Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Christmas in July

I was in San Francisco last week for a conference.  I have never been to that part of San Francisco before but it is really lovely.  The weather on the bay is just like a Texas Christmas.  I walked around with a sweater and scarf on.  HOORAY!  Love cold weather.
My trip there was for the conference.  Which I attended, but I also got to meet up with some friends from my past.  A college friend who is passionate about his work and thoroughly loves what he is doing.  The last time I saw him was in college when we both worked for the university's newspaper.  I had so much fun riding around with him and goofing off while we waited for stories to trickle in.  He is still the same great guy, with lots of energy, amazing ideas and creating new adventures.

I also got to meet up with a friend who I met during a two week stint at Georgetown University when I thought I wanted to go into the medical field.  He did go that route (along with law) and is doing some great things with medical policy and giving back to the community.  We haven't seen each other since 1999 but it was great catching up and discovering what life has dealt us and how we have managed.

Plus, I got to say hi to a researcher who worked with my company while doing his doctoral research.  His research has benefited, and continues to benefit, my company.  Even though he has been late for both of the times I have scheduled to meet him (kind of a pet peeve of mine) he is a great guy with a lot of potential in his field of expertise.

Another great thing about attending the conference was reconnecting with several professionals in my field who have become great friends and a huge support system for me.  We have formed a great bond over many late nights of drinking and singing.  That bond continues to grow strong as we open up our personal lives and invite them to spend time in it away from work.  Our careers don't take a back seat to our friendships but they get better and more defined.  We have learned how to mold our professions into something that we want to share, we want other people to be excited about, and we want to help others succeed.  The gap between work life and personal life begins to shrink because these amazing friends are part of both worlds.

I left last Wednesday and I woke up that day like it was Christmas morning.  Super excited to be in colder weather and surrounded by people who are truly inspiring.  I can't wait to see these amazing people again!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Raise Money for Implants

Did you know you can ask cyber space to help you raise money for breast implants?!  Seriously.

I'm kind of dumbfounded that people actually give money to complete strangers for this type of thing.  Then I'm even more dumbfounded that I have not done this.  I don't mean beg strangers for breast implants (and I use "beg" loosely because there is no effort in having a website do the begging for you) but I would like to start raising funds for the following causes:
  • Get me out of debt!
  • My house needs a new roof!
  • My driveway needs to be replaced!
  • I want to decorate my house with really expensive furniture and art!
  • I think I would look good in a convertible!
  • There is a killer dress at Nordstroms and I don't want to break my bank to buy it so I'll break yours!
  • Backyard chickens need feed!
The list could go on and on.  I put an exclamation at the end of each item because it allows you to read that sentence with excitement.  Instead "BOOB IMPLANTS!" it reads "BACKYARD CHICKEN FEED!"  See?!  Very exciting.

If you need to throw some money at someone I am that someone.  Bill Gates, this post is directed towards you!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Shower is Cleaner Than Your Shower

As I was wasting away hours of my life on Pinterest the other day I came across a pin for this lovely tidbit, http://thecraftpatch.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/pinterest-tested-tub-cleaner.html.  This blogger tests Pinterest items and states how well they work.  She did this one for a tub cleaner.


She claimed it work, I had a tub that needed to be cleaned, vinegar was in the pantry, and blue Dawn was under the kitchen sink.  Can't really say "no" when you have everything on hand.


I made the mixture (equals part heated vinegar to blue Dawn) and sprayed the bath tub generously.  I also tried it out on my shower glass door.  I let it sit for over an hour and went back through to marvel at the progress.


The tub actually looks a lot better.  I'll probably do another application but it is noticably cleaner.  I will definitely be treating myself to a bubble bath one day soon.


As for the shower, HOLY COW!  It works!  I didn't take a picture of the tub but I should have.  I did take a picture of the shower, though.  I did the glass part on the right first.  When I saw how well it worked I had to hurry and do the left side.  After I sprayed the left side I realized I need to take a picture to show how well it works.  The shower looks like it did when I first moved in.  Pretty awesome!
I'm definitely sold on this concoction of vinegar and Dawn.  So easy and no elbow grease needed.  Another Pinterest idea was to apply RainX on the shower glass.  I might have to do that next time!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Quick Dish: Avocado Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

I did not come up with this recipe but I'm so glad I made this dish.  Super simple.  Super quick.


I am a devote customer of Greenling which delivers produce to your doorstep.  I get the local box of produce because the fun thing about the local box is that I never know what I'm going to get but it will always be in season.  The box also includes recipes for the produce that have been delivered. 


Last night I made avocado stuffed portabella mushrooms.  They are A-MAZING!


2 portabella mushrooms
1 avocado
1/2 1015 onion
1 clove of garlic
2 ounces of ricotta cheese or goat cheese (I did ricotta)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  While the oven is heating, mince the garlic and onions and sauté with the olive oil over medium heat.  Peel and pit the avocado and cut into small cubes.  Pull the stems off the portabella mushrooms and scrape the gills out with a spoon.  Combine the avocado, sautéed onions and garlic, cheese, lime juice and salt in a bowl.  Divide the mixture between the mushrooms caps.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Serve warm and enjoy.
I put my mushrooms in foil in case any juice leaked out.  Plus, I got a little too excited when scraping out the gills and ended up breaking a piece of the mushroom.  The foil held it all together while in the oven.  In my Greenling box I received the mushrooms, avocados and onions.  Everything else I had on hand. 
It is seriously a delicious meal; very filling but not heavy.  I love mushrooms and I love avocados.  Kind of a match made in heaven!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Folks, it is Monday.  The worst day of them all!

Let's recap my Monday and how it has progressed so far.  Remember it is not quite noon.
  • Roach in my kitchen.
  • Tried to kill roach in my kitchen with curse words and shoe throwing.
  • Finally killed roach by emptying a can of Raid on it.
  • In a fit of Raid spraying hell I sprayed Raid in my already washed and styled hair.
  • Kitchen floor is super slick from Raid spray. 
  • Kitchen sink plumbing is still broke from last night.  Will probably attract more bugs by the time I get home.
  • I grated a piece of my hand on a cheese grater yesterday and the flesh wound keeps banging into my work desk.
  • My advanced computer skills are now best described as a monkey bashing on a keyboard.
  • People around me are cheerful.  Quite the contrary to my current state.
If any day should have a restart button ... today would be it.