Scrumptious Saturday #2

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This week has been quite a few leftovers because there have been odd work hours, lots of baby-sitting, and some trips. But, we did what we could.

Sweet and Sour Chicken from [HERE]


Bison burgers with white sweet potato fries.


Chicken Salad - family recipe that is SO good.


Baked Chicken [from HERE] and sauteed greens.


Chocolate "Nice Cream" 


Capello's fettuccine w/ Olive Oil and Herbs


Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes [from HERE], white sweet potato hash browns, and turkey bacon

10 Songs for 3,000 Miles

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When you're dating someone 3,000 miles away, you have to find ways to connect and keep things going. Justin and I both love music and while our tastes definitely vary (he's into punk and I'm more rock - and boybands, who are we kidding) we sent each other mixed CDs when we were apart and would share music all the time.
This prompt by LDRBlogs was challenging because while we shared a lot of music, not a lot of songs stuck out to me about our relationship. Then once I started surfing iTunes, I realized there were more than I remembered and then I had trouble picking just 10.
So, here goes....

Number 1: Maroon 5, Daylight

This should be, like, the LDR theme song.

Number 2: U2, With or Without You

This was the first song Justin ever mentioned to me about us. It was early in the relationship, he was at a bar in California really late one night and this came on and he was a little down and this made him think of me a little, so he texted me at about 3a.m. confessing his feelings.

Number 3: Jason Mraz, I'm Yours

Number 4: Head Automatica, Beating Heart Baby

Number 5: Family Force 5, You Got It


Number 6: Charlie Puth, Marvin Gaye

Number 7: Celine Dion, I Drove All Night

Number 8: Minus the Bear, Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse

This is the main song Justin sent me when we had been offically "dating" for a while. Long ass intro almost made me miss the whole song, but the song itself is cute and a part of our relationship.

Number 9: Hoobastank, The Reason

Number 10: Adam Gontier, Wicked Games

Spoiler Alert: Justin and I took a break for a week one time. We were having issues and I ended up listening to this song a lot. Luckily, issues were solved and the break ended up doing us a lot of good in the end.

Nailed it! Found 10! Suck it.

Inspired by this LDR Writing Prompt: Ten Songs

Scrumptious Saturday #1

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Welcome to a new weekly series where all you fellow nosies get a peek at what Justin and I have been cooking/eating. Not every meal will be included, of course, since he's at work for some and some days we eat different things depending on the grocery level, but overall this is what's been served the past week!


 (Turkey bacon, sauteed organic greens & tomato, organic/free-range eggs)

(Smoothie with banana, greens, berries & almond milk)


 (Baked Chicken Thighs - my own recipe. I had sticky rice with ghee & a tomato, Justin had sticky rice & kimchi)

 (Udi's pizza crust and random toppings)

 (Paleo "Chick-fil-A" [AMAZING recipe HERE] and coleslaw)

(Salad with organic greens, avocado, tomato, celery, green & kalamata olives)

 (Most INCREDIBLE Brownies. Third time making these! Recipe HERE)

(Capello's fettuccine [Paleo-approved and SO good])

For those of you that don't know, I am always gluten and dairy free and try to stick with the Paleo lifestyle since it naturally eliminates most of my allergies. Occasionally, I have non-Paleo things like chocolate, hummus, and some processed foods like pasta and crackers. If I have a craving, I do try to make my own version but sometimes it's just easier to pick up a pre-made gluten free pizza crust. No one is perfect. I give into my cravings and don't beat myself up over it. My main goal is to just stay clear of my allergies and listen to my body. 


How Twitter Gave Me A Boyfriend

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I've talked off and on about how Justin and I met, but I've never posted his version of it. I thought it would be cool to do both our sides it for this week's LDR post and give you guys a little more of a look into how we met because I know some people in his life back in California don't have the real story and some people that follow us along here don't really know the story at all.

