Standing Tall

The musings of a twenty something girl from the Midwest.

Monday, February 25, 2008

An Open Call

One of my New Year resolutions was to try to cook a new recipe every one to two weeks. So far this resolution has been awesome! I’ve made some really great new things and have learned new cooking techniques. I’ve even started to repeat some of the recipes for our dinners when we really give them a big thumbs up. Virtually a whole new world of cooking was opened up to me when I got a sweet food processor for my birthday.

Problem is, like all New Years resolutions, I’m beginning to loose drive. I’m tired of making soups, stews and egg dishes. I’m not a huge fan of tofu so that really limits my vegetarian options and seeing that both Steve and I are trying to loose weight I don’t want to make anything too unhealthy. These fact, plus I am a bit intimidated by a lot of the new recipes I’ve been looking at, has put me into a recipe funk.

So I’m putting out a call for vegetarian recipes that are easy and not too scary to make. Hopefully I end up finding something to inspire me and get me out of this rut and back on the wagon.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Time To Start Looking

We got a call from our landlord the night we came back from Puerto Rico. He almost never calls unless something is going wrong, but yet he called us Monday night. “Uhhh, hi,” he mumbled “I tried knocking on your door earlier but no one was there…I wanted to let you know that we have decided to sell the house.”

I’m not sure how you are supposed to respond to something like this. Steve and I had a hard time finding a place to live this summer and really don’t want to look for a new place to live but it seems like we might not have much choice. We would love to stay at the house we’ve made a home with Moose and our garden in the backyard, I don’t want to move.

The next day I got a call from the realtor who is showing the house asking when would be good for people to come by and look at the house. What I wanted to say was never. I really dislike the thought of people I don’t know entering my house, looking at my things, and scarring the cat, but I arranged some times for people to come by.

So, because of this I found myself sitting in a café this morning eating breakfast waiting to go back to my house until a showing was over. I sat and waited until the showing was over but my bladder had something else to say about it. I ended up having to head home a few minuets early to go to the bathroom and found the door to my home wide open and many people inside. Tracking the snow from last nights storm all over, needless to say I was not too happy about this.

I hate it. Not just the fact that strangers are in our house but also because we want to know our fate. Hopefully soon Steve and I will find out weather we are looking to move or staying put. Until then I’m going to keep the house a little overly clean and hope to have a new landloard that wants us to stay. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


We’re back from Puerto Rico. Vacation was all I wanted it to be: relaxing, fun, sunny, peaceful and time with Steve. I did, unfortunately, suffer sunburn on my neck the first day but everyone at the resort had some sort of sunburn so you never felt too out of place with a bright red bloch on you body.

One odd thing about the resort we stayed at is that they have live iguanas running around. You would be sitting around the pool deck enjoying your margarita and you would look down and an iguana would be sitting right next to your deck chair. Every once and awhile one would jump into the pool and swim around then climb out. I felt that this was a bit odd and creepy but Steve loved it.

But, like all vacations, it had to come to end. We were ready to come home to our house and our cat. To remember our trip and our relaxing few days here are some pictures:

Iguana in the pool

Sometimes I pretend to be a Japanese tourist

The sunset sail we took

My Birthday cake!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


After weeks of waiting our vacation is finally here! Tomorrow Steve and I will board a plane to Puerto Rico where we will enjoy not being in cold rainy Boston and sip tropical drinks while sitting on a Tropical beach.

I am not taking any time vacation time so I have been working a lot recently to make up for the time I won’t be here. Between the high amount of work done in the past few weeks and the weather I couldn’t be more ready to be warm, relax, and of course spend some time with Steve.

If you need me I’ll be here.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Today would have been my Grandma’s birthday. She was born February 2nd 1922 which gave her the easy-to-remember birthday of 2-2-22. This is the first year where I don’t send a card or call to wish her a happy birthday. I still will think of her today though.

After my grandma’s funeral I thought a lot of what her life was like. Growing up without a mom in Northern Minnesota, how she was so close with her sister, living in her dad’s house with a new born baby while my grandpa was in the war (the picture to the right is a photo she sent to my grandpa while he was gonve of her and my uncle), and how she raised a family while she was physically limited due to MS. I never really considered all these things while she was here. To me she was always Grandma who made me toast when I would go to her house. I wish now that I would have asked her more about her life. It’s a regret I think most of us have about our loved ones that have moved on.

The end was hard for her and I know she is a lot better off now where ever she is, but I am going to remember of her on this day.