Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tales of the Tail: Breaking News

Kip just ate a stink bug. His breath smells great.

Just thought you'd like to know...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Not much to say about these except...YUM! I had all of the ingredients on hand (that's sugar and flour in the canisters), so this made a quick and easy dessert.


You simply whisk together the dry ingredients,

add dry ingredients to wet and blend well.


Then spread batter in pan and top with cinnamon and sugar.



And bake for 25 minutes. I only baked mine for 20; it was hard to tell if they were done with the cinn/sugar topping. They could've baked a tad longer for my preferences, but they were perfectly edible.


We ate these warmed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you have some caramel sauce, that would be an excellent topping.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

So, uh, I Did It

I took it as a good sign that when I walked in the hair salon, the conversation went like this...

Stylist: So, Ms LA, what am I doing to you today?

LA: Well, I want it cut...

Stylist: Cut like, how?

LA: Cut like, pretty drastically.

Stylist: Well, I hope you're going to say a pixie cut because I've always wanted to do that to your hair. It will be so cute!

I'd never said a word to him about a pixie cut before. So, I took a deep breath and showed him the picture of Ginnifer Goodwin. Then I closed my eyes and let him snip away. Here are the results:







I am surprised by how much I already like it. I expected a few days moments of panic, but I'm feeling okay about it so far. I guess it helps that everyone in the salon raved about it, and a complete stranger stopped me to compliment my hair. Now, if I can just figure out how to recreate it on my own in the morning, life will be good.


What do you think?

Wanted.

Confession: I am a Wanter. I constantly have a mental list of all the things I'd buy if I were spending someone else's money. Luckily for my bank account (and my marriage), I very rarely actually buy anything off this list.

Here's what I'm currently wanting:

A new vacuum cleaner. This one I may actually buy in the near future because I've figured out a way to bring the price down to a reasonable range, using credit card reward points and a rebate offer. Vacuuming is not one of my favorite things to do, but everyone that has one raves about how well it does with pet hair.


A bread machine. I have romantic ideas of making fresh, homemade bread. The machine does make a trip to the grocery store to buy all the necessary ingredients and then makes the bread itself, right?


A new smale-scale sectional couch. I'd like to do some rearranging of the furniture in our den, and I think a sectional couch (although maybe not this exact one below) would help open up our small space and make it feel bigger.
And what goes well with the new furniture? A flat screen TV, of course!And, finally (and most reasonably)...new running shorts to replace my current $6 Target specials.



What are you currently wanting?


[Images courtesy of Amazon, Rooms To Go, Panasonic, Zappos.]

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Still Contemplating

I'm still thinking about what to do with my hair, although I'm leaning heavily towards the Big Chop. To help with the decision, I gave myself a few virtual makeovers.

It lets you upload a photo of yourself, then pick celebrity hairstyles to try on. The first two are pretty close to the cut I'm actually considering. The second two...well...the second two are for special occasions, obviously.







Monday, July 26, 2010

Busch Gardens

On our mini-vacation to Busch Garden we did all kinds of fun things. It was incredibly hot, so we sweated our butts off and almost walked our feet off, but we had a great time! The best part was that the park was not very crowded (I guess the more sane people stay out of the 105 degree heat index!); the longest line we waited in was about 30 minutes.

(sharing a frozen lemonade to stay cool)

We are roller coaster junkies, so we rode all the rides multiple times. One of our favorites was Griffon, which begins by dropping you 205' straight down at 70 mph and has several other drops and loops. SO FUN!



I knew about the famous Clydesdale Horses but didn't realize there would be so many other animals to see.



We saw bald eagles.




And lots of other birds and reptiles.


We saw a couple of shows - the animal shenanigans was really cute. They also demonstrate how they do some of the training which was really interesting. The show had dogs, cats, parrots, rats, pidgeons, geese, and pigs. It was pretty impressive.
(the "Strongest Dog in America" used his paw and mouth to lift a "1 ton" weight)



We also visited the wolf habitat and watched some of their training. It was very cool to see some of Kip's same mannerisms in the wolves.


And we ate the world's best soft serve ice cream -- in a chocolate dipped waffle cone! BD shared this with me. He ate it with a spoon; I ate it with my face. I practically had to take a bath in one of the park's fountains when I was finished.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Night, 11pm

Another wild and crazy Friday night...

Williamsburg, VA: City of Breakfast

As soon as we got into Williamsburg, we started noticing the over-abundance of breakfast restaurants. I have no idea why there are so many, but apparently they really like breakfast in Williamsburg.

These pictures were all taken within 10 minutes of our hotel. I took pictures of only the ones I assumed were locally owned; there was also an IHOP and a Cracker Barrel.



We saw 2 of these National Pancake and Waffle Houses. I guess one just wasn't enough.



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Contemplating

I've got the itch for a new 'do. Those of you who know me well realize that this is nothing new. I am thinking of a big change -- a really short pixie cut. I saw this ad of Ginnifer Goodwin in a Lucky magazine, and it has inspired my recent case of hair lust.


Here is another picture of her that I found online:





I think this looks absolutely fabulous on her -- so cute and spunky. But, the big question is...can *I* pull off this look? I am usually pretty fearless when it comes to hair; it is just hair, after all. It will certainly grow back if I hate it. But, I also have to wake up with this hair every day!

Here is a recent picture of me.

My hair is natually very thick and slightly wavy. I'm currently using a round brush and the hair dryer to straighten the slight waves. I have had short hair before but never quite as short as I'm considering this time.

I have visions of all the dangly earrings and decorative hair clips I could show off with this 'do, but I'm wondering if it would really flatter my facial features? Or when I look in the mirror would I only see huge ears and a pointy nose? I always encourage other people to cut their hair when they're contemplating it -- but it's a lot easier to provide support from the sidelines than to be the one sitting in the chair!

So, Internet...what do you think?

Road Trippin'

I both love and hate road trips. I love all the prep work - making snacks to have in the car, packing up a little cooler with drinks, gathering up magazines and books for entertainment, etc. I'm okay for the first little bit, but then the realization sets in that I'm now stuck in the seat for the duration of the trip. And the fidgeting begins! Luckily for me our mini-vacation this week only took us about 3 hours away, so the drive was easy and quick.

On the road, pretty day for driving:



The driver and the passenger:



Welcome to Virginia!

New Kicks!

New purple kicks!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Blooms

We have lots of things blooming around here, despite the heat. We put daylilies in the front bed this year. We had dwarf gardenias that were not doing well in that spot, so we decided to replace them with hardy daylilies. The rabbits like to munch on the flowers so the blooms don't last long, but they keep producing new buds.


We have dark pink and white vincas in the other part of the front bed -- along with those weird mini Christmas trees we planted last fall.

I have a sunflower wreath on the front door. This wreath is several years old, but it still looks good so I keep using it. Sunflowers make me think of summer. Kip is peeking out the door to see what I'm doing.

We planted this crepe myrtle 3 springs ago. Shortly after we planted it, right as it was starting to bloom, there was a late hard freeze that really damaged it. It has taken it 2 full years to recover, so this is the first summer that it's really bloomed.



This is just an annual in a pot on top of a stump of a tree we had removed several years ago. I can't remember the name of this plant, but it has grown tremendously since we planted it.


[Mini-rant: Is anyone else having problems with blogger uploading multiple pictures together? It is only letting me upload one picture at a time, and it is REALLY FRUSTRATING!]