You’ll never believe it!!

Hello, lovelies! You will never guess what I had the sheer LUCK of getting today!! I’m so excited to tell.

But first I would like to introduce you to some of my daily interactions.

Meet TJ!

She’s my not as fat as she used to be kitty that I switched to weight controlled food. She’s my 6 a.m. snuggler and one of my favorite cats, ever! Though nobody else but me sees her personality, it’s quite colorful 😉

Meet Mo.

His butt gets filthy. It's quite a pain!

Named after this cutie from Wall-E by my BFF Sara.

Mo is currently breaking. Oh boy, is he breaking. The front wheel bearing is sooo loud and needs to be replaced and his poor little exhaust pipe broke off a few weeks ago. Broke off and made my car sound like a motorcycle/semi truck! Poor Mo.  I hope my grandpa can fix him!

Not to mention he has some problem where he constantly smells like burritos! (I don’t eat burritos!) Hmmm.

Meet my Skates!

It's okay to have a waffle iron in your car with your skates, right?

These are my skates that are in my car to use at any given time I feel like roller blading. I planned for them (or my bike) to be my main source of exercise until I can run again. However, I’ve been quite a slacker. Not only have I started eating terribly but I’m pretty sure I can win an award for the amount of excuses used to not exercise.

I’m hoping this bloggy can help keep me motivated to use them! 🙂 They’re dying to be used!

Meet my tard foot.

This is tard foot. You can see one of the two scars from my surgery. What you can’t see is how much of a pain in the butt this foot is! The weather changed and my tendons decided that they didn’t want to stretch so I was in agony for about 2 weeks! Eeesh.

It’s okay though, exercise will help it! 🙂

Meet my Mother’s chickens.

Little beasts, I call them!

Hear me out.

One of those two roosters (the other hens are sitting away) is out to get me! He attacks me all the time.

And let me tell you, it is not very easy to kick a rooster. They are much heavier than they look!

Meet my Hanson.net Fan Club Member Card!

This card got me to my exciting news today!!

I asked BFF Sara if she wanted to go to a Hanson concert in Ft. Lauderdale and she said of course she would go with me (she just started digging on Hanson!) Anyway, I bought the tickets a few weeks ago and clicked the special fan club “request a meet and greet” button and didn’t think anything of it.

Low and behold, I got an email today saying I won a meet and greet with Hanson!!!! AHHH!!! You have no idea how pumped I am!! I’ve been in L-O-V-E with them for 13 years and have never met them! I can’t believe it, I’m so pumped up. It’s surreal 🙂 I cant’ wait to share the pictures with y’all!
Hopefully I can find some time to cook some food in the next few days. I miss cooking but I’ve been so swamped with school that I may just need to make quick and healthy meals instead of time consuming tasty treats 😉

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Picture update!

So over the last few months of my non updating I have been up to a few things.

Including an AMAZING trip to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga. We also saw “Love” the Cirque Du Soleil show and it was one of the best things I have ever seen in my life. Not only did it reignite my love for the beatles, but it was so wonderful that I insisted we see it again. The food we ate was so delicious! It was such a great spur of the moment trip, I still cannot believe it happened. I also fell in love completely with one of the performers in the cirque show. Sad that he will never know it! (If you ever see it, the guy with the flowers /swoooooooooooon!!!!)

Covered in streamers from the end of the Love show!

We hit up the Bellagio buffet and check out our dessert haul, hah!

Lady Gaga was one of the most amazing concerts I have seen or will ever see, hands down. It was like a crazy amped up theatrical performance, I loved it!  She also said how much she loved her fans about 50 times and it made me love her even more.

our VIP tickets were so great! 🙂

We also ate at the most A-MAZING burger place I have ever tasted called BLT Burger. Omg. If you are in vegas, go to the mirage and eat there. The burgers are to die for, as are the milkshakes and the sweet potato fries. Nothing was bad! Oh my. We ate there twice!

Such an amazing trip! Though we didn’t win big at all, which was upsetting. 😦

 

We did see a guy walk right into a fountain and start stealing change….we named him Water Coins. Hah!

