Sunday, June 10, 2012

House hunting....

So, I would like to introduce you to my newest venture that just thrills me.... House Hunting.

Okay, so one quick admission...we will be purchasing a condo (probably) and not an actual house with a yard, picket fence, on a cul-de-sac.  I'd like to give you the background on why we decided to go this route.

1. My husband and I are too immature and self-absorbed to want to spend time doing yard work.

Just sayin...  I mean, who wants to buy a lawn mower, lawn tools, etc, and then waste time and energy on trimming, clipping, cutting, mowing, pulling, planting...etc.  Okay, actually it does sound a little appealing, I use to enjoy mowing the lawn at our family house grown up but I have to be honest with myself:  I barely have time to go water my 1 pot of herbs and 3 flowers I have out on my tiny back patio right now. In fact but late July I usually just give up.  You really shouldn't do that if you've trimmed and treated your entire yard.

2. Condo's are newer, they already have all the nice appliances, cabinetry, open spaces, good light, etc.

For the area and the price range we are looking at really the inside of the condos are much more appealing.  All of the actual houses were built in the late 80's or early 90's.  They have choppy floor plans and need some work.  We just don't have the time or money to mess with all that.  I want "move in ready".  Any house that is even close as nice inside is like 2 blocks from a major interstate.  No Thank You Sir.

3. They have a community pool.  Enough said.

It is difficult for me to give up the idea of being able to let my dogs out into a fenced in area where they can run and play but let's be honest.  They are indoor dogs, they get to be walked all the time (this keeps my ass from getting too fat) and they are pretty happy they way they are now so I'd say it's really a win/win.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My single girl advice

I have a lot of opinions... of course.  But today a friend of mine who is smart, successful, and single was worring about a guy she had a few dates not calling her for about a week.  I think what I had to say may make sense for more women than just her.  So all of you single ladies, here you go:

I have some unsolicited advice for you.  I know I’m going to sound somewhat judgmental and please don’t take any of this the wrong way.  I genuinely care about you and I really don’t know everything but I am hypothesizing here a bit so if I’m wrong then feel free to just ignore me J

I see you meet different guys and I see 2 things happen.  #1: You kinda like them cause they seem good “on paper” but they really don’t have that many qualities that make them special to you.  #2: Then, you get concerned about them liking you because you have been hurt before and want to feel liked but in the end I’m not sure you really even care about the person more than you do about just wanted to be with someone and feel accepted.  (Not a bad thing, totally normal.) 

So it’s sort of a hairy situation to be in.   I don’t want to bring up the past but remember how you were with Brad?  You really liked him for who he was at first.  He may have ended up being a kind of self centered jerk but at least you two shared genuine interests and had some kind of “connection” .  It was definitely visible when  I saw you together and even when you first talked about him.  You deserve that feeling and that connection AND someone to treat you right.  Try not to get worried when things don’t work out because you really should keep your eye on having it allIt will work out, I promise…but do not waste your time with someone that is just “okay”.

One more thing, you spend a lot of time doing social things.  What about you?  ….Have you thought about volunteering, starting a new hobby,  (and I like the idea of going back to school)  or doing some other kind of activity where it is just for you? and not only that but those types of things are great for meeting people.  If you focus more on what’s out there for you and to make you a better person you might learn some new things about yourself.  Men like women who have hobbies, interests, etc. (Not saying you don’t but you may enjoy developing those things more.) 

Just sayin… take it or leave it… still love ya!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baking...the love of my life's been a while but I'm going to start shooting for once a week (come on, I'm not THAT busy and important).  Anyway, if you know me then you know how much I love to bake.  I bake when I'm happy, I bake when I'm bored, I bake when I'm sad, depressed, angry...etc.  I love it, it's like a stress reliever, it totally takes my mind off of any problem and I focus on the recipe, mixing it, measuring it, and caring for it with love. Mostly, I love to bake for other people...birthdays, baby showers, weddings, etc.  if you want to eat it you can be sure that I'll bake it for you!  (Don't go buy it at the store, my stuff is so much better.)

