Sunday, May 31, 2009

Musings on the MTV Movie Awards

Yes, I watched them. Yes, you can judge me. I prefer my tv mindless and if you watched any of the spectacle last night, you can agree that it definitely fit the bill. My observations:
  • First and foremost, when did I get so old?!? I was slightly appalled at the profanity and/or vulgarness that seemed to proliferate the evening. All I kept thinking was, "if I had a 12 year old watching this right now, I would not be a happy camper." Seriously. OLD.
  • Ashley Tisdale should never wear those shoes again. Ever.
  • I have a little crush on Andy Samberg. He's cute in that dorky way, but his sense of humor makes him very attractive.
  • Megan Fox bothers me as much as Angelina. I'm pretty sure she needs to a) stop reading her own press, b) take the stick out of her ass, and c) get a sense of humor. You're not that cool.
  • I'm also pretty sure K Stew is a teensy bit cracked out. I love me some Twilight, but am I the only one that thinks it's safe to say she was on some sort of drug(s) last night? And how awkward when she dropped the award. Poor thing. Lay off the nose candy and maybe you wouldn't be so jumpy.
  • Speaking of vampires, I'm very sad that they killed off Cam Gigandet in the first Twilight. Despite his unfortunate attire choices last night, he looked gorgeous. Like maybe even one-upped Rob. Just sayin'...
And there you go. I will now revert back to my appropriate age group and go buy some wrinkle cream.

Have a lovely Monday!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Congratulations Clint and Whitney!!

Exciting news happened over Memorial Day weekend... my big brother, Clint, and his girlfriend, Whitney, got engaged!! They spent a week in the British Virgin Islands and he proposed while they were on their trip! Luckily, they flew through Dallas on the way out so he could pick up the ring and the way back- so we got to see them both ways. Clint's phone didn't work down there so we were all eager to hear from them on their way back to make sure she said yes.... which of course, she did!

We don't know when or where the wedding will be yet, but we are all so excited for both of them. Whitney is incredibly sweet and best of all puts up with Clint! (I kid, I kid...)

Clint, I'm very proud of you and I know mom and dad are very much so looking forward to an engagement with a wedding at the end as opposed to my kind! as if you needed to further solidify your favorite child status... show off. ;)

And Whitney, welcome to our crazy (in a good way) family! We're so happy to have you join our adventures!

Congratulations!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Foodie Friday: Homemade Marinara

Well, hello there! I know, I know, it's been awhile since my last Foodie Friday. And my kitchen is probably wondering where the heck I've been in the last month, but luckily I got back in the cooking swing of things this week. And, in true natty fashion, I made a MESS, but it was so much fun!

Things I cooked this week:
  • Chicken with Goat cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Shrimp Pesto Pizza
  • Dijon Herb Bread
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Marinara Sauce
The marinara is my favorite, so I thought I would share it with you for Foodie Friday. It's a recipe from my very first Giada cookbook and remains a favorite. I'm not a fan of jar tomato sauces, so I usually double this recipe and make a giant pot to freeze in single serving ziplocks. Fresh, homemade, marinara at your fingertips!

Giada de Laurentiis' Marinara
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  1. In a large casserole pot, heat the oil over a medium-high flame.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper*. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour.
  5. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season the sauce with more salt and pepper, to taste. (The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat before using.)
*I usually add red pepper flakes during step three because I like things spicy, but the flavor is great without as well.

I made this to go with Chicken Parm, but almost didn't even end up eating the chicken because I had a big, crusty loaf of bread and kept "tasting" it to season it. Red wine, homemade marinara, and french bread... mmm.....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

REALLY USPS?

Selective Type A Disorder Part II (warning, this post shall prove previously stated craziness):

Upon receiving the shower invitations on Monday the following chain of events occured:
  1. Take invitation to Michael's.
  2. Carefully match ink colors to blue from invitation.
  3. Purchase two pens of varying types to ensure correct "look".
  4. Hand address all invitations (despite help graciously offered and readily available from five other wonderful hosts) so they would all look the same.
  5. Transport invitations to post office...
Where my options included ONLY the following:
Why thank you USPS, shit-brown does happen to go nicely with the color scheme.
Nothing says wedding bliss quite like the remembrance of our soldiers.
Really? I mean, Really? You have SIMPSONS stamps, but you don't have a heart or a simple flower?

I know I'm being totally insane. Luckily I didn't get far enough into my own wedding planning to turn all psycho on the teeny things like stamps. Although I think I would be far less Type A when it comes to my own details. Must be that damn people pleaser side of me.

Speaking of people pleasing, I was so tempted to purchase one of the Simpson's stamps to stick on the brides invitation only. Just to screw with her a little and make her think they had all gone out with Simpson's stamps. hehehe....

Jodi, just to let you know that I chose the nasty little brown stamps and decided to forgo all satirical cartoon characters... pinky swear.

Selective Type A Disorder

At any given time I am probably missing my ID, a credit card, my debit card, the mailbox key and/or my car keys. I don't even really know the meaning of "Type A".

However, you throw a party planning task my way and I turn into a list-making, spreadsheet-creating, organization-loving, crazy person. It really is weird. I wish I could find a way to channel this into other aspects of my life.

I'm helping host a shower in June so I am knee deep in all things party planning. {looove it!} The invitations came in Monday, so last night I had a little red-wine-fueled, envelope addressing marathon. The selective Type A in me decided to take this task on my own. Logistically it was just easier to do it myself. (control freak, much?) :)

I know this doesn't really count as #18 on my 30x30 list, but I was pretty happy with how they turned out:
Next up: menu planning and decorations!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Good Luck Jen!

I just wanted to give Jenny a little shout out today because she is, as we speak, in the hospital having her first little one!  Taylor Lynn Kellogg is scheduled to arrive today and everyone is very excited.  Little does Ms. Taylor know she already has a blog set up for her that can be found here.

Jen is the big sister of one of my besties, Julie, and is also a sorority sister.  She is too cute because even though she is about to pop, you can't even tell she's pregnant unless she turns to the side.  She's TINY except for the belly!

To add insult to injury, last week when we were out for E's birthday, we were valet-ing at Cretias and Jen, E, Julie, and myself get out of the car just as these two very attractive guys walk out.  I'm not even kidding you, they look past the three single, non-prego ones, and start practically HITTING ON Jenny.  Seriously, like, "Sooo, when are you due???" not even noticing the three belly-less girls getting out of the car.

It. was. ridiculous.

Jen, good luck!  I know you and DK are going to be a fabulous parents.  I can't wait to meet Ms. Taylor and help Jules babysit.  {we promise only one bottle of wine each!}

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Whose Wedding Is It Anyways?!?

I'm a little late on this, but now that the tour de weddings is over, I just want to congratulate Katy, Stephanie, Whitney, and Leslie on their marriages!  

Katy - I have no doubt that you will be such an amazing wife.  Just living with you for three months senior year proved that you are the every bit the nurturer we always thought you were! And your hubby is too cute!
{Brynn, Katy, and Jacque... all great friends from college!}

Stephanie - You looked beautiful and thank you so much for hosting a party for those of us that were not able to make it to Jamaica to celebrate with you!  It was so much fun... especially the after-party at Sunset!
{me, Jennifer, Stephanie, Jodi, and Carla}

Leslie - Not that it was any surprise, but your wedding was so "you".  I loved what you did with Hickory Street Annex and your dress was gorgeous!  Greg is so funny and seems like the perfect fit for you!
{Leslie as a happy newlywed}
{one of the more hilarious moments of the night... three of Leslie's friends doing the "rowboat", apologies for the crappy iphone pic}

Whitney - Not that there was ever any doubt, but you fo sho know how to throw a party! Thank you for having me as a part of your big day.... we had so. much. fun.  And your house is super cute, by the way!  {warning: there are lots of pictures of this one.  We were a tad camera happy!!}
{The college crew at whit's house post-pedi's, pre-rehearsal dinner}
{Rehearsal Dinner: Laura, Alex, Julie, me, Meesh, and Linds}
{our beautiful bride double fisting it}
{Laura and I ended up in the same dress}
{Wedding Day: whit and her bridesmaids}
{jules, e, me... whit's house party}
{surprisingly taking a break from the dance floor!}
{Laura, enjoying her time away from playing "mommy"}
{Mr. and Mrs. C hitting the dance floor}
{whitty cent and sunny dancing}
{the bride... STILL dancing...}

It has been a great month!  These four have very different personalities and it was cool to see how that came through in their days.  And most importantly, it was wonderful to see all four blissfully happy and in love.

