Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stuff & Things

Whew, how in the world is it already Thursday, y'all? Time seems to be flying by and I can't believe it's already the end of October!!

Today, I'm linking up with one of my lovely besties to share some randoms about my week...

// I've been in a real rut lately. I've been out of work for right about a year now and I am just itching to go back to having a routine again. I'm in the process of studying for some certification exams at the moment and I hope once we know where we are headed next, I'll be able to secure a job. I'm a career girl through & through...the at home wife thing? Not my cup of tea.

// I have been doing PIYO a couple of times a week lately and holy hell, y'all. 30 minutes and a drenched shirt later, I am usually shaking and laying on the floor feeling like I got the crap beat out of me. Thanks Charlene, you beast. 

 // I'm still really ticked about all of my pictures being deleted from my blog. Hang in there though, I'm slowly working my way back through ALL of my posts and fixing them up. Yes, I'm crazy, but a Type A personality will do that to ya, huh?

// I made this healthy butter chicken recipe yesterday. It is AMAZING. Super flavorful and the perfect recipe for when I'm craving Indian food without all the oil.

I adapted my recipe from Damn Delicious' Slow Cooker Butter Chicken and turned mine into a one dish, 30 minute dinner recipe!

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can light (or regular) coconut milk
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste 
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic and ginger powder
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Saute garlic and onions until onions have become translucent. Stir in coconut milk, tomato pasta, flour, garam masala, chili powder and ginger/garlic powder until well combined and slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, bring the sauce to a lower temperature and add the cut chicken pieces. Coat the chicken with the sauce and stirring every few minutes allow the chicken to cook. I let the meal cook for about 20-25 minutes until the chicken was tender and had soaked up the sauce flavor.
  • Serve with rice or bread! 
 If you're making this in the slow cooker, follow the instructions provided in the link above! I bet it will turn out amazing!

// After two nights of restless sleep, I might need to self-medicate with some Benadryl tonight! Homegirl is t.i.r.e.d. In fact, can it be nap time now?! 

That's all I've got today, folks. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bad Blood.

I don't know about y'all, but T-Swift's 1989 is on repeat in my little part of the world. Personally, I think she's super talented and her new release is nothing short of fabulous. As I was listening to one of her songs, Bad Blood, a few of her lyrics really stood out to me. 

Band-aids don't fix bullet holes
You say you're sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts...

Over the last few years, I feel like this has been such a constant theme. I've had multiple friendships which I honestly thought would be ever-lasting, but I have seen them fall and crumble because of people being fake. Fake with their personalities, with their attitudes and with who they really are. 

For me, it's hard to be someone I'm not. I'm a fairly straight-up, goofy, loud mouthed, honest person.  I'll admit if I do something wrong, I'll say sorry and I will do my best to fix it. Which then makes it hard for me to understand why people only say what they think other people want to hear. It leads to a lot of insincere apologies and hurt feelings, if you ask me. 

When did our lives suddenly become a place where we only look out for ourselves? Why are we so de-sensitized to others in our lives? Why do we say things we don't mean, act in ways that make us ashamed and hurt people unnecessarily? 

Band-aids don't fix bullet holes
You say you're sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts...

^^ Those lyrics? I hope they stay with me. I want to make sure I think twice before I say things. Before I act a certain way. And I hope I never become fake with my apologizes. Let's be honest, I don't want to live with ghosts of my past. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites :: A Bit of This & A Bit of That

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been a crazy blur. Between house stuff, studying, and kind of being in a rut, I'm glad it's almost the weekend. I'm definitely in need of a clean slate and a new week to get back into the swing of things! 

But before the weekend kicks in, I'm joining the lovely Amanda to share some of my Friday favorites :) 

I'd like to thank my favorite gush for getting me addicted to...Drop Dead Diva. Yep. Go ahead, get your chuckle in here, and then get your butt to Netflix and start watching it yourself. It's such a fun, cute, easy show to get into. I love it. I'm obsessed with it. You'll thank me soon enough! 

