I miss this place!
Friday, December 18, 2009
I miss this place!
Friday, December 11, 2009
(this is me sitting on the sea wall in my parents backyard playing with manatees..cool huh?)
I really do feel like a five year old when it comes to Christmas and going home to see my family. I am pretty much peeing my pants waiting to see my mom, dad, grandmas, sisters, brother, brother in law, niece, aunt, uncle, cousin EVERYBODY! I can't wait to open presents, I cant wait to make delicious appetizers and drink champagne with Chambord, i cant wait to go kayaking, i can't wait to troll up and down the canals looking at Christmas lights in the boat (with hot chocolate), and I can't wait to ride my bike to the beach - every single day.
Side note: Has anyone ever played moose? its kind of like quarters where you bounce a quarter into an ice tray instead of a cup. Each ice cube section has a point value 1-6.....If your quarter bounces onto the right side you drink for however many seconds the number says in the section. If you bounce your quarter and it goes on the left - you pass out drinks to someone else for the number of seconds that that section says. There is also a big cup of beer that you put next to the end of the tray...if your quarter happens to go in that cup everyone at the table has to yell "moose" and make moose antlers on your head with your hands. The last person to get their hands up and say it has to chug the beer...........
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
All of my hope for the future is wrapped up in this little pump jar I just bought.
All of my hope that i will be preserved to look like Sharon Stone or Faith Hill when I am 50+ is getting smeared on my face morning and night.
All hope that an expensive eye cream will lead to better results than the grocery store body lotion I have been using is evident in my latest splurge.
So be prepared Nordstrom sales people.....there will be results or there will be hell to pay at the Dior counter.
I am NOT 44.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I specifically remember being called a "long legged gazzoo" quite often by my mother when I was younger. Not surprisingly - I still have long legs. Which most of the time are awesome, but some times they prove to be problematic.
Case and point: the above picture.
I got the tights from Ann Taylor Loft. They were actually a gift, given in the appropriate size and according to the label they had all the hope in the world for fitting someone up to 6 feet tall.
Well, if you can make sense of the above picture you can see that that is not the case. I had to laugh and take a picture while getting ready for work this morning because, as you can see these tights, pulled to there max are only covering to just past my knee. You can see at the top of the picture where they end. I almost fell when i put my other leg into them and i looked like a conjoined twin with this super long torso for two that started at my knees.
I think these tights were made for elves.
I mean seriously - They would fit no one. There was a 22 inch inseam. oh well, funny nonetheless.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I used to agree, but everything has changed.
Black Friday will forever be remembered as the day that the bitch at Nordstrom "guessed" that I graduated high school in 1983.
High School in 1983? Are you kidding me? I was breast feeding in diapers barely out of the womb in 1983!
I can't believe this. I realize that most people would not mistake me for being almost twice my actual age - but the fact that one hooker beyotch did - well obviously some changes need to be made.
I might throw my glasses (which i was wearing at the time) out the window of my car to be lost forever.
I plan to stop eating because i think my fat face is making me look old too.
I will not go out in public when i have a cold anymore....apparently the puffy eyes and runny nose could be mistaken for an extra 18 yrs.
I might have to change my email address because that is actually how the whole fiasco started.....
beyotch:"Mrs O'Brien can i have your email address?"
me: "sure: firstname.lastname@example.org
beyotch: " Ohhhh I bet I know what that is?"
Me: What? (i genuinely had no clue what she was referring to)
Beyotch: "That's the year you graduated right? I always do stuff like that with my email har har har."
Me: no words....death stare.
I mean, again are you kidding me? I think i might contact customer service. Do you think they give free clothes for EXTREME pain and suffering caused by idiot sales people?
ouch guys...not sure i can recover from that one.
44? that hurts.
If you are wondering what to get me for Christmas, a healthy dose of self esteem and some plastic surgery might do the trick.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It might be kind of scary without you here....I mean, I really like when you tickle my cheeks and hold me up so I can wiggle dance....
Good thing I will still be hanging out with these people. I suppose they can provide the same entertainment.
I'll make sure my gorgeous mommy knows that that is what i want to do on Thanksgiving. Usually if I cuddle her like this she will do anything I say...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Sanitation workers sorted through 10 tons of trash to recover a wedding ring accidentally thrown away by a New Jersey couple.
Bridget Pericolo had placed the ring in a cup that her husband, Angelo, threw out with the garbage before leaving for work.
When he realized the mistake, he contacted the town's sanitation supervisor, who suggested coming by the dump, the Daily Record reported.
Supervisor Michael Brotons and sanitation workers Edgar Lopez and Joseph McGee dug through the refuse until they found the garbage bag that Angelo Pericolo had thrown away.
