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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Superman Bank

Today I spent many hours going through the change in my Superman Bank. It has just sat there for years. I figured I should sort the change and pouch it up and take it to the bank. I ran out of pouches... so I'm not done, but I kind of had fun doing it. It's like $100 in change. Not bad.



One of the reasons I was having fun with it is because I was going through all of the Quarters and seeing how many different states I had. Out of all the quarters I had 34 of the states... none of which were California, which I was a little disappointed about. I even had two different ones for a couple of different states. Anyway... I took a picture, because I'm weird like that.




Friday, January 23, 2015

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

I saw this on Pinterest and have been meaning to make it for a while. Well... I finally did, and I LOVED it. So good.


Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • for the Avocado salsa:
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ small red onion, sliced
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix
  2. refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the grill.
  4. Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
  5. Grill the salmon to desired doneness. (I grilled for about 5 minutes)
  6. Top with avocado salsa and enjoy!

First picture is the one from the site... my picture you can't even see the salmon because it's buried in Spinach



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 255

So for the first time since I have had my MacBook Pro (which I bought about 5 years ago) I am starting to have problems. My account that I sign in to use for everything got corrupt or something and stopped working. If I log in to that account, nothing happens. However... if I log into the guest account, it works just fine. It doesn't make sense to me. So I brought my laptop into work as I sometimes do. Just to see if I could get something to happen. Then I instant messaged the Tech guy at work asking him if he knew how to fix Mac's and he said he was the only one on the team that did. So... even though it wasn't work related, he was kind enough to come up and help me with my laptop for over an hour. He created a new account for me and copied everything over from my corrupt account.... which is way more than I would have been able to figure out how to do on my own. I thought everything would be fine then... but I am still having problems. My computer doesn't like me doing anything with my files from an added account. It makes it super frustrating. So... now I wonder what I need to do next. Is it time for a new computer? Or is this fixable? Thoughts? I am secretly hoping my brother in law Dan reads this and tells me what to do.... or some other Mac savvy person. I'm pretty frustrated with it. I did figure out how to change privacy settings on iPhoto and iTunes so that it will let me makes changes/add/pull from it. However... it sometimes changes back if I turn the computer off or whatever. Ugh.

Friday was another chill day. We went home a little early from work and my roommates and I just sat around and we watched the newer version of Romeo and Juliette. It was alright. When watching it again I do realize that it is probably the most dramatic teenage love story of all time.

Saturday I felt super productive. I always feel good having productive days. I slept in, but by the time any of my roommates had gotten out of bed, I had watered the plants, vacuumed the entire downstairs, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned my bathroom, cleaned Purple Rain's bowl, gathered a small pile for DI and blogged. So, I can feel good about that. After that it was driving around running errands. Went to Ikea, the fish store, Costco....  it was a beautiful day to be out and about.

Sunday it was 55 degrees. I almost couldn't believe it. I mean... we are in January. That is typically our coldest month. I feel like it's Winter back home. I haven't even been dressing in thick coats or anything... I have been dressing for fall weather. It's crazy. I wonder how long it is going to last. Some people don't even think it is going to snow again. Who knows, there is still no snow in sight. I'm not complaining about it though. I love it. This is Winter I can handle.

I started watching another tv show... finally decided to start another one. This one was pretty low commitment though because there are only 2 seasons with 13 episodes each. I am watching "Dollhouse" which was a suggestion by this guy, Mike.. on my activities committee. So far it is pretty interesting. If you have ever seen "The Island" it reminds me of that. I have no idea what I will watch after this.

Speaking of the activities committee... we are planning our next activity. We are planning an epic talent show. It will kind of be like American Idol in the fact that we are going to have the Bishopric be the judges (not that they will say anything bad really) but we are going to make it so people can text int heir votes and there will be prizes. We will have dinner... should be fun, especially since we have the Studio C guys in our ward and Jed the Piano Man. If you have any ideas of how to decorate of talent ideas that were really creative/ different and fun... I want to put together a talent as well... even though I will be working hard to put it on. Anyway... suggestions are always welcome. This is going down at the end of next month. We already have the place we are doing it booked.

It has been a pretty slow work week. I haven't had much to do. It makes the days kind of long... but usually they let us go home a little early which is nice.

I need to be better about going to the gym. It's so easy to be lazy! It would probably also help me feel like I'm losing weight. Right now... I'm sticking to plan and not really feeling any results. It is a little frustrating, but I'm hoping I will get past that soon. Snowshoeing on Monday was good exercise though so the week wasn't a total loss. And at least I am sticking to the diet. I just want to feel awesome. Also since being healthy.....I haven't gotten sick much. Just that one time right after Thanksgiving for a couple of days. Not bad. So I have that going for me too. Looking on the bright side here.

