Monday, December 26, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Me hard at work. The glove protectz my hand from the pointy parts.
Shucking oyster is hard work, so everyone helps out.
Dave made sure to get a pic of me with oyster in hand... and make note of my glitter manicure.
I'll cut you.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I have always wanted to debone a chicken. I especially wanted to try it after watching Julie and Julia (Seriously LOVED that movie). Part of my desire stems from wanting to learn more and more about cooking and skills in general. Because I'm not a trained chef I feel like I need to constantly strive to learn more and more about cooking. I've recently become enamoured with a few kitchen gadgets, and a new set of professional series knives, that I would have never known about had I not taken the time to talk to other foodie minded people. I know there is so much more to learn so this was just one step on that journey. I decided to use Jacques Pepin as my guide. He has a great youtube vide up. I watched it about 10 times before I made my first cut, and "rewinded" it about 5 times during the process. I made a few mistakes, but overall I would call it a success. I stuffed my chicken with spinach, monzerella, artichokes, and parmesean cheese. I baked it at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. It was so yummy, and got rave reviews all around. I really want to try it again soon and see if I can eliminate all the mistakes I made along the way. In the mean time, enjoy the Pepin video:
Sunday, December 11, 2011
We had a great time, but I was sort of disappointed with the tasting. None of the wines were as fabulous as what I had had from them before. It was a great time, but I left without buying a bottle.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Tina's Reverse Bucket List
1. Go on vacation with only your girlfriends. - I actually do this one yearly, it's just another benefit of being in a sorority.
2. Sew something and wear it- I think I accomplished this when I was 12. I have always loved to sew, and while I'm not a seamstress by any means, I've definitely made a few skirts in my day.
3. Jump off a cliff - ummm- you just have to read this story to see that not only did I do that, I did it in spectacular fashion
4. Visit another country - while I still haven't been to Europe, I have been to Mexico, twice, on vacation. It was grand.
5. See the Mayan ruins - I went to Chichen Itza lat year. It was completely amazing.
6. Throw a dinner party - It amazes me that people haven't cooked dinner for their friends.
7. Have a conversation in another language. - Everyone knows that my Spanish speaking skills are atrocious, but I still do it. It came in very handy while in Mexico.
8. Go to Mardi Gras - Yep, lived it for 4 years.
9. Go to Spring Break in a Spring Break location - South Padre Island 2005!
10. Take an art class - Art was nearly my minor in college, this is a total check.
11. Go on a road trip - I drove from New Orleans to South Bend Indiana when I was in college. Also Annie and I went to South Carolina on a whim one weekend when we lived together.
12. Go to Las Vegas - Thanks to my friend Becky for having her bachelorette party there this past August. I seriously LOVE Vegas and can't wait to go back.
13. Buy a homeless person a meal - My dad used to do this all the time when I was little, so I started doing it too. Of course, now I live in Arlington, and there aren't homeless people.
14. See a Broadway show - I saw Promises, Promises on Broadway last year with Theo and Tamsin. It was awesome...Plus, Kristin Chenowith is a Gamma Phi Beta.
15. See the Cherry Blossoms Bloom in DC - I was actually surprised that this was on so many people's lists. It honestly wouldn't have even crossed my mind. My favorite birthday ever was spent walking among the cherry blossoms though.
16. Read the Bible - I did this when I was much younger, I could probably stand to do it again now that I'm a bit older and wiser, but still, it counts.
17. Shoot a gun - I'm pretty sure I first shot a gun when I was like 10 years old.
18. Go vegetarian for a month- I did this when I was 16. I did it for lent. Yeah, I like meat, I have no desire to relive that experience.
19. Get a Tattoo- I have 2. I guess I can never be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
20. Attend a music festival - I lived in both Austin and New Orleans, so I have been to Jazzfest and SXSW.
21. Grow my fingernails out - Okay, this really wasn't on a lot of other people's lists, but I have finally accomplished this. I had been a nail biter for 27 years, and this past year I kicked the habit. Yay me!
