Pecan Pie and Evil Bears

The Thanksgiving feasting is over, and I had a short return back to work for one day. Thursday definitely felt like Saturday, and I did not feel like working today. Work was not bad, though, and now I get to relax a little longer.

We have Thanksgiving at Greg's parents every year, because they're only an hour away. This year, I made a ton of foood!! Sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, apple pie pull-apart bread, and my first pecan pie.


I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe; it was delicious. We crumbled the crust a little bit, but the best part is the middle anyway. There are still leftovers in the fridge whispering my name.

After all the food, I definitely had a case of the -itis, so the rest of the night was spent snuggling kitties on the couch. I'm laughing here, because Luna is laying on me with just her butt sticking out; she stayed like that for a while.


Verizon is giving out free Encore and Starz this weekend, so we spent the night re-watching Wreck It Ralph and Brave. I love those movies, especially Brave; made me cry the first time I saw it - it's so sweet!

Also, once while I was on a training week where we lived in tents, I had a nightmare, and the bear in my dream looked exactly like the evil bear from Brave. When I woke up, I had to go outside to pee!!! Scariest bathroom trip ever.

If you can't remember, it looked like this. Thanks for the nightmares, Disney.


Next goal: figure out Christmas presents! I got Greg this pistol crossbow thing for our anniversary (romantic, right haha), which he loves. I think he has enough weapons for now, although I can tell his dad is jealous of it, so we might get him one.

Happy Thanksgiving

Just remember, if you choose to shop on Black Friday, don't go shopping alone.


This could happen to you, too. Neck hole in the back hole, back in the shoulder hole, arms who knows where. You never know when you may need someone to extract you from a Target dress trap (I was alone this day, BTW; clearly, I needed help).

I am not skilled at putting on clothes, generally. There is still a picture floating around documenting the time that I put my pants on backwards and wondered why they felt weird, while I stood there looking like a mutant who could turn my bottom half the opposite way. Or someone who was born with a butt in their front.

I will be doing all my shopping online this weekend; I've worked a Black Friday before, and there is nothing enticing about being on the other side of it for me. Are you doing any shopping this weekend? How do you feel about shopping on Thanksgiving? I think it's crazy, although some make the argument that employees get paid holiday pay; I still think a lot of people would rather be at home.

Corn Casserole & Sweater Shopping

I am already freaking out about cooking everything in time for Thursday, and I'm not even the one doing most of the cooking. I just finished cooking corn casserole at 1 AM. I work second shift, so that's actually not as unusual as it sounds. Yep, totally normal to bake a casserole at 1 AM.


I used this recipe from Paula Deen, and it is the most amazing thing and also the easiest to make. I make corn casserole every year, and I'm not ashamed if I eat half of it.

I have a few more things to cook tomorrow morning, since I'm not off until Thursday.

Sweater: Target (similar) // Jeans: Forever 21 (similar) // Flats: Target // Scarf: Old Navy

Target is having a huge sale on sweaters. I found this big comfy one for around $16, although I can't find it online. I'm wearing flats with it here because I was on my way to work, and boots and heels aren't quite as comfortable for wearing all day. I couldn't find that one, but I did find a lot more I wouldn't mind wearing: this bunny one, a polka dot or key pattern sweater, and if you are in need of a tacky Christmas sweater, there is this dinosaur one.

This weather is going crazy! I have to bundle up when I go outside; it's been in the 30's.

Are you the one cooking for Thanksgiving? If not, are you bringing anything? Any huge deals I should know about?

Before & After

Just a warning: if you get cats, they will get HUGE. I can't believe Boba used to fit in one hand. Now he fits perfectly on my entire desk, as you can see. They turn into giant, wild beasts so fast. They still love cuddles, though.


Flyers Weekend


Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are not a bad way to start your Sunday. You probably already knew that, but damn I love cinnamon rolls. We definitely ate all of these today. Well, I ate three, so you do the math of who ate the rest of them.

The first part of our weekend was spent walking around Philly, with me dragging G to various shops and him browsing Reddit on his phone while I shopped in Sephora. By shopping, I mean trying different eyeshadows and lotions on my hands and walking out empty-handed, because, honestly, if I buy one thing, I might as well buy 18 of them.

We stopped at the Franklin Flea, which was cool. It's a winter flea market that goes on inside one of the historic buildings there.


I was looking for Christmas gifts, but didn't find anything. G did find some delicious hot sauce called Hank Sauce; I didn't try any because I was trying to recover from cramps I had earlier that day, but he bought the Camouflage and thought it was tasty.


Finally, we went to our/my first professional hockey game! We saw the Flyers v the Islanders. We were rooting for the Flyers (who did win), but it was a great game all around. I prefer hockey to baseball or basketball; it's much more intense! I haven't been to a pro football game yet.

