Sunday, March 29, 2015

Breakfast Tacos

I love cooking breakfast. I only do it on the weekends when I'm not rushed, but it's what I enjoy waking up and doing. 

This week (and most weeks) we had breakfast tacos. O. Em. Gee. They are so delicious. I tried mimicking the best local taco truck in town, but it never came out as good. So then I added and tweaked and made my own. 

I use:
1/2 lb breakfast sausage 
Quite a lot of bacon4-5 eggs
Cheddar cheese

Start cooking the bacon. When you are 1/2 way, add the sausage. Drain. Mix the eggs in the with sausage and bacon. Turn off heat and add cheese to top. Then make your tortillas. 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Honeymoon to the Bahamas - without the honey

I realized I never posted about my honeymoon. I decided to take a non-traditional honeymoon, and invited my mom and sis-in-law.  I went without the husband.  :P

The trip was in September 2014. 

We had already separated when I got a new job, so I had 2 weeks between job 1 and job 2. What better thing to do during time off than take a vacation?!  I used our honeymoon money and my mom and sis-in-law both wanted to go with. it was a spur of the moment trip, we only had less than  week to actually plan it.  Which was fine, we didn't want to do anything more than lay around anyway.

We went to Freeport, Bahamas.

We parasailed, snorkled, had lots of drinks, gambled at a casino, and relaxed. there was no drama and it was such a great trip with my favorite people. 

The hotel made a drink called "Memories" (which is the name of the hotel) and it was the best dang drink I've ever had! I drank it all week and my 11 AM one day, I was already feeling pretty good. It was great to have no place to be for a week and not a care in the world. It was definitely a trip we needed and we said we would plan a girls trip like that once a  year from now on.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Valentine’s day means different things to different people. To some, it’s a day to cook for your loved ones, to go out and celebrate being together. To some, it’s a sad day of mourning a loved one, and to others, it’s just another normal day.  
I’ve never been big on the day, but enjoy getting the one I love something small, just to say ‘hey, I appreciate having you around’.  We all need that reminder throughout the year. I really wish there were more days similar during the year, only with less hallmark expectations.  My Valentine’s day this year is one I’ve never experienced before. 
My boyfriend’s dad passed away just over a month ago. He donated his body to science, so there was no funeral.  One if my boyfriend’s siblings lives in another state, and since there was no funeral, the decided to have a family get-together/memorial at the next best time the out-of-state brother can come to town, which just happened to fall on Valentine’s day.  I haven’t had to deal with someone my age lose a parent before.  It’s really hard.  We all gathered for the day at a sister’s house and a few friends of my boyfriend’s also came to show support. We sat around visiting, laughing, eating more food than I can imagine, and reminiscing. Overall, it was a pretty great day, considering.  We hit a couple bumpy spots during all of it, but it was still good.
Since our Valentine’s day was planned with that, Pete decided to treat me to an early VDay.  He bought me a one-hour massage, and even made the reservations. I get home from work one day last week, and he says “hurry up. Let’s go. I have a surprise for you.”  Best place EVER to get a massage.  He also had ½ dozen roses delivered to me at work, and got an extra rose for me when I came home.  I cooked my awesome pork chops for dinner and it was great.  Happy 2015 Valentine’s Day.

Here's a pic of me and Pete and his wonderful friends who a) drove 3 hours to be with him for this and 2) ended up skipping his quad rugby game for Pete. Amazing friends that will do that. (nevermind the random dude who looks like he' staring at my boobs... Probably because the look entirely lopsided in this picture. haha )

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Maybe Someday

It took me a little over a week to finish this book, but mostly because I read when I’m laying down for bed and within 20-30 minutes I’m asleep, sometimes with my book still in hand.

I’m not sure of my opinion on it. On Goodreads, I rated it a 3 out of 4. Part of this book I hated and was getting pissed off at, and then part of it I was crying and laughing along with them and cheering for Ridge and Sydney.

May contain Spoilers:
Sydney goes outside most evenings, relaxing on her balcony, to secretly listen to her neighbor play his guitar. Ridge goes outside to relax on his balcony while playing his guitar, to secretly watch Sydney mouth lyrics to his songs. One day Ridge gets the nerve to ask Sydney for her number so he can text him. He needs help writing lyrics to his music, and can see that she has some made up.

A week later (on her birthday), Ridge confesses that he has watched Sydney’s boyfriend cheat on her with her roommate. Sydney punches both her roommate and boyfriend, then moves out. Now it’s her birthday, it’s raining, and she’s homeless. Ridge offers her a room at his apartment until she can get on her feet.

