Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I don't wanna be bear food {Part two: The Mental Evaluation}

You wanna know when you SHOULDN'T buy a particular house?

When you think "Hey, I would never in my right mind be able to live here...but it would be great material for the blog!"

*slaps self*

Self, are you frackin' retarded?


Srsly, why? Why would I ever think that was okay?

"Oh let's buy this house and document all the crazy eff'd up shenanigans that are sure to ensue."

Am I drunk? On drugs? Suicidal?

No, maybe its the cabin fever setting in.

Which leads to my next question...
if I've already got cabin fever, why would I want to move to a cabin!?

Sure, the idea of living out in "the country" with our little herb garden and wood heated hot tub, sounds all picturesque and adorable...  in the summer. But I am pretty sure that house is under 10 feet of freakin' snow right now. Being trapped in the wilderness sounds like a blasty blast to me.*rolls eyes*

Dan and I were discussing it, and looking at the online listing and suddenly it hit me like a flying race car tire to the face...

There is no freakin' POTTY!

Noooooo indoor pooper.

That just sealed the "no frackin way" deal!

Not no way, not no how!
(Yea, I was just watching the Wizard of Oz. Don't hate.)


[yea it looks all cozy, but what you don't realize is
those bushes are so people don't see you pee'ing outside.]




I mean, maybe if there were trees I would consider it.

*slap*

Or maybe not.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas + Cookies = Rabid Cookie Hoarder

I baked cookies for Christmas. I didnt give them to any one,
cause I'm kind of a selfish biotch.
But the intent was there. That counts right?


I had never made them before, and it just happened to be the recipe on the back of the Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chip bag.
Yeah, Ghirardelli... we mean business in this house.

So if you would like to try out these
double chocolatey cookies o' goodness...

Here's the recipe...make 'em yourself.

Happy Holidayz.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch Cocoa (I used Hersheys, ain't no big thing)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups butter (one pound), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups white or dark chocolate chips or chunks (Ghirardelli)


Directions:
  1. This size batch is large (48-50 regular size cookies) and will fit in a 5-6 quart Kitchen Aid type mixer. If you have a smaller mixer, divide this recipe in half.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Check your oven temperature to make sure it is accurate.
  3. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with vegetable shortening.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl with a beater attachment, beat butter until creamy.
  6. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat together until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  7. Add eggs, one at a time and beat again. Add vanilla. Scrape again.
  8. Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture 2 cups at a time, mixing after each addition.
  9. Add white chocolate chips and nuts if desired. Mix only until blended.
  10. Using a cookie scoop or Tablespoon, measure out cookies and place on prepared baking sheets leaving some space between them.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until slightly firm. Do not over bake.
  12. Place cookies on rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  13. Yields 48 cookies, more or less depending on the size.



 Ps...They were pretty much delicious.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I don't wanna be bear food {Part I}

WewannabuyahouseinNomeohmahgawdthisisgonnasuck.

This is what I am thinking.

Apparently being eternal renters, who never have to fix broken appliances, or frozen pipes, or pay for cable, or paint the walls, is a bad thing. Who knew?

Truly, I am fighting a losing battle here.

I realize my argument against buying a house is fueled by my paralyzing fear of living in Nome Alaska for forever. Because, as you all know: Once you buy a house somewhere, you can never leave! I mean when I hear the words "25 year mortgage" my throat closes up, and my heart constricts in my chest and I get an all out panic attack.

.....someone hand me a paper bag while I put my head between my knees. Thanks.

I know that is a bit irrational seeing as people sell houses all the time, but buying a house is a big freaking deal. There's paper work and inspections, credit checks and anal probes. I mean, this is serious business. Serious, grown up -dare I say- adult business. Who in their right mind would categorize me as a grown up? I still haven't decided what I wanna be when I grow up! I've still got high hopes for either a ballerina or a country singer.

I digress.

So here we are, discussing buying a house.

In Nome.

And we are looking at the listings...

Do you know how much houses cost?!? Holy crap, why don't I just hand over my first born child, and sacrifice a baby goat or... twelve. Sheesh!

Anyways, so Dan has made it clear that we are probably not buying any of these houses we've checked out, cause lets face it, we don't even know if our credit is grown up enough to buy a stinking overpriced ice shanty. So we are just looking. And this could be a good thing, I think.

