Monday, January 30, 2012

Prettify me!

Welp, it's Monday again, bowling night for the hubs. Last week he bowled a 705 series (those of you who understand bowling will understand how cool that is) and literally fist-pumped his way home. How lovable is that?!

yes, that is my caboodle.
i bought it when i was 10. still have it.
This Monday I hope he tops it!

In the meantime, I'm watching the movie Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aguilera, *guiltypleasuredon'tjudge!*  and doing what I do when I'm a little ho-hum bored and feeling schlumpy.

I have a mini beauty session with myself!


Tonight is manicure night. For those of you who think manicures are a waste of time, yes you are right. I'm a grad student and manis get ruined 3 days after I get them because I'm constantly in the lab.

But every once in a while, it's a treat. And since we are newlyweds and only Hubs is bringing in any significant income...we are kids on a budget people!

Thank you, Target.

So here is my little DIY at home fun mani night.

1. Collect the following:

  • Nail polish of your desired color...and topcoat
  • Nail polish remover
  • File
  • Clippers
  • Small bowl
  • Lotion
  • Toothpicks (I know, right?! I'll explain it all.)
2. Remove any lingering scraps of your old nail polish, then trim and buff your nails to your desired shape.

3. Fill the bowl with some warm water and a little hand soap until it's nice and sudsy, then dunk your hands for a few minutes. This will soften your skin and loosen any *gasp* dirt under your nails.

4. Feels good, right?

5. Clean your nails. 

I know at this point you are supposed to push back your cuticles and trim them away, but I hate that part. Mine always hurt and bleed, so when I'm at home I just skip that step.

6. Now moisturize with lotion. This is also your opportunity to give yourself a nice little hand massage. Mmmmmmm.

7. Before you paint away, give your nails one last rub with some nail polish remover to get rid of any lotion.
8. Layer on two coats of your base coat. Notice on my left hand I used a darker color on my ring finger. Just to fancy it up a little. I will further fancify in a bit.

9. TOOTHPICKS!! At the salon and at the drugstore they use/sell nail art tools so you can draw on your nails, but trust me. Toothpicks work just as well.

10. Dip your toothpick into your polish and start dabbing. It takes a little practice to figure out how much polish to use, but you'll get the hang of it.

I did a flower on my right ring finger...mostly because I am left-handed and designs always end up schluppy on my left hand.

11. I make up for it on my left by adding some sparkles tho! Fancy fancy.

12. When everything's dry, finish up with a little shiny top coat to seal it all in.

12. Last but not least, grab some Q-tips and your nail polish remover and neaten your nails up. If you're like me, there are some stray bits o'pink decorating your hands.

make sure to neaten up.
like I didn't.
Yay! All done!

For a man who knows so very little about beauty regimens that swirl around in the feminine mystique, Hubbles sure does notice when I do up my nails.

Further incentive for me to paint them up all pretty!

All done, just in time for my hubby to come home. Hopefully he notices my nails, after I made this big deal about them. If not, probably he will notice in the next few days (possibly after he reads this post...teehee).

And now, I leave you with, my other little kitty *whose name is actually Madison, although we usually just revert to her more fitting nickname* Piggy, with my old teddy bear Linda. Tootles!

I shall call her Squishy. And she shall be mine and she shall be my Squishy.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Yum Yum...spinach?!

Oh yes, spinach is a superfood (complete with tights and a cape), super high in nutrients, low in calories, can do wonders for your hair, skin, nails, and general health.

But delicious? Well I like spinach in various forms (including raw), but I'm probably in the minority. ESPECIALLY when compared to my hubby, who makes the *EW* face when I mention spinach.

I actually spend a disproportionate amount of time attempting to disguise spinach during cooking, for example inside cheesy stuffed shells *nomnom*.

But I recently found this smoothie recipe from Kristin at IowaGirlEats, and I am in love. Even the name is awesome possum!

P.S. I am working really hard at upgrading my camera and not being delinquent about uploading pics to my compy. my own pics will be up soon, just sit tight please! *tenkyoo*

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie (click to see her post)

I mean really. YUM.

slurp slurp.

So basically, all you do is add the following to a blender (my choices in the *, but fill with anything you like!):

1 ripe banana *can be frozen*
1 tablespoon peanut butter *natural creamy JIF*
1/2 cup yogurt *Chobani vanilla greek yogurt*
1 cup milk *Silk unsweetened soy milk*

Fill the rest of the blender up with fresh spinach. I'm not kidding, all the way to the top. I usually end up adding 2-3 full cups!

Blend for about 30 seconds or until everything is incorporated, then crank it to "liquefy" and let it run for another 30 seconds or so.

Pour and enjoy!!

I promise you, you can't even taste the spinach! All you taste is banana-peanut butter smoothie yummy-ness.

The final word came from Hubbles, who had been looking at me strange all week as I slurped away at this business. He caved and tried it the other day, his face lit up, and told me it tasted goo-ood. 

