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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Silly Haiku Wednesday - #12

OMG I am finally remembering to do a haiku...even though it is a bit late in the day it's still Wednesday!!!!

Join the fun!

The basics:
Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)

This week’s theme is: Travel

I love to travel
Barely been home since late May
Leaving again soon

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wanchai Ferry Frozen Chinese Food Review and Giveaway

 
Chinese food has to be one of my favorite types of foods!  I love it from almost every restaurant!  But, sometimes I want to eat it without having to go out.  I'm in luck!  Wanchai Ferry has multiple flavors of beef, chicken and shrimp dishes!

I was sent a sample of one of Wanchai Ferry's newest flavors: Beef and Broccoli.  It is designed for two people.  It comes with the beef, broccoli, a few other vegetables that I don't remember (my mom really liked them but they weren't on the list of five veggies I eat) and rice.  I was really impressed with the quality of the beef.  I normally am not impressed with any Chinese food beef, but this beef was really tender and easy to chew.  The brown sauce that came with it was delicious too!  It's ready to serve in just 14 minutes, which is really nice for those of us who don't want to spend a ton of time cooking!  I was also ssent two really neato tea sets with green tea.

Be sure to try the two additional new flavors of Wanchai Ferry frozen entrées, Kung Pao Chicken and Szechuan Style Chicken, which will soon join five other delicious varieties including Orange Chicken, Shrimp Lo Mein, Spicy Garlic Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken. Additionally, all of the entrées have no added MSG!  Ooh, Spicy Garlic Chicken will be the next one I try for sure!  You can print a coupon for $1.60 off by clicking here.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Oh No!

I haven't blogged since Wednesday!

Not much has gone on.  That girl at work still totally bugs me.  My mom put in a phone call to National about my laptop and we are waiting to hear back.

And I REALLY want a dog!  My mom has now said after we get back from our 4th of July getaway we can look.  Thank goodness my dad is willing to be at our house taking care of my geckos while we keep leaving town!!!

I really want to go read peoples' blogs now, so I think I am going to cut this post short so I can do that.  I am way behind on reviews so keep your eyes posted for reviews and a giveaway or two :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Working Out

OMG, My mom and I committed to each other to go back to working out after our DC trip.  So far, so good.  We went to the gym Monday and did almost all of the weight machines in our circuit (before we used to do upper body one day and lower body the next day).  Yesterday I went for a 2-hour walk with a friend to the beach.  Today, we again did most of the weight machines in our circuit.

I'm exhausted!!!!  I feel like I am kicking my own butt!  And I'm really hungry!

Do you have any sort of workout routine?  And do you notice being a lot hungrier after working out a lot?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sad Times

So....I can't seem to keep a laptop.  Yesterday, we had some rental car trouble when returning our car to National rental company at the Dulles Airport.  To make up for it, the employee helping my mom offered to personally drive us to the airport terminal.  He loaded our car up, and my mom made a comment about not touching my backpack.  He asked why and I said because it was heavy from my laptop.  When we got to the terminal and he opened the "trunk" (it was an SUV), my backpack went tumbling to the ground.  And now it doesn't work.  My friend thinks the hard drive is toast.  My mom is planning to call National's corporate office and see what they will do for us.  Even though it was an accident, it is their "fault".  Sigh!!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mystery Box at the Las Vegas Outlets

While at the Las Vegas Outlets, my dad noticed a box at a kiosk.  It had Hebrew writing on it.  Can anyone enlighten me as to what it says?


I know it says friends of someone...please don't do something LOL

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

And I'm Off Again..

Wow, I feel like I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning.  This time, we are in Washington, DC for my cousins' B'not Mitzvah.

The drive down was nice and easy.  We decided to try out Virgin America this trip because they were the cheapest and OMG, they are great!  The seats were really comfortable.  The flight attendants were really friendly (I even made friends with one because he liked that I was on facebook and then he REALLY liked that I was playing Family Feud).  Dulles Airport is huge...I had forgotten just how huge it is!!!

