Monday, April 21, 2014

My writing process: a blog tour

My friend Jennifer asked me if I wanted to participate in a blog tour sharing about my writing process. I don't really have a "writing process" so I'm a little nervous about it!

By the way, Jennifer is a wonderful writer. I can only aspire to write like her! We actually attended college together but didn't really know each other while at Harding. We ended up connecting through blogging a couple years later and she also helped me learn some crocheting basics. Jennifer has a lifestyle blog and her son Preston is so adorable! Oh and they're expecting baby #2! You should definitely read her blog if you haven't already.

Here we go:

1. What am I working on?

Honestly? Nothing, other than my blog, which I haven't been so great with lately. Blame my job people. When I was little my career aspiration was to be an author a la Jo March but alas I am a speech pathologist, not an author. In our first year of marriage I expressed this to my husband and he told me I should start writing whether it be a blog, journal, or something else, so that's what I did. I'd still love to write a book one day, even if it's just for personal satisfaction, but coming up with an idea you're willing to stick with for several years is difficult. I come up with ideas but none of them keep my attention for long, so for now I'll just stick to blogging and journaling, which I do when I'm stressed.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm . . . this is a hard one. I guess it differs because I'm me and and it's different because I'm different. (Yes, I'll just go with what Jennifer said!)

3. Why do I write what I do?

I love to be able to look back at posts from when I started this blog and have all those memories stored here. Some of those things I've already forgotten and they were just three years ago! I'm so glad I have this place to document so many memories and experiences.

Blogging also allows me to stay connected with family far away. I think I'll see an even greater benefit from that when we are in residency in a couple of years.

4. How does your writing process work?

When I blog I don't think about it too much. It's usually just whatever comes to mind! If I allowed myself to over think it, I'd never click that little publish button! Sometimes I'll come up with an idea and mull it over for awhile or start a post on something I want to write about and then I'll come back to it later. Typically, though, it's just what I want to write about or remember/document on my blog in that moment.

In addition to visiting Jennifer's blog, you should check out these two women and their blogs. They'll be posting about their writing process next week!
Brittney from Razorback Britt

Trish from Tales from Trish

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap: Enjoying Spring

This weekend was a good one. On Friday night we stayed in, Hubby grilled steaks for us and I made  big bowl of steamed broccoli. The weather was so nice, we ate out on the back deck beneath our beautiful pink dogwood tree (thanks to my Nanna and my stepmom for telling me what kind of tree it is!). After dinner we played a game of scrabble and then Hubby had to study for his test coming up this week.

On Saturday we slept in a little bit and then in the late morning we went to Pinnacle State Park to go on a couple of the trails there. We took the dogs with us and they loved it. It was my first time out there; the weather was perfect and everything was so green and lush. We definitely plan on going again. Afterwards we dropped the dogs off at the house then went to get some lunch at Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro. We'd never been there before but had heard good things and it definitely lived up to all the positive things we'd heard! On our way back to the car we wandered into a used book store and looked around for awhile. Hubby found three books but I didn't find anything . . . this time! We ran by Target on our way home to pick up a couple things then I dropped Hubby off at home so he could study and I went over to my friend Emily's house. Emily and I hung out and watched Dancing With The Stars together which is always so much fun.

I was pretty tuckered out when I got home from Emily's so I took a quick nap before getting ready for our date night. We decided to try another restaurant we'd never been to: Cajun's Wharf. We had a lovely dinner eating yummy seafood with a beautiful view of the water. There was also a party of high school students who came in to have dinner before prom. Looking at them I realized that I'm 10 years older than some of them and that made me feel really old because I don't feel that way at all haha! It was funny to eavesdrop on their conversations and to also notice things about them: like the way all the girls sat on one side of the table and the boys sat on the other haha! After dinner we went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it was really good. We always enjoy the Marvel movies and this one did not disappoint. It might have been one of my favorites.

There were a ton of previews before the movie (have they increased the amount of those?) and I'm really excited about the new Xmen movie (yea, I'm a nerd) and Maleficent (cannot wait to see it!). When we got home I tried to watch Seth Rogan on SNL but I only made it through the monologue before I fell asleep - girl was tired!

On Sunday we went to church, grocery shopping, had leftovers from Dizzy's for lunch (delicious!), I did some housework while Hubby studied, then I made Kodiak Cakes (seriously, try these!) and turkey sausage for dinner. I recorded a bunch of the Living Alaska episodes that were on HGTV this weekend and I watched some of those last night while Hubby studied and partially watched with me. Alaska is beautiful and I definitely want to go on an Alaskan cruise someday.

I'm so glad Hubby and I had so much time together this weekend. Normally on the weekend before a test we don't get to do much of anything but since this one is later in the week, we were able to enjoy some quality time together. It was wonderful!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mrs. Kee's Kitchen: Nanna's Buttermilk Pie

Here's the buttermilk pie recipe I made for pi day, my Nanna gave me the recipe and it's delicious.

½ cup butter (room temperature)
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs (beaten)
1 unbaked pie crust (homemade or store bought)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together.
3. Add flour and eggs.
4. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla.
5. Pour into unbaked pie crust.
6. Bake 45-50 minutes.
7. Enjoy!

Tips and tricks: with looser pies (aka custard pies, pecan pies, etc) I've found that even after cooking them for their full baking time, they are still very soft. My Nanna told me that once the baking time is up, turn the oven off and leave the pie in the oven for about an hour as it cools. It works perfectly!  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Our 6 Year Dateiversary

The entire first week of April is a sentimental time for me:

April 1, 2008: Hubby asked me to go on a date with him Friday night. Impatient and excited, that evening I texted Hubby to see if he wanted to go on a walk around campus. He did so we walked around and talked for hours.

April 2, 2008: Hubby asked me to go with him to the Wednesday night football Bible study. Afterwards we sat in his car talking and listening to the soundtrack of Camelot while the rain poured down outside.

April 3, 2008: I hadn't heard from Hubby all day and was worried I'd done something wrong or he had decided he wasn't attracted to me. Then we had some bad weather come through and we were evacuated from our dorm rooms and everyone had to hang out on the first floor of their dorms. That's when I got a phone call from Hubby saying he was worried about me and wanted to make sure I was ok. Such a sweet man.

April 4, 2008: We went on our first real date. Instead of flowers, Hubby gave me an Arthur book which was adorable and creative. I loved it. We went to Lenny's for dinner, then drove the hour to Little Rock to see Horton Hears A Who. We had so much fun and I knew this guy was someone special.

Today marks 6 years since Hubby and I went on that first date. I can't believe it's been 6 years! Tonight, on his way home from a STEP test prep session, Hubby will pick up a U.S. Pizza Co. salad and pizza for us and I've made a cheesecake for dessert. We'll probably watch Horton Hears A Who. We like to do a little something on our "dateiversary" each year; the anniversary of our first date isn't a big deal but it's nice to be sentimental and remember.

I am so thankful that God was guiding us towards each other, preparing us for one another. He really knew what He was doing and I cannot thank Him enough.

Happy Dateiversary Hubby!

To read the long version of our love story: part 1, part 2, part 3

Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Recap: Spring Break!

Hubby and I are both on spring break right now and we are so excited. Last week was also a test week so Friday night we felt the need to go out to dinner and celebrate spring break and Hubby doing well on his test! We went to one of our favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurants and had a delicious dinner.
chips & salsa, queso, and a dirty Shirley Temple

After we got home, Hubby turned on March Madness and I . . . fell asleep at 8:30, and slept the whole night through! I got 10 1/2 hours of sleep Friday night. I guess I needed it!

On Saturday morning we headed to the Hillcrest Farmers' Market and we took Wallace and Penny with us. They loved it! We bought some succulents, homemade blackberry jam, romaine, and eggs. After that we went to the new dog park at MacArthur park. Wallace and Penny had the best time.

Once they were all tuckered out, we dropped Wallace and Penny off at the house and Hubby and I went out to lunch and then went grocery shopping.
lunch - yum!

Then I went to the nursery to get some plants and gardening supplies. I also bought a cute pair of egg shaped salt and pepper shakers for Easter decorating. The most exciting part of the nursery: they had a monkey!

I came home and got straight to work: I potted my succulents, some begonias for the front porch and three herbs. I am so excited! I hope I don't kill them all haha!


rosemary, basil, cilantro

After a nap, I worked on crocheting a pair of baby booties to give as a shower gift for a friend at church.

Saturday night I went over to Emily's and we watched Frozen, ate salads from Zaza and talked until midnight. We had such a fun girls night together :)

On Sunday we took it easy: we went to church, out to lunch, I did some work for the school, we napped, watched Frozen (yes, again!), lots of basketball, Once Upon A Time, and then I read late into the night . . . ok, ok like 10:30pm.

I can't get enough!

snuggling and watching March Madness

We had such a wonderful start to our staycation spring break! I hope it doesn't go by too quickly and I'm so excited about an entire week off together!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Eating . . . a salad from Zaza. It's delicious.

Remembering . . . my great grandmother Mama (pronounced Momo). She passed away on March 18th three years ago. I miss her so much.

Baking . . . a batch of my Mama's teacakes.

Watching . . . How I Met Your Mother. I can't believe there are only two episodes left.

Wishing . . . I was watching Frozen but I don't have enough time before a commitment tonight.

Enjoying . . . the flowers Hubby gave me last week "just because". They're beautiful.

Purchasing . . . the Frozen soundtrack. We got a discount with our purchase of the movie! I'm glad I held off buying the soundtrack a few weeks ago.

Feeling . . . so much: pressure and stress concerning annual reviews coming up, sad and sentimental about my great grandma, happy that I had a change of pace today, relieved that spring break is next week. I'm just a big ball of emotions right now haha!

Wanting . . . to take a long, hot bubble bath. I had a good day today but it took a lot out of me. I'd also like one of each of these to add to my bath time please!

Reading . . . Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

Dreading . . . my busy season after spring break. This year it's going to be really full and I'm not looking forward to it.

Looking forward to . . . spring break next week! I'm so ready.

Pondering . . . Hubby's rotations starting in July. The first two years of med school are course work and the third and fourth years are clinical rotations. It'll be an interesting change in scheduling and I know both of us will enjoy Hubby getting to do clinical work.

Praying . . . for all our med school friends who have Match Day this Friday (a special shout out to Jessica from The Newly).

Thanks to Kara for the idea of a 'Currently' post. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

5 on Friday no.14

How appropriate that my 14th link up fell on the 14th of this month :) 

Happy 31st Birthday Taylor Hanson!
You were my first big crush and will always make me feel 12 again haha! 

Today is pi day! In college the mathematics department would always bake and sell a bunch of pies on March 14th so I decided that I'm going to make a buttermilk pie tonight! (just a tidbit: Taylor Hanson and I both prefer pie over cake. Yes, I'm fangirling, deal with it)

The Veronica Mars movie comes out today!!! I am so excited! I cannot wait to watch it!! If it's not showing at a theater near you, you can purchase it through iTunes or Amazon, how awesome is that?!

My weekend plans to go to Dallas fell through but we've made some good plans this weekend to make up for it. We are going to have my in laws over for dinner tomorrow night (yay, pie for them!) and I'm going to watch the Veronica Mars movie! 

One week left until Spring Break y'all!!!!