yes yes yes, I've been a bad blogger. I have been neglecting my blog as of late. Here are some updates:
Christmas Eve I went to my friend Stephen's house. We had orphan Christmas with some other friends, he fired up the grill and we had steak, twice baked potatoes, and broccoli. It was all delicious.
From the Foodie in Me
Twice Baked Potatoes Every man I know LOVES twice baked potatoes. I can understand, I like them myself. However, they are the most time intensive potato ever. They seriously take 2 hours to make, but, should you have 2 hours to kill, here is the recipe.
1. Rub potatoes with Butter and bake int he oven for an hour 2. remove potatoes from oven and spilt in half. 3. Scoop out the insides of each potato half, leaving only a small layer of potato and the potato skin. 3. Mash the potato scooping, add milk, butter, salt, and pepper. (Make mashed potatoes). 4. refill the potato halves with the mash potato mixture. Top with cheese and chives 5. put the potatoes back in the oven to bake for another 20 minutes 6.. Remove and top with sour cream. Enjoy!
I spent Christmas with my friends Henri and Miriam, and their friend. We all made a ton of food and ate till our little hearts content. This was the first year I didn't go home for Christmas, and it was nice to have friends to spend the holiday with. I was strange not opening gifts with my parents, or eating the traditional turkey and dressing, but I enjoyed myself.
Those of you who live in DC know that we got about 20 inches of snow a few weeks back. Christmas day a good 10 inches was still left on the ground... then the rain came. it POURED on Christmas Day and I came home to find my basement under 2 inches of dirty water. It wouldn't be such a big deal, except I live in the basement. So, I have been living in the living room for the past week. It's way less than ideal, especially as we have people staying in our house for New Years. Should be fun....sigh.
I just realized that I hadn't blogged about the fact that I got a new job! I had been keeping it under wraps until I quit the old job and all the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed. I will be working in the Department of Homeland Security. Basically, I went on an interview on a Thursday, was offered the job an hour later, signed an offer letter on Friday, and was at the company Christmas dinner on Sunday. I still haven't actually started and probably wont fr a few more weeks till all the paperwork is finalized. While I am not ready to go back to work full time, I am ready to be paid a full time salary!
I got a Wii for Christmas! It's my new favorite thing :) Feel free to send me any Wii games.
Grinds My Gears
People who read my blog but aren't followers! I sometimes assume no one is reading because I have so few followers, so here is my ploy to ask all of you to follow me!
When I graduated from college and got my first job I was amazed. I was actually out on my own. My first job was working for a Texas State Congressmen. I had some responsibility and was left to my own devices a lot. I was expected to get things done in a timely manner without follow up. I was a grown-up. I didn't feel like a grown up though. I couldn'tbelieve anyone was trusting me with anything. I couldn't believe that piece of paper (my diploma) qualified me to do a job, any job. I still felt that way when I moved to DC. I couldn't believe I picked up and moved here. I felt like I was just playing the part of an adult and at any point an time someone would figure out that I had no idea what I was doing. That moment never happened.
Now it is almost 5 years later. I don't feel like I am playing the part anymore.I really feel like an adult. I'm not sure when that transition happened. I'm not sure at what point people go from being in that college mentality versus the adult mentality. It's kind of scary knowing that you are on your own, but it's also freeing to know that you don't have to answer to anyone else on your life. Just food for thought.
Finding the Perfect Dress
I am going to a cocktail party this Sunday. I need to wear cocktail attire. I have plenty of dresses to choose from, but I am torn as what to pick from my closet. I have a burgundy tea length dress, a black tea length dress, and a patterned tea length dress. Ladies
The Princess and the Frog I'm totally seeing this, kid or no kid.
Gosh, I am a busy bee this week. I'm trying to get in hours for work, craft, make for for job numero dos, and still have some "me" time. Here is what on my list for today:
I know I said that I was in Christmas card hell the other day, but those cards weren't for my family and friends. Those were my clients Christmas cards (which I'm still not finished with, btw). I would like to actually send Christmas cards myself. I have an idea of what I want to send/ make. Luckily I'm going to Michaels today, so I can get supplies.
The reason I haven't finished my client's Christmas cards is that I ran out of snowflake embellishments. I need to run to Michaels. Hoping that this doesnt turn into me scouring the city for snowflakes. While there I am going to pick up supplies for my own cards. Super excited about that!
