They are strong-willed and good at organizing, a combination that gives them the ability to bring any project they undertake to a successful conclusion. Their generosity can be balanced by their extreme care at handling their resources.In other personal relationships they are reliable, seldom betraying any trust given to them. They can, however, be impulsively angry and both male and female Sagittarians know how to be outspoken and exactly what expressions will hurt their adversaries most

 

Yep, from reading that I’m a Sagittarius—that describes me perfectly.

But then all this drama with the 13th sign happened and supposedly now I’m a Ophiuchus. When I started to read the traits of the O, I didn’t think I could fit the bill but then I continued reading and turns out I could very well be an O. I keep saying O b/c I have no clue how to pronounce my new sign.  Provided by Buzzle (the ones in bold are ones I agree with about myself, the ones in bold and italicized are ones I 150% agree with about myself):

  • People who fall under this sign are knowledge and wisdom seekers and try to do the same throughout their lives.
  • These people are favored by authority figures.
  • They have a flamboyant dressing sense and are seen to prefer bright colors.
  • These people are seen to progress well throughout their lives. Steadily and surely.
  • It is their success that earns them many jealous onlookers as well as enemies with the evil eye.
  • It is a sign that attracts a lot of good luck and blessings.
  • They have varied astrological talents.
  • They are very intuitive and have a lot of foresight.
  • These people look to heal and attain a higher position in life.
  • They are bored of monotony and seek change in their routine.
  • They think with their hearts.
  • They are straightforward and honest.
  • They have a high sex appeal and are known to be charismatic. This is what makes them very popular among others.
  • They hate overbearing rules and restrictions and love their space and freedom to explore new avenues and satisfy their curiosity.
  • They have a special love for arts and language and are highly passionate about pursuing the same.
  • They have less patience and do not like to indulge in meaningless or senseless banter.
  • They do not like to be treated or talked to as a subordinate or an inferior person.
  • They have a lot of pride and that is what makes them arrogant at times.
  • They can be secretive and mysterious and hide things.
  • These people are easily affected by jealously and therefore may develop trust issues.
  • They are always looking for adventure and new avenues and therefore are easily bored. This quality can spill into their relationships as well and they might not be the ideal candidates for a monogamous relationship.
  • They can have temper tantrums and a poison tongue, such that what they say can be very hurtful.
  • They have a sarcastic sense of humor and therefore tend to make very few friends who can understand this streak in them and can take it in their own stride.

So I guess I’m a little bit Sag and a little but O? Does that make me a Sago?

Some emo Lincoln loving for you

Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a fabulous start!

Taking food pics in front of co-workers: Yay or Nay?

Frugal Friday-Thrifting IS easy!

4 Feb

Hello hello! Happy Frugal Friday to you all!

One of my favorite ways to spend time is  thrift store shopping–I’ve shared many thrifting adventures here, here, here and here I grew up in South Florida, which was a cash cow of thrift stores with all the retirees down there. When I lived in Phoenix, I would go to Goodwill every other Saturday since everything in the store was half off every other Saturday. I wouldn’t really shop for me though-I was there on the hunt for men’s shirts like Ralph Lauren Polo, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc. They would often be only $1 then I would wash, photograph and list them on Ebay and on average make $20 on each shirt. That was a wonderful time!

Soon between work and life, I didn’t have too much time to go thrifting to make extra money and that wasn’t a problem for me since I didn’t count on it as my main income.I still thrift here in Charlotte but now, it’s all about me. One of my goals for this year is not to buy any new clothing until March so thrifting is a perfect way for me to add to my closet without putting a dent in my checking account.

  Some tips for happy thrifting:

*Free your mind….and the rest will follow! It’s a thrift store-it’s not Saks. Yes, there may be some funk in the air that reminds you hot trash or grandma’s closet. Yes, the clientele may be a little sketchy. And yes, the music may be El Debarge. But chances are-you are going to find some good deals. Don’t go in with an idea of what you are you looking for specifically. Anytime I’ve gone to a thrift store looking for a specific item, 97% of the time I haven’t found it. Go in with the mindset that you’re not going to find anything and be open to the used goodies upon the racks.

*Time is on my side. Most of my best thrift adventures happen when I have  an “all the time in the world” state of mind and I don’t have to be anywhere in a hurry. I like to take my time looking at any rack that catches my eye without being rushed.

