Sunday, October 30, 2011

Another Friend in the Married Club!

Y'all, I am wiped out!  I got home today from an amazing wedding weekend in San Diego for one of my best friends' wedding.  It was beautiful, and SueEllen was simply stunning!  There was so much shuffle between my parents' house and a hotel room that my camera was not readily available at key moments.  However, another one of the bridesmaids was moonlighting as the weekend photographer, and she promised to share the pictures!  I had so much fun, and there is so much that I want to write.  But for now, I must sleep!  I'm wiped out, and I have to be at work at 7:30am.  That's just not fun considering I was at a wedding last night, I traveled today, and I have a 35-mile commute in the morning.  Blah!  But this weekend was totally worth!  I love you, SueEllen!  More details to come.

And happy birthday to my wonderful husband!  Please note that my parents, brother, and I sang a harmonious quartet of "Happy Birthday" before they drove me to the San Diego airport this morning.  I made sure we started on the same note.  Mom went for the alto harmony.  I covered soprano.  It was a birthday singing success.  :-)  Leah, you would have been proud.  Summ & Mike, we missed your voices.  And even better, I got to kiss the birthday boy when I got home!

And now I must sleep.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Team Work

Today I am thankful for: my dear husband who took care of the grocery shopping so I could go straight home after work last night.
** This thanksgiving is brought to you by team work and wonderful spouses.

Food, Glorious Food!

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather, will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
-- Thomas Edison

At some point in life, many people go through a love/hate relationship with food.  It happens.  I’m no exception!

As a kid, I was moderately picky.  I liked oranges, but I wouldn’t drink orange juice.  I didn’t like jelly, and I wouldn’t even deal with a trace of jelly from using the same knife.  I thought all condiments were disgusting.  I was always surprising my dad with something else that I didn’t like.  (Sorry, Dad!) 

As a teen, my pickiness was interpreted as vegetarianism.

As a college student, I loved food but wouldn’t eat it.  Funny how things work out.

As an adult, I love food… and I love eating it!  And I take pictures of meals.  I’m out of control!  *Cue sinister laugh track: “Mwahahahaha!”*  But seriously, people.  My former self was a fool – a starving fool, no less! 

For two and a half years, I worked with a friend who is the epitome of fitness (rock-hard abs at 30) and healthy eating and still loved dessert… a lot!  It was so healthy for me to be with someone 40 hours a week who took care of herself and never flaunted it or punished herself with it. 

Things I have never heard Erin say:
“I feel fat today.”
“How many calories are in that?”
“That’s bad for you.”

Things Erin has said to me:
“This is SOOOOO good!  Try it!”
"Who cares? Eat it! It's not like you eat it every day."
“Do you want to split a funnel cake?”

Summer is the same way.  Healthy, balanced, and happy!  That's what I want to be!

Summer is finishing her training to be an Xtend Barre instructor in San Diego, CA!  Erin filmed a Figure 8 Fitness video with Jaana Kunitz earlier this year, and she is finishing her training to be a Bar Method instructor in San Diego, CA! 
Houston doesn't have a single barre studio, ladies.  Just sayin'.  ;-)

Scott and I have always eaten pretty well with moments of indulgence, but since moving, we have completely cleaned up and revamped our diet, and I feel amazing.  All of our food is cooked (true cooking, not frozen and out-of-the-box meals) or freshly prepared.  Every physician and nutritionist I’ve met through my job has said that most, if not all, grocery shopping should be done along the perimeter of the store, not the middle which has boxed, processed foods.  Scott and I really try to abide by that rule, and our bodies are so much happier for that.  We like to go out to dinner, but our home is where we always try to keep ourselves in check.  Our healthy food isn’t at the expense of taste, so now I have this wonderful love/love relationship with food. 

Like religion and politics, the topics of nutrition and lifestyle can fuel quite a debate, so I try not to preach too much.  I’ll spare you the details of my “food beliefs,” but I will say this: Explore real, whole foods.  They’re very delicious.  :-)  Eat the right food, and you can always have a love/love relationship with it!

And now, I present to you, some food.

 Stiry fry
Shepherd's Pie
 Tilapia, quinoa, and tofu
 Tomato masala
Eggplant with cabbage salad

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dining Out

Who's been dining out lately?  THIS GIRL.

