Thursday, May 31, 2012

Keeping Up with Resolutions: May 2012

May has always been my favorite of the months.....but I'm not sure if it will go down as my "favorite" with productivity with my resolutions....

Read a book every month:
I'm kinda in girl crush love with Hilary Winston after this book. She totally goes under my "fake besties" list. If you enjoy humor, sass, and reading about single life (even though I've been with John for 4-ish years I still remember that hell) in LA this is the book for you. Or not.....whatever, just read it and support my "fake besties"!

Learn a new art form/technique:
Fail....I actually forgot to even think about this one

If I must eat a pizza, only one a month:
Fail, Fail, Fail......this was the worst failure of a month for this resolution....let's just leave it at that.

Eat more leafy greens:
I'll give myself a "B". I haven't been as good with this resolution as I have in other months but it wasn't a complete failure. I blame my intense pizza intake on my lack of leafy greens.

Cook/bake 2-3 new recipes a month:
Success! Once again I must give a little shout out to pinterest for helping making this happen (yup, treating this like the Oscars). I cooked Zesty Brussel Sprouts and Grilled Beet Cheese Sandwich. I'm also just baking beets every Sunday night and throwing them in things to try and make up my own new beet recipe. The ideas always stem from mixing in my "leafy greens" resolution and my love of baked beets.

Keep in better contact with my Mother's friends:
I sent my Mother's friend flowers for Mother's Day this year (which would also have been my Mother's 61st birthday). My Mom was a big sunflower fan so I picked this out as a little "hellz ya" to my Mom.

Travel to at least 2-3 new (to me) cities in the US by the end of the year:
I almost went to a new (to me) city this past weekend but my plans fell apart last minute. Oh well, I still have another 6 months and I know that I'll be traveling around a bit once I finish the movie I'm currently working on.

So this month wasn't a complete failure but I feel like I could do better. Honestly, I'm just proud of myself for keeping up with ONE of the resolutions let alone three to four!

Have you been able to keep up with your resolutions?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Addicted to Beach

It's impossible for me to get sick of going to the beach. I seriously wish I could go every weekend.
 This past weekend my friend and I headed to Gulfport, MS. Just a quick little drive and perfect day trip. Originally it was just going to be me, myself and I but she was able to meet up with me after I was there for an hour.
Yup, that's right. I'm so addicted to any amount of beach time that if I can't find anyone to go with me I'll gladly go by myself.
 1) Beach reading 2) Sunning it up and loving it 3) My new beach reading "glasses" 4) And I wonder why I'm soft around the edges. Hmmmm.
It should also be noted that I am now addicted to buying ridiculous sunglasses.
Also note, that I am blind as a bat without my glasses so buying sunglasses is kinda ridiculous.

Till next time, my love (aka the beach)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Boo-yah for 4 Day Weekends!!!

I hope y'all are having an AMAZING holiday weekend!
Right before the weekend started I received excellent news that I will not only have off Monday but TUESDAY too. SO PUMPED!
So far I've filled the weekend with nights out with friends who I never get to see, going to the beach, drinking copious amounts of Skinny girl Margaritas, bike rides for the sake of just riding a bike, and chores (booooring)
What have y'all been up to?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Recipe: Beet Grilled Cheese

I'm a HUGE fan of beets and a even bigger fan of goat cheese so combining the two seems like a perfect "given"
Here is what you need:
-2-3 medium size beets
-a few handfuls of arugula salad (or whichever salad you prefer)
-goat cheese
-bread (I use Rudi's gluten free bread)
-balsamic dressing
-butter (soy is A-OK!)
Start by pre-heating your oven to 375 degrees then throwing your beets in for about 40 minutes (this could change due to how new your oven is....mine is pretty booty). I have a better result with my beets when I wrap them in tin foil and throwing some olive oil on it.
Next toss your argula salad and balsamic dressing together. If you like the taste go heavy on the dressing as most of it will be absorb by the goat cheese.
Then butter your bread!
Throw everything together!
AND THEN grill away!
It's truly a AH-MAZING sandwich.
Not really a quick fix but if you have the time, TRY IT!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bayou Boogaloo

This past weekend was Mid-City's Bayou Boogaloo. If memory serves me correctly this is the last of the festivals before mother nature kicks New Orleanian's asses with intense heat and hurricane warnings until October.
The heat was pretty intense so we didn't stay super long. John got a pork sandwich of some kind (yeah, I'm that annoying vegetarian who can't tell the difference other than it's meat) and I opted to a delicious Greek Salad. Oh, and beer. Lots and lots of beer.
I really love that for about 2 months there has been a festival every weekend to go to. Not sure how I'll fill me weekends now......
Oh wait, I have an idea: BEACH TIME!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hey Laaaaadies!!!!

