Friday, March 16, 2012


I get to go play disc golf in a little bit!!!  First time in months!

I'm super excited lol.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pt2: Dating peeves

Yesterday I ranted about every day pet peeves.  Today, it's dating pet peeves.  These are basically deal breakers for me.  All are things that I have pissed me off in past relationships, and I refuse to deal with them now or in the future.  Don't like it?  Move on.

Being straight out rude to my friends/family.  I understand people have issues with other people, I do.  But let's be nice to those I care about in front of me.  Unless they purposely provoke you, pissing me off isn't going to be worth your time.  I'm a bitch.  You probably know this already, but you will send me into super bitch mode.  They were here before you, and chances are they will be here after you.  They are part of what has shaped me into who I am, so if you really do care about me you should be thankful for them.

Dropping off the face of the planet.  Dear god, what don't guys understand that this is NO WAY to keep a girl interested.  You are all awesome and wanna hang out all the time, and then out of nowhere you don't talk to me or show up in social settings.  I've had so many guys get mad when I lose interest because of this.  Do you expect me to just sit around waiting on you?  Sorry, if you act like you aren't interested anymore, I won't be.  I understand things come up, shit happens.  Give me some indication you're still interested.  Don't wait until I'm talking to someone else to decide to tell me you want to be with me.  I'm not going to come running back.  I'll be your friend and that's about it.

Those stupid flirt/dating apps.  OMG!!!  This caused a major rift a little over a year ago, and I will not compromise on it.  You're seeing someone.  How's about we don't use a singles app to flirt.  If you don't want to flirt with me, leave!  That is the equivalent of flirting with other girls in person.  I saw what was said the last time this happened, and let's just say he had every right to hide it from me.  That's a form of cheating.  If you can't show me because you know it will bother me, you shouldn't be doing it.  I stop "talking" to all other guys when I'm with someone, why can't you do the same?  If you can do it, I can do it.  And I'm worse.  Having a vagina usually means the person is a lot better at flirting and teasing and whatnot.  And trust me, I know how.  Let's not cause super bitch here.

Not giving me girl time.  I need time to be a girl.  Don't get me wrong I like spending time with you, but I go a lil nuts when I don't get to see my girls.  They keep me grounded.  And it makes you seem clingy if you don't spend time with the guys.  Clingy is bad.  I get resentful and well my girls get mad.  Not fun to deal with.

Arguing about stupid shit.  Yeah if I have to explain this one, you're hopeless.

Not going on dates.  This is what has helped kill ummmmm all of my relationships.  God, take to me to dinner every now and then, show me off.  If you're ashamed and don't want to, leave.  I don't need gourmet food to be happy.  Hell, take me to McDonald's but make it fun.  Fun is all that matters.  Take me dancing.  This gets you points.  I love to go dancing.  Picnic, walks, sitting under the stars in the middle of nowhere, etc etc etc.  There are SOOOO many things you can do.

Ugh I have a lot more, but these are my major ones.  The rest I can deal with to a point.  Sadly, these are pretty universal but a lot of guys do them all...  Show me one that doesn't do at least one on a regular basis...  Maybe I'm too picky, but I know one day someone will be able to live up to this.  I'll be patient.  Ish.  lol

Notice I make no mention of ex's?  I don't have a problem with ex's as long as they don't cause a problem for us.  I still talk to most of mine, they were friends before we dated.  Why can't we be friends after?

I gotta get out of the apartment, it's too pretty outside.

Beware the Ides of March!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pet Peeves pt1

I have begun to realize that many things bother me.  Big surprise there if you know me, right?  So, I decided I would make a list.  Just so ya know, you know why I get aggravated with you or something lol.  There are actually two categories: things anyone can do and things the person I'm dating can do.  Yep, I have a whole other set of things for that one.  Here goes nothin!  Oh, and feedback is more than welcome on this one.

Hand washing.  Having a mother in the medical field and having worked with food and blood, this is a huge thing for me!  I don't wash my hands every other minute or anything, but when you go to the restroom (especially a public one), wash your damn hands.  There are sooooo many germs and bacteria in restrooms!  You can even pick up STIs *gasp!*  Okay maybe not with your hands, unless you like to wipe your hands on toilet seats, but still...

