Happy 16th birthday to my one and only special guy.
Love you to the moon and back. xo
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Chicken, chickens, and more chickens.
What is with all the chickens?
Helicopter ride around Kauai.
If you’re ever there, it’s worth every penny.
We took an hour long helicopter ride around the entire island. It was absolutely stunning from that height. We saw areas that were only accessible by boat, and areas that were only accessible by hiking several mile upon mile. Hiking wasn’t something we were interested in doing while we were on a relaxing vacation, but we saw several people doing it.
Swimming with fishies.
If you don’t get seasick, this is a must do activity.
We took a 2-hour boat ride around to the north side of the island, where they allowed everyone to swim with the local fishies. SS and Lil’ SS dove right in, but I was scared, so I got back on the boat. I’ll be honest, it freaked me out a great deal to be swimming around in the area that is supposed to be just for sea life. Make fun of me all you want, but we all have fears.
The wind was blowing at different rates the entire seven days. It rained a few times, but by rain, I mean it sprinkled a little bit, then blew threw. Nothing extravagent. No storms. It never kept us indoors and it never stopped us from having fun. It was an amazing vacation that I’m so grateful I got to spend with these two wonderful people. I can’t wait until our next big adventure.
A few weeks ago, SS, Lil’ SS and I went to Kauai. His parents paid for the trip (because they were taking Lil’ SS originally), so SS and I decided to tag along – since I’d never been.
Here’s a beautiful sunset we saw one evening. Was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.
There were several places we visited. Several different restaurants we dined. I could write a blog post on each and every one of them. Perhaps I will.
Makes Me Goggle
I’m going to assume this is supposed to mean ‘Giggle’, but who the hell am I to know what they mean?
I giggle every time SS tickles me, RJ tells me a silly joke, I watch the Big Bang Theory, and when my boss’ daughter gives me a high five.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me something that makes you giggle.
*Free theme* – use washi tape
I didn’t know what the hell washi tape was, so I went to Google, cause, you know, Google know everything! Apparently, it’s some sort of tape that has different designs on it. Big whoop. I rarely use tape, and when I do, I don’t want it to be visibly different. I just like regular tape.
Does that make me boring? Maybe.
Does that make me square? Perhaps.
Does that make me unimaginitive? Most definitely.
Deal with it.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me about a time you used washi tape.
In The Garden
I don’t have a garden, but if I did, it would be littered with Gnomes. I have five different Gnomes, but two of them have two Gnomes together, so technically I have seven different ones. I think they would do an amazing job protecting my garden from unwanted visitors. One day.
Here are the ones that guard my house right now…
Now it’s your turn. Tell me about your garden.
Sis and Squid are in town for the weekend, so it’s been nothing but chores, chores, and more chores for a few days now. They stay in the same room RJ and Lil’ SS stay in when they’re here, so it needs a once over. You know, after a 15 year old teenager stays in there for a few weeks, it’s not exactly pretty.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what chores you do.
Something You Miss
I miss my old car. I miss being able to fly in and out of traffic quickly. Being able to fit into smaller places. I just miss that little thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in love with the Escape. I just miss the little car.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me something you miss.
Top 10 Songs
Since country music is just about the only genre of music I listed to, let’s do the Top 10 Country Songs on iTunes right now. Today.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what the top 10 songs are in your favorite genre of music.
What I Wore Today
I meant to take a picture of myself today, but TOTALLY FORGOT! Aaaahhh.
So, instead, here’s a photo of me from a few years ago, with the same outfit on. That makes it kind of the same, right? ;-)
Blue jeans and a t-shirt (usually a white one) are my typical outfit. This is a gray shirt, because sometimes it’s just a gray shirt kind of day.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you wore today.
I set an alarm on my phone for 2:57p so that I’d remember to pay attention to what I was doing at 3pm. At 3pm today, I was in the middle of talking to my boss and one of the trainers, when the alarm went off. I set a different type of sound than my usual annoying alarm so that just in case I was on the phone with a production company, it didn’t start blaring some awful sound and interupt my call.
Thankfully, the guys just laughed at my silly triangle instrument sound and had to know why I had it going off at some weird time. Then, I explained this, and they looked at me like I had way too much time on my hands.
Boys. They just sometimes don’t understand.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you were doing at 3pm.
One of my most favorite snack foods, is Flaming Hot Cheetos.
As much as I hate to admit this to the general public, I could eat an entire 9oz bag in one sitting. Unfortunately, I would be extremely miserable the next day, but I could do it.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite snack food is.
Well this will be a boring post. I don’t have hobbies. I don’t have time for hobbies. Work and school keeps me very busy. If cooking can be considered a hobby, then I’ll go with that because I have to do that every single day.
Here’s a lasagna I once made…
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your hobby is.
There are so many things that I cook every week, that narrowing it down to just one, would be really difficult. So here’s one…
-1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
-Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-1/4 cup dry white vermouth
-1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
-2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
Put the shrimp on a large disposable pie pan or paper plate and pat them completely dry with a paper towel. Arrange the shrimp so they lay flat and are evenly spaced.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the skillet. When the foaming subsides, raise the heat to high and invert the plate of shrimp over the skillet so the shrimp fall into the pan all at once. Cook the shrimp, without moving them, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.
Return the skillet to the heat and pour in the vermouth and lemon juice. Boil the liquid until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir the lemon zest and parsley into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to combine.
It’s a recipe I got from FoodNetwork.com several years ago and finally decided to make last night.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite recipe is.
I don’t really know what to write about on a free theme day, so I guess I’ll show you the FM transmitter that I built last week. This school stuff is really hard, but it’s definitely not boring.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you would talk about today.
This is what makes me happy
This guy. This guy right here makes me happy. He’s my almost 16-year-old baby boy. Holy cow. Crazy to think it’s been that long since I was fearing what delivery would be like.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what makes you happy.
Favorite Place Outdoors
There are several outdoor places that I would consider my favorite.
One would be the Santa Barbara Beach. It was my parents favorite place to go when we were growing up, so we spent a lot of time there. As I became an adult, I always found myself going back to that beach in search of some familiarity when everything was starting to change. Today, it’s an even deeper love that I have for it knowing that StepDad is floating around in those waters somewhere.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me about your favorite place outdoors.
What You Had For Breakfast
Sunday is typically the morning that SS goes out and gets bagels for us for breakfast. It’s something his dad did when he was growing up, so it’s apparently something he wants to continue doing. And it’s definitely okay with me. No complaints.
However, today is MOTHER’S DAY! So today, we are meeting Steve’s family for lunch, and I happened to sleep in, so didn’t eat breakfast. But believe me, if I had eaten breakfast, it would have been bagels. ;-)
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you had for breakfast today.