Sunday, May 31, 2009
On Sunday, I met friends for brunch at Front Page. It super yummy. We also celebrated my birthday early. So, yummy brunch AND presents. Good morning. After brunch, Husband, Little Miss and I went to the pool and met up with Sister and Nephew. The kids played in the pool for a couple of hours and then we went back to Sister's house for bath time and dinner. Little Miss fell asleep on the way home and has been sleeping very well ever since. We watched Burn After Reading. I'm not a Coen Brothers fan, but Husband enjoyed it. This week is Husband's birthday so we'll be aiming for the mid-week blogging.
Friday, May 29, 2009
To pair up with Jason Statham, I chose his co-star in the first movie, Qi Shu. I can't say I know much about her and have not seen any of her other movies, but she is very pretty and evidently pretty enough to sway Frank from his original task in the movie.
Monday, May 25, 2009
We arrived a little after noon. We hung out for a little while and then went to a beer tasting. Some of the adults sampled beer. Some of the adults sampled ice cream. The kids got to run around, see dogs of all sizes and ponies, and play in the water. It was a lot of fun. We went home, took naps (or some of us did), got some take out for dinner and then some of us went to bed early.
On Sunday, we all woke up and went to Wal-Mart for groceries (though I managed to buy a lot of non-grocery products). We met the neighbors for a barbecue out back. The kids played in the hot tub (though the heat was turned off so no kids were boiled). Sister and I went to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian which was cute. We came home, I finished my book for bookclub and went to bed.
On Monday, it was time to drive back home. I went to bookclub to discuss Beach Music by Pat Conroy while Husband brought Little Miss home. She slept a ton today probably because she was exhausted trying to keep up with Nephew all weekend. She also ate a lot which is good because she mostly nibbled all weekend. It'll take a little bit to get back into the swing of things, but I think the weekend was worth it for everybody. It is hilarious that last weekend we were wearing our coats and freezing, and we couldn't have had warmer weather last weekend. Poor Little Miss gets so overheated as you can tell with her rosy cheeks.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Sexy Friday belongs to Josh Duhamel. I enjoyed him in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton and, of course, as Leo in All My Children. He's a little too tall to be my ideal man, but he's still pretty. Then, when I looked up his filmography, I noticed he's in a movie with Kristen Bell who, of course, was Veronica Mars as well as Sarah Marshall. The movie the two of them are in is When in Rome and it comes out later this summer. I don't know much about it, but the two of them are cute and, when occasion calls for it, sexy.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
On Saturday, Nephew turned 4 years old! We went to Sister's house for the big party. It was a lot of fun. We gave him a Cars/Lightning McQueen bathing suit - shirt and trunks - and a matching towel for the summer. We stayed later so Nephew and Little Miss could eat dinner and have a bath together. Nephew actually asked for me to give him his bath and read his story. He still loves Husband, but it's nice that he includes me more in the love.
My parents gave Nephew a bike for his birthday, and he rode it all around his neighborhood. Little Miss is a little slower on foot than he is on his bike, but she desperately wanted to keep up. She even braved walking on the grass to be with her cousin. So, Nephew got off his bike and led Little Miss by the hand until she caught up to where he was. Little Miss doesn't like to hold hands with anyone else but Nephew.
On Sunday,we went to the Taste of Arlington. I felt we got a lot of food. I ended up bringing a lot of food home actually. It was nice to have a taste from my favorite restaurants as well as try new ones. Highlights were from a new place that had shaved ice. They put a little condensed milk on the top so it was sweet and creamy. It would have been a perfect treat on a hot day except the day wasn't hot at all. I took a nap as soon as we got home as did Little Miss. Then, we played and relaxed the rest of the afternoon.
Good weekend. Next weekend is a much-deserved long weekend in Maryland! Plus, bookclub meets so I'll finally get to change the "Book I'm Reading" over on the right.
Friday, May 15, 2009
To balance out the co-ed Sexy Friday, I chose his wife in the movie, Winona Kirk, played by Jennifer Morrison. I prefer to think of her as Dr. Cameron from House.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
1 head broccoli
6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup raisins, optional
8 ounces sharp Cheddar, cut into very small chunks
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Trim off the large leaves from the broccoli stem. Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash broccoli head thoroughly. Cut the head into flowerets and the stem into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins if using, and cheese. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently.
