Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Lucy and Jack had an exciting day at the groomer today. I always think they look a little funny when they first come back, but I'd say that 2 weeks from now they will be the cutest dogs you've ever seen!
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Something New

My life needs some spicing up.  I am a SAHW (stay-at-home-wife).  While it's a long and complicated story, I stopped working last April in the hopes that the stress relief of not having a job would help us get pregnant.  It didn't, but I have enjoyed being home.  I spend a lot of time cooking, planning our weekly menus, reading, working out at the gym and playing with our dogs.  Recently I have started to get the back-to-work itch.  Going back to work for me is complicated and there are two major issues with why it maybe isn't such a good idea (at this time, not for ever). 
Issue #1: We are an Army family and expect to be here in VA for another 15 months, give or take.  Moving so frequently makes it almost impossible to have a career but also hard to find a job.  Well, hard to find a job that I want to do.  I guess I'm a little picky.  I had even entertained the thought of trying to find employment at a local Starbucks or Ann Taylor LOFT store because those are two places that I enjoy and would happily enjoy the employee discounts offered there.  When ever I seriously consider this option, let's call it the "time killer job option" I am confronted with...
Issue #2:  We are currently in the "waiting" phase of adopting our first child.  We attended an orientation meeting at the agency we're working with August 31st of last year, promptly entered our application and began the homestudy process.  Our homestudy was finally approved in the beginning of December and we were placed in the pool of families awaiting a match.  Now, we're waiting.  And waiting some more.  This is what it's like to expect a child with no idea of when you're "due".  We could literally wake up tomorrow and find out that there is a baby waiting for us, or that we have been chosen ("matched") by an expectant woman.  On the other hand, we could end up waiting another 6 months or more.  Because I don't know when we will be placed with a baby I cannot commit to working anyplace for any length of time, even if it is only a "time killing job". 
What's a relatively intelligent woman to do with time on her hands and high speed internet?  The possibilities are endless if only I would step away from the computer.  There is so much that can be done outdoors here in rural Southwest Virginia, if the weather would warm up, that is..  As far as spicing up my life today.  Hmm.  I'm going to start by making some guacamole, I'll serve my darling husband lunch and then I intend to spend at least an hour this afternoon practicing yoga.  Good, old, Vinyasa style yoga.  And maybe once I've completed that, I'll try something totally new and cleaning our carpets or refinishing the old changing table I bought off of Craigslist a few days ago.  Or maybe I'll take a bath and watch some HGTV.  Anything can happen today.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lucy's best friend

This weekend we went down to Abingdon to visit with the Rolls and while we were there Lucy adopted this gator as her own. She was very sad that we couldn't bring it home.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dog Yoga

I returned from the gym today energized and ready to jump into my yoga practice.  I rolled out my mat and then went to fill up my glass of water for some post-workout-pre-yoga hydration.  This took approximately 17 seconds.  When I returned, this is what I saw.
He is such a helpful puppy.  If only he could have hidden all of the wrinkles on my mat!  I guess I need to take better care with how I store my mat, but it's one of those "basic" ones that serve only as traction, not cushion.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kale Chips

The thing about kale chips is that they are SO tasty I eat them up too quickly.  We can agree that the picture does them no justice, but once you try them you will be singing their praises as well.  I got the recipe from here

It goes like this:
Preheat your oven to 350. Tear the kale leaves from the stems into bite sized pieces.  Wash and dry.  Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet (I don't know why exactly, except that it keeps my cookie sheet clean), spread out the kale and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle lightly with salt (I use sea salt very sparingly because it would become too overpowering with too much salt).  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  ENJOY. 

It's really that simple.  The other thing I shouldn't have to mention, but will since I made this mistake the first time I made these is that the second you take them out of the oven is not the best time to grab a piece of kale chip to eat because the oil is still very hot.  Oops.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Clean Food FAIL!

Ugh!  I'm so disappointed in myself.  I've been making giant strides towards eating a clean "real" food diet.  We bought a dozen eggs from farm raised hens (direct from the farmer herself!) this weekend at the Farmer's Market this weekend.  They really are better tasting!  But the best part of the direct-from-the-farm-eggs is that I can feel certain that they were ethically farmed.  Concurrently, we are trying to be very budget conscious and I've been planning our weekly menu based on what's on sale.  This week turkey breasts were on sale so I bought 2, which I roasted tonight UNSUCCESSFULLY.  I kept taking it out to check the temperature, the temperature never reached the healthy 170 degrees so we ended up taking it out (after over 3 hours of roasting), my darling husband carved it and stuck his portion in the microwave so kill any remaining bacteria.  I was so disappointed that I had participated in the SAD (Standard American Diet) so I nibbled on one piece and I promptly stuck the remains of the bird in a stock pot and I am attempting to coax some stock from it.  Sigh.  Now I feel guilty that I bought two of them and I am wondering what to do with the 7 pound turkey breast I have in my freezer!  Maybe I can find a shelter that will accept a frozen turkey?  From now on I will only buy animals to eat when I can determine the provenance right down to the farm. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Homemade Cleaning Solution! This stuff works great and it's free of nasty unpronouncable chemicals, better for the environment and relatively cheap to make. Eco friendly and affordable (well, cheap) are my two deciding factors when buying or making anything. The only issue I would have with this speay is that whatever surface you're cleaning needs to be rinsed afterwards because of the dish soap residue. I wrote the recipe on the side of the bottle so that I could have it handy when I need to make it again. It was dictated to me from my mother who transcribed it from an episode of the Dr. Oz tv show, so it's entirely possible that something got lost in translation! If you can't read it from the picture the recipe goes like this:

1 Tbsp borax (can be found in your grocery store Laundry aisle)
3 Tbsp white vinegar
2 c. water
1 Tbsp Dawn (or some other brand) dishwashing detergent
A few drops of an essential oil of your choosing (I used lemon because I had it and citrus smells like clean to me)

That's it, really! I use it for our lineolium floors, for counter tops and even for the bathrooms.
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