I set up the fort this week. It was time. January is the other month the fort goes up and January is almost over... so it had to go up. It is a pain to put up and it always takes me longer to do it then I think it is going to, but it is up and I love it. So let the parties begin. JK... I don't even really invite many people over to it anymore, but I will try and invite a few this time.

Monday my roommates and I went to Trader Joe's for the first time (since it has been in Salt Lake). It was crowded. I sure wish we had one closer. They have so many options you don't get at other stores and a lot of healthier options that are cheaper. We all got some stuff. Who knows when I will go back again... since it is in Salt Lake. Maybe I'll make a trip whenever I just happened to be in Salt Lake. ha ha.

Tuesday was my friend RJ's birthday. He had a huge group meet at Pizza Pie Cafe. That place has the crappiest pizza I think I have ever had. Thankfully I am dieting and I had a delicious salad before I went, so I just went to socialize. His YouTube famous friend that he does filming for, Stuart Edge was there.... entertaining us all with magic tricks, and people around us too. I just think it was cool that he was on Jimmy Fallon. I love Jimmy! There is a reason why RJ has so many friends... he is great.

Other than that... I think that is all. Not too much going on. I wish I had more dependable adventurous friends. I would go out a lot more and do a lot more.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Photo of the Week 253

Another picture from the beautiful snowshoeing trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snowshoeing Little Cottonwood Canyon


Monday was a Holiday. I didn't get it off. A lot of other people got it off. That always bums me out. My roommates had talked about going Snowshoeing the night before. I told them that I was going into work, but if they were going to go Snowshoeing to text me and then I would leave work and use sick time and go with them. So.... that is what happened. I worked a half day. Worth it!

We were a tiny bit worried when we were driving up the canyon that there wouldn't be enough snow to need our snowshoes since it has been so warm lately and melting the snow. We also had a hard time finding our trail, but once we did... it was great. There was plenty of snow and the trail was very pretty. It followed a river and went through the woods. I just loved it. We all had fun exploring together.




MacKenzie refuses to be in pictures, so it's just Allison and I. After we got done snowshoeing, since we were already in Salt Lake, we shopped at Trader Joe's (really wish we had one closer) and got some good stuff, then we went out to eat at this REALLY yummy BBQ place. It was a great Holiday filled with good food, adventure and roommate bonding.



Monday, January 19, 2015

Do You Want To Build a Snowman?

I have lived in Utah where it snows for a good portion of the year... and I had never built a snowman, until today. 

I know it's kind of pathetic, but I didn't grow up in the snow, and by the time I moved to Utah... everyone grew up in the snow and was over building snowmen. Anyway... last year John and I tried a few times to do it because he knew I wanted to, but the snow was never right when we went to try and it didn't snow that much last year. Well... this year, it has only snowed like twice... and who knows if it will snow again at this rate since January is usually the month where we get the most snow and on Sunday it was 55 degrees. However, my roommates and I went up into the mountains today... and the snow was perfect. Allison said she was sick of me saying I had never built one, so it was going to happen today. And it did. Mackenzie, Allison and I each rolled up a snow ball, stacked them on top of each other and shaped them. Then we all went out into the wilderness to find arms and the eyes and nose and buttons. At the end I put my beenie on top and he was complete. If only I would have had a scarf to put around him as well.

I was very proud of my first snowman.. and what a beautiful location for my first one. Now I can say I have built one. 



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lexi

Yesterday I decided to go to Ikea. Just got kicks... I had to run a bunch of errands, so I thought I would just go look around and see what's new. I ended up getting a couple of things. On my way out I happened to run into my friend Lexi (that I met in the Flashmob) and her hubby.

I said hi, she asked me what I was doing that night because her husband had plans... I happened to not have plans and so we decided to make plans and meet up for a healthy dinner later that night. I was more than happy about this because I like having plans and I like hanging out with my friends and I love Lexi and it had been a while since we had caught up.

So we got together for dinner and yummy salads and then went back to my house and chatted. I was wearing some of my new bold lipstick that night so Lexi commented on how she liked it and didn't think she could pull that off. Well... I had her try on all of my new lipstick to see.... because it looks good on most people, it's just that you are not used to wearing it. In fact I am still not used to the way it looks on me and at this point I think it looks better in pictures than it does in person, but everyone else tells me that it looks good, so I will believe them. Plus, it's a nice change. Lexi ended up loving the pink and I think she might go buy some. It's really cute on her. I am just going to convert girls one at a time... first I got my roommate to get the red, now Lexi to get the pink... who is next? ha ha

Here we are showing off the bold lipstick.