Thursday, March 25, 2010

10 things I like about Arizona

Sometimes I pine for winter and the East Coast and being anywhere but here. I decided it was time to focus on the good in Arizona.  Here are 10 things I like about Arizona.

1.  Flip flops 365 days a year for me, shorts 365 days a year for Michael.

 2.  Good hair every day.  No humidity = no frizziness.
 

3.  Spring Training Baseball.  It's awesome. 
 

4.  I never have to turn on the heater.  This door is pretty much open all the time.

 5.  Fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables all year long.

6.  Hobby Lobby.  I love you.  I wish I had met your earlier in my life.

7.  It's a nifty place to visit.  In fact, my brother Todd arrives today.  To the rest of you:  please come! 

8.  Cafe Rio is two blocks away.  I don't go there often, but just knowing it is within walking distance provides a strange sort of comfort.

9.  It's March and I already have a craptacular farmer tan and a face full of freckles.

10.  This crazy coachin' football lovin' guy.  :)

Thank you, Arizona!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Michael's Birthday Week

Tuesday:  Root canal.  Sad face.

Wednesday:  Evening out with good friends.  Happy face.

Wednesday:  Worst, longest service ever.  They weren't busy.  Didn't get to play any games.  Sad face.

Wednesday:  Cool gifts from above friends.  Happy face.

Wednesday:  All his mascots are waiting to wish him Happy Birthday.  Happy face.
(I'm not kidding about him loving anything and everything with any team logo or mascot or whatever on it)

Thursday:  (his actual birthday)  Free breakfast at Denny's.  Happy face.

Thursday:  Get cake and card from co-workers.  Happy face.  

Thursday:  Coach tennis and listen to foul-mouthed, Lord's name in vain taking teenagers.  Sad face. 

Thursday:  Free birthday dinner at Joe's BBQ.  Happy face.

Friday:  Day off of work.  Happy face.

Friday:  Volunteer at a San Francisco Giants game.  Happy face.

Friday:  Long nap after the baseball game, just because you can.  Happy face.

Saturday:  Nike shoe shopping with the birthday money that's burning a hole in his pocket.  Happy face.
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The result:  
A pretty successful and happy birthday week!  
The happy faces definitely outweigh the sad ones. :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy Birthday, Michael!

Happy Birthday, Michael!
You've got a birthday; shout "Hooray!"  
We want to sing to you today.
One year older and wiser, too.  Happy Birthday to YOU!

Here's the birthday boy at dinner last night, after opening his ASU/Sparky purse, er... I mean manly messenger-type bag made from a jersey that his BFF Junior gave him, along with a wicked cool ASU baseball hat.

Dude.  You're old. 

Love ya! xoxo

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easiest. Dinner. Ever.

American Idol is so doggone boring this season (gasp!  blasphemy!) that I must discuss tonight's dinner while it's on in the background.  [Though Siobahn just hit that freaky high note.  She's so weird.  But that's a subject for another day.]

Michael went and got himself a root canal today, so I needed something for dinner that wouldn't require much chewing.  I decided on an old standby around here that is just about the easiest thing I've ever made and gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it.

Share, you say?  No problemo.

First, get out your trusty Crock Pot.  I hope yours is as cute as mine:

Add the following:

-1 can corn, drained
-1 can hominy, drained
-1 can diced potatoes, drained
-1 can Great Northern Beans, drained
-1 small can green chiles
-1 lb. of cooked, cubed chicken breast (sometimes I used canned and it works just the same)
-8 to 12 oz. of salsa (mild, medium, or hot depending on how you roll)
-red pepper flakes (again, to your taste, or leave them out completely)
-1 T. cumin
-1 can chicken broth
-lastly, add enough water to fill the rest of the crock pot

I rarely measure out the salsa, cumin, or chicken broth.  I usually use about those amounts, probably a little more.

Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 5-6 hours, or until it gets hot enough to your liking.  This is a great Sunday meal.  I throw it all in before church and by the time we get home it's perfect. 

Serve with crushed tortilla chips and top with sour cream and shredded cheese.  I like to mix it all up so the chips get mushy and the cheese and sour cream are incorporated in.  Michael just likes his plain, with a generous dose of Tobasco Sauce.

