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We finally got the base cabinet we needed for the kitchen, cut the countertop and secured it in place. While we don’t have miles of countertop in our kitchen it certainly FEELS like we do.

Just having everything on something that’s supposed to be a cabinet is fulfilling.

Sorry I’ve been lax on pictures lately. Everything has been nothing short of hectic between planning a wedding, getting our kitchen (and the rest of our apartment) together and I’m finally making an effort to go back to the gym. Go me!

I started Weight Watchers on Thursday of last week and since then I’ve lost 6.5 lbs. I’m being honest with myself and I really think it’s mostly water weight loss, but it’s better than nothing and frankly at this stage of it I’ll take what I can get – anything to keep me motivated.

My goal is 140 lbs. That’s right in the middle of the healthy weight area for my height and because I have broader shoulders and hips I think that will work well for me. (I’d be slender without looking anorexic)

This morning I weighed myself at 188.5. That’s 48.5 lbs to go – too bad that I probably won’t continue to lose 6 lbs per week! That would make this incredibly easy.

I’m figuring this is what is going to happen:

I’ll lose weight up to 175 fairly easily – probably before the handfasting this September.

175-165 will take probably 2 months.

165-155 will probably take another 2 months.

At that point I’m not sure what I’ll do once I break the 150 mark. That’s a place I haven’t been since college – freshman year of college at that. I can say it will definitely be surreal.

The food on the Weight Watchers plan is actually pretty good. I enjoy cooking and since I’ve been in a cooking rut the last few months this has been helpful.  The portion sizes are a lot smaller than what I’d normally make, but I think so long as I really stick to them (and be okay with not being stuffed full) I’ll be fine.

The last week I’ve been making some pretty tasty meals including:

Tortellini vegetable salad

Asparagus, new potato and chive fritatta

Apple braised chicken – one of my FAVORITES (then again I love to braise anything)

Beef-vegetable pie (which if I brown the beef on the stovetop instead of cooking in the oven it will end up better I think)

Creamy curry pasta primavera – VERY tasty as well

and Wednesday I’m making Grilled ham steak with nectarine salsa

Doesn’t that sound tasty?

For next week I have most of my list prepared:

Chicken tortellini soup

Asian Noodle-Peanut salad

Beef, blue cheese and spinach quesadillas w/ Tex-Mex rice and bean casserole

Tofu and snow pea stir fry

Dijon Pork Cutlets

Baked Mac and cheese w/ broccoli

Japanese noodles w/ garlic toasted tofu

Huevos Rancheros

Cincinnati Chicken chili (one of my favorites kinds of chili!)

So far Garry has really liked the food. I’ve asked him to go on the diet with me, well not really “with” me, but not to buy junk food and bring it in the house or leave wrappers in the car. He can eat whatever he feels for lunch (although I’m nudging him to eat reasonably healthy lunches) but for dinner he’ll eat what I cook and in the portion I give him (and NOT complain that the portion is too small – that’s key).

What will be nice is when he will learn to cook that way too. Whenever he cooks the portions are ENORMOUS (at least double) and again, no surprise that we are where we are. He’s gained some weight since moving home a year ago and I’d like to see him lose some weight as well.


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Too many cooks

I finally really learned the meaning of the phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” yesterday.

Garry and I had my friends Pam and Rick over for dinner last night. I felt a little bad for Garry seeing as Pam is my ex-boyfriend Dylan’s mother and she works for our sister station in a neighboring city (there was a lot of chat about work, Dylan and my other ex – Dave – that works at the other station as well) but, more importantly she’s a dear friend of mine and is really like  a second mother.

Garry was getting a little impatient with my speed of getting dinner prepared so he went in the kitchen and started dinner. I was making asparagus carbonara (one of my favorite recipes) and I realized it’s definitely a meal that is best made when only 1 person is making it.

First off – I made an ENTIRE box of pasta. Yeah. That’s a lot of pasta. We needed maybe half of that. Once the pasta and asparagus were finished cooking and drained Garry was like “ok what do we do now, ok what’s next…” (which DRIVES ME UP THE WALL when he does it!) and – as always – I got a little flustered and just started throwing everything in instead of paying attention to what I should’ve been doing.