Are these girls not super cold?? Haha I was wearing a coat and covered up in G's jacket; looks like they would be freezing.



Sami's Shenanigans

Currently, Friday

Is it weird that I just started typing livejournal.com in my address bar instead of blogger.com? Wow, talk about a flashback. I used to be a livejournal addict. It's just been one of those days.

Dolman Top: Old Navy // Jeans: Forever 21 (similar) // Desert Boots: Clarks // Dinosaur Necklace: Forever 21 (similar - clearance!) // Octopus Ring: Modcloth

Wearing: Love these desert boots I got for my birthday, and I wear this octopus ring from Modcloth sometimes, with bonus cat scratches. Also, I don't paint my fingernails, because I am in the Air National Guard, and I am too lazy to take it off before drill weekends.

Reading: I finished Gone by Michael Grant, and it was awesome; I recommend it! I've just started Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; it's about his trip up Mt Everest, which ended disastrously. I can't even imagine climbing to the height that planes normally cruise.

Eating: We went to Red Robin today, my favorite restaurant! I always mean to take a picture of my food, but it's sooo good I eat it before I remember, every time. Also, I was planning to save half to take with me to work for dinner. Yep, that didn't work. Whiskey River BBQ chicken wrap is just too delicious.

Watching: Battlestar Galactica. I'm on the final season on Netflix. Also, Doctor who returns on Saturday!!!! Did you see the Google homepage today; yay for Doctor Who love. I would love to see the new Hunger Games, but G and I are cheap, and we have a free movie ticket which we can only use to see movies which have been out a couple weeks. Thor or Bad Grandpa?? I'm leaning towards Bad Grandpa.

Working On: Training my cat to NOT wake me up every morning to feed her. This morning, she woke me up by crouching in front of me and touching her nose to mine while staring at me. Sounds sweet and a little creepy, right? Yep, not what I want after only 5-6 hours of sleep. Let me get my 8 in, please.

Listening To: I'm linking up with Whitney at I Wore Yoga Pants to Work today for #backthatazzup Friday. I'm addicted to about half of Katy Perry's new CD, AKA the half I can dance to. I'm loving a lot of the tracks so far, but this is one of my favorites! The beat is amazing and I love the background ethereal noises.

8 Things About Me

I saw this post at Angie's site, My So-Called Chaos, today, and thought I would join in with some facts about me.


1. I really love Raisin Bran Crunch. Sometimes I get crazy cravings for it; I think I may have eaten too much Raisin Bran as a kid, and it's become part of my bloodstream, and I have to recharge every now and then.

2. My boyfriend never had a family pet. I find that really weird, since I've ALWAYS had pets.

3. Speaking of which, once we brought Boba Fett home, I realized he would be lonely when we were at work, so I had to convince G that we needed to adopt another kitten. It took a LOT of convincing, and I'm not saying there weren't a few tears. I'm emotional.

4. I once threw up all over a copy of Breaking Dawn. That pretty much summarizes my feelings on Twilight. Twilight fans, we are just on different sides and we will have to live with it. The part I feel bad about is that I also threw up on my cat at the same time. It was a rough day for both of us.

5. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I know a lot of people don't eat it, and I always start babbling to them about how they should try it and it's the best meal ever and haven't they even heard of pancakes???

6. I love Doctor Who. It comes back this Saturday; I'm so excited!!

7. I also love scary movies. Just know that I will probably be huddled in the corner of the couch, with a clawlike grip on someone's arm, and plugging my ears with my free hand.

8. I've lived in seven different states, mostly in the South. Now I live in Delaware, and I love being this close to Philadelphia; it always has something fun going on and we get to try yummy restaurants. Only minus is parking!! $15?? I could buy a pair of jeans from Forever 21 for that.

BONUS FACT! Sometimes we dress our cat up like a cat burrito.


Quoth the Lady

“I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.” - Natalie Portman
 Just because a woman is kicking butt in a movie does not make her a strong female character. A woman does not have to physically kick a guy's ass to be a well-developed character. In fact, most times I've seen a woman physically prevailing over everyone, she's also been over-sexualized. Sure, she may be fighting guys, but she's still there for the guy's entertainment. Give me someone who can be weak and sad and strong and resilient, who is capable of showing she is human.

"Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love." - Zooey Deschanel
 We might by ooey gooey sometimes, and we might be strong sometimes. I agree with her; there's nothing wrong with enjoying the happy things and showing how much you love them. We are not one-sided; you're allowed to be tender and you're allowed to be hard. Enjoy what makes you happy.

Happy List

What can I say about Tuesday? We had a busy night at work; I can't wait to snuggle into my sheets! Here are a few things making my happy list, lately.

#1 // This boy. Even though he was sitting on top of my mouse and started clawing me every time I moved it.

