BBQ Baker Time

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Oh yeah, it’s time for BBQ! And some baked potato action.Image

 

 

Do you know that I have never cooked a baked potato? Ever. For those who don’t know what to do… here it is: Preheat the oven to 425F and then lather your tater in some olive oil and give it a good dose of salt and pepper. Leave it in the oven for 45 mins –  1 hour.  Stick a fork in it’s done! Open ‘er up and smack enough butter on it to make Miss Paula Dean proud.

OH Yeah… that’s my butter dish in a whale.Image

Add some BBQ and cheese!Image

Add some sauce and eat up!

 

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November

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It seems as though November has come and passed as a blur. Is it really Christmas time? I’ve been away from blogging due to the craziness of work. What a horrible excuse. Being busy is everyone’s excuse. Let’s think of better adjectives: active (nope, not really), buried (yep), engrossed (well… kinda), a full plate (most def.), swamped (yes, yes), occupied (sure…), slaving (absolutely!!!). Okay, now I feel better.

Most recently, I have been traveling a decent amount. I went to the great state of Arkansas to work on a project with the VA. One of my coworkers called it the “Holy Land”, yeah, I mightn’t (great word, I know)  go that far. But let me tell you that drawing an entire building’s RCP (Reflected Ceiling Plan) As Built is NOT how I prefer to spend my time. The first day I came in wearing flats – next day, it was tennies all the way. I had to be escorted the entire time, due to “sensitive documents” and the lady I was with literally said, “I would rather be clawing my eyes out, than doing what you are doing right now.” How does one respond? “Yes, well I don’t think I would like to do your job, either.”

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Little Rock is an up-and-coming area. It looks as though they have made tremendous efforts to revitalize downtown. And sadly, we weren’t able to go in (never enough time), but you can see a shot of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. I had to do a small report on the building in school and getting to see the exterior was nice. I have to say, it was much better to see in person than in photo’s. Some resident’s kindly refer to it as a Floating Double Wide. How nice.

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Okay, Okay… back to the drawing board. How does anyone stay asleep when there is so much work to be done!

ImageToday I am thankful for: getting to see my family these past few days. It was so nice.

 

Unexpected Visitor

I had an unexpected visitor tonight when I walked in the door… friends, this is Hubert. I had a long talk with my better-half and he said that Hubert can stay. Woohoo. He can eat any bugs he might come across. But for some reason… Hubert was very attached to my bike.

I like him.

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Today I am thankful for: my momma’s homemade bread. YUM.

rain.

For those of you in my neck of the woods, you know exactly what I’m talking about. We’ve got nothing but rain. This was the Lakeshore Walking Trail about 2 hours ago. So on this rainy day, I have been spending my time between dog sitting, writing cover letters, reading, and catching up on some of my favorite blogs. Maybe you’ll feel inspired enough to start following some. Check them out. They are good people.

Some blogs you should check out:

  • For the photographer: We Live Young : This chick is a teenager, a professional photographer, and a gypsy. I love it. I love her photos. AND I love her writing.
  • For the foodie: Blank Palate : This is actually written by a girl I went to high school with. She probably doesn’t even remember me but I love her blog and find it really inspiring. What is she doing? She is learning more about the fascinating culture and cooking of Spain. She did what everyone else says they are going to do. She picked up and moved to Spain and is living the dream. ME NEXT. Guest post Marti?
  • For the fashionista: Atlantic – Pacific : This lady is hitting up some major fashion blogger awards. She’s been featured in all kinds of magazine spreads and fashionista’s around the world are taking notice of her unique style. You know me… I love all those bracelets.
  • For the new architectural intern: Intern 101 : Lulu is her online pseudonym; however, she IS a licensed architect and she has written a lot of helpful posts that help us “new guys” find our way in the working world. For anyone soon to be partaking in the professional field, I recommend this blog. Not only because it’s helpful, but also because she advises readers on the basics that we new graduates often forget about when entering the working world. From how to dress, how to act professionally, how to talk to your boss… AND she responds to questions really quickly. AND she’s from The South.
  • For inspirationThe Obsessive Imagist : What can say, she posts about really cool images. Rather, the things that inspire her.
  • For the graphic designer: Logo Design Love : First, I’ve got to get the book that coincides with the blog. Second, I am strangely fascinated by logo design and branding. I think it takes a really creative person to create a logo that is meant to be a single image that stands for what a company is, it’s particular look, and what they stand for. Just think… try to create your own personal logo — where do you start??
Today I am thankful for: having power.

Beijing: The Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square

Oh, scary dragon! Today we went to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Ok, I have a few things to say about this… Do you like crowds, do you like people with loud speakers, do you like people coming up to you asking you if you would like a tour??? If you said yes to any of the above, than this place is for you. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that I’ve developed some agorphobic/demophobic tendencies. I hate crowds. They make me incredibly anxious. I know that I have become more reclusive because of this too — and how I am making it in China is a small miracle. So instead of enjoying the Forbidden Palace, I got anxious and got the hell out. But not without a few pics. Being a detail oriented person… that’s what I focused on. The patterns. They were so beautiful. Please see below.

The color palette here was so interesting and so beautiful. I love the brightness and even the contrast to some of the other colors around them.

I love these colors. There is something almost romantic about them. Note to self: must have a room in my house with all of these beautiful colors. Ohh, a bathroom!

