Veggie Challenge: Day 1

Well, the day has finally come: today officially kicks-off my two week vegetarian challenge!

It was very odd not going by the meat/poultry/seafood sections when I was buying groceries last night. I’ve never not bought at least one thing from one of those categories. It was kind of surreal, actually.

Today has been difficult :). I’ve been craving meat since the second I woke up this morning, and I’m sure it’s solely because I know that I can’t have it. I haven’t given in, by the way – I had a Morningstar Grillers veggie burger for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was it not awful, but it was kinda good, too. Not beef, but decent. I could taste beans, & it had a smokey flavor that really helped. All in all, a good option that I will keep in mind for future meatless meals.

I’m actually looking forward to dinner. I plan on making a spinach & mozzarella quesadilla or wrap, something involving a tortilla. I may even throw in some black beans.

So far, so good overall…of course it hasn’t even been 24 hours. Wish me luck, because I’m gonna need it to keep from giving in to my carnivorous cravings :).

Back to laundry, carpet cleaning, dishes, dog bathing, putting together baby shower gifts…you get the idea.


Oh, so intricate.

Happy Friday everyone!

Today is my last day of food freedom – my vegetarian challenge kicks off tomorrow! I’m both excited and weary of it :).I’m trying to decide what to have for my “last meal” tonight. It’s goingto be very weird & interesting shopping for groceries tonight and not buying any meat/seafood/poultry.


By the way, it is definitely baby season! I have 3 baby showers coming up, two next week alone. This is not a complaint,by the way. I LOVE babies, and I love getting things together for baby showers. I’m particularly excited to put together my gift for one of my very best friends, Cynthia, and her little man, who is due to make his appearance in less than a month (and I can’t wait!!).


This is a busy weekend coming up. So much to do! One thing I have got to do is clean my carpets! With three dogs…well, you can imagine they need it. I’ve got cards to make, series one of Doctor Who to finish and The Dark Knight Rises to finally watch all the way thru (I know, I know! I’m a horrible nerd for this, don’t hate me)…just to name a few. Then Sunday is not only Easter, but it’s also the season finale of The Walking Dead, and therefore, Talking Dead (which makes me very sad), and it’s the season premiere of Game of Thrones (which makes me very happy). I’ve got American Gods, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and World War Z to finish…I need a longer weekend, please!


I’m not sure if I’m going to make it to my family’s for Easter (sorry family:(). If I do, it will only be Sunday, which will mean I will be in the car longer than I will actually be there. But we will see, I hate to miss it, especially since I didn’t even really see my dad’s side of the family at Christmas, either.

Anywho, I’ve gotta run & get back to work…and by work, I mean eat snacks and have a Easter egg hunt in the office, followed by (fingers crossed!) getting out early!

Happy Easter!!


First Cara Box Experience Update!

Just a quick little post here:

Susannah got her box!! And she was very sweet and loved her box so I thought I would share her post :).

I really cant recommend doing this box swap enough!! I truly loved putting her box together and cant wait for next month! It is such a great opportunity to get to know other bloggers and it a great outlet for creativity :).

Cara Box

Night guys!

Not The Doctor

30th Birthday Bucket List

I wasn’t going to post again today (since I already posted my Music blog), but my lovely friend, Tienna, inspired me to do a 30th Birthday Bucket List.  She recently posted an update to her’s, since she is turning 30 this year. And I think it’s a great idea and a great time to start working on mine. I will be 26 this year (wow does that sound weird), so that gives me a little over four years to accomplish things. Here goes nothing!

I’ve tried to be as realistic as possible here, but that’s hard to do, especially with my overactive imagination. So give me a little leeway on this :). These are in no particular order:

  1. Get healthy.
  2. Learn to play the acoustic guitar.
  3. Master the perfect homemade pizza dough. I love pizza, but my dough never turns out quite right, no matter what recipe I use.
  4. Go to Harry Potter Heaven (aka The Wizarding World of Harry Potter).
  5. Visit Seattle.
  6. Go back to London.
  7. Spend (at least) 2 weeks roaming around Ireland.
  8. Get my bedroom painted & decorated how I see it in my head.
  9. Learn to sew.
  10. Master the fine art of budgeting & put a significant amount of money in savings.
  11. Have an amazing organic chef’s garden.
  12. Start getting at least a couple of the tattoos I’ve wanted since I was 17.
  13. Get completely caught-up on Doctor Who. (I’m actually working on this right now :))
  14. Write a novel. Or at least start writing one.
  15. Play D&D, but if I’m gonna play, I wanna REALLY play.
  16. Master beach waves. I swear I’ve tried everything, and it never works.
  17. Go to Nerd/Geek/Fandom heaven (or just simply “heaven”)…San Diego Comic Con.
  18. Go to Bonnaroo/SXSW/Coachella/etc.
  19. Figure out what I want to do with my life job-wise.
  20. Meet Johnny Depp…I know, this probably isn’t gonna to ever happen, much less by 30, but I can dream!
  21. Meet the cast from The Walking Dead and visit the set. It could happen!
  22. Finish my college degree.
  23. Take an art class – drawing, sculpture, something.
  24. Go on some sort of humanitarian trip (like a Tom’s Shoe Drop or something), preferably to Africa.
  25. Get serious about recycling.
  26. Go on an archaeological dig. Basically, I want to be Lara Croft, at least for a few days.
  27. Put wood floors in my living room & get a claw-foot tub in my bathroom.
  28. Time travel.
  29. Become an archer. It just looks like so much fun.
  30. Get married/start a family…if and only IF I meet the right person by then (on my terms), I refuse to rush into anything or to settle. (Disclaimer: I don’t want nor do I need unsolicited advice on this matter – consider yourself warned :).)

And there you have it. My 30 by 30 Bucket List. It seems like alot. Who am I kidding? It IS alot. But, like I said earlier, I’ve got just shy of 4 years and 5 months to do it all. That’s enough time, right? Right??

Again, Happy Wednesday! And make sure you have your survival kit with you at all times…remember, it is Zombie Apocalypse Week, preparation is key!

Music You Should Know Wednesday #3

With my ever-growing list of music to share, it’s already getting difficult to pick one each week!

For this edition, it pretty much came down to what I’ve been listening to the most over the last week (other than the Nerdist podcast, which, let’s face it, has been occupying the majority of my time–I highly recommend it if 1. you are a nerd, 2. you like to laugh, and 3. you don’t mind profanity and/or  suggestive material…cause there’s alot of both of those).

And that would be Middle Brother.

Middle Brother is a trio made up of John McCauley from Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes & Matt Vasquez from Delta Spirit.  I’m a Dawes fan, and I like Deer Tick, too, but Delta Spirit is new to me (and you can be sure I will be looking into their music). They first performed together at SXSW in 2010 (one of the many festivals I HAVE to go to before I die). The more that I listen to these guys, the more I love them. Seriously, I’ve been listening every day for months & I’m still not sick of these. I listened to my favorite song of theirs (see below) 7 times yesterday, and I just fall in love with even more every time.

They are yet another indie-folk-rock band (it’s my niche, deal with it), and a raw, almost live sound, the way it should be, so what’s not to love?! To better describe them, here is a bit from their bio from Partisan Records:

“In a time when synthesizers and laptops are taking over stages, Goldsmith, McCauley and Vasquez are leading the pack of young rock songwriters who strive to carry on the tradition of figures such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty. Middle Brother came together in mid-2009 when the three songsmiths realized, after several on-stage collaborations, that they shared a unique vision and wanted to take it one step further, into the studio. Their songs are anthemic, soulful, passionate and confessional.”

I had a really hard time picking the songs to include. I didn’t want to end up with a million YouTube videos, but I also could only cut the list down so far. So without further ado, here’s the playlist:

  1. Portland
  2. Middle Brother (aka Ice Cream Man) – this one has a bit of profanity, just so you know. (I think it’s just one word, if I remember correctly)
  3. Someday
  4. Daydreaming
  5. Me Me Me
  6. Million Dollar Bill – This one is my favorite. I am madly in love with song, actually. I’ve been listening to it several times a day. I love the melody. I love the lyrical content. I love the haunting emotion in it. I love the raw, real emotion in their voices. It’s just a beautiful song. It’s perfection as far as I’m concerned…there isn’t a single thing that I would change about this song – not something I say every day (I have a habit of being overly critical sometimes).

I hope you enjoy!!

Happy Wednesday 🙂


I think I’ll be an astronaut.

Hello blogoshere.

It’s been difficult to get myself to write for this post, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just one of those days, so I’m trying to power thru it, because I know that I will feel better if I do.

