Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ode to Craigslist

Dear craigslist, you are my favorite,
I visit everyday and savor it.

I browse through your household, electronics, and free,
hoping to find that one item that calls to me.

Sometimes it's a tv, a sofa or a bowl,
My excitement I can barely control.

Feverishly, I rush to my email, hoping for a steal,
typing furiously to close the deal.

Finally, I receive a note,
and rush for my coat.

I'm out the door like a flash,
racing towards my new cache.

Safely stashed in the back is my new toy,
I'm headed home to enjoy.

We'll do this again tomorrow craigslist,
for your items, I cannot resist.

Enjoy! :)
(The item above was one of my freebie finds.)


Monday, February 22, 2010

Garage = Disaster Area

This weekend I begged on bended knee (actually, I just asked nicely) for the boy to help me with the garage. It could've been declared a disaster area.

Really, how much cardboard, pieces of wood, and opened paint cans does one need? Evidently I need enough to clutter the garage and barely get 1 car into a 2 car garage!

So, out went all the "have too many's" and the "what the heck is that for's." It was actually quite liberating.

We were able to put many items together in these nice little thing called plastic containers, with lids! Wowsa! Now, everything is nicely organized and on one wall.

Unfortunately, I don't have a photo quite yet, but I will get one up here soon.

Happy clean garage day!

Enjoy! :)


Friday, February 19, 2010

iPhone App of the Day

I'm seriously lovin' this new CardStar app!

Here's the run-down:
"What do you have a card for? Seriously, think about the amount of cards an average person could acquire after a few years – one or two for grocery store discounts, one or two for airline rewards, several for your favorite stores, one for the pharmacy, one for the gym, and maybe a few for hotels, car rentals, and more. This is a problem that CardStar is trying to eliminate.

CardStar simply turns all of your cards digital. With the name of the retailer or merchant and your card number, CardStar can create a virtual representation of the card, complete with scannable barcode. It’s really quite simple and rather ingenious."


Enjoy! :)


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oh Deer!

I found some great articles in my Real Simple magazine, which I'll share soon. But for today, just a quick snapshot of the back yard.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Burn Me!

Am I the only one obsessed with Burn Notice? It is so incredibly clever!

The premise is that the main character, Michael, has been "burned" (or let go) by the federal agency who was his employer. So, he can't leave Miami and his assets are frozen.

The episodes are about his attempts to locate the person who put the burn notice out on him. He is aided by a former girlfriend who was an IRA agent, ex Navy SEAL, and his mom.

The last episode I saw was a great one where Michael helped clean the neighborhood of drug dealers. Go Michael!

Feel free to go to USA Network to watch the episodes online!

Enjoy! :)


Monday, February 15, 2010

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Noodles & Egg rolls

As you know, part of my goals are to blog a new recipe every month. This month I attempted a little bit of Chinese. It was scrumptious! Next time I might try it with rice instead of the noodles.

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Noodles & Egg rolls

* package of chicken breasts (I had a pack of 4)
* 3/4 jar of sweet and sour sauce (my jar was 12 oz)
* 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
* 1-2 shakes garlic powder
* 2 8-oz cans of pineapple chunks (with juice)
* 1 package frozen pork egg rolls
* 1 package Simply Asian Sweet and Sour Noodles

1. Heat skillet on medium/high. Add sweet and sour sauce, garlic powder, teriyaki sauce, and both cans of pineapple with juice.
2. Let heat 5-7 minutes.
3. Cut chicken into bite-sized chunks. Add to skillet.
4. Cover half of skillet with lid and allow to cook until chicken is done (or white and not translucent).
5. Cook egg rolls and noodles according to package directions.

On the plate, add the noodles and eggrolls first. Then dish the chicken and pineapple onto the noodles. Enjoy!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Lately at the House...

Sorry I've been a lazy blogger! We've had a few inches of snow around here and it just makes me want to H-I-B-E-R-N-A-T-E!

Have a super weekend!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Welcome Home Cora!

A married couple who are close friends of mine, recently added to their family! It was a baby, but the four-legged kind. :)

She is such a cutie, and her name is Cora.

So, of course I am jealous and have begun to look for my own fur-baby.


The boy really wants one of these (beagle):

Since my parents have westie's, I would really like one of my own.

I would also like to explore the Great Pyrenees.

But first, the back yard must be fenced. Really.

Hmm, decisions decisions.

I would love advice/comments/feedback about your furbabies!

Enjoy! :)


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Goals Update- January 2010

Time for an update! :)

1. Remove the Christmas items and organize them. - done

Personal Development:

1. Start the book 'The Zoo Keeper's Wife.'- done.
2. Make a new recipe and blog it. -done.
3. Take more pictures to keep precious memories.- not done: I really need to be better at this.

1. Finish painting the desk.- not done: I tried to finish this during the weekend, but you really can't use spray paint in a bedroom and expect to have brain cells.
2. Move the twin bed into the guest room.
- not done: I need to actually pick up the bed before I can move it anywhere. Sigh.
3. Replace Christmas wreath with spring wreath.- not done: Unfortunately, I really didn't make much of an effort to find a nice wreath. Maybe I'll carry this forward.

Professional Development:
1. Apply for at least 3 jobs.- done
2. Update resume. - done

Financial Times:
1. List at least 3 items on ebay. - done
2. Continue to use coupons and seek out good deals. - done
3. Put television in bedroom on a power strip and turn completely off when not in use.- done

Healthy Me:
1. Exercise at least once a week (need to start somewhere).- not done: Perhaps I need to try the mornings instead of the afternoons due to the number of "I need to's."

How were your goals?

Enjoy! :)


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