Monday, July 27, 2009

all you have to offer

Harry Potter night was a success, I think. we didn't finish all the movies because Chris is lame, but we got through the first three at least. I drove all the way out to Steve's by myself (since Chris was working) and then Steve and I went to get supplies. I didn't end up making any snacks, since it was too late by the time I worked up the motivation, so we just bought regular snacks. we did, however, make butterbeer. it was amazing. I am going to need to buy some cream soda and butterscotch schnapps to keep at home so that I can drink it all the time. goodness!

Sunday Chris had to work again, so I slept til 2:00 in the afternoon. not long after I woke up, Kim called and I went to hang out with her. Dustin had abandoned her to play M:tG. we decided that we will probably go to the beach next Saturday, since Dustin will be in Boston with Steve, for more lame M:tG. when Dustin got home, we ate some pasta salad and watermelon and decided we would al go to On The Border for dinner. I went home to meet Chris and let him know of these plans. he was agreeable. there were some awesome thunderstorms all day, with equally awesome cloud formations. I took some pictures in the OTB parking lot:
storm,thunderstormstorm,thunderstorm
dinner was delicious, as usual. that place never disappoints. we got OTB Dip Trio for an appetizer. I had Savory Chicken Taco Melt. for dessert we shared the Chocolate Turtle Empanadas.

today Chris had off, so dinner was waiting for me when I got home. fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, yum! and so healthy! just the thing I should be eating when our trip to the beach is two weeks away... we got some more house links from our realtor, which is exciting. I told her we are interested in three of them, hopefully we can go look at them soon. we measured the apartment, so that we can compare our current room sizes to those in our potential homes. it turns out our rooms are a lot smaller than I thought. I am a terrible estimator of sizes. our bedroom is 12x13, our living room is 17x13, our kitchen is 13x13, and our bathroom is 8x7. pretty small. we're living in, like, 600 square feet of space.

now we are at SteveMikeBobby's house for anime, but Bobby is not home yet so we have to wait. laaaaaame.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

unacceptable

my poor heart is broken. we went to see some houses last night, the house that I have been referencing was one of them. that place is in no way habitable. there are no walls on the first floor, just skeletal wooden outlines strung through with electrical cord veins. there are holes in the floors and walls on the second floor. the big original windows have been removed in favor of new plastic windows of standard size. there is ruination everywhere you turn. water damage, fire damage, foliage, cat pee. when we went in, the back door was hanging open, to give you an example. there was no kitchen. the bathtub was not actually hooked up to water, the toilet was full of stagnant black water. the backyard was overgrown and smelled as though something had died out there, which is quite possible. I had intended to take pictures, but I was too distraught to even think about it.

in some places, the original tile and patterned wood floors were still intact. this made it hurt ten times more, to see what it must have been. off the bathroom was a sun room with the original stained glass windows which led onto a second story wooden porch that overlooked the backyard. this was the worst part, to me. I could picture it, restored. I could picture myself on a warm summer weekend, showering, putting a robe on, and enjoying my tea on the back porch with a book. I'm just devastated.

people who have actually lost babies will probably find what I am about to say insulting, but to me that is how this feels. I feel like I have lost an unborn child. I have spent the last three months of my life building this place up, imaging our future in it. and now it is all gone. the parties I will never have, the tea I will never drink on that patio. the pond we will never put in. the Christmas decorations I will never put up. it's just too sad.

I guess I'm just gonna have to win the lottery tonight. there's no other way I will ever have enough money to fix it. no-one would ever dream of buying it in its current condition, and if something isn't done soon it will have to be torn down. it's nearly unsafe to walk around in now.

we looked at two other houses. the first one was really weird and badly situated for parking. the third one was okay, but all the floors were done in linoleum from the 50s and the rooms were long but narrow. Chris kinda liked it, but I am not overly enamored with the idea. I don't really have much interest in putting a lot of work into a house that I don't intend to live in forever. so I guess we keep looking. Chris picked up some real estate fliers last night at QC, so I'm going through them and looking up the MLS numbers of those that seem promising. the only good thing, I think, about seeing that place was that it will now be easier to look at more mundane houses, seeing as that one is entirely out of the question without a whole lot of money.

the thing is, the people who have that place (which Chris and I have taken to calling The Hateful Property) only bought it last December for $65,000. I looked it up because I am a creepy stalker. so they probably bought it intending to flip it, tore everything up, and then got bored with it and decided to sell it "as is". why would anyone do that to this poor house? it makes me sick to think of it. just sick.

