Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tweets from a summer residency

Note: Answers to yesterday's Movie Quiz have been posted in the comments section. Thanks to everyone who played -- and, seriously, if you do one, let me know!!

Starting from Day 10 out of 41

Day 11: Tuesdays are like every Monday in the year times 2. Boo to them.

There comes a moment at work when you know you aren't doing anything productive for the rest of the day. I'm so there.

Day 12: SERIOUSLY?! It's only Day 12 of class?!!! #bangsheadagainstwall

When I think today is just as bad as a day could go, I go online and see a pic of Tony Hayward...then I feel better. #bpcares

Day 14: I keep saying to myself, "Oh, I'll just do that homework over the weekend..." but we all know I won't.

Day 17: I don't want to work. I want to bang on the drums all day...

I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to pay people to do my homework.

Day 28: Sometimes I just want to look at people and ask, "What made you think that was a smart thing to say?"

Day 31: I officially have 10 items left to complete this semester. Unfortunately, three of them include research papers.

E-mail from my professor (not directed at me, WHEW!): "If you jam me up by waiting until the last minute, the results of that will be deadly."

Day 33: I need a sign on my door to warn students of when I am lacking of patience. Like a 1-10 Likert scale...

You know what really wrecks up a trip to the bathroom? Seeing a giant bug go creepedy-crawling through your stall.

Editing overdrive: the 1st thought I have when I see a curse word in a student's paper is to write, "You spelled that wrong."

Day 39: I quit.

Day 40: I'm studying for an open book final. That just doesn't seem right.

Seriously considering lighting my notes from this semester on fire.

Lit my notes on fire. Husband said it smelled like Christmas in the house.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Movie Quote Game

Let’s play a game, because I’m apparently in a movie quote mood. How many of these can you guess (without cheating)? Have fun! (P.S. If you do one, be sure to let me know so I can play, too!)

“Lightbulb.” (New movie, still in theaters.)

“Do you love me?”
“No, not today.”

“Shake and bake!”

“Don't worry. Things just seem bad because it's dark and rainy and Fiona's father hired a sleazy hitman to whack you.”

“You're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again.”

“She’s in love.”
“Wouldn’t she rather be dead?” (This is the hardest one, most likely – from the late 1950s.)

“There is a leopard on your roof and it's my leopard and I have to get it and to get it I have to sing.”

“What does that mean, infamous?”
“In-famous is when you're MORE than famous. This man El Guapo, he's not just famous, he's IN-famous.”
“100,000 pesos to perform with this El Guapo, who's probably the biggest actor to come out of Mexico!”
“Wow, in-famous? In-famous?”

“I've got so many hickies people will think I'm a leper.”

“You are named after the dog?”
“I've got a lot of fond memories of that dog.”

“Don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.”

Monday, July 26, 2010

Have your cake, and eat it, too

Friday is Superman's birthday. Bet y'all didn't know that, huh? Yep, Superman was born July 30. Day before Harry Potter's birthday.

(Somewhere, Superman just sighed because I've used that line one too many times in the past week.)

Have I also mentioned that Superman's a diabetic? Has been for about a year, but he gets one "freebie" day a month. Granted, I think he's had several freebie days this month (get him, Misti), but his "official" July free day is on his birthday.

So, naturally, I've been trying to keep him on the straight and narrow, food-wise, this week. It's hard, though, when his mom treats him to an Outback dinner and a delicious fleur-de-lis cake (granted, I couldn't turn it down). But did he HAVE to get the bloomin' onion, too? (Oh, and he eats only the fried part because he doesn't like onions. True story.)

But fear not, friends. I have a secret weapon.

See, on Sunday, we ran down south to see a couple of friends, and we spent a couple of hours relaxing in the pool. It. Was. Fabulous. I had tanned a little the day before, so I made sure to bring the hard stuff -- SPF 50. I'm pale and redheaded, so me and sunlight usually aren't friends. Well, we're friends, but I think I like the sun more than it likes me.

At any rate, while I was getting all lathered up, complete with white strips on my face (just kidding...sort of), I asked the hubby, "You want me to put sunscreen on you?"

His answer: "Oh, no, I'll be fine."

A manly answer. Strong, confident.

Being strong, confident, and manly doesn't protect you from the sun.

Back to our Outback dinner. Husband did eat well, staying away from the carbs, but, man, he wanted that bloomin' oninion. So he ate some. And then he wanted more...