I absolutely MUST send in some Medical forms today. I am signing up for Cobra coverage and that paperwork is due! Eep!
I think I mentioned that I'm making a few meals a week for a couple out in Cleveland Park. I deliver food twice a week. I need to go this morning before noon to drop off food. Also, if you or anyone you know is interested in having me cook a few meals a week for you please inquire!
I WILL finish at least one craft today. I haven't posted on my blog in awhile. I have all these half finished crafts, and I also have a few finished ones that I just need to take photos of and upload. Christmas is the BEST time for crafts.
I've actually been doing better at keeping my room clean. Right now it's messy, but not a mess. I have projects piled up around the room that I need to finish, but now I'd settle for having some floor space back.
I have a very important meeting tomorrow. I don't want to say what it is, cause I don't want to jinx it. I will say it's in an office, which means I need to make sure my suit is clean and pressed. I'm a big believer in suits. I know in this day and age a lot of people opt for business casual when in big meetings, this just isn't my style. even when I worked at Korn/ Ferry I would wear suits on days the clients came to visit. I just think it lets the people you are meeting with know that you cared enough about the meeting to put forth an effort.
Oh, yeah. I need to go to work today! Luckily my work these days is very craft centered. I'm finishing Christmas cards, which includes printing of labels and other necessary embellishments/ accoutrement's. This is a pain because I HATE hooking up my printer to my computer. In reality I need to do this anyway to print off the paperwork I mentioned earlier. it just means I need to leave the comfy bed and move to the desk.
Rearrange my room
I actually already moved the furniture around. I did it sometime last week at 3am. However, in an attempt to not piss off my roommates I decided not to hammer or drill. So, I still have everything on the walls in the places they were in before I moved the furniture. I'd like to hang things in their new proper spots.
Sleep and Eat
Yes, I have to add sleeping and eating to my to-do list, otherwise I won't get them done. On an exciting front, I slept for six hours yesterday, AT NIGHT. I went to sleep around11:30pm and work up at 5:30am. I only woke up twice during the night, and only for about 5 minutes each time. This is HUGE for me. It could mean I am returning to a normal sleep schedule of sorts. I'm always going to have insomnia, but if I can at least get 5 hours in between 10pm and 9am I should be golden.
That's all I can remember for now, though I'm sure there are more things (like going to the bank to deposit a check, picking up my paycheck, getting gas) but I need to get started I have a lot to do today!
Yes, it's 11:30pm, but I should be working. Instead I'm taking abreak to make a much needed blog post. This post is all about the things I SHOULD be doing.
Christmas Card Hell
I'm making hand made Christmas cards and NYE Party invitations for one of my clients. I love crafting, but after the 100th card it starts to get tiring. Ive gotten thru about 1/3 of them. My goal is finishing tonight.
Yesterday I had a tamale party. Sarah had wanted to make tamales with me ever since she met me. I have never made them by myself. In my family we make tamales once a year, every NYE. I always make them with my mom, meaning I always play her soux chef. Also in Texas there are lots of Spanish shops with the dough pre made. It's a nice little shortcut. Here in Arlington that isnt the case. I had to make everything from scratch. Sarah and I cooked for 2 days. It was exhausting, but totally worth it. Our goal was 1 million tamales. We fell just short of it making about 100. This brings me to what I should be doing now. I should be cooking. I got a gig making 4 meals a week for this couple. It's about 2 hours of work and I make decent cash from it. BUT after cooking all day yesterday I have no desire to stand in front of a stove. I am supposed to deliver 2 meals to her tomorrow. Sigh.
Yep, sleeping is on my to-do list. I've started taking more of a nap like schedule versus a sleep schedule. I'm sure that's unhealthy, but it is what it is. I'm hoping to get 5 hours in sometime this evening.
Sending in Paperwork
I have all kinds of paperwork I need to send in various places. I need to print out this paperwork on my printer. which means I have to hook up my printer to my computer... sounds like a lot of work. Blah.
I have about 3 different crafts started right now. I want to finish them all and finally have some time to post to my crafts blog. I dont think that's happening tonight.
All in all I have a lot on my plate, but I love it. It's my personality to have lots to do and to spread myself out over a lot of projects. I can't help it. If I'm not busy, I'm miserable. Okay, I'm off to tackle more Christmas cards!