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Subject:Holiday Recipes
Time:07:03 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
My gift to my mom and sister was cooking Christmas Eve dinner. I made Charles Short's Recipe for Chicken Caprese with Asperagus and Angel Hair pasta. He made it when we had Laura's going away party and it was amazing.

Chicken Caprese
6 Chicken Breasts
Flour
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
Olive oil (which has been infused in fresh chopped garlic)
6 TBSP of butter
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbs chicken bullion
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup capers

1 Flour the chicken and fry in olive oil 3 min per side.
2 Dump oil and let chicken sit on paper towels for a sec.
3 Melt butter and saute garlic in it on a med low heat. After a min add chicken broth and bullion. Stir all together.
4 Add lemon juice and capers. Stir and then add fried chicken back to sauce. Cook the sauce down for about 10 min.

I steamed asparagus and cooked angel hair pasta. Serve the chicken on top of the pasta and pour the left over sauce over the whole plate.

From Allrecipes.com I made traditional Macaroni and Cheese for Christmas dinner today.

Traditional Macaroni and Cheese
1 2/3 cups dry, elbow pasta
2 TBSP Cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
12 fl oz Evaporated milk
1 cup water
2 TBSP butter
2 cups shredded cheese

1 Preheat oven to 375º
2 Combine cornstarch, salt, mustard, pepper in a saucepan. Stir in evaporated milk, water and butter. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly. (Me and sissy burnt the bottom, be careful!) Boil from 1 min.
3 Remove from head and stir in 1 1/2 cup cheese. Add uncooked noodles.
4 Put in casserole dish and put remaining cheese on top.
5 Bake for 25 min.

OK I'm off to write my christmas cards and attach these recipes!
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Subject:2010 Summery Meme
Time:07:50 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
I haven't done this Meme since 2007 but I always enjoyed filling it out.
1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
I jumped ship and left Chapel Hill, all my friends and my job of 3 years to the unknown that was Wilmington to try to start a new life.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I'm always working on improving my finances. Next year I want to travel abroad again, work on sewing more and read more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin Amber gave birth to my beautiful Lila Bean right at the end of last year, my brother's ex girl friend had Kia and Charles had Kaleb.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Some of my clients have died. Nobody close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?
Fourth year in a row not leaving the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
haha more money?

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 20 was the afternoon I was sleeping in Collin's lap and he was petting my hair while playing a video game and he murmured to himself that he was glad we were in love and my heart has never felt happier.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I moved to a new place and found a job within a week. Very lucky!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Still living pay check to paycheck. As an almost adult I'd like to have a better grip on my finances.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
nope, very healthy this year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My blow up mattress has sure come in handy.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Collin has made me very happy. I'm also very proud of Ryan who started college!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
A few people didn't support me during difficult decisions and without their backing it made me question my actions.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Student loans, credit cards, driving to Wilmington

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
When I originally moved into my mom's house with Beth I was really excited about building a home there. I wanted to build a chicken house and a garden in the backyard.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Tokyo Police Club - Your English is good

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Amazingly happier - I don't think I've been very happy for the past 3 years

b) thinner or fatter?
Thinner. Collin pushes me to be healthy .. I'm at 117 right now

c) richer or poorer?
probably about the same .. I make more money, but paying off student loans is a huge financial burden

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Meditation and crafts

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
driving

20. How did you be spend Christmas?
Collin is in Japan. Went home to Chapel Hill and cooked dinner for my mom and sister. Christmas Eve service at Duke Cathedral. Christmas dinner at Gmas

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Yes! Hah, I think everybody is still doing a "WTF?" about me and Collin getting together (even us). Although we'd always been friends (for 6 years) it was very touch and go. We wouldn't talk for months, then eat Ihop, then not talk for months, then he'd yell at me about my inability to use an away message, then we'd chat on the phone. I'm in awe of him and so grateful to have him in my life loving me.

22. How many...one-night stands?
none

23. What was your favorite TV program?
I was big on the trashy reality TV shows when living with Beth. I liked america's next top model.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
...no?

25. What was the best book you read?
The Witcher

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
today the moon tomorrow the sun was great live. Finally got to see Autolux!

