Friday, December 30, 2011

sock bun!

i've been meaning to try a sock bun for a while now.  what is a sock bun, you may ask?  just what it sounds like - a bun made with the help (and bulk) of a sock.  i have plenty of hair, but it's rather fine.  so even though it's finally getting fairly long, it still makes a pretty small bun.

many pictures and tutorials exist out there on the internet-machine, but i used the one that popped up first last night, found here.

the girl in the video seems to do the sock bun for the sake of the bun itself.  my goal was the curls that result the following day, so i did my sock bun with damp hair.

so chop the toes of a clean (likely mismatched) sock i did!  we were only headed out to a divey place, so i only attempted the sock bun once and just went with that.

i slept in the bun overnight as it finished drying, and here are the curls i was sporting when i freed my hair this morning from the bun.

Monday, December 19, 2011

doctored-up salsa

as much as i appreciate a meal painstakingly created, some things are just quick and delicous.  chips and salsa is likely the most frequent snack in my household.  though i'm content ripping open a bag of tortilla chips and opening a jar of salsa, this takes it a small step further.  oh-so delicious, but something even the least kitchen-inclined could handle.

open a jar of tostitos salsa (i like the medium heat) and dump some into a bowl.

spoon in a healthy dallop of top the tater

add a little bit of the chili garlic sauce (careful - this stuff can get spicy!).

chop a but of cilantro and toss 'er in and stir it all together

that's it.  eat.  enjoy.  make more.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

my first 5k

today was the monster dash 5k race at lake harriet, my first 5k.  i should have been nearly done with my C25K program, but i've had some setbacks with illness and problems with my back.  it's been two full weeks since my last run, but i still went and had a great time today.  we had about a dozen ladies dress up in solid colors and we all donned handmade tutus!  it was fun to be there with emily but i missed having ashley (who is sick) with us.

i had to walk a good chunk of the race, but i did what i could and i crossed the finish line in about 41 minutes.  although it's not a time to be proud of, i can be proud of myself for getting out there, giving it what i had and finishing.

i'll continue with the C25K program and i should be ready and rearin' to go take on a 5k in the spring and be able to run the whole thing and try for a good time. 

Monday, September 26, 2011


when i polish my nails at home, i'll usually start to notice my nails chipping the very same day.  when i get a regular manicure done, it might buy me an extra day or two.  i love the way my nails look with a gel manicure. the polish stays shiny for weeks and does not chip.  how great is that!?  i do not, however, love paying $40 for a manicure.  i decided to pony up and purchase the stuff i need to do a gel manicure at home.  the biggest thing for this is the UV light, but i found a good deal on

i decided to go with the CND Shellac products.  the manicure is supposed to last two full weeks. with the rate my nails grow, i don't need anything that lasts longer and i like the idea that it removes easily and doesn't damage my nails.

i've used the system at home a few times now and i'm really happy with it!  it's dry - like for real dry -right away. i did laundry within two minutes of finishing my manicure yesterday!  it stays on and doesn't chip, and the finish stays shiny.  how great is that!  i was a little nervous about it actually works really well!  i need to learn to clean up my own cuticles a little better and polish a little more neatly around them, but i'll take that challenge. 

previous manicure (color: fedora)

soaking off with cotton balls soaked in pure acetone, held on with foil

polish all removed (actually easy!) with no damage to nails

newly trimmed and polished (color: negligee)

Sunday, September 25, 2011


i remember when using recipes from the internet was a novel idea.  i had good friends who dubbed their first attempt at a recipe they found online as "internet chili."  yup.  chili.  found on the internet.  clever, right?!  it's no longer a new thing at all to get recipes from the internet; in fact, there are more out there than i would ever be able to even think about trying.   well i really like trying new recipes, so i'll pace myself and try one from time to time.

the recipe du jour is baked creamy chicken taquitos and cilantro lime rice.

it was quick, easy, delicious, and - i think - reheatable.  i guess we'll find out at lunchtime tomorrow!

for now, i'm not imaginative enough on my own to come up with my own recipes.  well, sometimes i am.  although i think they are often delicious, my husband thinks that i just come up with the strangest dishes and concoctions.  so when i'm making dinner for him, i usually stick to recipes i find.  and i like finding and trying new recipes, so that works for me!

pictures of food don't really turn out the best when taken late in the evening and with an iphone (the old one without the flash), but this is what i did, so it's what you get.

the end.