It's great and a crowd pleaser because you can make it as spicy (for Michael) or mild (for my Dad) as you want.  :)

Behold, the soup:

Quick.  Easy.  Delish!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Guilty as Charged

I always give Michael a hard time about the number of t-shirts he has taking up space in our closet.  He has a zillion of them (or so it seems). Every team he's coached has given him 2 or 3 or 10 t-shirts and every job he's had or organization he's been a part of has given out shirts.  Plus, he's bought them himself or had them given to him as gifts.  I've done it.  It's quick satisfaction for all parties involved.  Get him a t-shirt with a team logo on it or a college logo on it and he's in heaven.

The other day I was searching for one particular t-shirt of my own and I could not, for the life of me, find it.  I wound up taking out all of my t-shirts from the closet and this is what I saw:

A big, heaping pile of my own t-shirts.  Enough to rival Michael's collection.  Yes, Officer, guilty as charged.  Maybe I should take the beam out of my own eye.

Update:  I've since gone through my pile and taken out about half to be donated.  :) 

(Forgive the grainy photo...it was taken with my cell phone.  Why I didn't grab my camera is beyond me.)

Monday, March 1, 2010

The upside of unemployment

Would I rather be working?  Yes.

Do I wallow in self-pity because of said joblessness?  No.  (Though, admittedly, it's mighty tempting at times.)

"What does she do all day then?" you might ask.

The answer:  PROJECTS!

"What kind of projects?"

Oh, let me show you what I've been up to the last 10 days or so!

Project #1:  A Lovely Day with the Rug Doctor
Mesa, Arizona is in the desert.  Desert = dirt and dust galore.  Dirt and dust galore = perpetual dirty feet and shoes.  Dirty feet and shoes = filthy carpet.  Ick!  Rug Doctor to the rescue!

the bedroom (looks like I must've washed the sheets that day, too. Awesome!)

 
dining area

living room

To illustrate my point that our carpets in the desert are filthy: we live in a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment.  I only cleaned the carpets in our bedroom (around all the furniture), the living/dining room (moving all the furniture) and the little hallway outside the bedroom and kitchen... and had to empty that sucker SIX TIMES.  Six nasty rounds of dirty carpet water.  Sick.  No wonder my feet and socks are always dirty!

Project #2:  Sewing Machine Goodies
Santa brought me a new sewing machine for Christmas.  It's your basic, no frills kind of machine.  I'm no pro and just wanted it for a few odds and ends around the house.  

I finally busted it out last week for the first time.  Ahem.  That meant I watched the instructional video that came with it so as to correctly thread the needle and figure out that whole bobbin thing.  Yay, me.

Apparently I was successful, because I made two pillowcases for our body pillows.  I'll let you figure out which one is mine and which one is Michael's.

(If you look closely you can see seven, yes 7!, pillows on our bed, which are always on there.  That's the beauty of a king sized bed, my friends!)

I will not, I repeat, will NOT provide you with a close up shot detailing my crooked stitches.

Project #3:  Daily Schtuff
You know, all those normal housewifey things:  cooking, cleaning, doing the dishes, packing the hubby's lunch, laundry, grocery shopping and mail getting.  Of course, I shook things up a little when I went to Fry's Mercado, an awesome Latin grocery store / everyday Fry's grocery store hybrid.  Loved it.
 

Project #4:  The Laundromat
There's some dude I live with (I'm not naming any names) who had a pen leak it's ink all over his church bag.  Oh well, not such a big deal.  However, said dude placed said bag on the bed and transferred some of said ink.  BOYS!

To give him credit, it was just a tiny unintentional spot.  That being said, I decided it was long past time to take our quilt to the laundromat.  The directions said to wash it in a commercial, front-loading machine.  Off I went...

Is it sad that I had fun?  The place was sooooooooooo clean and shiny.  The machines were all new and I sat there and watched the wash cycle.  Fascinating stuff.

 
  
 

Projects #5, 6, 7, & 8
Relief Society Stuff
Attending baseball Volunteer Meetings/Orientation
TB test (for volunteering - it's through a hospital)
Dinner for the Missionaries

Project #9:  Recipe Box Organizing
I have a really cute recipe box.  Totally me, huh?
 

But I had a problem:  A big pile of recipes of all shapes and sizes.

I spent quite a while putting all the recipes on cards the same size.  Still not done, but a lot closer.  :)
 

Project #10:  Lots of Olympics watching
Much to the annoyance of Michael, I've spent a considerable amount of time watching the Olympics the last two weeks.  Whatever.  He's gone all the time.  Get over it, dude.

While it's not a project, per se, it has taken up a lot of my time.  It's the Olympics.  They are supposed to be watched.
 


So, what have you been up to lately?