Tuesday, February 24, 2009


My very sweet husband occasionally likes to pick out things for me when he's out shopping (usually killing time between appointments). Every now and then, I get a phone call from him asking what size I wear in some type of clothing. As most girls know, this can be a tricky question to answer. Every store and manufacturer seems to have their own idea about what a size x looks like (and never mind the variance of small, medium, and large!).

Dave hates that I can't always give a solid answer.

Putting our heads together, my friend Diana and I decided that we should try to put an end to Dave's shopping woes. Enter the "Meredith Size-o-Matic"! Now Dave can just take "me" with him to the store and try things on. We're just hoping he doesn't get arrested in the process....

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Case of the Mondays...

Don't mind me...I'm just popping by to say hello.

I was trying to think of something new to post, but so far, I'm coming up empty, so this will have to do for now.

We had a good/restful weekend. I finished the book I was reading ("How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls" by Zoey Dean), went to a girls' movie night on Saturday ("Mamma Mia!" -- a little cheesy, but cute), and had Sunday lunch with some friends. We should have more weekends like that!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Year, New Foods (Take 2)

Since New Year's, I have been trying to make some changes to our daily diets. Falling into the lure of convenience, our diet pre-New Year's consisted of a lot of packaged food. And while I haven't gotten completely away from that, I have tried to make some marked improvements to the quality of food that Dave and I consume on a weekly basis.

Now, mind you, this is no easy task. Between certain dietary guidelines (low fat, low cholesterol), a busy schedule, and a picky selective husband to feed, I often feel like I don't have many options. So, determined to make it work, I decided that I needed some new recipes.

I checked out several cookbooks from the library (yea, libraries!) and commenced a recipe search online. I'm still poring through the recipe books, but we've managed to try a few things that I found online.

Dave will likely be the first to tell you that I haven't always had the best luck with recipes. The older I get, the more I realize that I'm just not that great a cook. My mom is. My brother is. Me? I can make a mean pan of brownies, and I have a few other specialties here and there, but overall, apparently not so much. There was a particularly disastrous attempt at a ravioli/Alfredo lasagna when we were engaged, and I think Dave's been a little scared ever since.

Needless to say, the past month and a half have been somewhat interesting. There's been the good (breakfast pizza and oven potato "chips"), the bad (those doughnut muffins sounded so good in theory!), and the ugly (*sniff* I was really excited about the Parmesan oven fries I tried to make last night. I followed the directions and everything...who knew that they would burn so quickly?).

I guess I'll have to just keep trying. They say practice makes perfect, right? Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I had a new post all ready. I was posting from Flickr. It was almost ready to go. I pushed Publish. And POOF....

It was gone.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Survey of Life Events

I thought this was a neat list. Thanks for the idea, Karen!

Just boldface the items that you HAVE done, and leave the rest normal….
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (marching band counts, right?)

4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower (tried to at least!)
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort (I don't remember)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29 Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33 Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (I've been to the country of my ancestors....)
35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (as far as you can go)

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (I'd like to hope that I have over time, but I don't think I've ever intentionally read it cover to cover.)
86. Visited the White House (just seen it from the outside)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (I think...)