Saturday, March 27, 2010

Of Yoga and Booze

It's been awhile so here is one of those bulleted posts:

  • Our weekend in Maine was great. Friday I had a nice lunch with my mom, then went grocery shopping for the party, picked up decorations, went to Home Depot for plywood for the beer pong/beer die tables, then went to our friend's house (where the party was to be held) to help clean up/set up the basement. Saturday Geoff left early to go snowboarding with his friends. It was a perfect day with temps between 60 and 70 and they all had a blast. I spent the day in his mom's kitchen making food. I prepared 7-layer dip, crockpot meatballs, sausage stuffed jalapenos, chex mix, veggies, chips, dips, etc. At about 4:30 I was pretty stressed because I still had to pack the jeep (we borrowed it from Geoff's dad) with all of the food, party supplies, sleepover supplies, etc and go pick up the keg. His mom helped me load everything up, I got the keg without a problem, and arrived to the party house at about 5:30. Everything was set up without a problem and people started to arrive around 7. We had a great night. Lots of games, drinking, eating, laughing, and fun. Geoff's brother, B, came and I was so happy to see him having a good time. I got lots of compliments on the food which made my night as I had worked so hard to set everything up. About 10 of us spent the night and all went to brunch in the morning. Delicious! I was also amazed and relieved at my lack of a hangover as I had a lot of cleaning up, packing up, and driving to do that day. We got back to RI that night and I have been exhausted all week.
  • Work has been crazy and stressful lately. I am so sick of all of the drama that people there stir up every. single. day. I really need to try harder to just stick my nose to the grindstone and get my work done without letting all of the gossip/ridiculousness stress me out. Some days are easier than others.
  • I haven't been doing very good at keeping myself healthy. I haven't run since February and while I eat pretty healthy I do tend to have pig out sessions at night. I got a great idea from Life in Pink to do a 30 day yoga challenge. I have been attending my yoga class at work once a week, but it seems more like a meditation class than a yoga class...which is fine, but I wanted something a little more challenging. Also, it's hard to train myself to meditate if I'm only doing it once a week. She mentioned a website called yogadownload.com that is great! You can download free 20 minute yoga classes! I have been wanting to sign up for a more traditional yoga class, but they are all way out of my price range (i.e. they cost money). This is a great solution for me right now. So, on Thursday after a horrid, drama filled day at work I stopped at TJ Maxx and bought a yoga mat (I also bought some cranberry juice and vodka on the way home but that is beside the point). I downloaded my first "class" and did it yesterday and this morning. My goal is to do it everyday for 30 days for strength, flexibility, meditation, and my overall well-being. Wish me luck!
Sorry for the long post. What have you all been up to?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

He's 30

Today is Geoff's 30th birthday.

Last night I made him a boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. YUCK. But, it was out of love...what can I say?

I am leaving work today at noon to meet him for a birthday brunch, and then while he is at work for the afternoon I can bake his cake (Guinness Chocolate Stout Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting...I will post the recipe if it comes out yummy!), and pack for our trip to Maine. We will leave tonight after dinner and stay at his dad's. In the morning we will borrow his dad's jeep and leave our Bandit behind for the weekend. I will meet my mom for lunch in Portland, go grocery shopping for the bday party, drop our stuff off at Geoff's mom's, meet a friend at Home Depot to buy boards for the Beer Pong and Beer Die tables, and head to the house where the party will be held to drop off some stuff and help clean the basement. On Saturday I will cook/prep food, pick up the keg, and bring everything to the "party house". At 7pm the party will start and I'm hoping it all goes well! We have about 25 friends coming so it should be a good time!

Sunday we will have breakfast with everyone who has spent the night, then clean up, head to Portland to pick up stuff from Geoff's mom's, drive to his dad's to drop off the jeep and get Bandit, and then head back ti RI. I will be very tired at work on Monday...but it will be worth it!

Geoffrey, happy birthday. I love you more than you could know, and I look forward to many more years of adventures and fun with you.

What has been your favorite birthday so far?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins: Sorry!

Sorry that this post is kind of a cop out, but things are pretty crazy right now! Here's a Friday Fill-In:

1. I am so looking forward to our trip to Maine for Geoff's birthday celebration next week.

2. I am going to try to rent Up in the Air from the Red Box later.

3. When you get some time to yourself, it's a great time to relax and destress.

4. My family is a big part of my life.

5. If you need anything, like someone to talk to, I am always here.

6. I am really antsy to start planning/working towards a trip.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a movie night with Geoff, tomorrow my plans include finishing up the planning for Geoff's party, having friends over for burrito night, and going out for a drink, and Sunday, I want to relax and read my book!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Does anyone have any plans?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

True? I think so.

