Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine's Day Wish List

Instead of job searching or cleaning the house or doing any number of responsible things, I spent this morning making a Valentines Day Wish List on Beso.
Check it out.
(And buy me stuff, yes?)

What are you guys wishing for this Valentine's Day?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Good Eats

I'm not one of those people who can just make up recipes.
Or just, you know, throw shit in a pot and it comes out tasting well.
That makes my brain hurt.
I can follow a recipe and SOMETIMES add stuff to it.
It stresses me out most times though to tell the truth.
So when I find a good recipe I get excited.
(Also, I really like food)
So here are some recipes we have loved making lately.

Tomato Basil Soup from Big Girls Small Kitchen
Delicious, wouldn't change a thing about it.
Also, saving me a ton of money because now I don't have to go to Panera and get their tomato soup which I'm pretty obsessed with.

Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowl from The Shiksa in the Kitchen
Eat your heart out Chipotle, these are so good.
That was a cheesy sentence, but seriously these are good.

Spicy Roasted Corn and Poblano Soup from How Sweet It Is
This needs some tweaks (I just botched the peppers so we'll do it a different way next time), but it's solid and tasty and Mike loved dipping his chips into it.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas from Whole Living
Tasty solution to munchy cravings.
Mike ate a double batch of these the other day in one sitting.
Thassa lot of protein.

You guys have any good recipes lately?

Pity Party

I found out yesterday that I was denied unemployment because I turned in a form late.
It was totally my fault and I feel awful about it.
There are meth heads out there smart enough to turn in their unemployment forms on time.
And I botched it.
I also realized yesterday that I have applied for 42 jobs since finding out about Mike's transfer.
I also made the stupid choice to check my student loan balance yesterday.
So yeah, last night was rough.
Today, I plan to have a tiny little pity party for myself.
I started by eating a cookie for breakfast.
Sending out some passive aggressive, bitter e-mails.
And staying in pajamas all day.
Then, I'll suck it up, clean up the house, make a soup, and apply for more jobs.
Because, really, what the hell else am I going to do?
Wallowing is not cute.
But I'll give myself part of the day at least.
This post is officially rambling and whiny, but if I can't complain to random friends on the internet, who can I complain to?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Snow Attire

In case anyone was wondering...

Snow Attire

(1)  Beanie to cover your ears and keep the hood of your jacket from falling back
(2)  Mittens to keep your fingers from cracking off in the cold
(3)  Best and cutest puffer coat so warm
(4)  Mine are Ann Taylor, but leggings are a must to tuck into your snow boots
(5)  I didn't realize cute snow boots were possible until I got these (they run a little small and tight!)
(6)  Comfy, moisture-wicking socks to wear with your boots (can't be too thick or you won't be able to zip those bad boys)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

More Snow Pics

I just can't get enough of these snow pictures.
Our little Gizmo turned into a crazy snow fox, he loved it so much.
I just love love the snow.
Until I have to take off a mitten and pick up dog poop and then my hand freezes to death.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Marrying Your Best Friend

The other night, Mike and I started laughing so hard at a stupid joke on How I Met Your Mother that I actually started crying.
He laughed because he thought it was funny.
I laughed because of how hard he was laughing at something so stupid.
And then we both caught that infectious belly laugh where you can't stop and can't breathe.
That happens a lot with us.
Usually it's over a fart joke.
(We make a lot of fart jokes in this house, it's my specialty)

I was thinking about that moment this morning and I realized, as cheesy as it is, it really is important to marry your best friend.
That guy drives me nuts as a husband some times and we have to work our butts off to keep this marriage working.
But as a friend?  Oh, we're golden.
And I'm so so happy and feel so so lucky that we are.

Love you fart face.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Step Away From the Computer

It finally happened.
The hours spent in front of this computer every week job searching has turned into online shopping madness.
This week alone I bought:

Pillow for the guest room from Society6

Another pillow for the guest room from Society6
(Yes, we're giant nerds)

Caspian Collar - JewelMint
Caspian Collar Necklace from Jewelmint

Monet Bouquet Earrings - JewelMint
Monet Bouquet Earrings from Jewelmint
(It was buy 1 get 1 free...I had to!!)

Meghan - ShoeMint
Meghan Boots from ShoeMint
(They were like half off!!) - Craig Frames FM74DKW 12 by 18-Inch Rustic Wall Decor Frame, Smooth Grain Finish, 2-Inch Wide, Dark Brown - Single Frames
Frame for our leaf print in the bedroom from Amazon

Over the Door Storage Shelf for our pantry from Amazon
(Not exciting)

I have shopping guilt.

Don't tell Mike.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Since we've moved here the weather channel kept telling us to expect snow.
And it never came.
So we'd kind of given up home.
(And were a little bummed we had such expensive snow boots)
But this morning, Mike woke me up at 5:30 to show me this.
Thanks East Coast!
(And Thank G for my snow boots)

Trying to convey how deep this goes, those are my feet!

Also, I've decided it means I'm a real East Coaster now since I've picked up dog poop in snow.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I put mascara on before I go to the gym.
Even if I haven't been wearing it all day.
Which, let's face it, I haven't.
(My face is enjoying unemployment)
We go for our run, then I come home and put on mascara before we leave.
Because I'm shallow.
And I look WEIRD without mascara on.
Now you know.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Coral is the New Red

I have officially lost my outfit picture taking mojo.
But I liked this outfit.
So here it is.
I also decided this outfit was kind of patriotic in honor of the fact that I wore it on inauguration day.
Coral polka dots is kind of like red right?

Duck toes are not attractive valerie, dammit!

Blazer:  Gift, Gap
Top:  J.Crew
Scarf:  Gift, Old Navy
Jeans:  Gap
Shoes:  Gift, Sperry's
Similars below

Coral is the New Red

Monday, January 21, 2013

Holy Taste Balls

(Classy blog title, no?)

Last night for dinner we made this soup:

And holy crap it was delicious.
We accidentally forgot to buy carrots and Mike added chickpeas because he is obsessed with chickpeas right now, but otherwise we just followed the recipe.
Make it.
You won't be sorry.
Recipe found here.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Some Pictures from a Windy Day at the Park

(THAT is what my hair looks like from behind today?!)