Wednesday, August 25, 2010
These unborn children of mine that I won't have for probably another 5-6 years or so are already playing a roll on my life I'm living today.
These unborn children are my catalyst for change.
Or, at least, I hope they are.
I say that because I know it will take committment on my part to changing my lifestyle and making a habit out of staying committed, not procrastingating, getting off my booty that's glued in front of the tv in order to accomplish those things that need to be done around the house, and living a healthy life. A healthy life not only needs to be just working out on a regular basis, but eating healthier too.
So, here's a cheers to change, to shifting my lifestyle in the right direction, and to making a habit of living a lifestyle that I hope will be a model for my children!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Anyway, onto the purpose of this blog...
So I try to schedule things out so I can manage my time better (i.e. exercising, cooking, cleaning, (and soon - school work), etc.) But most times, like the cleaning, I don't follow through with those commitments. I was doing very well though with cooking and menu planning before we moved to Savannah and never got back into the swing of it. Well, this week has been different. Because our budget until pay day was getting very low, I figured we better start utilizing what's left in the pantry. This week's menu has been:
Breaded Baked Chicken
Parmesan Garlic Risotto
Hot Dogs with chili & cheese
Left over Taco Soup (for my husband who is anti- chili/cheese on hot dogs)
Breakfast for dinner -
Boiled Smoked Sausage
And, another side note: I mentioned school work would soon become something else I would have to schedule in because....(drum roll)
I'VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO SCAD'S MASTERS OF ARTS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM!!!!!!
Until next time.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The first is this:
I've mentioned many times before that I'm a planner. To me, however, planning is almost equivalent to wishing your life away because you're constantly looking to the possibilities and hopes of the future and never enjoying the moment. Despite recognizing it that way, I love planning for the future and creating an image, in my hopeful mind, of what will be. This means I look forward to the future, right? Well, not exactly...
You see, I'm terrified of growing old and "no longer existing". This is something I don't ever think about unless someone else brings up in conversation. If said person does bring up this conversation, I bluntly say "I don't want to think/talk about it" and quickly move on. I'm so uncomfortable with it that, if you didn't notice in the beginning of this paragraph, I grazed over the fact of dying by making it sound more acceptable and phrasing it as "no longer existing." I remember nights when I would walk to my mother's bedside crying and telling her I didn't want to die. A child in elementary school should not worry about such things. A woman my age should not worry about such things. But, alas, I do. So why you ask am I always looking to the future? Yea...can't explain that one.
The second is this:
Again, this deals with the fact that I'm a planner. I love to plan any and all things. However, I would LOVE (so much I can't even express how much) to be that person that spontaneously decides to pack up her things and go on a trip, unplanned. My parents used to do that-just pack up, go on a trip without a hotel reservation and, probably, sometimes not even an exact idea of where they were going. While right now financial woes prevents this from happening, I hope that one day when I'm financially able I'll let loose and go take trips on a whim.
The third is this:
I'm an only child. I, for the most part, got what I wanted growing up. I didn't want for anything, always had sleepovers when I wanted, had the type of birthday party I wanted, got enough Christmas gifts for a family of 5+, and so on. Most only children get used to the idea of getting all the attention and thrive on it right? (I assume this because my only child/dog "Moose" is an attention hog and does not like when he's not getting it, even for a minute). Not me. I despise/loathe/hate, whatever you want to call it, being the center of attention. I can feel the heat rising into my face as it turns coke-bottle red when my name is called in class, someone approaches me with a question of which I can't prepare an answer for, when the words "Happy Birthday to you" begun being sung to me on an (not so) annual basis. I don't enjoy it. I do, however, begrudingly admit that I do like getting what I want and not ever having to hear the word "no." Eh, not so proud of admitting that one :-/
But, that's me, full of contradictions. I'm sure there are MANY more, but those are the ones I'm aware of and can recognize at the moment.
Monday, August 9, 2010
This morning I took a Myers-Briggs personality test for work. I took it twice thinking I was answering the same way the 2nd time, but apparently I wasn't because I got a slightly different result. I, personally, feel that each pretty closely describes me so I think I'm borderline between being an extrovert and introvert, because that was the one initial that changed between each result.
I can't paste into my blog, but here are the links to the personality and career profiles:
And, get this: I'm married to an INTJ!
The main difference between Kenny and I is this:
ESFJ's "need approval of others to feel good about themselves." ISFJ's "need positive feedback from others. In the absence of positive feedback, or in the face of criticism, the ISFJ gets discouraged , and may even come depressed." INTJ's (Kenny) "is not overly demonstrative of their affections, and is likely to not give as much praise or positive support as others may need or desire."
Yea, perfect match! But, we accept and love each other for our differences, right? :)
What's your personality type?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Here are the recipes from Friday's Lunch:
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 jar of Marshmallow Fluff
Mix together thoroughly
Cheesy Onion Dip:
1 C Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 C Provolone cheese, shredded
3/4 C - 1 1/2 C Onion, finely chopped
1 C Mayonnaise
1 T garlic powder
Mix all together and bake 30-40 minutes until cheese melted and slightly brown
1 pkg. Pita pockets
3/4 C olive oil
Ground black pepper
1 T garlic powder
1 t dried parsely
Slice the pita pockets into 8 triangles
Mix all other ingredients and spread onto pita pockets
Bake at 400 F for 5-7 minutes
Chicken Salad Sandwich Paninis:
1.5 lb chicken tenders (will make about 7-8 sandwich servings)
Mayonnaise (as much as desired)
1/4 onion, finely chopped
2 T celery, finely chopped
1 t dried basil
1 t garlic powder
Italian bread slices
Cheese of your choice
Lettuce & tomato, if desired
Boil the chicken, let cool down, then shred
Add in all other ingredients
Put chicken salad & cheese between 2 slices of italian bread, spread olive oil on both sides of the sandwich (only one outside slice of each piece of bread)
Place on Panini Maker for about 5 minutes (enough to slightly heat & melt the cheese)
Add lettuce & tomato, if desired
1-12 oz. pkg. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 quarts water
9 tea bags
1 C sugar
Boil the water in a dutch oven
Add tea bags, remove from heat, let steep for 5 minutes
Add sugar and thawed lemonade concentrate
Sit in refrigerator to cool. Once cool, pour over ice and add slices of orange and lemon