I have been a reading machine lately and have read quite a few really good books. One of my favorites over the last few weeks was Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty! It's a mystery(ish) book with a lot of backstory. Definitely worth a read! And if you've never read anything by Liane Moriarty before, you really, really should. Her books are always some of my favorites.

You guys, it's no secret that I'm like a little 5 year old when it comes to food. Give me pancakes, French toast, mac & cheese, burgers, milkshakes, etc and I am a happy camper. So it should obviously come as no surprise that my favorite snack these days has been green apples + peanut butter. Oh my nom. 

A while ago, I bought the Amanda Adams Bikini Body program. I started it up, then ended up stopping due to a bunch of things happening at once. BUT, I am back into the program - six weeks in, to be exact - and I love it! The workouts are intense, my muscles are on fire and I have already started to notice some changes. My legs are leaner and meaner and my the bootay is getting more firm. I've also incorporated some PIYO lately and I'm really enjoying that too! 

A few months back, I changed my iPhone over to the Samsung Galaxy S5...and I love it. LOVE it. But being a gal who lives overseas while my whole family is on the iPhone really screwed me over. Haha. I need me some FaceTime and some iMessages like ASAP. 

And so, hubby dearest got me the iPhone 6 (by "got me," I mean I ordered it and waited til he spotted it on the credit card statement, LOL!) The only problem? I have to wait a month to get it because it's being brought over here by a friend's momma!

Who else has the iPhone 6?! Raise your hand, give me your thoughts :)

On that note, I'm off to enjoy the weekend! Be sure to link up your favorites, friends!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Stinky Encounter

I don't know about y'all, but I have a severe adverse reaction to stinky things. Stinky foods (cheese might be my only exception here), stinky clothes, stinky people - just the thought of all that makes me cringe.

That being said, let me tell you about my wonderful little night at the gym the other day.

Set Scene: I walk into the gym with my gear, head over to the Smith machine, fix it up and proceed to beast my way through 4 sets of 10 heavy squats (thanks Amanda Adams!). While I'm working on my third set, I see this fella come up close to the machine and hover. A few seconds later, I was on my rest time, so I thought I'd check to make sure he didn't need the machine and to ensure him I would be done within a few minutes.

I walked the 2 steps over to him and just as I opened my mouth to speak, my nose was hit with the worst smelling BO I have EVER smelled. I mean, I almost threw up in my mouth a little bit. Obviously I couldn't just walk away just as I was about to ask him a question, so I quickly said what I need to and hustled far away. 

You'd think that would be the end of it, right?! Nope. That would just be too easy. 

(Let me just say, this is not some huge gym we're talking about. It's an apartment gym, so it's reasonably sized, but you can see anyone/everyone from all corners.)

Homeboy proceeds to set up his arm workout station and you guys...the stench. There was an invisible ring around the man because no one wanted to be near him. Yuck, yuck, yuck. After enduring the 30 minutes of disgusting smells from said homeboy, he finally left the gym. I wish I would've had my little spray bottle of perfume so I could've walked around spraying the place down. 

Lesson Learned: Hire the women from the mall who spray perfume samples and ask them to spray down people as they enter the gym. Done & done. 

Here's the thing, if you're like me, I don't normally shower right before I go in for a workout. BUT, the one thing I never forget to do is put on deodorant. It's sanitary and it keeps me smelling decent and really, I don't want to subject anyone to Stinky Myra anyways. 

Part of me wants to draw up a big sign that says "PUT ON DEODORANT OR DON'T COME IN" and stick it on the gym door, but I don't know how well that would go over with the Administration!! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gettin' My Groove Back

Anyone out there? 

It's sure been a while since I've popped my head back into blog world, but hey, it is what it is, right? Life happens, we get busy, priorities change. 
That was me for a few months. I needed to step away from blogging, focus on my life, get some studying done and really, more than anything, I just needed to get my groove back.

