Sunday, November 30, 2008


This tastes like a liquid sugar cookie!!!!! WOWZA!!! I had to call 10 places to find it but oh my is it worth it!

This calorie free sugar cookie is AMAZING!!!!

I am going back to Whole Foods to stash up!

::Jumps for joy::

Background: I started drinking wine because I like the glass it is served in. I started eating oatmeal because I thought that's what healthy people do (sooo delicious! I am not sure how I got by without it!!) and I really wanted to drink hot tea because how freaking cool are tea pots?!!?! This is the perfect "gateway tea" to more traditional hot teas.

I am starting a new grown up ritual: taking a shower before bed and then making a spot o' tea and reading before bed.

[If I could add any more exclamation points to this blog I sooooo would!!...!!!!!...ok I'll knock it off.... !!!!...]

Today's work out (I am going to start blogging what I do so I can recognize when I am getting back into the habit of working out too much):
- Bike for 15 minutes (Read the Sunday Paper so time flew by)
- Treadmill for 20 (12 running and 8 walking on an incline - thanks to my lovely knee sleeves I am now running pain free. I don't want to over do it so I am easing back into running. The website is right on with sizes. The small fits perfectly!)
- 5 minutes on the rolling stair master (Wow! this one is tough!)
- Lunges and stretching
- Arm weights (easing back into this one because of my arm surgery)

Tomorrow is going to be at least a 10 hour work day so I won't be working out (taking a day off from working out is always good!)

(Other exciting news: My husband asked me to start buying soy milk instead of regular for him ::swoons::)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cooking for the hubs

Yesterday I decided I was going to cook Billy Dinner.

- Salad (lettuce, carrots, and balsamic vinegar)
- Ciabatta bread
- Spinach ravioli with Alfredo sauce and peas/sun dried tomatoes
- Red Wine
- Sugar cookies with a scoop of pineapple sorbet on top

And this is why I am the:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fresh and Easy

My Fresh and Easy Purchase:

Soy Sauce
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli
Alfredo Sauce
Spaghetti Squash
Fake Chickn Breasts - Herb Dijon
Ciabatta Bread
Black Beans
Bag of salad
Pineapple and Orange Sorbet

Total: 19.26

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Et Cetera

We had dinner at my parent's house tonight.  For the first time ever I had vegetarian kung pao.  And now I am burping up China (for real there was a triangle hat, then this huge old wall, then some child toys with lead based paint, and every now and then a little communism).

Apparently the combination of peanuts + bell peppers + onions + etc makes me burp.

If I had to bet my first child (Aaron where they at? No idea? Ok we shall bet Scott!) I'd say et-cet-eras make me burp.

Monday, November 24, 2008

No knee pain

I am in love! My knee sleeves came today. After work Billy and I went to the gym. I did the rolling StairMaster (is it just me or is that thing harder than any other cardio equipment?!). I had ZERO knee pain. It was awesome! After my work out the knee sleeve acted like a sort of heating pad (less hot)...which is perfect on muscles!

After the gym I swung by my parent's house. My mom bought me a black work skirt from the Gap, a work top, and a cream colored sweater. I tried them on and they all fit! I suggested to my mom that she do this professionally (only charge people for it and not give them free clothes).

Then Billy and I went to see my dad for dinner. I had a veggie sandwich (no sprouts, no dressing, add pineapple, and of course add a whole bottle of Tabasco [obviously]) and a salad. I brought some Asian dressing with me and it was DELICIOUS! I saved half of my food to have for lunch tomorrow.

Then Billy and I went to Target to get TP. We walked in and Billy asked if we should grab a basket. I responded back, "of course" in a tone like if he had asked me if the sky was blue. I am not capable of going to the store and only getting what I went there for (but in all honesty can any one? I think not). I decided that I need a traveling coffee mug so can drink my Seattle's Best Cinnabon coffee on the way to work. That way I can be extra perky! Starting tomorrow my schedule at work has changed and I now get to go in 1-2 hours later. Please do not ask me why after 2 years and now getting to go in later that I am deciding I need to drink coffee. It makes sense in my head and that is all that matters.

[Note: I think I heard somewhere blogs are supposed to be short. Unfortunately sometimes (always) I am over chatty]


What do you think about my little new baby Babyizzle? - What will your baby look like?

