Pretty Feet & Future Sand Dunes

17 Oct



Thinking about a future trip to the Middle East, I decided I wanted to have the perfect flat sandals to wear this time around—considering I didn’t have the best shoes last time as the weather is so warm there and they were the worst to wear for desert safari adventures.

Last time I had regular flat shoes on my feet—not sandals.  They were ok for walks through the city but I always felt like my feet wanted to be exposed to the nice warm air.

But where I did have a problem with those flat shoes—was on desert safari!  You’re totally surrounded by mounds of sand—so I soon found out my flat shoes were the worst choice for such an adventure.  The sand loaded up inside my shoes instantly—so I was constantly taking my shoes off and putting them back on to empty them.  I did it so often, I decided to just deal with the uncomfortableness of walking around with mounds of sand inside my shoes for longer periods of time.

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Taco Salad Goodness

12 Sep

Taco Salad

Taco Salad in a rice bowl filled with ground beef, beans, corn, rice, tomatoes, bell peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, salsa ranch dressing, cheese sauce, salsa, & sour cream.

This is a day I decided to brave the cafeteria in my building at work for lunch.  I generally don’t like to eat there because it’s an overpriced placed and the lunch food can be sub-par.  Their breakfast is usually the only thing I will get, if anything, since it’s pretty decent—and only IF I don’t happen to bring my breakfast from home that day.

This day happened to be a Taco Tuesday so I gave lunch a whirl.  They give you the option of having a burrito made out of whatever ingredients you select or having it all put into a rice bowl.  I chose a rice bowl and selected pretty much ALL the ingredients.  Let’s get real.

It turned out to be a rather good lunch if I don’t say so myself.  But usually I’m the type of girl who would rather make and bring her lunch from home.  It always turns out to be so much less expensive that way and most often tastes better.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, dump all these ingredients inside a tortilla and/or a rice bowl, if, for no other reason than to put a huge smile on your face.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  The work cafeteria can amazingly sometimes surprise you with some tasty options when you least expect it—the rare occasion it may be.

This Chicken Ranch Wrap Here

7 Sep

Chicken Ranch Wrap

Ranch Wrap with fried chicken, avocado, bacon, tomato, Jack & cheddar cheese, lettuce, ranch dressing, & wrapped inside a garlic-herb tortilla.

I can’t say enough about this sandwich wrap.  I’m in love with it.  I already had this in another blog post way back yonder—but it’s so good that I had to bring it back.

There’s just a perfect combination of all ingredients inside of it—except I always like a little extra ranch dressing with mine.  The yum factor is out of this world—or at least it is to me anyway.  I’m sure there are those who would think this an average sandwich—but I devour this thing within mere seconds.

Again, I got this from one of my hometown diners.  Where else do I go anyway?

So, if you have nothing else to do today, I say you should make yourself a sandwich wrap like this to fall in love with—or better yet, frequent a local delicious diner for one of these bad boys.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Those hometown diners can be amazing second homes when you find the perfect one just for you.

More Fun Times At That Newfound Diner
I Found A New Little Diner!

My Summer Sleep Comfort

15 Aug

Tank tops & shorts

Tank tops & Shorts—Walmart

You all know the simple things in life can make me smile.  Well this happens to be one of them.  During the summer months, I just love wearing my assortment of tank tops and shorts when I go to sleep at night.  There’s nothing more comfortable.  Sometimes I will even wear these all day around the house when I have no plans and know I will be home all day.

And even more lovely is that I happened to find these at a local Walmart while strolling through.  I wasn’t shopping for clothes at all—but there they were!  And I’m a big believer that if you find something that works for you and you really love it, just get one in every color known to man.  So I went a little crazy.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, search high and low for the perfect comfortable summer pj’s for yourself and get them in lots of random colors.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  It’s always fun to accidentally happen upon something you could really use to make your life more wonderful than it already is—especially from a local Walmart of all places.

The White Dress & The Tornado

28 Jul



I just love when I can take myself shopping at the mall.  It had been a while since I’d been mall shopping so I made an entire day of it.  Not only did I need new clothes in general—but I wanted to find things to wear on my next trip overseas.

Yep, I was at the mall from mall opening until mall closing—10am-9pm (probably a man’s nightmare).  But I mean—there are so many stores there to venture inside of that it didn’t surprise me I was there that long.

One store I ventured inside of was Maurice’s where I found this cute little white dress.  I thought it was simply adorable.  It’s perfect whether I go to India for my next trip or whether I go back to the United Arab Emirates.

Mall tornado shelter

But the real fun came when there was a sudden torrential rainstorm going on outside and everyone in the mall was ushered from the stores into a tunnel-type hallway because tornado sirens were going off in the surrounding area.

No one could get a signal on their cell phones inside this narrow passageway either which was irritating.  So there was just a lot of standing around and waiting for the tornado warning to pass—while hoping an actual tornado would not hit us directly.

And although a couple of small twisters did touch down in surrounding areas, fortunately, one did not touch down directly where I was—thank goodness—or I’m sure my car would have been in the next state over when I left the mall to go home.

And since it was raining so hard when I was ready to go home, I had to wait it out so I could actually SEE to drive home because you literally could not see more than a couple of feet in front of you.  There was just no telling when the rain would die down either.

Well—more shopping for me then!

So, if you have nothing else to do today, spend an entire day from morning until evening buying yourself nice things if for no other reason than you deserve it.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Always look at the positive side when you get stuck inside a mall because of bad weather—a little more unexpected eating and shopping never hurt anybody.


