Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Love for Bulleted Posts!

  • I love these socks. My sweet momma in law got me several pairs some time ago, and before I even put them on, I knew I would love them. They're that soft, kinda sorta fluffy type material. And in case you noticed, and was wondering...I do have two different ones on. I couldn't find the matching ones, so I just grabbed what was available. :)
  • So I mentioned here about my beloved laptop being on it's last leg. Well my daddy in law had an extra one he wasn't using...an HP Mini Netbook. I'm so thankful, but I do have to admit it's taking some time getting used to. It's half the size of what the normal ones are, and it seems the keys are shifted just a little bit. So when I go to hit the delete button, I actually find myself hitting the zero.

  • My hubs found Lord of the Rings on Netflix and asked if I cared if we watched it tonight. (Don't think he has to ask my permission or anything, but technically it was my turn to pick the movie or show we watched.) Of course being the perfect sweet wife I am, I said, "Sure". Is he in here now? Nope.

  • This weekend I am watching my parent's dog, Tobi. He's a precious Golden Retriever who has lots of energy! I'm planning on taking him on one of my runs to get him some good exercise! Pictures are sure to come.
  • I think I'm done on trying to make sure the space is exactly the same in between each of these bullets.
  • Buck has what we call around here a "baby". He lays with it...he occasionally chews on it, and he will sit there and lick on it (like dogs do when they clean something). It makes us laugh.

Buck with his "baby".

Okay...
I think I'm gonna go grab me a pack of my
100 calorie Oreos
and watch
some recorded Sister Wives episodes,
since the
hubs apparently isn't into his movie pick.

Yay for Friday being near! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Alfredo Sauce

I made something that people would probably think I spent a good amount of time on...

but in all reality....

I spent a big, whoppin' 15 minutes on it.

Seriously.

And to make it even better, I would consider this a big girl's dish (not because of the calories or the fat grams), but because it just sounds challenging.

It even tastes like it would be challenging.

I made for dinner Fettuccine Alfredo...except the sauce wasn't out of a jar.

I can't even remember where I got the recipe, so I will say that where ever credit is due...I'm giving it to ya...and apologies will be given at any given time.

Before I list the ingredients,
I will say that I tried to use the healthiest I could with the ingredients
(light cream cheese, light butter....etc.),
but with a dish like this it's kinda sorta impossible to make healthy.

{1/2 cup of butter; 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese; 2 tsp garlic powder; 2 cups of milk; 6 oz. grated Parmesan cheese; black pepper to taste}


Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with wire whisk until smooth.


Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. Stir in Parmesan and pepper. Remove from heat when sauce reaches consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if cooked too long.


Toss with hot pasta to serve.

This will probably be the last time I fix this for a while,
just because it is so bad for ya...
but it sure was delicious!

4 / 52: Reflection


{topics}

The hubs just changed these corner spot lights on the house last night.

This week for Project 52, I have found it has to be one of the
most challenging topics
to find (that is if you want to be creative)...

I went for these light bulbs (can you see me?),
  and as a reminder for the hubs when he reads my blog
that I was sweet enough to toss them in the garbage
for him.



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Must Be...

...the hat.

...or the jeans.

or maybe just the voice.


Oh how I love them, cowboys.

Cowboys like Brad Paisley.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
{Via}

 1. Bless his sweet heart. I know your curious about this last sentence I wrote in reference
to the picture below. I made the comment to my honey Sunday night about how I was worried about
my flowers and the freezing temperatures coming about late that evening/early morning. When leaving for
work this morning this is what I saw. Oh that sweet hubs of mine. Little things like this is far more sweeter in my eyes than him bringing home a bundle of fresh flowers, in which I like those
too...


2. Thankful for a view! On beautiful days like today I am so happy I can
sit in my chair at work and look outside. It was gorgeous in Middle Tennessee today...a bit chilly, but
beautiful!


3. A favorite snack! I love pretzels....which is strange because I haven't always liked them.
The other day while at Publix, I found something new. I love the Everything Bagels, and I eat them for
breakfast quite often. So when it was made into a pretzel, I was smitten!

