4/28/11

Why I Love the WW

I'm trying really really really hard to count points really really well this week.  Things have started fitting a little snug lately and that's just NOT going to happen. 

So what's my plan? 

Glad you asked.  To eat Oreos.  That's my plan.  Yes, I'm absolutely serious.


That's two Oreo cookies dunked in 1/3 cup of 2% milk.  It was perfect.  And it was 4 points plus.  Which was the exact number of points plus I had remaining on Tuesday of this week. 

This reminded me of one of the reasons that I love the WW program.  You don't have to deprive yourself.  I'd eaten correctly all day and when I wanted some cookies and milk I was able to have some.  And two cookies is really all you need anyway...

Another example of this?  I had a hankerin' for Mexican last night.  I WANTED to go and have a basket of chips, a thing of cheese dip, a chimichanga, and a margarita (or two) but decided instead to research and make a plan of attack before going.  I wound up having a grilled chicken fajita salad (cheese, guac, and sour cream scraped off and no shell eaten, salsa added on top) and two miller lights.  I tracked it as 7 points plus for the beers and 10 for the grilled chicken.  Guessed on the grilled chicken but I guess it worked because I felt really skinny when I woke up this morning. 

That last parts not true, but the rest of it is.

Here's to starting over, even if it's the 26th time that you've done it. 

4/27/11

Simple Chicken Salad

I originally wasn't going to post this recipe.  In fact, I didn't even make it to eat myself.  I made it because my precious fiance smiled sweetly at me and asked if I'd whip him up some chicken salad. 

He knows that I love him, as it required I handle raw chicken. 

Actions speak louder than words, people. 

My next action of love is to get this, along with his initials and our future wedding date, inked on my wrists. 


Only kidding. And I can't find the source for that picture now so if this is  you, I'm sorry I didn't give you credit!

Anywho, sometimes food = love.  This recipe turned out to be pretty good and was not awful in points, considering that I didn't really change anything about it.  It's just a simple chicken salad, nothing flashy.  Enjoy! 

Simple Chicken Salad
adapted from All Recipes

4 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cup Hellmans light mayonnaise
2 tbl fresh lemon juice
2 stalks of celery, chopped up
2 green onions, chopped up
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in a bowl, combine well. 

Serving size 1/2 cup (makes about seven servings)
Points plus 6

4/26/11

To Corn Tortilla or Not To Corn Tortilla (Cheesy Enchilada Bake)

During Easter family egg-stravaganza time, my cousin Warren and I engaged in a brief discussion about corn tortillas.  My opinion:  they're great; his opinion: no thanks. 

I feel like lots of people share Warren's hesitancy towards the corn tortilla.  Yes they can be a little bland and tend to tear easily but for 2 for 2 points plus?  I'll deal with a little tearing. 

Warren, if you're out there, you should try this meal.  It might make you change your mind about a few things. It uses corn tortillas and ground beef and is all kinds of melty, amazing goodness. 

By melty, amazing goodness I don't mean healthy.  Not at all.  Aside from the calcium in the cheese, this meal probably has no real nutritional value.  But sometimes, that's just how I roll.  I did bring a salad to eat with it for lunch today, so at least i'll get something green. 


Cheesy Enchilada Bake
adapted from Danica's Daily

1 lb ground beef (I used 93/7 as that's all my store had.  However, turkey would be great and would maybe even bring the points down some)
1/2 onion, chopped
8 corn tortillas, cut up into squares
19 oz enchilada sauce
7 oz 2% shredded cheddar cheese 

Spray a large pot with cooking spray.  Add onions and ground beef, cook until done.  Add the tortillas, half of the cheese, and the enchilada sauce.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about five minutes.  Add the remaining cheese, cover pot and remove from heat.  Allow to sit for a few minutes while the cheese melts

Serving size 1 cup (makes about 6 servings)
Points plus 7

4/25/11

Let's Do Lunch (Skinny Low Yolk Egg Salad)

I have a friend at work named Susan.  Maybe you remember me mentioning her in the past.  She's pretty cool, I guess.  Just kidding...she's awesome.  And she counts points with me.  Support at work is nice, seeing as how that's where I spend all of my time. 

Today she had a crab salad from Subway (5 points plus for two scoops of crab, 0 for all of the veggies she had on there) and while it she wasn't hungry when she finished, she wasn't satisfied either.  And you know what that left her?  Crabby. 

Sorry I couldn't resist. 