I saw this quote while surfing the internet today, and it made me smile...then laugh. I'm not sure of the original source, but I thought I would share it anyway:

"Whatever you give a woman, she's going to multiply. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her crap, you're gonna get a bucket full of shit."

Monday, March 8, 2010

Basking in the Sun Always Puts Me in the Margarita Mood

I am in such a good mood today. Finally, the sun and warm weather (ok warm for March...low to mid-50s) have come to New England. Geoff, Bandit, and I had a wonderful weekend enjoying it.

On Saturday, I got up and made pumpkin bread for breakfast. I know that it is more of a fall/winter thing, but I had a craving, a can of pumpkin, and it is so easy to make. Geoff woke up around 11 and made coffee and we took our mugs and bread out to the porch to bask in the sun. We hadn't been out there since fall, and as my long time readers know, sitting on my porch in the sun with a coffee is one of my favorite things to do.

We chatted about our plans for the day and relaxed in the warmth before taking Bandit for a walk. We brought him over to a nearby cemetary where he can run free after squirrels and sticks. He enjoyed that...until I caught him eating another dogs...um...droppings and had to hall him away. Dogs are pretty gross.

When we got back we took off for the mall. I have an event at work this week and needed to buy a nicer blazer and skirt. Geoff needed a new bike tire so after dropping me off at the mall he headed to a bike shop. I actually had a really good time trying on clothes...I so rarely go clothes shopping. I was very successful and got a skirt and blazer that look really cute...exciting! By then Geoff had dropped off his bike and walked the mile back to the mall to get me (he'd left the car up there). We walked back to pick up the bike and after we had it in the car we walked to a nearby restaurant for some margaritas to celebrate the warm weather. We ended up splitting a pitcher of them along with some chips and guacomole. Delicious and wonderful.

After the pitcher, we both had a pretty good buzz and had to walk it off before driving home. We walked back to the mall so I could try to find a top to go with my new suit. I was unsuccessful and so we walked back to the car. By then it was dark, but still warm...it was so nice walking around with no jackets. That night we watched Gran Torino (from the Red Box!) and made chicken fried rice for dinner.

Sunday morning went much like Saturday. We lazed on the porch reading with our coffees and pumpkin bread. When we were ready we leashed Bandit and walked down to Stop & Shop to return the movie and then took a walk on the bike path. It was so warm and sunny out again and I was in heaven. I couldn't stop smiling and just felt giddy from the Spring weather. By the time we got home it had been a couple of hours and about 4-5 miles and we were hungry again. We made eggs and toast, I read some more, and then we headed to Kohl's where I finally got a cheap top (hey, I'm poor) to go with my suit. When we got home I went back out to the porch with my book to enjoy the remainder of the day's sun. That night we enjoyed a mexican casserole and lounged around the living room. Great weekend:)

The sun is still shining and rumor has it that it plans to stick around for a couple more days. I couldn't be happier. :)

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Caleb

Today is one of my favorite people's birthday.

His name is Caleb. I first met him my junior year of college when he became roommates with another of my best friends and my ex. I liked him right away. He's one of those laid back, hippy-type guys and is one of the nicest people I know. He can always make me laugh. He's easy to talk to, and I find myself unintentionally being more honest with him than I am with most people in my life. He writes music and I love listening to him sing and play. He wrote a song for me once...part of it involved my love for wine...it made me smile.

One of my favorite memories of Caleb was when my ex, his roommate, broke up with me for someone else. I was so sad and really needed my friends to help cheer me up. I was also worried because I was still friends with his roommates and didn't want to stop hanging out with the great people I'd met in that dorm. Caleb would invite me over to watch My Name is Earl on his computer...I'd never seen it and would laugh so hard. Once when we were watching it we heard my ex and his new person come in...I think my face fell because the last thing I needed was to hear them laughing together. Caleb looked at me and slammed the door to his room shut and I laughed as I turned back to the show. For some reason that silly thing meant a lot to me and it makes me smile to think of it.

We also used to turn on some B-52s and dance like crazy with friends in the dorm. The group of us would flip between dancing and jumping like crazy and doing corny dance moves like the "shopping cart". Laughing and dancing and B-52s are some of my favorite things.

I have a lot of good memories of Caleb. I am so thankful that we're friends.

Basically what I'm saying is, Caleb is one kickass mother fucker. Also? When he's a famous musician I'll get to say I knew him when. Maybe I'll even score some free concert tickets...

Happy birthday, Caleb. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you, but you can be sure I'll be sitting in my apartment chugging red wine for you tonight. Ok, mostly for me, but some for you too.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

If only I could carry a pen in my boobs...

It's Thursday and I haven't done a weekend update yet!

