Holy Buckets of Rain Water Batman (WIR)

As you can tell from the title of my post, it rained quite a bit today! Thankfully I was in my car for most of the heavy downpour but when I had to make a quick stop into Whole Foods after work I got absolutely soaked.

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At Whole Foods I bought some large bags of non-GMO frozen peas, organic bananas, unscented dish soap (all for me) and some packs of Applegate’s organic sausages (for my family).

For 2.00 off any Applegate product you can go to Facebook and “Stage a Weinervention.” Ha. 😉

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Skipping back to the weekend before last, I took a trip to Big Lots and did a little hunting for my mom. She is the director of my church’s two week summer reading program and this year their theme is Book a Trip for a Reading Adventure. Usually I get to be in charge of snacks…

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But since I’m away from home this summer I’m having to help from afar! At Big Lots I hit the aisles looking for any snacks that the kids might like that fit the theme- I took pictures of the whole aisle of international foods and photobombed my mom’s phone 🙂

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Not to worry though because I totally made up for it by buying both my mom and brother some birthday presents there as well!

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As I mentioned on Wednesday we weren’t able to have my brother’s birthday party last weekend because he got strep throat, but this weekend hopefully we are able to have it. I have been put in charge of making the cake. Here is my overambitious goal:

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I didn’t do much cooking when home except for soup for myself and these pancakes for my dad:

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I still need to work on the recipe more before posting. I tried making a peanut butter and chocolate swirl but once flipped the drizzles became more crispy than delicious…. Not exactly what I had in mind 😦

Now for an update on some of the movies and books that I’ve been watching/reading!

This past weekend I watched two new-to-me movies: The Pelican Brief and 21 and Over.

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The Pelican Brief was really good and I loved Julia Roberts with Denzel Washington.

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21 and Over was… interesting? Overall it was pretty funny, like The Hangover for a younger age group. The images were a little too graphic and vulgar for my taste as well as the rest of my family. The main cast of characters did an excellent job though. It had some of my favorite up and coming actors- Skylar Austin who played Jesse in Pitch Perfect, and Miles Teller who played Willard in the newest rendition of Footloose.

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As far as books go, I finished The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen last week. Before that I also read a few others that are a little kiddish I admit, but still good- Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian and Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter.

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I finished the audiobook version of Bossypants by Tina Fey last week as well (I listen to that on my rides to/from home as well as on my commutes to work). This week I checked out Heat Wave by Richard Castle and have been loving it so far! It took a few minutes to get used to the author’s voice reading the thoughts of Nikki Heat, but it’s really addicting.

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Almost as addicting as the show itself of which I am now on episode six of the second season. In case anyone else loves Castle you should know that a lot of the episodes are on YouTube!

Speaking of Castle (how random is this post?) I want to squeeze another episode in before I go to bed so it’s time to go. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!!

*This post will be shared next week with Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feet’s Week in Review.

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Has it been raining where you live?

What good deals have you found at Big Lots?

Have you ever watched The Pelican Brief or 21 and Over?

What books have you been reading lately?

Do you ever listen to audiobooks on long car rides?

Friday is so Pinteresting

So right now I am majorly enthralled with this book. I’ve been reading it during all my free moments at work. So far I really like it even though it’s a lot different than Sarah Dessen’s usual story plot lines.

I’m actually gearing up for bed right now and ready to read another chapter or two before I hit the sack. Most of my posts lately have been rather short-winded (except for Wednesday’s where I rambled on and on about traffic and children’s books… what a weird combo) and this one will be no different.

Actually, to be completely honest, I almost forgot that tomorrow was Friday and thus I needed to write up a post still. Thankfully I don’t have to look too far for inspiration seeing as how Jessie at Jessie Bear What Will You Wear was awesome enough to host another Together Tuesdays link-up this week. Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean is also hosting her second Pin It Party, and instead of sharing my own recipes/links, I figured I’d just give a shout out to the same five posts from Together Tuesdays!

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First up is Caitlin at Chasing Chels’s Frozen Salted Caramel Pretzel Pie. As I stated in her comments, this is a recipe that only needs only one picture because it basically speaks for itself. Oh my gosh- yum!

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Next on the list is a Chocolate Bundt Cake from Michelle at Peachy Palate. This girl certainly knows her way around wheat, dairy and egg-free dessert recipes!

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Another blogger who always knows how to catch my eye is Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week it was with her homemade Cherry Chocolate Lara Bars. She had some really cute pictures of them all rolled up into fruit and nut balls, but I think this picture of the dough just screams, “Take a bite of me!” Don’t you think?

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The fourth recipe link that I have to share was made by Tina from Carrots N Cake. She has some great paleo recipes these days and this one is no different. Super simple, this Chorizo and Rotel dinner topped with eggs looks great!

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Last but not least is a sweet, single-serving Strawberry Ice Cream recipe from Lisa at Lisa Lately. As she says in the recipe description, it’s “single serving, vegan, gluten free, and super duper easy.” Sounds good to me!

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Also, I have a few more links to share of non-food-related topics that I have particularly entertaining/interesting this past week.

