Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Week 34.

I finally got over all of the sickness, but I have zero energy. I haven't touched the exercise bike in over a week.

I don't know what kind it is, other than it's a dead one:

Bailey and I went to Vintage Magnolia, and saw this car.
They like Supernatural, Sherlock and Harry Potter.
We must become Best Friends:

I bought Divergent, get home, open it....nothing.
It was in the cardboard protector, so I didn't notice there was no plastic protector.
I text Bailey....

Kari ,Grant, and Tori are leaving Mythbusters.
This sucks.

Saturday was my cousin Hunter's 5th birthday. He doesn't cry when he sees me anymore, but still won't talk to me. Semi-progess!
Lily's entire personality summed up into one picture:



I abandoned reading Memory Scents, The Neighbors, and Winter's Tale.

The Snowball EffectThe Snowball Effect by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


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Sweet Water: A NovelSweet Water: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so very different than anything I've read. I loved it. I normally read several books at a time, one chapter at a time, and this threw me off, because there are no chapters. I was twenty minutes into it before I realized the entire book is a series of letters.
I will definitely read it again.
It also took me until 80% or so to realize that Sydney is a man.

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So bittersweet

I sent her a Snapchat saying "Happy first last day of school!!"

..and realized I said it backward

This made me giggle. And share it with everyone I know at work. I am still giggling.

So I leave you this week with Laura, who got her first "sports" tshirt.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Week 33. The #icebucketchallenge. Sinuses trying to murder my face.

I got made fun of a lot this week. No particular reason, just the norm.

So Bailey and I go to El Nopal for lunch. We walk in, they always greet us, then seat us. The dude smiles, then turns and walks towards the tables. I follow him. He starts to clean and table and looks at me weird. We stand there. He motions for me to sit at a table next to him. I THEN realize he was not the dude who seats us, but the table cleaning guy. I felt sheepish. Bailey wouldn't stop mocking me.

After I finished reading the Divergent Trilogy, I said I wasn't going to watch any of the movies, I didn't care for how the series ended. I watched Divergent. Liked it. Got sucked back in.

Fay: A NovelFay: A Novel by Larry Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked everything about this book, aside from the very ending. Can't these people just be happy??

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I joined Kindle Unlimited, and they probably didn't have people like me in mind when they offered this service, I learned you can only have ten borrowed books at a time :)
I wanted to reread the Harry Potter books (again), and I am spoiled by the Kindle that I tried to buy them (don't judge me I have several Kindle books and the actual book) but to buy them you have to do it through Pottermore, which is based in London, and my banking will not allow international payments. I tried to use Paypal, but no go. SO, this way I can just borrow the books anytime I want.
I currently borrowed:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
An Imperfect Witch- Debora Geary
The Neighbors- Ania Ahlborn
The Bird Eater (which is terrifying)-Ania Ahlborn
Chips of Red Paint- K. Martin Beckner
The Snowball Effect- James Patterson
Memory Scents- Gayle Eileen Curtis
A Winter's Tale- Mark Helprin
Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels

I noticed most of the books that are available from BookBub and Pixel of Ink (normally free or .99-$2) are also on the Unlimited List, so I don't feel as bad when I get a free book and it sucks. Now I can just return it instead of screaming OH MY GOD IT'S TAKING UP SPACE ON MY KINDLE and then delete it. Win Win. Drama Llama scene avoided.
I now own:
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
Adventures in Funeral Crashing- Milda Harris
The Unfinished Gift- Dan Walsh
Shattered Palms- Toby Neal
The Agatha Christie Book Club- C.A. Larmer

The greatest thing that has happened all week:

I cooked:
Frito Taco Bake

Natchitoches, Louisiana was named "Best Historic Attraction" in Louisiana!!
Come visit us. Just do it.
Stay at Hampton Inn. Not that I work there......

A guest just called the Front Desk:
Guest: I am trying to connect to your WIFI
FD: Yes maam, it's the ATT or Hilton
Guest: So not the Huddle House?
FD: No ma'am.

I never get the good calls anymore, just people wanting to speak to a manager. All the people wanting all the things!
"yeah....I'm gonna need 32 connecting rooms with a helipad and a pink monkey...."

What the what? I cooked again!
Tossed Chicken Pasta Salad

I am sick again. I hate when my sinuses are a butthole. They are draining and settling into my ear and jaw. I can't eat!! Fat girl likes food! I can't even chew or sleep very long because if I roll over and the air hits my ear I die a little.
I haven't seen my family in a week.
Lily may forget me and smile the next time I see her, this is serious!

