Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
P.S. I cheated.. this pic isn't the actual tamales I made, but it's pretty close - minus the cute bow. Who has time for that???
Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with your families!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
* You can not give your own children name brand cereal, and feed your foster child generics
* You can not go on vacation with your whole family & leave your foster child behind
* The maximum # of kids you can foster at one time is 6 - and there are people out there who will take the max amount, so they can collect more money
So, the orientation didn't turn out to be the most informative, but it's a required first step. I thought it was silly that the presenter had to even mention the cereal thing, and the vacation thing.. but I'm sure there are horrible foster parents out there who actually do those things. There was an older couple sitting next to us who's very first question they asked was, "Is the maximum number of kids you can take in still six?". They just happened to ask that question after seeing the slide that showed how much money you get for each foster child. Coincidence? I hope so. But I have a feeling they were in it for the money, and that's so sad.
We realized that we also have to go to an adoption orientation, where I'm sure I'll get more of my questions answered. After the adoption orientation we'll decide if this is the route we want to take, and if the answer is yes we do fingerprinting, turn in our application, take 27 hours of training, have a home inspection - and then we wait!! We wait for OUR baby to come home to us, and the thought of that gives me chills.. the good kind. :) We realize this could be a long, messy process. But if the end result is a baby..our baby..it will be SO worth it.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Yep, it's my Birthday! I turned 29 today, so I'm officially on my last year of my 20's. This makes me a little sad, but I'm excited to see what my 30's has to offer (hopefully just good stuff please).
Today's been a good day so far. I went to Starbucks this morning and the guy I held the door open for said "thanks Miss".. instead of the usual "ma'am" that I've been getting lately. Made me feel 21 again. HA. Some co-workers bought me lunch, made me brownies, and got me a card. Unfortunately I have to go pay my property taxes on the way home from work today (GAH.. why do they have to be due today of all days. Doesn't the city of San Diego know what sorts of bday gifts I could buy myself with all that mula???), but tonight a friend of mine is taking me out. Woot! The original plan was a romantic dinner with Dan, but he had to go away on business (waaaah), so my friend is filling in while he's gone. Yippee!! :) All in all, it's been a good day.
So here's to age 29 being the best year ever..CHEERS!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
You see why I was so upset now? Mmmmmmm...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I was tempted to indulge in some Black Friday shopping, but decided I would have a nervous melt down if I tried. Plus nothing really stood out to me in the ads. And of course I like my sleep.
I had my first FAIL on my big list. I forgot to buy myself some flowers, and December was here before I knew it! Seriously, where did November go? Where did 2009 go? I can't believe it's almost Christmas! Nuts. Anywho, I have some things to look forward to this month..
* I turn 29 next week (not sure if that's something I'm looking forward to, but at least it's an excuse to get spoiled for a day)
* I'm helping put together our department Holiday party next week that should be a fun time with my co-workers
* A few of my bestest girlfriends are visiting me in a few weeks for my birthday & we're having a girls night out
* I'm going to see The Grinch Who Stole Christmas play on Christmas Eve!
* Both sets of our parents, plus my Brother-in-law, Sister-in-law & adorable Nephew, will all be at our house Christmas day.
Last, but not least, I think I ovulated today and this is our last shot on clomid. If it doesn't work this month we're moving on to IUI. I'm trying not to think about the disappointment I'll feel on Christmas day not having a baby, and not even being pregnant. If I let myself think about it too much, I know I'll break down. So, I'm trying to look on the bright side.. there will be lots of wine consumed, lots of eggnog lattes, and the thermometer will be thrown out the window for the rest of 2009. Last, but not least..
All I want for Christmas this year is to see TWO lines on my HPT, not one. I've been a good girl this year, and I won't ask for anything else ever again. OK, maybe I'll ask for another babe in a couple years.. but until then, nothing - I promise!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'm sure there are more, but those are my top 3 for the moment. So, who's with me???
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
1) She's a super picky eater, but loves loves loves sweets. If you give her a dog treat she'll most likely put it in her mouth, spit it out, play with it for 10 minutes, and then finally eat it when Cali starts closing in. Give her something sweet and she's ALL over it. Cookies, Cake, Pastries, and even ice cream. Confession: I once let her lick my ice cream cone. She loved it. It was super cute. Gross, but true.
2) She loves to have her "armpits" scratched. I know I know.. dogs don't have armpits. To me, the 2 legs in the front are their arms, not legs. So they're armpits in my mind & they're Bootsie's favorite spot for some scratchin!
3) She likes to curl up next to me at the edge of the bed. She's very particular though. She only likes my side of the bed, not Dan's. She also won't jump up next to me unless I pull back the comforter. She likes laying on the sheet like mom & dad! What can I say, she's a smart dog.
Now for Cali. She'll be 2 at the end of November, and with that spotted tongue we're pretty sure she has some Chow in her (ignore the knee and whatever is going on behind her on t.v.):Some things I love about her:
I love you my mutts!!! xoxo
Monday, November 9, 2009
Now for something I can completely cross off my list. I convinced Dan to go to The San Diego Chicken Pie Shop for dinner Saturday night. We had a light lunch, so we headed there around 5:30. I joked with Dan on the way there that we'd probably be eating with all the blue hairs since we were going so early AND this place is known to attract the oldies as is. We arrive, we're seated, and who's sitting across from us at the restaurant?? The cutest old couple wearing some fancy square dancing outfits. The old lady had a frilly white and red dress on, and her husband had red pants, a button down white shirt, and a red SPARKLY tie. Adorable. They ate their dinner, put their bread rolls in a zip lock baggy (teehee), and left the waitress a $1 tip. The place had a diner feel to it with roosters all over the walls, and the food brought out to you via a rolling cart.
