Today, I…

A blog about being domestic… and loving it. (I wish my mommy still picked up after me.)

Today, I…

…finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (and cried, no BAWLED)…

…cut coupons. Lots and lots and lots of coupons…

…went grocery shopping! Spent $130(ish) and saved more than $30 with coupons and store deals. I have so many ideas for recipes! :)

…picked up the house and cleaned the kitchen… (I am wife-lady! Here me ROAR!)

…made lunch (recipe below)…

… read 20 pages of A Rhetoric of Motives, and then promptly patched up my brain bleed…

…showered and styled my new hair!

New Hair and I might hit the town later… it’s whatev. We’re that cool.

Pasta Primavera
Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fpenne
  • frozen vegetables, such as broccoli florets, sliced carrots, red bell pepper strips and peas (and you’ll need a steam bag)
  • 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions
First, cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package. Drain well. Meanwhile, steam frozen veggies in a steam bag in the microwave. A full bag is usually 6 min. for frozen vegetables.

Next, put broth, dill, garlic powder, thyme, cream, Parmesan and butter in same saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly with wire whisk. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Add pasta and vegetables; toss gently to coat well. Serve with additional grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

What did you do today? Oh, you know, the usual… The dog wanted to take a bath.

OpEd: New Hair

Of the new hair cut…

Husband: “I think it’s cute!”

Friends: “So cute, Shae!”

Mother: “I love it!”

Me: “I still hate blow dryers, but shoot do I look good!”

And, quite unfortunately, that is all I have time for today. My list is so long, I don’t think it’ll ever end :(

School, school, school, school… I promise to cook something interesting and tasty next week! So recipes, and fitness tips, and health tips, and diet tips and… AH!

I just made another list…

NEW HAIR!

Guess what I FINALLY did today!

I got my hair cut off!

What once hung down to the middle of my back, getting trapped in my armpit and under my purse straps, now rests lightly just above my shoulders.

Let’s reminisce…

skinnyshaeSo long, sooooo long hair!

skinnyshaeWe won’t be seeing this messy bun nonsense for a while…

skinnyshaeRight before the slaughter.

And, drum roll please…

skinnyshae hair cutTa-da!

(Please excuse the terrible lighting, and the makeup free face.)

I finally got my hair cut after yammering on about here, here and here. Less Heidi Klum than Heidi Klum is, but I love it! (And I won’t go blonde.)

When the stylist measured it out for the first time (while all my hair was still attached), she asked me: “Right about here?” in reference to the top of my spine.

Inside, I had a mini freakout because I was nervous, and almost told her, “No. Just a bit longer, please!” But I said: “Yep, that feels about right.”

Feels, not looks, because I had to take my glasses off, and I can’t see a thing without them.

Less than 20 minutes later, because this is not a complicated cut, I walked out with my new hair!

(Only takes about 7 minutes to blow dry… thank goodness. I hate blow dryers.)

What do you think? Yea? Nay? It’ll always grow back if I hate it later! It’s like a weed!

Cooking FAIL…

…and food I discovered I do not like!

On occasion, I find recipes and get excited about cooking certain dishes containing a food item I know does not please my palate.

Like eggplants.

Then, other times, I cook food having never eaten anything in the recipe hoping I’ll like how it turns out.

Enter: Butternut Squash and Lentils.

I’m sure butternut squash is super tasty (it smells like a pumpkin), and I think I might actually enjoy lentils, but NOT in this combo…

Curried Lentils with Butternut Squash
Ingredients

  • 1 cup  lentils
  • 1 small  butternut squash (1-1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon  curry powder
  •   Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Butter an 8 x 11-inch baking pan and set aside. Combine lentils and enough cold water to cover in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; add butternut squash. Simmer until squash and lentils are tender, about 25 minutes.

Drain. Put chunks of squash in a medium bowl, then mash roughly with a fork or potato masher.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine lentils, squash, and remaining ingredients except coconut. Spoon mixture into baking dish. Bake 20 minutes. Top with coconut, if using. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

I almost yacked.

It looked like… well, it looked like something looks like after a baby eats it.

Too sweet and too plain at the same time, and the only thing I could taste was the squash. Even with the addition of more curry! And curry takes over everything!

Hot sauce could not fix this one…

Secondary Cooking FAIL: Fried Swai fillets.

I have fried fish before, and, might I say, I’m pretty good at it. However, this fish looked ill, like it had a cold before it died. (Yes, the fillet looked sickly. I did not look into any little fishy eyes. Gross me out…)

I cooked it anyway thinking it was just the way the fish was going to look. Whatev.

Well, on medium-high heat, 5 minutes per side later… the fish was still uncooked and ill.

I had a considerable grump when it turned up uncooked through five minutes later.

Needless to say, Husband and I ate Chinese takeout, which I could not enjoy because somewhere close to $15 worth of food was going to waste in my kitchen.