Baking is my passion in life and I would say that I'm pretty talented.  I rarely mess things up and it never turns out bad, I'm just lucky I guess.  I'm also very experienced at baking...probably from the age of 5 I was standing on the chair in my mom's kitchen learning how to measure ingredients and the order to which things need to be mixed together.  I was probably in the 4th grade when I cranked out my first lemon meringue pie (to this day I still don't know why I picked lemon meringue).

As we enter the holiday season I start thinking about all of the things I'm going to make this year and I get so excited!  I don't get to adventurous, I stick with the basics and my favorites.  Sometimes it's fun to try new things but for the Holiday's I say an oldie is a goodie.  I've already done two batches of my favorite pumpkin bars so I can cross those off the list...but here are a few items that I plan to work up... stay tuned for photos and descriptions of all the deliciousness!

1. Sour Cream Coffee Cake (ALWAYS a staple for Christmas morning)
2. Lemon Meringue Pie (My favorite)
3. Ranger Cookies (Dad's favorite)
4. Chocolate Chip Cookies (Husby's Favorite)
5. Pumpkin Cheesecake (My mom and I tried this last year and it turned out excellent!)
6. Gingerbread Men (because it's not Christmas without them)
7. Spritz Cookies (my mom's spritz press is older than I am!)
8.  Ultimate Cookie Bars (indescribably good!)
9.  Pecan sticky rolls (we cheat and use the break maker at my mom's)
10. Homemade yeast rolls (same here, the bread maker is a good shortcut for these)

P.S. Just to make your mouth water here are some recent desserts...

Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars...these are CRAZY good.

Apple Crumb made up recipe

Mom and I's pumpkin shaped Spritz cookies for Halloween!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Be-dazzled jean shorts and a DJ Pauly (Sucks big time) D.

A couple of weeks ago I stepped out on the town with 4 of my girlfriends to begin our Britney Spears adventure.  With all of us dressed in our platform wedges and fedora's we were ready take on the booming metropolis of downtown Indianapolis.  After a few margaritas at dinner we waltz into the concert venue thinking we are all hot stuff.  That is when the class ended and the trash came out!  My theme for the night "Just because you CAN wear it doesn't mean you SHOULD."  Our first sighting was a skinny girl in sequin "shorts" ...really they were like panties, I practically saw her vag.  Ew. I'm noticing people are kind of "dressed up" for this thing...and by dressed up I mean it was closer to un-dressed.  After the skank parade that passed us as we made our way to our seats I was then pleasured by many familiar radio tunes mixed up by DJ Pauly D.  If it hadn't been for the booze I probably would have left the concert right there...if he is a DJ then I am freakin Beyonce.  I can mix songs better in my car with a 6 disk CD changer.  Geeze.  So... then the countdown began....thank God there were more hoes around to stare at so we could be occupied for the next 45 minutes.  Here is my top 5 list of the skankiest things I saw that night...

1.  "I"m a slave for you" - Literally, a girl dressed in this outfit.  You remember it...right?

2. MTV VMA cir. 2000....She pulled it off.

3. Worst hair extensions EVER.  Basically this....

4. Ew....muffin tops.  I think they had on the same outfit as when they went to see Britney on tour in 1998.

5. So sad to say it....Britney, herself.

That's right people, she does have on fishnet, jorts, and a bedazzled bra.  Her body was okay but this picture doesn't do it justice...she was jiggling like jello as she half-assed romped around the stage.  I don't even consider what she did dancing.  Oh, did I mention she did sing a word?

All in all it was a fun concert, the back up dancers were great and my girlfriends and I had fun anyway.  Too bad Britney is only a step up from the trailer park.

Peace, Love, and Britney Bitches.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stuff Mom Tells #1

I'm going to play a new game today, it's called "Stuff my mom was right about and I think I finally understand why (PS, Don't tell her!)."

I was raised in a conservative household somewhere in what I would call "Suburban Hell" (Not saying Hell was bad but if you can relate to 75% of the topics in "Mean Girls" then you know what I'm talking about.)