50 Things That Look Just Like My Childhood– I miss the simpler days of choker necklaces, Pokemon cards and VHS tapes…

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30 People Who Should Have Thought Before They Posted– No words…

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100 Best-Ever Teen Novels– I’ve read about half of the books on this list! Sparked even more to be added to my list as well…

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27 Things That You’ll Only Know if You Were Raised by a Teacher– All too true. Some good. Some bad…

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And that concludes my thoughts for the night! I had way more links than I thought. Sarah Dessen may have to wait until tomorrow morning 😦

Until we meet again blogworld!

Happy Friday.

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What is your favorite food link from this week? 

Can you relate to any of the 50 childhood things?

Did you have a parent who was a teacher?

Have you read a lot of the books on that top 100 list?

The Way the Frozen Banana Blends

I’m almost caught up with my comments! I know that this will sound like a broken record, but I really do appreciate how patient everyone has been with me the past few weeks. Obviously it’s not a requirement to respond to all comments; however I like to show how much I love each and every one of them so I try to reply every time. Personally I’m thrilled when a blogger responds to my comment on their blog, even if it’s just a little smiley face 🙂

On the other hand, when a blogger doesn’t respond to someone’s question in the comments that really irks me.

Another thing that irks me?

Driving in cities.

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A lot of you are probably rolling your eyes right now thinking to yourselves “Duh Madison! That’s how our whole lives have been. We’ve grown up in the city, we’ve driven in the city since day one. Deal with it.”

But I haven’t grown up in a city. I have rarely driven in “downtown” areas EVER. Where I come from the only time traffic gets backed up is when there is construction.

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When I drive somewhere, on a really slow day I may pass a total of ten cars on my way into town (15 minutes). And that would be a “town” of 20,000 people maybe. Not 20,000 people in one block but 20,000 people TOTAL. When I look for a parking spot I sometimes have to park a little ways from the store (like 15 or so rows in a parking lot). I DO NOT ever NOT find a parking spot anywhere.

By now you may have tired of my rant, but I promise, it’s just getting good. Are you in a bad mood? Feeling a little down? Well– prepare to laugh because I’m about to make a fool of myself by sharing an embarrassing parking story on the world-wide web.

Today my fellow interns and I got out of work 1 hour early so that we would have time to make it to a local meet-and-greet for local interns. Theoretically one hour should have been plenty of time to drive there and find a place to park. Starting from work my GPS said that I would arrive at 5:01. That was before construction/city traffic ate up all of my time and I ended up arriving at 5:20.

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Add another five minutes when I realized that I had entered the wrong address from the e-mail notification.

Add another 20 minutes until I found a parking garage.

I entered said parking garage and received my ticket (also where I come from there are no “tickets” to park. You just park. Plain and simple). Then when I realized that there were no spots to be seen I circled back around ready to head deeper into the garage. That’s when I passed a parking attendant in a little look-out booth and I realized that I probably was heading the wrong way.

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Too late. I then realized that I had left the parking garage and there was no turning back so I made an awkward turn up to the pay station. Except I was too far away to reach through the window so I had to get out and wave apologetically to the man in the car behind me. Then I proceeded to put my ticket and credit card in the wrong way and have it flip in and out, in and out like a man-eating machine. I seriously feared that I would never get my credit card back AND be stuck inside the parking garage gate.

When I realized I had put the ticket in upside down I promptly did it correctly, paid $1.20 for a total of 30 seconds of “parking” (really just a nice little drive through) and literally jumped in my car because I was worried the gate’s bar would lift and close before I had a chance to cross over into freedom.

At this point my little parking escapade had cost me another 10 minutes, making it 6:05 and me being royally late to the intern meeting.

Oh, and I still had no where to park.

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That’s when I decided to:

1. Give up, go home, and get something for supper (driving sure has a way to make a girl hungry!).

And 2. Call my mom and rant, much like I’m doing now, about how I hate driving in the city and how I will never ever live in one again.

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Hmmm…

This may possibly be the strangest lee-way ever into the most untraditional WIAW ever, but, that’s the way the cookie crumbles folks.

Or the way the frozen banana blends, seeing as how that’s what I’m currently chowing down on. 😉

For today’s WIAW I wanted to do something kind of different. Perhaps now though, since I never follow WIAW rules anyways, this is actually not “different” but normal? Eh, who cares really?

Today one of my favorite authors, Sarah Dessen, came out with a new book called The Moon and More. I’m so excited to read it that books have been on my mind all day! In keeping with the book theme I thought that sharing meals based on famous children’s books would be a fun way to go. I even included some snacks at the end to keep with WIAW‘s theme. Definitely my favorite snacks of all time!

Breakfast: Eggs, Ham, and Fresh Blueberries

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Blueberries for Sal by Robert McLoskey

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Lunch: Soup and a Glass of Milk

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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Dinner: A Big Bowl of Spaghetti

On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson

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Snacks: In Moderation of course…

Cookies

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Donuts

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Cupcakes

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Pancakes

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Muffins

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Now I’m off to prepare my meals for tomorrow, get ready for bed, and snuggle in with my book Kindle app to read!

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Do you like driving in the city or country better?

Is it difficult to find parking where you live?

What is your favorite children’s book involving food?

Are there any new snacks that you included in your WIAW today?