Jan 31, 2010

Empanada time!

Want to know what I woke up thinking about this morning?

Empanadas and the possibility to make them today. 

So, I headed out to the store and picked up some ground beef and the "discos" (which means the little pastry circles) and got to work when I came home.  I've started since noon today on browning the beef and making my homemade hot sauce that goes very well with the empanadas.  Right now, it's 3:18 pm and I have about three more batches  (4 at a time in my deep fryer) to go!  Hot sauce is already made.  Hubby is actually feasting on the first batch that came out of the deep fryer. 

My apartment may smell like deep fried empanadas for the rest of the day today, but it's well worth it when I can stuff my face with them!

Then in a couple of hours I'm going to make an apple crisp to end off our night with a delish dessert!  Can't wait.

Happy Sunday.

Jan 29, 2010

Wii Fit kicked my ass

So, after a burst of motivation (finding out that I lost 8 pounds the last time I weighed myself in the beginning of December) I decided to bring back to life our Wii Fit which has been sitting in our closet since we moved to the new apartment this past October.


 Now, I have not worked out since the beginning of December, but have been watching my portions for lunch and dinner time and trying to eat less junk and healthier.  I also drink A LOT of water, especially at work which makes me wish that I had a toilet right next to me.  So, with this burst of motivation I whipped out the Wii Fit and am determined to be healthier.  Notice I said healthier and not skinny.  It's about being healthy and strong, not wishing I was a size 4 when I know my body is not made out to be that size. So I put on some workout clothes, Wii Fit socks and pulled the hair up.  It's been a long time since I had to stretch my leg out so darn far!  Those strengthening exercises KICKED my ass!  Like seriously, who wants to put their leg pass their hip to touch their head?  Not I!  It seemed I have gotten a bit  better with my balance than the last time I used the Wii Fit... the little wii symbol thingy told me so.  Then I started doing the aerobics which I love! 



I love doing the stepping aerobics!  But, I do on occasion almost fall on my ass when I don't step far enough from the balance board, but I haven't fallen YET, so I'm happy about that.

Because I did so darn much in aerobics, I opened up boxing!  I got excited and starting boxing away. 

 

Now with the Wii Fit, you get ranked along with other players who have participated in the exercises.   Makes it even more fun because who doesn't want their name to be 1st on the ranking list?  Me, I want my name first.  So, when I finished the first round of boxing, I realized that the hubby had first place.  His score was 308.  My first score was 218.  I turned around and looked at him and with a determined look on my face said "Oh no, I have to beat you.  I'm doing this again.".  So I did.  The second time around I got a score of 286.  I stopped, more because I couldn't feel my arms and they hurt like a bitch.  But no worries, it's the weekend so I'm ready to kick some boxing ass and beat my hubby's score.  Hopefully he doesn't sneak in and make it even higher!  

Anyone have a Wii Fit?  What do you think?


Jan 27, 2010

National Chocolate Cake Day!

Did you know that today is National Chocolate Cake Day?  Well it is!  So, to celebrate I'm going to make a pit stop at the food store on my way home to pick up some essentials to make some chocolate cake today!!!!! 

What better excuse can you use to not feel guilty about eating chocolate cake!

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!


I'd like a library card please

Yesterday after work I went to my town's local library.  I wanted to get a library card so I can start reading while I commute on the train for work.  I've been buying books, but quite frankly am running out of room to store them in our apartment.  Also, taking books from the library is free so why not. 

The last time I was in my town's library was probably at the age of 11.  I'm 26.  Yeah, that long.   When I walked in it looked completely different.   I walk up to the front desk to sign up for a library card.  Picture this:
  • Young girl hanging out at the front desk chit chatting with the receptionist
  • The receptionist has big bowl of soup which she is eating in front of the computer
  • A little kid, who is her son because he was calling her mom, is sitting behind her playing video games on his DS
  • Me and another person waiting to receive some attention from this receptionist, but instead the receptionist listening to the gossip the young girl is telling her.
Mind you, they are being really loud.  I was under the impression that the library is suppose to be quiet place.  Well, not at the front desk. Finally I was able to get my card and look in the new releases section.  I came out with the book "Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas.  I just started it today so I'll let you know what I think about it.

It feels good going back to the library.  It's like another world!  I am really intrigued how long it will take me to find a book there next time because everything has changed from the way I use to find books in 2nd grade.  Should be interesting. 

