Oct 1, 2014

What the What?! Wednesday 10.1

Welcome to What the What?! Wednesday where anything crazy, funny, outrageous, interesting or amazing goes!

Oops! Big difference.

This photo of the Columbian cycling team has been circulating now for a few weeks...
I honestly don't even have words for this. Seriously?!

I think we all wish we could do this at one point or another...
Do you think he regrets this tattoo?
Happy October!

Sep 30, 2014

Delicious Dish Tuesday: Antipasto Salad


  • 1/2 pound(s) farfalle pasta
  • 8 sun-dried tomato halves (not marinated), cut into strips
  • 1/3 cup(s) Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1 (8-ounce) fresh mozzarella ball, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 pint(s) mixed cherry tomatoes, halved (2 cups)
  • 1 bulb(s) (small) fresh fennel, cored, thinly sliced
  • 2 cup(s) baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup(s) small fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup(s) snipped fresh chives
  • 12 pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounce(s) sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into thin strips

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta; cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally. One minute before the pasta is cooked, add sun-dried tomatoes, to plump and soften.
  2. Drain pasta and tomatoes in a colander and transfer to a serving bowl. Add vinaigrette and the remaining salad ingredients, except for prosciutto, and toss together until evenly dressed. Divide salad onto four plates and top with prosciutto strips.    


Sep 29, 2014

Monday Madness Link Up

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and break from work.

I'm starting a new Monday link up! The rules are really simple. All you have to do is add your link at the bottom of this post and get to mingling! You don't have to follow me (however, if you like what you see feel free to use my buttons on the right). If you'd like to increase traffic to your blog and meet new friends through the link up, add my graphic and link it to my page to help grow it. Can't wait to read about everyone's weekends!

Nick was away this weekend on a boys' four wheeling trip which means I had the entire weekend to figure out what to do. I'd love to say that I went out with friends or did something super interesting, but I didn't instead I watched Scandal on Netflix. I got through the first season and 14 out of 22 episodes in the second season. I have a lot more to go! This show is super addicting!
The characters and the story lines are insane! Great writing and great acting. Now I get why everyone is so obsessed! I think I love Fitz the most. Can't wait to dish with fellow Scandal lovers!
I should have called in sick this morning.
Have a great week!

Sep 26, 2014

I Heart Fridays

I'm always excited for Fridays, but I am over the moon this week. I've had a rough week work wise and I'm ready for some time away.

Anyway, here are five things for Friday that I hope you find interesting:

//1// I'm obsessed with the Duggars. Whether you agree with their beliefs or not, you have to admit they are a pretty cute family. Jill and Derrick are my favorites!

They're so cute!

//2// Here's a picture of Nick and our niece from last weekend that I wanted to put in my Monday recap post. I sent this picture from my phone to my e-mail Sunday night and received it on Thursday morning. Ummm... ok.

Uncle Nick and Demi

//3// Nick's off on a four wheeling trip so I think I'll be spending the weekend watching Scandal on Netflix because I have yet to get on that bandwagon and really need to.

Of course I'll be spending quality time with my puppers.


//4// I'm really missing my girls - my sisters-in-law Megan, Meghan, and Amber, my sister Courtney, and my best friend Sara Jane. Do any of you want to move to Michigan?

Me and Sara Jane. Summer 2012 when she visited me in Michigan!

//5// Found this girl on YouTube and I really love this cover. Words of wisdom for the week.
Have a great weekend!

Sep 24, 2014

Good Reads: The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Goodreads Synopsis:
Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state’s largest landowners. Matthew King’s daughters—Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict—are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife’s friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that there’s one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie’s lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this. I saw the movie before reading the book, which I hate doing because I feel the book gets ruined. I'm always ready to be "at the good parts" the movie showed.

But, in my true fashion I cared for the book more than the movie, but both were great. I liked how the booked delved into the characters of Sid and Joannie. Sid seems so random in the movie, but his character actually makes a lot of sense. This might be harsh, but... I had abosolutely no simpathy for Joanie's character. She seemed like a really messed up person who messed up the lives of her husband and children. I don't like her, and I feel I should feel bad saying that since the character is dying. But, I don't. I think she's a bitch.

I acutally laughed out load at some parts. Which again, asks the question 'is it appropriate since someone is dying?' Tricky, tricky Miss Hemmings! In some ways the the character of Matt King reminded me of my dad and the daughters of myself and my younger sister (minus the whole drug use thing). My mom actually cheated and left our family, so I grew up with a single dad. We, along with my brother, would say just about anything in front my dad... some of the craizest stuff! I couldn't help to think, 'did my dad have the same thoughts as Matt King when he heard things come out of our mouths?' and did he think 'do my kids even care they are saying this in front of me?' I'm sure we made for some really awkward moments and questions about parenting, just like it did for Matt.

Read it. Just know there is adult humor, not gross humor, but adult. I found it appropriate in this novel.

Happy reading!