Computer Dreams, and Broken Arms…

Because of a change in plans (i.e. broken bones), my Tuesday will not be spent half in bed, half on the computer, eating the entire time, and then going to a movie with a friend.  It will be spent at the ranch, hanging out with Sam and his poor, broken arm.
Although that’s not entirely a bad thing.  My college fund is looking a little dry still.

I can spend some of the morning online, eating delicious fresh fruit…I’ll also be searching online for a computer for college, any suggestions?  I don’t want to spend a whole lot on it (you know, I still have tuition and a plane ticket to pay for…maybe I should add a computer fund and a ticket fund…) but I want it to have a nice webcam, and above all else, I want a number pad. On the side.  Separate.

Also, today seems like a good time to tell you that giveaways are in the near future.  I’ll have some summer giveaways that you won’t want to miss, because the first will be some awesome handmade jewelry.  My aunt on Etsy is donating some of her gorgeous pieces, so stick around to see which ones will grace your neck someday! :)

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Organize, Pack, or Trash.

I’ve made the change from Blogger to WordPress, and I’m excited to say that I love my new (but not new) blog!  Although everything is different from Blogger, it’s not such a bad thing that I have to learn it all over.  But enough about the move, more about my day.

For months, there has been a scheduled power outage starting at eight am.  It was expected to be about five hours long.  I knew I was going to read, but after about 30 minutes of “The Fellowship of the Ring”, I got pretty tired; I need to get back into the swing of reading…I looked around my room, and saw a GIANT mess.  I told myself, “You’re going to have a super hard time finding what you want to take to college if you don’t clean up.  The sooner you organize, the sooner you can leave.”

Just the thought of leaving made me jump out of bed, and open my windows to let the fresh air come in. I ended up spending the rest of the outage (which was about four hours) organizing, packing, and throwing a bunch of stuff away.  You know that stuff you save because you’ll never know if you’ll need it again?  Well, I had a bunch of that.  And I may have completely screwed myself over in the future by throwing it away, but, at least it’s gone!  I took three huge, bulging bags of garbage to the dumpster, and turned one six-drawered dresser and one closet, which had both collected AT LEAST 10 years of junk, into three totes worth.  Kinda large-ish totes, but three all the same.

It was dusty, and musty, and I sneezed, but I got one job done for the day.  It kinda makes up for the fact I’ve been sitting on the computer from 8 to 8 everyday for the past week.

Other things I did today:

I showered in the dark, because I needed to shower bad (think: last shower was the day of my shots…Monday.).  It was actually really awesome.  I was slightly freaked out at first, but then it turned out to be not so bad.

I squished a bee in my window.  For those of you who don’t know me, I am terrified of killing bugs. (Just another completely ridiculous fear.  Add it to the list: Choking on gum while yawning, sharks, even in Wyoming…etc.)  Not because, you know, they’re bugs, but because of the awful sound they make when you step on them.  It’s kinda like mini-bones crushing.  It freaks me out.

I ate oatmeal with fresh blueberries – yum.

I figured out how to work WordPress. :)

Wok This Way…

Using this recipe, Pat and I created Orange Chicken for dinner yesterday. While Pat cut the chicken into cubes, I whisked the eggs, mixed the flour, salt and pepper, and made the orange sauce, which turned out really tangy, thanks to my additions to the recipe (hello extra oj!). After Pat had finished cutting up the chicken, he dunked each piece into the egg, then the flour mixture, and built a little chicken igloo out of the entire thing. It was like a really slow assembly line. Then, he used the wok to fry everything, begging me every few minutes to “add more oil! It’s sticking!”

I also made a really yummy smoothie with fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apple and orange and the rest of the oj I didn’t use in the orange sauce. I blended all the fruits with the juice, and then when it was nice and smooth, I poured it through a strainer to get rid of all the seeds. I put the newly smooth mixture back into the blender and added a few (huge) scoops of vanilla ice cream and blended until everything was mixed. It was really refreshing after eating the chicken (which I put rice and soy sauce on. I didn’t eat the actual orange sauce.) and yesterday it was about 90 degrees outside, so the smoothie was cool and thick, and absolutely delicious.

While we ate the chicken (we even fried up the fat in the leftover egg and flour mixture for the dog), we watched “The Blind Side” which I hadn’t seen. Both the chicken and the movie were really good.


This morning, I made pancakes with fresh blueberries. The blueberries oozed while the batter cooked, and every bite had a blueberry in it. I ate those while I watched “Tooth Fairy” with Dwayne Johnson. I love Dwayne Johnson.

Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 can almond filling (12 oz) ((Use any flavor you like, match extract you’re using))
2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions:

Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until it is light and fluffy. Beat in extract and filling until well blended. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until dough is stiff. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, or until dough is no longer sticky.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Using a teaspoon, scoop out balls of dough and put on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes (you may need to cook them longer; test a cookie to make sure they’re cooked inside.)
Cool on sheets, then transfer slightly warm cookies to wire racks.
Enjoy! (or store in an airtight container.)

Makes about 64 cookies.

Cookies!

Because I am not working this entire week, I’ve become a lazy log, lying on the couch, watching rented movies, and snacking on whatever is in the house that passes for food. (Yesterday, I consumed five hard-boiled eggs, and more than two pounds of cherries in about an hour. Today, it was nachos, and pizza in quick succession. Yum.)

Yesterday the movies were: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, He’s Just Not That Into You, and 2012. Today, The Silence of the Lambs, Sex and the City (number one, now I really want to see number two…) and soon, Valentine’s Day.

I also made cookies. Delicious, bite-size almond cookies. The first batch of 16 was a tiny bit over-cooked; the bottoms were darker (and crunchier) than I like. But the next batch turned out awesome! I still have the extra dough in the fridge…Enough for about three more batches of 16.

The second batch is just perfect! I may end up eating them all before anyone else can try them. Recipe later…I may end up making little apricot cookies as well! These little things are awesome! :)