Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Worst Blogger Ever

When things get busy, Abby falls off the face of the blogosphere.

With Christmas, and being home for the wedding, I have totally failed at my blog updates. However, I figure someone out there reads this (I know this since I have friends who quote my blog posts to me sometimes), so I might as well update.

1. Christmas has come and gone, which means I can get myself back on the healthy eating bandwagon and start prepping for my flyboy to come home. Of course I can't get into any specifics, but I am getting pumped. Which leads to.....

2. My flyboy is coming home! I can't express how thrilled I am. I haven't cried many tears, and I held most of them in the day he left, so I am pretty sure when I see him my eyes will be floating out their sockets cause several months of pent up tears will be flowing out. The difference is these will be happy tears.

3. I am headed to Colorado on Thursday for a few glorious days with a few of my favorite people. I seriously wish my boy would be there, since we have spent the last 4 New Years together, and this 5th one will be our first apart. However, please refer to #2.......my excitement cannot be squashed :)

4. I have spent the last month watching One Tree Hill from start to finish. I am now in the 6th season. I am thoroughly enjoying it, and even better, I gave up on the show the first time around during the 1st or 2nd season. So after that point, it was all new! So not only is it a great show, it's a show I've never seen before. (I have a tendency to rewatch and reread).

5. I am finishing book #46 for the year today. My goal was 50 new books, and I am not sure that I'm going to make it......that's 4 books in 4 days! But with travelling and snow lodges and warm fires in Colorado, I think I stand a chance. Plus, the ultimate goal was 100 books during my 101 in 1001, and as soon as I finish book #46, I will be at 70 for my 101 in 1001 goal!

That's the basic gist of my life at the moment. I'll try not to be a stranger!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Win of the week? I got a new phone! Merry Christmas to me!


I was debating for a long while between the iPhone 4s and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has an Android operating system. I have had an Android phone for 2 years, so I am pretty partial. However, the iPhone is just so shiny and pretty!

After lots and lots of mental debating, scouring the internet, and trying to convince C to decide for me, I settled on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! So far, I am loving it. I am totally hooked on Android, especially how instantly everything syncs up with Google! It was a super smooth transition between phones.

I should also add that this was an impulse buy......I may have had a few drinks at Kathy and Zach's wedding and dropped my phone a million times, to the point that it wouldn't turn on :) Guess it's a good thing I didn't get a new phone BEFORE the wedding?

Android is definitely winning in my book :)



Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wedding of the century!

Well, I have been gone for a while. But I have a good excuse. My time at home has been spent seeing people and preparing for the wedding of the century! (That is how my dad referred to it, and it was such a beautiful wedding, I would say he was right!)

The wedding was amazing, and I am so thrilled I got to be a part of Kathy and Zach's special day! Everyone was so amazingly happy for them......they have been friends since kindergarten, and been together off and on since middle school. This has been a long time coming and I am so extremely happy for them!

Most of us started out in the morning at a salon to get our hair done, and then we headed to the reception site to get dressed and get our makeup done. Then it was off to the Basilica! It was a chilly winter day, and we took a variety of pictures outside.....here's hoping that we aren't all grimacing in the wind!

Check out a few pictures!

The bride and me at the rehearsal dinner

Here comes the bride!

Isn't she beautiful?

My parents and me

plus Nonay

Mom and me

Faja and meee

The Matron of Honor and me.....I am lucky to have Melissa as a friend

Father Daughter dance (and a back view of the gorgeous dress)

heyyy!

Last dance of the night! The beautiful bride in her second dress, dancing with her new husband.




Monday, December 12, 2011

B-more!

I am Baltimore bound in the morning!

I am ridiculously excited to get back to all things home!

My maintenance supervisor asked me where I was going, and I said "Baltimore". He said "Where??" and I repeated myself. "Baltimore".

He then looked at me with a strange look and said "Walmart?"

Apparently my Baw-di-more accent threw him off.

