Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Drink Your Vegetables

I dislike most vegetables. I enjoy broccoli, carrots and romaine lettuce for my daily salads, but that's about it. So when I saw my friend's new food blog featuring smoothies with veggies mixed in, I was slightly disgusted. Why would you ruin a perfectly good smoothie by adding leaves?

However, The Hubby is coming home soon for his R&R and I have spent hours searching for Paleo friendly recipes to suit his new diet. "Green smoothies" continued to pop up so I decided to finally try to make on myself. I found one from The Diva Dish that looked promising and gave it a shot. 


Ingredients (adjusted from The Diva Dish): 1 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 heaping cup frozen peaches, 4 ice cubes, 1 tbsp. honey

Method: Blend the sucker until it's the right consistency... I love our Ninja.


The first sip definitely tasted slightly like grass, but after you get over the initial shock of vegetables in your smoothie, it's actually quite delicious. Since this green attempt was a success, I think I'm going to make more of these more often. It's also quite filling! I have definitely changed my opinion on green drinks.

I want to try this vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream (made with spinach!) soon. Doesn't it look absolutely delicious?



Monday, May 30, 2011

The Dog Lady


This is Martin. He's a Beagle. I think he looks like he has eyeliner on.


And this is Lola. She's a Boston Terrier. She likes to sleep on the top of the couch like a cat.


We had a doggy sleepover when their Mommy spent the weekend in Austin for her birthday.


Bella tried to play with them, but they wanted nothing to do with her. While I was recording Lola and Bella, Martin went to lick a plate I had on a table.


Most of the weekend, I had Bella on one side of the couch. 


And the other two pups on my other side.


Sometimes, they would stare out the window.



But mostly they just slept.


And I was surrounded by lazy pooches all weekend.


I love dogs.
Even dogs that rub their butt on my carpet.
Or steal lettuce from my salad.
How can you not?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My First and Last Rodeo

I've been living in Texas for almost a full year now, and I didn't attend my first rodeo until this past Thursday. The Killeen Rodeo was offering free admission and a free dinner to all military and their dependents for a Military Appreciation Night. Free food? Count me in!

Dinner consisted of BBQ sausages, beans, potato salad, and white bread. I always buy that whole wheat nonsense at the grocery store so I savor white bread when I can get it. 

My friends and I then made our way towards the seating area. As some of the girls browsed a booth selling cowboy hats, I stood next to my eight-month pregnant friend while she spoke to another woman about her pregnancy. I was rubbing my stomach to soothe some awful cramps and the woman asked, "Are you just starting off on your pregnancy?"

Uh...no. And then I cursed myself for eating that third slice of white bread. 



The 1st CAV Horse Detachment did a demonstration that involved a lot of balloons, sabers, watermelons, and loud noises. But all I could think about was their dog mascot, Sergeant Buddy. He is always at the front of the wagon, barking away happily. I'm determined to get a picture with him one day.




I have seen video clips of rodeos before and it all seemed so exciting. My idol Pioneer Woman has written about rodeos numerous times, too. But being there and seeing it is an entirely different thing. Right away, I thought about what they must do in order to get these horses to buck like that.



They place an uncomfortable flank strap on the midsection of the horse to make it kick violently. As soon as the cowboy is off the horse, they remove the strap and the horse is able to move comfortably again. I felt terrible for these animals and I began to cheer for them. Being a silly little California girl, I probably could have gotten my ass kicked by a bunch of Texans who grew up around rodeos.



The event that bothered me even more was the roping of the calves. While it is fairly amazing that someone can throw a lasso with such precision and timing, how can you not cringe when you see an animal being tied up like that? The video below was not even the worst of it. One calf actually began crying as it struggled to pull itself up.



I was honestly beginning to choke up a little during this segment of the rodeo. You can hear me cheering on the little thing when the cowboy missed his target. Again, someone really should have warned me to keep my mouth shut. Although I understand that rodeos are a large part of the culture around here, I still don't see how rodeos are not considered animal cruelty. In my opinion, I don't see it any different than dog fights or chicken fights. It's sick entertainment.



Even so, I enjoyed my time with my friends. I see this group of wonderful ladies at least once a week. They are my battle buddies and they have made time fly around here.


