Housewarming Party Menu

So I just bought a place and will be moving in at the end of the month. One of the most exciting things about this is that I get to throw a housewarming party! Two actually, one for family and one for friends. This means I get to make hors d’ oeuvres. WIN!! I spent half the weekend pouring over cookbooks and this is the menu that I’ve come up with. If you have any ideas or recipes to add, I’d love to hear them!

Pesto stuffed cherry tomatoes

Chicken wontons

Fried macaroni and cheese

Bacon wrapped shrimp

Twice baked new potatoes

Flautas

I can’t wait! I love to make stuff like this for parties!

Stuff I like

Silly doodles

Weiner dogs

School fundraiser candy

Adorable aprons

Turquoise kitchen appliances

Stuffed food


Marshall Eriksen

Online Dating

I was tossed into the dating world about three years ago, with pretty much no idea what I was doing. I had been in a relationship with the same guy since I was 16. That didn’t leave much room for dating practice. So what does a dating noob in their early to mid-twenties do when they have no idea where to start? They go online.

Online dating has been… interesting. I’ve gone on so many bad dates that I’m starting to wonder if I’m crazy to keep trying.

One fine young man insulted my job, my interests, and basically called me an alcoholic, even though I’d had nothing to drink. Not a keeper. At the other end of the spectrum, another super guy decided I was exactly the kind of girl he’d like to marry and told me he hoped we’d start trying to have kids in the next two to three years. Still yet another fellow thought an interesting contribution to the conversation would be to look up porn actress names on his smart phone. This was the only contribution he made the entire night. The rest of the evening was full of me dragging words out of his mouth like a wet bag of hammers. Frustration!

And yet I press on! Continuing to meet guys online in the hopes of finding someone that doesn’t annoy the crap out of me. This week I have two dates with two different internet guys. Cross your fingers for me that one of them will be awesome!

Elijah Wood is effing creepy

I’m sorry, but it is so.

Also, his teeth freak me out. Like a lot.

Moose adventures

Moose is my miniature dachshund.

He is the most adorable stubborn little thing and he hates it when I dress him up in outfits.

Luckily for him, I don’t want to be one of those dog owners. On the rare occasion that I do make him wear something, I feel properly ashamed of myself.

Today Moose and I went on a walk by the ocean.

There are always a ton of people out on Sundays in the summer and I always see something interesting. Today I saw a man running with one of those little ice cream carts.

He ran a circle around me, then sprinted towards the bushes, all the while pushing the ice cream cart. Then he looked around all sketch-like and rammed the cart right into a little hole in the bushes. He then proceeded to pull pieces of branch around the cart to hide it from view. As I walked away, he backed out of the bushes looking all dodgy, then ran towards the ocean. What the hell? I wish I had followed him a bit and tried to sort out the mystery of the secret ice cream cart.

Instead Moose and I walked back home where we both had delicious naps.

Hawaii

I just got back from an amazing trip to Hawaii with my parents and brother. I’m probably too old to be going on family vacations, but my family is awesome, so who cares. Plus we were celebrating my parents’ 50th birthdays and 25th wedding anniversary. I think that justifies a sweet family vacation. We stayed just north of Ka’anapali in a condo with a sweet pool. I miss getting up every morning super early to read by the pool while everyone else slept.

I also enjoyed a couple of sunrise beach walks. It was beautiful!

We did a little jet skiiing and a little snorkeling. It was a pretty good time. I wish we had a little more time there to do some exploring. And I wish I had a camera other than my phone. There was some pretty amazing scenery that was just begging to be captured on film.

I miss you, Hawaii! I hope to visit you again soon!

Drunken Oscars Review

So, I just watched the Oscars. I never watch the whole thing. Ever. This time I watched most of it. At least, I watched until I got too drunk to pay attention. Unfortunately the best ones are at the end, so I kind of missed those. I’m vaguely aware of what/who won, though.

I’m kind of pissed that Doubt didn’t win Best Picture. It was god damned amazing. It made me like Meryl Streep, and I can’t stand that wench, with her freaking bar of soap face! I think that’s Oscar worthy, don’t you?

Also, maybe I was just drunk, but it seemed like Will Smith gave out thirteen awards. Is that correct? Why does everyone love him so much? He makes me angry with is stupid comments on marriage counseling being a cheat, and his belief that his son is psychic. Why does marrying a lesbian make you so genius at life?? SHUT UP! Go back to fresh princing with Jazzy Jeff and keep your blow hard opinions to yourself!

Aside from that, I think it was a pretty good Oscars year. Hugh Jackman did a pretty good job, I thought, although I’m not sure what the point of even having a host is anymore. It seemed like he was barely there. His musical number with Beyonce was the most I think I saw of him. His accent is hot.

I didn’t see Benji Button, or Slumdog, so I’ll have to give those the benefit of the doubt. Probably.

P.S. I love Kate Winslet!

P.P.S. Lol @ Mickey Rourke

2009 Resolutions

Now that January is almost over, I thought I’d get some of my resolutions up on here. I’m so timely, I know. I only have a couple, so here they are, in a nice, albeit short, list.

1) Do something nice for someone else every day.
2) Begin learning one new thing/skill a month, and stick with it.

Not a huge list, but these are things that I want to take seriously.

Doing something nice for someone else every day seems lame/little, and I probably already do this. The idea is really to focus on more positive things;to have generosity as a frame of mind. Plus, doing things for other people just generally makes you feel good. Pretty much these are built around being generally more positive.

Learning new things is sort of my way of combating the boredom/monotony of living alone. So far I’ve learned to crochet a hat, and I’m currently learning sign language from youtube video lessons. You can learn anything on there! Next up is guitar. Obviously I’m not going to be a real talent from watching youtube lessons, but it’s at least a start. I figure I can get some basics down and go from there.

So, yay for resolutions! Let’s see how the year goes!

WTF Weddings?

A guy at my work just got engaged over the weekend. It seems like everyone I know is getting married and/or having offspring. I can’t quite wrap my head around it. I guess I’m just getting to the age where that is normal. I should probably get used to my peers getting hitched/knocked up. On one hand, I feel behind. I feel like everyone is ahead of me in life and I need to catch up.

On the other hand, I feel nowhere near ready to get married and have kids. I feel way too immature to handle any of that. I’m still trying to figure what I want out of life just on my own. If you threw a husband and some loin fruit in the mix, I’d surely drop the juggling balls.

HOWEVER! That didn’t stop me from perusing wedding dresses online while at work today. All immaturity issues aside, I think that fantasizing about your wedding day is just something that comes along with having a vagina.

Here’s one of my favorite dresses that I found today.

Also, to be clear, if an awesome, interested guy showed up, I wouldn’t turn him away, I just wouldn’t be into getting married any time soon. Capiche?

If the rhythm feels good let me hear you say ‘uh uh baby’

Oh, hi. I didn’t see you there. Welcome to my blog. Pull up a chair. Would you like some tea? I’m sorry that I’m out of sugar substitute. I hope plain sugar is ok. Can I interest you in a cookie? No? Ok, well let’s begin.

I’m not entirely sure what I want the main focus of this blog to be. I have several ideas. I think I may use this space to keep track of my general goals/2009 resolutions, but I’m not so good with boundaries. If I try to stick to just the one topic, I’ll probably avoid blogging completely.

For now I suppose I will just say this blog is going to be whatever is in my brain while I’m writing it.

I bid you good day.

No, no… you can’t take my teacup with you… No, please… put it back, thank you.

I said good day.

I said GOOD DAY, SIR!