Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Watermelon Rinds

Ok so I made it through the Utah trip with sucess. Exhausting though. And work is not letting up! I may have to go out there again soon to finish negoiations. As if the work isn't stressful enough, traveling definitely adds to it.

Making it through though, and maintaining a good home and social balance :)

Weekend Recap

9th-10th: Visiting Dan and Katie in Baltimore.

Yay margaritas, good company, new town, best oven brick pizza with delicious thick crspy bacon, random tiki bar in the middle of an office complex, and CRABS WITH ITALIAN BREAD & BUTTER!!!!!!!!! Enough. Said.

16th: Cathy and Jeff's wedding!

Cathy looked so beautiful and was so sweet, she cried and shook like a leaf the whole way to the alter and through the first half of the ceremony! Poor girl I thought she was about to pass out she was so full of emotion.  I am kind of scared I would be the exact same way ;)
But once she calmed and smiled, she looked absolutely beautiful. It was at the new officer's club on base, and that is really a great location! Food was really good (the boys at the table cleaned their plates and wanted more) and you can't go wrong with an elegant ball room and river views. A lot of our friends were there, and about 6 of us came back to our condo to continue with an after party!

Booty booty booty

On the Daily

Switching gears from the weekends, I'll go into some of the more day to day things going on lately...
  • David still wants to get Cake de-clawed, and I am torn. I can't keep up with maintaining softpaws glued on his nails, and he did already destroy my awesome fabric barstools and also claws at the carpet on the daily. I just don't want him to go through pain or hate us!
  • Planning to just dive head-first into painting this weekend! Wish me luck that Ill actually have the motivation.
  • I love the Body Combat class. Especially if you have a good instructor, it is a lot of fun and makes you feel bad ass (at least punching and kicking the air really hard makes me feel that way).
  • Can't. Get. Enough. Corn. on. the. Cob.
  • Can't. Get. Enough. Watermelon.
  • Is it peach season yet?
  • I like throwing our scrap foods (moldy breads, watermelon rinds, and corn cobs) over the balcony and then watching how long it takes to get carried away by all our neighborhood squirrels. Hey maybe if I keep them fed on the ground they will stay off our balcony in search of trash! And I do make sure to throw it ways off to left near the woods so that it's not it our bottom neighbor's backyard.
  • David bought me a sparkly black lanyard for my work badge yesterday since I commented on fb that I wanted it. They are selling them at G&H. Sweetie :)
Hope everyone is enjoying the hot weather! I am hoping to get in some pool time have the windows open while I paint this weekend.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gone and Back Again

Annnnnd.... I'm back! I am obviously not a consistent blogger, but I still like it which is why I keep coming back :)

I'm out of the fog, some wonderful things have happened for David and I and we couldn't be better. Work is super busy but with a relaxing homelife, I can focus on a few things that have been needing to get done. Enter, the 2012 bucket list:

  • Plan our wedding at a local venue
    • Vegas didn't work out
    • Having a plan fall through took a lot out of me
    • Now planning to pick a local location and start over, I have a few places in mind and just have to set it and get the ball rolling! It's overwhelming to think about but I can't take a looming unplanned wedding hanging over my head much longer I am so ready to make it happen!
      • Hilton Garden Inn on Solomon's Island (Take pictures at AnnMarie Garden right down the street, and/or around on Solomon's Island <3). Catering and tables/linens from the hotel however I will have the opportunity to use my creative side for centerpeices and other wall/table decorations.
      • Herrington on the Bay near Annapolis, MD. It is a beautiful place, and has an inn for guests to stay. They also offer discounts for a winter wedding (March).
      • Celebrations at the Bay in the Chesapeake Ballroom. I love the windows overlooking the water. I also like that they provide EVERYTHING from catering to cake to tables, linens and decor... however this means they will be pricey!
  • Fix up the condo
    • Progress so far: new couch and coffee table from roomstore, new kitty tower, paint swatches hanging on the wall for 6 months, 2 new toilets (thanks dad!)
Well at least someone is taken care of!
    • Main goals: paint, update kitchen (new stove & flooring), new computer desk, declutter
      • Once the painting and the decluttering happens, I might actually be able to pick out some real design/decor peices---> my favorite part!!!
  • Stay on our healthy path
    • David has been hitting the gym with me regularly and it definitely shows (i like)
    • I also have been staying pretty regular with working out (wooo go me this never happens!)
    • Clean up eating habits, and drink less alcohol
    • Do more outdoor activities. Going to the gym and running around the neighborhood only fulfills me so much, I need to get out in the woods for a hike! I would love to go white water rafting again! Also need more beach time!
Will try to keep the blog updated when goals are completed!