Because...
This is our time to figure out what we can and cannot live without. I say "without" because I can live with a lot, but I can't live without much.

My poor husband wishes I was an outdoorsy, hiking, camping, loves to pee outside, rifle toting woman. When in reality, I am an E! News watching, online shopping, only sleeps and pee's indoors, city girl.

He knows this. This isn't new.

I also don't consider myself high maintenance. Give me my iPhone, straighting iron, a toilet, and a pantry full of cheetos, and I am pretty much content.

Seriously, It doesn't take much to keep me happy.

But when we start talking about houses with no shower, or cell phone service, surrounded by bears and moose...THAT right there is when we've crossed the line of acceptable living.

Dan says, "That's why we have guns."
Excuse me, I don't shoot animals, Dan.
I only shoot people. Duh.

I mean, really? What is this The Little House On The Prairie?
What's next? Make the kids a ball out of a pigs bladder?
No freakin' thank you!



Dear Loving Husband,
I know that you think I am brave because
I moved all the way to Nome Alaska, but I am not,
that was just straight up foolishness...foolishness!
Love, Me.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Things I am excited about... and other random ramblings about myself.





1.
My new eye glasses...
They are so win!
Merry Christmas, eyes!


 I seem to have neglected my eyes for the last oh... 5 years.
And this video pretty much sums it up....









2.
A Hair Cut
Yes, a haircut. I get joy out of the little things, what can I say.
I mean who doesn't get excited about a haircut?
Okay, there's those ladies with hair past their butts that haven't cut it since the 70's, and somehow end up on What Not To Wear, because not only do they have 30 years worth of hair growth they also still wear clothes from the 70's. And that shizz only works if you're a cast member of That 70's Show. Or maybe they haven't cut it since the 80's and still get it permed and wear stonewashed mom-jeans that go up to their boobs and sweatshirts with disney character appliques on the front and built in turtle necks. Cause you can never have too many Mickey Mouse Christmas turtleneck sweatshirts. I mean, you should never own a Mickey Mouse Christmas turtleneck sweater, it makes Stacey and Clinton cry, hard. Yes, even harder than than the lady who's hair gets chopped into a bob by Nick Arrojo, who, lets be honest, needs a freakin hair intervention.
No wonder these women cry when he tells them he is cutting their hair, its like being told your makeup artists for your wedding day is a clown....a zombie clown.  ((shudder))
...this has gone on way too long.

The point is, I need to get my hair cut. Its ridiculously long and out of control. Srsly, it just needs some help.
I recently -as in two months ago- dyed my hair back to brunette because someone....Dan, said he like it better dark. What was I supposed to do? Ignore him? I was in shock that he even gave me an opinion that didn't sound like "whatever you want." or "its your hair." which sounds a heck of a lot like, "I don't care." So yes, I took back the two boxes of bleach blonde, and came home with dark brown. But really, I wish my hair looked like this...




















yea that would freaking rock!
...what? you mean to tell me thats not a professional hair style?
Why can't I be like the chick on NCIS?? *stomps foot*




3.
The gym.
okay thats a lie. I am not excited about the gym. In fact, I loathe the gym. However, I love the results you get from the gym, if you are disciplined enough to go every day...which I am not. I even begged Dan for a membership, saying I would go all the time...and I have gone twice. That was in July. I also asked him to buy me the Yoga Booty Ballet dvds...I've used them 4 times. That was last December. Its not that I don't like those workouts, I just can't work out when people are home, and thats like all the time. I have a workout ball too. Its been deflated for the last 8 months. Why am I telling you all this? Well, I just want you all to know that when I become the size of a house, I didn't want this and that the intent to be skinny was there...somewhere.





Random thought of the day:
-Who needs an iPhone case when you have a bra?
It looks like my boob is a freakin iPod. "oh hold on, let me turn down my iBoob."

Monday, August 24, 2009

Two Year Anniversary {Road Trip}

Yesterday was our two year wedding anniversary. We were super excited to have the day off together, and we prayed all weekend that it would be nice out. The weather did not disappoint. In the morning, we ate breakfast and watched the photo video of our first two years of marriage I made. *collective interweb "awww"*

Then we set out on our road trip.

Side note: These couple of pictures were taken a week or so ago.

We've always wanted a picture of us among the Fireweed.
Its so beautiful.
We don't look too bad ourselves.

