Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
My coworker has said more than once that he's excited to "go party." First, the guy's almost 50, and call me judgemental, but I think he's a wee bit old to be excited to "party." Second, the phrase gives me the heebie jeebies. You see, I dated a guy who liked to "party." Only when he did it, it meant not only drinking, but usually using another illegal substance of some sort.
While I can't believe I'm admitting this, I don't necessarily look down on the use of drugs in all instances. I believe that adults can be capable of using them (okay, more like weed) now and then and be responsible functioning members of society. But this boyfriend was not necessarily responsible, and his use of recreational substances led to a lot of uncomfortable situations for me. And his choice word for his more out-of-control times was "partying."
I've let go a lot of things that happened relating to drinking with guys in my past. When I started dating Dan, I wouldn't even let alcohol into my home (I still don't keep much of it around) and the sound of ice clinking in a glass could send shivers down my spine. Dan's been amazing in his understanding of my issues and I've worked through a lot of things and turned a 180 on these particular peeves, but the word "party" still can make my heart beat a little faster.
I know my coworker doesn't know any of this, and he's just innocently expressing his excitement for a day away from the grind and couple of cold ones. But I'll be honest, I'm not necessarily looking forward to an afternoon with 20,000 (supposedly) drunk people. But I've also found that facing uncomfortable situations in a safe environment has been helpful to me. So I'll go and try to enjoy myself - it should be a fun day and it only comes once a year. But I won't be refering to today as a "party," thankyouverymuch.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
2 Names that you go by
1. Brookelyn - even though Lynn isn't my middle name, some friends still use the nickname
2. Li'l Buddy – that’s what Dan calls me. He's Buddy.
2 Things that you are wearing right now
1. My chic and sophisticated Vera Wang Glasses
2. Ballet flats, of course
2 Things that you did last night
1. Went to dinner with the boss, coworker, and auditors
2. Went to bed early - it was glorious
2 Pets that I have had - I'm going with pets other than Paisley and Clover, since they get lots of "air time"
1. Pumpkin – my first dog that I got when I was 5. We got him around Halloween, hence the name Pumpkin. He drowned in our pool my freshman year of college. My friends with a sense of humor asked if he was a sinker or a floater. Poor guy.
2. Forrest – my cat that still lives at my parents' house. The runt of the litter, I named him after Forrest Gump
2 of my fave things to do
1. Go out for breakfast on weekends
2. Play video games with Dan
2 Things that you want to do badly
1. Be a mom
2. Go on a vacation. At this point, I don't care where or for how long. A break would be nice. Plain and simple.
Last 2 things that you ate
1. Breakfast burrito - Bad Brooke!
2. Filet mignon and a baked potato - mmmmm
Last 2 people you spoke to
1. My coworker
2. I was IMing Mrs. ESPN at work - does that count?
2 Things you are doing tomorrow
2. Possibly going to lunch with old coworkers to discuss LOST
2 of the longest trips that you have taken
1. Rochester area, NY - we used to go for a month at a time when I was young
2. I went on a weeklong business trip to Boise, Idaho. That was about the longest trip of my life.
2 Of your favorite beverages
1. Coke Zero
2. Pinot Noir
Have a Happy Tuesday!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Monday: Brooke eats steak, Dan eats hot dogs
Tuesday: Spaghetti with lots of fresh veggies
Wednesday: Enchilada casserole
Thursday: Pot roast (my mom is joining us and staying over Thursday night)
Friday: Tacos with leftover pot roast
Not bad, eh?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
On Wednesday night, Dan surprised me with a bootleg copy of The Lovely Bones. I loved the book, but the movie was kinda weird. If you haven't read the book, it's about a 14-year-old girl who was murdered by a creepy neighbor and her father's quest to find her killer. The weird thing is, she's kind of trapped in the In Between, a place made up of part heaven, part Earth and she can watch them. Part of it were very moving, but I'm not sure it translated well. The story itself was great, but the visual effects made it super cartoony. Interesting representation, 2.5 stars.
This weekend will hopefully have us both in good spirits. We ordered a futon for our spare bedroom that should be here soon. So we need to organize said room to make way for said futon. It's become the overflow space for boxes of my clothes, Dan's stuff and wedding gifts that don't have a home in the kitchen. We also have art stuff in there. So we need to figure out how to make the room functional for multiple purposes without being too cluttered.
