Monday, July 27, 2015

Hewitt's Thoughts V.5 aka Why I'm a Stalker

What's up bipeds? Hewitt here. I'm taking over Mom's blog again today. I've done it a few times before. (click here, here, here and here...yes, Mom had to help me hyperlink those)

Today, I want to talk about why I'm a stalker.


It's quite simple, really. I am a stalker...aka...a quiet and stealth observer of humans because humans are interesting and quite often have delicious snacks. In the picture below I am observing my dad on his cellular device. He's watching Youtube videos and since I have no thumbs or phone, I cannot unless I watch with him.


Other times, I feel it important to keep an eye on the humans in case they do something strange...like start running or bring snacks into the living room.


Often, you'll find me kitchen stalking. This is very simply done to remain as close to the food as possible without getting the boot out of the kitchen. Or, if not in the kitchen, wherever the food is. 




Sometimes, I stalk just because I'm creepy af. I want to keep my reputation as a weirdo and what better way to do it than to stare at you with only one eye or half of my head visible. I'm watching you...quiet as a mouse. Barely moving and breathing...in an attempt to observe you and your behaviors.


Every snack you make, every dish you bake. Every single day, every time you play, I'll be watching you.


Peace out, jerks. H.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday Thoughts


//1. Never have I ever stayed up all night. Like ever in my life. I've always managed to fall asleep for least an hour or two. Tuesday night was the first time I've stayed awake. To start off, I had caffeine before bed (no-no!) and couldn't fall asleep. Then around 11:30 pm Hewitt woke us up whining. After multiple rounds of outside for bathroom, food, water, etc. we realized that he wasn't hungry or thirsty but was in pain/uncomfortable. He has a small cyst on his neck that he's had for a while (most old dogs get them) that has never been trouble before...well it either ruptured or he scratched it off last night and he was in pain. It was bleeding and such. Ugh. Poor thing was scratching and pawing and rubbing his neck/head on the rug because it was so uncomfortable. I spent the evening/morning alternating between hot/cold compresses (and wrestling a squirmy dog) and trying to apply antibiotic cream until my vet opened and I could take him. Never will I ever (hopefully) stay up all night again. Wednesday, I was a zombie.

//2. This week's rant will be about my work's wifi. WHY does it never work? We literally have like 4 wifi networks and none of them work. I can't connect my phone and I can't connect the iPod that I use to manage social media. Um, like this is affecting my job!?!?!?!

//3. You guys. I ate olives for the first time in my life this week. I had the Muffalutta cheese bread at Mellow Mushroom with the olive tapenade and it was actually good. Olives don't have much of a taste...just a strange texture...kind of like wet velvet.

And now for some GIFts:

when pop stars subtweet each other

When my coworkers start becoming heated in their opinions during meetings. :)

when it’s 100 degrees and I see someone who still looks flawless

On post-gym selfies on Instagram where you have your hair down and straight and no visible sweat.

me all summer

Ain't this the dang truth...


Me looking at a 92 photos of your child with their smash cake. Literally. 


Seeing drama erupting between friends ON FACEBOOK

Your turn! Link up below!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our New Home: Home Tour Part 1 - Main Living Area


So the original plan was to do an entire home tour in one blog post, but due to some camera issues (so many of the photos I took were really blurry...which I later figured out was because of fingerprints on the lens!) or lighting issues. Then I got to thinking that it probably would be a really long and detailed post if I did it all at once, so I'm splitting it up. Once I figured out the issue with the photos, I went back a took the ones of the main living area yesterday. 

So coming in from the front door is the main living room on the left. To the right is the master bed/bath and straight back is the kitchen. Today, I'll show you some pictures of the main living area and the accent wall in our kitchen. :)



Two slightly different angles to show you kind of how the room is set up. To the right of the bookshelf is the entrance to the kitchen. Also, the wall with the art is really, REALLY huge (like 20+ feet) so we will eventually want to do something different on this wall. We originally had our photo gallery here but the wall just dwarfed it. We'll probably need to do one big piece of art or a few more about the size of the ones we already have.


That Hewitt has managed to find himself in a lot of my house pictures. :) He kind of blends in with the floors. 


One of my favorite parts of the main living area. I sort of stumbled into it...I wanted to keep the mantle fairly monochromatic since I felt like there were a lot of colors right next to it (the bookshelf). The taper candle holders were wedding gifts and the one on the far left with the three balls on it was our unity candle at our wedding. I got the "vase" (not sure if that's what it really is!!) at Homegoods on clearance for $2 and the rest I just had around the house...including my hurricane lantern thingy that I just placed on the stand that came with my Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl. Shhhh....you can't tell.


Yes, my bookshelf is kind of in color order and yes it was intentional. It gives me a sense of peace to see things in color order. And yes, I like owls. :)


This a close up of the side table in between the sofa and loveseat. I am obsessed with little "vignettes" like this. I haven't made a lot in the rest of the house yet but as I do I will share them. 

And last but not least, here's a teaser for the kitchen tour. 


That dog again. :) No but the kitchen is the area that needed (and still needs) the most improvement. More to come later. For now, y'all will have to suffice with the living room and kitchen accent wall. 

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Over the Weekend: Drop-In Housewarming Party


Whew this weekend was a little crazy. Saturday afternoon was our housewarming party and even though it was a drop-in...we seemed to have mostly everyone come around the same time. No complaining here though. It was great to have our house packed with a few close friends and family and to give everyone a chance to see the new place. Part of this was due to the fact that I didn't want to get 6 months, 8 months or 1 year down the road and people were still ragging me to come over and see the place...so why not have everyone at once?


