Fan Girl Friday

17 Oct

Iiiiits Friday! Start your happy dance and let the Diet Coke flow! I’ve got some fantabulous fangirl finds to make today even more like a party!

Even though Firefly is long gone (I know, try not to sob into the tassle’s of your Jayne replica knit hat) you can still live the renegade lifestyle ONLINE! Oh yes, that’s right, Firefly is coming to your PC AND smartphone! You can carry Serenity in your pocket!

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Even though it won’t be available until early 2015, you can check out a sneak peek of the game by clocking the link here. What do you think? I think its SHINY.

 

I’m not going to lie, when Andrea from The Walking Dead was killed off, I was like, “Sheesh! FINALLY!” Needless to say, I was not the biggest fan of her character. I know I can’t be the only one. Anywhoo, Laurie Holden, the actress that played Andrea on the show, is MUCH more likeable in real life!

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Turns out Holden was an instrumental part in an undercover sex-trafficking bust down in Columbia. Holden is a human rights activist and works with a program called Operation Underground Railroad. The group, led by former CIA-agent Tim Ballard, works to free young girls sold into sex slavery. During the sting in Columbia, Holden and the group helped free fifty-five young women! Go Laurie! You can read the full story here.

 

I am SO incredibly ready for November: turkey, stuffing, and Mockingjay! I’ve been waiting for any new trailers to be released, so when I saw this one, I squealed like a little girl! Check it out!

 

Speaking of movies, look at what an incredibly talented teen did–using Lego and stop-motion–to capture some of the greatest moments in cult movie history, as well as classic movie posters:

Writer Wednesday

15 Oct

Hello, everyone!

I’ve been super lame about making sure I do Writer Wednesdays. I told myself I need to make it more of a priority. After all, that’s how you get better, right? Practice, practice, practice and all that?

Here’s today’s prompt:

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“I’m tired of these walls,” Dodger said, looking about him.

“Then go for a swim,” Betsey replied, no looking up from her salad.

“The pool isn’t clean,” whined Dodger, “and the boy won’t be here til the morning to clean it.”

“Go for a walk,” suggested Betsey, pieces of Romaine falling out of her mouth.

“A walk?” Dodger asked, incredulous. “A walk? You suggest a walk when you know I can’t…” His voice trailed off. He looked through his window up into the night sky.

“A walk,” he repeated softly. He turned to his wife, excitement in his eyes. “Yes! Yes! Let’s go for a walk!”

“So start walking,” Betsey said, sighing. “Just don’t bump into me.”

“Not in here,” Dodger said. “Out there.” He motioned his over-sized head to the window.

Betsey’s eyes grew wide. “What do you mean, Dodge?”

“I’m saying, let’s both go for a walk…out there.

Betsey shook her head violently. “No, no, no, no!”

“Come on, Betsey!” Dodger pleaded. “What’s the worse that could happen?”

“You know what could happen!” Betsey screeched. “You know how they are. Don’t you remember where we came from? I like it here. I don’t want to go out there.”

“Please, darling,” Dodger cooed into his wife’s ear. “Think about all the great food we always smell and never get to eat. We could find some out there.”

The scowl that had appeared across Betsey’s mouth started to soften. “Food, you say?”

“Yes, my love!” Dodger exclaimed. “Food of all sorts! And I’ll get it all for you! You can try it all, sweetheart!”

Betsey smiled. “But how will we get out?”

“Leave it to me,” Dodger said.

Dodger moved back as far as he could and ran head first into the steel door at the opposite end of the room. After about five tries, it burst open. Which was good; Dodger’s head was starting to hurt and he was ready to forget the entire venture. After escaping their small apartment, it was only a matter of squeezing through the tiny hallway (which was rather difficult, as Dodger and Betsey were rather ample) and busting through the front gate.

They were able to do both rather quickly, although Betsey thought it best to knock down the gate. She wanted to save Dodger’s head from further damage. He was the brains of this operation after all.

After they exited, they starting walking down a long street. There wasn’t much around them. After several minutes, Betsey suggested they turn around and go back.

“No, not yet,” Dodger begged. “Please. Just a little further. I think I see light ahead.”

After a few moments, the couple found themselves at the top of a small hill. When they looked down, Dodger shouted in delight.

“Look! Down there!”

Betsey followed his eyes and saw a parking lot full of different trucks. Each one of the trucks had pictures of food on them; food she had definitely seen before. There was also an oval-shaped area with tall walls and bright lights. There were sounds of cheering and whistles coming from it.

