Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Roller Skating Through Life

I recently purchased David Guetta's latest album "Nothing But The Beat" because the tracks are a fast enough beat to workout to and they let me daydream thereby making my workouts feel really short.  I also really like the songs and I have found out I can listen to the entire playlist while on my one hour walk around the neighborhood. 

So, I was surprised when I came to the track "Night of Your Life" featuring Jennifer Hudson.  During my walking daydreaming haze the song actually made me think, "This would be great on the roller rink!"  I envisioned a Xanadu remix with Jennifer Hudson being on roller skates.  However, the bad movie sets and horrible wardrobe would be the same.

This thought actually made me laugh out loud.  Which probably made the neighbors scared because they just saw me walking by myself and then abruptly double over in laughter.  Don't care ... long live Xanadu!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Price Is Right

Growing up, during the school breaks and summer breaks, I loved watching ‘The Price is Right’ with Bob Barker.  I’d sit in front of the TV with my bowl of Lucky Charms and yell at the person on the screen that they are making the yodeling mountain climber go too high.  When that little yodeling fool fell off the mountain I shouted “TOLD YOU SO!” with a mouth full of delicious lucky charm marshmallows. 

However, I’m an adult now and gone are the days of being extremely excited to see the Plinko board and wishing that I could spin the Big Wheel.  Also gone are the summer breaks and Lucky Charms.  Life is so cruel.

Therefore, I’m finding the fun in being grown up.  I have a front load dryer.  There are times that I don’t always pull all of the clothes out of the dryer when they are done and just go to the dryer to find socks, that specific pair of workout pants or pull out the item I need at the specific moment.  This kind of disorganization can make the clothes in the dryer get intertwined and I have to dig down deep to find what I’m looking for. 

So I manually spin the barrel inside the dryer to make the clothes that I’m looking for miraculously appear on top.  While doing so I pretend I’m on the Price Is Right (with Bob Barker, not Drew Carey) and finally spinning the Big Wheel.  If the piece of clothing I’m looking for appears in one turn that means I’ve hit the $1.00 mark.  WOOHOO, $1,000 bonus and the showcase showdown!
Always living the dream; the dream of kissing Bob Barker and spaying or neutering my pet.  Good times.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Quick Dish: Spring Rolls

One of my wonderful friends gave me a vegan cookbook.  I’m not vegan but she doesn’t cook much and asked if I was interested in the book.  Ummm … YES!

So I made some spring rolls inspired by the cookbook.  Like I said, I’m not vegan.  I could be but I had some sea scallops that needed to be cooked.  So, not a vegan dish but pretty darn tasty.

What you'll need:
Rice paper
1 mango, thinly sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 cup of cilantro
2 cups of soy bean sprouts
¼ cup of peanuts, chopped
4 sea scallops (cooked), sliced
First, heat 2 cups of water in a skillet.  Place one rice paper in the water to loosen it.  Once the rice paper is flexible (about 20 seconds) use chopsticks to move it to a piece of wax paper.  A fork will work, too, but I found the chopsticks did not stick to the rice paper like the fork did.  I needed to have a glass of water nearby so I could keep my fingers wet in order to smooth the rice paper.

Place the desired amount of ingredients at the bottom third of the rice paper.  I used 4 soy bean sprouts, 3 carrot strips, 2 mango strips, 4 leaves of cilantro, a pinch of peanuts, 3 slices of sea scallop, and a drizzle of the ginger sauce.  Fold the sides of the rice paper over the edge of the sea scallop mix (like folding a burrito) then roll the rice paper to form the spring roll.
They are best if chilled (the ginger soy sauce will thicken as it gets colder) or you could eat them right away.  I had a couple with a sweet chili sauce.  They were delicious!

They are super easy to make and pretty healthy.  I made several so I could have them for lunch or dinner throughout the week.  Thanks, vegan cookbook!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kitchen Staples

I'm a fan of kitchen staples.  There are certain food items that can be left in my kitchen for when I have unexpected company or a crazy schedule that does not allow me to go to the store.  I can always make something out of my staples in the pantry and freezer.  Below is my list of must haves:

In the pantry:
  • Rice or pasta
  • Tomato paste
  • Can of tomatoes
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Chicken stock
  • Tuna
  • Potato flakes
In the fridge:
  • Eggs
  • Onion
  • Milk
  • Carrots
  • Random veggies
  • Cheese (parmesan is a favorite since it can be added to soup)
In the freezer:
  • Shrimp
  • Edamame
In the spice rack:
  • Garlic powder
  • Dill
  • Italian seasonings
  • Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
These simple ingredients can make soups, pasta dishes, home cookin', and fancy dishes that look like you have slaved all day.  I don't use these ingredients on a daily basis but there are a lot of options when I have to make dinner in a flash. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Staycation Gone Awry

I took the week off during Christmas and New Year's.  I figured I would get in some much needed rest and relaxation.  Clean my house from top to bottom so I could start 2012 off with a clean slate.  Maybe even do some cooking so I could have frozen meals ready to grab and rush out the door once I go back to work.

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.  UGH!

Instead, I got addicted to Pinterest.  And I don't use "addicted" like I got addicted to cigarettes.  I mean "addicted" like I dream about Pinterest an ungodly amount.  I have started two projects that I saw from the site.  (I'll post about them later once I finish.)  One is almost finished and required a lot of power tools and math (thanks to Dad for letting me borrow his tools and for teaching me at a young age the basics of carpentry).  The other is surprisingly soothing to do but time consuming.

I also enjoyed going to the gym during my staycation.  However, if you combine the Pinterest viewing, the working out, the carpentry, and other holiday festivities my staycation was pretty exhausting. 

I'm actually afraid to stay home any longer.  While I'm sad to see the staycation come to an end I'm thankful to hopefully getting some rest at the office.  *Fingers crossed.*

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The End of the World As We Know It

This past year's theme seems to be "awkward".  From the economy having its ups and downs (affects jobs), natural disasters (affects the environment), divorces (affects relationships), deaths (affects life), hardships (affects clarity), etc. it felt like finding stability in an unstable world should involve super human powers.  Saying goodbye to 2011 is equal to that last day of middle school; you know you have survived something that has made you a better person and that knowledge makes going to high school not so bad.  Therefore, if I survived 2011 then 2012 will hopefully be a breath of fresh air.

Or at least the air won't be so stagnant.

I don't make resolutions.  Each time I have done so it is a constant internal struggle to see how long it is until I call it quits.  However, I am taking a more serious look at my goals.  If I can do business planning for others then I should be able to set goals for myself and build a road map to achieve them.  As with all road maps, detours happen and they make the trip that much more adventurous.  Plus, some goals take a considerable amount of time to accomplish where resolutions have a one-year deadline.  I'll take well thought out goals instead of hastened resolutions any day.

Even if 2012 is the end of the world as we know it (thanks to the Mayan calendar system) I will still feel fine (thanks to REM).