Tuesday, October 27, 2009

my seeester - Claire

Claire also insists that I blog about her ever important existence on this planet...

Claire is my one and only sister, and i suppose she is my bestest friend.
her 3 main characteristics:

HILARIOUS (inappropriate)
friendly (in a creepy way)
smart (but when it comes to common sense, retarded)

she is also a lot of other things, but i'll leave previous posts open for that.

she is a first year MBA student at GW - specializing in Sports Mgmt.
her dream is to marry (and then quickly divorce) a Professional Sports player
and she always follows her dreams
she felt this was step 1.

her and i also both went to VIRGINIA TECH and were members of Sigma Kappa together!
nothing.better.in.the.world. I was soooo excited when she got her bid! (almost 5 years ago now...whoa.)

This was at my birthday a few weeks ago:

happy dool? :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dislike Monday #2

don't care if it comes in the fall, winter, or spring. no me gusta.

i do loveee scarves though...and thinking about getting myself one of these

give me sun, beach, 80 degrees+, bbqs, concerts, and an ice cold adult beverage any day....

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing


my intro to fall were the most amazing pumpkin cupcakes that i found here! I altered the recipe a little bit, but they were super simple to make and SOOO yummy!

i felt like paula deen adding all sorts of butter and cream cheese and sugar - but i went with fat free or reduced fat wherever i could...

here is the recipe!
2 1/4 c. flour, sift before measuring
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger
1/2 t. nutmeg
(I measured equivalent amt of what was supposed to be cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and used Pumpkin Pie spice in it's place. cheaper/faster)
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/3 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. canned pumpkin
3/4 c. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners (this makes about 18).
In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in pumpkin.

Alternate stirring in the dry ingredients and the milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl and stir until blended.
Spoon into liners and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1lb. cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
6 T. unslted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
5 cups sifted confectioners sugar

In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until very smooth. Add vanilla and beat. Add sugar, one cup at a time, beating continuously.


Birthday follow-up :)

Ali's *surprise* birthday party was on Friday night - so fun!

Katiebo aint twenty fo' no mo' - all the girl's after the best dinner! Thanks Lynn!

Friday, October 23, 2009

it's another birthday weekend!


Ali is my awesomely smart, beautiful, caring and sweet cousin! It's the big 2-1!

Katie is my fabulously crazy, fun, amazing, gorgeous roommate! She is at the quarter century mark, 25!

happy birthday ladies, i hope its fabulous, just like you!

picture from: http://voir.tumblr.com/page/3

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes!

leftover green tomatoes from my parents garden = fried green tomatoes at 5501
just like the movie!

it was my first attempt at making AND my first taste of fried green tomatoes

they were ok...next time - more flavor is necessary. perhaps a sauce?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Birthday !


ahhh yes, the birthday extravaganza blog! It was glorious! Matt and I have birthdays on the 17th and 19th of October and plenty of the same friends - so we teamed up (more like I forced myself into the mix) and had a hokie celebration/birthday party in Adam's Morgan this weekend! He went home early (sukka), so i have no pictures with him.

Started at Town Tavern.
the waitress was so accomodating and amazing
free shots when the hokies score/win (which didnt really happen in this game...)
$10 all you can drink beer during the game! amazing.

at some point after the game, i gave my camera to my dear polish friend, alex.
she captured through photo the essence of the evening.
needless to say, it was hilarious/awesome/amazing/fun/crazy/hammertime all mixed into one!

We made our way over to Peyote Cafe - a hole in the wall Karaoke bar right next to (i think) Town Tavern.
we all sang. we all danced. we all blacked out.
i requested Party in the U.S.A. about 30 times. and got rejected about 30 times.

here are a few more pictures from the night...

they sang me happy birthday, i was too excited!

apparently i am strangling claire....


and then we got jumbo slice. those who know me, know that this is my JAM.
i was too busy eating to take pictures of it...but that was the end of the night! :)

Thank you to my bestest friends for being there Saturday and always! Love you!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dislike Monday #1

ok, so one of my favorite lists to keep is a list of things i don't like....or hate. either one.

my roomate ktbo and i really "hate" (we use the word a lot without realizing how strong it is) a lot of very random things. we started a list, it was endless...