This concept is something that I think about a lot...being full vs being full and satisfied.  Or sassi-fied, if you'd rather.  While it's not hard to get full, it's more challenging to get sassi-fied. 

What are your thoughts on this?  How do you ensure that you eat healthy, yet feel satisfied.  And please don't say "I just love salads!"  Because I love salads too but having just that for lunch probably isn't goingn to do it for me unless it's got something fried nestled in the lettuce...

Lucily my lunch, which was a low yolk egg salad sandwich, turned out to be quite satisfying.  The entire can of green beans I had with it were good, too.  So here's the egg salad recipe...you know, just in case you didn't get your deviled egg fill yesterday.  

Seriously, those things are dangerous. 


Skinny Low Yolk Egg Salad Sandwich
adapted from Gina's Skinny Taste

4 egg whites (hard boiled)
1 egg yolk (hard boiled)
4 tsp light mayonaise (Hellman's is good)
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbl chopped green onions
salt and pepper to taste

Chop up egg whites and the egg yolk.  Place in a small bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients, combine well.  Stick her in the fridge.  

Serving size 1/2 of recipe
Points plus 2  

4/23/11

A Few on Friday (On Saturday)

I know every one is waiting with breath that is bated, wondering where the regular Friday post was yesterday.  Wait no more, here she is.

What is your best way to thaw chicken?  I've got some sitting under cold running water right now and figure that at the rate it's going, it should be ready by next Wednesday.  My goal is to have it shredded and in a quesadilla by lunch time.  

One of my favorite parts of the weather getting warmer is digging out the iced coffee k cups and whipping up some iced coffee in my keurig.  If you are a fan of iced coffee and keurigs, run to your nearest Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up a box.  And then pick me up a box as I can't get it here.  My personal favorite is the Donut Shop brand.  Brewing is simple...here's what you do if you have a smaller machine as I do:  fill you coffee cup up with ice cubes, brew as you normally would. The coffee will melt some of the ice cubes but that's ok.  Fill a large cup with ice (I prefer one from Newks) and dump the coffee from the  coffee cup into the big cup.  Sweeten however you fancy and go on with your bad self.   


Check out that coffee cup...it was a Christmas gift from my friend Ben many many years ago.  It's my fave.

And if I had this, I bet it would be my fave...

find it here

While I'm pretend buying art I'll take a Lauren Barksdale too, please. 

find it here  why wont you center??

Hope you have something fun planned for this pretty, pretty day.  I'm looking forward to a chicken quesadilla and an afternoon outside at Websters for their annual Easter weekend crawfish party.  Then it's off to Greenville in the morning to hang out with the fam.  Fingers crossed my mom will hop down the hall way like the Easter bunny.  She does that sometimes....

Happy weekend and Easter!  Don't be a drag, just be a queen....

 

4/21/11

Cookies and Chicken (Cream of Chicken Chicken)

Not cookies and chicken together. No, that would be gross.  Cookies and chicken separate.  The cookies were made last Friday to take to Oxford to see the sisters, the baby girl, the brother in law, the step brother, and the step brother's fiance. 

Is that how you spell fiance?  Maybe I should learn, seeing as how I have one and I am one.  Bam

Back to the cookies.  It was actually a cookie INSIDE of a cookie.  It was sinful.  And it was also resilient as the electricity went out half way through their baking and they still came out ok.  And they are not weight watchers, just FYI. 


Do you see that Oreo hiding in that chocolate chip cookie?  Stop it.  You can find the recipe here, but don't blame me if you eat them all and gain 17 lbs.      

Here's a family picture.  A very windy family picture.  And it was pretty bright outside.  Please notice how absolutely adorable my very pregnant sister is.  She is all baby, that girl.  Her rear is smaller than mine, and I'm NOT weeks away from having a baby.  As always, Chick and the Baby Girl are lookin' cute.  I'm sticking my tongue out and tilting that head, which is just about right. 


Now the chicken. 

I don't have any pictures from this meal because to be quite honest, I was having a chicken issue and didn't eat it all. The flavor was there, it was the texture that was getting me.  However, I feel like it's a good, solid, slightly redneck recipe and maybe you'll want to try it.  And maybe you're better at cooking chicken than me and / or less neurotic and will in turn have better luck. 

Drum roll please for Cream of Chicken Chicken...

Cream of Chicken Chicken
adapted from All Recipes

4 boneless skinless chicken breast, trimmed
1 can reduced fat cream of chicken soup
1 cup 2% milk
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

Combine soup and milk in a small bowl.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray, place chicken in the dish and season it with salt and pepper.  Pour the soup / milk mixture over the dish.  