This weekend was a glorious weekend (but really, what weekend isn't?).
One of the highlights was having a ladies night with two fellow ladies who work in film with me. I rarely get to see them because we normally are on different movies with crazy hours. Sadly, within our department, they normally only hire one female and the rest are men. 
To start the evening we went for a much needed mani/pedi. Our feet were looking rough due to long hours on our feet. There were mos def a few moans of utter pleasure from our corner.....along with the fact that the electrical massage chairs were a bit aggressive.

Next stop was St. Joe's Bar which is always a must stop whenever we all go out. They truly have the best mojitos in New Orleans. It's just a common fact within the city and we totally embrace it.
We went to dinner at one of my favorites: Cafe Granda
I'm pretty sure I've posted about this restaurant at least 5-10 times and it sounds like it's the only place I eat....I do eat there often but not all the time (although I could easily).
Most our dinner convo was about a recent engagement within the group. "Giddy" would best describe what our table sounded like. 
We finished the night at Carrollton Station which is neighbor bar full of epic karaoke. We didn't reeeeeeally need to go out to another bar but we weren't ready to end the night.

I wish every night was ladies night.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Camille's Baptism

This weekend I had the honor to attend John's niece's baptism!
 Truth be told, I have never been to a baptism. I also have never been to a Catholic mass. It was a pretty overwhelming experience. While I was raised Episcopalian, I haven't been to an actual "church service" since I was 13. When I was 19 I changed religions to Quaker which is VERY different from Catholic.
 This baptism was even more special in our household as John is Camille's godfather!
Little Camille was a champ. She didn't cry at all during the service or during her actual baptism. She kept her eyes on her two older sisters and had the biggest grin. 

While I respect all forms of religion and John's Catholic upbringing I often wonder if I would baptize my child. My faith does not do a formal baptism like most Christian faiths but I often wonder, would it really hurt to do one? Also, I feel like it would be a nice way to show respect for John's family.
What are your opinions?
Are you the same religion as your partner/spouse?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Cure for Anything is Salt Water, Sweat, Tears or the Sea

I have an amazing boyfriend. I know, how annoying is that statement? But it's totally true and this past weekend showcased how amazing he is.
John knew that this past Sunday was going to be rough for me. He also know how much I looooove lounging on the beach and how it completely calms me.
So this Mother's Day, instead of going to his mother's, we went to the beach. We read. We lounged. We drank vodka and grapefruit juice. It was perfect and just what I needed.

I feel bad that we didn't spend Mother's Day with his Mom who I LOVE and hope I can be half the mother she is one day.......
But I couldn't have asked for a better gift from John.

On another note: I LOVE THAT IT'S NOW BEACH SEASON!!!!

Note: I totally got my sunglasses in memory of my Mom. She would have TOTALLY loved them!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

How She Continues to Teach Me....

Today marks the 2nd birthday that has past since my mother died.
Today marks the 2nd Mother's Day that has past since my mother died.
Double whammy much? Hellz yes.
I originally had a post written out for today that was wonderfully versed and expressed how much I have grown in the last 2 years. How I was dealing with her death better than last year. How last year my heart literally felt heavy; how I felt the need to vomit from holding back tears at work; how this year it's better.
But it's.....it's just different.
Different in the sense that I now fully grasp that I can't pick up the phone to call her. The magical thinking of it all going back to normal is gone. And there is a new sadness with losing that magical thinking....
Today is not an easy day. It's a day that I've been dreading and knew was going to be hard. It will always be hard to some degree but I also realize that every year will get better.
Early on after my mother's passing I made the mental note to not let her death stunt my growth during my early adulthood. It's very easy to let a death consume you without you even realizing it. I remember when my mother lost her mother (who I was also very close to) I watched it completely take over my mother's life. She never fully got over it until 7 years later when she to passed away. I love my mother but I didn't want history to repeat it's and I don't think my mother would either.
With that in mind....I realized that this was my Mother continuing to parent/support me post-mortem. That even after she died she would continue to teach me life lessons....but I had to be open to them. I couldn't let my sadness block me from these lessons. I learned that it's really hard (more so in the beginning) to recognize them but if you let down your guard you'll be able to obtain them.

