Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quizzical Wednesday - Transporation

You Are A Train

You are a true romantic. You have big dreams about how life should be.

You take life at a slow and steady pace. You try to appreciate every moment you have.

You are a very visual person. You are always on the lookout for beauty and inspiration.

You are able to relax and let go more than most people.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quizzical Wednesday - Primary Colors

You Are Yellow

You are bright, vibrant, and cheerful. Your energy can take over a room.

You look on the sunny side of life. You are able to avoid stress, anxiety, and burnout.

It's hard to get you down, and you've rarely been depressed in your life.

You tend to have a clear mind and an unburdened heart. You try to bring as much light as possible into your life.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The BBA Challenge

One evening last week, while researching recipes for homemade Cinnamon Rolls I stumbled across this post and was introduced to The BBA Challenge and the Phoo-D blog, a new favorite. I read several of her entries about the breads she has baked as part of the BBA Challenge and was intrigued. I then read all the details and particulars about the Challenge and decided that I couldn't resist, I was hooked.

Receiving my Kitchen Aid mixer in April was a dream come true as I have wanted one since I first laid eyes on them (receiving this from my Mom is yet more proof that I have the BEST Mom in the whole wide world). Since April I have baked more than ever before and just love pulling it out of the hall closet. I couldn't wait to try out the dough hook and have successfully mastered the Kitchen Aid recipes for white, wheat and french bread. I have also baked many cookies, quick breads and cakes in the past 6 months, although my cookie baking skills leave a bit to be desired. My colleagues are thrilled that I have this new found love of baking because there is always some *treat* showing up in the break room. I can't believe how much I've learned and the real difference it has made in baking. I made my mothers Carrot Cake recipe last night to bring to work for a colleagues birthday. I baked the same recipe last year for her birthday and the difference is amazing! I was really silly and naive when I thought that using a hand mixer was just as good, it just isn't.

On Sunday, Don and I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy of The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread and I was giddy with excitement when we walked out of the store. The book is beautiful! I purchased the ingredients for the first recipe, Anadama and plan to start it on Thursday night. In the meantime I am reading the 100+ pages of information and theory at the beginning of the book.

I'm excited about learning more about different varieties of bread and exploring different ingredients, textures and techniques. Although I have to say that the idea of making Bagels is scary and that happens on week #3. AAAHH!

I will be posting pictures and thoughts about each recipe but not the recipes themselves as I move through this journey. The official group started back in May, so I am a bit behind but am hoping that I can slowly catch up and finish at the same time, we will see.

For more information on The BBA Challenge you can check out the blogroll, the Flickr group, the world map, or search #bba on Twitter.

Weekend Wrap-Up: 10/16 - 10/18

It was a busy but good fall weekend. Here are the highlights:
  • Went to the doctor and was diagnosed me with bilateral ear infections and a sinus infection resulting in a prescription for antibiotics.
  • Took a nap.
  • Met my friend Nikki for a crepe lunch at Citizen.
  • Ran by the office.
  • Got my prescription filled.
  • Enjoyed a dinner of Mac 'n' Cheese and beer with Don at McMenamins on Friday night.
  • Slept in (well until nearly 9 a.m.) on Saturday morning.
  • Bought some new music from iTunes and played with my music library and enjoyed a quiet morning at home.
  • Ran around with my colleague Amy to find all the items needed to create our Halloween costumes.
  • Reviewed some Cisco flashcards with Kat.
  • Saw Love Happens at Gold Class Cinemas with Kat.
  • Picked up a Electric Kettle at Bed Bath and Beyond.
  • Had a yummy dinner at Cheesecake Factory in Bellevue with Don and Kat.
  • Slept until 8:30 a.m. on Sunday when the phone woke me up which didn't bother me too much when I realized it was a colleague telling me that she didn't need me to come in and help prep for an audit after all.
  • Enjoyed coffee and pumpkin cheesecake (from dinner the night before) for breakfast in bed surrounded by several months worth of Martha Stewart Living and Bon Appetit.
  • Narrowed down my new recipe finds to a few for this week and made a grocery list.
  • Ran to Target to pick up some essentials and a new iPod player for my car (I crushed the old one in the center console, oops).
  • Picked up a copy of The Bread Bakers Apprentice at Barnes and Noble so that I can start the BBA Challenge.
  • Ran to the Apple Store so Don could get a case for his new iPhone.
  • Went to Crate and Barrel and ONLY bought a new cooling rack and a Bake/Store cake pan but that is because we made ourselves stop browsing.
  • Went to the grocery store.
  • Spent the late afternoon and evening in the kitchen. I made Oatmeal (for breakfast this week), New England Clam and Corn Chowder with Herbs (for lunches this week), a Carrot Cake (to take to the office on Monday in honor of October birthdays) and Crispy Chicken for dinner.
  • Watched Thursday nights episode of Bones.
How was your weekend?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quizzical Wednesday - The Jungle Test

You Are Dramatic

You are colorful and charismatic. You get and hold people's attention.

Right now, you are seeking peace and tranquility in your life.

You are drawn to people who are passionate and deep.

You feel like there are a few minor things in your life that need to be changed.