So, I think I’ll start with a weekend recap. If you read my post on Friday or Saturday, I believe, I mentioned I was planning to nerd-out this weekend, and that’s exactly I did. Saturday was basically a Marvel marathon day.  I watched Thor, then Captain America, and then I ended up watching The Avengers…twice. Just because I could. So there. 🙂 I must say, it was a great Saturday afternoon/evening. Sunday wasn’t quite as much fun, because I has a lovely migraine all day, but I did get some reading done. I am FINALLY reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I almost went with Neverwhere, because it’s been fresh in my mind because of the recent BBC Radio dramatic reading/performance (featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Christopher Lee…I could go on, believe me). I haven’t listened yet, because I wanted to read the book first. But I’ve wanted to read American Gods for quite a while, so it won out in the end. I’m not too far into it yet, but I’m definitely enjoying it.

I also bought Looper this weekend. I’ve rented it twice and fell asleep watching it…not because it’s boring, just because I started it too late. And I repeated the pattern again this weekend, unfortunately. I’m hoping to actually watch it sometime this week. I know I’m gonna like it (what’s not to like?), if I can just stay awake.

In other news, I’ve almost got my vegetarian menu planned out. I’ve found myself kind of looking forward to it, oddly enough. I have never said this before in my life (and never thought that I would), but I’m actually kind of sick of meat and poultry. A break from it might be nice. Did I seriously just say that?! Shocking, I know. But it’s true nonetheless. It probably won’t take but a couple of days into the vegetarian challenge for that to completely change, but I guess we will just have to see.

Let’s see, what else can I ramble on about? Oh, my Mommom (that’s my mom’s mom, in case you were wondering) sent me Starbucks and a new Starbucks coffee mug. I got it yesterday, and just in time, actually. I has run out of coffee that morning, so this is perfect to tide me over until I get groceries on Friday. Thank you, Mommom :)! You know me too well!

I think that’s about it for today. Who really knows, though, I will probably think of something else in a couple of hours & kick myself for not including it. That’s what usually happens.

Happy Zombie Apocalypse Week!!

kg love you

This sorrowful life.

Jumping right in to this week’s episode of The Walking Dead

Oh, Meryl.

Spoiler alert. First off, that moment between Daryl and Meryl…loved. At least on Daryl’s part. He has changed and opened up so much. When he told Meryl that he just wanted his brother back, just broke my heart. I actually let myself believe that Daryl & being with the group in the prison might just be working on Meryl…just a tiny bit. He might be learning. Maybe he wants to change.

Obviously not. Luring Michonne down away, knocking her out and kidknapping her to hand her over to The Governor…not exactly the sign of hope and change I was looking for. I’m not saying he didnt have good intentions, I’m not saying he did either. Maybe he was just trying to keep Daryl (and himself), maybe even the group, too, alive. Either way, it doesnt really matter, because, regardless of his intentions, that was NOT the way to do things.

And then he lets her go. I KNEW that he couldnt be all bad, that deep down, he wants to belong. He just has very misguided ways of showing it.

Then he goes to to assassinate The Governor…and The Gov. shoota him!!! I never really thought I would feel much if/when Meryl died (except for empathy for Daryl loosing hia brother), but i was wrong. Not only was i shocked, but I was a little sad, too. Ive been hoping for redemption for Meryl, and he finally starts on that path and he gets killed…and that rat bastard lets him turn into walker for Daryl to find & put down…i cried. It broke my heart.

I cried alot during this episode, actually.

One of my favorite moments of the entire season, maybe even the entire series to date was when Glenn went to Hershall and told him he wants to marry Maggie & asked for his blessing. That made me cry.

Then I really cried (though not as much as when Daryl found walker -Meryl) when Glenn actually proposed to Maggie. It was so simple and beautiful and perfect. Talk about hope.

And with all the shit thats been going on, it was definitely a much-needed tender moment that i think both the characters and viewers alike needed. But if either one of them dies in the finale next week, especially after this…”pissed” wont begin to cover it. I will be livid and even more heartbroken, to say the least.

Gosh, I just cant believe Meryl is dead. I shouldn’t be so surprised because everyone is far game on this show. But still…I have been hoping that Maggie would be the one who gets to put The Gov. down when the time comes, but now, I kind of hope its Daryl…its so hard to decide when so many have a reason to be the one to kill him.

There you have it, my rundown of this week’s episode. I can’t promise it makes a whole lot of sense…what can say? Im emotionally distraught! 🙂 What? I AM!! Do you realize that next week is the season finale?! Do you know what that does to a person?

I must leave you now for my therapy season with Chris Hardwick and guests on The Talking Dead to work thru what went down tonight.

Kirk out.