"Don't eat all of that," I warned him. (I was probably a little peturbed because I'm not a fan of the bloomin' onion -- I'd much rather have the cheese fries. *drools*)

"Okay. But just watch me in case I randomly get more," he said, grinning.

I'm not married to a two-year-old, really.

He reached over to grab some, and -- well, you know what's coming. I popped him lightly on the shoulder.

A tear or two might have been shed.


"I was watching you. Don't eat any more."

Thankfully, I'm married to an awesome dude who just laughs after his wife pops him on the shoulder with his super bad sunburn. And stops eating the bloomin' onion.

Oh, the joys of being married to a lobster.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Plans of Mice and Men

Three research papers all turned in. Today.

One five-page paper. Turned in. Today.

Vacation, here I come!!!

I have been a little on edge that I wouldn't have everything needed to be accomplished for school done by next Thursday,'s looking that way. One assignment (time consuming, but easily doable), one presentation tomorrow (easy), and one final Wednesday (praying hard), and...I'm...done. My first semester of residency is nearing its last days.

I feel ridiculously relieved.

And, to celebrate, I'm heading on vaca with the hubby and some members from our Sunday School class. We've rented a houseboat, and I plan to either be in the sun, in the hot tub, or sliding down the houseboat's slide every moment of the day. Oh, and reading. DEFINITELY reading.

Here's what's on my list (and if you want to add suggestions, please let me know!).

I actually read this book last week, but I can't wait to read it sitting on the deck of our houseboat. I think it'll be absolutely fabulous.

I read this in high school (or maybe college??), but I think now I'll have a greater appreciation for it.

My favorite Austen book is "Pride and Prejudice," but after reading a Home Life article (maybe it was a different mag; I read it while running last night), I read this article of 38 Best Books or something like that, and one of them was Persuasion. So....why not?

Rachel actually introduced me to this one, and I'm hoping I like it better than "Crazy Love." Yes, I'm probably the one person in the world who didn't like "Crazy Love." But this one looks more of something I'll enjoy, so I'm hoping I'll be able to give it a good recommendation. I have to admit, it was hard not to start reading it today!

So, here's to being so close to done I can taste it! And, to celebrate even more, we'll be vacationing for Hubby's 28th birthday (getting closer to the big 3-0 every day, and YES, I am SO planning a ridiculously big birthday blowout for his 30th) AND celebrating finishing his comps. He took his comprehensive exam today and feels good about it. =) We won't find out the results for two weeks, but I'm thankful it's over and that he feels confident that we'll receive good results.

Now, back to my last assignment...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Here I am

I’m ridiculously glad I only have to work a half a day, because if the next three hours go the way the first two have, my lack of patience will have caused me to choke someone. Not sure who, but I’m sure it will be someone.

First, I found out that I made a stupid 85 on a paper I worked really hard on. I’ve never written a technology grant before, and I DID try my best on it. I didn’t realize, for example, that page numbers were REQUIRED for an electronic document.

I miss taking mass com classes. No one ever cared that I didn’t have a title page or that I didn’t have page numbers. They just cared as to what I wrote. IT people, apparently, though, care about presentation. And my presentation, in general, is more than lacking. I’ve realized that for some time now, but I’ve never had to correct the problem. Until now.

Thank God there’s only 10 days of class left.

Oh, but, speaking of class, got the bill today for Super Duper University for fall semester. I nearly choked. Yes, I’m continuing with my residency this quarter, which means I’m taking 12 hours, but that tuition is INSANE. Thankfully this is the most expensive semester, but…dddaaaannnng!!! AND I find out (seriously, why does this happen on the SAME day) that this ah-MAZ-ing fellowship I applied for – which would have paid for this semester – went to someone else. Who’s going to a fancier school than me. Fan-stinking-tastic.

Deep down, I know I shouldn't complain. I am so blessed, but it still stings, you know? I want to be the best at everything, and I just lost twice (once with financial implications) in one day. Can't my disappointments be spread out over a few days (or at least just one in the morning and once in the afternoon)? I know, I know. I'm complaining again. But my whining is over now. Promise. =)

Because this afternoon will be better. Why?

1. I have had my coffee this morning. That’s always a good sign.
2. I am going swimming today, provided my card still works (and, if it doesn’t, I might can sneak in anyway).
3. My sweet, wonderful husband is cooking me crab-stuffed blackened catfish tonight. Oh, yeah. My stomach just growled thinking about it.
4. I’m hanging out with this lovely lady this afternoon and a friend of ours that I haven’t seen in months.
5. I will sleep late tomorrow. Hallelujah!