#2 // Starwalker Lace-Ups. Add these to my Christmas wishlist?

#3 Christmas cookies/cupcakes/everything. I want to decorate ALL THE COOKIES! Don't leave any icing laying around; I will decorate everything in sight.
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#4 Books. I'm reading Gone by Michael Grant right now, and it's fantastic. At first, when I started reading it and realized the characters were 14 (I don't want to think about how much older I am than them), I was a little put off. Then I got into it, and it doesn't bother me at all. The premise is that all the adults have suddenly disappeared, and how the kids survive and a new social hierarchy is created. So, if you're into post-apocalyptic YA books, I'd try it. I was also surprised at how violent it is for being about kids; these characters are mental.

#5 Cooking. Greg and I made Parmesan crusted tilapia the other night, and it was delicious. It was my first time cooking fish, but the recipe was super easy.

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Krispie Treat Shenanigans

We had a pretty relaxed weekend. Greg left me alone for the first half of the day Saturday again, so this happened:


Trying to take outfit photos, but I actually turn into Gru from Despicable Me every time I wear this scarf.

Do you see the resemblance? Scarf is from Old Navy, by the way.

Saturday night we went out to eat, then went to our favorite bookstore, 2nd and Charles, which also feels like the biggest used bookstore ever. I love that place! I bought a couple books - Into Thin Air and A Lion Called Christian. I also gave Greg a new mission; I want a book about bear attacks. Not really how to survive them; I just want to read about people fighting bears. Sometimes I have weird book cravings.

We also had lunch plans with his parents the next day, so we made these Oreo Rice Krispie Treats to bring with us.


OMG. Talk about making rice krispie treats (which I already love) 1000 times more delicious. It's seriously hard to eat only one of them. We left a few with his parents and brought the rest home with us. I think there may be two left; they are SOO good.

Sunday we chilled out and Greg watched football while I played Candy Mania and tried not to fall asleep. Then we both ended up taking a nap for an hour before cooking tilapia for dinner - NOM.

Sami's Shenanigans

They Say I'm a Walking Dreamer, Baby (Things I'm Loving)


Fashion: These leggings from White Plum Boutique I bought on sale at jane.com. They are super soft and I feel so Christmasy.


Also these shoes (with a courtesy cat butt), because they make me feel like a princess, and I love the fact that it's okay to wear sequins now.

Fitness: Today, the elliptical! I usually do a combination of running and squats/leg workouts, which makes everything below my knee want to fall off. So, today I did a random hill elliptical workout, which was awesome. I love to switch between going backwards and forwards every five minutes. Plus it will give my calves a nice rest.

Handyman: I am so happy Greg is handier than I am. The other day, I went to pull the light jingly jangly thing on the fan to turn the light off, and apparently, my strength was mightier than I realized, because I ripped it straight out of the socket, and was left holding a cord in my hand.

I sent him a picture of the damage and let him know that I Hulk smashed our cord, and he texted back that he would fix it when he got home. Later on that night, he sent me a picture of our new cords! Aren't they cute? Now his dumb girlfriend can remember which is which, too hahaah. He also texted me while he was working on them that he electrocuted himself twice!! I felt SO bad.

Also, funny story. I texted him saying, "I hope you can fix it so we don't have to sleep with the lights on." To which he replied, "You know you can just unscrew the lightbulbs, right?" Oh. Much better than my first option that came to mind, which was smashing them. I do not logic.


Give Back: Lastly, if you go to Chronicle's website linked below and Pin their image, they will donate a book to a child in need! Why not?

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/givebooks/


Seven Things I Won't Be Buying at Forever 21

Don't get me wrong - I love Forever 21. I have a lot of clothes from there; they aren't great quality, but if you take care of your clothes you can make them last. The problem is digging through the piles of crazy to get to the good stuff. Today, I have dug through the crazy to get to more crazy, to choose seven things you will not find me buying at Forever 21.

1.Retro Zigzag Wide Leg Pants
Are these huge pants in now? I would feel like a character from Austin Powers floating around in these.

2. Futuristic Overall Maxi Dress
How is this futuristic??? Who thought it would be cool to combine overalls, a dress, and a huge slit? It's like something off of Sister Wives gone wrong.

3. That's Tight Tee
What's tight? Doesn't matter. It's tight.

4. Spot-On Bodysuit
Acceptable to wear this as a top? Sure. Not awkward at all.

5. Campbell's Soup Midi Skirt
Sometimes you may tire of telling people how much you love soup. Now you can simply wear it on your bottom half, wrapping your tush in chicken noodle.

6. Globetrotter Cutout Dress
This may be someone's style. But it looks like something Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air invented.

7. Bombshell Lace Bell Bottoms
If you ever wear these, I want you to go to the nearest book, and hit yourself in the face repeatedly with it until you come to your senses and start a bonfire on which to destroy them.

