Sunday, August 31, 2014

This and That.

My family has a blog. I don't post on it much (or ever...) because I have a blog here, but I love reading it and keeping up on the happenings of the family, especially those who live out of town. The other day my cousin Dana wrote a post called "This and That" that inspired me. So I thought I'd write my own "This and That" post. Thanks for letting me be a copycat, Dane!

1. I made salted caramel chocolate chip cookies bars for a lunch that I had with my aunts, mom, and cousins yesterday. This recipe never ceases to fail me when I can't decide what to bring. (The picture above is of the flower arrangements my aunts Mary and Janet put on the table - they are quite the hostesses.)

2. I joined 24 Hour Fitness a couple of weeks ago. Never in my life would I have ever thought I would join a gym. But a friend of mine who I walk with belongs there and said that she really enjoys their classes. So far I've taken Body Pump (weight lifting) and spinning. I've actually really enjoyed it and it's been great to have a friend to do it with. I'm pretty excited about this new phase of healthiness in my life.

3. I turned 27 a few weeks ago. 27. I'm officially in my late 20s. I know that's not old... but it feels like it a tiny bit.

4. My area of JPMorgan, Retirement Plan Services (aka the 401(k) people) was bought out by another company. So as of Tuesday, I will be working for Great West Financial.

5. I saw the movie Begin Again yesterday and think I'm going to add it to my list of favorite movies. Warning: it's rated R because they use a lot of that gosh darn f-word. But if you can get past that, it's a really good movie.

6. Tomorrow is September. Can you believe that? I'm so ready for fall.

7. It's been over a month now, but I got a second roommate named Becky. She is a friend of mine from church. I like her a lot and think she's a great addition to our home.

8. I really like the new Taylor Swift song. Like way more than I should...

I've started talking about Taylor Swift. I think that means that that's enough for now...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer Bucket List Update #2.

It's August 17th. Even though there is still a month of summer left, it feels like summer is winding down because school has started. My summer bucket list is getting closer and closer to being complete... So I thought I'd give you another update.

1. Ride bikes.
2. Play sand volleyball. 
3. Make homemade ice cream at least once. My good friend Mary was in town and she was a good sport and went along with my crazy summer bucket list ideas. We made homemade ice cream! Reese's peanut butter... mmm...
4. Perfect pies. Still a work in progress...  
5. Go cliff jumping.
6. Play capture the flag.
7. Go to the lake. I haven't made it to the Lake of the Ozarks, which is actually what I was thinking of when I wrote this list originally. BUT, I did make it to Blue Springs Lake one afternoon and I was actually pleasantly surprised with how great this little lake was. 
8. Have a party on my deck.
9. Go mini golfing. I have actually mini-golfed a couple of times this summer. Here I am with my parents... This was a really fun night.
10. Fly a kite. Along with making homemade ice cream, Mary and I flew a kite. No lie - this is one of the best times I've ever had. If you haven't flown a kite in a while, I'd recommend that you do. They are $8 at Target - it'll be the best $8 you spend in a long time. I promise. 
11. Stargaze.
12. Learn to play at least one song on the guitar.
13. Read a book… entirely in my hammock. Still a work in progress...
14. Babysit for my friends.
15. Jump off a diving board. I don't have a picture of this (thank goodness...), but we had a ladies retreat with my church a few weeks ago at a retreat center... that had a pool... that had a diving board... and I jumped off it quite a few times. Pretty great. 
16. Go on lots and lots of walks.
17. Sleep a night in my hammock. 
18. Go somewhere pretty at dusk and take cool pictures. So I didn't intentionally go somewhere to take this picture, but it's at dusk, and I think it looks cool. So I say we can cross it off the list.
19. Go visit Valeria and Jonathan at their new house.
20. Go check out this pretty bridge in Independence.

There are still quite a few things I need to cross off this list. The items that are top priority over the next month are:
-Play capture the flag.
-Have a party on my deck. (The planning for this is in the works, thanks to my new roommate Becky)
-Go visit Valeria and Jonathan at their new house.

One month left. Let's do this!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tried-It A Few Weeks Ago: Chicken Teriyaki Bowls.

I'm super behind on posting. There have been all sorts of things I've wanted to share with you but am just now getting around to it. Here's one I started a few weeks ago and am just now finishing...

I really like the sushi restaurant Ra. One time I wasn't in the mood for sushi so I got their chicken teriyaki bowl and haven't order sushi from there since because I like this bowl so much. So when I came across a recipe for a chicken teriyaki bowl on... you guessed it, Pinterest, I knew I had to try it.

I know that I get kind of excited about recipes sometimes. And hopefully if any of you have actually tried them you haven't been disappointed. But I loved this recipe. It came together quickly and had pretty common ingredients. I cheated and bought some frozen vegetables rather than chopping up and steaming my own - but once they were mixed in with everything else, you couldn't really tell. I'm a fan. And you will be too, when you try this recipe.

Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

So. good.

A much needed retreat...

Work has been stressful lately. So stressful, in fact, that I came down with hives the other day. There have only been a few times in my life that I've gotten hives from stress... And this week was one of them. BUT, the good news is that Wednesday night I got to leave it all behind... hop in a car with some of my favorite people, and start the trek to Colorado for vacation.

It's been just what I needed. Cool weather. Quality time with my family. Beautiful sights. (No mention of 401(k)s...) And I still have three days left! What a blessing this time has been...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Before you...

Hey friends! Remember me? I know... it's been a while. I'll try to get better at being more on top of this. I have some good recipes that I've tried out lately that I want to share. And I still need to show you the finished product of my deck project! Among other things...

But tonight I want to show you this. I just saw it on Pinterest and it was a super good reminder to me to think before I broadcast things. In our world filled with social media I just thought this was a really good reminder. So I thought I'd share it with you as well.