It’s been too long…

I honestly didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted anything until I checked just now to post this. I have a reminder set up in my phone to blog, but do I? Apparently not.  Anyways, here I am. How are you?

Things have been pretty crazy these last few weeks.  I went to Victoria for the first Family Day weekend ever, which was pretty awesome.  Had some family time with my grandparents and had an amazing girl’s day with one of my good friends. We went to a tea festival and hit up a fantastic spa. It was the kind of spa that you see on tv. The kind that you walk around in white robes 🙂 It was amazing. I am definitely going back there next time I feel the need to indulge a bit.

Actually, the biggest news is that I finally got a new job!! I have been searching for months to find one that 1. I wanted and 2. wanted me. And I finally did 🙂 I am now working as a Web Application Developer.  I am two weeks in and I am loving it. The work is challenging and interesting and makes me want to go to work. No more counting down the days til Friday (which at my last job usually the counting started Sunday night). So work = happy now.

One oddly great thing about my new job is the commute. I used to live only 10 minutes away from my office, and now it’s about a 40 min trek each way. You would think this was a bad thing. But no. It means I get to spend a lot more time reading. Time that really there isn’t anything else to do with. When I’m at home, I can always find something else to do. Watch TV, crochet, play with my iPad. On the train, there really aren’t any alternatives. Other than sleeping. Or playing on my phone. But I am really trying hard not to do those things lol. I just bring my Kobo with me and read. I finished Save Haven by Nicholas Sparks last week. It was actually a good book. I don’t intend to see the movie though because it looks dumb. I also read “Breaking Night” by Liz Murray. It was a very interesting read. A bit depressing at times. It’s about a girl who had parents who are junkies. She became homeless and couch surfed and basically it’s her whole journey. I recommend it.  So far this year my total book count is 13.  I am reading “The Happiness Project” at the moment and it’s good far. Kind of makes me think about what I can do about my happiness.

On the yarn front, I haven’t bought anything new in awhile and I haven’t started anything either. I am really trying to finish my knitted blanket, which thankfully is almost done. I have a case of finish-itis which is odd but awesome. I don’t want to work on anything but that blanket. I hope I can finish something else after that too.

On that note, I am going to work on my blanket 🙂

Books 1 and 2 of 2013

One of my goals this year is to read 26 books in 2013.  I am happy to report that I have been making great progress so far 🙂 I finished reading “Summer at Willow Lake” yesterday and I am 20 pages from done “Dockside”. They are both part of the Lakeside Chronicles by Susan Wiggs.  I love reading her books because they are just happy books. I felt like reading something a little less intense. Lately I have been reading murder mystery type books. I like being kept on my toes, but sometimes I just need a happy love story, and Susan Wiggs definitely delivers. I have about 6 books in the series still to read and if I read them as quickly as I have been reading these two then I will be soon done!

Best Pinterest recipe. Ever.

One of my main goals this year is to cook more. So far so good. Day 3 and no takeout yet! Here is what I have made so far:

  1. January 1: lightly floured tilapia with brown rice and edamame.
  2. January 2: bourbon crack chicken in my slow cooker. Jam rolls for dessert.
  3. January 3: grilled cheeseburger wraps.

Jan 1 was pretty basic. But good.

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Jan 2. Pinterest fail times two. The bourbon chicken was just not what I expected. I guess I expected it to be like bourbon street grill. Not so much. It was fine but I call it a fail. Definitely not crack. I did not want seconds. In case you want to try it, here’s the link to the re pie Bourbon “crack” Chicken. The second fail of the day was the jam rolls. I think this was more of a bread maker fail to be honest. The dough setting didn’t work! Nothing mixed! So I did it by hand. Here’s the recipe link: Jam Rolls in the Breadmaker

And the result:

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Jan 3 was the best. I found an easy recipe and tried it. 10 min later amazing-ness. I pretty much made it as it says except I used less of everything and smaller wraps.

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Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps
from Skinny Mom’s Kitchen
source of original recipe….

