Sunday, April 6, 2008

31 Days of March Finished

YEAH!!!!!!! I am done. Thank God. I absolutely loved this challenge. It did take awhile but i think that once I finish the album, hopefully Friday, it will be totally worth it. Once I am finished with the actual ablbum I will post a slide show.

Day 31 Me

Barb posted:

Get someone to take a photo of yourself or you take it by setting up the camera on timer. Now write about one feature you like about yourself and one you don’t. Write a little about what you’ve chosen.

The picture I choose to use is of me and the kids on St. Patrick's Day.

One feature I like about myself is my hair. I can do just about anything with it. Now I just have to remember to make appointments, in a timely manner, to get my roots done. It looks so much better. Both kids got my hair. Regan's hair is very thick but fine just like mine was before puberty. Alek's hair is thick and very course, like mine is now.
The thing I don't like is the extra weight that I carry around my midsection. It is something that I have decided needs to be fixed. And now rather than later.

Day 30 News story

Barb posted:

If you could make a news story about one of your family members to put on the TV news, what would it say? Take a photo of something that represents that, or of the person you are talking about.

This was an incredibly had one to do so I will pick one that has already been in the news this month. And that is my daughter Regan. She is a Daisy girl scout and she amazes me every day. She imbibes the girl scout promise: On my honor, I will try: To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

She was recently up on the website for her participation in Crazy Daisy Days and in the news paper for officially becoming a Girl Scout.

You can check out my early post where I talk about her more here.

Here is a picture of her and her troop. Regan is the second from the left.

Day 29 Driver

Barb posted:

When you go somewhere, Who drives the vehicle most of the time, you or your spouse or your children? Take a photo of that person driving the car, then tell a little about why they seem to drive most of the time. If it’s yourself, get someone to take your photo behind the wheel.

Baker almost always drives when we go out. I think he drives most of the time because he is a cop and has had specialized driver training. He also gets very frustrated with other drivers and with me when I am driving. Thus he drives.

Day 28 Books

Barb posted:

Take a photo of the books you have autographed from the author. If you don't have any autographed then take a photo of either the books you'd like to read this year or one's you've read in the past. If you don't read any books take a photo of a magazine where you read an article and then write a little about what you've read. If you have read some books list your favorite and least favorite and write why you picked those books. Same thing if you are listing magazines.

I do not have any autographed books which I find amazing. I read so much you would figure that I would find some. I do collect books by two different authors so that is what I took a picture of. The authors whose books that I collect are Laurell K. Hamilton and Nora Robers writing as J.D. Robb. Here is a picture of their books.

Laurell K. Hamilton writes about vampires, werewolves, zombies, and faeries to name a few.
J.D. Robb writes about a futuristic female cop.

Day 27 Game Show

Barb posted:

Take a photo of something that relates to your favorite Game show on TV. Example: If you watch “Cash Cab” you might take a photo of a taxi or some cash. If you watch dating shows, take a photo of a couple holding hands or fighting (who knows?). Write about why you like this game show. Or, list your favorite and worst game show. Or, make a list of all your favorite game shows you watch.

The only true game show that I watch any more is Cash Cab. I grew up watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with my mom and brother. We used to eat dinner watching them and seeing who got more answers right. It was my favorite time of the day. Baker started watching Cash Cab and then so did I. Since Barb took a picture of cash I decided to take a picture of Cash Cab's website.

Day 26 Purse

Barb posted:

What’s in your purse or wallet? Dump it out and take a photo of it. Come on! You know it needs cleaned out anyway. Why do you carry around the stuff you have in there?

Here is a picture of my purse:

These are the things that I always carry with me. I have my little betsy purse that I keep my wallet and phone in so that I can grab that for a quick run into a store or the gas station. Then I have my coupon holder, almonds, lip glass, pens and pencils, work key chain, eye glasses, check book, digital camera, a book, and itch gel.

I always carry a book and my camera. You never know when you will get stuck in traffic or when a great photo oppurtunity might present itself.

I even had to dig out my old digital camera that my 6 year old now uses to take the photo with my camera in it.

Day 25 Potholders

Barb posted:

Take a photo of your potholders in your kitchen. Do you like them because they match your décor, or were they just something on sell? Were they a gift? How long have you had them? Why did you pick this one?

These are my favorite potholders. Baker bought them because they match my kitchen in the Blue Ridge house. They don't match the kitchen in our new house, but one day I hope they will. I just have to get rid of the green countertop.

Day 24 Wall Hanging

Barb posted:

Take a photo of something in your house that you’ve had on the wall for at least three years. Why is it still there? Do you still like it or has it just blended in the woodwork? Who hung it up, you or your spouse or someone else? Would you like to replace it or keep it?