22. Go on a cruise - Again thanks to my fabulous Gamma Phi Beta sisters, I accomplished this 2 years ago.
23. Karaoke - I've done it, and I've hated it. I can't sing. At. All.
24. Go speed dating- I have a friend who is a host fro speed dating events. He asked me to come to one where they needed more girls. I went, but it was a total bust. I'm glad I did it, cause I was curious, but had I paid for it, I would have been upset.
25. Learn CPR- I was certified by the Red Cross when I was like 12. Did no one else have to take that class? Bueller?
26. Be financially dependent on only myself - I feel like this is a goal an 19 year old would set, not a 29 year old. Still, it was on a lot of bucket lists.
27. Start my own business - I did this! I can't believe I haven't held a 9-5 job in over a year!
28. Watch the sun rise - Ever spend a Mardi Gras in New Orleans? I promise you will see the sun rise.
29. Purchase my own car - I didn't spend a million dollars on it, but my car is paid for my all my own money.
30. Go to dinner/a movie alone - I didn't even know this was a thing. Am I the only one who does this on a regular basis?
So those are just some of the awesome things I have accomplished in my 28+ years on this planet. I'm super proud of myself, but I also can't wait to get started on the things I haven't done.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tina's 30 before 30 List
1. Get my catering business started in New Orleans.
2. Go skydiving.
3. Go to Disneyland/ Disneyworld.
4. Dip my toes in the pacific ocean.
5. Be a size 10 or smaller on my 30th birthday (unless I medically cant be).
6. Run a 5K, no walking allowed.
7. Visit another foreign country.
8. Write and illustrate a children's book.
9. See either the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade or watch the ball drop in Times Square.
10. See the Grand Canyon up close and personal.
11. Finally legally change my name on my driver's license and all official documents.
12. Read at least half of the "100 Classic Book Collection".
13. Attend a game at Cowboys Stadium.
14. Go to High tea at the Ritz or some other fancy hotel.
15. Learn to drive a stick.
16. Make a full size quilt.
17. Write down all my family recipes and make a book, with pictures. 18. Teach a class/seminar/ workshop.
19. Roth IRA (private goal)
20. Learn 10 new recipes by heart from different world cuisines (no southern/ Texan/ or Mexican food).
21. Do the polar bear plunge somewhere.
22. Blog twice a week for a year.
23. Take a class in something I have no idea how to do (non exercise).
24. Successfully debone a chicken (harder than it sounds).
25. Paint something and enter it in an art exhibit/ competition.
26. Get a concealed carry permit.
27. Save for and purchase a DSLR camera.
28. Get a family photo taken professionally.
29. Spend an entire day at a spa (mani-pedi-facial-massage).
30. Have a fabulous 30th Birthday party in Vegas (or someplace equally as fabulous).
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wow, well, color me embarrassed. I suppose I have let my blog fall to the wayside, bad Tina.
I suppose an update on my life is in order.
I'm still not in New Orleans, I have a move date though: December 19th. It's really coming up fast. I have so much more packing to do, but I have a good start. As for my bucket list I have accomplished quite a few items. There are a few on there that probably won't get done, which is sad, but it gives me reason to come back and visit. I promise to blog more in depth about what I have and haven't accomplished in detail. I've also been working on some life goals that I have decided I wanted to accomplish before I turn 30 (still more than a year away, but I figure I can get a jump on things).
It's late, so that's all for now.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
So off I go. The moving date is still up in the air, but, for sure, I will be turning 29 in the big easy.
But, I'm not gone yet. I plan to make the most of these final few months. I'm going to play tourist in every way imaginable. I'm going to take walks at night by the capitol and soak in the scenery, and I'm going to say long tearful goodbyes to the ones I love.
