Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Voice in the Wind

So this is book #1 of a 3 book Series called "Mark of the Lion" by Francine Rivers..........
Let me tell you that all the girls in my book club have read this book series and were saying how wonderful it was and for some of them they were the best books they have read, but I was not convinced at first. It took me a month or two to go out and buy the book and dive in.
My reservations? Well it is a Christian series and usually any Christian themed book I have read is dull, preachy and uneventful and I enjoy action, love and some mystery in the books I read.
So now for my review, this book is great it is not a "Christian Book" but a fictional book set in biblical times involving Jews, Christians and non believers. I LOVE history and this book is set in Rome and has alot to do with Gladiators and it is very intriguing and as I read it I was transported to that time in history and the book played out in my head like a movie. This book is also about God's love and how you can show his love to others just by your actions. The author did a ton of research on this time period, their customs and how they lived their lives and frankly I was shocked! This book seems to deal with modern day issue's but the characters are just wearing different clothing. I rushed out to buy Book # 2 and I will start it today so I do recommend this book to anyone! So you know it is confusing at first with all the biblical names and the introduction of the characters but soon enough I had everyone straight! So I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars!!!!
Ps..........My Kindle 2.0 will be here NEXT WEEK!!!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunbeam Action

I just had to share this picture I mean it is cute on so many levels I am not sure where to begin. I mean first of all Oscar is sound asleep on his little side with paws crossed and he is perfectly positioned in a beam of sun! I don't know what it is but animals + sunbeam action= makes me melt!!! This is one of our babies and if you can't tell I love them all more than words!

Bag Your It....

Ok Folks................. This is a silly Blogging game that is going around and I will jump right on the bandwagon! It is simple .....
1. Take pic of your bag (purse)
2. Take pics of contents dumped out
3. Discuss

This is my most recent Coach, Matt got it for our 1 Year Anniv..... I love it because it has a long strap so I can wear it across my body, perfect for shopping!

I prefer a larger bag but I pack things in quite nicely into here~

Ok, I almost changed my mind about this post because it looks like a Coach store threw up in my purse. BUT, these items are years of gifts...most recently the purple make up bag which "Santa" brought me inside it I have medicine, lip gloss & who knows what else. The big wallet Matt bought me eh.. 3 years ago when we were dating for my birthday!!! And why yes, that is Head On and yes it helps a teenie bit for my migraines!!! My planner I can not live without and each year I just have to buy new refills!! I am pretty normal and that is all I got!
Your turn.................

Monday, February 23, 2009

In case you missed it...

I LOVE Hugh Jackman!!!!! Classy, Talented and Handsome!!!

Lets Talk Fashion

OSCARS!!!!! I thought the show was great (too long but great) and Hugh Jackman is such a talented performer and not to mention completely HANDSOME! So speaking of men lets start with my favorite men from last night...................

Robert Downey Jr. was looking quite "Refreshed" if you know what I mean, it looks like he may of had some pre-Oscar work done but I guess it paid off because he looks so sharp and handsome!!!
ohh, Brad oh Brad............. He only seems to get better with age like a fine wine! He looks like he could easily of fit into the old Hollywood Glamour of the 1950s. I think Dashing is the most fitting word to describe Brad Pitt. Not to mention his suits fit him like perfection.
Ok, I LOVE Josh Brolin.......(Ignore his wife Diane who was having a rough night) Josh to me is a rugged "guys guy", he is the guy whom we all want our husband to look like... ( and might I add I think Matt does look like him) But I think Josh Brolin looks wonderfully put together and masculine at the same time!!!
Now lets talk CRAP...................... First of all Jessica Biel at the Oscars, really? I think her dress has potential but being that it seems she forgot to fix her hair this look does not work for me. If she had a nice up do, something classy this would of came together better!
Beyonce, Not much to say about this other than I do not likey one bit.

Amy Adams I just love and many Red Carpet "fashion people" loved this look last night as she walked the carpet but I don't. I love her necklace but not with this dress it doesn't seem to match the black details on the dress at all. This was not a favorite of mine!
Zac & Vanessa from High School Musical........YUCK, I do not know why he always has his hair slicked back like it is wet and Vanessa looks like she is still at HSM3 prom! But on a positive note I love her hair! ha
Ok DRUM ROLL PLEASE.........................................