We had 3 rules in our house:
#1 Thow shalt not watch the Simpsons.
I called him "CastleHead" and my mom said they were "disrespectful"

#2 Thow shalt not wear thy shoes in the house.
(dirty carpet)

#3 Thow shalt not move in with a boy before they are married.

So...needless to say when I was about 22 and in a serious relationship rule #3 came rushing back to me as if my mother came to me in my dreams like Gabriel came to Mary; however, since it was 2005 and NOT 1957 I had a bit of a dilemma, let me explain...

About 2 months after graduating from college I got a job on the side of town where my boyfriend (BF) lives. Just a side was the epitome of a bachelor pad..crappy futon, dirty dishes, and one disgusting roommate (I mean I think he just fluffed he Starbucks uniform in the dryer after spraying it with Febreeze a couple of times and that was his idea of doing "laundry" gross.)  The nastyass roommate was moving out and my friend who I had lived with before was getting married and buying a house with her fiance.  My only other option was to move back in with my mom and face the 1hr, each way, commute for work.  NOT HAPPENING!  All roads led to moving in with the BF.

Q: Was I ready?
A: Absolutely not.

Q: Did I know what I was doing?
A: Hell No

Q: Did I think we could get married someday?
A: Maybe, but the ring better be big and he better not work on the Geek Squad by then.

Now, understand that I was not your typical "party my face off" 22 year old.  I had some of those days in college but I was ready to start my "Big Girl Job" and move on.  So....I guess what I'm trying to say to all you young people out there (is anyone listening to me???) Think long and hard about what you are doing before melding your life together with another person.  It seems all fun like you're 8 again and playing house with the gay next door neighbor boy....but IT'S NOT.  This stuff is REAL.  It's like you are about find out all that shit you hope you never know about another person and they are going to find out all of your insecurities (like how you think you're fat ALL THE TIME, how you are a complete OCD neat freak, and not to mention your expectations and his expectations will NEVER be the same.)  Basically here is my opinion in a nutshell:

#1) If you KNOW you are ready to move in...just get married.  It is the SAME thing.  Not saying rush into something but I could have just gotten that over with like 3 years ago, can you say "Wedding Registry"?  No really though...looking back now I wasn't ready.  (Enter mom with a halo saying "I told you so")

#2) If you're not ready for that then DON'T DO IT.  Let me re-iterate...It IS the SAME thing as being married.  Oh, and you say...well I'm not ready and it's like a "trial" to see if I'm ready....BS, once you make that move there is no turning back and if you do it's not easy, why open yourself up to venerability? don't get half for moving out, just sayin.

Everyone's situation is unique and you could end up lucky (like me, haha) but I would caution anyone who is considering this.   Anyway, I'm open to your comments....suggestions...etc.

Kick Ass wedding shoes (I will wear them in MY house now if I want to mom.)

Monday, August 1, 2011

The highlight of my week...

Okay, I just want to say that I love The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad...etc...any lame excuse for reality TV where the people are attractive and there is way too much drama.  (That's kind of general but we'll talk about my love for bad reality TV more later.)  N E Wayz...  tonight is the season finale of The Bachorette with Ashley Herbert (That's pronounced A-Bear...I think it's like French).  I'm soooo excited about it.  I seriously took the morning off sick this morning (I really am kinda sick, swimmers ear and I couldn't sleep last night!) My husband has school tonight so it's just me and the dogs, Ashley, JP, and Ben.  I decided to prepare myself a lovely crockpot dinner of white bean and chicken chili and I made sure the house was all clean and ready to go so when I return from my TurboKick class at the gym I can take my shower and be ready to eat by promptly 8pm.  My plan is to enjoy my dinner paired with my organic Savignon Blanc and then later my deeeeeelish fudge brownies that I made last night (this is why I do turbokick)  See the recipe, here...they were money.  So, the stage will be set for me to enjoy my lovely night at home this evening, can't wait.  (She'd better pick JP or the rest of my week will be ruined.)

Too Cute