Tuesday’s List: Spring Wish List

 
 
 I need a pick-me-up after the long, grueling day I’ve had. What better way than to make some wishes?
A while back, I posted a Wish List of things that I’d love as presents to make things a little easier on The Nerd. Well, that just happens to be the topic of this weeks’ Tuesday’s List over at Love From Texas.
I’ll play along!
This spring, I’d really *love* some new accessories for my camera:
#1 – Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Medium Telephoto Lens

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This lens would be great for photographing fun events this spring and capturing my nephew’s first birthday party later this summer…

#2 – Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash

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This flash would be fantastic for inside — to make my photos not be so yellow and washed out. :)
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Gotta have something fun to carry it all in, y’know…
It may be asking a lot, but a girl can dream, right?
How about you? What are your Spring Wishes for? Head over to Jessica’s blog and see what everyone else is wishing for!
Happy Tuesday!

Frustrated

Today, I am frustrated.

Frustrated by so many things. Like how I never seem to have enough time to catch up on all of my work. There’s always something else to do. So, things get neglected.

Like my blog. I haven’t had much time to write about my life these last few weeks. I have so many things I want to share with you, and it frustrates me that I just don’t have time to write the posts.

My health. I have wanted to work on eating right and exercising regularly. I’ve been to the gym one time since I made that commitment. One time. I just don’t have time to spare to go to the gym. There are e-mails to answer and questions to figure out. Books to publish. You know the drill.

My family. This weekend, I got to spend lots of time with my sister and nephew. It was so great. I’m frustrated because they live so far away — New Mexico. My brother and his daughter live in Denver. My parents live nearby, and we see them pretty much every weekend. But I wish there were some *babies* here that I could dote on.

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See what I mean? Wouldn’t you want to be around that cute baby all the time?
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Nanna likes to tickle him. His giggle is so infectious!
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He loves trucks! What boy doesn’t?
But — things are looking up! Spring Break is next week. And hopefully, I’ll have some time to get my head on straight. I just feel so stressed out and …. frustrated.

One final cause of frustration: I was *supposed* to start a Wilton Cake Decorating class tonight. But the wonderful Michael’s store in Frisco canceled the class and moved me to the Saturday morning class without *telling* me. So, now I have to give up two hours of my Saturday for the next four weeks. Ugh. I hope I learn lots.

I was really looking forward to getting away from everything for a few hours and learning something new and creative.

Instead, here I am….frustrated.

Spring is Here…Sort Of

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You may have noticed… my blog has a new look! I worked long hours into the night, but *finally* got it looking how I wanted it to!
I thought the old look was a bit too “wintery” and wanted to change things up a bit. Plus, I read online recently that blogs should always have a white background because it’s easier to read. And I noticed that all of the “professional” blogs I read have a white background. So I thought it would be a good time to change things up a bit.
This weekend has been a lot of fun. My sister and her baby, Hyrum, came to visit my mom. So, James and I packed up and headed to Mansfield for the weekend!
It was so nice and sunny yesterday, we took advantage of the great weather and went to the Dallas Arboretum to take some “spring” pics of the baby!
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Isn’t he a doll?
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He’s such a happy baby.
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Always smiling and laughing.
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And he’s a wiggle worm. Nanna had a hard time holding on to him!
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He’s such a momma’s boy, too.
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The flowers were just blooming and were so bright and colorful!
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Hyrum was curious about everything — including this fountain!
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We had a good time, too!
I wish they lived closer so we could hang out with this happy baby all the time. He has such a sweet spirit and personality!
Happy Sunday everyone!

Nerdy Things Thursday: Vampires

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Since I’ve been MIA the past few Thursdays, I thought I’d come back with a bang and tell you about one of my latest obsessions: Vampires. Yes, this week on Nerdy Things Thursday we’re going to talk about one of MY nerdy obsessions.
I admit it: I am so the cliche young married woman who can’t help but compare her husband to the vampire who started it all (at least for me)…Edward Cullen.
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I first picked up Twilight right before the movie was released in theaters. I couldn’t put it down. Since I’m in my car so much every day for work, I downloaded the audio books and blew right through the entire series.