Not brushing your teeth/showering.  Um, you're gonna stink.  I don't want to smell it.  Plus, you look all greasy and gross.  I seem to have a thing about personal hygiene.  Don't get me wrong, if you just plan on sitting at your house all day or only making a quick cigarette trip I can understand not showering (unless you reek).  Hell, I do that occasionally.  Please don't come into my place of employment or a social setting without at least a quick shower and some mouthwash.  Oh, and deodorant.  BO just disgusts me.

Digging into parts of my personal life that are none of your business.  Unless I share it with you, let's not discuss it shall we?  It's personal for a reason.  If I do discuss it with you, that doesn't mean I want everyone to know about it, so let's not bring it up in public.  It's just bad manners.

Disgusting eating habits.  Don't get me wrong, eat all the strange food you want.  I do.  But how about we use utensils with foods that need it?  And don't chomp.  I don't want to see it while your chewing.  Gross.  When people shovel food in their mouth, it disturbs me.  How can you enjoy what you're eating?  This one is kinda a dating thing too.  Please don't be gross or impolite on a date, I WILL NOT go on another date with you.

Bad driving habits.  Please go at least the speed limit, but not way over it either.  And know the right-a-ways.  If someone gets to the stop sign before you, they have precedence.  Ugh, and not paying attention to traffic lights.  I may run a yellow light every now and then, not purposely, but I stop at reds and don't go until it's green.  I was almost hit head on last night by a guy who wasn't paying attention and decided when my light turned green to go across, he could go left across my lane.  My heart almost stopped.  Thankfully the jackass realized his light was still red and stopped in time to miss me.  I can't really bitch about cellphone usage while driving, because I do it, but if you can't drive and do it.  Don't.  I prefer if people don't do it at night or in construction/heavy traffic though.  I try to avoid those just because the risks are much greater.  Be safe.

Telling me my beliefs are wrong.  Big deal to me, this one.  (ha, Yoda sounding)  Everyone has their own beliefs on religion, politics, education, etc, etc, etc.  I will respect the fact that we may not agree, please do the same.  If you want to have a discussion or debate, I'm always up for that, but do not tell me that I'm wrong just because you don't believe in the same things I do.  I was raised to think for myself (thank you mommy and daddy!), and our country was founded on the idea of free thinking.  I don't understand why people think everyone must believe the same things.  Where would we be?  There would be no variety in life.  Hell, why would you even talk to other people?  You would know their opinions already, so why ask?

Treating animals badly.  Ugh!!!  Domestic animals usually do not know how to fend for themselves.  Take care of them.  Don't beat them, starve them, or be a horrible pet owner in general.  If you can't take care of your pet, find someone who can and will.  I understand most of us work, so you can't spend every moment with them.  It happens.  But love on them.  I take Tank to the dog park as often as I can so he gets exercise and meets new dogs, since I live in an apartment.  He also gets doggy playdates occasionally.  The ex has been good about letting me bring him over to see his big sister Roxi, they both need it.  Choke collars.  &$%^#^%$*%!!!!  Please do not use them unless you know how.  They are not good for dogs to begin with, but in the hands of an inexperienced person they are dangerous to the poor animal.  They are for training purposes.  They are not a substitute for a real collar or harness.  How about you let me put that around your neck and pull you around for a day or two and let those spikes dig into your neck???  No?  Then don't do it to your dog.

Okay, this was longer than I expected.  I'll have to do the dating one separate.  I don't want to bog you guys down.  I just needed to get this out lol.

What are your pet peeves?  Anything you would add to my reasonings?

Happy Pi Day, Hump Day, and Steak and a BJ Day!!!


Monday, March 12, 2012

What's New with you? Well, ya see this one time...

It has been a crazy month or so it seems.  I lost my job last month, but hey!  I found a new one and I start a week from today, which kicks ass, especially since it's at my favorite place.  Tank and I lost Cleo a few weeks ago, which has been hard on both of us but him the most.  We're learning how to deal with just the two of us: walks, dog park, just chillin' watching tv.  Thankfully, my friends are the best and have been my wall anytime I need it.  

While I haven't been working, I have been staying busy.  I've been spending a lot of time with the girls and the new boy.  I've been trying to catch up on my reading, but that's difficult to do with a perpetual puppy in the house lol.  I've been taking a lot of pictures of everything when I can.

