Committed

I watched a 90’s movie called “Committed” last night. I had another very BLEH day, go figure. So it was a movie and hot pockets for me.

Oh, the 90's. And that is her ring finger.

Oh, the 90’s. And that is her ring finger.

Committed is about a woman who is very dedicated to her marriage vows, or, hence the title, committed. So committed, in fact, she follows her husband from NYC to Texas to help him because the vows say “in good times and in bad.” The way she finds him is through some sort of universe voo-doo and kind of loses me here, but she finds him. She soon discovers he is not only improving his photography career but starting a whole new life, which includes dating other women. She is pretty much stalking him at this point. Jolene decides, screw it, he is just in a “spiritual wheelchair” and needs to be stuck by. She becomes friends with everyone in his life, including the mistress who had no idea about Jolene. There is a bunch of sitting outside his trailer, young Benicio Del Toro hitting on her, she does more voo-doo? It’s kind of weird. Then she is, well, committed to a psych ward where she looks deep down and decides it is better to leave the husband, who by the way is played by Luke Wilson, and go back to NYC and start her life over. Casey Affleck is in there too for some comic relief as her brother, he marries the husband’s girlfriend. I give this movie a B-. I do love the straight from the 90’s looks though. Red pleather pants and mid drifts. Ahhhh, the 90’s, when everyone seemed to just not give a crap about what they wore.

Why am I down now you may ask. Well, I am very worried about my financial aid for school. Also, I will make this the summer of major changes if I don’t get to go to school this year. Quitting my job, moving, all sorts of things. I feel like I have been stagnant for 3 years, even though I have done quite a bit of traveling. Stagnant though, stagnant.

I am going on a hike today, the weather isn’t suppose to get bad, but it will be up in the 80’s, which is hot for me so I have to bring lots and lots of water! I am not a hot weather person. I am planning on 14 miles. I want to head out of my apartment to buy food for it in about an hour. Look forward to another hiking post later today.

Also, NBC, if you’re reading which I doubt, I love Hannibal! It is the best new show you’ve come up with in a long time. DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW!

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I hate emotions!

I am so emotional right now! Crying every hour about my boyfriend, crying about being addicted to bad food, then eating said bad food because I am sad, then going to work and swallowing my feelings and putting on a brave face. Repeat cycle.

I did try filling out my Suffolk financial info again, but now when I go to pick a security picture it kicks me out. I tried calling the help number and got a voice mail. So annoying.

I went to my leasing office. I have 60 days to clean and pack up. I will be working hard on that.

I have decided to go on a couple mind clearing hikes within my next few days off. 6-14 mile ones. I may go several days in a row. Be prepared for many pictures of that.

At work they somehow have cut the Wi-Fi off in the back office, so the employee’s can’t use it. That means I can’t do anything on my computer at work even on extremely slow nights, super sad.

I had to kick out a room the other night for having a party. I gave the room 40 dollars back but forgot to put a note on the room so my manager thought I sold the room for 50 bucks and got mad. Then when I said I gave money back he was all like “WHY??? We don’t give money back on PARTIES?” Honestly, the room was very polite while leaving, which is usually not the case, so I gave a little money back. Usually there is a screaming person going “FUCK YOU! I am going to get a lawyer and you can’t do this and where is your manager and what’s the corporate number!!!! Yell, yell, yell.” Now my manager is mad at me, and AH!!!!!!!

I also left my phone charger at work and the last time that happened it was stolen. I asked my security guard to bring his. I hope mine is still there, I can’t really afford to buy a new one.

Overall, today has sucked and I am ready for tomorrow.

Oh, and I am on my period and the added emotional feelings suck.

Back In the STL.

I am back from Southern California and I miss the warm weather already. I did have SO much fun, even though I ate everything in the world.

The first day we actually drove from LA to Newport Beach, which is a long drive. I also discovered everyone in California can’t seem to drive well. Anyway, made it to Newport, stayed in a place called Little In On the Bay, which is a kooky hotel, great location. Had a great time going to get Sushi at Zen Sushi. The Strawberry Sake is SO good, as was the sushi especially a roll called “Salmon Lover”. Yum.

We would have stayed out later but I went from my job, which goes from 10 PM-7AM to the airport. I slept on the plane, but plane sleep is never refreshing.  By the time Sushi was over I had not been in a bed for 26 hours. So, we went to bed and got a good night’s sleep.