Bake for 45 minutes or until done.  

Serving size 1 chicken breast
Points plus 6  

4/20/11

Meet the Meat Sauce

First of all, I crack myself up.

Second of all, I made some meat sauce last night.  Nothing fancy, nothing crazy, just some semi homemade Sandra Lee type jazz.  

Would've been better if I would've had garlic.  Also would've been better if I would have picked up some garlic when I went to the grocery store this morning.  Yes, this morning.  I love the grocery store in the morning.  


Quick Meat Sauce

cooking spray
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup no sugar added pasta sauce

Spray a small pot with cooking spray.  Add the beef and the onions, cook until brown.  Add the pasta sauce.  Allow it to simmer for about 30 minutes. 

Serving size about 2/3 of a cup (makes 3 servings)
Points plus 4

Serve over pasta....2/3 of a cup of dry wheat pasta is 5 points.  

4/19/11

(The) Help!

Seriously, help.  I've had some serious cooking struggles lately.  My dinner last night was for sure one for the trash...thank goodness for lean cuisines. 

Instead of sharing a recipe with you, I'll share the newly released trailer for The Help.  This movie was filmed in Greenwood last summer and we as a town are anxiously awaiting it's debut in August.  Keep your eyes peeled for a nurse walking in the background of a scene with a clipboard.  Unless the camera really does add ten pounds...then we're going to pretend that it's not me.  Or unless my scene is left somewhere on the cutting room floor.  Then there's no reason to even worry with what the camera adds. 


What have you been cooking lately?  Obviously, sister needs some help....

4/18/11

Foiled Again! (Crockpot BBQ Chicken)

First of all, thanks Ginny for the title of this blog post. I was definitely "foiled again" when I realized this morning that I had neither a Tupperware container nor a Ziploc bag to put my lunch in.  Enter creative use of foil. 


Also in this shiny mix was a peanut butter sandwich for my breakfast.  But I ate it right when I got to work so it didn't make the picture.  And if you want to know more about Glory greens go here.  

Now for the chicken.  Simple, quick, makes a lot, tastes good.  What more do you need?  Nothing.  I found this recipe from Allrecipes and made only a few adjustments.  Enjoy and happy Monday!  Woooo!  

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
adapted from Allrecipes

4 frozen chicken breasts
12 oz bbq sauce
1/2 cup light Italian dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbl Worcestershire    

Place the chicken breasts in a crock pot.  Mix the rest of the ingredients together, pour over the chicken.  Cook on high for 4 hours.  

About 30 minutes before it's ready to eat remove the chicken breasts and shred them up.  

Serving size 1/2 cup (makes about 8 heaping servings)
Points plus 4

4/15/11

A Few on Friday

Does anyone else say that they're not going to do something, or that something is dumb, and then they end up doing it?  I did that with skinny jeans.  In fact, I'm wearing some today. 

A few years ago, I overheard someone let out this huuuuuge sigh, exclaiming sadness related to not having time to read their Southern Living yet.  I thought to my little poor attitude self "Who the heck doesn't have time to read a magazine?  Oh your life is sooooo busy that you can't even read a magazine.  Dramatic much?"  Isn't that awful of me?  I'm working on my attitude, really I am.

Well as I often do, I ate crow this week and sighed loudly that I was three months behind on reading Real Simple.  Luckily, I curled up on my couch under blanket and was able to get the March issue almost knocked out.  Sunday, I'm tackling the rest.


Sticking to the theme of bad personal qualities, I'm extremely jealous of sister Chick today.  She gets to eat at a new place in Oxford called South Depot Taco Shop.  Tacos and going out for lunch are two of my favorite things.  And I guess crock pots and peanut butter are also two of my favorite things.  I have a lot of favorite things. 

I dealt with my jealousy by having my own version of lunch delight in the form of North Sunflower Medical Center's taco salad.  What appointment to try on wedding dresses July 22?  Please.   

Enough about my bad qualities.  Let's talk about fun stuff.  You and yours should completely and totally plan to bring it to Greenwood May 5 - 8 for the celebration of Robert Johnson's 100th birthday. 


Visit Greenwood Convention and Visitor Bureau's website for more information.  Find it here

And because she's just so dang cute here's some Miranda Lambert for you to sing to on this lovely Friday. 





Loves it. 

And loving this....

find it here

Raise the roof to the weekend.......

