Last week I was feeling rather culinary. Here’s a couple things I made-

Chicken & asparagus crepes with mushroom cream sauce

A hearty & spicy chicken tortilla soup.

It’s funny how somedays being in the kitchen is so relaxing and creative. And then other days, I’m breaking out the PF Changs frozen dinner for 2. (It’s really good though, promise.)

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April.

Our weekend has been nice and relaxing. We had a movie night on Friday, and watched 50/50 while chomping on Good & Plenty, Sugar Babes, and Swedish Fish. Also, we got Patrick a button-up from GAP. It’s exciting when clothes fit him. The Levi’s jean search was not so succesful. Perhaps we’ll give it another go when in Dallas next weekend.

Oliver is growing up so fast! He’s like, doubled his size from when we first picked him up.

Sephora by OPI ‘Indi-go With the Flow’ over Essie ‘Lapiz of Luxury’                                                                                                                     Patrick told a story using all the silly nail polish names while we were in Sephora today

New things, with my favorite prints; chevron and stripes!

New way to store my jewelry. Makes it feel fancy picking it out every morning.

Our vegetable garden! From left to right: romaine lettuce, jalapeno peppers, & parsley!                                                                                     Oliver’s favorite thing is to eat all of the parsley when I turn my back. Little stinker.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Snapshot: Harry Potter

I’ve decided to inform you about my thoughts on Harry Potter– Snapshot style-

Why I love Harry Potter?

1) I grew up with the books, literally. It’s fun to read about kids your own age.

2) Magic! Der!

3) ‘Cause all children should get swept away in fantasy

 

Favorite book in the series?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

Why?

1) Because I’d never experienced so many shocks and twists in a novel before; It’s magical.

2) Because we learn the origins of the Marauders Map

3) Time Travel be blowin’ my mind

4) Harry and Ron haven’t turned into douche-y teenagers yet

 

Scariest moment?

I believe in the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry goes into the Forbidden Forest, and sees some cray cray sh*t. Basically he walks in on Quirrell/Voldemort drinking the blood out of a slain unicorn. It might not sound scary, but hearing that late at night when I was 8 or 9 gave me a nightmare! Actually just go watch the movie and tell me it is not a terrifying scene!

I told you!

 

Most hated?

Dolores Umbridge. She is just the meanest thing. Also, I read something that made me laugh, and then think, and then get a little disturbed. But then I kind of loved it.

Have you ever wondered what happened to Umbridge when she gets carried away in the forest by the centaur folk? Obviously they don’t kill her, because she’s back in the hospital later. So what exactly went down….Find out!

 

Favorite Scenes?

1) Students mourning Dumbledore’s death. It was so perfect, and maybe just maybe, makes me a little misty-eyed.

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2) Harry and Hermione dancing in the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. I loved this scene, although seemingly random. It enforces the reality of 16-17 year-olds not knowing if they’re going to survive or what will happen to their world. And it shows the redeeming character of Harry.

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Well now, that was fun, no? If inclined, write your answers to the above questions in a comment!

Outfit Heavy — Fresh Start

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And in honor of Springtime and Easter happenings-Image

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Tonight will be spent going through all closets and drawers, picking out stuff to donate to Goodwill and alike places. It feels good to have a fresh start, and finally let go of that ratty shirt I haven’t been able to part with. Okay, maybe like 20 ratty shirts. And some stinky shoes. Shhh don’t tell.

Saturday Pancakes

Why is having breakfast for dinner is still so exciting, fun, and a little bit rebellious? Instead of the traditional buttermilk and maple syrup combo, I made these lemon ricotta and lemon curd pancakes. Using this recipe. Even if you are not a huge fan of lemon, these are to die for. And I’m pretty sure home-made lemon curd is my favorite dessert condiment of the moment.

 

Pat and I are now in a heavenly sugar-coma.

Side-note: We are thinking about starting to grow some veggies at home. I’ve been inspired by my mom’s vegetable garden success. More on that later…

Cozy

I have been thoroughly enjoying our little nook, and so have the dogs. 

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Although I did find this little turd nugget starting to tear out the threads.

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yep.

You’re not afraid of fire, are you, Katniss?

In honor of the Hunger Games coming out this Friday, and my love of nail polish, I picked up a mini China Glaze collection inspired by the Hunger Games.

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Yes, part of this purchase was facilitated by evil marketing, but I do like the colors. They are cool and unique to my collection.

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Fun stuff, eh?

I am super excited for the movie, although I am prepared to not let its shortcomings from the book ruin the experience. 

I also am considering building something like this to display/organize my polishes:

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wowie.

3-day Weekend

This weekend was pretty exciting. Pat’s family came in to celebrate our brother-in-law’s residency match. Basically the whole country has the students who matched all open their envelopes at the same time to see where they will do their residency. The suspense and big reveal was awesome!

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Taylor was matched at Stanford for the Pediatrics program. Super exciting! I think Mary and Taylor are going to really love the Palo Alto area.  We celebrated with several amazing dinners and some fro yo, of course. 

 

And here’s the threads from my 4-day work week (yay!)

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The pups also had a vet appointment.Image

Even though Oliver got 2 shots, he was the braver of the two. 

Happy Birthday, dear Patrick

It was Mr. Pat’s 26th birthday on Friday. It’s always nice when your birthday falls on Friday, and it was the Friday starting off his Spring Break at that! Also, I am the worst, and forgot to take pictures of any birthday-related things.

I did make him a chocolate cake. It was good.

This was better:

 

Noms.

These are some clothings I’ve donned-

You may have noticed a similar pair of “sailor pants” that I’ve worn. Well, they are my new favorite fun pants. I snagged them at Old Navy for $10 a pair. One is white with black piping, the other navy with white.

Old Navy Lubbock, how I adore your sale rack that doesn’t resemble the pricing on the website, ever.

In other news, Oliver Bean had his first real hair cut, and now he looks ridiculously funny. They left his head in a “teddy bear” cut, and shaved him down everywhere else. Now his head appears to be 3x bigger than his body. Also, PetSmart gave us a half-off  our grooming bill because Mr. Bean was the “dog of the day.”

That was my only attempt of getting him to stay still for a picture. He’s a nut-job alright. Just perfect for our other nugget, Bucket Head.

Transformation

This weekend, I decided I had “had it” with the random desk we stuck in the corner of our living room. It served little purpose but to hold some paperwork and display pictures.

We spent Sunday moving out the desk and finding the perfect little pieces to replace the large empty space.

It’s now a cozy little seating area, and still displays our special photos, books, and other doo-dads.

funsies.

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