What do you think about my little new baby Babyizzle? - What will your baby look like?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Neeeighh....Noooooooo :*(

At the event for my work today I saw a horse. I've never really been around horses because they FREAK ME OUT! The horse tonight almost fell and was flipping the f--- between two pieces of art (total value for each of them over one million dollars).  I nearly had a heart attack!  Then the horse was tied up to a tree and I swear on Tabasco Sauce it was giving me the evil eye.  You know how cats push their ears back when they are mad? Well the horse did the EXACT SAME thing!  To top it all off the horse was even moving its demon mouth around like it was cursing and two seconds away from kicking someone (read: me).  If it wasn't tied up I am sure it would have raced right towards me and plowed me over and would have pounced on me until I was smooshed up!  Oh, and the tree it was attached to?  Yeah the horse was eating it could chew it and push it over on me and smoosh me that way! 

Moral of the story: Horses are big ol beasts that hate me with all of their hearts and should be feared by everyone!!


We have an event tonight at work so I came home for an early dinner.

It's macaroni and cheese, frozen veggies, and 1 Morningstar fake bacon strip (and Tabasco of course!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Made these up in my pretty little head

Re: Recipe Exchange!

My sista (!) just became a vegetarian (I have been one since December 2001) and I was talking to her about the importance of fiber and protein. 

- Take one package pre-made rolls
- Cut each roll in half and roll out
- Spread cream cheese on the dough (get low fat b/c it spreads easier)
- Top with a little bit of cut pineapple chunks
- Top with some chopped "bacon" (I use Morningstar farms and microwave the bacon for 30 seconds and then chop it up)
- Roll the dough up
- Brush with egg white
- Cook until Golden Brown
[I've also done this with pickled jalapenos]

- Cook 2 cups Rice 2 cups water (or vegetable broth for more flavor)
- Stir in 
  * salsa (as much as you'd like, I added a good amount) - I used Target's Cilantro Jalapeno ...sooo good!
  * 2/3 can of black beans
  *1/2 can of pineapple chunks (she doesn't like spicy food as much as me so I used the sweetness to balance the spiciness)
- Place "chickn" strips across top (Use one bag cooked Morningstar Chickn Strips. I put a little EVOO in a pan and brown each strip) or you can use tofu.  I found See Bride Run and there is the most amazing tofu recipe on there - and I've had a lot of tofu in my day and this is the best!
- Put a couple chunks of Pepperjack Cheese over the "chickn"
- Cook in oven at 350 until the cheese melts

Fresh and Easy

Me: I am going to the store.
Billy: Ok. For what?
Me: Apples.

(Fast forward)

I walk in the door.

Billy: What do you have there?
Me: Apples, (long pause) a big bag of apples

I got:
- Jalapeno Tortillas
- Organic Baby Carrots
- Frozen Chopped Spinach
- Frozen Peas
- Froze Broc/Carrot/Cauliflower
- Frozen Corn
- Hummus
- Salt free black beans
- Salsa
 - Diet Dr. Pepper

....and apples


Recently a gym opened up right around the corner from where we live. I looked online and there rates are the EXACT SAME as our current gym (the first gym I joined was only $35/ about that!). The gym we go to now is by our old house and this new gym is right around the corner. I think if a gym is literally a short run away I will be more likely to go there. I talked to Billy and we are going to go check out this new gym before I cancel our old gym membership. In my dream world I would have a gym in my house.

I just drank too much water and now I am freezing!!! bbbbbrrrrrrrrrrr

Monday, November 17, 2008

I have

I am suppose to just bold the things in this list that I have done.
Here we go.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said "I love you" and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn't care who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an "expert"
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children (currently raising)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone's life

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mormon Speak

Billy has brought it to my attention that I speak like I am Mormon. As you know I do not cuss for a variety of reasons.

These are some of the things I say (with examples):
1. Holy guacamole I love this hot sauce. (Instead of holy s...)
2. Shut the front door! (shut the f... up)
3. Cheese and Rice you are all driving like idiots! (j.... c....)
4. My husband has a nice bum (a..)
5. ETC

I know cuss words are socially constructed and implying at them may be just as terrible.

Good thing Billy and I are having Mexican for dinner! All this talk about guacamole and cheese and rice is making me hungry...


