Posted 5 days ago

#19 I haven’t been doing a great job of reading lately but I did just finish this book. Let it be known that I was 100 pages into another book with the same title before I figured out I was reading the wrong book. This one is the story behind Benedict Arnold and how he was a traitor to America as told from the viewpoint of his wife’s servant. It wasn’t great but it was interesting and I enjoyed it.

I have a 6 hour bus ride to Nashville (!!!) on Friday and have loaded up my iPad with the books The Vacationers by Emma Straub and & Sons by David Gilbert. It might be a little ambitious thinking I’ll be able to get through both books in 12 hours (knowing there is a good chance I’ll be napping for several of those hours) but I didn’t want to get caught without something to read. 7 more books to squeeze in this year!

Posted 1 week ago

canttuchthis:

garlic butter mushroom risotto

[via:food52]

I’m making this as soon as I get some spinach.

Posted 1 week ago
It’s slowly starting to turn to fall here in Indy so I decided that I better try to enjoy wearing sundresses while I still can. 
Sunday ended up being a beautiful day and I decided to wear my newly acquired sundress from Gap.  I don’t really listen to those “no white after labor day” rules.  It was still a bit brisk in the morning so I grabbed a light cardigan from my closet.   I ended up wearing this dress all day and night and wished that I had a royal blue cardigan so I could wear this dress and show my love for the Colts. 
This dress is still available online in lots of sizes!  It’s a little short (considering I’m only 5’2”) but it’s very comfortable and has pockets!  The skirt is double layered so you can’t see through it which I very much appreciated.  It comes in blue and I’m very tempted to get that one too.  If you have a Gap that’s convenient to you (I happen to live across the street from the mall) you may want to check in stores first because I actually got mine for $21.97 vs. the $35.99 but either way, it’s worth it!

It’s slowly starting to turn to fall here in Indy so I decided that I better try to enjoy wearing sundresses while I still can. 

Sunday ended up being a beautiful day and I decided to wear my newly acquired sundress from Gap.  I don’t really listen to those “no white after labor day” rules.  It was still a bit brisk in the morning so I grabbed a light cardigan from my closet.   I ended up wearing this dress all day and night and wished that I had a royal blue cardigan so I could wear this dress and show my love for the Colts. 

This dress is still available online in lots of sizes!  It’s a little short (considering I’m only 5’2”) but it’s very comfortable and has pockets!  The skirt is double layered so you can’t see through it which I very much appreciated.  It comes in blue and I’m very tempted to get that one too.  If you have a Gap that’s convenient to you (I happen to live across the street from the mall) you may want to check in stores first because I actually got mine for $21.97 vs. the $35.99 but either way, it’s worth it!

Posted 1 week ago

While my herb and pepper garden was pretty much a gigantic flop this year (I’m not great at remembering to water plants), I’m lucky enough that people are work are great gardeners and enjoy sharing the fruits (and veggies!) of their labor.   Last week there was a giant array of peppers, tomatoes, corn, eggplant, and cucumbers that were free to anyone walking by.  I picked up two eggplants, a tomato, a green pepper, and two ears of corn. 

I read online that before cooking eggplant you should salt it to draw the moisture out of it.  That’s what I’m doing in the top picture.  In the bottom pic you can see my other veggies chopped up along with with some onions and garlic (which are the only veggies I ever really have on hand).   I sauteed all these veggies together with a little bit of olive oil.  I know I normally use canola but since this seemed to be leaning toward the Italian side, I went with olive oil.  I found some elbow macaroni in my pantry and cooked up some of that to use as the base. 

Aside from adding some oregano and pepper I didn’t add anything else to this recipe.  IT WAS DELICIOUS.  Most days I bring my lunch and have to convince myself not to get something better tasting from the cafeteria.  For the 3 days that I had this dish to bring to work, I didn’t even consider going down to the cafeteria. 

I still haven’t figured out what to do with the corn.  I’m either going to boil it or make some guacamole to put it in.  Have you ever put fresh corn in your guacamole?  Try it!  You won’t look back!

Posted 1 week ago

After 3 days of nannying, I happily agreed to join my friend Stacey and her friends for a brewery bar crawl around Chicago. 

We started at Andersonville Brewery.  While our waiter was a little cranky, the beers were decent.  The place is attached to another place called Hamburger Mary’s.  I didn’t have any burgers but they did look pretty delicious.

Our next stop was supposed to be Metropolitan Brewing but it turns out they don’t actually let you drink there.  It’s just a brewery.  We did stop into the place next door which was the Koval Distillery.  I’m not big into whiskey but I did like seeing all the barrels lined up.

After that we headed to Half Acre which was probably my favorite stop.  They were a little heavy on the IPAs but I like IPAs and since we were doing flights, it was perfect. 

Net we headed to Bad Apple Bar where we also stopped to eat.  I didn’t manage to get a picture of my beer there but what I really should have gotten a picture of was the delicious burger that I ate.   I ordered the “Brave Blue World” (minus the bacon).  Oh man, it was good. 

Finally we headed to Revolution.  This was the only bar that I felt like I’d actually had the beer prior to the bar crawl.  This was probably my second favorite stop of the day. 

I loved this idea of a brewery bar crawl and it might be something I have to convince people we need to do in Indy!  I know there are organized ones, but I kind of like this one that we made up on the fly.

Posted 1 week ago

The last week of August I took a few days off and headed up to Chicago to “nanny” Lila.  I’ve spent many days with Lila but I guess I never realized that often I’m splitting her attention with the others who are home.  These 3 days it was me and Lila for 8 hours a day — IT WAS EXHAUSTING.  She’s a crazy fast crawler and likes to get into everything.  She was quite pleased with herself when she managed to crawl under the end table and got to play behind it. 

While I was exhausted, I had so much fun.  I love watching Lila and seeing how much she has changed over the last 9 months.  She loves books (mainly turning the pages), being tickled, pushing her lawnmower as fast as possible, going on walks, and insists on being included in all conversations.  I also think it’s hilarious that she LOVES pictures of herself.  She gets the biggest smile on her face when we show her pictures of herself.  Along the same lines, she also loves taking selfies (as seen above). 

While I don’t think I’ll be quitting my job to take on a full-time nannying career, I will say that every night as I dropped onto the bed, my heart (and camera photo album) were full from the fun day spent with my favorite little niece. 

Posted 2 weeks ago
bourbonandpearls:

Going Kappa was one of the best decisions of my life. 

bourbonandpearls:

Going Kappa was one of the best decisions of my life. 

(Source: ucsdkappakappagamma)

Posted 2 weeks ago

garden-of-vegan:

Teriyaki Peanut Tofu with Stir-Fried Veggies & Brown Rice {via ilovevegan.com}

I like the idea of this sauce and think it could be used on chicken too!

Posted 3 weeks ago

I asked Lila if she wanted to take a nap and this was the response I got. #flippingthebird #badinfluence @dsgerhart

Posted 3 weeks ago

Today is my last day of the work for the month and I had a one-on-one with our new CFO so I put a little effort into my outfit. Mainly, I wanted one I could wear with my new kicks that I stumbled upon at TJ Maxx over the weekend.

And while I do have wet hair in the picture, it was dry and huge by the time I made it into the office.