Well, it ended up that I put the entirety of the eggs into the mix (you’re only supposed to use the yolk) and Garry had turned the pan on before I needed it so it was hot and the eggs IMMEDIATELY started cooking before it could coat the pasta. I tried to throw some more wine in there to loosen it up, but to no avail.

The meal was okay. It was edible, but sometimes I just need to cook alone in order for the meal to turn out how it needs to turn out.

If you’d like to check out the recipe for Asparagus Carbonara, you can find it here.

Overall dinner was good and Garry made ice cream pie for afterwards (one of my favorite summer-time desserts) and it’s really easy to make. It’s a pre-made (or if you’re feeling ambitious you can make it yourself) pie shell (usually we use an Oreo shell), take some ice cream (a pint is usually enough) and soften it (usually right after you get home from the grocery store is a good time to do this because then it’s already soft), fill the pie shell to capacity and then even out the top so it’s nice and flat. THEN take some of the Magic Shell topping and cover the ENTIRE top of the pie with magic shell. Put it back in the freezer to solidify.

Yeah, it takes all of 5 minutes to make, but it is soooo good. We make it every year for my birthday (it’s in August so it’s always too hot to bake a cake) and have it with Chinese take-out.

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Faerie Fest went really well this year – we had tons of people come through the front gate (where I was stationed most of the weekend) and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.

There was awesome music there too – thanks to Teribus and Jenna Greene (whom I got to see multiple times over the weekend) and many other musicians and performers. It was loads of fun.

We had lots of vendors there too. My friend Rob had a tent for his store Imagicka and thankfully the folks at Goblin Road came back with their ever-so-cute little goblin stuffed animals.

I purchased a red-headed Nose Goblin this year (I desperately wanted one last year, but was broke) and decided that his name would be Loki Jr.

(For those of you who don’t get the reference – Garry’s nickname is Loki)

I carted Loki Jr. everywhere this weekend. He was our front gate mascot and I think it drummed up quite a bit in sales for them because everyone was asking me about him (and a lot of my friends ended up purchasing one).

Well, then I got a little carried away.

I decided if his name was Loki Jr. he should have poofy hair like Garry. So I took my needle and picked the wool yarn hair. In the process I ended up pulling out quite a bit – which I’m going to (at some point) sew on his chest for chest hair. Then I thought that he needed clothes. So I found a rabbit skin ($4) at a vendor that I bought to make a winter cloak. THEN (I know, I went a little overboard) he needed a little key necklace (like the one Garry has that I have him years ago) and lo’ and behold there was a vendor that had little brass keys. I purchased one and put it on a piece of leather thong.

Here’s where I went a little nutsy. I decided I’d like to “tattoo” Loki Jr. So my friend Laurie brought me some embroidery floss and I went to town. So far I only have the outline of the backpiece done, but it shouldn’t take that much longer to do that (if all else fails, I can always undo the embroidery – the fabric is strong enough to take it – and paint it or use permanent marker).

I also have some of his military gear (the name badge for his cammo) so I’ll make a jacket for him with that on the back. I also have some fabric scraps I can make some fun stuff too. Yeah, I know, I’m a dork.

Anyway, I told the people at the booth my plans and they thought it was hysterical. They do some customized work, but those little guys tend to run around $200. I may have them do one for me next year with longer hair – I think they could manage that for me without too much cost.

Loki Jr is not a snuggle stuffed animal – he’s sitting on my bookshelf in the dining room with his rabbit cloak (which needs a good sized cloak clasp). He looks really cute up there.

So that’s the story of Faerie Fest and Loki Jr. I’ll have a few pictures up soon. 

Until then, what to make for dinner other than frozen pizza?

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It’s funny how Garry and I learn new things about each other all the time. We figured at this point we know each other almost better than we know ourselves, but yet little tid-bits creep in and either of us is standing back, baffled that we didn’t know that scrap of information before.