The Pericolos recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
I would say 55 yrs is worth a dive in the garbaggggge :)...and what nice guys to help this man!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Okay, no offense but i can almost guarantee you with 100% certainty that the sweet potatoes that my mom makes are better than the ones you or your mom makes. Like seriously. No chance. Unless of course you have the same 25 yr old cook book that my mom has.
Heidi (who just moved to Hawaii for real)- You totally have to try this if you are staying on the island for Turkey day - or actually even if you aren't. It is delicious and you wont regret it. I promise. This truly is my favorite part of Thanksgiving at our house. My mom has always made it (ever since our family lived in Hawaii) and I love that it is unique and marshmallow free.
By Judy O’Connor
" this is one more recipe from my Taste of Aloha cookbook that I love… A must for Thanksgiving dinner! If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, they are just as good as the first time around!"
4-6 ripe bananas (depending on size)
3 tsp. cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon...you could cut this down to 2- 1/2)
1 tsp. salt
Light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups macadamia nut bits
4 cups corn flakes, broken in small pieces with your hand
1/2 cup butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mash sweet potatoes and bananas with cinnamon and salt. Place in baking dish making nooks and crannies on the top with a fork. Top with a layer of brown sugar.
3. Melt butter and mix with the nuts and corn flakes. Evenly spread over the top of the brown sugar layer. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the corn flakes are golden brown.
Oh and P.S. I always make more of the topping and add more brown sugar because lets be honest....it is Thanksgiving and you can afford to have a little bit extra of the good stuff one day a year!
I feel like this is a story that i made up for seventeen magazine but it really happened. I swear.
Do you know what happened to me this weekend? oh you don't? let me tell you.
It is freaking awesome when you get on an airplane with an over stuffed carry-on, only to find out that your bag is too wide to be wedged into the over head compartment. So once I find this out I start to empty the contents of my top pockets onto my seat. I do this quickly becasue I don't want to be the jerk holding up the line. So, I take out my phone charger .....throw it on the seat.....I take my clear baggy with all of my liquids out and throw it on the seat....then I took those two belts out that i had worn....and also (quickly throw them on my seat). Then I completely ignore the fact that I just made my tiny airplane seat look like a messy bedroom and continue to proceed to stuff, stuff, stuff the slightly smaller bag into the little overhead space - and finally with boatloads of effort I won and it was stored.
Only that really wasn't the end . I turned around, went back to my seat and I notice that the guyy in the military uniform next to the window is laughing. Okay 1 second passes, then two - Nope he is not laughing becasue I couldn't get my bag put away....oh no.....he is laughing becasue I also managed to take a pair of leopard print DKNY undies out of that bag and just let them chill on top of all of my unpacked junk.
Seriously? Way to go Katie. Let me just say - You are welcome Teen Magazine (you may print this as long as I am given full credit) ....and also, in closing I would like to say how glad i am that cute undies have always been a priority of mine. It would have been way worse if the undies were fug.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients:
2 packages of cream cheese, softened (8 oz packages)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not the pie filling, the plain old pumpkin)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cloves
pinch of nutmeg
- you can use pumpkin pie spice if you prefer instead of the 3 spices
Graham cracker crust (9 inch) or Oreo crust if you are feeling spicy!
Combine cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove a cup of the batter and spread it onto the bottom of the crust. Add pumpkin and spices to the rest of the batter and mix. Spread that mixture over the top of the crust. It will be really full!
Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes, until the center is almost set. Let it cool then put it in the fridge overnight (although I have made them early in the morning and put them in for about 4hours and they were fine.)
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I did carve some pumpkins last night, and although they are not my best work I am happy with the way they turned out.
I am also happy that the tedious task of seperating pumpkin seeds from pumpkin guts paid off. Warm roasted pumpkin seeds are delish....especially with some sea salt.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Excuses, Excuses - they mean you didn't try."
Pat says that.
I hate it and I love it all at the same time.
Mostly i think it is funny - but i also think it is true.
I thought I would post some of my excuses for why I have been absent from my little blog for the last 2 weeks.
I was sooooooo busy with work. ...And even though I was busy, I would be lying if i didn't mention that i was also having fun. I was out of town doing a shoot for a hospital that we work with.
One campaign we were shooting for was for their Emergency Services. I spent about an hour buttering these guys up trying to get a ride on the Life Flight helicopter....
It worked! I got to sit up front and actually had a really good time. For anyone who knows me: this was an extremely brave thing for me to do.
I have been enjoying the gorgeous fall foliage....
....that only exists in half of my neighborhood. Seriously. Isn't that weird? The next picture is what my street looks like (this is only 15 feet away from all of these gorg red trees.
