Category Archives: Things Old People Do

Miss this guy.

I’m currently living 4 hours away from my husband. It’s been this way for almost a month, and it’s tough.

When I got the job in Philly it was a no-brainer that we would move. We’ve always wanted to raise a family here, but never had the right reason to leave. And now, that reason is here. It’s always seemed like such a dream, such a far off wish, that I never really thought about what it would be like. Bri couldn’t up and leave as quickly as we’d hoped since he was in the middle of a huge project at work. It just wouldn’t be right for him to quit like that, and we didn’t want to lose his salary when he didn’t have something else lined up in Philly.

So now he’s on a perpetual job hunt while I live with his parents up in PA. It’s SO great to have a free place to live while we get things figured out, but it is tough. I miss him dearly. It’s weird how much you miss someone when you’re suddenly taken away, even if you know it’s only temporary. And we’re still “newlyweds” to boot. We should be living up this time of our lives together.

The plan at this point is for me to go on a crazy packing spree in our Richmond house in the week between Christmas and NYE (I have the week off from work, thank God). We’ll get it ready to list in early February, so it HOPEFULLY sells first thing in the spring. Bri will move up to Philly as soon as the house sells, or he gets a job up here, whichever happens first. I’m going balls to the walls getting that house ready to sell, because at least I have SOME control over that.

If we do sell and he hasn’t found something up here yet, we’ll live with his parents until he’s firmly on his feel. Luckily he works in a field that is in high demand, so we’re hoping the process isn’t too painful…

In the mean time, I’m thankful that I miss him like I do. It solidifies my love for him, and the fact that he really is my best friend (soooo sickeningly sappy, but true, and I don’t want to ever forget it). These next weeks and months are going to be HARD (holy hell I’m in a brand new city, in a new job, living with the in-laws, don’t know my way around, am trying to adjust, am taking grad school classes, am trying to stay in good running shape, and am doing it all without my husband), but I know it will all be awesome in the end…

Image

Advertisements

Soup’s On!

For the past few weeks I’ve been wanting to try out a crock pot soup. It seems easy enough…throw some veggies, quinoa, and veggie broth into the pot and let it simmer for 6 hours.

I finally tried last night. The results were kind of blah, but it looked oh so pretty.

Here’s my recipe:

Throw into a crock pot…

  • 1 box of veggie broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Frozen broccoli (as much or as little as you want)
  • Frozen tri-colored peppers (as much or as little as you want)
  • 1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 sweet potato (cubed)
  • salt and pepper
  • hot pepper flakes

Then cook on low for 6-ish hours. I ended up adding in the broth over time, as it seemed the quinoa was sucking up all the liquid. I ended up just using the whole box of broth plus a little water to make it more soupy.

BEFORE. So pretty.

I kept tasting the concoction along the way, and it just didn’t have much flavor. I thought the broth would make it tasty and flavorful, but it pretty much tasted like bland veggies.

AFTER. Looks like soup.

Next time I might add a bouillon cube or two, or at least figure out how to make it taste a little more like SOMETHING. I also ended up cooking some corn muffins but totally forgot to line the muffin pan. I used a silicon pan but they still stuck. We ended up just eating the tops of the muffins. Cooking fail #2.

This soup may taste like nothing but I think it’s got some potential. And now I have 3 giant Tupperwares full of the stuff…

Brian thinks I should try out for the show, “Worst Cooks in America”. I think I have a good shot!!

Goat Cheese for Breakfast

I stumbled upon this delicious little treat in the giant artisan cheese section of the new Kroger in town.

It’s spreadable goat cheese by Belle Chevre and it’s yum yum good. I am a goat cheese fan, but usually enjoy it in salads or on pizzas. I’ve never actually spread it on bread or crackers, let alone eaten it for breakfast. They have several other flavors as well, like fig, cinnamon and coffee (?!). The spread is slightly sweet, definitely thinner than cream cheese, and has a distinct goat cheese flavor. I spread mine on cinnamon raisin bread and it was the perfect addition.

It’s got more oompf than butter but less cream than cream cheese. And the nutrition facts and ingredients aren’t so bad either…

1 oz has 100 calories, 8g of fat, less than 1 gram of sugar and 6g of protein (and a few other things like 20mg of cholesterol and 140mg of sodium). The ingredients include pasteurized goat milk, culture, enzymes, salt, and honey. Pretty simple, I love it!

Compare this to your run of the mill Philadelphia Cream Cheese…

1 oz has 100 calories, 9g of fat, 105 mg of sodium, 1g of sugar, and 2g of protein. It’s made of milk, milk fat, cheese culture, salt and stabilizers Xanthan and/or Carob Bean and/or Guar Gums (no idea what any of that means).

So generally the goat cheese has more protein and less sugar and fat (barely) than cream cheese and the ingredients are all recognizable. I’ll take more protein anyway I can!

When I finish this batch I plan to pick up the cinnamon and coffee. Could be interesting!

Floor Sleeping & Food Fails

For the past 2.5 months I’ve been sleeping on a mattress on the floor.

Not because I don’t love snuggle time with my main man, but because I literally could not sleep in our old, curvy bed. We got our queen size bed and frame from my parents when we bought our house two years ago. They upgraded to a tempurpedic and we happily accepted the freebie. However, considering the bed was purchased in the mid-90s, it was already past its prime.

Old bed. Painful mattress.

