I Love Having A Dining Room

Yes, you read that right. I love having a dining room again. For the first time since I was pretty young, say 12 or 13, I have a dining room that is used almost every evening. The other plus to using the dining room almost every night means that I’m cooking almost every night as well. Even on nights when I work until close (I get out of work by 9:40-ish at the latest and home by 10) either Bill or I cooks dinner. It’s so awesome, and I feel so much better.

Growing up poor, I ate alot of packaged dinners, like hamburger helper, so I avoid the stuff at all costs. Cheap, quick meals for us generally mean a burger or bratwurst cooked on the foreman grill (outdoor grill now that it’s nice outside again) and some steamed veggies, shrimp stir fry over rice, or chicken and mushroom quesadilla’s with steamed rice (I’m pro at making Chipotle style rice at home). But most nights, we spend around 30-40 minutes making something.

Some things we have cooked over the past week are:

  • Spare ribs with grilled mushrooms, green beans, asparagus, and a tossed salad.
  • Grilled BBQ chicken, with grilled mushrooms, green beans, asparagus, and a tossed salad.
  • Grilled cheeseburgers, mushrooms, and tossed salad.
  • Grilled chicken, penne with spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, and steamed broccoli. (this was tonight’s dinner)

Another bonus we have been reaping lately is the beautiful spring weather. It’s made us able to fire up our grill again, and cook that way. I dunno about everyone else, but I seriously love grilling things on a good charcoal grill, and nothing matches the taste either. Both Bill and I have become quite awesome at grilling from last summer, so I can’t wait to see what we can make this year.

All in all it makes me feel very domesticated, but super happy to cook a delicious, healthy meal, and sit down with my husband at the table and enjoy it.

P.S. I’ve also put up a new layout! Questions, comments, etc are quite welcome!

I can haz been busy?

I’ve been incredibly busy lately. Bill and I have been doing a ton of spring cleaning, especially since our roommates have moved out. We started by ripping out our living and dining room carpet to uncover the awesome hardwood floors underneath. Then we moved our computers to the extra bedroom we now have to make it into an office. Then we moved the living room around. Then we actually set up a dining room, which by the way it’s awesome having a dining room. We’ve also cleaned up our bedroom and kitchen and re-arranged our kitchen cabinets. Now that most of the house is in order, we’re both feeling alot better overall, and the guilt of the house being messy and unorganized is finally wearing off.

I’ve also been busy working. I really like my new job, and so far it seems to be going really well. My benefits kick in on May 1st and I just can’t wait. I haven’t had health coverage in well over 6 years, so I’m actually excited to schedule an appointment to go in and just have a checkup. I’m also going to be asking for a prescription for Chantix to attempt quitting again. I had done so well until I got laid off and I can’t get around remembering how miserable I was for close to a month when I quit last time. So I’m hoping that with the Chantix I can finally quit for good, without the terrible cravings, sleepless nights, etc.

I also made a huge decision. I’m going to be registering to go to Kent starting in the fall. I’m going to be going for a B.F.A. in 2-D graphic design. Bill is also going to be going to school in the fall, he’s just deciding between Kent and fire school.

I’m also trying to take a picture a week. I would try a 365, but I know I would fail. I figure if I simply try for a picture a week, chances are I will make it! So add me on DailyBooth if you have one!

Questions Answered!

I waited a few days, and now I’ll answer the questions I was asked!

From Ally:

What is your least favorite word?

Hmmm. Probably cunt. I curse alot, but it is one of those words that just seems too dirty to me, so I rarely if ever will say it.

What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

When I was in 8th grade, my locker was right in front of a 7th grade homeroom. Early in the year I had spilled a pop on the top shelf of my locker, and being the smart 14 year old I was, instead of cleaning it up, I put a folder over it. Come the end of the year when I was cleaning out my locker, I was trying to remove said folder. I couldn’t reach the top shelf, as I was still really short at the time (like 4’11″), so I was standing inside the locker pulling on the folder. It eventually ripped and sent me sliding across the floor right into the 7th graders homeroom. I was mortified.

From Caity:

What is your favorite thing to do with Bill?

Thats a tough one. Probably sitting in the office playing WoW with him, or the 15 minutes or so before we fall asleep and we lay in bed together cuddled up watching tv.

What are you proudest of yourself in your life?

Surviving. It sounds lame, but I’ve built myself a pretty normal life, when I could have let circumstances in my life swallow me whole. My coping skills are amazing, and sometimes I think I should write a book about how I view death and the grieving process.

What is your most prized possession?

My wedding ring/engagement ring, my Macbook Pro, and my car.

If you had to throw out a clothing item of Bill’s, what would it be?

Nothing. I’m very lucky in the Bill cares about his appearance, unlike some guys, and his clothing choices show that.

Ask me something, anything!

I’ve seen a few people posting this recently, and it’s something I also like to do from time to time. So here’s your chance, ask me anything. And I do mean anything (within reason of course). There’s not much I consider to be a taboo subject, and I’m not too private of a person. So ask away!

Happy Birthday (to me)!

Holy shit, am I really 28 today? It seems so… old. Yet, I don’t feel any different. This birthday has been pretty spectacular. I got the day off work, the weather is the best it has ever been on my birthday (mid 60′s) and Bill is off from work today as well. So it’s been pretty awesome.

As far as loot goes, I went to the Cavs vs Spurs game Monday night with Bill as part of my birthday present. We got awesome tickets from his work, and they made sure it was for a Spurs game since that is Bills all-time favorite team, and slowly becoming one of mine as well. The game was awesome and the Cavs ended up winning, and I was kinda peeved that Lebron didn’t play, but I did get to see Ginobili play which was awesome. My brother got me an awesome pink plaid with hearts fleece blanket. I also picked up Final Fantasy XIII, so I know what I’ll be doing all month haha.

All in all my day has been great and I went and got myself my birthday present. I’ve wanted my nose pierced for quite a while, so I decided to celebrate my tongue piercings 10th birthday by getting my right nostril pierced. After that I ran out to work to pick up some jewelry I wanted to buy and spent some time chatting with my manager.

The only sucky part to my day was that my new phone, the HTC Hero from Sprint, had the menu button stop working today. So I ran by Sprint on my way out from the mall and they’re replacing my phone for me! So the sucky part turned into an okay part!

Tonight we’re having dinner at Bravo! with Bill’s friend Tony for my birthday and then tomorrow it’s back to the grind.