Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Ok I admit it...I am quite the tv whore. I'm not lazy, I promise! Ok...maybe a little...sometimes.

So, because you obviously care about what I do in my downtime, and because I don't have anything better to write today, here are the shows I watch regularly:

Big Brother-The season has ended, but I am excitedly looking forward to next. I have watched almost every season of this show and can't get enough. If I went on any reality show, this would be the one.

Project Runway-This is only maybe the second season I've really gotten into, but I am enjoying it. I could never be a clothing designer. And hello- they made clothes out of newspaper- woah!

Drop Dead Diva- New show on Lifetime that I absolutely love!

How I Met Your Mother- Hi-larious! Last season was the first I had ever watched and I love it.

What Not to Wear- I would love for Stacy and Clinton to go through my closet and tell me what they think and then give me $5000 bucks to spend on new clothes. Heaven, I tell ya, heaven.

CSI/CSI Miami/CSI New York/NCIS/NCIS LA/Numbers- I group these all together because these are the On Demand shows that the NewlyHusband and I watch when we eat dinner. Sometimes, I wonder why the hell we watch these while we are eating.

The Biggest Loser- If you can watch this and not cry, you have no heart. Seriously, I cry every episode.

If I'm bored and there is nothing else on, I just find other On Demand shows (I don't like commercials), like Psych, 18 Kids and Counting, The Little Couple, Little People Big World, etc. post makes it seem like I spend all day every day watching tv. I don't- I spend much more time on the internet...hmm and that statement made me seem like a 50 year old fat bald guy typing from his mother's basement...promise I'm not that either.

Well, guess I better shut off the tv, get off the internet, and actually do something. Homework or bake banana bread- hmmm.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Cooked Yesterday!

I've said it before on this has never been my thing. However, it is my goal to learn to cook different meals now that I am married. My family will tell you that if it comes in a box with directions on the back I can make it. Past that, uhh...get the number for Pizza Hut ready.

Well last night, I cooked without a recipe. I mean I looked around the internet to figure out how long and on what temp I needed to cook, but this was a big deal for me. And if any of you "foodies" out there are reading, yes I realize I am not a gourmet cook. But I don't blog these recipes for gourmet cooks. I blog them for kitchen newbies like me, who may have no clue what they are doing. So if that's you, enjoy! We sure did.

Oh and I forgot to take a picture. Oops!

Tasty Baked Chicken
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt about three tablespoons of butter (I used margarine cuz we never have butter in our house.)
Coat boneless skinless chicken breasts in melted butter ( I had 3 chicken breasts.)
Place on cookie sheet and cover the side that is facing up in salt, pepper, and all purpose seasoning.
Cook for 15 min.
Turn chicken over and cover that side with salt, pepper, and all purpose seasoning.
Cook another 15 min.
And there ya go- super easy and it was so flavorful. I served it with low fat Velveeta Shells and Cheese (not recommended- the shells were not flavorful at all.)

Monday, September 28, 2009


Things that I feel like bitching about:

Rant 1: Idiots who want sympathy I'll be honest. I feel guilty about this rant, but it's been bugging me for a bit now. I get annoyed when people that are idiots ask for my sympathy. This is the part where it may offend some people and I'm sorry. Couple of cases in point: Read on the local news the other day that a pregnant 19 year old (who already had a 9 month old child) was riding in the bed of a pickup truck. The truck got into some sort of an accident, she was thrown from the bed, and her and her unborn child are dead. Is this a sad story? Yes, very sad- it's sad for the baby that will never be, it's sad for the 9 month old who is now without a mother, it is sad for this girl's family. However...she was pregnant and riding in the bed of a truck. I know we may all have rode in the bed of a truck at one point or another and I know we all probably realize it's a dumb move cuz your ass is most likely grass if that truck is in an accident or hell even if it has to hit on the brakes. But this woman should have been thinking about her baby. If you are pregnant, you should be acting more responsible because you have not only yourself to worry about but also that baby in your belly. I want to give this woman my sympathy? No- she was being an idiot. Second case in point, a girl asking for prayers for her friend who was...get this...trying to roll a truck and took off his seatbelt in the process. And, can you believe it, he ended up in the hospital. Uh hello, DUH. Will I pray for the guy to recover? Of course. Do I feel for the guy? No, I don't. He was straight up asking for it.

