13 January 2014

Weekend Update

I keep forgetting that I really want to be posting even when I don't have anything bookish to include!  I really do want this to be a blog reflective of me...and that includes more than books.  I cook.  I (try to) do yoga.  I shop.  I live.

I ran home on Friday, mostly to pick up my car, but also to briefly see my parents before the semester gets going.  My dad and I watched the Peter Sellers version of Casino Royale on Friday night while my mom was at Bible study.  It was...interesting...funny.  I want to watch it again.  But buyer beware, while it may have a character named James Bond, that's about where the similarities end.  However, I could see it being an inspiration for the Austin Powers franchise.

Saturday my mom and I hit the grocery store and we made the best ever pizza for lunch.  We like the Chef Boyardee pizza kits, which we totally personalize.  My pizza is always thinner, less sauce, and crispier; hers is really doughy, saucy, and does not cook as long.  We bought fresh mozzarella for a dish I'm planning on making this week, so we used some of it for the pizzas.  Then I topped my pizza with mushrooms, green peppers, black olives, and pepperonis.  It was the best pizza ever!  Then I headed back to Stillwater and Zach surprised me with dinner at Tokyo Pot, which is our favorite place.  We go there for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, everything.

On Sunday morning, I had a leisurely start--sipping my coffee, reading, scrambled eggs and a croissant with Nutella--before we went to Mass at 10:00.  On the way home, I picked up some cookies and Cokes for the work meeting.  I saw that Keebler makes these caramel, coconut cookies--you know, like the Girl Scout cookies, except cheaper and available 365 days of the year--and picked up a package.  I was going to take them to the work meeting, but once I tried them, I decided that they would just be for me.  Yum doesn't even begin to describe them.

I spent most of the afternoon purging and organizing while Zach took a nap.  It started with helping Zach look for his baseball mitt and moving a few things in my closet...which created more space!  Then I hit the pantry, kitchen cabinets, and refrigerator.  It was addicting!  I remarked to my good friend that it had been such a productive couple of hours that I was bummed I had to go back to work in the morning.  It's amazing what you can get done in under three hours!

I don't have any "after" photos, but this was a "during" photo that I sent to my friend.

For supper, I made a steak marinade that I found on Iowa Girl Eats.  I wasn't sure of the proportions, but I went with it.  My friend said that for not knowing the proportions, the result was great!  I served that with asparagus and roasted red potatoes.

Seriously, I love Iowa Girl Eats.  Check it out if you haven't already.  She posts some of the best recipes.  Most of them don't take super long--which is important after working all day.  They appeal to a variety of tastes.  They don't use ridiculously hard to find ingredients or equipment.  Most are relatively healthy, but all of them are healthier than just grabbing something.  I've spent the past few days going through the recipes I saved to my email from there and printing them off.  Now I'm going through her archives to see what all she's posted that I just haven't come across (old recipes have a tendency to get hidden).

This morning--the first morning of the semester--did not get off to the best start.  Well, it started great--I got up at 6:00 and did a yoga DVD first thing and that felt AMAZING.  But then I got to work later than I like to.  I'm not quite sure how it happened.  It didn't take me a long time to get dressed and lunch and breakfast came together pretty easily.  No clue.

I just kind of messed along through the morning.  Not a whole lot is going on, despite it being the first day of the semester.  Throughout the morning I was mostly ambivalent towards my lunch--flour tortilla, roasted garlic hummus, deli turkey, and cucumber wrap--but it turned out pretty well.  I also really liked the strawberries I brought with me.

Don't they look amazing!

They are amazing!  So crisp and sweet!  I wasn't expecting it given that it's the middle of January.  But I'll take it!  I need to be eating fruit and this is one of the fruits I'll eat before it goes bad.

With less than an hour to go before I'm done with work for the day, I am back to feeling pretty good!  It makes me so happy that I got yoga crossed off of my to-do list.  I'll just have to either do more prep at night or I'll have to get up a bit earlier--though I'd really rather not.  The weather has been great.  I love the outfit I wore today--I'll try to post a picture of it to Instagram later today.

Tonight's plan is to make Iowa Girl Eats's Lazy Girl Chicken Enchilada Casserole.  I am really looking forward to it.  After yesterday's successful purge and organize session, I'm planning on going through this big bag of makeup and the cabinet under the bathroom sink.  Also, helping Zach look for a couple of lost items.  Wish us luck!


  1. Those strawberries look delicious!

    I really need a productive day at home...considering I just had 2 1/2 weeks off, you would think our apartment was perfectly clean. NOPE. I really need to go through closets and our storage unit to purge a bunch of crap, but I really need Matt's help! :)

  2. Enjoyed your post! We have a lot in common I think - I love to organize! I'm happy to be following your blog.

  3. Ohhh, it sounds like you had fun organizing your place! If the during photo is anything to go by, I'd say you had a lot of work in your hands. Glad to hear it paid off!

    I know what you mean about wanting to post more but not getting around to it. I ended up scheduling a review system and organizing a new feature that I'll launch on Sunday. Hopefully we can both stick to the habit.

    The strawberries look incredible!

  4. I started this book last year and read about 300 pages before stopping. I don't remember why, it was probably too gory for my mood at the time. But from what I did read, I completely agree about the character development. I enjoyed every character in one way or another, and I looked forward to the books when the rest of the Lannisters get their own POV chapters too.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! (Also, it's nice to see you blogging again!)