Thursday, September 30, 2010

Random

Today got off to a rocky start I won't get into the details but there was a slammed door and Grant dropped his plate of toast out side in the rain and the plate broke and the toast landed on the ground. Anyhow after that cleared up I started looking on the Internet and about to start working on my painting some more. Here is a photo of how it looks up till now. Still quite a lot to do.

While painting I normally always listen to music and the station is almost always set to George FM. Yesterday while painting they had a drawing where you can text in and they pick a text and the person wins tickets to New years eve high life and guess what? I won!!! whoop Whoop! When I called the DJ he said he liked my text! I wrote that I always listen to them while I paint and that I love their music they choose to play=) I was very excited!
The weather here has turned back into a pile of Sh*t (pardon my French). There was 2 really nice days and then the last 2 and today have been rainy and cloudy and yuck. The good news is they are saying Sat and Sun are going to be clear and sunny.
Anyways off to paint!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mexican Chicken Soup

The other day I made Mexican Chicken Soup from a cook book my mom gave me and it turned out really yummy.

I will post how I made it since I didn't really end up using the recipe. For some reason when cooking I always look at recipes and try to follow them but never do! I think its laziness combined with missing ingredients or thinking I can improve it. For baking though I follow recipes to a T!

Any who I used
  1. 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 packet taco seasoning
  3. 1 can corn drained
  4. 1 can black beans drained
  5. 1 can diced tomatoes not drained (they said use can of V8 but I couldn't find any)
  6. chopped up coriander or cilantro
  7. 1 jar salsa

Now this is so easy to make:

chop up the chicken into cubes or chunks and saute chicken with 1/2 cup water some oil and the packet of taco seasoning until it is cooked.

From there dump all the chicken and sauce from the pan into a slow cooker (crock pot) that is switched on low. Dump all the cans and everything else mentioned above into the slow cooker and stir it around and put the lid on it for 2 or 3 hours. I left it for 1.5 hours and it was great.

(p.s. I also added finely chopped up carrot so there would be some veggies in there as well, really you could add any vegetable and it would be really good)

We added low fat sour cream on top and some grated cheese and ate it with some tortilla chips.

As left overs tonight Grant is going to put it into tortillas and eat it as a burrito and I plan to put it over a baked potato!

Skiing!!!

Tuesday night when Grant got home from work he said ok we are going skiing. Now I was a little surprised because the weekend before we discussed going skiing but decided that the weather would not be good enough and we would go when it was better so therefore I was a little shocked. Anyhow I guess his boss wanted to go and we could all drive together so we decided to leave that night. It took us 4 hours to get to Mt Ruapehu, the drive felt like 10 hours but that's because Grant was driving fast and it was dark which always makes me nervous anyhow we all made it fine.

We stayed the night with one of there friends in his garage/makeshift house that he lives in while his cabins are being rented out. Wednesday morning we got up and headed to the mountain. I rented some skis and we got some breakfast before we skied. The only problem was the weather had turned to shit. It was freezing and raining and foggy, you could not see 3 feet in front of you. Grant said the only way the weather could have been worse is if it was windy! Any how we still went for a few hours and got in about 5 runs. I was surprised that I still knew how to ski and that I was just as good or even better then before. I first skied when I was about 5 years old all the way till about 15 years old but had not skied since then. I would love to go back and ski on a nice sunny day or at least when it is not raining. It only took about 10 minutes before we were completely soaked it was lots of fun.

The only annoying thing is the day before we went I started to get a stuffed up nose and head ache, so I had to deal with that the whole time. I know it is probably from the kids I watch they are always sick and coughing right in my face, until I started working with them I had not been sick in years! I will be very happy to work with adults that cover their mouths when they cough!


They have the largest carrot! ha ha ha Apparently the grow tons of carrots down there.

I was able to borrow Grant's bosses wife's ski clothes.


My hands got so cold and damp that when I went to put my gloves on I couldn't feel my fingers! I had to have Grant pull them on!

Ready to take on the mountain! Whoop Whoop!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Now Painting

Now that I am finished with my drawings I have started to work on all my paintings for the art show I signed up to. Here is the beginning of one that I am working on.

Yesterday the weather really seemed to change, finally it was some what warm and sunny. I put on shorts and sat outside for a little while before I went grocery store shopping. I have now decided to start keeping track of how much we spend on groceries and how often.
I like to shop once I week because I find shopping quite annoying lately. So our last shop lasted us 11 days and cost $241.00 (it is so expensive for food here). I calculated that it was 66 meals (3 a day for 2 people) so that came to about 3.50 a meal! Cheap!
With out paying any attention to how much I was spending yesterday's bill came to $247? How crazy is that both bills almost exactly the same! By the way this is just for food no alcohol or anything fancy.
I have this week off work since the family I work for is on vacation, so today I will paint, make some cookies, and I am making Mexican soup for dinner out of a real recipe book (we will see how close I can get with a few missing ingredients).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Out and About

This Friday we went out and had a few drinks but because we never drink any more we both felt hung over all of Saturday. We recovered just in time to go out again Saturday night. It was our friend Dave's 29th birthday so we all went out for a fun time


We started at the Malt Bar and then headed to town.

Below is Dave the birthday boy hahahhaa.

Here we are at our second bar the Northern Steam Ship Co

We all were able to get our groove on.

After we got kicked out of there (for unknown reasons) we headed to Andrew Andrew Bar.

Below you can spot where Grant stuck a cigarette butt in the Deer's Nose.

From that bar we headed to another bar that one of the group could not get into because the bouncer thought he was too drunk so we headed to a different bar which was extremely crowded. After a little dancing and our last drink we decided to call it a night and get a cab home.
Today I finally finished my last drawing for the CHRR (California Hot Rod Reunion). They now should be in the mail on their way to the USA!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Climbing the Walls

There has been this horribly annoying storm that has been beating up NZ for the last 5 to 7 days and it is starting to get really old! I feel like leaving the country! All day while at home it is gail force winds making a whistling noise and making all the doors slam. While working it seemed to conveniently rain every time we had to drive and go some where. I have completely given up on looking nice because it is a waste of time. Imagine taking a shower doing hair and make up just to walk outside and have your hair get soaked and blown across your face oy! I really can not wait for summer to come and the rain to go!

In other news I have signed up to an art community where I can try to sell some of my art. Here is my art profile on the site:
http://www.artbash.co.nz/storepage.asp?t=0&id=411

I have also signed up to be in an art show in November! In case anyone would like to check that out and possibly come to see all the lovely art you can look here:
http://www.nzartguild.co.nz/Kumeu-Art-in-the-Garden.html

Yesterday at work one of the highlights of the day was the little boy and I met up with another friend and went to clip and climb. This is where you put on a harness and climb up walls. I was not planing on doing any climbing because it was mainly to go for the kids. Well we arrived on time and the place was not ready and kept us waiting in the wind and rain so they let all of us climb for free. Of course just as always the little boy I watch would not even try to climb, but I thought if he is not going to do it then I have to if not the whole trip would have been a waste of time. I am scared of heights so for me it was pretty scary letting go off the wall the first time but after that I really really liked it. It gave me the same rush a roller coaster would.

When I got home and told Grant about it thinking that he would love this place and it would be something fun to do when the weather is not good he just said ah I don't really like rock climbing! God I feel like no one ever wants to do anything fun! He said if I wanted to go he would give it a try again. Anyways I had a great time and it helped to make 30 min of the day bearable hahaha.

Todays plan is to draw and paint!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Looking Forward

There is a lot to look forward to and lots of stuff coming up!

  1. Finishing the NHRA drawings and shipping them off to the USA
  2. My birthday in October
  3. Halloween
  4. Getting lots of art ready because
  5. November 6th and 7th is Kumeu Art in the Garden and I will have my art showing
  6. November 20 my mom comes to visit!
  7. Summer (heat)
  8. Christmas
  9. New Years
  10. New Job

What are you looking forward to????

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Its Raining its Pouring the Flowers are Growing?

Saturday morning I woke up and said ok lets do something today! So we got ready and went to a local market place and art gallery. After the gallery we went to the store and and got all the tools and seeds to plant our garden. Around noon we stopped by Grant's dads house and had a coffee and borrowed his spade.

My mom got Grant the t-shirt he is wearing under his hoodie. He loves it because it matches his favorite sleeveless hoodie hahhahaha!

What brought on us wanting to work on the garden was waking up to the surprise of these flowers that seemed to bloom over night!

So Above is the picture before we worked on the flowers.

Here we are putting in new soil and planting our seeds.



Below is after we planted everything. Does not look much different but I guess now we have to wait for it to grow? We keep looking outside and asking each other did anything change hahaha



That night we met up with Alina and Tom for her birthday. It was good to catch up and get out and about.


Grant looks so tall compared to all of us hahhaha
We had a few drinks and played pool.

The place we went to is called the Shakespeare and it kinda reminds me of Cheers. I always sing "where everybody knows your name and their always glad you came" hahhaha
The night ended with us spending 30 minutes trying to validate our parking in the sky parking lot, lets just say it wasn't easy but we did save about $30 so it was worth the trouble.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

This Weekend Was Freeeeeeee!

