I've managed to watch two of the three DVDs I was hoping to watch this weekend. Maybe I'll get the third watched tonight...
On Saturday, I watched "Bright Star". I am so enchanted by this movie. It is the story of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Keats obviously being a poet, though not a successful one during his short lifetime. Fanny Brawne was the woman he loved and an oh so fabulous clothing designer. She was constantly sewing lovely frocks! It was like watching an 1818 version of Project Runway! I am still absorbing it and cannot come up with another word besides enchanting, so sorry to be repeating myself.
Today, I watched "The Hurt Locker" and if enchanted describes how "Bright Star" left me feeling, then exhausted describes this movie! I feel like I have been in Iraq dismantling bombs all day! I'm still absorbing this too, but I think it is really a work of art because I never felt like I was watching a movie, but felt more like someone was just over in Iraq recording the action. And I kept thinking to myself that I could NOT believe this was directed by a female.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I've managed to watch two of the three DVDs I was hoping to watch this weekend. Maybe I'll get the third watched tonight...
That's the update from Kara at 5:30 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2010
So I wouldn't strangle her when I come home to find she has shredded my new package of pink tissue paper or a Neiman Marcus shopping bag
This is what happens when:
(a) I'm really sick of seeing all the dead flowers in all the pots around this place (it looks like the Adams Family around here!), and
(b) the stinky Paperwhites finally die...
I get some lovely non-stinky flowers for my kitchen window!
My house turns into a cookie factory on a Saturday afternoon!
I made big hearts and little hearts...
and a few sets of lips
That's the update from Kara at 8:01 PM
Friday, January 29, 2010
TGIF! It hasn't been an immensely busy week, but I sure feel like it has! Maybe it is because this is the first FULL week of school- 3 classes on 3 nights. Whatever the cause, I'm excited to have a couple of days with NOTHING to do! Today actually is busy, so if I can just make it through, I have big plans for movies and cooking.
My movie plans include knocking out my 3 netflix DVDs. They are 3 that I'm very excited about too! I still have to watch "Inglorious Basterds" and now have "Bright Star" which I've been dying to see for months and "The Hurt Locker".
My cooking plans include cooking a beef and veggie stir fry (recipe from The Deen Bros. "Take It Easy" cookbook) and try out my new rice cooker/steamer that came in this week (yea!). I also plan to cook a pork roast for pulled pork. I figure I can make tacos and bbq sandwiches with it. I'm going to cook it in the crock pot with tomatillos, onions, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice on top. We'll see how that all turns out.
There is a real chance the pork will go very wrong. I have lots of trouble cooking pork because I hate the way it feels. It totally grosses me out! Usually, if I actually manage to get to the "it's done" stage of the cooking process, then I'm so grossed out I cannot even eat it! I really hate dealing with meat...period...end of story. Odd I know since I LOVE my steak "cold rare". I'm a mystery to figure out, I know! But honestly, I'm most grossed out by pork, with hamburger meat running a close second.
I bought a pork roast. It was the first roast I have ever bought in my life. I was torn between shoulder and butt. I settled on the one that says "Butt Shoulder". I don't think it is suppose to really say "Butt Shoulder." I'm no expert in Pig anatomy, but I don't think the Butt is anywhere near the Shoulder. But as it seemed to solve my dilemma, it's what I bought! Truth be known, I think it is a butt.
I'll report back on my weekend of staying in (it's suppose to be cold), watching movies and cooking up a storm.
Oh and I hesitate to write this, as I can imagine a certain group of people who will be lining up outside my front door immediately upon reading this, but I'm feeling a cookie mood coming on and just may make some valentines day cookies!
Now, without further delay about my boring life, it's time to announce the winner of the Rice Cooker/Steamer Giveaway contest...
There were 17 entries and according to Random.org, the winner is #4- Courtney! Yeah Courtney! And p.s., I don't think it is odd that you like the cemeteries in NOLA. I think they are beautiful too! Thanks for entering everyone. I love getting stuff and giving stuff, so I had fun with it!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This post is probably going to fall under the TMI (too much information) category, thus the title of the post TMI Thursday. Don't worry. I don't plan to make it a weekly post!
Today's topic of TMI is underwear (panties, knickers, drawers, bloomers, whatever you want to call them). I buy all of mine at Gap Body. Have for years. I spend lots ($78) on my bras, so for the underwear, I hit up the bargain bins at Gap Body. I refuse to pay more than $1.99 a pair. I love to get them for less than $1.99 a pair.
I hit up Gap Body around New Year's for some new undergarments. Turns out I've been wearing a size too large for the past 3 years, but that's another subject for another day (maybe next weeks TMI post....kidding, I'm kidding!). Because I always dig through the bargain bins for my purchases, I pretty much buy whatever color, pattern, etc. they have. I did draw the line once at a yellow pattern. I reminded me of pee. Pee and underwear didn't really seem like a good combo.