For the next few months I'm going to use this blog to chronicle everything I do here, as I prepare to embark on the next stage of my life.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
To be more precise I got a netbook.
I decided I could no longer live without blogging or updating pictures, or just plain old surfing the web, so I bit the bullet and invested in a new machine.
I'm so excited about my new purchase. I already have anti virus software installed, and of course, I've installed google chrome.
Are there any other programs or software I should install?
Expect lots more posts coming very soon! I'm on a blog writing roll!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Hey Everyone, so as you can see there have been some changes around here!
WWW.LOVETINAMARIE.ORG is now my business website.
My blog can now be found at WWW.LOVETINAMARIE.BLOGSPOT.COM
Everyone remember to add me to your google readers at my new address, and to become a follower of my blog again!
Sorry for the disruption, but I think it will be for the best!
Love, Tina Marie
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I recently decided that I needed my dining room table back. I previously had done away with it, in favor of having a desk instead. I have now decided my table can serve as a desk, a sewing station, and a dining room table, all with a larger workspace. I needed something fabulous to hang over my dining room table. Enter new craft project.
Once upon a time I wanted a coffee table that was a door. Yep, you heard me right.
This is a bad picture, but you get the gist. It's a wooden door that's been sawed in half. I attached legs, and bada-bing, coffee table.
But then I was left with what on earth to do with the rest of the door. It lived, unused, under my bed for awhile. Finally, I figured it out. When people come over, I always want to make cute little tags for the food I prepare. I never get around to it though, so I am left answering questions about ingredients, etc. while I never tire of talking about food, I knew that there had to be an easier way to do things. Voila! An idea was born. I transformed the rest of the table into...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
That being said just a few weeks ago was Annie's Baby Shower. I was a co-hostess, along with her Aunt Susan. Susan's house is much bigger than mine, so we had the party there. It was as rocking of a good time as can be had when your guest of honor is more than 8 months pregnant.
Our friend Holly was kind enough to bring her fancy camera and take lots of pictures. I thought I would share a few.
The first I want to share are pinwheels. I made a few of these to decorate with, and I also made individual pinwheel drink stirrers for everyone at the party. I'll have a simple tutorial on these soon.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
That said, this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of reflection. We sacrifice something, just like Jesus sacrificed himself for us. Last year I gave up using gChat on my blackberry.
It might have been the most difficult thing I have ever given up during Lent, including the time I gave up meat for a whole 40 days. Most people give something up, like candy, or fried food. However, it is also completely acceptable to give something during Lent. A few years ago, for Lent, I decided to make my way back to Church. Even though I've always been Catholic, my church going was sparse to say the least, But ever since that Lent I've made mass a weekly ritual. This year, once again, I've decided to give something, rather than give something up. So, starting next week, every week until Easter, I am going to make a second trip to church. During this trip I'm going to say a rosary. I have always felt a special bond to the Blessed Mother, and I feel like it's time for me to acknowledge that. I know the Catholic views of the Virgin Mary are different from a lot of other religions. If you want to know more you can always do research in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It's basically a manual for what we believe and why.
Is anyone else giving up, or giving something for Lent?
Love, Tina Marie
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The only irritating thing about phones is how quickly they become outdated. Luckily android has system updates, so the phone adapts as technology adapts. So if you have a droid, here are 5 things that you might not know your phone does, that are awesome:
1. Widgets: did you know you can create shortcuts on your phones "desktop". I have shortcuts for people I frequently call. You can create an icon on your desktop that will call or text a person. You can also create shortcuts to frequently visited websites, or a song that you play on repeat. I absolutely love this feature.
2. Zip files: I use my phone as my primary music source. I buy all my music from Amazon, which, in my opinion, kicks iTunes ass. Amazon lets me have the music both on my desktop, and my phone, but it also lets me use any media format to carry my files. This means I can share my music files with other people. Furthermore I can buy a song on my phone, save it as a zip file on my phone and email it to someone else. No PC necessary. I love this feature.
