Tuesday, March 31, 2009

bear oil

today we listened to how to win friends and influence people at work. the irony of this had me in fits of laughter all day.

Chris had off of work today, so dinner was waiting for me when I got home. we had beef cubes and rice. he makes a wonderful sauce with lots of things in it, like wine and horseradish and who knows what else. he puts it all in the crock pot, and by the end of the day it is nothing short of amazing. and we bought the rice that you cook in a bag, so it turned out a lot better than our last try.

my new small group started officially today. we have workbooks and everything. I am pretty excited. it's called living beyond yourself, and it is really good so far. this woman, Beth Moore, is an amazing speaker. and she brings up things I wouldn't even have thought of. it's just really good.

Chris went to Steve's to (what else?) play Magic. he still isn't home, which is a shame because Mutz has vomited. it was there when I came home from work, and he had known about it for some time, yet it is still there. I think I will leave it there, he can deal with it when he comes home. it is a lesson in cleaning up cat vomit when it occurs, not letting it sit for 8 hours...

Monday, March 30, 2009

savage species

back to work today. however, there was an exciting announcement - we got an audiobook rental subscription. I am very happy about this. very happy. the day went so fast! we're gonna get one book a week, I think. this week it is pride & prejudice.

otherwise the day has been pretty standard. I am at Steve's house right now, waiting for Bobby to show up so we can continue with anime night. Chris and Steve are, of course, playing magic. I just don't get it, but we've been through that already.

we stopped at wendy's on the way here so Chris could get dinner. I ate at home because I have resolved to eat more healthily. also, I am burned out on most fast food. he got a baconator, which I tasted. it was pretty delicious, but it was so greasy! I mean, I only took one bite and it was all over my face and hands. it is not surprised to me that there are 830 calories and 51 grams of fat in there. goodness!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

like, real ones?

Chris worked again today, which sucked. I did so much stuff yesterday taht I didn't really feel like doing much of anything today. so I took my laundry over to my parents' house and just hung out while it was washing. it's a pretty good thing I did, too, because there were terrible storms with a tornado warning and huge hail. I probably would have been rather alarmed if I had been home by myself. Kylie took pictures of the hail and the creepy almost funnel clouds, but she hasn't sent them to me yet. maybe I will have them tomorrow.

Chris and I went out to dinner with Kylie and Mike tonight, which was a lot of fun. ever since I was small, I have imagined the day Kylie and I could go out and do things with our respective male counterparts, just like real grown-ups. finally, that dream has been realized. I am quite pleased. I dunno if they had as much fun as I did, but I hope so. I would like to go out with them frequently, I think.

but anyway, we went to T.G.I. Fridays. I got the parmesan-crusted chicken. it was pretty good. and the tortelloni that came with it had red stripes, just like the T.G.I. Friday's logo. I thought that was really cute.

now, however, we are home, and all I can think of is work tomorrow. I hate sunday. monday hangs over it like a poison cloud, ruining everything. bah.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

that will be enough

did a lot of shopping today. first, we got up at 9:00 (pretty early for a saturday) to go grocery shopping before Chris had to go to work. it was ungodly full there, I did not have a good time.

after that my mum & I went to the kutztown art show to see my cousin's display. I bought a pin from her and a watercolor print from some guy I didn't know. then we went for lunch at the 5th street diner, home of God's own fries. they were delicious, as usual. I had a chicken cordon bleu sandwich. I have recently discovered that I love chicken cordon bleu, even though I don't like ham or swiss cheese. it is a mystery.

then we went shopping for stuff for my apartment. I bought curtains, fabric for other curtains, pantry shelves, and a bath mat. there are some other things I seill need, but I felt I had spent enough money for one day. also, I was getting pretty tired.

I have assembled the shelves and organized the pantry. it is nice, knowing food and things will not fall on me when I open the door. I also washed the dishes and straightened up the living room. I feel so much better when things are in order. Chris says that he feels bad when I spend my weekends cleaning and organizing this place, but honestly I mostly enjoy it. it is relaxing to sit down and see everything in its place. I haven't put the curtains up yet, though. I am thinking I might like to wait and put them all up at the same time, when the ones I bought fabric for are made. I dunno, though. I may not be able to wait that long. this place is pretty dreary...