On Sunday, we plan to go to Scott and Melissa's for Family Art Funday. We missed last week's event - they painted cherry blossom trees, and Melissa's 6-year-old, Dawson, was so literal, he painted a tree with bunches of three cherries like you'd see on a slot machine. Soooo cute! I'm not sure of the subject for this week, but I'm excited to get together with friends and paint and BBQ. So our weekend will have a nice mix of relaxing and productive.
And if you wouldn't mind, please send sunny vibes to Baltimore for the next few days. The lovely Lauren at Salt Says leaves for her destination wedding (yay!!) in Turks & Caicos on Tuesday morning and they're forecasting snow.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
So today was a boring day. I did get a lot of sleep, but my head still feels foggy. I feel bad that Dan couldn't stay home as well. I know he's feeling crappy too, but doesn't have the luxury of sick days (especially on-your-honor ones like I have) at his job. So as soon as he gets home, I'm relinquishing the couch and taking care of him. It'll be like "the blind leading the blind" only instead of blind, we're coughing, hacking, and stuffy. We deserve a cold medicine commercial of our very own, the one with the people knocked out cold and the caption "for a better looking tomorrow." Yep, that's us.
On the Clover front, she's doing great. Her energy level is normal, her incision looks good and doesn't apeear to bother her. I can take her in as early as Friday to have her sutures removed. All in all, it's been a much better experience than with Paisley's spay procedure.
Hope everyone's having a good week.
Monday, February 15, 2010
After we'd walked the dogs, we went inside and he asked "so what do you want to do?" It dawned on me that we've never both been home at 5pm before. We decided we'd go check out the apartment complex gym. Despite feeling crappy, being active sounded enticing. Unfortunately, it was closed, so we went back home, grabbed the dogs and took them on a nice long walk. It was so relaxing just walking along, talking and laughing. Usually we're both so tired when we get home, but today we felt so refreshed.
After our walk, I made our delicious (and I mean delicious) BBQ chicken pizza. Add a spinach salad, glass of wine for me, and a Heineken for the mister, and we had ourselves a perfect meal.
So this is kind of a boring post, but it was truly the perfect end to a ho-hum Monday. Now if only this darn cold would go away...
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Monday: BBQ chicken pizza. We've got to use up the last of our BBQ chicken from last week, and we're tired of sandwiches so... pizza pie!
Tuesday: Turkey taco salads a la Chipotle. Dan's been wanting to try to make Chipotle's famous cilantro rice, so this is a great opportunity.
Wednesday: French's fried onion encrusted chicken and asparagus. Another Dan suggestion. I'm willing to try anything new.
Thursday: Macaroni'n'Cheese with Hot Dogs. Dan's childhood favorite. It sounds icky, but it's very tasty. Not healthy, but if I eat well the rest of this week, it'll be my weekly treat while we watch The Office.
Friday: Honestly, we didn't get that far, but I have a feeling we'll have leftovers of something to finish off.
Our weekend has been good, although uneventful. I've been sick for about 4 days - I just feel run down and I'm plagued with a sore throat, cough, and general fatigue. Clover's surgery went well and hardly slowed her down. On Saturday, we were told by the dealership that our Murano needed 2 tires, a brake flush, transmission flush, and belts. Total cost: $1,275. No way, Jose. Dan spent Saturday afternoon and the better part of today buying parts and doing a lot of it with our mechanic friend, Scott, for a whopping $200. Take that, Nissan dealership! All we have left is the tires, and Scott thinks we've got a couple months left on them.
So, yeah, super exciting stuff. I just hope this week is easier on my nerves than the last two have been. Have a great week!
Friday, February 12, 2010
I'm really happy with how my hearts and love notes came out. In case 6 dozen sugar cookies weren't enough I made 4 dozen Tollhouse break-apart chocolate chip cookies and mixed them in. I dispersed them around the office this morning - I hope everyone enjoys them and has a sweet Friday. I also dropped off a plate with Clover at the vet this morning. Our little girl is getting spayed today. Our vet is awesome and I really like the vet techs, so I added white paw prints to a few of the pink hearts and fixed them a plate.