anyway, I'm gonna go look at other houses and try to take my mind off of it. and also look for Harry Potter themed snacks for our Harry Potter movie night tonight. I hope I am able to stay up, although this is doubtful considering I woke up at 7:45 this morning. I went to bed last night at 10:30, I was too distressed to stay awake any longer. you'll never guess what I dreamed about all night...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

impervious to fire

yo.

we got pre-approved for a mortgage on Monday, which is terrifying and exciting. probably we will look at houses soon. scary!

on Monday I made dinner. crazy, isn't it? I made Honey Balsamic Chicken. here are some pictures!

all my ingredients:
ingredients

spices mixed together:
spices

boiling vegetables:
vegetables

cooking chicken:
chicken

finished!
honey balsamic chicken

it was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. I probably would have enjoyed it more if the loan guy hadn't called right before we ate and ruined my appetite with stress, but what can you do?

yesterday was Chris' late night, so I ate dinner at my parents' house. we had tuna melts, which were delicious. also, my books on home craft business arrived, which is exciting. I will be an internet millionaire in no time.

tonight we went to California Bar & Grill for wings. I got the same thing I usually do when we go there, the turkey bacon ranch flatbread sandwich. now I am here at SteveMikeBobby's house.

exciting week so far.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

she who paints the earth red

last night Shin came over, which was a pleasant surprise, and we went to V&S. then we went to SteveMikeBobby's to watch The Hunt for Red October. I liked it a lot, even though it wasn't something I would have thought to watch on my own. Brandon showed up and was drunk at us. it was a pretty good night.

today Chris and I went to his parents' house to feed their dogs. I took some pictures.

here are some miscellaneous cats and fish. from top to bottom: Shush, Runt, various pacus, and Bebe.
cats,fish

Tank and Essa. this is a good size comparison picture. Tank, who is largely wolf, is a huge animal.
wolf dog

me and Tank. again, note how ridiculously huge he is. I have been terrified of this guy for quite a while, but I think I am finally starting to get used to him. he's so friendly and scared of everything, but I can't help thinking how easily he could eat me...
wolf,dog

we also took The Beast for a brief ride to look at the house I mentioned yesterday, but those pictures didn't turn out so well (since I somehow had the camera on video mode...) so I won't be posting them.

you may have noticed that I am inexplicably wearing a winter hat in the middle of summer. it just so happens that I knitted that hat this weekend and am pretty darned proud of it. you can see it here on deviantART.

gotta go eat some pizza now. good night!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

nautical gypsy

operation left-over pulled pork was a delicious success. spent the rest of the night watching What Not to Wear and lounging about, which was nice since I do not get TLC at the apartment.

today has thus far involved a lot of lounging around as well. we meant to do things, but we only ended up going to Friendly's. I'm telling you, that place eats our motivation. I got the oriental chicken salad, which was really awkward because our waiter was Asian and I felt be calling it oriental since it is a somewhat inappropriate word.

we also drove past a dilapidated old Victorian house we are kinda interested in buying. it is seriously under priced and has been on the market since winter, which makes me think it is in pretty terrible shape, but I want it anyway. it is so big, much bigger than we could ever afford if it were in suitable shape. also, fixing up a fancy old house is something I have always wanted to do. it looks just like a big haunted house in a scary movie, it is so perfect. it would steampunk up nicely, I think. I am trying not to think about it, but it is very difficult.

in other news, here are some updated pictures of the cucumbers:
cucumbers

aren't they adorable? I am wondering how they will grow into big cucumbers, but I guess time will tell.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

pirating!

we made a sitr fry for dinner tonight. here are some pictures!

our non-meat ingredients:
soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, mesquite sauce, red wine, sugar peas, carrots, tiny corns, and cauliflower.
ingredients

and, of course, meat!
meat,steak

check out these awesome pictures of vegetables, courtesy of my new camera.
vegetables,sugar peas,carrots,corn,cauliflower

cooking. look at the vibrant colors!
cooking

the finished product. it was super-delicious.
finished product

it was extra-unbearable hot in here by the time we were done, so I allowed the air conditioner to be turned on. it is a red-letter day indeed!
too hot

and do you know what I did directly after we were done eating? I washed the dishes. it's amazing how much easier they are to clean when they haven't been sitting for a week... this checklist thing is working out wonderfully so far. I know it has only been five days, but I am optimistic about this.

operation left-over pulled pork is a go, which is nice.

