Friday, September 19, 2014

Reflections of the way life was this week

I can't hear see, hear, or use the word Reflections without hearing this song in my head instantly:
01.- The Supremes - Reflections by The Supremes on Grooveshark

Then of course I think of China Beach, which I want to own on DVD, but it costs one million dollars. Well, $200, but you get the point. Anyway, let's add up the week, shall we?

Plus
1. These two, celebrating birthdays today - my brother Sean and my nephew Drew.
2. Went to the post office and it was painless. That never happens.
3. This passage from a book I finished this week.
4. Getting to talk about books, reading, and how I use Goodreads with a Goodreads staffer for a half hour during lunch on Wednesday, then getting a $30 amazon gift card for doing so. I would pay other people to talk about reading so it was a big win in my book.
5. Prepped 10 freezer meals on Wednesday night at my neighbor's. My first time using Wildtree products, which are like Tastefully Simple but organic. I'll report back after I eat the meals.
6. Stitch Fix got it right with this sweater, sorry for the crappy iPhone pics.
Minus
1. Not enough hours in the day this week
2. Know-it-alls. You're insufferable.
3. On the five block walk to Trader Joe's, some kid on a cell phone gave me a flat tire twice. Dude! Get off the phone and mind your distance from me.

Not too shabby, it's always nice to have more pluses than minuses. How did your week turn out?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

where it's at! I got two turntables and a microphone.

I don't even like that song. Anyway once upon a time I had a grand plan of doing a post like this once a month. Dreams can be reborn, am I right? Anyway, here's where I am currently.

Anticipating...the weekend. Isn't everyone?

Buying...lots of wardrobe upgrades. It's time for an overhaul.

Thinking...an October spending freeze might be a good idea given the wardrobe overhaul.

Learning...I need to leave earlier than normal now that school is in session. I learn this every fall when people drive like dillholes every morning. How does that make sense? Kids back in school, let's drive like bigger assholes than we do when they're out of school.

Reading...Overseas by Beatriz Williams. I'm intrigued even though the only time I was into time travel was The Time Traveler's Wife and that took some self-convincing.

Feeling... like it's not Thursday without an ecard of the week, so
Smelling...Nothing. Allergies.

Working on...my fall goal list. You'll see it on Tuesday.

Needing...a really good night of sleep. Make that a stretch of good nights of sleep.

Keeping up with...the fitness goals I set for the Choose Your Own Adventure challenge. I sucked the first week and a half and am finally in a good rhythm. How are you doing with it?

Watching...House of Cards and The Wire on Netflix. I'm keeping up with Under the Dome too. I have not set my sights on fall TV yet.

Wishing...my oldest friend Jen a very happy birthday today.

Disliking...the amount of crackheads who've been hanging around Center City asking for money recently

Wearing...3/4 sleeve top from LOFT this spring, flats that I leave at work because they hurt my feet for things other than walking around the office, and the ankle length pixie pants from Old Navy I prefer to all other pants recently. Three day old hair and no makeup because it's Wednesday and I got less than six hours of sleep last night.
Hating...the bastard mosquito that is living in the bedroom and has eaten me alive every night in my sleep. I've seen it land on me a few times when the light is still on but I haven't been fast enough to murder it.

Loving...This. Thanks for sharing it, Sister Secrets.

What's good in your hood?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shit MFD Said Vol. 10

On the boardwalk
Store clerk: Did you just get your hair cut? 
MFD: Me? No. 
Store clerk: It's perfect. 
MFD: Thanks man. I used to have horrible hair in high school. 
Store Clerk: Now...
MFD: Now I don't leave the house unless my hair is perfect.
Store Clerk: And it is. It is. 

On a lazy, rainy Saturday
MFD: What do you want to do for dinner?
Me: Well, I have a bunch of stuff to make but I don't feel like making anything. 
MFD: Chinese food you said?
Me: I think that's what I said.

At The Second City
MFD: That guy did not wash his hands after he went to the bathroom! Contaminating disease spreader. Fecal fucker!

Examining a popover at his birthday dinner
MFD: It's like a soufflĂ© type roll. 
Me: It's empty inside. 
MFD: Like your soul. 
Laughter from the table behind us

MFD: What are you watching?
Me: Dawson's Creek.
MFD: Is this a movie or a TV show?
Me: Are you kidding me?

As The Big Chill comes on
MFD: This is our life now.
Me: What?
MFD: This. We all went from St. Elmo's Fire to The Big Chill in what feels like minutes. 

