Monday, July 30, 2012

The Twitterverse

Let me shock some of you.  I've never been on facebook.  While I never say never, I'm betting there is a really good chance I won't ever be on facebook. 

I am on Twitter.  I love twitter.  There is no better way to stay informed on the worlds happenings, or celebrity gossip, or follow your favorite authors.  It's even fun to follow people who you "know" through blogging etc.  And then there are even the few people on twitter who you actually know in person (others of you may know lots of "real people" on twitter, but most my folks are on facebook, not twitter).

Anyway, twitter is a great outlet.  It's not like a blog, where you feel bad or neglectful if you haven't posted in awhile.  My tweeting seems to come in fits and starts.  Sometimes, I'll tweet a "celebrity".  Not in the, "Hey. Retweet me!" annoying kind of way that thousands of people do,  but if I generally have a response to one of their tweets.  Sometimes, I blow up everyone's time lines while tweeting big events. 

Generally, I don't really think that any celebrity is going to read my tweet.  I don't think how can I tweet to get more followers (in fact I generally block creepy looking people).  I just tweet to tweet.  Maybe it is because I live alone (well not alone, but only with a dog).  When I'm watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony, for example, I don't have anyone to make snarky comments to.  Instead of blowing up my friends' phones with text messages, I tweet. 

This past week was a big week on Twitter for me.  First, I tweeted Jennifer Weiner (one of my favorite authors).  She is going to be on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live tonight as the guest bartender.  She was tweeting about it, so I asked what cocktail she was making, and I got this reply...


I was super excited! 

Then on Friday, night, as I mentioned, I was blowing up my twitter with Opening Ceremonies.  I went to bed never intending anyone to talk about it again.  Then I wake up on Saturday morning, and low and behold, I have several new twitter followers from places like Scotland and The Maldives.  I thought it odd, then I ran across this tweet to me:

What?  Surely, this is a joke.  A scam.  Then I worried.  If it's true, which tweet was it?  Several of these crossed my mind...






But I clicked on the article and skimmed it quickly. 

I didn't see my name, or twitter name, at all.  I didn't see my name!  Relief rushed over me.  Then I read it again, this time to just actually read the article.  On the second read through, I saw it.  My tweet quoted in the article (3rd full paragraph)...




Ugh!  Seriously, I was kind of mortified!  Once I got over that, I've since found it kind of funny.

So let me be the cautionary tale:  Just remember folks, twitter is all fun and games, until CNN pulls your snarky tweet for an article!

and if you are on twitter, follow me and we can be twitter friends too!

Friday, July 27, 2012

London

All eyes are on London again. 
Today is the start of the Olympics in my favorite city in the world. 

I am excited to see all the London coverage over the next couple of weeks.  It's stupid, but I'll admit it...I'm nervous too.  The opening ceremonies are a big dang deal.  Now, everyone has China and their zillion drummers beating in unison, their dancing boxes, flying torch lighter, etc. on their mind.  That's a tall order to measure up to.  I hope my favorite city will measure up.  They already have one thing going in their favor...they've got David Beckham doing something top secret in the ceremony!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Outlet Shopping.

I live very near an outlet mall, and it has many great stores.  I recognize that I am very spoiled to live so near great shopping.  All that being said, I really am jealous of people who live near the outlets in San Marcos, Texas.  They have several stores that I wish we had here... Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, Gucci, and Prada just to name a few. 

A week and a half ago, I stopped by San Marcos on my way to El Campo.  Luckily, I am a power shopper, so I could hit up the stores I wanted to, and only spend about 3 hours there.  In all seriousness here, when I pulled up, I was beyond excited. It is definitely one of my happy places. While shopping, I thought to myself, "Wow, I wonder if this is how happy some people are at Disney?!".

I did some Christmas/Birthday shopping, so I can't share those purchases, but here is what I bought that I can tell you about...


Pottery Barn

I got these towels for my guest bath.  I have had plain brown hanging up, but decided that for at least Spring and Summer, these added a little pop of color (plus they were significantly reduced from PB usual prices as the hand towel was $7.49 and the regular towel was $11.99)...

Since getting a picture for above my mantle that my grandmother painted, I've been redoing my mantle (more to come on that).  I found these candle holders which work perfectly (there are only two...one pic is for scale, one is for detail).  They weren't a bargain, but I really liked them and thought they were worth the money...


Williams Sonoma

This is a bit of a cheat photo.  I actually only purchased the carafe for myself, but I purchased the odd size measuring cups and spoons and the bread basket for my Mom to give me for Christmas.  I've been wanting a carafe (for what I don't really know), and this one was like $6.  I bought the measuring cups and spoons as gifts last year, but never got any for myself.  I've always wanted one of those bread baskets.  You can heat the basket in the oven and it will keep your bread warm while waiting to be served.  I think that most of the time, it will be a fruit basket.  Mine is white.

