July 26, 2012

Another Pinterest Success!

Well, I did it.

I found yet ANOTHER recipe on Pinterest that I HAD to make.

Here is what caught my eye:
Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

Can I just say that I wiped the drool from the corner of my mouth when I saw this? After reading the recipe I KNEW this was something I could do.

Bonus? I found out it's actually a Paula Deen recipe? Double bonus? PB LOVES her recipes!

 So I took my cubed chicken. Or close enough.  

 Mixed the spices up and set aside.

Wrapped each piece of chicken with a slice of bacon then put a toothpick in to secure it.

Dredge through spice mixture and place on the pan.

 Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
O.M.G. these are SO good! The smells that come out of the oven make you salivate as you wait for them to finish cooking but the wait is COMPLETELY worth it! Pinterest success!

Not the best picture, but the chicken was paired with Cesar salad, whole wheat Parmesan bread and a TALL glass of Merlot. Yum!
The kids loved it, PB loved it, and I even took some to work to share with the ladies who loved it! Definitely added to the recipe book for parties and holidays!

July 24, 2012

Anniversary Road trip

PB and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary last week by taking a road trip. 2 years....... man the time has flown by. Seriously.

We headed out on Sunday, towards Salem Oregon. My mom lives there, and while I would not normally include my mother on a romantic anniversary trip, it was quite necessary!

Last time we went to Salem, we missed out on going to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Who cares right? Well, PB does! This museum is the home of the Spruce Goose. Heard of it? Ever seen the movie The Aviator? With Leonardo DiCaprio?

Leonardo Dicaprio plays Howard Hughes. The inventor and engineer behind the Spruce Goose. More info HERE.  

So, PB and I spent the night with my mom, who lives very close to this museum, and headed out Monday morning to check it out..

It did not disappoint. The thing takes up the whole damn building! Looking back through my 200 some photos, I can't seem to find ONE that captures the size/magnitude/enormity of this aircraft.

Here it is from the back. See all the smaller planes around and underneath it?

PB standing next to it.

The pertinent info
This picture is taken from inside the Spruce Goose, looking towards the tail of the plane. Again, I don't think the picture does it justice.

Taken from underneath ONE side of the plane......

Isn't he cute?

PB and I outside the Space part of the museum.

Again, the picture does it no justice.........
Then we saw this! Holy cow batman, this thing is tall! It's the main body to the rocket launches in to space. Its HUGE.

Here I am looking down at it from 3 flights up.

PB and I got to stand underneath the rockets.

It was pretty cool!

Of course PB had to explore it all......

After 4 hours, yes 4 hours, at both parts of the museum, we hit the road to drive to Lincoln City.

PB and I in the car at a red light.

An hour later, we arrive at our destination. Mo's Famous Chowder! Here we are over looking the water while we eat!

This unfortunate picture was taken by our waiter. I forgot the camera in the car and my feet hurt too bad from all the walking we did earlier to go back and get it, so this is what I am stuck with. "(

The view of the bay right at sunset. So gorgeous, and peaceful.

The next morning, after a rather interesting stay at the hotel (more on that later) we headed up Highway 101 on our way home. I have never made that drive before, and let me tell you! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Made some friends at Rockaway beach, although the most interesting one not pictured. That would be the coke addict we met while I was taking this picture........

The beautiful waves crashing on to the shore........

PB and I's last stop, before we hit the freeway. It was a wonderful 3 days, minus PB's constant toothache and all the traffic we hit on the way down.

So, Happy Anniversary to us! Here is to another great year!

July 20, 2012

Stupid people make me want to hurt myself. Literally.

Are you with me?

We all have those people in our lives that are SO fucking stupid we are left to wonder how they are able to function in society. Without hurting themselves. Or someone taking them out.

So you know I had to share the latest and greatest with you. This post has been weighing on my mind for a week now. So, after much thought, here goes.

PB's best friend in all the world is a DUMBASS. And so he shall be named....... DA. Man that feels so good to let that out!

