Monday, April 26, 2010

Winning the Catholic Compatibility Game

I had the pleasure of going to see "Till Death Do Us Part" at the Lyceum Theatre this past weekend. The show was a parody of a Catholic nun teaching pre-marriage classes (if I was Catholic I would know what the actual name for these are...and I would be taking them!). JJ and I were the ONLY engaged couple in the audience so we got called up on stage to compete in the compatibility game. We were also the only couple that had been married less than 20 years so our competitors could have been our grandparents. This picture is hard to make out but the most important part is that we won

St. Monica team: 19      
St. Ann team: 16

During the "Would you Rather" phase of the game, we both picked that we would rather wear a garter belt than a chastity belt. If that doesn't prove that we should get married I don't know what does.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

House Lust

Lately I have been very sick with a case of "house lust." Now that I have a roommate, I can afford to have cable and therefore watch HGTV for hours and hours at night. I have become that annoying person who constantly comments on aspects of decorating when they visit your house. Last night I went to a dinner party and literally started taking pictures of rooms in her house with my phone. Do they have meds for this problem?

Until I can afford a house I guess I'll have to be satisfied with 800 square feet. Even in this small of space, JJ has gotten in the habit of asking where I'm going if I leave the room. There are approximately three rooms in the apartment so my options are limited. A typical exchange might go something like this:

J: "Babe, where did you go?"
E: "To the kitchen to get some water"
J: "When are you coming back?"
E: "I'm only 22 steps away...."

I suppose there might be times when this is endearing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Popcorn pants

When you are in college you get to spend a weekend hanging out and getting spoiled by your mom as long as you call it a "Mom's Weekend." Since I am no longer in college I leeched on to my sister's "Mom's Weekend" so I could share in the fruits of my mom being in town.

Typically I just eat some yogurt for breakfast (or if I'm really feeling adventurous I'll have some cinnamon pecan Special K cereal) but since it was "Mom's Weekend" I met my mom and sister at a bed and breakfast and ate fruit crepes, bacon and all kinds of other wonderful breakfasty treats.

The progression from yummy breakfast to the picture above is really irrelevant. What is relevant is that I bought some chocolate covered popcorn and in haste to open the box as quickly as possible the popcorn went all over the car. I thought I had cleaned it all up (aka stuffed it all into my mouth) but when we stopped at the mall to get our nails done it was clear that I had missed a few. A few sneaky pieces of popcorn found their way under by bum and remained there, melting to my skirt and the car seat, for the hour long drive. I don't usually like to talk about poop because my mother says it is not lady like (and I am a LADY!) but I feel it is okay just this once because that is precisely what it looked like.

My sister, Melanie, is the most prepared person ever. If you need it and it is obscure, she has it! We were once staying in a hotel at the beach and a storm came through and knocked out all the power. She had flashlights and a battery powered radio packed in her suitcase. Freak! But, on the day I had chocolate popcorn melted to my butt I was glad she carries stain stick in her purse.

Haste makes Waste. That's what they say.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Meet Sophia

According to my blogspot profile I have ONE follower to my blog. I assumed that this would be my mom or my super supportive sister-- but I was wrong.

Meet Sophia: the one follower to my blog

Happy Weekend, Sophia.

Next week in cake class we are supposed to make a rainbow cake. Whatever is left of my cake after I attempt to frost it and transport it back and forth to Hobby Lobby belongs to you, Soph. Lucky you.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I feel like the Sweedish are torturing me. They have made the perfect televison stand for my small little living room. It matches my the color and style of all the other pieces already in the room. The catch: I can't get to it! Why, oh why, is there no IKEA anywhere near me. Only people who live in little apartments in big cities get to have access to IKEA. But, those of us who are forced to live in little apartments in little cities do not.
I want to know how I can get the lovely IKEA piece I want. It is like torture to know that the Sweedish made this piece just for me (and my tv) and I have no way of getting it to me!