June at a glance:

3rd-6th: I was in Salt Lake City, Utah for work. I had to present my negotiation position to a company (with my bosses and the VP of the company in the audience) to somehow convince them we should be paying $30 million less than they proposed. Eek! Talk about stress! I have been working so hard on putting the position together throughout May, and got myself so worked up leading up to the presentation (my hands were even sweating and shaking the whole drive to the airport!) But you know what, I got it done and it felt sooo good to have it over with (and even better to have my boss tell me I did a great job!) So oh well, the company didn't accept my position. I didn't expect them to, but we'll be working to come to agreement over the next month. Let the stress continue! Can I please have a vacation once this deal gets awarded?

9th-10th: Visiting Dan and Katie in Baltimore. I don't know what Dan has planned for us but I have no doubt it will be fun times! Dan is one of David's good friends from somd, but now lives in Columbia with his long-time gf Katie, and we have never visited them (when they used to live in Fells Point), so we are happy to be able to get up there to see them! I think the plan includes something about going out Saturday night and pool time and crab time on Sunday before we head home. Yea!

16th: Cathy and Jeff's wedding! Cathy works as a contract specialist (like me) on a different team, and Jeff is another long-time friend of David's. I am so happy for them! They are getting married at the Officer's Club on base, which is on the water next to a little beach- so it should be beautiful! Plus lots of other good friends will be there and it will be a great time!

17th: Christine's bridal shower. Christine and Avram are getting married this September, and they make such a cute couple. They just bought a georgeous home, and she is having her shower there. It's too bad that she is having it on Father's Day because I know some of our friends won't be able to make it (I'll get to celebrate with my Dad another weekend). Anyway, I am so happy for them and can't wait for cute little asian and ginger babies to follow! :)

30th: No Green Jelly Beans and Fireworks at the Hollywood VFD. Saw a flyer for a little carnival with fireworks and NGJB (great local cover band) is playing! Sounds like a good time, I want to go to kick off July 4th celebrations!

Well need to work in a trip to Baltimore for Father's Day celebration with my Daddy and also to see Baltimore friend's Ashley and Hugo and their new baby. Baby Ava should be coming anytime this month! I am so excited for them!

Well that is all for kicking off June and hopefully a new round of continuing blog updates! Til next time!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Feeling a little lost...

Kinda feel like I'm walking down a foggy path...
Spots of sun, but can't see what lies ahead. Enjoying the path and scenery... but walking based on trust that the fog will not lead me astray.

Sometimes living this way is refreshing. It allows you to focus on the now. It allows you to reach out and bond with others for guidance when the fog is too thick, and you realize you are not the first to walk this path. It allows you to stumble along without the impact of knowing the next chapter before it happens. You embrace the flowers that pop up along the way, and admire how pretty they look against the gray. It allows you to imagine and visualize what you want and wish to be waiting there beyond the fog.

For a major planner, all this unknowing, guessing, and dreaming can also be kind of scary. But it is teaching me that no matter what I have come across on my life path, it has not been anything that I couldn't either embrace or conquer.

