Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Shabby Little Nest

This is darling.  Wish I had a tiny nook to make my own like this. 
As seen on The Shabby Nest
That's wrapping paper folks.  Not sure about that but there's tons of great choices in wall paper these days and a small space like this could be jazzed up with some print.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Walk on the Thai Side

We made pad thai tonight and it was really great.  No Bangkok, but we were expecting that.  The picture does not do it justice but let me tell you, it was a total win.  Wish you could have been there with us!

This pregnancy has me craving salty noodles.  I went  through an entire economy pack of ramen noodles last month alone.  I like to mix them with cottage cheese.  That's right, sounds disgusting but try it and tell me your life isn't forever changed. 

In other exciting news: my beloved friend, Kristen, is coming home Friday from her two year stint in Africa.  I've seen her the few times she's come home to visit but overall, my Kristen love cup has been quite dry in her absence.  I'm sure you'll be hearing more about our adventures in future posts. 

Love you KVo!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hold the Phone

Chris matched at Mayo Clinic.

Hello heavy winter parka.  Hello cross country skis.  Folks, it's gonna be a cold winter.  But don't let that stop you from coming to visit.  Maybe could go here.

Or listen to these guys play a ditty. 

Or shovel some of this.

Despite the frigid winter temps we are so excited about our future home. 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My Dinner Was the Bomb

Made dinner.  Something new.  We were super impressed with the results.  Might make it to the homerun list of meals to cook when friends dine over.  When we first got married we made new recipes all the time.  Lately we've been lazy and unoriginal.  Feeling inspired this week I picked this and another recipe (Pad Thai) to make

Tortellini, Peas, and Asparagus with a Creamy Basil Sauce

2 Tbsp. butter
2 shallots, minced
salt and gorund pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2  cup half and half
1 cup frozen peas
1 Tbsp.  minced fresh basil (we used dried and it was fine but fresh would be better)
2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp. of water
1 bunch of asapagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch lengths
2 (9oz) packages of fresh cheese tortellini

1. Boil water
2. Make Sauce
 Melt butter in 12 in. skillet over med-high heat.  Add shallot and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 2 mins.  Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 secs. Stir in wine and cook until nearly evaporated, about 2 mins.  Stir in wine and cook until nearly evaporated, about 2 mins.  Stir in half and half, peas, basil, and dissolved cornstarch mixture and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 mins.  Remove skillet from heat and set aside covered.
3. Cook Asparagus
Add asparagus and 1 Tbsp. of salt to boiling water and cook, stirring often until asaparagus is tender, but still crisp at center, about 2 mins.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer asparagus to a large paper-towel-lined plate.  Set aside.
4. Cook and Drain Tortellini
Return water to a boil.  Stir in tortellini and cook until tender.  Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain tortellini and return tortellini to pot.
5. Toss Tortellini and Asparagus and Sauce
Stir sauce, asparagus, and trotellini together.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, adding reserved pasta water if needed to loosen sauce.  Serve immediately. 

On Cupcakeries

I've decided I'm a fan.  Anyone who knows me well, knows I normally turn my nose up to a slice of cake.  It's just never been my thing.  Now a cup of ice cream, that's a different story but cake has always been sub par in my book.  Last weekend Chris and I went to visit friends and family in St. Louis and my best gal pal, Carly, was kind enough to treat us to Jilly's Cupcake Bar.  The results: one of the most delectable cupcakes these lips have touched.  Carly and I shared a chocolate thunder while Chris and his friend, Colby, shared some cupcake smoothered in Reece's Pieces (go figure). 

While the cupcakes were a small piece of heaven, the service was slow, they were real picky about how you could use your gift certificates and the food was nothing special.  Would I go back for a cupcake?  Sure.  Would I host a pink princess party for a little girl here?  Yes.  Did I see an actual 9-year-old birthday party complete with tiaras and wands?  Heck yes, and it brought a smile to my face. 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

For Real?

These are a few shirts you will never catch me wearing during this pregnancy.

Your vagina.  Do we really need to make a point of that?

Floating Baby Homer Simpson

This could be a summer staple, for someone else.

Um, No.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sandwich Please!

Being knocked up and all, I'm not allowed to eat certain foods. I understand the unpasturized cheeses and hotdogs, (in fact, probably no one should eat those things- although they are quite tasty wrapped in a crescent roll and stuffed with cheese) but sandwiches! Really? That's been my go to lunch item for 20 some odd years. I dream of a Turkey Tom from Jimmy Johns, long for the Penny Club from Mr. Goodscents, and fantasize about a tasty club sandwich piled high with a little mayo to hold it together. Sandwich, I love you. I miss you. I willingly give you up so my child doesn't end up with a third eye from that possible bacteria that you just might be harboring (but most likely are not). I know what my first meal will be post-delivery. You, my whole wheat-turkey-tomato-red onion-lettuce-provolone-and full fat, mayo-friend. Scrumpdiddlyumptious!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thanks for Nothing Creepers at Jo Ann's

I like to make things.  I recently have taken up sewing but I'm for sure a novice.  I feel slightly insecure walking into a fabric store and sorting through the bolts of fabrics wondering if this weight is too thick, or a certain print will go well with another print I'm eyeing.  Well, I went tonight hoping to pick up what I needed to make these pillows I found on the purl bee.

My instructions called for wool felt.  After searching high and low for this fabric and assuming I was just not going to find it on my own I ask the only staff person I could find in the store.  The man was probably in his late 50's and was proudly wearing his Jo Ann apron and a woman's jeweled necklace. (This is not important but how weird is that?)  So I ask him where one might find the wool felt and he looks at me like I'm crazy (me, you're the one wearing ladies accessories!) and says, "We don't have wool felt here and honestly, I don't know where you'd find that stuff."  He spat the words at me like I was really wrecking his evening reshelving fabric by bothering him with my silly question.  Then he points me to the corner and says, "Our polyester's over there, I suppose that might work."  Head down, mad that this guy was such a grouch I went and checked it out.  It probably would have worked but I was so dejected from my time in the store and my encounter with disgruntled employee that I left empty handed.  That's fine Jo Ann's I'll take my business elsewhere.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

I told my sixth graders today that baby was on the way and they were very excited to say the least. 

I gave them the prompt:  Mrs. Jaeger walked into the classroom and announced... and had them finish the story.  After we had a hearty laugh over their absurd stories ( more school forever, ... you all get cake!... you all get As this semester.) I told them my announcement. 

Their response:

"Is it a boy or a girl?"
"Will you name it after me?"  (absolutely not)
"Where's your belly, you don't look fat yet?"
"How did that happen?"
"Gross, let's stop talking about this."
"Can I babysit?"  (another negative)
"Are you scared about how it, you know comes out?"
"Okay, let's really not talk about this?"
"Does your husband know?"
"Wait, you're married?"

All in all, if you ever have exciting news and you want a really great response, tell a group of twelve year olds.  I could have told them I was buying a new car and would have been met with a wave of enthusiasm.  News is news to them, doesn't matter what it is.  It was kind of cute. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Oh, enough already!

We're pregnant.  Or more accurately, I'm pregnant. 

I hate keeping secrets and once we told our families at Christmas we felt it would be okay if the secret was out. 

So there it is.  I'm in my third month, a few weeks away from my second trimester.  Right now I just have a bit of a pooch forming.  Unsuspecting people might think I just let myself go over the holidays.  But really, it's a baby pushing that stomach out. 

It's been an easy three months, thank the Lord.  We've been to doctor and all is well, even heard a heartbeat which was pretty darn incredible. 

Don't worry; I won't go all baby crazy on you.  Just wanted you to know. 

We're due July 30th.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Weekend In Review

Good weekend all around. 

First off, it began Wednesday evening thanks to the snow.

Thursday I did not shower so you know it was a good day.

Friday I was uber productive and my husband was off work by lunch time so we had a surprise hangout!

Friday night we had homemade Shakespeare's pizza with our friends, Austin and Polly, and Polly showed me all her great home improvement projects- she's hooked!  (Did you know that Shakespeare's sells their pizza dough, sauce, cheese, and any toppings you wish for home baking?  The dough is less than a dollar and the other stuff is cheap too.  We made two Medium pizzas for less that $9.)

Saturday I had work all day but it's part of this grant I'm participating in and I really enjoy the other teachers working on it with me and they're paying us for our time so how's that for "not too shabby."

Saturday night Chris and I had dinner at Taqueria El Rodeo and then saw Up In the Air with friends, Matt and Megan.  Great movie.  Don't expect to feel warm and fuzzy though.  Taqueria continues to exceed my expecations for Mexican food time and time again!

Sunday has been spent getting ready for the week and I did some school planning while Chris studied for Step 2 of his boards.  We also hit up Dairy Queen for blizzards thanks to my friend Bonnie who unfortuantely can not take advantage of her Blizzard of the Month club coupons from Korea where she now lives.  Thanks Bonnie!

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Mind is Reeling

…with all the fun possibilities for my future home. Chris and I will be leaving Columbia in June for an unknown destination (we find out where January 25th). With the move we hope to purchase our first home! Now you've got to know that for all three years we've lived in our current white-walled apartment I've dreamed of bead board chair rails, fantastic wall colors, and refurbished furniture that would make my house a home. Since we're moving and not fond of hauling more than we need to, we're holding off on any major purchases or projects.

But I have been home the last two days due to snowy weather (thanks teaching!) and dreaming and scheming some fabulous things for our non-existent home. I think this is totally normal for most women but realize it borders a smidge on the unhealthy side to fantasize about decorating a house you do not have.

On top of that I have a super design opportunity that I can't tell you about just yet because there are some people I need to tell in person first (rather than find our via the blog)..... If that doesn't have you in suspense I don't know what would!