In the land of the Texas accent, I am the one they can't understand???

Can't wait to get back home to those who sound just like me :)

Plus, wedding bells are ringing this weekend for one of my best friends! Yayyy!



Saturday, December 10, 2011

PANCAKES!

In an attempt to make myself feel more at home on Thanksgiving, I decided to make pancakes. I don't necessarily always eat pancakes on Thanksgiving, but my parents usually make a pretty good breakfast on holidays. In fact, I usually eat at IHOP with my friends on Thanksgiving, so I pretty regularly have pancakes on Turkey Day.

I decided to use a recipe from the Pioneer Woman, and it was DELICIOUS! Unfortunately, I ended up with a load of extra batter that I never ended up making pancakes out of. So it's definitely a better recipe for more than one......maybe next time I can cut it in half.

I also fail at making pancakes, so mine blobbed together in the pan. But they were light and fluffy and delicious, and I didn't even need butter or syrup on top! This is a huge feat, since I can mess up most pancake recipes. Mine usually end up pretty dense.

I totally recommend this recipe! I ate the pancakes along with some mimosas, which I also recommend :)

I let it sit in the fridge overnight, and they were still delicious in the morning!
Mushing together in the pan!
golden brown nom nom nom!





Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Workout Idea

I've been in a major slump, and it has not been kind to my waistline. I am totally lazy about my eating and activity, and can't seem to make myself care too much lol.

So my trusty workout sidekick gave me a few workout ideas from across the globe. I tried it out for the last two days, and I am finding that it is a great strengthening workout to do, in my out of shape condition, while it is too cold in Abilene to go running. (Who knew that could happen?)

Take a deck of cards and pick an exercise for each suit. C suggested flutter kicks, sit ups, push ups, and squats/lunges. Shuffle the deck and start flipping over cards, doing however many of whichever exercise. So if I decide hearts are going to be pushups, and I flip the 8 of hearts, I do 8 pushups.

If you do the whole deck, you are hardcore. Face cards count for 10, and if you are feeling adventurous, aces can be 15. So if you get through the whole deck, you have done 99 of each exercise! And if you get to that point, you might as well throw in one more to get to an even 100.

I started off on Monday with cards 2-6 of each suit, which was 20 of each exercise. It was pretty easy, despite my total lack of arm and ab muscles. Yesterday, I added cards 7 and 8, so that took me up to 35 of each exercise!

I have determined that my stomach muscles are totally wimpy, and my arms are too wimpy for pushups. But two days in a row, I have committed to exercise, albeit short exercise. So yay for progress!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

I have this good trait.....I like vegetables. I enjoy vegetables. I like all kinds of vegetables.

And since I am always attempting to lose weight, I love finding good veggie recipes. So when I found this one for balsamic and parm roasted cauliflower, I was pretty jazzed to try it and see if it was as good as it sounded.

I will happily let you judge me for thinking cauliflower is good :) I got the recipe from Pinterest, and the recipe itself is from eatingwell.com.

You will need a large head of cauliflower, although I decided to wing it and use two heads of cauliflower. Next time, I would probably stick with one and see how it effects the taste (since I didn't alter the measurements of any other ingredient). However, I'm not even a little convinced I had 8 cups of cauliflower. So the gist is, wing it on how much cauliflower you use.

You also need::

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Cut up the cauliflower and then mix up the oil, marjoram, salt, and pepper and toss it with the cauliflower. I used a freezer bag and flipped it all around in there to mix it up. Then, lay the cauliflower on a cookie sheet or baking stone and cook it at 450 for 15-20 minutes.

After that, I dumped it in a bowl, since I didn't want to put hot cauliflower in a plastic bag. You add the balsamic and parmesan at this point, and mix it well again. Then, put it back on the cookie sheet and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

I increased my cooking times a bit, and it didn't seem to hurt.

Once I pulled them out of the oven, I let them cool for about 10 seconds before I had to try one.