This weekend was great! Friday night I got the movie Inglorious Basterds from the Red Box at the grocery store. Geoff and I never watch recent movies. We really just can't afford a night at the movie theater (this may have something to do with my NEED to have a big bag of movie popcorn) and renting movies doesn't make for a cheap date either. The last movie we saw in theaters was The Dark Knight, and like I said...we never rent. We just watch whatevers available to download on our Netflix player which is mostly tv shows and indie movies or older movies. Anyway, $1 movie from Red Box = Joy! It was a good, albeit gruesome, movie. I heart Quentin Tarantino's style.

On Saturday, Geoff and I went to the Chili Festival at the Rhode Island Convention Center. We got to sample LOTS of chili, see a chili pepper eating contest, and met up with some friends. After about four hours of chili eating I just couldn't take any more, so we headed to a local bar with our friends Mark and Jennie.

After a couple of drinks, somehow the topic of Hooters (the restaurant) came up. I mentioned that I had never been to one before and so the other three decided that we must go. It was in Warwick which was only about 15 minutes away. I was really excited because everyone talks about their wings all the time...but I ended up being pretty disappointed. The place was packed (Saturday night...oops!), but we got a table right away and ordered our food. It left a lot to be desired...their wings weren't disgusting...but they weren't that good either. Oh well, we got a cheap pitcher of beer and our waitress carried her pen in her boobs so at least there was that. As Geoff said, "It's not about the food, it's about the scenery."

On the way home we stopped to return Inglorious Basterds to a Red Box and ended up getting The Hangover too. We watched that on Sunday...SO FUNNY! I kind of want to see it again...

Sunday was great. We had no plans at all so I was able to tidy up the apartment and then laze around all day. After we watched the movie we turned on the Olympic hockey game, but I just surfed the interwebs instead of paying attention. It was so nice to just relax and enjoy each others company this weekend instead of having visitors or visiting others. Yay!

What have you all been up to? Any fun Hooters experiences? Seen any good movies lately?

P.S. Don't forget to vote.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How They Find Me - Take 2

It's time for another installment of "How They Find Me"! Here, we take a look at what some people enter into their Google Search bar that brings them to my site. Be afraid.

has been keeping me up for days - What has? A scary movie? The fact that the US lost to Canada in hockey? Global warming? This is in no way a complete thought, and it's pretty rude of you to make Google's job that much harder.

wine fills a glass of love - While this doesn't really make sense, I will still agree with you because "wine", "love", and "fills a glass" are all in the same sentence.

persnickety people commercial - I believe that this post brought this person to me. Also, I hate the word persnickety.

gag wine - Wine is never a joke people!!! I mean is there a more cruel prank to pull on someone than "gag wine"? You sir, are an asshole.

red wine burrito - Hey, I'll try anything once. Where can I find one of these?

difference between yogurt and cake - Are there really still people out there who don't understand this? I thought I covered it in the post linked above, but apparently there are some lost souls out there. Let me make it clear one more time: The difference between yogurt and cake? Is EVERYTHING!!!

cook oat bran in microwave - I don't recommend it.

Oat Bran Fart - That. Is. Disgusting. And why do you need to google this?

no! those pants are ridiculous, this is just weird - What's weird is you having a conversation about clothes with Google. It doesn't wear pants...it's a search engine.

the morning after costume - Ah, the morning after costume. I'd say it looks like smeared mascara, a flushed face, a torn dress, ripped stockings, and stilletos that weren't meant for walking home hungover in. Not recommended for women with any self respect, but probably inevitable for most women at some point in your life.

no pants sit on glass table tops - EWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Why why why why would anyone do that? Why???? Oh, I see...hahahaha. But still ew and not ok. Tables are for setting your wine glass on, not for sitting on naked.

i'm gonna make you gag - If you're the same person who googled the above item, you already did. Either way, what the hell?

That's all I have for today, but I think that's enough...don't you?

Also, don't forget to go here and vote once a day for the Game Changers project! It's a program that Geoff works for that helps teach kids about nonviolence and healthy relationships. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Favor?

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well...I promise to do a real post later today or tomorrow, but for now I have a favor to ask. It'll just take 2 seconds of your time and I would really appreciate it.

Geoff works for a non-profit called the Sojourner House. They seeks to end violence through grassroots approaches that address the root causes of abuse. The program he works with helps to teach teens and their parents about healthy relationships. One of the main things they are working on right now is "The Game Changers Project" which is a partnership with a software developer and a youth group to find innovative, youth-driven ways to build safe and peaceable communities. This non-profit and especially this particular program are short on funds, but we can help! All you have to do is vote for them here:

http://www.refresheverything.com/gamechangers

to give them the opportunity to win a lot of money to make this project bigger and better. You can vote everyday through the end of the month. Let's help kids make this a more peaceful world, shall we?

Thank you in advance! I love you all!