Friday, February 26, 2010

Follow-Up. And Other Important Thoughts.

Dearest readers, 

A few things before your fabulous weekend begins:

1. That Jillian Michaels Yoga DVD just came out (or was expected to pre-ship around today if you order from Jillian's website) so it was silly of me to think any of you could advise me on it. Ha. But now you know you can order it! And I'm including the handy link from Amazon Associates (but if you order from Amazon it won't be released until March 2, which is coming right up!).

2. I think I have decided on the Banish Fat Boost Metabolism dvd, assuming I can get my hands on one at Target, because there is soooo much more satisfaction in going to the store and getting it and if that only costs me a dollar more than having it mailed, I'll totally pay for instant gratification. Yay. Me.

3. I have some definite study plans for the weekend... which means I might not actually get to the grocery store which means Handsome and I will be hungry next week. Not really. But it means it might be a while before I can try any new recipes. I know you are disappointed, but you'll recover.

4. Actually, I might try and make some things with what I have in my lazy susan and refridgerator. What a concept!

5. And that is it. I know I said I had important thoughts, but right now all I can think about is how I skipped lunch and how guilt (in the form of a backpack sitting on top of textbooks) is looking me in the face and chattering for me to just go ahead and get started, so I might actually make it to the grocery store on Sunday.

6. Or I could ignore the chattering backback and textbooks longer and plan on sending Handsome. He is one dang good grocery shopper if you ask me.

7. But even then, I'd still be facing the guilt. This time in the form of the dust bunnies singing from the corners of my house.

8. Off I sign, before it is all too much to bear.

I'm here. And it will be a little while, but I'll be writing again,


post. script. I just realized that if I go out and satisfy that desire to purchase a new workout dvd, I will have yet another thing to sit and feel guilty about. But unlike the chatterings of books and singing of dust bunnies, Jillian will be screaming at me from inside of the dvd folder. Great. Nix the purchase. I'll put that off for a little longer too.  And I'll justify feeling good about the delay because its better for my wallet, no?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Get Up Off Of That...

So I should just go ahead and throw this out there. It isn't something I'm thrilled about, but I'd have to say I'm not terribly concerned with it either. Mostly I'm just really into acknowledging things, so that is what I'm doing. 

I'm totally getting out of shape. (And Mr. Ruggedly Handsome, you are not free to bring this up or discuss it or remind me about it simply because I have acknowledged it on the blog. I'm all about acknowledging, but I don't need your washboard stomach grinning at me when you and your exercised self come running in and my little rear end is still on the couch.  Thanks honey.). 

(Side note, I was doing some editing for school and came across a grammatical rule that says if you put an entire sentence into a parenthetical, there are two periods required: one for the end of the sentence and one after the parenthetical.). 
Pretty cool, huh? See how I demonstrated that so nicely? 

Anyway, I'm acknowledging this little uncomfortable fact, because I am completely not prepared to let it get out of hand. Actually, as soon as I get rid of this cough and nasally congestion, I think I'll be ready to jump into the movement again. The movement of body being pushed and stretched and shredded, if you will.  Because I want to  feel completely fantastic in my clothes. Because I'm totally not going to buy new clothes anytime soon (but that is for another post) and I don't want my current clothing to get all tight and uncomfortable, which it likely will if I don't nip this lack of exercise thing right in the butt. (I know the phrase is bud, but I thought rear-end was more appropriate in this context.). (See I did it again!). 

Ok, so anyway, its been a rough couple of weeks, err months, and I haven't been consistent like I have hoped to be or have been at other points. (Hows that for qualified honesty and acknowledgment?).  I feel like I have had more little sicknesses in the last two or three months so regular physical activity has been relaxed because of that. And then there is the whole thing about studying, which has felt somewhat out of control lately, and therefore instead of managing stress with exercise, I have been doing more homework to make myself feel more in control. And maybe I have been the only one eating those peanut butter blossoms we made, but whose been counting anyway? (P.S. Handsome, I've only been doing it out of sacrifice for you, because I know how much you don't like sweets and how much you do like your in-shape self.).

