Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ho Hey


"I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart."

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day!  Joining up with Ginny from Small Things :)





This past week was Spring Break, and traveling to Chicago and having to endure some cold weather inspired me to knit this lovely hat, the Rhossili Beach Watch Cap from the book Wendy Knits Lace.  Like most hats, it knitted up fairly quickly and the lace pattern was just intricate enough to make it an exciting project.  I love the way it turned out, and based on the weather recently, it looks like I still might get some use out of it before Spring decides to actually arrive.

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Post-Spring Break Blues

Sometimes it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, and this was one of those days.  I long to be back in Chicago, and really the last thing I want to have to be doing is my math homework and preparing for my test on Friday.

But when my heart aches, I pour myself a cup of tea from my purple teapot, put on a smile, and know that love doesn't stop across great distances; it's just a lesson in strength and patience and augments my love for David everyday, knowing that each moment together is even more cherished.

After all, time may heal all wounds, but love erases all time.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and happy yarn along day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)


I haven't gotten a lot of knitting done since last week--I've just been too busy Spring Breaking in Chicago--but I did start the lace part of the hat I'm currently making.  The pattern is the Rhossili Beach Watch Cap from the book Wendy Knits Lace, and I'm using a lovely organic cotton yarn to knit it up.  Unfortunately, I completely botched the last row, so I'll have to go back and fix it, but I think it's going to be great when it's finished.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Spring Break Edition

I am happily writing this Tuesday Tea from Chicago, and even though I have a bit of a cold and an earache, I am so glad to be here. Six weeks of being apart from David is far too long of a time.

I'll have a whole post devoted to Spring Break, of course. Chicago, as always, has been living up to its culinary name.

Here's some of the tastebud winners;

- Fish tacos from the Brewston Beer Company
- Homemade Thai-style coconut chicken
- Italian beef from Portillo's
- Smoked gouda macaroni and cheese with bacon from The Kerryman

Yes, that is the name of the restaurant. It's fate.

On the menu for tonight: jalapeƱo popper chicken soup chez David's kitchen.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yarn Along




Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day!  Joining up with Ginny from Small Things :)

After ordering more yarn because it turns out I did not have as much as I thought (I feel like this happens to me a lot), I am finally making progress on my leg warmers!  They're turning out so wonderfully, and I can't wait to get some use out of them when I go to Chicago at the end of the week :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Spring Break Planning

It's funny how just when it started getting warm in Atlanta, I'm leaving for Chicago. I'm beyond excited though, cold weather and the potential for snow notwithstanding.

As Molly pointed out to me yesterday, it's awesome that David lives in a city that always has something to do. Maybe almost too much to do, which is why David and I try to come up with a rough game plan ahead of time so that we don't waste an afternoon playing the "I don't know, what do you wanna do" game, which I am the queen of. Of course, we'll probably have at least one night of sitting around watching movies, but at least it won't be wasted time when our time together is so short as it is.

But even movies I already have pre-planned to a certain extent--I have a list of movies I've been wanting to see, haven't seen in a while, and some movies that David's mentioned to me.  I have a list of recipes for dinner and appetizers.  I have a Groupon to the Chicago History Museum.  I have a pair of leg warmers and a hat on the knitting needles currently to help keep me warm... The list goes on.  I just can't wait for Friday afternoon to roll around because then I'll be at the airport, probably drinking a cup of tea, and Chicago-bound :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Be OK


"I just want to know today, know today, know today, know that maybe I will be okay."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yarn Along







Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day!  Joining up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I am very happy to announce that I finally finished this lace cowl!  I bought another skein of yarn and had this sucker finished up not two days later.  I'm really thrilled with the final product.  I'm such a push-over for a great lace pattern, and I'm a little sad that this is a gift for someone and that I can't keep it for myself :)  This is definitely a project I would do again though.

You can find my Ravelry notes here.


My current read is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. It's one that I've been wanting to read since I was about 15, but I'm just now getting around to it. I only started it yesterday, but I like it already.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Daily Goings

I've been particularly liking Tuesday Tea this semester because not having class on those days has enabled me to really enjoy my Tuesday Tea concept to the fullest. For me, tea is like a ritual that shouldn't be rushed, and this semester has allowed me the opportunity to do that. That's not to say that it's been a lazy day, but I've been luxuriating in the time it allows me to do the things I love.

After waking up this morning, I sat in bed catching up with my favorite blogs while eating some Greek yogurt.  Last week, the lovely Molly gave a shout-out to me in her own personal Tuesday Tea about why she blogs, and it was pretty darn awesome to read (so you should too!).

After a little reading, I dragged myself out of bed, and woke myself up by doing some yoga.  I did a lot of the old Surya Namaskara poses that I learned a long time ago, and it was nice because it was easy to fall into a pattern that my body could recognize.  About halfway through, I got a call from David who had gotten a half day off of work because of the snow.  Who says you don't get snow days in the north?

Afterwards, I pulled out the good ol' homework which thankfully didn't take long.  But you have to do some work before play!  When I was done though, I whipped out the knitting!  I'm still working on my leg warmers, but I know I'm going to need more yarn, so I'm trying to finish up my current skein so that I can judge how much more yarn to order.  If I have more time tonight, I also hope to work on the cross-stitch I'm in the process of doing.  Yay for craftiness!

I hope your tea was as yummy as mine was today :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

New Glasses

I haven't actively worn glasses in years. I never really liked my old glasses very much, and since they're more than six years old, they've been the wrong prescription for quite some time. The only times I would ever wear them was when I absolutely had to, i.e. when I was sick because I have a tendency to get eye infections when my immune system is down.

As a result, I wear contacts 98% of the time. But contacts are expensive, and anything could happen to them that would cause you to have to throw them out and get a new pair. Glasses on the other hand are generally a one time payment and so long as you take care of them, they last for years. Thus, I've been trying to break myself back into the glasses wearing world, and I struck gold the other day.

Have you noticed that Facebook doesn't just put advertisements on the side of the page anymore but have actually started incorporating them into the news feed? Well, their efforts are clearly proving successful because it worked on me. I saw an advertisement for coastal.com saying that your first pair of glasses from there were free because they were so confident that buyers would be so happy with their purchase that they would be back again. After checking to see if this was all legit, I figured it couldn't hurt to browse their website.

Long story short, I found a pair of frames I liked, I gave them my prescription information, and all I had to pay was shipping and processing.

I ordered my glasses Thursday night, and the company said that they would arrive in a week. They arrived less than two days later on Saturday morning. And I love them! Plus, they came with some cleaning solution and a lens cloth and a miniature screwdriver in case the screw in my glasses comes loose. I am definitely one happy camper.



Saturday, March 2, 2013

Crispy Chicken and Black Bean Wraps



My sister and I were fooling around in the kitchen and came up with this concoction: crispy chicken and black bean wraps!

This recipe is so yummy, and you can probably pull it together with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 cup shredded chicken
- 1 cup yellow rice
- 1 can black beans
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 3/4 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack)
- 8-10 small soft flour tortillas

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:

- cilantro
- sour cream
- diced tomatoes
- salsa

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook yellow rice according to directions on packet. When rice is cooked, fluff rice and add in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and lime juice. Season further to taste. Drain and rinse the black beans and add, with the chicken, to the rice. Add the cheese and mix until the cheese is melted.
2. Portion the rice mixture to each tortilla and roll them up.
3. In a preheated, buttered pan, place each tortilla seam side down into the pan.  Cook each side about one minute, or until the tortilla is golden brown.
4. Transfer to plate and add optional (but highly recommended!) garnishes.

Yields about 8-10 wraps depending on how much you stuff the tortillas.