And now we're in our hotel in Bethesda....our room is really nice!  If you know of any good restaurants in the area, let me know :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Boise Food Experiences

I have eaten a lot while in Boise!

We have gone out to breakfast a few times. A place my cousin said I had to try was Merritt's Country Cafe.  They have huge scones that take up a whole plate!  They come with a huge chunk of butter....yum!  We went to Sunrise Family Restaurant.  I ordered the most delicious bacon, avocado and cheese omelet.  The service was a bit slow, but the food was amazing!  Another place we tried was Eddie's Diner.  This place probably had the friendliest service, but the most normal food.  It was just typical diner food.  We also went to The Egg Factory one morning.  They have huge omelets there!  I ordered a cheese omelet and added turkey.....that thing was stuffed with turkey meat!  I was really impressed.

I think I have only gone out to lunch twice.  My aunt took us out to Goodwood Barbecue Company.  Yum!!!!  I got a smoked turkey sandwich with some of the tastiest turkey meat I have ever tried.  I wish I had been hungrier because everyone else ordered salads...they come with eggs, bacon and croutons!!  We went to Granny's one day for lunch also.  I got a club sandwich and it hit the spot!  I also got chicken and dumpling soup, and it was some of the best soup I have ever had :)

We haven't gone out to dinner that much either.  We did go to Golden Corral one night.  You can read about the amazingness that is Golden Corral by clicking here.

We did have a snack one night at Sonic.  We tried their popcorn chicken.  It was really good!!!!

I tried a candy from Lee's Candies.  I got something called a mint sandwich I think.  It really didn't taste any better or worse than an Andies mint.

So if you're ever in Boise, my top recommendations are Goodwood Barbecue Company, Merritt's Country Cafe and Sunrise Family Restaurant.

And now that I'm home....time to eat healthy.  I had a piece of tilapia with steamed broccoli and brown rice for dinner last night LOL

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

OMG

So I took a day off yesterday...rested...spent quiet time...whatever....

This morning....I woke up with a sore throat....I have a cold!!!!!!

I have already been warned not to overdose, but I am taking zicam and vitamin c.  I bought throat drops to help my sore throat (I have the least faith in these) and my aunt gave me some NuSkin G3 juice to take which boosts immune system.

This stinks...I have no time to be sick!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day Off

I feel a bit bad....I was pretty anti-social today.  Since we've gotten here, we have always been around tons of people and at least 1 or 2 kids under 5.  I needed a break today!

I woke up and went to a cool park called Kathryn Albertson park with my dad.

Ducks cleaning themselves

The only girl Mallard we saw the whole time

Geese!!!!!!!

When we were done, we cruised around the mall for a while and stopped in random stores along the way.  Then I got dropped off at my cousin's house where we are staying and napped for almost 2 hours.  I played on the computer before and after LOL  Then my cousin showed up, brought me to my aunt and uncle's house for dinner, and then I came right back to be by myself again.

It was such a nice, peaceful day :)  And my dad swears no one cares that I hung out alone....

Monday, June 7, 2010

Family

I hope no one thinks that I have problems.  I just posted about the facebook/worker girl and now I am going to post something about a family member.  I just love getting advice from people who are totally uninvolved.

I have always been fairly close with my aunt.  We all lived with my grandma for a while when I was growing up, and we have kept a close relationship since.

A little over a month ago, we got in a fight over AIM because I finally spoke my peace about what an idiot she can be.  We haven't spoken since.  For the first few days I felt kinda weird.  But now that I have had time to really think about it, I don't really miss talking to her.  She is so self-absorbed (without even knowing it) that she probably couldn't tell you anything more than the basic facts about me (even though we used to talk almost every single day).  She is judgmental of everyone who isn't Jewish like she is, and she is even judgmental of most people who are.  I could go on and on, but I'm sure no one wants to read it.

