Friday, December 31, 2010

Can't Feel My Face

Just a short, groggy post. I had my wisdom teeth out this morning and it was sooo much easier than I anticipated! Being knocked out is the way to go! However, that was back before 8am and it's now after 4pm and my tongue, lower lip, and most of my lower jaw/cheeks/ears are still completely numb. It's getting a little old!

Other than that, I'm feelin' fine.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pepperoni and Mozzarella. Pizza Time?

Sexy Nerd wanted to order a pizza. I wanted to save our money. So, we bought some pepperoni and mozzarella, which came out to less than the price of one Pizza Hut pizza.

There was a problem though. We were out of quick & easy instant pizza dough mix, (which is a fantastic product, in case you've never tried it). Sure, we could make our own pizza dough from scratch, but that's messy and takes a long time. We wanted to eat our pizza ASAP!

So, we made one pizza with a tortilla:


"One pizza", you ask? "One teeny tiny tortilla pizza for 2 people?"


Yes. Sadly, in addition to being out of instant pizza dough mix, we were also out of tortillas! So, we decided to use the next best thing and turned to the cookie jar.

"The cookie jar", you ask??


Yes, of course the cookie jar! Where do you keep your biscuits?

These seemed like they would make excellent little pizzas.

And they did.


Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Healthier New Year for Sexy Nerd

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Jimmy Dean, however the opinions and feelings expressed here are my own.


Sexy Nerd recently started a new program through work that requires a lot of traveling. He gets sick of all the time wasted at airports, but loves the many meals his company pays for. Fresh seafood in San Francisco. Prime rib in Seattle. Burnt ends in Kansas City. He's been living it up!

After his most recent, week-long trip away from home, I decided to play the role of pesky wife and insisted that he step on the scale.

Surely you knew there'd be consequences for eating out for every meal, didn't you, Sexy Nerd?

The men in Sexy Nerd's family have a history of heart attacks at a young age, so a couple extra pounds is nothing to play around with. I planned to get him back on track by cooking healthy meals when he was home. I was all set to make a scrumptious breakfast of oatmeal with chia seeds (really, it's delicious!) when Sexy Nerd walked in with a bag of groceries. In our almost 7 years as a couple, this was maybe the 2nd time he has ever done any grocery shopping.

He'd bought himself an assortment of healthy foods. Fruits, vegetables, and a box of Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Muffins.

"Pfft!" I'd scoffed. Convenience foods have never seemed like a good idea to me. How was he going to lose weight chowing down on something packed with fat and calories?

I was wrong though. (and, yes, I do hate writing that, especially on my own blog!) Not only were the Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Muffins whole grain, they were trans fat-free and they provide 20% of your daily value of calcium.

Sexy Nerd, ready to slim down!

Healthy or not, I wasn't convinced that the Jimmy Dean D-Lights would taste as good as fresh food. I challenged Sexy Nerd to a battle of the breakfast sandwiches!

I guess we know whose side Pica was on.

While Sexy Nerd microwaved his Jimmy Dean D-Lights, I gathered eggs, cheese, and english muffins.

Searching for the oil and planning to eventually organize the pantry.

Sexy Nerd hasn't been in charge of photos for LambAround before. I thought it was a task he could handle...you didn't ever want to see my face anyway, right?

Here is the 1st photo, uncropped, that he took showing any of my face. 
Seriously.

After waiting for my oil to heat up, it was time to add my egg.

Slimey.

I never have been good at cracking eggs. Maybe one of my New Year's resolutions should be to learn how to crack an egg without getting it all over my hands.

MY FACE!

Trying to pry apart the "pre-sliced" english muffins. What do they pre-slice them with? A toothpick?

While setting up my english muffin in the toaster oven...

...my egg stuck to the so-called nonstick pan!

Sexy Nerd was a good sport to take all these photos for me. His food had been done for a while.

Adding a slice of turkey.

Wondering if my slice of cheese was ever going to melt!

While my breakfast was looking like this...

Sexy Nerd's breakfast was looking like this!
(He was enjoying his Jimmy Dean D-Light, but was also rubbing in the fact that my english muffin was still cooking in the toaster oven while he ate this.)
(Punk!)

Sexy Nerd's breakfast

(photo taken much later) My breakfast

Kitchen Pig isn't one to wait around all day to eat. Jimmy Dean is his kind of breakfast.
Just don't tell Kitchen Pig what's in the D-Lights Canadian Bacon Honey Wheat Muffins!

I was still hungry after eating my breakfast sandwich, so I stole Sexy Nerd's 2nd D-Light. It was tasty!

The sandwich I'd made was good as well, but look at the mess!