Casino Buffet Eating

7 Jun

Casino buffet plate

Fried chicken, cream corn, baked beans, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and baked potato chips.

So here’s yet another buffet I love going to.  It’s at one of the riverboat casinos in my area.  All of the casinos have buffets and I’ve tried them all.  You know me!  But this one just happens to be my favorite—and it has a massive buffet, too!  There’s so much food you have to get one plate after another.

There are several food stations broken down into several different lovely areas:

  • Chinese food station
  • Barbecue food station
  • American food station
  • Italian food station
  • Salad, soup, & bread station
  • Dessert station

What’s a girl to do when confronted with all these options?  By jove, I’ll tell you!  Just get one of everything!  After all, that’s the fun of eating at buffets.

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The Nastiest Nutrition Bar I’ve Ever Had

2 Jun

Nutrition bar

O–M–G!  Bless my mom’s sweet heart for trying to lead me on a healthy path—but WHAT-IN-THE-SAM-HILL!!!

So my mom stopped by my job on her way to work and gave me some grapes and a nutrition bar to snack on while I whittled the rest of the day working away.  Fabulous.  The more food in my possession, the merrier, I say.

Now—she’s given me nutrition bars before and they’re pretty edible.  I’ve even had some really fantastic ones that I’ve loved and then some that are just “ok.”  Because you know, after all, nutrition bars aren’t always the best tasting things—it just depends.

So I open this package and the first thing I notice is—WOAH!  Never seen a black nutrition bar before—so I obviously had my concerns.  I proceeded to sniff away at it and could slightly smell apple & cinnamon and then another odd smell I couldn’t quite make out.

So I bit into it thinking I’m just psyching myself out again like always when introduced to a new nutrition bar and this would be just like any other nutrition bar—you know, like when you think you’re not going to like it very much but then discover it’s pretty edible after all even though it’s not your favorite thing to eat in the world?

Well, low and behold, that bite was inside my mouth and when I got to the 2nd & 3rd chew I’m like—WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS I’M TRAPPED INSIDE OF?! 

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A Lazy Days Good-For-Nothin’

25 May


Oh, my goodness.  This is just one of my favorite things to do ever—lounge around at home in my pj’s and do absolutely nothing.

Don’t you just love days like this?  Sometimes I’ll even make a whole weekend of it.  Why not?  Who’s to say I can’t?

Sometimes I’ll just lay in the bed at the opposite end with my head on a pillow and prop my feet up on the headboard and do some thinking.  Other times, I’ll chat away on the phone to a friend, read a book or a magazine, take a little nap, watch TV, or snack away on food.

The key to getting this comfort situation down properly is in the lounge-wear.  You can’t just do this particular move with jeans and sports shoes on—and, God forbid, a bra.  No, sirree.  It just won’t have the same effect.

Next, you need a large plush area in which to sit/lay.  The bigger the area, the better.  The more pillows, the better.  A queen- or king-sized bed or even a big comfy couch will do.

Last, but not least, the more food you surround yourself with—the better.  But, oh my, to do nothing all day long but ‘whatever’now that’s living the dream!

So, if you have nothing else to do today, just be a lazy good-for-nothing all day long.  It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  One thing I might point out:  If you’re staring up at the ceiling while relaxing, daydreaming, chatting on the phone, or whatever you may be doing during your downtime and you happen to see what appears to be a dark “mark” up there that is definitely not the same color as your ceiling—I’d say hightail it out of bed immediately and investigate that it is, in fact, a black “mark” rather than just staring at it longingly and/or laughing with your mouth wide open and discovering that it’s a beastly bug or spider of some sort that will come hurtling down on you at any given moment.  I’m just sayin’.

A Beautiful Creation

30 Apr


A sight for sore eyes.  Is this not the most gorgeous thing ever?!  If only I could, I’d send each and every one of you a massive beautiful floral arrangement to make your days as shiny and wonderous as possible.  Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

So, if you have nothing else to do today, find yourself a heapful of nature’s lovelies and admire them in all their beauty.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Sometimes it’s nice to receive and send an arrangement of flowers—or even just get yourself a single ginormous sunflower at your local farmers’ market for 50 cents, put it in a vase at home, and have a glorious day.

The Beauty Of Flowers

Sangria & Spanish Tapas

19 Apr

Spanish omelet

Spanish Omelet made with potato and onion with red pepper aioli.

Another happy hour out with another girlfriend.  I just can’t get enough of those girls’ nights.  We decided to meet up at a Spanish tapas restaurant.  And who doesn’t love happy hour?!  Happy hour equates to “discount” and my eyes invariably light up.

Tapas are basically Spanish appetizers—and since you don’t have a full course meal in front of your face, the focus is meant to be more on the conversation among friends while snacking on these delights.

And happy hour is the best time to go!  Half-price sangrias, half-price tapas—let’s just get one of everything, shall we?

We ordered a Tortilla Espanola which was a Spanish omelet made of potato and onion and had a red pepper aioli on top of it—so good.

We also had Queso de Cabra Al Horno which was goat cheese that was baked in a tomato fresco and served with crunchy crostinis.

Then we tried the Albondigas Caseras which were meatballs in a yummy spicy garlic cream sauce.

And, of course, if Sangrias are half-price—why order a glass when you can order a whole pitcher full at that price?!

So, if you have nothing else to do today, try a Spanish tapas restaurant with friends and family.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  The small portions of tapas allow you to try pretty much one of everything—which is always fun to do.


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