Archive for May, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Best friend

Today’s Throwback Thursday is brought to you by the letters BFF. On Tuesday, I met up with one of my friends here in DC since she was in town for a conference. I met a lot of her PA school friends and they all wanted to know how long we’d been friends. We both looked at each other, laughed, and said since the womb.


Clearly, we aren’t twins, but we are both April babies and minus those first few months of life, we’ve been friends since before we can remember. We grew up together in pre-school, attended the same elementary, middle, and high school. And somehow through it all, when I fell away from hometown life and broke the rules by finding something bigger out in the world (and myself), we stayed friends.

She is my salsa buddy. My I’ve really fucked it up now confidant. My sass-mouth partner. My We’ll fix it friend. One of my very best friends.

I didn’t stay in touch with a lot of people from home, but she’s the kind of friend you will always be able to pick up where you left off.

So grab your BFF and jam with Brandy and her Best Friend track off her self-titled album, released in 1994.


Weekend review: Beach life

The question du jour: Did you have a nice weekend?

My answer, albeit a bit hesitant: Yes.

This past weekend was spent in Ocean City, MD with quite a few good friends. The weather was OK, but not brilliant. And when it came to the weekend’s agenda, not everyone was on the same page. So in the end, it was a bit like herding cats. Irish, male cats.

Saturday was kind of a wash because the weather was frigid (for the beach) and while Sunday was sunny, it just felt like it was taking forever for the fun to get started. I suppose it’s hard when your crew consisted of 3 girls and a gazillion boys. And perhaps my expectations were a little too high based on last summer’s OC adventure where everyone was excited for just as much beach time as they were for party time. In the end, my expectations just didn’t meet the reality of the weekend. But it can definitely be said that when the fun did finally kick off, there was much to be had. Here is a picture montage of Sunday’s shenanigans:


If I seem a little ambivalent about the weekend, it’s because I am. I wanted to walk away with epic stories to tell; instead, I walked away with a few funny stories and some life lessons or rather happiness goals.

  • Don’t let other people’s actions dictate your happiness or the success of your day.
  • Embrace your feelings, but don’t let them get the better of you.
  • And even at age 29, understand that insecurities might creep up on you when you least expect it, but that’s just the best time to prove how far you’ve come in life.

And of course, there’s always the reiteration of my life rules, especially #4 today – let it roll off your back.

So let’s end this post with a toast to May’s adventure. Perhaps not my fave out of the past 5, but definitely worth a few smiles and always grateful for the memories made.

Food: Lemon crinkle cookies

I’m a sucker for anything lemon. I’m especially a sucker for lemon recipes with less than 5 ingredients.


I first discovered this crazy easy recipe on Pinterest, via Kitchen Meets Girl. And since the only thing I didn’t have in my pantry was lemon cake mix, the decision to make this cookie wasn’t even really a decision at all. It just had to be done and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Go ahead, gather your ingredients. It’ll take you 5 minutes. Here’s what you need:

    1 box of lemon cake mix
    8 oz cool whip (thawed)
    1 egg
    1 cup of powder sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 and then mix your cake mix, cool whip, and egg together in large bowl.


Your batter will be sticky and awkward. Don’t worry, powder sugar will come to your rescue. Put your powder sugar in a small bowl and then place a dollop of batter in the bowl. Note: the original recipe recommended a tablespoon size dollop and that’s what you see below; however, I’d recommend smaller. Smaller cookies means more cookies.


Cover your batter in sugar completely. Move from hand to hand to shake off excess sugar.


Place your cookie on a greased cookie sheet.


Bake for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown on edges. Because my cookies were probably larger than intended, my cooking time was probably closer to 12-13 minutes. Remove from oven and allow them to cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

Now, the hard part – try to resist eating all of them. They are so perfectly soft and moist, I couldn’t believe it.


I’ll be making these again soon and might even try other cake mix flavors!

Throwback Thursday: Glycerine

Back in the 90’s, there were a few clear signs that one day I’d grow up and fall in love with a man that had a sexy accent. Bush (and Gavin Rossdale) was one of those signs. I just couldn’t get over the way he said strawberries.

I also remember the day my sister’s Rolling Stone came in the mail and Gavin Rossdale graced the cover. Talk about teen obsession. I stole that magazine faster than a diabetic kid in a candy shop. I can’t actually remember if I ever gave it back, though I’m sure we fought about it, at which point I vehemently denied ever seeing it.

Gavin was my first teen celebrity crush and I just knew we could make our 20 year age gap work. He had a sexy accent and I was in love. Plus, I did own his first 2 albums, Sixteen Stone and Razorblade Suitcase. What more proof did he need?

However, I did miss the 3rd album, The Science of Things, when it debuted in 1999 as I think I was in love with a senior boy at the time. I was making progress from idolizing unreachable celebs to awkwardly flirting with seniors (as a freshman).

Gawd, was I awkward, but Bush were iconic. So here’s ‘Glycerine’ off of their first album, Sixteen Stone, released in 1995.

I still love when he sings ‘strawberry fields’ and I do vow to see him in concert if they ever tour again. I’ll be the 30-something screaming in the back like I’m 14 all over again.

Life: A tribute to Elvy

For Crankypants: a tribute to the one and only, Vox/interwebs sensation…Elvy. Goodbye furry friend.

Elvy butt, so what?


Shmoooooches from Cranky.


Me trying to get in on the fun. Elvy not having it.


Classic Elvy.


Crankypants – I hope you don’t mind the trip down memory lane as I had to dig through the Vox archives for these photos. 2007 just didn’t seem that long ago until I did the math!



Weekend review: On the farm

I didn’t exactly get up to a lot this past weekend, other than working on a major 2013 goal! One weekend out of the month, I head up to Humane Domain to study under a well-known behaviorist in the area. I’m actually always doing work (assignments, conference calls, etc), but this past weekend was our hands-on time.

All day Saturday, we worked with pups, not only to teach them the training basics, but to also teach US how to train and work with clients. I was familiar with a lot of the material since I had worked with a mentor to complete my ABC certification, but the day’s activities just helped glue it all together in my head.

Sunday was more of a standard classroom type of day, except for the afternoon when we went out to help train the goats. The day’s goals were to make sure we got our hands on them (to help become therapy goats), allow them to become familiar with a harness, and to ooh and ahh at them 🙂

While training the goats, we had a few on-lookers. Like this alpaca…


He made me giggle, the skepticism in his demeanor (while natural) just cracks me up. We’ll be working with them a little further down the line. All in all, even though I wasn’t out partying, I did have a fantastic weekend working towards my own very important goal to become a national certified dog trainer and animal behaviorist. All good steps in the right direction!

Throwback Thursday: Lemonheads

Back in the days of Vox, we used to celebrate the 90’s and Monday (yes, we celebrated Mondays) with a little 90’s Music Monday action. That was back in the 2000’s. Now, in 2013, it’s all about the #tbt. So I’m going to get a little Vox ritual revival going here and kick it off with some Lemonheads.

I actually used to think I had a knack for picking one-hit wonders. To my credit, my first CD’s were Smash Mouth, Lemonheads, and Reel Big Fish. Not that any of them weren’t class bands, but it just seemed like my friends had no clue about the bands I thought were interesting. I remember they even convinced me to buy a L.L. Cool J CD, explicit lyrics included. So maybe all that speaks more to a talent on my part?

Sorry L.L., we just didn’t mesh. But I did mesh with the Lemondheads and their album Car Button Cloth, released in 1996. Here’s track #2, “If I Could Talk I’d Tell You”.


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