Monday, May 11, 2009
On Saturday, Husband woke up with Little Miss. Then, he went golfing so Little Miss and I had the afternoon together. We went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and then walked around the mall. The initial thought was to buy a Mother's Day present for my mom and cards, but we may have picked up an item or two for myself as well. Hey, I'm a mother! Saturday night, the In-Laws came over for dinner. We gave Mother-in-Law a bunch of little things - a bracelet with an "L" on it (for Little Miss and Grandma's name), a picture frame with Husband and me and Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law, a little keepsake box with stained glass "Grandma" and a pink glass heart pendant. It was a nice evening.
On Sunday, I woke up with Little Miss, but she mostly ran around for an hour and then, without
I worked most of the evening to help get a leg up on today and then went to bed myself. And it's another week...
However, things to look forward to - Star Trek, Nephew's birthday party, and the Taste of Arlington.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I realized I don't have one of the women of the family, but I'm sure I can remedy that at Mother's Day dinner. More on presents and mothers during the next Weekend Update.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
To continue the co-ed theme of Sexy Friday, I've chosen a Star Trek co-star, Winona Ryder. Husband was a big fan back in the day. I recently watched her in Sex and Death 101 with Simon Baker who was also featured on Sexy Friday. The movie wasn't that great, but I did think the end was cute. Still, back to Winona Ryder... I mean, you have Beetle Juice which stars the awesomely underrated Michael Keaton, the totally awesome movie Heathers, the movie that dominated my college life - Reality Bites, and the girliest movie in my movie collection - Little Women not to mention countless others.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta
1 pound bow-tie pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 ears fresh corn, kernels cut off
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente; drain.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, raise the heat slightly and cook until the corn is heated through and golden, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
3. Add the vegetables, butter and basil to the pasta and toss.
Note: I use frozen corn. I just add until the corn and tomato ratio seems about right. I also don't sautee that long. I like my tomatoes on the firmer side so I mostly just heat the tomatoes and corn at the same time until the corn is warm (from the frozen state). I added about a tablespoon of butter. I also added a little salt and pepper because corn and tomatoes taste better salt and peppered.
Saturday, we woke up early and finished cleaning, but we were very behind schedule. We basically didn't prepare to have someone watch Little Miss while we cooked and cleaned. So, I went to the grocery store while Husband finished his chores and watched the baby. I came back from the store the time we asked guests (family including Brother- and Sister-in-Law, my parents, Sister and Nephew and friends) to arrive. Luckily, everyone was late. We had a lot of food (recipe for one will follow). Then, people started showing up for our 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party. It was a lot of fun. We had wagers and prizes. People stayed until a nice hour. Then, we had some quiet time and went to bed.
On Sunday, Little Miss slept until 10:30AM! She wasn't feeling quite up to speed, but she was happy. So, she hung out in our bed while we slowly woke up and then ran around crazy. In the afternoon, I went to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine which I enjoyed. Lately, Little Miss has been very loving to me so she cried when I went to the movie, and she's cried every day this week when I dropped her off at Nanny's house. She settles down after I'm gone, but she really cries. It's kind of cute - for me, anyway.
1. Bert and Ernie earrings;
2. Chocolate chip cookie earrings and matching ring;
3. A Smurf wristlet which I think are made with a fabric similar, if not identical, to my old bedsheets;
4. A Grey Goose drinking glass;
5. A purple bag which keeps calling out my name;
6. Last, but not least, the one item I may actually buy - a Where the Wild Things Are pendant.
I love all the retro stuff. There's also some Pacman and Ms. Pacman jewelry which is adorable. I love that the stuff is handmade or crafted from existing materials. It also makes me wish I was crafty.
Friday, May 1, 2009
This month was rather pathetic. I read both books within the first week of the month. I did start a lot of books, but I never finished any of them. I thought the Curtis Sittenfeld book was good. It did give us a lot to discuss at book club. I enjoyed the Sherrilyn Kenyon book much more than I expected and just got my latest batch of Dark Hunters so I can't wait to dig in. I didn't expect to be enjoying the series as much as I am. Plus, they're quick reads.