I was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when I got home from work to a smiling husband (Yes, he got home before me!) who asked, "Do you want to walk to get sushi?"  It was nice a cool outside, and how could I possibly turn down a dinner out with him?!  We had an impromptu date night with a walk down the street to a sushi restaurant, and then we walked a little farther to Whole Foods to pick up a few things.  Oh, I felt so spoiled!

And last night I went out to dinner with a woman whose boyfriend did the UH MFA program a few years ago.  She understands how busy that program is, although she travels a lot for work, so it didn't affect her quite as much.  But still!  How nice to meet someone else in Houston who is not a) my boss, b) his wife, and c) a male.  We sat out on the patio enjoying some really good Indian food for a couple of hours.  It was another happy dinner for me!

Aaaaand Scott and I just got home from Ruggles Green!  We took a stroll down the street again to pick up dinner to bring home.  THREE DINNERS OUT... in a row!  I guess I need to snap back to reality and stop dining out so much.  ;-)

This weekend will include some studio classes and UH's production of "Our Lady of 121st Street."
Happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Germany, Goatees, Culinary Magic, and a Hanger

Last Saturday, this happened:

I'm tellin' ya!  I'm a Skyping machine!  Dixie just moved to Germany, and I love that we got to talk face-to-face for a few hours despite the many miles (and a little thing called the Atlantic Ocean) between us!  Dixie, thank you for talking with me 10pm-12am (eeek!) your time.  I loved seeing you and catching up!

After Scott's closing performance of "Hot L," most of the students in the program got free tickets to a show at a prominent theatre in town.  I finally met some of his fellow MFAs, and it was nice to put faces to names.  The show that evening was slightly disappointing, but maybe I was just tired from sitting through another show just 5.5 hours before it.  I wouldn't recommend seeing back-to-back shows unless they are of Broadway caliber, and you already love both shows!  Sunday also marked the end of Scott's goatee.

Did anyone else learn the "Pay the rent / I can't pay the rent" skit as a kid?  It was the inspiration for my silly pose.

It involves using props to distinguish between the characters, but I learned it with hand gestures.  Finger for a mustache for Landlord, hand as a hair feather (enthusiastically displayed by me above) for Rentee in Distress, and hands on hips with a puffed up chest for Man Who Saves the Day (gag me).  It's incredibly sexist, but Summer and I laugh about it... a lot.  The lyrics I learned were slightly different, but it's similar to this YouTube video by GoboSpeaks and this sketch:

Again, it's completely sexist!  A woman owes a man money, she doesn't have the money, and then she is saved by another man paying her debt.  YUCK.  But the skit is still funny.  Just ask Summer.  ;-)

 In other news, I mixed three simple ingredients and made edible magic.  'Nough said.

And now for my feeling-good-all-over news!  After much anticipation from Annie, I finally received a very important package at work which contained the following:

Talk about feeling special!  I get to be one of her bridesmaids!

 Please note that the paper girl with my name is the beginning of a paper accordion which lists all the bridesmaids.  SO PRECIOUS!

And I got this beautiful hanger with her nickname for me!

I couldn't contain myself.  I am so honored, and I love the sweet life out of Annie ("Ace" to me)!  I  immediately hopped online to buy the Anthropologie dress she picked as the BM dress, but... it wasn't on the website anymore.  Internal dialogue: "Where is it?!  Why don't they have it anymore?  I have to have that dress!"  I didn't want to mess up the perfectly pretty Weldon wedding wearing the wrong dress!  (Whoa.  Say that ten times fast.)  As it turns out, Ace and her mom snatched them up in our sizes when the dress went on sale.  Smart ladies!  And hooray for sales!  This also marks my first dress from Anthropologie.  *gasp*  (I know!)  I'm so excited for Ace and Kristian!

ACE, I LOVE YOU!  And YES, I will be your bridesmaid!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mission Adoption: COMPLETE

It is official!  Yesterday went off without a hitch, and my case child is no longer my case child.  She has been adopted, and she is out of the juvenile dependency system!  Hooray!  I'm still a CASA at heart, although I guess I'm no longer on a case.  I have much to be grateful for today, and now I'm transitioning into being a family friend instead of "our CASA."  :-)  This makes me incredibly happy.

Today I am thankful for: feeling fulfilled.
** This thanksgiving is brought to you by Voices For Children in San Diego.