9 (9, 18/9, 27/9, 36/9)
The Life Path 9 suggests that you entered this plane with an abundance of dramatic feelings coupled with a strong sense of compassion and generosity. The key to the nature of a Life Path number 9 person is found in their humanitarian attitude. Even the very average of those with life path 9 possess extremely compassionate tendencies.

Usually this number produces an individual that is very trustworthy and honorable, and one unlikely to harbor any sort of prejudice. Obviously, this is a rather tall order, but you are, in fact, a person that feels very deeply for individuals less fortunate than yourself, and if you are in a position to help, you certainly will. The 9, being the highest of the single digit numbers, holds an elevated position in terms of responsibilities to mankind.

Material gains are not overly important, although the quality of some life path 9 people is such that they are materially rewarded in very significant ways. In this, however, the 9 Life Path is not apt to get rich since they are very generous, sometimes to a fault, and usually have an easy come, easy go attitude about money. The rare 9 life path has a totally selfless attitude, giving up of material possessions for the common good.

The 9 Life Path indicates you have a commanding presence. You have the ability to make friends very easily, as people are attracted to your magnetic, open personality. The term "hail-fellow" may have been coined to describe a 9 Life Path, as you may indeed be one of those who is generally upbeat and heartily friendly and congenial. You meet people easily and are quickly befriended because of your openness and amiable demeanor. Your genial ways often put you in the lead in whatever field of endeavor you pursue.

Relationships can be difficult for you because it is hard to strike a balance that will work effectively. If your partner is one sharing your giving attitudes, the relationship will be happy and lasting. On the other hand, if you choose a partner whose focus is on material issues, problems will arise quickly.

You tend to be quite sensitive, as you see the world with much feeling. The number 9's very deep understanding of life is sometimes manifested in the artistic and literary fields. If drama and acting is not your forte, it will surely be an area of great interest and potential. Likewise, you may be able to express your deep emotional feelings through painting, writing, music, or other art forms.

The purpose of life for those with a 9 life path is often of a philosophical nature. Judges, spiritual leaders, healers and educators frequently have much 9 energy. The number is less inclined to the competitive business environment and may find this a struggle.

As do all the life path numbers, the 9 has its negative side. Because of the demanding nature of the truly positive 9, many tend to fail in this category. It is not uncommon for persons with the 9 life path to fight the realities and challenges of purpose imposed here because selflessness is not an easy trait. You may have difficulty believing that giving and a lack of personal ambition can be satisfying. It must be realized and accepted that little long-term satisfaction and happiness is to be gained by rejecting the natural humanitarian inclinations of this path.


You are philanthropic, humanitarian, socially conscious, and deeply concerned about the state of the world. You have a great compassion and idealism. You are a Utopian and will spend your life trying to realize some aspect of your Utopian dream, sacrificing money, time, and energy for a better world. It is in giving that you will find much satisfaction.

You have a broad outlook on life. You tend to see the big picture, rather than minute details.

You naturally attract people from all walks of life who can fit into your larger plans, and who take over areas you find uninteresting. The person with a 9 Life path is rarely prejudiced and rarely accepts others' social biases. Instead, you evaluate people on the basis of what they can do for the larger cause. You are true egalitarian. You are imaginative and creative, especially at harmoniously arranging the beauty that is already potential in the environment. These abilities can lead you into such fields as interior decoration, landscape art and photography. But because of your strong social consciousness, you can be an effective politician, lawyer, judge, minister, teacher, healer, or environmentalist. Vocations that require self sacrifice, and that have a clear social impact, are common 9's.

You are often disappointed by the realities of life: the shortcomings of others or yourself. Somehow you don't want to accept the imperfections of the world, a feeling that drives you constantly to try improve upon it. But, rather than be satisfied with your efforts, and those of others, you relentlessly push on, striving for greater accomplishments. You are often unsatisfied with the results. In short, you lack the perspective that would otherwise make it possible for you to enjoy life more fully, and to accept it as natural limitations.

You have a controlled enthusiasm, and the ability to finish what you start.

A key to your personality is the necessity of sacrifice. You have to learn to go of material possessions and relationships, the inherent lesson being that holding on to too tightly to anything causes pain.