Uggh! Did I mention that one of my New Year's resolutions is to do fewer dishes and clean the house less? I think it's a good one.
I lost my battle of the breakfast sandwiches, but really, it wouldn't have mattered if I'd won. It isn't like Sexy Nerd can cook up a fresh breakfast when he's traveling anyway (it would have been great to have realized this before starting my messy challenge, but oh well). The hotels he stays in usually provide a microwave in the room, so his plan is to start each day with a Jimmy Dean D-Light to help avoid business travel weight gain. The protein will help keep him full so that he isn't snacking on doughnuts during meetings and pigging out (sorry, Kitchen Pig!) during lunch.

I don't know if switching to a healthier breakfast alone will be enough to make up for all the business trip splurging, but it's a good start. Sexy Nerd also insists that he's going to start exercising when he's away. Yeah, I've known him for 7 years and I don't believe this for a second!

Sexy Nerd, if you're reading this, we are going for a long walk the moment you get home!

Does this look like the face of a guy who's going to start exercising on his own? You're not fooling anyone, Sexy Nerd!

If you have any healthy tips for a better 2011 - especially sneaky ones for a reluctant dieter - I'd love to hear them in a comment here and/or a tweet (let me know your Twitter name and I'll follow you! I'm @LambAround) For their Better Breakfast, Better You program, BlogHer and Jimmy Dean will reward one health-minded commenter with a $100 Visa gift card!

Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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c)       Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d)      Read the official rules for alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

The winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail.

This giveaway runs from 12/28/2010 until 1/30/2011. Easy, right? For more details, please check out the links below. Good luck, my bloggy friends!

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Disclosure: Although this was a compensated post written for Jimmy Dean and BlogHer, all the opinions expressed are my own. The healthy breakfast sandwiches were yummy and Sexy Nerd really does need to go on a little diet!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Our Baby is Drunk!

video

Filmed when Pica was a puppy. Wasn't she cute?

Don't worry. The bottle is empty.

See? She grew up and turned out just fine.

Well, maybe not fine by most people's standards, but fine enough for a Pica dog!

Bonus points if you can guess what we were watching.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pigmas Carols and Christmas Decor

A friend bought her son a few pairs of fancy socks. She had me cut the little bows off of each package so that he wouldn't know they're actually girls socks. I kept the bows.

Instant Christmas decorations!

Doesn't Kitchen Pig look so festive?


Like a tiny opera singer, belting out carols.

With a festive red bow on the light, you're completely unaware of the mess below
(and behind)
(and on top of the fridge)


Of course, 3 free bows isn't enough to say my house is decorated and call it a day.

You need a holiday hand towel!

And candy!

Not that you can take any candy out of here, of course. It would all fall out and ruin my cute Christmas display. Pica and Biscuit would dash over, chow down on the wrapped mints, and spend the 25th at the vet. Is that what you want??

Ahh, nothing like a little holiday rant. And that, my bloggy friends, is the extent of my decorating this year. Perhaps we'll put up the tree next Christmas. For now, I'm happy to look back at my photos from last year and call it a day.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Promotion

Just a quick question from Sexy Nerd:

Does it make sense to be denied a promotion, despite being told you're currently underpaid/working well above your current job title, because you "don't make enough money" to qualify for the next level yet?

He's having a rough day.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What Snazzy Readers I Have!

Thanks so much to everyone who has commented on my last post. Sometimes, you just need to vent!

And, good news, it looks like BlogHer is going to use my review, even though I was a complete flake when it came to my deadline. Have I ever mentioned that one of my pet peeves is people who don't meet due dates? Geeeeez!

Stay tuned for the premier of The Great Sexy Nerd Weight Loss Adventure, (aka, my BlogHer review) coming soon.

OH NO, Sexy Nerd!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

STRESSED!

I feel like an idiot today. BlogHer contacted me to write my first paid blog post ever and I completely blew it. My post was due today. Easy peasy! I even told one of my coworkers about it this morning. She asked what time it was due and I replied that it's just due on the 15th, with no specific time. Then I checked my email and saw a message asking where my blog post was - it was supposed to be submitted by 9am! How the heck did I miss that? I looked back over the emails I'd received about the sponsored post and it clearly said 9am. Quite the first impression, right?

I think what makes me the most upset is that this was the first time I've ever been paid to write anything. I felt like a "real" writer. It probably seems silly to people who actually make their living through writing, but with nothing else to go on, it was a big deal to me. I still submitted my blog post, but it was about 12 hours late! I hope BlogHer will still use it, but I wouldn't be surprised if they don't.

Sexy Nerd has been waiting for me to turn off my computer and come to bed, but I feel like I need to write out my thoughts before I'll have any chance of falling asleep tonight. There are so many little things going on in my life right now and they're all bunching up into a mess in my mind.