You take time before you react. You allow yourself to explore your options.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up: 10/9 - 10/11

I spent the weekend in Utah with my family, here are the highlights:
  • Raced home from work on Thursday to get up the hill in time to do laundry.
  • Enjoyed a carpet picnic of cheese 'n' crackers with Don at the Laundry Room while our clothes were washin'
  • Packed and put the laundry away.
  • Woke bright and early to get to the airport for my 7:00 a.m. flight.
  • Arrived in Salt Lake to beautiful weather, sunny and warm.
  • Took the pearls I got in Hawaii to a jeweler friend of my mother's to have them made into earrings.
  • Had lunch with my Mom at Squatter's my favorite Salt Lake brew pub.
  • Picked up some paper for a project that my mother is working on at Xpedx.
  • Shopped for some new fall clothes for my Mom at Dress Barn.
  • Got settled at Mom's.
  • Had dinner with my Dad, Step-Mom and a family friend.
  • Enjoyed a breakfast of biscuits and gravy at Midvale Mining with my Mom and Step-Dad.
  • Exchanged some shoes that my Mom bought me for Christmas last year to SAS Shoes without a problem. Very impressed by their customer service and return policy.
  • Did some more shopping at the brand new Kohl's store at Brickyard.
  • Ran to the liquor store and grocery store.
  • Bagged our plans to go to Oktoberfest at Snowbird and opted for some catch-up time with my Mom and Step-Dad.
  • Helped my little brother with some laundry and grocery shopping.
  • Attended an Housewarming/Open House at the new home of my "Cuz" and her "Huz" which was tons of fun.
  • Had way too little sleep on Saturday night.
  • Enjoyed breakfast with my Mom and brother Jimmy at Eggs in the City.
  • Returned to Mom's to pack and teach her how to use the DVR on her satellite box.
  • Caught a mid-afternoon flight home to Seattle.
  • Took a pan of lasagna out of the freezer and popped it in the oven.
  • Unpacked my bag and got settled back into life in Seattle.
  • Had a lovely dinner and bottle of Sangiovese with Don.
  • Collapsed into bed and slept quickly in an attempt to recover from a VERY busy weekend.
How was your weekend?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Mom's 15 minutes of pink fame

Video clip from Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. My mom is featured on the video talking about the importance of Mammograms and her employee and dear friend Chris ties a ribbon in her honor. Mom is in the green sweater at the end of the line.

Thursday Funny - Jeff Dunham and Walter

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Geography Lesson

The geography lesson proceeded the congratulations during a converation with my boss this morning:

Me: "We got a purchase order this morning from Brunei"
Boss: "Where the hell is Brunei?"
Me: "In southeast Asia"
Boss: "Are you sure it isn't in North Africa?"
Me: "Pretty sure, I googled it."
Boss: "Do we have a distributor in Brunei?"
Me: "Yes we do!"
Boss: "Well alright then. Good job!"

I now know more about Brunei than I did when I woke up this morning, and so does my boss.

Quizzical Wednesday - Seasons

You Feel Like Autumn

You have reached a point in your life where you feel successful and accomplished.

You have a full, bountiful life. And you're ready to sit back and enjoy it.

While you feel like you finally have enough in your life, you make find that you also have things you no longer need.

This is a time for you to reassess who you are, what you need, and where you want to go next in your life.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


GOAL!, originally uploaded by JewellsinSEA.

This is the dry erase board in my office. When we receive purchase orders we change the numbers and add a few notches to the thermometer. We have thermometers for each of the product lines. Today I received a purchase order which got us to our goal of 24 systems for the year! One of the thermometer is full and the final quarter of the year just began! Yay! Goal achieved. Happy day.

Note: Photograph has been altered to protect company/product identity.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up: 9/25 - 9/27 & 10/2 - 10/4

Its a super-sized edition of the Weekend Wrap-Up with the highlights of the last 2 weekends. Enjoy!

9/25 - 9-27:
  • Woke and dressed in profession wear and head to Ballard to pick up Kathleen on Friday morning.
  • Had a good time mingling with sisters from other chapters at the Seattle Area P.E.O. Reciprocity meeting.
  • Had a lovely al fresco lunch with Kathleen at Sonrisa at U Village.
  • Dropped off Kathleen and headed home.
  • Processed about several winter squash and a bunch of yellow squash for the freezer.
  • Caught up on episodes of my favorite TV shows.
  • Did Laundry.
  • Enjoyed breakfast at the Queen Anne Cafe where I proclaimed that I am DONE with breakfast potatoes.
  • Ran errands.
  • Processed the other half of the winter squash and several large zucchini for the freezer (in total I processed 98 pounds of vegetables).
  • Slept in WAY longer than usual on Sunday morning. Yay!
  • Enjoyed a quiet day at home with household chores on Sunday.
  • Quizzed Kat on Cisco flashcards while Don made dinner.
10/2 - 10/4:
  • Got my second mammogram of the year, all is well and I'm off the hook until 2010.
  • Took a nap when my afternoon plans fizzled.
  • Enjoyed a relaxing evening a home catching up with the TiVo.
  • Got my flu shot.
  • Enjoyed breakfast at The Original Pancake House with Don and Kat.
  • Picked up some new jeans at Catherine's.
  • Got ready for the cooler weather by getting new long sleeve tees and a sweater at JC Penney.
  • Went to Office Max twice trying to buy toner for my printer. Note to self: write down the model number next time.
  • Celebrated a milestone for my associate and friend Amy with drinks at Elysian Fields, taking the *adult* version of the Seattle Underground Tour and having a late dinner at Mama's Mexican Kitchen.
  • Enjoyed a quiet Sunday at home with lots of household chores.
How was your weekend?

Thursday, October 01, 2009

It has been a long week...

I'm starting my second Starbucks beverage of the day and can't wait for the work week to be done.

Thursday Funny - Cooking Show Spoof (Bugar)