Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Awkward. So Very, Very Awkward

Working in a children’s dental office, I’m often forced into an uncomfortable front-row seat for spouse bashing. The other day, a mom and dad were trying to schedule a filling for their 2 year old.

I suggested a possible appointment time. Dad mentioned to mom that he thought she had something else scheduled already. So what did she reply to him with, exactly?

Mom: Let’s look in my planner so we can remind your TINY, EMPTY BRAIN what’s going on.

I so did not want to suggest any more appointment times to these people.

And, of course, their 2 year old was standing right there!

 You just go right ahead and keep arguing in front of me. You're blogging gold, my friends.

Later, both parents jokingly asked if they could just leave their child at the office and pick her up at her next 6 month check up. I was awfully temped to say yes!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Grilled Stuffed Burrito Recipe

Sexy Nerd will be quick to tell you that there are pros and cons of being married to a blogger.

On the plus side, I love to cook up tasty new foods to post on my blog. He never seems to mind this part.

Taco Bell Grilled Stuffed Burrito Copycat
(Waaaaay better than the fast food version)

 On the other hand, I may *occasionally* give him something tasty to eat...


...and then steal it away before he can take a bite.


Hey, I have to get photos, right? He should have known better than to try to eat his burrito before I was finished with it.

Don't feel too bad for him. These things stay hot forever!

LambAround's Grilled Stuffed Burrito
(serves 4)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef, cooked
  • 1 C Brown Rice, cooked
  • 1/2 C Red or White Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Red or Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 can Green Chili, diced
  • 1 C shredded Cheese (cheddar or 3 cheese blend)
  • 4 flour Tortillas
  • 4 packets Taco Bell hot sauce (Sriracha is also a tasty option)
Making these is super-easy. Lay out your 4 tortillas and divide the ingredients equally between them, leaving at least an inch of bare tortilla on each side. Fold each tortilla up tightly, closing both ends. Cook each on a George Foreman grill (or similar) for about 2 minutes.

Easy peasy, right?

A few side notes:

If you don't have any sort of electric grill, I think a waffle iron would probably also work. I bet your grilled burritos would look pretty cool, too!

The recipe above assumes that your beef and rice are recently cooked and are still hot. If you're really clever and are the type of person who pre-cooks a bunch of ground beef and rice to use throughout the week, (such a time saver and leaves you no excuse for not making dinner when you get home from work) just pop your burrito into the microwave before grilling.

From ages 16-18, yours truly worked at Taco Bell. I totally ran that place! I was there when the Grilled Stuffed Burritos were first introduced. So, yeah, I'm kind of an expert.

To this day, that annoying "beeeeeeeep" of the Taco Bell grill agitates me.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Grump Goes to Santa Fe

Once upon a time, there was a Grump. He didn't always used to be a Grump. Maybe it was his skepticism of the value of a staycation. Perhaps he was frustrated with people judging his water-carrying backpack, saying that he was much too close to home to dress like such a tourist.

Some people just don't like Santa Fe.

"Santa Fe people," thought the Grump "are a bunch of hippies. I will not smile, no matter how much my cute wife wants a photo of me in front of the Santa Fe sign. You must never smile at a hippie or they will steal your power."

When faced with the prospect of walking to Canyon Road to browse the art galleries, the Grump crumpled his oversized hat in frustration. "We have perfectly good art in Albuquerque," he muttered.

 Shopping at the Santa Fe Plaza only seemed to create a Sleepy Grump. "We rode the train here," he was quick to point out. "You can't get any of this junk home. It's all overpriced anyway. The music in this store sounds like lasers. It's stupid."

After that, the Grump refused to look in his cheerful wife's direction any more when she had her camera out.

Would the stupendous Santa Fe staycation be destroyed by the Grump? Wasn't there anything in Santa Fe that could interest a nerdy engineer?

Oxymoron?

 The Grump spotted something at the Railyard Park. His MBTs took him straight to it, lickety split.

"A bench suspended in the air? Is it just more foofy Santa Fe art or can you actually sit on it?"

The Grump sat down cautiously, prepared at any moment for the inferior Santa Fe engineering to land him in the dirt.
He didn't fall.

"Hmmm," thought the Grump, hardly a grump at all anymore.

Of all the fun things to do in Santa Fe, it had been a floating bench that turned his frown upside down!

Then his delightful wife stopped in the middle of the road to take a photo of a whimsical tree and asked him what he thought might be living inside.

And he went right back to being a grump.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Secret to Soft Summer Feet


I hate shoes.

There, I said it.

To all you strappy sandal gals and stiletto doo-dad fans, I just don't get the shoe obsession. Sure, there are some cute pairs out there, but really, what's better than the comfort of simply going barefoot?

Nothing. Right now, while you're reading this, stretch out and wiggle your toes. Aaaaah.

I work at a dental office and the first thing I do when the last patient leaves is kick off my heels. Of course, there is a down side to all this gallivanting around with naked feet.

You know, apart from the occasional stray piece of used dental floss that makes its way between your bare toes.

KIDDING! We're a sparkly clean office. Really.

Nothing like a little black carpet to make pasty legs seem even whiter.
Look away, everyone, before you're blinded! 

And, please, do ignore all those bits and specks you see all over the carpet. I really was kidding about the dental floss. I promise.

