Monday, October 29, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday

I've been such a slacker lately. I have a million posts in my head but I can't seem to get them to translate into words on the screen. So, for now, I'll just spew miscellaneousness.


It's October 29th and I haven't even touched a pumpkin. I've touched cans of pumpkin puree (for pumpkin cookies + pumpkin bread) -- but I haven't carved or painted or even decorated with a pumpkin. That's almost as unheard of as...

I haven't finished my Halloween costume yet. I've known what I wanted to be for a while now and I have 2 of the most important pieces of the costume, but it just hasn't been put together yet. I have until Wednesday night! Eeep.

I went to six S-I-X concerts this month. Get ready for a fun update post on that.

My Christmas list is complete because I only want 1 thing. Well other than money and jewelry and scarves and boot socks and chapstick and books. I want a record player and speakers. The whole setup.

I saw Argo last week and even though I might be biased because Ben Affleck is my number one absolute biggest celebrity crush ever -- it's amazing. I highly recommend it. I've even agreed to see Pitch Perfect with my sister if she'll see Argo with me.



Have you gotten your pumpkin fix? And dressed up for Halloween? Have you been to any good concerts this month? What do you want for Christmas? And...have you seen Argo? Did you love it?

Tell me all about it.




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Tunes

Confession: I just heard this song for the first time yesterday.


It might be the anthem for a current situation in my life.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Life Decisions: temporarily decided

Three weeks ago, I wrote about a decision that was troubling me (here). 

I've been in Oxford for 6 years now, and at 24, it is the only place I've lived and worked as an adult. My decision was between moving somewhere else (most likely Dallas) to experience more of what's out there -- or stay here for two more years (tops) and take advantage of the wonderful perks I have at my job by getting a Masters degree for free.

The lovely thing about decisions is the grey area. You very rarely only have two options. And I've decided on option 3.



I'm not going to get my MBA. Some of you might think I'm crazy for passing up a FREE masters level education, and I might regret it later, but it's just not what I want to do right now. I can always get that MBA down the road. Maybe even next year. Maybe for free...maybe not. I just know that's not where my heart is right now.

I'm not moving to Dallas, either. Not right away, anyway. I'll look at job prospects more closely, but I'm not making any moves this year.


You might be thinking (especially if you're that anonymous commenter), 
"So you're just gonna stay and waste your life away in Oxford?"

Not exactly. And watch it. Oxford is a lovely town.


The real thing that was troubling me was that I've never done anything. I've never gone anywhere. I've just been right here. Also troubling me? The amazing perks at my job that I wasn't taking advantage of.

I've found away to fix both of those things.

stolen from ATP


The University has a program called Academic Traveler. Its purpose is to promote lifelong learning and new and exciting experiences for people of all ages. The program is marketed toward working adults, not college students.

In March 2013, Academic Traveler is taking a group of people to Tuscany for a culinary experience. Olive oil tastings, wine tastings, and cooking classes in TUSCANY. That's the chance of a lifetime -- and it's right up my alley.

Plus, the expense of the trip can be payroll deducted...over 24 pay periods. I can pay for the trip over an entire year. How's that for a job perk?    

Monday, October 15, 2012

3-3 & 4-3

Last Saturday, we played the Aggies from Texas A&M. We lost.

Also, it was 40 degrees and raining. So enough about that.



This weekend, we played the Auburn Tigers for our Homecoming game. It was 80 degrees and sunny. And we won. That's much more my style.



Unfortunately, I left the stadium right before the 4th quarter to meet some friends in the Grove so I had to settle for watching the most exciting bits on TV.




This weekend we get a break and we'll be back on the 27th to beat up on Arkansas in Fayetteville LITTLE ROCK. Little Rock has a Taco Bueno. I think I'll go. Who's coming with me?


How's your team doing?

Hotty Toddy.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Confessions

My first Friday confession has to be that I've been a total blog slacker for the past week. I've had a lot to write about. The hipster concert where my phone got stolen, what I've decided to do concerning MBA v moving, a few dates I've been on...but no. It's been over a week since my last post. 

I think not having a phone for over 2 days was liberating and I wanted to shut off from blogland, too. It was a nice refresher, but I'm glad to be back! (I'll have all the aforementioned stories up next week.)

link up


Since my phone got stolen, I'm using my old iPhone 3G and it is MISERABLE. That's a first world problem if I've ever seen it, but I can't help it. I can't even download the Twitter and Facebook apps because the iOS is so outdated. I have no front camera and the back camera has no flash and no zoom. I HAVE NO INSTAGRAM. And just as I was really getting into October's photo a day challenge. It's depressing how spoiled I am. I'd rather not have a phone at all. But then my mother would kill me.