I am kind of feeling in this funky fog for a few months now. The mild weather with rain and fallen leaves, slowly taunting winter to take his cold dark grip on the East Coast. I heard rumors of snow this weekend, so maybe he is finally emerging from the fog as well.

Ok I am done with all the artistically gray language and instead will just list a couple updates as I don't really have a whole put together post about any one thing in particular that's fogging up my woodlands.

1. http://www.kadyanddavid.blogspot.com/
2. Can't get myself to go to the gym, and also can't stop buying all the horrible snacks like pop tarts and donuts and fruit snacks. I think I have a full blown sugar addiction going right now, which only makes things worse as my pants get tighter and my face breaks out more and more.
3. The worst is already feeling crappy, and then trying to hide from the world deeper and deeper into the couch under a comforter, especially when this means hiding from friend's phone calls. If I know I would feel better if I would just get myself together and go out and hang- why do I keep pretending I am in a perpetual nap every evening and weekend? Oh wait, I do nap alot.

I think I'll be 100% better if I take care of #2. But I can too easily talk myself out of it right now. The tipping point is coming though. This is just how I work- tend to be an all or nothing kind of mentality.

Ok enough with that fog bearing down on me- overall work is good, David is great, Cake is cute, I love my family, and it's Christmas time!!!

** New grafitti background- not only because I have always loved street art, but recently saw a documentary on Banksy.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lessons Learned

... from the Capitals hockey game in DC:
1) Make sure to update your GPS regularly
    So that you don't have to miss the 3 turns she is telling you to make while you are on a straightaway through a tunnel UNDER all the roads you are supposed to be turning on. Recalculating.
2) Leave earlier
    We may have made it to the game JUST in time, but had to pay $27 to get into the closest parking garage we could find. It was also scary because they double parked everyone in and made you leave your keys in the car. Needless to say leaving that garage was a mess.
3) Take the metro
    And make sure to check the metro maintenance schedule before deciding to take it. Friends at the game did not check and they ended up getting let out of the metro at the last stop far from the verizon center and having to find a bus to get them the rest of the way there. We drove them back to their car after the game because they had no idea where to go to catch the metro again.
4) Get an end seat in your section in the verizon center
    I think I'd rather stand up to let people in 10 times over having to be the one to try and squeeze by everyone to get in and out of my seat. We were up in the 400 level which was a great view of the ice, but we sat in the middle of a row, and to squeeze through to your seat there is literally like 5 inches of room to scoot along (plus a dramatic incline from row to row) to get into a row when other people stand to let you in. All I could think was that drunk people must fall over onto the crowd below them regularly. We also saw a very elderly man having to be escorted by two younger men balancing him on each side to keep him from falling over while scooting through. It really is like walking a tight-rope!
5) Make a night of it
    Best idea would be to just stay in a nearby hotel. Coming from Southern Maryland, the drive there takes the same amount of time as the length of the game. Would have been nice to get there early, stay in a hotel, walk to the verizon center, and be able to drink and walk back afterwards. Would have to choose our hotel carefully though as I do not think it is in the best area- but at least at game-time the streets were packed with Caps fans.

I leave you with my latest fav song: Blink 182, 'After Midnight,' off their new CD...

I can’t get my feet up off the edge
I kinda like the little rush you get
when you’re standing close to death
and you’re driving me crazy
Hold on as we crash into the earth
a bit of pain will help you suffer when you’re hurt, for real
when you’re driving me crazy

From your lips, the word’s a robbery
Do you grin inside? You’re killing me
All along we talked of forever
I kinda think that we won’t get better
it’s the longest start, the end’s not too far away
did you know? I’m here to stay

We’ll stagger home after midnight
sleep arm in arm in the stairwell
We’ll fall apart on the weekends
these nights go on and on and on

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gone and Back Again...

Hi world... if there is anyone left who has not given up on me. One thing that annoys me about other bloggers is when they take long breaks from updating their site. I feel like if I am bored and want to stalk you, you better have some good and up-to-date content there for me to read! But since I can't seem to get a steady flow going myself (hello 6 month break!), I guess I should really be admiring that pretty much everyone else is way better at this than me.

