Sunday, April 11, 2010

The garden of a non-gardner/plant killer

Well, my husband and I are trying our hand at trying to actually grow some plants out on our meager little porch. Ideally we would like to have a big tree on the other side that blocks our view of the ever so wonderful Jack-in-the-Box. But here are the beginnings:

That would be the mint, catnip, rosemary, lavender, oregano, and thyme. Although our catnip is missing a good portion of its side leaves from a neighborhood moggy. Actually there was a good week where it went untouched. And then one day it happened....the leaves were missing. The plant has gotten over the trauma, although I am not sure that I have! The rest are all doing fairly well. But as I stated in the title...I am a plant killer. Not on purpose. I don't set out to be intentionally harmful to plants. However it just happens. I forget to water them. And then I try to over compensate which is often worse than forgetting to water them at all.

And this, this is the beauty of them all. My sister-in-law bought to many tomato plants for herself. So we, by default, received some as a gift in possibly the coolest planter ever. It is called a Topsy Turvy planter, and now I may actually be able to have fresh tomatoes on the little porch in the front. If you see the crazy lady with 50 topsy turvy's on her porch that is me...and that is because I am no longer a failed here's hoping!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I have become obsessed! I went from being a partial blog reader to researching the various blogs that are popular. I was looking at all of them, and then I literally had to make myself stop! It all started a couple of days ago when I was home for the day. I was looking at a recipe on Pioneer woman and I decided to wander further on that website than that recipe page, which I had not really done before.

Well, needless to say that was the start of something really good or really bad, depending on who you are. If you are my husband, you are probably not enjoying that I spent hours reading one blog. To my credit I was reading the Black Heels to Tractor Wheels Saga....who could blame me?

Well countless hours later I finished reading and became enthralled with finding various other blogs. Since my mind is always focused on food, I decided to look for a new food blog. And then I also found a book blog, a photo blog, a travel blog, and it just kept going. So after finding all of those new things to read the only thing I have done so far is make a new recipe. Maybe next I will read a new book.

And thus begins my healthy (of course) blog obsession!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I am Winky...Roar!!!!

My name is Winky. I am a cat, if you can't already tell. Not only am I a cat....I am an amazing cat, awesome cat, fearsome cat...need I go on? Well for starters, I came from Hawaii. I don't really know how i got there, but I was there for the first few years of my life. To be honest I can't remember very well, and the vets have no idea how old I am. Apparently you need more than two teeth to tell a cats age. How was I supposed to I said I am a vicious cat, those teeth were all lost for good reason.

Wait, I didn't say I was vicious??? Well I am! See?????

So a little more about me?? You shouldn't have asked! Well, I can't hear (fortunately my new owners taught me to type). My new mom figured it out when I slept through her vacuuming the house. Oh yes, I am missing a piece of my tongue as well. I would prefer to say, that that piece of tongue instead misses me.

I also only have one eye. My other one was lost. Unfortunately, this was during one of those times that I don't remember so well. I have a hard time catching the string in front of me, but I am so cute it almost doesn't matter.

But you know what I found out the other day? My mom goes around to different classrooms telling kids stories about me. Apparently they all want to meet me, but I tend to like staying home. I am a little bit of a recluse. But not many recluses can claim celebrity status throughout multiple classrooms in one city. I have even had pictures drawn of me. Some were a little more realistic then others, but I am all about art interpretation!

Well, it was great meeting you. And now you can thank me for giving you another one-eyed Winky to think about!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What a Week

Tristin's Birthday went absolutely wonderfully. I was able to make a delicious paella, have Spanish wine, an awesome salad, and a great desertish platter. What made it really special was just being together!

Monday, February 8, 2010


So after much time, thought, and effort, I have decided to start a master's program in education. I had my first class this past Thursday and it was really great. Although I am nervous about this whole new phase I am more excited than anything else. Although I would love to get a full time teaching position, I feel like my time will come, and I am not sure if it is with this current economy.
So to better serve myself the master's program and various other hobbies are keeping my mind out of the current state of things. But it doesn't take much to get my mind out with my new and wonderful husband to make me smile when I am down, my crazy cats run around and just make me laugh, and inventing new recipes helps me to keep my focus on things that are positive (so that I don't get down on myself).
So here is to a new road with school and a new marriage!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I am a serious blogger....can't you tell?

So after a few long months, all I have to say is WOW! This has been a wonderful, frustrating, eye opening, scary, financially strapped summer.

I moved up to the woods where I don't have cell phone reception, which can be both a blessing and a curse. It is amazing to have the peace and quiet but then when you need to use the phone, you can't. Or when you tell people over and over I don't get cell phone reception where I live, and they still get upset that you don't answer your phone. Hmmmm....

Moving has also made me understand myself better as well as my future husband. We are learning how to better communicate as well as work our schedules together. We are finally starting to get better about talking about our finances together. This is always challenging. Finances can be the cause of a lot of problems so I think it is best to be open about it. So we are definitely working on it.

Now after finally getting used to the summer, having a sugar daddy and looking for jobs, I am back to subbing again. It is bittersweet really. I am thankful that I have the work, but I would really love a full time job. The thought of having my own classroom makes me so excited, but this may not be my year. There is still hope.....

Well I will try to be better about this blog thing. I like having an outlet...

Friday, June 5, 2009

At last...

So here I am writing yet again. After substituting for 2.5 weeks in a high school history class. It was quite an interesting experience, although I have to say that it did get a little repetitive after a bit of time. But there is always that saying, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." I had a job until the end of the school year, which is more than a lot of people, and I was requested for it.

But now after working almost every day since January, I have not school anymore. What's a girl to do? I have decided that I would like to start a masters program, but I decided a little to late, and I missed the application deadlines. But I have been contacting the programs to see if I can take one or two classes before enrolling. That would be perfect and would help me to reach my goal, which is to have my masters before I am 30.

So since being out of school I have been able to relax a bit and work on things that needed to get done, like Tristin and my wedding website:
I have also been doing a lot more cooking lately as well as trying a gluten free diet. I have realized that gluten an I don't agree to much, but so many yummy things have apple pie!!!! But I have found it like a fun challenge.
Food and I have this relationship....I like it and it likes me. It is quite revolutionary really. So I am trying to come up with some new recipes and put them up here.

Well I think this is a pretty impressive entry for myself. I am trying here, one small step at a time.