Well, let me show you this one pattern that I got a couple of weeks ago...
The pattern has red and pink stars on them. At first, I thought they kind of looked like something a 5 year old would wear, but I got two pair because they fit the requirements: they were in my size, cheap and weren't the color of pee.
Turns out, I freakin' love the things! I feel like Wonder Woman wearing my starry underwear! It's like they are my underoos! If I'm wearing my stars, look out world!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I know, I know. Many of you are saying "Why don't you get rid of some of those?". She actually plays with them all. There will be things I forgot we had and I will see it sitting on the floor of some room. I have made a decision that we do not repair toys that get torn or worn out anymore (unless they are really important ones because we have a hierarchy of toys here in this house you know).
That's the update from Kara at 6:00 AM
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I ordered a camera bag some time back and I'm so excited that it finally came in. It seems like I ordered it forever ago, but the company custom makes them after you order them, thus it takes a couple of weeks before they can mail them out. They make lots of really cute bags...
I thought several were really cute, but I was afraid to order a light colored background one, so I ordered this one instead...
I didn't think it was the most adorable, but thought it was something that wouldn't show stains really bad and would go with just about anything you could be wearing.
It is smaller than I thought it would be, but it will hold a camera and two lenses and will also hold the camera with the lens on it. I like that it is smaller than I thought because it can be toted around so much easier and even be crammed inside my carry-on bag when traveling. Further, I like that it doesn't have "Nikon" blazing from the side of it saying "Hello, expensive camera, come take me" that some of the other ones do.
They have them marked down $10 (which essentially covers the shipping). If you need a cute camera bag, check out Janine King Designs on etsy.
That's the update from Kara at 6:00 AM
Monday, January 25, 2010
BUT, I do know about those New Orleans Saints! How about that! I'm so happy for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast that they have something so great to root for. They deserve it! And to see such a celebration in the Superdome considering how it was only a few years ago.
For those of you that haven't been to NOLA, you MUST go. It is such a great city. For those of you that haven't been, I've enjoyed seeing where your favorite spot is. New Orleans is my top spot because it is pretty close and easy to get to quickly from here. It's also cheaper than my second choice of NYC.
If you haven't entered the giveaway do so HERE. I asked a couple of people why they hadn't entered and they said it was because they already have a rice steamer. Seriously? Am I the only person who enters contests for things that I already own? I mean, I enter to win a KitchenAid mixer for PW every single time she has a contest and yet, I already own one. I just want to win something!
That's the update from Kara at 12:27 PM
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I have made a couple of purchases this weekend that I want to show you.
First, I got some Valentines Day dish towels at Target. I have several sets of these I use during Christmas and January and have decided that they are really some of my favorite towels (maybe even ahead of my Williams-Sonoma towels). Now, I've made it my goal to have a set for every "season" or holiday so that I have some in the rotation year round. Here are the Valentines Day ones that I got...
They have them in the traditional Red, Pink and White, and those were really cute, but I just loved all the colors in this set.
You can find these at your local Target. They are $3.99 for a set of 2.
Then I made my way to TJ Maxx and found some super springy shoes...
They are by Sperry Topsiders (giggle), but I thought they were perfect for spring/summer. They can be worn earlier in the season with jeans and then later with capris, shorts, skirts, etc. I also have to add that they are really comfy. I find some flats to be, well too flat. These have some arch support. They had these in a couple of other colors too. They had a french blue with navy trim and white with coral trim. They were a great deal... $19.99. You can probably find them at your local TJ Maxx too.
See! They look cute with jeans!
I didn't have too much other excitement for the weekend. I went to a pie social on Saturday afternoon. I don't know why, but every time I say that, I totally feel like I'm out of Little House on the Prairie! It was fundraiser for one of the DA candidates for my county.
Then today, my Mom decided to come and visit. We didn't really do much, but we did have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and it was yummy!
For those of you who haven't entered my giveaway, don't forget! Time's a tickin'! Go HERE to enter.
That's the update from Kara at 6:13 PM
Friday, January 22, 2010
Why the hate? I've been noticing for a while now that most of my posts aren't updating very quickly (if at all) on my loyal readers blog lists. I've done some research and it seems many people have this issue. Why can't you fix it? You are related to Google. I thought the folks at Google could do anything. Oh and while you are at it, please add spell check to the updated editor so that I can stop getting whiplash during my blog posts from having to toggle back and forth between the old and updated editor.
Your frustrated blogger,
If you have me on your blog list and it doesn't look like I've blogged in quite a while, there are three scenarios:
(1) I won the lottery and ran away (though I'd probably blog an "over and out" post about it),
(2) I'm dead,
or the more likely version
(3) Stupid Blogger isn't showing me the love (see above referenced problem)!!!!