Jan 26, 2010

Have you ever...

  • Wanted to stay in bed cuddled up ALL day and do nothing
  • Fall asleep sitting in your desk chair for a solid 30 seconds before you realized you were at work and shouldn't be sleeping
  • Cringe when you receive an e-mail notification for your work e-mail
  • Put headphones on but have no music playing so people would tend to not ask you questions
  • Found out you have a $1.00 balance on a gift card
  • Wanted to throw your computer out the window
  • Been excited to go to the public library to sign up for a library card at the age of 26
  • found out you might get to travel to Sweden, Spain, and Canada for work
No?  Well guess what.  This all happened to me today.  
Happy Tuesday

Jan 25, 2010

Sitting at my desk soaking wet

Today, it is raining.  And we have wind gusts of 30-50 mph.  Which means that using an umbrella today is nearly impossible as you wrestle with the darn thing to fight off the wind that is desperately  trying to flip your umbrella inside out so when it flips back in all of the water sprays in your face and body. 

Yep, one of those days.  My jean skirt is soaking wet, my leggings are wet, my rain boots were pretty much all yucky from NYC sidewalk crud, my hair which I straighten out has taken on a life of its own. 

I STRONGLY dislike rainy NYC days.

Jan 22, 2010

And the award goes to....

ME!  And seven lucky blog readers of mine!  I would like to thank The First Year Wife for giving me not one, but TWO awards.  She's awesome.  If you haven't stopped by her blog, you should and be one of her followers because her posts are great and she is also taking part in the FNCCC challenge so she gives you the down low on the good recipes she has been trying. 

The first award is the Beautiful Blogger award!

The rules for this award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the award & place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Tell us 7 interesting things about yourself.
5. Nominate 7 bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs I nominate

So, the 7 interesting things about myself are....
  1. I'm 5' 0" tall.  Exactly.  Not one inch over and not one inch under
  2. I strongly dislike my commute to NYC for work
  3. I love music and am very musical!  I am a alto/soprano in choir, I play piano and I played the Clarinet in high school, was part of the concert band, orchestra, and jazz band.  But I am NOT a band geek.  Never did marching bad.  Only if you were part of the marching band were you considered a band geek ( in my town at least)
  4. I am obsessed with M.A.C make-up and have to avoid passing the store because if I get sucked in, I WILL spend at least $100
  5. I can drink strong caffeinated coffee right before going to sleep and it won't keep me up.  
  6. I always wanted to be a wedding planner
  7. I watch WWE wrestling.  Because some of the guys who wrestle are ridiculously HOT and they always have their shirts off.  How can you not watch?
And onto the second award...



Here's what I'm supposed to do:
1. Copy the award image into a post.
2. List 10 things that make you happy.
3. Tag 10 bloggers who brighten your day.
4. Put in a link to their blogs.
5. Notify the award receivers. (hold tight folks, this may take awhile :)
6. Recipients should link back to the sender's blog. (I say this can be optional. If I have given you an award you are in no way obligated to link back to me, just enjoy your award!)

The 10 things that make me happy are...
  1. Mr. Newlywed Giggles
  2. My friends
  3. My family
  4. My snuggie
  5. Chocolate
  6. Cruise vacations
  7. The very first teddy bear the hubby gave me when we were dating
  8. Wine
  9. Hot chocolate from Starbucks
  10. My wedding rings (I'm obsessed with them because I love them so much!)
So, I am passing on BOTH of these awards to:
  1. Learning to be a Wife 
  2. Bless This Nest 
  3. Life as a Wife! 
  4. Martinis or Diaper Genies? 
  5. Mrs. Southern Bride 
  6. Glamorous Newlywed 
  7. Newlyweds Next Door 
  8. Cheap Wife 
  9. A Suburban Housewife-In-Training 
  10. XtremeCheese
Enjoy my blog friends!



Jan 21, 2010

Good Riddens

So, as you can tell I have changed my layout!

I did just recently change the layout from before but I wasn't too happy with it.  It felt like it was too dark and blah to me.  I figured I would have given it a couple of weeks to see, but today I decided that it was no good and had to go.

This new layout I feel much better about.  It's crisp, clean, and just perfect.  I hope you enjoy and if you didn't like the other one, you can be happy now because it's gone for good!

