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THE FOLLIES OF A MEREDITH IN OKC


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SOUP’S ON

i don’t know if you’ve heard, but i’m kind of a genius.

a soup genius that is.

somehow, after all these years of being culinarily challenged, i have found one…just one…tiny genre of food that i can make and have it not turn out tasting like poison.  yes, ladies and gentlemen, i can make the best freakin soup ever.  i’m like the martha freakin stewart of soups. 

yep, that’s me…bein an all around soup b’dass
 

ok, so maybe i’m not really martha freakin stewart.  and maybe i’ve only really made 3 soups.  but hey, 3 for 3 soups being not only edible but also quite tasty ain’t bad!  in fact, i think that’s the most success i’ve had in the kitchen ever.  ask me to make anything else, and i can pretty much guarantee that we’ll be ordering take-out in 5 minutes.

but soup, ah soup…you wonderful wonderfulness.  i love how easy you are to make (except for roux…that did take me a few attempts to master that one).  i love that i can take a chopping board full of delish veggies like this…

yum

 
throw it in a pot with chicken stock, add some seasonings, simmer and turn it into this…

chicken, bacon, veggie goodness

and then, with a few different ingredients i can take the same process and alter it into a fantastic stew…

beef and sweet potato stew

 

special thanks to Annie Bee for the stew recipe and special thanks for KK in assisting me with roux part 2 (even when she’s lounging in hawaii).  blog high five to Emsy for being awesome company on our Soup Lunch Dates…and for making delish soups as well (her homemade chicken noodle is divine!)  and last, but certainly not least, a shout out to Hogie for being my soup tasting guinea pig extraordinaire.


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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

1/5/11, i officially love you.  seriously.  i do.  big, whole heartedly love you.  in fact, i’m on quite the 5 day love affair with ‘011.

have you ever had one of those days where it just seems like everything is going your way?  the radio plays only killer jams…better yet, when i put the ipod on shuffle it somehow magically knows exactly the song i want to hear (when normally i spend a good 2/3 of my time skipping songs that i have no idea how they made it on my ipod in the first place).  and taking a quick stroll outside?  it seems like the whole world is just in sync…like there is a magical band leader that puts everything in the right beat, and all i have to do is take a step to have the song start.

yes.  this is the past 5 days.  it’s like some teeny bopper movie dance coordinator just popped into my life and orchestrated magic dance scenes.  all day long.  and i seriously, seriously, seriously could get used to this.  did i mention seriously?  because, seriously.  i could.

i mean, creatively i’m feeling like i’m getting the swing of things.  i’m feeling less like a bumbling idiot who loves photography & occasionally can snap a good pic here and there.  instead, i’m feeling like i’m actually capturing the images i see in my mind and making them reality.  through the magic of my lens & the marvelousness of photoshop, i am creating a visual voice.  it’s not perfected…by no means am i near the majesticness that is KK.  but i’m starting to develop something.  and i like it.  a lot.  in fact, i’m so in love with this image i can hardly stand it…

work wise?  well, i have finally been able to take off the blinders that is holiday season in retail.  from november to early january, all us retailees can think about is surviving, making it through the endless line of customers and long hours.  but today, after a very productive meeting, i was able to glance up.  i was able to see where my team & company has been, where we are, and take the moment to see where we’re going.  i’m going through a leadership transition.  i was nervous, i was missing my old leader.  but today, i am hopeful.  i am inspired.  and i am ready to rock and roll.  the little engine that could (aka my store) is about to bloom into the little store that does.  oh, there will be bumps and challenges along the way.  but i know we can do it.  and we will, because that’s what we do.

which brings us to the final part of my world…family and friends.  honestly, i’m so lucky.  i have the best family in the world.  i really do.  The Blondes, the dad’s family, my brothers…yeesh.  they’re just so rad that i am literally at a loss for words (hard to imagine, i’m sure).  i have the best friends in the world.  and they continue to surprise & delight me with how straight up rocktastic they are.  and a few new peeps have been added to the mix of old school homies (hogie…this is your first official bloggity blog shout out…) which is just fucking awesome.  seriously.  how lucky am i? 