Congratulations girls! 

Friday, May 15, 2009

What to do??

I am kind of excited because tonight I have a rare off-night with no weddings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, or showers!

Being a social extrovert, I do love all of those things, but I haven’t had a weekend night to choose what I want to do in seemingly forever. I feel kind of like a kid at a candy store!

Options:
  • The lazy route: Emptying out my DVR while wearing my snuggie.
  • The drunken route: Bubble batch, red wine, and the rest of Breaking Dawn.
  • The productive route: Laundry, closet organization/weeding out for Goodwill, and cleaning.
  • The planning route: QT with cookbooks and design blogs looking for recipes/ideas for Jodi and Matt’s shower.
I think ultimately I’ll end up doing a little of each. I’m thinking laundry, wine, and party planning will for sure be in the works. We’ll see how much more of the rest I can fit into an evening.

Tomorrow I have Alisa & Brandon’s Stock the Bar shower and then will probably wander around the Farmer’s Market on Sunday and then try to replant my flower boxes. {soooo domestic of me, huh?}

Yay for Fridays!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fun with Google Analytics

I was just checking out my google analytics and saw something that caught my eye. Someone found my blog yesterday by googling "moose" and "fleas". When I got over my initial feelings of insult in this matter, it occurred to me that they were most likely not searching for information on whether my moose has fleas. More so, the occurrence of fleas on meese*.

Really?! I mean, I google some weird shit, but moose fleas?
  • Does this person have a pet moose? (of the actual moose variety)
  • Is this person coming in contact with a moose and fearful of fleas?
  • Does this person have a flea fascination and is wondering on which animals fleas may or may not occur?
This is almost as entertaining as the time someone found me by googling "ninja trey vote dallas 2009". What exactly were they looking for?!?

And for the record, yes moose did have one (maybe two) fleas at one time, but is has now been clean for several months. Thankyouverymuch.

*Meese, mooses, moose? Anyone know the proper plural of "moose"? Blog Auditor, I mean, mom... do you know?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Please excuse...

The break from your regularly scheduled programing. Over the past month and a half, my life has consisted of:
  • Five birthdays
  • Four weddings
  • Two road trips
  • One rehearsal dinner
  • One bachelorette party
  • One trip to New York
Needless to say, I am one tired girl! My body finally threw up its little white flag last Wednesday just in time for Erika's birthday and my last of four weddings in a row. Nice timing. But I'm finally feeling better and will hopefully back to my normal, witty (on a good day?) blogging self.

Thanks for sticking with me, I appreciate you reading even though I haven't been on top of my game.

I'm going to try to play catch up this week.

Much love,
natty

Moose Monday

In honor of Mother's Day I thought I would post a Mom-related Moose Monday. She loves her granddog and takes any opportunity in which I will be gone from my house for more than five hours as an excuse to dognap him.

During Thanksgiving last year we unfortunately discovered that ham has ill-effects on his little digestive system. Ever since then my mom finds it particularly funny to feed him ham right before sending him on the 20-minute, enclosed journey from Plano to Dallas.

This picture was taken during a rare visit in which she didn't end up stealing him.

Happy Mother's Day, mom! See you tomorrow to celebrate!*

*Before you judge me as a bad daughter, you should know that she was out of town for the weekend.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Eyo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Also known amongst my friends as "Cinco de Eyo" because it's our good friend E's birthday!! We are all very happy that it's her birthday not just because we like to celebrate with her, but mainly because she is the youngest of our crew from college and thoroughly enjoys gloating about this fact.

So, E, sorry sucka... you are now the ripe old age of 27 just like the rest of us. HA! ;)

One of my favorite E moments {aside from this in which she was indirectly involved} was about two years ago when we went to an SAE party when we were in Lubbock for a home game. Yes, we were at a frat party. At the age of twenty-five. And I'm only slightly embarrassed that we busted out with this:
I was a Chi-O and E is my big sis (even though I'm older) so in our drunken post-tailgating state it seemed like a cute thing to do.

It was all fun and games until some 19 year old with her boobs pushed up to her neck walked by and said to her equally perky friend, "what are all these old people doing here?". She's lucky that all 90 pounds of her walked away unscathed.

Anyways, happy birthday E!