Delish!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Getting to Know You

{via}

1. what inspires you?
my husband, seeing pictures of what I looked like when we were dating (which really wasn't that long ago), and my other awesome bloggers I read around me.
2. what was the last thing you bought yourself?
new running shoes
3. would you rather watch a movie in a theater or from the comfort of your own home?
at home....we're big on Netflix...we love it!
4. household chore you don't mind doing?
cooking, if that would be considered a chore. 
5. coffee or tea?
sweet tea....love it!
6. what could you eat every day and not get sick of??
pretzels with blue cheese dressing
7. what's the last book you read?
several books ago...Jewell by Bret Lott
8. do you think you look you "look" your age?
I have been told I look younger than 27, but I don't think I do.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Random

1. Too soon? Sorry friends about my couple of posts ago I gave about April 1st. I probably should have waited closer to date before I said anything. Something is in the works, I promise.

2. Running shoes. Today I went shopping with my bestie, and came back with some new shoes for running. I love when I leave the house on a mission and it ends up being successful!

I love how comfortable they are!
 3. Car sick. The past few times I have rode in the passenger's seat, I have gotten nauseous....I mean, like to the point of almost saying something like, "please pull over...like now!". I am praying that this is something that passes quickly. I have had some issues with my ears in recent months, so maybe it's something connected with them. Please pray it's just a little spell.

4. Transferring. Starting Monday, I will be working at my old branch. Back in January I relocated to a different office because of some rearranging within the company. As of this past Thursday, a full time position became available, I spoke with management, and by Friday morning it was official that I would be relocating back. Needless to say, I had such a great time meeting new people, and learning new things at the branch I'm leaving, but I am excited to be going back! On Friday I was treated to lunch at Olive Garden...oh how I love that place!
5. Friends. Friday night, I hung out with some of my girlfriends. Technically, it was Book Club, but our discussion only lasted like 10 minutes about the book. We had fun talking about everything under the sun!




Thank goodness for friends like mine...and
for brownies!

Saturday Morning Scene

Saturday Morning Scene
{via}
My scene this morning consisted of this....


However, the light at the end of the tunnel
is becoming clearer.

Happy Saturday Morning!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just a Head's Up!

I have something in the works....

Something you might just like

or even love!

April 1st....
is just a clue!
{{And no, I'm not pregnant.}}

Random side note:

I love these little M's.


...a little too much.

Good night, friends. :)

3 / 52: Self Portrait


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Few Things

So I decided to go to the park after work today....

but I was limited to what shoes I could wear.

Because apparently, Buck likes to chew.

They are hardly walking shoes..let alone running shoes, and they actually hurt my feet.
Why I still have them in my closet, 
is beyond me.

Looks like I will be in search of a new pair of running shoes soon.


One day last week, my bestie and I stopped by a local plant shop in town.

The hubs and I are wanting to redo our landscaping in the front yard...
or at least add some more "ump" to it.
While talking about shrubs and what not, 
the owner told me what I could do to save some money.

And so that is just what I did.


I have six bushes worth of this particular plant hanging out in my kitchen.

When the roots start to form, I will be planting them all throughout the yard.
They will be gorgeous when they finally mature.


And this is what my sweet hubs was doing in attempt to try and fix
my laptop.

I honestly think that it's just on it's last leg

It looks worse in the picture than it really is.
He basically just took some screws out.

Hopefully the computer store can fix it...
because having to share a computer...
seems so different.


Hope everyone sleeps well!

{{I better let the hubs check his football thingamajigger on here, 
before something changes.}}



Wee Bit Wednesday!




{one} what was your first job?
I worked as a cashier at H.G.Hills. You may have heard of the 
ole Piggly Wiggly...it's a Southern based grocery store. Yeah, they're
owned by the same people.

{two} have you ever seen a stand up comedian?
Yes. We have gone to Zanies, a comedy club in downtown Nashville.

{three} when was the last time you played mini golf?
Mike played on top deck on our cruise. I was too busy getting pampered at 
the spa (yea, I sound like I really regret it, huh?). But the last time I did...that
would be in Destin, vacation 2009.

{four} what was the last picture you took?
I'm thinking one of Kaci or Buck. Go figure.

