Friday, November 27, 2009

A Little Gratitude

Today I'm filled with this weird feeling, like I should be doing something. I just don't know what that something is. I know I could get some Christmas shopping out of the way, or do laundry (why is there ALWAYS laundry to be done?), or just clean up the house in general; but none of those things feel like what I'm "supposed" to be doing. And I don't know how to figure out what that thing is.

So instead, I'm going to make a list. These are the things I'm thankful for- and I'm only going to list the first 10 that pop into my head because I need to throw the pooch in the car and head over to my mom's house!

I'm thankful for:
1. My family.
2. That my family gets along with each other.
3. My mom's cooking.
4. Pumpkin pie.
5. D. (otherwise known on this blog as "the boy")
6. Stella, my pooch. (otherwise known as "monster", "crazytown", and "wingnut")
7. Technology that helps me keep in touch with my friends and family that are far away, like cell phones, facebook, email, text messages, and smoke signals.
8. The opportunity to visit D's family in South Carolina this coming week.
9. The holidays. I'm one of those suckers that really believes in the spirit of Christmas and that everyone is really the best version of themselves this time of year.
10. Financial Security. I'm not talking about being rich, because I'm not. I'm talking about knowing you'll be able to make the mortgage payment because you're not living beyond your means and your partner (or whoever you share a bank account with) is responsible and doesn't drain the bank account without telling you and you're both on the same page about what to spend money on. Having similar financial goals and spending habits is so important for your peace of mind. It really is a blessing.

Okay, that's it! I'm off to spend some time with my crazy mom and aunt. Trust me, I say crazy with all the love in my heart. I look at their love for each other and friendship as adults and I can only hope that I have that in the future. Of course, I don't have a sister so.... I'll have make do with some really good girlfriends or cousins perhaps.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vampires and acrobatic dogs

The past couple of days have been busy and there's definitely not enough daylight even in Texas. I'm having trouble forming any type of coherent thoughts right now, so here's a list of what I've been up to.

1. Watching New Moon 12:01am Friday morning with my mom and a million giggling, screaming teenage girls. It was great. And it made remember how cool my mom has always been. Not the you-can-drink-alcohol-when-you're-underage-in-my-house-as-long-as-you-don't-drive-type of cool. But the kind of mom who's up for anything as long as it's not life-threatening, like waking up at 3am to take two freshmen girls to the cowboy breakfast (San Antonio rodeo tradition) and THEN going to work, or taking the bus down to the coast at the spur of the moment to surprise my dad while he was working out of town, or hosting a sleepover for all the girls in the eighth grade knowing full well there would be no sleeping that night. I hope when I have kids and I'm in the middle of work and mortgages and homework and PTA meetings, I can remember to have the same enthusiasm for otherwise foolish pursuits.
2. Watching New Moon the Friday night with a twenty-something friend who is also un-apologetically enamored with the Twilight saga.
3. Watching New Moon with D on Sunday. Yes, for the third time. What?
4. Trying to tire Stella out in the backyard so she doesn't try to eat my laptop.
5. Paying for molto expensive vet visits. $320 for x-rays! Really?

So here's a couple shots of my crazy pooch outside to make you smile.
She's obsessed with rolling around in the grass and doing somersaults over and over. So funny.
I have a tough time getting pictures of her that aren't blurry since she isn't still for long, but I like them anyway. Ciao for now!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This might be a keeper

Okay, this is a quick post so I can get back to work making jewelry. Usually I make a piece (of jewelry, art, whatever) thinking it's a great idea and then once it's finished... I hate it. I think, "Ugh! What was I thinking? This is crap." But I think I really like this piece. I'm posting a quick picture I took with my phone even though the shadows are a little out of control.
Tell me what you think.
The large focal bead is carved bone on an aged brass chain. The other beads are wood cylinders, crazy lace agate rondelles, aquamarine rondelles, and violet and gold glass beads.
And, of course, a couple pictures of my little dog. The light is bad at night in my living room but she's just so cute! I bought this little shirt for her on clearance to make the boy happy and I totally expected her to go crazy and promptly tear it to shreds, but once we got it on her she just pranced around and went about her business chewing on every item in the living room.
And a black and white portrait once she tired herself out. I know she'll be small for such a short time, I feel like I need to record as much as possible. She's growing so fast- in the ten days between vet visits she gained 4 pounds! 9 and 1/2 weeks old and she's 14 pounds. Big puppy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Green chicken and sleepy puppies