Money comes to you through mysterious or unexpected ways: inheritance, the benevolence of someone who was inspired by your work, or a lucky investment. Conversely, if you pursue dreams, you're likely to find yourself empty-handed. The most successful and satisfying road for a 9 is giving, sharing and sacrificing for a larger goal, without expecting anything in return. Your greatest chance at success is to tie your personal fortunes to an endeavor that makes the world a lucrative enterprise, providing amply for you and your family. Your life rests on the axiom that the more you give, the bigger will be your reward.

You are romantic, but your love is more impersonal. You tend to be focused on your dreams.

When you are not in harmony with your true nature, you can fall to moodiness, or become aloof and withdrawn. You can become timid, uncertain, and ungrateful, putting the blame for your troubles on others or the world. You have a gift for examining your life objectively and at some distance. Be honest with yourself. Be open to your shortcomings, as well as your strengths, develop equilibrium. You will thus be able to love and better understand yourself and all life.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Katerina just told me that Confessions of a Shopaholic by the literary genius Sophie Kinsella is going to be a movie!! EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! 2.1 seconds after I heard this I immediately Googled it. The whole time I was watching the trailer I was giddy with glee! If I didn't have curlers in my hair right now (Side note: Billy asked me if I would like a pack of cigarettes and some cheap whiskey and maybe a baby. I told him no, I have a bingo game to go to) I would run around the block screaming noises that cannot be spelled!

Me: Billy will you go see this movie with me?
Billy: Sure

He might as well have given me a bouquet of roses and a mushy card!

I wish I knew how to illegally (um..err...) download the movie RIGHT NOW!

Sigh.....I need a time machine

Friday, November 14, 2008


Today after we had lunch with Billy's mom Billy and I went to the Social Security Office. I know, I's been almost 5 months. The thought of sitting around has kept me from going. I decided today was the day! I went to Google Maps to get directions. My brain cannot understand directions AT ALL. All I understood was go south on this street and after that I was so confused! I didn't know which was was up, down, straight, east...and I began to feel dizzy (Drama Queen!). Luckily Billy is not directionally challenged like me so he told me when to turn. We pull up and this dude in a unifrom asks why were are there. I explain why and he says they do not do that sort of thing here,


This is how I found them:
1. Googled Social Security
2. Clicked on Marriage, Divorce, Name Changess
3. Printed and filled off the form (I had to call my mom to get her and my dad's social security Numbers. Note to self: memorize Billy's SSN because wives should know these sorts of things.
4. Clicked on locate an office
5. Went to the office and was turned away.

Why would you let me link to the map of somewhere that doesn't do this?

What exactly goes on in that building all day?

On the way home I concluded that this is all George W. Bush's fault. Billy didn't say anything during my tangent so that must mean I was being completely logical.

Birthday Facts

Click here to find out about you!

Your date of conception was on or about 23 December 1983 which was a Friday.

You were born on a Friday
under the astrological sign Virgo.
Your Life path number is 9.

Your fortune cookie reads:
You will spend old age in comfort and material wealth.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9. (Billy is a 6!)
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 7 & 11.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 8 & 22.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2445957.5.
The golden number for 1984 is 9.
The epact number for 1984 is 27.
The year 1984 was a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/2/1984 and ending 2/19/1985.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Rat.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Bear; your plant is Violets.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Hathys, the third month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 17 Elul 5744.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 18 Elul 5744.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is
12 baktun 18 katun 11 tun 5 uinal 13 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Friday, 18 Dhi'l-Hijjih 1404 (1404-12-18).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 22 April 1984.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 22 April 1984.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 7 March 1984.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 10 June 1984.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 17 June 1984.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 25 September 1984.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Sunday, 15 April 1984.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 6 March 1984.

As of 11/14/2008 9:41:37 AM EST
You are 24 years old.
You are 290 months old.
You are 1,261 weeks old.
You are 8,827 days old.
You are 211,857 hours old.
You are 12,711,461 minutes old.
You are 762,687,697 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:
A.J. Trauth (1986) Adam Lamberg (1984) Callum Keith Rennie (1960)
Sam Neill (1947) Joey Heatherton (1944) Nicol Williamson (1938)
Harve Presnell (1933) Clayton Moore (1914)

Top songs of 1984
Like a Virgin by Madonna When Doves Cry by Prince
Jump by Van Halen Footloose by Kenny Loggins
What's Love Got to Do with It by Tina Turner Against All Odds by Phil Collins
I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
Karma Chameleon by Culture Club Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 3.45479452054795 years old. (Life's just a big chewy bone for you!)