*Go alone. Another tip that has worked wonders for me. I have some friends who like to thrift but none have been as into it as I have and then I feel obligated to hurry  and I do not like that.

*Venture into other parts of town. Go explore your city or area and see what thrift stores they have to offer.

*Do your math. If you see an item and are unsure of it, think about how many times you will use it. Example, I see a sweater for $4. I ask myself, “Will I wear this sweater four or more times to make it a $1 a use?” if the answer is yes, I buy it. If the answer is no but I can wear the sweater both casually and to work, I buy it, double the pleasure, double the fun!

Classic off white Express turtleneck sweater for $2.50

*Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. The thought of buying used shoes may seem nasty to some but not to me! I always check out what shoes thrift stores have to offer and most of the time they are name brands! I have found Nine West, Stuart Weitzman, Aerosoles, Kenneth Cole and more–all for under $8 a pair! Just lysol the pair down on the inside before wearing regularly or wear nylons with them. Over half of my shoe collection is used shoes from thrift stores

Mudd Mary Jane's $2.99

*Bric-a-brac! Thrift stores have the best odd collection of bric-a-brac! Even if I’m not looking for anything specific, it’s fun to see the lovely tackiness that is bric-a-brac. Plus sometimes I will see something that reminds me of a friend and buy it for them.

*Go where the money is. I recently visited a thrift store near the lake which is a rich part of town. Holy cannoli did I find some good deals! The rich people like to write off things on their taxes….including charitable donations. So go to the nice part of town and see what thrift stores they have to offer.

*Need furniture? Thrift stores are a great place to find pieces of furniture! I found the very chair and ottoman I’m typing from at Goodwill for $70

*Take a look, it’s in a book. If you’re a reading nut like I am, take a look at the book selection. Most of the time paperbacks are under $1 each and hardcovers up to $3 most of the time.

*Be friendly. It never hurts to be nice to the thrift store employees—sometimes they will give you the inside scoop of when they put certain items out, hold items for you or give you a discount!

*Grab an elder. Lots of thrift stores offer discounts to senior citizens! So, kill two birds with one stone–hang out with an elder, listen to their stories, go for a walk, have a cup of tea……then drag them to the thrift store to use their discount! They will enjoy the time spent with you and be happy they were involved with saving you money.

*Taggin’ along. Some thrift stores (like Salvation Army and Value Village) have a tag of the day that means any item with the tag is 50% or if you’re lucky 75%. Make sure to check what the tag of the day is if your thrift store offers specials like these.

Lincoln posing next to my pillow I got half off for $1

*Beware of your thrift store nemesis. The worst thing that messes up with my thrift store mojo is when I see a girl the exact same size as me that looks like she has similar style to mine. I call them my thrift store nemesis because they seem to be either a step ahead or behind me when looking for clothes, purses, shoes, etc. Eye her, make sure she doesn’t take what should be yours. If you see something you’re on the fence about it, put it in your cart anyways before thrift store nemesis gets it.

Express top for $1.50? Don’t mind if I do!

*Look for out of season clothes. In the winter, I shop for tank tops. In the summer, I shop for sweaters. They usually have really big sales on out of season clothes

*Out of town? Thrift stores are the perfect place to visit when you’re traveling! If you are looking for a memento of your visit, you can usually find something really cheap there like a cup, magnet, picture frame, etc. instead of paying a ridiculous amount of money at a tourist shop.

That being said, I am for all things thrift. Except bras and underwear, you gotta draw the line somewhere…….

What’s your thrift store shopping tip?

What great items have you found while thrifting?

Happy savings!

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Just call me Snots

2 Feb

Seriously.

This nonsense with my sinuses has to stop immediately. All day Tuesday I was blowing my nose, if not blowing my nose, I was sneezing multiple sneezes in a row. If not that, I was wiping my eyes since they were releasing  tears every other minute. If not that, I was walking around with no tissue in hand and it felt like the floodgates opened in my nose. Which resulted in me running into a door because I was trying to walk with my head pointed towards the ceiling until I could get to tissue.

That being said, you can just call me Snots McGee.

Don’t worry I don’t have a little Mississippi leg hound in me.

So what does a girl named Snots McGee eat?

