We Becomes Me

You know when you feel awkward?

In my family, we have a special skill for making other people feel awkward.. and we love to use it... It's so mean really, but worth it cause it's funny.
It is not so funny, however, when I am the one feeling awkward.
I have such lovely {aka disgustingly pale} Irish skin that turns red on any inconvenient awkward occasion. When I was growing up, my sister and I use to lie in bed at night sharing the nightmares of when our faces would turn blazingly red during the day.

There were a couple of years in between pubescence and adulthood that the red would only appear when I was working out, or feeling guilty. Lately it's been happening more and more for no reason at all. Today was one such occasion.

When you get married, you tend to get into the habit of saying 'we' all the time. Since 'we' is now only 'me' I've been trying hard to break the habit. Making that mistake opens you up for questions that I'd rather not answer. It makes me nervous.

So I'm at the DMV {or MVD as they call it in Arizona for some strange reason} and the lady asks me when I moved into the state. I answered quickly without thinking, 'we moved here at the end of October.' The lady stared at me. I couldn't figure out why for a good 30 seconds then she said, 'would you like to add your spouse to your car registration?' INSTANTLY my face turned FIRE ENGINE RED! And for no reason... hello! Why is my face so red?! I got all fidgety said no quickly and then tried to turn my face so she wouldn't notice the sweat forming on my upper lip.

When your face turns red, obviously the person thinking you're lying about something. She says, 'you know if you're married then your spouse has to be listed on your car insurance'...silence... I'm not sure what happened... it was a daze, but once I started talking I couldn't stop... I explain to her that I'm not married I just recently got divorced, but it's not final yet so I haven't changed my same,  and am in the habit of saying we because I'm use to being married. But that apparently wasn't enough... Then I go on to tell her that my face always turns red for no reason, and I'm nervous my hands are sweating... blady blah... why did I tell her all that?

She stares at me for another eternity... hands me my license plate, and says have a good day...

AWKWARD! I couldn't get out of there fast enough. The problem is that the situation probably wasn't a big deal... quick slip of the tongue. No harm no foul... so why did my face betray me and turn so red... damn luck of the Irish.


Ho Hum Di Dum

So this morning I woke up, took the pups for their morning jog, ate breakfast, read my scriptures, applied for two jobs, took a shower, got dressed and all ready, put some dinner in the crock pot, threw a load of laundry in, and headed out to the car. I started the engine and looked at the clock. It was 10:42 and I realized... I have not a place in the world to go. I could go hang out with my mom, but shes reading a new book and would probably be annoyed at my presence. I could go hang out with my sister and her babies, but I really am trying to not spoil Lucy. I could go shopping, but I have nothing to buy...

Oh the life of a non working, non social life having 20 something year old in a new city.

So... I headed to the library. I got 4 new books which I'm not super excited about, but I will probably end up reading all 4 before Friday {which I did last week} I got some cd's to add music to my gym playlist, and I avoided signing a petition to over turn some law about illegal aliens. {I'm pretty sure we shouldn't be TRYING to make it easier for people to break the law and come into our country illegally... I would never try to sneak into France or something without a passport... hello!}

I need some suggestions on books to read, and I need some new recipes on food to cook, and I need a social life and a job {not that I want to work, but it may be nice to have something to do every day... oh and it might be nice to have money and such}.

Please comment if you can provide any of that for me... Ill take what I can get!

A little bit legal so it seems

My ittle baby sister is turning 18 today. I cannot get over how old she is.
But she is beautiful and amazing and I am SO proud of her. 

She is such a great person and amazing friend

free spirited and adventurous... willing to try ANYTHING

the most photogenic person I've ever met...

and so strangely weird but in a good way...

Our family would not be complete without our baby bundle Kakeriffic.
Happy Birthday Kailey! I love you Bloops!


A little Mexican

It seems as though I have preference to Mexican food. I noticed it when I first got married. I would cook things like chicken fajitas, tacos, chicken enchiladas, taquitos, taco ring, etc. One day Richard asked me, "are you trying to cook all this food cause I'm Mexican? You know I like normal food too." Hahaha! The truth is, Its just easy and super yummy!

So I found this recipe on Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake via Pinterest

It looked delicious and I had all the ingredients on hand.
I did however make some changes to make it with chicken instead of beef. Just click here to get the beef recipe.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

1 lb. chicken breast shredded
1 Can green enchilada sauce (15 oz)
1/2 cup salsa verde
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 
1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing 
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning 
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 
4 flour tortillas (8 inches) 
1 small can of drained corn, or about 1 1/4 cups of frozen corn (optional) 
1/2 reduced fat sour cream
2 cups (8 ounces) Pepperjack cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce 
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro 

In a large skillet, cook chicken and shred with a fork.
Stir in the salsa, beans, dressing, sour cream, corn (optional), taco seasoning and cumin.
Spoon a generous layer of meat mixture on bottom of 9x9 quart baking dish.
 Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Place a tortilla on top of meat mixture. Layer with half of the meat mixture, and cheese.
 Repeat as many layers as you like.
The last & final layer should be a healthy dose of grated cheese.
Cover with foil that has been sprayed with pam or other and bake at 400° for 25 minutes, or until hot & bubbly. 
Let stand for 5 minutes before topping with lettuce, tomato and cilantro. 
Yield: 8 servings.

Try it and let me know what you think!


Been thinkin'

I don't remember where I found this quote thingy from, but I like it... my new life's mantra-

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life.
 But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. 
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So
treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. 

Happiness is a journey, not a destination