Archive | June, 2012

Cars, Police and Grown-Up Things

27 Jun

I am so shaken up right now I am finding it hard to type. I had my first car accident as an adult today.

I was NOT to blame. 

I had just left my first job in town A (after working an 8 hr shift) and was on my way to my part-time job in town K (for another 4 1/2 hr shift) and I was hoping to swing by the Graduation Fair my college was holding.

So let me set this up for you…. I was stopped at a red light, maybe the 5th or 6th car back, and it was one of those situations where the car in front of you inches up a little bit, so you inch up a little bit and so on.

Now, I don’t drive a little car. I have a nice big old Escape that sits off the ground. IF YOU ARE BEHIND ME AT A STOPLIGHT, YOU WILL KNOW! TRUST ME!

Well, turns out that is NOT the case because the [little] car behind me REAR-ENDED me!! Her ENTIRE front end was underneath my back bumper! [I have never been so startled in my life! LAST THING I expected was to be hit while STOPPED at a RED LIGHT!!!]

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16 Candles

19 Jun

Let it be known throughout all the land, the “Littlest Princess” is little no more.

Macayla Collage-b

 

This weekend we celebrated Princess Macayla’s 16th birthday!!! Princess Megan and I surprised her with her first manicure and pedicure outing! She was so excited!!!

The next afternoon the took her out for a birthday celebration dinner (along with her 2 best friends and boyfriend, who all surprised her!) at a local hibachi restaurant. The chef was hysterical, the food was delicious and the evening was a success. At the end of the meal, they sang their birthday song for Prince Macayla. Check out the video!!

And if that wasn’t enough…. she is NOW OFFICIALLY a licensed driver. [Consider yourself warned! ;)]

Grilled Pizza {Almost!}

15 Jun

About a week ago I saw a post by a fellow blogger and personal chef (how cool is that?!) about grilled pizza (Here!)…… it looked DELICIOUS! And I thought to myself (as I usually do when I see something cool on the internet) “that doesn’t look to hard, I bet I could make that, too!”

Now, let me make this known to all in the Kingdom….

I don’t cook. Ever.

If it can’t be put in the microwave or eaten right off the shelf, chances are high that I either: A) Don’t know HOW to make it or B) If I tried to make it, it wouldn’t be edible.

Side note: I am a VERY good baker, though! But I digress….

So, as I was saying, I saw this grilled pizza and it looked FANTASTIC! My mouth was watering just reading about this pizza, and it sounded simple enough to make. My family and I decided to attempt this tonight! Here’s all the ingredients!

Let me break this down:

1. Roll out dough on floured surface….. I kind of struggled with this part. No matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get that dough to be in a circle! Oh well, at least oval pizzas taste the same as round pizzas! 😉

2. Place the floured dough on a cookie sheet, then slide the dough onto the grill.  (It should only take a few minutes to cook on the grill, but check frequently to prevent your crust from burning.)

3.  Once the bottom is browned remove from the grill with a spatula. Return to cookie sheet. This is where things starting really falling apart. Turns out we have the wrong grill to use for pizza. The grill rack has narrow rungs with wide spaces…. where as the ideal grill for grilling pizza is the opposite….. wide rungs with narrow spaces. (Darn.) Thanks to this little mishap, as our pizza cooked, it sank into the grill rungs creating rivets in the dough.

So as you can see from the picture, it wasn’t cooking very well. The edges were nice and cooked, but the middle still looked as uncooked as it did when I opened the package. Grilled Pizza Fail. 😦

[Enter the King with hot dogs and hamburgers to use on the already heated grill…. his philosophy in life “Never miss an opportunity to grill out!”]

So…. what do you do with a half grilled pizza with a gummy center? You take it inside, put your toppings on the already grilled/cooked side and place pizza in the oven (see temperature on pizza dough instructions) for 8 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Finished Product!

We cut the dough in half to create 2 personal pan pizzas. Pizza on the left has ranch salad dressing, pepperoni and cheese. Pizza on the right has tomato sauce, pepperoni and cheese.

Even though this was a failed attempt at a cool recipe, it still tasted wonderful! There was a bit of that right-off-the-grill smokey flavor in the dough, so I guess it wasn’t a total failed attempt. More like a learning experience.

So, needless to say…. for the time being, we will not be grilling anymore pizzas. Well, at least not until we get a new grill or I find some other cool trick on the internet. If you would like to see how the grilled pizza is SUPPOSE TO turn out, check out the blog post that started this crazy adventure here!