{five} burnt food: yes or no?
Not too often.

{six} if you have a pocket full of change, what do you do with it?
put it in this big jug we have in our office here at home.

{seven} can you touch your tongue to your nose?
Nope.

{eight} do you scrapbook?
I do or should I say I did. I just haven't in so long.
{nine} do you buy lottery tickets?
Nah.

{ten} do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind it?
I would say behind it. I love taking pictures.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Miscellany Monday

I seriously look forward to coming home
and doing this on Monday nights...

Oh Carissa..how this make me happy.


1. The Oil.  I know y'all are probably getting tired of me mentioning the oil
but I have to vent somewhere. Read here if you wanna get the scoop on...
(drum roll)
the oil.
So, the Hazardous Waste came to our location (sounds so mysterious, right?)
and it was determined that the damage the jhakjsdhjahsjashdk has done is extremely minor.
This?? Extremely minor? I don't care if it is extremely minor, it's our stuff
that he has messed up, and his "bad housekeeping", yes..that's what was said,
needs to be taken care of.

Seriously, throw your garbage away. Your garbage makes
our neighborhood look bad, let alone our house
look trashy.



What the portion of our yard on the other side of his trash,
looks like. Lovely, huh?

2. Finally framed. When the hubs and I took our cruise last August 
(dang time flies) with his parents, we took home one of the professional
pictures we had done on the ship. They are pretty pricey, but to our defense, his parents
bought ours. Finally, how many months later, I got a frame for it.

The classic Titanic background= cheesy love

3. I <3 Goodwill. I love candles. I think I must have a gazillion
around our house, and even on the hottest of the hottest days, I still burn candles.
Even candles with absolutely zero smell to them.
Anyone else do that?

Anyways. Catch this joker.
Just trust me on the fact that the big, red circle is
around a big little price tag of $1.49
Score!!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Getting to Know You

I'm so happy that Keely has brought this back to blog land!


Head on over, check it out, and link on up! 
1. if you won the title of miss America, what would your platform be?
 Hm...I would say Cancer Prevention, and finding an overall cure for Cancer.
2. outdoorsy or indoorsy?
 Both! It's nice to be able to relax inside, but there's seriously nothing like being outside on those glorious, sunny days. Love it.

3. pajama's out in public..classy or tacky?
Nah, I've never been one to wear monkey printed pajama bottoms with house slippers...or anything like that. Now, if you go to Walmart...I can say without a doubt you will see some people wearing them!
 
4. what's your favorite room in your house?
The living room. However, when we get a new bedroom suite, and our bedroom made over (whenever that will be), I'm sure we will be in the bedroom a lot more.
 
5. nook, kindle, or book?
I'm coming to realize slowly, I'm not a reader. I wish I could sit down and read a book, but it sooner or later bores me. So, none of the above.
 
6. would you rather wear the same outfit for a week or not brush your teeth for a week?
Okay, that's gross...and hopefully, there will never be a time in my life that I have to wear the same outfit for a whole week, or can't brush my teeth. (Gag)
 
7. what's your favorite blog at the moment?
Oh goodness...I have come across so, so many incredible blogs. Seriously. If I had to name just one, I would say Little Miss Momma is pretty fabulous. But seriously, there's so, so many out there!
 
8. lately I've been daydreaming about.........?
Babies. Need I say more???

Today.....

..while my hubs was doing this.....


I headed to Lowes (one of my favorite places, by the way),
and gathered up some goodies.

Boston Ferns are my favorite,
and they look amazing
on our front porch.
Love!


And this is what I put together.
Oh how I love the Spring!


And then I saw how tragic this was....
and made a minor dent in it.
There's so much that needs to be done, and
doing it with bare hands (the gloves are too big),
I got grossed out by a slug
I came across on a leaf!


My babies watched me through the front door...

Oh my word,
I'm such a girl.

I need a manicure from this.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

2 / 52: Food


Saturday Morning Scene

Saturday Morning Scene



So...it's afternoon, and I'm just now getting around to what went on in my neck of the woods.






Yup, I had to work today.

Oh joy.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patty's Day!