Him: It all started with a discussion on Twitter. Authors Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins talking about sexism in marketing with books and their covers and how stories containing romance are almost exclusively marketed toward women. Me, being a feminist and romantic, got involved in the conversation and they retweeted some tweets of mine about how I love stories about romance and it got a bunch of responses and I got a couple of new followers. one being Brittany. I followed her back and found her charming as hell. Adorable, and funny. She tweeted about having an anxiety attack and how nobody was helping her feel better, so I sent her some mental exercises in a link and gave her some kind words to help out since I too suffer from anxiety and empathized with her. She was amazed that a complete stranger would offer more help than anyone close to her. I decided that I would help her as much as I could whenever she needed it. We talked more and more, joking, flirting, and having much deeper conversations. I felt happy with her. I felt like she was actually listening and if I had a problem, she would help me. I was falling for her, and hard. My relationship at the time was coming to a much-needed close. Brittany was there for me. She didn't blame my anxiety and depression on me being selfish and wanting attention, like my then "girlfriend" did. I felt happy with her.  We started talking everyday and getting closer. I don't remember exactly how it went down but we decided to date. We had so much common and connected so well. That's just the beginning, of course, but that's a story for another day. 

Me:  I had been having a rough couple of months after seeing one of my best friends die. I had been drinking a lot and kind of drawing into my own shell and just wasn't doing great mentally. One way of escaping my own mind was to read, and I had heard a lot about Stephanie Perkins so I picked up one of her books and fell in love with her writing style. She led me to Maureen Johnson (apparently they're besties - how do I get in on that club?) and I read a couple of her books and also fell in love there, so I followed them on Twitter and didn't think much of it. A couple of weeks later I was up really late, not able to sleep, and checking Twitter and saw the discussion about their books being marketed towards girls and in all their retweets about the discussion there was one boy. The tweet read: "I'm a boy and I love love stories." I thought, How cute and clicked on the guy to see who had said that. I saw his picture and thought HE'S cute and I liked his feed, so I followed him kind of at random. He followed me back the next day and I honestly can't explain it, but I just had this voice in my head that kept going "Talk to him. Tweet him. Get to know him. You need to do this" which was weird because I wasn't very active on Twitter (I'm still not, sorry!) and most people I talked to were people that were not strangers. I pushed that thought aside some and carried on with my days, secretly checking his feed and liking his posts. One really rough night I was having a panic attack and I tweeted about it and, to my surprise, he quickly replied to me with some suggestions on how to help. I was a little stunned because most people in even my day-to-day life didn't help when I had a panic attack. They either didn't know what to do/say or how to help so they did nothing, or they told me to have another drink (which I usually did at the time). So for a complete stranger to offer his help was baffling, but much needed and appreciated. He helped a lot and kind of broke the ice between us. After that I kept finding ways to talk to him. At the time, he had a deaf dog so I tweeted him about teaching her sign language since I had taught several dogs strictly hand signals. After that we talked about small, random things and I found myself having the biggest crush on his mind. It wasn't until weeks later when I found out he had a kind of girlfriend but they weren't doing well at all (y'all have heard the horror stories about that bitch) and he couldn't wait to be rid of her. I didn't want to be any kind of rebound so I backed off some while he worked through that breakup - which didn't take long since they had been having problems for so long and he had been done with the relationship mentally for months - even before we 'met.'
We kept talking more and more and it was probably 3 months later (my crush was insane by this point) when he told me there was another girl there in California that he liked, but he also liked me so he wasn't sure what to do. My heart dropped and I thought, Of course. Of course there's a girl there. THERE. Not 3,000 miles away like I am. Of course this would happen. 
He was a little distant for a few days, I assume working out the feeling between the two of us, but then told me he liked me and felt we had something that neither of us could really explain, so he wanted to keep talking to me and me only. He started pulling me out of my shell and out of the deep depression I had been falling into. He cared about me, he listened, he made me feel amazing and important.
From there it slowly progressed into neither of us wanting the other to date other people and hey, we actually really like each other and...why don't we give us a try? We admitted those feelings to each other on May 24 (which is now our decided anniversary) and decided to date and become a couple. So, thanks, Twitter - and Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins (both of which I've e-mailed about us and thanked them).


Inspired by this LDR Writing Prompt: First Met

Raising Emmy: Three Month Milestone

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Month 3 Highlights:

More affectionate
Greets me some after I've been gone
Doesn't chase cars anymore
Rarely pulls/lunges on the leash
Is much better at walking by strangers on walks without growling/lunging/barking as much
Has met lots of other dogs and has always been great except for one time which was the other owner's fault
Cat friendly!


Leave it
Drop it

Working On:

Getting in the pool
Car rides 

Not peeing in the house at night. Some of this is her age, but still. She'll go weeks with no accident and I take her out in the middle of the night, but some nights she doesn't wake me up to go out and just pees in the hallway instead. Very frustrating.