I hope that if you give this a try you have more success than I did! Someday, I will take on this challenge again, and I will win! Until then…. I think I’ll leave the grilling for things like veggies, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Job Hunting

12 Jun

What fairy tale would be complete without a dragon, evil witch or a terrible twist in the plot line the readers never saw coming?! Well, as I have decided to write about my life as though it were a fairy tale, I guess my first dragon would have to be…. job hunting.

Dun, Dun, Dunnnn

Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but this is a stressful time and I feel that college did a somewhat poor job of preparing me. Now, before you form an angry mob or start shooting fiery arrows my way, let me share my side of the story…

1. Yes, they did tell us that networking is important, and sure, a networking event or two were planned. But where they failed, was always having theses events at the same time (mid-afternoon). In order to attend the few I did, I had to either leave class early or call off from work. I mean, let’s think about this, would it honestly have been so terrible to have 3 or 4 events throughout the semester at DIFFERENT TIMES (i.e. morning, afternoon, evening)?

2. The professors. Where do I start?! We’ve all been there, had those few teachers who believed they were the creator’s gift to whatever program/major field of study they were teaching. These were the same individuals you couldn’t avoid because they were the only professor to teach the 1 and only 1 session of the REQUIRED course you needed to take every stinking semester for 4 years. Unfortunately for me, I had a few semesters where this particular professor was teaching 3 of the classes I had to take. (Yikes!) On the flip side, you have those awesome mentor professors (I need to give credit to such a professor for introducing my class to WordPress, and thus the beginning of my blogging journey here!) These professors give 110% to their students and are willing to listen to concerns and fears we may have about what the outside world is really like. They take us under their wing, but know when to push us out of the nest so we can fly free. College needs more professors who inspire their students, rather than those who are merely here still because they have tenure and will never leave. Okay. I’m done ranting on that.

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I got a [temporary] JOB!!!

11 Jun

I finished all the hours (300 to be exact) for my internship last week! Couldn’t be happier, now just waiting for graduation in August!! And they offered me a JOB!!!

It’s a temporary position to cover for two different maternity leaves… but it means that I have a job [hopefully] through the end of the year! And the chance to put some real working experience in my field of study on my resume!

Today was my “first day” as a co-worker and not an intern! Still having a hard time making the switch from intern to co-worker in my brain… I feel like I don’t know enough or I’m not qualified to do the work (even though I AM and I’ve been doing it since I started my internship in April).

I guess I’m still feeling overwhelmed! This is my first “professional” working experience and I don’t want to mess it up or make a fool of myself.  I truly enjoy who I work with and am so thankful for this opportunity! They are teaching me so many things in the areas I believe my college failed to properly prepare me.

This is truly a blessing and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I feel like I have a couple more months cushion to find a full-time permanent position somewhere before I need to start making payments on my school loans. (Uggg)

Now that a weight has been temporarily removed from my shoulders, I feel better.

Life’s Curveballs

8 Jun

Life is hard…

There is no way around that. And lately, it seems that everything is spinning out of my control. The world as I have always known it is quickly approaching the end of an era.

I want to scream! I want to yell! I want to vent! I want to hit something hard (wish I had a punching bag, pillows just don’t offer the same satisfaction)!

But mostly, I want to cry. I don’t know what is going to happen in the next few months after graduation. The adult world looks like a scary place from where I sit. Am I ready?

I don’t know.

One thing I do know, is ready or not, life is happening. It may not be happening exactly the way I want, in my time-frame, but it is rushing forward. And I have 2 options:

1. I can cower in the corner of my room and be a spectator in my own life, or      2. I can embrace the challenge and enjoy the journey.

The choice is mine, and mine alone to make. 

“Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path into a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens. And it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they lead you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.” – Unknown

Meditating while Biking

7 Jun

It was a beautiful night, so I took full advantage of it and went for a 4-mile bike ride. In our Kingdom, there is a lovely reservoir that offers a smooth walking/biking path. And surprisingly, it wasn’t crowded with people. It was nice, I basically had the place to myself.

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed biking (I haven’t been in years). I will admit, it took me a minute or three to get my balance and rhythm down. But once I did…

I was flying! The wind was rushing through my hair, the birds were singing, the sun was shining…. Life, was good.

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