And I feel spring time acomin' so I know I have to really get going. I'm planning on maybe run-walking for a while and maybe throwing in the Shred some, too. I definitely hope to get to the pool a bit, because I LOVE some swimming, but I'm looking for some other ideas too. 

Have you tried any of the other Jillian dvd's?
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat, Boost MetabolismJillian Michaels: No More Trouble ZonesJillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

I'm interested in all three, but can't just go out and get each of them, so I'm going to need to decide on one. Or maybe two, if the Mr. is feeling generous or has some interest in not having his wife get too lazy.... 
Which would you pick?
and / or... 
What are your favorite ways to get back into a non-round shape after a small hiatus? 
I'm here. And I'm still writing... (and soon to be running too!)...
And in case you were wondering, yes. 
I did use the title of a James Brown song for the title of my post. 
You can google it and listen to it on lala if you think it will inspire you. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What a Wonderful Weekend!

I do not often write weekend wrap-up type posts, but I am totally sharing my wonderful weekend with you this time.

It is funny that I'm writing this post, because I'm sick with some sort of cough. And Handsome doesn't feel that great either. But I have to say that this bit-of-sick we caught slowed us both down just enough for some really nice, quality "us" time this weekend.

I started feeling icky on Wednesday night last week, but I haven't been completely laid up in bed. Just not able to sit and study! Ha.... too bad.

Considering that Mr. Ruggedly Handsome and I haven't really spend any quality alone time in several weeks due to busy schedules and wonderful family time, a weekend with no real obligations was just what the Dr. ordered.

My weekend started after classes on Friday when Handsome and I had a lunch date at one of our favorite pizza - sub shops. It was packed and delicious and we actually got to sit and have a conversation with each other for twenty minutes or so. After that, I sat my tush on the couch at the house, watched some Lizzie McGuire on the Disney channel and started meal planning for the next week-ish. It was completely perfect. Friday night we did the majority of our grocery shopping (for those planned meals). We realized we hadn't grocery shopped together in enitrely toooooo long and we went to a grocery store that is neither of our usual, so it was definitely a fun adventure.

Saturday the Mister had a couple of not-so-organized sports games that he played in and I cooked up the Chicken Spaghetti I have been wanting to make for a solid two-ish weeks now. I basically followed the Pioneer Woman's recipe, except I cheated and bought a pre-cooked chicken and I forgot the chicken broth. We don't own cayenne, so I skipped that too. And unlike her hubby, mine LOVES casseroles so I knew with a fair amount of certainty that he would love it. And he did.

It is definitely simple. And I think it actually tastes good warmed up, so there is my tip for you!

After that, we whipped up some Peanut Butter Blossoms the way my Momma taught me, and that was definitely a treat because I had forgotten that they are my absolute. most. favorite. cookie. ever. Forget the Chocolate Post, because I have done you a major disservice. These are the most delicious sweet treat you will ever eat. And people will love you for making them. 

Then we wrapped up the weekend with an not-so-impromptu-impromptu birthday party, church, a movie on the couch, a little bit of the Olympics, and the best dang Starbucks date we've had in I don't know how long.  I'm so thankful that I didn't feel well enough to study this weekend. And that Handsome and I could just chillax, as I say, with each other. There is something really wonderful to having a stress-less moment with a person you really care about, especially since we didn't get to celebrate Valentines Day or the anniversary of our engagement due to other life events happening. This weekend totally made up for all of that.

I hope you had a delightfully relaxing weekend as well!

I'm here. And I'm still writing...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thoughts Before A Thursday!

In my personal opinion, it has been far too long since I have written a post that was somewhat random. I'll admit that some of my recent posts (when compared with one another) have been random, but I don't think I've just written what I was thinking in a while... and as I type I'm mentally and emotionally spent, so writing my thoughts sounds good to me right now.

