Monthly Archives: June 2012

Happy Saturday ya’ll!

It’s the last day of June so it’s time for another Food Pen Pals reveal. I had such a good time in May that I thought I would give it a go this month as well. And I certainly wasn’t let down. Jolynn from Lift Pray Love did such an awesome job with my package.

Jolynn! I love your handwriting!

We had a good conversation as to what I liked. I informed her that I like hunting for local foods and that I’m a novice runner looking for good running fuel. Let’s get to the inside for all the goodies.

What some of you may not know is that I lived in Iowa when I was younger.  I’m familiar with all the small Amish communities there. Years ago, my dad, brother and I would head to Amana, IA every once in a while to pick up local foods and check out the amazing little shops. The Amish seriously know how to make, bake and create. This package reminded me of this sweet memory. I love knowing that we can all support the local community. Plus, the food is usually awesome!

The List:

Turtle Acres Strawberry Jelly: I absolutely love this jelly. It’s homemade with no sugar added. The ingredients? Apple, pear, strawberry and kiwi! YUM!

Larabar Uber Bananas Foster: This was eaten immediately. I was pleasantly surprised how delicious it was.

Archer Farms Cinnamon Vanilla Nut: This flavor sounds absolutely amazing. I make coffee every morning before work so this will definitely come in handy.

Homemade Apple Butter: There’s three ingredients: apples, apple cider and spice. It’s nice to have something that’s so naturally. Plus this comes from one of those Amish villages that I love so much.

Honey: Joe loves honey so this will be gone very soon. I love honey, too, so it’s a win-win.

St. Dalfour Kumquat Jelly: I haven’t tried this, but I’m always game for trying something new.

Granola: I add granola to yogurt and cottage cheese. It’s got that little crunch that makes any food just a little bit better. The granola is all gone. I downed that pretty quickly.

Nail Polish 🙂 How awesome is Jolynn for included some nail polish? And the color is awesome. I think I say awesome on here too much. I’m currently wearing this color. Thank you, Jolynn!

*Not shown cuz I’m a noob* Flavored honey sticks: She included some flavored honey sticks. I haven’t tried these, but she suggested topping some ice cream with them. Will do!

Thank you so much, Jolynn! You did such a great job putting the foodie package together. I truly loved everything!

Isn’t this such a fun little bloggie project? If you’d like to join, go visit Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean for more information. And here’s the premise straight from Lindsay herself: In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Come join the party! Now, go check out what I sent to Heather at Living it Write.


I think this Friday deserves 2 high fives. We officially made it through another week. Boy, I’m livin’ the dream! Let’s get to my 5 favorites from the lovely Lauren of From My Grey Desk.

{ONE:} I registered and started a team for the Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K run/walk in October. The participation was a no-brainer considering one of my dear friends was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks ago. The outpouring of support has been so surreal and completely amazing. I’ll have a separate post about all the details next week.

{TWO:} I felt like a rebel this week. The Photo A Day challenge is coming to a close tomorrow. Wednesday’s photo was “bathroom.” There was no way I was going to find something creative in that room. Sorry, but not sorry. I ended up taking a photo of the light fixture in the bathroom. I simply bent the rules a smidge. Or did I? I wasn’t about to take a picture of the sink/shower/toilet or the many products I use to make this face look glam.

{THREE:} I’m greatly looking forward to the weekend. This week has been a slow one and I’m in need of a little pick-me-up. Cue the lake. Saturday will be filled with sun, swimming and fireworks to finish the night off. It’s going to be good.

{FOUR:} I’m closing in on my 100th post! Exciting, right? I’m coming up with ideas on what I should post. Any ideas from the peanut gallery?

{FIVE:} July is going to be a great month. We’ve got our wonderful Independence Day as well as many other awesome plans in the works. I’m running another 5K on the 15th and later that week I’m heading to the biggest honky tonk for some Texas country music and two-steppin. We’ve also got back-to-back baseball games the last weekend in July. It’s going to be the perfect weekend of beer and baseball. Now that’s my kinda month!

I know I should be posting about barbecues, days at the lake and drinking by the pool considering it’s summer. I don’t like to be predictable.

Today, I bring you my favorite summer t.v. shows. Yes, this Texan (and Iowan) likes to enjoy her summers indoors in our dark cave living room. Plus, I’m Swedish. I don’t like this pale beautiful, milky skin to be out in the hot sun for too long. I don’t think I could rock sun spots and wrinkles.

I take that back. I’m not a fan of permanent leather.

Moving on. Let’s get to the good stuff.

So You Think You Can Dance

Season 9 kicked off a month ago with auditions all over the country. Yes, it’s a dance competition and it’s way cooler than Dancing with the Stars! Last night, the final top twenty contestants were chosen to be a part of the live show. They’re doing this season different because Mr. Big Buck$ in the Fox Channel offices decided to only give them one night a week instead of the typical two. How come American Idol gets three nights? There’s WAY too many singing shows.  Anyway, there will be two winners this year, a guy and a girl. I’m not crazy about this. The point is to compete and now the dancers only have to compete against their gender. This cuts the competition in half. It’ll be interesting to see how this change is implemented throughout the coming weeks.

I’m rooting for this kid. Cyrus.

Big Brother Season 14 returns to CBS on July 12th!

Okay, this is my trashy guilty pleasure. I got into this show a few seasons ago from a friend who LOVES this show. People are locked up in a house all summer with no outside influences (t.v., radio, movies, books, internet, etc.). The game is filled with crazy characters, feisty arguments, wit, trickery and secret alliances. And you can’t forget all the awesome, wacky games the producers of this show come up with. It’s so much awesome that the show gets three nights a week! Take that FOX!

