• 101 List

    <1. create a list of 101 things to complete in 1001 days[comp. 11.03.07
    2. Make Abby’s thank you cards, by Nov 7th [comp. 11.08.07]
    3. Send Abby’s b-day thank you cards, by Nov 10th
    4. Make x-mas cards by Dec. 7th[finished 12.11]
    5. Send x-mas cards by Dec. 12th [sent 12.14]
    6. Start a “the best thing today” journal[started 11.5.07]
    7. Meditate every day for one month
    8. Find a job I LOVE and that uses my skills and education to its fullest (hopefully teaching, but I will not discount something else that would be in education and made me happy)
    9. Keep up with list on blog
    10. Send out a b-day card to friends and family every year
    [1/?] 11. Complete Abby’s 1st year scrapbook[in progress]
    12. Make a wedding scrapbook
    13. Join teacher organization
    14. Participate in a teacher’s continuing education workshop spring/summer ‘08
    15. Have diploma framed and hang it
    16. Go to a play, musical or symphony at least once a year starting in 2008
    17. Get at least 3 pedicure a year(starting in 2008)[1/9]
    18. Make a list of 20 books to read (ones that I might not typically read), at least 5 being “classics” and at least 5 non-fiction [comp 11.5.07]
    19. Read 35 books (20 being from my must read list, others being book club books and whatever else)[12/35]
    20. Find a good dentist and go regularly
    21. Take up yoga
    22. Replace all bras and panties
    23. Replace all of my makeup and find a great line that works best for me
    24. Learn to use SLR digital camera better[in progress]
    25. Vote in 2008 election
    26. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy
    27. Start meal planning again[started 11.15.07]
    28. Start an ongoing grocery list on fridge [comp 11.5.2007]
    29. Start back up on Abby’s blog and post to it at least once a month[started 11.11.07] [17/32]
    30. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day for one month(try really hard to keep it up)[started 6/27]
    31. Eat at least one piece of fresh fruit a day for 3 weeks[11/30] [started 11.12.07]
    32. Take at least one cooking class a year (starting in 2008)
    33. Donate blood
    34. Make a list of 20 “must see” classic movie that I have not seen
    35. Watch the 20 movies
    36. Buy a bike and start going on bike rides with Abby
    37. Take a child CPR class
    38. Make a budget for Christmas presents and stick to it
    39. Make a quilt of Abby’s clothes (with mom’s help)
    40. Get lasik
    41. Print and hang more photos of Abby
    42. Take multi vitamins every day for one month, and hopefully keep it up[14/30]
    43. No eating out, deliver, or bringing home food for 3 weeks
    44. Plan something awesome for Mom & Dad’s 40th anniversary next year
    45. Organize recipes
    46. Try one 3 new recipe every month
    47. Do something with wedding dress
    48. Go out with Tara once every few months
    49. Call Tara once every 2 weeks
    50. Call or email Michelle once a month
    51. Give up caffine by January,
    52. Make an Indian meal complete with naan[comp. 11.03.07]
    53. Personal #2
    54. Call Mom & Dad once a week
    55. Clean out/organize mine and DH’s closet
    56. Clean out/organize Abby’s closet
    57. Donate all the things from closets
    58. Paint/decorate master bathroom
    59. Buy new range
    60. Completely redo front yard landscape
    61. Tile kitchen
    62. Clean out/organize laundry room
    63. Clean out/organize kitchen pantry
    64. Put handles/knobs on kitchen cabinets
    65. Buy new entertainment tower for electronics in family room
    66. Finish or redo master bedroom decor
    67. Buy at least 2 new nice sets of sheets for all beds in the house
    68. Care for and get grass to grow in backyard
    69. Make a work/cleaning schedule a stick with it for one month
    70. Figure out what to do with the fireplace
    71. Do whatever it is to the fireplace
    72. Paint or replace front door
    73. Enroll Abby in swimming lessons
    74. Potty train Abby
    75. Move Abby to big girl bed
    76. Buy big girl bed for Abby
    77. Redecorate Abby’s room
    78. Teach Abby how to read, or at least start
    79. Buy a playscape for backyard
    80. Take Abby to Sea World once a year
    81. Take Abby to the Ft Worth Zoo
    82. Go to the pool at least 3 times a week during the summer
    83. Find a great preschool
    84. Start family game night once a week with NO TV once Abby is old enough, (next year?)
    85. Enroll Abby in karate (next year)
    86. Enroll Abby in sport of her choice (at 3 or 4 years old)
    87. Take Abby horseback riding
    88. Introduce Abby to one new experience at least once a month[9/32](I have not blogged baout all of these though :(
    89. Take Abby camping
    90. Take Abby to the trail of lights
    91. Go on at least one vacation just the 2 of us
    92. Have a monthly date night[9/32] (I have not blogged about these though)
    93. [personal #1]
    94. Make a significant dent(reduce it by at least half) in debt
    95. Write a will
    96. Spend one night playing DH’s computer games with him
    97. Watch an anime movie with DH
    98. Pay off DH’s car
    99. Have family and friends over for Christmas dinner
    100. Have friends over for dinner at least once a month(8/32)
    101. Do something really cool and that we have never done before for 5 year anniversary in ‘09
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YUM!- #46