I'm glad I went to the rodeo so that I could experience it, but I will not go back and support it again by paying  admission. I am also glad that I eat less meat now, even if it is unintentional due to laziness. I can't say that I will go vegetarian because I do enjoy burgers and steak every now and then. Have I mentioned before just how much I love In N Out and Rudy's BBQ?

Also, I Googled "rodeo animal cruelty" and the first link that came up was Say No to Rodeo, which just happened to have a video of evidence of animal cruelty at the Killeen Rodeo. I couldn't even finish watching the entire thing because it was so depressing.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mini

I've decided that I need a mini donut pan to add to my baking supplies.

Because then I can make these:

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And since they're vegan, that means I can eat the full dozen, right?

On Repeat: From the Clouds

One of the things on my bucket list is to watch Jack Johnson in concert...


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mi Madre

Mom: Hello, how are you?  I am so sorry, I am very busy recently.  i will try to chat with you ASAP.
Me: that's ok mom. i'm doing fine
Mom: good, it's too hot, you better put sunblock lotion on your face/hands/arms/legs often. i am getting the black spots now.
Me: ok. i'm indoors most of the time and i do wear sunblock when i'm out
Mom: how's your 2 honeys
Me: they're both fine. bella needs a bath. i made her some doggy ice cream to cool her down because it's hot here
Mom: did you taste?  delicious?
Me: i can't have any because there's dairy. it's made of yogurt, peanut butter, banana, and honey. she likes it a lot
Mom: i thought dog can't eat human's ice cream
Me: it isn't human ice cream. i made it with yogurt which is better for her. she gets really excited when i go to the kitchen now because she thinks i'm getting her some
Mom: sounds good, i wish i am your doggy
Me: haha. will you cook for me when i come home since grandma will be gone? i want tofu and eggs
Mom: no problem, whatever you want, you are my queen, sweathart, see you soon
Me: ok. bye mom

Gone Renegade

I went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin this past weekend and IT.WAS.AWESOME. I brought cash, a reusable shopping bag, and was prepared to buy, buy, buy! The fair had over 200 talented vendors selling their handmade merchandise. Most of them have their own Etsy shop, and you know how much I love Etsy. 


I drove to Austin with three of my friends and each one of us left with some great finds. There was something to suit all of our tastes. I was incredibly excited to attend the fair. Renegade only accepts the best of the best so I knew this would be an amazing experience. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take the best pictures because  it was so crowded that I had to snap away with my camera quickly. You can find better pictures here.


I was a tad nervous that the one and a half hour drive wasn't going to be worth it, especially because I was the one who invited everyone to join me. I just wanted to walk away with at least one thing. So when I saw a table that allowed you to make your own button for fifty cents, I was happy because at least I could walk away with that. 

I have no need for a button pin, but for fifty cents, I can find a reason. They had a basket with fabric scraps that you could choose from and I picked a little yellow floral print. I used a rotary cutter to cut out a perfect circle. Then I was taught how to use the button making machine. It was like magic! 

The Hubby has been complaining about our bare walls ever since we moved in. At one point he said, "If by the time I'm back and we still don't have any art on these walls, I'm going to freaking finger paint something and put it up!" 

Thus, finding prints for our house was my ultimate goal. I want to do a picture frame collage on one of our walls, similar to what Young House Love did, but with fewer frames because our landlords will not be happy with so many holes in their walls. 

I was immediately attracted to a colorful booth with bright yellow balloons. I wanted to buy every single one of Kate Thomas from Little Things Studio's prints! She also had adorable journals, cards, bookmarks, and recipes for sale. I ended up buying four prints from her, and I can't wait to hang them.

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I am so ecstatic that the prints of the letters of our first names were so fitting. Mine is perfectly feminine while The Hubby's is in a more masculine blue.


The first print I fell in love with has a quote from Winnie the Pooh that reads, "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you." Who knew a stuffed bear could be so clever? I also purchased a smaller print that has beautiful flowers and an inspirational quote.

Little Things Studio has a great sale going on in honor of Kate's cat's birthday. She is offering everything in her shop for 25% off until midnight Saturday! I had a chance to speak briefly with her at the fair and she is a total sweetheart. I love to support nice and cheery people!


Another print I purchased was from Brainstorm Print + Design. I think it's a limited edition print because it isn't being sold on their website. I love the subtle colors.