Do you shop at Forever 21? Are these crazy or are they just not meant to be bought by a curmudgeonly 26-year old?

Would You Rather

I love this game, and via one of my favorite websites ever, Buzzfeed, I found 'The Most Difficult 'Would You Rather' Questions of All Time,' which I have decided to tackle.

1. Would you rather live one 1,000-year life or live ten 100-year lives?
Ten 100-year lives. I would get really bored in a 1,000-year life. If I have ten different lives, in one of them I might be a freakishly-long living wild goat, which would be cool.


2. Would you rather have hiccups for the rest of your life or feel like you need to sneeze and not be able to the rest of your life?
Sneezing - I hate hiccups. Really hate hiccups.

3. Would you rather have the ability to read minds, but be illiterate, or have just the ability to read?
Ability to read. Give up reading for the terrible super power of reading minds??? I don't want to know what anyone is thinking, and I've always been terrified people might know what I'm thinking. When I was a kid, I used to think to myself, "Touch your ear if you can hear what I'm thinking." Luckily, it never worked.

4. Would you rather watch your parents have sex every day for a year (I'm sorry) or join in once to make it stop (I'm sorry)?
No. No. No. The second option would probably scar me for the rest of my life, so I'd pick the first.

5. Would you rather eat chocolate-flavored poop or poop-flavored chocolate?
Poop-flavored chocolate. I could eat it really fast and have some Dr. Pepper handy. Doesn't matter if the poop tasted like chocolate. I would KNOW.

6. You're on a desert island with a beautiful woman or man. Would you rather they are top-half fish or they are bottom-half fish.
I've had a lengthy discussion about this with Greg before, and we both agreed, bottom-half fish. Top-half fish is useless; you've got to keep them half in water, you can't talk, and the up-keep would be too much.


7. Would you rather fart popcorn or have your past and future web browsing history available to everyone?
Fart popcorn. My parents would see that shit; nope, my web history is private!! I would not eat the popcorn, though.

8. Would you rather go to Hogwarts and still be a muggle or live in a world with Pokemon, but only be able to catch Magikarps?
I don't know what a Magikarp is, so I'm going to choose Hogwarts. Because Hogwarts would still be AMAZING, and I could drink Butterbeer and hang out with Hagrid all day.

9. Would you rather have a vagina on your forehead or have a row of penises down your back like a stegosaurus?
 Bahahahaahaha! I choose the penises on my back like a stegosaurus. Because at least I can disguise those and say I'm a hunchback and scare people, screaming "GET OUT OF MY BELL TOWER!" A vagina on my forehead would be more difficult to hide.

10. Would you rather have a bell go off every single time you were aroused or feel a sharp pain in your side every single time someone said your name?
Have a bell go off; that would be funny, and no more guessing about if you're in the mood hahah. Like a sexy toaster oven.

11. Would you rather have accordions for legs or have a huge belly button 10 inches long that swayed to the beat of popular music?
I already find belly buttons creepy, so I'd pick accordions for legs. I would probably become a professional accordion player and play at weddings.

12. Would you rather have sex with a goat, and no one knows that you did it or NOT have sex with a goat, but everyone THINKS you did it?
Not have sex with a goat. My choice will always be not have sex with a goat, heck with people and their goat-sex slander.

13. Would you rather live in a world where huge, friendly gummy bears walk around or live in a world where hover boards exist?
Hover boards. I'm finding the idea of huge, walking gummy bears a little frightening. Can we still eat them? Do they get pissed and turn us into one of them if we do?

14. Would you rather live the rest of your life with Cheeto dust on your fingers or have taste buds in your butt?
This is easy - Cheeto fingers. They're delicious, and taste buds in your butt is the world's worst genetic mutation.

15. And now, the hardest would you rather question you will ever be asked: Would you rather have a side soup or a side salad?
Side salad. I love salad, and soup is weird; half beverage / half food. Unless it's mega hearty soup, I don't get it.
Do you agree with these? Disagree? Are you okay with giant, delicious gummy bears roaming the earth?

Flannel and Fox

Can we all agree that it is not okay to go into the ladies room to talk on your cell phone at work? Is the person on the other end weirded out by the random tinkling sounds and flushing of toilets? Look, it's already bad enough I have to pee with someone else in the room. Then, you're going to broadcast it? It's been bothering me, lately!

I mentioned the other day I went a little crazy at Old Navy during the big sale (+ extra 10% for being military, yay! I'll go into that one day - we're Guard, for a whole other topic). I found this lovely red flannel top and I bought a couple of their cute printed thermals to wear layered. They do actually have a 30% off running again today online (don't they always, haha).


Do your coworkers have annoying habits? Are you okay with the cell phone in the bathroom or is it a no for you?

Glossy Blonde