The next day I had Mcdonald’s for breakfast, terrible but there was one super close and the boy had meetings to go to. He dropped me off at Fashion Island, a huge outdoor shopping mall. Unfortunately he dropped me off at 9, everything opened at 10. So I walked around a while, enjoyed the sunshine, window shopped. Then the stores opened and I bought a purse and a bracelet. I couldn’t buy anything too substantial because when I travel I only do carry-on (I am not paying for luggage! I refuse!) and those carry

A new day 1

Tonight I start my first 7-day juice fast. I went produce shopping today and should have plenty to juice. At the store they were selling 5 oranges for a dollar…so I got ten! I will be having a lot of juices with an orange added in. 🙂

I also got cucumbers, parsley, romaine, purple cabbage, pears, frozen berries, apples, 10 lbs of carrots, spinach, sweet potato’s, and I am sure I am forgetting things, but my fridge is full of healthy goodness.

I go back to work for a few days tonight. My mom wants me to visit again, but I can not while on this juice fast. I swear, since she’s figured out this Law School thing is going to be a reality, she has slightly been freaking out! I love my mom, but geez woman! You’ve known since 2008 that I wanted to do my next form of schooling (in 2008 I wanted to go and get a Ph.d in history, my how times have changed) in Boston. You were with me the first time I went there to look at schools!! I did not just spring this on her! Sigh. Moms will be moms.

Orlando, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale

Just got back from an epic central Florida trip. I can not say that I was very good with food. I did make sure to have veggies with almost every meal though.

First I wanted to go to a really authentic Cuban restaurant, which we found in Orlando, called Cafe Cubano. The place was so authentic, our waitress didn’t really speak any English. Just had to point to the menu for what we wanted. I got the “Traditional Cuban” and it was yummy! Came with fries, I couldn’t really ask her for anything else because I don’t speak Spanish. Their portion was only a handful though, not a gigantic basket of them like we get in American restaurants.

Then I went to Seaworld, which was fun. The Mantra rollar coaster is so cool, flips you upside down so you’re facing the ground, like you’re the eyes on a stingray. Very neat. The aquariums were well done. Saw the Killer whales. Saw Beluga’s getting it on. Then only thing that was not cool was about 1/3 of the park seemed to be shut down, which they should really tell you since it is 89 dollars per person.

Off to the hotel, which was a Hard Rock. I love, love, love that brand. Room was amazing, service was crazy good. For dinner we went to a Miller’s Ale House. Had pot stickers, Mahi Mahi, and broccoli. Watched the Celtics vs. Heat game, which was a really good game. Had several drinks. It was overall a very good night.

The next day the weather was SO gorgeous. For breakfast I had a few pistachio’s and a couple bottles of water. Then went and lounged around the pool, also amazing at the Hard Rock. Got crazy sun burned though. Going to Florida after being in a state where the high has been 32 for the past five months meant I was really pale, and now I am really red.

Drove off to Miami. Stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which was NOT as good as the hard rock. Their housekeeping staff was amazing at their job though. On the way grabbed a very bad lunch of a Wendy’s spicy chicken, no side. The drive was sooo long. After getting to the Regency at 5 pm, we go down for appetizers at the bar. I get an avocado and tomato salad in a cumin vinegrette. It was very light and fresh, and yummy.

We then head over to the Brickell area for real dinner, which was a disaster. Went to Blue Martini and the service was so bad, the drink I ordered was good, my crab cakes and salad were very good. They got my boy’s order wrong on the first try. Then his prime rib was very bland tasting. He had to order his beer twice and what she brought over was a half full beer with a napkin wrapped around it which we’re pretty sure someone had been drinking. She tried to say, oh we just do that, but it wasn’t done to the first beer he drank….so…. gross.

Went to a greek bar, was grossed out there too. All their garnish containers had no covers on them and it was an open air bar. I just told my boy, I’m tired, because I was so downtrodden to continue on.

The next day was better though. Drove to Fort Lauderdale, where I took a very long walk after drinking two coffee’s. Then had lunch on the A1A at Cafe Casablanca which was amazing! Had a lamb sandwich with salad and it was so yummy. The service was impeccable too, wished we were staying in Fort Lauderdale over Miami.

Drove back to Miami. Got a couple Margarita’s, service was good in the afternoon. Went to the room, got dressed and picked out where we would go that night, Zuma sushi (best sushi in the world, had it last year in Miami).  Went down to the bar, and had a terrible experience. The bar was packed, and the bartenders could not handle the crowd. First drinks came out fine. Then I was thinking about it, I told my boy to call Zuma, because I bet you needed reservations. He called, they were “fully committed” for the evening. Luckily we had torn a page out of those “Where” magazines, and we called around. We called 5 restaurants before finding one that wasn’t fully committed. We ordered a second round of drinks then waited 30 minutes. Finally just left. This bar’s problem was they did not have high quality bartenders. They could serve 7 people, but not 50 which was how many were inside this bar. I was thinking, Oh no, here we go again, a terrible night in Miami.