 

Since then there has been a lot of fantasy football (my team BLOWS), lots of sleeping over at Kevin and Alex’s house, and lots and lots and lots and lots of homework. Planning to go to a great grad school I’m super focused on my grades so I’ve got lots of work to do always. Sadly this makes for not a lot of cooking time 😦

 

I’ve also taken to absolutely hating my face-greased iphone 3G because it is the SLOWEST most awful phone ever. It keeps freezing and not loading anything about 50% of the time.

 

I may just smash it.

 

I’ve taken to using my amazing Love blanket I got in Vegas. 🙂 I couldn’t decide what to get at the store but decided on a throw at the last minute because I’m perpetually freezing.

 

The same BFF of mine that got me the awesome lady gaga seats also got me a ticket to a great Rays/Angels game. 🙂 He’s pretty freakin fantastic 🙂 And he’s supposed to be here at the end of the month! I’m so excited!! I hope he has fun here in the O, we have plans for Universal and lots of movie watching!

 

The family next to me left when the Rays were down in the 6th.

Ahaha, my mouth looks crazy! I love it!

My moms chickens are also starting to lay eggs! Our fridge is filling up! She’s super excited. She actually just got 10 more chicks that lay fancy eggs. By fancy I mean they are dark chocolate brown eggs and sell for some serious $$.

 

Since a few months ago when I started using our cast iron pan to start seasoning it my Dad took an interest in it. Then when I made my restaurant steak he got REALLY interested in it and wanted to get some more pans. He took a trip with my mom up to North Carolina a weekend or two ago and they had a mission to find used cast iron pans at a flea market. They ended up finding quite a few and brought 3 back home in different sizes. Super exciting! They learned a lot about which ones are the best to get and which are the oldest American made ones and also how to tell if they weren’t made in America.

He’s really excited that one of the pans, which was really rusty, needed to be scrubbed and seasoned so he did that tonight.

 

The boys were really interested because of the...

Lard! Yum.

 

Phew! I think I covered mostly everything. If not, c’est la vie. 🙂 It’s great to be back, my darlings.

I really am the worst blogger ever.

I started this blog with full intentions of updating it ALL the time. But I’m awful at it!

So this entry will  be bulleted and nice and hopefully return us to our regularly scheduled blogging. 😉 (Don’t mind my cell phone picture updates!)

I would like to start by announcing that I am 100% debt free! Wow! 🙂 Very proud moment for me and I’m so psyched about it. I should be able to complete my undergrad schooling with no debt accrued. Hopefully the same will be true with grad school but we’ll see. That can be quite expensive…eeep!

I had an amazing 4th of July with some of my very best friends!! A few were missing like our friend Jimmy but it was still lots of fun. 🙂

I bought a Macbook Pro and took a trip to Miami with a good friend who was in from Las Vegas. He’s best friends with me and my best friend Sara, who lives there! So him and I ventured down there after I picked him up from the airport. It was super fun! I wish she didn’t have to work so much but it was still worth it.

We ate Primanti Bros! It’s a restaurant that is always and forever on food countdowns that are on TV so we made a point to go. The pizza was to die for and the sandwiches were pretty fantastic. I could definitely go there for pizza alone!

The day we were leaving I cooked them croque-madam with a different recipe. I made a cheese sauce to go on the top layer of bread and used a strong swiss cheese. Sooo worth it! It came out fantastic!

Came home and worked on a project for my Oceanography class. Good thing I live on a lake. 🙂

Returned the Macbook Pro and am now having a vendetta with Apple.

Upgraded to a really amazing lens (24-105mm) on my camera and got a separate flash. I’m in love.

Loved my pets, wore uggs in the dead of summer since I’m always freezing, covered my bike in towels because I’m an exercise slacker, was judged at a distance by my cat, been grossed out by my medical coding book, and came to terms with the fact that my cat has quite a large belly that probably will never get smaller.

Got my electrode machine in the mail and am addicted beyond belief. So much foot pain relief.

For BFF Sara’s birthday I took another trip down to the M-I-A and baked her a chocolate pumpkin cake with cinnamon cream cheese icing. Ate a huge burger with 2 eggs, hashbrowns, and bacon on top. Made a pulled pork and cornbread dinner for the two of us and had a wonderful night with Miss Sara setting off sparklers.