I have seen the work of Paper Pastries before online, and I was excited to find their booth at the fair. I wish they were selling the Heart California Postcard, but I'm very happy with my new "I left my heart in LA" card. I plan on framing it.


Another card I plan on framing is from Viva Greetings. It says the Spanish phrase for "I love you," a throwback to The Hubby's background. Or half of it, anyway. The woman at that booth was super sweet, too.


My last purchase was a pair of earrings by Gem Junkie for five big ones. I've always wanted a pair of earrings like this. I don't think the backing is made of sterling silver though so I may not be able to wear them as often as I'd like. Apparently, my ears have expensive tastes.


I also grabbed as many business cards as I could. I'm so intrigued by all of the designs and creativity of all of these artists. The business cards below were just some of my favorites. The one that says "I carry your heart" is from the famous Paloma's Nest. When I went to check out their booth, I felt like I was at Nordstrom when I totally belong at Marshall's instead. That little business card is about all I can afford from Paloma's Nest. 


You know by now how much I champion politeness and manners. Well, one of the reasons I loved Little Things Studio so much was because Kate had an amazing personality and made an effort to speak to all of her customers. I let her know that her art was the first that I purchased for our home and she complimented me back. She was incredibly gracious and genuine. Kate was even thoughtful enough to write down the frame size I should purchase to hang her prints.

And while the people behind Paloma's Nest are extremely talented and I admire their work, I did not get nearly the same vibe from them when I visited their booth. No smiles or hello's, which made me want to turn around and walk away quickly when I initially wanted to splurge on something from their shop.

Some others working at the booths barely looked up from their journal writing or cell phones. I think this is quite sad. And then there was somebody else who was a little too friendly and hit on me, as confirmed by a friend watching nearby. I don't get hit on very often. I think The Hubby got me a super shiny ring just for that reason.

There is going to be a Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles, and I highly suggest all those back at home to attend. Admission is free and it is just great fun. You can also find some amazing inspiration if you are crafty like I like to think I am. 

I am definitely going to drag The Hubby with me to Austin next year when there is another fair!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Overheard in Killeen/Iraq


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Me: I feel like I shouldn't have told you that I've been working out because now you might expect to see something completely different, and you won't.


The Hubby: What are you talking about? Are you expecting to see something different from me?


Me: Yeah. Abs.


The Hubby: That's messed up.


JK. I love you!

Eat My Heart Out

Food I want when I visit home:

In N Out. Double Double Cheeseburger. At least three times.
Banana Bay. Pineapple Fried Rice. Pad See Ew. Chicken Satay.
Molca Salsa. Carne Asada Burrito. Carne Asada Fries.
Sakura of Tokyo. 8 piece California Rolls w/ Beef Terriyaki.
Guppy House. Boba Red Milk Tea w/ Hazelnut. Butter Coconut Brick Toast. All 1,000 + Cals of it.
Donut Man. Strawberry Donut. Bear Claw. Two each.
Violet's Cupcakes. Twix Cupcake.
Earthen Restaurant. Zha Jiang Mian.
Taiwanese Deli. Fried Rice. Fried Fish Cakes. Chicken Egg Rolls.
New Capital. Dim Sum.
Grandma's cooking. All of it.
Korean BBQ.
That Hawaiian place near my family's house.

I don't plan on eating any salads or carrots. Fruit is questionable, too.

Thank goodness The Hubby is coming home for his R&R before this eating spree and that the next time I see him will be next year so I have plenty of time to work it back off.

I exercise so that I can eat more. Don't you?

I won't have a car so someone will have to be my chauffeur. I'll take a bus if it means I can get some legit shrimp dumplings, yo!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Negative 105 Brownie Points!

"I've got brownie points to spare."

My sister's boyfriend has been earning brownie points for quite some time now with unexpected gifts such as tiny and adorable fridge magnets, a cupcake cookbook, and dog toys for Bella. The dude is going to have to get me a KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make up for this! I want a pink or Martha Stewart blue one, please.



I have to admit that this got me laughing and his Photoshop skills are pretty awesome.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Poopy Diapers Redux

Back in April, I wrote about a baby shower I attended and how I won a gift because I selected the poopy diaper. The mommy gave me a copy of the picture she took of me with my Nutella smeared diaper. I was afraid that it was going to be an awful photo, but it's actually one of the best pictures that I have ever taken!