CC's 23rd birthday was earlier this month.  We went out to Jazzmo's in Bricktown.  If I could afford it, I'd eat there all the time.  It's cajun style cuisine.  Instead of opting for my usual of salmon or catfish, I went out on a limb and ordered chicken fried alligator.  It was good, but really didn't have a distinct flavor which was disappointing.  You know the old saying "It tastes like chicken"?   Yeah, well it did... The gator bites I nabbed from Trulock were great though! 

CC, AE, and I at O'Connell's karaoke.  It's a tradition now.

CC's birthday at Jazzmo's.  Love that place!  She and I shared oysters, while everyone shared entrees lol.
 Tank has been making so many new friends lately at the dog park.  Bestie has been taking her two dogs out with us, and he loves those girls!  Belle looks like a mini-me when she's next to him.  Today there was a beautiful great dane out.  Tank decided he wanted to play with him.  Poor Tank kept getting run over and trampled, so he settled for barking and running back and forth.
Tank at the dog park.  He loves little dogs.

Sometimes they can be a bit feisty though.

"Hey, whatcha doin?  I wanna play!"

"You're a bit bigger than me..."

Such a happy boy, I love him to pieces.
Yes, there is a new boy.  Well sorta.  Yeah, I don't know how to describe the situation at the moment.  I'm happy though, that's all that matters.  And Tank loves him, which is a must.  He seems to really like Tank too (again, a must).  When it's just Tank and I, he lays around, but when the boy is around he's hyper and crazy.  It's adorable.
Oddly enough, he latched onto the new boy quite quickly.

Yeah, he didn't like me taking this picture lol.
 Other than that, I've been job hunting.  Successfully, I might add.  This was my celebration this evening.  After a drunken one the other night.  I almost turned in THAT GIRL that night, almost but not quite THANK GOD!!!  Bought some Cinderella heels (Pink and glittery) and danced all night lol.
SUSHI!!!  Bestie, my old roommate and I had dinner together tonight.  Our favorite food EVA!

I've been doing a lot of cooking too.  Sometime this week, I'm going to some random foreign food market in the metro with Logan.  I'm excited to try even more new things.  I'll even take pictures for you guys, not like you didn't expect that though.

Well, off to have a beer or two to end a pretty damn good day.  Happy Monday!!


Riddle me This?

So while I've been getting ready for the new job (EEEEKKK!!!), I have neglected you.  I have a whole slue of updates that I have planned for tomorrow complete with photo documentation.  Until then, I leave you with this lil gem.

1. What’s your favorite pizza topping(s)?
EVERYTHING!!!  Seriously, the more toppings the better.  However, I miss being able to make my own.  Yep, worked a pizza place for nearly 4 years so I ended up with my own creation. (not that that's surprising)  Canadian bacon, bacon, Italian sausage, black olives, mushrooms, with ranch baked in with the marinara on a deep dish.  Fucking amazing.
2. If you could re-do your wedding, what would you do differently, and why?
Um, yeah not married.  How about not having to pay for a damn thing if I ever decide to?  Oh and a big, poofy dress and killer heels.  That's about it.
3. Cats or dogs?
Both.  Currently just have Tank, but I'm thinking about getting him a cat friend.  Dogs are fun and extremely loyal.  Cats you have to earn their respect.  I really can't pick just one.  I grew up with both.
4. What is your favorite thing to make for dinner? And can I have the recipe?
Anything random.  I really liked cooking that octopus, it just takes FOREVER.  I guess fish and seafood are my favorite.  Or mashed potatoes.  Love those!
5. What is your cocktail of choice?
Cherry Vodka Sour or Bloody Mary, oddly enough I don't like vodka.  I don't know why I like vodka drinks.  Tequila's great too.  Anything with tequila is a go for me!  OOOO and wineritas mix two of my favorites: wine and tequila.  HEAVEN!
6. How many scars do you have on you, and what are they from?
 A metric shit ton.  Yeah, I think that's about right.  Mostly from chicken pox as a kid.  Although I do fall a lot and end up with scars.  I have one on my ass from getting a cyst removed from my tailbone.  Yes, I have a scar on my ass.  No, I didn't have a tail.  Why would you think that?
7. If you could replace any one thing in your house right now, what would you replace?
The light bulbs, half of them are out.  I'm too short to reach them and don't have a chair or stool to stand on.  Oh, and that leaky faucet in my tub.  It's just annoying.  Thankfully I don't pay water at my apartment.
8. What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Breakfast?  What's that?  Lol, it depends.  I love breakfast food and tend to just do bacon and eggs or cereal.  If I were patient enough I'd make pancakes but when it's that early I just wanna eat!
9. What’s your favorite flavor of Girl Scout cookies?
Thin Mints and Samoas.  I actually have a box of Samoas in my freezer at the moment.  I ordered Thin Mints this year but the crazy woman never brought them to me... I want my $7 dollars back...
10.Winter or summer?
Summer=clothing optional!!!  And being on the river with booze.  Which also means clothing optional.  Just ask Sarcasm Goddess about naked pool beer pong.
11. How many pieces of jewelry are you typically wearing on a regular day?
9.  I had 11 but took two of them out.  Yes, SG I took out 2 piercings.  They kinda got ripped out.  Give ya two guesses which ones!!!  Lol