This weekend will be lazy and uneventful. If Clover is anything like Paisley was after surgery, she'll be groggy and nauseous tomorrow. Except for an oil change, I plan to stay home with her all day tomorrow. Sunday, I have a haircut appointment and that's the extent of my plans. I'm still not feeling too well, but I hope that I'll be able to go for a run at least once this weekend. We're not doing anything Valentine's-y since we don't celebrate it, but we'll chill with the pups and probably paint or play video games. Sounds like a perfect and lovely weekend to me.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
So I put on a dress and pulled out a pair of heels (because I don't have cute tall black boots) Dan chose for me the last time we were anywhere near a shoe display. I love them - he did a great job choosing them. They're cute and comfy and I can actually walk semi-normally in them. I didn't have any black tights or hose though (despite the fact that I used to own over 20 pair when I worked at a steak house in college), so I figured "no problemo, I'll pick some up on my way to work." So I hooker-walked to the car and drove to Walgreens, where I hooker-walked to the hose aisle and picked up two boxes of lovely black sheer control panty reinforced toe panty hose. Sweet. I hooker-walked to the counter to check out and then back to the car and we're on our way to work.
And then it dawned on me. Where the H am I going to put on my chic black hose and transform into the fashionista version of me? Crap. I considered doing it in the car, but no dice. Too hard if you can't stand up - after 2 years of wearing them daily, even I can't manage putting them on in the car. So I decided I would put them on in the lobby bathroom at the office before going upstairs. Perfect. So I parked my car and hooker-walked to the lobby. I slipped into the ladies' room and put on my sweet panty hose. Voila! Tres chic! Straightened the skirt of my dress, poofed the hair a bit, slipped my feet back into my shoes and... shit! My shoes don't fit anymore! They literally shrunk like a size and a half! Now what? I had to get to my desk, so I gracefully (read: barely managed to stay on my feet) ice-skate glided to the door, up the stairs and to my cube. I only stepped out of the damn things twice and made about a million faces at my shoes. Obviously, the only tranforming I did was into a demented-giraffe-amature-street-walking-ice-skate-glider. In a dress.
So I'm sitting in my cube thinking, "how the heck is this going to work all day?" I had to put my lunch in the fridge, so I demented-giraffe-amature-street-walker-ice-skate-glided to the break room, cursing at my feet, and passing at least 5 people on the way, all of whom looked at me like a... well, demented giraffe. On the way back to my cube, I noticed my coworker's box of tissues. A ha! So I grabbed about eleventy billion of them and went to my cube. It took me about 6 tissues, 3 trials, and two trips around the office, but I can now walk. Sort of. And let me tell you, 3 tissues balled up in the toe of each shoe is not comfy. But I did make it down to the caf to grab a bagel, so I'm doing pretty well now. I'm sure everyone who saw me trying to walk got a good kick out of it. My goal now is to stay at my cube and just look pretty. Until I have to hooker-walk to the copy machine, that is.
Monday, February 8, 2010
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 c. ketchup
1/2 c. maple flavored syrup
2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 to 1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Combine everything but the chicken in a bowl and stir, then set aside. Place chicken in crock pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste (how you're supposed to taste raw chicken, I'm not sure). Pour the prepared sauce over the top. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.When ready to serve, remove and shred chicken. Put chicken back in with sauce. Serve on buns (duh).
Monday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green salad. It's insane how much I like meatloaf. I'm actually going to make it with beef because even though I'm okay with subsituting turkey in recipes with seasonings and veggies and such, a hunk of baked turkey is just not appealing.
Tuesday: Spinach and cheese tortellini with red sauce and green salad (can you tell we have salad we need to use up?)
Wednesday: Tater Tot Casserole. I've been wanting to make one for a while now, and I finally found one that seems super easy and incorporates some other veggies. I'll be doing this with turkey since all the other ingredients will add flavor. Plus, I can trick myself into thinking this is somewhat healthy :)
Thursday: Maple BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Sandwiches with whole wheat buns. I'll have to figure out a side dish for this one.
Friday: leftovers. Between Wednesday's casserole and the BBQ chicken, we'll have our choice for Friday night as well as lunch on Saturday.
Hey, good lookin', whatcha got cookin' (this week)?
There are just some things I want to tell you. Important things. Things that - when you’re 28 - you’ll wish you’d heard and taken to heart.
Be more kind to your mother, she loves you very much and some day she’ll be your closest ally. I know she drives you bonkers about cleaning your room and asking where you’re going and if your homework is done, but it’s because she has big hopes for you and wants what’s best. I know you both say hurtful things at times, but try not to say anything you’ll regret. Your relationship with her will get better, I promise – when you go to college, you’ll feel lost without her in your day-to-day life. From then on, your bond will only continue to grow. So cherish your moments with her, and with your dad. He’s an incredible man, and he’s going to carry your heavy-ass bed and dresser up and down various apartment building stairs about 7 times in the next few years. He’s quiet, and doesn’t always know how to articulate feelings, so take the time to listen. It'll be good practice, because you have no idea how much your husband will be like him.