1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used a little more to taste)
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
pepper and salt to taste
5 flour tortillas (the larger ones)
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced tomatoes
yellow mustard

Brown ground beef in large skillet and drain. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, dried onion, and salt and pepper to the beef and simmer for 5 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese down center of each tortilla. Add a few heaping tablespoons of the beef mixture on top of the cheese. Spread some mustard on top of the beef along with some slices of tomato. Roll up tortilla burrito-style and place wraps on preheated indoor grill.

Yarn of the Month

I love mail. A lot. Ok let me amend that slightly. I love mail that is fun. I really don’t like bills (seriously, who does?). So I got to thinking, what if YARN came in the mail!!? That would make my day. Once a month, a ball or two or yarn shows up at my doorstep and I can make something glorious with it, like a new cowl, or fingerless mitts, or that shawlette I have been ogling but need the yarn for. I’m not very adventurous with yarns. I tend to stick with what I know, so I think this would be a great way to get out of my comfort zone a bit. What about you? What kind of yarn would you like to get in the mail?If you are interested, check out our site:  http://yarnbomb.weebly.com

Ready to go home

I’ve been at my parents’ place now for over a week and I’m ready to go home. I love them but I miss my own bed and my own place. The air here is also a lot drier which I’m not used to so I feel kind of sick all the time.

Since I go back tomorrow, I have been thinking about what I need to do. Grocery shopping and cleaning is at the top of the list. I really want to cook and organize so I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas. I’m excited 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day

Let me just start off by saying that I love Christmas. I really do. I love everything about it. The food the lights the family the snow. It just makes me happy. It also makes me think about the new year which is quickly approaching. There are definitely a lot of things I want to work on this year. Here is my preliminary list:

  1. complete the sun run in 1:10 (or faster!)
  2. read 24 books (one per month)
  3. blog once per week
  4. cook more at home than I eat out
  5. make a blanket for charity and more scarves
  6. complete a baby blanket set for my new niece or nephew
  7. take a spin class
  8. take a yoga class

I feel like there’s more. This time of year really does make me think of others so I’m working on a blanket for a lady I know who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Knitting (and crocheting!) is cool!

I was talking to a girl at work last week about Christmas and I mentioned that I was knitting someone an afghan. She was shocked. She had no idea that I knit! I usually keep it a bit close to my chest. I love knitting and I love crocheting, and I have a bit of a yarn stash at home, but for some reason, it’s almost like I’m ashamed. I’m not, definitely not, but I guess there is just a bit of a stigma that goes along with knitting. Everyone assumes that only lil ole grannies knit and crochet.  So instead of dealing with the comments/questions/weird looks, I just avoid saying anything at all. I really have to get over that.  I never give people knitted/crocheted presents either because I worry that they would appreciate it and use it.  Some of my friends will, and I give them gifts, but others I just wouldn’t even consider it. I also rarely wear the stuff that I have made. I don’t know why. Actually I guess its the same as all the reasons why I don’t talk about it.

This girl at work is great. She was so excited and went to find her crochet hooks that have been in storage for who knows how long and is now really excited. The girl who sits beside me overheard and now we are going to have a knitting night! I am so excited. I have always wanted a knitting girls night. There is another girl at work that I used to meet up with sometimes but one of the girls we used to meet with moved away and we just kind of stopped doing it.  I hope to revive it as one of my goals for 2013. A monthly girls knitting night.

In short, knitting/crocheting is cool 🙂

Dinner tonight – Thai Green Curry with Tofu

I made dinner tonight! Yay me! My goal was to make something that didn’t require me to buy a lot of ingredients, and I think it was a success (somehow I still managed to spend 50 bucks at the grocery store…it happens, ok?). I made a Thai Green Curry using the Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce that I bought a few weeks ago at Trader Joe’s in Bellingham. I basically just cooked up some tofu and some frozen veg and udon noodles (see recipe that I kind of followed here: http://theaspiringrd.com/2011/11/14/the-fridge-diaries-volume-8-trader-joes-thai-green-curry-simmer-sauce/). It was a great easy recipe. Took longer to squeeze the water out of the tofu than anything else!I think next time I might make it with brown rice or some sort of rice. I wasn’t a huge fan of the noodles. But yay! I made dinner!

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