Saturday, October 26, 2013

The busiest of bees.

I am just the busiest of busy bees lately.  I also decided that since I use that phrase ALL the time at work, I'm going to felt bumble bees for my coworkers for Christmas.  I make these cute little tiny bees out of mohair fiber with needle felting and they're so cute...or at least I think so :)  I hope my coworkers will like them.

I spent some time at the Minneapolis farmer's market today and got a lot of produce.  Pepper season is over so I got a huge bag of green and slightly colored bell peppers, some potatoes, leeks (guess who's makin soup!?), carrots, spaghetti squash, and my favorite part?  GRAPES.  Home grown concord grapes.  When I have a house, I'm going to grow grapes because I love them so much.  I also had a feel-good moment when I paid for another woman's grapes because she didn't have money for them.  The man told me "You're a real example."  I just hope that if something happened to me like that, that someone would be kind enough to do the same thing.  It always makes me feel good to help other people.

I caught up last night with a girl from high school I was sort of friends with in school, but then we at least kept in touch after through commenting on statuses on Facebook and whatnot, whereas our "best friends" from high school have kind of faded away (still talk but barely).  We had a delightful chat last night.  Hopefully those will continue :) Angela is awesome.

Short post today.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole

My parents used to make this recipe all the time when I was younger; I feel like we had "tuna noodles" (as I always called it when I was a kid) every other week, not that I was complaining.  It's easy to make and super filling.  A 13x9 pan can either feed 4 or 6; I usually get 4 huge servings out of it and that's my entire meal because I add veggies and things to it too.

  • 1/2 cup shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1-12oz package of yolk-less egg noodles (I used everyday essential brand from Cub)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (I used Campbell's cream of mushroom with roasted garlic)
  • 1-12oz can of starkist tuna in water 

  • Preheat Oven to 350F 
  • Lightly grease a 13x9 pan with cooking spray and set aside
  • Cook the pasta and drain, add to mixing bowl
  • Drain tuna and add to mixing bowl
  • Add veggies, soup, and cheese to tuna & pasta - mix well
  • Pour into 13x9 pan and bake for 30 minutes
  • Serve!  

My Fitness Pal Stats per serving (4 servings)
  • 81g Carbs
  • 6g fat
  • 33g protein
  • 6g fiber

Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's Fall!

Well, you wouldn't know that Fall was nearly upon us by the weather lately - it's been 100F or close to it this week here, which is most unpleasant.  My head, which reacts to weather like crazy, is not liking it at all :(  I'm hoping the weather evens out so that I can go apple picking next weekend or the weekend after, and so that my headache goes away!  I can't wait to see the fall colors, too.

I saw this on a friend's Facebook wall and it's so true, so I had to share it.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Addictions (the good kind, I promise ^_^)

I cannot stop playing Fallout: New Vegas lately.  I'm not using any cheats, which, in an FPS, is a little bit rare for me.  I'm notoriously terrible at first person shooters, but I've logged 20+ hours in New Vegas in the last couple weeks and I'm definitely improving.  It's far easier with the keyboard and mouse than with the controller, which is how I'd been trying to play it before.  I always thought that the controller would make it easier but, as it turns out, it actually makes things much more difficult.  Now, if I run into a bunch of giant radscorpians or cazadors, I'm still screwed, but overall, great game.  Love it.

When Gossip Girl first aired, I really didn't think it would be a show I would like.  I'm a huge Blake Lively fan, and have been for many years, but I just wasn't sure about her role on Gossip Girl.  The show's been out since 2007 (I think), and I put it in my queue on Netflix last year...never got around to watching it.  Now that I have some free time with work, I finally started watching it, and I am completely hooked!  There's so much drama and it's so over the top - I can't pinpoint why I even like this show, but it's fabulous.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Apparently, I knit?

My best friend, Noelle, taught me how to knit while she was in town visiting a few weeks ago, and it is certainly an addiction for me now!  I'm finishing up a washcloth currently, but here are a few photos:
First Project - a coffee coozy.  It STILL needs a button.