“Let’s go!”

“Are you sure?” Betsey asked. “What if we’re not welcome?”

Dodger kissed his mate. “Just be yourself. Everyone will love you.”

The couple walked down the hill and entered through some gates. They made their way to the trucks with the pictures of food and went to the window.

“Just a sec,” called a man from inside the truck over his shoulder.

The couple waited patiently.

“Alright, what’ll you have?” the man asked, finally looking at Dodger and Betsey.

Before either one could open their mouths, the man screamed.

Another man rushed to his side, “What’s wrong boss?”

The first man pointed to the window. The second man saw the couple and looked like he might faint.

“Call the cops!” the first man yelled. “Tell them there are two hippos at the Saint James’ homecoming game!”

Try It Tuesday

14 Oct

Happy Tuesday, Tryers!

Today’s Try It is fast, easy, and DELISH! Three of my favorite things! Here’s the original pin:

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Here’s what you need:

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~1 loaf French bread

~pizza sauce (I use Prego pasta sauce because its AWESOME)

~cheese

~toppings of your choice

 

First, preheat your oven to 500* (be prepared for it to heat your ENTIRE house). Cut the loaf of bread in half, length-wise and place onto a cookie sheet.

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Then, spread the desired amount of sauce on the bread and sprinkle your toppings on top.

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Pop in the oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Then, let it cool, slice, and eat!

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This would a GREAT lunch on the weekend! Its fast and you can make it somewhat healthy!

Mommy Monday

13 Oct

Since I’ve given birth (you know, 13 months ago) I’ve been trying to get back into my old way of eating.

However this weekend did not go well. Imagine Augustus Glut from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory only as a 29-year old woman with a child and in a spiral of anxiety after recent events. Yeah, that was me this weekend.

Before I got pregnant, I tried really hard to eat healthy. I meticulously tracked every calorie I ate as well as the calories I burned from working out. I worked out about 4-6 times a week and really pushed myself with my workouts. I was my own Jillian Michaels.

Now that I have a kid? Not so much.

I told myself after I had Hermione that I needed to really watched what I ate. Not only so I could fit back into my old clothes (because I was too cheap to buy new clothes). I told myself I’d be sure to at least eat a fruit and veggie everyday and drink more water and less soda. Buuuut…. its not really going that way. Its more going this way:

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I know I need to eat healthy so I can feel good. The better I feel and healthier I am, the better equipped I am to take care of Hermione. And it all sounds easy enough in theory. But actual execution? Not so much.

My meals have gone from actually sitting down and eating to: sitting down, seeing that Hermione dropped her cup, picking up the cup, getting her more puffs, spooning some more yogurt into her mouth, remembering that I have food, taking a small bite, and then repeating.

I used to love Lean Cuisines because they were so convenient. But now, I don’t have time to wait on a Lean Cuisine to cook!

I’ve found that I’m able to eat healthy if I keep easy to grab, healthy options around. Such as: bananas, berries (I love blueberries and raspberries), reduced sodium cheese sticks, and whole grain crackers.

There are still days when the healthiest thing I eat are the whole grain Gerber puffs, but I am trying!

 

What about you? How did you keep up a healthy lifestyle while also taking care of your little ones?

Fan Girl Friday

10 Oct

You guys, I know I say this every week, but I am SO glad that today is Friday. I have NEVER, EVER wanted a day to be behind me as bad as I wanted it to happen to yesterday. I know the only way to get over such a traumatic event is to return to normal as soon as possible, so that’s what I’m doing! So here we go with another excellently eccentric Fan Girl Friday!

 

Remember as a kid getting those gigantic hologram buttons that said: “Book It!” in huge letters? After you had read so many books, you’d get a sticker to put on your button. After you racked up so many stickers, you could get your own personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut for FREE! Well guess what, 80’s and 90’s kids? Book It is back!

Book It

Book It is celebrating its 30th birthday (hey—that means Book It and I were born in the same year!) and is inviting all of its alums to sign up for the program again! I’ve signed up! Now you need to too!

 

Ever feel like this in the mornings?

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A recent study in Great Britain showed that 33% of the nation felt at their absolute worst before 9:00 a.m. The study also found that 49% of Britons can go an entire week without ever receiving a compliment from someone! Well, IKEA was NOT going to let one of their favorite countries suffer an ego-blow like that! They recently placed a “Motivational Mirror” in one of their stores. The mirror dishes out compliments to shoppers from, “Your dress is amazing!” to “I love what you’ve done with your hair!” The reactions were priceless:

I’d like to have one of those for my house!