I am feelin' a really strong hankerin' to draw, so I am gonna go do that. I will leave you with a picture of the view out the window over my sink. a window over the sink will definately be a new-house necessity. it would be too depressing to wash dishes while staring at a wall.
out my kitchen window

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

if it kills me

we're at SteveMikeBobby's house. they're playing M:tG, I am in the living room. for some reason So You Think You Can Dance is on. I've never watched it before, but it's kinda interesting. I mean, I probably wouldn't watch it on my own or anything, but it isn't making me wanna change the channel or anything. Chris, on the other hand, seems violently angry about it... anyway, some people just danced to If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz. I'd never heard it before, but I really really like it now that I have.

aaaaanyway, here's my food so far this week.

Sunday - Quiche

Monday - DiGiorno Stuffed Crust Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza. I had never eaten DiGiorno pizza before, but I would say their commercials are accurate. if I did not know better, I would have believed it was delivery. not, like, Pizza Hut or anything, but definitely a local pizza place or something.

Tuesday - laundry night at my parents' house. we had pulled pork, cucumber salad, and pasta salad. delicious!

Today - we went to Zia Maria for wings tonight. I got the same thing that I got last time, the Vesco sandwich.

the plan is to make a fancy business stir fry tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes. I bought my new camera today, so there should be pictures.

Mumma, I will probably call you about this, but if Chris goes to stupid Magic on Friday, can I come over and eat left-over pulled pork for dinner? otherwise I will go without dinner and starve!

we watched The Haunting in Connecticut on Tuesday. it was good, I really enjoyed it. however, I would just like to say that I think they make people in movies a lot braver than people in real life.

so far, the housekeeping list is working very well.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

catch-up post!

I've been slacking off again! nothing much of interest really happened this week. here's a review of dinners this week.

Monday - perdue chicken patties

Tuesday - spare ribs and corn on the cob @ my parents' house

Wednesday - AYCE pizza and stromboli buffet at Your Place

Thursday -prosciutto stuffed chicken @ Buca di Beppo w/ Chris' parents

Friday - turkey and provolone sandwich from Ando's @ my parents house

Saturday - more of the huge turkey and provolone sandwich

yesterday I broke my camera. I tripped over one of Chris' shoes and fell down, throwing my camera as I went. it landed on the open lens, which now won't open correctly. it opens and closes and beeps a lot. I was very distressed.

I spent most of the day trying to find a new one. I took one of Chris' 40k miniatures with me to test the macro setting. my mum, sister, and I first tried Target, since that is where I had gotten it in the first place. that, of course, was 2 years ago so they obviously didn't have anymore. they had some comparable ones, but I wasn't satisfied.

when Chris got home from M:tG, we went to Best Buy. I found one that is similar, but better, than the one I have now. of course, it is out of stock. I have never, ever been able to just go to Best Buy and buy what I want. I alway, always have to come back later. that is why I bought my now-broken camera at Target - Best Buy was out of stock. they should call that place Best Out of Stock. or perhaps Best Come Back Next Week. anyway, here is the camera I will probably be getting on Tuesday.

I finished the first week of my housekeeping schedule, by the way. it begins today! when I have a camera, I will take a photo. I think the camera mentioned about has a special setting for taking pictures of text documents. how exciting!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

stuff I bought

today was the kind of day I prefer - lots of shopping. we left around 11:30 this morning to go to Crafty by Nature, but decided that we would first go to Six Feet Under Games, since Chris has a gift card that's been burning a hole in his pocket. I always forget how long it takes to get there - the way we go takes about 45 minutes. he bought a bunch of M:tG-related stuff that I don't care about, as well as some tiny chains for 40k conversions. after that, we stopped at a Sheetz for some lunch. I had a turkey/bacon/provolone pretzel sandwich and an iced chai. Chris had chicken fingers and garlic fries. everything was delicious.

then we made our way back to Shupp's Grove for Crafty by Nature. honestly, the showing of "crafties" was less than impressive. there were only about six "cratfy" stands there, and none of them really stood out to me. to be fair, though, it was 2:30 by the time we actually got there and started walking around. there were lots of antiques and stuff, though, so it was a lot of fun anyway. I bought two cool things - a wooden carved cat and a box of old test tubes.
stuff I bought
the cat is adorable and I couldn't pass it up, but the test tubes are an awesome find. there's even a little cataloging sheet to go with it! super exciting.

after that we went grocery shopping, which is never a good time. it wasn't too bad today, though, so we made it through pretty quickly. and now we are home and I am not sure what to do with the rest of the evening. I think maybe I will go bother Chris...

fourth



yesterday was pretty good, as days go. Chris and I decided to put off grocery shopping, since Giant was full of last minute picnic shoppers. instead, we went to KFC for brunch. I am not usually in the habit of eating chicken and potato wedges at 11:30 in the morning, but what can you do? it was a very surreal trip to the KFC. the radio station they had on was playing all sorts of songs that sounded very nearly like 80s songs, but not quite right. it sounded like bands trying to emulate the 80s, you know? I am somewhat of an 80s song expert, and I did not recognize a single song. it was like being in the sims, with pretend songs meant to sound like real ones. so weird.

after that, Chris went to M:tG because he is lame. I went to my parents' house to help my mum get ready for the picnic. I also took a nap on their sofa, as is my way. eventually, people started showing up. I hung out there and ate their food until Chris finished M:tG and came over. he ate some food also, then we headed to Bobby's mom's house for more food. we walked to Community Days from there and eventually found the tarp my mum had put out earlier in the day. if you have never been to Community Days, I should tell you that tarps are necessary. otherwise, you will never get a seat.

while we were waiting for the fireworks to start, there was a UFO. I took a very terrible picture of it, which is in the slideshow.

the fireworks were awesome, as usual. I have never seen a better show than can be found at Community Days. seriously.

we went back to collect our cars and drove to SteveMikeBobby's house. the traffic was insane, as usual, but we got there eventually. they put on Yellowbeard, but I fell asleep on the recliner almost immediately, so I missed it. ah well.

all in all, it was a pretty good 4th of July.

Friday, July 3, 2009

slim fast

ah, Independence Day Eve, the most important day in ever American's year. a day when the privileged elite get a day off from work for no apparent reason. it is a wonderful day.

I began celebrating last night with a strawberry margarita and skittle shots. I then proceeded to sleep for 13 hours (10:30 pm - 11:30 am). I also washed dishes and put my clean clothes away (they have been sitting around since Tuesday). it has been a boring, but relaxing day.

I have been informed that the recent lack of updates has left the masses wondering what I have been eating. the answer? not a whole lot! I haven't been feeling great lately due to stress (I hope), but here is a list of things I have eaten for dinner this week, measly as it is.

Monday - I don't remember! I know I had a funnel cake at Community Days and some humus at the Wyo Diner, but I can't remember what we actually had for dinner. I will ask Chris when he gets home, he might remember.

Tuesday - scrambled egg sandwich at my parents' house.

Wednesday - went to Austin's for "wings". I had the Monterey Ranch Salad. it was pretty good, but the dressing was kinda weird and the chicken was reminiscent of lunch meat. it was huge, though, and the pine nuts were great.

Thursday - Chris made dinner, but decided the cheese he used had gone bad so we had to throw it out. I was pretty sad, it smelled good to me. we ended up getting Mama's pizza, since Ando's was closed. I had a garlic roll and a few bites of his chicken bacon ranch pizza.

Friday (today) - so far I have had half of a Slim·Fast cappuccino shake and a mint candy.

perhaps I should start review the places I eat at one of the many restaurant review sites floating around on the internet...

after being forced to use a Magic Eraser on my dishes this afternoon, I have decided my housekeeping skills might need a little help. as such, I am planning to compile a sort of housekeeping daily planner, complete with checklists. I have found that I am more likely to perform tasks if they are written down in list form so that I can check them off. anyone who has been to my apartment or cubicle at work has probably seen checklists. I think this probably was caused by the summer chore lists my mum used to make up where my sister and I could place star stickers next to the chores we completed. but anyway, I have been browsing around and have found some great examples online. I could just use one of those, but I think I would rather have something custom-made to fit my schedule. I will be using them as a guideline, however, as well as the Good Housekeeping how-to binder my mum bought for me. I am pretty excited about this.

I have also been checking out a lot of decorating sites today. I think a steampunk theme would be right up my alley, what with all the clutter and ridiculousness. now all I need is a house... ha.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

my canon

sorry about the lack of worthwhile posts. I am just very stressed, frustrated, angry, tired... take your pick. I'll try harder or something.