Nothing too exciting unfortunately.

Lunch was soup because cmon, who doesn’t love soup when they’re sick?

I’m still perplexed why I bought this one. I am not a fan of chicken and dumplings. I blame it on working at Cracker Barrel for four years.

It was quite delicious especially with some crushed up Ritz crackers mixed in. I could have had two more bowls if I had it on hand. Maybe I am a chicken and dumplings fan after all? Or maybe Campbells Chunky just knows what they’re doing?

Speaking of which, how freakishly pretty is Matt Hasselback’s mom? Elisabeth is like her mini me, which is kinda creepy since he married someone who looks exactly like his momma.

(source)

The theme for dinner was Let’s-see-how-many-veggies-I-can-fit-in-a-meal

I had a salad with baby spinach, cucumber, mushrooms, sweet peppers, red onions, carrots, kalamata olives and tomato

I was going to have a baked potato on the side but decided to jazz it up and topped it with broccoli and cheese

Then I added a Laughing Cow wedge to the mix since there is no such thing as too much cheese. This was one of the best baked potatoes ever! The only thing that would have made it more tasty was if I had Velveeta cheese.

God help me if I ever become lactose intolerant.

Since I’m feeling a bit blah, hopefully these links will keep you entertained,

*I am so loving Taco Bell’s snarky side

(source)

*Beware Green Bay fans, Suffering a Super Bowl loss can impact heart health. Just sayin, my money is on Pittsburgh!

*Speaking of the Superbowl-anyone see PETA’s banned Superbowl ad??

And of course, some Linky Linx

Do you say “Bless You”? I got some bless you’s at the beginning of the day but by the end of the day, the bless you’s were non-existent. I don’t blame them though, I stop saying bless you after five or six sneezes of the day. You should know you are blessed by now. Plus in my old job, I could never say “Bless you” to anyone because Stinky would get pissed if someone said “Bless You” before he did. Seriously. This was a 50 something year old man, such a bab. He actually got laid off the other week. I guess our company finally saw how useless he was and how much he was scamming the system.

You can’t handle the tooth!

1 Feb

It was so nice to have Monday off, especially when I woke up and saw it was dreary, gray and raining outside. Perfect sleeping in weather and excuse to do nothing! And do nothing, I did. I hung around on Monday morning taking care of some stuff around the house and cuddled with Lincoln.I had a dentist appointment in the afternoon so I took the entire day off to have some Tiffany time. I haven’t worked the past two Mondays, work next week on Monday, have off the next two after that (I don’t work Valentines Day and then it’s Presidents Day weekend) and then working regularly on Mondays will resume after that.

 Lunch on Monday was inspired by this commercial

Has anyone else seen the commercials for  Tuna The Wonderfish? They make me smile each time I see them.

Back to lunch—tuna melts with sweet potato fries.

I took chopped red onion and sweet peppers with packet of dijon mustard and mayo and mixed together with black pepper and ground mustard and spread on bread then topped with shredded cheese and broiled for 7 minutes. I had Alexia sweet potato fries cooking as well at the same time.

Big lunch? Hell yes. I had a dentist appointment at 1:30P to get a crown so I wasn’t sure when I would be able to eat again.

Let’s talk about crowns.

I thought a crown just went over your entire tooth like a casing. I did not know they had to shave down your tooth and that it would then act as your tooth. When they told me that, I wanted to up and leave but had to go through with it since it was for the tooth that I got a root canal on the other day. The entire process took about two hours, with them shaving down my tooth, molding the permanent crown (that they had to send out and will come back in a couple of weeks), molding the temporary crown and cementing the temporary one. Did I mention the tooth it was for my top front tooth? Oh no, I didn’t. I made the mistake of using the restroom between shaving down the tooth and replacing with the temporary and I looked like a man named Vlad who plays hockey. I almost started crying right there in the bathroom since my effin front tooth was gone!!! But, had to keep on truckin and wait to get the temporary put on. They finally finished up with that and booked another appointment to get the permanent crown on in a few weeks so let’s hope my tooth doesn’t fall out between now and then. Plus my dentist prescribed me some more vitamin v without me even asking for it!  They want me to get a bunch of crowns and I know my teeth are bad from not going to the dentist for eight years (yea, you read that right) but with them costing $750 a pop, I think I am going to get a second opinion because I really don’t have a spare $5000 set aside just for my teeth.