Le grump.

Rather be bloggin’

I tried…

I really did try.

I missed yoga AGAIN this morning because I slept in :(

I should seriously just cancel my membership…

I didn’t just sleep in, too, I slept in until 10:20 a.m. OMG! That is the latest I’ve slept in the morning in a while.

(I say “in the morning” because I often take naps in the evening. It counts.)

I take no blame, however; I place all blame on studying. (Ever heard? Studying = student + dying… ha ha!)

For the past few weeks, my head has been buried in Burke’s Rhetoric of Motives. Burke is not straightforward. Burke speaks in a long flowing sentence. Burke… uses too many semicolons.

If, in fact, you were to take out the punctuation in the text, the meaning would never change. He writes in one, long, continuous process of thought.

Ocassionally he “sums up,” but it often makes little sense…

In addition to Burke, I have been planning and promoting my Health Communication class’ Food Packaging Event and working on case studies for my communication law class.

So… my brain is bleeding… excessively… through my ears.

Last night I was so fed up with studying that I got some of my list done: ceiling fans and light fixtures (kinda) and vacuuming. Husband cleaned the living room and vacuumed the expanse that is our ground floor.

Still. Dog. Hair. Everywhere. He must be growing in a winter coat or something and shedding his old coat. If he wasn’t so cute, I swear I’d shave him…

Since 11 a.m. today I have been studying and researching nonstop… until now. I had to take a break. Of course, I’ll be upset with myself if I do not get more of Burke read before I go to bed tonight.

Currently, I function on caffeine and M&M’s.

Did school kill you? Are you simply a ghost shell of a person who was once awesome and fun? Uh, yeah…

Fitness + Food: My turning point?

I missed my workout on Wednesday from sheer exhaustion. I did not wake up until 7:30 a.m., and Shocker Fitness began at 6:45 a.m.

Wednesday FAIL.

Wednesday WIN? I weighed in at 130 pounds! OMG! Ten to go! :)

Fortunately, I dragged myself out of bed this morning and got ready for Shocker Fitness (after unloading the dishwasher and picking up the bathroom), and then pumped my muscles in a relay circuit and running up stadium seats four times totaling an hour-long workout.

All on a half cup of coffee.

(Not on purpose. I only had time for a half cup. I’m drinking more now, no worries.)

What I am saying is… Because I missed Wednesday, I made up for it today, while attempting to promote this thing, and now my body HURTS.

Hurts in a good way, no more of that nonsensical pained butt muscle.

I’m excited about this particular soreness, which is strange. Usually, I hate that I’m sore. It annoys me… But I am enjoying these workouts!

Next thing…

Remember I’m addicted to yogurt?

Snack timeWell, I also might be addicted to eggs.

These rather new yogi and eggy obsessions come as a surprise. (And by new I mean that, while I have always enjoyed both yogurt and eggs, I have never enjoyed them as much as say… French fries.)

Why is this even relevant?

Well, the good news is that I enjoy eating healthful foods, such as protein-crammed eggs and calcium-loaded yogi.

More good news: French fries and fried thing appeal to me less and less, as when I go out with friends, I tend to order a salad.

(Unfortunately, when I was hurt, I snarfed some fried things like a crazy person. Le binge.)

I suppose I feel better about myself because I finally enjoy exercise (for the most part) and because eating healthy food isn’t such a chore anymore.

I is gettin’ healthy! :)

I suppose since I feel healthier, my skin and hair will become healthier and my face might just clear up from this I-am-a-teenage-boy thing it’s doing…

Who knows? Issues with the way you look don’t always just clear up when you clean up your act, but it sure is helping.

Where was your turning point? When did you feel what you had been doing for so long was actually working?

Today… Maybe, it happened over some time.

P.S. Husband and I decided on Heidi Klum hair.

I made the appointment for Wednesday at Sabo Salon in my hometown, only 15 minutes from Wichita – not a long drive.

My mother’s or my aunt’s (I don’t know who knew who first) friend has cut my hair for a while now, and I really like her, so I do not want to jinx (knockin’ on wood) it by going to someone else! She is responsible for this cut, which I loved…

(I think my hair was thicker then… I’m thinning out… seriously… I might go bald.)

Yogurt Obsession

Quick announcement…

I think I might be addicted to yogurt.

It’s getting bad.

I’ve had like three today: Chocolate, Strawberry and (I am about to break in to a) Vanilla.

Luckily, the Yoplait Whips! are only 140 calories each, or I would be so fat.

Next thing…

How do you put flavor in mostly flavorless soup?

Hot sauce :)

Final thing…

Yesterday, I posted that I would probably be on campus ALL DAY long, but I got real sick of sitting real quick.

After the staff meeting, I came home, showered! and ate more yogurt.

…zomg I freakin’ love this stuff…

Yogi? Um. Daily. Tri-daily…