Monthly Archives: June 2009

Blogs

Blogs

 Sorry everyone! I know I haven’t been stopping by your blogs. Or mine! I’ve been out living life rather than reading about it or writing about it. I’m sure that will change soon.

My Google Reader is a bit overwhelming. I got it down from 1000+ to about 789 yesterday but now it’s back to 1000+. I tried to get rid of some blogs last week but I’m having a hard time letting go of some of you. Don’t worry, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I”ll never let go (Jack)!

Home!

Home!

While I gather my thoughts and my laundry is getting washed, I’ll leave you with a few photos from the week I volunteered at a summer camp with high school students.

Yes, I used vacation time to work. It was so worth it!

I Love Summer Camp?

I Love Summer Camp?

 

As I told you all before, I’m volunteering at a summer camp this weekend with 36 high school students. There are bunches more of kids but I’m just hanging with those 36 for this week. We’re doing things like swimming in the lake (okay, I haven’t YET but I MIGHT tomorrow – lakes are icky unless you are on a boat), play giant soccer, climbing rock walls, eating meals blindfolded, playing night games (like in the dark. The REALLY, REALLY dark) and singing songs at a campfire.
Mostly though, I’m sweating. The weather is hot and humid. No breeze. Sure, everyone is sweaty but really, I don’t see very many people with hair soaked through 15 minutes after breakfast. Today was one of those days where you shower in the morning, at lunch, during nap time, during free time and just before bed just to cool off and feel semi comfortable. Forget clean, I left clean at home.
It was one of those days where you change bras and t-shirts 3 times just so they can air out and dry up before you change back into it while the others dry. Where you step out of your Old Navy shorts that you loved when you bought them last week but you vow to never wear again as they melt, yes, melt to the floor.
God, I love summer camp. 

Garden Update – 6.22.2009

Garden Update – 6.22.2009

I’m gone for the week but before I left I took some photos of my garden. I have some peas, green beans and lettuce that are ready to eat NOW but I won’t be at home to do it and Jay only eats veggies when I’m home so I pray that they won’t go bad before I get home to eat them!

I am loving having a garden in the backyard. It makes me feel accomplished when I see a flower turn into a tomato or a squash or a bean! Next year my garden will rock. Right now I give myself a C in the gardening department but next year I’m shooting for an A+!

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

 

Unless the evergreens are distributing wireless internet signals, my internet access will be limited or non existent this whole week. I’ll be directing a high school summer camp this week as a volunteer. I’ll be coming back home Wednesday for some work stuff but other than that, I’ll be hanging out in the nurse’s cabin or something this week.
 
To tide you over, I’ve preset a few posts to magically appear throughout the week. If I can, I’ll jump on and share my adventures with you!
 
Here’s my menu plan for the week:
 
Monday:
Kat (Me): I’ll be eating camp food that is actually really good! The camp chef has worked there for 12 years and most kids say that the camp food is one of their favorite things about camp (only in America).
My Husband Jay: Mac N’ Cheese I’m sure.
 
Tuesday: I’ll have camp food again.
Jay: Ramen probably.
 
Wednesday: More camp food.
Jay: Hot Dogs or something.
 
Thursday: Camp food for me!
Jay: More Mac N’ Cheese.
 
Friday: Camp food and then fast food on my way out of town for my sister in law’s bachelorette weekend.
Jay: Pizza
 
Saturday: Something home cooked with chicken.
 
Sunday: Dinner at the Non Profit.
 
Have a super week! Stay cool and pray for no more rain!

 

Let’s Talk About Hair

Let’s Talk About Hair

Last week, a friend of mine asked me to go with her to get her hair cut. Really, she was asking me to chop 10 inches off of my own hair so that we would both donate it to lock of love. I insisted that my hair was colored (I know! And you thought it was natural too, right?) and damaged. Nope, they’ll take it, she said. I protested more; it’s not long enough, it will be too short, I have weddings this summer, I’ve been growing it out forever!

I’ve pretty much always had long hair, except for the great hair debacle of senior year. I love having long hair, or at least, not having short hair. It’s not like I ever do anything with it but I love it just the same. My friend’s request got me thinking. When I went to the hair dresser on Monday I prepared her for chopping off my locks in the fall…maybe.
My hair has never been easy to deal with. It’s frizzy, it’s dry, it’s oily, it’s damaged, its blah. Once I asked my friend Annie how her hair always looked so beautiful. She told me it’s a combination of product and maintenance. She was right but she forgot that genetics are also a BIG part of it. Remember my big idea to save money, use OPS (Other People’s Shampoo)? Well, at my hair appointment two weeks after this big idea, my hairdresser (the magician) asked me if I had been doing anything different because my hair felt (and looked) dray (awful). Yeah, apparently Other People don’t use shampoo as good as mine. So, I went back to my good shampoo.
Well, my new online buddy is doing an experiment too; she’s not going to shampoo her hair anymore. Ever again…unless the experiment ends poorly. I think she’s nuts but mainly because I don’t think I could ever do it. I know it’s not the same thing but I abstained from washing my hair at all for the past 4 ½ days. It’s horrible. What do you all think of her experiment? What kind of shampoo do you use and why? Have you ever gone without?
She’s documenting everything that I would ever want to know and she’s running into many of the same problems that I would have guessed I’d run into too. She has smoother hair than I do even when I use product and tools so I’d expect she’d have better luck but either way, I’m glad she’s doing it so I don’t have to. My bet is that she cuts her hair short soon because then the results will be better and maintenance will be easier.