Since Mondays suck, and things I hate suck, I decided to pair the two and blog about what i hate on Mondays.


crunch crunch crunch!
no. die in a fire. chew elsewhere.
this is one thing that drives me absolutely nuts. no one else has this same hatred, no one understands, but it's one of my quirks that i'd like to get rid of. I live with 5 people, have a big family, and a crunchtastic boyfriend. I am always around chewing. always. crunching is the worst. second worst, gum smacking. gaaaaaaah the thought makes me want to kill myself.

One crunchy food I can accept: Cap'n Crunch. because its fantastic.

this blog post was inspired by a CRUNCHY bag of chips at 5501 last night.

one more hate: hangovers. this post was inspired by post-birthday celebration migraines....more to come later!

Hello Sunshine!

For the past week or so in DC, it's been rainy and freeeezing outside. no me gusta. frizzy hair, soggy bottoms of the pants, cold fingers and toes. no one wants that.

God must love me, because its a beautiful, (and NOT freezing) sunshiny, fall day here in our nation's capitol! AND it's my birthday! Celebrating tonight with family and the boyfriend - couldn't be more excited!

....and i'll blog more about my ridic birthday weekend later :) (ahem...alex weaver!)

photos courtesy of flickr. with my picnik "expertise" added.

Friday, October 16, 2009

a list of things that make me happy

  • kids on leashes. what more do i have to say:

  • my dog and the beach (2 pts if combined):

  • Charles Shaw wine (aka - two buck chuck) - Could also be classified under CHEAP THRILLS
  • TOTS - the best bar in the whole world - Blacksburg, VA
  • The rail. best drink ever. also most deadly. see above to find out where to get it.
  • Dogs in sweaters - so lame. so awesome.
  • Likes this (aka - thumbs up!)
  • Self portraits


she claims there is not enough in the blog about her yet....

here you go kathy pants :)

your love for me is undying:

she has been my best friend since 6th grade.
and my college and post college roommate.
she sure is sasssyyyyy:

she will love this post. it's all about her. just like life.

a little bit about me

I don't know the order of posting in the blogging world, and that little sidebar doesn't say much....so...without further adoooo...

I am a 24-yr-old girl paying way too much in rent to live in Arlington, VA. There is no place in the US I'd rather live than the DC area :) Now if it was the world....send me anywhere.
except the middle east or asia.
no me gusta.

I live in a house with 4 of my best girl friends and my crazy pitbull/carolina dog mix, Sienna

my dog is absolutely crazy, destroys a majority of the things i own, and pooped in the house until she was a year old.
but i love her more than anything - and now that she is calming down, i love her even more
you'll notice a huge black thing around her neck.
it's a bark collar.
and it works miracles.
she has two different colored eyes, the blue one is the devil's spawn in her, the brown is the snuggler.
i think she is precious. most people i know would not agree with that statement.

I have the best family in the whole wide world - my mom and dad are amazing. My sister, Claire, is just okay. haha just kidding, i love her too.

That's a little background about me :)
you'll learn a lot more as time goes on...

Thursday, October 15, 2009


well...well...before I get all of this started...here is a disclaimer list:

1. I hate grammar....a lot
2. Sometimes, I completely disregard capitalization
3. I am a HORRIBLE writer
4. I am scatter-brained
5. Most of what I write probably won't make much sense...but it does in my head, so that's all that matters
6. I get bored easily. So I might just stop writing without completing my thoughts...

:) happy reading

To-do: come up with more lists

I have about ten thousands lists that i keep in my little brain at all times (i.e. - categorized shopping lists: clothes, groceries, target- get its own list, crafts; life: various appts, ordering refills of meds - not crazy pills, work stuff) and I try really hard to write them all down. Unfortunately, I don't always have my handy dandy little notebook (haha Blue's Clues reference) with me.

One of these days, I'll turn my little to-do lists into TA-DA lists. SO LAME, i know. it was too lame to not use.

today to-do:

and down a bottle of wine after work :)

Welcome to the big To-do!

ahhhh....my first blog post.

In all reality, this blog started because I had "come up with blog idea" on a to-do list.
Another to-do list that I'll never finish, I'm sure.

Here's what's on my list to get started....
  • come up with a non-lame background. hire meesh to do so.
  • come up with ideas for blogs...themes? each weekday something different?
  • find cute pictures like this:

  • not tell any of my friends about this until i make it cool.
  • actually blog.
we'll see how this all works out :)