Thursday, April 26, 2012

What can YOU draw?

Do any of you play "Draw Something"?? My sister introduced me to the game while she was visiting and I'm hooked. I love it.

Actually, when I was in Santa Fe over the weekend I was drawing while walking. I'm talented I know.

But not really THAT talented.

My scribbles mostly consist of haphazard stick figures and lopsided lines. I'm no artist.

In fact, while working on the set of a show in college (Tartuffe I think?) it was decided Sierra should not be given a paintbrush. Apparently I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to drawing, shading, sketching, etc. Yeah, I'm 'that' person.

So... what in my ever-loving mind made me think it would be a good idea to start at game of "Draw Something" with a true animator?!?!

That's right. I did. JC Little blogs at The Animated Woman. I don't remember how I came across her blog and her drawings, but they almost always make me laugh. She is also digging "Draw Something" right now and said that if you start a game with her she will draw something just for you. I got a lovely drawing of a Pickle Weasel suit hanging in a closet on a hanger.

Go ahead. Start a game with "That Animated Woman" and see what she draws for you. I will warn you, you WILL feel inferior... but she will make you smile while doing it.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Pasties

And I'm not talking about what you think I'm talking about!

My legs. They are so incredibly pasty white! Well, actually all of me is pasty white but of the parts of me that are seen publicly, my legs are the worst.

I have all the lines:
  • I'm so white, I glow in the dark
  • I'm Casper's cousin
  • I sweat milk
  • Porcelain dolls got nothin' on me
No, I don't tan. I even go outside WITHOUT sunscreen* on my legs and there's nothing. Not even a burn. There's no hope.

After all this time I've come to a conclusion: the skin on my legs is so white it repels the sun, therefore I cannot tan my legs.

I tried the self tanner creams, but I'm not very good at exfoliating all the time so I turn out streaky with dark ankles and knees.

I've decided it is time to embrace my pasty white skin. I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon. So for those of you who see me outside, I apologize. Just put on some sunglasses and it won't be so bad!

* I must always wear sunscreen on other parts of my body... they roast. So far this year I have made a point to put on SPF 100+, or wear sleeves, or at least cover my shoulders if I know I will be spending time outside in order to prevent burns.


Monday, April 23, 2012

PWOC Retreat

Over the weekend I attended my local PWOC's retreat. We went to a charming, historical hotel in Santa Fe, The Bishop's Lodge.

I was actually a part of the planning committee since I am the Worship Coordinator. Oh, and I'm the one who hooks up all the sound equipment and run the projector/laptop the whole retreat.

The woman who put this retreat on was absolutely amazing. I know it was stressful to organize the event. She had to do a lot of work, negotiating, and delegating.

Anyway, we all were in different rooms spread over the land. My room happened to be WAAAAAY up on a steep hill. The view was gorgeous. I had several friends in rooms near me. But the walk up that hill after our sessions was killer! The room itself was lovely. We all had upgraded rooms. They were spacious with 2 queen beds, a gas fireplace, double sink and large bath/shower.
my view from just below my room
I roomed with my friend Tegan, her baby Daphne, and her friend Karen. Tegan, Daphne, and I shared one bed. The first night I woke up any time I moved because I never knew where the baby was and it has been awhile since I've had a baby in my bed. The next night I was fine.

Our actual sessions were strong. Our speakers did a wonderful job sharing on our theme of "Beautiful Feet" and the different "shoes" we wear in our lives. Of course for me, I'm PCSing in about 2 weeks, it's that time of the month, and I was incredibly emotional.

Saturday we had the entire afternoon off for free time. There were several options available on how to spend it. The Lodge is also a resort so there was spa treatments and massages available -- for a hefty price. There was also horse-back riding, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, and skeet shooting. But we were near Santa Fe so many of us travelled into the city for shopping, food, pedicures, and history stuff.

I ended up heading out with Tegan, Karen, Marjorie, and Elizabeth. We went to a yummy French cafe for lunch.
Tegan & Karen
Elizabeth & Marjorie
Then we walked through the Plaza and I was finally able to check out the Palace of the Governors. And since we're military wives we got in for FREE! It was fun to take in more history of this beautiful land.
a mud carriage that I SO was NOT supposed to be taking a picture of
After our tour we split up (Tegan wanted to go back to see the horses and Marjorie wanted to participate in Ballet Body that our 2 Jazzercise instructors were hosting). The 3 of us left went back to the French cafe for crepes and walked by the Cathedral. Elizabeth had never really experienced Santa Fe so we walked over to the Loretto Chapel for her to see the miraculous staircase.

