Saturday, December 20, 2008
My Mom treated me to a manicure this morning which was such a treat. Granted I don't have nails still...**note to self: stop stressing out and taking it out on my nails! But my hands are super soft and groomed quite nicely!
A favorite pastime has been torturing the poodle by putting Christmas decorations on him. This morning he sported a giant red bow off of a package of cookies. He puts up with it, but always looks at me like "what did I do to deserve this!"
I have a large amount of shopping to knock out in the next few days. I am dreading the crowds, I can feel a headache creeping up on me already!! Wish my luck to find the perfect gifts for my family!!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
It is wonderfully cold here and the snow has been falling on and off since I got here. Bogus opened yesterday so I am sure I will be hitting up the slops over the weekend. For now I am enjoying my wonderful bed, the poodle (who we all know I can't get enough of) and tomorrow I am battling the mall to do ALL of my Christmas shopping. I really should have been more on top of things in D.C.. Tomorrow night my parents are doing a business dinner, and I will be heading to my favorite pizza joint to enjoy my all time favorite "white" pizza from Guido's. yum!
We decorated the tree tonight (and tortured the dog as usual by making him wear Christmas decorations for photo opts). The tree is decently simple this year compared to years past since we will be having another tree when we get to Sun Valley. Red and gold was the color scheme this year and it looks wonderful! My dad did a great job with the lights out front as usual and my mom is working to put the usual festivity in the house.
The poodle has been a snuggle buddy. He sticks to me like Velcro!! I've missed him a lot! Hope everyone else is having safe travels home! Miss you all! Pictures to follow when I can manage to get them uploaded to my camera. (Ps photos of the Holiday party will also be up once I can find the connector cord for my camera)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The run down of the outfit:
Yellow BCBG Dress that I wore for the last Black Diamond Event
Side curly bun hair
Black and Gold Eyes
Black Satin Shows
I will post pictures and the details tomorrow!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Another thing I found about the museum, is that it was very wordy. There seemed to be more to read than things to see. I was incredibly moved by the president exhibit. They just made an update to the presidential timeline that gave me chills to see.
In this exhibit they had Lincoln's top hat and a very moving exhibit on the presidents who have been assassinated.
Some other highlights were: Dumbo the elephant from Disneyland, Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, Dorthy's Ruby slippers (size 5!), and some neat Idaho references.
One of my favorite things was the transportation exhibit. There were train, cars, buses, etc. all inside this awesome display area. But my absolute favorite was a display with a car and a guy who tried to drive across the US. When he was in Idaho he picked up a dog, and the dog wore....GOGGLES!
Work is still going very well. I am getting to know some more coworkers and that is making me enjoy my job even more. I think I am finally making some decently valuable contributions which I have been told people are recognizing! So yay!
I have been trying to get on a regular work out schedule without being too stringent. I am really hoping to start dancing again when I come back from Christmas in Idaho. But thanks to the senior 30 (i avoided the freshman 15, only to have revenge take hold my senior year) I am needing to loose some weight and strengthen (since I don't want to re injure my hip, which is prone to pain and what not). So I have been utilizing the apartment gym and am starting to get into a habit of working out every day for an hour which is challenging on the days that I work but I have also noticed the benefits of better sleep, less junk food eating, and a better mood.
I will be getting to go home for a very extended Christmas break! (HuRAH!) My work is awesome like that. I will be doing some work from home, which is fine and I will welcome a little but of money inflow to help pay for rent in January.
It snowed a bit here, a very light dusting this evening, but it was beautiful and put me in a great Christmas mood. I am very excited to get home and get into holiday season full swing!
Well hopefully I will get caught up on my postings soon!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
As a child I would visit my grandparents with my mom for weeks at a time in Coeur D' Alene and I would also look forward to finding a package of vienetta in their freezer. It would be my evening snack as I would sit in the dining room in their big house and watch late night TV. I would usually sneak a second slice of it when my mom would be in the living room reading with my grandparents.
For you who have not been so lucky as to taste this delectable desert it is ice cream with flaky layers of chocolate in it. It is delicious! However I was disappointed to find that the ice cream the use now is not nearly as good, but it still is a great treat!
