Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Little Brother?

The other morning, I heard Jebby rustling around in his cage.

I come over to find him tugging his blanket towards his bowl...

So that he can eat his breakfast while still wrapped up in his snuggly fleece.

Just like my brothers would walk around in blankets and sit over the heater vents on cold mornings and eat breakfast, before school.


Gah, such a cheap shot!

Goes straight for the eyes.
I'm not sure what it is, but I'm pretty certain I have an especially hard time dealing with chopping onions.

I am in no way ashamed to admit I have tried many things-- including goggles-- to help with this predicament.

My mother in law chops hers underwater in a blender, but alas, we don't have a blender/food processor or the counter/cupboard space for one.

Now, every time I cut up an onion, I cut up several and place them in the freezer so I don't have to deal with them for at least the next few meals.

Oh well...
 I guess bloodshot eyes and cheeks streaked with mascara are just going to have to be an expected accompaniment to anything containing onions.


Unless you have any hints for me?

Birthday Brother

Saturday, we had the awesome privilege to attend my very first friend-big brother's/a mutual friend's, combined birthday party.

They made cupcakes, Gumbo and red beans and rice.

There was great food, great company and we ended the night bumming to Winco with the Clarks 
(we love the Clarks).

We give the birthday boy's first attempt (and success) at gumbo, and reoccurring success with cheesecake a full-bellied thumbs up.

Friday, January 27, 2012

What the future holds *mushy*

The other night, 
husband and I snuggled in to talk before we fell asleep.

He then proceeded to tell me about our future. 
All about our modest blue house a few hours away from Yosemite,
where we climb, camp, hike and swim
 Our wrap around porch where we eat during the summer,
echoing with the sound of the bare feet of our three children,
 with one on the way...
our big grassy back yard, little box gardens
and a giant oak tree in the front yard
And our seven rabbits, each named after the seven dwarfs, 

"Dopey is more of a giant puffball than a rabbit though," he says as he plays with my hair; "he is your favorite"

We also have a pygmy goat that just roams the back yard, his name is TinCan.


Could my heart hold anymore?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dear 30 Day Challenge...

I know we haven't been together long. 

But I just feel the way I feel.

And after popping out of the shower and noticing the undeniable formation of oblique muscles.

I just have to say




also, I'm on an unprecedented Balsamic vinegar kick, but I don't think you really care about that. 
Just thought I'd let you know.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Did I just put honey on that?...

Successful last minute dinner was had by all (except Jebby, he just ate cat food) 
within 15 minutes of starting. 

Granted, it was just a salad.

But the chicken was good!

I wasn't sure what to make for dinner, so I peeked into my spice cabinet and in the back noticed a bottle of balsamic vinegar that I had bought to roast some cauliflower and Parmesan with. 

I decided to try my luck and popped on over to the computer and googled "balsamic chicken" I found several kosher/vegan/crazy expensive recipes and then stumbled upon one that I felt I could reduce down enough to just throw in the pan and serve with a spring salad mix.

So if you ever find yourself with balsamic vinegar and chicken, throw some along with olive oil and rough cut garlic into a pan sprinkle with salt and pepper then give a quick swirl of honey. I slapped a raspberry-walnut dressing (my favorite) and some Jalapeno cheddar crackers on the side and ended up with:

Two full bellies 
a happy husband
 minimal clean-up (which husband volunteered for anyway because I've been a grump) 
and a chicken dish that tastes similar to a lighter teriyaki 

So glad I put my 'I-really-don't-feel-like-cooking-but-we-have-to-eat' lazy frozen skillet dinner back in the freezer and tried my luck. 

What in-a-pinch recipes have you come up with?

Monday, January 23, 2012

The People you meet, the places you go...

Today I had the sublime privilege of traipsing around Historic Downtown Idaho Falls with my new buddy Erin.

We stopped by an antique store and gawked at all of the beautiful china, furniture, knick-knacks and vinyls.