Vera Bradley

I found this little pencil case.  It matches my school bag (which isn't new, but I have shown you for reference).  It was on sale for like $4, so I couldn't pass it up!

Kate Spade

I've been looking for a new work bag forever.  I either can't find one big enough, or the drop isn't long enough.  I found this bag and it fit me needs perfectly.  Plus I got it for like 70% off retail price!  I also love the Kate Spade sayings, so I had to show you what's written on the storage bag...

Tory Burch

For some reason this is the summer of the flip flops for me.  I've mostly bought Havianas.  I bought them in brown, blue, and pink, but haven't been able to find any in black (or at least in black at the reduced price I wanted to pay).  I got these cute black flops at Tory Burch.  Isn't the box and bag just too cute?

So that's what I got at the outlet.  I'm sure I could have shopped some more, but I still had miles to go and I knew that I needed to save some money because I had an appointment a few days later to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary pre-sale (more on that to come too!). 

I was happy to discover that I am capable of seriously power shopping that outlet, so I think that there may be a what I like to call a "suicide trip" to San Marcos closer to Christmas...drive down, shop, and drive back all in one day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My Weekend in South Texas

I left out on Saturday morning at the crack of dawn and headed south.  Originally, I had booked a flight south, but that kind of turned into an all around fiasco, so I cancelled my flight and drove instead.  I made a quick stop at the Burberry outlet in Round Rock.  I didn't buy a thing, but never fear, I moved on to the San Marcos outlets for a speed round version of a shop-a-thon. 

I met my friend Robin there and we hit up Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Tory Burch, Prada, Gucci, Vera Bradley & Kate Spade (oh my!).  More on my purchase to come in another post.

After I was out of money tired, I headed to El Campo to see some of my favorite people.  I stayed with my friend Abby and her family until today.  We had a pretty relaxed weekend.  They did have the traveling Vietnam Wall in town, which we visited. 


Emery and the wall...


We had a big celebration for this guy...

Bailey turned 12 on Saturday.  I cannot believe he is 12.  I remember when we was a wee little pup!  We made a cake for the humans celebrating Bailey....


Of course he had presents...


He loved his new ducks... 


About to blow out the candles with a little help from his friends...


Bailey and his family (in a really crappy iphone pic I took)...

The Birthday Boy


On Monday, Abby & I headed to Houston for a book signing.  I have to tell you first, that I was hesitant to venture out of the house because my morning started like this...

Abby slept in (because, hello, she's 9 months preggo!).  When she got up, I had already showered, had my wet hair clipped up on my head, and had half my makeup on.  I went into the living room to chat with her and eat some cake for breakfast (because we are all healthy like that), and while I was sitting there, I got this from Brooks, her 4 year old:

Ummm, Kara?

Yes, Brooks?

You... ummmm.... you look INTERESTING today.

But nonetheless, we did venture out of the house.  Hopefully looking less "interesting", and went to meet Jennifer Weiner, one of my favorite authors for many years, was doing a signing in Houston.  I have always wanted to attend one of her signings, but it's never worked out.  When I saw she was coming to Houston, I called Abby and said, "We are going!". 

I've gone to hear several authors before.  Some you leave not liking as much as you did when you went in.  Some don't really change your opinion.  I probably even had more preconceived ideas about JW because I've been following her on twitter for so long.  I'm so happy to report that Jen is the first that I think I love even more after hearing her speak & meeting her.  She is so funny and so genuine.   You just want to be BFF's with her!

She gave Abby & I extra goodies (presumably me because I traveled so far, and Abby because she was so very pregnant!).  I got this tote bag, and Abby got a beach towel...

I would travel 5+ hours again to see Jennifer Weiner in a heartbeat!


It was a fun weekend in South Texas!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Shows

I hear people say that they don't like summer because there is nothing to watch on television.  Now maybe I'm easy to please, but I completely disagree!  I find plenty of shows to watch in the summer.  Sure they aren't on your standard network television, but if you tune into cable, you'll find something that is sure to please.  Here are some of my summer go-to shows by category:

Trashy Television

What's not to love.  We have three Housewives going on Bravo bringing us into the OC, NYC and New Jersey, the Kardashian Hollywood hijinks, and the Eastwood clan and their new show set in dreamy Carmel, California. 

Coming to an End

Several of my Summer favorites are wrapping up this year.  The Closer started airing its last 6 episodes this week.  I'm going to miss Chief Brenda Johnson, and I'm all sorts of torn up about the upcoming discovery of who is the mole in Brenda's Major Crimes Division!



Also, Weeds on Showtime has just started it's final season.  I'm not very torn up about this.  I think it is time they wrap this up.  