3. TV: I don't have cable. This means I watch most of my TV either day of, or online. I recently discovered that thru sidereel.com I can watch pretty much any show out there on my phone. This is pretty awesome for me.
4. Radio: There are lots of free radio programs out there, but I use pandora. I know that they now have a 40 hour a month limit, but using a different account on my PC than I use on my phone I am able to double my monthly usage!
5. Navigation: I know that a lot of people have garmins and tom toms and swear by them. I swear by my google navigation. They are constantly updating the program, and I use it in place of other traditional navigation systems. I have a dock for my phone in my car specifically for when I use it as a navigation systems. I would be lost without it. (Get it? It's punny.)
Do ya'll have any other neat features that use use your android phone for?
Love, Tina Marie
Friday, February 4, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sorry I haven't been posting lately, but my computer finally completely died. This means that updates will be few and far between until I get a new laptop. As I am very very poor right now, who knows when this will actually happen.
However, Annie wrote me an email yesterday. She said i had failed at blogging, and was a bad blogger. She also called me a whole bunch of names not suitable for use on this site.
I told her my predicament, only she would hear none of it. She demanded I go to her house, in the middle of a huge snowstorm, and update my blog. I told her I wasn't comfortable driving in the snow, so she said I should walk... 10 miles... uphill... barefoot.
Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit. But, she did ask me to blog, and told me I could use her computer. So Annie, I'm at your house. I let the dogs out. I'm using your computer. i hope you're happy. :)
Since this post is extremely Annie heavy, I thought I would take a page out of her book and blog about things I am extremely excited for:
One of my best friends (Allie) is getting married this summer, and I am her maid of honor! I'm so excited, as she is a super awesome person, and her fiance is just as cool. This means I get to plan her bridal shower and her bachelorette party... both taking place in New Orleans this spring. I'm most excited to plan the bridal shower... I just love me a good tea party. Her wedding is taking place in Florida at her fiance's family beach house. I'm pretty jacked about that too. I love the beach, and this wedding has "awesome time" written all over it.
While in college every year my sorority went on beach retreat. A whole weekend of hanging out with each other and soaking up the sun. It was always a good time. Well, a bunch of us alums have continued the tradition. Every year we vacation together someplace really neat. Florida, Atlantic city, and a cruise have been on the itinerary before, and it looks like this year everyone may be coming to DC! I am so excited to have my sisters see where I live, and to experience the awesomeness of this city. Sometimes I forget how awesome it is to live here, but how many people can say they can see the Washington monument from their house? I live in a pretty awesome place, and I know my sorority sisters will have an awesome time here.
Memorial Day Weekend
I know all of my things that I'm excited for aren't for a few months, but I can't help myself. Memorial Day is no different. every year I spearhead a group trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX), and this year is no different. I've already started to look at houses, and get numbers. While I won't book a place till March, it's nice to know this is on the books.
Update: Annie, H and R are asleep at my feet... by the heating vent.
This is one thing I am excited for that's happening right now. Some of ya'll know I go to Washington Sports Club. I love the gym because of one class: Step Aerobics. It's taught by an amazing teacher, and it's also taught at an extremely high intensity level. I've tried SO many other step classes, and none have other come close. In the past I've had free access to company gyms, but have continued to pay the (ridiculously high) membership fees at Washington Sports Club because of this one class. Well, now, it looks like one of my bi-weekly classes is being canceled. This means I only get step once a week. I decided I couldn't justify four classes for the high fees, so, as much as it pains me, i am switching gyms. I checked out other gyms in the area and have settled on Fitness First. Their gym is definitely smaller than WSC. They also don't offer towel service, but they DO offer three step classes a week, and $20 monthly membership fees plus free parking. I'm totally on board. I'll probably start in a month once my WSC membership is over.
Okay, I hope this satisfied you Annie.
Love, Tina Marie