I am not photogenic at all so good pictures are incredibly rare for me. I really wish this good picture of me was of me holding something, anything other than a diaper. 

Like maybe a yellow ribbon? 


Or, heck, even a stack of books?


Does anyone with better Photoshop skills want to work some magic for me?

I'm sure that when it is my turn to hold a real poopy diaper my hair will be disheveled and I will be in sweatpants.

I also quite miss my long hair...

On Repeat: Amos Lee



Saturday, May 21, 2011

On When Spontaneity Backfires

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By the end of April, my hair had become unmanageable. It was wildly long, my split ends had split ends, and I  would step on it whenever I bent down to dig out one of Bella's toys from under the couch. Temperatures were quickly rising, and it had been more than a year since my last haircut. It was time.

I really should have got a haircut back in California from my usual stylist when I was home in December, but my time was valuable and our budget was tight. I had every intention of going to a high rated salon nearby. However, one day I was at Target and I noticed a Great Clips in the same shopping center and I decided that I needed my hair chopped of right then and there. 

I had been trying to be more spontaneous. The recent airing of the movie "Yes Man" on TBS rubbed off on me.

Worst.Decision.Ever.

I sat down and told my stylist that I wanted my hair to be a few inches below my shoulders and that I wanted layers and to keep my bangs. Another woman asked if my hair was long enough to donate to Locks of Love, but my stylist said that it wasn't if I wanted the length that I had requested. I told her to do whatever necessary in order to donate. And that is how I ended up chopping off more than fourteen inches of hair. It was a very emotional, "what-the-f*ck-am-I-doing?" moment.

Since I left the house thinking that I was just going on a dark chocolate almond milk run, I didn't think of bringing my camera and resorted to using the camera on my phone. I didn't even have a chance to take a "before" shot because she gave me no warning. I just heard snipping and my head felt lighter all of a sudden.

I walked out of the building feeling liberated and rather proud of myself for doing something so unplanned. 

But then I looked at myself in the mirror at home and wanted to cry. She did not thin out the ends at all and it looked really choppy and too straight across at the bottom. You know how you have the opportunity to tell the person whether or not you like your hair before you leave? They ask you to look in the mirror and tell them what you think? Well, I had already asked her once to add more layers and I didn't want to ask again. Also, when you only pay $13 for a haircut, they don't blow dry it so it's hard to tell what the final result looks like when your hair is completely damp.

I was so unhappy with my haircut that I wanted to hop back in the car, drive back, and ask for a refund. But I'm too much of a wuss to do that so I just dealt with it. At one point, I grabbed a pair of scissors and started cutting away randomly at the ends. Do you know how you can tell if you have a bad haircut? When you can cut in a completely spastic manner and see absolutely no difference at all. That is how bad it looked.

For the past month, I have been tying my hair up in a tight ponytail and have been taking Vitamin D pills because I read somewhere that it helps hair growth. I even tied my hair up when I was at home by myself because I didn't want to see it in the mirror! I'm a total drama queen, I know.

I thought that doing loose waves would help the cut, but I was so very wrong. I looked like freakin' Shirley Temple. Or actually Shirley Temple with a bad perm.

This past Wednesday was the first time I even went in public with my hair down. My friends noticed and called my new hairstyle"cute." But, honestly, I am 22 years old. I am not looking for "cute" at this point in my life. I would like to feel sexy, darn it!


So I'm finally revealing my new haircut to you after a month of keeping it hidden. Even The Hubby has only seen it down once over Skype. The ends should really be thinned out, but I really don't want to pay more money to fix a haircut. I supposed my cheap side still reigns supreme over my narcissistic side. 

On the plus side, I use far less shampoo, the time I take blow drying my hair has been cut in half, and I am much cooler (temperature wise only). And some kid will get a pretty awesome wig!


*Tape strips from Pugly Pixel
Flowers from Maybemej

Febreeze, Please!



After I hopped out of the shower today, I noticed that Bella was licking a spot on the carpet of our bedroom. This was a sure sign that she threw up and ate every bit of it to get rid of the evidence. Yuck.

And then she threw up again. Typically, when she throws up it doesn't smell like anything and it is fairly solid. I have always been thankful for this. But this time it was a huge 10 inch wide puddle of vomit that had very low viscosity and smelled incredibly rancid.

