Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm Cold ALL the Time

It is almost November...and I know it is supposed to get colder and colder from here on, but for some reason I still wake up in the morning hoping to feel the warm summer air. When I remove the king size down-comforter, I just want to hind under it again and pretend I don't have to get up.

So, I just decided that today is going to be the 'turn on heater' day! I have been trying my best to not turn on the heater - because of the electric bill...but seriously, the butter sitting on the counter is almost as hard as it was in the fridge.

I feel cold ALL the time and I am pretty sure that my bones are turning into icicles.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Little more Autumn

Growing up, I don't think I ever went to a pumpkin patch. Since the beginning of Autumn, I have been talking about how fun it would be to go to one...and perhaps a corn maze as well.

This past Friday, John gave me a call after work and asked me if I wanted to go to the pumpkin patch.

Do I want to go?
Well, YES!

The experience was everything I expected and more. It was cold, cloudy, muddy and the orange color was everywhere. I felt like a child again...and it was so exciting!
Isn't God an amazing artist?

I look forward to the day when I get to take my (future) kids to a muddy pumpkin patch. I can just see them wearing rain boots, stepping on puddles while looking for the 'right' pumpkin!!
P.S. Anna, I am not pregant. I am talking about the future or some day.
P.S.S. two minutes after we left God must have opened the floodgates of heaven - because it rained so hard we could barely see the road on our way home.

Friday, October 23, 2009

No Godzilla Today

I have never been a 'morning person' and I don't think I will ever swing over to that side of the pendulum, but for someone who did not sleep well and woke up at 4am not being able to go back to sleep, I am doing pretty good so far!

For reasons I cannot understand, I could not sleep last night - and it was driving me crazy as I tossed and turned in bed trying to find things to think about - when all I wanted to do was fall asleep.

I knew I had to get up at 6:30 and I was afraid of being Godzilla the rest of the day. As I met up with two friends at 7:30 to go volunteer at New Horizons Ministries, I prayed that God would help me not be grumpy. Well, it looks like my prayers were answered!

I had a wonderful morning and I am ready to cuddle with a blanket and a book for a little while.

P.S. One of my biggest fears as someone who hopes to be a parent someday has been that fact that I will have to get up in the middle of the night to feed/change diaper/sing a song to a crying baby. Whenever this picture pops in my head, I start thinking that I am not going to be a happy mommy...and I hope to learn to love my children in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Autumn Colors

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Pizza Time

John and I had a couple of friends over for dinner this past Friday and we made pizza!

I am not a fan of greasy I like to make my own - with the help of Trader Joe's $1.29 pizza dough.

We made this same pizza about a month ago and I have been wanting more ever since.

John is usually too kind and rolls out the dough for me - I don't like doing that part. But John is VERY good at it!

We put the dough on a cooking sheet with oats instead of flour and let the dough cook for about 7 minutes (without the toppings). John discovered that when we put all the topping on the pizza and put it in the oven, the dough does not cook thoroughly...instead there are some gooey parts in the middle.

After the 7 minutes, we took out the dough from the oven and added the toppings. When it comes to the ingredients, I use what I have.

Instead of using red sauce, I decided to use a brush to spread olive oil, garlic and sea salt all over the dough. The sea salt makes a big difference!

Next I added some Italian Seasoning for taste (because I was out of oregano).

I cut a bunch of cilantro and green onions into small pieces and spread around the dough. I added Monterey Jack cheese and chicken pieces on the top, as well as a sliced onion and green pepper.

**This time, we had some chicken already fried with olive oil, salt, peeper, Italian seasoning and a little bit of ginger.

The pizza goes back in the oven and we cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is all melted and golden!
I do not have a picture of the final result - because I was too hungry and forgot to take a picture when the pizza came out of the oven. However, I guarantee that it looked and smelled delicious.

The final results was also mouth watering! What I like most about this pizza is that I can taste each ingredient, and the pizza itself is not covered in grease or fat.

Bon Appetit!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

On My Bedside Table

My bedside table is looking quite full lately, which means that I have been spending many hours of the day reading.

Growing up, I was not a reader. I read the school assigned books - because I was too scared of getting a bad grade on a book report or a pop quiz. I also did not trust Spark Notes.

So, I read an immense list of books. Some I hated, like Lord of the Flies and others I loved, like To Kill a Mockingbird.

It wasn't until high school that I started reading books that I was not forced to read. This new found enjoyment started with the book When the Road Ends. Since then, I have longed for free time so I can find a cozy seat and enjoy what I now call: brain food.

Without a job, I now have plenty of 'free' time and I am enjoying this time with some amazing books. I am currently reading three books: Brain rules, The Hole in our Gospel and An Echo in the Darkness. These books have taught me great things in different ways....and I look forward to sitting down and consuming every page.

Stay tuned for more thoughts on what I am learning.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A New Look

I keep finding new templates that I like. I know that I should probably stick to one look, but this is too exciting!

Imagine if you could get a different haircut everyday?
Imagine if you could change the bed sheets according to your mood?

In real life I cannot get a new haircut everyday or get new sheets whenever I want, but I can get a new blog template every once in a while!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

On the Road Again!

This past weekend was definitely not our normal routine.

First, my husband John was away at a men's retreat and I missed him dearly. I know this may seem silly to some of you, but John and I have only been apart one night since we got married over 14 months ago. I didn't want Friday to come because just the thought of not having him close to me made me sad. Some people say that this desire to be close to our spouses all the time is a sign that we are still newlyweds...and that the feeling will change over time.

Honestly, I don't like that idea. It may be true - I don't know what my relationship with my husband will be like in two years - but I like to think that we are going to continue enjoying each other's presence so much that a night apart is no fun.

On the other hand, I got to spend GREAT times with my mother and sister!! I do miss living with my family and it is a real treat to be able to spend a weekend with some of my closest friends.

What did we do?

Well, we woke up early on Saturday and drove for more than 3 hours (each way) in order to pick concord grapes from the vines. The weather was perfect and the fall colors stood out as we drove by rocky mountains. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the beautiful trees.

We picked more than 20 pounds of grapes and they are being consumed at an incredible rate!
Concord grapes smell just like sweet grape juice...and that aroma filled the car.

I wish you cold smell them through this picture.
The drive back was tiring and I had to focus in order to keep my eyes open. I enjoyed listening to Jars of Clay as I drove my way through windy mountains. We got home safely and I passed out on the floor immediately after.

This next part makes me giggle inside - because I woke up with John whispering my name in my ear! I missed his deep voice, his gentle touch and even his not-shaved face!!

All I can say is that I am blessed to have a family and a husband that love me so dearly - and I love each one of them as well.
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