I finally had a very lucky shopping experience at Home Goods and found all kinds of fun stuff to fill the annoying void that is my foyer. There is still so much to do on the ground level, but filling this ledge with colorful little finds has already made the are seem way more homey.
and this - wasn't actually one of my projects but i had to mention it. We desperately needed a refrigerator for our basement. I mean - do you know how inconvenient it is for boys watching football to have to walk upstairs to get a beer???? Ummmm well Pat took care of that. He also made sure that there were 7-9 different kinds of beer available, along with mixers. All of the labels are faced forward in true cribs fashion and he did replenish the missing beers after we finished watching the ND game. I love him.
And here is the most exciting find of the weekend. Our new GORGEOUS chandelier! This is hung up in the antique store we found it in. No, I do not have floral wall paper with matching floral draperies in my house......but i do have this giant piece of magnificent bling!
It is like 70+ years old but absolutely gorg.... once I get the drapes up and the mirror hung i will post pictures of this dining room. I think buying/owning a chandelier officially makes me an adult. Whoa.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wow. That's it. That is all of our sun? OUch. I think need to give myself a pep talk after hearing that one:
According to the news last night, only 18% of my life is now spent in the sunshine- well 18% + vacations, but who is keeping track? Just saying it out loud amazes me. I am a California girl: In theory, this means that I need lots of sunshine to be happy...I "should" by my very nature and west coast upbringing hate it here, but in the last year-and-a-half I have realized that that is not true.
Despite the dark gloomy, freezing, crap that is our weather - I AM very happy in Ohio. Seriously I am. And before that news biotch told me this little fact - I would have guessed that there were at least ....mmmmm 80 days of happy weather :)...that is way better than 66 right? But the weather is not what makes me happy anymore....that would just be an excuse - oh and it was when i was in college but I have since gotten over that little issue.
Sure I miss the beach, and having a pool that is actually useful, and being able to wear flip flops year round, but there are so many advantages to living where I do that those things are starting to not matter as much.
- I no longer have a tan ever......but i do have a beautiful home with a huge yard.
- I have a job that I really like and so does my husband....it is good to be a big fish in a small pond sometimes ( i guess that insinuates that I am a big fish though - I am not...but there is potential to be because everyone that graduates from college here moves to Chicago or some other big city- so if you stick around there actually is potential to be a "big fish" ummm i guess.)....and now that I said big fish so many times it makes me think of that one south park - where they tell Kanye West that he is a gay fish because he loves fish sticks. Hee hee....anways......
- I don't live near any of my friends that I grew up with...but I have made a ton of new friends that are fabulous and I still keep in touch with all of the girls I miss so much. It is awesome having friends all over the place....there is always an excuse to visit someplace new and cool.
- My kids wont know how to surf or skateboard....but they will get to go sledding during their recess (How cool is that?) Oh, and they will still wear cute little baby Vans too. I don't care if they are the only ones.
- I no longer get to see lowered vehicles with airbrushed naked ladies and Jesus on the hood....but i do get to occasionally miss work for snow days.
- Shaq and Lebron live within 5 minutes of me.....not just people who pretend they are Shaq and Lebron :)
- I get to make delicious soup and crock pot dinners all winter long...and they taste better here because you don't get all hot from eating them
- I don't have palm trees in my backyard....but I do get to see the unbelievably gorgeous season of fall. The smell of burning leaves, and actually having leaves to rake up makes me feel like i live in a commercial sometimes.
- My closet is the size of the apartment I could afford in the part of California that i would want to live.
- I get to spend every other Christmas alternating between a snowy winter wonderland with the O'Briens and beachy, hot, Christmas wake boarding with my parents. I really do get the best of both worlds during that time of year....and seriously- is there a better time of year anywhere?
- I am doing something totally different than what i am used to. I will never regret not moving around or trying something new.
- I am perfectly positioned to pick where Pat and I will retire....you compromise now to get everything you want later :) ( and this is not just in reference to location. It is good marriage advice in general).
I guess what I have realized is that Ohio is not better than California......and California is not better than Ohio either. They are extremely different but regardless of my location I am capable of creating my own happiness. Sunny days outside don't always mean that you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. So I am going to just concentrate on myself and my family -not my dark surroundings - and something tells me that everything will be just fine.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Whats the difference? Exhibit A is an example of a picture that someone else would tag of me on Facebook....And Exhibit B is a picture I would post of myself.
ha ha - I bet you know what I mean - right?
in "A" I have a double chin. I do not have a neck, and my hair looks dull and icky. My skin is pastey white and I have probably consumed more than my fair share of adult beverages. I may even be in a freaking bathing suit.
In "B" i am tan and despite a lot of dancing i still have some makeup on my face. I am not holding a drink, and we look like we are having fun.
That is the way it should be. Pictures are supposed to capture and preserve good memories.
