Monday, July 30, 2012

i'm gettin there

Seeing this quote by Henri Cartier today gave me some hope that yes, my skills behind the lens of a camera will get better as time goes on. Just gotta keep at it...

I also think this new lens I've had my eye on might help, too.. (hint hint Hubby)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

hibachi time

Hibachi only happens once in a rare while for us. As a matter of fact, the last time we went was Halloween weekend 2011. Since another trip was painfully overdue I was more than happy when the lovely Cristina chose Shiro as her birthday dinner restaurant of choice.

Now, Shiro wouldn’t be my first choice as far as food goes for hibachi. That spot will forever belong to Osaka (but that’s another story for another day). What Shiro does have is some nice d├ęcor. It’s pretty fancy, if I do say so myself, and their fried rice wasn’t half bad.

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I can’t really figure out why but there’s something about big giant flames and watching a man slinging knives while cooking your food that just SCREAMS party for me.

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We ended the night with a round of “Battle of the Sexes”. It’s become pretty customary that when we have a guys vs. girls game night that fights will break out and this night did not disappoint. The guys were accused of cheating with their cell phones, the girls were told they were being out of line when trying to enforcing time limits. No game boards got flipped so I’d still consider it a successful game night although I can’t say I’m ready for another round quite yet…

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

weekly wednesday weigh in

I’m on a friggin roll..and not a soft and slathered in butter one that under normal circumstances I would be consuming.

This week (or at least the last half of it) would have normally not been a good week for weight loss. I have either been busy or bored. No happy mediums. Both of those emotional states, for me at least, are prime time for stuffing my face with food but for some reason I didn’t go nuts. I kept my eye on the prize and either made smart choices to stuff my face with or portion controlled anything not so healthy that I just needed to have (like the birthday cake flavored cupcake that was 3 bites of sugary perfection).

I also became lax with counting points. I have discovered in the past that even though I think I’m eating well I may not actually be staying within my points because even the healthiest of stuff adds up and puts me over the edge way too quickly. And more often than not I chose to enjoy my little bit of downtime by watching TV rather than researching how many points a lamb slider would be. I probably didn’t even wanna know either…

I got lucky this time. Even with my not perfect eating and my journal slacker ways I still lost 1.5 lbs!!! High fives all around.

I’m just about a pound away from the lowest I’ve been (within the past year or so). That also means I’m almost out of the 5 lb. range I’ve been yo-yoing back and forth in recently. Here’s hoping that next week is the week I break out of that!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

hell week

I knew to pack my weekend schedule with lots of things that make me happy- pasta dinners, farm stands, boardwalk strolling, spending time with friends and family

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because I already knew that this week, at work at least, is gonna be hell.

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Why, you ask? Well, all I'll say is we're a little short staffed. I'm currently doing the job of 3 people..and I currently want to rip my hair out.

Yesterday was a little bit of a shock to my system. Not having a spare moment to think, constantly having the phone ring while trying to tackle a stack of work. Definitely a change from
The normal slow summer pace at my office.

Here's to hoping that today, tomorrow, and Thursday are at least a little better. I don't really care what happens Friday because, well, I have the day off! By that time I'm sure it'll be well deserved.

Friday, July 20, 2012

no dinner. just dessert please.

Oh, and wine. Can't forget the wine.

Last month we went to Milk & Sugar for my birthday dinner. By the time the meal ended we were all way to full to even fathom ordering something off of the insanely delicious looking dessert menu and once we hit the parking lot we had already forgotten the name of the amazing chardonnay we had ordered. FAIL! At that time we vowed to go back..only for more wine and dessert. Last night we finally got a chance to do that.

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The wine was just how we remembered it, the cappuccino menu seemed endless (I ordered peanut butter, vanilla, hazelnut. He ordered peanut butter, marshmallow, banana), and the word “skyscraper” in front of carrot cake cemented our dessert decision. It was a very enjoyable 90 minutes of sugary perfection.

P.S- the wine is from Dona Sol Vineyards. Horray for remembering this time. Now I just have to find where I can buy a whole bottle..

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

weekly wednesday weigh in

All these cranky, whiny posts can only mean one thing. I'm food deprived. And me being food deprived can only mean one thing. I'm doing well on my diet. Yayyyy!