Just gotta get through the next three and a half hours…

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hungry (wo)man

Hey, I'm looking for some delicious new (EASY) recipes to try. If you have any you'd be willing to share, please let me know! And, if you're one of those amazing people who cooks all the time, preferably crock pot recipies. ;)

Aaannndd...I mean, it just wouldn't be fair if I didn't share one or two of my own favorites. =)

Thanks in advance!!!

Easiest chicken pot pie EVER
2 pie crusts
1 can cream o' soup
1 can vegall
1 lb chicken
1 tbsp sour cream

Mix together then spoon into pie crusts. Bake on 375 for 25 minutes.

Cream tacos
2 lbs ground beef
2 cans ranch style beans
1 can chili no beans
1 can rotel
1 lb velvetta
Small thing of whipping cream
Rice or Doritos to top

Brown the ground beef and drain. Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the whipping cream and Doritos) to the ground beef and heat over the stove. When thoroughly heated, turn burner off and add the whipping cream. Stir until mixed. Serve with Doritos (which can be crunched up and sprinkled on top or used as a dip) or over rice.

Ultimate cheesecake
2 cups finely ground graham crackers
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 pound cream cheese, 2 (8-ounce) blocks, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream
1 lemon, zested
1 dash vanilla extract

For the Crust:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, combine the crust ingredients with a fork until evenly moistened. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the crumbs into the pan and, using the bottom of a measuring cup or the smooth bottom of a glass, press the crumbs down into the base and 1-inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

For the Filling:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Gradually add sugar and beat until creamy, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Periodically scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. The batter should be well mixed but not over-beaten.

Pour the filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
Set the cheesecake pan on a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up the sides around it. Place the cake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan; the foil will keep the water from seeping into the cheesecake. Bake for 45 minutes.

The cheesecake should still jiggle (it will firm up after chilling), so be careful not to overcook. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours. Loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the inside rim. Unmold and transfer to a cake plate. Using a spatula spread a layer of Warm Lemon Blueberry topping over the surface.

Slice the cheesecake with a thin, non-serrated knife that has been dipped in hot water. Wipe dry after each cut.

(I'll be honest; I usually don't do that whole roasting pan nonsense. I throw it in the oven without the water stuff, and it does just fine.)

Warm Lemon Blueberry Topping:
1 pint blueberries
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons sugar
In a small saucepan add all the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes or so until the fruit begins to break down slightly. Leave to cool before spreading on cheesecake.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Peach Fest 5K = Success

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m getting closer to that 10-min consistent mile mark every day.

Well, maybe not the days of this week, as I’ve run about as far as from the couch to the fridge, but you get the idea.

Remember how scared I was with my time for the Peach Fest 5K? How Kelsey and I had run the day before with a 36 (or maybe 37, I can’t remember) minute time? How I just wanted to compete and not worry about the time?

Forget that, because I set a Personal Record!!!

I crossed the finish line at 31:36 – 1:30 better than my previous 5K PR. I was ELATED to say the least. I really thought that I might hit that 30 minute mark, but I did not calculate how long it was from the top of that last hill to the finish line. No problem. I’ll take 31:36 any day.

I didn’t think I’d make it, though, and, truth be told, if it hadn’t been for Kelsey, I wouldn’t have made it. We push each other well, which is good for me, because about halfway in, I was ready to give up. It was hot. It was humid. I was dizzy. Seriously, when I finished the 5K, I didn’t even have the energy to turn my card in. I just ran over to the shade and collapsed for about 15 minutes while my sweet husband refueled me with water and Powerade. And peach ice cream.

I couldn’t even celebrate for those 15 minutes!! (Though, afterwards, I think I made up for it by bragging to everyone who would listen, haha!) But we headed down to the parade downtown (what’s walking half a mile when you’ve already run 3.1?) and sweated some more, though I think it’s highly amusing that it looks like my shirt is drenched with sweat. It’s water that I poured over me…yeah, that’s it….

And, instead of running a trail run this weekend (which I really wanted to do! I loved the last trail run I did!!), I’m heading to my parents’ for fried catfish. Cause nothing says “healthy” more than fish battered and fried and finished off with soft-serve ice cream with chocolate sauce.