Friday, March 27, 2009


today was one of those perfect days that are wonderful. the kind of day where I can hardly believe I am managing to pull all of this off. I am out on my own, doing what I want, and having a good time doing it. like, the simple fact that I moved out of my parents' house is a big enough deal. I had begun to worry that it would never happen, yet here I am. and I am doing a pretty decent job at it, if I do say so myself. I am paying the bills, but we still have plenty of money to do what we want. I am keeping this place decently tidy, but I still have time to do things I want to do. I am still eating, going to work, functioning in daily life. I have not had a nervous breakdown or encountered any things I couldn't accomplish. everything is working out, and I couldn't be happier about it. it's just really amazing to me, sometimes. and the fact that I get to do all of these things with that guy? life is good.

there are two problems I encounter, being so pleased by the general state of things. one of them is a never-ending fear that the other shoe is finally going to drop. I mean, after all, things can't just be great forever. eventually something is gonna suck hard enough to bring me permanently down, and I don't even want to think about what it could be. the second problem is that I cannot wait for the future. I mean, if we are managing things so well now, just imagine what it will be like when we have more money and more experience! it is almost incomprehensible.

but probably I should just stop thinking so much. I would probably be a lot better off if I would just take the time to enjoy things as they are rather than worry about (or look forward to) things that could happen. and that's what today was all about. just enjoying the simple fact of a wonderful day.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

is it a shark?

Chris is playing through FFX so that I can watch it. I often prefer to watch games than play them, sort of like a movie. this works out well for both of us.

we had Potato Flake Fried Chicken for dinner tonight. we used four cheese potato flakes rather than regular old boring ones. it was pretty good, although it didn't get as crispy as I would have liked.

my birthday gift from Chris came in the mail today. he will not leave me alone about it. he wants me to open it now, rather than waiting all the way til my birthday next Friday. he does not seem to understand that the anticipation is a large part of the fun. I don't know how long I will be able to hold up under his constant insisting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

why are we watching commercials?

tonight is wings night, so we went to the Summer Palace Asian Buffet for chinese (wings hasn't been about actual wings for years now - it's just what we call going out for dinner on a wednesday as a group). it's my favorite chinese place around here for the simple fact that they have sugared peanuts.

we're at Steve's house now. we were watching Heroes, but it is over now. I am on his laptop watching South Park. everyone else is playing Magic: The Gathering, which is super-lame. they're all in this big mania over it again. there was a big lull in Magic activity for a few years now, but it seems to be back with a vengeance. this is one of the only geek activities they engage in that I really just can't get into. it's just so silly. I mean, so much thought goes into it. there are all these rules and stuff that you have to remember. that in itself is more than I am looking for in a hobby. but the amount of money they are willing to spend on a flimsy little piece of cardboard is ridiculous to me. like, warhammer 40k (gamesday, wooooo!) is expensive, I won't deny that. but 40k miniatures are like tiny little works of art. you can paint them and make them look amazing. and they are, or used to be, metal, which is somewhat more substantial than measly paper. I dunno, perhaps this is a dumb argument. regardless, that's how I feel.

although I suppose 40k has a lot of rules to remember, too. to be fair, I don't really play 40k. I just enjoy the art and the universe and the background fluff.

anyway, my point is that I am very bored and I want to go to bed. but I am a hostage. Chris drove us here, and he is very engrossed in his game. also, I feel bad making him stop just because I think the game is boring. I tried suggesting I just go home after wings rather than sitting here bored, but I was apparently vetoed. they are all on me to play, but it is just not going to happen. it doesn't make sense, though. Chris is always telling me that he is concerned that I don't like half the things we do, that I am just humoring him. I assured him that this is not the case. but when I actually make it quite clear how I feel about this, that I really think it is lame, he tries repeatedly to change my mind. would he really rather I pretend to like it, the very thing he was trying to make sure wasn't going on? men are impossible to decode.

whee oohh, it looks like they are finished. I get to go to bed soon!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

1st post!

Chris and I made a quiche tonight.

there is a point of contention between us as far as dinner is concerned. I want to make a menu so that we know ahead of time what we are having during the week and can plan for it. you know, in the sense that we can buy proper ingredients and set aside enough preparation time for things. well, this week I put my foot down. we have two, maybe three, nights of eating at home this week, so we decided upon two meals and went grocery shopping with them in mind.

one of the meals we decided on was a quiche. we couldn't agree on any of the recipes that I found, so we decided to create our own. about.com says that a quiche is basically 4 eggs and 1 cup of milk, so we just went from there. this is what we came up with. let me tell you, it is pretty awesome. Chris ate, like, half of it.

my mum was over a little while ago. we fed some of it to her and she thought it was great - and she doesn't even like pie crust. I don't think she was humoring us, she seemed to genuinely enjoy it. we sent some more home for my dad, hopefully he will also have great things to say about it.