You can never have too many self-portraits!






OKAY....are you ready for it?
This is our Anniversary Adventure...






33 miles out from Nome, is the Train to Nowhere...



Dan is driving that train... like a boss!



Pocket Edward is such a copy cat...
He was jealous that I was spending so much time with The Hubster.
Silly plastic vampire.




Council is 72 miles from Nome...
the drive is spectacular.




All the roads are gravel and really bumpy,
I like to drink large beverages when I go on these trips...
makes life much more exciting!



After all that tundra, magically TREES APPEAR!



LOOKY! MORE TREES!



Woah, a BIG TREE!




Look at all the glorious trees!


HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO MR. TREE



Hey now! Slow down trees! I wanna hug you!!
While I was admiring all the beautiful trees,
all the soda I drank kicked in.
We decided it was time for a break, and lunch.
....and I had to pee...OUTSIDE! dun dun duuuuuuun.
Good thing there were TONS of trees and foliage around...
cause there ain't no freakin way I am gonna pee out in the open. just sayin.
Moving on....




After we stopped and ate...and pee'd.
We decided it was time to head back home.
On our way back, we saw a whole herd of caribou on the road.
They were headed right for us, so we slowed
and I grabbed the handy dandy camera.
BUT some jerkface coming the other direction scared them off
in the nanoseconds it took my camera to turn on.

Here's a couple pictures of the stragglers...

They were looking right at us,
until they saw the camera...then they bolted!
What do I look like?
The paparazzi?




Don't go Bambi!




We also got to see some cute little duckies...
"here ducky ducky duckies!"



Where'd all the trees go???
Looks like we're back to the flat tundra of Nome.


Well that's all folks!

We rocked out to the iPod,
spent 5 straight hours talking
and just enjoying each others company.
It was awesome.

THE to the END!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

{Sharing Time}


This is Dan...

(In that suit he rivals even the hottness of Rpattz. yea, I said it!)
I am one lucky chick!



~Fun Facts~



1.
I am a spoiled brat...
I know its hard to believe, but its true.
Dan surprised me with my precious an iPhone.



(who said you can't buy my love? just kidding....kind of)
It wasn't even my birthday!




2.
Dan packed me a lunch the other day.
Wanna know what was in it?
Too bad, I'm gonna tell you anyways. ;)
A banana, a fruit cup, a pudding snack, a hot pocket,
a hand full of Oreos, and a bottle of juice.
True story.
Does that not sound like the
lunch of champions or what?
You know what would make that lunch even better?

yep! I WANT! But I'm gonna wait for the "New Moon Lunch Boxes"
Cause I want one with Jacob on it.
Plus, Edward looks creeptastic in that picture.
just sayin'.




4.
Dan humors me while I take pictures of
my plastic Edward doll.
He is truly 2nd hand embarrassed.
Especially when it's at, let's say, an airport or something.
Nope, never done that at an airport. Nope, not me.
("Bear, you tasty!")





5.
Speaking of Airports...
Did I mention Dan just got an awesome job
with Alaska Airlines?
No? Well he did!! YAY!
I am gettin' the H outta Nome!
Eventually I will get to fly for free!!

Alaska Airlines Pictures, Images and Photos
weeeeeeeeeeee!
I'm gonna take pictures of Edward at every airport possible!!
I mean, I would never.







6.
Deep frying makes EVERYTHING better!
Dan agrees, and thats why we are
M.F.E.O...made for each other.
We seriously just discovered that
deep frying corn dogs is heavenly!
I don't know why we even have a microwave or oven...
I swear everything we eat now can be deep fried!
That can't be healthy!
"Hey Hey Billy, can you deep fry the Buick?"
"Sure can, but he'll probably pu-ick!"


--------------------------------------------------


Well kiddos, thats it for Sharing Time.
Now, it's time for snacks and a nap.
The End.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A City Girl in Rural Alaska

 have finally decided on a name for my blog. I think it describes my blog perfectly! Seeing as Dan and I both have our own blogs, I changed it from "Dan and Kim" which to be frank, was totally boring to "A City Girl in Rural Alaska" Sometimes you just need to switch things up for a fresh new look and feel.

I have been blogging since Dan and I got married, but only sporadically. I am hoping to post more frequently with much more interesting things. Summer is here in Nome, and we are hoping to go on many adventures this summer. We have yet to spend an entire summer in Nome because we usually end up going on vacation for a month. This year we don't have any plans on leaving during the nice weather.