1. I have the little space heater on and I feel like its burning my contacts onto my eyes. 

{Took care of that. Pulled 'em out. Put the glasses on.}

2. Putting my glasses on at night is one of my favorite moments of the day. And that is one of the reasons I'm not interested in LASIK. The other reason is because I think glasses are cute and sophisticated looking. 

3. I've been reading So Long Insecurity, You've Been A Bad Friend to Us. I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't yet. 

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us

4. Speaking of insecurity, I had to google the spelling of LASIK because I wasn't sure if I was spelling it correctly and I felt totally vain talking about glasses being a cute accessory, but it. is. true!

5. We had a good weekend, we being Mr. Ruggedly and I. I had a big school event situation on  Thursday--Friday of last week. It required a lot of planning and I really enjoyed it. Not saying I want to go into event planning for a career, but I have now planned and executed two large events and I think I'm not bad at it. Anyway, we drove to Hometown afterwards on Friday night, celebrated his niece's 4th birthday on Saturday, his older brothers birthday that evening, had Valentines Day brunch with my parents, and then he drove back to Our City and hosted his aunt in our home for the night. I got my teeth cleaned and then eventually made it back to Our City.

6. I started calling our hometown "Hometown" without any explanation of that at some point. And in the last paragraph I just deemed the city where we live "Our City." I'm the ruler of my blog. That is one reason I like blogging.

7. The other reasons I like blogging is that it has expanded my world. It has introduced me to some great new friends, brought a number of good recipes to my attention, has encouraged me in my faith, and has provided a good creative outlet (though it makes me feel guilty sometimes when I avoid it). 

8. I'm completely spent this week. I held myself together last week fairly well, but I'm just having a hard time getting it together this week. Its like my brain is just not capable of processing or thinking much or for long periods of time. The weekend will be a good time for rest I hope.

9. I'm also hoping to get a little massage during (or right at the beginning of the weekend). Both Handsome and my Mom mentioned the idea to me (because the "event" I spoke of has been in the works for almost a year and it is finally over!) so I'm thinking about trying to get a day-of appointment at one our spa's. Hows that for a treat? And if I do get a day-of appointment, then I'll get a little discount with it too!

10. I have rambled long enough. I'm hoping to be back to normal by next week and hopefully my blogging will be back to its new normal (like the Decemeber 09 / January 10 variety) by then too!

I'm here. And I'm trying... 


Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Little Something to Ponder.

Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, tells of the time when he was walking down the street and passed a beggar. He reached into his pocket to give the beggar some money, but his pocket was  empty. Tolstoy turned to the beggar and said, "I'm sorry, my brother, but I have nothing to give."

The beggar brightened and said "You have given me more than I asked for -- you have called me brother."

To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel, but to the love-starved, a word of affection can be a feast.

(Excerpt from Max Lucado's Grace for the Moment, Feburary 11).

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

My Top 10: Chocolate. Decadence. Deliciousness. And Absolute Must-Try's.

In honor of Valentines Day, I'm doing a tribute to my first non-familial love. It has been a little while since I have posted a My Top 10, so it was definitely time. And this might have been the absolute easiest one I have written so far. Handsome and I were at dinner one night and I told him I had been thinking about writing this post and he was able to guess 6 of the 6 I had decided would make the list. And together we filled out the other 4 pretty quickly. I am blessed to have a man who pays attention to me and my likes, even the dark chocolately kind.

So without further ado... My top 10 Chocolate Treats of all time.

10. My mom's homemade chocolate glaze for homemade donuts. It has been a while, like absolutely far too long, since we have made homemade chocolate donuts, but nothing beats 'em. Not Dunkin' or Daylight or Krispy Kreme, or even Hometown's favorite super famous local donut shoppe. I'm not sure what her secret is or if its really a secret at all, but the lady has mad skills in this department. Love you Mama!