After a week of Sydney and Ridge talking, writing music together, and getting to know each other, they begin to develop feelings for each other. And them Maggie shows up. Ridge fails to tell Sydney that he has had a girlfriend for the past FIVE years. Sydney forgives him and tries to move on, but when Maggie isn’t around, the two still seriously flirt and cross lines with each other in a romantic sense. (This is where I begin to get pissed. You see, you don’t know much of my history, but I was married. And my husband did this same thing behind my back. She was aware of me and they continued to flirt, and flirting leads to feelings, and feelings lead to romanticness, and then you think this THING you are feeling is worth risking everything you’ve built with the one you are with currently).

Long story short, Maggie ends up finding out about Ridge and Sydney, forgives him for having feelings for someone else, but doesn’t forgive him, and they break up. Ridge and Sydney are both hurt over the ordeal but manage to find a way back into each other’s lives months later.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Dancing Across Texas

ok so maybe we didn't hit ALL of Texas, but come on. Texas is huge :) My work gave us 3 days off during the week for the New Year, so me and Pete decided to Dance Across Texas. The week before, I bought my very first Cowboy boots. I am so proud o finally have some of these. 
On December 31, we drove up to New Braunfels, and hit Gruene Hall and saw Charlie Robison live. We didn’t get to dance because it was so crowded we were standing shoulder to shoulder to people. It was a great way to ring in the New Year.  We stayed at the Faust Hotel, which is supposed to be haunted.  We didn’t see any ghosts… and the room was ‘European style’ which pasically means it’s not much bigger than the bed itself, and the bathroom is too small to even CHANGE clothes in it.
On Jan 1, Pete, the smart man that he is, decided to Skinny dip in the Guadalupe River (Google Skinny Dipping in the Guadalupe River by Charlie Robison).  It was only 37 degrees OUTside, and that water is normally cold in the summer at 110 degrees outside, so no telling HOW cold it was now.  Then we drove over to Bandera, Texas where we ended up running into a group of people we know from Huntsville.  Such a small world! We went two different bars there, closing down Arkey blues for the night dancing away. Me and the girl I knew made a ‘boyfriend’ with this really old man, and he even dedicated a song to us.  I danced a few times with the old man.  It was great. 
On January 2, we drove over to San Antonio and walked the River Walk.  We went to Coyote Ugly about 3-4 PM and were nice and drunk within an hour. I had too many shots and ended up dancing  on the bar with the bartenders.  It was great.  When we finished, me and Pete walked (literally in a circle) around a block messing with people. We would randomly dance in the middle of the street to no music at all,  we struck up random conversations with every person we met and we were great playing along with each other’s stories.  It was so much fun.  
On January 3, we ended our trip at Zach’s to celebrate my friend, Brenda’s, birthday.  And then we headed back to Huntsville for the night. Planned to dance at Shenanigans but we were both exhausted so we didn’t go anywhere. The following day, we headed back to my place to get ready for the new year. 
Did I mention about the Fire Hydrant that jumped out into my car in San Antonio??!!  Yea… That happened, too.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

American Sniper

Wow.  It took me about a week due to a lot of stuff going on, to finish this book. My goal was to finish my 12/31.  I didn’t realize I only had about 10 pages left when I quit reading for the day, so I actually finished on 1/1.  Instead of my last book of the year, I made it my first book of the new year.  So much for reaching my 18 book a year goal. We’ll try again!
American Sniper by Chris Kyle is an amazing true story about… well, an American Sniper.  Chris joined the Navy and worked his way up to become a Navy Seal and Sniper during the battle on terror.  I have to say this book is great and I can’t wait to see the movie that came out last week to see if it gives Chris the justice he deserves as an American Hero. 
American Sniper talks about his life at home as well as his life as a Seal. For this man, he is better fit as a man to serve our country than the husband his wife needed. I am thankful every day for men and women with the ambition and heart that he had to want to protect USA.  Chris is a Texas Cowboy gone Seal and lived the life of a Navy Seal until the day he was murdered on the homefront.  Ironically, he died from being shot (by a ‘friend’) near Dallas.
 ** update: on Jan 24, 2015, we went to watch the movie and it was every bit as amazing as the book. In fact, it made Chris Kyle look like an even bigger hero and person than in the book he wrote. Great great movie of a Great War hero. When the movie ended, not a single person spoke while leaving the theatre. Very moving. RIP Chris Kyle. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Re-purposed shirt

I had a sewing machine since I was 22 (9 years if you do the math right). It never ever worked for me. I made up my mind that seeing is not something I can do. A few months ago my mom sat down to show me how, and turns out a major piece was missing, which is why it never worked. Han so, maybe I don't suck at it...

Last week I had a sudden urge to attempt to sew, so I went to my mom's and got hers (which was my grandma's. And ironically, the day I had the urge is the day my grandma would have been 88.  Think she was talking to me.) 

I practiced for a few days and finally attempted on the real deal. This is Pinterest-inspired and turned our awesome! 

I just took a shirt that was too tight and added some fabric to the sides. The camp fabric is actually from my friend's marine BDU's. Which is fitting for the shirt. 

This is a before and after picture.