What's that? Why am I saying this?

Over the past 6 months, DA has separated from his wife, met his current girlfriend, moved in with said girlfriend, and forgotten for the most part that PB existed. DA and PB have been friends for over 10 years. A lot has happened in that time, and they BOTH have been great friends to each other throughout the years.

Until now.

When I met PB, I accepted his friend DA and his wife (soon to be ex) as my friends. We hung out together, did dinner together, went on weekend trips together. We went to their house for birthday parties, they came to our house for Christmas, we celebrated and rejoiced the events and big moments in each others lives.

Fast forward to February 2012. DA's divorce happened.

DA camped out on our couch for 3 weeks. We supported him, counseled him, hugged him when he needed it, made him laugh when he wanted to cry. And then DA meets SGW. Who PB happened to take out on a few dates several years back. Awkward right?

Well, things progress SO smoothly (she says sweetly without a drop of sarcasm) that DA decides to MOVE IN with SGW after knowing each other for 2 weeks. Ok. DA obviously thinks its a good idea, so PB and I keep our mouths shut.

Over the last few months I have heard more about DA and SGW's sex life than I EVER wanted to know. They have brought many an awkward moment to the dinner table, bar stool and BBQ. 

What has been hard for me is seeing PB lose his friend. DA and PB used to hang out a couple times a week. Recently, there have been weeks he hasnt even HEARD from DA. It has taken its toll.

Last week, we went to dinner with DA and SGW. It was the most awkward, bizarre, sad dinner I think I have been to. SGW spends most of the night talking about PB and her, DA remains mostly quiet, and I sit in amazed silence. There is tension between DA and SGW as we leave the restaurant, and it boils over shortly after. DA calls PB and talks to him about it, albeit briefly.

The next day rolls around, and no word from DA. Its another 24 hours before I talk to him. He has called to ask my a favor, for which I am more than happy to help with. He also asks some professional questions that pertain to my line of work, and I help out with that too. DA's son is at our house, hanging with Big C, and I tell them both the conversation I had with DA.

Everything is fine until the next night. Friday. After I got home from work, PB and I are relaxing in the living room, watching tv, I am doing my nails. The next thing you know, there is a nasty text that rolls through from DA.

PB and I are both in shock. Seems that DA misunderstood whatever I said to him the day before, as well as the conversation I had with his son, and now he no longer wants to be PB's friend. WTF?

He is going to throw away his best friend, and all the years and memories they have together because HE misunderstood what I said? Or what his son said? Are we being punked? Then he goes and pulls the "I have deleted you as my friend on Facebook" crap. Whatever.

DA, I think it really boils down to this:  YOU can't handle that YOUR girlfriend talks about PB all the time, for whatever reason, and you want to limit the contact between them. You are going to let this GIRL in between YOU and YOUR BEST FRIEND? But you are going to blame it all on ME?

Dude, I am not hurting in the friend department. I could give 2 shits whether or not you want to be my friend. It's PB I am sad for. HE is the one who was there for YOU, DUMBASS. And your just going to let it all go down the crapper?

DA, If you are reading this, and I most certainly hope you are, let me make sure I have been very clear. Don't come crawling back when it doesn't work out, with your tail tucked between your legs and say how sorry you are, and expect sympathy from ME. PB might give it to you, but you won't get it from me. I don't like being called a liar, having other people put words in my mouth, or having to listen to YOU tell me that YOU know more than I do about my job, and what I do, just because YOU didn't get the answer you wanted.

I gave you nothing but good, sound, solid advice, and I would NEVER put my job on the line for ANYONE, let alone YOU. I have watched you throw aside PB for months now, and I am sick of sticking up for you. You don't want to be my friend? FINE. But stop punishing PB for something you THINK I have done to WRONG you. That is so FUCKING STUPID.

GROW up. MAN up. You are letting the most important things in your life slide away: your friends, your family, your kids. I hope for THEIR sake, you pull your head out of your ass and remember the GOOD guy you USED to be. Because YOU are burning more bridges than you are MAKING.