Take yesterday. I made Italian sausages with some rice and sauteed peppers and onions – nothing fancy or exciting. But I LOVE Italian sausages. They are quite tasty. Garry even went with me to the store when I bought them.

As we’re eating dinner he made a face and looked at me “Are these turkey sausages?”

“No, why?”

“Oh… well, these taste funny.”

*Perplexed look* “They taste like Italian sausage”

“I don’t really like Italian sausage”


“I dunno, it tastes like an overspiced hamburger.”

*looks at the inside of the sausage and discovers – fennel*

We’ve pretty much figured it out that he doesn’t like fennel. At all. Anything with fennel in it he won’t eat. Oh well, more Italian sausage for me!

Tonight Garry and I are meeting up with my friend Derek and a bunch of people I went to high school with over at a local pub. Derek is in town from Florida and he’s performing (he’s a fantastic musician) for a benefit for his best friend (another one of our classmates) that passed away last year. It should be a good time – especially seeing everyone I haven’t seen in years. Or maybe not… I do weigh a good 50lbs more than I did in high school.

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For the last couple of weeks I have been driving myself completely crazy over a combination of planning a wedding (a year away) and a handfasting (3 months away) and of course, all the money that goes along with it.

I’ve been stressing so much, it’s affecting me physically, in ways that makes me even MORE stressed than I was before – which of course isn’t helping the problem.

On top of all of this I realized that when I looked at the scale and saw that magical number of 186 on the scale – I realized that the number needs to be more like 145.

I’ve been saying for YEARS (since I was in college) that I’d get back to 145 – that magical, mystical number where everything will be good and wonderful in my life. We’ll have money, no stress – and everything will just about be perfect. I’ll look beautiful on my wedding day – you know, like those models on the websites and in the magazines, and everything will end up happily ever after.

Okay, so maybe the world won’t be perfect if that happens, but I definitely don’t want to look like a beached beluga in my wedding dress. I don’t remember what we were talking about, but I said to Garry “I need to lose like 40 lbs”


“Yeah – I mean look at me… I have cellulite on my ARMS”


“SO! I don’t want to look like a beached whale on our wedding day! I don’t want to look back at those pictures and say to myself ‘geez, maybe I should’ve gotten off my fat ass and went to the gym, or put down the fork or something…'”

“But you’re not fat!”

*I grab the blob of flesh on my stomach and jiggle it* “Yes, yes I am!”

“Well, either way, if you lose weight, gain weight or stay the same, you will still be the most beautiful woman I have ever seen – and that’s what really counts right? Besides, there’s this little wedding fairy that flits around making sure that every bride is beautiful on her wedding day. So you have nothing to worry about.”

I just blinked a few times at him while trying to process it all and gave him a hug. Sometimes I think guys have it down – it’s not about how good you look or the centerpieces or all the extra stuff. It’s just extra and pretty. The truly special and important part of it all is just getting married. It’s joining our lives together in an unbreakable bond – something that will grow and change over the course of our natural lives.

As we laid there in bed that night, I realized how grateful I really am for him – and for just a moment I stopped worrying about everything and found happily ever after.

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Trial and error

Garry came home from Horseheads and LOVED what I had done with the dining room and living room. YAY! That makes me happy. I didn’t want it to be too masculine or too feminine – a nice inbetween. He said the curtains really made the biggest difference. I agree – to me curtains and rugs always make a place feel like home.

I’m still working on the end tables – tonight I might get to them after going to the gym. Yes friends – I’m going to make a valiant effort to go to the gym every day and try to lose about 40 – 50 lbs. I know that sounds like a lot, but trust me, I need it! Right now I weigh in around 188. Ideally I’d be at 145 (that’s still considered a little fluffy in the BMI world of speaking, but I think it sounds about right) so I’m going to try really hard to get there over the summer and fall. Can I do it? I sure hope so!