Back to the Basics

What is this blog for? To document David and I's engagement and love story- including getting prepared for our wedding- and in the future hopefully sharing stories about becoming parents!
Why document and share in a blog? Because sometimes I feel so far away from a lot of my family and friends in Baltimore, and around the US- New Jersey, Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, and Florida!
What do I want to blog about? My interests or significant events including: holidays, daily thoughts, pretty things I find in nature, my Cake, wedding planning, fitness, food and recipes, and hopefully condo makeovers if I ever get around to it.
When am I going to set aside time to blog? Hopefully at least once a week. Since I live by my planner I am going to have to make note of  it to make sure I do it until I can get the hang of it. Could be more or less depending on how busy I am at home and work, or if I'm on vacation.

So I'll stop boring you with my blog self pep talk and show some pics of the last 6-7 months in review!


Exploring the thrill of the gun range (never ever thought I would enjoy such a thing).


Me and Jules!
Her and AJ's wedding pictures are seriously so pretty, a classy southern style wedding at Sotterly.

Girls weekend in OC!

My first vacation to the FL Keys! David's parent's house was amazing, it will definitely be a yearly trip.

Dancing with all the local Jimmy Buffet's in the Keys :)


Taking Back Sunday concert in Baltimore- one of the most fun concerts ever- and so happy to go out with my sister and brother!


**Reserved the wedding date and bought my wedding dress!!!! ** No pics of course, but you can see overall wedding inspiration on my pinterest wedding board!


More beautiful weddings! We had David's cousin Brandon get married in VA, and our friends Alexandra and Matt... I LOVE her picture with the balloons!


No halloween this year for us (we were both sick), but we did celebrate the month with... another wedding! Another two great friends, Catie and Vince, that I have met here in Sounthern Maryland. They did an awesome purple and orange and black color scheme which worked perfect for being so close to Halloween.

Being sick didn't stop us from trying to have a great time at the local wedding! David stole the top hat and cane from one of the groomsmen. Of course he would then be innapropriate with the use of the cane all night.  Being sick did stop us however from a Halloween party in Baltimore the next day :(

Well that is not nearly everything, but about sums it up. I don't think you want to know all the details about the hours and hours of netflix or hours of working (or hours on pinterest) that took up probably the other 90% of my last 6 months! All I can say is... Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, Workaholics = Love, Love, Love

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Breakfast on my Mind

My top work-week breakfasts…
Not sure about you guys, but I know when I am trying to eat healthy and fore-go my late night snacking and/or bowl of cereal, it makes me SUPER hungry in the morning. I wake up at 5:30am and usually the first thing I do is chug a big glass of water. I used to despise water in the morning, but have grown to NEED it. FIRST thing. But anyway, if I then get to work around 6:30am my next thing is coffee and skim milk. (Sometimes some chocolaty nesquik thrown in there too if I am feeling spunky… like this morning!) A cup of coffee and internet surfing will hold off my growling tummy until about 8:00 am. Then the fun starts…
Monday- Chobani Greek Yogurt (Pineapple) with Kashi GoLean Crunch Cereal (Honey Almond Flax)
This is just classic. Creamy Greek yogurt, any flavor is good, with crunchy Kashi cereal mixed in. Sometimes I get really snazzy and mix berries or peaches in too. This breakfast is good for satisfying a cereal craving. I keep a box of Kashi at my desk, and eat it not only with yogurt, but I have also eaten it with just milk and mixed into my oatmeal for added crunch texture. Beware this cereal does stay super crunchy- don’t wait for it to soften up or else it’ll be lunch time already. Health-wise this is also good. Greek yogurt is known for being high in protein, and the Kashi cereal box boasts “as much protein as an egg.” A serving of the cereal is 1 cup, however I usually use more like a half cup in yogurt. Protein and fiber are good in the morning to keep you feeling full (especially when you have a long stretch until lunch). Note my mug from the Great Smoky Mountains! I wanna go back there...
The nutritional stats:
Chobani (Pineapple, 2%):
Serving: 1 Container
Calories: 160
Total Fat: 2.5g
Sugar: 18g
Fiber: 0g
Protein: 13g
Bonus: 13% DV Calcium