Last week must've been rock bottom because I finally got my shit stuff together and stuck to it ALL week. Of course I had my slip ups. I mean, there was a birthday celebration AND a pool party to contend with but overall I did well. I've been consistently reminding myself to make smarter choices and allowing indulgences every once in a while instead of once a day. I've also been measuring portions and tracking points. All those things I said I would start doing for the past month or so. Finally.

The end result was definitely worth it. Once again, it's been a hot minute since I've actually stepped on a scale but I'm down about a pound from what I remember being last. The loss may not be the most accurate scale wise but I feel a substantial difference in my clothes and the way I feel in general, except for that fairly constant pang of hunger.

I even have goals. Do you hear that- GOALS! Crazy, I know. In the short term I'd just to try to eat more "clean". What that's currently meaning to me is focus on more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats and less on cheese (sad face) and processed junk. Well, not all processed junk is going bye bye. Any type of snack I like, besides carrots, is processed so if it's once a day and portion controlled it won't hurt. In the not so short term I'd like to do a 3 day cleanse, a homemade version of the blueprint cleanse to be specific. I'm going to try to fit that in sometime before the summer's over, hopefully. And long term? I'd like to lose at least 15 lbs. before our trip to Boston in late October.

If I can just keep this up and stick to my goals I'll be one happy camper.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

just call me gimpy

WARNING- it's about to get gory…

It was a normal Saturday morning. Woke up, chatted it up with the hubs about what was on the to do list for that day, the usual. I decided to jump in the shower before I did anything else and thought “Oh, I better shave my legs, I’ll have to be in a bathing suit later on” because well, that’s just necessary. Maybe it’s not the greatest idea to shave when still a little groggy and it’s also probably not the greatest idea to shave when you’re in a rush either because then things like this happen…

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Lucky for me I always shower with my phone nearby because we all know this much blood just SCREAMS photo op.

When this first happened it didn’t hurt, I just saw a strip of white appear after I ran the razor over my leg and thought “okay, here we go again” (because sadly enough, this is not the first time this has happened). My subsequent thoughts were “damnit, it’s summertime!! How am I gonna hide this?” and then “Wow, I forgot how bad soap burns in open wounds”. What happened, if you can't already tell, was that horrible razor of death ripped a layer of skin off my leg. Actually, it was probably multiple layers judging by the crater that now resides on my leg.

I finally got the bleeding to stop and rushed to show Ryan my battle wound, like it was some sort of prize. He considered a trip to the hospital, I laughed, then we moved on with our day. It started to not look so bad as the day went on, the chlorine from the pool helped it out a little (I think).

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Fast forward to today when some of the ladies in my office got a glimpse of it. I work with a bunch of mothers so I was eventually guilted into putting a little neosporin on it. That's when things got nuts.

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The area that was always red turned white, the area around the cut got red, and my leg started throbbing. Talk of tetanus shots and flesh eating disease started. Great, death by razor always seemed like a neat way to leave this world.

I left work with strict instructions on how to care for my wound- rinse with peroxide, pat it dry, repeat, coat with neosporin, and cover with bandaids.

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And that's precisely what I did, all in an effort to avoid a dreaded Dr's appointment. So what's there left to do now but limp around on my bum leg and try to get sympathy from anyone who may care in the slightest? Not much, not much at all..

precious time i'll never get back

Sunday night I was watching TV and while flipping channels I landed on Animal Planet. What originally caught my attention escapes me but I do remember what kept my attention..the documentary (and I use this term loosely) “Mermaid: The Body Found” that was coming on in 10 minutes.

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Intriguing, I thought. I had nothing else better to do at the moment so why not.

The brief summary goes something like this- The Navy does sonar testing that beaches whales. During one of these mass whale beachings something else washes up that these boys discover. The Navy confiscates it but this group of marine biologists have these recordings of whales with another “unknown sea creature”. They also discover remains of another one of these “unknown sea creatures” in a shark which they determine to be a mermaid. But then all of their research is confiscated by the Navy and they’re left with nothing to prove that mermaids exist. The history of how mermaids came about is also sprinkled throughout the interviews and “dramatic re-enactments”.

The first thing that gave me an inkling that this may not be real was how the entire team of marine biologists and archaeologists could double as Abercrombie models. I’m sorry, have you ever seen actual marine biologists and archaeologists? I’m not saying they’re all unattractive but to have 10 of them on one research team is impossible. Absolutely impossible.