Your lucky day is Wednesday.
Your lucky number is 5.
Your ruling planet(s) is Mercury.
Your lucky dates are 5th, 14th, 23rd.
Your opposition sign is Pisces.
Your opposition number(s) is 3.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 304 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 25 candles.

Those 25 candles produce 25 BTUs,
or 6,300 calories of heat (that's only 6.3000 food Calories!) .
You can boil 2.86 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1984 there were approximately 3.6 million births in the US.
In 1984 the US population was approximately 226,545,805 people, 64.0 persons per square mile.
In 1984 in the US there were 2,487,000 marriages (10.5%) and 1,155,000 divorces (4.9%)
In 1984 in the US there were approximately 1,990,000 deaths (8.8 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1984 the population of Australia was approximately 15,677,282.
In 1984 there were approximately 234,034 births in Australia.
In 1984 in Australia there were approximately 108,655 marriages and 43,124 divorces.
In 1984 in Australia there were approximately 109,914 deaths.

Your birthstone is Sapphire

The Mystical properties of Sapphire

Though not meant to replace traditional medical treatment, Sapphire is used for clear thinking.

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Agate, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli

Your birth tree is

Lime Tree, the Doubt

Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labour, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.

There are 41 days till Christmas 2008!
There are 54 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waning gibbous.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Sometimes things only make sense in my head. Today is a great example of this.

Reason #1 Save Money

I went into Target today to get a brush. I decided to check out the veggie product section. Holy guacamole!!!!! They had Morningstar Chickn Patties for $1.68.

I know!

We should all take a minute to soak this up
I did not buy all of their inventory.....I did buy these:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Soooo delcious!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

100 Facts About Yours Truly

1. I love my husband with all of my heart
2. I told my mom people that go to high school together don't get married - my husband and I went to HS together
3. I remember in 6th grade there was this new kid and he talked funny - it was little Southern Billy!
4. I have been a vegetarian since December 2001
5. I got my belly button pierced when I was 15 with an eyebrow bar bell and I never could figure out how to take it out
6. I was born in the wrong decade
7. I do not like scary movies
8. I need a lot of sleep to function
9. I refuse to Shop at Wal-Mart
10. Spicy food is my favorite
11. I love vegetables (except mushrooms and sometimes olives)
12. I love my hybrid
13. I think the health care situation in this country is completely ridiculous
14. I think the world will come to an end if I drink regular soda
15. I plan on drinking bourbon every day at 4pm when I retire
16. I have never ever dyed my hair
17. My brother, sista, and brotha are fabulous
18. When I am stressed out I bake and clean
19. I bake and clean when I am not stressed out
20. My favorite part of yoga is the clapping at the end
21. Since I hurt my hand I have not been able to go to yoga, or hold a glass in my hand, or have normal feeling in my index finger
22. Billy and I started dating on 6/22/03, engaged on 2/22/08, and married on 6/22/08
23. Billy asked my dad for permission to marry me on the anniversary of my dad proposing to my mom
24. Billy opens all doors for me - every time
25. I think it is important to be nice to everyone
26. I used to take a nap everyday - now I do not
27. I don't cuss, ever
28. I go to everyday
29. My wedding was the best day of my entire life
30. I have no concept of paying attention to details (Thankfully Billy does)
31. I am really glad Billy started his own company
32. I hate skiing (I cried the whole way down the mountain. thank you Billy for not ditching me on the mountain)
33. The thought of trying to scuba dive again makes me panicky - I will NEVER do that again!
34. My favorite thing to do is cook and drink wine with my husband
35. I am the world's worst parker
36. I used to work out everyday and that resulted in an injury
37. My mom rocks - she's smart, she makes delicious things, she saves lives ...basically she rocks
38. I am terrible about returning library books
39. I am not capable of sympathy - only empathy
40. I like reading the wedding section of the New York Times
41. I love pickles
42. I think watching sports on TV is incredibly boring
43. I am terrible at packing ( Example: Billy and I were going to a cabin for the weekend and I packed my bathing suit. I knew there wasn't going to be a pool but I thought I might need it)
44. The fact that rBST is legal in this country is completely appalling
45. I like getting pedicures but not manicures (I can't read a magazine, I find it boring, the nail polish chips too soon...)
46. I hate how the news dwells on only negative things
47. Novocaine doesn't work for me (I read somewhere that redheads need more pain medication than the average person)
48. Billy once told me I should work in a soup kitchen because I can make dinner out of anything
49. Flying scares me but not as much as driving somewhere does
50. I cannot wink my right eye
51. I never go to sleep and wake up when my alarm goes off - I wake up a ton during the night
52. I graduated from college a semester early
53. I love Christmas Eve
54. I am loud - indoor voice what?
55. My dad is the King of Corn and my husband is the Prince of Corn - I love every minute of it
56. I had the most beautiful (and delicious!) wedding cake I have ever seen and Billy's mom made it
57. Everything happens for a reason
58. I wish I liked hot tea (It just looks so cool. I thought the same about oatmeal and now I love oatmeal so hopefully the same will be true for tea)
59. My mother in law is better than yours
60. I like dresses much better than pants
61. Now that my husband goes to sleep with me every night I fall asleep right away instead of tossing and turning
62. I like to look at the ocean and won't go in it
63. When I have bad dreams I shake my head and I wake up (Thanks Dad!)
64. Everyday I want to take Billy's truck to the animal shelter and adopt each and every single animal (I don't know how to drive a stick shift so I made need to have Billy's help!)
65. I could eat tofu for every meal (as long as it is crunchy and not mushy :P, I have had some bad tofu in my day)
66. I think it is weird I haven't always known my husband
67. I call the bathroom the loo
68. I think people should only be taken off of life support when they are brain dead - I know most people disagree
69. I like the Washington Monument (Hey that was my first thought - lets move on people!)
70. I cry every time I watch The Notebook
71. Driving on the freeway makes me nervous
72. I am always cold
73. My foot is super arched and Billy has flat feet - if we combined feet it would be the perfect foot
74. Road rage doesn't make sense to me (You wouldn't scream like that at someone if they weren't walking fast enough/accidentally too close to you/etc)
75. I am always paranoid that my alarm clock won't go off
76. I love surprises
78. If I go to sleep with socks on I always wake up with only one sock on