I normally post all of my new recipes for the month in one post together at the end of the month.  While I did hit my goal of 3 new recipes (I think I actually made 4) this month I decide this recipe deserved a post of its own.  I love reading food blogs, and lately have gotten most of my new recipes from them (sorry Allrecipes).  I wish I had time to read more because I know there are a lot of good ones out there.  Anyways, I caught on to Elly Says Opa!  a while back and love her blog and recipes.  While some have been better than others, I have not made a single bad thing of hers yet.  The latest recipe of hers that I made was Pork Milanese.  She made it with Pecorino Orzo, I thought I had orzo but realized I didn’t so in a last ditch effort we ended up having it with cous cous because that is what I had.  Hey it worked.

Pork Tenderloin Milanese 

courtesy of Elly from elly says opa!

1 pork tenderloin, about 1 lb.
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan or pecorino
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

This works best if the tenderloin is very cold. Sticking it in the freezer for 10 minutes will help.

Combine the breadcrumbs and the grated cheese in a shallow bowl.

Slice the pork tenderloin into medallions that are approximately 1/2″ thick. Pound the medallions until they are about half as thick with a mallet or heavy-bottomed pan or object. Season with salt and pepper.

Dip the thin slices first into the beaten eggs and then into the breadcrumbs/cheese, coating all pieces.

Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat until hot.

Add breaded pork tenderloin to the hot oil and pan-fry until pork is done. This should only take about a minute or two per side since the pork is so thin. Set aside and keep warm.

Tomato Topping
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small onion,  diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Balsamic vinegar (about 3 Tbsp maybe?)
Basil (fresh is best but dried works)
Salt and pepper

In the same pan you cooked the tenderloin, add the onions to saute until translucent (add more oil if necessary). Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Deglaze the pan with the balsamic vinegar.

Stir in tomatoes and basil, salt and pepper to taste, and simmer (for as long as you want, really). Spoon over the pork tenderloin milanese

It was SOOOO good!  Seriously!  DH and I both could not get enough of this.  Even better it was fairly simple to make! I know it will definitely become a regular for us, I think DH might start asking for it weekly.  🙂 If you try it I promise you will not be disappointed (unless you are crazy and do not like pork or something).

 I wish I had taken pictures.  I have tried taking pictures of my food a few times before but they have all sucked though. 

#19 Reading

I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb

I am going to start by saying I suck at book reviews. I knew I was not that great and then I read Polly’s reviews on her site, if you haven’t read them you should she writes fabulous reviews. So I am going to stick with what I thought of the book and post the review from the web. I know that is cheating, but oh well.

I read Lamb’s first novel She’s Come Undone years ago. I remember really enjoying his writing so when I saw this book at Half Price I picked it up. I set it aside for a while thinking reading something so big, it is 900+ pages, was going to be somewhat of a daunting task even if it was good. I am so glad I finally picked it up. I really enjoyed this book. Lamb is a wonderful storyteller and I was captured by this story from page one. Lamb starts the novel with a very disturbing scene, and then goes back to tell of the event that lead up to it happening. The book is about a brother of a twin that is schizophrenic. It looks back at their life as kids living in a dysfunctional house. The story is how one brother deals with the guilt of being the “healthy” one.