SO leave my little tagalicious tooshy out of the bad ones k? it ruins my memories of otherwise fun events!! This doesn't happen all of the time - but sometimes, when i get a "notification" that i have been tagged in so and so's pictures - my heart stops. Some people have absolutely zero judgement when it comes to posting and sharing information regarding other peoples lives. And they really should know - how day-ruining it can be. Sure I am to blame for taking an unflattering picture where maybe i am a little tipsy or maybe i just had chips and salsa, a margarita, and a burrito and I am wearing a bathing suit and you can see all of it perfectly outlined in my abdomen....but why the heck does the world need to know? Consider yourself a good enough friend to know that i am comfortable enough around you to wear a bathing suit and take pictures, but i don't necessarily want my office manager, 3rd grade teacher, and next door neighbor seeing me all icky and or half nakey on vacation.
And seriously....No self respecting 25+ yr old should want super drunk pictures of themselves, or really horrific bad outfit choices, or plump pinchy bathing suit shots exposed to other people. The only time this is sort of funny is when it was like 5 yrs prior and it really was a funny picture. I said funny though- not unflattering..... sooo do not be confused,there is a huge difference.
Use your judgement people! Us girl are fragile little beotches.
Bad pictures = Bad Chi......and i will get you back.
(oh and Katie D - if you are reading this...our little tagging war a few weeks back fell into the funny category) that picture of my 21st birthday was so awful it was great....Just wanted to clear that up)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Why does everything seem to pile up all at once?
I have had such a bad day - and eventhough I will be the first to admit that nothing "big" actually went wrong, there were so many little things that now it feels more important than it should.
Maybe it is the rain that set the tone for today - and maybe i am just being a little ultra sensitive, but for now all I have that is keeping me from really seriously crying are a warm mug of mint tea, a fresh flower arrangement on my desk, and the idea of coming home tonight and turning my fireplace on for the first time since we have bought our house.
Please let it be sunny tomorrow, with less work stress, and more happy positive stuff. Two days of "Bad mood Katie" is pretty much unbearable for anyone. Trust me.
Monday, September 28, 2009
the title pretty much says it all - I AM back from a little blog vacation.... I WAS so incredibly busy with work, and being sick, and cleaning my house, and having company, that i didn't have time to document my life on here.....and I AM officially a very un-natural yet satisfying shade of blonde ....again.
As a quick update: I had a big chunk of my family in visiting this weekend for my cousin Kelly's wedding. We all had such a great time. I just wish that my sister Lauren could have joined in too. I did get to see little Marty for the first time since December, both of my parents, Kristen, Marty's girlfriend Jessie, and of course - the main event for all of us- was another visit with my beautiful niece/ God daughter Amory.
I hosted the extended fam at our house for some football and food in between the wedding and the reception..... and let me tell you: pizza and beer should never be combined prior to wearing a cocktail dress. It was all tons of fun but when it came time to actually get joojed up for the night I kind of hated myself for combining such opposites. I am a firm believer that fancy dresses should always be worn on an empty stomach. Thank god their was some interesting fabric detail that hid my poor judgement.
I will have some more pictures to post from the weekend once my mom gets back to Florida and loads her pictures, but for now - she is still en route....so just enjoy Marty and I .
Happy windy rainy Monday
Friday, September 18, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I have a fall wreath on my front door.
Without a doubt, this means that I am officially old as rocks.....and Pat totally agrees. He thinks that we are too young to have a seasonally festive home. With the exception of a Christmas tree for a Christmas he thinks that we should stay away from the holiday decorations until we have kids. DO you agree?
I like to be creative and have a cute house....but I don't want to be cheesy. Are cute wreaths cool - or have I totally lost it?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The coolest part? ....I even had fresh sage growing in my mini herb garden on my patio!!! I mean seriously? I felt like such a diva.
You have to try this this simple recipe that I found on http://dinnertonight.marthastewart.com/
All of their recipes are easy and fast....so if chicken marsala isn't your thing - they have plenty of other ideas for your dinner too!
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
Place flour in a shallow bowl; season generously with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of chicken in flour, shaking off excess.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add chicken, and cook until golden on the outside and opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm (reserve skillet).
Add mushrooms, shallot, sage, and 1/4 cup water to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, until mushrooms are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add wine and cream; simmer over medium-high until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in butter; season with salt and pepper.
Top chicken with mushroom sauce, and garnish with sage.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
This little cutie arrived 09/03/09 at 1:15 ish in the morning....She is 7lbs 6oz, 20.5 inches long, and absolutely beautiful!!
Her little tongue sticking out in this picture just melts my heart!
Kristen and Amory are both doing really well. I can't wait to see the whole fam-bamily this weekend.
Congrats you guys!!