79. I am allergic to cats

80. I have never over drafted on my bank account

81. I am very clumsy!! (This is an understatement!)

82. I only hold the phone up to my right ear

83. I love the show "Jon and Kate Plus 8"

84. Chocolate chocolate chip is my favorite ice cream

85. I have trouble sitting still

86. I like egg salad sandwiches with pineapple and tomatoes

87. I cannot remember the last time I went to the mall

88. It is very important to have a little bit of dark chocolate everyday

89. If I could have an IV of diet Lipton green tea I would be a very happy camper

90. I am currently taking on one major organizational project a weekend (outside closet, inside closet, kitchen cabinets)

91. I think it is strange that most people my age and younger don't worry about HIV/AIDS (FACT: 25% of people in a blood drive from a high school that was in the same district as my high school tested positive - Not a charter of the major ones)

92. I find this website funny

93. If I don't read a book the first day I get it I will probably never read it

94. I don't have a TV in my bedroom

95. My first concert was Moody Blues and I took my water baby with me

96. I know what my parents are getting me and Billy for Christmas (Billy does not)

97. I started running when I was 14 (whoa running for a decade...wonder how far I've ran)

98. "There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use," Mother Teresa.

99. I live for today - not tomorrow or yesterday

100. This took me three days

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Operation organize Kitchen Cabinets

Today I decided to organize one kitchen cabinet. Then I decided I should organize all of them!














After (please ignore the stuff from Wal-Marx Scotty and MK shop there):










After all that I realized I was hungry so I had green beans with Tabasco and chili flakes and a veggie burger and a 100 calorie ice cream bar.




This is what I had for breakfast today:


and one of these

I don't care what you think if I want broccoli for breakfast than I am going to have it! Because I am a grown up!

