Friday, September 30, 2005

Busy Week

I had a busy week. With almost missing a homework deadline and just work and stuff in general.

Today I came home and our house was swarming with boxelder bugs (on the outside) so remembering what a neighbor had told us at National Night Out, I did a google on "boxelder bug dish soap" and found that a mixture of dish soap and water (3:7 ratio) killed them, so I put some in the sprayer and wow.. Now we have dead bugs on our house! But still, they stopped swarming, soooo fast.

Tonight, we decided to get out as it was a nice night, so we went to the Burnsville Blaze football game. They were playing Rosemount. It was a nice night to get out, but I didn't watch much of the game, as I sat and pondered if I had once been like all those kids at the game. I mean, I don't remember watching much of any football games, and definitely probably paid more attention to the danceline, just like the Burnsville fans, but I don't remember not sitting still at all, and yelling and goofing off the whole time... but maybe I did. I will have to ask my mom. I suppose I don't remember exactly how I acted in a lot of situations that took place 15 years ago! :)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Week 3 Power Rankings...

Not that power rankings really mean anything, but it does cheer a Packer fan up when they lose again and the Vikings finally win, but the Vikes still drop 11 in the rankings to 31 and just barely topped by the Packers at 30!

Surviving the 2005 Football Season

If you are a Packer fan, I advise plenty of food. Chili Cheese Dip and Sloppy Joes are a good start!

My chili-cheese dip, recipe probably came from a Velveeta box at some point...

Chili-Cheese Dip

In a crockpot mix the following:

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Serve with:


It's that easy, and it takes the edge off of interceptions!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Subway

Subway is so hit or miss. I like it a lot, because there are a lot of options that are healthier than eating other fast food, but sometimes somethings off. And you can't always tell what. At one point I think I went for almost a year without Subway because of a bad experience in a gas station Subway off of 94 somewhere in Wisconsin. That time my cucumbers were just weird.

I just tried the new Chicken Parmesan sandwich, I thought it would be made with their grilled chicken, but instead they had like two breaded chicken fingers. The whole thing by the time I walked the block back to work, was just super soggy. Just not a great experience.

I must say my favorite that I get there is roast beef with their sweet onion sauce and banana peppers. Best with Pepperjack cheese (which is their healthiest cheese). I usually have it toasted with the tomatoes added before they toast it. Yummmm!! Put it on the deli round bread and it is a super cheap meal!

Can you tell I just got back from lunch, and I don't want to go back to work??!

Baked Sauerkraut & Chops

I had some leftover sauerkraut and some pork chops. So I got an apple and made this. I liked it a lot! It's different, but good. And sauerkraut is ZERO points... I like the tang of sauerkraut and with the sweetness of apples and brown sugar... yummm...

I also halved the recipe...

Baked Sauerkraut & Chops

1 large can sauerkraut
2 apples, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 to 6 pork chops
salt


Mix sauerkraut, apples, and brown sugar well; place in large baking dish. Cover with pork chops. Salt to taste. Cover. Bake for 1 1/2 hours at 350°. Remove cover the last 15 minutes to brown.
Serves 4 to 6.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Good Life on the South Side

This week, I have 2 more reasons of why life is good on the South Side!

A. The nasty storm that went through the north side last night!

B. I don't live in Anoka County anymore (Yes Columbia Heights is Anoka County, strange but true!) I hardly want to live in a county that's promised a LOT of money to build a stadium to benefit the Vikings organization! If a proposed increase in taxes can prevent a school levy from passing; it should be able to prevent taxes which profit the Vikings!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Relaxing Evening at Home

Last week I started working earlier hours so I get home earlier and take a little time off my commute. The earlier hours also overlap with my co-workers in India, so none of us have to wait a full work day for a response.

But tonight was the first night I realized how much evening time it provides me! When I got home I took a 45 minute nap, then spent about 45 minutes typing up an assignment, then watched about 20 min of tv, made dinner, ate dinner, watched about 30 minutes of storm coverage and then another hour of tv! And now it's 8:30 and I'll have time to figure out what I will wear tomorrow and get to bed by 9, as I have been getting up at 5 am these days.

But that's a lot of stuff I got done. So far I am loving the new schedule!

Monday, September 19, 2005

A New Season

The premiere's started last week, and there are a lot this week.

I just watched the Series Premiere of How I Met Your Mother, and I'm not sure what I thought. It had the band geek girl from American Pie, and Neil Patrick Harris (aka Doogie Howser) And some good laughs. But it's narrated kind of like how The Wonder Years were. I will have to watch another episode...

