Monday, July 15, 2013

The animated truth.

Or at least I totally am.

You say there's a huge, mega-million, action, blockbuster film out this weekend? With explosions and car chases? You enjoy that.

I'll be the girl sitting in the theater, surrounded by kids, watching Monsters University.

Look at that face! So yes, this weekend the hubby was sweet enough to take me to see this adorable little guy, and his older counterpart, prance around on screen and get up to all sorts of shenanigans. I will fully admit that I was laughing right along with the kids between the ages of 5 and 10 in the audience. No matter how old I am, no matter how much responsibility I have, I'll always be a big kid at heart.

Animated movies delight me. They speak to my inner child who actually sincerely misses hanging out with a bunch of kindergartners every day. Lucky for me, I have a husband who doesn't mind being there with me while I giggle like mad. 

I was talking to a friend today who said "Well I just feel like I'm too old to see movies like that."

Thus my random profession of love :). You'll never see this girl use the words "too old". Heck no. I think C.S. Lewis said it best...

I'm already there.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bento Box Research!

I thought I'd post again today to share the rambling thoughts going through my head. As I dive further and further into wanting to spice up my work lunches, I'm finding more things to love!

If there's one thing momma always taught me, it's do your research.

So today I headed off to the library to see what I could find. Ah, the library. I happen to work across the street from the Los Angeles Central Library. It's like....a fantastical land of knowledge. The bookworm in me can't help but wander a bit, but I eventually did make it to the cookbooks.

I found this gem hanging among the cookie manuals and swordfish recipes. What caught my eye most of all was that everything on the cover is easily accessible. Then I opened the cover Just wow.

Makiko Itoh did all the work for me. There are preparation timelines, a meal planner to fill out, and even gorgeous full cover photos of all the food that I can make. Am I the only one who drools over food photos?

I'm going to keep doing my research before I buy anything, but this is looking more and more like something I can totally tackle! There are random questions floating through my head like "What size thermos should I buy for soup?" but all of it will come in due time. I'll try to keep updating you while I explore the beauty that is bento!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Uphill Battle

It's always a battle for me to try to remember to post in here. I'll stare at how long its been since the last time I sat down to write, and sigh. My book blog takes up a lot of my evenings. Honestly though? I wouldn't have it any other way. Still, I'm going to try to at least post in here once a week. It seems Sunday evenings are a good time. So here we go!

Let's see, what have you missed?

Well, I turned another year older! I'm not certain about the "another year wiser" part but I now get to write a new age on any forms I fill out :). My hubby was sweet enough to spirit me off to Vegas for the weekend, and I may or may not have had some drinks...

Please pardon the squinting eyes. It was...bright in there? You know what, it was my birthday. No shame!

I've also been working on setting up a meal plan for our family of two that will:
1) Help us save money on food (less waste)
2) Incorporate more fruits and veggies into what we eat
3) Use our crock pot at least 3 times a week, so we aren't tempted to eat fast food

It's been an uphill battle acclimating to working so much. I went from working 5-6 hour days, to working 8 hours a day with a 2 1/2 hour commute round trip. Yeah...there's just not as much time anymore.

I'm currently looking at getting a Bento Box for my lunches. It seems silly I know, but I'm an organizer. If I can see all the things I should be eating laid out, I'll eat them. Plus it creates a need to make my lunches ahead of time. It's so much easier to just say "Oh I'll buy a cheeseburger at work". Dangerous really. Here's the one I'm looking at.

Pretty spiffy right? There are also a TON of cookbooks with bento friendly recipes, so I'm going to do my research. My goal is to have a plan ready to go by the beginning of August :).

Well that's about it for now! If I don't post in here at least once a week you feel completely okay with yelling at me. Motivation takes work, and it helps if others are keeping you honest.