Monday, February 28, 2011

Ugly cute

Look at what we found in the grocery store:
Are they rotten?  Isn't someone supposed to toss bad produce out? 

Apparently they're supposed to look this way and they taste like a mixture between grapefruits and oranges. I guess you can't tell a piece of fruit from its cover. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mix ins

This morning I woke up and felt inspired. So I scrounged around the cupboard and found some items to add into my Saturday morning pancakes.

Walnuts, bananas, oatmeal, craisins, and oreos, oh my!

The fruit of my labor:
Oreo pancake- is it eaten for breakfast or dessert?

Though the process was immensely enjoyable, the products varied in quality.
  • Banana and walnut pancakes- Tasty but my bananas looked mushy
  • Oatmeal and craisin pancakes- The oatmeal added an interesting gritty texture 
  • Oreo pancakes- Sadly, they just tasted like an oreo dropped in pancake batter 
Mix ins- 1
Home cook me- 0
You've bested me this time, mix ins!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh Tiffany

Yesterday I ran into a small mishap.  I realized I forgot to register this semester.  Oh no! Three weeks past the registration deadline I was extremely worried and quickly contacted my school.  There, I talked to someone named Tiffany.  Super nice and understanding, she worked everything out.

Here's a poem that I wrote about the situation:

I woke up this morning feeling pretty scared
Forgot to register for my class, how would I fare? 
Waited till nine and dialed my cell,
And hoped and hoped that things would go well,
Then hark, that voice from the registrar's office
No attitude, no berating, no accusing me for my mess
Oh Tiffany, oh Tiffany, so nice, so kind,
Now I won't be kicked out on my big  fat behind.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Friendy produce

I keep hearing that kids need to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Worried about our nation's health, I've come up with a great solution: Friendly fruit and veggies.

Here's my logic:  If we make produce look more appealing, kids will want to eat them.  Still unsure what I'm talking about?  Here's a visual.

Hello kids.  We're friendly oranges.  Please eat us. 

Don't you want to eat them up?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Heartbeat

I recently visited the doctor and heard baby's heartbeat for the first time. 

170 beats per minute- similar to the heart rate of a puppy.
 Puppy picture taken from here

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy flora and fauna

I think our new bird lamp will fit in with the rest of our "happy-nature" living room decor.  

Two happy ceramic pigs

Happy dancing lizard plates

Happy orange wall decor

Happy stylized flower lamp

Happy wildflower decals

Happy bear table

Monday, February 21, 2011

Two little birds

It's official, hubby has the flu.  We stayed home for the majority of the weekend, but did manage to quickly slip out to visit the thrift store.  (I hope the thrift store ladies don't get sick.)  Look at what we found!  


Quirky and romantic, I've never seen a lamp like this one before.

Two tiny birds rest inside

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Feeling paisley

Yesterday hubby was very sick.  I think he has the flu.  Nonetheless, he soldiered on and taught 3 classes.  Here's his outfit from flu-tastic Friday:

How fitting, the paisley pattern reminds me of floating viruses
 Stay healthy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

If I were an animal...

As I progress further along in this pregnancy, I'm starting to see some great similarities between myself and a familiar farm animal:  the cow.

Here are four reasons why I am similar to a cow.

1. Like the cow, I am a grazer. 

2. I also experience interesting digestive issues.


3. The cow and I are on the heavier end of the scale.


4. We both contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Frozen lake

Lately it's been so cold that parts of Lake Michigan are frozen. Interested in seeing this phenomena, we visited our local state park and took some photos. 

Meet Big Red, our local lighthouse

Can you tell where the land ends and the water begins?

Rocks engulfed in ice


The lake's frozen beauty tempted us to walk out,  but fear kept our feet planted on solid ground 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Best hour

Guess what?

I'm pregnant.

Today hubby and I met our baby for the first time.  It took the doctor over an hour to take photos and make specific measurements.

It was one of the best hours of my life.

Baby lying on his/her side

Baby's bum and frog-like legs

Baby raising it's fist

 Baby, we can't wait to meet you.

Dr. Seuss, I presume?

Yesterday we visited our local museum's exhibit of Dr. Seuss's personal works. 