My adorable-but-hates-me-cousin Hunter turned 5 today :)

I straight up stole this picture from his mom's Facebook.

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book. I did. I made it to 70%, and then just skipped to the last few chapters. I just wanted to know who slaughtered the entire family, and was the wrongly accused going to get out of jail. I lost interest in the characters, I cheated and skipped to the end. I did find out and went "ooohhh, that's good!".
So yeah.

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There is nothing, I repeat NOTHING that the cat is staring at but the wall. Blair Witch stuff going on here:

This is been me this entire week:

We close out the week regarding the weeks post popular trend, the #icebucketchallenge :

Tossed Chicken Pasta Salad

This recipe took effort. I am not a fan of work.
However, I did get three lunches out of it.
Since the chicken was a precooked Rotisserie, I had to Google how long it would last before I had to throw it out, the result was 4 days. So, I made two lunches and froze the third day.
For a normal eating person, you could probably get 4, but we know I eat like a cow.
Only I don't eat grass. Or chew a cud.

You need:
Pasta of your choice, I like Rotini
1/2 cup of Olive Oil
A small block of Mozzarella
Tomato (I used Roma)(Original recipe said to use use cherry tomatoes which may be better, but I'd rather sniff a poot than have one of those things in my mouth)
A rotisserie chicken (whatever kind you like)
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
I found this nifty thing at the grocery store

Now. Ya'll know I don't have any cooking sense. This recipe said to use a cup of Basil. Now IDK if that means a cup of this:

or like real life Basil that you chop up. EITHER WAY that is a ridonkulus amount. I used maybe 2 tablespoons.

Cook the pasta, dump it in a colander, rinse with cold water. Let it sit.
Put the chicken in the microwave for one minute so it's easier to rip off the bone.
Rip the chicken, shred it how you like it.
Dice the tomato and mozzarella.
Spray the tomato until those horrible seeds go away. Okay, that's just me.
I sprinkled the Salad Seasoning and Garlic Powder over the pasta, mixed it up, and shook it good until all of the water was gone.
Mix the Olive Oil, Basil, and a shake or two of salt and pepper in a bowl.
Add in the chicken, then cheese, then pasta.
I'm not gonna lie I mixed it all up with my hands and made sure all of the oil made it to the top.
Then I died before I got a chance to wash it all off.
When it was mixed thoroughly, I added the tomatoes.

When I put the Oil in, I lightly coated it with Basil, then when I mixed up everything I added a little bit more, with more Salad Seasoning and Garlic Powder.

I then scrubbed my hands with Dawn for an hour.

This is a buttload of pasta, and like I said for a normal person this is a week's worth of lunch or enough to feed a slew of folks for dinner.
It says serve hot or cold, I tried it cold for lunch the following day.
Loved it. It needs something else, but I cant quite figure it out.

Here you go, you happy picture liking people:

Of course there was more cheese on the top but I ate it.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recipes: Frito Taco Bake

I cooked!

This is a lot like the Frito Bake I made a while back, but with a few differences.For one it's easier and quicker.

What you need:
A pound of lean ground beef
A pack of Taco seasoning
Chili Cheese Frito chips
1 can of Cheddar Cheese Soup
1/2 cup of milk
Fine Shredded mozzarella (amount to your liking)
(I used almost the entire bag)
(I feel your judgement)

Preheat oven to 350.
Brown the meat, drain, add taco seasoning, cook per the instructions on the package.
In a 9x9-ish pan, cover the bottom with the Frito chips.
Mix the Cheddar soup and milk in a cool lime green bowl, heat for 90 seconds, stir again until well mixed.
Pour the taco meat mixture onto the chips, then the cheese/milk mixture, then the shredded mozzarella.
Heat for 12-ish minutes until cheese is melted.

Now. It looked divine when it was taken out of the oven.
"OOH! Let me take a nice picture!"
Then a vulture came and fixed his plate.

We ate it as is, but it would be nice with toppings. Tomato and avocado would be delish.
He looked at me like:


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Week 31 and 32. #memories

Week 31
Nothing happened. Seriously. I worked, slept, read a couple of chapters on the Kindle.
I watched Noah. Meh.
I watched Frozen. Loved it.
I may have got a little into it:

I know this is old, but I just saw it this morning. Towards the end I was snort-laughing:
"Marines reacting to "Let It Go"

Scott- ever the romantic:

This is what happens if you don't shut your pie hole. (Via Getty Images)

A couple days ago redditor thr111 needed to get something off his chest, so he took to the "offmychest" section of reddit and proceeded to tell the most true story anyone has ever told on the Internet about how he was so fed up with a screaming, whiny kid in line at Burger King that he bought all the pies the restaurant had so the kid couldn't have any.

The hero? Our hungry narrator in line at Burger King. For his privacy's sake, he did not post any pictures, but based on all the evidence of the story, it is safe to assume he looks like this:

Our hero.

And our villains? A terrible mom and her screaming kid, also in line. Again, no pictures, but they definitely look like this:

Bad mom.

Screaming brat.

There, that should set the stage.

And now, the completely true facts, as told by an anonymous man hiding behind a screen name:

So a while ago I had decided to treat myself and go to Burger King. I hadn't had the greatest of days and I had a headache coming on. It was a very long line and I was at the end of it waiting patiently. When behind me comes this woman yapping on her cellphone with a little monster of a child. This kid was out of control, screaming, punching his mother throwing around a gameboy whenever something didn't go right in the game. The mother didn't seem to pay any attention to him and his continued yelling of 'I want a F(*&^%$ PIE'. After about 5 minutes of the line with these people behind me, I had gone from a headache to a full on migraine, but nothing was going to stop me from getting those burgers. I calmly turn and ask her nicely if she can please calm or quiet her child down. Immediately she gets up in my face telling me I can't tell her nothing about raising her child and to mind my own business. I nod and turn around, shes still yelling at the back of my head when the child cries out again how he wants a pie, the mother consoles him, calling him sweety and ensuring they'll get pies for lunch because she loves him so much.

What a terrible mom and child! I hope they never get any pie...

I then decide to ruin their day. I order every pie they have left in addition to my burgers. Turned out to be 23 pies in total, I take my order and walk towards the exit. Moments later I hear the woman yelling, what do you mean you don't have any pies left, who bought them all? I turn around and see the cashier pointing me out with the woman shooting me a death glare. I stand there and pull out a pie and slowly start eating eat as I stare back at her. She starts running towards me but can't get to me because of other lineups in the food court. I turn and slowly walk away.

Wow. It is a tale of triumph, although, we get the sense that thr111 has some remorse, as he titled his story "Am I a bad person for this?"

No, screen name thr111, you can never be a bad person when you are sharing your truth.

Week 32
Finding CaseyFinding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book on my Kindle, and honestly I don't remember getting it, but I started reading it having no idea what it was about. Loved it. It's a change from what I normally read. No death, no serial killers, no bones or DNA. Very nice read.

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I know this is long, but I couldn't stop reading it:

I am afraid my cat is getting tips from this internet cat-

People thst forgot how to wear pants:
Awful pants

My junk room now has a cool thing to hang clothes on:

I was touching Krystin's pregnant belly, and it kicked my hand. I handled it well:

I read this blog post and knew immediately I would have to share it here. It's my whole life! LOL
Right as I finished it, two different people messaged me and told me to read it, they were convinced I wrote it!
I love this blog, it's definitely one of my favorite:

Scott got a new shirt. No clue why my camera decided to make lines in the picture...

Holding Lily. Wait...wait...yep. Still hates me.

Nothing here, just Scott and my Uncle Jr.

Thanks a lot, Taco Bell

So as you may know, I now have custody of Sassie, my sister's cat. I am allergic to cats. You don't want to know what goes on. We have had Lula for a year, but she is never around me, so I haven't been affected. Sassie however....

So it's messed with a body a little. You'd think I would know better than to have two cats.
So this happened.

We found her at work, starving, weighing nothing. I had to bring her home, she was so scared and hungry.
This is Kendall. Cat #3.

I'm pretty much dead.

So I see a Tweet...

And then I find Scott's receipt...

Trying to watch Shark Week...

Trying to read...

Paused the Braves game at just the right time-

So glad I am remembered

I was devastated upon the loss of Robin Williams. One of my favorite moments.

Guess who pooped in the tub?!?!? #makingmemories

People are always confusing my cousin and my husband. I have been known to do it.

Well that's pretty much it. I have a stiff neck. All those years of mocking my aunt have come back to bite me in the butt.