I hope to soon post about my upcoming design project and more soon. Be patient my lovely readers!

Cinnamon Toasters

You make snacking so good.  In fact, I don't even need milk to enjoy your sugar laden self. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

if you park in a garage, we probably can't be friends

It's sick cold in the Midwest. I don't think I ever remember a winter this brutal. For me, the worst thing about this weather is that I am forced to sit in misery everyday on my way to work. It's not even light out when I have to drag myself to work each day and lately, it's been dangerously cold. Yesterday I silently cursed all who just park their car in the garage each night to never have to scrape their windshields in the bitter wind. Or those who don't know the joy of driving down the road with snow from the top of your car lazily sliding down into your view. My car, which warms up relatively well compared to my husband's, still takes about 8 minutes of my 12 minute commute to get warm. Yesterday I feared frostbite for my gloved hands as I struggled to scrape that annoying ice film off my car that had settled there the night before. I am now preparing myself to head out and start my car so it can get warm before I have to get in it. I always wonder if this is opening myself up to theft but at this point it's too freaking cold to not take a chance.
Freezing in the Midwest and not happy about it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

because it seems like the thing to do....

a trip down memory lane....

I'm not the most reflective person.  In fact, all old journals go in the trash before ever being re-read.  I have a hard time recalling some of the significant milestones of the last year and when a friend told me she and her husband spent a Christmas date looking back at all their highlights of the last year I wondered if I would even be able to remember what happened twelve months ago.  Lucky for me, this blog chronicles my life and I can simply click through the months and see just what I was dealing with, processing, or wondering about at any given point in time.  So, in the spirit of all my fellow bloggers, here is a year in review.  I apologize if you become bored to tears, feel free to skim and delete if need be.

My students began working on the Tap Project.  It was a kick ass assignment where we actually attempted to be the change we wished to see in the world.   A local paper covered our story and we made the news.  Pretty great moments with my students.  

Crazy hair day at school.  Rocked a great mullet.  Apparently this was a slow month.

DIY before and after of a thrift dresser, a homeless man broke into my trailer over spring break and slept on the couch in my classroom, beat the odds, sat in a coffee shop and read books beside my husband, got a sty, discovered this wonderful little blog, raised $1,000 for the Tap Project, began P90x, nervously joined a writing group that has become a safe haven for my creativity- big month.

Discovered the bounty of treasure at Michael's dollar bins, got texting on our phones, professed my love all things spandex and sweat pants, My husband was honored with a special medical school award, went to a swanky dinner to receive said award, ant infestation in the apartment, Bingo night at memorial union (won me a Gatorade and some Cocoa Puffs), got myself a crystal apple lava lamp.

Went to Liz and Ben's wedding, received my first pair of Toms (thanks to my bro-in-law, David), played Rock Band with my students in class, beetle insanity begins (yuck), turned 25, two weeks later Chris turned 26, the next day celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary, visited Adam and MK in Chicago.

Taught summer school- did not love it, Michael Jackson died and we had a day of tribute at summer school, Ben and Amy got married and we enjoyed ourselves at their fancy reception, went to a professional conference with some really fun teachers, and traveled to Austin to see my friend, Camille, get married.

Went to Oklahoma Joe's for the first time and have not been the same since, threw a kickin' wedding shower for my friend, Polly, went camping with 30 middle school students- first time camping and open to having a second.experienced an undiagnosed case of H1N1 before it was trendy, taught an uber competitive Legos course, became inappropriately engrossed in the drama of the Bachelorette, went to the pool whenever possible.

Sewed a cute little handbag ALL BY MYSELF, had mice friends for the second time, thought about bangs- decided against it, got my classroom ready to roll, saw friends Andy and Lindsey tie the knot, made a LOT of pesto, started a new school year in a sassy leopard print skirt (it was tasteful, I swear).

Matt and Megan wed, Chris does an away rotation for a whole month, I'm forced to eat Grands biscuits for dinner many night in a row, begin social lessons with students on the importance of listening when I talk, moved my blog from to, went apple picking with the middle schoolers at church, played Tardy for the Party too many times, scared the jeepers out of my students reading Skeleton Creek.

Recovered our dining room chairs, dressed as a Chipotle employee for Halloween, attended an epic bash, went to Chris' cousin's wedding, read the Hunger Games and Catching Fire in record time (waiting eagerly for book three), JURY DUTY.

Livy comes into our lives, visit MK and Adam in Chicago, the thermos makes the plaza lighting even more spectacular, Thanksgiving in KC, Chris travels the US interviewing for residency.

Began the month feeling like barf until I did barf, 2 weeks of bliss while home for Christmas vacay, saw my friends Tom and Bonnie who normally reside in Korea, watched all the episodes of Glee online, created a list of programs that will soon seal our fate for the next five years, rang in the New Year with a crew at Dave's listening to Party in the USA after an indulgent meal at Buca di Beppo- would have it no other way.