Happy Birthday, Mom.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom.
I love you, miss you, and am grateful for all the things you have and continue to teach me.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ramble, Ramble, Ramble

-Is it a workout if all I do is put on a bathing suit and have a epic panic attack?
-I really wish 3 day weekends were the norm
-Why do some season finales happen in early April. It's sheer bullshit!
-When was the last time I baked a pie....I need to bake a pie
-Wasting time on Facebook is SO passe. It's ALL about visiting travel websites and planning fake vacations I'll never be able to afford.
-Trying to give up coffee in the middle of working on a movie is haaaaaaard
-My 5 day work weeks feel like they are actually 3 weeks long....What day is it? What month is it?
- I want a day where I get paid to eat melted peanut butter with chocolate chips and watch Cameron Diaz movies.
-Gah, FOCUS! It's officially bathing suit season
-B-12 vitimans make my pee smell like I ate aspargus that is full of radiation
-Thank god, Mad Men's season is finally starting to get better. They had me worried and I am weirdly emotionally involved with certain charaters
-Screw you 80-90 hour work weeks!
-Yeast is in everything! WTF?
- Damn you, Ben and Jerry's
-Mmmmmm, Moscow Mule
-Excuse me while I disappear in my Pinterest make believe world for hours
-Does stress burn calories? Gosh, I wish stress burned calories!
-A nap sounds like a really good idea right now
-Why does my to-do list keep increasing not decreasing!
-I would really, REALLY like to stop receiving emails about Mother's Day from every place I've ever order from online. 
-Shit, I'm going to the beach this weekend. Put the ice cream DOWN!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kahlo's Epic Journey Continues....yet again.

I feel like y'all are probably getting sick of cat post. Or just wondering how much of a creepy cat lady I truly am.....but this epic journey of getting Kahlo into normal kitty health has been just to ridiculous to NOT document. I swear, it's one thing after another!
For those of you keeping score (or not):
-Kahlo originally went in for surgery on both her back knee caps
-About a week later we took her into the vet because something seemed off....and it was. She had somehow, while in a cast, broken her leg!!!
-She had to of course get emergency surgery, stay for a few days, and continue getting weekly check ups

Yesterday she went in for a check up and they decided to take out some pins they put in her broken leg.
Upon doing surgery the doctor discovered a good deal of scar tissue build up and opted to keep her overnight. Honestly, if any cat should hate the vet Kahlo has a majorly good case with hardcore evidence.
She is now back at home, wearing a cone around her neck, and back on antibiotics (which means the JOYS of giving her pills again)

Seriously, how much more health issues can one cat develop????

Monday, May 7, 2012

Welcome to the World!!!

Welcome to the world Parker Robert!!!!
Today John's youngest sister had a wonderful baby BOY! This is the FIRST nephew to his family too.
I'm super excited to meet this little man!
What a wonderful early Mother's Day gift!

Let Us Take A Moment....

Please, let us take a moment to mourn yet another passing of a awesome weekend.
A weekend....that was cut to short.
A weekend.....that was appreciated by all and will be missed from Monday to Friday.....until another weekend comes again.
My dearest weekend, thank you for all your wonderful festivities you brought (Cinco De Mayo) and the wondrous moments that came from it.
Please, everyone, take a moment to share your "loss of the weekend"

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco De Mayo, y'all!!!!
Sorry I've been a little absent lately. This week has been hella stressful at work PLUS I haven't been able to NOT go into a coughing fit every 5-10 minutes. I also have a Kathleen Turner with strep throat voice. Suuuuuper sexy.