Monday, May 25, 2009

my moment....

...sort of. Let me give you the background.

You all know that we are a family of Dodger fans. The love of the team and the season tickets have passed on from generation to generation. My husband does not just watch and/or listen to all the games. He studies them. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to go down to the stadium and watch quite a few games. And this year I decided my goal was to get on the Diamond Vision...the big screen. In the past 2 months, I have been to 4 games. And each time I try so very hard to get on the screen. With no avail.

I wear Dodger shirts and hats, I stand up and cheer, I wave my Dodger blanket, I make eye contact with the camera man (or so I think), I sing all the words to "Dont Stop Believing", I enlist the help of my husband and friends. Nothing. Nothing has worked. I have come to realize that I either need to have a baby and obnoxiously bounce them up and down (or pull a Michael Jackson over the railing), or be willing to wear a tight tank top (ala Alyssa Milano's tank collection) No thanks.

Well this Saturday night, my luck changed. In the ninth inning we got out of our seats and started making our way towards the exit. Stopping along the way to watch the game, of course. In the tenth inning we decided to stop where we were at and find new empty seats. I just so happened to be next to 2 guys who were very spirited. They were singing and dancing like nobody's business. Suddenly, we look up to the big screen, and my neighbors were on it! Well obviously, always keeping my eyes on the prize, I obnoxiously pushed my way in front of them.

And for about 2 glorious seconds, half of my face was on the big screen. Success!

But I will not be deterred from my original goal...Full face on the big screen for enough time to actually focus on the camera and not look stupid. Wish me luck.

pics from the last couple games...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

friday night

To a working girl like me, there is no better word. I love Fridays, my office is quieter and the weekend is here. I never really have major plans on Friday nights. Actually, I make it a point not to. I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I am a home-body. And I am ok with that. What I do like to do is make a fun meal at home with my husband. It usually grilled burgers or homemade pizza, but last night we made grilled steak fajitas. With homemade tortillas. Now, we make fajitas alot, but the steak (I am cheap and usually only buy chicken) and tortillas made it special. Friday night worthy.

Steak (marinated in worcestshire sauce, grill seasoning, cumin, fresh garlic, salt)
1 large red bell pepper
1 large yellow onion
- Throw steak on the grill and cook until med. rare. Let rest and slice into strips
- Slice veggies into strips and either cook on the grill or in a large skillet. I season these with s&p, cumin, garlic, and chili powder. Sometimes I use a fajita seasoning packet.
- Throw steak and veggies in a tortilla and top with cheese, cilantro, and a squirt of lime

Spanish Rice
*This is the easiest spanish rice recipe. Its pretty much the only rice I make.
1 cup long grain white rice (not the minute kind)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 -1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 chicken bouillon cube
diced onions (optional)
- Toast rice in a pot heated on medium high with a combination of oil and butter (just a little)
- Add diced onions
- Add cumin and chili powder
- Once rice has toasted (light golden brown) add tomato sauce, water, and bouillon cube (I usually break up the cube in the water to dissolve)
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low
- Let simmer for about 25 minutes or until rice is done

Homemade Tortillas

*these are so easy! They are chewy and thicker than most tortillas
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vegetable oil
3/2 cup warm milk (zap in the microwave for 45 seconds)
- Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and oil
- Slowly add the warm milk
- Stir until a loose, sticky ball is formed (I do this with a wooden spoon)
- Knead for 2 minutes on a floured surface. Dough should be firm and soft
- Place dough in bowl (same one you mixed in) and cover with plastic wrap for 20 min
- After it has rested, separate into eight pieces and roll into balls
- Cover balls with plastic wrap and let rest another 10 minutes
- Roll out balls on a floured surface until desired size. They puff up, so I roll mine out VERY thin. Like, almost see through thin. If the dough is not rolling out well, allow it to rest longer.
- Cook in a dry skillet on high heat


Side note...Peter and I began making dinner together our junior year of college. And fajitas was our first meal. Every Wednesday, I would take ingredients over to his apartment (and fear for my life, it was definitely not the safest area) and we would cook together. We soon added Sunday night pancakes to our routine. In that ghetto apartment we formed the foundation of our team....I cook, he cleans.

Here is a gem. Me, making fajitas in that apartment with my boyfriend. For the first time.

Monday, May 18, 2009

these are a few of my favorite things

I was tagged by Olive Oyl!

eight things I'm looking forward to...

1. Celebrating 2 years of wedded bliss with my husband in june
2. The official start of summer—although we are long gone from having an actual summer vacation, we still like to make the most out of this time of year
3. Starting the process of redoing my bedroom (and finding some sweet beside tables..for cheap…or free)
4. 3rd of July. For sure a favorite holiday. And enjoying a perfect firework view from my front yard.
5. Having my ladies return to gchat, to save me during the work day
6. Riding bikes and taking walks with my neighbor on summer nights (we both live on the same street we grew up on. We have spent years walking, biking, and rollerblading our hood)
7. Dodger games, Dodger bbq’s, Dodger everything
8. Weekend trips to the beach

eight things I did yesterday...

1. Ate a fatty cinnamon roll covered in almonds…yum. My wasteline thanks me for that
2. Talked about life, love, money, jobs, and babies
3. Drank a cherry diet from a big white styrofoam cup. Seriously, that stuff has healing powers
4. Wore t shirt, sweat shorts, and no makeup all day….and loved it
5. Played with my dog and cuddled with my man
6. Listened to Kershaw almost pitch a no-hitter
7. Went for a run (please see #1 and #3)
8. Laid on my new floors doing nothing because it was the coolest spot in the house (hello 100+ degrees with an ac that seems to be on the fritz. Thank you ac. I appreciate that)

eight things I wish I could do...

1. Actually complete a room in my house without getting bored with it and moving on to a new project, leaving that room unfinished.
2. Know what my life will be like in 5 years. And if I will have blond boys and brown-haired girls. I hope so.
3. Take a fabulous vacation with my husband…sooner rather than later
4. Somehow be able to make money while staying home and doing what I love (not now…in a few years)
5. Run every day and actually like it.
6. Not care so much about what others may think of my small town life. I love it and that’s all that matters.
7. Grow massive amounts of green, white, and pink hydrangeas in my yard.
8. Return to my old metabolism rate…where have you gone?

eight shows I watch (in no particular order)...

1. The Office
2. 30 Rock
3. Top Chef
4. Real Housewives of Orange County/NY/Atlanta/New Jersey
5. Southland
6. Gossip Girl
7. Any property show on HGTV
8. Dodger games (not an actual show, I know, but this dominate our tv more than anything else)

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Happy Mothers Day!

I love you