Magical water fountains in the back yard

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Fountain

After years of only being able to do half push ups (ok maybe 3 at a time) I suddenly had man strength last weekend. I have no upper body strength whatsoever, and yet I broke an irrigation pipe this weekend. While I was watering I pulled the hose and the water stopped. Automatically I thought, stupid hose and pulled it to get the kink out. When I looked back I saw I suddenly had a small magical fountain. Where did that come from? Another house discovery? No I pulled the hose so hard the pipe snapped.

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I learned how to repair the pipe from my exasperated Mom and the Ace hardware store down the street. In the meantime, I think my parents would like me to stop calling and asking about every little thing.

Mom: “What am I looking at?”
Me: “I was watering and the pipe snapped! What do I do??? I think I turned the water off but I’m not sure”
Mom: “I don’t understand what am I looking at?
Me: “”I was watering and the pipe just snapped”
Mom: “I can’t understand this picture, pipes just don’t snap. What did you do?”
Me: “I was watering and the pipe just snapped off? What do I do?”
Mom: “Didn’t you pay attention to us when you were a kid and we were doing things around the house?”
Me: “No, why would I do that? You guys always did everything.”

Hmm… she did not like that. Luckily I watched YouTube and the friendly ace hardware store was very helpful.

Salt lick

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Saltless tastless eww

For the past five months I have had the most unattainable Saturday morning goal. Wake up at 7 am and go to the bakery for a ham and cheese croissant. I love them so much, I would forgo sleeping in and my ridiculous diet. My diet consists of veggies/protein/fruit/no carbs and Pepsi (PEPSI??? What? I eat all those veggies everyday so I can have my daily Pepsi)

Obviously I haven’t made it to the bakery, or woken up that early unless forced to get up for work. I have really, really been looking forward to croissants. So much, that I started the dough at 10 PM on Saturday night, so I could bake them on Sunday. They baked perfectly, unfortunately when I tasted them it was like eating a stick of butter straight from the fridge. Eww. They needed salt, a lot of salt. As in, take a bite of the croissant and have one of the following nearby:

  • Salt Lick
  • Tequila shot
  • Margarita with salt please
  • Would you like some salt with your popcorn?

Next time, I will take my time with croissant dough. Use salted butter and perhaps double the amount of salt that it called for. Or take the easy way and go to the bakery. :)

 

 

Walk like a tiger

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Pink-skulls

I work in private banking, a very conservative hush hush environment. I’ve found that the longer I work there the more of a desire I have to show up to work in my usual all black outfit of pants, blouse and a pair of these. You know just a little pop of color. Surprisingly a few of these were actually walkable. Others were painful to stand in. Probably not such a great idea for such a hush hush environment.

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Please don’t fire me for 5 inch tiger shoes.

Lets not buy the 5 inch heals

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Spikey-fun

Being stuck at the Vegas airport for over three hours is an interesting experience. There are hordes of hung over people, an Elvis impersonator (although I don’t think that was intentional) slot machines and cowboy boots. This was an interesting trip. I went with Andy man for his annual work conference and while he was working, I went shopping, gambled and went to the pool.

Boots

I realized on this trip that I may have a slight shoe obsession. I started my shopping with the intention of looking for cute summer dresses and stopped looking after 20 minutes and spent the next 5 hours looking at 5 inch heals. I found I liked the kind that I would have to build special shelves for in my closet. Just because they are so pretty and obnoxious. Also they are so expensive that if I were to wear them I would trip and scuff them. And let’s face it, when I wear heals and wedges I tower over Andy man. For some reason he doesn’t like that. I wonder why? Oh we’ll that’s a good thing considering how pretty they would look in my closet.

Pool-side

For the meantime I will stick to the pool and flip flops. And of course continue to try on 5 inch heals.

Playing hooky and cookie dough

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One of my favorite guilty pleasures is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. My Great Grandmother used to make Chocolate Chip Cookies for me and sneak me little bites of dough when no one was looking. One of the hardest parts of baking school and working in bakeries was not being able to eat it straight from the bowl. Now I can eat it whenever I want!

I left work early and had a free afternoon home alone before I joined Andy Man for a business trip. Of course I took advantage of this free time and caught up with paying bills, yard work, and errands. Which means I ate cookie dough from the mixing bowl and watched the entire season of Trophy Wife. Best Friday afternoon in long time! It felt like I was playing hooky this afternoon, definitely a much-needed afternoon and mini vacation!

House stupid #1

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Backyard-tree

Here’s a chronicle of us learning about our house. And what not to do.

#1 We should buy a leaf blower.

There is a large tree on the other side of our fence and the battle of leaves seems to fill up every Sunday afternoon. Now I understand why my parents would say “If you jump in the pile, you clean it up” The neighbor luckily stopped by and let us borrow his.

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#2 Gardening

I love that there are vegetable planters in the yard. When I was cleaning up the bed I found carrots! I’m very excited for Springtime when I can plant lots of veggies and sweat peas!

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Banana Marley

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The company I work for has thousands of employees and numerous locations. When clients call in, they are either so happy that a live person picked up the phone within two rings. Or irritated that I don’t know when Jen or John sits when you first enter on the left.

I’m not a chatty person, and by Thursday I’m a little tired of talking all day. Usually when I’m on the phone I like to doodle. This little banana incident is what happens after a day of listening to Bob Marley between constant angry callers. And inspired one of my favorite treats banana bread!

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Burning sugar and strawberry fields

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Strawberry-fields

On December 23′rd there was a rare lull between the volume of calls at work. I decided that I would listen to the Beatles and check the conference rooms. When Strawberry Fields came on I knew I had to make lollipops for a few of my co-workers. Forget being tired, and getting home late. I had to make lollipops.

Andy Man came into the kitchen that night and said “hmmm…Arn’t you tired and working tomorrow?….. Is it burning?” There is such a fine line with sugar work. It’s either burn the crap out of it, or make lovely strawberry lollipops for your co workers. Luckily they turned out and I didn’t burn the sugar. Silly Andy Man.

Monday Funday and house stupid

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Blowdryer

Obviously I’m from California, I think it’s freezing cold when it’s 50 degrees outside. With the cold snap this week, it was 19 degrees when I woke up this morning! WHAT CRAZINESS IS HAPPENING HERE? The cold also didn’t wake me up, Andy Man came in to tell me that there was no water. Apparently we are a little house stupid and had no idea that the outdoor pipes need to be insulated, and all hoses must be detached. We spent the morning blow drying the main water lines and insulating exposed pipes. Lesson learned.B2

Besides having fun blow drying the pipes, and two trips to Home Depot I made some blondies. I thought a little blondie love was needed after this long day. And boy I miss Hawaii on days like today. Obviously I would not do will in places that snow for six months out of the year. :)

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Rooar!

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Rrroooaarr

Roar! Or according to Ariana, I say “haaaaarrrrrr” instead of “Roooaarr“. So “haarrrr” to you!

It has been a very busy three months since I last blogged. I started a new job, where I am happy and working with great people. And the best news of all, we bought our first house and moved in two weeks ago! Thanksgiving was our first full day in our house, that didn’t consist of figuring out where things are or constant trips to Home Depot. I was so excited for the day off because I could bake in my house!! The first thing I baked was pumpkin pie. And of course I added a little flair to it. HAARRRRRR!!! I’m looking forward to designing our house, and baking lots of goodies! HHAAAARRR!!!

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