Monday, August 29, 2016

The Final Weekend In August

**Last week's goal: Get everything unpacked that I can & set the rest aside to put in storage**
-Basically done.  I'd show you but I have so much stuff that's going back into storage that it looks like I have nothing done.  I will be doing a house tour next month after everything goes back into storage.  I'm still deciding on a couple of kitchen items otherwise I'm done.--

**This week's goal: Finish watching The League so I can start focusing on the Fall Film Challenge**

Fall TV comes back in a few weeks & so I finally wrote out the shows I want to try to keep up with this fall & when they start.  I have a post coming tomorrow about what shows I'm looking forward to.  That evening I met up with some friends/former co-workers for happy hour at Chuy's.  It was really good to see them again & catch up.  Plus, creamy jalapeno ranch is the shit.  While we were eating we saw a ton of people standing around eating dessert so we looked around the corner & saw that Tiff's Treats was giving out free ice cream & obviously we went there next.  Tiff's Treats wound up using my picture for a collage.

Saturday I watched more of The League, The JJ Watt/Blair Walsh scene shall forever be my favorite.  I also wrote out my final list for the Fall Film challenge.  The challenge starts on Thursday & I'm excited.  I'm going to start with Serendipity.  I got my grocery shopping done for the week.  Scrambled eggs & chorizo for breakfasts, chicken & steak fajitas for lunches/suppers, larabars & celery/almond butter/raisins for snacks.

I met up with a couple of friends & we went to the Kimbell Art Museum.  None of us had ever been there before so it was fun to check out.  That afternoon I made up stuff for fajitas & then spent the rest of the night watching The League.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Last Full Week In August

I tried those banana berry muffins...I couldn't even finish one.  I should've gone with my gut & not trusted the girl...I thought they tasted like shit.  So that night I went back to the store to get more eggs & some chorizo so that I could have scrambled eggs w/chorizo for breakfast for the rest of the week.  MUCH better.

I'm finally finished training at work!  Which also means my free meals are done, which I did NOT take full advantage of.  I got free food on the first night & then really only decided to get food on Tuesday because it'd be my last night to get free food.  Now I am finally set free, don't have to follow anyone around or be followed around, & actually get the tips I earn when serving a table.

This had been my morning everyday this week.  Coffee, scrambled eggs w/chorizo, & The League.  Not gonna lie, granted it's only week one of the school year, so far...not missing it.  I like having the whole day to do whatever I want & then going into work somewhere between 4-6 until whenever I'm cut.  Now, that may change of course when I start subbing and all I do is work.  But for now, life is good.

This is what 4 tables in 6.5 hours looks like.  Minimum wage is 7.25 in Texas... I made less than that.  If you throw in the $5 that a girl from work gave me for bringing her home, I made just over that.  On the positive side, it's better than nothing.  Especially since I was originally scheduled to train & not serve.  All I'm sayin though is that it better pick up within the next week or 2 otherwise I'm gonna need a different job.

My nails finally aren't obnoxiously short anymore.  Now I just have to keep them healthy, painted, & growing for basically the next 3 weeks until my friend's wedding.  I decided to get them done back in Minnesota with everyone else so I need to keep doing them myself right up until the point that I fly back to MN.  The color is Sinful Colors Tempest.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall Film Challenge 2016

Let's try this again.  Last year I had plans in participating in Jenn's Fall Film Challenge.  You know how many I watched on my list? 1.  Yeah, talk about a fail.  When I saw Stephanie post about the challenge again, & give her list, I thought "why the hell not?!"  The challenge starts a week from today, September 1, & you can read all of the rules here on Jenn's post.

I'll be choosing movies that I can find on Netflix just because it makes life easier.

Here are my picks:

one. about adolescence.
Fish Tank

two. about a character's rebirth or rite of passage
Cinderella Man

three. about a comic book character.

four. shot or set in washington, d.c.
Sharknado 3

five. set in an academic environment
Hard Lessons

six. about failure.
Take This Waltz

seven. about a man vs. god or gods.
Thor: Hammer of the Gods

eight. about a man vs. himself.
Seeking a Friend For The End of the World

nine. about an invention or an ingenuous individual.

ten. set in a jail or prison.
Let's Go To Prison

eleven. about a dog.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale

twelve. about loss.
August: Osage County

thirteen. about man vs. man.
SEAL Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden

fourteen. about man vs. nature.
A Lonely Place To Die

fifteen. one that has a monster or monstrous individual.

sixteen. shot or set in pennsylvania.
Paper Towns

seventeen. about a character's quest of some kind.
Journey To The Center of the Earth (1959)

eighteen. about a character who goes from rags to riches.

nineteen. about a man. vs. society.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

twenty. originally released in the thirties.
Young Mr. Lincoln

twenty-one. about undesirable individuals or elements.

twenty-two. about a voyage and return.

twenty-three. about wizards or witchcraft.
Nanny McPhee

twenty-four. originally released in the sixties.

twenty-five. about a yearning or obsession.
Eyes Wide Shut

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Blair Walsh Project (Fantasy Football)

I'm not going to pretend that I know a shit ton about football.  Why?  Because I don't.  Do I like football?  Yes.  Do I watch it?  Every week.  I was a football manager in high school but even then baseball was my first love.  Then, I went off to a college where the only D1 team we had was our hockey team & hockey became my sport of choice.  Had I gone to the University of Minnesota like I had once wanted I think that might have been a different story, or at least my love of football, especially college, might have been stronger.  That's a different story for another day though.

I'm a Vikings fan through & through, except for that one little phase when I was a kid where I was a Packers fan, simply because I am from Minnesota & that's who I grew up watching.  Unlike 99.9% of Vikings fans though, perhaps because of my brief stint as a Packers fan...Starter jacket & all, I don't hate the Packers.  Of course when they go head to head I will always cheer on the Vikes.  I also don't really care to see the Packers make it to/win a Superbowl in the near future simply because I'm friends with A LOT of Packers fans & they're kind of annoying ha.

Anywaaay...despite my lack of extensive knowledge of all things (& by things I mean most players other than those belonging to the Vikings/Packers/Texans) I've played fantasy football for probably 4 years running now.  I just do it online, & definitely for free.  Every year I tell myself I'm going to do more research but then the draft rolls around & I've been so busy with everything else in life that I just haven't.  This year was no exception.  Maybe year 5 will be the year I actually do that??

So who's on my team & how are they looking?  Well as I was typing this up I got the "Who Won Your Draft" email from  I've definitely done worse I'll tell you that much.  

The headline: "After some dicey selections, The Blair Walsh Project looks to make a statement this season"
I got a grade of a C+, my projected record is 5-9, & I'm projected to finish 8th.  At least the team I play first is projected to finish last...
Not only do I have the best pair of quarterbacks in my league, I also have the best defense.

So, for those of you that actually know shit about football, feel free to critique my roster.  At the end of this, if you're still reading & still care to read on beyond the roster, I'll give you my Week 1 starting roster.

Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) & Philip Rivers (San Diego)

Running Backs
Carlos Hyde (San Francisco), Chris Ivory (Jacksonville), Arian Foster (Miami), & Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland)

Wide Receivers
Julio Jones (Atlanta), Jordy Nelson (Green Bay), & Torrey Smith (San Francisco)

Tight Ends
Jordan Reed (Washington) & Jason Witten (Dallas)

Stephen Gostkowski (New England) & Matt Prater (Detroit)


Week 1
Quarterback: Rodgers
Running backs: Hyde, Crowell, Ivory
Wide Receivers: Nelson & Jones
Tight End: Reed
Kicker: Prater
Defense: Packers

15 days until regular season starts!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Netflix & Chill Out

My Netflix watchlist has entirely too much on it.  I'm talking 16 TV series & 5 movies/documentaries.  You know when I'm going to finish all of that?  Never.  I've had some of these on my list for quite some time & yet I still watch other stuff that gets released on Netflix, catch up on shows online, or just don't watch anything at all.

So, I'm going to give y'all my list of TV series that I have as well as how far into them I am, if at all.  I don't really want suggestions for new ones because that's how I got into this mess in the first place lol.  But if you have seen any, or all, of these shows, I would like suggestions on which ones you think are the best so I can maybe cut down on some of the extra.

I will tell you this.  The shows I watch online while the season is happening are: Nashville, Chicago Fire, NCIS: LA, Hawaii Five-0, & The Walking Dead.  I will also tell you that there's almost 0% chance that I'm ever 100% dedicated to a show.  By that I mean I'm always multi-tasking.  Rarely do I sit there & watch a show & do nothing else.

In no particular order, other than the one they show up on on my list, I give you my Netflix TV Series Watchlist:

1. Gilmore Girls (Total Seasons: 7 - Where I'm at: Season 3 Episode 21)

2. Shameless (Total Seasons: 4 - Where I'm at: not entirely sure.  Nowhere on Netflix but I used to watch it with someone else for awhile)

3. Orange Is The New Black (Total Seasons: 4 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

4. Making A Murderer (Total Seasons: 1 - Where I'm at: I watched an episode or 2 but was doing something else & so I could not tell you what was going on)

5. One Tree Hill (Total Seasons: 9 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

6. Grey's Anatomy (Total Seasons: 12 - Where I'm at: I haven't watched it since season 4 in 2007/2008)

7. Scandal (Total Seasons: 5 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

8. Mad Men (Total Seasons: 7 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

9. House of Cards (Total Seasons: 4 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

10. The League (Total Seasons: 7 - Where I'm at: Season 1 Episode 5)

11. Dexter (Total Seasons: 8 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

12. Private Practice (Total Seasons: 6 - Where I'm at: I haven't watched it since season 2 in 2008/2009)

13. An Idiot Abroad (Total Seasons: 3 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

14. Revenge (Total Seasons: 4 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

15. Revolution (Total Seasons: 2 - Where I'm at: Season 1 Episode 2)

16. Dallas (Total Seasons: 3 - Where I'm at: Nowhere)

Monday, August 22, 2016

No Ragrets...Not Even One

First things first.  I'm taking a cue from Kayla & posting my main goal for the week.