LOVED IT. I pretty much love anything with balsamic vinegar on it. I might try it without the parmesan next time, since it would make it a bit healthier and I just wasn't in love with the cheesy taste.

Overall.....definitely recommend it!


first round in the oven!

finished product!




Sunday, December 4, 2011

Update:: While C is Gone.....My 101 in 1001 progress!

Here is a little reminder of a post I wrote on September 3.


While C is gone, I want to::
Read another 25 books
Complete a 10k
Skydive (since I KNOW he doesn't want to go with me!)
Go wine tasting
Go one week without spending money
Watch another 10 new movies
Donate blood
Adopt a child for the holiday season
Ride a motorcycle (my brother has one now!)
Take a cake decorating class.


Since then, I have made a teeny bit of progress!
I have read 17 books and adopted a child for the holiday season since he left!


I guess that's not much progress.


I will admit I am full of excuses, but now that Thanksgiving has passed and I got rid of the nasty cold I had, I am going to get out and run more! I actually miss running! Who knew that was possible? I still want to get to 10k status before C gets home. Hopefully it's still possible!


As far as skydiving goes, I have it on my Christmas list, so we'll see!


I think I am going to wait until January to attempt a week without spending money....the holidays are coming up fast, I can't go a day without spending money!


Everything on that mini list is still hopefully going to be done by the time C gets home! Books will definitely be done, as I am 11 books away from my goal of reading 50 books in 2011, and I am also 11 books away from my mini goal to read 25 more books while C was gone.


Fingers crossed I can get everything accomplish! I have just under a year left to finish my 101 in 1001 list!


Friday, December 2, 2011

60. Adopt a child for the 2010 holiday season

This isn't my favorite post to write, cause this is something I would rather just do quietly. However, since it is on my 101 list, that means I not only have to blog about it (#64) but I want to blog about it! I want to share my 101 progress :)

So this year, I decided to sponsor a child for the holiday season. What I was looking for when I wrote this task down was a Christmas gift sponsorship program sort of thing. Luckily, I found a program being done by JCPenney and the Salvation Army....an online Angel Giving Tree!

You can put your own zipcode or city/state in and find deserving kids in your area, or you can give back in another area. Since I am an Abilene resident now, I decided that I should give in Abilene. When I put in my zip,  the kids that popped up were pretty vague. When I checked out the website further, sometimes specific children are on the website with specific Christmas wishes, but sometimes they are generic needs, possibly for charities or unspecified children. Everyone in Abilene was asking for shoes and socks.

I decided to pick two children, so I picked a boy and a girl who popped up on the page. There were no pictures, names, or sizes......just an age and gender. So first, I had to google to see what size feet 3 year olds have :)

Then, thanks to JCP's free shipping for the Angel Giving Tree program, I made my purchases right from the Penney's website. I found cute but practical shoes for a 3 year old boy and a 3 year old girl and purchased 4 pairs of shoes total and 12 pairs of socks! Then, I just punched in the Salvation Army shipping address and voila! Shoes and socks are heading to some deserving little kids this year, and it was so easy!

I would have preferred to know more about the children I was buying for, or have some toys on the list, but I feel good about making a practical but so very necessary gift to some children in Abilene. Plus, when I searched in my parents zip code, the wish lists were much more specific, so other areas in the country might have some "better" (I use that term very loosely) lists  to go off of!

I encourage everyone I know to participate in this program......knowing I made a different for some kids this holiday season is awesome!



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Eric liked it so he put a ring on it.

I have exciting news!

My dearest dearest bestest friend, Shannon, is tying the knot! And she is marrying a guy I have known since I was about.....8? Since my brother started Boy Scouts with the aforementioned guy.

As of last Saturday, it has been 5 years since I introduced the two of them over Thanksgiving break, while Eric was home for the Air Force Academy and Shanonay was home from college. Who knew it would be such an important introduction??



I believe this is the night they met! Clearly meant to be :)

Eric proposed on Saturday with a beautious diamond, and Shannon said yes!