Also been watching the Biggest Loser and Survivor (Can't believe it's the 11th season!) And I'm very excited for the premiere of The Office tomorrow!

My Matchmaking...

Last December, after a few cosmopilitans at the company holiday party, I suggested to a co-worker of mine that he let me set him up with my friend Jane.

I took her to his house for a party a few weeks later, and now they are getting married in 3 weeks!! Chad and I helped both celebrate this weekend at the bachelor and bachlorette parties.

Here is a picture of my camp friends from the party. Jane is the other cute redhead :) (front and center)




PS. I'm retired from matchmaking as I am quitting while I am ahead!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Figured something out...

In continuing my googling, I found that blogspot has now added an option where I can require word verification (like you see at ticketmaster.com) so my blog is not being "Comment-Spammed". Nice!

It's turned on now, for those of you who care to comment!

Blog Readers Beware!!

So spyware has reached blogger... Dagnabit.

I just did a little googling as yesterday, immediately after I posted, I had a "comment" added to my message about how to download spyware... well that's weird I thought...

Not that what I found was anything about that, but what I did find is that you can end up with adware and tracking, by pushing that button you see in the upper right hand corner, that says "next blog"... So don't push that button!!! Just come here, read my post. I am not going to intentially provide you with any software that you do not want through my links... but I'm warning you now, to watch out for that "next blog" button.. That is out of my control, as I don't host this blog.

May spyware be loaded on your computer and I'm working hard so you don't contract any viruses from me!

Mouse Lefty

I switched my mouse to the left side, to see if that helps me sit up better. I'm still pretty slow with it, but I do seem to be sitting up straighter. It helped my mom, so hopefully it'll help my back too! :)

Thankfully I have a cordless mouse so it's easy to move back and forth for when I'm in a hurry!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Getting better MPG

I just read an interesting article at RealSimple.com about Saving Money On Gas. It's nothing out of the ordinary, and it's not going to save you tons of money, but it'll help. Little hints like not toting your golf clubs around everywhere you go and using cruise control on the highway... just an interesting article I thought I'd share...

Out of Shape

I am realizing how out of shape I have gotten this past year. I know I've lost a lot of weight, but my muscles are out of shape. I just did a 25 minute Pilates video. And I realized how tense I am. My muscles need to be stretched!!! All I did this summer was some walking with the occaisional bike ride or jog...

Now that the weather is changing I have to join a gym, or get back to something at home.. Yikes. I have also been experiencing a really sore back and neck. I'm going to try and switch to using the mouse on my left side at work to see if that forces a change in my posture... as massages get expensive!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Jay's Jerk Chicken

This is not a new recipe of mine, but one that I made this weekend for our guests, and I hadn't made it in a long time.

I got this from allrecipes.com, where it has a 5 star rating, and it deserves it!

I usually make it with kiwi and garlic as the recipe notes suggest. Although I forgot the brown sugar and garlic last weekend. And I usually marinade overnight...

Jay's Jerk Chicken
Submitted by: R.H. Solomon


6 green onions, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme*
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions:
1. In a food processor or blender, combine the green onions, onion, jalapeno pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, thyme, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Mix for about 15 seconds. 2. Place the chicken in a medium bowl, and coat with the marinade. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight. 3. Preheat grill for high heat. 4. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook chicken on the prepared grill 6 to 8 minutes, until juices run clear.


*I use a tsp of dried thyme.

Packers... not a good start

I had a nice weekend. Not super relaxing, but very nice! Saturday we had people over for our "house warming" We spent the morning cleaning and getting ready. And we had quite a crowd including some active children! :)

Sunday morning we cleaned again! And I did some shopping. Came home and watched the 2nd half of the Vikings game. And then the depressing Packer game. They did not look good, and now Javon Walker is out for the season, so I can't expect much now... :( I am also sick of all the hype about Favre and him being old and decrepit... because he's not. He can still throw, he just needs some time and someone to throw to. And they killed themselves with penalties yesterday... it was just messy.

The best thing out of football yesterday is that I am 1 of the 10 (originally 30) who survived the survivor league I am in. Poor Chad had a rough day. He got knocked out of two survivor leagues and lost his best receiver (Walker) in Fantasy Football. It's sad, but it always helps me get through rough Packer games when Chad doesn't have anything to gloat (Vikings) about.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Beef Taco Mac

Last night I tried this recipe. It was very good. I might try it with chicken next time, as I can think of lots of better way to eat steak... like as just a plain old steak :) But it was good and Chad really liked it... another one of those dishes he knew he would like, because he liked all the ingredients separately.