Angie for the win!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Date Night!

Date Night Recap:

Place: Granite City Brewery, then off to see the movie (or as Hubs calls it, a MOOOBIE) Haywire with Gina Carano and (importantly) Michael Fassbender.

Activity: Chowing down on waffle fries and a burger before getting lulled into a stupor in an action flick. My future boyfriend MF was appropriately foxy for the 10 minutes he was on camera. Got to cuddle in the theater with hubby tho because the armrests fold up!

If you haven't seen Haywire and you like action, I'd wait for the DVD. Lots of action/fight scenes, lots of Gina Carano sprinting around Europe,  of course the incomparable Michael Fassbender in a small but cool role, not much else.

I may have a slight jones for him.

After seeing our food arrive at our table Hubbles commented to me that I was going to have to "run on the elliptical for 4 hours to work off that burger!"

A small scuffle-and-pout ensued.

Note to Husbands across the land. If your wife is starting up a workout/get fit regimen, commenting on how fattening her choice of dinner is...probably not the wisest move.

Now, my hubbles is wonderful and supportive, and sometimes he puts his size 11.5 feet in his own mouth. Which I forgive him for. But the burger did not taste as delicious as I thought it would. *poutreluctantsmile*

P.S. Hubbles is wonderful because...he loves me no matter what size I am.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I thought you'd always be mine, mine

This might be the whitest group of boys ever to be found on a dance floor...not to mention the song is...well, the Biebs.

But how adorable is this groom dancing for his bride?! Melts my heart just a little.

My hubs did Vanilla Ice.

This guy might be a few years younger, but the sentiment is the same.

I thought his backup dancers just all had that haircut until the rapper took off his wig. lolz.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I do...! I shouldn't have..!

We-ell, it is 6:24 on a Monday evening, Hubbles is off to his bowling league (I promise he is not an old man, he just loves to bowl...lord does he ever)...and I am at home with a bowl of reheated dinner and on kitty duty.

Remember how Morph was off to the vet with a plugged weewee? UPDATE: He had bladder stones. I mean man oh man!
i haz WHA???

Long story short, he had surgery on Friday, we brought him home Saturday, and we've been playing post-op kitty nurse ever since (I so hope he gets better as the vet said he would). SO...

Since I have an evening of laidback interwebs-ing and kitty-medicating ahead, I thought I'd share with you my latest thoughts on wedding planning...!!! *gasp*

Wedding planning wasn't the worst thing I did in my life, but it ranks up there...along with getting my wisdom teeth removed. And my sister-in-law just got engaged, so I get to experience it from the other side now *yaymuchbetter*

So here are a few niblets of advice...just some things I learned while plugging away.

P.S. Hubby is wonderful because...he owns 5 bowling balls and lovingly cleans them in the middle of the living room.

Mistakes I made akanonodon'tdothis:
1. If you want only adults at your wedding PUT IT ON THE INVITATION. I had way too many awkward conversations dis-inviting children. blargh.

2. Inviting everyone that everyone told me to. Your wedding, your guest list, your decision.

3. Trying to do everything myself. The Hubs was perfectly willing and capable of large part due to his love of excel spreadsheets. I had to let go.

We so strong. Rar.

4. Trying to do everything on paper. I am..yes, I will admit...a few years behind the times, but I had way too many scraps of notepads and post-it notes of stuff that I didn't remember writing a week later. Digital is the way to go.

5. Stressing out and starting fights with hubby because of wedding planning. It was a rough few months, and you know what? It turns out it's really really not that big of a deal in the long run.


I do! and so should you!:
1. PLAN AHEAD!! Ahead ahead ahead. I cannot tell you how many times a vendor said *ohthankgodyou mentionedthatweneedtoplanaheadforthat* or something to that effect. Party planning is in the details. And OF COURSE your wedding is a very special day in your life, the beginning of a wonderful journey blahblahblah. But logistically it is just a MASSIVE PAR-TAY. Which requires planning ahead.

2. Putting your foot down is not a bad thing.

3. Your wedding party should include people who are willing to grow mustaches for you. Yes, not everyone's cup o'tea, but it was mine, and these boys brought the fire.

My girls were amazing too, if i liked girls i'd be on that like white on rice.

4. Think about what is truly important to you, and prioritize time, money, effort, in that order. Example: Important to me: great photos, family, food. Unimportant: types of flowers, matching outfits, cake.

5. HIRE A DAY-OF WEDDING COORDINATOR. This should actually be number 1 on the list. Single greatest decision I made. She did everythingandimeaneverything. And did it with a smile. for those brides-to-be in the Twin Cities. Ask for Meredith.

6. Keep your eyes on your soon-to-be, and everything else just fades into the background. 

And we lived happily...well, you know.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Yum Yum Friday

TGIF all!

Anyone who knows me can attest to my obsession with the Food Network and cooking shows in general. My girlfriends watch HGTV, but I don't own a home (yet) so I just feed my other desires. Literally.

nom nom nom.

