Monday, June 30, 2008

Yummy (and easy!) chicken recipe

I found this recipe on a couple weeks ago while searching for something easy to make for dinner. It turned out really good, so I decided to make it again. But this time I got a little more creative with it.
I've been growing basil and rosemary on our little patio, so I added both of those, then topped with the tomato slices. When the chicken was about 15 minutes from being done, I added some mozzarella to the top.
Mmm, it turned out delicious! Kind of like a caprese salad on top of chicken. Caprese chicken, perhaps?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My apologies in advance

If you run into me today, you will be blinded by my pasty white legs. But it is too darn hot to wear jeans, so I brought out my cute khaki skirt to wear while running errands. Fish-belly whiteness aside, my legs are getting into pretty good shape so it's not all bad.

Speaking of which, a quick boot camp update. Today was an odd boot camp day. Normally there are around 8-10 boot campers, but today it was just me, one new lady and the instructor! I guess everyone is on vacation! It was actually kind of nice, it felt like we had a personal trainer. I found out today that I have been doing pushups wrong. Well, not wrong, but I do them to where my hands are just under my shoulders which apparently only works your triceps. Once the instructor showed me how wide to put my hands apart, I felt a huge difference in my shoulders and chest. (Of course, the good news is that my triceps are very strong!)

So as we're going the new lady was keeping up really well, you could tell she was in good shape. I still felt good because we were about on the same level, as opposed to me being way behind everyone else. Then about halfway through class she told the instructor she'd had major surgery just a couple of weeks remove cancer. So yeah, I'm still the most out of shape person in the class. But Sarah was really an inspiration, she could have taken the opportunity to be as lazy as she felt like but she was very determined to get back into top shape. Way to go, Sarah!

Summer movie review time! We went to the Studio Movie Grill to see Get Smart and it was hilarious! I used to love the original TV show when I was a kid and they did a great job of updating it. The food at the SMG was good, too, and thumbs up for getting to drink at the movies!
Next up on our summer to-see list: The Dark Knight! Can't wait!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Another meme...

Stolen from Heather (aka the Lazy Wife).

What was I doing ten years ago?

It was the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in high school. I remember doing lots of stuff with my church that summer: choir tour, mission trip, etc. Lots of time with my BFF's at that time.

What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today?

1. Boot-camp (check!)

2. Shower (check!)

3. Buy new day planner

4. Put away clean laundry

5. Finish my book

Five snacks I enjoy:

1. Microwave popcorn (light butter)

2. Triscuits and hummus

3. Popsicles

4. Odwalla bars, especially the chewy peanut ones

5. Pretzels

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

1. Pay off debt

2. Buy a house

3. Travel a LOT

4. Give a lot to charities

5. Quit my job

Places I’ve lived:

1. East Dallas, TX

2. Austin, TX

3. North Dallas, TX

4. Highland Park, TX

5. Umm, that's all

Jobs I’ve had:

1. Sales manager for JC Penney

2. Sales associate at Neiman Marcus

3. Sales associate/assistant manager at jewelry boutique

4. Sales associate at Express

5. Cashier/server at Mexican food restaurant

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Music Meme

You’ve been tagged.

List the seven songs that you most closely tie to a specific memory. These songs do not have to represent your happiest memories, good memories, or even strongest memories…

The connection between the memory and the song is what you should use to determine what fits the list.

These songs, when you hear them, ABSOLUTELY force you to recall a specific person, time, or event.



1. Take a Picture- Filter

2. Rehab- Amy Winehouse

3. The Warmth- Incubus

4. Hey Ya- Outkast

5. Three Libras- A Perfect Circle

6. Lose My Breath- Destiny's Child

7. Hands Clean- Alanis Morisette


Now tag 7 friends to carry the torch:

1. Heather
2. Penny
3. Chris
4. Kristen
5. Meg
6. Michael
7. Candice

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A swift kick...

So in the last year or so I've gotten a little lazy with my workouts. I've always been pretty active, on the swim team in high school and a regular at the YMCA over the years. My years without a car gave me ample opportunity to work my legs and working in retail has kept me moving pretty constantly. But lately work and my commute have left me drained, with not much extra energy.
So I decided to check out a boot camp class at the Y. When I showed up, it was all soccer moms and they assured me it wasn't too hard. Since I was the only newbie, the instructor asked me if I like to run. In my head, I thought, "I hate it" but out loud I said, "It's fine."
"Good, as long as you don't hate it, you'll be fine!"
Sure enough, on our "warm-up" run I was gasping for air as the other participants breezily chatted about what their kids were doing for the summer. The instructor tried to stay with me and chit-chat but I couldn't even speak.
Then it was on to calesthenics: lunges, squat thrusts, tricep dips and some other stuff, I think I blacked out. I had to take more breaks than the others, but I stuck it out until the end! The class was definitely a wake-up call, my butt needs to get back in shape. So my goal is to go to the class every week (assuming Wednesdays continue to be my day off, which I don't forsee changing anytime soon), at least for the summer.
Wish me luck!
As my reward for sticking through the class, I took myself to see the Sex and the City movie. It was great!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

If you can't take the heat...

...get out of Texas!
It is extremely hot out, in case none of you have noticed. This morning I slept later than I'd planned and didn't get out of the house for my run until almost noon. Big mistake! I didn't make it too far before I had to turn around and come back home. I know some people say that women don't sweat, they glow, but I was glowing like a horse! Then I needed to get out and pick up some supplies for my patio garden, but I think I will have to wait until the sun goes down to get everything planted.
I can't complain too much, though. My good friend Victoria is serving our country in Iraq right now. I got an email from her a couple weeks ago, she reported that the daily high is 120 degrees! Poor thing.
Well, I'm cooling off with Popsicles and a new copy of Cooking Light. Stay cool this summer!