Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday Thoughts...it's been a while

1. Yes, I am that person who now has canvas prints of her dog's photos. No shame, bitches.
2. The weekend before last, I made enchiladas and said I'd be sharing the recipe. I won't be. No time or inclination right now. If you're interested, here's the recipe I went off of. I added chipotles in adobo and a lot of salt. I still prefer my normal homemade enchilada sauce that I got off of Budget Bytes to that one. It's much more flavorful. But I wanted to share a link in case anyone was interested.
3. So our September 2015 vacation is already booked aside from airfare. I like to do things ahead, but this was a real shit or get off the pot situation. The people on Trip Adviser are all book rooms in Yellowstone early and they are not shitting you. There were virtually no rooms left. Trip lowdown: Fly into Rapid City, SD, and do the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Black Hills. Drive to Yellowstone via Montana and enter the North Entrance. Four and half days in Yellowstone, lunch in the Jackson Hole area, two days and nights on a lake in the Grand Tetons, and then home via Idaho Falls or Salt Lake City. I'm pumped to see all the things but wary in advance of the altitude since I don't do well in it. I've already also decided to purchase a coffee maker when we land in SD because some of these places don't have easy access to coffee. I will go without nice linens, wifi, and phone reception but I will not go without coffee. But if you follow me on Instagram for my Saturday and Sunday coffee posts, I'm sure you already knew this.
4. Why am I hearing no chatter on The Affair? Who's watching? I cannot believe these people and I can't get enough. It's captivating. Earlier this week it was renewed for a second season.
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5. Mmm hmm. Sing it.
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6. I'm reading The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee. I'm enjoying it despite the controversy surrounding the book, that being Harper Lee denying cooperation with the biographer. I love this passage hard:


7. It's time to replace some of our Christmas decor. This was ordered this week from Zulily to simultaneously feed Clark's Star Wars and Christmas decor frenzies.
8. When you have just a little bit of something liquid left, here's a tip: freeze it in ice cube trays. I do this with pesto, chicken broth, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and wine. Yes, I do have leftover wine. That is a thing in my house. Once frozen, I pop them out and store in a quart-size freezer-safe bag and take out as needed to make pan sauces. I love cutting down on waste.
9. People need to be aware that putting laws on women's bodies has far reaching consequences that you may not like even if you're against women having the right to choose. The sketchy as fuck abortion laws in this country can force a woman into giving birth in a way she is opposed to and can force her death in high risk situations. It's getting pretty The Handmaid's Tale up in here. Wake up ladies! Protect your rights. And before you pooh pooh it and say it can't or won't happen, read this NY Times piece on how being pregnant removes your civil rights in some states. Sorry guys...it's already happening so the it won't happen argument doesn't hold anymore. The statement keep your laws off my body, is applicable to many instances, not just a tagline for people who are pro-choice. Use it. Demand sovereignty over your body. Unless you don't mind the government being able to tell you if, when, and how you can give birth.
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10. E-card of the week. Some people, yo...
Today is my Friday. See you here tomorrow for wedding things. Don't be late.

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42 comments:

  1. I have prints of my cats hanging on my walls, no shame. I remember having to look up stuff for school in Encyclopedia Britannica. There is something much more impressive about physical research than researching on the internet.

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  2. I am so excited for you and your vacation. What a great trip. It is something we plan to do as part of a cross-country tour before we relocate permanently overseas. Looking forward to pictures already. :-) Have a great day!

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  3. i did that trip once! i loved it. it was 2000, and we didn't have gps or a radio. just a big ole van from the 80s with a tape player. there was an NKOTB cassette in it! heheh. we drove from GA to CA and then all up where you are going and then back down.you'll love it.

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  4. That trip sounds incredible...and this may sound creepy but I have written it down to possibly do as well....just one question, what's the easiest/cheapest way to rent a car to do all that? I looked up car rentals from St Louis to Chicago (or vice versa) and picking one up from the airport is literally $100 more a day!

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  5. Love the prints of the babies, they're adorable!! Coffee is always a must, can't believe some places that don't offer it in the room. Love that book passage so hard, I can't remember a time when I didn't read. Any law that tells me what I can do with my body needs to go screw!!!

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  6. I have as many pictures of my furry kids as I do you chickens. Wedding festivities are upon us! What a wonderful few days we will have. Anyone who has a hand in this governing of women's bodies will have a situation in their lives
    where something similar happens to them. Golden Rule, Karma, whatever you want to call it. Protect your rights, ladies. Back off, ruiners! Be safe and sound and happy. Love, Your MOMMA

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  7. Love the canvas pics!! I have a pic of Boomer in a frame...it's one of two pics I actually have framed. The other is a tbt for dad, me and sis. I always forget to freeze the little bit of leftover. I just ordered a bunch of SW stuff for dads Christmas gifts, so I'm headed to check that out too!!

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  8. I love love love the Affair! I wasn't sure at first but now I get so upset when I have to wait until the next week. We're two weeks behind now so we've decided to catch up tonight. I am so captivated. I love seeing things from different perspectives and they did such a great job casting!

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  9. I'm libertarian so I hate big government, I don't want the federal government to tell me what to do in pretty much any situation besides national security. HOWEVER. The world would be a far better place if some people were never allowed to procreate. Yeah, I said it. There should be a goddamn IQ test. Or common freaking sense test at least.
    I have canvases of Hawkeye too :)

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    1. Oh and I almost forgot, hell yes to any show with Joshua Jackson!

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  11. Your trip next year sounds like it's going to be amazing!! That e-card has pretty much summed up my week LOL!

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  12. We drove through most of those areas (Rushmore was beautiful!) last year and the altitude didn't affect me. When we moved here, it DID affect me. Maybe it will depend on how long you're there? I TOTALLY agree on the coffee thing. I will sleep on the ground as long as I have access to good coffee.
    Scott has been watching The Affair too. I haven't watched this week's yet, but I like it. Of course, I was too fraught up over this week's Homeland to follow it with any other show. I just had to go to bed after that.

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  13. I'm watching The Affair but I'm honestly kind of torn on it... I need to see where it goes. I mean it keeps my interest but I also want to yell at them for being terrible cheaters. Would you have access to boiling water to take a french press on your travels? Likely not, but just a thought since they are more suitcase friendly! My boss went to Yellowstone this past September (booked a year in advance, so crazy) and really liked it. Apparently there isn't good cell service there, though, so be ready for that too!

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  14. Yay Wedding things!

    And I love the canvas' of your pups! I think we all take so many photos - and not many of us actually PRINT THEM OUT. I want to start doing that. I want to have pictures EVERYWHERE. I want memories EVERYWHERE!

    That e-card - yes, I have someone in my office - she reminds me of a migraine and how good red wine is.

    r2d2 for Christmas? COOL! I love it! I want to decorate a little more this holiday. Searching on Pinterest for crafty stuff I can do outside!

    AND finally - because I know my comments are always insanely long - sorry 'bout that - I miss coffee SO HARD

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  15. I LOVE the Christmas R2D2!!! I was thinking about buying some Christmas décor, since we're sadly lacking, but I think in addition to travel and Christmas gifts, it's a bit too much all at once. We'll see how marked down things get after Christmas.

    Freezing sauces is a really great idea - not one I'd ever have thought of!

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  16. I need canvas prints of my dogs because my dogs are gorgeous hello! i love the idea of freezing sauces, yum.

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  17. I have not heard of The Affair. I'll have to look it up.

    So, your trip. I did that exact trip (minus the SD/Badlands part, but that's on my list of places to go) one summer in high school and you will love it! It's beautiful and relaxing and fun and there's so much to see. I don't remember being affected by the altitude too much.

    And no judging on the canvas prints. They're adorable!

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  18. Ahhhhh the dog photos!!!! I have been telling Chris that I want photos of Gracie and Mac done! Mmm enchiladas are my favorite order at Mexican restaurants. I have a few different ways of making them at home but I cheat and used prepackaged sauce. Stop being so lazy, Nadine!

    I have not heard of The Affair? Should I be watching it!?! Love the Christmas decor! Just about all of mine is quirky!

    Your trip sounds lovely, and your ice cube trays for liquid things is pure genius!

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  19. I love the R2D2. That's something Isaiah would love too.

    And that trip sounds awesome! I've always wanted to visit that part of the country, not just drive through briefly on my way somewhere else. Take lots of pictures!

    I really need to start using that sauce-freezing tip!!



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  20. those enchiladas look so good...and smart idea w the pesto! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  21. I'd watch The Affair, but I think it comes on a channel I don't pay for. I'll watch it when it comes on Netflix.

    That R2D2 is awesome. My kids would love it. Natalie would probably try to sleep with it.

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  22. Leftover wine, huh? I'm not familiar with that...

    I LOVE that you already planned your September 2015 vacation because I like planning things that far in advance too. I'm already working on an August 2015 Chicago/Michigan trip...

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  23. Today's my Friday too! Cheers for us! ;) Excited for your vacation plans- that seriously sound like a dream trip-- I had no idea about booking THAT early though, holy crap!

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  24. That's awesome that you have a trip booked for a next year already! I want to sit down and plan something. So I watched the first two episodes of The Affair and then I gave up on it. Now I see so many people raving about it that I feel like I should give it another try. I do love me some Joshua Jackson!! I don't find the main guy that cute.

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  25. Those enchiladas! I also really like the ice tray trick. I remember hearing about it with wine but not for things like sauces. I love using sauces to cook with and I just threw some out because it went bad in the fridge before I used it.

    The trip to Yellowstone sounds pretty amazing and I cannot wait to hear about it... next year. It is crazy how popular it is and how it books up but I am surprised about the coffee situation. I would think even the shitty hotels would have some damn coffee for that many peeps!

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  26. Oh my gosh--why haven't I ever thought to freeze liquids IN ICE CUBE TRAYS!? That makes so much more sense than the janky way I normally attempt to do it!

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  27. The freezing of leftover liquids is a good idea. . . if I ever cook again I will have to do it! Haha

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  28. Ice cube sauces, you're a genius. That sounds Pinterest worthy to me.

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  29. Also, I was rolling at the weed brownies comment on your FB.

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  30. haha you remind me of a migraine!! I love it!

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  31. I want a canvas print of JC! NOW IT'S OKAY BECAUSE I WON'T BE THE ONLY ONE! :)
    I haven't heard of The Affair. Rundown, please. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it has something to do with an affair of some sort...?
    I could go on for DAYS about women's reproductive rights. I get that there have to be some boundaries (once a fetus reaches a certain age, etc) but but how can you force someone to carry a baby they don't want from the get go? How can you stop them from drinking? Or smoking? Or doing anything that puts the baby in jeopardy? I mean, fuck... what are you gonna do - put them in jail and watch them around the clock?! It's ridiculous.

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  32. I love your idea about storing leftovers in ice cubes! I will have to keep that in mind for my future cooking adventures especially since I love sauces but I don't think wine will ever last long enough in my house to be frozen. ;-)

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  33. this post just won the internet because of the r2d2 christmas adorableness.

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  34. I love that paragraph from the book, so true. I can get lost in a used bookstore because it's less organised or.. you're more likely to find a gem and I just love wandering down the aisles looking at every single shelf. my husband hates it haha. um i would totally get canvas photos of my kitties if they'd sit still long enough.

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  35. I love that passage from Harper Lee! And your collection of coffee pics has me jealous because I havent had my cup yet this morning and things are about to go downhill for everyone around me if I dont get some soon! :)

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  36. I just made enchilada casserole last night! I usually make my own red sauce {which takes two days}, but I totally cheated and bought store bought sauce. I added adobo peppers, tomatos with chipotle peppers, garlic, cumin, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, and sugar. Ah-MAZING. I think we are having the leftovers for dinner tonight ;)

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  37. I love your pet canvases! My sister has a painting of her dog. It's totally fine! Your 2015 vacation sounds awesome! We plan to do a similar road trip when the boys are older. I've never been to Yellowstone! I still want to watch The Affair. We don't have Showtime. Boo.

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  38. I'm so excited about your 2015 vacation. We've done that trip multiple times - if you want any pointers, let me know. Also, I love the dog pics.

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