August 30, 2011
Alrighty. I’m going to do a little bit of advertising for my new favorite past-time in hopes that all of you will join me in my latest insanity. Pinterest. The most addicting web site of all time…even more than Facebook. (Yes, soak that statement…it’s true.)
It’s basically a mix between google, design blogs, twitter, and a bulletin board…sort of. It’s a tad hard to describe. Haha. People use it to store ideas & pictures online because (I think) it’s easier than making a giant folder on your desktop that wastes space and is soon forgotten. You create “boards” on Pinterest that you can name and store picture ideas on. For example, one of my boards is called “Crafty Shmafty” and I’ve pinned all sorts of crafty goodness on there.
Hence, the following. Found this picture on Pinterest – spray-painted mason jars:
Looove. I discovered you can get a case of like twelve quart-sized mason jars at Wal-Mart for 10 bucks. Score. So I painted these! :)
I liked switching the lid colors…the missing lid isn’t dry yet. Haha.
Easy, cheap, and pretty cute, eh?? I just need some flowers or something cute to stick inside. Thought they might even make good homemade gifts?
I think crafting has become my new outlet and reliever of stress. Haha. When I take a break from hours of editing or working, I craft! Seems to help. :)
August 25, 2011
Warning. Sappy moment ahead. Well, not so much sappy, but somewhat emotional and cheesy…alright, sappy.
The past few weeks have been terribly busy and in turn, I’ve been overwhelmed, stressed, and a tad frustrated. I’ve been working all day, every day, and wishing for slower, easier months in the future. One of my annoying habits is looking too far ahead, planning too far ahead, and wishing for things too far ahead. I make countdowns frequently. I plan out vacations that are months, sometimes years away. I like looking ahead, and while it’s seems helpful to me to plan, it can occasionally make me miss out on the things that are happening in the present. That country song “You’re Gonna Miss This” makes me try to slow down every time I hear it. (P.S. I vow to rarely reference country music as reliable sources of life lessons.) This is the chorus:
You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days
Hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this
Listen to the whole song if you haven’t heard it. It convicts me. Haha.
Tonight, I made dinner and Andrew helped me. Or at least he watched and pretended to learn how to make his favorite meal I make for him – cream of chicken & rice. :) I had Pandora playing while I/we cooked, and one of my favorite Iron & Wine songs came on. Andrew took my hand and started dancing with me. I smiled, closed my eyes, and put my head on his shoulder till the song ended. I breathed in the moment and took a mental picture. As much as I long for the days when we get a house, a dog, and eventually kids (far, far, far, far away; don’t call me freaked out, Mom), it was nice to just be newlyweds dancing in the kitchen. I paused and thanked the Lord for where we are right now. I know that when I’m older, I’m going to remember tonight and miss that moment. Our life is beautiful.
Sappy moment over. :)
August 23, 2011
This past week flew by at an unreal speed, and I couldn’t even remember what we did until I looked at my calendar… I feel like that a lot lately. Clueless and half-asleep in between the overwhelming busy-ness that is my life. I need a vacation. Lol.
My mom and mom-in-law and I went to Dallas last Thursday and Friday. We shopped, ate terribly unhealthy food, and saw “The Help.” :) The movie was fantastic, but a definite tear-jerker. Saturday was Andrew’s & my first day we were both off work in….I can’t even remember how long. Haha. The day went way too fast, but we snuggled and watched movies for a few hours, followed by a dinner at Ted’s with our friends. :) I wish days like that happened more often. This summer has been the busiest of my life, and I miss having chill days with nothing to do. I’m still editing every day for hours upon hours trying to catch up on this summer’s weddings, and living on our own makes for more “busy work” than I thought it would. Laundry. I want to hire someone to do our laundry. Baha.
In other news…Andrew’s back to school, working two jobs, and trying not to be overwhelmed. And therefore, we’re planning a trip to Colorado Springs in October for Fall Break. :) Andrew’s never seen Garden of the Gods, and I can’t wait to road trip there with him. It looks like this…
Ahhh…I can hardly wait.
Still keeping up with my “organization notebook.” Haha. It’s helping a bit. :) I made a few more pages to fill it with.
I made two travel lists…because sometimes I like to write in specific things. Lol.
And the rest I filled with notebook paper.
My apologies for the length of this post. I really just wanted a small break from work and I was trying to make it last. ;)
August 14, 2011
Sundays are my favorite day ever…usually because they involve church, no work, and naps. This past week has been insane times a billion (and not in a good way), however, so Andrew & I decided to skip everything we usually do on Sundays & head to White Water Bay for some much needed chill time. :) We got there this morning when it opened, slid down 10 different slides, floated in the wave pool & lazy river, ate curly fries, and baked in the sun for four hours. Heavenly. Haha. I think one of my favorite things about being a newlywed is the spontaneous trips & adventures we randomly decide are necessary. :)
I love this man. :)
August 13, 2011
Chicken is my favorite. Luckily, Andrew likes chicken almost as much as I do, so we eat it probably 2-4 times a week.
This is griddle-cooked chicken and vegetables, one of my favorites my Mama makes. :) I have the Presto skillet/griddle, but any will do.
You will need these:
Canola/vegetable oil, seasoned meat tenderizer, garlic salt, italian seasoning, and 2-4 chicken breasts. (I only used two in this meal, but use as many as you need.) You’ll also need some vegetables. We like the Bird’s Eye Normandy Blend.
Quick rant: This is my favorite – Smart Chicken from Homeland. I buy most groceries at Wal-Mart & Target, but this chicken is worth the trip to Homeland. Delish. End rant.
Cut your chicken up into chunks about 3-5 inches long and cover them with the seasoned meat tenderizer. Meanwhile, heat griddle/skillet to 350 degrees.
Side note. These are the best rolls I’ve ever had. We’re obsessed…and shamefully, I bet the two of us could finish all of them in one sitting if we wanted to.
After you pour a bit of vegetable oil in the pan (no more than two tablespoons) start to cook the chicken. Let it get pretty browned before you put in the vegetables.
Andrew loves these veggies. I like the California Blend better because I don’t like zuchini and squash…but these are pretty yummy too.
Add your vegetables.
Add some butter.
And then sprinkle garlic salt and Italian seasoning over everything. I use a lot more of the garlic salt…it’s my fave. :)
And mix it all together & let it cook. 15-20 minutes should do it.