29 July 2011

Super Secret Projects

I realize that I've been quiet on the works in progress front lately. That doesn't mean I'm not working on any thing. As of right now, I have three projects in the works. One is a knitted Christmas present, another is a crocheted swap present, and the last is a sewn birthday present. So, I'm keeping busy with things, I just can't share them....yet. Well, I suppose I could share a teaser of one of them....



Though, I will share that I saw my first Black Widow spider last night. I still have no clue how my husband saw it in that dark corner in the garage. Apparently, he has super vision or something. It's dead now. We'll be calling pest control soon, because we can't have any of that.

28 July 2011

How to Bathe Your Cat

My cat, Winnie, has done nothing but lick and lick and lick since we've moved here. The internet says it's stress or allergies. Not wanting to get kitty stress drugs, I've decided to bathe her. I've bathed my cat possibly five times in her 6 year old life. Four out of those five times were when she was a kitten, and we were trying to get rid of fleas. Anywho, trying to allevate the sound of Winnie licking herself, I went down to the local pet store and picked up some shampoo with dry skin/allergies stuffs in it. Also, sulfate free! Moving along.

1. Locate cat and reasure her she's the prettiest most lovely-ist cat there is.

"Well, hello."



2. While your cat is still basking in your compliments and pets, run a shallow bath of lukewarm water, upstairs, so she won't know what's coming.

3. Search for your full bodied wet suit.

4. Cry when you realize that you left it at your parent's house.

5. Don an old t-shirt that you don't care about instead.

6. Gather unsuspeciting cat and pet her lovingly all the way upstairs into the bathroom.

7. Put cat on floor and close door quickly.

8. As you remove her collar, cat will let out a questioning meow. DON'T FALL FOR IT.

9. Quickly and gracefully, place cat into tub and slam shower doors.

10. Remember that you no longer have shower doors, so keep pushing cat back in tub.

11. Dump water all over cat, trying to keep her in, with her futile escape plans.

12. Chuckle as you massage cat shampoo all over the cat, because she just looks ridicilious.

13. Quickly rinse off cat, because she's becoming more slippery at each passing moment.

14. Take cat out of tub and throw a towel on her to help dry her off.

15. Leave cat alone in bathroom to sulk and lick herself dry.

"I just lost 10lbs thanks to a bath!"
16. Plan to reward cat with treats later, because she was a good kitty and didn't whine, and you didn't loose any body parts.

25 July 2011

Day Twenty-One: Oh, right.

Last week, I wasn't feeling my best so I wasn't able to do much exercise wise. I also didn't get around to blogging much, but this week is my last official week! I suppose I'll put a lot of effort into it, being that for the past two weeks I kinda slacked.



Original Results:


Height: 5'5"
Chest: 36"
R. Arm: 10 5/8"
L. Arm: 10"
Waist: 28 ½"
Hips: 36 ½"
R. Thigh: 20 ½"
L. Thigh: 21
Weight: 129
Body Fat: 25.7%

Week One's results:
Chest: 35 ½
R. Arm: 10 ½
L. Arm: 10
Waist: 28
Hips: 36
R. Thigh: 20 ½
L. Thigh: 20 ½
Weight: 124
Body Fat: 24.5%

Week Two's results:
Chest: 35 ½
R. Arm: 10
L. Arm: 10
Waist: 27 ½
Hips: 35
R. Thigh: 20
L. Thigh: 20
Weight: 124
Body Fat: 23.7%

Today's results:
Chest: 35
R. Arm: 10
L. Arm: 10
Waist: 27
Hips: 35
R. Thigh: 20
L. Thigh: 20
Weight: 124
Body Fat: 23.2%


Okay, so honestly, not much change, but I've not gained any weight,  despite my epic junk eating last week. Little disappointed in myself, but that's why I'll just work my ass off this upcoming week and just continue until my pants fit properly again. :)

18 July 2011

Day Fourteen: Whoops

So, being that I only exercised three days out of six, due to a foot injury, I didn't really see much change. But, I'll post my results anyways:


Original Results:

Height: 5'5"
Chest: 36"
R. Arm: 10 5/8"
L. Arm: 10"
Waist: 28 ½"
Hips: 36 ½"
R. Thigh: 20 ½"
L. Thigh: 21
Weight: 129
Body Fat: 25.7%

Week One's results:
Chest: 35 ½
R. Arm: 10 ½
L. Arm: 10
Waist: 28
Hips: 36
R. Thigh: 20 ½
L. Thigh: 20 ½
Weight: 124
Body Fat: 24.5%

Today's results:
Chest: 35 ½
R. Arm: 10
L. Arm: 10
Waist: 27 ½
Hips: 35
R. Thigh: 20
L. Thigh: 20
Weight: 124
Body Fat: 23.7%

Results from last week: 0lbs, 3 inches
Over all: 5lbs, 5 inches.

I am pleased. ON TO WEEK THREE.

16 July 2011

Tricksy pumpkins.

Remember this post, when I thought I had a baby watermelon growing? Yeah. Turns out my very first guess was right. I don't have a watermelon patch, it's a pumpkin patch! I began growing suspicious, when that first watermelon turned round, and then started turning yellow. As I checked them this morning, the second pumpkin had doubled in size, and no longer looked like a watermelon. Oh yes. We have pumpkins.




Winnie is possessed by the sand.

The Great Pumpkin?
This is the original "watermelon." It's going to be a tiny pumpkin!

And just for good measure, these things in my shoe? Yeah, that's what was in my heel.

14 July 2011

Barefootin'

I have a confession to make. I haven't worked out in two days. Why? Not because I'm "not feeling it." But, I have a hole in the bottom of my heel. BACKSTORY:

So, I was weeding the watermelon patch the other day, and I came across a plant I've never seen. It was some sort of ground cover plant, and I didn't like it, because it looked too much like a weed, so I pulled it up. Thorns went EVERYWHERE. So, I tossed it to the side, and decided to let it die a slow death in the Texas sun. Monday, I went to go inspect my watermelons (three, yay!) and I made the mistake of walking out there, barefoot. I have been walking barefoot everywhere since I was about, oh, six. So, I'm used to it, gravel doesn't bother me, crunch leaves, etc. But, I stepped on about six of those thorn mofos, and it was all over. I pulled them out of my foot, and limped back to the house for further inspection. I was able to pull four of the splinters out of my foot, but I still had two lodged in my right heel. It HURT. I couldn't walk anywhere without limping, couldn't put pressure on it, it was annoying. When my husband got home, I stuck my foot in my face and said "IT HURRRRRRRRTS. GET IT OUT." (that's what she said?) So, my very sweet husband, got to work. He tried getting it with tweezers, and couldn't. Why? His words, "Your heel is nothing but a big callus." DAMN RIGHT IT IS. I worked HARD to get it that way, lol. So, basically, he had to clip through about half a centimeter of callus (didn't hurt) to pull the splinter out (that hurt) which turned out to be pretty long. So, he slapped some second skin on there, and I'm good to go. That was two days ago. I woke up this morning, and finally can put pressure on it. And so, I know the internet is all "PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN, I present to you, my heel hole.

Mmmm. Yeah.

11 July 2011

Day Seven: Judgement Day

Well, today's the day. The day I see if my results are worth continuing. I'd like to mention, that the Brazil Butt Lift dvds come with a diet that promises "Six inches, six pounds in six days!" I thought it sounded too good to be true, and so I flipped through some of the recipes. Some weren't bad, some made me laugh. I decided not to do it, and just cut fast food out of my life. Well, I caved. I had Subway one day, and then Arby's yesterday. *sigh* BUT ANYWAYS, you don't want to hear about that, you want to see if BBL is worth it. Here you go.