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bout Time I Cooked that Damn Octopus!!

I've had this tentacled THING in my freezer for like a month now.  You know, the things that live in the ocean and have suckers on their tentacles?  Yeah, one of those.  I kinda bought it on a whim.  Had no idea how to cook it or if I would be able to eat it after I attempted to cook it.  I looked all over the internet for a recipe that sounded like something I would make and enjoy (and that I could share with my friends, cause who wants to eat an octopus experiment alone?  Not this girl!).  I found some decent ones, even some that I may try next time, but not one that made me go: THAT ONE!
He was kinda cute lol

Soooo you know me, I just decided to wing it.  Once I got the balls to, of course.  And someone who was brave enough to try my experiment (Cue Miss Logan lol).
Off with his head!  Yeah, don't eat that part.

I made Octopus Parmigiana.  Sounds fancy, right?  Considering how long it took to prepare the damned thing, yeah it pretty much was.  Prepare the octopus, not the whole meal.  Dear god, it takes hours to get an octopus fit for consumption....  

The prep actually depends on how large the octopus is and what you want to end up cooking it in, so I'm going to link you to the page I used as my starting point.  Since I was doin it up Italiana-style, my "nest" of herbs consisted of the following:
  • dried basil (crushed)
  • chopped rosemary
  • chopped parsley
  • chopped thyme
  • chopped garlic
  • ground black pepper
  • sea salt
    • (I also added some random stuff I add to everything: paprika and greek seasoning, but that kinda veers away from the theme I have going here) 
Here's what the bugger looked like after braising.

When it says that the octopus will absorb the flavor, it does.  To a point.  I think my pot I baked it in was too large so the herbs were quite spread out.  This entire process (blanching and braising) alone took about 3.5 hours... If you get a large octopus, it will take longer.

On to the easier part.

For my sauce:
  • 1-2 cans of crushed tomatoes (consistence of these are awesome for marinara)
  • same herbs as above
  • diced onion
Pretty damn simple, huh?  Just saute the onion and garlic in some extra virgin olive oil until transparent.  Then add the rest and heat.

You have to marinade the octopus, as well.  I coated it with the above herb mixture, some olive oil, and some Italian bread crumbs.  Throw it in a skillet until the breading mixture starts to brown, then put in an oven at 500 degrees with mozzarella and parmesan cheese (or whatever types you prefer), and bake for about 5 minutes.

I put mine over egg noodles, but the type really isn't important.  What is important is that it was AMAZING!!!  We ate the shit out of it.  We barely had enough to leave the boys any.  Well, one off the boys any way since he asked, the other missed out (lmfao!).
The cheese makes it look a bit gross, but it looks great in person.  Promise.

I do have to say cleaning the octopus after braising it was disgusting.  Like most animals, there is a layer of fatty tissue between the skin (or outer membrane) and it must be removed.  I am not a squeamish girl, but when I first started cleaning it I was a bit unnerved.  When I got over the initial shock it was quite fun.  Yes, I like playing with gross, mushy, gooey things at times.
Partially naked octopus!

It was sooo much fun cooking this!!  I recommend buying more than one octopus if you are trying to feed more than two people.  This was a little smaller than we though at 1.5 pounds.  Next time I'm going to try the Mexican soup or Greek salad I saw when looking for recipes.  They sounded yummy but the ingredients seemed a bit more expensive than I can afford at the moment.

I hope you guys enjoyed this.  I'm off to finish the first season of Game of Thrones and then bed.