Since that day, neither of us have tried to speak to the other one.  I don't think I would ignore her if she spoke to me, but I have no desire to initiate contact.

Thoughts???

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Dear John and The Young Victoria

I managed to watch 2 movies today.  I watched Dear John during our lunch/dinner and The Young Victoria later on.


I had been wanting to see Dear John for a really long time.  I was intending to read the book first and had even brought it up here, but I guess I am going to have to read the book second now.  I did enjoy the movie.  Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum are both great actors!  I wasn't a huge fan of the abrupt ending though.  I can't wait to see how the book differs :)


I had no interest in watching The Young Victoria, but my aunt really wanted to see it so we all agreed.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  Emily Blunt really is a great actress and I forgot how much I love period pieces like this one.  I want to watch more movies that take place during this time now!

I highly recommend both Dear John and The Young Victoria. :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Palindrome Paper

My mom sent me this cool video. It's worth the 2 minutes!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun Day Today

We have pretty much just been hanging out so far in Boise, but today we had some adventures!

Around lunch time, we headed over to the Boise Greek Food Festival.  It is at the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.  The suggested donation was only $1 per person, so it only cost us $4 total!  We had a delicious lunch there.  My cousin and I both ate spanakopita - which is filo dough filled with spinach and cheese.  My dad had a gyro with lamb and tzatiki sauce.  For dessert we tried kourabiethes (which are basically butter cookies coated in a pound of powdered sugar) and koulourakia (which are sweet cookie twists).  Both desserts were really yummy, but I would suggest the koulourakia first since it is WAY less sweet than the kourabiethes.  The festival is also going on tomorrow (Saturday), so don't miss it!

During some down time, my dad and I went to Big Lots.  We don't have one of those in Santa Barbara, or anywhere close by.  I think we went up and down every single aisle!  At one of the food aisles, I thought I was going to get in a fight with a lady.  She stopped to ask me a question, and I nicely told her I didn't work there.  She looked at me like I was crazy and rudely asked, "Well, haven't you shopped here before?"  I think I nicely replied that I actually hadn't shopped there before since I was from out of town and then her whole attitude changed and she laughed and said "I've never been here either."  People are so weird!  Anyhow...I did find some cool cards for Father's Day and tons of random food.  They had Pesto flavored Nish Nosh!  Yum!

And for dinner, we all went out to Golden Corral.  I think they might be better than Hometown Buffet.  They have a great salad bar, which I barely took advantage of since I don't like most veggies.  But they also had an asian section, tons of bread choices (including cornbread!), 3 kinds of ribs and tons of other meats, fish, mac & cheese, pizza and more!  And the desserts...omg!!!  I only had a rice krispie treat and a chocolate brownie and it was too much!  We don't have one of these anywhere near us, so I enjoy going while I'm up here.

And now here I am...just relaxing :)

Lego Printer

My uncle sent me this video, it's amazing!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Breakfast Test

You Are A Childlike Breakfast




You are a very easy going person, so easy going, in fact, that you've been accused of being a bit lazy.

Other people are just jealous. We'd all like to be hanging out in our pj's eating cereal until noon!

You are quite positive, and you do your best to keep your outlook sunny. You are pleased with the world.

You just feel grateful to live the life you have, so you're not about to complain!

Yay, I like this one!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Facebook

I'm on vacation, so my blogging might be even more sporadic than usual.  But I have a question.  Are you facebook friends with people you work with?  We have a "new" girl at work, and she happens to be a high school friend of my best friend.  She recently said she doesn't want to be facebook friends with anyone at work (with the exception of him since they were previously friends) because her friends might say things or post pictures that are who she "used to be", not who she is now.

I think it's dumb. Because I like her and because my best friend likes her, I had been thinking about hanging out with her etc.  Now, I don't think I want to, because she obviously wants to keep work and personal really separate.  I am friends with a ton of people at work, and I have restricted a few people because I don't like them or whatever.

What do you all think?
 
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