Friday, February 20, 2009

LOVE is in the air

This has been floating around the blogosphere for a few days. Too bad I didn't find it before Valentine's...but better late than never, I guess.

What are your middle names?
Mine is Ann; BD's is Darrell.

How long have you been together?
10 yrs total - dated for 4; married for 6

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
We've known each other since freshman year of high school and started dating summer before freshman year of four years.

Who asked whom out?
BD asked me.

How old are each of you?
BD is 29. I am 28.

Whose siblings do you see the most?
Well, BD is an only child. So...mine.

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
Ooooohh, this is a good one! Um...I guess I'll have to say that any decision that involves large sums of money is pretty stressful.

Did you go to the same school?
High school - yes
Undergrad - no
Grad school - no

Are you from the same home town?
Yes. Shout-out to Funroe!

Who is smarter?
Me. DUH. Oh wait...BD is probably going to read this, so I'll tell the truth. BD.

Who is the most sensitive?
I'm pretty sure I deserve this award. Although I have to say that I'm not really super sensitive; I'm just more sensitive than BD.

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
A little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant near our house called Matzatlan

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
We haven't done much traveling. I think it would be Colorado.

Who has the craziest exes?
Neither. We don't have much drama.

Who has the worst temper?
I'm pleading the 5th on this one.

Who does the cooking?
always BD.

Who is the neat-freak?
Neither. Please call us before you drop by.

Who is more stubborn?
I prefer tenacious, thankyouverymuch.

Who hogs the bed?
I hog covers, not the whole bed.

Who wakes up earlier?
Usually BD.

Where was your first date?
Cucos - a mexican restaurant which is closed now. BOO.

Who is more jealous?
Neither of us are jealous by nature.

How long did it take to get serious?
We were so young, so we didn't start talking marriage until we had been dating 2+ years or so.

Who does the laundry?
We generally share this lovely chore. I hate to put away clean laundry so I will stack clean folded laundry on the dryer until there is a mountain. BD usually gives in first and puts it away. (See question re: stubborn)

Who’s better with the computer?
I'm the internet guru; BD is in charge of all things computer hardware related.

Who drives when you are together?
BD. I'm usually sleeping.

Friday Funny

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lunches That Work

(I should be working on school projects right now but instead I'm posting about stuff that nobody cares about but me! Wheee! It's fun being a procrastinator!)

One of the most stressful parts about my workday is making time in the mornings to pack a healthy lunch. I am always running behind in the mornings, but I rarely find the motivation to pack a lunch the night before. And I hate having to waste time to leave the office in the middle of the day to go get lunch.

Also, having a healthy, filling lunch that is actually appetizing is an important factor for me in resisting the siren-song of the snack box at 3pm.

Here are a few things that I've found that make my workday lunches easier:

LeanCuisine and SmartOnes frozen meals. I would much prefer something warm for lunch than a cold sandwich. There are several varities of these that I really like. The SmartOnes 3 Cheese Ziti Marinara is my all-time favorite.

I like to have a green salad with my lunch; it keeps me full longer without adding too many calories. A salad takes too long to make each morning, but I've discovered that in 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon I can prep the ingredients for an entire week's worth of salads.

I wash and tear lettuce

hard-boil and cut up 2 eggs

and slice up a cucumber.

I store everything in zip-top baggies in the fridge so in the mornings I can just throw a little of each into a tupperware. I also buy a container of cherry tomatoes to throw in the salad - no prep needed for those. I can put a salad together in less time than it would take me to make a sandwich.

I have a collection of the smallest size Gladware containers for dressing.

I also try to find a couple of fruits in season to rotate between; they are quick and easy to throw in a lunch bag. This time of year I like all of the citrus fruits that are in season - especially the tangelos and clementines.

Most importantly, I throw 3 or 4 Hershey's Kisses in my lunch bag to satisfy my sweet tooth. No meal is complete without dessert.

So, tell you have any secrets for healthy work lunches?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Update on Spring Mantel Decorations

Thanks for all your feedback on the mantel decorations!

Here is the final product:

The thing in the middle is a Valentine's Day decoration and will come down shortly.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Scenes from Carolina Basketball - Newspaper Edition

(*This post brought to you by BD*)

So this was the headline in Wednesday morning's paper prior to that night's Duke-UNC game. The boys in Carolina blue had to make the 8 mile trip from the Smith Center to Cameron Indoor and talk centered around the fact that Hansbrough and company had the chance to be the first senior class to go undefeated at Cameron since the devil himself Coach K arrived.

