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No Sleep. No Sleep. No Sleep.

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The last several weekends, Sexy Nerd and I have been out of town, getting ideas for our new house at the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes and the Denver Parade of Homes. This meant several nights in hotels, away from our beloved Amerisleep Liberty Bed. We almost always stay at Marriott hotels, which you would expect to be pretty nice, right? WRONG! I mean, they were fine, except for their terrible mattresses.

In Colorado Springs, Sexy Nerd actually texted an entire complaint to Marriott at 3am because our mattress, affectionately referred to as "The Taco", was so uncomfortable. When he came back to bed, he tried to get all snuggly with me, which is 100% THE WORST THING EVER to do to someone with idiopathic insomnia. I had finally just barely fallen asleep and he woke me up. His reason? According…

FULL OF &%*#%^@* RAGE!!!

My message to the Albuquerque division of police misconduct:

This morning, I was the victim of police misconduct. I was pulled over for the first time in my life, shortly after leaving my home. As I approached the flashing school zone lights of John Baker Elementary on Comanche, officer J. Hunt stepped into the crosswalk. At first, I thought he was assisting the children who were ready to cross the street. He held his hand out for me to stop, which seemed strange because I was very far from the crosswalk, then he motioned for me to drive forward. I was baffled! I moved closer, then stopped to let the children cross, but he motioned me forward again. I approached, confused by what he was doing, as he seemed to be motioning for me to continue through the crosswalk but did not move out of my way. It was creating a very dangerous situation for the crowd of children that had gathered to cross! I rolled down my window and was told to pull over for speeding - quite a shock as he had been moti…

Blog Hop? BLOG HOP!

Oh man, I am SO ready for this freaking week to be over.

(I'll explain later.)

(It's absurd.)


A friendly reminder: this blog hop is open to any and all posts you're proud of. To share a link on Pinterest, click on the image directly. To visit the link, click the description underneath the image. This linky will return next weekend, giving extra exposure to all the wonderful blog posts and giving you more time to discover links you missed the first time around.

Thanks to everyone who messaged me in response to last weekend's Linky with info on the Great Sand Dunes. We went and had a blast.

Also, we learned that I am extremely out of shape. Those dunes are a workout! Isn't it enough just to see the sand? Do we really need to walk all the way over to them? My legs are still aching!

Have a fun weekend, bloggy friends.

Decorating Inspiration from the Parade of Homes

Sexy Nerd and I spent last weekend gallivanting all over Colorado Springs. Seriously all over. I may not have planned the most efficient Parade of Homes route. Who knew Colorado Springs was such a big place? I just expected it to be similar to driving around here in Albuquerque!

With many homes priced above 1 million dollars, there were so many great decorating ideas. Here are a few of my favorites:

Everyone loves a square dining nook. 
I'm still not certain what the material on the fireplace was. It looked similar to wood, but I think it was tile. Perhaps it was wood tile.
From the doorway, all you could see was a beautiful, tidy window seat. With the bookcase tucked to the side, only the bedroom inhabitant sees if the shelves are a disaster. Genius!
This was one of our favorite home exteriors.
I love the idea of building a home that frames a great view right from the moment you walk in.
I need a bright yellow front door! Mine will be lacquered.
Inside the foyer of the Color…

I Bought a Chayote. Now What?

I decided to try a chayote after seeing it on sale at my grocery store for only $0.50 each. I had no idea what to do with chayote (okay, I had no idea what a chayote even was!) and decided to cook it with another ingredient I never know what to do with, cauliflower.

It turned out to be delicious!

Recipe variation: For a more filling meal, toss the final product with buttered egg noodles.

Kitchen Pig LOVES Sherry. He's a bit of a lush.
So healthy and pretty.
Chayote with Cauliflower and Sherry Recipe
Serves 3; Time to Make: 30 minutes


This is such a yummy recipe. Don't omit the sherry - it's the best part!
1 chayote squash, cut into bite-size pieces, none more than 1/2 inch thick1 cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces1 small onion, diced 2 tsp butter2 tsp olive oil1/4 C hot water2 Tbsp italian seasoningPinch of curry powder1/8 C sherry Heat oil and butter in a large pan, preferably a wok with a lidSaute onionAdd chayote and cauliflowerSprinkle generously with italian seasonin…

Not Baaad Link Party

It's the weekend (FINALLY!!!)


A friendly reminder: this blog hop is open to any and all posts you're proud of. To share a link on Pinterest, click on the image directly. To visit the link, click the description underneath the image. This linky will return next weekend, giving extra exposure to all the wonderful blog posts and giving you more time to discover links you missed the first time around.

Has anyone out there been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park? It's so close to Albuquerque and we've probably driven past it 100 times visiting Sexy Nerd's family in Colorado. Maybe we should actually go sometime...

(After visiting all your nifty links, of course!)

Socially Awkward

I think my new neighbor down the street wants to be friends. He always says hello whenever our paths cross. I always pick up my pace. Yeah, it might be nice to actually know one of my neighbors. In another 2 years though, I'm probably going to move. As an antisocially awkward introverted mess, I've begun taking the long route to and from my mailbox in order to avoid passing his house.

It was hot outside today and the coast was clear, so I thought the short route would be okay. Maybe he was waiting for me, which seems creepy when I write it like that though I actually don't think he meant to be creepy, but he timed it so we could chat while walking to our community mailbox together. I'm forced to talk to people all day at work. Don't make me socialize when I get home. He tried to shake my hand but I just wanted to grab my mail and get out of the sun. He has a name, but I have no idea what he said it is.

Me: So, you just moved in? Him: About a year ago. 
For pretty …

Blog Hop (New and Improved!)

So, apparently the Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop linky tool hasn't been allowing my readers to post anything new (those InLinkz crumb-bums.) Not to worry though. It's not only fixed - it's new and improved and better than ever!


Remember, this link up is open to any and all posts you're proud of. To share a link on Pinterest, click on the image directly. To visit the link, click the description underneath the image. Have a great weekend, my bloggy friends!

P.S.
I leisurely stumbled out of bed this morning after 9am to discover that Sexy Nerd had washed and waxed my car, just because. How lucky am I?

P.P.S.
If anyone out there has a suggestion on where to go in Colorado, please let me know. I've caught the road trip bug :)

P.P.P.S.
This is not to be mistaken for an actual "bug" bug. Bleck!

Breakfast of Champions

I was too tired this morning.

Before work today, I simultaneously threw together an omelet on the stove and a breakfast drink in the Vitamix (no worries - I toned down my previous Vitamix recipe ingredient list!) The first day of school for Albuquerque kids is only one week away, so our pediatric dental office is packed with procrastinators (I waffled back and forth on crossing that last part out. You wouldn't believe how many parents have been calling, angry and insisting I get their child in before school starts. Didn't they have the entire summer to take care of this??)

Anyhoo...

I realized too late that my breakfast plans were overly ambitious and was left dashing to and from the stove, blender, fridge, and pantry to put everything together, trying frantically not to be late for work. I flung a handful of shredded cheddar on top of my omelet, whirled all the ingredients in the Vitamix, and sat down with two minutes to enjoy my breakfast.

Everything tasted great. Except...m…

Blog Hop

Have a happy weekend, everyone!