Saturday, July 31, 2010

Goals: My 2 Year Plan

Goal: Live and work in Pennsylvania

Step 1: Find employment in UT
Step 2: Buy a "vacation" home in PA
Step 3: Find employment in PA
Step 4: Quit UT job and move to PA

I have recently decided that since I don't have any say in being married and having a family, I do have a say in everything else. I would like to start enjoying my life before it is too late.

I want to live somewhere that makes me happy. I currently live in UT where it is convenient but I want to buy a house in the country in PA for the initial purpose of a getaway. It will be on 1 acre or more and be partially wooded. It will have a fireplace. I would like a large room for stamping, a room for sewing/guest room and a bedroom of course. I hope to find what I'm looking for for under $100K which looks reasonable according to realtor.com.

Of course I will need to be able to afford the house and the other expenses that go with it but I have actually thought about working at less desired jobs just so that I can be there. I can also find a niche and sell stuff on Etsy and eBay in addition to my Stampin' Up! business.

I'm not at all worried about friends and family thanks to the phone/internet and airplanes. I plan to return to UT every year to visit family and attend the Stampin' Up! Convention if it continues to be in UT and also maybe travel to other places for SU! Leadership Conference.

I am currently attempting to simply to begin the process. I'm slowly going through my possessions and getting rid of them. Making a buck in the process if I can. So far so good but I have a lot of stuff!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Getting Fit: The Master Cleanse

The other day, I caught a glimpse of this photo of my long time friend Kelly Ryan (on the left). She looks fabulous! I've always thought we had similar body types and we used to be about the same size. Well not anymore! Besides the fact that apparently she doesn't have hips? It is hard to tell from the photo.

After complimenting her success we got talking about the Master Cleanse that she was about to start. I have been looking for a cleanse since I have been feeling pretty toxic. So guess what!? I started it yesterday with her and I have successfully made it through Day 1.

My starting weight was 170.0 and I did not feel the need to take new "before" photos since the last ones will be sufficient. I have been fluctuating since the last attempt at weight loss so I have been feeling that I need a serious jump start. Clarification: This is an attempt at cleansing my system first and the weight loss is a bonus and a kick start to continue with Weight Watchers. So far, after one day I just weighed in at 166.8. I'm supposed to do this for 10 days. I can't wait to see how long I last and how much weight I lose. They say if you can make it through the first 3 days you're good to go. I had no problem with day one. Yay!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dog: Max in the Box

I used to have a garden in this box but since the soil became unfit for proper growing, it turned into a day bed for my sweet boy. All that grass and he chooses to lay in a box of dirt. You may not be able to tell but he has is face comfortably positioned on his paw and he is sound asleep. At least he was until I tried to get closer (see "you woke me up" look below).

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob


Corn on the cob!

The price of corn is finally reasonable. Dad was visiting so when we passed the corn display at the grocery store, we just had to get some. At 4 for $1 we each had two ears. Don't they, I mean didn't they look yummy! No time to take a photo before when it is so delicious.

I think nothing beats corn on the cob made in the pressure cooker. It was scary at first but now I'm a pro. Here's how you do it in TEN STEPS:

1. Clear the sink completely.
2. Shuck the corn but keep a few husks aside.
3. Put the metal plate thingy in the bottom of the pressure cooker and put the husks on top.
4. Fill with enough water to cover the husks.
5. Put olive oil around the seal of the lid or you'll never get it off.
6. Put the lid on correctly and turn it on High until the steam starts to come through the spout.
DO NOT LEAVE THE ROOM!
7. When it does, put the weight on the spout and set the timer for 7 minutes. (DON'T START IT YET!)
8. When the weight starts to wiggle, turn the heat down to Med. High (ha ha - I didn't do that last night) and start the timer.
9. When the timer goes off. Remove from heat immediately and put the pressure cooker in the sink.
10. Run cold water over the pressure cooker until you hear it hiss. Then you can open it.

Two ears of corn will really fill you up. I LOVE it with salt & pepper only. Dad LOVES it with a pat of butter on each bite.