Homer: Look Marge, now that I’m a teacher, I sewed patches on my elbows.
Marge: Homer, that’s supposed to be leather patches on a tweed blazer, not the other way around. You’ve ruined a perfectly good jacket.
Homer: Incorrect, Marge. Two perfectly good jackets. –The Simpsons
Guys, I’m getting there. I can’t believe how much stuff I’ve been able to cross off my list. The free time definitely helps. The latest item I crossed off the list was sewing the buttons on my peacoat.
I have to confess I didn’t do these properly. I just took a needle and some thread and sewed the suckers on. We’ll see how long they stay!
Here’s a peak at my progress so far. How are you doing on your goals for the year?
Finish and order Mixbook scrapbook for 2010
Finish wedding slideshow project
Update scrapbook for 2011 every month so it’s ready by next January
Workout at least 3 times a week (so far I’ve been holding firm at 5 days a week!)
Take a mini honeymoon w/Match, even if it’s somewhere close by
Learn the 10 codes so I can understand Match and his Law Enforcement friends (I know a handful so far)
Go to the shooting range and shoot a handgun
Write a quality guest post for someone’s blog
Get at least 100 readers (Come on guys, help me out!)
Organize our closet and add shelves
Organize the garage
Buy a new backup hard drive to back up all our pictures
Explore our new town and county
Take a CPR class
Take a cooking class
Take a martial arts class
Find new ways to make money online
Work towards freelance writing career (getting there)
Try 1 new recipe a month (4 of 12 so far)
Have dinner in the city with Match
Go to the drive-in movie theater
Learn to sew a button onto my pea coat
Stain dog toy basket a darker color
Repair broken desk drawers
Take wedding ring to be redipped.
Make my favorite Vietnamese dishes (this could save us $ if it’s good!)
Only go to sushi once per month or less
Learn how to iron Match’s work shirts for him
Pay down our debt (pay off credit cards, pay down car payment)
Set aside an emergency fund (at least $1000)
Go camping with Match
Go to a San Jose Sharks game
Read I Love a Cop
Replace old pictures in photo frames with new ones
Brush the dog’s teeth at least once a week
Trim the dog’s nails once a week
Walk the dog more
Comment on at least one new blog per month
Comment on all of my favorite blogs at least once a week
Paint a picture
Go ice skating
Visit the Zoo
Don’t buy things unless I really need them
When I have to buy something shop around so I can get the Best Buy I possibly can.
Monica: Chandler, I’m unemployed and in dire need of a project. You wanna work out? I can remake you.
Chandler: Oh, you know, I would, but that might get in the way of my lying-around time. –Friends
It has been a little over a week of my new “retirement” status and I have to say I am loving it. I think I may have started out just a bit overzealous because I am exhausted. I’ve been making to do lists every day and here is what I have accomplished so far:
-Deep cleaned the entire house including: dusting, wiping down all the blinds, using wood oil on the cabinets, swept, vacuumed and moped the house, unclogged the drains, scrubbed the toilets until they sparkled, and cleaned out the fridge. It is now worthy of MTV Cribs in case they decide to come over.
-Spray painted the doggy toy basket. It was once an ugly light wicker and is now black. It doesn’t stand out so much and it looks better against our hardwood floors.
-organized Match’s dresser drawers and made a donation pile. Yes honey I know you love those sleeveless workout shirts but they ugly. They ugly.
-scooped the dog poo in the backyard. This was a CHALLENGE as I’d been neglecting it for the last 3 months. Ew.
-worked out every day during the week, including jogging. Happened to jog past the jail right as Match and his fellow deputies were leaving the parking lot in route to another location. What are the odds? Luckily I was wearing an all black running outfit and I actually looked kind of cute. Match told me later that they were all checking me out and Match said, “She’s kind of short. Wait, THAT’S MY WIFE!” 🙂 Thank god I wasn’t wearing my usual over-sized stained sweatshirt and baggy sweats!
-worked on a slideshow for my Grandmother’s 75th birthday party. This is time consuming and so far I’ve just edited photos.
-Continued to keep up with my lovely bloggy friends and showered you all with comment love. Also wrote blog posts for your enjoyment (well mostly my enjoyment, let’s be honest!).
-Balanced our budget and researched ways to make money online. This first month is going to be our toughest since Match’s raise won’t take affect until next month. Getting creative with savings. Who needs lights on during the day? 😉
-Worked on Project 52 and continue to cross things off my list.