The rest of the night was a blur. I had a whole bunch of advil in my system and felt blah. My dentist was sneezing up a storm and I felt a bit sick as well. My nose wouldn’t stop running and I was sneezing every other minute. Suffice to say, I didn’t feel like cooking up dinner so if you’re looking for a healthy dinner with veggies incorporated I’ll just stop you now. Dinner was some quick comfort food-noodles and pudding.

Calci-Yum indeed! Note there is no picture of the pudding because I ate it up so quickly. It’s been ages since I’ve made instant pudding but was searching through my cupboards for something soft to eat and saw the package sitting there all lonely.

And just a note to myself, even though it’s been awhile, Lincoln still likes to eat paper so take the tissues with you when you get up

Day 6: Write 30 Interesting facts about you

Well, here we go

1) I hate revolving doors

2) I’ve lived in five states (IN, FL, WV, AZ & NC) and long to live in a few more

3) I hate numbers but work in the finance field

4) I have a major fear of going to prison. Mostly b/c of scary women’s prison movies I watched as a kid also b/c I would either be turned inside out within the first day or become the queen bee. I don’t know which one would be worse.

5) I don’t know how people can drop $100 on a top or pair of pants. I have no issue shopping at thrift stores, even if I do have the income to shop at normal stores.

6)  I don’t trust men who own cats

7) I love all things coffee and Starbucks isn’t my favorite coffee, it’s just the most convenient place for me. I’d much rather support a local coffee-house

8 ) I’m a hippie on the inside.

9) I hate when people say “No regrets” I have a lot of regrets, I will admit that right now. Do I dwell on them every day and think what I could have done differently? No. But still, I have a lot of regrets.

10) I wish I was a nicer person in college and soon  after. I’ve changed a lot and while I still have a mean streak for some people, I’m alot nicer than I used to be

11) I love midgets. Not sexually or anything, I just think they rock.

12) I’m not a PC person and will still call them midgies

13) I love crude humor think Family Guy, Dave Attell, Tosh, etc.

14) Red and black are my favorite color combination

15) I can’t go to bed if there is a sink full of dirty dishes

16) I miss my old apartment very much. I miss having carpet, storage space, a big kitchen, a bath tub, a home that actually warms up instead of feeling like I am in Antarctica all the time and a place that feels like home. The current house I like in is not home and I thought I would like it because of the location but I really dislike it and don’t feel like Lincoln is too keen on it either.

17) I can be a bit self involved at times

18) I wish I could go back to college and kick my advisor in the nuts.

19) I turn everything into songs (if you can’t tell by a lot of my post titles). The other day at work I walked up to a cube where two of my teammates were talking and said “Oh, sorry, is this a private conversation?” Then I broke into “Privaaaaaate Convo, a convo ’bout money” obviously to the tune of Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” I can’t help it, it’s what I do.

20) My first car was a blue  ’87 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera AKA The Smurfmobile

21) I have two older sisters but always wished I had an older brother as well

22) I have a problem with authority

23) I know how to crochet

24) I will eat anything except for curry. The smell of it completely turns me off

25) I wish I could buy a doggie ranch where all dogs would be welcome–it would be called “Ruff Life”. They could run free, be happy, get doggie messages, have nap time and would have an all around great time

26) After my college days, I have absolutely no desire to ever drink an Alabama Slammer ever again in my life

27)  I am of Polish, Croatian and Italian background

28) The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was Police Academy

29) My first cassette I ever bought was Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam “Spanish Fly” and first cd Lenny Kravitz “Are you gonna go my way?”

30) McDonalds has the best Coke ever. I don’t know what they lace it with but if I go to McDonalds, I must have their Coke.

So there you go-some interesting or non interesting stuff about me.

Has anyone else ever tried this tea? I bought this at Ross on a whim since I love anything chocolate + mint 

It’s quickly becoming one of my favorites which is weird since I’m totally not a tea girl. I can’t help but giggle every time I hear the term tea bag, you know since I’m 14 y/o and all…..

Anyone else out there with crowns? Crowners unite!!

If you’re a hot tea person-what’s your favorite kind? I’m open to suggestions….

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