oh! oh!  and the blog!  i have finally revamped it.  i was seriously stressin about it.  i know it sounds silly, but i was.  i mean, this thing has come to be like my kid.  i was worried that it wouldn’t pass 1st grade.  but i finally came up with a new “theme”…and it doesn’t involve a battle of wits  with an entire 365 days.  nope.  not this time.  so then i had to metaphorically organize the “new and improved” bloggity blog-ness.  which makes me so happy.  it was like a giant closet that exploded into a mass of chaos (ok, just like my real closet…the one upstairs that is mocking me as i type with its disorganization)…

i wish i could say this didn't resemble my closet...but...well it does...times 2. damn you guest room closet!

and then i totes made it my bitch.  a new, freshly organized, and revamped blog.  yep, that’s what i’m starting the year off with.

so.  kids.  i’m quite literally bouncing off of the walls.  i’m so full of positive, sunshiny rays of joy that i doubt i will be able to sleep tonight.  i’m making plans, listening to lots of great music, and getting very excited about this whole, brand spankin new year ahead of me. 

let the good times roll.


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IT’S A NEW YEAR, MY FRIENDS

holy bananas.  it’s a new freakin year.  i survived ‘010!  i really did!!  had a few bumps and bruises on the way, and a lot of amazingness in-between.  so here’s (belated) well wishes to ya…

and by now, the festivities are well over.  the house party at KKs house was delightfully stupendous, as it has been for the past 3 years.  there were hats, beers, a yummy chicken enchilada soup that yours truly made, champagne, party poppers, noise makers, a bonfire, high kicks, and friends in abundance.

and by now, all of the glitz and sparkle of New Year’s Eve festivities has settled

and the recycling people are hard at work all around the city (i hope you recycled!  save the planet and whatnot!)

and by now, everyone is probably beginning their New Year’s Resolution list.  you know, the one most people (like me) are dreading.  the one that goes “i’m going to lose [fill in the blank] lbs”, and “i’m going to stop [fill in the blank]” and “i’m going to start [fill in the blank]” lists.

 

i started a list.  a good intentioned list.  one full of awesome things that i’m just going to kick ass at.  dude, this list was killer.  like:

  • i’m going to totally work out.  like all the time (again).
  • i’m going to stop eating like shit (again).
  • i’m going to be very very very good with my money.  i’m even going to start a savings account…one that i don’t dip into when i see that super-fabulous-i-must-have-it-right-this-second dress/shoes/sweater/hat
  • i’m going to keep an impeccably clean house
  • i’m going to cook!  and cook fancy pants things!
  • i’m going to become a disc golf b’dass
  • i’m going to go to sleep before 11:30pm on a regular basis
  • i’m going to run a marathon
  • i’m going to learn how to change my own oil in my car
  • i’m going to give back to my community
  • i’m actually going to meet my neighbors (it’s only been 3+ years, might as well say hi)
  • i’m going to check my mail on a daily basis
  • i’m going to play the upright bass again
  • i’m going to cure world hunger
  • i’m going to
  • i’m going to
  • i’m going to

just cross out the "2009" and make it "2011"...half my resolutions are carried over from that long ago anyway

ugh.  new year’s resolutions.  such a pain in my ass.  i know half of it i’m going to forget in about…mmm…maybe 3 months?  ok, who am i kidding, in like 1 month.  ok Ok OK…i’ve already forgotten half of them.

so i’ve made that list.  i’ve tried to cut it down to the actual ones that i want to follow up on.  but who knows what ‘011 will have in store for me?  if anything, i’ve learned that i cannot know for certain how things will end up.  ‘010 started off a cruel bitch of a year, got better, had a few dips, but ultimately wound up being a pretty ok-ish great year (just don’t tell it i said that!)

so.  i’m going to crumple up that giant list i made.  that’s right.  i’m going to just make one, giant goal for this New Year’s Resolution.  and that goal is to LAUGH.  a lot.  unapologetically.  loudly.  borderline obnoxiously.  and very very often.

because this year, i’m not going to set any big great expectations.  the only thing i’m going to do is have fun, and enjoy being a Meredith in this big crazy world.

see? i'm already having a blast in my green plaid giant shirt!

 

 i’m going have a blasty blast in ‘011.  that’s a fact, jack.

hopefully you will too.  Happy New Year, my friends.  it’s going to be rocktastic.

oh, and what the crap am i going to rename the blog?!?!?