Random things I’m loving right now

No posts for over a week, then two posts in one day, what?  I’m random like that. And so is this list of things that I am loving at this moment:

1. New Girl – This show is hilarious.  Zooey Deschanel is hilarious.  I’ll be honest, before this show, I knew her only as a singing elf and wife to Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.  I thought, “Really, Ben went all Hollywood?” I was so wrong.  She is quick, and quirky, and delightful, and darling, and has super fabulous style, and a fantastic voice to boot (her songs only add to the hilarity of the show).  My sincere and deepest apologies to both Ben and Zooey for my pre-judgment.

2. Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette – I have been eying this for some time.  No pun intended.  My fantastic mom bought it for me on a recent Sephora trip.  The texture of these shadows is divine.  Like butter.  Not greasy butter that will melt off of your eyelids after an hour of wear, but smooth shadow that applies perfectly and lasts all day when Urban Decay or other eye shadow primer is used.  There are seriously four million different looks you can create with just this one palette.  I think the hype is true, you could probably get rid of all of your other eye shadows and just use this one for the rest of your life.  Or until it runs out.

3. Pinterest – This one comes with a warning.  If you think Facebook is addicting, approach Pinterest with extreme caution.  It’s an amazing way to record and organize pictures of all of your favorite things, all in one place.  It’s a way to get new ideas for everything, from a fall look to what to make for dinner.  It’s a way to discover things about yourself, from what you really think makes a home beautiful, to the fact most of your Hollywood crushes sort of resemble each other.
So really, it’s healthier than Facebook.  It’s not stalking, it’s self-discovery!

4. Blink-182 Neighborhoods – Mark, Tom, and Travis did not disappoint with this new album.  It is pop-punk perfection.  It’s a perfect mixture of old Blink and new Blink, with a definite Cure influence.  It is great musical accompaniment on the treadmill, in the car, or rocking out in the kitchen while making pumpkin oatmeal.

5. Friday Night Lights – So, I’m totally late to the party on this one.  I heard all the
hype but never watched when it was actually on real TV.  I actually just started watching it on Netflix streaming a few months ago, and I now spend just about every evening in Dillon, Texas.  I’m not a big football person, but this show is about so much more than football.  It is brilliantly written, the actors are amazing,  and the characters are so real. I don’t even know the words to explain it.  It is so relatable, and funny, and heart-wrenching.   I know that everyone who knows me is probably sick of hearing me talk about it.  But at least twice during each episode, I turn to my husband and say, “I can’t believe how good this show is,” or “This is seriously the best show ever on television,” or some other similar exclamation about its awesomeness. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is probably the best show I have ever watched.  No, I am not forgetting about Alias.

What random things are you loving right now?

- Beth FS

Oatmeal is Delicious

I love oatmeal. Especially on cold fall mornings. I give complete credit to Beth WA for making me realize its deliciousness, and for introducing me to the blog Kath Eats so that I could learn how to make it.  Before I watched Kath’s how to video, the only oatmeal I knew how to make was the kind that came in a little envelope, to which I just added water.  Real stovetop oatmeal is SO much better, and really does not take much more time than the instant stuff. You also get a lot of bang for your buck (which according to me means: not a ton of Weight Watcher points, and it keeps me full for hours).  I use different mix-ins and toppings, depending on what I’m craving.   Sticking with my love of pumpkin, this is my oatmeal of the moment:

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Sweet and Salty Toppings

1/3 cup oats

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup skim milk

Cook according to Kath. (I use banana in every oatmeal except this one)

At the end, stir in:

1/3 to 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin

1 heaping tsp brown sugar

Dash of salt

A few dashes of cinnamon

Top with:

1 TBS Sunbutter

1 tsp white chocolate chips

1 tsp butterscotch chips

Enjoy.

According to my calculations, this is about 8 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

How do you take your oatmeal?

- Beth FS

I have a problem.

Well, I have many problems, but one of them is that I am an impulsive and compulsive person, especially with purchasing things, or eating things.  (God help me when I am hungry at the grocery store, after reading a bunch of food blogs.)  I see things I want, and I buy them.  This would be fine and all, if I had money to spend on these things.  But, I don’t.

The things I purchase are usually clothes, food, or my single biggest compulsion…exercise videos and equipment.  This started in the 90’s when Tae Bo first came out, and I bought the videos and got in excellent shape.  Ever since then, I continue to buy videos, and am not in excellent shape.  You name it, I have it; Tae Bo, Gilad, Step Aerobics, Zumba, The Firm, Slim in 6, Jillian Michaels, Biggest Loser, Pilates, Yoga, and Melt it Off.

See for yourself:

Here are a few closeups…

Those are a lot of calories to burn.  I was thinking about trying each of these and doing a short blog about entry about it.  I’ve got to find a way to incorporate them into my days.

Because, you see, one of my other problems is that I am not great at getting rid of stuff.  I am not a hoarder or anything. I don’t think so, at least.  Ha ha.

But seriously, who could get rid of these games?

You never know when your friends might want to get together to play a trivia game about a show that’s been off the air for almost 10 years.  I mean, it hasn’t happened yet, but you never know, right?

What are some things you are impulsive about buying?

Do you have things that you know you should get rid of, but you just can’t?

Healthy Tipping Point

Healthy Tipping Point.

