Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 Things

I was tagged in facebook to fill this out but then I decided it would be great here too! I'm going to save this file and maybe I'll keep working on it as time goes on. Another lady named Sarah filled out 100 things about herself on her blog. Maybe I'll get there someday! I missed Menu Plan monday this week and our dinner times have suffered because of it. I didn't even get our shopping done this week so it has been BAD...I've already started working on next weeks plan so hopefully it will be great then! Until are 25 Things about me...

25 Things about Katy
1. I really should be doing my homework right now…

2. I got into Texas Tech Grad school even though I didn’t finish applying.

3. I paid for my undergrad degree completely with scholarships and grants and graduated at 21.

4. I am an imperfect person loved by a great God even though I ignore him over and over and over…

5. My favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”

6. I have a new found love for my crockpot that I’m starting to think is weird…

7. I became friends with a boy, fell in love with a man, and married a Marine.

8. That Marine was the first person I ever kissed.

9. And then I married that Marine 4 days after our 1 year anniversary of dating.

10. Six years later he is even more amazing than I ever could have imagined back then…

11. I have three adorable dogs that each have very unique personalities…

12. and I love them like they were children.

13. I have Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome which is sometimes called PCOS. Look it up…

14. I have an affinity for pretty cars, expensive purses, diamonds, and fancy cell phones & electronics.

15. My favorite store is Lane Bryant. Hands down. Even fat girls want to look nice… :O)

16. I changed my major from Education during college because I was afraid I wouldn’t be good at it.

17. Now here I am in the most rewarding job I’ve ever had…teaching.

18. My deepest fears are that I will disappoint those I love and that I might never be a mother.

19. I want to be healthy. I lost 40 pounds from May to October of 2008. Didn’t gain but didn’t lose during
Thanksgiving and Christmas and now I’m getting back on track.

20. I’m thinking about getting an ’05 or newer White Ford Mustang to go along with my Tahoe after I lose 60 more pounds…to reward myself because I’ve always been too responsible to buy a sports car.

21. I really love working out on elliptical machines and want to own one.

22. I have a blog but am too afraid to tell people the web address so they can read it. What if they don’t like it?

23. I have the BEST parents and brother in the world. They make me a better person.

24. I can watch a commercial about starving children in Africa and be a little sad but show me a commercial from the humane society about starving or abused puppies/kittens and I’m sobbing uncontrollably.

25. I am extremely loyal, stubborn, opinionated, logical, capable, determined, shrewd, too responsible, and unusual. I am not charming, fearless, obedient, or punctual. Yeah I’m definitely different.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Getting To Know Katy

Current Job: Computer Teacher at a private school for ages Pre K 3 - Pre K 4 and K - grade 8

Originally From: Bronte, TX

Married In: November 2002

Siblings: 1 little brother named Justin

Natural Hair Color: Brown

Childhood sports?: Soccer then volleyball, basketball, and golf in jr. high/high school

Mountains or Ocean: MOUNTAINS!

Sports Car or SUV: SUV I love my Tahoe...but the wildchild in me would love to have a White Ford Mustang too!

Favorite TV Show: Too many to choose! Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Bones, NCIS, Big Bang Theory, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order, Jon & Kate plus 8, Army Wives, anything on the Food Network or HG TV...I DVR ALOT!

Favorite Color: Purple...always has been...always will be!

Favorite Board Game: Sequence!

Favorite Fast Food: Food=Subway, Drink=Sonic!

How Many Times Did You Fail Your Permit/Drivers Test: None! Yeah I'm a geek like that.

Pens or Pencils? Both! Depends on the type of paper I'm writing on!

Driver or Passenger: I guess passenger. I don't drive in large cities. But I love to drive too fast with my music really loud!

Favorite Actor/Actress: Luke Wilson and Drew Barrymore

Favorite Movie: Because I Said So, 10 Things I Hate About You, National Treasure, Fever Pitch, American Outlaws

Pop or Soda: In Texas everything is a "Coke"

Tea or Coffee: Tea, I will drink sweet or unsweet tea. I do like a little coffee with my cream and sugar every once in a while though.

Hand shake or Hug: Ummm...I guess I'm really more of a wave person! lol

Magazines or Books: Both!

3 Personality Traits: Loyal, Level headed, Resourceful

One Word

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Where is your significant other? Home
3. Your hair color? Brown
4. Your mother? Role-Model
5. Your father? Hero
6. Your favorite thing? sleeping
7. Your dream last night? Monsters!
8. Your goal? Healthy
9. The room you are in? Living
10. Your hobby? Reading
11. Your fear? disappointing
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Happy
13. Where were you last night? McAlister's
14. What you are not? Perfect
15. One of your wish list items? Children
16. Where you grew up? Bronte
17. The last thing you did? Laundry
18. What you are wearing? PJ's
19. Your TV? Flat
20. Your pet? Adorable
21. Your computer? Mediocre
22. Your mood? Content
23. Missing someone? Grandmothers
24. Your car? Tahoe
25. Something you are not wearing? Shoes
26. Favorite story? Potter
27. Your Summer? Relaxing
28. Love someone? KEVIN!
29. Your favorite color? Purple :)
30. When was the last time you laughed? Hippo
31. Last time you cried? Marley

I don't have anyone to tag! But someday I will!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Crock Pot Roast

Crock Pot Roast

1 1/2 - 2 lb Rump Roast
8 medium russett potatos - peeled and halved
1 1/2 cup baby carrots
1/4 cup flour
1 Lipton Onion Soup Packet
salt, pepper, garlic salt

Rinse roast with water and place in the crock pot. Season roast with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. I always tend to underseason so I've been making myself really cover my meats when cooking. Sprinkle roast with the flour making sure it is entirely covered. Then top roast with contents of the Lipton Onion Soup packet. It works best to cook the roast for awhile before adding the carrots and potatos. I started it on the low temperature setting for about 1 1/2 hours then dropped in potatos and carrots on top of the roast. I cooked mine while I was at work so it cooked on low for about 6 1/2 hours then on high for 2 hours after work. I guess my total was about 8 1/2 hours. It really depends on your crock pot. I really need a new one. You know the roast is ready when it can be pulled apart easily with a fork and the carrot and potatos are soft!!! Yum!