Original Results:
Height: 5'5"
Chest: 36"
R. Arm: 10 5/8"
L. Arm: 10"
Waist: 28 ½"
Hips: 36 ½"
R. Thigh: 20 ½"
L. Thigh: 21
Weight: 129
Body Fat: 25.7%

Today's results:
Chest: 35 ½
R. Arm: 10 ½
L. Arm: 10
Waist: 28
Hips: 36
R. Thigh: 20 ½
L. Thigh: 20 ½
Weight: 124
Body Fat: 24.5%

Results: 5lbs,  2in
Not quite 6lbs and 6inches, but any results is good enough for me. :) 

I'll post my results again next Monday! Here goes another week!


10 July 2011

Presenting: Kneads, Knits and Knothing!

Over at Kneads, Knits and Knothing, you can find pure bliss, just like the title says, beautiful loaves of bread, amazing knitted wear and yarns, and of course, Knothing, which could be ANYTHING, but sometimes, Sundae, resident cat and photoshop subject.

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!
I'm PJ, and most recently I've started blogging at Kneads, Knits, and Knothing where I like to show off new yarn, post bread recipes, talk about my latest travel escapades, post pictures of my cat, and other random things.  I've also done the other "usual" things - gone to school, gotten married, gotten a job, stayed out of jail...I think I'm doing alright!

What are some of your favorite things to do?
I can be pretty indulgent when it comes to enjoying my free time, and I have a pretty good rotation of "favorite things" to keep me busy!  On the more "normal" days when I just get home from work or I'm spending a quiet weekend, I'm very happy to fire up my bread machine, and sit down with my knitting, a glass of wine, and maybe the internet (which really cuts in to the knitting!).  As the weather warms up, I'll end up taking it outside, possibly to the coastline or even the Laguna Seca - one of the best racetracks in the world in my back yard!  Though on the longer weekends or breaks, I LOVE to travel.  I especially love learning about historic sites and doing the "interesting" touristy things.

Please elaborate on your hobbies.
Knitting is the hobby that takes most of my time and money.  I learned to knit after developing a passion for pretty yarn and discovering so many beautiful knit projects on Ravelry.  I decided "I want to make pretty things too!" and here I am!  Funny enough, my mom has done a lot of research in to our family history, and has discovered that the women in our family going back many generations have always excelled in needlework and even took work doing such outside the home.  I guess you could say it's in my blood!

What style would you say you lean more towards?
I'm very casual, both in my attitude and my dress style, though I really LOVE wearing dresses and skirts.  Summer is my favorite season for that reason, because it's so easy to look feminine and cute and comfortable!  It doesn't make for good knit wearing, but I guess that's why we still get Winter.  :)

What are your favorite things to bake?
Bread has exploded in to my life in the last 6 months, and ever since I started playing with sourdough starter I've gotten REALLY interested in how the process works and actually taking the dough out of the bread machine and getting a little fancier with it!  Every time I bake another loaf I learn a little more, and it's exciting to watch the dough grow transform before your eyes!  Also, I would prefer to eat a savory loaf of bread over a sweet cookie or cake almost any day, so while I enjoy baking sweet items from time to time, it's nice to bake something that I can enjoy almost daily!


Have you committed the act of defenestration?
Since I live in a one-story home, any item chucked out the window would just sit there and stare at me at eye level until I admitted defeat and brought it back in.  I prefer the method of shoving things in to the bottom of my knitting bag and pretending it doesn't exist.

If so, what was the poor item?
For the sake of not leaving this question hanging, I WILL tell you that my husband once threw his best friend out the window in to a watermelon patch when they were kids.  It arose out of the friend not sharing his Nintendo.  8 year old DH chucked him out, friend came back in through the front door crying (as you would), he and his mom went to confront DH, who was contentedly playing Nintendo.  For the record, they are still best friends.

Why are man hole covers round?
I actually know this one!  It's so they can't fall inwards.  If it were square for example, you could turn the cover at an angle and lonk it down the widest part of the hole, the corner-to-corner way.  With a circle, there's no part of the hole that is wider than any part of the cover.

Also correct: because the hole is also round.

