Saturday, November 22, 2008


So we are all familiar with the usual rounds of hunks. Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, Matt Damon. Well what about all the other guys? There are plenty of hotties out there that don't land in People magazines "World's Most Beautiful People" or whatever it is. So here are a few of my favorite alternative hotties.

Sexy Nerds

Wether they are one in real life or just play one on tv, these nerds are hot!

Adam Brody

The lovable emo listening, comic book reading nerd better known as Seth Cohen on the OC.

Rivers Cuomo

The lead singer of Weezer, Cuomo graduated from Harvard University Phi Betta Kappa.

Zachary Levy

I'll admit that I don't watch Chuck. But every-time I see a picture of cutie Zachary I tell myself I am going to start.

Sexy Chefs

Tyler Florence

This food tv network star is hot in and out of the kitchen!

Rocco DiSpirito

This guy sometimes gets a bad rap and is labeled a jerk and playboy. Be that as it may it doesn't take away from the fact that he is a hottie.

Sexy Dads

My favorite category by far. There is something so incredibly intriguing about a family man.

Matt Pryor

Ok, ok. This guy is like consuming my life lately. He is the singer for several bands. The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams and the children's band The Terrible Twos. He is the father of 3. I would be more then happy to make it 4.

Gavin Rossdale

All I have to say is that Gwen Stefani is one lucky woman.

Justin Chambers

We all know Grey's Anatomy has one of the hottest casts on tv. In my opinion Justin is the reason for that. He has been married to his wife for 13 years and they have 5 kids!

So who did I miss? Who are your favorites?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The cast is off!

So today we went to the orthopedic doctor. They took an xray and determined that Jacq's cast was ready to be cut off. Whooooot!
She started crying as soon as the saw turned on. It is loud and just scared her. She was fine by the time we walked out of the office. But I think that is thanks to the lollipop she got. She can't walk on it yet. The doc said it will be sore and achy for a few days. She is standing up but when she tries to take a step she whimpers and then gets down and crawls. Oh well, it will come. Here are a few pics from tonight.

The best part. Being able to take regular baths again!

The only bummer is still no swings, slides, parks, jumping, etc. for 3 weeks. Oh well, if thats what it takes to keep her out of another cast I'm all for it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Keep your fingers crossed

Tomorrow morning is our appointment with the orthopedic doctor. Hopefully the cast will be coming off tomorrow. If not, worse case scenario, it's on for one more week. Ugh, one more week of sponge bathing, no thanks.

Recipe: Orange-Balsamic Chicken Thighs

I found this recipe in the latest issue of Rachael Ray magazine. I improvised a little. All in all it was really good. Tasted like something from a restaurant. At the request of Marc next time I will use breast instead of thighs. He informed me that he "is a breast man". Like I didn't already know that.

The recipe doesn't call for this but I marinated my chicken in...

- hoisin sauce
- rice vinigar
- soy sauce
- garlic powder
- dash of water

What you need
- 8 boneless/skinless chicken thighs cut into quarters
- 2 tbl evoo
- 1/4c balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 orange marmalade (I used apricot b/c I had it on hand)

1. Put evoo in pan and heat to med-high

2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook the chicken until crispy and brown about 8-10 mins. Transfer to a platter.

3. Whisk the balsamic vinegar and marmalade into the skillet, scrapping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
Lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute until bubbly.

4. Return the chicken to the pan and coat with the sauce. I served this over brown rice and with a side of edamame.

Thanks Rachael Ray for this great recipe. You might have annoying phrases like "Yum-O" but you sure can cook!

Is that what Autumn is suppose to look like?

My dad lives here in Arizona but is currently residing in Clifton Park, NY. We are oh so proud of him and his great new job as a mechanical engineer for General Electric. Only downfall is that they have a 4 month program and it's in NY. So we haven't seen him for 3 months! Good thing is that the time is almost up and he'll be home in time for Christmas. A few weeks ago he sent me these amazing pictures of the landscape there. I couldn't believe it. Being from California you have a little more of a change in seasons then we do here. But nothing like this. I've now put a trip to the east coast in autumn on my list of things to do before I die. Everyone should experience this beauty.

How cool is this? The restaurant from the movie Mystic Pizza!

We're so proud of you dad and can't wait to see you! Miss ya!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Where the heck have you been?!

I know, I know. It's been awhile since my last post. Its just been one of those whirlwind months where I feel I have been so busy but when I think about what I've been doing my mind is blank. Well I guess the main thing I have been doing is taking care of a 2 year old with a broken leg. Yes, Jacq broke her little tibia. It was a tuesday evening just like any other. Jacq and dad were on the floor playing while I was getting dressed in my bedroom. Next thing I know I hear that scream that every mother knows means, "mom, I'm really hurt." She had jumped off Marc's back and just landed the wrong way. Our friend Tiffany was here too and her and Marc both said they heard her leg snap. Thank goodness I wasn't in the room when it happened. I would have FREAKED! So off to the ER we went. And after waiting only 4 short hours in the waiting room while my poor baby screamed in pain, we walked (well Jacq was carried) out with a casted leg and a prescription for baby pain meds. The 2 weeks that followed were hell. I thought someone was playing a trick on me. Where had my oh so sweet toddler gone? I felt like she was auditioning for the lead role in The Exorcist. Something that is slowing being taken over by the devil. The tantrums were unbelievable. She couldn't walk or crawl so she was very frustrated by that. Thats all better now and I don't think I will need to contact the local catholic church and search the aisles of costco for holy water anymore. We go to the orthopedics on Wednesday. They will take an x-ray and (fingers crossed) remove the cast. Here she is on the day after it happened. And one recently with the ever so fashionable hot pink couture fiber glass piece.

What else have I been up to? Reading. Lots of reading. In the last month I have read 4 books. Which might be like a weekends worth for some people, but feels like half a library to me. I love to read but working 5 days a week makes that very difficult. When I get off work and get home it's time to play with Jacq and Cooper (my dog), cook dinner, clean up dinner, get Jacq ready for bed and then atlas, read. So I get maybe an hour or two a night before I drift of into la la land and then wake up and do it all over again. Just like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Only I'm a lot cuter.

We did some really cute halloween crafts and I am so mad at myself for not posting them BEFORE halloween. But they were just too cute not to show so I am posting pics of them anyways. My sister Cassie and our friend Tiffany came over and we had a super craft weekend. That was before the broken leg. Since the wounded appendage we have done zero crafts. Most crafts involve paint or glue which in turn involve a bath immediately after. I don't want to get started on bathing a 2 year old with a fiberglass leg but lets just say its not fun. Anywho- here are a few of our crafting marvels. I got all the ideas here.

I wish I had some Thanksgiving crafts to post but until peg leg regains use of her stub, no crafts. So I haven't been blogging, I haven't been doing crafts, I haven't been taking nearly as many pictures as normal. What the hell is going on?! For one thing the snowbirds have returned. I know we have all heard of shopping season, flu season, hurricane season. One you may not have heard is cataract season. That special time of year when our senior citizens realize that everything they use to see in bright, vivid colors is now dull and grey. Like an emo kid's life. So they come to my work and we yank those cataracts right out for them. Then they can see those bingo cards and read their medicine tubes. No more accidently thinking that ben gay tube is your denture cream! Yeah! What all this means for me is that I am busy at work. In the summertime I can usually swing a day off here and there. Go home an hour or two early a few days a week. Not in the winter. Well I hope to get back into the swing of things. I think I'm off to a good start.

Edit: Apparently I had already posted those halloween crafts. Just goes to show you how my mind has been working, or not working, lately.