 

Halloween is 21 days away! Have you picked out your costume yet? I’m done with mine and *almost* done with Huff the Babe’s. If you’re not the crafty type, but still want to go as something original, check out this awesome light-up Tardis head-band from Think Geek:

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You can toss this on your dome, buy this dress from Hot Topic, and BAM! Instant Tardis, instant costume, instant AWESOMENESS.

 

When I was a kid, we went to Disney World. I remember stopping in one of the areas of DW called “Tomorrowland”. Back in ’89, it looked a little something like this:

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So when I heard there was a movie coming out based on that part of Disney World, I was a little skeptical. Until I saw the trailer. Now? I REALLY want to see it! Check it out for yourself!

 

A Truly “Crappy” Day

9 Oct

Today has been one mother of a day.

 

Shortly after Huff the Hubs left for work, me and Huff the Babe were at home, watching TV. I was cleaning up the breakfast mess and had just finished reading Hermione a book. I smelled that old familiar smell letting me know that little tushy sitting in my lap was in desperate need of changing. I changed the poopy diaper and tossed the soiled diaper liner (we use cloth diapers) into the toilet and flushed. I put Hermione back in the play pen and went back to the bathroom and gasped.

 

The toilet was overflowing. Poo was going everywhere!

 

I cursed under my breath and called Huff the Hubs.

 

Hermione was screaming her head off, wanting her Mommy, so I cleaned as much as I could, put my pajama pants back on (I took them off so they wouldn’t get contaminated with poo-water) and picked up the baby. I gave her my phone to calm her down when I heard knocking—or what I thought was knocking—coming from the front door.

 

Ugh. If you’re selling something, I am NOT buying, I thought as I looked out the peephole. It was not a Girl Scout. It was a man. A man in a white t-shirt, dark jeans, and he was taking the screen paneling off of the kitchen window. I also saw a newer model black Dodge Charger out in the street next to the mailbox.

 

I panicked. I grabbed the phone from Hermione and dialed 911.

 

“911 what’s your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.

 

“Someone’s breaking into my house!” I yelled frantically and said my address quickly. I peered out of the peephole and saw the burglar go off the porch and turn…to the side of the house that my sister’s bedroom window is on. I stepped quickly into the hall and saw the man’s face through the blinds. Still clutching the phone to my ear and holding onto Hermione for dear life, I called the dog to my side and we rushed to the garage.

 

When I got to the garage, I heard glass shatter. He was in the house.

 

I closed the door from the laundry room to the garage as quietly as I could. I didn’t want the guy to hear me; I didn’t know if he was armed. Thankfully, Hermione and Pinny Lane were quiet.

 

I told the dispatcher, “He’s in the house! He’s in the house!”

 

“Where are you?”

 

“I’m in the garage! Please, please send a cop!”

 

“They’re on their way. Can you arm yourself?”

 

“We don’t have any guns!” I cried, lamenting that I hadn’t taken a concealed carry class. I saw a hammer nearby and grabbed it.

 

I heard noises. I wasn’t sure if it was coming from the kitchen or living room.

 

“I hear him,” I said. “I think I’m going to make a run for it.”

 

I knew his getaway team was outside. I didn’t know if they had guns, but I knew I was not going to stay in the house and risk letting something happen to my baby.

 

“If you feel safer to run, then run,” the dispatcher said.

 

I hit the garage door opener, didn’t wait for it to open all the way, and bolted. I clung Hermione as close to me as I could, still holding the hammer in my hand. I called after the dog to follow me to the neighbor’s house.

 

I looked back and saw the driver of the black Charger. I looked him right in the eye. I saw a young girl in the backseat toss her hair. They seemed calm; like they were just waiting to pick up a friend to go to the movies.

 

As soon as I made it to the neighbor’s, a police car pulled up and the Charger drove off. I pointed to my house and called to the officer: “That’s my house! That’s my house!”

 

He drew his gun and went inside. (I later noticed that the front door had not been kicked in. The burglar had unlocked the front door so he could carry all the things he had piled up by the door to the getaway car.) As I stood in the neighbor’s lawn, I saw another police car pull up, then do a fast U-turn, and speed off the other way.

 

The first officer came out of the house and said the burglar had gotten away and other officers were in pursuit.

 

“How can I help?” he asked.

 

“Can you grab my dog, please?” I asked, crying.