4/14/11

Lesson Learned (Roasted Red Ranch Potatoes)

Don't you hate it when you think you should do something, and then you're like "Oh, it's fine" and then turns out you should have totally done it?  Like when last night I thought to myself "I should spray that baking sheet before I put the potatoes on it" but then decided against it...


Lesson learned.  And pan possibly black in spots for life.  Oh well.  

Let's get on to the more important things.  Like ranch potatoes.  When I was a student at DSU I lived in this great house with two great friends Emily and Liz.  While we were not performing amazing culinary feats in the kitchen, we were armed with a few solid recipes from our moms.  I had my broccoli and cheese soup, Emily had her chicken rotel, Liz had her ranch potatoes.  Oh, sweet Lord, those ranch potatoes.  Maybe you've had some similar?  It's red potatoes, a stick of butter, a tub of sour cream, a ranch packet, and some bacon....just for good measure. 

Amazing it was.  Healthy it was not. 

I was quite excited when I stumbled upon this less buttery version of ranch potatoes on on of my new favorite WW blogs LaaLoosh.  Check them out!  And be sure to spray your baking sheet first.  You've been warned....

Roast Red Ranch Potatoes
from LaLoosh

12 oz red potatoes, washed and cut up into hunks
cooking spray, olive flavored if you've got it
1 ranch packet
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 425. 

Place potatoes in a large bowl, spray them with cooking spray and toss.  Add ranch and salt, toss again and make sure that the ranch and salt are distributed evenly among the potatoes. 

Spread potatoes out on your greased up baking sheet.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. 

Serving size 1/4 of recipe
Points plus 2

I scraped these SOBs off of the baking sheet and served them with a pork tender loin and some macaroni and cheeseWhoops.   

4/13/11

Two of My Favorite Things (Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken)

The title of this blog makes me think of The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music makes me think of that time that I was NOT picked to be Greta in the Delta Center Stage Production.  Ooooooooooo.  Still makes my blood boil.  

Kidding.  But seriously, two of my favorite things on the planet are peanut butter and slow cookers. This fact alone made it obvious that this meal was going to be a hit. It's been in want to try it Pintrest file for quite some time and it was worth the wait.  Here's a blurry picture that I took just for you...


Weight Watchers Thai Peanut Chicken
from Slender Kitchen

1 1/2 lb chicken breast tenderloins
1 red pepper diced (Mine was molded so I left this out. Gross.)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup reduced fat chunky peanut butter
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tbl cumin
1 tbl coriander

Place chicken, onions, and red peppers in the bottom of a slow cooker. 

In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients.  Pour over the chicken.  Cook on high for four hours.  Shred chicken with a fork. 

Serving size 3/4 cup
Points plus 6

I had this over whole wheat noodles but it would also be great over rice.    

4/12/11

Fat Charlie the Archangel Files for Divorce (My Thoughts on Paul Simon)

I made supper last night.  It was awful.  AWFUL. 

But what's not awful?  Catching Paul Simon talk about his new album on NPR.  I know I am my father's daughter when I mention Paul Simon and NPR in the same sentence. 

Paul Simon makes me happy. Graceland always ranks high when I make my top five favorite albums list.  Not that I do that a lot, but I've done it enough to know that Graceland is always up there.  Hold on, Rolling Stone magazine is calling to get my top five list as I know that my opinion on music is so relevant.

Moving on.  

His music is sweet and happy and always danceable.  The new album, entitled So Beautiful or So What, is no exception.  And guess what?  The fine people at NPR want you to take a listen.  Click here to check it out.

And have a happy Tuesday! 

     
**Special thanks to Lindsey for keeping me grammatically correct on what to do with my album title.  And for keeping me entertained with her adventures in temp work.       

4/11/11

WW Friendly Banana Bread

Darn it. 

I didn't take a picture of my banana bread.  I mean, I could still take a picture of it but it's all sliced up and wrapped in saran wrap and kind of chaotic looking. 

Since I don't have a picture of the banana bread, here is a picture of a village in Malaysia. 


 find it here

Did anyone else spend their Sunday evening curled up on their couch watching Human Planet?  Geeze.  Amazing stuff.  Actually though, Mike Rowe could narrate Nascar and it would make me start watching it.   

What was I talking about?  Oh yeah.  Banana bread.  Or 'nana bread as I sometimes like to say.  Here is a version for us weight watchers.  Is it as good as my mamas banana bread?  I'm going to go with no.  But is it a good 3 point breakfast / snack / meal in a pinch?  Absolutely.  

WW Banana Bread
adapted from Food.com

3 bananas
1 cup of splenda
1/2 cup of natural applesauce
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder 

Preheat oven to 350.  

In a large bowl smash the bananas.  Add the splenda, mix with a mixer.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix until well combined.  

Spray a bread pan with cooking spray.  Pour in mix.  Bake for about 40 minutes, begin checking for doneness.  Cook until knife inserted comes out clean.  Cut into 10 equal slices.  

Serving size 1 slice
Points plus 3 

4/8/11

A Few on Friday

'Sup. 

I went to Greenville yesterday for a budget committee meeting; a large time was had by all.  After dinner with my parents, I went back to my mom's house and we spent the evening trolling the world wide web for winter wedding inspiration.  The evening, for me, had two highlights.  The first was when, after each wedding blog we looked at, mom would shake her head and say "wow people really will do anything wont they?" or "anything goes these days." Agreed, mom.  My second highlight came when mom set off on a hunt to find HER wedding dress.  Is worth noting that in her wedding she had a daisy theme.  Heck yeah I wanted her to find that dress. 

She didn't find that dress but she did find my sisters dried bouquet, Chickey's debutante dress, Jennifer's wedding dress, a wide array of my dancing costumes.  It was an awesome trip down memory lane.  I would share pictures but I didn't take any as Chick had called and I was giving her the play by play.  

No trip to Greenville is complete without filling up ones bottle with some of that tasty Greenville water.  Anyone else with me on this?  I got sad when it was gone...


Another thing you must do when you are traveling through Washington County is stop at Connie's Kitchen


This box of goodness helped me to be the most popular girl at work today.  At least in my own mind. 

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Come on to Greenwood for River the the Rails.  Click here to see the line up. 


What's on your slate for the weekend?  Aside from R2R there's also an engagement party and some lounging around. 

Time to dig out the last season dresses.  I, however, I had my way, I would for sure be getting something new.  Like.....

find it here 

But not in this color.  My pale self needs something that's going to not make me look dead.

Maybe, I'll work on my tan this weekend.  Who's got my pool??   

4/7/11

Brittney and Baked Ziti

For starters, I burned a copy of the new Brittney Spears album when I got to work this morning.  Deduct cool points if you wish, I'm kind of excited. 

For second, baked ziti is awesome.  I found a recipe here that I ended up playing around with and I must say that there was some raise the roof success.  I bet it would be even better with fresh herbs but I don't have any of those yet.  Soon.  But not yet.  And I'm thinking of planting the herbs in my fire pit.  Would that be weird?  Probably. 


Baked Ziti
adapted from LaaLoosh

12 oz whole wheat penne pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1 whole onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 lb extra lean ground beef (94/6)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
4 oz canned mushrooms (sliced)
28 oz crushed tomatoes
1 cup part skim mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Boil pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.

In a large pan, heat olive oil.  Add garlic and onions, cook until soft.  Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper.  cook until beef is cooked through.  Add basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cook for about 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and tomatoes, bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook for about five minutes.

In a large baking dish sprayed with cooking spray, layer half of meat mixture, half of noodles, and half of cheese.  Repeat.  Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes or until cheese is done and it's all nice and bubbly.  Divide into six (or eight) equal servings. 

Serving size 1 piece
Points plus 10 (if six servings) or 7 (if eight servings)

4/6/11

Slackin'

I've gotten a bit out of my normal bloggin' routine this week.  Have I been busy doing crunches to get ready for the upcoming nuptials?  No.  I've been doing everything but.  Things like eating dips and fried foods.  I'm allowed a week to celebrate right?  Time to get busy will be soon.  Not just because there's a weddin' in the future, but because it's just time to quit slacking.  Maybe I'll try this routine.

find it here

Or maybe not.  As I'd like to make it to December.  Fingers crossed there will be a lovely dusting of snow on Howard Street on 12.10.11.  Also known as Mississippi's birthday.  And Brandon's cousin's Sam's birthday.  And my wedding date. 

Bam.  

For you foodies out there, I've got some baked ziti in the oven right now.  If it's good, and it smells like it will be, I'll share it with you tomorrow.  Woo!   

4/4/11

Thank You! (Pasta Salad with Tomatos, Zucchini, and Feta)

First of all, HUGE thank you to the comments on my Love Story post. I (we? Do I have to become a we'er now? Kidding.) am (are?) so so so excited and feel so loved and blessed and just can't wait to get the ball rollin' and go and get hitched. 