9. Tim Tam's: These delectable chocolate wafer cookies will practically melt in your mouth. I have only recently made their acquaintence and I'm so thankful I did. Definitely a perfect little grocery store treat. Arnott's makes 'em. And so does Pepperidge Farm.

Arnott's Tim Tam Original

8. Dark Chocolate Covered Yogurt Pretzels from Whole Foods. Umm hello? Salty and sweet really is the perfect combination. And Whole Foods has mastered it with this super simple desert. Too bad they charge a pretty penny for them. These are more like a once-in-a-great while kind of treat which is good since we would have to make the long trek to Whole Foods more frequently if they weren't.

7. Plain Old Chocolate Chip Cookies. Right? Like... duh. Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? And I have my favorites, but I'll eat Chips Ahoy or I'll eat homemade. I don't like the super soft, store-bought ones, but if I make them, I definitely like 'em warm out of the oven (or cold from the cookie jar).

6. Yoplait Whips: Chocolate Mouse. For those days when I feel like chocolate but don't want to feel too guilty about it, this is a go-to. It is also just about the only yogurt I'll eat, so anytime I'm on an antibiotic and am supposed to take the pill with yogurt, I stock up on these!

5. Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Yes. Yes. I'm a fan of 'em too. This, like the last, is one of those treats I don't feel entirely guilty about eating because there is fruit in it! But... if I don't limit myself, I can definitely be known to have eaten too many at once. And they can cost a pretty penny too, so I almost prefer to make them at home.

Thats a bit of our groom's cake by the way! It is like a little sneak peak into my wedding!

4. Chocolate Milk. What a Classic! Honestly, this will satisfy my craving so quickly. And it has such a comforting quality to it. Mmmm.

3. Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers (Homemade or Starbucks). Starbucks introduced me to the wonderfulness of the chocolate covered graham. I know not everyone is a big of this combination of flavors, but I think they are fabulous. And once they started to become their own line item in our budget, Handsome suggested we make them at home. And honestly, they are different but just. as. tasty. And so super simple.

2. Chocolate Lasagna. So you might not know about this one. And you might send hate-comments to me after I tell you about it. Why? because it doesn't EXIST anymore. It was the best dessert EVER from the Olive Garden. But they stopped making it. They ripped my heart out when they pulled it from their menu. It was layers of dark chocolate cake in between some sort of vanilla white frosting with chunks of chocolate on top and drizzle of chocolate sauce all over. It was divine. And it was best taken from the resturant, placed into a refridgerator and savored for breakfast. Yes. I eat chocolate cake for breakfast sometimes. And yes. You should send you hate comments to Olive Garden until the bring it back. And then your waist can send hate comments to me. But I won't care because I'll be in paradise with my fork by that point.

Yes, I made the picture extra large because I like to look at it. And yes, I'm salivating while I type. And yes, my heart is totally broken in two.

1. Chocolate Cheesecake. Since my favorite has been removed, a new favorite has had to take its place. And really its quite worthy. I posted a while ago about a delicious chocolate cheesecake my mom and I made when I was visiting Hometown. It is probably the best chocolate cheesecake I have ever tasted and I actually drove home and tore up my hate-letters to Olive Garden after I tried it. And after I ate a little bit at a time for a week solid after making it. So without further ado... I present to you: Hershey's Truffle Brownie Cheesecake (a.k.a. The Best Thing You Will Ever Eat).


  • BROWNIE LAYER(recipe follows)
  • 3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening
1. Heat oven to 350° F. Grease 9-inch springform pan.

2. Prepare BROWNIE LAYER. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from side of pan. Meanwhile make cheesecake batter.

3. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in eggs, heavy cream, vanilla and salt, beating until well blended.

4. Set aside 2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Place remaining chips in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1-1/2 minutes; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted when stirred. Gradually blend melted chocolate into cheesecake batter.

5. Immediately after removing brownie from oven, spoon cheesecake mixture over brownie. Return to oven; continue baking 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool to room temperature. Remove side of pan.