Same goes for your sister. She just wants to be around you because she looks up to you. Be nice to her, she really is an awesome person. One day you’ll ask yourself frequently if she’s too skinny because of your harsh words, and it’s going to hurt very badly. You’ll carry a lot of guilt for it. You’re very different people, but one day you’ll get along much better, and she’ll stand proudly beside you on your wedding day. She’s the only sister you’ll ever have, so make sure she knows how very much you love her. When she moves away, take time to talk or text (great new technology headed your way!) to her often, because she’s really homesick.
When it comes to boys, you’re going to make some bad choices, but it all works out in the end. That high school boyfriend you love so much is going to break your heart, hate to tell ya. It’s going to hurt something fierce and make your heart ache like nothing you’ve ever felt. But I assure you it’s for the best. He smells like boy funk anyway and his mom is obnoxious. When you meet a guy who you suspect might drink too much, run. You can’t save him. Actually, that’s hard to say, because you’re going to learn a lot. Wait, yes, RUN. You deserve better than how you’ll allow a few of them to treat you. The one before your husband will be the most difficult, because you’ll feel stuck and like you managed to make the same mistake as before yet again. Your pride with be bruised. But be strong, walk out. When your parents hesitate to think moving in with him is a good idea, listen to them. They’re not raining on your parade for shits and giggles. They know something better is in store, too.
Speaking of the high school boy, when you break up, you’re going to lose some friends. They’re young and they’re going to take sides. Don’t take the ones who side with you for granted – keep in touch with them. In fact, keep in better touch with all your friends – before you know it, they’ll be in different parts of the country and you won’t see a lot of them again. So when you find a good friend, put effort into those relationships. Sure, they’ll ebb and flow as life happens to you all, but there are some you will always be able to count on.
And when you meet a tall, sweet man with a kind smile and lot of tattoos, you’ll know you’ve finally found your home. You won’t believe me when you see him, but I assure you he’s The One. He’ll remember exactly what you wore on your first date, and he’ll try to tell you he loves you with red roses, but you’ll be too dense to read between the lines. He’ll ask you to marry him while you’re dancing in pajamas. And on your wedding day, you’ll know for sure that everything life has thrown at you has been to bring you to this perfect moment.
So it’s kind of a lot to remember. You’ll have amazing times and really rough times. You’ll make good decisions and bad ones. Just always try to be sure of your choices, even if the end result sucks. Be open in your judgment of both people and options. Live to have no regrets.
P.S. You’re not going to be an optometrist. You, my dear, are going to be a tax analyst. Isn’t that exciting?!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
It's a Nike+ and it works with my iPod. It'll track my distance, pace, calories burned, duration, etc. of my running. You can also have it be your trainer and it'll keep you encouraged or tell you to pick up your pace. It all links into both iTunes and Nike's website to track progress. Dan and I can even challenge each other to run a certain number of miles by a certain date. Pretty cool stuff. And hopefully it'll be highly motivating. I got one for me and one for Dan. We think it'd be pretty funny to hook one up to Clover. I can hear it now: "Hey, you're fast! ... Wait, slow down! What the hell are you doing? Stop running in circles!!" Wicked awesome.
I'm excited for a fun weekend - we've got a lot going on. Since I didn't get to my cookies last weekend, I need to tackle them this weekend. On Saturday morning, I'm headed down to Tucson for a meeting. A family friend has been a member of the TTT Society for as long as I can remember, and I always thought it seemed really cool - probably especially because they fundraised (to send underprivileged girls to camp) by making and selling delicious candy and we sometimes got to help. A couple years ago, my mom joined too. And now I want to join, and I'm bringing my dear friend and bridesmaid, Rachel, along with me. So we've got our scope-it-out meeting on Saturday morning. We have a friend celebrating his birthday at Dave & Buster's on Saturday evening, so Dan and I will probably head out to that. On Sunday, my parents are coming to watch the Superbowl with us. So it's a busy weekend, but it'll be a fun one.
I don't know about you, but I am so ready for this week to be over. My work lap top is annoying me, it's month-end close, and I'm just ready to be done! What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Getting my hair cut
The season premier of a favorite show, like LOST last night (and lost, I am!)