In other news! I had a conversation with my boss on Friday and am going to be able to work a few extra hours each week. They are really impressed with my work and like how I fit into the company and don't want to loose me to another job. So it isn't full time quite yet, but making steps in that direction! Every hour helps!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Afterwards we went to Afterwords Cafe. We strolled down Connecticut Ave and found a bookstore that Erin had heard had a cafe and bar in the back. We had gotten there around 9pm and were lucky enough to get three seats right at the bar. The whitty, well thought out menu is enough for you to fall in love with the place from the start. I decided to switch to a beer since the lingering taste from my bad drinks at dinner was still in my mouth. I took Carly's advice and tried the Rogue Dead Guy Ale, which was described as "Hearty, Rich, Balanced" and held true to its excellent recommendation. The beer list was organized from light to dark, which was a really nice feature when picking a beverage. I finished with an Original Sin Cider from NY which I think is a local cider favorite. Described as "Light, Dry, Fruity", it was a delicious finish to the evening. Some other noteworthy drinks on the menu:
Top Shelf Long Beach Iced Tea
Absolut,Bombay,Cuervo,Bacardi, Cointreau,Cranberry Juice, Sour Mix
Limit-2 Per Customer
Electile Dysfunctional Cocktails
Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, Godiva Chocolate & White Chocolate Liqueurs
"The One" drink that's been soaring on promises '...yes you should' try it
Mango Puree, Strawberry & Lemonade Blended w/Ice
Sip slow on a fast train
The McCain Maverick
Bacardi Peach Rum, Mango Puree, Lemon Fizz & Soda
It's not what everyone else is having
Palin Long View
Rogue Dark Rum, Triple Sec, Fresh Lime Juice, Orange Juice and Sour
Enough of these & you'll swear you can see Russia from here
You can see more of the menu on their website
Now I was already sold on the place before I discovered the Desserts. I was attracted to the listing for Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream. Cinnamon ice cream is one of my favorites so I couldn't resist. Well while the ice cream was excellent the pumpkin pie was by far the best slice of pumpkin pie I have ever had. It was unbelievable smooth and rich and the ice cream with a little whipped cream was a great combination.
On the way out I got distracted by the actual book store. The children's book selection is wonderful (ps if you have never looked at a "Lion in the Library" and you are an ADPi, you really should go check it out, you will love it). But there is an awesome book selection as well and I will have to go back just to check out the books and maybe grab a cup of coffee!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Well we are driving and my phone rings. And I see a strange number so I don't answer since I want to enjoy my last few minutes with Kendal. Well it rings again. So I google the area code...and it tells me that it is a phone number from Springfield Missouri. So i get a little nervous because Alex has family in that area and I was jumpy about a small disaster or something have occurred.
A few moments later, Kendal's phone rings, and she answers. I hear her say "It's Alli!", which I casually think "oh fun!", but don't really register what I big deal this is since Alli is studying abroad in Geneva. Then Kendal says " Oh my gosh, hold on let me put you on speaker phone and say it again!" and all I had to hear was "Sean prop..." and I started screaming. Alli's boyfriend pulled off one of the most romantic and amazing proposals! Eiffel tower, Jules Verne Restaurant, a confused Alli and a beautiful (well we are guessing :) ) ring. Well I almost killed us in the car. Screeched into a parking spot at Ruby Tuesday's and continued to scream. Kendal and I said our goodbyes and then I was left alone for my 45 minute drive back to hyperventilate and cry out of happiness for her.
So Congratulations Alli and Sean!!!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
We were given the tip to check out the Library of congress. I was a sceptic and thought it would just be a building filled with books. Au Contrare! It was a spectacular building that took my breath away.
After the library we did a speed tour of 4 Smithsonians and then walked to the White House, which was very pretty at night. We finished the night with dinner at Mai Thai in Old Town, good food, bad service and then topped it off with desserts and coffee from La Madeline.
The Hope DiamondThere is a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum, and this whale hangs from the ceiling. There is also a nasty giant preserved squid....it made me squirm.
In the morning Kendal and I headed for the zoo. After my misguiding directions and a 3.5 mile walk we finally arrived and were lucky enough to see some very active animals. The pandas were a favorite, as were the Asian small clawed otters. We also had the change to see elephant training which was absolutely amazing!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Obama's speech was nothing short of amazing. While he pretty much talked about what he has previously and used past stories, you could hear the excitment in his voice. While we did have to treck quite a ways and we lacked sleep the next day after pouring ourselves into bed around 3am, it was something I will never forget and something I look forward to telling my children about.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
A quick happening was Miss. Erin's 23rd birthday! With little means to decorate, I decided a birthday banner would be manageable. With some card stock, stencils, exacto knife, and a few hours of time I made a happy birthday banner to welcome her home from a day at work!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For more information about their menu and location....http://www.indianoceandc.com/
While the stories were embellished and the fright of Halloween added to the spookiness, but the tour was undoubtedly a good time and worth the money.