6. Place remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred. Drizzle over top of cheesecake. Cover; refrigerate several hours until cold. Garnish as desired. Cover and refrigerate leftover cheesecake. 10 to 12 servings.

BROWNIE LAYER: Stir together 6 tablespoons melted butter or margarine, 1-1/4 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add 2 eggs; stirring until blended. Stir in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt; blend well. Spread in prepared pan.

XOXO. I'm still here, and aren't you glad I am writing?


Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Best Post I've Ever Written....

......... is coming tomorrow. It is my absolute favorite and I'm super excited. Are you?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Show Some Sidebar Love.

Dear Readers,

It is time to update my sidebar that includes some of your blogs. I sort of updated recently to include a few of the new blogs I am enjoying as well. But I know I haven't finished, so this is your opportunity to be included.

If you would like me to feature your blog on my sidebar, leave me a comment! And maybe reciprocate on your own blog... I have found some of the blogs I enjoy the most be checking out other peoples sidebars so I'd like for other readers to find YOU if you want them too. Finding blogs I love to read is one of my favorite things about blogging.

So consider this my little bloggy Valentine to you, just a few days early!

I'm here. And I'm still writing...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The ONLY Hour of Television that Both Handsome And I Agree On Each Week.

Maybe this doesn't happen at your house, but ninety-ish percent of the time at mine, either me or Handsome is happy with what is on television. It is a rare occasion (aside from a little movie here or there) that we can both sit in our living room, without a laptop or book or cellular device, and enjoy the minutes between advertisements for mayonaise and super soft toilet paper.

It is a rare thing indeed. But my Mom introduced us to this little hour on the tube about five months ago (give or take a month). And that hour is now my favorite hour with my husband (and maybe of t.v.) each week.

There is not a lot of gore.

There is not a lot of teen drama.

There are not a lot of illicit affairs and fornicators.

Well, there was this one illicit affair ...

but it is absolutely not the focus of the show. And its all in the past.

So what am I talking about?

I'm talking about a show with good story lines.

With interesting dialogue.

With real. human. characters.

I'm talking about The Good Wife, which airs on CBS each Tuesday evening. It is by far my favorite show on television right now. And it has definitely filled a "no television time together void" that my husband and I have had for about a year now.

Thank Goodness for Tuesday nights.

I'm here. And tonight I'll be busy watching...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Answering 36 Questions is So. Not. A Cop-Out Post

This has been posted a few times, but I'm having a week this week and this is what I could muster. And since I enjoyed it on the others, I thought surely, at least one person might enjoy it on here. 

1. What is your name and do you have any nicknames? Katie. One of my old roommates called me KT girl. And others call me Katie B. or Katie Beth (but Beth is my name too). 

2. What color are your socks right now? I have on two pair (cold feet remember?) Some white tube socks with lime green ankle socks over them. Its quite the statement.  As a bonus, the ankle socks hold the tube socks in place. 

3. What are you listening to right now? The hum drum of my laptop and occasionally I hear dull speaking from our neighbors next door.

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Catfish, sweet potato fries, and some sort of slaw.

5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes, but you probably don't want me to. I haven't ever done it consistently so it takes me a while to acclimate.

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My Dad.

7. Last place you went on vacation? I don't know what qualifies as a vacation...

8. What hobbies do you have? That would be blogging, and lately cooking / baking  (which is good because I love to eat). I also go through running spurts. And I like to sew and paint, though I don't have a good set-up currently for either at the little casa . Oh, and the big one: making my husband laugh.

9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? Do I have to watch sports when I watch tv?

10. What is your favorite drink? Ice Water. Dr. Pepper is a very close second, but I can't drink much of it.

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Oh yes! And I even enjoyed it. (And by answering yes, I mean I have paid someone to dye my hair. I don't think the question is very clear because I haven't personally done the dying but I definitely know what foils are for). 

12. Favorite food? Depends on the day. Consistently: chocolate.

13. What is the last movie you watched? Pride and Prejudice.
 Pride & Prejudice

14. Favorite day of the year? This depends on the month. Right now? Valentines. After that maybe May Day. Anytime after August, my birthday. 

15. How do you vent anger? Good question. I'm trying to pray about it right now. And I don't mean right now as in this second, I mean lately.

Note: Are you seeing a trend? I can't answer anything simply... (I'll try for the next fifteen questions).

16. What was your favorite toy as a child? My bitty baby from American Girl.  I got her when I was five.

17. What is your favorite season? Usually I say Summer because I like to be warm, but honestly I really like Fall too, especially crisp early fall.

18. Cherries or Blueberries? I'm pretty big on blueberries.
19. What is your occupation right now? Student. But not for much longer. Tear. 

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? How about, ummm, I'm not ready. And its not a fun question anymore. Its fun when you are like six. Or sixteen. Or maybe even twenty-one. But its just. not. fun. anymore. (I'm resistant to change).

21. What state (or country for our international bloggers) do you live and what State or Country would you like to live some day? Hmmm. Answering could potentially create a problem in my marriage (because I might say somewhere I don't actually want to move and he might use this as leverage someday) so I'm pleading the 5th.

22. Living arrangements? Me and the man in the little casa, as I am lovingly referring to it lately.
23. Do you have any pets? No. Please don't rub it in any longer.

24. What is on the floor of your closet? Umm hamper (which is supposed to be there) and shoes (primarily of the boot variety. And yes, La, I will write a boot post soon!)

25. What are three of your favorite items at the moment?  My glasses. My Ugg Slipper Shoes. Drawstring sweatpants from Victoria's Secret a while ago.
Women's Coquette UGG Slippers, CHESTNUT, Size 9 

26. What did you do last night? Watched a little television and went to bed. We both had early mornings today.

27. Any news you want to share?  No? Unless this question giving me deja vu is news.

28. What do you like on your hamburgers?  Let's just go with "the works."

29. Favorite dog breed? Well, I completely adore my parents Jack Russel, but lately I've been eyeing the Scotties and I've had a thing for Great Pyrenees for a while now. And I know one standard poodle that I really enjoy hanging out with. 

30. Favorite day of the week? Usually whatever day it is. I like most days.

31. How many states have you lived in? 2.

32. Diamonds or pearls? I'll wear both. Simultaneously. 

33. What is your favorite flower? I like Peruvian Lillies, that have pink in them, quite a bit.

34. Favorite meal you have ever had at a restaurant and which restaurant was it? In Hometown, there used to be a small delicious European restaurant. It featured dishes from a variety of countries and my absolute favorite was really a Tour de Europe (like the Tour de Italy many Italian restaurants seems to have). It had pierogis, some sort of Brautwurst, and another item. All three together were absolutely delicious and so many times I desire to have that Tour de Europe again.  

If you have never seen a pierogi, you should: 

35. What music are you currently listening to? None. Didn't this survey already ask me what I was listening to at the beginning? Now it is only the drum of the computer because they neighbors probably have gone to bed. 

36. What is one fun thing you are looking forward to in the coming year? Seeing what happens next. After the tests and the graduation, and the possibility of graduate school for my other nuclear family member. We, neither one of us knows what we will be doing, and there is some fun in the mystery of that (even though I am resistant to change).

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Need to Spend a LOT of money at iTunes.

I have this iTunes giftcard that I should really use. I've had it for quite a while now and I don't want it to go bad so I have been pondering ideas about what I can spend it on.

Here are some of my must buys:

1. Belinda Carlisle: Heaven is a Place on Earth

2. Belinda Carlisle: I Get Weak

3. Laura Story: What A Savior

4. Matt Nathanson: Come On Get Higher

5. Travis Cottrell: In Christ Alone

6. Travis Cottrell: Worthy is the Lamb?

If you had an iTunes giftcard what would you choose?


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quasi-Meal Plan. Take 2.

A few weeks back I tried to make a quasi-meal plan. I call it quasi, because I am not anywhere close to saying that I will make tacos on Monday and stew on Tuesday and spaghetti on Wednesday. But I am definitely willing to try and decide on a few possibilities and from there base it a little on mood each evening.

I haven't tried this method in a couple of weeks, because we really haven't gotten into a flow with my new schedule yet. I say we because I haven't gotten into a flow and my lack of understanding my own school schedule and demands translates into further lack of understanding for my man. And really who can blame him? How can a man understand a woman who doesn't understand herself?

Anyway. Back to the point, I haven't tried meal-planning again, but I thought it was fairly successful last time, so I'm willing to give it another go!

These are my ideas for this week:

1. White Chile! (maybe I'll even post the recipe with an attempt at photos later on because I'm making up my own recipe and have NO idea how it will turn out).

2. Chicken Spaghetti. I have been craving this for a while now. I'm not really sure how long it takes or what recipe, am going to use, but I might try to whip up a batch one afternoon because I just can't seem to get the little idea out of my head.

3. Pancakes and Bacon. Because really, I can't plan a weeks worth of meals without having breakfast thrown in there.

For the other meals, the rugged one will probably have to eat leftovers or find a small animal in the woods and cook it over a fire. Good thing he is rugged like that, yes? Just kidding. About the cooking a small animal over a fire part. But not about the leftovers part. I suppose he could always go for cereal if he isn't into the leftovers.

And I'll let you know how things turn out. And if they don't turn out I probably won't let you know about it and the Mr. will probably have to start that blog he has been talking about for so long "This is the Real Katie dot blogspot dot com" .

Happy Eating!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010


For some time now I have been wanting to branch out and get some skinny jeans. My usual jeans are either widelegs (like dark trousers) or bootcuts. In high school I usually always bought bootcuts from the Gap. And then in college I started wearing some American Eagle and Levi's. And then in the last few years I have primarily found jeans I like at Banana Republic or The Limited.

And I haven't actually gone jean shopping in several many months, because we all know that jean shopping can be almost more painful than bathing suit shopping. (Or maybe I am the only one who feels this way, because 1. I spend a lot more time in jeans than I ever do in a swimming suit and 2. I usually don't subject myself to bathing suit shopping in stores and just buy several different ones online and shop from the luxury of my home and try on in the lovely lighting on my own home with my own non-fat-making mirror.)

But I digress.

I currently have several pair of jeans that work for me, but I have soooo many pair of boots (because boots are my favorite kind of shoe (because I am cold all of the time)) that I think I would really like to go ahead and try the tucking-in trend. But widelegs do not tuck in well, so I'm going to have to purchase a pair of skinnies, or matchsticks, or jeggings.

I no longer have the body or legs of a 16 year old, so I'm going to need something that works for that. And honestly, I haven't even see these "jeggings" in stores so its not like I can run out and grab a pair. But maybe I haven't looked in the right store.

Any tips for you to help a girl out? Is there a brand of skinnies (or matchsticks or jeggings) that has worked for you?

My boots sincerely thank you!


Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy February! and HELP!

So last year in February... I did the whole post-a-day thing! It was fun, but I'm not sure I'm going to shoot for that same goal this year. Either way, it really is crazy to me to think I've actually really been doing this for over a year now.

Anyway. That wasn't where I was going to go with this post.

Where I was going to go was to ask for blogger advice! Apparently, even though I've been around a while, I haven't figured out all of the things blogger can do. E.g. Responding to comments on my blog with an email to yours (the reader).

I receive email responses to comments I post sometimes and I think its a nice personal touch. But... I just have NO idea how to respond to the comments YOU leave me (unless I happen to already know your email or I decide to leave you a comment in response on your own blog, which is not always handy).

Any help, or advice, or step-by-step instructions, OR offers to enable this feature on my blog are welcomed!