5 years and a Handful of Hours

5 years and a Handful of Hours

 

Today my husband and I are celebrating our 5 year anniversary. In dog years, that’s 35 years and in Hollywood, that’s like 50 years! I do expect the gift that corresponds to the Hollywood years.
 It hasn’t been super easy during our married life; we’ve had tumors, surgeries, job losses, job gains, going back to school, job dissatisfaction, deaths, cash flow issues and wisdom teeth. So much has changed in the past five years but despite it all, we still love each other and we choose to come home to all of the above.
 
Sometimes people use their anniversary to reflect on their wedding day and share stories about it. Since I plan on being married about 100 years, I’ll need to come up with about 95 other stories from that day, other than this one.
 
The funny thing is that most of your wedding day stories don’t include your spouse because you really aren’t together a lot on that day. Because our wedding was somewhat of a destination wedding (we were married in my hometown in Southern California while we lived in the Midwest), I didn’t do a lot of the wedding planning or organizing – my mom did. However, we discussed a lot and I visited to figure some stuff out and I had a few things that I clearly wanted on my wedding day.
 
One of those things was a Krispy Kreme wedding cake. I’m not super fond of cake and I like people to remember things and a cake is a cake but if you say a donut cake, people listen! My mom was horrified at the thought. If I recall, there were words used such as “tacky” and “classless”. I stood my ground and my dad built the tiered stand and mom and I ordered the donuts.
 
On my wedding day, mom and I were sitting next to one another at the hairdresser and she had this panicked look on her face, “Kat?” she said, “I need to tell you something and I don’t want you to be angry with me. I did it for your own good.”
 
Of course just the suggestion that you shouldn’t be angry about something gets people angry. “What?” I asked.
 
“I ordered a bunch of sheet cakes” she said. “I won’t put them out until after you show off your cake. I just don’t think people are going to eat the donuts. I think they come to a wedding expecting to have cake.”
 
I was relieved that this was the biggest concern. “Moooommmm!” I said. I couldn’t let her off too easily.
 
When it came time to “cut the cake”, we fed each other our favorite donut (mine was raspberry filled and I think he had original glazed) and then the sheet cakes were set out. We didn’t have a single donut leftover from the 40 dozen that we purchased (we had over 400 guests) and no one ate the sheet cakes. Well, someone did because there were 5 or 6 pieces missing. Mom had to find someway to ditch 2 or 3 sheet cakes the next day (my apologies to the youth group).
 
That is the story about how my mother tried to ruin my wedding.
 
Just kidding. Love ya mom!

 

BIG Week People

BIG Week People

 If you follow me on Twitter or we are friends on Facebook, you know that it’s been a crazy busy week! I’ve been working like crazy, traveling on day trips, entertaining, playing photographer at bible school and cooking.

Last night we had some of my jam (the one for immediate consumption) and it was probably one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever tasted. I want to make some more as soon as I get back from camp next week! Yes, I’m getting ready for my annual week of volunteering at my favorite summer camp this side of the Mississippi. So yes, I’m busy! I’ll hopefully get around to my garden update tomorrow AND show you the salsa I made!

 

Summer Preserves

Summer Preserves

Last week I spent some time in the kitchen canning. By canning, I mean putting things into a jar.

 

When I was younger, my mom with the leader of our 4-H Cooking & Gardening group; she taught all of us many things, including how to make jelly and jam. I remember it taking FOREVER so I’ve never been interested. Looking back, I think it only took forever because she was teaching all of us and there were a big bunch of us! Plus, when you’re ten years old, all you want to do is play and cooking in the REAL kitchen is NOT playing.
All in all, I think this took me about 1-2 hours this time. I made 3 different kinds of strawberry jam (strawberry using pectin, strawberry without pectin for immediate consumption and strawberry blueberry jam for immediate consumption).
One of my old buddies from youth group back in the Huntington Beach days has some excellent instructions on her blog. I also borrowed some instructions from the back of the pectin container.
Another thing I made was blueberry syrup for my pancakes and desserts. Whatever I don’t use in the next day or so will go in the freezer. Yum!