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The Garden State

12 Jul

I would love to say that I was really productive today but then I would be lying. I’ve been sitting here watching Real Housewives of NJ for the past 5 hours-ugh. This right here is why I had basic cable, I get so sucked into these marathons and then *poof* there goes my day. I did fit in two 1-mile walk sessions with Lincoln so I did something and was a bit active but yeah, the afternoon was spent yelling at these ladies

Caroline just annoys the living hell out of me. All she talks about is respect, family and honor. Right on to all three however I don’t need to the tough talking Jersey act going on 24.7, act stupid like the other girls…..try it Caroline….it’s fun! And Danielle, well, we won’t even touch that one.

Then there was the childish drama with Danielle and Ashley via Facebook and such. It seems like every scene Ashley is wearing some kind of beret so I was happy I found a picture of her without one.

Teresa and Gia—-Just kidding! I love Teresa-I think she is hilarious and love all her things that are leopard print. Ok, homegirl slice has a bit of a temper but I still think she is great. I have no desire at all to be a mom but Gia makes me second guess that notion, she is just too adorable.

Some pictures of the new pad:

A midgie dishwasher!

Speaking of midgies-I am loving this commercial!! I get so happy when it comes on!

But back to my new home, I am totally loving it just wish I had more storage and counter space in the kitchen

But I am willing to deal with it for now due to the location and all that it offers.

I was feeling some pasta for dinner, I cooked mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes on the stovetop while the capellini was boiling

New product to try!! Sweet Basil Pesto Chicken +Turkey Sausage from Trader Joe’s

When I opened the package up, all I could smell was basil and it was fresh and fabulous!

You got that right, Lincoln. It was a fabulous meal, I didn’t use any sauce but just sprinkled extra virgin olive oil on the noodles and let sit while the sausage was finishing up cooking. I went for a mile walk afterwards so I didn’t feel disgusting from the pasta. I am not a huge pasta person but will get a craving every now and then  for it but feel gross afterwards since it’s so heavy. It was still humid as all hell outside so it was a short session but at least I moved a little. While walking, there was some construction going on and I saw the sign “Men Working”. When did this happen? Whatever happened to Men at Work? Each time I see one of those signs, I always got this song in my head and if those signs are no longer when will I ever sing Men At Works songs?

I popped open my bag of Pretzel M&M’s that have been sitting around for the past few wks

These were really good, I’ve heard mixed reviews so I wasn’t sure if I would like them or not but anything that is both sweet and salty I can be down with. I think I would buy yogurt covered pretzels next time around instead of these.

I’ve been wanting to try Chai Tea but don’t want to waste money on it at the Bucks if I don’t like it. One of my friends gave me a Dove Chocolate At Home Chocolate Chai Tea

Yummmmmy! I really liked this but don’t know if it’s really Chai flavor or not so I need to compare it to the real thing. Looks like I’m going to Starbucks tomorrow! Any pointers or recommendations for Chai other than Starbucks? Can I get it iced or hot? And most importantly, does it have caffeine?

One more episode and I am out like this boy

Love and light!

Movin’ On Up

12 Jul

So exhausted! Thanks all for your warm wishes on a good move. I am settled in but still moving some stuff around and figuring out where things are so I think by tomorrow I should be all set. I have today and Tuesday off as well so that will be some extra time for me to clean, unpack, go find a pool to play in and such 🙂 On Saturday, I woke up at 630A to start moving stuff and really didn’t get a chance to sit down the whole day but I did fit in an hour nap in the late afternoon once my friends who helped me left and the Time Warner guy stopped by. Speaking of which, I’ve had basic cable for the past year but now I have TBS, Bravo, VH-1, Food Network, Comedy Central and many others. Thanks Time Warner dude? I didn’t look cute at all and was in a crabby mood but apparently that’s what the men like. I have so many shows to catch up on, it’s not even funny. I need to just sit down and enjoy it because I keep thinking one day they are going to discover this snafu and then it will go bye-bye.