Divorce sucks. I GET IT. Been there, done that, have the t-shirt. BUT, it is supposed to make you better, stronger, happier. I don't even recognize you any more. Seriously. Take a good hard look in the mirror, man. Figure out what's important in YOUR life before you LOSE it all.

July 18, 2012

I'm back!

I had a wonderful anniversary trip with PB! Pictures and details to come soon!

July 12, 2012

Teenage boys smell. BAD.

Something had to be done with the pit we called the boys room.

Every time you walked in after the door had been closed for a while you got hit right between the eyeballs with the smell of dirty sweat socks, sweaty jockstrap and B.O. Gross.

So, I took over. Literally.

I had a "brief" (less than 30 seconds) conversation with Big C about what he would like to see in the room. Surprise surprise. He didn't care. His only request was.............. to have the tv mounted on the wall. Check.

The room was painted this god-awful color. The best way to describe this? The color of baby diarrhea. Like the kind you fake at a baby shower when you play the melted candy bar game? Except without the sweet smell.

I knew what color I had in mind. I bought a gallon of paint, painters tape, brushes, rollers, trays and drop cloths. I was ready.

I had been collecting idea on Pinterest for a while now. I knew the floor plan I wanted, and on rainy Saturday, I got to work.

The room got painted "khaki". MUCH, much better.

Bed pushed up against the wall. Fridge and shelves against the far corner. Closet doors fixed.

First project:

3 cans of spray paint, a MONTH of collecting any kind of cap I could get my hands on and here is MINE:

I know it looks a little crooked in the picture, but I am SUPER happy with how it turned out! Pinterest success!

With all the vinyl letters I had, I was able to do my own twist and make this: 

Here it is on the wall, with the bottle cap flag. I know! It looks crooked! But, it was the angle I took the stupid picture at! Pinterest success!

 Also got the Seahawks stuff on the wall too.....

I took the pre-cut cork board squares, spray painted them, and hung them on the wall between the closet doors. Serves a dual purpose. Design looks great, AND the boys won't put a lot of holes in the wall to tack stuff up!

 Wooden letters spray painted above wach closet door.....

I pulled out all the baseball references I could!

As we make our way through the Pinterest highway, we are on to the next project:

And........... here is MINE! Pinterest success!

I even replaced the top drawer pulls with the little baseballs for extra fun!

TV mounted on the wall!

Garden Chick went to the Mariners game and brought back 3 of these little hats. So, I mounted them above the window.

Some little baseball gel clings to liven up the side of the mini fridge.

And, the boys love it! Yay! I was very nervous they would think it was stupid. But, they thought it was "sick" and that their room had "swag" (all good things, so I've been told!)

Here is what is left to do:


That's 2 happy boys, a happy DIY'er and a WAY better looking room!

She's crafty.... Doodle's Room

I have done so many crafty slash DIY projects lately it is more than time I shared all the awesomeness with you!

8 months ago, I updated Doodle's room. It was previously Big C's room, so it need a mini makeover. I re-arranged furniture, I put some stuff up on the wall, I made it more girly. All with the intent of painting the room so it was fresh, bright and most definitely GIRLY.

Well, we are almost there folks. The painting still needs to be done, but we have figured out a room arrangement that works for Doodle, and we have decided on colors to paint, as well as what works in the room and what doesn't.

But, in the meantime, I made something for Doodle's room that I had to share.

It was a time consuming, finger burning, swearing, sweating, pain in the butt project that I absolutely love!

I took this sad, boring, lonely lamp..........

A few of PB's old t-shirts cut in to strips.......

 This industrial glue gun........ my fingers still hurt just looking at this thing. Ugh.

 A "few" glue sticks......

 Several painstaking, time consuming fabric rosette's later.........

 Wha-la! Embellished with a sequined pin I found on clearance at the fabric store for $.50.....

Don't you love LOVE love it???? I do and Doodle does too!