Friday, February 21, 2014


I ran out of milk for my cereal this morning. NOT eating cereal wasn't an option. I recently discovered that Harris Teeter carries Blueberry Morning, which is a long time favorite of mine. I really wanted a bowl for breakfast (also cereal is the best for all meals).

I knew that we had heavy cream in the refrigerator. It was bought specifically for this fancy drink Brendan makes sometimes (Smith n Kerns, or something). I decided to substitute milk for heavy cream...

Do not do this.

Friday, July 26, 2013

here's something for the pain

Brendan found this on youtube yesterday. We then watched EVERY EPISODE and it was the best unplanned entertainment we could have asked for.

If you love Battlefield 3 and all the joy/pain it brings, you will love these videos. You're welcome.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

shark love

costco size

So I  bought this bag of baby carrots at Costco for the Rowles family reunion last weekend. Which means this bag of baby carrots is HUGE. No family of 4 could ever possibly eat the amount of baby carrots that are in this bag. I figure we're at least 12 people (the Rowles family is small) so this bag will be destroyed. Brother packed them in the cooler and we drove up to VT with this bag of baby carrots and NO ONE ATE THEM AT ALL.

So I've been eating baby carrots all damn week, but with roasted pine nut hummus so it's not too terrible. It doesn't help that Brendan doesn't really care for carrots either. Last night I decided, I'm going to boil these baby carrots and slather them in butter and dill. And for about 20-25 minutes I sang about my baby carrots.

And then Sarah started singing the chorus for that Justin Beiber song, baby baby baby OoooOoo! While I danced around the kitchen/living room singing my baby carrots song. A baby carrot medley!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

the best little octo in town

I don't know MAYBE I can keep writing this blog, most likely not. I'll have to make note of entertaining things or thoughts. Because each one is worth a penny, at least. Thank you very little.

I'll use this moment in time and space to advertise the most adorable, pippin' like octo you'll ever meet, and his name is Doctor Octo Inkerton. He has adventures and of course he has a blog. He's been busy NOT having adventures because someone keeps forgetting to take pictures.. is this a sign of things to come? Probably. Enjoy it while it lasts ;)

Friday, December 14, 2012

working hard

My new fantastic amazing awesome job - had a holiday potluck last week. I brought desserts, of course. I made brownies (Amy's recipe) and peanut butter reindeer cookies, that are just TOO CUTE they have to be eaten!

They are just asking, pleading, begging, to be eaten.

I also rocked these socks. 

These socks were made for rocking.

And then we had a white elephant gift exchange, to which I had initially selected a pooping reindeer (of jellybeans) and I was all about using this present to my advantage, or at least embracing its awkwardness. Until the unsuspecting Executive Assistant stole it from me! Her son apparently needed it more than I did. In exchange I received a $10 gift card to Starbucks, which means I still win!

Friday, June 8, 2012

strawberry shortcake

Since I've had to have a lot of doctor visits recently (all just check ups, and all ending with great news!) I've been a little low on funds to pamper myself. Mom and Gram came to DC at the end of April to celebrate mom's 50th bday and Gram decided that I needed to get my hair and nails done. Being the best Gram in the world, she gave me money to treat myself!

Jonna and I randomly made appointments at Luxx Salon at the same date and time, so we decided to just make it a full pamper day and get pedicures once we had our hair dyed.

I tried for a pepper pots look, but since red fades quickly my hair stylist Redouane convinced me to go a little darker. We mixed some golden blonde, brown, and copper, and slathered it on my head. The results aren't too bad, if I do say so myself...

The color will fade and change each time I wash my hair. We're hoping that as it fades the other colors will be more prevalent. We'll see how this hairiment turns out. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

fairy godmother

I'd like to officially welcome my god son, Lucas Robert Niggel! He was born May 23rd at 3:39pm. Weighing in at 7 lbs 15 oz and 22", he's a tall and lanky baby, pretty perfect! (even to Mary Poppins standards)

I'm very honored that Amy and Mike have asked me to be this little T-Rex's god mother. To which of course includes, a fairy godmother wand :) Which is just a tiny bonus to the immense honor they've given me. I can't wait to meet this little man and discover how he'll classify me.. his big brother James considers me a big kid like him, his big sister Claire considers me a princess like her.. I  look forward to learning how Lucas will see me, so far I'm looking pretty fantastic to my little niece and nephew.

Congrats to the growing family, I love you all so much!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

farmers of chez quebec

Emilia and I have been working hard since April, trying to grow our own little garden in the back yard. Jonna and Kristen have also been tending to the extended garden as well - we're expanding and feeding America!!

Emilia has been documenting our progress on the garden. She'll continue to add more pictures, but you can see what we've done so far and how our plants are doing with these fantastic pictures!

Not bad for early in the growing season! (if I do say so myself, which I do.)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

ME in a black hawk

I was all, 
There were so many flips and buttons. 
I pushed them.
and I pushed on the pedals which, a black hawk has pedals???
what are THOSE for

BEST moment at the airshow at Andrews Air Force Base. 

I guess the Raptors and the Blue Angels were cool too.. and that truck that is powered by a jet engine.. and the Bomber.. and the heritage flight... it was probably the BEST day filled with lots of really, really, really, loud engines.. and a tank that didn't get enough love because we were distracted by the Raptor, but that's okay, because it has to know how amazing a Raptor is. 

And being in a black hawk.