Always important for the kitten to approve of the project.  Second project - very stretchy shawl/cowl/not-really-sure.
Third project - One Skein Rasta Cowl.  My favorite project to date, though I still need to wash it and potentially block it.

Yarn haul courtesy of a Groupon.  The purple variegated is 100% cotton, the blue stripe is a bulky weight super-wash merino, and the thin stripe is a fingering weight super-wash merino.

I'm having a ton of fun knitting and it's a great stress reliever when I get home from work.  Noelle is hopefully going to teach me to knit in the round this week and help me with a shawl pattern that I find terribly confusing.  I can only do basic stuff right now...but Noelle is a great teacher and I'm sure she'll be able to help me.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I found a place to live and....I bought a car!

I found a place to live on that trip to Minnesota a few weeks ago :)  It's at a decent complex North of Minneapolis, and I'll have a fairly long commute to work, but that won't be an issue - I'm okay with long drives and 35 minutes really isn't so bad.

This is my shiny new baby that I bought a couple weeks ago.  The picture is from the dealership...they added the text and the frame, but it's a decent picture of me and my car.  I love it.  Right now, I'm averaging 31 to the gallon in town, though on my trip to Minnesota last week to get furniture and move a few things in, I averaged 38.5!  I'm pretty excited about not needing to fill up as often as I did with my old 2001 Explorer.  I miss having an SUV sometimes, though.

I'm officially done with finals as well.  Part of my being gone from blogging for so long as A) that I started a paper journal, and B) that I had school to worry about.  I did finish the semester strong, though I had nothing left to give at the end; I didn't even study for my finals.  I gave up and called it a day on my undergraduate studies by winging my last three finals.  I didn't have to take one final because of having a stellar grade in that class.  I should wind up on the Dean's list this semester if my blackboard grade postings right now are accurate!

My sorority, Kappa Delta, always does a senior photo session with the graduating seniors, and that was a couple weekends ago.  It was a lot of fun to see everyone and take pictures on campus, at the house, and at Reiman gardens.  We got some great ones, and this is one of my favorites with our fabulous house mom, Nena.  My big, Anne, is seated to my left (with the red honors cords on).  Most of us got the green and white Kappa Delta cords to wear at graduation during the ceremony. 

I've been doing well with working out - not so great with eating, but I haven't gained any at least.  Right now, I'm really just trying to maintain and gain strength, so eating at a deficit isn't a goal too much (still is a bit, but not like it used to be).  I've upped the amount of weight on machines already and it's a good feeling to do that!  I love seeing progress.

I'm thinking about all the things I'm going to miss about Ames...and that's going to warrant it's own blog post!  There are so many things and people that I'll miss here.  :(  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Finding a Place to Live

I'm starting to think that being a real live grown up is overrated.  Finding a place to live up near Monticello is getting to be a little bit stressful, even though I know it shouldn't be - I'll find somewhere to live.

One of the problems is that a lot of places don't allow pets, and then some other places want Skittles to be declawed.  I'm not going to declaw my cat.  I don't find it humane and Skittles isn't destructive with her claws.  I know all cat owners say that when their cats have claws, but really, Skittles has never done the carpet before.  She always uses her scratching post or scratching box like a good kitty :)

The other issue is price.  Places are ridiculously expensive, even for a one bedroom.  I've found some promising places, and I have 4 tours on Saturday.  I'm really hoping that one of them sticks.  I'll have to transfer money to my mom for the deposit if I like one because I'm a typical college student who doesn't have a checkbook.  I probably should've thought of that before now so that I would have to get my own checks, but of course I didn't think about it until tonight.  Fudge.

This weekend I'll be going to Minnesota for those tours and to get away from Ames for a last trip before finals.  Week after this is VEISHEA, the celebration of Iowa State, then a normal week, followed by dead week, followed by finals.  It's scary how close I am to being done with college.  I can't wait though.  It's such an exciting time in my life, and I'm really pumped to move forward and take my first steps toward being an adult, not a college student.

It'll all work out.
I just need to remember to breathe.
Luckily, I have people to remind me to do that. ^_^