And here is the headline from Thursday morning's paper.

That's right - round one of the greatest rivalry in all of college sports went to the Heels and the seniors made a little bit of history in the process. Below you see the little engine that could, Ty Lawson, who single-handedly took control of the game in the second half.

Stay tuned for an update of Round 2 -- March 8, 2009 at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Pick My Outfit - Valentine's Day

For Valentine's Day, BD and I are going to dinner at a new restaurant downtown and to see Stomp. We are keeping it casual this year, and the weather is supposed to be decent with a high for the day of 50 degrees.

(Fun fact: This is the same date we had 10 years ago on our first Valentine's Day date. Only we were in Louisiana, and we ended up eating dinner at Waffle House.)

Here are the two outfits I've chosen. Which one should I wear?

Outfit #1: bright pink cami (you can't really see it here), patterened tank, baby blue cropped cardigan/jeans/camel colored boots.

Outfit #2: Hot pink cami, purple scoop neck sweater, red swing jacket/jeans/boots (I have on camel colored boots in this picture but I think I'd actually wear black).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Scenes from Carolina Basketball - My Favorite Things Edition

The best $5 we spend at every game.

The last program with Psycho-T on the front.

During the first media timeout, the mascot directs the band.

Danny Green splashing 3-pointers during warm ups.

Dean Smith at center court of the Dean Smith Center.

And, of course, a decisive Carolina victory.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Spring Mantel Decoration: Yes or No?

The design schema at my house is generally Design by Accident - Sometimes It Works, Sometimes It Doesn't.

Here is my attempt at spring season decorations for the fireplace mantel. What do you think?

And what do I put on the other side? Another of the same thing? Something different? Scrap the whole thing and start over?

Here is a close-up of the arrangement. The colors are lime green, white, and pink.

I have a cool relatively un-lame lime green vase that I was going to try on the other side, but I can't find it. (Aside: How do I lose things in this tiny house?? I am usually the Finder of All Things Lost around here, but I've searched and can't find it. I might have to enlist BD's help.) I'm not sure if the vase is even tall enough anyway. I also have some dark wooden pillar candle holders that I could use.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

**Edited to Add: I asked BD if he knew where the vase and candle holders were. Sheesh. I mean, you'd think the guy would put them in a BOX or LABEL THEM CLEARY or something. How am I expected to find anything around here??
Here's the addition of the vase and candle holders. I'm thinking I need lighter colored candle holders (and some candles to go on them, obv)?
Do you like any of this? Let me hear your opinions.

Friendship Oath (the non-gag-inducing kind)

1. When you are sad --I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.

4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off...after I laugh my butt off!!


Friday, February 6, 2009

Crowd Pleaser

*disclaimer: lame photography skills on display in this post*

I found this over at Smart Cookie; she has lots of great dessert recipes.

I brought this to work yesterday and got rave reviews. In fact, everyone is still talking about it today. And bonus: it's super easy - I put the entire thing together in less than 30 minutes (not including refrigeration time).

Cookies and Cream Fudge


  • 18 oz white chocolate chips
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 generous cups of crushed oreos (Note: fudge will look different depending on how much or little you crush the cookies. I wanted mine finely crushed so BD ran them through the food processor.)


  1. Melt chocolate, milk, and salt together over medium heat.
  2. Stir in cookies
  3. Pour into 8x8 pan lined with wax paper & refrigerate until set (abt 2 hrs).

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tales of the Tail: The One With the Ziploc Foot

Kip has decided that it's a good idea to lick one of the pads on his right foot until it's raw and bleeding. To his surprise, we do not support that decision. As a deterrent, we are taping a white tube sock to the foot with blue painter's tape. (The tape is on the sock, not on his fur; we're not purposely mean to him - no matter what he tells you.) It is quite a sight. Even better is the Ziploc bag we tape around the sock to protect it when he goes outside. He is clearly thrilled with this situation.

I'm pretty sure he's plotting to kill us in our sleep.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Good for the Emotional Health, Not the Physical Health

I will now present step-by-step instructions on how to die happy; it is surprisingly simple.

Death by Chocolate

Step 1: Start with a few ingredients - devil's food cake mix, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and toffee candy.
Step 2: Prepare cake mix and pudding as directed on the box. After cake is baked and cool, crumble it. Also crumble up toffee bar (or cheat buy the pre-crumbled kind).

Step 3: Layer cake, pudding, whipped topping, and toffee bar. Repeat until container is full.

Step 4: Eat and die happy. You can thank me by leaving me something good in your will.