Simmons is creating a eco mattress that is sustainable all the way to its core. I know they are not the first to manufacture an organic mattress but I have never really cared one way or another about mattresses until recently.  I have been promised a new mattress when I get married (which is, of course, why I am getting married!) and perhaps this is just what I need. I have so many other things I've got to get done during the day so it seems ideal to be able to save the environment while I sleep!  Now if I could just figure out a way to either:
a.) not have to share my bed after I get married OR
b.) find a bed big enough for my gigantic fiance

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cake Class 101

Remember when I said I was taking a cake decorating class? You better believe I spent the better part of my evening last night (more like the whole evening since I go to bed at the same time as my grandma) in a class room learning the ins and outs of icing a cake. The class is comprised of what appears to be an Amish boy who has decided to make cakes for his 4-H project, Amish boy's Mom, a few grandmothers, and some other people who appear to be much more artistic than I am. Little do they know, I watch a lot of television shows about cakes so I am basically an expert already.

I am all to familiar with what can happen when one is left alone in the Hobby Lobby cake decorating isle with a 40% coupon and an ADHD sweet tooth. Looks like I'll be eating raman noodles for the rest of the week to make up for the shiny new cake pans and eight shades of gel food dyes I left the store with.

Next time we are supposed to bring a cake with us to class- already made and frosted. Apparently by taking "class 1" they are assuming you aren't retarded with your oven and a knife. Crap.

Remind me again why I decided to take this on? Oh yeah, to keep myself busy so I won't foster any weenie dogs.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Weenie Fever

"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."

- Jane Austen
I think what Jane Austen was really talking about here was weenie dogs. Or maybe that is my own interpretation of this quote. I have found myself unable to think about anything other than fostering these two adorable dachshunds from the Columbia Humane Society. A friend of mine sent me an email about how the humane society had won some award and would be remodeling- blah blah blah skip forward- they need foster parents for all their dogs!

And what did I find when I devoured their website looking for possible temporary additions to my family of one? Dapple Dachshund sisters!

Don't worry, I realize this is a bad idea and that I need a hobby to distract me from fostering animals in my teeny tiny apartment. So, I've enrolled in cake decorating. I'm not joking.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cable Cord Show-Down

The cable cords in my office are a hot mess and this morning, before the caffeine from my coffee had kicked in, we had a show-down. There are so many cords coming out of the wall and plugged in to various surge protectors that I wouldn't even know where to start if I wanted to take the time to organize them. So I've just left them until today when they decided they would try to break my leg/neck/nose. I took a nice big fall, landing in a contorted mess next to my airport hand-me-down office chairs.

The non-profit I work for is getting accredited in a few weeks. I guess I have a few weeks to figure out how to make the space behind my desk less of a safety hazard. The surge protector certainly cannot be moved below my desk because that is where I keep my two boxes of Special K cereal and a pair of slippers that I wore all winter when the building was really cold.

I wish I knew how to be one of those really organized people who keeps their cords wrangled together with velcro and color coded with labels!

Monday, April 5, 2010

It's all about the chocolate bunnies

Happy Easter everyone! I do miss the coconut bunny cakes my mom used to make each year (just like the one I found here). She loves holidays more than anyone I've ever met. I also miss running around the yard collecting plastic easter eggs filled with nickels and dimes. Despite being too old for all of these things, this Easter was very nice. I got to go to church and lunch with my whole family which is exactly what I wanted. Then I just relaxed on my couch with all the windows open reading the newest Chelsea Handler book. Oh, and I ate Easter candy for dinner. Diets don't count on holidays that involve chocolate bunnies.

I hope everyone remembers that this holiday is about much more than colorful eggs and chocolate bunnies!

"He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" (Luke 24:6-7)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

the good ol' days

It's days like today, when it is 85 degrees outside after a very long and snowy winter, that I wish I was still in college. I sat at my desk most of the day staring longingly out my window wishing I was at the winery A-frame like the "good ol' days."

But alas, I have become a member of the spring break lacking working class. Atleast Justin Bieber's CD is number one in the nation. Something is right with the world!