We recently moved and have not hung up anything yet. I did take a picture of a tryptic that we have had for almost seven years and this will be the third house whose walls it will grace. In our house in Alexanderia the set of 3 paintings was in the living, in Blue Ridge they were in the dining room, and here they will be above our bed in the master bedroom. The really amazing thing about the paintings is that my mom got them at a garage sale for $25. We planned out our living around the painting, we planned out our dining room around it, and it fits in with the 9 photos that decorate our bedroom that I took while I was in China. These are definately something that we will be keeping.

Day 23 Reflection

Barb posted:

Take a photo of a reflection in the mirror. Tell about who or what it is and where it was taken. This could also be a reflection in a store window or a building. This is also Easter Sunday. You could always take a reflection of the Easter Bunny, the basket, etc.

I laughed when I read this post. The condo that we rented in Key West was just covered in mirrors. But I didn't like how any of the pictures turned out. The reflection picture I like the most is the one of Regan at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. One of the exhibits is a mirror for you to see if you can roll your tongue. Apparently only 1 in 10,000 can do it and Regan is one of them.

Day 22 Movie

Barb posted:

Go to your local movie theater and take a photo of a movie poster playing this week that you want to see. What is it about this movie that you’d like to watch?

This week not only did I get to the movie theater to take a picture of a movie I wanted to see I got to see it. The movie I wanted to see was 21. Baker and I went to Vegas for our first anniversary and we both like to watch poker on TV. I liked the idea of counting cards and that it was based on a true story. I really liked the movie but I could have waited for it to come out on DVD.

Day 21 Car

Barb posted

Take a photo of a car, truck, motorcycle or any vehicle you’d like to own. What kind of vehicle is it? Will you ever own one? Why or why not? Write about the best vehicle you’ve ever owned?

I would love to own a mini Cooper but it will never happen. In Europe these are inexpensive cars that don't take up a lot of space. Here in the US they are not inexpensive cars at all. Plus now that we are a family of four it is not a great car to have, being as small as it is. Here is a picture of one we saw while we were on vacation in Key West.

Ok I have to switch to hubbies computer to get the photo.

Day 20 Morning Routine

Barb posted:

Ladies, take a photo of your makeup or your routine in the mornings. For the guys: Take a photo of what your morning routine is or the things you use like a razor, shaving cream, etc. Now, write about how long you take each morning to get ready. What is your morning routine?

My morning is simple. I wake up to my husband's alarm and turn on Channel 7 morning news. I get up and take a shower and brush my teeth. Then while Baker is showering I pack my lunch and Regan's snack for school. After Baker is finished in the bathroom I blow dry my hair, get dressed, and put my make-up on. Then I help Baker get the kids ready for school. The last thing I do is take Regan to the bus stop and Alek to preschool. Then it is off to school for me too.

Here is a picture of my make-up. I just went and got it updated. Until a week ago I did not wear eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, or lip gloss. I use only Clinque make-up. It is about the only thing that doesn't make my face break out or get too dry.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Day 19 Dinner

Barb posted:

Take a photo of your lunch or dinner today. How often do you eat this each week? How is it made? Add the recipe here if you’d like.

A couple of year's ago I found a recipe called Spicy Ranch Chicken Fajitas in my Cooking Light magazine. I love to try new foods, as does my husband, so we gave it a try. All I can say is that every week since I have asked Baker what would he like to see on the menu this week and his answer is always Spicy Ranch Chicken Fajitas. I usually give in and make it about once a month, and that also happens to be today. Here are some photos and the recipe.

And now for the recipe:

Spicy Ranch Chicken Wraps

2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 pounds skinned, boned chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 1/3 cups chopped seeded tomato

I add cheese to the top of mine instead of lettuce and tomato

1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and shake to coat. Remove chicken from bag. Combine the buttermilk and next 5 ingredients (buttermilk through garlic) in a small bowl, and stir well with a whisk.
2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken, and sauté 2 minutes or until chicken is done. Add the buttermilk mixture; cover and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat.
3. Warm the tortillas according to the package directions. Spoon about 3/4 cup chicken mixture onto each tortilla, and top each serving with 3/4 cup chopped lettuce and 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes. Roll up wrap. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 wrap)

CALORIES 362(20% from fat); FAT 7.9g (sat 1.8g,mono 2.2g,poly 3.2g); PROTEIN 38.7g; CHOLESTEROL 87mg; CALCIUM 84mg; SODIUM 724mg; FIBER 2.9g; IRON 3.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 32.9g Cooking Light, JUNE 2000

Day 18 Porch

Barb posted:

Take a photo of a porch you’d like to have at your own home. What is it about this porch that you like? What would you be doing on this porch? Playing with the kids, swinging on a swing, talking on the phone, visiting with friends or family, etc.?

The front porch I wish I had is my in-laws. It has enough room for a couple of chairs and the view of Roanoke is to die for. And you can see the Roanoke Star. This past summer we sat on the porch and watched fireworks on the fourth of July.

Picture of the porch:

Pictures of the view: