- In the Kitchen
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I SURVIVED!!!!!!!! I'm officially finished with work! Yippeeee!!! The day didn't turn out to be as bad as usual - busy with a few things to clear up, but I've been preparing for being gone for so long that I actually managed to avoid any mayhem!
However, after hitting the hay last night around 2:30am, I'm soooo tired. So my mister and I skipped dinner and opted for blizzards at Dairy Queen instead. I know... gasp! Who eats a 10,000 ice cream snack 7 days before their wedding? Well... I do. hahaha
We took a small detour and hit the bookstore and Blockbuster on our way home and tonight, we're going to relax with some tea and watch New In Town (one of my faves this year... already saw it, but can't wait to see it again!!!). Will be in bed by 11 in prep for tomorrow - the SPA DAY!!! I'm having waxes, mani/pedi, facial and massage and mister will also enjoy a facial and massage!
And with our wedding so close and our trip around the corner, it's only appropriate that we unwind by going to see The Proposal tomorrow evening!!! I just can't wait to see that movie! I love these two and Betty White is awesome!!!
Have a wonderful Friday tomorrow gals!
PS - I'm so excited!!!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
I won't say much more about the film, but I'll leave you with a few great quotes!
Charles Foster Kane: "I always gagged on the silver spoon."
Charles Foster Kane: "As Charles Foster Kane who owns eighty-two thousand, six hundred and thirty-four shares of public transit - you see, I do have a general idea of my holdings - I sympathize with you. Charles Foster Kane is a scoundrel. His paper should be run out of town. A committee should be formed to boycott him. You may, if you can form such a committee, put me down for a contribution of one thousand dollars. "
Charles Foster Kane: "You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man."
While I did that, Mister did some packing!
After all our hard work, we settled in for some Jerk Chicken for dinner and watched some movies on tv again! It was very late when I stumbled on Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 and really wanted to watch it, so we snuggled up with our tea and did just that! (it's so bad, but for some reason, I love those movies!)
So we went outside to have a look:
Look at the size of him! His leg span is long and his clippers are MASSIVE!!! SCAAARRRRRY!!!
Needless to say, I couldn't sleep for ages and when I did, I dreamed all night that crabs were pinching my toes! Scary!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Last night mister and I watched a load of crappy movies on tv, ate Ramen Noodles for dinner, and just chilled out! It was a much needed rest for both of us - I just love those lazy days!
The movies on tv were great! Steel Magnolias (we both cried at the end), Clueless, The Sweetest Thing, What Happens in Vegas, and I'm sure there were some others - we just flipped between them all.
I've decided that my mister and I are like Ouiser and Clairee. He's very sweet so he's Clairee - I'm hateful, grumpy and completely intolerant, so I'm obviously Ouiser! I really think both of us love each other more than our luggage!
We got a little slap happy and started taking pictures! This is me, lounging in true Blanche Deveroux style on my Golden Girls couch next to the Copacabana drapes - ICK!!!!
My mister - notice his People's Republic of Cork t-shirt! He's proud of his Irish heritage!!!
We're hard at work on chores here today! Hope you're all enjoying this lovely Sunday morning!
Here's a picture of everyone at lunch:
This morning I had my last highlights and haircut before the wedding. It takes a while for the hair to lift, so I got a little camera happy! hahaha
There was actually a bride in the salon this morning with her bridesmaids & mother getting their hair done while sipping Champagne. It made me a little excited & emotional - will be my turn soon!!!
The end result!
It's windy here today so nevermind the flyaways - no taming any hair in the island wind!
Friday, June 12, 2009
This is one thing I'm particularly looking forward to - my visit to the Lush booth inside the Macy's at Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati!!! I can't wait to stock up!
What is your current obsession?
I have so many right now but to name a few: Dallas on DVD, Guniot skincare products and facials, flax seeds and flax seed oil, and LUSH bath & body products - yes, that's only a few!
What is your weirdest obsession?
List making. I make lists of everything and then make lists of lists. And if I can't find paper, I make them verbally. It freaks people out, but it sooths me. And if I'm super psychotic and PMSing, sometimes my mister will hand me a notebook and say "Hey sweetie, why don't we make a list?" because HE KNOWS! Scary I know - and comparable behavior to they list-making psychosis of Rory Gilmore.
What are you wearing today?
Today I wore grey slacks from Ann Taylor Loft, a sleeveless white v-neck t-shirt type shirt from Express, Black & cork Jessica Simpson wedges, a black cardigan from England (brand unknown), and Dolce & Gabanna sunglasses. Right now I'm wearing mister's old running shirt and shorts... not nearly as nice!
What's for dinner?
Garlic chicken, pasta and sweet peas - it was yummy!
What would you eat for your last meal?
The Melting Pot
What are you listening to right now?
Well, right now I'm listening to/watching Dallas season 3, but earlier I was listening to a cd I made in the car with The Clash, The Violent Femmes, The Jam, The Killers, The Cure and loads of others...
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate, or my new favorites from HD are Cappocino Caramel Truffle and Chocolate Midnight Cookie!!!
What do you think of the person who tagged you?
She seems like a fun and well-travelled gal! She has a lovely sense of style and we're both American girls married to (or marrying) European fellas. I love her blog!!!
If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Not sure yet, but the practical options are Charleston, Dallas, or maybe LA. An option in the middle is maybe Monaco. The impractical options are Paris, London, Rome, or the French Riviera!!!
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Paris - I've really been itching to go back! Or London to see Michael Jackson at the H20 Center.
Which language do you want to learn?
What's your favorite quote (for now)?