Monday, October 27, 2008
On my brief tour, I was allowed to see the roof top terrace which is where much of the press coverage will be taking place on the night of the elections.
This was the view from the rooftop:
The entrance and foyer is breathtaking:
For more stunning photos and some history about the hotel you can check out their website.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
At target I found these stunning swirly black stickers that I knew my sister had to have in some way or another. Which was the springboard for the rest of the card. Here is my birthday creation!
Tonight: Chicken Yummyness (some recipe off of Allrecipes.com that Alex's aunt made for us when we went over one night, but we substituted chicken for pork) and it was amazing! Simple recipe: 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 soy sauce, 1 bunch green onions and some minced garlic, serve with rice and viola!
For the last presidential debate: I know you have all been holding your breath about what I dreamed up to serve at the last presidential debate. I had run out of patriotic/themed ideas so the closest I got was... New York Cheesecake (for the location) and on top........the Obama logo in a sour cream frosting. Here is the results of my labor:
And a few weeks ago: I made one of my dad's specialties (however not his recipe) Swiss Steak. It was pretty decent, for not being my dad's. I could have definitely used some more seasoning in addition to what Better Homes and Gardens listed.
And a disappointment: Or rather a big pile of icky icky ikcyness. The quick meal version of beef stroganoff from better homes and gardens. This was by far my biggest culinary disaster so far. Alex's quote was "Notice how I ate it so fast" ( aka...I didn't want to taste anything) it was so bad I had to refrain from throwing it up! Anyways due to its incredible grossness, there will be no photo.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Here was my finished product
You will need:
1 large loaf of pound cake- Frozen Sara Lee is my cake of choice sliced into 1/2 inch slices
Strawberries and Blueberries
Whipped cream, Kool-whip works as well
make a layer of pound cake in your dish. Cover with whipped cream, and then in a layer of thinly sliced strawberries. Then place another layer of pound cake on top, and cover with whipped cream and then....make your flag with sliced straberries and blueberries
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The game was really fun though. It felt very European, with the crazy section of devoted fans waving giant flags, throwing around rolls of crate paper, banging on huge drums and generally just going wild. The game was relatively short for a sporting event but was very interesting. United didn't score which was sad, but I will still impressed with the level of skill.
Half time ended up being very entertaining as there was a giant yellow chicken with an odd tail, wearing a sombrero dancing, or rather bopping around on the field while little kids teams faced off against each other.
This was the chicken
Friday, October 3, 2008
First the making of the sponge cake:
1 C. Sifted cake flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 C. Milk
1/4 C. Butter or Margerine
6 Egg yolks
1 C. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
Sift together the flour and baking powder. Beat egg yolks till think and then add the sugar slowly. Add vanilla. Add to the flour mixture and mix until just barely mixed together. Heat milk and butter together (I did this in the microwave) make sure it is really hot. Pour into mixture and stir. Bake in a greased pan (9x9) at 350 for 30- 35 minutes. Don't invert and leave in pan, you will construct the rest of the dessert in this pan.
Here is what my sponge looked like:
Once the sponge is done baking, let it sit until cool and then place in the freezer. Meanwhile find a bowl that is smaller in diameter than your sponge and line with plastic wrap. Press your choice of ice cream into the bowl (about 1.5 quart) and place in freezer. Now you need to make your meringue.
Use your left over egg whites from earlier...only you only need about half of the 6. And then you need about 1/4 cup sugar for every egg white. Place your eggs in a ceramic bowl (NOT PLASTIC) and use a wisk to beat. If you have a hand mixer opt for that, but I was on my own. Beat until soft peaks form. Slowly add sugar beating until dissolved. Add a little (1/4c. to 1/2 c.) powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla, keep whipping until strong peaks. Set aside.
Take sponge and ice cream out. Place ice cream in center of sponge. Cover in meringue. SEAL THE EDGES!! Baked on 500 degrees until meringue is golden brown...serve right away.
And here is my baked alaska