So, I had to write a quick blog entry about Healthy Tipping Point, one of my favorite blogs.  If you read my blog entry the other day, you are probably thinking to yourself, “Beth WA, you are lying.  You listed your top three favs, and HTP wasn’t listed.”  Well, it was a mistake.  I accidentally put on one there, when I meant to put this one.   Shoot.  So, let’s call this one of my top four favorite blogs to read.  Caitlin, the author, is one of “my friends,” in my google reader.  She is hilarious, and makes yummy food.  She is part of this http://operationbeautiful.com/, and I think it’s wonderful.

You know I am truly Catholic (and a little insane) because I have been feeling guilty about this mix up, and wrote a note on my hand to remind myself to clarify.

What blogs do you like to read?  Why do you choose those blogs?  I read so many, for so many different reasons.  I have to figure out how to do a “blogroll.”

But, until then, here are some of my favorites:

http://www.pbfingers.com/

http://mealsandmiles.com/

http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/

http://elastamom.com/

http://keepingtrac.wordpress.com/

http://www.nottobrag.net/

And of course, the ones I references in this blog entry:  http://the2beths.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/kath-oprah-pumpkin-now-thats-what-i-am-talking-about/

Time to do some grading.

-Beth WA

 

 

 

Tattoo Rue: Jesse James and Kat Von D Are Kaput Yet Again | Gallery | Wonderwall

Tattoo Rue: Jesse James and Kat Von D Are Kaput Yet Again | Gallery | Wonderwall.

Beth WA, I know this really shocked you the first time it happened. (That, my friends, was sarcasm.) Do you think she has wised up for good?

-Beth FS

Oh em gee. I am shocked. I can’t believe it didn’t last. They seemed to hav the recipe for longevity.

-Beth WA

Kath + Oprah + Pumpkin, now that’s what I am talking about!

My Oprah Face — Kath Eats Real Food.

Beth WA here on this foggy Saturday morning in Ohio!! I was so happy to sleep in until 8:30. This week was a rough one, and I needed it.  As I was laying in bed reading blogs with my google reader on my ipad trying to unwind from a particularly tense meeting I had on Friday, I said out loud when I got to this one, “No way!! Two of my favorites!!”

Let me backpedal a bit.  You should all know that Beth FS and I love Oprah.  Like love, love, love Oprah.  Our husbands like to make fun of us for it, but she is often quoted in conversations, was DVR’d daily, and most episodes resulted in many texts back and forth between us about the content.  That’s the first bit of background information you need to know to understand my excitement level at the blog entry I’ve linked.

Second, when I read blogs on my google reader, I save my favorites for last.  I have them in a category called “My Friends,” when I truly only know three of them (out of 15).  So, I was reading my “friends'” blogs, and I always save three for very last, http://carrotsncake.com/, http://www.hangrypants.com/, and lastly, http://www.katheats.com/.  I got to Kath Eats and there was a post called “My Oprah Face,” and thought, “She likes Oprah, too??”  (Insert my thinking: Kath likes oatmeal.  I like oatmeal.  Kath likes pumpkin.  I like pumpkin.  Kath likes Oprah, too???  We are definitely friends, and she doesn’t even know it.)  But I was WAY more excited when I realized she wrote recipes in O magazine that have to do with none other than, pumpkin.  I can’t wait to read my issue and try some of those recipes.

Well, hopefully I try them.  Another thing about me is that I cut out, book mark, and print out recipes kind of incessantly, but hardly ever actually try them.  Seriously, I have binders of them. (And a whole folder in google reader.)

Any suggestions on how to start trying recipes that I haven’t tried before?  Maybe I can do one a week and blog about it?  Hmmm.

How do you insert new recipes into your repertoire?

Pumpkin Lover

Today I had a really fun girls’ day with my mom and sister.  We visited a little nearby town, Yellow Springs.  No attempt to explain Yellow Springs would do it justice, but I love it there.  It is home to The Sunrise Café – a great locally owned restaurant that serves meals made with locally grown and organic ingredients.  Such a restaurant is not easy to find in these parts.

Sidenote, Yellow Springs is also home to a very funny comedian, whose privacy I will protect by calling him Mave Snappelle.  We saw him there today (on the street, not in the restaurant).  We’ve seen him there before.  But I never get over seeing a famous person walking down the street in a town near where I live, just like a regular person.

Mave Snappelle (I don't know how to do photo credit either. This is from a website called lucywho.com.)

But back to the meal. Have you ever had a meal at a restaurant that is so delicious, you think about it for days? I know, I said I just had this meal today.  But I know I am going to be obsessing about it for a good long time.  Probably dreaming about it too.  I might attempt to recreate it at home, but nothing will compare.  I knew the moment I entered the restaurant what I would order.  It wasn’t soup.

Each bite was like a little slice of sweet pumpkin heaven. They were fluffy, and creamy, and a little bit pumpkin spicy, and just downright delicious.  And they were perfectly balanced with the saltiness of a side of bacon.  Uncured, nitrate-free bacon.  That makes it really healthy bacon, right?

I think I could have cried when I cleaned my plate.

Meals made with pumpkin are another of my favorite fall things.  A few other pumpkin recipes I plan to try this fall are:

Rachael Ray’s Pumpkin Cheddar Mac and Cheese – pumpkin, pasta, cheese, and beer all in one dish!

Pumpkin Crunch Cake – I found this on Pinterest. I love Pinterest.  I think I’m going to love this cake too.

I’m hoping these will hold me over until my next fix at The Sunrise Café.

- Beth FS

 

Beth WA here! I just did a post and then I read this post again, and was laughing about our mutual love of pumpkin.  Just another thing we have in common to talk about.  Maybe we should start a blog?