Discussing types of cakes
MFD:  I like fluffier cakes. Not dense like I'm eating a packed turd. You know? 
Me: I guess...?

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All read and approved by MFD before they go live...
Shit MFD Said Vol 1
Shit MFD Said Vol 2
Shit MFD Said Vol 3
Shit MFD Said Vol 4
Shit MFD Said Vol 5
Shit MFD Said Vol 6
Shit MFD Said Vol 7
Shit MFD Said Vol 8
Shit MFD Said Vol 9


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Unconventional Barbecue Chicken

I've only recently started eating barbecue sauce. Crazy, right? I like it now, either my own that I make or Sweet Baby Ray's from the bottle. My newfound like of barbecue sauce has not come with a newfound comfort of manning the grill, so I found this way of doing it in the oven on allrecipes and adapted it to my liking.

Ingredients
family pack of chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
Barbecue sauce to your liking (1-2 cups)

Directions
Spray a small casserole dish with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350. Apply garlic powder and salt to both sides of chicken. I rub some of the garlic powder under the skin.

Cover and cook for an hour.

Remove from oven. Drain fat from the dish. Remove skin from chicken (make sure you get it off from underneath too). Put chicken back in the dish, brush with barbecue sauce, and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
1 - before it goes in the oven / 2 - when you first take it out, fat on bottom and skin still on / 3 - brushed with barbecue
It turns out really tender and delicious. Whether you're a fraidy cat like me and don't want to use the grill, or don't want to use it in the cold winter months, this is a good way to still enjoy barbecue chicken. Serve with green beans and rice to round it out.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

TWTW - shower the people you love with love

1. MFD met me after work and we headed over to The Barnes Foundation, passing a few of my favorites along the way: Swann Fountain in Logan Circle and the Shakespeare Memorial in front of the Free Library.
2. A quick two hour stroll around The Barnes - home of one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings.
3. Dinner at the Rose Tattoo Cafe. The second floor is open to the floor below and filled with flowers. It's pretty cool. I loved the music they played too. I had the halibut special and it was really good. 
4. Saturday morning was dreary. It called for homemade chocolate cake. I used Bri's recipe that I mentioned on Friday and for the icing altered it to just a shake of cocoa powder and added peanut butter and an extra teaspoon of vanilla. I'm not really good at cake - see here the leaning tower of cake - or decorating it, bu it tasted divine and found a home on this plate I love from Aunt Maureen.
5. Sean and my mom popped in for a visit and the dogs loved all the morning attention.
6. Saturday afternoon I headed to Prince P's first birthday party. He's the son of Alicia, one of my knottie friends - we all met on The Knot September 2010 monthly wedding board when we were planning our weddings. AEB and her family made the trip down as well. We all enjoyed the bellini bar, taco bar, petting zoo, and the screams of joy from the bouncy house. It was a great party despite the rain!
7. When you arrive at the nail place 50 minutes before they close, they do your nails and toes at the same time and are all running out the door like their asses are on fire while you're standing outside collecting yourself in paper flip flops because you left yours in the car. The grocery store is right next to the nail place and I wasn't wasting the trip, so I got my groceries on with my toes still drying. I'm not the only person who does this, right?
8. We watched one of my favorites Saturday night (The Big Chill) and I admired and petted my customized 2015 planner from Plum Paper Designs that finally arrived yesterday.
9. Drawing on my freezer stock for this week. Breakfast is breakfast burritos and power breakfast muffins. Lunches are santa fe rice cups. Dinners are mexican stuffed shells and spaghetti squash with tomatoes and olives. Everything is frozen except the spaghetti squash. Work snacks will be fruit & veggies.

10. Sunday we hosted a shower for my soon to be sister in law Aubrey at an old farmhouse in Doylestown. It's nice when your sibling chooses someone you truly enjoy as a person. It was a beautiful day. A long day too. I was useless for the night after I got home. I thought I'd fall asleep immediately but alas I was up until after 1. 
Banner from Wedding Banner Love, won on Borrowed Heaven
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  On Mondays I'm doing a picture linkup called Picture Practice with Kelli at Just Beachy. If you'd like to participate, here are the prompts through December. Share on your blog, or if you don't blog on Twitter or Instagram every Monday with the hashtag #PicturePractice. This is my photo for the prompt bird. It's one from June, I saw no birds in the wild this weekend and oddly have no bird items in my house.
Tomorrrow, unconventional BBQ chicken. Wednesday, Shit MFD Says. You've been warned.

Busy week ahead. Let's do this!

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