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It’s beginning to feel a lot like…summer!

I really thought I would be able to get back into a routine but apparently that was asking for too much. IrregularGirlFTW.

 

If I still used AIM, that would be my screenname.

Fun Fact: I made my first screenname ever in 3rd grade (I think) and it was KerSpice89. Take a wild guess where that came from 😀

 

Moving on. Let’s get some photos up in this joint, shall we?

Max is a mountain goat and proceeded to rip the leaves off this bush for ten minutes straight. Look how happy he looks though!

 

I’ve been getting back into a baking groove.

Oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies! I tweaked the recipe a considerable amount, however. This includes the addition of flax seed, taking out the recommended 1/2 of granulated sugar entirely and using apple sauce instead of butter. You can’t taste the difference, I promise!

 

Foreshadowing moment: Tomorrow’s post, hopefully, will be about my the failure mini-doughnuts I made today. Let’s just say that after a while my doughy adventure turned into a game of throwing whatever I could think of into the mix just so they would taste at least remotely decent.

 

I’ve been making my way around and trying to do that whole “celebrating graduation” thing.

2:00 diner run with Liz. This is a common occurance and very typical of us. She asked me to take a picture of her enjoying the smell of her taylor ham sandwich. HA.

 

There’s also been a bunch of awesomely amazing graduation parties. I WOULD post pictures of said parties/said party food stuffs but I have some bad news to share with everyone.

 

My camera is gone.

I actually don’t really want to talk about it that much. What I will say is that I have no idea where it is and have torn my entire life apart trying to find it. I’ve been legit depressed about it and don’t really have the money to buy a new one. Le sigh.

So as of now, iTouch camera is where it’s at until further notice. The pictures aren’t too shabby and I’m grateful that I still have something to document my life with.

I mean, what would I do if I couldn’t document the act of a nice husband holding his wife’s handbag. Yeah, nope. It’s his purse. At least it matches his outfit!

 

Random watermelon interval.

This is Theodore. He was my company in the backseat during the trip to the Poconos on Memorial Day. Not too talkative though; he wanted to sleep the whole time. It’s OK though because that trip was ballin’ and a three-quarters 😀

 

I need to get this out before I go any further. This has become the summer of burgers.

Oooh boy, I certainly am a creepy kind of girl now aren’t I? And yes, Meat Beef will be forever where it’s at.

 

Something in my brain has snapped. It’s been burgers nonstop. I complained about not getting one and even implied (via Facebook) that violence would be inevidable if my desire was not fulfilled.

Awwwwww.

I finally did get my burger. However, instead of taking the craving away, it’s still here! Summer Meat Beef Bonanza 2011 has officially begun. I’m going to count and photograph every burger I eat this summer, it’s happening.

 

#1: Plain burger topped with a TON of fresh salsa that my aunt had made. On the side was some beans (I may or may not love beans…) and some pasta salad which I ended up only eating the veggies out of.

#2: Swiss cheeseburger with mushrooms, ketchup and hummus on a multigrain thin bread.

#3: Cheeseburger from a good ole’ fashioned diner.

This one had a special addition though……

Yep. BaconStripsandBaconStripsandBaconStripsandBaconStripsandBaconStripsandBaconStrips.

 

Quick plug-in advertisement right hur: EPICMEALTIME. I have fallen in love with this Youtube channel and am not ashamed. It’s basically the most extreme food porn you’re ever going to see and it will excite you and probably make you feel kind of queasy at the same time. Those offended by fast food, bacon overloads, Jack Daniels, cursing and closeups of men shoving their faces in food should NOT watch it. I recommend it either way though.

Also, I want my nickname to be MusclesGlasses…. just saying 😀

 

Backtracking now, chances are I’m NOT going to be eaten just burgers all summer. In retrospect, the diner one was the odd man out. The others, I know for a fact, were at least 90% lean ground beef and I kept them pretty simple and balanced them out with other nutritionally positive foods. Burgers are awesome and should not be feared, as I learned from a certain blogger boy!

 

Again, another fairly weak entry on my behalf. The schedule needs to be established and a soon everything will fall into place because I’ve trained myself to be optimistic like that. Word up.

I leave thee with Otis and pancakes.

The ones left were homemade by Mr. & Mrs. Griffing, after I drunkenly crashed in their guest room, and topped with banana, coconut and walnuts. The ones on the right are from my first trip EVER to Cracker Barrel. They’re multi-grain and granola and were OHMYCASTAKETHEWHEEL good. No need for that giant globby of butter, that’s for sure!

Until tomorrow my loves. I’ll be here, I promise ❤

P.S.

What was YOUR first screenname? Throw ’em out there despite how embarassing they may be. We’ve alllllll done it!

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Easter weekend!

I SHOULD be continuing to write my event for Mickey Hess’ class but I’m going to blog instead. And anyway

  1. I haven’t blogged since March 31st!
  2. It’s Easter weekend, many a fun things have happened!
  3. And I wrote for an hour in the car while driving back to Rider. I’m taking a bloggy break!

So I went home Friday for some Easter shenanigans with the LaForge/Merkle families. Good Friday means no meat so when in doubt, my parents order pizza! They asked for any requests and my sister Cate and I had one thing to say to that… VEGGIES! And LOTS of them!

Isn’t it glorious? This baby was topped with red peppers, green peppers, black olives, onions and mushrooms. I used to never be a fan of silician style pizza but this was incredible! (although some broccoli or spinach would have made it SUPER awesome) I think I made up for that though with the gigantic side salad I made for the family 🙂

Soon after, it was time to paint some eggys!

She was too excited to make a normal face….

Er, we get an A for effort for at least trying to be creative!

Keri eggy 😀

The next day was basically a fantastic day and I don’t even mean this because of the family party… you see, earlier in the week (about Wednesday I think) I had decided that Saturday would be the day of another big run. 6 miles had been conquered so I decided to take on 7!

Saturday morning I was up at 8 and at the park by 8:30. While I roamed around the house preparing myself, I chowed down on a chocolate peanut butter Kashi Go-Lean bar

Didn’t take a real picture of it… my bad!

When I began my run, I was nervous. 7 miles seemed like SO MUCH! I had ran 5 miles the previous day and was worried as to whether my calves were going to hold up OK. However, the worry didn’t stop me from going. I cranked up my music and RAN. The miles went by fairly quickly until I hit mile 4.5… my pace had gone down to about 9:45 so I went after my stash!

(There is a secret compartment in my Ipod armband that is meant to hold my headphones when I’m not using them. Turns out, it can also conveniently fit 10 jelly beans in it as well! Hence, my stash!)

I didn’t realize how difficult it was to eat and run at the same time; not as easy as I thought! Those beans did the job though… by mile 5.5 I was feeling good and knew that I had less than 2 miles to go. When I got to mile 6 my brain began screaming at me, “LET’S GO LAFORGE, ONE.MILE.LEFT!!!!” And then…. poof.

7 miles, done.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

I was in such an amazing state of mind, not to mention still in total awe that I had done it, so I wasn’t feeling very hungry when I got back to my house. I showered first but it didn’t take too long for the hunger to kick in…OATMEAL was what I was craving.

Oh yes please! I whipped up a fabulous combination of oats made with milk (it really does taste better!), a ton of strawberries, wheat germ, walnuts, some granola and a good helping of almond butter. It was a delicious way to refuel after such a success!!!!!

I went shopping with Cate a little later (bought a dress and a pair of shorts, FINALLY!) and later, later we headed to Mamere’s for the yearly Easter pie! What is Easter pie, you ask? It’s this…

THIS is the combination of sausage, eggs, ricotta and mozzarella all baked into homemade bread…. basically, it’s a heart attack gift from God. Some people don’t like the flavor combination but my family? We DEVOURED it. 16 of us ate almost the entire thing, the size of which was much larger than my head. Don’t worry though, I made sure to fill my belly with spinach salad before my attack 🙂

And what family party wasn’t complete without my mom’s mountain of Rice Krispy treats?

Like I said, MOUNTAIN!

The rest of the night was a lot of family chatter, absolutely hilarious stuff to say the least. Drank some wine, ate some good food, laughed a million laughs and am STILL wondering why my uncle called a blackberry a nut. Hahahahahaha.

Today was an early morning (do I have anything else otherwise?!) I was up at 7 to make PANCAKES! This is slowly becoming a holiday tradition I’m noticing……not that there’s anything wrong that!

I made Serena her usual good ole’ fashioned ones with chocolate and then added a packet of instant oat meal to the 1/2 cup of batter that I had left for myself. What I yielded was three of these guys…

It looks like a cross between a potato pancake and a hamburger patty! (I did also add purple food coloring to them)

Om nom nom… have you noticed the strawberry trend? My mom bought a GIANT container of them and I tried to eat my way through as much as possible in two days. Next time, maybe I’ll cut up the strawberries and add them to the batter as well? I loved the consistency of the oatmeal with the pancakes but they were just too plain for my taste. Nevertheless, it was still a nice and filling breakfast!

Oh hey DCPB… how’d you get there?!?! 😉

The rest of the day included church, finally dying my blasted dark roots, redying my hair, playing outside, packing and another family party! It was essentially an ideal way to spend the holiday and it makes me love my family even more ❤

Well…. I think I covered damn near everything that happened this weekend and now, it’s time to commence MORE WRITING and HOMEWORK!

….. at least until my roomie gets back 😉

Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter!!!

I know he did!

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