You’re probably asking why didn’t the ENTIRE subject matter tip me off? Well, I love me a good government cover up story and some people may say I’m a wee bit gullible. But me believing in this particular conspiracy theory didn’t last nearly as long as it normally would have, if that’s at all redeeming.

I continued watching because I was 45 minutes into it and what’s another 15 minutes if it means finding out the conclusion to this documentary turned movie, right? Wrong. I realized at about 10:07 that this was no hour long mock-umentary, it was 2 hours. I tried changing the channel, I really did. But not too much else was going on in TV land after 10 on a Sunday night.

It all went horribly wrong at the end..when they decided to reveal the “long lost footage” that these made up boys found of this supposed mermaid. The CGI of this mermaid looked like a really bad version of those blue things from Avatar and anyway, they said the footage was shot on a phone in the 90’s. Did camera phones even have video capability in the 90’s? I don’t think so and if they did, it definitely wasn’t accessible enough for a 10 year old to have it. Unless they were some super rich, technologically advanced 10 years but that’s highly unlikely.

All that’s left to say is kudos to you, Animal Planet for conning me into a movie that would normally belong on the Sci-Fi channel (don’t get me started on how I hate those) disguised as a documentary. I’d really appreciate it next time if you’d put your little disclaimer that this basically isn’t real before the show starts, not after the credits have rolled. Oh, and I’d really appreciate it if you could give me those 2 hours of my life back. Thanks.

Monday, July 16, 2012

our week

We’ve been super duper busy in this one week that we’ve been home from our little camping trip. So busy that it’s kind of been a big giant blur. Lucky for me I took lots of picture’s so I can remember some of it…

Monday (after grocery shopping and cooking dinner, of course) I had a movie date with the girls to see Magic Mike. The ice cream we had prior to was more enjoyable. Less storyline and more naked men would’ve been appreciated. 

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Tuesday was a night for cleaning..oh, and unpacking. We got everything in the apartment back to its normal state. I always feel better when things are like that.

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Wednesday we spent the night with our parents at the Strawberry Fields concert. Blankets on the grass with a view of the bay behind the theater should be the only way to ever see a concert. Afterwards, we tried a new ice cream place with 27 different flavors of soft serve. (I eat way too much ice cream in the summer)

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Thursday was spent at the mall (with Alysha) after we quickly devoured chili cheese dogs and sweet potato fries (they were damn good). Trips to the mall were also taken on Saturday AND Sunday. No, I’m not shocked that I’m now broke as a joke.

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Friday we celebrated Ryan’s father’s 64th birthday! His first as my father in law. Obviously, that’s what made his day super special. Actually, I think the cake is what made it special. That thing was delish. Oh, and P.S- I don’t know if it’s just my local TGI Friday’s but the skinny blackberry margarita was ALL tequila. I highly recommend.

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Saturday Deanna had a pool party which was a welcome break and quite the good time (thanks to wine and fun pool games). Unfortunately, I left my phone and camera at home so I have no photo evidence of this good time. Afterwards, we met up with PJ and Cristina and went for ½ priced drinks and appetizers (I know, we’re cheap) where I drank more wine which held off my impending hangover for another few hours.

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Sunday there were some errands that needed to be run in the morning and I barely had time to sit down before Deanna was ready to go to the mall for a 3 hour shopping extravaganza. I discovered Rue 21 that apparently has lots of cheap sweatpants and bra’s (go there now!). Once I got home I finally had a minute to watch my biffle’s wedding video. They tied the knot Friday in San Francisco. I was sad I couldn’t be there but everyone looked happy and beautiful. That made me feel a little better. So did the smoothie and sandwich hubby brought home for me. He (and Tropical Smoothie) can always brighten my mood.

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I kinda hate weeks when there’s something to do, everyday (although I do get a lot of fun things accomplished). To remedy the current dilemma of feeling overwhelmed I’ve demanded a movie night from the husband one night this week. Thursday’s looking good, if we can fit it in between our dinner date and when our friend’s usually come over at 9:30. When will our jam packed schedule ever clear out? Who knows.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

bagel & cream cheese- on steroids

Disclaimer- if you’re of the Jewish faith I recommend for you not to read any further as I’m about to break like 17 rules of being Kosher.

I absolutely love this flavor combination- even though it's a little strange...

