Archive | January, 2010

Team CoCo

18 Jan

nope not CoCo Chanel.  nope not CoCo Krisp or CoCo Krispies. 

TEAM CONAN

Okay so I never make it to the late  night shows

I am not completely passionate about any of the late night peeps

and I am not saying I don’t like Jay Leno and I admit he is funny

BUT to stick it to someone so disrespectfully

to lie and cheat and scheme your way out of a bad decision?

and turn your back on your future?

completely wrong. utterly disgusting. and plain stupid.

 

#35 of 101 Completed

16 Jan

#35 Watch a comedy show

We went to the Improv Asylum in Boston last night with a group of our staff members for work and to tell you the truth I was in no mood for any sort of comedy.  I had a pretty awful day and we have so much work ahead of us in the week to come I just wanted to curl up on the couch with a girly movie and tea.  So I dragged myself off the couch and really I am so glad I did because laughter solves problems!! HAHA.  

It is probably the best comedy I have EVER seen. No really it was that good.  I was in such a grumpy mood and they still had me rolling on the ground so yea if I was in a better mood I might have peed my pants. I loved every moment and was laughing at every single skit and improv line that was spoken {except for an awkward moment with a person in the crowd}.  I will warn it is a little off color but not enough where I couldn’t watch it with my mom.  Plus they have a midnight showing that goes a little further and if you go to the 8pm showing you get into the midnight show for FREE!! What a deal!!

So what a great date night this sounds like! Take a train into Boston and catch a show and then have a late dinner or go for dessert and then back for some more at midnight. Sleep over and tour the city the next day.  Sounds like a perfect plan to me! {hint hint husband} The show was an hour and a half and I could have really gone for more but we were with staff members and a midnight show is pretty late for a work event.

So moral of the story when you are having a bad day do yourself a favor and laugh. It certainly does wonders and makes you realize it isn’t so bad after all.

Only 100 more to go…

Movie Reviews {No Spoilers}

14 Jan

Okay so I said I would be leaving but I couldn’t leave a post half finished.  That is just not who I am.  I can’t leave a chapter half finished, a project half finished, a scrap book half finished, bascially it is all or nothing with me.  So all day it was bugging me and it would have bugged me even though I am going to be uber busy.  So I did what any other Type A crazy person does.  Got on the computer and finished the post and now I am blissfully happy. nerd. So now that my draft box is tidy I can get through these hectic few days in peace. take that blog.

I will admit that I am in a funk with reading and I have this book that I picked up a couple weeks ago and every time I go and try to start reading it I get seduced by the TV and all the movies it has to offer.  Plus cuddling up with the husband through all of these movies has been a great bonus!  So if you are looking for any book reviews any time soon you are going to have to go here to find it.  If you are looking to find the next movie to watch I am your gal. 

Here are my rankings: { A+ }=in my all time favorite section {A} =it was really fabulous and a movie I could watch over and over  {B+}=Above average, a must see and will buy it if I had only rented the movie {B} = Average, glad I watched the movie and it kept my attention  {C}= Eh, I could take this movie or leave it. Not really my style and I would not purchase it  {F}= Ummm yea complete waste of my time and I would like the director to give me back whatever I paid to see this movie. stinky like old socks.

Julie & Julia

Rating: B

I did enjoy this movie and it did keep my attention.  I am not sure if I would necessarily watch it over and over again, but I loved learning a little bit more about Julia Childs life.  It was great to see the early years of Julia Childs and it was inspirational for any wanna-be chefs.  I also enjoyed the blogging aspect of it because as a person who has a blog I could relate to that part of the movie on a completely different level.  I would have to say the funniest thing was my in-laws busting out the Julia Child’s cook books and me finding a sauce named “Sauce de Cari”-curry sauce if anyone was wondering.  Great movie the entire family can watch. 

Righteous Kill

Rating=B

Well I do own the movie but it was one of those 4 for 20 dollars package deals that blockbuster does all the time.  It definately caught my attention and I really do love the crime/thriller movie.  It was great to see Al Pacino and Robert Deniro in a movie together and they were completely bad *ss for sure.  My husband fell asleep mid way through the movie but that isn’t saying much since he falls asleep a ton.  But I wanted him to watch the rest of the movie so yea I must have thought it was decent in order to re-watch the ending of the movie the next night.  I didn’t give it a higher rating only because although it wasn’t slowwww there could have been more action with this movie.

Star Trek

Rating =B+

Yes I was shocked to give this movie a B+ for myself because I have NEVER been even remotely interested in watching any of the shows or movies.  On Christmas Day my step-dad talked me and my husband {who wasn’t a Star Trek fan either} and we were hooked.  Unfortunately we had to head to the next house before it was over so this weekend we watched the whole movie and it was thrilling.  It kept our attention and it starts from the very beginning of the Star Trek adventure so you even if you never have seen or heard about Star Trek you can follow it and really get into it.  The plot was great, the action was great, the storyline was great {even though a timeline had to be made for me in the middle}, and another part I just absolutely loved was the relationships that Captain Kirk built and seeing them grow from the very beginning.  It didn’t get higher because this isn’t the type of movie I gravitate towards in making it a movie I can watch over and over again–so no offense to Star Trek. 

Up

Rating =???

Okay so I know question marks are really not that helpful to anyone but I keep thinking about this movie and I just can’t put a letter grade on it because it brings up mixed emotions.  It was incredibly sad for a light Disney movie I thought I would be light hearted, but all while being incredibly funny.  I don’t know if there tears were from the sorrow or laughter half the time.  It was just such a deep movie and really all my husband and I were looking for was a funny light Disney movie.  So where does that leave me in the review?? Did I think it was great? yes.  Do I think you should watch it? yes.  Will I watch it again and own it? maybe.  When I go for a deep thoughtful movie a cartoon is not what I think of so I don’t know if I have a space for Up yet.  I am just as confused as my review sounds about this movie.

Away We Go

Rating = B

So I wish I could give this movie a better rating because while it hit home to me in so many ways I can’t really say I am itching to grab this on DVD.  I loved so much about the movie and the premise is about searching for a place to call home and I can really relate to those feelings and felt their journey.  I would definately watch it again because it was funny and a very good spirited movie.  Plus in the first five seconds of the movie you realize that you aren’t in Kansas anymore and John K. is not playing Jim from the Office. haha {inside joke for all those who have seen this movie and watch the office…anyone??anyone??}. It was a feel good movie and I really got a lot out of the movie and took a good amount away because of where I am at in my life.  Perhaps I will  buy it when it goes to the sale bin but nothing too urgent for me to buy.

24

Rating =A+

Seriously I know I am cheating and this isn’t a movie but the 24 series is mindblowing and it is also something that has kept our attention for many many years.  We watch marathons of these shows {just finished a marthon of season 4}.  I am very girly and love the romantic comedies but I always get so hooked on these shows it is insane.  I am the last person who knows anything about forgein policy but it has great characters, action scenes, plots, heart thumping nail biting episode endings.  Really it knocks my socks off and we are working on getting all the seasons.  I can sit for weeks and watch the episodes and especially if you get them on DVD with no commercials it is even more heart pumping.  Amazing and great for men and women.  Go and just buy the first season {on sale at Target right now for 15 dollars!!} and you see for yourself if you can stop watching.

Avatar

Rating = 3D Big Screen = A/ DVD Rating = ??

Oh James Cameron first you wooed me with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Titanic and now you woo me with super ugly 3D  glasses for Avatar. Well played my friend.  This movie is awesome with the 3D glasses and once you get over you are wearing ugly glasses on a date you really start to enjoy the effects.  I am never really into Sci-Fi but hey I liked Star Trek this month why not try another?? So we had a date night and we are so glad we went! It was moving and very touching movie.  The character development was truly amazing and the avatars were oustanding.  I didn’t have much knowledge of the movie going into it and I just thought it was humans building a semi-real life with avatars. Um yea not even close.  haha.  It was plenty more with action, deep underlying messages, courage, honor and heart.  The special effects were out of this world and for a movie that almost lasted 3 hours I wanted MORE MORE MORE!! {okay my butt was ready to leave the movie theather but I wasn’t}.  I couldn’t give it an A+ because I can’t see {yet} of putting this in my all time favorite movie selections right next to Pretty Woman.  I haven’t been able to rate it for DVD viewing yet because I am thinking this would be a completely different experience if I was not watching it in the movie theater in 3D so I am going to be a bit curious how it translates onto the screen in the home.  I am sure it will be bought and watched in our household when it comes out so an update on the review will follow.  While you have the chance though get to the movie theater!! RIGHT NOW!!

So those are some of the movies we have been watching at the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010.  I am probably sure there were others but apparently nothing worth writing a review on.  I have started to really enjoy reading reviews especially on blogs that I know the person writing it.  Like this blog from a wonderful  friend I met on our honeymoon whose blog is only reviews.  So I might be adding some reviews to the blog because it is always nice to get a little background information on something before you go and spend money on it {even if it is only 3.99 on a rental}.

Interuption

13 Jan

There will be an interuption in our daily scheduled program of my blog.  Most bloggers took a break during the holiday season, but unfortunately my busy {eat, drink and sleep work} starts tomorrow and so the posts will be sparatic and sparse at best until January 25, 2010.   I would much rather be finishing my movie(s) review post or talk about the awesome random gift I recieved in the mail yesterdaythan be thinking about expectations for the spring semester. trust me.  

{this is the kinda clock I need for my life right now}

 

And remember absence does make the heart grow fonder…

xoxoxoxo

In One Day…

13 Jan

In one day you can learn a ton.  You can learn how to walk, how to talk, how to say i love you, how to multiple, how to let go of someone you love, how to hate and even how to fall in love.  Every day I really try to learn something new and when I do I can probably can been seen saying “you learn something new everyday!” My poor husband just shakes his head because he normally is around when I learn about this something new and probably is tired of hearing this saying.  I love that I learn something new everyday because really some moments in the day I can feel out right dumb. stick my foot in my mouth dumb. talk to much dumb. need to listen  more dumb.  lock myself with the car running dumb. need all my fingers and toes dumb.  So if I can learn one thing every day perhaps this would counteract my dumb moments. 

Here are some things I learned in just 1 day…

-Shaving your legs makes you have to rinse your hair in cold water in my household. hmmm.

-I can cook eggs, put a braid in my hair, back my purse for the day and find a shirt all at the same time if I try really hard and if I am really late.

-I can say good morning to my co-worker husband without ever saying a word now.

-That my BFF had a blog for ummm 7 MONTHS and I had no clue. Say what??

-That pirahnnas are far more scarier in 3D. Perhaps scarier than the movie Jaws.

-That publisher still hates me and even if I kick the computer it will not open a file.

-That this year will be the first year my husband and I have the MLK Day off. together.

The best thing I learned today is to know my stress and anxiety limits {before a nervous breakdown of course} and let everything go that is humanly possible. Don’t fight it. Know when to take a break.  Instead of letting the stress of my work get to my night I put it all down, grabbed my husband and had a date night. wow this took a long time to learn this lesson,..but so glad I did today.

 

What did you learn today?

Taking the Plunge: Week 2

11 Jan

Okay so I know I said I would give all of you a monthly update, but there are some things I have learned during the first week that I would like to share {since I know some of you out there are trying to lose weight too}.  Also, I have had some BIG results in the first week that is making me motivated for the next week.  I figured since it was motivating me I would hopefully motivate others so I have changed my mind {hey it is my blog after all and yea yea I am a woman and changing our minds comes with the territory}.   I am going to do a weekly update on Mondays and it can be a way to start a new week fresh. 

Some things I have learned during the first week….

#1 WOW. I ate alot.  No really like shove my face every 5 seconds alot.  Gain crazy ammount of weight alot. When I started last Monday and my list of food I could eat drastically decreased and my snack options even more I had to come to the conclusion that my week would not be surrounded by eating and snacking. 

#2 I am a girl who likes to snack and so I did have to find options to help me out when I did need a snack.  My go to snacks were string cheese, nuts, and trident gum.  I found that most of my problem surrounding food was having the chopping motion and keeping me busy.  The trident actually was fantastic because it kept me busy and it was really low calorie and kept me busy during the work week. 

#3 Yes I still want to have that bowl of ice cream and m&ms again but my cravings for carbs have decreased.  They have not gone away {especially at night} but I am slowly feeling them take hold of me less. 

#4 I haven’t been just eating salads and chicken and still losing weight.  I think with the limited options in the first phase people resort to chicken and salad but I have been able to eat pork chops, steak, fish, curry, and other delicious meals.  I planned out my meals on Sunday and printed out recipes that I could eat but would keep it creative so I would stick to the diet.  So far so good.

#5  Although I did some things great during the week for instance ate eggs for breakfast every morning, cut down on my snacking, doing well on the weekend, ate huge amount of protein, brought my lunch to work, and kept with the diet even at low points in the week I didn’t do everything right this week.  I could have eaten a bit more in the morning, less nuts at night,  not have that breading on the fish when I went out to eat, more routine in my exercise, and too much thinking about what I couldn’t eat.  But I am going to keep on going even if I do make some mistakes because I feel much better this Monday than last Monday. 

**I orginally had the goal of losing 8 lbs in a month but it looks like that I am going to pass that in the first two weeks so I needed to modify my goals to keep me motivated**

Beginning Weight: 191.8lbs

{End of} Week 1 Weight: 185.2lbs {6.6lb weight loss!}

Week 2 Goal: 5lbs

Ultimate Goal on May, 30, 2010: 150lbs

And the proof…

How is everyone else doing with their weight loss goals?

South Beach Diet Recipe: Phase 1

11 Jan

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese

Okay so I should have taken a picture of my husband’s face when he took his first bite of the meal rather than the chicken to help you decide to make this.  It was unbelieveable.  Probably one of the best meals I have ever made–resturant worthy.  And once again I have this lovely blog to thank for my healthy meals. Not oh I can be a chef resturant worthy more like we could have paid 24 dollars at a fancy resturant for this meal worthy.  If you even slightly like pesto you will LOVE this meal.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Seriously I was shocked and pleasantly surprised. wow.  (pat myself on the back).  It didn’t even taste like a “diet” meal and it was yum-o! So although this is one for all phases it should be more of a special treat rather than a weekly meal.  It has a higher fat content than other recipes (yet still in the range of phase 1).  It is a wonderful recipe that should not be skipped over.  Go down to the tips section to find out how to make it less of a “fatty” meal! Bon Apetite!

::Ingredients::

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (use the biggest ones you can find)
1 cup purchased or homemade pesto
1 cup packed finely grated white cheese such as mozzarella or Monterey Jack
1/3 cup low fat sour cream (do not use fat free)
about 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup chicken stock or canned chicken broth
1-2 tsp. Flour (optional)

::Directions::

Preheat oven to 375.

In bowl, combine pesto, grated white cheese and sour cream until well combined.

In a flat bowl put the 1 cup grated parmesan. Spray 9X13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness, or as thin as you can get it, the thinner the better.


As each piece of chicken is flattened, turn chicken over to “ragged side” and spread 1/6 of pesto cheese mixture evenly over that side of chicken (use a rubber scraper to do this).

Then roll up each piece end to end, starting with the widest end, rolling as tightly as you can.

I found these held together well and did not need a toothpick.  (I used a toothpick for each one and it worked like a charm)

Tuck in any loose pieces, and they will stay that way when it cooks.

Put each stuffed piece of chicken in the bowl with the Parmesan cheese, and press Parmesan into the surface of the chicken so it is well coated.

Put chicken into casserole dish. (You want to arrange the chicken pieces in a row, with the pieces almost touching on the sides.)

After all chicken pieces are in casserole pour in enough chicken stock to barely cover the bottom of the dish (less than 1/2 cup) and cover casserole tightly with foil.

 Bake chicken for 30 minutes, then take out of oven and remove foil (The Parmesan will be melty looking, but don’t worry, you’re going to brown it.)

Increase oven to 425, put chicken back in oven and bake 15-20 minutes more, until the top of chicken is slightly browned. (I kept chicken in the oven while it heated up to 425 and kept it in for 20 minutes)

Don’t overcook, but be sure chicken is firm to touch.

When you take the chicken out of the oven you’ll have a delicious looking combination of stock, bits of pesto, melted cheese and chicken juice in the bottom of the dish. You can serve this over the chicken just like it is and it will taste fabulously!  

::Sauce::

If you want to make a sauce out of what is left in the casserole dish here is a how! (I did not make a sauce)
Skim off as much fat as you can from top of the mixture, then pour it into small saucepan and add rest of the cup of chicken stock that you did not use. Bring to simmer for 10 minutes or so, until sauce is slightly reduced and cheese is well melted. Mix flour (depending on how much liquid you have but I used 2 tsp.) with small amount of cold water, then whisk it into sauce and cook until sauce thickens slightly. Pour around chicken and serve.

::Tips::

Okay so to make it a less fatty I used fat free sour cream (it says no but it tasted amazing).  Also when pesto is cold or thawing out from being frozen the oil rises to the top and you can scoop out the oil prior to making the mixture.  Not making the sauce is a great way to lower the fat and not putting the left over at the bottom of the casserole over the chicken will help too.  I didn’t have a pounder (thought I bought one!) and so I had to use my crazy intense potato masher and it did the trick.  Also having the chicken completely thawed out helps out the thinning the chicken because half of my chicken was completely defrosted and the other not so much and it seriously took me forever for the second half.  (put oh so worth it when the chicken and cheese and pesto melts in your mouth!)

Also, the pesto and cheese on top of the chicken was the left over the mixture.  There is not a hole in the middle of the chicken that makes it spurt out.  False advertising on the picture.  So if you have no mixture on the top at the end of baking it didn’t go all wrong. haha.