"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." - Coco Chanel
What is your favorite color?
Pink of course!
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
I really love my new maxi dresses, but also, I have a beautiful chocolate brown Calvin Klein grecian-style gown that I bought for the Roundabout Theatre Company Spring Gala a while back and I'm still totally in love with it!!!
What is your dream job?
Still trying to figure that out, but I think it might be PR or event planning.
What is your worst habit?
I'm a reformed nail biter - ew gross, I know. I had a melt-down about 4 weeks ago and bit them all off in a movie theatre! Thankfully they're growing nicely and will not look chewed off for the wedding! Sheesh!
If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
A full body treatment at the spa!!!
Do you admire any one's style?
I admire many peoples' styles! A few on top of the list would be: Jackie O, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, and Kate Middleton.
Describe your personal style?
Honestly, I can't - I'm all over the place. Maybe classic casual girly chic? Is that a description? It really depends on my mood. I might go to work looking like Miranda and go out to drinks later looking like Carrie and then go to dinner this weekend looking like Charlotte. I'm all over the place and just go with whatever I like that looks good on me. My personal style is Simply Ashley (yes, that's my name).
What are you going to do after this?
Fill out the contract and credit card authorization form to fax in tomorrow for our wedding breakfast in The Julep Room!
What are your favorite movies?
There are so many - I'm a movie fanatic! But some of my all-time favorites are White Christmas, When Harry Met Sally, Bridget Jones' Diary 1 & 2, The Godfather Trilogy, and Citizen Kane.
What is your favorite fruit?
Strawberries for sure!!!
What inspires you?
My fiance inspires me regularly! Also, things of beauty, whether they be people, parties, movies, works of art - having pretty things around really get me moving to try to be better and do better!
Your favorite book?
I love the Great Gatsby and my other favorite lately is That Extra Half an Inch by Victoria Beckham (I know - cheesy)
Do you collect something?
My grandmother gave me her shot glass collection before she died which include shot glasses that people brought her from various wars, etc... I've added over the years and am trying to get all 50 states currently!
What is your favorite smell?
Almost anything from LUSH - right now I'm pretty obsessed with Olive Branch shower gel! I also love anything citrus or mint!
What is your fave HGTV show?
I don't have that channel here on island...
Now, I tag:
Anyone who wants to play!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Mr. Julep shopping...
Pink Julep shopping... (excuse the dishevelled look - this is what I look like after a full day of running around in the blazing sun and ridiculous heat!)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Shepherds Pie - YUM! The More gravy the better!!!
Go here for an easy recipe to make it yourself. http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/000216easy_shepherds_pie.php
I could never be a proper Irish wife without enjoying the occasional Bailey's on the rocks! Mmmmm! I always have Bailey's at Christmas time especially - there's just something so Christmassy about it!
Rountrees Pastels - gummy snacks with a sugary coating! TOTALLY ADDICTIVE!!!
Quality Street candies are a staple at Christmas as well - they are slightly similar to Hershey's Miniature in that you buy a box and each color is a different flavor! The Brits & Irish simply do better sweets - no contest!
PG Tips is my favorite tea! I just had a cup with milk and it was delightful! I've been drinking PG since I was a senior in college.
Mi Wadi is what the Irish & British refer to as squash. Basically, you use a little Mi Wadi in a glass of water. It's a great way to trick children or even yourself into drinking water. It's yummy and when I stayed with a family in England, this is pretty much all we drank at their house in the way of non-alcoholic beverages. I always keep a bottle in my fridge!
Jaffa Cakes are soooo good! Basically it's a little cookie with a cakey consistency. In the middle there's an orange flavored gel and it's covered in chocolate. It sounds disgusting, but they are soooo good! I don't even like orange & chocolate confections, but I love these! *Note: In Ireland, they often give these to fatigued soccer players for energy - they contain electrolites (like in Gatoraid) and other good stuff too, but they taste sinful!
Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel - I could eat my body weight in these, but for obvious reasons, I stick to about 1 every week or two!
Club Orange or Diet Club Orange - This is like orange juice mixed with sparkling water! My favorite soda substitute!
White Chocolate Cadbury Buttons
Heinz Baked Beans Blue Tin - these are great! Though we have the US version, it has more sugar in the sauce, so it's sweeter. These have more of a tomato taste to them. I prefer them and I'm a huge fan of beans on toast, a popular English & Irish breakfast! Sprinkle a little cheddar on top and serve with a soft boiled egg & Irish bacon or bangers for a proper Irish fry!
Most of these foods are expensive in the US, but you're paying for the import and shipping. They are worth it if you're feeling a little international one day! I'm so glad that we can get most of these things here on island, not just for me, but so my sweetie doesn't feel homesick! Because Cayman is an English Colony, every store has a British foods section, though some Irish things are very very hard to find.
We weren't quite ready to go home yet, so we headed over to Camana Bay to browse around Books and Books! I knew for a fact that the future Mr. Julep needs some reads for the honeymoon since he tends to buy one book at a time and read it quick as a flash as soon as he gets home! And since we were there and I have incredibly painful cramps, I thought it was only appropriate that I get a little treat too!
I've heard such great things about this book! After reading the synopsis, I just know this is going to be a fun read! And it's a lovely hardback book with a really nice cover, which always seems to rope me in! I'm sorry, but how good could a book be if the publishers didn't even take time to create a nice cover for it!?!?!
Only 6 more working days till we jet off this rock! Whoop whoop! I'm having lunch with my manager tomorrow to celebrate the upcoming wedding and on Thursday, another colleague is taking me out to lunch as well! So exciting!!! The celebrating begins!