Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sick days...


Maddy and Max are both sick this weekend.  I'm guessing that doggy sickness is contagious just like humans because Max got sick and then Maddy started having the exact same symptoms two days later.  So there's been plenty of snuggles and kisses around the house lately.  I just hate seeing them not feel well.

I also haven't been feeling like myself so I stayed home from work yesterday and slept for most of the day.  I've just been feeling sort of run down, like I don't have any energy.  All the extra sleep from yesterday didn't really seem to help all that much so it will probably be a low key weekend.

Well Maddy is crying because she wants me to hold her, which only happens when she's sick so I'm off to give her some cuddles!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bookworm...

I've kept up on my goal to read more often, so here are some of my thoughts on the latest books!  


I thought Hope in a Jar was a very predictable book.  I felt that I knew how the book would end within the first few chapters.  The story line revolves around two friends that had a falling out in high school and don't speak again until their reunion.  There's flashbacks to them as friends in high school and the other part of the story is about their lives currently.  There's some relationship drama, friends drama, weight issues...  It's not a bad book, but it just wasn't all that exciting.  Definitely not one I wasn't able to put down.


I have mixed feelings about How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World.  On one hand I absolutely loved it and the message Jordan Christy is trying to convey.  It's essentially about how the classy girl isn't all that common anymore.  Instead the women that get the most attention these days are the ones that are caught getting out a car with no undies, getting arrested for drugs, dancing on bars, etc.  I agree and that's why I wanted to read the book.  I think that being called "classy" is an incredibly high compliment because it implies so much: grace, style, manners...I'm always interested in ways to improve myself so I liked the motivation in this book.  However, I did find some of the book uninteresting.  She does an entire section on fashion, which is fine, but she mentions specific stores and clothing articles, such as Anthropologie having great wide leg pants.  I think some of the advice will eventually become dated and not applicable, but that's just my opinion.  I also thought some of the quizzes were a little juvenile.  All in all this book has an uncommon topic and I enjoyed it.


I didn't finish this one.  I got a few chapters in and it hadn't really caught my attention.  From what I gathered it was about a mother who's grown daughter flies off to another country to care for her husband that was injured during war.  Her daughter's stepdaughter needs a place to live so she comes to live with her (the grandmother).  That's about as far as I caught.  I wasn't all that into it, plus they introduced a dog that's lost and I shy away from books that have a focus on animals.  It upsets me if something bad ends up happening to them.


This one was just okay.  The main character looks exactly like a celebrity and she ends up working as a her double-attends premiers, goes on dates, stays at her house, etc.  I would save this for a long car ride or beach read.  It's alright to read when you need to stay occupied, but not the greatest one to read when you're sacrificing time doing something else.


Twenties Girl was my favorite book I've read so far!  The main character finds herself the only one able to see the ghost of her great aunt Sadie.  Now, I don't like ghost stories and was thinking I'd hate this book, but I ended up loving the story line because it was different and because it's just a good story!  So Sadie lived during the twenties and the main theme (duh, title of the book) has a twenties vibe to it.  I don't want to give anything away, but there's a love story weaved in with a little mystery so pick this one up!

*All images via google images.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Puppy Love...








Usually Maddy's the rowdy one so it cracks me up that the two of her she's all calm and sweet, but he's all vicious like in his :)

Speaking of sweet...


I'm working my way through the spring and summer menu of a new cupcake place.  I feel it's a challenge I can succeed at, haha!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Finally...

The past few days have been so great!  I feel like I've finally achieved the whole BALANCE THING.  It's something I always strive for, but most days it feels out of reach.  Lately though, it seems like so many good things are happening!  I know that feeling balanced won't last and eventually something will throw it out of whack, but it sure is nice to have it come around again :)

  • I've lost 28 lbs so far and got to wear a pair of pants yesterday that I haven't fit into in a year!
  • I've been trying to replace Maddy's favorite toy for months, but haven't had any luck.  The place I got it from no longer sells it (it's a small squeaker bone) and I've contacted several Etsy shops to see if someone can make it.  I've been turned down everytime though and told that the size of the bone is too small to add a squeaker.  I sort of gave up and had been buying her the smallest similar toys I could find and she liked them okay, but wasn't really attached to them like she was to her old one.  I decided to search again and the first etsy seller I contacted said she could do it!  I can't wait to get it!
  • We hired someone at work to take over the accounting so I'm no longer responsible for that work on top of my own.  It feels so freeing to only have to worry about my actual job now!
  • I've started taking the dogs to the park and going on walks with them.  They get their exercise and I don't feel guilty about not spending enough time with them each day.
  • I had an awesome date night Saturday and spent Sunday cleaning up and organizing my office.  If I can just stay on top of all my mail, then it should stay organized and save me so much time!
There's so many other good things going on that I almost don't want to publish this post because it doesn't really do justice to how good I'm feeling about life lately.  I just feel calmer, more at ease...I don't know how to explain it, but I'm just thankful that things are going so well.  I feel like I've been working hard and also getting time to play-going on walks, reading books, taking baths, discovering new cupcake places, great date nights...