What is your favorite accent?
I like tildes: ~

;)

I love listening to people speak that come from other regions and countries, and don't know that I can narrow it down to a favorite.  I do like when people have in interesting combination of accents, for example if they're born in England but then move to the American Northeast when they're 8, and you can hear elements of both but can't nail down which one is dominant.  I think that's a great example of how language and tone change all over the world, and how language evolves and takes on different elements of its surroundings.

What's the most ridiculous item you've spent money on?
When I was 18 I bought myself a pair of fashion glasses - the kind with the non-prescription glass in them.  When my friends saw me they gave me compliments like "oh you look so cute in glasses - but I didn't know you needed to wear them!"  After sheepishly explaining for the day that I did NOT, in fact, need to wear glasses, I put them away for good.


Being that you knit, have you ever stabbed yourself with the knitting needles?
Surprisingly, I have NOT stabbed myself with my knitting needles.  Though one time I was winding a particularly evil skein of yarn, and after 90 minutes and some swear words and finally getting it in to a ball, I threw that ball against the wall as hard as I could and twisted my ankle.  It's quite possibly the dumbest knitting-related injury ever.

Name one goal that you have at the moment.
I would love to knit a sweater.  I've made sweaters before, but I tend to go long stretches between them and it's become a "big, intimidating project" in my eyes again.  I have plenty of yarn with which to knit one, I just have to narrow down my pattern options, jump in and do it!

What's your weapon of choice?
I'm torn between Gunblade and Energy Sword.  Because I am a giant nerd who likes sharp objects.

 If you could banish one celebrity off the face of the earth, who would it be?
Kim Kardashian

Why?
What does she DO?  How can you be so rich and successful without DOING ANYTHING?!

What is your most interesting scar?
I have a scar about one inch long on my left knee.  When I was 15, I knelt across my bed to grab a book, and suddenly heard a sharp "POP".  I thought "that was an odd sound", when I saw that my pants had been cut, and my knee had been sliced about an inch deep.  It was so fast that I didn't feel pain until I saw it, and it didn't start bleeding until after that.  I got stitches for the first time ever, and since I couldn't bend my knee with the huge bandage on I had to have my little brother tie my shoe for me.  It doesn't look like too much now, but it does feel weird in different weather conditions!

09 July 2011

Day Four and Five: I can MOVE.

Yesterday, I forgot to update, just because I was so tired. I didn't feel like doing much, but I did as much as I could on the Cardio dvd again (Bum Bum, lol), painted the windows and a door, and flopped on the couch for the rest of the day.

Today, I'm not my best, so I didn't do both dvds like it said. I only did the Tummy Tuck, like it said, because I'd already did the previous one on Day Two. Plus, I still am a little tired. I got up this morning, finished touching up the paint and moved some furniture back into the bedroom. The only thing that's left now is for my husband to touch up the ceiling and the doors. But, I'm going to paint all the doors in the house at the same time. Moving along, I thought I'd show you guys what I work out on:

Yep. Foam mats. As you can see, our whole downstairs is tile. No cushion what so ever. That rug there, doesn't help much either. So, my knees thank me when I do my stuff on this. Each tile is a 2X2 block. Also great for blocking crocheted/knitted items. ;)

Tomorrow is the last day for the first week. I'm not as sore as I was the first two days, and that's normally a good sign. I'll post my week results on Monday.

Also, the mailman brought me some joy:
Oh yes. Three skeins of Malabrigo Twist in Pearl Ten and Six skeins of Dream in Color Groovy in Torchwood. Sadly, this is the last yarn I'll ever get unless I get a job. *pets gently*

07 July 2011

Day Three: *snore*

I decided to go ahead and rest on day three, mainly, because I couldn't walk properly up the stairs. And my clothes are upstairs. Along with my yarn. My thigh muscles are thanking me for the rest.