Greeting strangers. We're taking this very slowly now after her "flooding" accident. She's met three people since, outside and slowly and she's done very well. Inside is a different story. But I think she'll get there.

Everywhere I've read about rescue dogs, three months seems to be the magic number. It takes three months for them to really start settling in and realizing they're not going to be taken back to a pound/shelter/etc., and I have definitely noticed differences in Emmy since she hit the three month mark on June 30th.
For one, attitude. Chick thinks she's a main bitch half the time. We've had two instances where she's been very overtired or overstimulated and she's gotten aggressive. But then if you take a step away from her and out of reach of her lunging at your throat, she bows quickly and wants to play and does donuts around the room. So we're not sure what's going on with that, but we are keeping a close eye on it.
Besides the attitude, the changes at month 3 have been more positive. She doesn't nip/mouth quite as much (but still too much for comfort). She is more affectionate towards everyone in the house. She, all of a sudden, like, 2 days before the 3 month mark discovered the back of the couch and a corner of the living room. She's left the corner alone lately but the back of the couch is now one of her favorite places in the house. She just seems to be checking things out more and getting more comfortable in her surroundings.
Fingers crossed as she settles in more and "grows up" that the nipping/mouthing gets better and she quits pissing on the floor.

The First Fourth of July

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fireworks are illegal in California, if you didn't know (I didn't) so when the Fourth of July came up, Justin was super excited to get really good fireworks - legally. He said even the illegal ones didn't do much off the ground. 
We went and got a good bit of fireworks a few days before the 4th - there are stands on every street corner here in Alabama - and let the anticipation of blowing shit up commence.

My uncle, aunt, and cousin from LA came into town so Justin also got to meet them. There's no real way to ease him into this family. We talk about everything pretty openly in this family and from what I understand, Justin's family was a bit more reserved. So when my grandma brought down penis shot glasses and my uncle was talking about BDSM, well, then it was a true family holiday. Justin handled it really well. It was a good day and the family members he met seemed to like him and vice versa. So we all swam and cooked out and drank too much, and then took a break for a few hours to gear up for the fireworks.
Sparklers are my favorite thing about the 4th, so we did those early and then when it was darker we busted out the goods and the lighters and let Justin have some fun.
There was a huge roman candle that he held and it shot off 144 times in a row. We had bottle rocket wars and shot off a lot of other stuff too. He had never experienced a lot of the stuff we got and he was like a kid in a candy store - so adorable.
It was just a good day and a good first 4th of July for him.
It was nice to watch the other neighbor's fireworks together and just enjoy the day together and with some great family members.

Inspired by this LDR Writing Prompt: Defining Moment

Little Photography Adventure

Monday, June 29, 2015

Oddly enough, Justin and I have never been on a real date. Nope. Not one. Unless you count grocery shopping, but I don't. We just kind of fell into a routine at home doing daily things. There was never really a point to "date" when he got here. That doesn't mean date nights don't need to happen in the future, it's just something that hasn't really worked out yet with Emmy and his new work's schedule.
But I do think little adventures are just as fun and as important. I ran errands the other day and on my way home I passed a neighbor that recently got a small herd of horses. I hurried home, grabbed my camera and Justin and off we went to play a little.
There was a donkey in there that wanted to take Justin home. He came up to him once Justin held his hand out, smelled him and just hung out. A couple of the horses ignored us for the most part, but the Palomino (my favorite horse) came up to me (and Justin, once he left his donkey BFF) and let us pet him some. The lip up is my favorite horse expression, so I'm really glad I caught that.
I'm a little rusty with my camera. It's one hobby I've let slip since I got Emmy because I can't take her with me on little day trips because of her car phobia, and I can't leave her in her crate for very long. So I'm limited right now without a pup-sitter. But in the near future I hope to either get out more or be able to take her. I do miss the creative bug biting me.
And Justin really enjoyed it and wants to come along a lot more often. He's not a big picture taker, but he likes exploring as much as I do and likes being a part of things that I enjoy.
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It was nice (and creepy) being alone on a back road with horses (and horses that actually came up to us) and him, just exploring a little and taking pictures. A mid-afternoon mini adventure. Short and sweet and many more needed!

Inspired by this LDR Writing Prompt: Date Night