Monday, March 23, 2015

Planner linkup: week 13

I need to have more focus in my life and less chaos. I say this amid the most chaos possible. I am parenting alone for a few more weeks, planning a move, packing the house, starting a part time job, and working a full time job... You're probably exhausted just reading that. I am too! I realize that I am a casual "planner person" and I often leave one of my planners at the office but I should start using it to its full advantage. My favorite planner is of course the pink one I told you about last time. It has hourly breakdown on the days. I need to use these!! I find myself often wasting time.. If I can commit to just focusing on one thing per half hour I should surely stay on track. I want to be a more active blogger so I haves tarted planning my posts. Bright pink should be a good memory jogger!! Take a look. I'd love to hear your tips. Find me on Twitter and Instagram @alliwait. Until next time.. Happy planning! And check out the For Love of Cupcakes planner linkup!! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Norfolk Zoo

An elephant made of butterflies. #awesome 
Style wasn't really on our oriority lest

Bear cub, he was just chilling out in his tree. 
There was a troupe of Storm Troopers (or something like that, forgive me fellow nerds, it's not one of my fandoms)
Peacock just roaming the streets! 
We are SO making these when we have a yard! 
She loved being in my backpack (she fell 2x in 10 minutes just prior to asking to go up. I love babywearing. 

Had to go to the reptile was a special request from Daddy! 
Billy the male giraffe 
Woooooo Pig Sooie! 
It's hard to take a picture with a giraffe! 
An elephant painted this. I love it! I was so close to buying it! 

We had a fabulous time! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cinderella review on the fly.

Just left theatre 11 at my local AMC after seeing Cinderella. This review is gonna be fast and dirty... Here goes. 

•5 stars-EXCELLENT.
•As a Cinderella pro, I found several nods to other versions of the Cinderella story (Disney animated, Ever After, Ella Enchanted, R&H) 
•there was nothing I didn't like
•set design was on pointe
•costuming was delightful

Also, I used this captioning system and if you are one who normally watches tv with captions like we do, you should definitely give it a try. Don't be afraid to ask for it. It was so easy. I did have a tiny bit of trouble getting it in a good position, but once I found the sweet spot it was quite handy, 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I cooked! Chapter 1

I dont really cook.  My italian grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave.

This "experiment" of dustin being away and me being on my own with the kids for just a little while requires that either we all gain 30lbs on take out, or i get off my duff and use the kitchen...
Thus I present to you: I cooked! Chapter 1... Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

It might not look pretty but it was tasty!! 
Do you love my pretty dishes that we got for our wedding (4 years ago, can you believe it!)

I basically used this recipe for Hawaiian BBQ Chicken that I found on Pinterest... all hail mighty Pinterest! (Follow me!
I made a few slight alterations-
2 chicken breasts
A can of pineapple chunks(I did not drain them) 
Sweet Baby Ray's (regular) barbecue sauce which of course I didn't measure. Just sort of squirted it on there till it looked good. 
Popped in on low while I went to work. 
Shredded it a bit before placing it on a bed of Uncle Ben's 90 minute chicken rice 
It was good! I would make it again. The chicken was still moist, the pineapples were so yummy. 

Dustin isn't a huge fan of BBQ chicken from the crockpot, so normally I wouldn't force something on him the first time I made it... Unless it was good, this was good! So, sorry hun, I'll be making this for you!  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Planner addiction

eating sushi amd playing with washi tape...trendy? Fad? Read on!
 I'm not usually one to jump on a bandwagon. I'm more the type that's kinda hanging half off the back of the bandwagon and no one really minds that I'm there because I don't take up that much room...yeah, wierd analogy, but it works. Point being: sometimes it seems like I just jumped on because I start speaking up, but really I've been there all along just minding my own business.

So yeah, filofax, washi, stickers, stamps...its a "new" trend that is really picking up speed.  I've ALWAYS,like for real, ALWAYS been in love with stationary and office supplies. I have an unhealthy love of sticky notes. That line in You've Got Mail about the bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils; makes me swoon. My husband bought me GIANT paper clips and a huge Sharpie for Christmas last year and I fell in love with him all over again. 

Like I said: addiction. Unhealthy. Call it a family trait. 

So why am I confession all of this to you? Well, dear friends. I recently was given my most coveted office supply!!!! My secret, never in a million years would I have been able to buy it for myself, dream item! A patent leather, pink, a5, filofax. (Yes, my dreams actually specify the size of the paper) you don't even understand. ITS PINK. AND PATENT LEATHER!!! Like the two things God created just for me! (Other than my spouse and children obviously) and someone just gave it to me. Out of the goodness of their heart. How awesome is that person? Totally awesome (and super thanks to you again dear friend K) 

Soooo preeeeetty, soooooo shiiiiiny, sooooo piiiiink!
 So now I have my dream planner and I will decorate and organize and doodle my patent pink heart out. And thusly share it with all of you!  I'll be joining up with my very lovely friend at For Love of Cupcakes as she hosts a linkup each week for us "crazy planner ladies"

For now, a few pictures to hold you over until I can compose actual thoughts and photos of layouts, every week! 

Update: I finally got a few minutes to finish this week's spread... I present to you: week 11! Originally when it was empty it was just so cute with the green stripes and cute stars... As I started putting in appointments, notes, and such it got a little messier but still terribly cute! 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Everyone is doing it!

So a new trend inspired is Saint Peg Doll Swaps!! I'm in one and whipped up these...Mary, Mother of God. I only needed to make 25 for the swap so I made a few extras to give away as gifts. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Captains Log: Solo Mission

Day 3: I managed to get myself and the children to church ON TIME! I also made dinner. 

Day 2: I woke up with a migraine and Lucy woke up with a tantrum... FANTASTIC. I was supposed to do a 5k as part of my New Year Challenge but with all the drama I couldn't pull it off. 

Day 1: 
Departure: we woke up early. Dustin did some last minute packing and was out the door while it was still dark. I am so proud of him for following his dreams. It's gonna be tough, but it's gonna be so much better in the end. 

Morning drop-off: This will be considered a success. While we hit a minor tantrum getting ready and another involving a blanket and a car seat, we managed to get to the sitter before she had to take the kids to school. I also managed to get to work by 8:30. The two things rarely happen in the same day. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Review a Bad Game Day: Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

Note: The following review is part of, hosted by 1 More Castle. Find more reviews at that site, including my take on Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

Growing up as a child, I knew the Spider-Man TV theme lyrics by heart.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man,
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies
Look Out!
Here comes the Spider-Man.
What a great song! And after playing Spider-Man on the Sega Genesis, I knew that Spidey was capable of some great games. In that game, you had 24 hours to stop a bomb from destroying New York City. You swung all over the place, took pictures to purchase more web fluid (getting more money if you took photos of the boss battles), punched and kicked bad guys, and felt like Marvel's greatest super hero.
So when Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage was released, I was ecstatic. The story arc in the comics was great, with Spider-Man teaming up with Venom, Captain America, Iron Fist and a few others to take down Carnage and his band of merry evil-doers.Getting to replay that on a RED cartridge looked amazing!

And then you play the game, and you realize that you aren't Spider-Man at all, you're just some generic beat-em up character wearing a Spider-Man outfit. It might as well be Axel or Blaze under that costume.
 Seriously? I have to resort to trashcans? Why can't I just throw them on webbing or swing around them?

My main gripe with this title is that you don't feel like Spider-Man at all. Spidey swings all over the place, from building to building. In this game, you walk to the right and punch bad guys. Sure you can use your web to swing...about five feet off the ground! You can use your web as a shield, but that's it. That's not a Spider-Man game.
"Oh but you can be Venom!" I hear you cry out. No, you control someone dressed up as Venom. 

It's a competent brawler, but it doesn't make me feel like the characters I play as. I realize there are some stages where you do climb buildings, but Spider-Man's greatest powers shouldn't be confined to one stage. The X-Men games on the Genesis work because you have access to your powers throughout the entire game. Imagine if you could only shoot laser beams or pop your claws on certain levels. You wouldn't remember that game fondly.
If Acclaim had put a little more creativity into this game, this could have been something amazing. Make better usage of Peter Parker's web-slinging abilities throughout all the levels. Make the levels taller so that I get the feeling of being able to swing anywhere, instead of limiting me to walking across the street to fight. But instead, they settled for a generic beat-em up and depended on the license to sell copies.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bottle Cap rosary

My wife Allicia made this. It is fantastic.

It's a rosary made with bottle caps of various beers and sodas. She's available for orders! Hit her up on twitter, @alliwait