Kashi GoLean Crunch (Honey Almond Flax):
Serving: 1 cup
Calories: 200
Total Fat: 4.5g
Sugar: 12g
Fiber: 8g
Protein: 9g
Bonus: 8% DV Iron

Tuesday- Cream of Wheat (Instant) with Brown Sugar
Hello Gram’s house! This was my favorite breakfast as a little girl, the cream of wheat so thick and creamy with milk and way-too-much sugar mixed in. As I grew and my Gram passed away I learned to make it for myself, but it just wasn’t the same. I hadn’t bothered making it for myself in a long time since oatmeal became the new ‘healthy’ hot breakfast of choice. But as I was looking in the oatmeal isle a couple weeks ago, I noticed they now make instant cream of wheat packets with no added sugar and my heart melted! I also looked at the nutritional stats (which I don’t think I had EVER looked at for cream of wheat) and was amazed. Oh that enriched farina.  I think I made a bowl that night as soon as I got it home from the store. I brought the packets into work along with a small container of brown sugar so now I can spend any morning I want pretending I am at Gram’s table eating her cream of wheat.

Instant Cream of Wheat:
Serving: 1 Packet
Calories: 150
Total Fat: <1g
Sugar: 0g
Fiber: 6g
Protein: 7g
Bonus: 30% DV Vitamin A, 25% DV Vitamin B6, 25% DV Vitamin D, 70% DV Iron, 20% DV Calcium

Adding a splash of skim milk and a couple teaspoons of sugar probably adds 60 or so calories. I ate some kiwi and honeydew melon a bit later in the morning as well.

Wednesday- Microwaved Egg & Spinach with Cheddar Cheese on an English Muffin

Best idea ever award goes to my friend Holly for alerting me to the fact that I can microwave an egg in a bowl and it turns into a perfectly cooked scrambled egg ball. I came to work prepared with a scrambled egg (1 egg + 1 egg white) in a Tupperware container (also mixed in some chopped fresh spinach, salt, & pepper), a slice of cheddar cheese in a baggie, and an English muffin (“Light Multigrain”- 100 calories and best punch of fiber- even better than the “high fiber” labeled ones- this irks my nerves to no end). Pop the english muffin in a toaster, open the egg container and pop that in the microwave for a minute (the egg fluffs up until you are scared it might overflow out of the container), then assemble it all for a perfect warm breakfast Sammie! Oooh it would also be good with a piece of Canadian bacon on top or mixed in with the egg. I won’t list out all the stats, but it has fiber, protein, calcium, and good calories & fats (total sandwich about 300 calories). Plus if there is a way to mix veggies in with my first meal of the day- I’m already ahead of the game.

Thursday- PB & B with Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Toast

Say whaaaat? That would be Peanut Butter & Banana (PB&B) on toast. Ezekiel Sprouted Grains toast. What is the deal with sprouted grains?
“Sprouting is the only way to release all the vital nutrients stored in whole grains. The sprouting process activates beneficial enzymes which cause the grains to sprout and become living and nutrient-rich. Stores of vitamins and minerals dramatically increase over the amount available in flour. Sprouting also converts the carbohydrates in grains into maltose, which is ordinarily done by the body during digestion, thereby predigesting nutrients for you. The enzymatic action enables the body to assimilate the vitamins and minerals more efficiently. Plus, the sprouting process naturally increases the protein content and decreases the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grain.” - http://www.foodforlife.com/faqs
All I knew was that if my nutritionally-conscious blog counterparts are obsessed, then there must be something good.
Inspired by the Holy Scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9., "Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it..."
Ezekiel 4:9® Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Products are: Flourless, Organic, Complete Protein, and Sprouted Whole Grain
We discovered when these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread – from all vegetable sources – naturally balanced in nature.” - http://www.foodforlife.com/our-products/sprouted-grain/ezekiel-49
Holy bread! How does one find this mysterious “Ezekiel Spouted Grain” bread? And then one day there it was. In the ever-expanding  ‘organic/gluten-free/health’ frozen foods isle in Giant! Yay! I bought it and keep it in the freezer, and just pull out slice by slice as needed. The calories per slice are a little more dense (especially if you are used to buying ‘light’ versions of breads) but with this one you are using it as a partial protein source. It is also very textured and nutty tasting, but I like that! I would eat 2 slices in a morning. (2 slices + PB + Banana = Around 450 calories) Here are the stats:

Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Toast:
Serving: 1 Slice
Calories: 80
Total Fat: <1g
Sugar: 0g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 4g

Friday- Green Monster!

I know I have explained the Green Monster (GM) smoothie on here before, and it is still good. I usually make one on weekend mornings, or if I know it will be a long stretch until dinnertime in the evening. On CWS Fridays off, I will make one and do my core fusion yoga DVD (I am trying to get back into exercise again after hurting my leg, so far so good).  I basically use the following staples in my GM’s (more or less depending on how hungry I am or if I am sharing). Banana, a couple big handfuls of chopped spinach or kale, ice,  frozen berries (or any fruit), little blob of PB, splash of milk or vanilla soy or almond milk, add water to assist blending as needed.  Angela has a whole website dedicated to recipes, I hear the chocolate cherry bomb is the best!  http://greenmonstermovement.com/

And there you have it!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Mix

How does time fly by so fast? I find this disturbing.
I’ve been on exercise hiatus due to a hurt leg. I think shin splints, although I am not sure. It happened trying to run on the treadmill the day after a Sweatshop class. I felt my calf/shin being tight but thought I could just run through it. It only got worse, and I ended up limping out of the gym. I have read about listening to your body to avoid injuries a million times and yet I still managed to do it. I was so mad. Fast forward through a few days of icing, and a couple weeks of only walking, and I am stepping back up the exercise this week. It has felt perfectly fine, although I am still a little scared to run.
Florida trip is back on for June again and I am still so excited! The thought of warm weather makes me happy. In fact it is supposed to be 70s today! I am going to make David go for a walk with me this evening.
Also over the last month we have went from getting married in Vegas, to not Vegas, to Vegas again- all with some excitement, laughs, tears, craziness, and finally back to excitement along the way. Mandalay Bay Hotel is the place, but I am still researching to find out what is the best deal for a reception. The musts? Some good food, and open bar, and ideally dancing at some point.
The best  idea so far is THEultra Mix Lounge:
There is a DJ in there, and we would have our own private part of the lounge sectioned off for the reception. We would have open bar, and there are the most amazing views, plus a balcony, and the package also includes some food and a cake. The bad side is that it is only 2 hours and is on the expensive side for only providing hors d’oeuvres, mini sliders, and mac and cheese as far as food.
Second idea I am waiting on a call back for is group dining at the Mix Restaurant:
This is gorgeous!!! I love this space!!! This idea would work for a nicer dinner. Perhaps we can work out an agreed price and smaller selection of dishes for the party, with still an open bar, and the cake. After dinner we could head up to the lounge for dancing and whatnot.
Other reception ideas I have looked into are a full catered dinner in a ball room, renting the penthouse suite for the night, and also just having a plain old big group dinner at some of the other restaurants! Besides planning out the wedding itself, I found some pretty cute favors and Vegas save-the-date magnets that I am excited about!
Mandalay Bay is also having a pretty cool special right now- makes me want to go!!! http://www.mandalaybay.com/offers/2011/04_all_day_buffet/images/6840_01.jpg