Tomorrow is my birthday, people. It's a big one, too. I don't have anything amazing planned, but I am going to spoil myself a little with a pedicure and a massage- two of my very favorite things. Unfortunately I have to work those in between doggie walks, a doctor's appointment, and an airport dropoff. Hmmm... now that I think about it, I might have to save those for Friday. That stinks.

So tonight I made some green chicken enchiladas that were really good and really easy- which makes them taste even better, I think. Want the recipe? Okay, shred some chicken (the rotisserie kind from the grocery store or used the canned kind in a pinch). Toss it in a pot with a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, season with some minced/chopped garlic, salt, black pepper and cumin. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it reduce down. Now warm up some white corn tortillas in the microwave and spray some Pam in a casserole dish. Place a tortilla in the dish, place some of the chicken mixture in the center and add a little monterrey jack cheese or some of that yummy white Mexican cheese and then roll up the tortilla to make an enchilada. Repeat this until you fill the casserole dish or have made as many as you'd like. Now pour about a third of a can of Green Chicken Enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas to keep them moist and pop it in the oven (350-375 degrees) for about 5 minutes. Then add some more cheese on top (if you're a cheese hound like the boy) and the rest of the green sauce and put it back in the oven til it's bubbly, probably 10-15 minutes. I served it with some white rice with corn and poblano peppers mixed in and a salad, but you could also use mexican rice or some squash and zucchini. I should have taken a picture, but I didn't think about it at the time. Oh, and this little dish came courtesy of my mom. She's awesome.

And finally, here's a couple of pictures of Stella in my car. She's so funny when she gets tired, it's like she......just.........can't.........go.............on.
And instead of snuggling up on the seat, she finds comfort in laying on my purse. I guess she likes Juicy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Something Shiny

On the trip to Oklahoma to pick up the puppy, my mom and I were somewhere and she spied something shiny- I think it was on the ground- so we stopped to pick it up and it turned out to be a hair pin with pretty rhinestones. I said, "good eye, Mom!" And I thought to myself, when did I stop looking for things? I remember always finding little curiosities everywhere I went, but lately I think I have been walking around with blinders on. Like I've been so focused on trying to get through traffic, or mark things off my list, that I haven't really been noticing the world around me. So, I put the barrette aside and now it's sitting on my work table. I feel like it's reminding me to keep my eyes open throughout the day. I think it's working too, because on one of our walks I found this great little branch with two little acorns and I picked it up and put it next to my barrette. That's progress, right?

Friday, November 6, 2009

A new post?! Holy Smokes!

Oh, there's just so much. So much has happened, but I won't go on and on about what a bad blogger I am. Perhaps the events over the past couple months will be revealed through my future posts, but for now I can only tell you about what's happening right now. So here's the big announcement....
She is a Great Dane and after much deliberation, her name is Stella. I like to call her Stella "The Sequel" Gonyea! (spoken like Bruce Buffer from inside the octagon, of course) And if you don't know what that means, then you don't watch MMA and just don't worry about it. Back to the pooch, of course she's completely perfect when she wants to be and the rest of the time she's a typical 9 week old puppy- crazy.
Thank goodness she sleeps a lot, because between the middle of the night and the 7am walks, I'm wishing I could take 3 naps during the day! So while she's sleeping and not needing constant supervision (to make sure there's no potty accidents in the house), I'm trying to get some work done- creative and otherwise. I started making jewelry again and I really am looking forward to working in my journal again and maybe even making some books. I miss books. So more soon on the puppy and maybe pictures of my work.