Tuesday, November 30, 2010
There isn't much to report lately. I got back to the gym after a Thanksgiving hiatus. It's really hard to get motivated after a break with lots of yummy food. I did an ab class last night and am feeling it today. I've been watching Psych and avoiding going back to the gym. I'll go today... in a little while ;)
I still haven't put up Christmas decor inside (other than my new wreath on the front door) and we're still not sure when we'll get our tree. All I know is that it better be soon :D Don't worry, there is still lots of Christmas cheer in the Sloan household. I think it's safe to say that Mike is already sick of Christmas music.
And because squirrels are pretty much the cutest things ever, I will leave you with a picture I took yesterday. I finally caught the little furry bugger in the act... and it's so cute!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I haven't put up decorations inside yet. While Mike was hanging lights outside, I was packing up my Autumn decor inside. I had planned to get some Christmas items up, but I got distracted by my Cricut (it's so much fun)! I will probably decorate here and there throughout the week and I hope to get a tree next weekend. I loooooooooooove Christmas!!!
I was watching Psych (great show, btw) in the living room when Mike came running down the hallway yelling, "Chandra, you gotta see this"! So, I followed him to the office and saw Eli and Opi all snuggled up. This is not uncommon, but this is the first time I've seen them all cozy on Mike's chair. I had to laugh especially since Mike had a strict "no cats in his office" rule. I hope you like the picture of your Grandkitties, Mom. I can't imagine how many pictures you'll want when I have human children, haha...
Now, if you'll excuse me... I must get caught up on Psych!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
I couldn't believe it when I saw him walk through the door with this baby! I've been wanting a die cutting machine for the longest time, but never looked into it because they are kind of expensive. He even got a green one to match my craft room. He said it was for my birthday, but I could have it early so I could use it to make Christmas cards. A+++++, Hubby :)
When I told my mom about my new toy, she told me to pick out some cartridges as a birthday present from my parents. So, of course I went out to Michael's (they were having a great sale) and grabbed some Christmas themed cartridges.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
2. I happened to be cleaning the windows when I saw some movement by the pumpkins. I grabbed my phone to take a picture just in the nick of time...
3. It turns out that the little flash happens to be a not so little squirrel...
Tomorrow is trash day and I had planned to toss the pumpkins, but I didn't have the heart to go through with it after seeing this. Who am I to take away Thanksgiving dinner from a family of squirrels? Between the pumpkins and the peanuts I've been feeding them, they will definitely be prepared for Winter!
Monday, November 22, 2010
There have been quite a few gloomy, dark days. I could do without those. They have a way of sucking the energy right out of you! I am trying to be aware of how it affects me and I try to correct it the best I can. Although it was a rather "blah" day, I still managed to keep my energy up and get things done. The trees around here look down right pathetic. The poor things have several leaves hanging on for dear life. I took a picture of our tree about 2 weeks ago and another picture yesterday:
Sunday, November 21, 2010
After I got home, I decided to get to some chores. I organized and wiped down the fridge before putting groceries away. Then I did a few loads of laundry, changed the sheets, straightened up the living room, and wiped down the bathroom. My darling hubs gets another A+ for cleaning the kitchen while I was shopping!
Mike finished his finals for his two online courses today. He will have a break from classes for about a month before he starts again. He's been doing really well managing work and school. I know he's got a lot on his plate, so I do not ask very much of him when he's at home. He usually takes the initiative to pitch in when he can which is much appreciated.
I've been in a baking mood this month. I found a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies that was recently posted by Your Wishcake. These cookies are amazing! Who knew pumpkin and chocolate could be so good together?! They are so light and fluffy too. I made them last week, but they got burnt on the bottom. I had a feeling it was because I used parchment paper instead of greasing the pan. I gave it another go today, but greased the pan instead of using parchment paper. They were perfect. I think I will bring these (along with a broccoli/cheese/rice casserole) to Thanksgiving dinner.
That's about it for this weekend. Oh, we did have game night again on Saturday (looks like it's a weekly thing for sure). The teams were girls against guys for both games and we lost both times. INCONCEIVABLE (yep... a Princess Bride reference). We are definitely going to have to correct this next week!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
*Finding, buying, and wearing my Christmas pj's for this year. Super warm slippers and a cute kitty to cuddle are an added bonus:
*A new festive mug from which I can enjoy many servings of hot cocoa.