So, today, I went to go check out the new commissary on post, and it is HUGE. After I found my beloved Dale's marinade and some Woodchuck Summer Ale (tastes like blueberries!) I wandered over to the PX to see if they had any of the mascara I like. A guy hands me a ticket and says, "Free drawing in ten minutes!" Well, okay. Apparently, it's a drawing for three gold and Swarovski bracelets that have never been sold in the states before. What the hell. I'll try my luck. I wander over to where the drawing is, and everyone gathers, and he tells the folks to rip the ticket in half and dump them in a little container. And then he asks me to draw three tickets. I close my eyes and do my best. And then he hands me a gold dipped penny! He explains what it is and it was his token of appreciation for me being his assistant today. I'm thrilled. I mean, it's just a penny dipped in 14K gold or whatever, but I love pennies! I don't win the bracelets, but I'm more than pleased to receive my penny. I wander off happy. Maybe it'll bring me lots of luck?

After that, I came home and is doing as the Brazil Butt Lift guide suggested. Resting. I've decided to drag back out my knitting and work on it. My scarf is happily coming along. :)

06 July 2011

Day Two: My buns are burning! My buns are burning!

Day two, by far, was much easier than day one. It consisted of mainly floor exercises, that has caused my abs and my butt to FEEL THE BURN. Oy. I'm sore from yesterday, but the good kind of sore that lets you know it's working, not the "Hmmm...maybe I shouldn't be doing this" sore. I can move around just fine, but walking upstairs, is not a pleasing task. Crawling works just fine though. ;D I'm going to update about my progress every day this week, and then move it to weekly.
I highly doubt any of my measurements have changed, but, I have lost 1.7lbs as of yesterday. HA. I'm more interested in toning my jiggle than losing X amount of pounds.

...I'm having a weird bout of deja vu.

Moving along, over the holiday weekend, my husband and I bought us a charcoal grill, just because it's apparently un-American if you don't grill on the 4th of July. Right. So we made some burgers and dogs on the 4th and last night, I busted out the chicken and my new Penezy's Spices. I threw some Olive Oil on the chicken and put some Old World spice on it, and Brian grilled it. Then, I made the Penzey's Edmund's Up North Roasted Potatoes and some green beans. What a delicious supper! I highly recommend this recipe.

All you need are:
4 cups of Red Potatoes chunked (I used about 10 of 'em)
1 cup of Yellow Onion coursley chopped (I used about 1/4th of one)
2tbls of Northwood Seasoning (You can get it from Penezy's)
2tbls of Vegetable Oil (I used Olive Oil, because I didn't have any Veggie oil)

It takes about an hour to cook, but it's so worth it. It tasted like Rosemary potatoes with a kick. Not like hot sauce kick, but deliciousness. My husband ate all of his and kept stealing mine! Best part? They're only about 7g of fat. Delicious and low fat? Yes please. I forgot to take a picture before hand, so you get to see what was leftover. Still delicious, I promise.

Oh HELL yeah!

05 July 2011

Day One: I think my heart is going to explode

Let me start this post out with this: I am not fat. But, if I continue my ways, I will become fat. With that out of the way, my half naked body has not been seen on the internet since 2009, which is in a Facebook picture of me in a bikini, on a boat, looking pissed off because of the choppy waves. Moving along, I have made the decision to plaster myself on the internet once again. Why? Because, after 10 years of not doing any actual daily exercise, besides January when I did P90X for a month or so, I'm determined to get my ass back in shape. And I feel, by presenting myself to the internet, it will embarass me, and inspire me to get moving. Actually, just taking these pictures have inspired me, because how often does one look at one's back? Ick. Okay, here I am.