from Publisher Weekly

This much is true for sure: Lamb’s second novel (after the bestselling, Oprah-selected She’s Come Undone) is a hefty read. Some may be daunted by its length, its seemingly obsessive inclusion of background details and its many digressions. The topics it unflinchingly exploresAmental illness, dysfunctional families, domestic abuseAare rendered with unsparing candor. But thanks to well-sustained dramatic tension, funky gallows humor and some shocking surprises, this sinuous story of one family’s dark secrets and recurring patterns of behavior largely succeeds in its ambitious reach. The narrative explores the theme of sibling responsibility, depicting the moral and emotional conundrum of an identical twin whose love for his afflicted brother is mixed with resentment, bitterness and guilt. Narrator Dominick Birdsey, once a high-school history teacher and now, at 40, a housepainter in upstate Connecticut, relates the process that led to his twin Thomas’s schizophrenic paranoia and the resulting chaos in both their lives. The book opens with a horrific scene in which Thomas slices off his right hand, declaring it a sacrifice demanded by God. Flashbacks illuminate the boys’ difficult childhoods: illegitimate, they never knew their father; diffident, gentle Thomas was verbally and physically abused by their bullying stepfather, who also terrorized their ineffectual mother. Scenes from the pivotal summer of 1969, when Dominick betrayed Thomas and others in crucial ways, are juxtaposed with his current life: his frustrating relationship with his scatterbrained live-in, Joy; his enduring love for his ex-wife, Dessa; his memories of their baby’s death and of his mother’s sad and terrified existence. All of this unfolds against his urgent need to release Thomas from a mental institution and the psychiatric sessions that finally force Dominick to acknowledge his own self-destructive impulses. Lamb takes major risks in spreading his narrative over more than 900 pages. Long stretches are filled with the raunchy, foul-mouthed humor of teenaged Dominick and his friends. Yet the details of working-class life, particularly the prevalence of self-righteous male machismo and domestic brutality, ring absolutely true. Though the inclusion of a diary written by the twins’ Sicilian immigrant grandfather may seem an unnecessary digression at first, its revelations add depth and texture to the narrative. Lastly, what seems a minor subplot turns out to hold the key to many secrets. In tracing Dominick’s helplessness against the abuse of power on many levels, Lamb creates a nuanced picture of a flawed but decent man. And the questions that suspensefully permeate the novelAthe identity of the twins’ father; the mystery of the inscription on their grandfather’s tomb; the likelihood of Dominick’s reconciliation with his ex-wifeAcontribute to a fully developed and triumphantly resolved exploration of one man’s suffering and redemption.

#34 Classic Movies

There are many clssic movies that I have never seen, even some of the big ones, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, and many more.  People are always surprised when I tell them I have never seen them, and I feel like I miss something when references are made to these movies.  DH is a huge fan of classic movies so it is something I have always said I would do with him.  I have watched some classic movies since being with him, but when going through the latest AFI’s 100 greatest movies list I realized there were very few movies made before 1980 that I had seen.   So here is my list of 20, atcually I think I ended up with a few more, classic movie that I will watch before the end of my 1001 days.


Casa Blanca

Gone with the Wind

The Philadelphia Story

Sunset Blvd

On the Waterfront

King Kong

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Bonnie and Clyde

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Maltese Falcon

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Roman Holiday

Bringing Up Baby

12 Angry Men

Lawrence of Arabia

Some Like it Hot

The Grapes of Wrath

Dr Zhivago

Rear Window

The Manchurian Candidate

 These are more movies on AFI’s list that I have never seen.  I refuse to call them “classics” because they were made after I was born and I am NOT that old! 


Raging Bull

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Taxi Driver

Big Girl Bed

First let me apologize for any strange things or typos contained in this post.  I messed up my back, AGAIN, today.  So right now I am hopped up on vicodin, oh how I love thee, lying in bed.  I figured drugged and in minor pain, what a great time to update my blog!

 #75 &76

So, I can not take credit for #76 actually “papa” bought Abby a big girl bed a few months ago.  It sat in the million pieces in its orginal packaging for quite a while.  One day I went into get Abby from her nap and she had one leg completely over the crib.  I told W that we were building her bed right then.  So, Abby has now been in her big girl bed for a few weeks.  She does really well most nights.  We did have a few nights in the beginning where she would get out of bed, but usually she just falls right to sleep.

Here is Abby in her big girl bed, doesn’t she look tiny.  Now I just need to redecorate her room.


I was tagged by a fellow 101 Nestie. I am suppose to list 6 random and interesting things about myself and then tag others. Not sure my things are interesting, but here it goes.

1. I am a constant fidgeter. I have to always be moving a part of my body, except for when I sleep ofcourse (well I think). I am always either tapping my foot, playing with my necklace (one of my faves), or tapping my fingers or messing with something, anything really. I drives my DH crazy! 🙂

2. I have been on 5 of the 7 continents. One of my before I die goals is to make it to the other two, Australia and Antartica. I have been really close to Antartica, southern tip of South America but not there. Not sure how I could pull off going to Antartica (not like AA flies there, I don’t think anyway) but it is still a goal. I do not think I would make it long there though, I am a wimp when it comes to the cold.