Friday night I went to Mel's house and got to watch Ruby. She is such a cutie pie! If I ever have kids I hope they have the easy going ways that Ruby has. The next morning Mel gave me a hair cut, I know it is hard to tell because it was only a trim but it feels 100% better. I don't know why but even a small trim to hair makes it so much easier to deal with.

The rest of Saturday just seemed to vanish, I really can't remember what I even did? I know I took a nap because I had a really big head ache but that is it? Where does time go?
Sunday I woke up with a mission to do something out of the house. Grant and I are trying not to spend any extra money mainly because we just don't have that much hahahahha and because we are saving to go to the USA. Soooo we looked up free stuff to do and found nothing, but I remembered him saying he hadn't been to the museum in a long time so even though I go all the time with the kids I watch we decided to check it out. It turned out to be fun, I even saw a few exhibits that I never get to see because the kids would get scared or bored.

We spent about 2 hours in the museum and then headed home and spent the rest of the night painting. Free entertainment is hard to find.

Here I am new hair cut



Here is Grant in the museum hiding in the war scene.
We finally figured out what was smelling in our room, Closet Doors! After washing the doors and everything else we did to make the room not smell and it still reeking we finally removed the doors and the smell is gone! That means we have 3 options. 1. leave the doors off and just see all of our junk all the time (no way) 2. sand the doors and put a stain on them and hope they don't smell or 3. keep the doors off and make a curtain to cover the door way.
Not sure what we will do but at least the smell is gone =).
P.S. Thank you to the insane pastor who wants to burn the Koran for making all of America look like a bunch of crazy nutty backwards hillbillies! Good One!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Warmish Weekend Away

Saturday we woke up and got a phone call from Grant's friend asking him if he is going surfing. Of course the answer was yes. I had all these huge plans to clean the house and possibly get garden stuff and work on art but I was more then happy to forget all about all that and leave the house for a nice weekend in the sun. We really got lucky because both Saturday and Sunday were nice and sunny and warm. I was able to wear a tank top and roll up my jeans into jorts hahaha. We drove up to ship wreck bay and met his two friends both named Ben.






Putting on his new booties







Grant went surfing and I attempted to take pictures of him but because of the glare from the sun I completely lost sight of him so instead I went for a walk and read in the car. There were pigs on the beach! So cute!
After surfing we stayed the night at Grant's family bach. The key did not work in either door for some reason so we had to break through the back window. Sunday we got up early and headed out to surf again.

Here I am looking rugged early in the morning.

The Bach

Sun rising

We fed the pigs our left over noodles from the night before.

oink oink!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

KEEP CALM AND SCRUB MOLD!

Ever since we have moved here there has always been a musty type smell that we both assumed was because the place had been closed up for a little while before we moved in.

A few days ago I said this is enough we have to figure out what this smell is because it is driving me nuts. I noticed a little mold on the ceiling in our room and decided that it must be the problem so I looked up how to remove mold and got to work.

After a few days it still smelt musty soooo I started using my trusty nose to smell around the room. My nose brought me to the closet doors! I told Grant I think the wood doors are the root of the problem. We both agreed that the doors had a horrible smell about them, but for some reason I did not look close at them. This morning I decided to clean the doors and on close inspection they had mold growing on the bottom of them!!! Yuck! It took me about 2 hours of scrubbing the doors to get them clean. I let the doors dry and came back and they still smell! So now I am thinking we should maybe take the doors off and sand them down and stain them?
Honestly the smell must go!
Moving on to my decorating hobby.
If you follow what is popular in decorating or what is popular in general you would have seen this sign:
Having seen this poster on many walls in decorating magazines and blogs I started to ask myself why is this popular and what is the story behind this cute quote? When searching for the information on this poster I found my answer!
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
Signs of the Times: Keep Calm
by Megan Hustad posted @1:30 PM
In the spring of 1939, the UK government's Ministry of Information commissioned a series of wall posters designed to assuage public anxiety. The first poster went into production in August 1939-a month before England declared war on Germany. Its message was stridently chirpy: "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution will Bring Us Victory." The second poster featured the rather deflating "Freedom is in Peril"—and like the first, it was plastered in shop windows and rail stations. The third poster had the largest print run of all-historians estimate 2.5 million copies made-but it was held in reserve, to be deployed only in the event Hitler's soldiers got their boots on English soil. Its slogan was "Keep Calm and Carry On." Seventy years later, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster is back. This week it attained the highest honor a bit of kitsch could aspire to: it was wanly saluted by Rob Walker in The New York Times magazine.
So I decided that I would make my own sign but slightly change the words. I came up with this idea on my own but then saw that other people have done it too:
I am happy with it =)
So cute I really like what I have done here hahhahaha
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