Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's (almost) 2012

As 2011 comes to a close most people can't help but reflect on the past 11.5 months. I am big on New Years being an important time to reflect and a time for renewal.  The first half of last year was not a good one. In fact I had very dramatic highs (cruise!) and horrible lows (my father passing away). While some things are out of my control I am wishing for the next year to be more even. I typically don't declare resolutions. I have things that I want to work on or change. When my birthday comes around in June (the 6th month mark) I reassess my goals and make sure I am on the path I wanted to be on.  I always try to include a "fun" goal. If you are going to make resolutions I recommend a "fun" one to be included with the traditional "lose weight" one. This year my list is incredibly personal so I will not be posting it here (my apologies-you'll hear about a few later). I will post my list from last year.

1. Pass the Praxis 2
2.  Go on a vacation
3. Get a job teaching
4. Go to California
5. Start/Finish a goal from 2003
6. Pray more
7.  Contact my friends more 
8. Support my husband in every way (finding a job, extra relations)
9. Finish classes for my Masters Degree
10. Relax 


  Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanks & Giving


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending the time with family and eating yummy food. I thought I would post a couple of pictures of how my cake turned out! My grandma use to make this cake for me and soon it became my favorite. Baking the cake reminded me of my grandma and the love she put her in food and the care she took! No one can make this cake like hers but I would say this is damn close if not exact! I made this one to go to my MILs and I'm making one tonight for my coworkers. Hopefully they like it but at this point I don't care. I just am happy I can have a little something of grandma's to share!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving

Next week is Thanksgiving and I fully intend to embrace it. Typically I have a take-it or leave-it attitude towards Thanksgiving.  I love to cook and I love to eat- so why isn't it my favorite holiday? Could it be the forced family fun? Or the awkwardness of breaking bread with people you don't know? Or is the the slaving away in the kitchen for ungrateful people who pretend understand that you made the pie crust from scratch or that the cranberry sauce did NOT come from a can?

I think one of the major reasons Thanksgiving is not my favorite is because I have a huge fear of cooking for others. I cook for myself all the time. I enjoy the process and the product. It all starts when I prepare food for others. I grew up with people who cook very well, then I married a amateur chef. I get nervous cooking for such a elite audience. When I cook for my husband I become this annoyingly insecure person -asking him if it tastes good and is he sure that it is "alright." In four years I've never made anything he didn't like.

We recently had get-together at our new apartment. I decided I would make meatballs and my husband's favorite peanut butter and chocolate chips cookies. (He prepared the main dish and side dishes). I was really nervous making the meatballs. I wanted them to be perfect. I fretted (seriously) and checked every.single.detail. The meatballs turned out awesome. Everyone loved them and finished them off. In fact I should have made more. The peanut-butter cookies were crunchier than I preferred but people liked them. (I think they were lying).

Now we head into the potluck season. I elected to make a cake for the day-after-Thanksgiving potluck at my job. (I'm much more comfortable with making sweets than main dishes).  I will bravely bake a cake from scratch and pray that  it works out.  I don't want to be the person everyone talks about. Two years removed, people at my job still tell stories about a telltale hair in someone's side dish.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Girly Things

I know my style is different from many of the girls here. I'm (northern) California casual where they are East Coast Chic.  I'm also a tom-boy (which I know is code for lesbian nowadays but I mean it in the original sense of the word. I played sports, rode bikes, skateboarded, climbed trees, etc. I was just interested in typical "boy" things). Therefore things like fashion and handbags never interested me. I'm just starting to get into fashion even though I'm pretty "vanilla" with my look. (some of that has to do with never being "stick thin" and my self image but that's another post). I never got into purses. It seems like women are SOOOO into purses now. The more expensive the better. The more exclusive the better. The more initials the easier it is to show off.  I don't get it! I can't understand spending $300 for a bag to put stuff in! And I don't even have $300 in my wallet! I'm supposed to have a bag for all seasons, every occasion, and outfit. Whew! I can't keep up. Despite of all of this I have decided it is time for the to get a grown up purse. However I have rules. I want a small bag (I refuse to carry a suitcase on my arm). The max price I am willing to pay is: $80. (sorry folks I'm on a budget).  The bag can't be boring! I'm quirky, different so my bag should be as well.  I am open to your suggestions. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Who Finished First?

My coworker explained that one of the teachings of Islam says that when having sexual relations to create a baby- whoever "discharges" first  is who the child will favor. I wonder if it is really true. What does having a orgasm do with how my child will look?  I can't wrap my head around this theory. So if I have a O my egg will shoot out faster thus producing stronger DNA and making the baby look like me? It's silly to think but how else can we explain this?

If this is true does this mean most children will look like their fathers? Men HAVE to "discharge" to create a baby whereas women don't have to. Although a good man would make sure a women "discharges!"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

To Be Honest

I'll be honest...I just went through this blog and deleted a bunch of posts. WHEN DID MY WRITING BECOME CRAP? I'll admit I'm out of practice but bloody hell I'm a damn good writer (sometimes). This blog has become a disappointment and a outward display of my lack of dedication to writing. I refuse to let this blog die a slow horrible poorly written death.

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I'm finding it really hard not to treat this blog like twitter. However, I love twitter. It is fun.