I started to have A LOT of trouble sleeping…just tossing and turning and feeling so uncomfortable. There was basically a giant ditch in the middle of the mattress and no matter how many times we flipped it and rotated it, the ditch was still there. Brian didn’t have a problem with the mattress (homeboy can sleep through anything), but I opted to move to a twin mattress on the floor of our office (my brother is occupying the guest room). Eventually I started to feel like I was sleeping in the maid’s quarters. Not only was my house full of boys/men (of the human and cat variety) constantly playing Playstation and making messes, but I was also forced to sleep in a cramped little room away from all the hustle and bustle. Maid’s quarters.

So I put my foot down and decided it was time to invest in a big people bed. I even got to the point where I said we could cancel the honeymoon if it meant we could get a new bed. Not having an adult bed was really driving me insane. FINALLY Brian gave in and we went bed shopping. Thankfully that whole experience only took about 20 minutes since I am an expert Consumer Reports investigator and I determined exactly what we would need to keep me from going postal.

The bed of glory and sanity arrived on Saturday.

Thank you for saving my sanity (and future marriage).

That little slice of heaven is a king-sized Original Mattress Factory bed of angels. It is ridiculously comfortable and provides ample space for two greedy bed-hoggers and one fat cat. We had to do a little rearranging of the room, but I really love how it turned out. I plan to scratch the mismatched pillows and find a few that compliment the room a bit better.

Goodbye college hand-me-downs...I have old people sleeping problems now.

 

The view from my side.

I am not so good at interior design, but overall I enjoy the space. I love color, hence the massive orange rug. There’s nothing better than sprawling out on that baby (especially when you’re a cat).

In other news I ate HORRIBLY today. I don’t normally talk about food – I eat a pretty healthy, balanced diet. It’s really not that interesting. But today was weird for me. I like the taste of healthy foods (I could live off avocados, hummus and bagels), but I do enjoy the occasional treat. If I’m in the mood for something “bad” I just eat it. I must have been in a “mood” today. I ate:

  • A delicious smoothie for breakfast…I started out on the right foot. Spinach, greek yogurt, pineapple, blueberries, and chocolate milk.
  • Two pieces of plain pizza for lunch (provided by work…we loaded trucks today and it was brutal)
  • An M&M McFlurry (I NEEDED this after the truck loading)
  • A small McDonald’s fries (I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate at McDonald’s)
  • A handful of sweet potato chips (doing better here)
  • A bag of mini carrots (go me!)
  • A “real” grilled cheese made by my brother (white bread and kraft singles cheese)
  • A handful of buffalo pretzel bites

Talk about unbalanced. Maybe I’m having health food withdrawls since I ate McDonald’s today. That’s enough to last me at least a solid year. Tomorrow it’s back to my regularly scheduled programing.

Time to relax around these parts…I’ve got an EARLY morning tomorrow!

 

And in other news…

This betch is BETROTHED.

 

Talk about doing adult things…

It actually happened last Sunday, but I’ve just gotten around to spilling it to the world. The first thing I actually did when it happened was pop on to Gmail and get my “new” email address, just so some other chick can’t take it from me. Priorities people!!

 

More deets to come…as well as the Polar Plunge 5k recap what what!!

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

What a cliche. But isn’t that how First Blog Posts are supposed to start?

Today is Day One of my Second Quarter. Not because it is my 25th birthday – because it isn’t –  (or 26th birthday if you really want to get technical), but because I say it is so. One of the perks of entering adulthood is that you get to do things on your own time (see, I’m learning already!). So I’m taking it upon myself to define today as my entry into the second quarter of my life. Here are a few things I plan to do to start this life stage off right (gotta start somewhere!!).

  • Rise at a decent hour. Oh the days of sleeping in. 11am was early. 9am was rough. 7am was torture. 5am was bedtime.
  • Eat my veggies. I can slowly feel my 20-something metabolism slipping away with every bite of Ben & Jerry’s Double Fudge Brownie.
  • Keep the house clean. Why are those Mardi Gras beads from Aculpulco Spring Break ’07 still in a box in my guest room? And why doesn’t that pile of mail ever seem to get smaller? Oh and where the hell do dust bunnies come from?!
  • Take the party down a notch. Thankfully (or not?!) this one seems to be happening naturally. 2 glasses of wine? Sure! I’ll be passed out within the hour or begging you to let me borrow your Snuggie and some shot glasses for my contacts.
  • Read more books. Ya know, those handheld bound pages with words on them? If I want to be “wise” one day it is time to start filling my brain with words, fact, knowledge and other adult content (the non x-rated kind). Sorry Cosmo, you don’t count.
  • Cook a freaking meal. If there is one place my mother failed me, it was teaching me how to cook. I am completely incapable of looking in the pantry or fridge and saying Oh my! I’ve got all the fixins for a nice duck with mustard spaetzle!
  • Run a half marathon. I may be crazy, but I think I can actually make this one happen. This baby is going DOWN on Novemer 13th, 2010.

So there you have it. The idiot’s guide to the second quarter. I figure if I bite off small pieces, I might be able to swallow this whole adulthood thing a bit better. We’ll save marriage, babies, gray hairs, and 8pm bedtimes for a later post.

In closing, I believe this photo best summarizes the awesomeness that is one’s First Quarter. And from this day forth, thou shalt not see such debauchery (or I shalt cover up such debauchery with “adult” things like class, self-restraint, and wise decision-making skills).Cheers to the next step…