Beef Taco Mac
(I found this on simondelivers.com)

1 lb Beef Steaks, cubed
1 tbsp vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 med onion, chopped
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
2 cans (14 1/2 oz - 16 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cup rotini (spiral) pasta, uncooked (I used whole wheat)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Cut beef steaks lengthwise into 1" wide strips and the crosswise into 1" pieces.
2. In a dutch oven or large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and onion; cook for 3 minutes, stir occasionally.
3. Stir in salt, taco seasoning, tomatoes, pasta, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with cheese before serving.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Our Seattle Trip


Last Wednesday, both Chad and I left work early and caught a flight to Seattle. Our flight went well and we arrived on time. Checked into our hotel and went out to scour up some dinner... after waiting and waiting at the restaurant we chose, the manager told us there was a glitch in their system, and we ended up with a free dinner. Not so bad, since we weren't in a hurry!


Thursday morning we didn't get up in time for the complimentary breakfast (the last time we made that mistake) so we walked a few blocks to a coffee shop, and got a muffin and read the paper. Came back to the hotel, and a little bit later, Dan and Heather arrived from Eugene. We caught up a little, before heading out to the Mariner - Yankee game at Safeco Field. The Mariner's won big, and it was a lot of fun seeing all the Ichiro fans and the stadium.


Thursday night we stayed in. We stayed in a Residence Inn, so we had a kitchen and Heather had brought some great braised beef. We got to bed early, as we had to be up before 9 for breakfast!

Friday we walked down and caught the monorail downtown. We went down to check out the Public Market and the Pike Place Fish Company. We only saw one flying fish, but it was still pretty fun seeing all the big fish and crawling crabs and such. We followed that up with a bite to eat at Ivar's where even I ate some fried fish!

Friday evening we headed down to Qwest Field to see the Seahawks play the Vikings. Unfortunately the Vikings won, but the field was awesome. By far the best stadium I've ever been to... yes I think it is better than Lambeau and Browns stadium. Doesn't have the history those teams have, but we could see the water from our seats and the whole place was just so nice!



Saturday Dan and Chad got up early for golf. Heather and I slept in, took in some coverage of Katrina, and then headed out for some shopping. We walked back down towards the market. Stopped at Nordstrom Rack, and several other shops. The boys ran into some car trouble, but luck was with them and it was only a $10 fuse that needed to be replaced! Saturday night we went out to a nice dinner at Wild Ginger. It was very yummy. And the drinks were great too. I recommend the Mango Mojito and the Seven Flavored Beef. They didn't have much of a dessert menu, so we headed downstairs to the Triple Door and enjoyed some great vanilla creme brulee at the restaurant/bar downstairs and then we made it a pretty early night and went back to the room to play some Farkel. Pretty tame night, especially since Trey Anastacio was playing about a mile from where we were staying! I'm still kind of surprised Chad didn't act like he wanted to go!

Sunday, we got up early and headed up to Anacortis where we caught a ferry to Orcas Island part of the San Juan islands. It was a beautiful day, but not real clear. When we got to Orcas Island we drove up to the top of Mount Constitution, where we couldn't see anything. We drove back down a ways and took in an amazing view though including a few deer. So beautiful. Other than the horrible service and food at what appeared to be the only restaurant open the day was great! When we got back, we ordered food in and played some more Farkel.

Monday we got up early. We wanted to see the Space Needle and I was determined not to leave Seattle without having a Starbucks Coffee! The space needle was amazing! We weren't able to see Mount Rainier, but didn't feel so bad when we found out it can only be seen from the Space Needle about 100 days a year. We were however able to see Pier 70, site of "The Real World-Seattle". After the Space Needle, we headed off to find a Starbucks. I wasn't going to make everyone go downtown to the original one, we had already walked by several times, but amazingly we walked a long ways without finding one before we finally decided we were close enough to just head over to the original where we saw this band and this girl dancing. It was a ton of fun to watch and a great way to end our trip before heading back to the hotel to collect our things for the airport.

Seattle was a great time. I highly recommend visiting if you haven't had the chance, and going back if you have been there!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Seattle

SOS... I forgot how funny Dan Peterson is...