Thanks to my MiL's coworker's husband (or something like that) who made this P for the door. Yes, I am that annoying person with P monograms everywhere. More Ps on the house tour coming tomorrow. We got the P unfinished and I painted it white last week. 


Here's one angle of the food area. We set the food up on our island in the kitchen. All of the dishes (sans 2) were white and I acquired some white/tan/gray paint swatches from Lowe's to double as food labels. :)


These caprese bites were a hit! The top bowl had olive oil, balsamic vinegar and ground Italian herbs.


These were my favorite thing. They were so easy and made a huge statement!! 


Another angle of the food. 

Overall, the food was a hit! Come back tomorrow for a home tour and see the progress thus far. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Housewarming Party Menu & Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe



M and I are having a few people over this Saturday for a drop-in housewarming party. I wanted to keep the menu simple and easy and (most importantly) safe since the food will be sitting out for a few hours. I didn't want anything that needed to be kept really cold or a lot of hot foods.

So, I, along with the help of my good friend Pinterest devised this menu of healthy and not-so-healthy crowd-pleasers that are fairly easy to make.

Housewarming Drop-In Menu


  • Buffalo Chicken Dip* (as if I would have a party and not include it) with tortilla chips
  • Sliced veggies (red pepper, yellow pepper, celery, carrots) and hummus
  • Bacon cheese ball with crackers
  • Brownies
  • Caprese Salad Bites
  • Rainbow Fruit Skewers (I'm so excited about these! Visually, they are stunning!)
  • Lemonade

*For the life of me I cannot find anyone who uses my exact (tried & true) Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe so I will post it for y'all. It's easy and quick and you don't have to pre-cook any chicken. You're welcome! :)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients
2 large cans of chicken, drained (I use 98% fat free white breast meat)
1/2 cup to 1 cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce (IT MUST BE FRANKS. I cannot guarantee the results using anything else!)
1 bag (2 cups) of shredded cheddar cheese
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch DIPS seasoning (not ranch dressing)
1 package (8oz.) of cream cheese, softened

Directions
In your slow cooker combine the chicken, cheeses and Ranch seasoning packet. Mix until combined well. Slowly add in your buffalo sauce until you get your desired heat level. We usually do about 3/4 of a cup. Turn your slow cooker on low and allow cheeses to melt and stir occasionally until you get the wonderfully delicious orangey-peach color that signifies the deliciousness is ready. It's ready to serve once completely combined and warm. Serve with tortilla chips, celery stalks or (my favorite) baby carrots.

Next week I'll post pics of the party food/set up and the actual house so stay tuned! And have a great weekend! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday Thoughts [A Link-Up Party!]



It's THURSDAY! It's PRE-FRIDAY or FRIDAY EVE.

And most importantly, it's time for Thursday Thoughts. Here are few thoughts for you...

//1. Lately I've been all over this delicious oatmeal concoction from The Oatmeal Artist. Even though it supposedly looks gross (according to my coworker) it's DELICIOUS. I add half a scoop of Quest chocolate milkshake protein powder and it makes even healthier with 26 grams of protein. Next up I think I'll try these: Fudgy Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal and Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oatmeal.

//2. Speaking of protein. I'm doing the IIFYM or macro calorie counting and I seriously can't ever hit my protein goal. I'm wondering if my goal is too high or if I calculated wrong? It says I'm supposed to eat 210 grams of protein...which seems ridiculous. I hit 110 on Wednesday and felt like that was a good number but then I realized I had 100 more to go!! Does that seem high?

//3.  Ladies and gentlemen, I am 30 years old and I just, in the last couple of weeks, have opened my very first store credit card. Now, I've had a bank credit card since I was 20 but never a store card because I always thought they were dangerous/bad and had high balance rates. The latter is still true, but I now have gotten into the habit of paying my credit card balances off each month. There are some insane extra savings/deals for store card users on top of clearance/sales and since I usually buy things from certain stores at least once every other month, it makes fiscal sense. But only since I pay my balance off each month. Carrying a balance on a store card is dangerous because interest rates are insane! My store of choice: New York and Company of course.

//4. Since purchasing my first home in June, I've been on a mad decorating/DIYing/home stuff binge. Things that normally wouldn't have bothered me before will, all of a sudden, send me into a rage. Some of those things: the entire process of measuring, shopping, purchasing and hanging curtains; painting over a chalkboard wall (eff me); wall art that no longer goes with the room's decor; duvet covers that make the insert bunch at the bottom. SERIOUSLY. Do any of these ever bother any of you? Or is it just me?

//5. Speaking of my weirdness, a coworker and I were recently chatting and it became very apparent that a few of my anxiety triggers or neuroses are centered around this "first come, first served" mentality. A few of the things that are guaranteed to get my nervous colon a'tremblin: buffets, open seating at concerts/shows, boarding on planes, flash sales, etc.

//6. A brief ode to Old Navy's Pixie Pants:
Dear Old Navy Pixie Pants - I love you. You are so comfortable and work appropriate. I love the length of your hem on me (which keeps them from being classified as capris...which I can't wear to work). I love the choices of colors you come in. And most importantly, I love that you can fit around and somewhat contain Judy. (aka Judy the Booty) Please never cease to exist, Old Navy Pixie Pants.

Now it's your turn! Link your post up below and spread the love! :) Remember, it can be about anything because it's your thoughts...on a Thursday! Original explanation post is here.




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

JOIN ME TOMORROW!

Just stopping in to remind you that tomorrow, YES TOMORROW is my first ever Thursday Thoughts link up party. Please, please join me and link up your blog post. I love discovering interesting and fun blogs to put on my daily list and I'm sure you'd love to peek into the randomness that are Thursday Thoughts posts, right?

Right.

So, here's my plea. Please join and I'll be the happiest little April in the land.

Gracias and thank you.


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