 

He picked up Pinny and put her back inside. The officer advised that I go to a neighbor’s house because he was going to go look for the getaway car. I went to our neighbor that’s a SAHM who home-schools her sons. I was still talking to the dispatcher in between sobs.

 

When I got to the neighbor’s door, the dispatcher asked to speak with her, they talked, and then they hung up. Hermione and I stayed there until the cops came back. In the meantime, I called my mom (who works at the same place as my sister) to let her know what happened. Then, I called Huff the Hubs. They all sped home.

 

As I stood in my neighbor’s living room, watching Hermione toddle around, I started thinking about the 911 call.

 

Oh, crap. I thought. I really hope they don’t play this on the news. I’m pretty sure I said something about Pinny pooping and not coming when I called her. I’m going to sound like such an idiot!

 

Soon, there were 7 squad cars in the street, officers everywhere, and a news helicopter overhead. After about 30 minutes, my family was there and I was starting to calm down. Soon after that, an officer came up to me and said they caught they guy. He asked if I could ID the burglar.

 

“Is he here?” I asked, seething.

 

“He’s in the back of the car over there,” the officer said, pointing to his vehicle.

 

“Can I yell at him?” I asked, as we walked.

 

“Of course!”

 

We got to the squad car and the guy was leaning with his back to the door. The officer pulled open the door and said, “Sit up!” to the burglar.

 

“Yeah, that’s him!” I said. “How dare you, you *&^%$#?!” I yelled. “I was home with my baby and you just bust in?! Get your #$@%^&* head out of your %$^#&*( @##! Do something with your *&^%$#@ life!”

 

The man started to say something, to which the officer said, “Shut up!” and slammed the door.

 

My mom scolded me as I walked back onto the lawn. “Jessica Lynn!” she said. “You just dropped the F-bomb like five times!”

 

“He deserved it!” I said, throwing my hands in the air.

 

“He did!” the officer who escorted me to the car said. “He deserves a lot more!”

 

“They’re just lucky they didn’t let me in the back!” I exclaimed.

 

“It’s my car, I’ll let you back there,” the officer replied.

 

“Shh! Don’t tell her that,” my dad warned, smiling.

 

As of now, the people in the getaway car are still out there. The detectives came by earlier and let me look at some pictures. I’m fairly certain that I positively ID’d the driver. There weren’t any pictures of the potential female passenger, though.

 

I’m still a little shook up, and my adrenaline is still coursing through me, but I feel better that they caught the guy. He didn’t get away with anything (except my sense of security) and the damage was limited to a broken window.

 

I am so, so thankful for the officers and detectives that were here. They were all so helpful and very kind. I know cops can sometimes get a bad rap, but they were EXCELLENT. The detective–when I told her the whole story (poo included)–said, “Well you’ve really had a ‘crappy’ day, huh?” We’re now best friends.

 

They gave me some solid advice, too:

  1. Get a gun.
  2. Do NOT leave your garage door opener in your car on your visor. Thieves have been known to break into cars, grab your insurance verification (or something with your address on it), take your garage door opener and come clean you out in the middle of the night.
  3. Get a “key-fab” garage door opener and keep it on your key ring. (see #2)
  4. Get a home security system. Thieves stay away from houses with stickers or signs in the yard that say “Protected by ADT”.

 

You’d better believe I will be doing ALL of these things TONIGHT.

 

 

Try It Tuesday

7 Oct

Am I the only one whose Pinterest feed is blowing up with clean eating recipes? I think its because the Season of Food (that’s what I call the time from Halloween to New Year’s Day) is almost upon us. Soon our bellies will be bulging with leftover candy, casseroles, and cookies galore! So its time to shed a few L-B’s before the “Holiday 15″ catches up to us. Good thing I found today’s try it, courtesy of The Burlap Bag!

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Here’s all you need:

Clean Eating Cookie (1)

~2 bananas

~1 cup oats

 

THAT’S IT. You can also add in your favorite “extras” (chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, raisins, nuts, coconut shavings, etc). I added chocolate chips and peanut butter chips because…CHOCOLATE and PEANUT BUTTER.

First,  preheat the oven to 350*. Mash up the bananas and stir up with the oats.

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Then, add your extras. I used 1 tablespoon of each flavor of baking chips. I also tossed in a teeny bit of vanilla and a sprinkle or two of cinnamon.

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After that, I scooped the “dough” into a spoon and dropped it onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

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Fifteen minutes later, they were done!

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These cookies were DELISH! AND–added bonus–they are super healthy and low in calories!

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You should totes make these tonight! They’re super easy and awesome!

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