Haha. I don’t like serious pictures. Everyone who knows me, knows this little fact about me. They aren’t the ones you look at 20 years from now. Hopefully, we’ll both have this framed and somewhere in our house and the kids can ask us about that one time in China…

Aren’t they cute? They both have their super touristy t-shirts on to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party in China. WoopTeeDoo. Boo Communism. I have more to say on this but I’ll wait until I’m back to The States. I would hate for the Chinese Government to shut down my blog… so, Dear Chinese Government, Please don’t shut down my blog. Sincerely, AAC.

What can I say… I work out… sometimes. This lasted for about 2 seconds, and then I dropped him. Dear former cheerleaders who read this — I still gots it!

My favorite picture from the day. I took this on our walk back to the hotel and after a Bailey’s Irish Cream milkshake. YUM.

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Today I am thankful for: a really yummy lunch/dinner. We got some of the most basic food and it was absolutely delicious. I guess that’s a good thing to mention — start with the basics and then work your way up. If they can’t do fried rice right… then leave. haha. They did it right. 🙂

We were a little bored…

Like I said, we were a little bored in class. We didn’t know that our class yesterday would be quite so… mind numbingly un-interesting. I think that often happens in the beginning of classes because professors are just dying to give us busy-work. GROSS. I laugh at busy-work and intentional make my work a bit more silly. I happen to be one of those people who can’t hide their feelings on their faces. So instead of falling asleep or leaving or looking absolutley uniterested… me and my fellow grad-students started playing a little game. So, of course, I got the giggling fits.

Yep, making perfectly good use of my education.

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Today I am thankful for: the fact that that class is finally OVER.

116 Days…

Hallelujah!!! 2 days ago I started my final semester of graduate school. And now, I only have 116 days, 12 hours, and 1 minute until I graduate. It cannot happen soon enough.

Now that I’ve started school, I think it’s time for a vacation 🙂

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I am thankful: that my boyfriend is in town this weekend.

2011: New Year’s Resolution

I know, it’s a little late to be talking about all of this but… better late than never. Here is my list for 2011:

  1. Swear Less – I swear like a sailor. Sometime’s I think I can’t help it. But I can. It’s tacky and not classy and set’s a horrible example to others and it leaves a horrible first impression. So just to get it out of the way… Fuck. That’s probably the one I use most often and as a child I thought it was the worse one. Tacky, Tacky, Tacky.
  2. When I make a new post I’d like to end with something I’m thankful for. We should all be reminded.
  3. Ughhh… I have to learn to budget my money and stopping leaning on my parent’s. It’s time for me to stand up straight and grow up.
  4. I’m going to try and enjoy my loved ones. It’s hard to find balance in relationships. I’m going to work harder at it and hopefully remind people that I am still friends with them and that I still love them. I hope that they haven’t forgotten.
  5. I really want to read more. I think it says something about a person to be well read. I’ll try and do a better job of this.
  6. Travel the country. I constantly want to leave the country but I have learned that there are still many areas that have not been explored, cultures I have not seen, and people I haven’t had the chance to speak with. I want more adventure in my life. I hope to find it soon.
  7. And of course, I want to get in shape. In order to help me, I’m taking 2 leisure skills classes: Core Training and Power Yoga. Let’s hope it works. At some point this year I would like to run a half marathon. It’s possible. I just have to train for it. And I will.

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What I am thankful for today: I am thankful that I got at least one snow day from school.

Snow…

It’s a lonely view from where I sit.

I’m back in South Carolina waiting for school to begin. I had to leave Alabama earlier than I expected in order to out run the storm. My opinion of snow has changed quite a bit. It’s only fun when someone is there to play in it with you — otherwise it’s quite depressing. The plows here are quite pathetic, so it doesn’t look as though I’ll be going anywhere soon. I’m under House Arrest due to the Blizzard of 2011.

Me in 3’s

I’ve seen this on several blogs in the past and I thought I would add it along to my own. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better 🙂

3 Places I Have Been:

Unite d’Habitation: Marseille, France | Burj al Arab: Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Castle Hill: Budapest, Hungary

3 Places I Would Like to Visit:

Patagonia, Chile |  Petra, Jordan | The Great Wall of China

3 Places I Have Lived:

St. John’s College: Oxford, England | Genoa, Italy | Charleston, South Carolina

3 Things I Say Often:

“I’m sorry, that was ugly…”

“Mitch-ell…….” [my good friend and tech support who I often whine to]

“Sh*t D*mmit”

3 Books I Have Especially Enjoyed:

To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee | Three Cups of Tea: Greg Mortenson | Life of Pie: Yann Martel

3  Fave Regional Restaurants:

Little Savannah | Sol y Luna | The Pancake House

3 Fave Foreign Restaurants:

Fiaschetteria Toscana: Venice, Italy | Milk–Bar y Bistro: Barcelona, Spain | Robert et Louise: Paris, France

3 Fave Art Galleries:

La Biennale di Venezia: Venice, Italy | Museum Kampa: Prague, Czech Republic | Deutsche + Guggenheim: Berlin, Germany

3 Fave Dishes:

Thanksgiving Dinner | Awesome Burgers | CAKE

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To:

The Farm, Tennessee | Training for the Mardi Gras 1/2 Marathon | Spending Time With My Baby Monster Dog