There I am, in my workout gear glory.  I don't have any bikinis that fit, so this is what you get. Like I said, I'm not fat, I'm just getting there. I tried P90X back in January, and it was just too much for my out of shape self. So, I decided I really liked the Beachbody brand, so I started looking through what they had to offer. Insanity was out of the question. Then I thought about TurboFire, and just was meh about it. Then, I had my decision on the 10 minute trainer. I could do that. And then it caught my eye. Brazil Butt Lift. I laughed my ass off at the name, and it's purpose. Then, I watched one of the infomercials, read the reviews and decided, why the hell not? I, being super white, have the flat-ass curse. Plus, it was a 20-30 minute workout, has a good chunk of cardio in it, and the moves reminded me of stuff I used to do in dance. Plus, it had fun Latin music. And the deciding factor? My husband was real enthuastic about it. Well...okay. So I ordered it Wednesday of last week, and it arrived on Friday. Though, my husband had a four day weekend, so I refused to start in front of him. Bought the weights required, and one of those foam puzzle mats, because tile is no fun to work out on. 

And here it is. Day One. I've chosen the "Lift and Shape" option. There's four you can choose from. "Classic" "Slim and Shape" and "Slim and Lift". Being that I don't really have an ass, I'm going for the lift and shape option. All of the programs are a month long, with a different plan for each week, with Sunday off. Sometimes, you'll get a day off in the week, but being that my husband is home on Saturdays, I might skip it, and continue through. We'll see, though. Anywho, today was Day One, which was the "Bum-Bum" workout. It's about 35 minutes long, and I thought my heart was going to explode 15 minutes into it. So, I skipped to the stretching at the end, and tried not to pass out on the floor. My husband told me never to just "stop" after a workout, so I picked up my mats, swept the floor, put away the dishes and then I collapsed on the couch. And here I am. I feel sore in my back and my thighs. Yes, already. It's been a while.
So, there's my confession. Make fun of me you want for choosing Brazil Butt Lift, but I'm determined to do this. I would appreciate any encouragement to help me keep on chugging.

And for good measure (lol) here are my measurements:
Height: 5'5"
Chest: 36"
R. Arm: 10 5/8"
L. Arm: 10"
Waist: 28 1/2"
Hips: 36 1/2"
R. Thigh: 20 1/2"
L. Thigh: 21
Weight: 129
Body Fat: 25.7%

04 July 2011

Awww.

I am pleased to announce that my husband and I are proud owners of a baby watermelon.

Come on, everyone. Let's say it together. Awwwwwww.

For a while, I thought it was a squash plant. Nope. We also have five miniature ones on the way. I was so excited, that I went and weeded our tiny garden. Only to get attacked by some prickly thornbush. BUT, it's gone now so yay!

Hope everyone has had a happy 4th of July!

03 July 2011

Cheeseburger in Paradise

I have been craving this on and off for about a year. I've been asking my mother for this recipe forever, but we're all so busy, we've forgotten about it. So, the other day, I went to one of my recipe sites and pieced together the Tater Tot casserole I vaguely remembered from my childhood. I attempted to make it slightly healthy, but you know how that goes.

Amber's Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole
Serves Four
Ingrediants:
1lb ground beef/turkey/venison (I used turkey for this time)
1 cup chopped onion
3 strips of bacon, cooked to your liking
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 cups of your favorite cheese(s) (I used cheddar and American)
And about half a bag of frozen tater tots

Preheat your oven to 350°F
Chop up your onion and cook your bacon. Then, begin browning your meat. Throw your onions and bacon and there and mix well. While your meat is browning, line the bottom of your dish with tater tots and tell your cat to back the hell up, she gets none for attempting to eat paint chips earlier in the day.


After your meat has done browning, drain all the grease you possibly can, and smother that beautiful meaty mixture all over the tater tots.

I didn't pre-cook my bacon, I just chopped it up and threw it in with the turkey
After you smush it in there good, whip out your trusty can of Cream of Mushroom soup, and smother that on there real good, too.


Then, cover real well with cheese. I used about two cups.

Ooooh yeaaah
You have the option of topping it off with more tater tots, but I ran out of room, so I left it just as is.

Bake for 45 minutes.


And voila! There it is! Let it cool for about five minutes, or whenever you hear it stop bubbling.

Scoop it out and feel free to add whatever condiments you like. My husband and I find that ketchup works perfectly.

om nom nom nom