27. What did you want and get?
A healthy and mature relationship

28. What did you want and not get?
still wandering around moving every couple months.. haha .. need a home plx

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Casshern - I stole it from Jon

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25. I totally crashed Bucky's party. I don't know why I didn't know our birthdays were so close. We went to the beach and played in a giant inflatable pool and then ate his Grandpa's BBQ. The night ended in drunken debauchery and was lots of fun.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I don't know. This has been one of the best years of my life.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Professional casual .. woot woot for being an office girl

33. What kept you sane?
Collin's lovins and a personal calm I've seemed to master

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
huge jackman? lol

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
military stuff is always on my radar. North and South Korean tensions scares me a lot

36. Who did you miss?
Ryan-face, my heterosexual life partner - beth and my owner - elene

37. Who was the best new person you met in 2010?
Sean and Travis are both super cool. I don't think I knew them back when I first met the gang but I love um to death now.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Personal power focused into action can accomplish anything.

39. Quote song lyrics that sums up your year:
The Cardigans - And then you kissed me II (chopped up a bit)

It's a mystery how people behave
How we long for a life as a slave
When he kissed me I gladly gave in
To a fight nobody could win
...
Oh you, you, it's always you
The hardest hitter that I ever knew
True love is cruel love
Not much to be proud of
....
Nerve-wrecking, acrobatic backwards bend
All for a happy end
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Subject:I want a new job
Time:10:58 am
Current Mood:grumpygrumpy
This is the drinking game I have created for tonights staff meeting:
1 sip every time somebody asks a dumb question.
2 sips anytime somebody goes off on a tangent.
3 sips everytime somebody yawns
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Subject:Remembering to be appreciative
Time:08:35 am
Current Mood:happyhappy
Dear life, thanks for the hot guy in my bed with the half sleeve. How did you know that's what I always wanted?
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Subject:Student Loan Issues
Time:12:05 pm
Current Mood:anxiousanxious
I know you don't fuck with Sallie Mae. I've heard all of your stories about how much of a bitch she is. How she'll fuck you hard if you don't pay her. I dunno why I've been slack and am getting deep in to trouble with her.

Actually I'm going to blame her .. its her fault! My monthly payments were $93 a month and when I logged in last month it had shot up to $260. Now I remember when I first got out of college I lowered my payments and agreed a few years later I'd pay more in exchange. But I can't afford $260 a month!!! Now my account is one month and a day overdue, which means when I call Monday they are going to want me to pay 3 months worth of stuff. I have only $180 to give them. That is cos I live paycheck to paycheck and could only afford that 90 a month rate.

I was laying in bed thinking about it and my job hasn't given me a raise in 2 years, they've actually done the opposite.. a year ago they reduced my pay by 3%. So FUCK! I either need to get a promotion or I need to look for a new job because I don't know when the pay freeze will end and the company is not helping me out any with the raising cost of living.

Money is just so tight. I'm really dreading calling the student loans people on Monday. I have no idea how they'll be able to help me out. And I don't have their money.
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Subject:Haircut feedback?
Time:09:54 am
Current Mood:curiouscurious
I'm scheduled to get a haircut next Monday and I'm just looking for feedback.. I want to cut it short - above the shoulders. Its kind of dramatic since I've had really long hair for the better part of two years. Like down my back, family asks if I have hair extensions, censors your boobs kind of long. Anyway, I really liked the length of this first picture (well maybe a little longer - above the shoulders but below the jar, can pull into tiny ponytails) .. and I liked the shagginess of the second picture although that's a little too short for me. The bangs would need to be longer for starters..



I just want to get something shaggy and low maintenance.

What yall think?
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Subject:Trust
Time:08:33 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
I've had difficulty writing lately, despite my interest in coming back to LJ. When did I become so closed up? Everything I write seems to be private or heavily filtered in my sex or religion filters. I feel like I have a secret that I'm trying to suppress and locked up in my heart.

I feel vulnerable and out of control and it was a risk I took knowing full well the outcome. So the silence is partically to help me do damage control of my own actions and for the blow to my ego that might very well follow in the following weeks/months. Sorry to be vague .. this is my cry for help .. ::laughs::

The more I write the more obscure and twisty it gets. I realized something last night that shocked me. That's all.
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Subject:Sunday hang out with Collin
Time:03:38 pm
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This weekend was very relaxing and full of shenanigans. I did a whole lot of nothing Saturday. Chilling at home with Beth. On Sunday I just hung out with Collin. I'm so happy he's back from Iraq in one piece and it's awesome he's been in town so much. Normally we only hang out a few times a year so twice in a week is quite the treat.