So maybe if I don't show up on your list, just check the blog anyway, that way you won't miss anything (like this weeks giveaway!).
See info on the giveaway here
Thursday, January 21, 2010
What I am going to do for Mardi Gras is finally getting around to making some Crawfish Etouffee. I've had the authentic Louisiana crawfish in my freezer for a while now, and the recipe sitting in my recipe box, but one thing has been holding me back...the rice. You see, I wanted to make it and have some GOOD rice to go with it. I don't love Minute Rice and I'm not even touching the microwave stuff. Every time I attempt to make "real rice" it turns out gummy. Gummy bears = good, gummy rice = yuck!
It seems all my problems have been solved with an e-mail I got this week (well not all of my problems, but at least the rice one). A company contacted me about doing a product review and/or a giveaway. Now this company sells EVERYTHING from mailboxes to dishes, to cookware, to baby stuff. I was so excited because they have so many great products to choose from. Sadly I had a budget! That word Budget is such a dirty little word! I searched and searched for something to select that was within the budget and finally came up with this...
That's the update from Kara at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
We finished the clean-up project today. We seem to have gotten the knack for working well in our "organized chaos", so I'm pretty sure now that we are actually organized, we won't be able to find a darn thing! Turns out our shredder just needed a nice LONG rest, and it was back up and running today. For a minute or two, we thought we were going to have to go rent a storage building to store our closed files, but they all JUST fit. Probably in 6 months of so, that will be something we have to do, as I am unwilling to give up another closet in the house for such things and I don't really have room in the garage. Of course I recognize that 6 months from now will put us in the throws of the Texas Summer Heat, but hey, we can save $300 on storage if we wait (remind me of this when I am complaining about dehydration from moving boxes into storage come June or July!).
I'm trying to work on a product giveaway for you guys, so that has taken some time today...trying to pick a product under certain guidelines is hard! The other thing I've got going on today is that my break is finally over. School starts back for me tonight. I'm trying to get everything prepared. How much do you think my students are going to hate me when they find out we are actually having class tonight? But this class only meets once a week, so it isn't like I can just hand out the syllabus and then write the whole class off. So I'll be lecturing on Congress tonight. Probably a little pre-lecture on the Articles of Confederation before we dive into Congress. Sounds like fun, No?
That's the update from Kara at 3:17 PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Yesterday was F&C's 5 year Firmiversary. Well, maybe not yesterday exactly. The only way we really keep up with it is that 5 years ago, on what would have been our first day "open for business", it was MLK day and we decided to take a holiday! We're real motivated like that! So every year, on MLK day we say it is our firmiversary.
Probably much like a marriage anniversary, it seems like it happened yesterday in some ways and also a lifetime ago in other ways. You probably recall this, but most of the work takes place in my home office. We have another office, but only really go there to meet with clients. We like to really bare bones our expenses and pocket money we save on fancier office expenses.
Since yesterday was a holiday, we celebrated big time today. What did we do? We did a MAJOR cleanout of the office. We were highly productive all day (which is so unusual) and only stopped to make chicken salad sandwiches and when I made a run to the office to meet a client and swing by the post office. I know, quite a way to celebrate 5 years in business! Party animals, right? It's a pretty pathetic celebration.
We trashed so much stuff that I had to move the dumpsters closer to the office. The recycle one even came inside the front door! Man, did we fill those babies up!
Oh, and we have to go to Staples tomorrow because we burned out our shredder. As usual, Lola didn't do too much to help (pardon the phone photo).
I love those ears!
That's the update from Kara at 6:01 PM
Monday, January 18, 2010
I am sure glad it is a three day weekend. I'm such a big fan of three day weekends. I love it if I can get away...last year I was in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. This year, I've kept it pretty low key.
Catalina dressing dated 2006, I'm talking about you!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I've been taking photos of the progress, but of course, I must have accidentally deleted most of the photos. It's really too bad because some days, I swear, they would grow like 3 inches!
Here's a photo of just a few days ago...
Then yesterday they started to bloom and today they look like this...
a close up...
ummm, there is one little problem... they stink to high heaven! Okay, I'm kind of scent sensitive. Almost every single product I use is scent free with the exception of my perfume. Around the house, there are about 4 approved scents for candles, oils, wallflowers, etc. You might not think they stink, but I cannot stand them. I've had to move them away from the kitchen sink area because I couldn't stand to do the dishes. Now I've moved them into the breakfast area because, well, I never really eat anywhere but the couch anyway! They are by Lola's toys though. Poor girl!
Now this has nothing to do with the Paper Whites or being in full bloom. Really it is the antithesis of full bloom. More like full burn-out. But it cracks me up because she totally reminds me of a polar bear at the zoo laid up on a rock or something...