We get a cab and go back over to the Brickell area to a restaurant called “Delores, but you can call me Lolita.” How much do you love that name? It was great. We chilled at the bar for a couple rounds. The girl working behind the bar was friendly and very sweet.  Then went upstairs and had an amazing dinner. I had a tomato, salmon, mozzarella salad and my entree’ was chicken with mashed potato’s and lots of Merlot. It was really tasty. Went back downstairs, grabbed a white chocolate banana drink, very good. Then when back to the hotel, grabbed another drink, and had a Youtube dance drunken party. Had to get up at 3:30 for my 6 AM flight though. That was painful.

That is basically the gist of my Orlando trip. If you can’t tell, I am kind of a foodie when I travel.

Now lets talk financials and how much mine suck. I have to send Suffolk University 500 dollars by April 15th. I have 204 right now. My mom is going to send me 150, which is very nice of her.  When I get paid, not this upcoming paycheck but the next one, I should be able to make the deposit. I filled out the FAFSA today, but priority was March 1st for Suffolk, but the website says that they will award need based scholarships based on how much is left after priority, which I am very need based. I only made about 19,000 dollars last year and live on my own. If there is a wealthy benefactor out there though, with 66,000 dollars just kicking around and you want to donate it to a good cause, HERE I AM!!!!!!!!!

In Juicing news, I start my 7 day fast tomorrow. I would say I’m excited but I’m not. If you can’t tell from this post, I love food. My body needs a cleanse though, so, I’m doing it for a week. Hurray….

Saw this weird car detail on my walk through Fort Lauderdale.

Saw this weird car detail on my walk through Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale

On my walk towards the A1A in Fort Lauderdale.

 

If you do meth, your house may end up looking like this.

Hello! I have been in rural Missouri for the past couple of days without internet and I have so much news, so this is going to bed a pretty long blog.

First, how my diet has been going. I did not bring my juicer out to the country, but I did make sure I cooked vegetarian meals. If my stepdad cooks (my mom never cooks) we would have been eating pasta and meat. I am a pretty awesome cook though. The first night we had homemade scalloped potato’s, roasted carrots, and a huge salad. The scalloped potato’s were SO amazing, I actually got the recipe off of a wordpress blog a long time ago, I wish I could remember whose it was though. If you are reading this and recognise your recipe, please let me know and you are amazing.

Comfort Scalloped Potatoes 350 degree oven

(Have your potatoes sliced and ready to go. Keep them in a bowl of cold water until you need them.) Also need a 2 quart casserole dish, greased.

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 1/2 cups milk (any % you prefer)

5-6 large potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced, well drained if necessary) (5 cups)

First for the sauce. On medium low heat, saute the onion in butter until tender and translucent. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook, while stirring, for about a minute. Slowly whisk in the milk. Cook while stirring, until the mixture had thickened and come to a soft boil. Cook for another minute. Remove from heat.

Place half of the sliced potatoes, even layer, on the bottom of the greased casserole dish. Cover with half of the sauce. Repeat layers.

Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven, for 45 minutes. Stir half way through. Uncover, bake an additional 30 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

(In last 15 minutes of baking time, you could sprinkle shredded cheese, of your choice, on top for added cheesy goodness. You can also add any cooked meat you like for a more rounded meal.)

Oven-Roasted Carrots

12 carrots

3 tablespoons good olive oil

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill or parsley (This is optional for me – I’ve used parsley before, but I’ve made this recipe far more times without this step.)

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2.  If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole.  Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (They will shrink up while cooking so make the slices big.)

3.  Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.

4.  Transfer to a sheet pan in one layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.

5.  Toss the carrots with minced dill or parsley if desired, season to taste, and serve.

Source: The Way the Cookie Crumbles (October 2008), originally from Ina Garten on Food Network

Nutritional Info from Food Network:  Calories:110; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat:1 gram; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates:12 grams; Sugar: 6 grams; Fiber: 3.5 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 484 milligrams

The second night I was there I made vegetarian stuffed peppers. Again, AMAZING. We also ate the last of the giant salad from the night before.

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

•6 large sweet peppers

•2 cups cooked brown rice

•3 small tomatoes, chopped

•1 cup frozen corn, thawed

•1 small sweet onion, chopped

•1/3 cup canned red beans, rinsed and drained

•1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

•3/4 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese

•1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives

•4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

•3 garlic cloves, minced

•1 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon pepper

•3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce

•1/2 cup water

•4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

•Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the rice, tomatoes, corn, onion and beans. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, olives, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon into peppers.