I woke up at 5:30 am to preview my new work schedule and when I tweeted about it he saw I was awake early in the morning and drove to chapel hill sooner then I expected. We talked all morning about life and the past few months since we'd seen each other last and then drove to Durham to find the nearest Ihop because apparently that the only restaurant we ever eat at together. lol His Tom Tom took us a very ass backward way but we eventually got there. The church crowd was out so more waiting and talking ensued. Collin is one of those friends where no mater how long we go between seeing each other, when we do we feel very close and it's nice to be able to maintain that over so many years. Shopping ensued and then we crashed back at my place. Me tired and him hung over. We had plans with Greg and so I got my jacket and purse and Collin acted weird about me getting my stuff. I was very wtf? until I realized while playing with his phone that the time was an hour slow for him. Because of our time confusion we almost were late getting to the movie .. thank El for all the damn previews. Daybreakers was interesting and good at points but the end was a bit over the top horrific. I wished a lot of things hadn't happen at the end that did happen. But who are we kidding .. I just like happy endings.

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Subject:Most boring reason ever!
Time:07:09 am
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This might be the dumbest thing ever to get me to come back to LJ and start writing again .. but maybe you know, maybe you don't - but I'm switching to morning hours at my job. I kind of wanted to track the amount of sleep I'm getting and what I'm eating and how my energy levels are through out the day. After this entry I'll try to put food/energy/exercise/sleep amounts behind a cut and maybe write more of what going on in my life.

I'm still afraid of my friends list .. so much to read .so little time so if you want me to think to check your blog - I recommend you either comment on my entries or get a twitter and post links .. cos lately ... that's what works best for me .. or better yet .. shoot me and email or call me about your life .. I freaking love all you guys and I'm so out of touch! I suck..

OK so, yesterday I took a nap from 6-7pm and then stayed up till at least 12:30. I laid down but continued playing on my phone, chatting and texting until like 2:30 in the morning. ::glares at a certain drunk and distracting person:: So for today, I got roughly 4 hours of sleep. 3 uninterrupted. I woke up at 5:38am and feel fine. I ate 2/3 a cup cottage cheese, a fruit cut of pineapple and a handful of grapes. I'm also having earl gray tea. I'll try to write later when I got hungry and when the tiredness hit em .. although honestly .. I could go back to bed right now lol

Cheat sheet list for me stolen from(http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/nu00197)
Here's what forms the core of a healthy breakfast:

* Whole grains. Options include whole-grain rolls, bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, low-fat bran muffins, crackers, or melba toast.
* Low-fat protein. Options include hard-boiled eggs, peanut butter, lean slices of meat and poultry, or fish, such as water-packed tuna or slices of salmon.
* Low-fat dairy. Options include skim milk, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses, such as cottage and natural cheeses.
* Fruits and vegetables. Options include fresh fruits and vegetables or 100 percent juice beverages without added sugar.

Together, these core groups provide complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a small amount of fat — a combination that packs big health benefits and that also can leave you feeling full for hours.


The only issue I have with eating breakfast is even when fully awake I'm an extremely slow eater. And in the mornings, I'm not hungry and the thought of food upsets my stomach. From everything I read on the internet - that's common in a lot of people and after you establish a routine, its no longer an issue. I mean I've never skipped breakfast - I just normally ate it after being awake for a few hours. I'm also not very interested in low fat dairy. I'm not trying to loose weight and I don't like eating low fat things. So hopefully eating regular cottage cheese and 2% milk and adding regular sugar to my tea ain't going to lead me to a sugar crash.

I've been interested in being more involved in proper nutrition of myself for a while .. so the idea that I'm actively pursuing it gets me excited. I really hope to feel the benefits and have more energy in the day to start a good schedule. Right now I'm hoping to:
Get up at 5:30
Be at work by 6:30
Do good and be productive till 2:45 (eating lunch around noon - one I brought from home!)
Go work out at the YMCA straight from work
Take a short nap if I need to
Cook dinner
enjoy my evenings with friends or getting errands done or relaxing at home

So there you have it! My goals for my life! HAHA!
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Subject:Poll
Time:12:49 pm
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Is everybody unhappy with their lives right now or do i just surround myself with miserable people?

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