Finally, it is hard to post anything and not mention Haiti. So many horrible stories coming out of there, but so much hope and great examples of the human spirit. I have found a blog that a young (20ish) couple, Ben & Katie, from Dallas is writing about their experiences teaching at a school in Haiti. They arrived on December 29th and then within a couple of weeks found themselves in the middle of all this mess. They have been able to blog about it a couple of times since the earthquake struck.
That's the update from Kara at 12:20 PM
Friday, January 15, 2010
BEEEEEEEEP! This is a Test. I repeat, this is a test of the Legally Blonde Broadcasting System. In the event of any real emergency...
Okay, so I'm testing out a new way to post photos thanks to the help of Traci at Sweet Cheeky Designs. She has been so nice to help me and we have been on the phone for an hour now hashing this out. Okay, so we may or may not have discussed iphones, Sex and the City, Haiti, and Project Runway along with Blogger and Photoshop things during that hour!
So this "new" system of posting photos is suppose to allow for the photo to post bigger and better. This isn't actually one I took recently and not one with the new camera because those are on the desktop in my office and I've been fooling around with my laptop in the Living Room.
It should go from this...
That's the update from Kara at 9:51 PM
As I mentioned earlier this year, I am not a big fan or new year's resolutions, but instead thought I should be resolved all year long to do better and be better. Just for the record, I have managed to stick to my one new year's resolution and have used eye cream and moisturizer every single night of the year!
I bring all this up because I need to be resolved to have more patience and be grateful for what I have. You will recall my total impatience in waiting on my new camera to be delivered. I have been experiencing similar impatience regarding a couple of other online purchases I have made.
One finally came in today...my camera strap. Here are some pics from where I ordered it from (I took some pics, but this is the lazy way out!)
As I was living my excitement at finally getting this in, I was also half listening to CNN in the background of my living room. I thought about how selfish and petty it was that I've been ticked off that the seller of this strap wouldn't respond to my e-mail requests for information about whether it had shipped or not. These poor Haitians cannot get food, water, medicine and other basic supplies. That is what is important, not whether it takes two weeks vs. the week I thought it was going to take to get a stupid (but CUTE) camera strap (or bag, or book, or whatever else I'm impatient about).
People are giving and breaking all records for donations even in these economic times. Over 8 million dollars has been raised through the Text Messages to The Red Cross. That's awesome! The power of social networking and other technology. I failed to mention Compassion International the other day in my list of Charities. It was just not on the list I was looking at and my mind wasn't working properly. They are great! I have a button over to the right that will link you to them now too.
Finally I just want to say that I love AC! AC? Yes, Anderson Cooper. I watch him every night, but he is so great in times of crisis. And Dr. Sanjay Gupta...total rock star! Have you seen the footage of him treating the 15 day old baby? I was so sad when he didn't take the job as Surgeon General, but now, I'm glad we still have him on CNN.
That's the update from Kara at 3:28 PM
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I'm a CNN junkie. Even on "non-news days", CNN probably runs on my T.V. for at least 4 hours a day. On days like yesterday and today, CNN is on for 8 hours plus. I can't help it. It is one of my addictions.
Those poor people of Haiti. They were in such bad shape...and that was two days ago, before the earthquake. Today, it seems to just be devastated. You cannot watch without your heart breaking. They need so much help. They need our help. They need my help. They need your help.
If you feel like you cannot do much, so why bother, keep in mind what I heard President Clinton say earlier today. In the aftermath of the Tsunami a couple of years ago, over a billion dollars was donated by Americans. You know what the average donation was? $56.
Donate whatever you can. You can make a donation at many organizations, some of which I have listed below. On most, you can click the link and go straight to a donation page. In addition, you can text "HAITI" to " 90999" and $10 will go directly to the Red Cross. I believe that the $10 donation will show up on your phone bill and no, the phone companies are not taking a cut. How many texts have you sent today? Just do one more and help out. You can also visit The Pioneer Woman's giveaways for a new KitchenAid mixer on her Tasty Kitchen site and register to win. For every person who registers, she is donating 10 cents to Haiti.
And I have fought through my anger and used all my willpower not to say horrible things about that, that, that... MAN, Pat Robertson. What would Jesus do Pat? What would Jesus say? Not what you said today, you mean hateful man! Well, I almost made it! That really was nicer than what I would like to say!
Make a donation
Clinton Global Initiative
Direct Relief International
American Red Cross
Save the Children
Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Medical Teams International
International Committee of the Red Cross
That's the update from Kara at 7:17 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I've been taking photos of everything in an effort to try out my new camera. I need to read my Dummies book more and get into the more technical aspects, but for now, I'm still in Auto mode.
That's the update from Kara at 11:18 AM