Well not a lot going on around here tonight...Kevin and I are eating some yummy roast, potatos, and carrots that I finally made for dinner and watching some of our DVR'd shows! We are going to watch...

It's actually really nice to relax! Like I said...I finally made the roast and it was the best one I've ever made! I'll post the recipe next even though its just a basic crock pot roast. Who knows...maybe someone somewhere who stumbles upon this will enjoy it.

We've both been busy with school and work. Kevin is doing really well at school. I've missed him while he is gone in the evenings but it has given me a chance to get my school work done.

I'm still praying for Kelly's precious baby Harper. I don't know what it is. I'm just worried sick about her. Maybe because I identify with Kelly's struggles or because Khanni was due the same day. I don't know. I've been reading Kelly's blog for several months...since right after she found out she was pregnant. Harper has been improving greatly in the last few days! Go look at Kelly's blog to read about her!

I'm really trying to get back on track with my weight loss. I've been up and down with the same 5 pounds since the beginning of November. I'm hanging out just under 40 lbs lost and I just can't get back on track. There is always some excuse...beginning of November=Our Anniversary, End of November=Thanksgiving, December=Month long Christmas parties and get togethers, January=My birthday...
I've got to get things together. I want to be healthy for me, for Kevin, and for any future children we may have someday. I did MUCH better when blogging. I think it kept me accountable. So here goes nothing...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday-Leftovers! We are still finishing the Taco soup and my brother brought some brisket over from a great restaurant in Bronte so... Taco soup and brisket sandwiches! I know! A weird combination!
Tuesday-Subway for Kevin and I! Kevin's first night of class! We've got to figure out how he is going to eat before class!
Wednesday-Roast, Carrots, & Potatos (Didn't get to it last week! I ended up having to go to the doctor :( so we ate dinner in town while waiting to pick up my prescription.)
Thursday-Soup and Sandwiches
Friday-Porkchops (Does anyone know any good porkchop recipes?)

This week is a BIG week for Kevin and I so our menu plan is be kind of strange. Tomorrow Kevin has his first day as a college student! Kevin will be attending Howard College at night after he gets off work so dinner will really just be me and the dogs. He is taking 12 hours and will be going on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I'm so proud of him! School was not something Kevin even wanted to think about after he got out of the Marines but I just didn't want him to regret in 10 years. He has the GI Bill to pay for school so it would be wasted money if he didn't go! I've mentioned him starting about once a semester for that last several years but this year he decided to go! He has just enough time left on his GI bill to finish a bachelors degree. I know he is going to do so well!

I also took the plunge and am starting school this semester at Texas Tech for my masters degree! I started to apply but chickened out and never finished my application but amazingly...I got in anyway! I figured that this must be God telling me it was time to get started so here goes nothing! My program is completely online so that makes it easier on our schedule. I'm only taking one class since I got accepted too late to apply for financial aid but I'm applying this month so hopefully I'll get a scholarship for this summer and on! Like I said...a busy time for both of us but an exciting time also. I'm sad about the time I'll have to be away from Kevin when he is in class but I know this is best for us in the long run!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Liam Alexander Silva!

My cousin Khanni and her husband Jeremy welcomed a beautiful baby boy early this morning! Liam Alexander Silva was born at 1:05 am. He weighed 6 lbs 13 oz and was 21 inches long. Khanni spent just about 30 hours in labor so needless to say...Mommy, Daddy, Liam, and Grandma (Sheila) are very happy and very tired.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pray for Harper!

I have been following the blog of a wonderful Christian woman named Kelly from Arkansas. She suffered with infertility for years until she amazingly conceived her first child. She was induced Friday morning and shortly after giving birth her new daughter, Harper, was flown to a NICU in Tulsa with pneumonia and a dismal outlook. Please pray for healing for Harper and strength for Kelly and her family!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Menu Plan Monday-A day late!

I've been making a pointed effort to cook more for health and budget purposes. I've seen lots of people set out their menu plans on their blogs so I'm hoping posting with help me plan ahead and cook more. Kevin and I are always on the go so dinner is all I'm going to plan. Let's see how this goes...

Monday-Judy's Taco Soup (This was fabulous and I will post the recipe soon!)
Tuesday- Chicken Breast Supreme I found this on a blog I'm following and couldn't wait to try it!
Wednesday-Ichibans!!! Wednesday is my 25th birthday and my parents are taking me out for dinner!
Thursday-Crock Pot Roast, Potatos, and Carrots
Friday-Leftover Taco Soup (It makes a lot! I'll probably freeze the rest!)

Yes I'm a terrible blogger...

Okay Okay...I know. I'm terrible at this. I just have a hard time editing my thoughts to keep this short and I don't have all the time in the world to write down all I want to say! Its a new year and time for a new start. I'm going to just try to post a little even if I don't say all I want to. It keeps me accountable. As soon as I stopped blogging my weight loss slowed more and more. Time to get back to work. I've updated a list of really cool blogs I've found on the internet. I hope to someday be as great as these ladies. I've also in the process of cooking a recipe I found on one of the blogs tonight...I'll post as soon as I see how it turns out!!!