Rough, dirty flooring can leave your feet looking and feeling slightly short of polished. 

Photo borrowed from my Spring Cleaning post. Lovely, right?

When Dove sent me their new VisibleCare Body Wash, I hoped it would live up to all the promising things I'd heard.

Looks like any other body wash, right?

But, it's different.

You saw the yucky feet photos above. I was thrilled to see this!

I faithfully used the Dove VisibleCare Softening Body Wash daily, focusing especially on my feet. I even left it on extra long - applying the body wash to my feet first, then taking care of everything else like conditioning my hair and shaving my legs. I like to think that this gave Dove extra time to work its magic.

Creamery. Ooooh.

TMI?

Alternate photo caption: My brother would never have loaned me his expensive Canon DSLR lens if he'd known I was going to bring it in the shower! He doesn't read my blog though.

Really, how do you review a body wash and not take a photo in the shower? You have to show that you actually did try the product, don't cha' think? At least the drain isn't full of hair.

After a week of using the Dove VisibleCare Softening Body Wash, my feet did seem to be more smooth. I have been using it as my go-to body wash for almost a month now and LOVE it. Even my heels have softened up.

Here I am at a wedding we attended recently. Do my feet look so silky and pretty? I suppose it's hard to tell from a photo, plus I'd been romping around in the dirt all day. Fancy wedding sandals be darned!

Although I'm not quite ready to stop harassing my husband for foot rubs, (sorry, Sexy Nerd) I do think Dove VisibleCare Softening Body Wash is a worthy addition to my daily beauty routine. Really, why wouldn't I use it? I'm going to use body wash every day anyway, so I might as well use one that leaves me visibly softer from neck to toe. Plus, it comes in a huge bottle with enough body wash to last you forever so you really get your moneys worth*. I'll definitely be buying it in the future!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blog Party Time! Nexus 7 Whining Too


My original plan for today's post went something along the lines of "I GOT MY NEW NEXUS 7 AND IT'S THE COOLEST THING EVER!!!"

Sadly, like most of the other irked-at-Google people who pre-ordered the Nexus 7, I'm still waiting for my new tablet to even ship, despite others who did not pre-order (and did not pay a whopping $15 shipping fee) simply walking into stores like Staples and walking out with a Nexus 7.

I called all of my local Staples to ask if they still had any of the Nexus 7s in stock and confused the heck out of everyone who answered. Despite online reports of it being one of Staples hottest selling items ever, no one here has ever heard of it.

Lousy Albuquerque.

I sold my beloved Kindle Fire in order to pay for the Nexus 7. I miss it.

On a cheerier note, I just baked up an Earl Grey Chocolate Bundt Cake and it's fab. Sooo much more fun than playing with my new Google tablet.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Amateur Wedding Photography

Sexy Nerd and I recently attended his brother's wedding in Colorado. No smoke troubles, despite all the crazy fires nearby. The best man made his toast with a can of Bud Light! And the awkward, tipsy gal right next to the best man? Oh, she accidentally knocked her Bud Light all over him and his rented tux right before his toast.

Best man = my Sexy Nerd. I'll leave it up to you to figure out who the tipsy gal was.

Here are a few photos that I took using my Canon T1i DSLR camera:












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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy Hour Awkwardness

Let's begin this week with a quick, embarrassing story. Sexy Nerd and I went bowling the other day and decided to partake in the alley's happy hour special. We went to the bar and I ordered us two bottles of beer. It's not something I do often (okay, the last time may have been in Las Vegas, however many years we were last there) but ordering beer is simple enough, right?

Bartender: You want to leave it open?

Me: Sure!

Sexy Nerd: No!

Me: But I want to drink it now.

That's it. From now on, I'm sticking with my Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, straight from the fridge.

(For all my fellow non-orderers of beer, the bartender meant the bill. Oh!)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Goat Cheese Dip for Parties and/or Pigging Out


Sexy Nerd's parents stayed with us recently and they brought us some fancy cheese from a local goat farm. Someone (not me!) said they hate goat cheese and wanted nothing to do with it. I turned the goat cheese into dip, which I served with tortilla chips.

That same someone who hates goat cheese? Yeah, they pigged out on the dip.

Later, when I combined the leftover dip with milk to create a DELICIOUS dressing, the goat cheese hater enjoyed a gigantic salad covered in it.

Oh, and there may have been sandwiches made - not by me - on 2 different occasions that included the goat cheese dip.

So, you know...
You're Not Fooling Anyone, Sexy Nerd!!

Goat Cheese Dip with Herbs
(Give them a visit - lots of yummy ideas!)

Combine the following: 6oz goat cheese feta, 2 C nonfat sour cream, 8 oz nonfat cream cheese, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp lemon juice, 3 Tbsp dried onion, 1/2 C chopped fresh basil, 3 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning.

Let everything mellow in the fridge, covered, overnight. I nearly added diced green chili to this before trying it (I am living in Albuquerque, after all) and am so glad I didn't. It's perfect just as it is! You would never guess that the dip is full of fat free cream cheese and sour cream.

Probably because the goat's milk feta is so jam-packed with fat! Just a guess.

Actually, it's not too bad, at least according to Google. But now I'm rambling. 

Ramble.
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