Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I've been a very busy girl lately. Work, cleaning, and crafting. Well today after Allan left for work I was looking for a hair tie in the bathroom and decided I never use my make up anymore. So I went nuts. No seriously. I had to take pictures to document another crazy moment in my mostly monotonous life. It was fun, but now my eyes just feel super heavy from all the mascara and eyeshadow. With all that make up you'd think I would've invested in some industrial strength make up remover. Nope. I am mean mean mean to my skin. Infact my make up usually looks best on day 2. lol. \\
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I started by sauteing garlic in butter in a saucepan. I should have used more butter, though. When it was hot enough I added firm tofu. While that was frying up I added some linguine to a pot of boiling water for about 9 mins. I added garlic salt instead of regular salt to the pasta, for no other reason than it was closer. lol. I ground some pepper into the tofu and added a little bit of Italian seasoning. I scooped out my tofu and used that left over butter garlic sauce to defrost my frozen broccoli. Then I added some more butter and some milk and my WF Alfredo sauce mix. I love Western Family. I'm young and broke, why not? I let that boil, then simmer for a couple minutes. I drained the pasta and everything was done. Just had to pile it all in a bowl and enjoy. I think the broccoli was the best part because it really retained the sauce well. I should've drained the tofu more so it could soak up some more yummy sauce.
I wanted to get a picture but we were so hungry I forgot. Can you believe there were no left overs? I'm so proud. I didn't even have to dig up a recipe for this. :)
Monday, January 26, 2009
So what did I do? I rented a couple movies, Dreamland and Women. Women was hilarious. There were no men in the entire movie!!! So strange. hehehe. I worked on my swap items. I'm currently battling a zipper. lol. I discovered I don't like instant coffee. I went grocery shopping twice and am now broke. I cooked beef stew. Allan loves it. :) Tonight I'm making a tofu and pasta in white sauce. yummy.
Tomorrow I get off at 2:30 and will work on my swap more and start turning old gallon water jugs into pots to grow veggies and stuff.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
- finish swap items to send out on Monday.
- make enough beads to make 20 bracelets. try to put some together.
- check out the flea market and thrift shops.
- purchase Viva and Merlot's monthly preventative meds. administer.
- take Viva to the beach or at least walking in Tumon.
- work on a head board for the bed.
- clean up the itty bitty yard and get some plants for it.
- start getting a hold of artists for donations for the Guma Mami charity art auction.
- get a new shower curtain liner. got one today. :P starting early = a good sign.
- laundry laundry laundry
- organize the loose dvds
- organize entry way and get/make shoe rack
- most important: make/sew an item of clothing to wear to Allan's gig next week. it's been to long since i've seen him perform.
I'll keep you all updated through out the week with pictures. :) I'll also be adding more items to the list, knowing me. lol.
Also my sister in law is back in the blogosphere. She currently is authoring a few blogs. :P
secondarily erin - opinions and observations
mommy who? - motherhood and stories about my adorable, smart and insanely funny nephews. You have to see them they are sooo beautiful.
She is an awesome writer. I'm certain you'll enjoy her blogs. :)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Lately I've been feeling pretty boring, blah, and far from pretty. I realize I'm super lucky to have Allan, who tells me multiple times a day that I'm beautiful. But sometimes we need to feel, for ourselves, that we're beautiful. So I'm going to go into self improvement mode. And will start doing all I can to look and feel better for myself. I'm sure it'll spill over into my relationship with Allan and my friendships. Not only I'm I going to overhaul myself physically and emotionally, but I'm giving my environment a makeover too! So since I got a lot of my craft swapping done this morning tonight I'm going to clean out my apartment. Pack away some stuff and glamour it up. :P I'll keep you updated on my progress. Hopefully Glamour-less will turn in to Glamorous in Wonderland!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I noticed that Jessica over at Zakka Life made the recycled bottle beads. They turned out absolutely wonderful. She used washi paper to decorate her plastic strips instead of just coloring them in with markers. The paper gave them a classier look. They are truly beautiful and environmentally friendly! Check them out.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Allan and I are renters. We don't own a home and are faaaaar from ready to buy a home. Also, we don't like the idea of having a mortgage - we are not fans of banks. One thing that does sound somewhat plausible is container homes. If we go this route we can save on our own and invest in one container at a time. My family owns some land, so we have a place to put the containers and a place to eventually set up our home. We've come up with some layout ideas already. The tough part is always going to be saving. The way the economy is right now, it is sooooo hard to save any money, but we have to try. Eventually I'd like to get an extra container to open a little shop in and also start an organic garden. Maybe even open a nursery for exotic, organically grown flowers and plants. :p The best parts? No rent and Viva would have a yard of her own! Merlot might even venture outside. lol.
No matter how bad things may seem there is always something to look forward too.
Care to learn more about alternative housing? Check out these links!
Container City - creates affordable housing for urban enviroments. They should do this in Japan, where space is a serious issue.
Containerhomes.net - info and products
Alternative Housing - a blog that focuses on unconventional homes, including tree houses!
Monday, January 12, 2009
This all sounds pretty freaky, but maybe we need something freaky to occur in order for us to realize we humans need to make some changes. We need to be better to each other, the other species, and of course our home, Earth. What if this isn't our planet? What if we are just leasing it? I'm just hoping that whatever happens in 2012, it will be for the betterment of humanity and our enviroment.
Along those same lines, we watched "The Day The Earth Stood Still" last night. It was a pretty good movie. I suggest you watch it.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
So while he set up the area and chess board I made some hot chocolate for us. For christmas, my brother and SIL got us 3 different tins of hot Cocoa and the absolute cutest little mug and saucer set *I'll post pics of it asap*. We decided on the chocolate royale tin. It was really good.
It's a lot easier to understand chess when you're older, I think. I didn't win, but I put up a fight. I managed to take out his bishop without him realizing. :P But while I was off in my own world his rook took my queen and shortly after that my King died of a broken heart. lol.
All in all, considering I started on my craft swap, tidied up a bit, and spent some quality time with Allan, last night was nice. :)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I'm really trying to live greener. Both Allan and I have been discussing ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle. We want to waste less. It has about as much to do with saving money as it does with saving the earth, to be honest. We're both fans of the Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement. It's really hard to keep to it though.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
On a positive note, I've been brainstorming ideas for my swap projects. Hopefully by Sunday I'll have definite plans for which projects to follow through with. Hey if I can find the time and supplies maybe I'll do it all. I wish. I got a couple craft/sewing magazines to help the process along, too.
Nella, my sister, is sick too. We're hoping we'll be well enough to go to the beach on Wednesday though. Wish us luck!
Hope everyone is having an awesome New Year so far.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Then we got home. All day I wasn't feeling like going out. I'm not big on New Year's Eve. Which is cool because for me New Year's Eve becomes more about Allan's birthday. I had the hardest time deciding what to wear and literally changed atleast 5 times. Finally I had a break down and asked Allan if he'd mind if I stayed home. He left and I had several other breakdowns. I called my friend to let her know I was staying home. I didn't want anyone to worry or think Allan and I were fighting. She sounded upset. I called her back to tell her I'd go if she wanted me to. I ended up staying and feeling even more crappy. Viva and Merlot kept me company though. We watched Princess Bride. :) and I sat on the carpet playing with Viva while petting Merlot. They were both feeling needy. I guess the holidays finally got to me. I needed down time for myself maybe. The night before we had our gift exchange party and I think it was the best yet. Home made gifts are soooo special. --- but that's a whole other post I'll get to when I have pictures.
Allan called at around 11:20. I was almost sleeping and not so friendly. He got home about 10 minutes till midnight. I got my New Year's kiss! He turned my bleh night into one of the best year starter's ever. He said he knew he had to give me some time to myself, but was planning on coming home to kiss me. Then he played Auld Lang Syne on his harmonica for me. Earlier that day I told him it was my favorite holiday song. On his way to the party he learned to play it. He's amazing. So we spent the rest of the evening together with our crazy girls talking, laughing, and trying to figure out why I've been so off. I don't know if it's that time of the month or just that time of the year.
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!