Hubbles fears cooking--and the box grater--in a somewhat irrational matter, and I'm a better cook anyway, so Wifey stays in the kitchen and cooks, a la 1960's housewife. I even have a ruffled apron!

One of my fave fave things to do is test out new delish recipes that I find...cookbooks, cooking shows, lately it's been PINTEREST (obsessed, more on that later)...where I found this nom nom recipe!

credit to Plain Chicken, click for her post on the recipe!

ooey gooey yummmmm
Doesn't it look amazing! It tasted amazing too. Hubby and I are trying to stay (or in my case, get) fit for 2012, but this was too good not to try.

I made some *healthy* modifications to the recipe, as follows:

Instead of ground beef, lean ground turkey
Whole wheat spaghetti (for fiber)
Into the sauce, fresh bell peppers, onions, and chopped frozen spinach (~2/3 box)...veggie power!
Fat-free cream cheese (neuftachel cheese...or something like that)

Ate it for dinner, ate it for lunch, ate it for dinner again, ate it for lunch again...and then it was gone. A sad moment, but the great thing about home cooking, is that you can do it whenever you want!

P.S. Hubby is wonderful because...he always offers to help in the kitchen when I'm cooking, even if he's afraid of the box grater.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday Date Night recap...

Well, I intended for this to be a fun little post on what Hubbles and I did last night....because Tuesday is Date Night for us!

Instead, our poor little old cat Morpheus had a blocked urethra, so we rushed him to the vet to have a catheter put in so he could weewee out his peepee. Sigh, poor little guy. He's had a perpetual stream of peepee problems for a few years now, but that can wait for another day.
So I'll recap last week's Date Night instead, because this week's was interrupted and last week was way more fun anyway!

Place: The Metrodome's ROLLERDOME!!
Activity: Rollerblading at various skill levels around the concourse of the metrodome, skate rental included.
Entertaining moments: watching Hubby boogie to the Top 40's music they had blasting as we skated around. Definition of "boogie": butt wiggles and handwaving O.P.P. style until you lose your balance.

It was a blast, we were definitely some of the least talented rollerbladers out there. But our dates usually just end up being a new restaurant (because I really just like to eat a lot), so this was a refreshing change of pace.

Until the next Date Night!

P.S. Hubby is wonderful because...he loves our kitties and worries about them like a parent.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The beginning of us.

Dear reader (which at this point of my baby blog is just me, but just in case),

The beginning of and the Hubs...started out like many a relationship does in this day and age, with lunch. It progressed to a wonderful and sweet serious relationship, at which point I may offend by telling you that Mike and I lived together for quite a few years before my parents would have approved (i.e. pre-marriage).

Whatever your thoughts on pre-marital cohabitation (or "living in sin" as Ma calls it), I hope you can swallow it and read on. A brave new life started for me and Hubby in September, and this girl wants to share!

So I'm not sure if I was born missing a gene, or if I'm just lazy by nature (both are distinct possibilities)...but I was not excited to plan a wedding. I was (and am) so thrilled and excited to be married to the man I love and continue down the wonderfully complicated path called life with him, but the idea of planning a big wedding (the picking out of flowers, the shopping for invitations, the calling of 6857385 vendors for prices) made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Nonetheless, that's what I did, because my mom wanted a big fancy wedding. I'm not sure if any of you have ever encountered a Korean mother before, but they are some of the most stubborn people on this planet. Especially my mother. What omma wants, omma gets, and so Mike and I razzle-dazzled our way through a glorious fall wedding, with a beautiful venue, dress, and dance party, the likes of which my parents' friends will probably talk about for a few years to come.

All of the wedding planning I did was annoying and frustrating and involved a lot of time over the course of a year that I would have rather spent sleeping, working, watching TV, or going to the optometrist, and I will not pain you with the details. Suffice it to say that it is now over, the wedding was fabulous, and wedded life (for the last 3 months anyhow) has been even better.

Since all of our friends and family ask lately, I will answer to you as well: Married life is great! It's pretty  much the same as unmarried life, since Hubby and I have lived together for 3+ years already, but it was great before, and I am determined that it will continue to be great in the future. Stay tuned!

P.S. Hubby is wonderful because...he does the dishes!

Go Brewers!

Hello and welcome!

Hello out there to the blogosphere! Welcome to my little blog. I'm Angie, my husband is Mike, we have two darling little black cats named Morpheus and Madison, and we are a happy little family residing in Minnesota.

Mike (aka Hubby, aka Hubbles, aka The Hubs) is the love of my life, the cheese to my enchilada. We have been together for 5.5 fabulous years, and we recently decided to make it official and tie the knot in September '11.

My blog is just to amuse myself, and anyone else out there about the ups and downs of being a newlywed...funny stories, daily musings, and other ditherings that I come up with. Hope you enjoy!