Rant 2: Dear Metabolism, Why did you trick me in my youth? You were so fast. I could eat anything that I wanted, never lift a finger, and not gain a pound. I'm only 24 and you're slowing down already? I actually have to work hard to keep myself in shape. I get that most people have to work to keep their weight down and I'm ok with that, but it's not something I've ever had to do before so it's taking some getting used to. I love good food. Ask the NewlyHusband, dinner is my favorite time of the day and I get grouchy if I don't have a good one. And, ya know, I enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two or three after a bad day or when I'm celebrating something or when I go out or with dinner. Are these things I'm going to have to cut back on? Oh you evil evil thing metabolism, you.

Rant 3: Hate crimes- This one is more serious. But I don't get and will never get why one person thinks they have the right to take the life of another person, just because of who that person is. You know watch, scratch "hate crimes" and put in "violence in general." Why does one human being believe they have the right to hurt/kill another human being? If anyone has the answer to this, please let me know.

Rant 4: Celebrity gossip- Now I'm ok with a certain amount of celebrity gossip and I get that it is a lot of people's guilty pleasure. Hell we're human and we like insight into other people's lives, hence why we read other people's blogs and why we watch reality tv. But there are two kinds I despise. 1- Anything having to do with Speidi. The only good thing about Speidi is that "Speidi" sounds like a nickname you would give your pet tarantuala. I find spiders gross and annoying and I find Heidi and Spencer gross and annoying. Perfect nickname. But c'mon, these people need to get the hell out of the spotlight. There is nothing special about them. They both love drama and they certainly belong together. 2-Celebrity gossip that is pointless and hurtful. The best example of this was when TMZ did a report that Katie Holmes had a cold sore and had pictures of her with it. So the fuck what? People get cold sores- cold sores are usually NOT an STD, a lot of times people have gotten them since they were younger, and things such as stress, cold, and heat can bring them out. Why is that something to report on and make fun of? I felt so bad for the girl. This kind of celebrity gossip is messed up.

I'm sure I could think of many more things to vent about, but let's save those for another day. I'm thinking of making banana bread for the first time later on, so be on the lookout for a post about that debacle, uh I mean, fabulous recipe.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's...Recipe Time!

If you read my first post, you know that my specialty in the chicken before getting married was chicken nuggets and tator tots. And yes I mean the kind that is frozen in a bag, you stick in the oven, and wallah! yummy dinner. A close second was hot dogs and macaroni, made so special by the extra slice of cheese I always put in.

Well, one of my goals after becoming a wife was learning to cook for my husband (and myself of course). I knew we needed to eat better and I knew we needed to eat at home more. Also, when we have kids, I want them to know what a home cooked meal is. Because when I was a dogs and macaroni was a home cooked meal.

So I have decided to share with you all when I try to make something new. I will let you know what it was, how it turned out, any freak outs I had in the kitchen, and of course share the recipe. I will even include a picture of the final product (if you promise not to laugh-ha who am I kidding?)

Today, I am going to start off with the one thing I learned to cook before getting married. It is my go to recipe when we have people over for dinner, because it's easy and it's tasty every time. I figured I'd start you off with something that actually turned out good, so maybe you'll stick around to see the ones that didn't.

Baked Ziti
This recipe came from the "Best of the Best 500 Fast and Fabulous Five Star 5 Ingredient Recipes" book by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley. They call it S'ghetti Bake, but I call it Baked Ziti cuz that's pretty much what it is.
1 lb ground beef
1 (8oz) pkg mostaccioli pasta, cooked
1 (26 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8oz) pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown ground beef. Then drain. Stir in cooked pasta, spaghetti sauce, and parmesan cheese. Pour into a 9x13 in casserole dish. Top with mozzarella. Bake at 375 for 20 min. Serves 8.
-Putting more mozzarella cheese on never hurt anybody. I say the more cheese the better.
-I always use the store brand original spaghetti sauce. Obviously, you can use whatever you want.
-They say it serves 8. I say it serves 6.
-I always serve it with garlic bread.
This is so so good. It's great to make when you have people over, cuz you can do all the pre-cooking before they get there, stick it in the oven, and then you can hang out with them while you wait for it to cook. Plus for a newbie cook like me, the only things you have to do at the same time are cook the pasta and the ground beef, which is wonderful for lessening the kitchen break downs.
*Edit- I am so not blog savvy yet. I tried to put spaces between each section underneath Baked Ziti, but for some reason it is making it one big block. I apologize for that- I like everything broken up.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I Went and Did It

Don't mind the bathroom mirror picture taking. Newly Husband wanted me to send him a picture of it and this was the best I could do.