I have a tiny bit of Irish in me...

not much, but a little.

I wish I could say that I fixed a traditional St. Patty's Day dinner....(corned beef with cabbage...and a mug of green beer)....

but instead we ordered takeout.

Real festive. Not.

I obviously did not plan very well, and do I really care?

Not really. I'm not dwelling on it, and either is the hubs.

Instead I'm focusing on the fact that I purchased some plane tickets that my sister and I will be using in May.

We are heading to Orlando...and I couldn't be more excited!

We are heading to see my mom's side of the family, who I haven't seen in close to 13 years.

Although I am very excited, I am kind of nervous as well...but I know all of that nervousness will quickly fade after I see their smiling faces.

On another note...

Spring time arrived in our house.

When the hubs was out of town Tuesday night, I cleaned every nook and cranny there was in our house, and finished it with decorating Spring/Easter themed.



Okay, so from looking at these pictures...the Easter eggs are kind of bothering me that they aren't even.

I may have to fix that.

Other than that....this rabbit I snagged at an Antique store (it's hardly antique, but ya know how those places have a million and one different vendors....with a million and one different things.)...and I love it. It's probably one of my favorite pieces.

I took a couple more pics but they didn't turn out too good, so I decided not to post.

Hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patty's Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Frustrated

Read this first.

I'm feeling frustrated, aggravated, peeved....you name it, I'm feeling it.

Today when I left for work, I saw him disposing of more motor oil.

You would honestly think it would be like a kid stealing a piece of candy. You know, immediately when caught try and hide it or just drop it.

No. Instead he smiles and waves with one hand while pouring it in the spot we confronted him about.

At that point, I was thinking who cares about giving him time. He's had since December to get the oil picked up, and our fence looking how it did when we put it up.

I decided to take matters in to my own hands and call Nashville's Hazardous Waste department which is apart of the state.

They are coming out within the next few days (may be longer) and take a look at the area, and provide him with a Violation of codes.

He will then have a certain amount of time to get a professional out to his property and get it removed on both his property and ours.

If he doesn't, it will be taken to civil court, and then could be investigated by a Criminal/and or State investigator.

It seriously is ridiculous that something like this has to be taken to such extreme measures.

It's like part of me just wants to end it right here and not worry about it because of that. Court? Seriously? But then I think about Kaci and Buck. They are our family, and if something was to happen to them because of the oil (and heaven forbid antifreeze if he has the careless mind to do that), I'd never get over that.

But what he's doing is illegal, it's hazardous, it's getting in to the water system, and not to mention we have dogs that get out there and do their thing.

Just an idea. Picture from August 2010.
 I'm nervous because I know what this might bring. My hubs stands beside me 100% for making this phone call, but we both know that it could bring some unwanted reactions and consequences.

Please pray that this will go smoothly, and not be a nasty neighbor fight.

What would you have done?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Needs to Get Sprung!

I have some serious issues with this chilly weather
middle Tennessee is giving us today.

My phone says 51 degrees,
and yet I still managed to take these pictures today.


Old Man Winter freezing temperatures...

I'm going to kick your butt if you don't bring me
some warmer weather!



Monday, March 14, 2011

Miscellany Monday

I'm loving all of these fun and fabulous linky's out in blog land!

Tonight I have decided to jump on Carissa's bandwagon and
participate in her....

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1. Steel Magnolias. Seriously, do I need to elaborate on one of the best Southern
classics of all time? I find myself on repeat while watching this movie. Laugh, cry, laugh, cry.
"I'm just tickled pink watching it right now."

I have to limit my in take of this place, 
because if I look at it, it goes straight to my butt it's just that good. 
This Cheeseburger joint originated in 1986 in Virginia
and now has over 750 locations across the U.s. 
And get this, it is a known fact that there is over 250,000 possible ways to order a cheeseburger at this place.

Delicious.

3. I told you I was a crazy dog momma. And so is the hubs
Except a crazy dog daddy.
But seriously, how can one deny this precious sight?
And for my last one....

4. Saturday night, I'm attending the Teller Banquet my work is putting on.
I'm really excited. I'm sure pictures will be posted at some point this weekend.
A good time shall be had!