-Made some yummy meals for Match and looking at new recipes. Cooking on a budget is creativity in itself. I think tonight’s dinner will be “pantry dinner” meaning anything I can make with what we have on hand. Should be interesting!
Ross: I studied ka-ra-te for a long time, and there’s a concept you should really be familiar with. It’s what the Japanese call unagi.
Rachel: Isn’t that a kind of sushi?
Ross: No, it’s a concep—
Phoebe: Yeah, it is, it is. It’s freshwater eel.
Ross: Okay, maybe it means that, too. –Friends
Friday Match and I finally got to have a really nice date night. We hopped on the Bart and headed to San Francisco for sushi and I was able to cross off #20 on my Project 52 List.
We both love taking the Bart because it is so relaxing compared to driving in SF. The traffic and the crazy drivers stress us both out. Plus parking alone can cost up to $20 and the train is a lot less expensive. There is always great people watching to be had on public transportation too.
When we got to San Francisco we made the mistake of not knowing exactly where we were going to eat. We thought we would just find something near the Embarcadero stop. Unfortunately that’s near the financial district, which basically shuts down at 5pm. We ended up walking all the way down to Union Square, near all the fancy shops with acronyms like BCBSNC and DKNY. There we finally stumbled upon Hana Zen.
We were lucky enough to be seated right away (on a Friday night with no reservations!) and the first thing we ordered was our favorite Nigori Sake. If you haven’t tried cold sake, you are missing out. It’s one of the sweetest sakes and it goes great with spicy tuna rolls.
We ordered four different rolls and they were all melt in your mouth deliciousness.
We had a great window seat and were able to watch the hustle and bustle of the city. We also got to see a really drunk guy pee all over his buddy’s car before crawling into the passenger seat. It was pretty funny because it wasn’t even 8pm! Who gets that trashed that early?
After dinner we decided to try to find a pub to get a night cap. Unfortunately we had trouble finding one and I, the Queen of the Teeny Bladder had to pee. So we found a Jack in the Box that had a public restroom. Match was still hungry even after all that sushi (damn his amazing metabolism!) so he ordered a burger while I ventured past a group of women who I was pretty sure were prostitutes on the way to the bathroom. It had one of those tokens to get in, and when I did, I walked right into two people hooking up in the bathroom. Luckily I didn’t see much, just a quick scramble of clothes and bodies moving apart but I was still totally grossed out. Needless to say I had to use my hovering skills on that toilet seat!!
After the disturbing bathroom experience I was pretty beat. My feet were also throbbing since I insisted on wearing my cute boots even though I knew they would be uncomfortable. Never again! I did my best to not complain but I was so beat. We’d both been up since 430am and even though dinner was amazing, I wanted nothing more than to get home to my comfy sweats. When I admitted this to Match he said, “Oh thank god! I’m so ready to go home, but I didn’t want to cut our date short.” 🙂 I love that we’re both such homebodies. We both agreed that dinner was great, but next time I will wear comfy shoes and we will have a better game plan of where we want to go afterwards.
After a piggy back ride from the Bart to our car because my feet would just not work, we finally got home. We settled onto the couch with beers, our pajama jams, and Call of Duty. It was the perfect end to a lovely date night with my husband.
Robin: Uhhh, it’s delicious enough. –How I Met Your Mother
Holy wow how did we get into the 10th week of the year already? I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by. I sound like such an old lady when I say that but it is true! Here’s an update on where I stand with my Project 52. Last weekend I broke out our new Cuisinart Ice Cream maker and crossed off #45.
#45. Make Homemade Ice Cream
I went with homemade frozen yogurt because it’s a little bit healthier. Of course then we covered it with girl scout cookies so the health factor went out the window.
My advice would be to make sure you like the flavor of the yogurt before you make it. It was great, but I could definitely taste the artificial sweetener (the cookies more than made up for that). I can’t wait to try different flavors and I may even make real ice cream. I just wish everything else on my list were this good!
1 2/3 cups milk
3.4 cup granulated sugar
4 cups fat free vanilla yogurt (I will use plain next time I think)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
Use a mixer on low speed to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the yogurt, heavy cream, and vanilla. Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 20-25 minutes. The frozen yogurt will have a soft, cream texture. -Cuisinart Recipe Book
Be sure to lick the mixer, but not the bowl. It’s frozen and your tongue will get stuck. Just saying. 😉