I am now a brunette. We did keep a tiny bit of my natural color in there just to balance it out a bit. I like it though!

A Big Change to My Hair?

If you're a girl, your hair is probably somewhat of a big deal to you. You want it to look good right? And sometimes you just need a change. I knew a girl who would cut her hair every time she went through a break up. Well, the wedding's over, it's back to normal life, and I'm feeling like I need a major hair change.
First, let me tell you about my current hair: I have always had strawberry blonde hair. Currently I have blonde highlights in it. My hair is incredibly fine, so I can never grow it too long or it looks super stringy. Here are some pictures of my hair now, well a month or so ago:

I'm thinking about cutting it like this:
Or this:

And the bigger change......

Going brunette! I've thought about it for a few years now- what would I look like with dark hair? And I think I'm finally ready to take the plunge and find out.

Sooo...what do you think?

Friday, September 18, 2009

My Affinity for the North

Well the Northeast I should probably say...

I love it. We lived in upstate New York when I was in elementary school (left after 2nd or 3rd grade). My dad was born and raised outside of Boston. My aunts still live there and my grandmother lives in Plymouth.

I now live in Florida and have since I was 8 (minus a few month stint in Arizona). Florida's great and all. I get cold when it's 60 degrees out or heck even when it's 70 if the wind is blowing. So of course the temperature is a plus. But, to reiterate, I've lived here since I was EIGHT! I'm tired of it.

I love love love Boston. It is my absolute favorite city in the US. I actually wanted to go to UMass after high school, but was given a scholarship that was only good for in-state schools and couldn't really give that up.

Another plus of Florida- no state taxes and it's pretty damn cheap to live here compared to a lot of the US, especially the Northeast. So it would be a financial shocker for us to live up there (although if we ever strike it rich, a house on the Cape is the first thing we're buying after we pay off debt).

However, temperature and money considered, I still love it up there. I want to live up there at some point in my life. I want this with a passion.

But guess what...I went and married a Georgia boy. Born and raised in Georgia, he moved to Florida about 10 years ago and loves it here. He says he couldn't survive in the snow.

So I guess my dream of living up north is dashed. I mean sure it'll be great to still be in Florida when we have kids- both our parents are close enough to babysit. And the Newly Husband has a really great job here with awesome job security- something I wouldn't want him to leave, especially in this economy.

But I'm dissapointed. I mean yeah I knew this when I said yes to his proposal, just like I knew my cat would have to live with my mom forever (he's allergic). And he is a wonderful, loving, caring, husband. And practically, it probably makes sense for us to stay here. But the dissapointment is still there and probably won't go away for a while. And hey, I just may apply for jobs up there after I graduate and who knows- if I just happen to get offered a sweet gig, he may actually put some thought into it.

A girl can dream, right?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Patience...And the Baby Talk

First of all, please be patient with me as I try to find a background for the blog that I am happy with.

Now on to the real subject of this blog...babies. Oh no, don't get scared away! I'm not having any any time soon. But no newlywife blog would be complete without a post on the baby talk.

Why oh why, is it the first thing people ask you after you get married? "Oh you're when are you having kids." Woah...woah...woah...slow it down there buster. We were being asked this question less than TWO WEEKS after our wedding day.

Let me give you some background. The newlyhusband is...well...older than me. By a bit. So I can understand why his mom wants us to have kids quickstyle. She's ready for grand-babies. And yes, because he is older than me, we may have kids sooner than we would otherwise. Now, let me give you more background- I am in college people. Yes, yes, I took a couple years off and should have been done way before now. But I'm not. I'm still there- 7 1/2 months left (yeah, I'm counting). Do you really think I want to be preggers (yep, I said preggers) while I am in my last semester or two of college? Let me answer for you- Hell to the no.

