Monday, December 24, 2012


Welcome to the family, Koa!

Jake and I have been talking about getting a puppy for some time now. Yesterday i came home from work and here she was.  Jake found her on Craigslist from a mom who bought her for her son. He was allergic to the dog and she could not bring her back to the pet store.

I'm so glad to have this little girl. She's so fun and has definitely helped be a pick me up to the both of us as lately we have gotten a lot of bad news that has rocked our world in all the wrong ways.

Un-wanted Happenings

Lately I have not done much updating on the blog, mostly because Jake and I have been a little bit pre-occupied.

If you would like to be included in our new, unexpected and un-wanted adventure you can follow my other blog.

I'll warn you, however, that so far it is not very happy. I admit that this is mostly because of my attitude. We are sure that eventually there has to be some good news for us and our attempt to start a family of our own.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Change of scenery at last!

Long story short, I left my job at LifeTime.


It was pretty ugly even though I tried to end it on a good note. The next day, I was offered a job at a physical therapy clinic. I am so happy to have a much less stressful job and that I have less hours! I had to cut back the amount of hours I was working, but I'm actually really enjoying it. Today was my second day and tomorrow morning they're leaving me alone for the first hour and I'm not exactly sure how it will go.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Swirl

Made these babies tonight, and they were pretty good. Next time, I'll definitely add more cream cheese.

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Swirl
Makes about 22 small cookies.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Neufchatel or reduced fat cream cheese, softened
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy and well-combined.
Beat in egg and vanilla, then beat in food coloring.
Add flours, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder and mix until just combined.
Add cream cheese in pieces to dough and mix briefly until just swirled.
Portion out by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Been awhile, huh?

Over the past month, a few big events have happened!

On the 29th, I had my tonsils out. I'll be honest here, I wanted to die for the first week! I was not expecting the recovery to be so bad. Or the IV! The nurse that put it in my arms was terrible. The highlight of the day for me, was when Jake got woozy after watching the IV being put in and needed some apple juice. I'm feeling much better now, but am still having pain and can't eat very much or drink most beverages. Over the course of the week, I lost 10+ pounds and Jake tells me I look like a sickly holocaust victim. He's so sweet. =) I have some pretty funny videos of me coming out of anesthesia that we will have to keep on our computers forever!

We finally closed on the house and are moved in! We still have some cleaning up and boxes to unpack, but once we are all settled I will put up lots of pictures.

And last but not least, I quit LifeTime. Hallelujah! I tried to end on a good note but I gave the Department Head my two weeks, things went really sour and he told me not to come back and to not work my last two weeks, either. The good news is that the very next day I was offered a job at a Physical Therapy clinic which I start on Monday. I'm so happy to be out of LifeTime and to be cutting my hours down as well.

Right after I got my IV in. Awful experience!
And here are two of my more appropriate videos...

This one i asked to see my tonsils.