This all also happens to go back to my 101 list! 72. Sign Shannon up for four weird magazines/email lists. I may or may not have just registered her for theknot.com :)


shlove :)



Monday, November 28, 2011

Seasonal Decorations

I bought some seasonal home decor lately that I am super in love with.

The favorite purchase by far was the glass pumpkins below. I got them at a store called Earthbound in The Mall of Abilene, and I bought them after Halloween, so they were on clearance! I think they are beautiful and can last me all of Fall!

I also impulsively bought a little candy dish at TJ Maxx today! Perfect for the Halloween time frame.


I picked up these reindeer today at TJ Maxx today too! They are bigger than they look in the picture, and will look great on my bookshelf! I am so thrilled that we have a TJ Maxx now so I can reclaim my inner Maxxinista!


I still have my pumpkins out, but this weekend will be time for me to switch everything over to Christmas decorations! I can't wait to post pictures of my decor!




Saturday, November 26, 2011

10 Day Challenge:: Day 8


Day 8:: 3 Films

To keep it fun, I will link to favorite scenes in each movie :) And I will pick movies that are so bad they are great, all of which Shannon and I (and sometimes Richard) quote to this day.

3. Bride and Prejudice The Cobra Dance





Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I am sad to not be at home, celebrating with my family, but I can't be too sad since I have so many things to be thankful for.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my boy, for our love, and for the life we are building together. After so much time spent apart, I am thrilled to be moving forward together, even if he is currently living in the sandbox.

I am thankful for my family, especially my mom and dad, since I wouldn't make it through this life without them. I know they are always on my side and I will always have them when I need them.

I am thankful for my Abilene friends, who have made getting through this deployment possible. Without people here, I would be lost.

I am thankful for Shannon and Dani and Jimmy and all of my non-Abilene specific friends.....I miss you all constantly.

I am thankful for a good job and the ability to support myself.

And even though I can't be home today, I am extra thankful that in less than 3 weeks, I will be back in Baltimore for a whole week, getting to celebrate the love of two amazing friends.

Oh and I'm thankful for a long weekend :)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Let me know what you are thankful for today!

I am also thankful for every time I have gotten to spend a holiday with my boy :)





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

10 Day Challenge:: Day 7


It has come to my attention that I forgot to finish this :)

I am on Day 7: Four Books.

This is appropriate, since I am currently a reading machine, trying to reach my 50 book goal in 2011.

1. Harry Potter. Although this is technically 7 books, I thought it would be lame to write "Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter." These books will always live on my bookshelf so that I can enter the world of HP whenever I want.

2. Roses by Leila Meacham. I enjoyed Roses because it was historical fiction. Most of the book took place in the early-mid 1900s. I love historical fiction, and this book was long but held my attention the whole time.

3. The Help. Some of you have probably seen the movie, but I strongly suggest the book. It is even more awesome than the movie.

4. Lamb by Christopher Moore. This book is the Gospel according to Christ's childhood best friend, Biff. It is hilarious without being blasphemous :) I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and made C read it too.




Sunday, November 20, 2011

Toms


I finally got the Toms I have been dying for!

I wen to Fort Worth with Victoria yesterday to do a little shopping, since both of us feel deprived in Abilene. And of course I did some impulse shopping!

I found a really cute store that sold Toms and Vera Bradley (among other things haha) and also found a Nine West that had a clearance sale going on! So I also got a pair of wedges there! And Ann Taylor Loft had a clearance sale, where I bought a shirt!

So overall, a successful weekend shopping trip!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It smells so yummy....

I got a new Scentsy warmer for my office!

I didn't have a Scentsy warmer in  here before, I just had a candle warmer. And I constantly forgot to turn it off and feared I would burn the whole place down!

But my new Scentsy plug-in warmer arrived yesterday and I have been basking in the smell of Sentimental Cider since then. It seriously smells so good.

I am still debating whether I want to sell Scentsy or not. But I want to smell it forever!