Friday, July 31, 2009
I like Amy Adams, too. I don't see how a person couldn't like her. I love that she can do tv and be in The Office. She can star and be nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Junebug and then later do Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Julie & Julia looks really cute, too. I haven't read the book, but the movie definitely looks like it has potential.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Husband and I recently became big fans of the show Mad Men on AMC. It's a great show which I've mentioned before. There is a site where you can make yourself into a cartoon version of a Mad Men character. The above photo is a scene featuring the Sterling Cooper gang and me!
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.
Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.
On Saturday, we went grocery shopping. Then, I made Mozzarella-Stuffed Tomatoes, and my friends came over to see Little Miss. We then went to see The Ugly Truth. I didn't really love it, but it seemed like everyone else in the theater did. I did laugh a couple of times, but I thought the movie was just missing something. After, we went to dinner at Lost Dog Cafe which was yummy (despite the fact that I left my leftovers in my friend's car). Then, we hung out at a Starbucks to sit and catch up. It was a nice day.
On Sunday, I got up with Little Miss. The photo to the left is from Sunday morning when she was playing with the Louisiana beads that I won. Then, I made macaroni and cheese for lunches this week. Then, we went to the In-Laws' pool. Little Miss was, once again, horrible at bed time. We'll see if the weekday routine will help, but I'm done with the tired but won't go to bed routine. This week should be quiet which will be nice. Maybe I can stay up past 10PM or continue to keep the apartment clean. Oh! Before I'm done, Little Miss has started to dance. Below is a (short) video of her dancing ability (note that, in the video, as soon as I acknowledge her dancing, she stops):
Sunday, July 26, 2009
6 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 cup finely grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley leaves, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut the tops off the tomatoes and, using a spoon, hollow out the middle. In a medium bowl, combine the mozzarella, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, oregano, and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place the stuffing in the tomatoes, taking care not to pack them too tight. Place on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Roast for 30 minutes.
Friday, July 24, 2009
To act as Ben Affleck's Sexy Friday counterpart, I chose Jennifer Garner even if they chose my grandmother's name for their child. I actually was never a huge Jennifer Garner fan because of her role in Felicity, but I did like her in 13 Going on 30 and Juno among a couple of others so I've let her fictional role from 11 years ago go. Oh! Totally forgot she was in the horrible adaptation of For the Roses by Julie Garwood called Rose Hill. (Sidenote: Justin Chambers played Cole and that character is part of the reason why I hated the adaptation, but I've gotten over that and now love him on Grey's Anatomy so I can let things go... eventually).
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I judge other people's wedding registries. I do. I can't help it. I know mine wasn't perfect and, if I did it over, I'd do things slightly different. Still, it's fun to see what people think they need. Sometimes, when I'm bored, I'll look up my name and see what people who have my name want. It's amazing how many people who share my name have horrible taste.
For instance, a fellow princess asked for Knitting Lingerie Style. I laugh because 1. I can't knit but also because 2. I am jealous because I bet a knit corset is SO comfortable yet I can't imagine it having the same support as a traditional one. How sexy is a fuzzy teddy - and not the bear variety?
Another princess registered for the following items from Crate and Barrel. I'm sure the products are of great quality. It just makes me wonder what decade this is - Cheese and Chocolate Fondue set, Acacia Chip and Dip set, and the matching Acacia Salad Bowls and Servers set. Between the wood and fondue, I'm thinking early '70's perhaps.
Another princess actually had a pretty good registry. It was a little plain, but there was nothing to criticize.
Do any of you have any guilty pleasures? Oh, and you should see me when it comes to baby registries...
Follow up on baby registries: I commend a fellow princess of registering for this, but she also registered for almost all clothing. People give clothing whether you register for it or not. People love buying little clothes. Don't register for it. Register for stuff you actually need like diapers, furniture, diapers, diaper bag, diapers...