I look forward to hearing your advice, anecdotes, photography recommendations, and tips on what NOT to do and would appreciate your prayers and positive energy as Brandon and I start this journey together. 

It should be funny....the planning I mean.  I have no idea what I'm doing. 

Since you were so nice to leave such kind comments, I'm going to return the favor and share with you a pasta salad recipe.  True, it's something that I found on the PW's website and didn't really do anything except for plug the ingredients into the WW website.  That's something, isn't it?  Oh wait.  I did leave out the parsley because I didn't have it and I forgot to salt and pepper it.  So i guess I did that different. 


Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Feta
adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks 

12 oz whole wheat pasta
2 tbl olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
2 whole zucchini, cut into hunks
10 oz grape tomatoes, halved
6 oz reduced fat feta cheese

Prepare pasta according to the package directions.  Drain.  Add olive oil and lemon juice and toss.  Add salt and pepper.  Don't under salt.  And don't forget to salt. 

Add the rest of the ingredients.  Toss to combine.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it hang out in the fridge for a bit. 

Serving size 1 cup (makes about 11 cups)
Points plus 5

4/3/11

A Love Story

Once upon a time there was a girl who was folding laundry in her bed room.  She was getting excited about her upcoming date night to Luscos with her man, but was mainly just wishing she had more closet space. 

She heard the door open and heard her man's voice call her name out; she hollered "I'm back here!" and went on with the folding.  Her man walked into her room, looking at her and grinning.  He told her that he loved her; she said she loved him, too, and went back to the laundry.  He continued to stand there and grin as he went to reach into his pocket. 

"Will you marry me?" 

She dropped the laundry and alternated between screeching and screaming "are you serious?" for several minutes as he got down on one knee.  

She got down on the floor with him because she's weird like that.  

She said yes and then slipped on the prettiest ring in all the land.  

After trying on a million different outfits and doing a little more screeching, he whisked her in a London-style taxi for celebration and champagne and Luscos (the site of their first date, p.s.).  

The end.  Or actually, the beginning. 


Yay love! 

Love you, Brandon.  Can't wait to be your Mrs. 

4/2/11

A Good Day

Just heard this song on my walk and it's my new fave.  Hope you're having a good day!


We're gonna have a good day
and all my homies gonna ride today
and all these mommies look fly today
and all we wanna do is get by today
heeeyyyyyy
we're gonna have a good day. 

4/1/11

A Few on Friday

Good Friday, party people!  Hope this post finds you happy and well. 

I've taken my exercise to the streets this week as I work through the run / walk schedule listed in the book I discussed last Friday.  This morning was my favorite so far as the sun came up about 630 and it wasn't as cold.  Nice break from the cloudy fawg, aka fog, that's been skankin' around all week.  The sunlight made me kind of feel like a vampire.  Happily, though, it gave me a chance to check out some of the beautiful blooms around my neighborhood.  Yes, I was taking pictures of trees at 645 this morning.  If you know what they are, clue a girl in. 


These purple ones smelled so good

One of my hobbies is pretending like I have a green thumb.

Another one of my hobbies is Pintrest.  I've talked about this before, but it's worth mentioning again.  Because it's awesome.  It helps me feel so organized. If you are a pintrest user let me know your user name!  I'd love to follow you.  You can find my pins here

You know what else makes me feel so organized?  Google docs.  I can't even talk about how much I love it.  Get a gmail account and start using it. 

I'm having a slight technology geek out today. 

Whew. 

Ever heard of a virtual dementia tour?  The student intern at our hospital choose to do virtual dementia tours for his big project.  It's a program designed to simulate dementia / aging and give people a better understanding of what it's like to live with things.  I was reluctant to do it as I (shocker) do not like to feel out of control and do not (shocker) enjoy not knowing what is going on. It ended up being an extremely uncomfortable situation, I spent a lot of the time just standing there trying to will it over.  However, it was a situation that I was grateful for as I feel like it gave me at least a fraction of a glance into what it is like for some of the individuals that I work with.  I'm not going to give to many details as I hope that someday you might be able to do the tour and it's best if you don't know a whole lot about it.  I will say that you have to wear these...

go here to learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour

My hope is that there will one day be a cure. 

Speaking of hope, read this story about hope after the earthquake / tsunami in Japan.  Good stuff.

You know what else is good stuff?  Travis Tritt.  For real.  That long hair.  I love it.  I leave you with one of his hits.  Heard it on the way to work this morning.  Volume all the way up.  

  
Happy Friday!