In addition to planning holiday travel to 2 different cities for myself and Sexy Nerd, I've been making (and changing and canceling!) hotel and flight reservations for my boss and her family, as well as trying to think of a fun vacation my parents, who do not travel well, can take for my dad's 60th birthday. Less than 12 hours after I return from our trip, I'm scheduled to have my wisdom teeth extracted! I'm nervous about the procedure on its own, but am also needing to get 3 prescriptions filled beforehand and I'll need to remember to bring 2 of them on our vacation and take them the day we fly home, then not eat or drink anything shortly after we land. I'm not sure what to do with our dogs while we're away and I still haven't booked our hotel for the first city. The hotel for the second city is booked, but I'm afraid that I chose a horrible place to stay and our reservation is non-refundable.

Is that all? No. The holidays are such a social time and I simply can't cope with social situations. I've tried. Remember my jury duty post a few months ago? Remember how I had a panic attack and cried in the courtroom? We have a cookie exchange at work on Monday and I'm worried that my cookies are going to be embarassingly bad. I'm also going out with the girls at work for a holiday dinner on Thursday. It's for a restaurant I've never been to and I made the reservation. What if it's our worst holiday dinner ever? I think everyone at work looks forward to it and I'd hate to have anything to do with them being disappointed. Geez, this seems so silly as I'm writing it. It's funny the little things that get to you.

There are other things weighing on me at the moment (socializing with my family on Christmas, cleaning our house, getting my car washed, hoping that my car doesn't break down or have another crazy electrical problem, going into work tomorrow, deciding whether or not Sexy Nerd and I should try to have a baby (!), organizing my office, deciding what to wear tomorrow, buying sweaters for the dogs even though Sexy Nerd insists that dogs don't need sweaters because they are dogs, returning a dress I ordered that is too big, using 5 great coupons before they expire on the 24th, burning a CD that I promised to a friend, returning my mom's 2 calls eventually, figuring out a time to go see a David Sedaris holiday play that is only running this week).

See how small her sweater is?

It's funny. I don't think I seem at all like the type of person who is bothered by things like what I've mentioned here. Usually, I'm likely to shrug off stressful situations and tell others that things will work out. Little concerns, when piled on top of each other, have just always had a way of getting to me though. When I was 16, all the tiny problems stacked up so much that I tried to kill myself. Today, I can't even remember what it was like to feel that way, only that it was like nothing I ever want to go through again. I don't think I will. How can any amount of problems be enough to justify something so drastic? Other than the little daily stresses, I'm the happiest I've ever been with my life! When I feel anxious, I think back to when I was a teenager. It helps me put things into perspective. So what if we have the worst vacation ever (although, it would be hard to outdo our Costa cruise in the category of crappy vacations)? Yes, I'll be uncomfortable with all the social situations I'm forced into over the next couple weeks, but they'll be over soon and no matter how awkward they seem to me, to everyone else they will probably be unmemorable.

Whew. This post has gone on and on. I set out to clear my thoughts so that I could hopefully fall asleep tonight and wrote more than I'd expected. I don't feel any less stressed. If anything, my heart feels like it's beating a bit faster than when I started. I think I'll go take an Ambien and get to bed.

I love blogging.

Fighting with Sexy Nerd

Remember MySpace? I'd forgotten all about it and decided to sign on for the first time in over a year. There was a post that I wrote right after Sexy Nerd and I moved into our rental house together. It's cute, in a pitiful, dopey way. Here you go, cut and pasted directly from MySpace:


Nerdy just told me that his mom asked why our house is decorated my way and not his. Well gee, I'd love to use his dining room table instead of mine but, guess what, he doesn't own one! I'd love to use his plates and glasses and bedding and towels, etc, etc, if he had some! He always complains that my couch is uncomfortable, but does he ever offer to buy a new one? Nope! And does he even own a bed? Nope! (although I've been told that he has an air mattress stored away somewhere...) Besides, he says he likes the way that I decorate. If you saw the way "his" office and "his" garage look, you would understand why he has little influence over the rest of the house. Lol, he's standing here reading this right now and he says that his office and garage match because the theme is "ugly" and he likes it. Crazy nerd! ;)

Eep! Nerdy is attacking me! (yay!!!) Oh no! I'd better end this!!!

For the record, I am not mad. I just think it's funny that someone would complain about a person who doesn't own anything decorative not adding to the decorations.

Oh, wait, Nerdy says to mention that he does own a decoration. It's a calendar magnet that he got for free. It's on the fridge though, so BAH!