Friday, October 7, 2011


We moved here exactly four months ago.  I can hardly believe it!  These two years are going to fly by.  All in all, I like the city of Houston. (Whoa.  Did I just say that?)   I've had some growing pains, but I'm happy here!  I would only change three things:

Move all the people I love closer to Houston.
Turn down Mother Nature's heater and turn on her dehumidifier during the summer.
Repave the roads. (Pot holes and cracks galore.)

In other news, I Skyped with Elizabette yesterday... for an hour and a half!  We had a lot to catch up on.  Bless her dear husband for handling bath time and night-night time with their gorgeous kiddo.  This is how happy we were to see each other.  ;-)  It was glorious.

Today I am thankful for: Coconut Chai Black Tea by zhena's gypsy tea and my new Lifefactory water bottle.
** This thanksgiving is brought to you by Whole Foods.

 And now... hello, weekend! 

Bendy like Gumby

I'm not homeless or addicted to alcohol or drugs, but I like yoga too.  :-)

CNN: Yoga helps addicts, homeless find peace

Everyone, spice up your life with some variety of yoga.  You'll see why I like it.  And you'll get super bendy like Gumby in no time!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

This vs. That

Do you remember my aforementioned "everything-conscious" dilemma?  There are so many causes and initiatives!  Which to choose?  Well, I'm a fan of buying fair trade and local, but then Ethical Ocean delivered this litle puppy to my e-mail inbox today (click to view larger image on EO's site):

It kind of makes my head spin.  They're both winners in my book.  However, it's just not possible to save the world from all angles.  Oh, well.  Be kind in whatever way you can!

P.S. I'm a visual person.  I like pictures, so you'll probably see personal photos or other pictures often.  Your eyes will appreciate the break.  What fun are blogs with no pictures?  I'll tell you.  NO FUN.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I think there's a lot to be said for imagination.  No, not just playing "house" when you're in kindergarten.  Really using imagination to create.  I was completely enchanted by Oren Lavie's "Her Morning Elegance" music video the first time I saw it two years ago -- and every time after that.

Is anyone else in love with it?  It's the art of breathing life into every day things.  And how lovely to see a music video that doesn't involve bumping, grinding, deep sea diving in someone else's throat, or three minutes of slow-mo walking.  :-P  Someone posted a baby-inspired version on Pinterest which is just plain dangerous, because I get all goo-goo-ga-ga for babies.


Imagination is refreshing.  Go out and get some to keep it in your pocket.  It's a good thing to have.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Did You Know?

I just added the "About Me" to this blog, and I included things that I thought you might not know and find funny.

Fun Facts:
* I am left-handed and yet completely Type A.
* I brush my teeth with baking soda, and I floss every day.
* I thought Jesus appeared to me at the grocery store when I was 7. (Ask if you want to know!)
* As a joke, I was told that I was adopted when I was 6... by my mother.
* Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" was #1 on the Billboards the day I was born.
* I have a constellation of four beauty marks on the left side of my face that usually go unnoticed.

Yes, my mom really did tell me I was adopted!  As a kid, I was shocked.  As a teen, we joined forces and told my high school friends that I was adopted which usually led to really awkward responses that made us laugh.  I guess we share our sense of humor. 

In other news, my usual home cooking is becoming a little too "usual."  Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Another Openin', Another Show!"

Scott made his MFA debut in "Hot L Baltimore" last night!

He channeled his inner grouchy, stern mean guy with a goatee.  So... basically, he was not himself at all, and he did a great job of it!  It was kind of creepy to see my wonderful husband's face with a character like that, but that's what makes it so fun!  I'm so excited to see what other roles he gets to do over the next two years.  I had never seen or read the play, and I really liked it.  There was some good talent on that stage, and I loved the set design!  It was a real treat to see him on the other side.  I've seen him in action as a director, but this marked the first time I had seen him perform.  I was in the audience, and he was on stage!  Those late night dress rehearsals are finally over, so they can finally catch a break and sleep in this morning, right?  Wrong.  So wrong.  He's at school this morning while I sit in the Toyota dealership lounge.  (Dad, you should be so proud!  I'm keeping my car maintained and safe just like you've always taught me to do!)  Scott will have time to study this afternoon at home before the 8pm show.  Whew!  My husband in the energizer bunny -- who occasionally grunts when he has to get up in the morning.  ;-)  Observing him must be like observing the work load and sleep deprivation of a City Year corps member -- right, Leah and Cory? 

Cheers to my dream boat of a husband for his MFA debut!