If you wanna see what we did last summer go here and here. To see some great winter moments go here and here.

Check back often for new adventures and shenanigans from the middle of nomewhere.



KG out.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Summer is here...

and other things I thought might never happen!



1.
Dreams really do come true!
This is me taking the infamous
"myspace bathroom mirror picture"
That shiny little white beauty I'm pointing at is my iPhone!
The "Best Husband Award" goes to....DAN!
True Story.

"iPhone, You are my life now."





2.
This is me being a rockstar behind the wheel
after I successfully parallel parked for like the 5th time in 20minutes!
That brown building behind me is the famous Board of Trade Saloon aka The B.O.T.
Famous for giving away the most regrettable nights and sometimes curable diseases!
seriously...DON'T go drinking here.
just sayin. =D
(YAY! I finally know how to parallel park!)






3.
okay so this picture, that looks like a frozen-slushee ocean...
yea thats the ocean! for realz!
actually its a "Sea" but whatevs...technicalities.
During the winter the Bering Sea just freezes the heck over...
yea! Hell freezes over here! I know no one thought it was possible,
but it is and it does.

That black dot in the middle is a seal,
like the scary one that tries to eat Mumble in Happy Feet!
(I close my eyes during that part...and the whales part...tooooo scary)
anywhoozle...






4.
Its officially summer now that the ice has blown out on the Bering Sea.
Its been sunny blue skies, and everything is melting!
Here is a picture of our apartment I took the other day when I was walking home.
Edward wanted to be in the picture!
Check out the lake...er puddle.
Soon enough things will be all nice and green!



The End

Friday, April 10, 2009

Domestic Diva

Wednesday night I made baked potatoes for dinner. Since, I usually have a hard time baking potatoes (and just cooking in general) I decided to do what I do with everything....I googled it! I found howtobakeapotato.com which shows you step by step what to do. I made three large potatoes, and it took about an hour and a half to bake them. The skin was nice and crunchy, and they popped open beautifully! They were seriously scrumdiddleyumtious!! The guys were totally impressed! heck, I was impressed! I just may be domestic afterall! wish I would have taken pictures.

Monday, April 6, 2009

friday's ice capades


I bought new shoes! They are FANTASTIC! And on sale! I have been wanting a pair of sneakers that were not white, but not black either. Behold! I found super cute brown and teal Adidas! They are so comfortable, and I don't want to wear anything else. Despite the fact that there is still tons of snow and ice.

my new kicks!



So, Friday I wore them to work, because that's how I roll.
After work I decided to treat myself to some Subway (shh, don't tell the hubster) since I have been walking home from work all week. I made it safely to Subway which is located about halfway between my office and home.
I ordered my usual "Chicken Bacon Ranch on Monterey Cheddar" *drool* so good!
I filled up my soda cup with Root Beer, and threw my chips and sandwich in my messenger bag, out the door I went.
Let me tell you that Subway has a steep parking lot, which is inevitably covered in snow and ice.
In my ZEAL to get home and devour my most precious sandwich I walked briskly down this slippery-slope of a lot to the road when...



WHAM!!


my butt was on the ground! I biffed it hardcore!
Although my cat-like agility didn't help me from falling...
My Vampire reflexes saved my soda! oh yes! not a drop was spilt!
I sat on the snow in awe!
Luckily no one was around to say anything, though I am sure the car that zoomed past had a good laugh at my expense.
I'm fine, no worries...


*nom nom nom nom*



I made it home without any more accidents.
Later that night when Dan got home from work I told him what happend and all he said was "Well, guess you better be more careful next time"
Ugh. Thanks for the love babe.
(he still doesn't know it was all because I went to Subway for dinner. It was so worth it though)

=D





Tuesday, March 31, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!

"Happy birthday to me, I am now twenty-three, I still feel like a chiiiild...happy birthday to ME!"

(Thanks fam...I am enjoying my special day, now that Edward Cullen is here!)



I finally received my 3-disc DELUXE edition of Twilight!!
I was singing "happy birthday to me!" the whole time I was in the post office!
Now I have it on my computer and on the iTouch for "Twilight-on-the-go"



Today was great!
I got to sleep in because my boss is awesome and let me have the day off.
I got to go out to lunch with some friends...Thanks Nisi and Robert!
Twilight came in the mail today...hooray!
And!! Marcy came over with pink birthday cupcakes and watched the twilight special features with me!