Friday, September 23, 2011

flamingo legs

my legs are messed up.  backwards.

ok, so maybe my knees don't bend backwards like a flamingo, but they're backwards nonetheless.

the problem lies in my calves.  or lack thereof.

the work that should be done with my calves (duh - on the backs of my legs) is somehow done with whatever-those-muscles-are-called on the fronts of my legs.

i need to figure out how to walk and run by using the proper parts of my legs.  wonder how i can do that...


against all odds, i'm still at it!  i did my fourth run the other evening.  and get this - i accidentally skipped a week of the training! 

i got a treadmill, so it was the first time running indoors.  instead of having my phone with the C25K app right in my hand, it was on an ipod dock across the room, so i couldn't see the timer for each run.  i felt like the first three-minute segment was long, but i thought that it was maybe because the environment was so different.  at the end of the runs, i even added an extra two-minute run and felt pretty good.  so i think i'm just gonna skip the missed week and keep at it with week 3.

i was able to get a great sports bra on sale at macy's too, so that help the run be a lot more comfortable.

anyway, i hope the treadmill will keep me going through the winter.  if you know me at all, you know i hate cold weather... no WAY i'm gonna run in it!  so here's my craig's list find that's gonna keep me active through the 9 months of inclement MN weather that's approaching all too quickly.  well, ok, this isn't the actual one we purchased, but we got the same kind (ours is just in a little better condition).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

one down, lots to go

so it was a bit delayed, but i finally started!  i finished week 1, day 1 of the couch to 5k program.  i know the program starts out slowly, but i honestly doubted if i'd be able to make it through the first day.  well, ladies and gentlemen, put those fears aside because i was able to finish the workout.  woo hoo!

now, i'm not a runner.  i don't think it's as bad as phoebe from friends, but i definitely didn't  want a lot of people to be able to see me on my first outing.  so i ran the trails in the cemetery across the street from my house and i only saw about 3 other people there.   that's not too bad.  and in a cemetery, it's a pretty safe bet that no one will laugh at me...

well, these things i know for sure. 1) i ran and i didn't die.  2) i'm gonna be really sore tomorrow. 3) once i'm over #2, i'll move on to day two of the program.  4) i need a better sports bra.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

found it!

i found the picture from pinterest that inspired me to get in shape (see previous post)...
i know this is unattainable for me (um, have you SEEN my chicken legs!?) but hey, i'll do what i can!


i've been thinking for quite some time about starting to work out again. 

i found my inspiration in a perhaps unlikely place, on pinterest.  it turns out i didn't repin the photo or even "like" it, but  i saw a photo of a woman a little older than i am who had toned arms and legs - but what stood out to me were her washboard abs.  i've always been scrawny, so i'll never be tough looking, but i would like to be in shape, strong and fit.  and i would like to have washboard abs.

though six-pack abs won't come from running, this somehow motivated me to start running.  those who know me well are either laughing or are just plain confused about that comment.  me.  running.  yup.  i'm thinking about doing the couch to 5k program.  it starts out with running for 90 second intervals with walking in between.  90 seconds.  i can do that... right?

i'd planned to start last night, so in actuality, i've failed already.  but we won't call it failing - postponed sounds so much better.  it's a 9 (or is it 8?) week program and i live in MN, so i guess i'd best get started soon. today's september already; we all know how quickly the s-word can be upon us, and i don't do well with cold...

so there.  i've said it.  may it be so.

i'd say i'm new to this...

... but that would be a lie.
i don't like to lie.

i'll be honest with you and tell you i had a blog once.  i think i was bad at it, but i was keeping that blog during less inspired days.  so here we are again, take 2.