Glee Project

You should all know that I absolutely love Glee. Take Glee and put a realty t.v. spin on it and you have the Glee Project. Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, wanted the characters to move on after they graduated high school. This meant fresh actors after a few years. That’s where the Glee Project comes in. Once again, it’s another competition. Take singing, acting and dancing and you get the triple threat. This is exactly what Ryan wanted. The winner or winners get roles on the show. The first season, four people got parts on the show. It’s an interesting concept to push current actors out to bring in new ones. We’ll see how that works out.


Wilfred premiered last week and FX seriously knows how to make my sarcastic-narcissistic alter ego very happy. It’s so weird that it’s so good. Get it? This is the only non-realty show I have on this list. Wilfred is about Ryan (Elijah Wood), a suicidal, unemployed lawyer who hangs out with his neighbors dog, Wilfred. The twist is that everyone around Ryan sees Wilfred as just a dog while he sees Wilfred as an Australian man in a dog suit. Ryan can’t decide if Wilfred is real or a part of his sub-conscience.

Since temperatures are well over the triple digits in Texas, settling in for some good, trashy t.v. is my oasis. What are your favorite shows during the summer?

A friend of mine and I are frozen yogurt lovers. We like to get together at the nearest frozen yogurt place and spend a good hour chatting away. So, I want to have a frozen yogurt date with you all today. It’s kind of like this post from a while back.

After driving a whopping 10-15 minutes to meet you, I’d move in for a hug. I like hugs. Deal with it.

I’d ask how you feel about the Texas heat. My reply would be it’s taken until late June for the Texas weather to reach the triple digits. This is a blessing for us Texans. Just sayin.

We’d grab a cup and more than likely I’d need to sample a few fro-yo flavors before settling on chocolate, mocha or a fruity flavor, depending on my mood. I’d top it with strawberries, coconut, sprinkles and a couple of those Reeses peanut butter crumbles. Yum.

We’d sit down and stay silent for about 2-3 minutes. Why? Because I like to scarf down my food. I don’t like to be bothered. We’ll get to the conversation, don’t worry.

This is what I look like when I’m diving into some food:

The silence leads to a “Whatcha been up to, lately?” question.

I’d ask you first so I could savor a few minutes of my half-eaten yogurt.

I’d mention my recent employment. I’d tell you how happy I am now that my life feels a bit more complete. You know that feeling, right?

We’d talk about latest jokes, family, friends and recent weekend trips to our favorite breakfast spots. Original Pancake House FTW!

And then I’d tell you this story:

Last weekend, Joe and I were invited to a house warming party hosted by one of Joe’s good guy buddies from work. I don’t see these lovely people enough so I was looking forward to catching up. We arrived with alcohol. A bottle of Riesling for her and a 12-pack of Stella for him. Here’s how the conversation went with the Mrs.

Mrs.: “Hey! How are you?”
Me: “Good.”
Mrs.: “Congratulations…”
Me: “Oh, thanks so much!”
Mrs.: “…on your engagement!”
Me: “…”

I’d tell you 1. I’m not engaged and 2. I should really learn to let someone finish before her and I both make asshats out of ourselves. When she said congrats I thought she had recently learned of my employment gain in the last week. Nope. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that she made that mistake or how quickly Joe corrected her. Either way, it was some serious awkward 90 seconds. In Joe’s defense, I was just as quick to correct her. And one more thing. GURL! Does it look like I have a ring that would suggest he made that commitment?! Shut up! You’re gonna make the crazy b**** come out of me.

Rant over. My apologies.

As a girl, I’d OBVIOUSLY want your opinion about this situation.

We’d move on to other gossip and stories that are worth a good laugh as I scrape the bottom of my fro-yo bowl. Please ignore the slurping, scraping and mmmm’ing coming from my direction.

We’d sit for another 30 minutes or so reminiscing and chatting away. Us ladies can chat.

We’d have to say goodbye eventually, but not before we make another fro-yo date. I’m always down for a good chat and food in my belly. You know you like it, too.

Until next time!

I’ve heard it takes three weeks to get into a habit. For months, I’ve tried to work myself up into working out early in the morning. Some days, I feel really good and up for it while other days I’m exhausted and have little motivation to get out of bed at 5 a.m.

Since the morning routines weren’t working, after work routines were my next option. I’d come home around 5:30 p.m. and be in the gym by 6. I’d be back home around 7. After showering, I’d have to deal with dinner. Eating dinner around 8 isn’t always ideal, but it wasn’t horrible. The problem was I hated the in-between times that I was losing. The time it takes to drive home and get dressed had me losing about an hour of time.

To combat that hour I was losing with the commute home and getting my workout clothes on, I found a better solution that should work.

My new job has some nice benefits. The office building is an 8-story building consisting of mostly Wells Fargo employees. The lower level has a cafeteria and lounge area as well as a fitness center, my favorite part. I checked it out on Friday and decided that this place would be my new best friend.

Here’s my plan:

  • Get off work at 5 p.m.
  • Head to the fitness center
  • Workout for an hour
  • Be home by 6:30 p.m.

I gain that hour back from previously driving home and changing. The other plus is I don’t have to worry about rush hour traffic. Hopefully, it’ll all be clear by the time I head home around 6 p.m.

I have a really good feeling about this. I mean, the dang gym is a few floors away. All I have to do is bring my gym stuff and hit it hard. Done.

My mantra: