Not Me Monday

 

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
Last week was sooooooo long. This week is Spring Break, and sometimes it felt like I was never gonna make it.
But I did!
Mom and Dad came over Friday night and spent the weekend with us. We went to see Alice in Wonderland on Saturday night. It was really good. We saw it in 3D IMAX, which was even better.
On Sunday, I cooked lunch (tortellini with pasta sauce) and helped my dad make dinner (steaks with mashed potatoes and green beans). Mom helped me make M&M cookies — I’ll post the recipe later. It was delish.
And here’s what I did *not* do: I did *not* have a dirty kitchen until my totally awesome mom helped me was all the dishes and clean all the countertops. You see, dishes are my least favorite chore.
Since I hate to wash them, there are *never* more dishes than I have room for in my dish washer, so I *never* leave the leftovers to clean on another day. And, as you imagine, I *never* got around to doing them.
Wanna see what it looked like after?
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Look at those clean dishes! Aren’t they fabulous?
Mom and Dad left this morning. Mom flew to New Mexico to visit my sister and nephew. Dad went on a fishing trip with some friends.
So, we’re “babysitting” their puppies for them.
And here’s where my next confession comes in. We totally do *not* let our dogs sleep with us. We are *not* those people. Yeah, right.
We got a King-sized bed as a wedding present from my boss. He’s a great man. So you would think that with a HUUUUGE bed, I would have plenty of room at night, right?
Wrong.
Imagine this pup…
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Curled in a little ball on my right side.
And this one…
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Right beneath her up against my legs.
This one…
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Likes to sleep behind my legs in the bend of my knees.
And finally, this one…
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Insisted on being right up on my pillow behind me.
All of them had to touch me. Including my husband. At times, it felt like I was a mummy, wrapped inside my blanket. The pups, except for Kaylee, all slept on top of the covers, preventing me from moving very much.
So, you can imagine my night.
I’m a little sleep-deprived.
Well, that’s all for me. Happy Spring Break!

Fetch 101

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This is Kaylee. She *loves* to play fetch.
So, when it’s beautiful and sunny outside, we like to oblige.
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There are two things you need to play fetch. The first is a willing dog. The second: an Alfalfa spike.
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Kaylee runs as fast as she can to go get the ball.
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Sometimes she brings it back.
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But not all the way.
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And then she’s off again!
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Sometimes she has more fun entertaining herself.
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She’s ready for anything!
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Georgie likes to watch.
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Bella did, too. For a while…
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But soon, she was ready to go back inside.
It was hot, so we agreed. But only after Kaylee had one more run:
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Isn’t she cute?

So excited!

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Not sure if this qualifies as a Nerdy Things Thursday post, but what the hey…
I am *so* excited to go see this movie this weekend.
Why? Robert Pattinson’s hotness, of course. Oh, and to see the new Eclipse trailer on the big screen.
Last night, I found the 10-second teaser and about died. I squealed! James thought I’d seen a mouse or something. When I told him I was just excited about the new Eclipse trailer, he just rolled his eyes.
“I’m going to fight for you … until your heart stops beating.” 
This morning, a longer version was released…

Squeeeeee!

Wishful Wednesday: Gown

I have a thing for blog carnivals this week. I guess it’s because it gives me something fun to post about without having to think too hard, haha!
Anyway, this week’s Wishful Wednesday topic is:
‘I wish’ …. I could wear/could have worn _____ dress on my wedding day!
Well, I’m going to be kind of boring here….. I *loved* my wedding dress. Loved it. I wouldn’t wish for something different — it was perfect for me!
It was from the Galina collection at David’s Bridal.
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I remember the day I found it — I was with my mom and as soon as I put on this dress, I just knew. I know that sounds really cliche, but I really did have this just wonderful feeling. I started crying, and she did too. It was a wonderful day!
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Here’s the full-length view from my bridal portraits. The beading is so beautiful, and I love all of the lace. I especially love the small train at the back! Squeeee!
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This is my favorite bridal portrait — you can’t really see the dress, but I couldn’t resist posting it!
My favorite thing about this dress? It’s not trendy. I think it’s very classic and timeless. I could see passing it down to my daughter to use for her wedding day. Even if it’s just a piece, like Tess did in 27 Dresses. :)
So, how about you? What wedding gown would you love to wear? Head over to Kelsey’s blog to see what everyone else lists!
Happy Wednesday!

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!

Not Me Monday

 

Mondays are quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the week. I know what you’re thinking: Is this gal nuts?!? Nope, not me, I’m as sane as can be.
I just enjoy the chance to commiserate with my fellow bloggers over at Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
For starters, I did *not* ignore my Inbox this afternoon when I got home. Not Me. I take care of work first, even if it will be 8 or 9 p.m. before I’m done. I would *never* put off answering my e-mails so that I could write in my blog. Nope, not me.
This weekend, I did *not* spend boo-coups of money on ingredients for some great recipes just because I felt like baking. Nope, not me.
I did *not* bake these goodies with zest, knowing that there was no way The Nerd and I could eat the three dozen chocolate marshmallow cookies and two dozen sugar cookie pops, so they’ll probably have to be trashed. Nope, not me.
And after spending hours rolling dough and dirtying dishes, I did *not* just pile them on the counter, deciding to wash them another time. Nope, not me.
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But hey, at least The Nerd bought me flowers for Valentine’s Day!
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And finally, I am totally *not* going to plug my super-awesome giveaway at the end of my post! Nope, not me.
To enter the giveaway, just go to this post and leave a comment telling me what you love most about your significant other. Tweet, share on facebook and become a follower to earn extra entries. Please leave a comment for each entry.
Winner receives a copy of “I (love) Geeks” and a $25 gift card to Amazon.com!
Giveaway closes at noon Central on Saturday, Feb. 20. 
 
Happy Monday everyone!

Geek Love

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A while back, I stumbled upon this book and it made my heart flutter.
“The Official Handbook” to understanding geeks? Yes, please!
As I’m sure you can tell from this blog, dating (and marrying!) a socially-awkward individual can be trying at times. Geeks (and Nerds) have a different mind set than most people.
Carrie Tucker, the author, is a self-professed nerd whose boyfriend works for a video game company.
Now, this book is not entirely serious. It explores the stereotypical geek. And it can seem condescending at times. But in good fun, this book rocks.
It opens with a quiz to determine “What Type of Geek is Your Guy?”
James is a hybrid: Video Game Geek meets Film and Television Geek meets Science Fiction and Fantasy Geek. Yikes.
Then, the book details six different types of geeks, how to date that type, common relationship problems you may encounter and a brief glossary and history to help you better understand the things your geek loves.
  • Video Game Geeks – “In many relationships, the game controller is known as the mistress.”
  • Comic Book and Graphic Novel Geeks – “Ah, the comic book store. That dark, cavernous place your geek disappears into every weekend.”
  • Manga and Anime Geeks – “An Acquired Taste. Like Sushi.”
  • Film and Television Geeks – “We’re talking about the film and television geek who is obsessed with nerdy shows!”
  • Sports Geeks – “Geeks loving sports may seem like quite the shocker…but they do love them.”
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Geeks – “Science fiction and fantasy geeks are truly birds of different feathers — or Klingons of different planets…”
All in all, it’s a fun read. And appropriate for Valentine’s Day … how better to bond your love with your Nerd than join him for a LOTR marathon or quest in Star Trek: Online.
And just for you *awesome* readers with Nerds of your own, I’m hosting my very first giveaway! 
 
The winner will receive a copy of Carrie Tucker’s “I (love) Geeks” book and a $25 gift card to Amazon.com.
 
To enter, please leave a comment below answering the following question:
“What do you love most about your geek?” 
 
Or, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a geek of your own, just tell me what you love most about your significant other. :)
 
For extra entries, become a follower of my blog, tweet about this giveaway, or post it on Facebook! And leave me a comment telling me that you’ve done so.
 
If you’re already a follower, don’t fret! Just leave a comment saying that you’re already a follower. :)
 
The winner will be chosen by Random.org’s number generator. Contest closes at noon Central on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.
 
Good luck!Edit: Thank you to all who entered! This contest is now closed. Click here to see the results!



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