**Finally get everything I can packed & set the rest aside to put back into storage next month**

Despite not getting home from work until midnight, I was woken up at 7:30 in the morning on Friday by roofers.  I really wish they had just waited because within an hour they had to call it a day due to rain.  (Spoiler alert: It's supposed to rain pretty much every day for the next couple of weeks)  I spent most of the day just lounging around.  I finished reading Escape From Camp 14.  That night I worked 6-11.  I am so ready to be done training.  Thankfully I only have 3 more days of it next week & then I'll be set free on my own.

My friend Bridgette had been in Dallas for work since Wednesday so when she was all done Saturday morning I picked her up & we did brunch.  I was able to cross my first restaurant off my Dining In Dallas list.  We got some Tex-Mex at Matt's Rancho Martinez.  We each got mango margaritas.  She got tacos & I got a chorizo & bacon breakfast burrito.  Thumbs up.  Afterwards I drove her by the 6th Floor Museum so she could see where JFK was assassinated.  On the way back to Fort Worth we drove by the Cowboys Stadium & the Rangers ballpark so that she cold see those as well.  Once we were back in Fort Worth we went straight to the Stockyards.  I took her to The White Elephant since that's pretty much my go to bar down there.  We made lots of friends there.  After the White Elephant we headed to the Thirsty Armadillo.  We ran into a couple that we had met the previous bar & they gave us their Joe Nichols concert tickets for that night because they decided that they would rather watch the UFC fight.  We were stoked.  I then took her to the Star Cafe for dinner where I had a steak salad as always.  We had a few hours to kill before the concert started so we stopped at a candy store & then went to go rest in my car.  That was a mistake.  We didn't make the concert.  We both decided that we were too tired to wait another 1.5-2 hours for the concert to start let alone actually stay for the show.  We headed back to my place & promptly went to bed.  **I had made/put sheets on my bed that morning for the first time since I had moved in since she was going to be spending the night**

The next morning I was starving & we had already discussed having bloody marys for brunch the night before.  I wanted to cross off a restaurant on my Fort Worth Food list but when I looked at their brunch menu they didn't have much so we just wound up going to the Baker's Street by my old apartment.  Our eyes were way bigger than our stomachs & the struggle was oh so real.  We had both woke up around 1:30-2 in the morning hungover but felt fine when we actually woke up around 8:30-9 that morning.  We each got a bloody but neither of us finished it.  We shared an order of calamari & then each ordered our own food.  I just got southwest poppers & she got chicken strips.  We ate all the calamari but neither of us finished our own meals.  Afterwards we just laid on my couch & watched TV until it was time for me to take her to the airport.  I planned on going to the grocery store right after but I wound up laying down for a solid hour before finally getting that done.  I was going to do all my meal prep but only wound up making one batch of Berry Banana Muffins before calling it a night as far as cooking was concerned.

Friday, August 19, 2016

My First Week In My New Chapter

I started my second round of Whole30.  I'm not going to lie, day one was rough.  On Sunday night I had thrown out a half pack of unopened Starbursts because I knew it was going to be a month before I could eat anything like that again.  I may have been tempted to dig that pack out of my trashcan... don't worry, I didn't do it & I didn't cheat at all that day despite wanting pizza, a cupcake, & fruity candy.

I came home from my first shift on Tuesday to this... In case you can't read that it says "don't use."  Awesome.  Luckily there is another one downstairs but I got questions like...when will this be fixed? what happened? why didn't using a plunger work?  Unfortunately, I don't even have the number of the the roommate I share the bathroom with & at this moment in time I'm on a completely different schedule than the other 2.  Tue & Wed I started work at 5 & they get off work around 5.

I cheated.  Big time.  Day 2.  However, I did say from the beginning I didn't plan on doing it 100% of the time.  Just most of the time.  But it was my first night at work & we get a free meal each day we're training.  So I got the meatballs al forno.  Which is basically just fancy for meatballs with cheese...and I may have had them add bacon.  I didn't eat ALL of it though.  And as delicious as it was, I wish I had waited.  I was hungry which is why I finally ordered food.  But we got cut while I was eating.  Had I known we were going to get cut so soon I would've waited until I got home.

I got myself a library card & checked out my first book in Fort Worth.