We found ourselves stowed away in a little corner with shelves and boxes of Vinyls to be looked through and found one by the Ames Brothers. Intrigued to find out more, we had a little anachronism-esque moment while I pulled up one of the songs listed on the Vinyl on Youtube with my phone.

This is the gem that blessed our ears:

Charted at #3 on Billboard in November 1954, and #6 on UK Singles chart.


The sweet lady behind the counter who rung up our purchases talked to us about the ups and downs of working in an antique store. She loved seeing different items come in, but it was always a little heart breaking when a rare piece slipped through her fingers, undetected on the individual vendor stocked shelves, and into the hands of a customer.

She told us about vintage jewelry, and about how she had kept all of her toys from when she was young, as did her husband. She also told us of her love for collecting dolls and her husband's interest in toy trucks. She shrugged slightly and smiled sadly as she explained that her and her husband had never had kids. She said; "I guess that's why we both are so attached to the sentiment of our toys."

People like her intrigue me. I was itching to ask more questions and get to know little bits more about her, but I didn't want to pry. I love the stories of every day people that I meet when I am out and about.

And I thought we were night owls...

We usually go to bed around midnight...

About two hours later, our little grump decides its time to train for his nightly marathon.

We are usually up around 8.

A few hours earlier, snuffle-butt decides it is time for his hard core marathon sprint.

Good thing we love our pokey little Jebby.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

30 Day Challenge...

I decided to finally use something I've found on Pinterest!

I have several work outs that I have been playing around with, but I like that this one has a time frame set to it.


The 30 Day Challenge!

50 Crunches
25 Leg Lifts
50 Bicycles
25 Squats
15 Sumo Squats (My favorite!)
50 Calve Raises
100 Arm Circles (50 each way)
15 Push Ups (My NOT Favorite!)
50 Jumping Jacks
1 Minute Plank

Its awesome to pair with some cardio, and I can actually feel it the next day in different places depending on how hard I pushed myself. My own rule that I threw into it, is for every day I miss I have to erase 2 tallies to get to my 30 day ending point.

Play along with me and let me know how it goes!

St. George, Zion, fire and crack

Zion, Zion, lovely Zion. Beautiful Zion...

 We stole the opportunity (Thanks Civil Rights Day!) to take a quick trip to Southern Utah and get our hands on some gritty sandstone cracks.

 We loaded up our car with gear and good company, trail mix and hopes for sunlight and warmer weather.

There was absolutely no disappointment to be had (aside from a mishap on a 5.8...more on that later), the sun was gorgeous, the cracks were perfect and the weekend went by all to fast.

This weekend, I realized that: I could really get into crack climbing. I was jittery just taping up for the first time. I also realized that I am in no way ready to lead climb anything above a 5.5 (Yay for 5 foot off the ground freak outs)

We climbed, we hot tubbed, we bon-fired (hello high school, nice to catch up again) and I even got to do a little bit of off roading! 

My absolute favorite part of the weekend, aside from all the beauty we saw, and climbing my first crack; was just how legit excited Russell was when he came down from leading a climb called The Headache. I can't help but smile when he gets that stoked on something.

We can't wait to get back out and for the weather to start warming up so we can go on more adventures, I'm pulling for Moab and some Canyoneering/Climbing. Whose game?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good Food (poor pictures)

 For FHE on Monday, we sat down and talked about ways that we can be healthier, not just to lose weight, but to establish a better lifestyle that we can solidify before we have kids.

We made a couple small goals like; drink enough water, watch our salt intake, exercise more and learn more about the things we eat.
Here are a couple of the things we came up with, food-wise.

Monday, we made some killer carrot/onion/ginger soup in the crock pot:
Grand total for the entire crock pot full of soup: 
600 calories for Four servings!