Yesterday was great too!
I got to sleep in because it was "Seward's Day" (state holiday) woot woot!
I got to go to lunch with friends (Nisi and Robert) and the hubster!
Went to dinner at Subway with Dano, Eric, Lindsay and Scott (who got me these super cute love coupons)
And!! saw "Push", which was awesome!

The end.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Liquid-Crack


I love ROCKSTAR Energy Drinks...srsly. I imagine they could possibly kill me if I drank them everyday for the rest of my life, but I can quit at anytime...I just choose not to. I usually buy the "Double Strength/Double Size" can. I have never even seen a "Single Strength/Single Size"! Do they exist? Maybe I should GOOGLE it...

okay I am back. And yes, apparently they have "red bull size" 8 oz. Rockstars...but that just ain't enough for me.

I read this every time I drink one... their slogan on the side of the can...

"Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger. ROCKSTAR is the world's most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is scientifically formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles–from athletes to rock stars. Enjoy this fully refreshing lightly carbonated beverage super chilled."

(then I proceed to sing "Stronger" by Kanye West to myself)

I do not lead an exhausting lifestyle nor am I an athlete or rock star, however, I do need something to keep me from using my keyboard as a pillow when I'm at the office. So every morning I go to the grocery store and grab a ROCKSTAR. The cashier always asks "is this everything for you?" and I reply "yes, just the liquid-crack, thanks." and all is right in the world.



On Wednesday that is not how the deal went down.

I walked in and this is the convo that followed...

cashier: Hey, we're all out.

me: what? (looks in cooler...spies only "sugar free 24 oz.") *shudder*

cashier: want me to check the back?

me: YES. I want the big black one! (thats what she said!)

me: *pacing*

cashier: umm yea they are all gone.

me: *crushed* ...ugh.

then I proceeded to grab a stupid sugar free 24 ouncer that makes me feel like a tweeker...seriously. oh crappy day.

The End.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I need an iPhone!


I bought Dan an iTouch this past Christmas, and now I am totally jealous! But I have decided I don't just want an iTouch... No, I want an iPhone! Because, although I can read my blogs, twitter, FB, and watch YouTube when I am at home connected to the WiFi...I want to be able to do it all wherever I go!! I have this awesome laptop I use when I am at home...but I need something on-the-go!

So, my mission objective is to talk the hubster into letting me get an iPhone.















"what are you doing?"
twitter-twitter-twitter-twitter ...
trying to keep up on all the twilight news!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Twilight Party

At 7:30am on 3/21/09 I sprang out of bed and made my way to the local Safeway to swipe a copy of Twilight from the rental department. I was the first person there....and the only person there for twilight. (I was fully prepared to take down any tween who got in my way...and their parents) I will have to wait about a week for my 3-disc special edition to get here, and we just couldn't wait that long!

Once I got the "goods" we set out to PARTAY!



We took a roadtrip to Forks, Washington (Kim's house) to celebrate Twilight DVD Release Day!



Taylor*, Kristen, and Rob joined us for dinner. ; )
The table was beautiful! and the menu was great!
(click photo to zoom in on menu)

Lindsay and I had so much fun making this cake. Homemade chocolate cake (baked by me) and decorated by Lindsay.

A few of the gals eating dinner... Thresia, Aly, Marcy, and Lindsay


Goodies...Twilight Saga candy bars, and stupid chocolate lambs...


Each candy bar had a different quote from each book.



All smiles after watching our favorite vampires!
(left to right) Marcy, Me, Kim, Lindsay, Alyssa.
(Marcy is representin' with the Coke!)

Close up on my awesome twilight tee

I had a hard time photographing my backside...hehe



I love Movie Jacob!


I've got lots of kisses for Rob/Edward!

Our party was PERFECT! We all had so much fun! And I look forward to wearing out my DVD when it gets here.*Edit: I changed Jacob to Taylor after my friend Lynn wrote the following on my FB wall...

"I thought it was funny that you said that Jacob, Kristin, and Rob came for dinner. 
Jacob being the only character from twilight and the other two being the actors." 

Oops! Even funnier since I like Taylor Lautner way more than "Jacob"!