 First off, you have to start with a bagel (cut in half). A fresh one, if possible. {we're kind of spoiled here as far as bagels go. there's shops on every corner selling soft on the inside, crisp on the outside warm wonderful bagels. this is a luxury I feel everyone should have.} Then the cream cheese and lox spread goes on. Chopped chives and sliced tomatoes go on top of that. And last but not least- 2 slices of turkey bacon. Yum.

Don't ask me where I came up with this idea...I don't even remember how it came about anymore. I think I got bored with typical breakfast foods, went to the fridge one morning, and worked with whatever was there. The best meals seem to always come out of situations like those.

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Breakfast never looked so good.

running errands..

in the July heat..
while dealing with a hangover..
is the PITS!

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that is all.

Friday, July 13, 2012

drawing a blank

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Let’s talk about how some days coming up with a blog topic is way easier said than done. Today happens to be one of those days. So, what’s a clueless blogger to do in a situation like this? Write about how craptacular in can be to come up with a decent topic. Awesome.

Sometimes, as I’m sure everyone does, I get stuck in a rut. I feel like I get caught in a trap of writing about the same old stuff..which consists mostly of my day to day goings on (snoozefest, I know) and I want to switch things up. That’s when my brain stops working. I always want to post a tutorial of something crafty to make (my list of “to make” is becoming quite long) but then that involves going to the store to buy supplies which I inevitably procrastinate on and then there goes that idea. Or I’ll want to post a yummy recipe that I’m trying out and what do I do? Forget to take pictures. I’ve become famous for that. I also start drawing blanks when I feel obligated to write a post..like it’s a sin if I go more than 2 days without updating this thing. I really let that pressure of “I must write something now” get to me. It becomes nearly impossible to get rid of that negativity and regain my train of thought. That’s when I become frustrated and walk away, but that solves nothing because I’m still left with no new posts.

On the other hand, every once in a blue moon I’ll have days when the topics just flow like water. I’ll either have lots of interesting things going on, cool projects I’m creating, or what have you. I had one of those days earlier this week..I came up with 7 or so great things to write about. Then I proceeded to forget half of them like a winner. Note to self- write these things down!!

So, now I’m stuck with nothing for today but the mess you see above because the topics I did manage to remember either got written about (see here & here) or aren’t ready to be published just quite yet. Stay tuned though, I promise to have some interesting content starting tomorrow (if I don’t get lazy and forget).

Thursday, July 12, 2012

oh heyyyyyy boston

Just thought I’d let you know…me and the hubs are comin for ya. That’s right..we’re headin on up for a lil vacay. Not just any vacay though. It’s gonna be a birthday weekend type of vacay. So I recommend you prepare yourself because we’ll be in a partyin’ kind of mood. Ya heard?

Oh man, (if it isn’t clearly obvious already) I’m so excited for this trip. Going to Boston has been on my “Places I Want to Go” list for so long and it always seemed to get put off..until now, that is. This year is Ryan’s 30th birthday and combined with the fact that it’s also his first birthday as a married man I wanted to do something big and when I want to do something big, I usually do it up pretty nice.

As much as this makes no sense (seeing that both the hubs and I were born, raised, and still reside in NY) Ryan is a HUGE New England Patriots fan and for the last few months I’ve had the idea to get him tickets for a game. The big 3-0 seemed like the perfect occasion and seeing that they play an hour outside of Boston I decided that we have to go. It must’ve been fate because when I happened to be scoping out hotels I found that my dream hotel (the Langham) was having a rate sale which made it one of the cheaper hotels around town. I mean, c’mon..how could you turn down a room like this?

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I think the striped wall paper sealed the deal. Oh, and the chocolate buffet they host every Saturday.

The tentative “to do in Boston” list also includes, but is not limited to:

The New England Aquarium

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Sam Adam’s Brewery

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and probably the Harpoon Brewery, as well (we like our beer, don’t judge us)

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The Museum of Science (and the Gilliland Observatory right after because I like to star gaze like a nerd)

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Quincy Market

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 Shopping on Newbury St.

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And of course we must get cupcakes from Cakeology (or Sweet Cupcakes, I’m not picky)

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After all that amazingness, we’ll head down to Foxboro early to get our tailgate party going and then it’ll be time for what I’m hoping to be the game of a lifetime for the hubster.

October can’t come fast enough…