I was extremely close to vomiting myself when I caught a whiff of it. I'm not usually this much of a wimp when it comes to bodily fluids that come out of my daughter, but this was awful. 


I was close to running to grab my camera to show you, but NO ONE else needed to see this. All I know is that The Hubby would have thrown up himself for sure.

It's been seven hours since the incident. Bella and owner are both doing fine now, but the bedroom still reeks. I may end up sleeping in the guest room tonight. Why can't Bella ever throw up on the tile floor? 

I wonder how I will do with Future Kiddo if he/she ever gets sick.

Friday, May 20, 2011

McWorthIt

I had a Sausage McMuffin this morning. It was only $1.08.

And it was glorious.

It knocked my metaphorical socks off.

I ate it so quickly that I don't even remember if it was a Sausage McMuffin with egg or just the sausage.

All I know is that it was thoroughly satisfying after a teeth cleaning.

I don't regret the extra 370 calories one bit.

Real eggs, cheese, and questionable meat is so much better than the fake stuff.

Best choice I've made in awhile.

McWorthIt.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lunch Today

A few friends were getting together today to have lunch by a duck pond at a nearby campus. I was pretty excited to put together a healthy meal (with a not so healthy beverage). Doesn't my salad look delicious?


I packed everything into my Batman cape lunch bag. Yeah, I'm 22, and I ain't too proud to carry a child's lunch pail.


It even has a cape!


I decided that it might be nice to bring Bella along. I had no idea how she would react to the ducks.


She was fine at first. Bella peered quietly out of curiosity and I was relieved.


But then she edged closer and I'm just thankful that there was a fence between her and the pond. I wonder if she would have jumped in. The width of her shoulders was the only reason why she didn't get in between the bars.


Eventually she became unmanageable and would not quit barking. I tried to sit with her at a nearby bench, but then I started getting bit by fire ants. We eventually left and I had to eat my lunch at home.


I'm just glad she didn't get to this particular goose. He looks like a mean one.


It was quite embarrassing. I really wish Bella was better behaved sometimes. I would really like to get her out of the house more often. But I suppose that it's in Bella's Lab nature to fetch ducks!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

5 A Day


Happiness is a fridge stocked with fresh salad, bananas, strawberries, apples, kiwis, mangoes, and a melon. Happiness is also fresh flowers that I purchased for myself for $4 that have lasted for over two weeks.

I ran out of healthy snacks over the weekend and because the grocery stores are too crowded on weekends and closed on Mondays, I ended up surviving on fruit snacks, cookies, and whole wheat crackers dipped in Nutella. I need to make a cheat sheet to bring with me on grocery trips because I never know how to pick the right fruit. Do I sniff it, tap at it, squeeze it?

Have I mentioned my new obsession with apples? I crave them and savor each juicy crunch. The Hubby would share his apple with Bella and I started doing the same. But since I love apples so much, I rarely share anymore. 


Bella stares at me when she realizes that I am munching away at an apple. She doesn't beg, but instead she patiently waits and hopes that I toss some in her direction.

And when she sees that I'm not in a generous mood, she looks utterly pathetic.


One afternoon out of boredom, I began tossing an apple in the air. And since my hand-eye coordination is subpar, I dropped it on the ground and it rolled right to Bella.

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She grabbed it and began gnawing away. Boy, was she happy! I let her eat most of it, but took it away before she could get to the seeds which are poisonous to dogs.

No MilkBones or biscuits for this family! We're going the healthy route.

*Edited to include this:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Surprise!

This video had me bawling five minutes in, and that was delayed only because I tried to control myself at about 40 seconds. 



Surprising me is not something I want The Hubby to do since I don't regularly shave my legs or even my arm pits when he isn't around. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thank Goodness for the Swiffer

It is prime shedding season. The rate of Bella's fur loss is almost unmanageable as even a simple scratch behind the ear yields a floor littered with numerous strands of fur.


Yuck!



I'v noticed that the majority of my wardrobe is black or blue, which is really unsuitable for someone who has a light colored dog. It's not my fault that dark colors are more slimming.

I really need to be better about using our Furminator brush.

Channeling Batman


I will keep this in mind for the next time I am ever in need of an extra dose of bravery...


I have the best friends.



*I'm "puppy___" (in case you couldn't infer that on your own).