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I just got back from getting my hair cut. I told my stylist Kristy what I wanted and she said it just may be enough to donate to Locks of Love. She put my hair in a ponytail and we were close but it didn't meet the minimum 6 inch requirement. So I told her to go shorter. I got about 8 inches cut off and I am so glad I did that! Now some little girl with cancer can have fabulous red hair :)

Here is my hair before

Before the wedding:

Get yer hair did

I was wide awake this morning but it was pitch black outside. What time do you guess it was? 6:05 a.m. Um...hello body today is Saturday and I was hoping to sleep in. No such luck. So I got out of bed because lying there was pointless. I did some laundry and went to the gym. At the gym I did 30 minutes on the stairmaster (while reading, of course) and then walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes (3.5 incline and 3.5 speed).

In a little bit I am leaving to get my hair cut. I am super excited! I am cutting a significant amount off so I'll post new pictures later.

This afternoon Billy, me, and my parents are going to Tracy and Mark's wedding. I just love weddings!! It should be a lot of fun. They have been engaged for two years so today has been a long time coming. Right now it's bright and sunny so I bet Tracy woke up relieved this morning!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Google and type in your first name followed with "needs" and see what comes up.

Marissa needs to receive a glucagon shot, preferably by the school nurse. (I am gonna go with a big fat NO on that one!)
Marissa needs to stop signing petitions in other people's names. (Haha I would totally so this..j/k)
Marissa needs your numbers because I lost them all! (No I have not)
Marissa needs the services that the state was ordered to pay for three years ago. (AARON!)
Marissa needs a smooth surface to be able to practice walking. (TRUE.)
Marissa needs help packing. (SO TRUE)
Marissa needs to have a sit-down talk with both parents present. (Uh oh...what did I do?)
Marissa needs to eat a sandwich. (I just ate a fake chicken patty so I am ok)
Marissa needs to do something fantastic next week or she's gone. (Gone where? Is that a threat?)
Marissa needs to be taken to a hospital in Argentina. (That doesn't sound like such a good idea)
Marissa needs to tone down the gushing. (I am an enthusiastic person!)
Marissa needs to at least try to be polite. (I am polite...most of the time)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Proud to be an American

History is being made.

More to come later!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Part Walrus Part Dog

(I forgot my camera next to my purse so pics will have to wait until tomorrow.)

When Suka decides it's walk time she starts making this noise that can only be described as the noise a walrus makes. I have found the best way to have my husband accompany me on night time walks (she gets a walk in the morning as well) is to offer him wine - it works like a charm!

I am super excited to vote tomorrow morning!! Scotty is going to meet me at my parent's house bright and early and we are all going to go together! Fun times!

Tomorrow Billy is going to pick up a copy of our marriage license and my birth certificate tomorrow so I can FINALLY legally change my name (::small voice:: 130 some odd days after we got married, oops....)

Sunday, November 2, 2008



This morning when I woke up I threw a load of laundry into the washer. Billy was still asleep. Right as I am putting the clothes in I hear that he is awake. He said, "I won." I said, "What?" he said, "I won." I said, "What did you win?" And he said, "I won the best wife ever!" AWW!!! :)

Now we are going to breakfast with my dad!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Farmer's Market and Halloween

I am in love! :) After my morning run (no pain again..yippee!!) Billy and I went to our first Farmer's Market in awhile. I really cannot put into words how wonderful it is! Right near the front is this huge farm but Billy and I decided to walk around for a little bit. We found a farm owned by a husband and wife. The woman was Asian and they had a lot of really exotic foods. We picked up: apples, potatoes, Thai chiles (sooo excited to try those!), cilantro, garlic, a lime, and asparagus. All for $11!!!

It is so great because we are supporting local small farmers. The organic food and the grocery store comes from all over so even if it is organic it probably took a whole lot of gas to get it here. Plus they are selling organic food for way cheaper than the grocery stores. There are so many big farms that dominate the market that small farmers don't even have a chance. I think it is very important to be socially conscious with how you spend your money.

Last night Billy and I walked across the street to my parent's house. Every year my parents have a fire in their driveway and we sit and hang out and hand out candy to trick or treaters. Billy's family also came over. My mom made the most delicious vegetarian chili I have ever had!! She's been making it for years but some how I've never had it. We handed out candy and then took the dogs for a walk. Then we went to this guy's house who decorates his house every year in a very over the top crazy way. My mom (in here Malificant Costume) had a stare down with a goth was pretty funny.


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