We don't DO Ghetto

So, yesterday we had a training session at work for a new database they are rolling out.  The training sessions are taking place over a couple of days so in our training session there was only 4 of us.  We are maybe about 45 minutes into the training when a girl walks in, and after about halfway in apologizes for interrupting but she needed to check something.  She proceeds to walk to the window, attempt to open it then leaves.  She then comes back with one of our office manager assistants and he opens the window for her.  This whole time she is interrupting our training session.  The assistant gets the window open, and he leaves.  Then she looks at us and says, sorry but I just have to get something.  The next thing we see is half of her body hanging out the window.  Now, I work in NY on the sixth floor.. so picture that.  She pulls herself up and out with two six pack of sodas in her hand.  Apparently, she kept them on the window sill to keep cold and to maybe not have anybody steal her soda?  Now, all of us have no idea who this girl is.  We just had our Hoboken office move to our office a week ago so we are assuming she is new.  Now, this message is for the crazy GHETTO person who thinks that to keep her soda cold and from anyone else possibly stealing (maybe that's what was in her mind?) it, she has to put it on the window sill that she can barely reach with her body half hungover the window.  You're GHETTO.... we have TWO fridges in our kitchen that is for you to utilize.  And no one is going to touch your stuff.  If anything, put it in a bag and put it in the fridge.  Hoboken girl, we don't' do that in the NY office.  It's called being professional, and you are being unprofessional for just WALKING in on a training session and causing a distraction because you wanted your stupid soda.  It's called waiting until the training session is done and the room is empty.  At that point is when you can go in there and make yourself look like a complete idiot  But because you decided your stupid soda was more important and urgent, you made yourself look like an idiot in front of other colleagues and now other people in the office knows about you because we are Corporate America and love to share gossip.  Congratulations ghetto Hoboken girl.  Way to make a first impression.

Jan 20, 2010

A stroll down memory lane

I intended this post to be posted on January 16, but we were away for the weekend and I left without scheduling it.  Silly me.  Well, I wanted it to post on January 16 because last Saturday is when we celebrated 6 years being together.  Yep, you read that right, 6 years.  So, I hope you enjoy.  :)

Let's take a stroll back down memory lane..... November 3, 2007 to be exact.  I share with you a story that makes me smile to this day every time I tell it.  Enjoy.

On this day, I was in Florida on a business trip.  The hubby joined me on this trip because it was in Orlando, FL and we figured we could make a mini trip out of it.  I had to work in the morning setting up a booth at a convention center.  When I was done about midday, I came back to the hotel room and we immediately left for our day at Sea World.  We walked around and saw some shows.  I love dolphins so I was excited after we saw the dolphin show to go check them out during feeding time and in the underwater viewing area.


I was having so much fun feeding the dolphins.  Please note, I was not a fan of holding the slimy little fish in my hand. It was so great to see the dolphins swimming around so up close and personal.



I was as happy as can be.  We then decided to go to the underwater viewing area so we can watch the dolphins swim around and play.



The hubby took some shots of me as I was oozing with excitement.  He knew how happy dolphins made me and I was so engrossed in the dolphins swimming that I barely noticed anything going on around me.


 
Who doesn't think these dolphins are beautiful creatures?





Hubby was so concerned with having someone take pictures of the both of us.  When I mean concerned, he was really concerned.  So at first we decided to take snapshots of each other while we he scouted out for a person to take pictures of us.





Then a really nice gentlemen was able to take a picture of the both of us.



Then the hubby went to look at the picture taken and said he wanted to take another one because something was wrong with the first picture.  I had no clue what was going so I said ok.  I really just wanted to stop taking pictures and stare at the dolphins because I knew I don't get to see this everyday.  Little did I know what was going to happen next....



He got down on one knee and proposed



 
 
 

Of course I said yes and was totally amazed and we couldn't even get a good picture of us because I kept moving like a little kid because I had no idea what to do with myself!  I cried, but I cried tears of happinness.  It was a day that I will never forget because it was completely unexpected and it was perfect.  Perfect for us.

And that is our proposal story.

Today, we are getting ready to plunge into 2010!  I hope you enjoyed this little stroll down my memory lane.  I know I sure did.  
What is your proposal story?  Come on, you know you want to share it with me!