I'm leaving work at noon today even though I don't have to leave town until 4 or 4:30. I want to go shopping and have lunch with friends and take a nap. In that order.


It's Friday and I have absolutely no idea what I'm wearing to the game tomorrow morning. (Kickoff is at 11:20.) I had planned all my outfits before the season even started...but then Oxford had to go and get warm again so tomorrow's outfit isn't gonna work. Anyone have a red dress I can borrow?


That's all for today. I'll probably have a few more confessions after the weekend. If you know what I mean.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Potato Soup: Perfected

After making about 20 batches over the past year, I have finally perfected my potato soup.

I first made this soup last fall, using the Panera bread recipe (here). I was looking for a recipe that wasn't a "baked" or "loaded" potato soup. I wanted something creamier.

Each time I made the soup, I tried something new. And now, I have the perfect recipe. I made a double batch last night so I have plenty to eat for the rest of the week/weekend. I'll even consider sharing some.




It's chunky and creamy and spicy and delicious. And easy. Very easy.




Ingredients:

4 cups chicken broth
4 1/2 cups potatoes, peeled & cubed
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 celery stalk, diced
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, cut into chunks

Directions:

Boil potatoes, onion, celery, and seasonings in chicken broth on med-high until tender. (Approx 10-15 mins)

Remove a few scoops of potatoes & set aside. (If you like it chunky.)

With a potato masher, smash most of the remaining potatoes to thicken the soup.

Turn to low and add the cream cheese. 

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cheese is melted.

Add in the potatoes you removed earlier.

Serve with french bread.




I made changes to the original recipe to make it my own. And to make it better. The celery adds a twist that was definitely missing. I also use more potatoes so that it has more texture. I've decided to go with less cayenne pepper than the original recipe because it was too spicy for me. It's still plenty spicy with the smaller amount. I remove potatoes before I use the masher because I want to guarantee some chunkiness.

For a few batches, I used less cream cheese and it's still delicious. But for my perfect recipe, a whole block of cream cheese works best.

And, as is always the case with soups -- it's much better the next day. It thickens up over night.



It's perfect soup weather here in Mississippi this week. Is it soup weather where you are? Try this recipe and let me know what you think!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Friend

Friend: [frend]
noun

1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard

2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter

3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile



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I have been blessed with amazing friends. I have a small group of really great friends that are my lifeline. Without them, I wouldn't be the person that I am today.

I tell them everything, even things that I don't like to admit to myself. They do the same. I ask for their advice and I know they'll be honest with me. They do the same. I lift them up and support them. They do the same.

Friendship is a mutual thing. While friendliness does not have to be, friendship is always mutual. What good is having someone to confide in when they won't confide in you? What good is being supportive of someone when they aren't supportive of you?

If there's a person in my life whose friendship seems like a one-way street, I'll never stop being friendly to them...but I won't consider them a friend. My "friends list" is full of people who deserve to be there. I don't have room for fake friends.


All you blogger friends out there, just because I may have never met you or heard your voice, that doesn't make you fake friends. Rest assured, you have a very cherished spot on that list, as well.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

3-2

My Saturday night was spent in the second best place to watch an Ole Miss football game in Oxford -- The Library. 



The 15 seconds that we led Alabama was an absolute madhouse. The other 59 minutes and 45 seconds were fun, too. There were cheers with friends, beers with friends, kickoff shots with friends. Spontaneous outbursts of Hotty Toddy, a few Beat Bama's, and a From Dixie with Love. 

I truly believe that being an Ole Miss fan is different than being a fan of any other team. Granted, we do have our fair weather fans -- but most Rebels that I know are die hards. When we go up against Bama, we have hope that we'll win. And when we don't, we're just as excited about how good we played. And how much fun we had. And that's really all you need, right?



Hotty Toddy Rebels!


This Saturday, the newest member of the SEC, Texas A&M travels to our town to take on our Rebs. I've been told that we won't be big fans of the Aggies. Hopefully we'll show them how it's done in Oxford for their first visit. With lots of drinks, good food, class, and a nice ass whoopin'.


We're gonna beat the hell outta you! Hotty Toddy! Gosh A'mighty! Who the hell are we? Hey! Flim Flam! Bim Bam!

OLE MISS, BY DAMN.