I love how they painted the walls "Cat in the hat" style.

Using feathers to play drums?  Only Seuss could imagine such brilliant silliness.

One of his more serious pieces

This one is so magical and comforting

I hope to look like this during the summer

These funny captions kept our mouths smiling and our hands off the art

Monday, February 14, 2011

Crossword

Happy Valentine's day!  Here's a puzzle from me to you.



ACROSS
1

Gone with the Wind heroine
4

Egyptian queen who loved Caesar
7

New York love stories always feature this location
9

Ryan's love in many movies
10

Trinity's destined love
11

_____ beauty
13

Spanish version of "Eat Drink Man Woman" is "Tortilla __"
14

One of Sparks' books that became a movie
16

Fiona's ogre love
18

Charlie Brown's love was a ______
19

Austen hottie
20

First man's love 

DOWN
2

Beauty's love was _____
3

Mermaid love story
5

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers
6

Supernatural love and a steamy ceramic scene
8

Governess to the King of Siam's many children
12

To have and _____
14

Even though this boat sank, Jack and Rose's love went on
15

Gave up mortality for Edward
17

Loves Ginny, dated Cho

Crossword puzzle made courtesy of here

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Spread the blog

One of my aunts just recently started her own crafting blog.  I'm super excited because now she has a place to showcase her crafting and culinary talents.  Here's a sneak peak at one of her amazing creations:

Nothing says "Happy Birthday" like a sushi cake! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Matchy matchy

Sometimes hubby and I pick out similar matching outfits. We never do it intentionally and usually one of us changes before we leave the house.  Today, the unspeakable happened again.  Short on time, we had to embrace our similarities.     

Hubby's preppy homage to blue

My preppy homage to blue
 (By the way, hubby's tie was thrifted and everything I'm wearing was also thrifted.)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stick it in a jar

Look what we saw in our local store:
I was repelled and intrigued at the same time.

I guess you can jar anything.
 Have you seen these jars before?

Dog Signal

Whenever Gotham City needed a super hero, they shone this signal to get help.
Batman, please come!

Recently I've found out that our dog also consistently responds to two signals.  
No, he doesn't always respond to his name.

No, he doesn't respond to this signal.

Instead, he responds to:
  1. The sound of the fridge door opening  
  2. The sound of jingling of keys

Is that normal?

image taken from here

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cute and grumpy

This weekend, Charlie and hubby did a short Valentine's day glamor shoot.  

I love this little monster.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hot diggity dog

What do you put on your hot dog?  

I love eating them with ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut. Apparently, Michiganders eat them a different way.  We recently visited a hot dog joint and our friend ordered a "Chicago-style" dog.   Here's what she got.

What are these strange vegetables doing on her hot dog?  
I guess pizza isn't the only food East coasters and Mid-westerners make differently.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Baa baa

Last night we went to an International potluck.  Everyone brought yummy foods from their native lands.

We brought these Australian treats. 
Lamingtons:  Tiny sponge cakes covered in chocolate icing and coconut flakes

Hubby says they're named after a man, but I like to think they're called lamingtons because they look like baby sheep.  Either way they are perfect "after dinner" treats.  Yum! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

(3) We also wore red.

Hubby's attempt at Chinesey red

My attempt at Chinesey red

Good luck, come our way!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today I'm going to celebrate my Chinese heritage two ways:  

(1)  I'm going to give my students red envelopes filled with chocolate coins.
They're ready to send some Chinesey and chocolatey cheer.

(2)  I'm going to drink Hubby's first attempt at making bubble tea. 
Here, he's shaking it like a pro.

Yum!!  (How did they get hubby's picture on the cup?)

How will you celebrate?

By the way- the answer to yesterday's math brain teaser is 24.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pathways to love

With Valentine's day just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to include a Valentine's day inspired math brain teaser.

Can you figure out the number of paths that spell the word "Love" if only vertical and horizontal moves to adjacent squares are permitted?





By the way, here's the answer to yesterday's math brain teaser.

Did you figure it out?



Answer to be revealed tomorrow!
(Problem taken from NCTM Mathematics Teacher Dec 2010/Jan 2011)

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