Jan 19, 2010

No worries, I'm still here

And I know  you missed me because I'm awesome.  Well, enough about me.  The hubby and I went away for the holiday weekend.  We didn't go away to have some "us" time, but to celebrate a wonderful blessing with friends!  My best friend (aka known as the guy who's the brother I never had) and his wife bought a house in PA. Super exciting.  They literally closed on Friday, and we drove up there Friday night!  Yeah, we are party crashers like that.  My other best friend also met us there and we popped a bottle of champagne and celebrated a wonderful blessing for their family!  My other best friend lives about an hour from their house so she didn't crash there, but we are about an hour and half so we decided to sleep there.  Now, PA if very different from NJ, where they are located.  It was so nice to see beautiful trees and deer just walking along his driveway.  Oh yeah, did I mention that my best friend and the hubby saw turkeys chilling in his front lawn when they went to run an errand?  Yeah, not just one turkey, but a couple.  So we had an awesome weekend of relaxing and enjoying some great quality time with my best friend and of course my two beautiful nieces!  So, our weekend consisting of crashing my best friend's new house (thanks guys!!!!) and having an awesome time at the House of Candle where we bought some beautiful candles for our moms and we also got to see the candle maker make two candles froms scratch.  It was truly an art!
Today, I didn't go to work because I woke up with a migraine beyond belief!  I woke up, took two Excedrin, grabbed the ice pack and went back to bed with the ice pack on my head.  Yeah, it helped just a little, but now I'm feeling much better.....11 hours later.  But, at least it gave me a chance to catch up on my blog reading from this past weekend.  I hope you all had a great weekend like we did.

PS.  For my best friend who is most likely reading this..... thanks for letting us crash your place for the whole weekend and dealing with us.  No worries though, we'll do it again this weekend, same time same place...............................kidding... or am I?????

Happy Tuesday!

Jan 15, 2010

Giveaway time!

Make sure you check out Bless This Nest's giveaway on her blog.

And if you aren't following her, you are a FOOL I tell you!... No, you're not.  But you should follow her because she's awesome.

Happy Blogging!

Jan 14, 2010

Going to flip a sh*t!

Been out of work for the past 3 days because my head was in a toilet sick as a dog. 

So, of course when I come back it's super busy.  BUT I also have to deal with stupidtiy and craziness and might just flip a sh*t at work today.

So my blog friends, I announce today as "Flip a Sh*t Day".  Enjoy my blogging friends.. you all know you have something to flip about.  I give you permission because I'm awesome and can give you permission and it will be ok.

Happy Flipping

Jan 13, 2010

We've bonded with our toilet

Catchy title huh?

So yeah, this past weekend we had a pot luck party. We had so much fun.  Sunday came around and we had a nice relaxing day.  Then early Monday morning came around when I heard the noise you don't ever want to hear.  Throw up noise.  Yep, hubby was throwing up in the middle of the night.  Now, we had some fast food the night before so we thought it was food poisoning.  Hubby was feeling a little better and he seemed ok for me to leave to work.  He was just going to lay and relax and hope he felt better.  I am at work feeling perfectly fine.  But, facebook status of my friends who were at the party sounded very familiar to the hubby's condition.  Well, it ended up that MOST of us got sick.  I came home thinking I was in the clear and was determined to come home and disinfect the whole house before it got spread to me.  WRONG... 6 o'clock rolls around and it's my turn to bond with the toilet, ALL NIGHT LONG.  Along with almost everyone else at the party.  Seems like it was a stomach virus that some of us caught and some of us didn't.  We are back to normal now but it has been a long three days.  LONG I tell you! 

So, to make up for my absence, I will send you to one of my new blog friends who just started blogging!!!  The post titled Facebook.com or DearDiary.com really makes me look forward to Tuesdays... and her blog title is XtremeCheese.. how awesome is that.  So, check out her blog and become her follower.  I promise you she will bring some good stories to you all!

Jan 8, 2010

Who said there are brownies?!?!


For Christmas, the hubby bought me the Perfect Brownie pan. I was SUPER excited to use it.  Yesterday I made my first batch of brownies!

It started off with making the brownie mix.



Then you have to spray a generous amount of cooking spray on the pan and divider.

 
 



 
All you have to do is pour the batter in, spread it out (we failed to do this yesterday and the middle of the pan had the biggest brownies, but we didn't complain).  Then off to the oven it goes.




The brownies took about 25 minutes to bake and the whole apt smelled soooo good.  Out they came!




You let them cool slightly, then you gently life the divider up.  PERFECT slices!  Amazing.



First of all, I have no idea why this picture came out blue looking... must have been the flash on my blackberry.  Anyways, I tried using the stencils with powdered sugar, but wasn't  too great at it.  I think if there was icing on the brownie, the powdered sugar stenciling would have been much easier.



Voila!  Presentation amazing!  They popped right up from the bottom pan and we're ready to eat.  As you can see the hubby's hand sneaking in the picture to steal a brownie.  He was too excited and REALLY wanted to have a brownie. 

Perfect Brownie pan = SUCCESS!



What's even better is that there are brownies left and I can't wait to get home and have another one!

Jan 6, 2010

Two Annoying Guys


Yesterday on my way home, there was this one annoying guy on the train who was talking to one of his buddies.  Now, the buddy was trying very hard to read his book, but annoying guy kept interrupting him talking about the most random stuff ever.  Here's some snippets that I took down in my blog book for you all to enjoy.  My thoughts are in blue.

Snippet #1:
"I ordered my steak well done and the waiters always get so mad.  I just don't understand it."  **Maybe because it's a sin to order steak well done.  Who wants to eat a dry piece of meat?**

Snippet #2:
Annoying Guy: "Yeah, that type of plumbing is so not easy and takes long."
Buddy trying to read book: "It was easy, only took me a half hour to take care of."  **He's pretty much telling you that are not a handy dandy man and to stop making yourself look like you know what you are talking about because clearly you have no freaking clue**

Snippet #3:
"Did you ever try to add some fresh  lime flavor into vodka?  It's not easy because you have to get it right.  It's a quantitative measure of lime.  Hahaha."  **What?  Do you have any idea what came out of your mouth?  Weirdo**

Snippet #4:
"I like all beer. [[30 seconds later in same conversation]] Guinness is too thick for me, I don't like it." **So, you are a liar and clearly you do not like ALL beer.**

That's what I had to listen yesterday.  But it gets better.  This morning while sitting on the PATH train, I notice across from me sitting down is a gentlemen who looks exactly like the person below in the picture:



Yep, he looked like the bad agent from the Matrix.  Glasses and all!  I swear it was his twin, or who knows, it might have been him!  I was waiting for a fight scene to break out on the train at any second and for Keanu Reeves to show up to save us all morning commuters!



No fight scene and Keanu Reeves never showed up.  Darn.  Maybe something more exciting will happen on my train ride home today.  Stay tuned my fellow blog peeps.  Yep, I just called you my blog peeps.  Be proud.

Until the next blog post, adios blog peeps.

Jan 4, 2010

A Monday morning in NYC

Let me tell you a bit about my Monday morning and the things I encounter on my hour and half commute from NJ to NY.....

On the NJ Transit train this morning, a lady came on the train with 5 bags! I counted.  She had what seems to be  handbag, lunchbag, laptop bag, food shopping bag and a small bag (could be for make-up).  There were no seats so she stood next to me with all her bags which some swayed with the movement of the train and banged into me for the 7 minute ride to the next stop.  Don't worry about me, I'm sure the bruises will go away soon.

Next, while sitting on the PATH train, a guy looks across towards my direction and I see his lips moving, then I see his confused face staring at me.  That is when I realize he is asking me a question.  So I proceed to take out my WHITE iPod headphones out of my hears that you can CLEARLY see on top of my black coat and asked him "What?".  He apologizes because that is when he realized that I had headphones on and couldn't hear a single thing.  Thanks for interrupting my music buddy.  You must be blind that you can't see the white headphones sticking out of my ears.  You might need to go to the eye doctor.

Then, still sitting on the PATH train as I wait to get to my stop, a man sits next to the lady who is across from me.  Before he sits down he takes out a notebook from his book bag along with a pen.  He then sits down and flips through the notebook.  From a glance it seems like it is written in the form of a journal or story.  I then see the lady next to him looking over his shoulder and reading.  She did this for the whole 6 minute ride to my stop.  Now, that's real rude lady.  What if it was his journal and he was documenting his secrets and here you are being all nosy and reading them.  Mind your business.  Now, what would you have done Nosy Lady if he wrote about bad things like "going to rob a bank".  Would you DO something about it?  Ignore it?  You never know, it can happen and that would be on your conscious because you simply were nosy and didn't respect people's privacy. 

I'm telling you, my commute to NYC is so interesting sometimes. Happy Monday to you all!