Life is good!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The best cookies I've ever made...


These cookies are exactly what I think of when I'm wanting a good ol' fashioned chocolate chip cookie.  They have a little crunch around the edges, but are soft in the middle-perfect for me!

You need:
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I really like Ghirardelli chocolate chips because they're so big)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chunks
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (I buy the ones already chopped up that you can use as toppings on sundaes.  I don't like big chunks of walnuts in my cookies so these work best for me)
Preheat your oven to 350.  Melt butter and add it to sugars.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Add each egg, stirring after each addition.  In a separate bowl, wisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add wet mixture to dry and stir until combined.  Add in chocolate chips and chunks.  Add in walnuts here if you want the whole batch to have them or bake up half the dough and then add them in-I do this when I'm bringing the cookies to someone else because not everyone likes nuts.  I sort of eyeball the walnuts and just add them until I get the consistency I'm going for.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until just starting to brown up.  Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

I use a silpat when baking these and they turn out AMAZING!  I highly recommend getting one-I think they run around $15.  Refrigerate dough in between baking batches.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'll be honest...

I'm not really feeling it today.  Whatever "it" is.  I woke up feeling kind of off and the rest of the day just followed suit.  I feel uncomfortable in my clothes (things I've worn a ton of times), for some reason I sort of ache even though it's not a getting sick kind of ache, my motivation is pretty much non-existent and I'm generally cranky.

We all have days like that and I usually pull out the things that turn my day around:
  • Read my favorite blogs that remind me to be grateful for what I have in life
  • Get lost in a book
  • Take a nap
  • Buy something pretty
  • Eat something yummy
  • Play with the dogs
  • Meet up with friends
There are so many things that can pull me out of a bad mood.  And if all else fails, well then I just rally and tell myself to get through the day and tomorrow will be better.  Even just making the decision to deal with whatever comes that day and not let my bad mood get the best of me can work, but today is not one of those days.

Today is the day that I give in.  I fully accept that I'm in a weird mood and probably won't accomplish anything substantial or productive.  I'm fully aware that this means tomorrow will be a pain because I have to make up for everything I didn't do today.  But I just don't care. 

Today is the day I wallow in self-pity that I dare be brought down by a bad mood.  Today I'm irritated that I'm trying to lose weight and I don't have the option to just drown my bad mood in a big 'ol plate of bbq chicken nachos. 

Today I believe tomorrow will be wonderful and that I'm allowed a bad day every once in awhile.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Some favorites...

I come across so many wonderful ideas, recipes, tutorials, etc online that I think I'll start sharing some of my favorites more often.  These are all things that I've bookmarked to either try myself or that I'd like to purchase at some point.  I hope you get some inspiration too!


I think these butterflies are just adorable!  It seems like a pretty easy DIY project so one of these days I'm going to give it a try.  Although, I've also seen it done with hearts, so I'm torn on which shape to use!  You can find the tutorial here.



All these knits you can find on Etsy and all over blogs seriously make me ache to have my own little girl someday.  I only hope they're still in style by the time I have kids!  Right now, I just have to hope some of my friends have babies soon so I can spoil them. This particular shop is one of my favorites.


This lamp would look great in my office!  I would just need to switch out the pink for red and ta da!  You can find this tutorial here.


These pancakes seriously make my mouth water.  The syrupy icing slays me.  Recipe here.


I'm so intrigued by paper straws!  They're cute as can be, but do they get all soft and soggy when you drink with them?  I'm assuming not or else they probably wouldn't be as popular.  You can find these here.


The only reason I haven't made this popcorn is because I'm convinced I'll eat the entire batch in one sitting.  I'm holding out for a girls movie night when there are other people around to help me eat it!  You can find the recipe here.


A little inspiration for living a positive life.  Found here.


This is another DIY that I absolutely love!  At first I was thinking I would make it for above my mantle, but the tv is there now.  I'm waiting until I know where to put it, but it seems pretty simple!  Found here.


Yum.Amazing.Delicious.  I CANNOT WAIT to try this!!!  Recipe here.

That's all I've got today.  Hope you found something interesting!
 
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