I still maintain that Illyana Kadushan makes a much better Bella than Kristen Stewart. Without the crazy hair.

Anyway, by now I’ve listened to the entire series at least four times … and I just finished listening to my favorite, Breaking Dawn, for the hundredth time (not really….just guessing).

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Yes – I love Breaking Dawn. I love the happy ending. I love the cheesiness of it all. I don’t, however, love the name Renesmee. Really!?!

Soon after my obsession with Twilight began, I stumbled upon the HBO Series True Blood. Oh my goodness. Talk about your blood thirsty vampires.

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My favorite? Eric Northman.

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Y-U-M.

This promptly brought about my desire to read the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Thanks to a wonderful Christmas present from my sister-in-law extremely thoughtful brother, my desire has been fulfilled!

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I can’t wait for May for the next one!

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And now, I’m anxious to begin two new series: the Anita Blake (no relation) Vampire Hunter series and the Riley Jenson Guardian series.

What vampire books would you recommend? What is it about those lusty, dangerous blood suckers that gets us (or is it just me?) all hot and bothered? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time, live long and prosper!

Apricot Sugar Cookies

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I can’t take credit for the deliciousness that is encompassed in these cookies. I have never really been a big fan of sugar cookies. They were either too crispy or too soft, and most of the time they tasted more like flour than anything else.
But all that changed the day I found “The One.” I’m talking about the perfect sugar cookie recipe, courtesy of Our Best Bites.
I made these sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. The secret is the almond extract. All the other recipes I’ve found use vanilla. I will never go back to vanilla. Never.
These cookies are just the right texture. And the flour is not overpowering. Add in the Glacé Icing (flavored with almond extract, too) and it’s a delicious experience you just can’t miss. I *love* these cookies.
And now I’ve taken them a step further. My dad mentioned to me how he thought the flavor of these cookies would really be enhanced by adding some dried apricots to the batter. Seriously? Apricots? Oh yes. Apricots.
So, I tried it. They are de-lish. No icing required. No sugar added to the top. The fruity apricots are enough to carry this cookie. So here’s how to make ’em:
Apricot Sugar Cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup real butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 6 oz. package of dried apricots
Directions:
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy – about two minutes. Add in eggs and extract and mix to incorporate.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
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Cut the dried apricots into small cubes and add to the sugar cookie dough. Mix with a slick spatula, spreading the apricots throughout the dough.
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Roll the dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet (or one lined with a Silpat) about two inches apart.
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Press down on the tops of the balls with a glass tumbler with a smooth, round bottom. Flatten them into small discs about the same thickness.
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Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until the bottom edges of the cookies have begun to turn lightly brown. 
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Let stand on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
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Y-U-M!
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Don’t these look delicious? It’s so hard not to just gobble them all up!
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*Sigh.*

And The Winner Is…

A big THANK YOU to all who entered my first giveaway!
There were 39 comments, lots of tweets and some new followers! I’m so glad you all stopped by and took a look around.
And I enjoyed reading your reasons for loving your geek — from his mad computer skillz, to his gracious acceptance of your gaming prowess, to the way he shakes his bon-bon, we all love our Geeks.
I’m so glad I’m not alone!
And now, for the winning comment, chosen by Random.org‘s Random Number Generator:
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Congratulations, Aimee! An e-mail will be sent to you shortly to find out where I should send your prize!
And to answer your questions — YES! Kaylee is a beagle! She’s a red beagle, so she’s all shades of brown and white. I just love the freckles on her legs and belly! Aren’t beagles the best? Until they jump up on the table and eat your foot, but that’s another story for another time!
Thank you all again, and I hope you continue to follow my adventures here in Nerd Land.
Have a great weekend!

Don’t Forget!

Go to this post right now and leave a comment — tell me why you love your Geek (or Nerd, or whatever) — to enter my first giveaway!
The contest closes at noon Central on Saturday, Feb. 19!
Winner will receive a copy of I (love) Geeks and a $25 gift card to Amazon.com.
Happy Friday!


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