On to the food! It was YUMMY, and oh so cheap. I can see why old people flock to this place. Where else these days can you get a chicken pot pie, potatoes, veggies, rolls, coleslaw (or in my case an apple sauce switch out) AND a piece of pie for dessert all for the price of..drum roll please... $6.50!!! Here's a pic of the pot pie (I cheated and pulled this off the web since I forgot my camera):
And here's a pic of the cherry pie I had for dessert:Dan got the same thing, but had pumpkin pie for dessert, and he tried a cup of their chicken noodle soup. This place sure does like gravy. The pot pie and potatoes were covered in it, and of course when you broke open the pot pie it poured out. We were pretty much convinced that the chicken noodle soup also had the gravy in it. Another thing about the pot pie and why Dan loved it - it had no veggies in it. I could have used some carrots or peas in there, but Dan was very happy with his veggie-less pot pie. haha.
Overall this place was charming, cheap, and served up good home style cookin'. We'll most definitely make a return visit.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Here's a little run down on what's been going on in my life since my last post:
1) We got a new GAS oven (since our crappy electric one broke) as a Christmas gift from my in-laws. YAY! We had to pay a good chunk of change to have someone run a gas line from the garage, but it was so worth it.
2) Halloween! Like the old home bodies we are, we stayed home and passed out candy. We searched high & low for a pumpkin to carve and found NONE. Not one pumpkin on Halloween could be found. What's up with that?? Oh well.. no yummy roasted pumpkin seeds for us.
3) I had an u/s that went great! A good sized follie and my lining measured great! The doc decided to give me the trigger shot, to make sure I ovulated the next day. I normally would freak out about getting a shot in my belly, but I've been poked & prodded so much the past year that it didn't really phase me. I ovulated on Tuesday, so now we wait. sigh.
4) We saw The Lion King play with Dan's parents, which was awesome. I haven't seen the movie in soooo long, so seeing the play was pretty cool.
5) I tried an eggnog latte from Starbucks for the first time, and I'm hooked! YUM-O. It got me excited for the upcoming holidays. I can't wait for December 1st to roll around so I can decorate the house and listen to nothing but Christmas tunes for the whole month. (sorry Dan)
I think that's about it for now. Nothing crossed off my list unfortunately, but I'll get working on that. Happy Saturday!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Then earlier this week I had a little meltdown before work and was feeling really sad & pouty. So, my WONDERFUL, sweet, thoughtful husband send me these beauties. He had them delivered to my work which was such a nice surprise. Yeah, he's alright. ;)
So, I was feeling pretty good about having 2 bouquets of fresh flowers in the house when we had our in-laws and their best friends over for dinner last night. And what did their friends bring to our house for us? More flowers!!!!
Needless to say, my house smells great!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
So, how did I cook my meal you ask? Our camping stove but of course! See..
Here's the recipe..
* 1 (1.5-2 lb) pkg refrigerated Bool Kogi Korean marinated beef ribs, ready-to-cook
* 6 oz Rice Sticks noodles (about half the package)
* 3 Tbsp soy sauce
* 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
* 1 Tbsp sugar
* 2 garlic cloves, crushed, or 2 tsp jarred Crushed Garlic
* 1 carrot, shredded, or 1 cup bagged Shredded Carrots
* 1 cup sliced mushrooms, cooked or raw
* 2 green onions, thinly sliced
1) Cook meat over medium-high heat in a grill pan or over a grill to desired doneness. Remove from heat and cover with foil for 10 minutes. Allowing meat to rest keeps it juicy.
2) Cook noodles according to package instructions and drain.
3) Whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and garlic until combined. (tip: I used a little extra soy sauce and sugar and it tasted better) Pour dressing onto cooked noodles and toss well to coat. Stir in carrots and mushrooms.
4) Slice meat diagonally into thick strips.
5) To serve, arrange noodles on platter. Place sliced meat on top of noodles. Garnish with green onions.
Another tip for you. Be sure to read the ingredients carefully. I clearly did not because instead of either buying regular sized carrots to shred, or a bag of already shredded carrots, I bought a bag of baby carrots. FAIL. It worked, but I had to slice them until they were carrot nubs, and then I fed the nubs to my dogs. Apparently Cali likes carrots!
Here's the final result.. bon appetit!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
A tip to anyone who is planning on watching Ben-Hur: make sure you have the language option set to English. Ours came with no option selected, so we watched the first 15 minutes with no sound. It makes it very hard to understand what's going on. hehe.
Next AFI top 100 movie being ordered off netflix: Toystory! I've seen it, but it's been a long time & I'm watching all 100 movies, including the ones I've already seen. Toystory will be a breeze.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The first thing I'll most likely start with is one of the movies, and since I'm starting from the bottom of the AFI Top 100 up, I have Ben-Hur waiting for me at home. Gotta say..not too excited for it. Who knows though..maybe I'll love it. We shall see.
I'm going to be very busy for the next 1,001 days..