3. I have not seen my natural hair color since I was 16. :0

4. I have lived in 3 countries (Us, Italy, and Germany) but only 2 states (Florida and Texas).

5. I have never been stung by a bee or broken a bone. Not so interesting but as I have found unusual for someone in their 30s.

6. I was once a in studio guest on a radio dating show called “The Meet Market.” (no that is not how I met DH) The craziest part about it was I was terribly shy back then, still am somewhat. I have no idea how I worked up the nerve to have 4 hours of radio time(ok, so it was not the entire 4 hours they did play some music and talk about a few other things 🙂 ) devoted to getting me a date and answering some very personal questions. It is something I am strangely proud of though as tacky as it is.

Now I have to tag others which is hard since I think most of the Nesties have been tagged. Sorry if I tag you and you have already been tagged.

I tag:






Wow, it has been awhile. Even though I have not blogged on my 101 in a while, I have been doing fairly well with keeping up with it. So here are some updates.

#10- sending b-day cards

Ok, I am so not good at this. I had high aspirations and really wanted to do it but I think I am going to have to come to terms with reality and change it. I am going to make it a little more realistic, but still a challenge, for me. I will send b-day cards to family and OOT friends. I have already had 3 friends b-days pass since starting the 101 and I did not get a card in the mail to any of them. I did see them all in person near their b-day though and wish them a happy b-day. Oh, I know I will send e-cards to in town friends, I think I can manage that. 🙂 Sorry for the rambling, I just thought of that.

Anyway, I did get one b-day card in the mail and actually on time. My nieces b-day was Friday and I actually got a card in the mail to her on Tuesday, yay me.

#11 Abby 1st year scrapbook

I made a start on this. I attended the Nesties’ Scrapbook GTG a few weeks ago. Wow did I feel out of my league, those girls can scrapbook and were working on some incredible looking things. I doubt mine will be as nice, but I am doing it. I am actually hosting the next one this month and I am hoping to get a lot more done on Abby’s book.

#29 Abby’s Blog

My goal was to post at least once a month on Abby’s blog. So far I have posted 10 times in 4 months. YAY! If I keep doing so well I might up it to twice a month just to keep me on my toes.

#46 new recipes

I have been doing really well with trying new recipes. I have tried at least 3 every month since starting my 101 list. I did not post about my recipes for December and now I can not remember which ones I tried and to be honest I am too lazy to go back and figure it out. Here are the new ones for January. I really want to start taking pics and actually blog about the recipes, but I am too tired tonight so I am lucky to just get them posted.

French Onion Chicken

This one is now definitely in our rotation. Both DH and I loved it and it was fairly simple to make.

Gordon Ramsey’s Shepherd’s Pie

We did enjoy this. It was much more work and a lot more time consuming than my normal shepherd’s pie. I have not decided if it is worth it, but I did love the flavors of the meat in this one. Next time I make shepherd’s pie I think I will attempt a combination of the two ecipes (his and mine). *note, I did not have ground lamb so I substituted for ground beef.

Italian Wedding Soup

This has quickly become one of our favorites. I have pretty much made it weekly since I first tried it in early January. I do not remember where (somewhere online) I got the original recipe so I can not give credit. (sorry!, I used to not be very good at keeping track of thise things because I never blogged about them)

Italian Wedding Soup

For the meatballs:

  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Pepper to your taste
  • 2 Tbs water


  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme (I actually only had fresh rosemary so I used that and I used dried thyme)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil (you can use only olive oil if you prefer instead of butter and olive oil, just use 3 Tbs)
  • tsp. of each: oregano, basil, parsley flakes
  • 1 cup of fresh chopped spinach
  • 1 cup white mushroom chopped
  • Salt
  • Fresh gound pepper
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup small pasta

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Add all meat ball ingredients and mix with hands until just combined. Do not over mix! Roll into little meatballs and put on cooling rack set over a baking sheet so the fat can drip away from the meat. Cook for 10-12 minutes.While meatballs are cooking heat oil and butter in a large pot over med. heat. Saute onions, celery, mushrooms, carrots, thyme, and bay leaves. Cook until onions are soft and add garlic. Saute a few minutes and then add broth, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and add spinach and pasta. Take meatballs out of oven add them to the pot and let simmer about 10 minutes.(or until pasta is cooked) Serve with a little grated parmesan and crusty bread.