But when I tell people that I would like to finish college and you know, get a real job (gasp- a career!) before we bring a child into this world, do you know the most common response..."Well, if you got pregnant now, the kid wouldn't be born until after you graduated." For real, this is their logic.

Do I want kids one day? Yes absolutely. I want to be a mom and I think the newly husband would make a great dad. We both want this. But right now, I want to come home from school, check Facebook, read my favorite blogs, do homework, catch my tv shows, spend some quality time (wink wink) with the newly husband etc. In short, I am too selfish for a kid right now.

Andplusalso, before we have kids, I want to:
Finish school
Buy a new house
Decorate and furnish and make that new house a home
Travel more (I want to make it back to Boston soon, I've never seen NYC, I would love to go to Italy and Spain and Ireland- although I realize all this may not happen first)
Get a career where I can get maternity leave, have good benefits for said kid.

So yeah, I'm not ready. Why do people assume you should be the second you say I do?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


A lot of things annoy me: traffic, having to do math, people walking/driving too slow in front of me, people that take up the whole sidewalk at school so I can't get past, bad teachers. Some people annoy me just by of the sound of their voice.

My current annoyance: The guy two seats down from me in the library listening to his IPOD at full volume. I don't know what song it is but it goes "I need ya" over and over...and over again. Oh and he has to have the song on repeat, cuz it's been the same thing since I got here half an hour ago. Seriously dude, turn the music down. I've given him many the side eye but he doesn't seem to be getting it. My head hurts already and he is so not helping.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Gym?

Before the NewlyHusband left for work today:

NH: You want to go the gym tonight?

Me:Abso-freaking-lutely *(Side Note: I never gained the freshman 15 in college but I very well may gain the new wife 15. This is what happens when all week, you sit at school, you sit at home to do homework, and on the weekends, you sit at a desk at work. That's a helluvalotta sitting. So you can see why I was so excited when my husband asked if I would like to go to the gym)*

While he is at work, through email:

Me: Porkchops for dinner tonight? *(Side Note: Don't be jealous. My man makes the best grilled porkchops EVA!)*

NH: After the gym?

Me: Of course.

Later on, through email again:

NH: Are you really gonna let me watch football tonight?

Me: You're gonna make me go to the gym AND watch football? Woah Woah Woah..*(Side Note: I am SO not a football fan. I have a blast at the games. I have zero desire to ever watch it on tv.)*

NH: Actually hun, I'm not really feeling the gym tonight.

Me: Oh good. I was sooooo not feeling it either.

I have got to do something. I have gained a pant size. Mind you, I am not a big girl, I realize this, but still.... I do not want to gain the "wife fifteen" as I'm calling it less than 2 months into our marriage. It is just so hard to get motivated to go work out. I actually enjoy the gym when I'm there. It's the getting there that's hard.

How do you get motivated?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Trying Wine

I have never liked wine. But for some reason, in the past week or so I have really enjoyed it (Read: brought a bottle home almost every day). People say that it is an aquired taste...I started out with Berringer White Zinfandel-because that is what we had in our fridge- and the Newly Husband and I finished the bottle the next day. Yum! Went out to dinner with friends the other night and the friend ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir- I also liked that. He then ordered a dessert wine- a Moscato something or other. Also very good. So I'm all proud of myself for being a grown up and enjoying wine...The husband was gone last night, so I decided to try the Cabernet we had had in our fridge for a long time---Gross! I poured the glass out into the sink. So of course the husband had to try it tonight- he actually spit it out into the sink.

Turns out the wine had seperated or something in the bottle...yeahhh still think it turned me off of trying Cabernet again for a long time. Think I'll stick with my beginner wines for now.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Welcome to my world

Just a quick little welcome post since this is a brand new blog- I hope to be able to share with you my thoughts, feelings, emotions.....yeah no. This is going to be a place for me to hopefully amuse you with the goings on in the life of a "newly wife." I've been married a month and two days now, and lets just say I wasn't very "wifey" before. My best homecooked meal was chicken nuggets and tator tots. Mmm...don't judge. Oh yeah, it'll also be a place for me to procrastinate when I really should be doing my homework (2 semesters left until I get my Bachelors in History).