Sarah Jessica Parker was my top! Her dress was STUNNING! This picture does not do it justice at all. It seemed to be a pale Mint color and the layers of tulle were to die for! I love her darker hair and the big loose curls work so well with this stunning Couture gown!!
I loved this Reem Acra gown Taraji wore it seemed to fit her style and personality to a T! This works so well with her sleek bob and her Diamond necklace that is in the shape of flowers. I think her dress looks like a petal and I love it!!!!!

Anne looks like the Oscar statue in this sparkler! I love everything about her look her hair, red lips and perfect skin make her glow!!!!!! LOVES IT!

First of all I am so glad Kate won an Oscar and she exudes Glamour with her dress and classy hair! I love the colors of her gown and it is fits her perfectly! I think she looks like a woman who deserved to win an Oscar!!!
Frida Pinto is just beautiful I think she is stunning and this color blue makes her stand out in a sea of black and red gowns! I just love her because I loved Slumdog Millionaire and she is a stand out for me!

Ok guys, that was just for fun I am no one to judge and I am not a expert at fashion but I do love fashion and I love seeing what the celebrities will wear to fun events like the Oscars! I hope this was something silly that made you smile! Before we go here are the two couples everyone was talking about........

We all know Brangelina is the golden couple but I wish Angie would wear something other than black next time! But really how are two people this GOOD LOOKING? It is not fair!!!
But on the other hand I loved Jennifer's dress she looked beautful and I thought her hair was funa nd fit her personality well! They do make a cute couple!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Decades of Dance

Hey Guys! As everyone knows I have danced since the age of 3 and I wanted to post some memories today! Up until last year Dance was my life, I lived, breathed Dance Practices and performances! I have searched You Tube and found a few videos (not the best but fun anyways)..... I hope you all enjoy this trip down memory lane!!!!
2007 Yard Dawgz Highlight Video

This is a video from a Fan in the 300 level from a Hornet game ( I loved this dance)


HoneyBees Part 2

I know this post is long, but this is only a teenie bit of what I have! Here is a slide show of some of my fav dance moments!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Things I Like Alot............

Ok, this is pretty self explanitory! BUT........for my blogging friends it is your turn.........
( Jeanna, Kelly, Sara A, Allison & Michelle)
Here we go...................

8 Things I like Alot
1. Matt
2. Food Network
3. Movies
4. Animals (mine in particular)
5. History
6. Weekends
8. All things Dance

8 Things I say Often
1. "Oh My Gosh" ( so high school of me huh?)
2. "Peace"
3. "Oh, HIII" ( A silly greating me and Matt have)
4. "Do you undestand?"
5. "DOWN RALPHIE" (Ralph is still mastering the art of not not jumping up)
6. "Is it 5 yet?"
7. "This is Stupid" ( I may think my dinner is stupid or work on fridays you name it)
8. "Your mommy's Boy" ( Yes, it is true I say it to all my dogs, sick isn't it> HA)

8 Things I want Before I Die
1. A Family
2. To find a job I love and that makes me happy
3. To of made a difference in the lives of animals
4. Travel, Travel, Travel
5. To live in my dream home
6. To feel that I have done enough (yes, broad but I know that)
7. Learn Italian & Travel there
8. To love and be loved as much as possible

8 Places I Would Like to Visit
1. Italy ( The History of the place just kills me)
2. Egypt - I must see the pyramids
3. Germany considering my Grandmother is full German and my mom lived there! Why won't anyone take me??
4. The Maldives, I mean have you seen this place? It is heaven on earth
5. Travel across the US to Historical places
6. Alaska, enough said
7. Greece & Tuscany, eat and drink wine
8. New Zealand

8 Things I Want & Need
2. A quaint summer house in Maine or somewhere up East is my DREAM! To go to Farmers Markets, walk on the beach, live in the woods the WHOLE nine yards!
3. A personal Vet
4. A Maid! I will cook all day but cleaning is not my fav
5. A new house with a big kitchen and big bathrooms!
6. The time & resources to start an animal rescue and adoption charity!
7. The body & energy of a 18 year old so I can dance for the NBA again!
8. An 8th day of the week to just spend with Matt at home!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chips for Charity

PEOPLE!!!!! It is time!!!!!!!!!! Get your tickets while they are HOT! You can buy them directly on the Junior Hospitality website ( And please keep in mind all proceeds go to the Bethany Children's Center, I have been blessed enough to volunteer there and it is a wonderful place that is full of life & Love!!
SO get your tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Matt's Tatts

I know right! If you don't know Matt your shocked with the exception of the top pic (ignore his workout gear) Matt is so clean cut, always wears a suit to work and Polo's on the weekends... BUT this is his "Thing" and I have never known him without some so if it makes him happy then I am happy! He has two more, one on his chest & one on his back but he wouldn't take his shirt off! HA! These pictures were taken hours after the full color one was done, so the redness won't be like for long it is because it is irritated in the pic and he said he hurt pretty bad this time! The newest one with color does represent something special though, if you look carefully it says Sandi and that is his mother who passed away when he was young.
If your wondering if I have any Tattoo's HECK NO! I am a huge baby and would bawl my eyes out I am sure, so no thanks! Speaking of cute husbands I am going to share with you all one of my ALL time favorite pictures of Matt taken ah... about 2 years ago at Table Rock lake on vacation with his family. He hates this pic but I think he could not look any cuter! (Notice less tattoos, ha)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentines Day

We had a good weekend! Friday night was our Night Out at Mickey Mantle's it was great, I had the Sea Bass with Lobster Rissotto and Matt had the Smoked Filet with Mash potatoes! Yum (And $$$$)!! Saturday we went to see Shopaholic! LOVED it! It is exactly what you would expect silly, funny and over the top! Matt got me a red Tulip plant and I love it! They are beautiful, Thanks again Matty!
Well our belated (belated because I made it yesterday) Valentines Day meal was a success! I made all of Matt's Favorites! I attached pictures of everything in the slide show because I had to many pictures to post them all one by one!

Here is the recipe for the "Roasted Chicken Purses" from Everyday Italian (Giada) .......this is not that hard but time consuming the whole dinner (Asparagus, Salad and Chicken) took me about 1 hour & 15min!

Roasted Chicken Purses
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Prep Time: 30 min
Inactive Prep Time: hr min
Cook Time: 5 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4 servings

1 1/4 cup shredded roasted chicken (or any leftover chicken, light and/or dark meat)
3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 lemon, zested
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling
32 small, square wonton wrappers
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

In a small bowl combine the chicken, ricotta cheese, lemon zest, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
On a dry work surface place 8 wonton wrappers. Place a rounded teaspoon of the chicken mixture in the center of each wrapper. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash around the chicken mixture. Bring four corners of the wonton square together over the filling to form a purse. Press the edges together tightly to form a seal. Wipe the board with a towel until dry and continue making batches of 8 with the remaining wonton skins
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add
the purses and cook until they float to the surface, stirring occasionally, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the ravioli.
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet. Turn off the heat, add the cooked pyramids and gently toss. Transfer the pyramids to 4 serving plates. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

I made this silly video because it is confusing on what your suppose to do on this recipe! Please IGNORE me & what I look like.. come on people who wears make up on the weekend? Not I!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines Day (1 Day Early)

SO!!!!!! Lets talk Valentines Day!
This morning started out well seeing that I stood in line at Krispy Kreme for 45min to bring heart shaped donuts to my co-workers who seemed to care less! HA, figure! Well at least I enjoyed the 2 (possibly 3) I grubbed down on! Tonight Matt & I are going to my fav place to eat... Mickey Mantle's!! We figured 1 day early and we would beat the rush but I guess not...I called 2 days ago and was told they were booked solid but lucky for Matt he married the right girl ( or at least a girl who worked at Mickeys for 4 years) so the GM (Erik) emailed me yesterday and said he did not see my name on the reservation book and I told him I waited too long, he said NO WAY he would move some people around! SO yippee for us, we are in like Flynn! HA ( Sometimes it is good to know people). Tomorrow I am being a good wifey and making a gourmet meal dessert and all..... Here is the Menu people:

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
Roasted Chicken Purses ( Giada's Everyday Italian)
Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
This may sound silly but it is Matty's Fav: Yellow Cake with Chocolate icing!

I will let you all know how that goes on Monday! You can email me ( for the recipes or ideas if you want to make a gourmet meal at home also, I have a ton of ideas!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Weekend and if nothing else get some relaxing squeezed in! BUT before I leave you all there is something I have been waiting for for quite some time..................... This Trailer makes me laugh my butt off.......this is Matt's V-day present to me ( we are going to see it this weekend)

Thursday, February 12, 2009


This video not only breaks my heart for this precious little Koala "Sam" but it touches my soul! I am so thankful as I am sure this lovely animal is to the firefighter who rescued her!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A brief History of ME.......

Ok, these are a HANDFUL of pics to show you how much I have changed over time! Usually people can not get over it! I have some Wittle pics, a High School pic, early 20s pic, a pic from my first dance audition, an early head shot, another head shot, and some recent! This is purely for fun!!! I hope you get a chuckle!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kindle Update.........

Ok ....... I got a Kindle for Christmas from my grandparents but due to high demand I am STILL on the waiting list! But yesterday I got bad news that it would be 1 MORE month until I received my Kindle BUT BUT the good news is that they have already upgraded my order and I will be receiving the Kindle 2.0!!!!! New improved features, more storage space and get this.......... my Kindle will READ TO ME!! Yes, that is right every book I buy I will be able to have my kindle read it to me if I desire!! I am super thrilled! The pics above show how small it is and it does come with a snazzy leather cover! I attached below the original video for the Kindle 1.0 so you guys can check it out!

Monday, February 9, 2009

A good lunch makes for a good Monday

I know, I know.....2 Posts in ONE day??? HA, But..................... if your like me day after day you have to eat lunch at work and let me tell you if I eat 1 more Turkey sandwich that I bring from home I will BARF! I literally HATE lunch, it is just something I must do to get me thru the day! But wait a minute kids............ I went to Java Dave's ( Yes, the coffee place) and they serve lunch and for $6 I got a mega club sandwich, sea salt chips and Clam chowder and drum roll was the BEST lunch I have had in AGES!!!!!

Cuppies & Joe

I am in a book club! I only knew a handful of these ladies and I met the rest Saturday night and we had a BALL! The name of our book club is "Shabby Souls" and we discuss books online as well thru the website ( you should check it out) So Saturday we met at this super cute place (even though it is in the GHETTO) Cuppies & Joe! And you guessed it they serve cupcakes & coffee!!!! We chit chatted, traded books and got to know one another! It was a wonderfully enjoyable Saturday Night! Thanks Girls!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

So your telling me there's a chance

You must know that I love you all because I am letting you in on something....... The home above is the HGTV Dream home for 2008 located in Sonoma California and I have fallen hopelessly in love! I have been entering every single day and I swear to you I am going to win this baby! What will I do WHEN I win? Who knows, sweet vacation home or maybe we will move? The smart option would be take the furniture and sell it, but when it comes to something this wonderful smart is not always best! HA! SO if you click on the link above you can enter once a day until Feb 19 or you can keep your fingers crossed for me that I win (Hey, some random person has to win and I do not see why it can't be me)
ps............... HAPPY FRIDAY! Matt is outta town so I will go to the mall I suppose and then tomorrow night I am meeting my Book Club ladies for dessert and drinks!!!!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


So today is somewhat of a busy day! I am trying to get everything done at work before 2pm, if I EVER take off and have stuff on my desk a certain someone someone (Boss/Dad) gets peeved! I am going to go to the Doc this afternoon for a check up and to complain about my Migraines for the hundredth time maybe they will listen today?? Prolly Not!
Tonight I am making Barefoot Contessa's Chicken Piccata for Matt, he requested it on Sunday! It is fairly easy just a bit time consuming! Then I have to get all over Matt's behind to pack his bags! That is right my Hubby is leaving on a jet plane tomorrow morning (Party!! Ha) Matt is headed to Kansas to stay with college friends and go to a baby shower for one of them! HA, I am not joking. My husband is literally flying to go to a baby shower! hehe...........this is how this morning conversation went by the way.....
"Matt, what did you get for the baby shower"
"You know a gift?"
"Oh I am not bringing one"
"What? your gonna be that guy? Your gonna fly to the shower with no gift? Please tell them I had no part of this"
HA, guys are so silly! But this is his thing and I am not his mother! Matt if your reading this, I love you and I am halfway joking!

Anyways for a "Thankful Thursday"............... I am thankful that I enjoying Blogging and I have made a couple new friends since starting this nonsense!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Velveteen Rabbit...

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
That was just a food for thought.. we can call this a "Thoughtful Tuesday" It touches me and I hope it touches you.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl.....

Super Bowl, Smuper Shbowl.... you thought I was going to talk about the game didn't you? Heck NO! It did not interest me in the least bit!!! BUT a couple of things I saw during commercial breaks got me very excited!!!! Movie trailers were premiered out the wazoo last night and in case you missed them ......I GOT them right here people!

First up is ... G.I. Joe, Rise of the Cobra
Why am I excited you ask? Two words Channing Tatum (from Step Up, google him)

Second, Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen (The first one was SOO good and Megan Fox is my girl crush, she is MEGA hot.. I want to look JUST like her)

Three, Land of the Lost ( Pure Silliness)

And lastly a little Chick-Flick-ag.. The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past


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