Oh no, there's more to add. Here is Nerdy's personal list of belongings, straight from his mouth, which are adding to the decorative atmosphere of his rooms:

1. temperature thing

2. free plant from the church in a paper cup

3. Camelback bladder (his words, not mine!) (it's hanging on MY lamp.) (that's right, even the furniture in his office and garage are provided by me)

4. an orange sparkle

5. a bobblehead doggie

6. a tiny plastic Isotopes hat that came free as an ice cream sundae bowl at the game we attended on Sunday

7. a beer glass

8. a plastic snorkel

 Young love - so carefree and dorky

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What's Your Size? An Embarassing Work Story

Working in a dental office is wonderful. I have an extremely lovable, quirky boss. Remember when she bought me a cheesecake and a box of Fairytale Brownies? She's all about doing nice things for her employees. Christmas is no exception, of course, and every year we wonder what gift she's going to give us.

The other day, there was a list posted at work, asking all employees to write down a couple personal details to help our boss with her holiday shopping. Personal? Just little things, you know, like your bra size. On display. For everyone in the office to read. I don't think we're getting food this year.

I answered her questions (nothing like a little peer pressure, right?) and returned to my job, answering phones and posting insurance checks. The list was thankfully removed from the wall at some point. Later that afternoon, I received a call from a man that I was just about ready to send to collections, (ain't I mean?) who wanted to resolve his balance.

As I wrote down his credit card information, I could hear giggling from my coworkers behind me. The next thing I knew, my boss was standing over me, holding a long string of dental floss. My posted bra size? She wasn't believing it and had decided that the most logical thing to do was measure me herself using the floss. In front of everyone. While talking to a patient.

 
Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com

Unsurprisingly, I discovered when I went to process the credit card payment that I'd taken down the information wrong.

Monday, December 13, 2010

$15 Sephora Gift Card Code Free to a Good Home

Any Sephora fans out there? I received a promo code for $15 off a $40 minimum purchase and it expires tonight! I'm not much of a Sephora gal and I hate to see a good deal like this go to waste, so here:

GIFT CARD # 6065 1867 4535 0613
PIN #: 08281904
It's a one time use only code, so act quickly if you want it! If it doesn't work for you, someone has beaten you to it. That said, if you are the lucky blogger to redeem this, please help everyone else out by leaving a comment that it has been redeemed.
Happy Monday, my friends!
 Sure, I'd love to have some fancy new makeup and lotion. If only I weren't so darn thrifty!
 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Come Vote! Not Baaad Sundays Blog Hop and Best in Show Nominees

*Update added on 12/13/10 at 7:50am*
I have a hilarious work-related post to put up and Blogger is not working! I can edit an existing post by clicking through my blog but can't access the main page to write a new post. Is anyone else having this problem right now? Phooey!
Stay tuned for a funny new post (hopefully)! It's a good one :)

Welcome back, my bloggy friends, to another Not "Baaad" Sundays linky party! There are 3 things that make my Linky special:

1. This Linky is open to all posts that you are proud of. Did you recently post about a great decorating project, craft, or recipe? That's wonderful if you did, but just fine if you didn't. I just want you to link to a post or posts you are proud of.

2. Do you ever find yourself trying not to duplicate posts on blog hops but aren't quite sure what you posted the previous weeks? Problem solved! The Linky from today will return in the future, making it easy to see what you've posted before (and giving you a 2nd chance to visit any great posts you may have missed!)

3. Did you notice that poll at the top of my blog? You're competing with other bloggers for the customized Best in Show award. The world (at least, the sliver of world that visits LambAround) will vote for their favorite linked blog post.

Doesn't this sound like fun? Of course, I do ask that you link directly to your post and include a photo from that post, not just your blog logo. And if you could post my Not "Baaad" Sundays button or at least a link with your post, I'll love you forever! I know I can count on you to get the word out and help make Not "Baaad" Sundays a success! Thanks so, so much everyone!





Out of over 100 posts, here are the Best in Show nominees from the previous Linky:

 Choose to Thrive created a beautiful collection of stars out of CAKE PANS!

My Little Blogspot (cute name, right?) shared a cake mix cookie recipe, just in time for all the holiday baking!

 Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom posted the cutest little penguin craft ever!

My Sweet and Savory wasn't content with making chocolate chip cookies - she made a chocolate chip cookie cake!

Cottage Hill made her very own charming cutting board!

Piney Flats Style prepared for Christmas. As a dog lover, there was no way I could resist featuring this adorable post!

Heidi's Recipes baked a batch of peanut butter cookies using Bisquick!

Congratulations to all my nominees! The winner of the customized Best in Show award should be announced next week. In the meantime, I've created a button to help you get more votes:

Cute, right?

Now, on to the blog hop! Today, I'm trying out a new linky format. Lets hope it works! The previous host has decided to charge for their linky service. Umm, there are plenty of other sites offering the exact same thing for free and the site that is charging doesn't even have any ads, so yeah, I'm not a fan! They can take their cute little frog logo and shove it!


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