Sleeping past 6
Wiggly puppies excited to see me when I walk in the door
Chai tea lattes from Starbucks
Nailing a cookie design so that it looks like it does in my head
Laughing before bed
Pulling into my parents' driveway
Getting cards in the mail
I feel calm and happy just thinking about these things. What are your simple pleasures?
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Brie is a huge inspiration - she started out at 200 pounds in June 2008, and has lost 50 pounds and ran her first 10K this past weekend. She's signed up for her first marathon in October, and she chronicles her ups and downs on her blog, The Fit Bride. She talks about everything from nutrition to shoes to the challenges of getting in her training while traveling for work. In her post about her decision to sign up for the Chicago marathon, she talked about watching the documentary Marathon Challenge and thought to herself "if that fat lady can't even run a mile and she finished the marathon I definitely can." So I guess I'm thinking along the same lines - if Brie can go from couch potato to marathon runner in 2.5 years, I can certainly survive a 5K or two. I'd like to do the Dirty 6, a 6 mile mud run event on April 24th, and that's my goal, depending on how the 5K events go.
So here's what I'm going to be signing up and training for:
Walk for Wishes 5K benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation. The race is on March 13, what I feel is ample time to get myself up to the 3.1 miles. I remember preparing for the Mud Run and that was 4.2 miles. I'd never ran more than 3, so I was worried about the extra distance. But on race day, the adrenaline and my awesome team pushed me through, despite the fact that the entire course was in a sandy river bed. I wasn't fast, but I finished.
Pat's Run benefiting the Pat Tillman Foundation on April 17. Pat Tillman, if you're not familiar, was a graduate of Arizona State University (boooo, hiss) and played in the NFL. He left his fame and fortune as a professional athlete to serve our country and was killed in action (short story). This is a hugely attended race, so the task of racing with an approximated 20,000 other people will only add to the challenge of running the race. The race is loaded with significance: Pat was #42 at ASU (boooo, hiss) so the race is 4.2 miles and ends on the 42 yard line of ASU's (booo, hiss) football field. I'll have to wear extra layers so I don't get Scum Devil grass on me :)
And then there's the Dirty 6, a 6.2 mile obstacle course ending in a huge mud pit. This race was so much fun the last time I did it, but also 2 miles shorter. Hopefully, I'll be feeling up to running it a mere week after Pat's Run. Once I get training, I think I'll have a better idea of how running this one will go. What's fun about Mud Runs is that people tend to dress in silly costumes, so it's great people watching. Last time, there was a group of guys dressed up as hill billies and they actually drank a 6 pack each during their run. Not highly recommended, but entertaining nonetheless. Based on the website, this one sounds way more intense and fun than the one I ran before. Giant slip and slides?! Count me in!
Bonus: I told Dan about my new aspirations, and he wants to join me. So this will be another thing we can work toward together :)
Monday, February 1, 2010
Monday: Turkey Shepard's Pie
Tuesday: Whole wheat pasta with sauteed veggies and Greek yogurt pesto sauce
Wednesday: Chicken with potatoes au gratin and broccoli
Thursday: Baked potato bar
Friday: Pot roast
Looks like a yummy week to me!
I'm super excited for the season premier of LOST tomorrow - so Dan will be cooking so I can watch. He's best at sauteing veggies and he'll make it perfectly delicious.
Yesterday was an awesome day. After sleeping in until 7 (thanks, Clover!!) we headed out to Scott and Melissa's for their Family Art Funday. Melissa is an amazingly talented painter, tattooer, and all around artist. She'd painted some simple skulls and it was decided that Scott, Dan, and I would try our best to replicate them. I have never been very good at realism or copy work, so I was a little anxious, but it was actually really fun. Scott's dad has gotten interested in Bob Ross style paintings ("happy little trees") and worked on his second canvas yesterday. Even Melissa's son, Dawson worked on painting his rocket ship (and then took 50 pictures on my camera). Melissa worked on an awesome large-scale Heath Ledger Joker piece that she's doing for a client - it's truly incredible to watch her work and transform a canvas into something amazing. I'll have to post pictures or our finished works later, but Dan already hung them proudly over his desk in the guest bedroom. We're excited to start painting together - it's really cool to share that artistic interest with my husband.
This week begins close week at work, so it'll be long and tedious, especially toward Thursday and Friday. Hopefully it goes by quickly and without too many complications. I didn't get to my cookies this weekend, so I'm going to fit them in either this week or Saturday.