Yesterday Garry and I went ring shopping. I’ll be honest – it was really nerve-wracking. I don’t know why either – I think it’s just dealing with sales-people that makes me nervous. The people there knew who I was (Amanda mentioned that I was going to be there to browse) and there was no one else in the store. Naturally they jumped on Garry and I like a pack of dogs on a couple of three-legged cats. The woman that I had spoken with before was there and her eyes lit up as we walked in.

I brought my sapphire with me and they looked at the stone and then looked at me. Then the nervousness set in. Oh crap. Are they going to tell me that I bought a piece of glass? Great…

As the salesman eyed the stone he looked at me with a quizzical look “How much did you pay for this stone?”

“I think about $130 after taxes”

A look of disbelief came across his face – here it comes… the “well you paid way too much” speel…

“Really? Where did you get it?”

“At the gem and mineral show here in Binghamton in April.”

“Wow… you practically stole this. We would sell a stone like this for around $1,000 in this store.”

(I nearly fainted)

We went on about the stone for a few minutes and then started trying on rings.

 So as I sat there, sweating profusely and trying on rings (none of which fit really well which is a little disconcerting) and everything that was pulled out was really super blingy. The first one was an antique style which was WAY too much shiny going on. After that, a few more that had side stones and in general – too shiny. Augh. I tried them on, and just kind of was Okay with them. I didn’t fall in love with them like I did when I saw my stone.

One was nice – it had two small round sidestones. Again, it was okay, but not something I would’ve picked out for myself.

After really not seeing anything that I was head over heels in love with, we went and had dinner at Ruby Tuesdays – and I had a mojito. My nerves were just shot to pieces – to the point where I almost started crying. I really just think sales-people stress me out.  

Of course – I’ve only worn three rings in my life with stones in them: my class ring, a ring that Nick bought for me in college, and a ring that Todd bought for me when we were together. All of them were rather simple in style – either just a solitare or in the case of my class ring, well it was pretty ornate, but not ridiculous. I’m not really a jewelry person I suppose.

We got in the car and went home and I said to Garry that I really just want a plain band – no side stones. I liked the mountings with flatter sides so it would fit nicely against a band.

I think  a lot of people would find it odd that I would want something so simple and what most people would consider as plain or understated. Growing up I always dreamed about the biggest and best of everything and I think people still carry that impression of me. Why the change of heart? I couldn’t tell you. Maybe just realizing the kind of person I really am – I work with my hands a lot, I like to create things. I don’t want something to hinder that. And also – I think, for me at least, it’s a good reminder of not letting things get out of control, to live within your means and that sometimes the most simple things in life can carry a lot of meaning.

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Driving Ms. Crazy

Yesterday was an odd day of sorts. It started out normal enough at the office and at the radio station – then I trotted off to Joann Fabrics to buy pillow forms (I got three sizeable pillow forms for about $15!) and look at fabric for the plethora of projects I have on the table. After looking through everything I realized that it’s probably cheaper for me to purchase a lot of the clothing we were going to make for Faery Fest. That and I couldn’t find the kind of fabric I was looking for.

So when Garry gets home we’ll hop online and order some pants for him. I can make the vests without too much trouble I think because I have some stuff for them already – which of course, makes my life infinitely easier.

I’m also thinking that I’m going to forgo making a dress for the Masquerade Ball. I’ll look at Dress Barn and see if they have anything – if not than I’ll wear my black dress I wore last year. It’s not like I get to wear it all the time. I’ve worn it twice.

So really, it would be wings and the vests I’ll be making. Considering the long laundry list of items I was going to drive myself crazywith make, I think I’ve pared it down considerably and thus saving a sliver of my sanity.

The living room is painted as well. Tonight I’m just going to do some touch up and then finally move the furniture back where it belongs and get the things back on the wall that need to be there. I also need to throw my fabric for the pillow covers in the wash and I can start on the one pillow form that the fabric does NOT need washing. It’s a variation on this pillow from Rockett St. George:

I really like this pillow – the letters are made up of different colored buttons – which I really like the texture of. Mine will be a little different than this one – it’ll be all white buttons on tan fabric and the buttons are all different sizes. I’m not sure how this is going to work out really – but I think it might be nice. My pillow is also square and much smaller than this one (I think I got the 16×16 for this project) we’ll see. It might be like the Philadelphia LOVE sculpture after I plan it out. Either way – I’ll post pictures.

Tomorrow – if the weather cooperates – I’ll start working on my endtables and other things that need spray paint. I figured that latex paint is a little too thick for what I want it to look like so black spray paint will work – not only is it quicker than regular paint (gotta love instant gratification!) but it’s much cheaper too.

Oh, so going on with my day yesterday…

Garry called me at work (not an unusual thing) and at first his voice sounded like something really bad happened – which of course made me a little anxious. Well, nothing was wrong – actually he had good news! He was approved for a sizeable credit limit at Kay Jewlers! So I’m guessing the plan is that he’ll drive up to Rochester and get it all done and taken care of on the 12th.

Now a new problem is errupting. While he has a credit limit to do something superfantastic for an engagement ring – there’s practicality we have to keep in mind. First of all, I don’t really wear much in the way of jewelry. Really, I have a pair of pearl stud earrings that I wear quite a bit, but other than that I only really have a few pieces – and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m not a *bling* kind of girl – Amanda… well she is – at least more so than I am.

My friend Amanda is also getting the commission from this ring – and she’s my best friend and I love her dearly, but I do feel that she’s going to try to push us into spending more money than we really want to spend. To be perfectly honest, I don’t want something really flashy with tons of diamonds. I bought the stone (a sapphire) because it was beautiful on it’s own – not because it needed other stones to accent it. Okay, I mean maybe some channel set smaller diamonds would be okay, but I don’t want “side stones” I just think it looks distracting. When she mentioned to me that she wanted us to get our bands done at the same time – well sure it would be good to get them done and out of the way (one last thing to worry about right?) but I have my heart set on a paticular kind of band and I’m not sure if it’s something her store can do. If they can then fine, but I don’t want anything with tons of (or really any) diamonds. I just want a simple posey band and it is important to me that Garry’s and mine match. Is that really so wrong?

I’ll be honest, I’m a little nervous sending Garry on his own without me, but then again after we go and look at what we want to look at and I decide what I like and don’t like, I know he’ll make a good choice and I hope not go crazy and spend every last cent of the credit limit. I know he can be firm and say that “this is what I want” and not be swayed into something that might be a little too “much.” I tried to explain that yesterday to her, but I don’t think it really sunk in. I like simple things. I don’t need a lot of glitz and glamor like I used to. I work with my hands a LOT (and so does Garry) so something that’s bulky and just out there is just not really a good idea.

It’ll be fine though – and I’m sure when we go shopping and collectively figure something out it will be beautiful and I will be 100% happy with it. That’s the point isn’t it?

So going back to my shopping trip at Joann’s (sorry this is so disjointed) I figured that as long as I’m there I should look at the bridal fabric. And you know what? I found some gorgeous polyester shantung at $10 a yard! I know! AND if I went in there with a coupon I could save a LOT of money on fabric. The shantung is great because it looks raw… it’s not super shiny and blingy. It’s natural looking (eventhough it’s polyester – I don’t think I can afford raw silk) and if I can hire a seamstress to make it I think I’ll make out better in the end. I don’t want anything super complicated either. I’m thinking just an a-line or trumpet strapless dress. Maybe some beadwork… or maybe just some lace overtop the bodice and have a long satin sash (okay so a little shiny) with a little beadwork or embroidery. This is the pattern I think that will work for me:

Only no bow, and the sash would be floor length. What would be OMG soooooooo awesome if I can do this – is have tone on tone embroidery of each of our famly’s coat of arms on the showing side of the sash at the bottom on the widest part. THAT would rock my friends!

To be perfectly honest, I could probably make this dress myself. I might make a test for myself for the handfasting out of a broadcloth or jersey or something like that (you know that I could hem later and wear to work) – but we’ll see. Although that’s a NEW level of crazy I’d be bringing upon myself. Yeah, that’s fun. Again, if I can’t make it difficult it’s not worth doing.

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