One of my favorite things in the world is checking things off lists. Productivity lists are great to check things off of, but I am talking about big lists. Lists that are full of things that are life-long dreams, huge goals and even a few silly things that are for fun along the way. Continue reading »
There have been more changes in these 10 years than at any other time in modern history. I am not sure if it is just my perception because of my ages and time in my life, or if there are actually more now than other times, but somehow September 11th has been the time marker for me and has been since that day. Continue reading »
This weekend, Squishy and I had fun fruit redo. We had two we have had, but didn’t document.
First up the Sapote.
It has the texture of an avocado, green on outside and white on inside with big seeds. The flavor is very mild and unremarkable.
Squishy review: mildly sweet, not bad, not great.
My review: blah. Worth trying if you are into trying new things, but I won’t be getting it again.
(those kidney looking things are the seeds)
Next up is star fruit. It should be noted that the one we have doesn’t look like it is at the peak, but a just before ripe.
This fruit is, as the name suggests, shaped like a star when cut. It is citrus-like and sweet.
Squishy review: odd texture, like a hard orange. Strong citrus flavor without sweetness. Overall good, but won’t be getting anymore.
My review: tasty, simply sweet and citrusy. I like it and think it would be good in a salad for visual interest and simple flavor.
I have been pretty good about keeping up with my life list – when I need inspiration, I review it. When I find something cool, I add to it. However, in the past year, I have not checked anything off the list.
Don’t worry. I’ve already given myself a pass because of all the great excuses I came up with. (There were some really good ones, trust me.)
Even though I’ve had a pass for so long, it is high time to get back on that band wagon. Since many of the reasons the “official life list” is on hold are still valid, I have decided to do mini list of things to do. These will be easier to attain (therefore more likely to be done), but still very worthy of the term “goal”.
- Complete a lazy-man: I am giving myself until the end of 2011 – maybe this is the super lazy man?
- Run or walk a full marathon: 26.2 miles
- Bike 112 miles
- Swim 2.4 miles (I will have to really guess on the swimming since I am no longer a member of a gym and my pool is less than exact in its measurements.)
- Volunteer for 200 hours in a year (counting all the time I’ve done so far which is 122 hours)
- Try something new every week until the end of the year.
- Make an entire week’s dinner in a day (and actually eat the dinners)
- Bake 10 new recipes (I only did 10 because there are only 17 weeks left in the year)
- Reduce my wardrobe to ½ its current size (Yes, finally get rid of the clothes I swear I will wear, but never do.)
That is it for now. What do you have on your list that you can complete before the end of 2011?
Without going into a lot of detail, prior to this year, the last time I had beer was 1987. I will just say it was a bad experience that I didn’t want to repeat – and giving up beer was the solution to that problem in my mind.
Then I went and married a guy who would later be a brewer with his sights on opening his own brewery. I take no blame for being a bad brewer’s wife – I am a good wife to a guy who became a brewer. This is harder to explain when you want to support your partner, but have this tiny refusal to try the brew.
Translation – give it a whirl. I have been trying very small sips of beer here and there. The goal is to not vomit when I have a beer at the opening of hubby’s brewery. Interestingly enough, I finally found a beer that I was willing to have more than a single sip – even several sips. I got a sour (basically, it is spoiled beer – as described by hubby).
But – I did it. We went to Marblehead Brewery in Albuquerque and I ordered and drank a beer. I didn’t finish it, but I drank about half. Even the person who ordered it for me said it was hard to finish it because the flavor is so very strong.
Who knows how long it will be before I can actually enjoy a beer fest , but it is a start.
Apparently this domestic kick isn’t going anywhere, so I’ve decided to embrace it – even if it is only until it works its way out of me. I am now declaring myself a struggling domestic – with plans to become a goddess.
I have been collecting recipes, printing them, making plans to cook for a month, pinning all kinds of crafts, foods and ideas for future things. It is now my turn to share the few tips I have – and maybe even come up with some new tips (for other struggling domestics).
This recipe came to me from my sister (Domestic Goddess), and it is awesomely tasty, incredibly easy and looks like you slaved all day… here’s how ya do it:
Easiest Chicken Pot Pie Ever
Your month has been packed full of excitement.
Early in the month, we went to the local zoo. You’d been before, but this time you were really excited to see all the animals. In fact, you are still talking about feeding the animals and seeing the alligator (your current favorite animal, tied with the giraffe you fed). It did take you a while to warm up to the idea of actually feeding the animals. You giggled when Daddy was helping you feed the giraffes, but when we got to the deer later on; you finally fed one who was excited at the chance of getting food from you. Of course, the deer was less excited when it happened. As soon as she took food from you, you SQUEALED with excitement. It scared the deer, who bumped her head on the fence trying to escape the very loud noise coming from a very little person. Yes, we got it on video and it may be played at your wedding – be prepared. I wish the zoo were closer to us. Seeing how excited you were makes me want to take you every weekend – but alas, it is far.
We travelled to go see the family. The Grandma’s and Grandpa’s were so excited to see you, see how big you are and how smart you are. While there, you decided not to eat. I don’t know what kind of anorexic thoughts you are having, but it started to make me worry again – but at least the family could see why I am worried. Everyone stood firm on the “don’t worry plan”, but you ate so very little while we were there you actually lost a ½ pound. This is the wrong direction for a growing girl. Thankfully when you got home, your appetite returned.
Your favorite things to do at Grandma’s house were playing with the big ball and throwing it up in the sky (and having it land on your head). You especially loved playing in the sand. Grandma and Daddy even made you a sand box where you added water… a lot of water… and you were introduced to mud pies. I was kind of hoping to keep you a little cleaner than you get at daycare, but you loved the sand/mud so much at Grandma’s, you got about as dirty. Thankfully it didn’t end up in your hair (although it is still a mystery how that happens with such frequency at daycare). You liked seeing their dogs, but they were a little shy around you. Your favorite dog was your Aunt’s dog (who is VERY friendly and gentle).
Speaking of visiting your Aunt – you still love playing with your cousins. Watching you light up while you play with them is amazing and it warms my heart. You loved playing with bubbles, chasing the dog, playing house, building things and just watching what they did and emulating them. They also had a lot of fun with you. While visiting, we went to Mommy’s favorite zoo. There, you were so very excited to see EVERYTHING. And, of course, your Aunt was impressed with your smarts (naming all the animals you knew).
During the trip home, you loved the car we rented. You called it “your car” and we obliged. Thankfully you were OK with leaving it there. It would be hard to explain that kind of a carry on. You were AWESOME on all the flights and very long car rides. You also watched more movies than the average kid (yes, this is one of those things I swore I wouldn’t do and do it anyway.) I was especially grateful for you being a great kid on the trip home, since we were traveling alone.
Finally we made it home and life was getting back to normal, when the very abnormal happened. We had an earthquake! This was the first earthquake in well over 100 years and measured 5.8 on the rector scale. You were at daycare and it woke you up. Then you and the rest of your class were whisked into a central area. Of course I called right away and everyone was fine – a little scared, but fine. Daddy was at work and I was at home. It was a very odd experience and I wonder how long it will be before you forget it – or if you forget it. There were some more aftershocks that also scared you, but thankfully there was a big one that you slept through.
Then, not to be outdone by another force of nature, we were offered up Hurricane Irene. Thankfully, Irene didn’t have much to say and left us with some wind and rain, but nothing of note. You even got to go to a pool party the following day.
Only time will tell what the future holds for you, but you have some good stories to tell from this month alone. Daddy and I love you so much and we are very proud of you.