Thursday, January 14, 2010

Something to post...

Yes, I know it's been ages since I've blogged. It's also been ages since I've caught up on my emails. Sorry everyone, but life has been crazy lately. Work is busier than ever as I'm trying to get a handle on my new job responsibilities. And in the middle of everything else at work, we decided to totally redesign our newsroom website. One good thing about that...I'm learning how to build and develop websites.

I'm also determined to get to the gym 3-4 times a week. So far, so good. I mean, the gym is IN MY OFFICE BUILDING. This should not be an issue (though I still have to talk myself into going every time).

I'm also trying to cook more often. I got a wok and some decent pans for Christmas. I'm on the lookout for recipes (so feel free to share!). I successfully made chili last week and my mom's chicken enchiladas this week. My ultimate goal is pie crust like mom and grandma. We'll see.

Here's a fabulous recipe that everyone should make immediately. Thanks Staci, for sharing! It's super easy, but be warned, it doesn't last long!

Baked Corn

1 15.25-ounce can whole kernel corn
1 14.75-ounce can cream-style corn
½ cup sour cream
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 12-ounce package corn muffin mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the whole kernel corn, cream-style corn, sour cream, melted butter or margarine, beaten eggs and corn muffin mix. Mix well and pour into 9x13 inch baking pan.

Bake for 35-45 minutes.

Serves 10-12

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Magical Night of Music

Last night Eileen and I had tickets to see Marc Broussard (w/Charlie Mars opening) at the Birchmere. For those of you not in Virginia, the Birchmere is a great little music venue with table seating. You line up for a number when you pick up your tickets at will call and then they let people in based on the number. We were 11th in line and ended up with seats in the very front, about a foot from the stage. And, it turns out, directly in front of Marc. :)

We started a conversation with the others at our table and learned that one of the ladies (Becca) was a member of Marc's fan club and had meet & greet passes for the show. She was a die hard fan and we found out we had both seen Marc in Pittsburgh a few years ago at Mr. Smalls. She left to go pick up her meet & greet wristbands and when she came back, she had 2 extra with her. She graciously offered them to us and we were thrilled! After a quick trip to the Birchmere gift shop to buy a CD for him to sign (since I didn't have one with me of course), we got in line for the meet & greet. While we waited backstage (only about 20 of us!), we heard Marc and his band doing a little rehearsing. Then he walked out, said hello and started chatting with everyone. We took photos, he signed stuff and thanked us for coming. It was over quickly, but he was amazing.

I knew he was fantastic live, but this show was the best I've seen. His guitar player (Joe Stark) is young and talented and amazing and I love him. The band (Marc, Joe and Chad the drummer) seem to be good friends and have a great connection with each other. It was the first show of their fall tour and I imagine they'll only get better as the tour goes on. If Marc Broussard is coming to your town...GO SEE HIS SHOW.

The opener was Charlie Mars...a great singer/songwriter from Mississippi. He's beautiful to look at and listen to. And he has a southern drawl that melts me. :)

A great night of music was enjoyed by all who were there...and it was finished off with a kickass version of Steamroller of my favorites. Thanks to Becca for letting us join her backstage and thanks to Marc, Joe, Chad & Charlie for sharing your incredible talents!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lesson of the Day

This is correct.

So is this.

And this will work too.

This, however, is NOT correct.

This is also incorrect. Rhinestones? Really?

And this is TOTALLY and COMPLETELY horrible.

To quote from one of my favorite blogs...
"I don’t care if your boyfriend/husband/whatever bought it for you. Shame on you if you bought it for yourself. We are the Pittsburgh Steelers, not some sissy team from Cleveland. You DO NOT look cute when you wear something like this, you look like an idiot who doesn’t know a damn thing about football! If your boyfriend/husband/whatever wants to buy you a team jersey, make sure he knows the official colors. The same applies to Pitt football, whose colors are Blue and Gold."

Listen to me people, the Steelers' colors are black and gold. NOT PINK. If you want to follow this team, you must wear their colors. If you want to wear pink, then pick another team to support. Yes, I know that the official Steelers store sells these monstrosities. Just because you can buy it, doesn't mean you should wear it. I mean, stores sell spandex in size XXL...does that make it okay for someone who's XXL to wear spandex? NO.

There is one exception to the pink may wear the pink Steelers baseball cap because proceeds from those sales go to breast cancer research. That is all.

I'm proud to wear the black and gold. LET'S GO STEELERS!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blowin In The Wind

Such a loss. RIP Mary...your beautiful voice will be missed for sure.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


It's been ages since I've updated the blog and I'm pretty sure no one reads it anymore, but I'm in the mood to make a few lists. And who knows, maybe if I start updating this more often, I'll get my handful of readers back!

Driving Way Too Much
1. The threat of rain and being on I-70 seem to be two things that make people forget how to drive
2. Yelling at stupid drivers makes me feel better, even though they don't know I'm yelling at them
3. Just because you flip on your turn signal, does not make it okay to cut me off at 70 MPH
4. EZ Pass is the greatest creation...EVER
5. The best Sheetz is in Breezewood...people should go there just to check out that Sheetz
6. Diet Coke, Junior Mints and Broadway cast albums are must haves when dealing with traffic

Current Obsessions
1. Any and all things associated with the current Broadway revival of Hair
2. Cooking shows (even though I don't cook)
3. Neil Gaiman
4. Finding the perfect shelves to organize the kitchen
5. Pushing Daisies: Season 2

Music I'm Listening To
1. Hair (New Cast Recording) (see above)
2. Ray LeMontagne
3. Marc Broussard (to prepare for his concert in October)
4. Otis Redding
5. Annie Lennox
6. U2 (to prepare for their concert in September)

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Actions of Cowards...

Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims of the tragic bombings that took place earlier today in Jakarta, Indonesia. Immediately following the incident, police and hotel security responded and sealed off the area. Our guests at both properties were evacuated and moved to other nearby hotels. Injured guests and hotel employees were taken to the hospital for treatment. Both hotels sustained damage, but it does not appear to be structural. At the time of the incident, extensive security procedures were in place at the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott. We continue to work closely with the authorities and hope to reopen the hotels soon. As always, the safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority.

For guest information, please contact the Marriott Family Assistance Hotline at 866/211-4610 or 402/390-3265.

Friday, June 26, 2009

'Hair' 'Let's the Sunshine...

Just another reason I'm wishing I lived in New York.

'Hair' 'Let's the Sunshine...

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