*Starting the process of making my Christmas cards. I could not decide on one design, so the plan is to make 5 different types & making 10 of each type. 50 cards is my limit... I'll have no mercy if there is a 51st person I remember last minute ;p
Less than a week before my house becomes a Winter Wonderland!!!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Immediately upon entering the shop, my gaze fell upon the wall of dvds. As I scanned the covers, I kept getting this strange feeling. I kept experiencing this tightness in my chest. It was... nostalgia. I realized that I KNEW these cartoons from my childhood. Every cover set off another memory. Mike and I had agreed that as part of my birthday gift, I would bring home 2 dvds. All these memories were flooding in at once... how could I pick just 2? 20 minutes and one annoyed husband later, I made my decision. I chose the ones that I remembered most vividly from my childhood: Mickey and the Beanstalk & The Tortoise and the Hare.
image via amazon.com
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Here's our front door complete with a mini wreath I made last year. I definitely need a bigger wreath, which will probably happen soon since I'll be putting up Christmas decor soon!
This is the view you see once you step inside. The living room is to the immediate left. The kitchen and laundry area are just past the living room. On the left side of the hall: full bathroom & main bedroom. On the right side of the hall: entry to garage, half bathroom, Mike's office, and my craft room.
The view directly across from the hope chest and TV (I had to take the flash off so there wouldn't be a glare on the picture). My friend, Susan, gave me 2 of those little wall sconces as a gift. I recently spotted them while shopping and grabbed 2 more. I think they fill in the space around the picture nicely without distracting from the picture.
Close up of the little floral arrangement I made this year (I got the flowers, container, and floral foam from Hobby Lobby for under $15... I love that place). I got those cute little pumpkins at a local craft fair a couple months ago. The table runner is a gift from my aunt (can you tell my family loves the holidays?).
The view of our messy yard (I raked it all yesterday, so it's nice and clean now).
The entry table's current look. My friends and family may not believe this, but I got that adorable cider sign from... wait for it... Good Will. Yep, you read that correctly. I don't want to say that I am a snob when I shop, but I never pictured myself browsing the aisles of Good Will. I've been putting together a frame collage, so I got the idea to check out Good Will for cheap frames. All I need is a little black spray paint to spruce up the ones that need a little TLC. Anyway, I saw the cider sign hanging out with the frames (ha, no pun intended) and picked it up for a whopping $1.99.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Back to my version of "Groundhog Day". It goes a little something like this: breakfast, craft, clean, gym, laundry, lunch, yard work, cook dinner, blog, sleep. When it comes down to it, I'm not really complaining. I am thankful that Mike's job allows for me to be a stay at home wife (life is so much more organized when I am not trying to juggle a full time job along with cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc). All I'm saying is that it gets a little boring at times.
Although, life in the kitchen is not so monotonous. Luckily for me, there are many like-minded people with blogs where I can find new recipes. I love that I can find something new to cook with a click of my mouse. Tonight, I used a recipe that Apricot Tea recently posted. The recipe: Lemon Pepper Pasta and Asparagus. The verdict: fresh, light, and delicious... just how I like my meals. I added a summer squash that had been hanging out in my fridge and it was really tasty with the other veggies. The only changes I will make for next time are omitting the tomatoes and adding garbanzo beans for protein. Mike enjoyed his with some baked chicken.
Sadly, the Commissary did not have any arugula (they kind of fail in the produce department) so I did not make the salad to accompany the pasta. Instead, I made our typical mixed greens salad. I plan to shop for produce somewhere other than the Commissary from now on, so next time I make this recipe I will try out the arugula salad as well!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today I was thankful for chunky sweaters and hot Starbucks. The combination is a must-have for driving to and fro in chilly weather. It makes for a very enjoyable drive!
Tonight was perfect for homemade chili and board games at a friend's house. I can imagine many more of these nights come Winter when even the thought of braving the cold just to get to the car and a 5 minute drive down the road seems unbearable. Once you get past the cold, it's worth it! We had quite a few heated battles. Who knew Sorry could be such a vicious game?!
Friday, November 12, 2010
1. Skullcandy Headphones - These babies work like a charm. They stay put when I'm running, the sound quality is fantastic, and they are pink for goodness sake! What more could you want from headphones?!