• Combine spaghetti sauce and water; pour half into an oval 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the stuffed peppers. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.

• Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

I “juiced” at work last night though. Since I was running late I had to cheat and get the less healthy V8 juices, a vegetable one and a fusion one. The fruit V8 was way too sweet though. The veggie V8 just tasted like tomato soup to me. That was yummy.

I also weighed myself, no weight loss but no weight gain. I thought I was going to go up, but I guess since I was eating veggie based meals and portion controlling, it made it so my weight just stayed even. At least I know that even after juicing, if  I watch what I eat I won’t just blow up. I have been reading that on a few blogs, that people will juice and when they go back to eating all the weight instantly comes back. I wonder if that if because they go back to eating poorly.

I also went to my favorite breakfast spot this morning. They are an organic based restaurant though and if you are ever in St. Louis, check out Benton Park Cafe. Their food is soooo amazing. It was a celebration meal. You may be asking, Storm, what are you celebrating? Well, I just got accepted into LAW SCHOOL! I am so excited, so happy, if you know my trailer trash beginning, you would understand this is an American dream in the making. Just, wow, something I have wanted for so long and I have achieved it. Now the next goal, completing law school. 🙂

I told my general manager this morning and he said “I remember in your interview, you saying you’re going to go to Law School some day.” Crazy he remembers my interview, but he is the best manager I have ever worked for. Nelson seems to actually enjoy his job, a rare thing to find. His story is nuts too. He was an anthropology major in college, started busing tables in a high-end restaurant, decided he enjoyed the hospitality industry, and has been working his way up ever since. From busing tables, he now is a regional manager in training and he deserves it. To understand how good he is at his job, lets just say for a while I considered trying to go into management and pursuing a career in the hotel industry because he seemed so happy in his job. Then….I met two other assistant general managers and decided, wait, this is terrible and I would have to deal with guest complaints for the rest of my life….no thank you.

Part of the reason I went out to my mom’s place in the country was to see her new house. This house’s last owners had to be meth addicts. The alterations they made make no sense, so let me take you on a little tour of “The House That Meth Built.”

Lets start with this room, the room that they couldn’t decide where this wallpaper trim was going to go.

So, starts off as a wall runner. Seems legit.

So, starts off as a wall runner. Seems legit.

Guess, they decided to put it up high next though....

Guess, they decided to put it up high next though….

That wall they decided not to use the trim though.....

That wall they decided not to use the trim though…..

Ohhhh....they ran out, so THIS wall only has half...

Ohhhh….they ran out, so THIS wall only has half…

That room was just the beginning of the strangeness.

This door.

This door is only 14 inches wide…

ANOTHER little door....

ANOTHER little door….

And...another little door...must have been a sale on little doors...

And…another little door…must have been a sale on little doors…

LITTLE DOOR!!!!!!!

LITTLE DOOR!!!!!!!

TWO little doors, both going into the same gigantic walk in closet that probably used to be a bedroom....

TWO little doors, both going into the same gigantic walk in closet that probably used to be a bedroom….

Here is a little door to a bedroom closet, but that is not it....

Here is a little door to a bedroom closet, but that is not it….

That little closet was a secret passageway to a secret bathroom!!!! That's right, you get to the bathroom through a walk in closet in a bedroom...

That little closet was a secret passageway to a secret bathroom!!!! That’s right, you get to the bathroom through a walk in closet in a bedroom…

 

 

That's nice, doesn't work, but is nice.

That’s nice, doesn’t work, but is nice.

Pretty chandelier in the kitchen.

Pretty chandelier in the kitchen.

This cool baseball fixture is in what I can only assume used to be a little boys room, which works out because I have a young stepbrother.

This cool baseball fixture is in what I can only assume used to be a little boys room, which works out because I have a young stepbrother.

And this butterfly light fixture is my absolute favorite. I think it is so pretty.

And this butterfly light fixture is my absolute favorite. I think it is so pretty.

This is the stairwell to upstairs.

This is the stairwell to upstairs.

So, that is my parents Kooky fixer upper house. There are other weird things too. Like, the kitchen pantry has a secret little door to another room. A “sunroom” that is just a shell of room, no flooring or anything, just wood and the floor slant downward. Really nice deck though. A lot of half-finished rooms. They did get this crazy house for 49,000 with 5 acres of land, which is not too shabby. Also, there is a fish pond! Stocked full of cat-fish. That is exciting because I love spending a lazy summer afternoon/evening fishing and drinking beer. I know that is such a country thing to say, but there is nothing like it.

This is the last picture I will add, it’s not the best quality, and I wish I could convey how pretty this dawn was, but the camera on my phone is not the best.