We then re-used the left over soup in a small stew with a mixed green salad.
We are big fans of spinach and mixed greens (and sprouts! We put them on everything)
Total dinner calories with crackers: 550

 Today, we polished off the rest of our salad with some tomato-basil feta cheese, raspberry walnut vinaigrette
a cup of milk and a slice of wheat bread:
Calorie total: 414

We have found the trick to eating (and really enjoying) salads is to make good ones! None of that empty ice burg lettuce or fake cheese shreds!

We have also been using this website to keep track of things like our food, activity, and water intake.  It gives us a better idea of what we are (or aren't) doing for our bodies when we eat what we do and live like we do.

The fun thing about it, is it gives you a letter grade at the end of the day and several different charts and graphs and little goals to keep you motivated. We also downloaded the app on our phones for the site which links our free accounts.

We've been having fun with it, now everyday planning out meals is like a puzzle to figure out which pieces need to go together (and taste good!) to get us our daily recommended amounts of carbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals etc, all while staying under the recommended amounts of fats, sodium and other such stuff! Its great because we aren't on a diet, we are just eating healthier!

If you have any cheap, easy, healthy meals you like to make, let us know!

12 minutes of being super wife...

At 9:45 this morning, I heard someone pounding on my door (no, not knocking).
Scampered out of my pj's and into some semi decent clothes and opened the door to find our apartment manager standing there to inform me that the building's water will be shut off  for 3 hours starting at 10 am.

Throwing out the idea from 5 minutes ago to take a shower and get presentable for when husband came home, I hurriedly brushed my teeth and filled up a couple pitchers of water to put in the fridge...

Then I saw my counter and sink and remembered the sleepy promise I had made to my husband at midnight last night...

"I'll do the dishes tomorrow while you're at school..."


I was expecting him home before the water was expected to be turned back on, I looked at the clock

9:47 AM


Could I successfully do all of these dishes with one sink and a tiny counter in 13 minutes?

Yes, yes I did. 
And well too.

wife win!
Never minding the fact that they were all dirty and piled up to begin with...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Guess who...

Guess who...

Dropped her husband off at school...

Ran some errands...

 made it home without destroying herself, the car, any person, property or small animal...

all while driving a stick shift, and is now ridiculously pleased with herself!



or, in hubs words,
THIS "sexy stick shift driving woman".

Yea, that's what he called me when I texted him to tell him I didn't die.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


So far this year...

We packed up Jebby
 (who we had every intention to rename, but now we will just have to have two Jebby's in the family I guess.)
Packed up ourselves, and hit the road for Rexburg!

We are currently unpacking
have proudly become the parents of one cranky little boy
Became jersey sheet people
Procured a hot plate before we bought one
Budgeted out a mean weeks worth of food
Aligned a storage co-op with the Palmers
are fighting the urge to become bedtime tv watchers
Greeted some of our neighbors
Moved our dining room out onto our balcony
Marveled at the new construction around town
Unleashed our ingenuity in regards to small space living
Explored our previously deserted, continuosly filling apartment complex
and are decidedly, profoundly, giddily happy.

Hello 2012, I think we are going to be friends.

A little busy again...

We made it through all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning and proceedings, apartment renting, unpacking and getting settled into work. All just to pack everything up and move again! We are now in our little (little!!) studio apartment figuring all our possessions into every spare nook and cranny.

The thing I love about being especially busy, is that Russell is always good for a timely time-out. During such time outs we went on a hunt for a good Pad Thai...The Pad Thai was decent, but I think it was the napkins that were the real hit with us.

Another thing about being especially busy that I love, is at the end of the day, when we are struggling to get the last little bit done that we can  before we went to bed and got up at 5 the next day...

If I don't see Russell for a few minutes, I know that I am likely to find him crashed somewheres... 

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Hubby brings home the bacon!

Thanks to Groupon, we went on a fun little date where we played some black light mini golf, some ski ball, DDR (which I somehow got awful at over the last 2 years) and various arcade games.

The very first token Russ used, he got a jackpot!

It sure is nice to have a hubs that brings home the bacon. :)