Then we began our search for a nail salon. After over 45 minutes of driving, searching, calling we arrived at a little place who got all three of us in chairs right away. Full service! Now I have pretty red toes with flowers on my big toes. And then we were late getting back for dinner... oops!

Saturday night after our session it was game night in one of the rooms. I had to show up late because I was working music out with my worship team for Sunday morning. When we arrived we were immediately thrown into Taboo. My team discovered I was pretty good (earning 5 points) so when 1 more person on B TEAM had to close it out I was chosen. I didn't do as well... we only got 2 points. But then with the final tally B TEAM won by 1 point! Whoot! Go me! After that we played Apples to Apples. There were so many of us that we did it in 7 or 8 teams of 2. It was full of gut busting laughter, and Hang and I did not win.

On the last day of our retreat I was to lead the worship. That was not wise planning on my part... remember, emotional?! Then Chaplain Allen presented a beautiful, powerful message about communion and I lost it at the end (only after somebody gave me a hug -- RULE: when somebody is on the verge of sobbing and trying to keep it together a hug will push them over the edge!).

Don't worry, there were not many, if any, dry eyes at that time.

When all was over the Retreat Team hung back to tear down then enjoyed a picnic lunch where there was great conversation, laughs, and tears. How much of a blessing it was to be with wonderful women -- and it was all DRAMA FREE! Who can say that?! Spending a weekend with over 30 women and there was no drama!

I got to know several more women and it just sucks that I'm leaving so soon. I could just imagine what friendships would develop if I were to stay here. That makes me look forward to our next base and working with another friend to help build up the local PWOC there!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

Talk about YUM! I re-found this recipe and it is now one of Ryan's favorite.

Slow Cooker Enchiladas.

These are not very spicy but you can add more of certain things to bring up the heat if you prefer. For me? I'm perfectly fine the way they are.

I originally found this recipe from one of the Taste of Home recipe books and it was submitted by Judy Ragsdale in Queen City, Texas.


I realize I have ranch style black eyed peas with bacon flavor instead of the beans. The commissary didn't have the beans so Ryan got the peas. It actually tasted REALLY good!
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) ranch-style beans, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon peper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 flour tortillas (6 inches)

Chop up your onion.
Let me share a secret: I don't know how to properly chop an onion. I tried watching YouTube videos and even talked with a woman who was going to chef school. No luck. So, I just cut up my onion and put it in my chopper/processor.
Cook onion and brown your beef over medium heat and drain. I use a non-stick pan because no oil or butter is used in this recipe.

While that is cooking, chop up your green pepper.
    same story as with the onion, I cut what I can then just put it in my chopper/processor
Stir in the beans, tomatoes, green pepper, chili powder, salt, cumin, and pepper. Just warm through. Combine cheese in separate bowl (or just buy a cheddar/monterey jack 

Prepare your crock pot

Non-stick spray and 20 inch by 3 inch folded strips of aluminum foil placed in the bottom of cooker to resemble spokes of a wheel.

Place 2 tortillas side by side, okay to overlap. Pour 1/3 of the meat mixture over. Top with 1/3 of cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times. I like to finalize with topping with 2 more tortillas and cheese on top of that.

Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until thoroughly heated through

Carefully remove from crock pot and serve (removing the tin foil and scooping any loose meat mixture onto whatever dish you are serving on)
    I can never make it come out looking very pretty
And that's it! My suggestions for turning up the heat is to add more green pepper. Or use green or red chilies. There is also the option of adding a touch of your favorite hot sauce to the meat mixture. Other additions you could use may be the black eyed peas or even add in some yellow corn. 

Hope you enjoy!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

When LaRetta Visited

Right now I'm away on my PWOC Retreat.

This is a great time to post about when my sister came to visit.

We had fun!

I showed her down town. Went to the mall briefly. We went to the movies.
driving by the University
with the kids on the carousel at the mall

We went to the park with the kids.

We did attempt to go on the Sandia Tramway, but it was closed to annual maintenance.

There was Lana's birthday party.

Will's class field trip to the ABQ Aquarium and Botanical Gardens
he saw kids doing cartwheels so he started doing somersaults

And we went to the indoor pool.

It was a quick trip, but it was long enough I think. There was more I would have like for her to experience about Albuquerque but with her having ACL surgery not that long ago her knee was not up to certain endeavors.