1/9/09 Taylor Kitsch
1/16/09 Jensen Ackles
1/23/09 Eric Dane
1/30/09 George Eads
2/6/09 David Boreanaz
2/13/09 Johnny Depp
2/20/09 Hugh Jackman
2/27/09 Simon Baker
March – Irish Men
3/6/09 Stuart Townsend
3/13/09 Colin Farrell
3/20/09 Liam Neeson (Solemn Friday)
3/27/09 Jonathan Rhys Meyers
4/3/09 ER cast - Goran Visnjic, John Stamos, Mekhi Pfeifer, George Clooney, Linda Cardallini, Parminder Nagra
4/10/09 Paul Walker
4/17/09 Matthew McConaughey & Sandra Bullock
4/24/09 Ryan McPartlin & Yvonne Strahovski
5/1/09 Ryan Reynolds & Isla Fisher
5/8/09 Eric Bana & Winona Ryder
5/15/09 Chris Hemsworth & Jennifer Morrison
5/15/09 Chris Pine (Bonus Sexy Friday)
5/22/09 Josh Duhamel & Kristen Bell
5/29/09 Jason Statham & Qi Shu
6/5/09 Daniel Craig & Eva Green
6/12/09 Ryan Kwanten & Anna Paquin
6/19/09 Hugh Dancy & Claire Danes
6/26/09 Bradley Cooper & Heather Graham
7/3/09 Paul Rudd & Alicia Silverstone
7/5/09 Andy Roddick & Roger Federer (Sexy Sunday Supplement)
7/10/09 Gerard Butler & Katherine Heigl
7/17/09 Jon Hamm & January Jones
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday is my day to sleep in. So, Husband woke up with Little Miss while I stayed in bed. In the early afternoon, I went to the mall to meet friends for lunch and to see Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince. We had a good time. I also shopped a little. I should also mentioned that a friend and I made plans to see Rob Thomas in concert this fall. I've seen matchbox twenty in concert 3 times, I believe, but I've never seen Rob Thomas perform solo (though I did buy his DVD so I can prepare. I love Cradlesong so I'm super excited for this concert.
Sunday is my day to wake up with Little Miss. Luckily, she was still tired so we both dozed on the couch for a bit. Then, she ate breakfast and we all lounged about the house lazily. In the early afternoon, she went to spend time with the In-Laws while we went to a wake of a former co-worker of Husband's. We came home to go grocery shopping and to a tired Little Miss. We ate dinner, and then I put Little Miss to bed.
And, of course, it's Monday again, the beginning of another crazy week.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So, it was a great couple of days for meeting authors. Now, I have a ton of books to read and no excuse to continue going through this month not reading any books at all. This actually isn't true. I've read one good book this month. Hopefully, I can read at least one or two more by the end of the month. We shall see (and, of course, my total list of books read will show up at the end of the month).
Monday, July 13, 2009
OK, onto 10 Things About Me:
- I recently reconnected with friends from kindergarten, and it's kind of cool.
- I've only weighed more than 100 pounds while pregnant and topped out at 117.
- While pregnant, I had gestational diabetes and living with limited carbs was so hard!
- I love the show, Dirty Jobs. It makes me really appreciate my job.
- I have a size 4 foot.
- I have a handbag addiction. I need many - of all shapes and sizes. I can't stop.
- I could never be a stay-at-home mom. I think it's great. I just don't have the ambition or motivation. I could work part-time and would enjoy that if I had the opportunity. (Husband has already said he would be a stay-at-home dad in a heartbeat if we could swing it. We can't. He proved this while on paternity leave. Dinner would be waiting for me. He'd take Little Miss on walks. They had a grand time together.)
- I will watch a movie a thousand times on cable and then decide to buy the DVD. As soon as I buy the DVD, I will never watch the movie again.
- I never really wanted to be taller even though I'm the shortest human on the planet (or in my world anyway).
- I'm stronger than I look. I just like people to carry things for me.
That said, Saturday, we woke up and cleaned like mad people (well, bathrooms and dusted the main room, but the bedroom is still cluttered and messy). Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law came over in the afternoon to go over the routine before watching Little Miss all night. She put on an act and cried when we left, but I didn't hear her after we shut the door so I think she was acting to make us feel bad for leaving us. The In-Laws, Husband and I went to see Elton John and Billy Joel in concert. It was super. I've never seen Elton John or the two of them together so it was a great treat. We also had a fantastic dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill beforehand.
On Sunday, Husband woke up and fed Little Miss breakfast and then went to play golf. In the mid-afternoon, Little Miss and I went to meet Sister for lunch. We ate at Baja Fresh where Little Miss ate almost all the chicken out of my tacos. Then, we went grocery shopping and to Parents' house. There, we met Parents, Nephew and my parents' former exchange student and her brother. I also went to pick up Husband at the Metro. I also put Little Miss and Nephew's handprints on Dad's cast. We took a brief dip in the pool and then went to the house for dinner. Little Miss ate really well and then, because it was late, curled up on the sofa and tried to go to sleep. We took that as our cue to leave. She fell asleep before we turned off my parents' road.
So, good and busy weekend. We'll be going into the city later this week so I'll try to do an update during the week as well as after next weekend. Busy week of visiting friends in the city while they work, booksignings, and a movie.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Just an FYI: the photo above is a Korean angel. This site, Mary & Me, sells rubber stamps of different Asian designs (not just Korean). I'd have a photo of Little Miss, but I left my thumb drive at home so this will have to do.
1 pound spaghetti
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the oil, Parmesan, and lemon juice in a large bowl to blend.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce, and the reserved cooking liquid, adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
To continue from the previous entry, Little Miss fell asleep on the way home from my parents' house. We picked up Husband and went grocery shopping. Husband actually went grocery shopping while I stayed in the car with Little Miss. While I put away the groceries, Little Miss was eating some Chex. At one point, she just threw some on the floor. So, Husband asked her to pick up the 4 pieces on the floor. She just lost it. She started to cry and scream and kick. After about 10 minutes, Husband just put her in her crib and shut the door... where she proceeded to scream and cry for 10 minutes straight. After 10 minutes, Husband took her out, calmed her down and asked her once again to pick up the cereal. She started freaking out all over again. All she had to do was pick up 4 pieces of cereal and hand them to me. After about 45 minutes, she actually did. After she picked them up and gave them to me, she smiled at us. So, we praised her. And, so we can torture her in the future just like she tortured us, I took a video excerpt. Enjoy!
On Saturday, we woke up and went to In-Laws' pool for the afternoon. We hung out and ate a lot. Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law showed up. We stayed late to eat dessert (my favorite - Cherry Roll) and watched the D.C. and NYC fireworks on tv. Little Miss tried to sleep, but she was restless and we were loud so we went home to put her to bed.
On Sunday, Little Miss slept late which was glorious. Then, she ate breakfast and took a nap. After an attempt at lunch, we went to my parents' house. She took a little time to warm up to them before realizing that she got to entertain them. She ate some crackers, blueberries, cheese, ice cream - pretty much everything until they ran out of food. She chased the cat around and had fun with her new-to-her baby stroller. I think I'll have to get her one for our place now. Sister showed up for a little bit, and she goofed around with her. Then, we went home. What happened at home deserves its own entry.
Friday, July 3, 2009
My apologies for the tardiness of Sexy Friday today. It's a holiday and I was by myself with Little Miss so I was otherwise occupied this morning.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
- Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher
- Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
- A Kid to the Rescue by Susan Gable
- Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis
This month, I couldn't read enough. It's not noticed in my total of books, but Shannon K. Butcher's book took me awhile to get into, and the J.R. Ward was a pretty long book. Plus, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a slower read. Still, all in all, I was very happy with my month of reading. I've been doing my best to read the books I already own and, so far, it's proven worth it. Who knew I had such hidden treasures? At the end of the month, I quickly read Susan Gable's books. I can't remember how I found her, but I really like her Harlequin titles. They're always a little deeper than I expect with the satisfying happy ending. Plus, I just found out that Susan Gable has a contract for two of the hero's brothers so we'll see more of the Hawkins Family. The hero is one of 12, and you really got to know the family in this book so it'll be great to see them again.