Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Yay for Princesses!

Thanks to Summer, I took the Princess quiz, and this was my result.

The Romantic Princess

You are absolutely in love with love! Charming, romantic, and feminine are all words that describe you. You are a huge flirt and know how to use your feminine wiles to get your way. You are always on the lookout for the guy who will sweep you off your feet.Role Models: Isolde, JulietYou are most likely to: Free a cursed prince from a terrible spell with a single kiss.

What kind of princess are you?

Yoga! Yoga!

Last night, I went to my first of many yoga classes.

Joanna and I decided that we wanted to start doing yoga, so I found some classes, found out the cost and the schedule, and we picked the one we wanted to go to. Grant thought it sounded a little too expensive, so he said I should call the base and see if they offer any classes. Well, they do, and they're free! And they provide the yoga mats! And I can sign in Joanna!

Anyways, the class was great. I feel all flexible and relaxed and ohm'd-out. Every Monday night at 6:00, that's where I'll be!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Dreaming of the Gulf Coast

I just turned on the travel channel and saw a show about people looking for vacation homes. They were in the Orange Beach, Alabama area, which is basically the Pensacola area. It reminded me of how much I miss the beaches down there.

For one whole summer I lived at my parents condo in Perdido Key in Florida, and worked at Souvenir City in Orange Beach, Alabama. That condo has been destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. In fact, that whole area just isn't the same anymore after the recent hurricanes. But the sands are still sugar-white, the water is still emerald-green. I truly believe that the most beautiful beaches in the world are found in the small stretch between Gulf Shores, Alabama and Destin, Florida.

Growing up in Pensacola, the best (and usually, the only) thing to do was to go to the beach during the spring and summer months. I have so many beautiful memories from the beach (and some scary, funny memories), so the beach will always have a special place with me.

I remember going to the beach during Memorial Day weekend, and quickly realizing that I didn't belong there (it was Gay Pride weekend).

I remember getting caught in a terrible thunder storm with Carrie, and having to drive back across the 3-mile bridge, barely being able to see 3 feet in front of me from the torrential rains.

I remember going to see the Blue Angels fly over the water, and some drunk, hairy, old guy asking me to put lotion on his back, and I did for some reason.

I remember convincing my friend, Kellie, to go to Pensacola beach (which was off-limits) while she was a student at the college, telling her no one would recognize her. But of course she did get recognized, and we were both scared that she was going to get kicked out, but luckily, she never got found out.

And the pinnacle of all beach memories, was when Grant and I got married on the beach--something I always dreamed of doing, and that dream came true! I could go on and on, but I digress.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Another post about food

It seems alot of my posts are about food. But who doesn't like food?

So, I'm trying out a new recipe--Tiramisu Cheesecake. I licked the beaters, which I'll never be too old to do, and it was delectable (that's my fancy word for Summer, so it looks like I'm smart enough to actually be her friend), so hopefully the whole thing will turn out good. I felt like an idiot because I went to 3 grocery stores trying to find lady fingers, which I'd never bought before, so I didn't know where to look or, really, what I was looking for. I was so excited I found them at Raley's, that I bought 2 packages, just in case I needed more than 1, and couldn't find them again.

I hope I make this again, otherwise, I have a huge bottle of Starbucks coffee flavored liquer just sitting in my pantry.

Friday, February 24, 2006


I changed the comments section, so anyone can post a comment now. We'll see how that goes for a while, then I might change it back.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


If you have a few minutes, and want a nice laugh, please visit Dr. Phil Armenik's blog, which is newly listed under my links.

Dr. Armenik would make an appearance every now and then on the PCC Board, but has now picked up blogging, it seems.

It's all starting to sink in...

So, we're moving in August. To Ohio. Which we're not exactly thrilled about, mainly because we've grown to love Albuquerque and the people here, but also because, well, it's Ohio.

We will truly miss Albuquerque--the mountains, the balloons, the lack of humidity--we've loved every minute of it! We've also made some life-long friends here, and it will be very hard to leave them behind.

So as I sit here and begin to think about getting our house ready to sell, wonder what kind of house we'll get in Dayton, hope we have enough warm clothes to survive the Ohio winters, pray that Watley doesn't literally freeze to death in said winters, hope we find a good church and make great friends, etc., it is all starting to sink in.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Lots and lots of games

I love weekends like the one we just had!

Friday night, we had our Bible study at the Lanzone's. Grant and I ended up staying over there until 11:30 playing speed scrabble with Megan.

Saturday, we had the Lanzone's and Mike over for a Back to the Future trilogy party!! Then played speed scrabble with Mike.

Sunday, we went to church, then went to Oliver and Jerome--I mean Summer's (More Water)--house for lunch. The food was yummy (especially that salad dressing)! We ended up staying until about 7 playing contract rummy and euchre, which is evidently the "cool" mid-western game to play. So Grant and I are all ready to euchre it up in Ohio, which means we'll be cool, which is what I've always wanted to be.

I guess we played a lot of games this weekend, but we had a great time. Next weekend, more games, as we have a College & Career game day. I can only hope there will be hours of euchre to be had.

Friday, February 17, 2006

We're not THAT poor...

We're not swimming in money right now, but by the look of Grant's pants (or as I like to call them, "Granny's panties"), you would think that our job is to stand by the off-ramp of Jefferson from I-25 with a sign that says, "Need some help. God bless!"

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I love my wonderful husband!

So, as I stated earlier, Valentine's Day is not my favorite holiday in the least. But this year, it was pretty darn nice (we've had some not-so-nice V-days in the past--sickness, traveling...you name it)!

We went to a beautiful dinner at Terra American Bistro. We had baked brie for an appetizer, which was awesome, even though the annoying lady behind us said it was terrible (how can you not like brie?). Grant had the free-range chicken with veggies, and I had the grilled salmon over stuffed phyllo. Yummy!

Then, even though we weren't supposed to buy each other anything this year, Grant got me exactly what I wanted--Elizabethtown on DVD! I mentioned that I wanted it long before we made the pact to not buy each other anything. So I was thinking I wasn't getting it, but deep down hoping I was. I think my husband is probably the most thoughtful person in the world--but I could be a little biased.

He didn't totally understand why a DVD brought me to tears, but it meant alot to me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

I have to say, Valentine's Day is not my favorite holiday. Thanks to the greeting card industry, we get all mushy over some random day that doesn't mean anything. But as much as I don't like the holiday, I fall into the trap. Grant and I will be going out to a nice restaurant tonight, spending way too much money on a delicious meal, but for what? As my good friend's Dan and Haley (Missing Mississippi) were saying on Sunday, every day should be Valentine's Day. So for another year, I'll buy into the holiday. But I will indeed attempt to make--maybe not everyday--more days out of the year like this so-called Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Martha Stewart--Eat your heart out!

I'm so proud of myself for the dinner I made tonight! I was going to make chicken stir fry, then realized at the last minute that I didn't have chicken broth. Neither of us wanted to go to the store to get some, so I said I'd experiment.

Earlier in the day, I was watching the Isaac Mizrahi show (which is extremely annoying, but I always seem to watch it), and he had Rocco DiSpirito on. He was making something like fish or chicken, and he made a lemon butter sauce to go over top of it. It sounded good, but I didn't have the recipe or anything.

So I tried it, and it turned out awesome! This is the first time I've ever made anything without first having a recipe.

The meal was cut up cooked chicken over rice with my experimental lemon butter sauce over top. The sauce had butter, lemon juice (obviously), ground pepper, salt, then (because it tasted too buttery) I decided to add some cooking wine and a little bit of lime juice, cause I was out of lemon juice. Delish!

My name for today

Today you can call me Pajama Mama...because I haven't gotten out of my PJ's all day. Yeah, I'm lazy!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Grumpy McGrumpster

Last night I fell asleep on the couch watching TV. Grant was in the office having a Theology debate on the PCC board. Well, when I woke up around 11:30, I was grumpy and mad that Grant wasn't in the loft "watching TV" with me. So I started yelling at him, then I went to bed. Then, Watley woke me up in the middle of the night, so I was yelling at him, too. My name for today is Grumpy McGrumpster.

P.S. I woke up in a great mood today. Go figure!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


I'm convinced that my dog is not only the sweetest, but also the funniest dog in the world. He makes me and my husband laugh--constantly!! I just walked into our bedroom (which Watley thinks is HIS bedroom), and saw him laying on the bed (which he definitely thinks is his)with his tongue hanging out. He kept it out long enough for me to get the camera from the other room and take his picture. Right after I took the picture, he started rolling all over the bed, grunting, like he was mad at me for laughing at him. In the 2 years that we've had him, he has never been a "tongue-hanger-outer." Until today.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Another list

Reasons that I hate it when Grant's gone:

1. It's very boring.
2. It's pretty lonely.
3. I get scared really easily.
4. Watley barks at everything, which scares me even more.
5. I miss him.

Reasons that I like it when Grant's gone:

1. I get to drive the Mustang.