 I met up with some girlfriends at Nikko’s, an awesome sushi restaurant in South End area of Charlotte. I absolutely love this place—the atmosphere is more clubby than restaurant with modern decor, lighting and fist pumping music. I only frequent Nikko’s every now and then since it can be pricey (or suggest it when I have a date  and am confident the guy will be paying, I’m a brat I know :)) but when I do go, I enjoy it immensely.  I had the Tuna Crunchy Roll and Rainbow Roll along with a Sake Bomb and Sapporo Light

After that, we headed Uptown to go to the Dandelion Market but once we were a block away we heard it was dead so we ventured into The Attic. I pass by that bar every day since it’s right near work but never been there…..and now I know why. It was full of 23 and 24 yr olds who were just so happy to be out–which is cool, really it is. I was loving their enthusiasm mostly because I was like that—six or seven years ago. I have to be in a “Let’s go out and get wasted” kind of mood to enjoy scenes like that and truth be told, that’s just not me anymore. I would rather go out, be able to hear people I’m with, not have some youngin dry hump me multiple times (not making that up), have a few drinks and go home at a decent hour. Plus, with the fact I had been up so early doing manual labor and such, I was ready to go home.

Yesterday morning, I walked over to Dilworth Coffee and got a large cup and stopped at Harris Teeter for some random items

I feasted on a blueberry bagel with light cream cheese and sliced banana pieces

Let’s not even talk about the mess I had to conquer…..oi vey. I don’t have a lot of storage so that was the main issue. I did make a lot of it work though and only have a little bit to get to still but I ended up going through my stuff once again and putting some away to donate to the Salvation Army.

While I was getting through that monstrosity, Lincoln was pulling out his ninja moves and exploring his new pad

Lunch was a Mardi Gras Salad from Harris Teeter. The name intrigued me, I think it would be cute if they added beads for decoration but nothing nipple related please.

Oh, have I mentioned that I don’t have gas until Monday so I can’t make anything hot?

I went back to my old place in the afternoon and got the most of everything out of there but I keep forgetting about all of my cutting boards, pans and sheets under the oven so I need to make a mental note to pick those up next time. Besides that, I just need to clean the place out which I’m dreading.

I’ve been craving Thai and ordered takeout from Thai Thai because I’ve heard good things about it. One of these days I’m going to try someone other than Pad Thai but today was not that day. I got Chicken Pad Thai with a Medium Spicy sauce.

The portion size was ridiculous—I think it could be three servings which isn’t bad at all for $9 but I wasn’t too impressed. It had a hint of spice but the spice overtook the peanut flavor so it was good but not the taste I was expecting. Maybe that’s my sign to try something different next time?

Lincoln and I went for a walk last night and when we made it to Freedom Park (the halfway point), it started downpouring. 20 minutes later with littler coverage, we were still there but found a commercial building near and waited it out. It was still sprinkling by the time we started walking again and we were completely drenched. Poor Lincoln, he looked like a drowned rat 😦

Sigh, my little homeless looking dog.

Today has been pretty boring—got some laundry done, unpacked some more, gas turned on so I can start cooking again and found the Trader Joe’s in my area. I was so out of sorts when I was there but the TJ’s employees were super nice….unlike the ones at the other location. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t rude but they would never chat me up when I checked out like they do with everyone else. Seeing that I think I’m pretty effin personable, it kinda annoyed me. I talked to some nice ones at my location and chatted with a cutie for a few minutes and he asked if I moved here from Caliornia…..maybe b/c I talk like a valley girl? Who knows. Anyways, I love my new one and got the lowdown on when their not so busy hours are. I stopped at Target and Harris Teeter afterwards and yet again, it started downpouring. I am really over this rain but it’s perfect whether to sit at home in and catch up with these ladies

I have so much to catch up on. I was never really a Real Housewives fan b/c the other cities have been pretty boring with no drama but NJ I totally love.

Lunch was a turkey, cheese, spinach and spicy hummus wrap with Grandma Gibble’s Popcorn 

I feel like I should go do something or clean but screw it, I’m sitting here on my butt watching trash tv! Hope everyone is having a great start to the wk!