Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Peter Rabbit is a friend of mine...

I made a big decision today. I am going to start a vegetable, herb and flower garden. And I am quite excited about it.




My sister gave me a silly Crayola tomato growing kit last week and with the help of a few kiddos, we successfully planted 20 or so tomato seeds into the proper pellets. Ten days later I have 20 seedlings sprouting from the pellets inside of the makeshift greenhouse!! I can hardly believe it! One day there was nothing and the next day I start to see the beginnings of tiny plants! It's amazing!

With my "success" from the tomato plant seedlings I thought to myself this morning, what else can I grow? And from there my garden idea took root. Ha. Pun intended.

I don't consider myself to have very much of a green thumb...maybe a yellowish, lime-greenish thumb...but a green one? Eh, that's up for debate. I can keep a house plant alive and thriving plus I am pretty good with flowers. House plants and measly flowers are child's play. I'm ready for the Major Leagues. I'm ready for a vegetable garden! (With a few herbs thrown in...oh, and some flowers too. For aesthetic purposes.)

In my garden I will grow...

- Broccoli
- Cauliflower
- Carrots, baby
- Cucumbers
- Lettuce, various varities
- Pumpkins
- Radishes
- Spinach
- Summer squash
- Tomatoes
- Zucchini

As far as herbs go...

- Basil
- Dill
- Garlic
- Lavender
- Mint
- Parsley
- Rosemary
- Terragon
- Thyme

And I want to try my hand at growing strawberries too.




Ambitious for a first time grower/gardener? Yes. But I'm willing to try this process out.

My top 3 reasons for wanting to grow my own food are as follows:

- In an attempt to start leading a more sustainable lifestyle
- Cut down on grocery costs at the store
- The health benefits of eating organic produce grown in my own backyard

I am really looking forward to this endeavor! I've got to get going on getting some seeds and planters. I need to have my crop started by this Sunday!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring has sprung...

Although it may not feel like it outside today, my favorite season (next to baseball season) begins today. It's officially Spring!

Winter is gone. The trees are blooming. The coats are being put away. The windows can be rolled down. The music can be turned up. The cute clothes can be worn. Ahh, I love it.

Speaking of music...not only do I love Mumford & Sons, but I was also turned on to a little band known as Kings of Leon. And..OMGTHEYAREREALLYGOOD.

"We're gonna fuel the fire, gonna stoke it up. We're gonna sip this wine and pass the cup. Who needs avenues, who needs reservoirs. Gonna show this town how to kiss these stars."

"What a night for a dance, you know I'm a dancin' machine. With the fire in my bones and the sweet taste of kerosene."

"The land of the creeps, freshened up and babyfaced shaved."

Those are just some of my favorite lyrics...so far.

So, yes, Spring is here. I am looking forward to see what's in store.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Things...

#1: I cut myself while shaving LAST Saturday (not this past Saturday, the one before) and have never in my entire life been in so much pain and agony from a shaving wound. At one point in my life I thought I was responsible enough to handle a razor - what the hell happened?! There I was, doing my business, shaving my legs as usual when BAM! - I flex my foot wrong and the razor takes about an inch and a half long strip of skin off of my ankle. Needless to say it bled pretty bad. I have tried to nurse it pretty regularly; Neosporin, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, etc. It just now seems to be getting better. Plus, I currently have a pretty sweet scabbed up reminder of my leg shaving disaster. I can't wait for the scar. I'm sure it will be epic.

#2: I had a glass of wine with a basket of chicken fingers and fries on Thursday for dinner. And I don't know when I started failing to hold my alcohol. After the one glass I was pretty buzzed. And it was a Thursday. Did I mention the wine was accompanied by chicken fingers and fries....WITH a side of ranch? At a bar? Yeah. Classy.

#3: I gained 5 pounds in 4 days. See above "thing". Plus some other "things".

#4: I have my 3rd race of the year coming up this Saturday. It's the Six Tunnels to Hoover Dam 5K at Lake Mead. This particular race was the first one I ever signed up for and completed last year. I am really hoping to beat my time from last year, 34:29. I'm excited for this 5K because my sister is doing it too - her first!

#5: I am going to have a pretty awesome work week next week. I will actually even have a 4 day weekend!

#6: Had my first paid cupcake making gig this week. I made Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with a Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting, topped with Three Musketeers Bites and Sprinkles for my brother-in-law's birthday. I have another "booking" for a St. Patrick's Day birthday next week and I can't wait to get started on all the details.

#7: Where has Mumford & Sons been all my life?! I am currently obsessed with this band. Love, love, love!

"Your grace is wasted in your face, your boldness stands alone among the wreck."

"'Cause I have other things to fill my time, you take what is yours and I'll take mine."

"'Cause I need freedom and I need to know how to live my life as it's meant to be."

#8: I was pretty sure I was either having a nervous breakdown or a quarter-life crisis as of Wednesday last week. This being an adult stuff sort of sucks. Seriously. Nothing a basket-o-chicken and fries with a glass of Pinot Grigio couldn't fix though.

#9: I am really done with Winter. Where is Spring when you need him?! Spring brings baseball season - my second favorite season. And shorts. And flip flops. And brightly colored pedicure polish choices. And new clothes. I could go on. Point being - I'm through with being cold. Hello, Sunshine!

#10: I can't really think of a tenth "thing". We'll leave it at nine.

Ready to rock, ready to roll...

The 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon (and Half!) made a pretty big announcement yesterday.

The race will take place.....AT NIGHT! Marathon will have a start time of 4:00 p.m. and the half will start at 5:30 p.m. To say that I'm excited is an understatement. I AM ECSTATIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is going to be so cool! It's LAS VEGAS! At NIGHT! On THE STRIP! Ahhhh! I can barely contain myself.

I mentally committed to doing this race again this year not too long after finishing it last year (I may or may not have decided it after about 3 steps past the finish line) and I am thrilled with the change.

Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. - you'll know where to find me!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lessons learned...

So many stories start out the same way.

You meet a boy. He's cute. He tells you you're (really) pretty. He has a cool name. He is funny. He is smart. He has good teeth! He makes you laugh. You make him laugh. You have some things in common. He is sort of really, really great. You think he would be fun to date. You finally decide to go on a date with him. And it is perfect. It may even be qualified as The Best First Date To Date. And then another date. And that one is even better. It may even be qualified as the Best Second Date to Date. After that it's official: you actually LIKE him. And he likes you too. And somehow "it" feels different. Then you can't wait to see him again. And you make plans. And he makes you swoon. And he says exactly what you're thinking.

Then the story turns.

This goes on for a few weeks - and then? And then it all changes. He starts thinking too hard. And subsequently breaks your once In Like heart. And you cry. Not a lot, but a little. And then you're stuck in the period of wanting to remember every little thing but wanting to completely forget it all at the same time. And then you're just down right pissed because he was a really good kisser, and you cringe when you remember the forehead kisses. (Ughhhhh! Damn you and your damn forehead kisses!)

Then you realize all the things you could have overlooked but still bothered you really would have been deal breakers in the end. And you see a glimmer of hope in that. You get over this boy in time, though, because after all...he was just a dude, and dudes come and go. You learn a lessson because of it too - never consider dating a Socialist who wears Raybans and hates board games. (Who hates board games?!?!)


Aaaaaaaand....I'm over it. Yep. Done.