Blogging had changed from something I really enjoyed doing to something I felt like I had to do...and let's be honest, that just wasn't fun anymore. 

So I walked away. And it was great. 

But now, I want to come back. Not all the time, ya know? Just here and there when I feel like it. When I have funny (or even not so funny) things to share. Or if I want to tell you about all the stupid and ridiculous things I've done recently. 

SO, after all that being said...
Hello :)

Now, let me tell y'all about one of the stupidest things I've done recently. Beware, you're probably going to cover your mouth, gasp and immediately ask yourself the same question I've been asking myself, "WHAT THE HECK WAS SHE THINKING?!"

Which, of course, is linked to my blog. 
Biggest derp moment of mah life, y'all. 

If you scroll through my blog, you'll see all those beautiful grey & white boxes showing no pictures where pictures should be, but alas, they are not. Uggghhh. I'm such a genius. 

Any ideas on how to fix this mess? Anyone?! I'll love you forever and eat pumpkin bread in your honor if you help me! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Vodka and Soda
I just will never get bored with looking at his face. Ever.

+ I confess: I have this really amazing, gushy BFF named Joey. Y'all might know her as the author of the blog Hodges Podges. Ring a bell? Well...said friend is now not only an author in blog land, but A PUBLISHED AUTHOR ON AMAZON!!!! 

Yep, that's right! My fabulous & extremely talented friend has released her debut novel, Yeah, Maybe, on Kindle & the Kindle App.

Jo, I am so beyond proud of you, friendly! You are a rockstar. Love you! 

Now, to the rest of you. Go get your copies...hurry, hurry, hurry! 

+ I confess: I've been kinda sickly the last couple days. It stinks and I'm over it. 

+ I confess: I'm re-watching Gossip Girl. I really want to see if I can place how GG turned out to be who it was throughout the seasons. Yes, I am such a nice person that even though the show ended over a year ago, I'm not going to ruin anyone's life by telling you who GG is. You're welcome.

+ I confess: Amir & I are headed back to Houston in a couple of weeks and I'm pretty excited about it. We haven't done the long trip back home together since last August!! Every time one of us has gone home, the other comes separately due to scheduling. So, needless to say, I'm excited to have my travel buddy with me. 

+ I confess: I have nothing else to say, so Happy Wednesday, folks. Here's a picture of a dog. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Day in My Life [via GIFs]

It's Monday. And rainy. And I'm sleepy. And food/water deprived. Which leads me to have a mushy brain. And so, today  I will show you how my day (during Ramadan) goes via GIFs. You're welcome.

+ 3:30 AM: Breakfast time. Remember, it's Ramadan. We eat before sunrise. 

+ 4:18 AM: Realizing I forgot to eat my last bite of food/drink my water before I had to stop eating.

+ 7:30 AM: Waking back up & taking Kobi out for his morning walk. (Also See: I'm crazy because I could still be sleeping)

+ 7:45 AM - Noon: Repeating mantras to make it true -- No, I am not hungry. I don't need food right now. Cookies? Who needs those?

+ Noon: NAP-TIME. You know, all that mental discussion takes a lot of work.

+ 1 PM - 5 PM: Starbucks run! Haha, just kidding. That's just asking for unnecessary pain & sadness. Instead, time for a book. Or a Netflix marathon. Or maybe I'll cook. Maybe. Decisions, decisions.

+ 5 PM: Debate with myself on going to the gym. Usually the gym wins because it takes up time and brings me one step closer to dinnnneerrrr time. 


And then after dinner everything else is a blur. We wash up, say our prayers and like grandparents are in bed no later than 9:30 - 10 pm. Maybe I'll be more productive after Ramadan is over. Only about a week left!

And now, I will take my mushy brain and go read myself into oblivion. Bye, friends! 

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