New Shows

I've already expressed my love for the new Dallas.  I'm still loving the weekly dose of the Ewing clan and was happy to read that it has been picked up for a second season already.


Another new show, I tuned into this summer is Bunheads.  I'll be honest, the only thing that got me to tune in to this show is that it is the new show by the creator of my beloved Gilmore Girls.  While it is not GG, it is witty and I love that many of the GG characters are popping up in this show.


The Others

Some of the others I watch in the summer include Rizzoli and Isles on TNT and Royal Pains on USA.  I also watch Army Wives on Lifetime, even though I'm always less than enthused about it. 

My New Obsession


My new love is The Newsroom on HBO.  I was very much looking forward to this new show because of Aaron Sorkin.  My love for Aaron Sorkin runs deep.  Then The Newsroom got not so great reviews.  Many said that it was too speechified.  I thought the first episode was so so.  I thought the second episode was better.  By episode three I was in love.  


The best part about all of this is that summer school is over!  Now instead of depending on my DVR 4 nights a week, I get to actually watch television!

What about you?  Any shows you love in the summer that I'm missing?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beating the Heat Treat

This week has not been that bad, but last week was HOT!  I decided to make homemade ice cream in an effort to beat the heat. 

I have a cheapo ice cream freezer that I got on clearance at Target for like $15.  It's not the best, but seeing as I only make homemade ice cream once a year, I have hardly ever been able to justify the expensive wooden kind.  Even though this is a cheap, plastic kind, I still prefer it to those kind where you freeze the bowl and don't use ice/salt.

I don't know why I wrapped it in a towel.  I saw my great-grandmother do it.  My grandmother do it.  My Mom do it.  So by-golly I'm going to do it!
I added some fresh peaches to mine


There are tons of great recipes out there for homemade ice cream or custards.  I went the easy route and used my Mom's recipe because it is tried and tested (and did I mention easy?). 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

6 eggs beaten
3 2/3 cups of sugar
3 teaspoons of vanilla
2 tall cans of Pet (evaporated) milk
1 small carton of half & half
finish filling with regular milk

Now I know people get all crazy about the raw eggs, but we've been eating this for years and all has been well.

Here's another one of my Mom's recipes that I really like (gosh I may just have to break out and make another round of homemade ice cream this year!)...

Tutti-Frutti Ice Cream

1 can Eagle Brand milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (undrained)
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges (drained and chopped)
1 cup water
3 cups milk

Combine first 7 ingredients; blend well.  Add water and milk.  Pour mixture into freezer can of a 1 gallon freezer.  Freeze according to freezer directions.  Allow ice cream to ripen at least 1 hour (does this mean that you should let it sit for one hour before eating it?  Mom?).

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Patriotic Pup

Happy Independence Day!

Lola went for a much needed grooming yesterday, and she came out with some patriotic flair!


I feel like I have really dropped the ball this year.  I haven't decorated for the holiday. 
I mean AT ALL.
It seems odd having a holiday fall right in the middle of the week.
I had class last night until 8, and then I have court in the morning at 8:30.

So we are taking it easy.  I'm watching Wimbledon (20 years ago today, Andre Agassi won for the first time and as a result I had probably the happiest 4th of July ever!).  I'm reading some books.  I'm catching up on my DVR'd shows. 

Nothing very 4th of July-ish, but what do you expect for a Wednesday?


Lola & I hope you are having a happy and safe 4th!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cucumber Salad

I have pinned a ton of recipes on pinterest, but I have tried next to none. The first one I actually tried was the poptails, and they turned out terrible! I decided to try out this pinterest recipe last week.

I have to say that as I was making it, I thought "That's it! I'm never making a pinterest recipe again!". It has a lot of sugar. I mean a lot of sugar. The liquid was very syrupy. I'm happy to report that after it sat in the refrigerator for several days, it got much better. I'm not still sure that you couldn't cut the sugar in half. I may have to try that at some point. Here's the recipe...

7 cups unpeeled pickling cucumbers sliced thin
1 cup sliced onion (I used vidalia)
1 cup sliced green pepper (obviously they used red peppers in photo above, which is prettier)
1 Tablespoon salt
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups sugar (I know!  2 cups?!)
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed

Put the vinegar, sugar, celery seed, & mustard seed in a pot and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and let cool for one hour.

Cut up cucumbers, onions, peppers, and salt and set aside.
It is not essential to the process that you have a zillion cords in the mix.  Ha!
I don't think I used quite as many veggies as what the recipe called for.

Then pour the cooled mixture over the the cucumbers.  Put in jars and store in refrigerator.  Will keep up to 2 months.

Though I had my doubts, I've enjoyed this salad. 
It adds some flare to a boring sandwich lunch. 

So I guess I will continue to try out some recipes from my pinterest recipe board!

 

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