Found out I’m getting an A in Oceanography, very excited!! 🙂 My GPA goes up to 3.64 once the grade goes in. Studying for the GRE in preparation for UNC applications a year from now.

Saw Inception 4 times. I’m in love.

and I am completely obsessed with the new Hanson album.

Check it out. It’s fabulous!

And that concludes the last month of my life. Relatively…:)

Lazy?

I feel like it’s important for me to say this. I know I say I need to update this blog on a regular basis and that I will update more often. My thing is, I feel like I only have boring things to update about! It gets extremely frustrating. I think I need to set some personal goals that I can blog about. I already have a path carved out for the future with careers and school but I have none that are attainable for right now. One of my best friends over at Ant Andy Antertainment has been losing weight like crazy and it’s mostly (I’m not sure if it is all, that would be quite a statement) on things I have taught him and advice I’ve given him about eating correctly and exercising. So I have the tools to do the things I want…I just lack motivation for it.

I’m extremely frustrated with the fact that I cannot do anything impacting on my feet because of my car accident.  I cannot expect my body to bounce back so quickly after a few months but it gets really annoying! I was exercising with Sean (one of my best friends and my current trainer!), Kevin (another best friend), and Alex (another best friend, as well as Kevin’s girlfriend) and I couldn’t even jump rope without being in agony, or do jumping jacks. This on top of the fact that one of my life goals is to run a marathon and to actually be a runner, I hate being halted. It’s irking. And I’m bitching, woops!! I really don’t mean to, it’s just a frustration I have to get out. I also feel like I’m using it as an excuse to not be as healthy as I know I can be. I eat overall a pretty healthy diet but I know I slip into bad habits more often than not which I need to alter into good habits.

I did try to give up bread for a week after asking Sean for a challenge but failed that miserably after a 4 hour canoe adventure.

Which I am definitely going to tell y’all about!!  (Plus I have a video I’m going to put together of the clips I took of the fun but that’s for another entry!)

The plan was for us to substitute a canoe adventure for one of our workouts in the middle of the week. You can rent a canoe for $10 a person and have it all day, and we were going to rent it and canoe up to Wekiva Springs where you can swim around and cool off and eat, then paddle back down to the car. We were pretty pumped!!

Oh yes, I’m using past tense.

We were pumped. We were paddling our brains out up that river and having fun! Then we kept going. And going. And going. Pretty soon we were 2 hours away and wondering where the heck these springs were? We asked another couple that was out canoeing but they seemed irritated by us so we just gave up asking. Eventually a boat came by and told us we were in the complete wrong direction! Yowza!!! Morale was low, friends.

Jurassic Park similarities?! We were on the alert.

We did not pack or prepare for a journey like that. We had a few bottles of water, some carrot cake I had made and brought the boys each one piece of, and Sean had brought some pork. It was hot. The sun was scorching in the way only a southern sun can, and we had 2+ hours to go to get back to land.

My sweaty, pouty face when I realized we were 2 hours in the wrong direction.

And little gator sounds were everywhere. Eep!! That’s the thing about Florida, our fresh water areas are pretty much guaranteed to have gators in them. Granted, the actual attacks aren’t often but still, it makes you think before you go gallivanting around in a swimmin hole.

Eventually we got to the point where we were seeing more people with canoes and kayaks and were relieved, everything looked very different on the way back.

The Springs!

I cannot even begin to say how exhausting that trip was. We pulled through though, with minimum complaint! We drove about 1 and a 1/2 minutes up the road and went to the springs, jumped in the amazingly fresh and cool water, then hopped out and decided to eat at golden corral. Where I stuffed myself with potatoes, chicken, and corn bread.

Kevin was freezing!

It was a really fun adventure, despite the sunburn! I’ve been wanting to go canoeing for years and really hope we plan another trip where we actually go the right direction and follow the original plan because it’s a fun way to work out your shoulders/arms.  Another plan is to go to the ice skating rink! Hooray, fun!

Check that sweet and weird patterned sunburn!

So I think I’m going to make it a goal of mine to get on my bike trainer every day. Right now I get on it every couple of days but perhaps if I got on it every day I wouldn’t feel like I’m so stagnant in my “getting healthy” routine. Any suggestions for no impact exercise?