Archive | September, 2012

Officially Old

24 Sep

That’s right guys… I am officially old now. A quarter of a century. Over the hill. Halfway to the grave. Ok, I hope not halfway… but you get the idea.

I turned 25 on Friday.

I’m clearly having a little life crisis about it.

So instead of focusing on how I’m terribly old now, and have not accomplished NEARLY as many things as I wanted to by this age, let’s recap some old memories, shall we? We’ll call them my better years.

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I was obviously a piano protégée at a very young age. What can I say, baby piano banging was the thing back in the 80s.

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I also had some stand up comedy acts by the time I was 4. What can I say, I thought I was hilarious!

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I can’t understand WHY my parents didn’t put me in to modeling. Clearly they deprived me of a future career. I could have made the bent leg pose and 90s bowl cut famous!

So that brings us to tonight. Well, I guess we skipped like 20 years in there, but those years arent super important. No one wants to see awkward middle school pictures, let’s be real here.

After spending the whole day at home working on trainings for work (hey, at least I could hang out in my PJs), Chris took me out for dinner at a French Restaurant in Woodbridge called L’hermitage.

We started with an appetizer of coconut shrimp with mangos and berries. On a bed of spinach. A-MA-ZING. I seriously could have licked the plate clean.

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Then came entrees. I went with the poaches salmon on a bed of spinach with a side of white polenta, all with a red pepper sauce. Again, I seriously could have licked my plate clean.

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My lovely dinner companion went with the pork chop and scallops special. It was equally as amazing.

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Then the nice waiter brought us out some complimentary crème brulee, since it was my actual birthday and all. Delicious, just like everything else.

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What a perfect night!

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So there you have it – I’m officially old. Please, tell me that it gets better and not worse from here…

So tell me: At what birthday did you feel “old”? Or are you still lucky enough to feel young?

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WIAW: Backwards Edition

19 Sep

Look at me go – two days of posting in a row! I just cant stay away from you guys!

Today was actually a pretty dull day overall, as I spent the entire work day in a division training meeting. Woooo, super exciting stuff. Seriously.

BUT, I do have something special for you guys today. That’s right, I’m back with a What I Ate Wednesday post!

What is What I Ate Wednesday, you ask? Why, it’s an awesome phenomenon started by Jenn at Peas and Crayons for blogger and readers alike to share and discuss some of the awesome foods that they have been eating lately. For more information about WIAW, please check out Jenn’s blog. In fact, you should check out her blog regardless, because she’s awesome. 

So without further ado:

Now this month, Jenn’s challenge was to “fall” in to good habits. I can’t really promise that today’s eats were full of good habits… but it definitely does point out some BAD habits. Mainly, desserts. What can I say – I’ve been having some serious sugar cravings lately. I blame stress. But at least now that I’ve recognized it, I can try and keep it under control.

Breakfast

So, I totally forgot about photographing breakfast. My bad. I had to get up at the crack of dawn (literally, it was still dark outside) and my brain was not fully functioning yet. But it was just a bowl of peanut butter cheerios and some tea. I’m sure you all can use your imagination!

Lunch

Lunch was provided by the training, so I didn’t really have much choice in food options. I decided to go with a giant salad, some mashed potatoes, some pork meatballs, and some chicken gumbo. The gumbo was definitely the highlight – I never remember how much I love okra until I have it in something. This was followed up by some apple cobbler and ice cream.

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But joke’s on me – this totally made my stomach hurt. I’m going to blame the weird meatballs…

Dinner

I decided to skip the gym tonight, seeing as my stomach was really not having any of it. Instead I met up with Chris to pick up some presents for a wedding we’re going to this weekend. Then we came home for breakfast!

That’s right – breakfast for dinner! Blueberry pancakes, turkey bacon, hashbrowns, and some pineapple on the side. I felt like a kid again. Breakfast for dinner is the best!

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There you have it – what I ate Wednesday! The rest of the evening has been spent doing wedding stuff… as usual! Such an exciting life I live.

So tell me: What did you eat today?

Highs and Lows

18 Sep

Well hello guys – long time, no see! Sorry about that, this weekend/week has just been a little bit insane so far. But as I said last week, I’m trying to put life’s priorities above blogging, for my own sanity. And I must say, you guys are the best for being so understanding. This is why I love the blogging community.

But I’m here now, and ready to give a quick, picture filled recap of my weekend – which was seriously full of highs and lows. So let’s review, shall we?

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On Friday evening Chris and I headed up to Pittsburgh to meet up with some friends for the Virginia Tech v. Pittsburgh football game.

After a late night hanging up, we were up early for some tailgating. Because it’s not football without tailgating, come on! Can you guess which one is me? Hint: I’m the awkward one!

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I only took one picture from the game. And that was before it started. Because the game basically sucked, and we left very disappointed in our team. Plus some of the rude fans did not really help the situation. There is supporting your team, and then there is being a 65-year-old who taunts college-age kids. Uncool.

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Sunday was basically spent recovering from the exhausting trip and trying to get caught up on life.

Chris and I did get to test out a new recipe however: Chicken with Lemon Leek Linguine. OMG, so simple, and so good! TRY THIS NOW!

Ingredients
  • 6 ounces uncooked linguine (I used thin spaghetti)
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 leek, trimmed, cut in half lengthwise, and thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes (I added these)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Preparation
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm.
  2. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in flour, shaking to remove excess.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, leek, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté 4 minutes. Add sun dried tomatoes. Add broth and juice; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add pasta to leek mixture; toss well to combine. Serve chicken over pasta mixture; sprinkle with parsley.

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However, during the weekend we did find out that Chris’ grandmother has gone into hospice. Please keep her, and Chris’ family, in your prayers as they make her comfortable.

So there you have it – my review for the weekend. Just a few days late… my bad! You all forgive me, right?

So tell me: What did you do this weekend?