Friday, September 30, 2011

Word of the Day 9/30/2011

Gridiron (noun)
1: a grate for broiling food
2: something consisting of or covered with a network
3: a football field
Examples: The former quarterback looked out at the field, recalling his many moments of glory on the gridiron.
"In the spirit of the gridiron, Jets star quarterback Mark Sanchez offers his best portrayal of Jets 1960s legend Broadway Joe Namath, down to a flashy fur coat." -- From an article in The New York Post, August 22, 2011
Did You Know?: Modern gridirons are most likely to be covered by football players, but the original gridirons were more likely to be covered with meat or fish; they were metal gratings used for broiling food over an open fire. In Middle English, such a grating was called a "gredil," a root that gave modern English both "gridiron" and "griddle." How did "gridiron" become associated with football? That happened in the late 1800s, when a white grid pattern was added to football fields to help enforce new rules about how many yards a team had to gain to keep possession of the ball. From high up in the stands, the lines made the playing fields look like cooking gridirons.

Friday Find! - Paper Pots

Now I found this silly find from Real Simple's email and I love it!
Love all the colors and love the simple look to them!

My friend/coworker uses toilet paper as her tissue paper of choice rather than using Kleenex! My grandmother likes to give her grief over it, because she keeps a stash of TP in her desk drawer! It's hilarious! So I'm going to snag this find and give it to her as a gag-gift. Little does she know, you can use the pot for both toilet paper AND tissue paper!
Let me explain:

How to place toilet paper:

How to place tissue paper:

Silly Christmas Gift Anyone?! :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Word of the Day 9/28/2011

Moiety (noun)
1a : one of two equal parts : half b : one of two approximately equal parts
2: one of the portions into which something is divided : component, part
3: one of two basic complementary tribal subdivisions

Examples: "According to the FDA, a new molecular entity or new chemical entity is a drug that contains no active moiety that has been approved by the FDA for any other application submitted under section 505(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act." -- From Ibis Sanchez-Serrano's 2011 book The World's Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient's Bedside

"She was asked to describe the tribe's two moieties. She said the Winter and Summer People provided the basic religious and social structure…." -- From Joanne Barker's 2011 book Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity

Did You Know?: "Moiety" is one of thousands of words that English speakers borrowed from French. The Anglo-French "moitè" (meaning "a half" or "part of something") comes from Late Latin "medietat-," meaning "half." Around the same time that "moiety" was borrowed from Anglo-French, "medietat-" was also borrowed directly from Latin as "mediety," a word which can also mean "a half." "Medietat-" comes from Latin "medius" (meaning "middle"), which has contributed to such English words as "medium," "meridian," and "milieu."

#48 DZP - Run/walk in a 5K Marathon

Sunday, September 25th my friends and I participated in the 20th annual Race for the Cure at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. It was my first time in the race and it was awesome! There were so many people out there to support/remember their loved ones and it was of course for a great cause: a world without breast cancer! I loved everyone who dressed up for the event: esp the older man with the fake boobs on his baseball cap!

... Now I know it wasn't a marathon, but it was for a great cause and I really wanted to be apart of it! So I'm checking it off my list!

Some of the people who came out were my baby boy Ryan, the bf Alex, BooBoo Alex, her man David, Miss L&C Erin, Lauren, and Madalyn. (Woohoo Go Team Treasure Chests!) We crossed the finish line at 1hr 13min... but in our defense, we didn't start right at 7:30 like everyone else did... so we figure we were 13 minutes behind!

We cruised over to the kid's section and I snagged a Paul Frank tote bag "for my son"... haha right. Skinny Cow ice cream was there with free 100cal fudge ice cream cones. Juice It Up was also there with free mini smoothies too!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ravioli With Peas and Crispy Bacon Recipe

I tried this recipe the other day and I have to say it's pretty good, if you like the ingredients for it. I was craving peas (due to veggie of choice to feed my son that night) and I found this from

Ravioli With Peas and Crispy Bacon

Serves 4 - Hands-On Time: 25m - Total Time: 25m


16 to 18 ounces fresh or frozen cheese ravioli
6 slices bacon
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 10-ounce package frozen peas, thawed
kosher salt and black pepper
1/4 cup grated ricotta salata


1.Cook the ravioli according to the package directions. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water, drain the ravioli, and return them to the pot.

2.Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Let cool, then break into pieces.

3.Add the garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

4.Add the peas and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

5.Gently mix the ravioli with the peas, reserved pasta water, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle with the bacon and ricotta salata.

Ryan's Blog

Ryan Alexander: Mini King in Training

Ok, ok... so not going to lie, but I have kind of been wanting to do this for some time now. So follow the blog for picture updates and silly stories I'll tell!

I love my baby-bugga-boo!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Calling All Wineos Everywhere!

It's Friday!!!
What you drinking tonight!?


(Thanks Erin for the Pic!)


Word of the Day 9/23/2011

*It's been a while...*

Bildungsroman (noun): a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character

Examples: While the author’s previous novel was a bildungsroman, her most recent book focuses on trials and tribulations of a family through multiple generations.

"Jonathan Safran Foer's exuberant, wildly stylized novel 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' (2005) incorporates intertextuality, meta-fiction and a young boy’s spiritual education -- what we English major folks call 'bildungsroman' -- in reconciling national trauma." -- From a review by Ryan Lattanzio in The Daily Californian, September 8, 2011

Did You Know?: "Bildungsroman" is the combination of two German words: "Bildung," meaning "education," and "Roman," meaning "novel." Fittingly, a "bildungsroman" is a novel that deals with the formative years of the main character -- in particular, his or her psychological development and moral education. The bildungsroman usually ends on a positive note with the hero's foolish mistakes and painful disappointments over and a life of usefulness ahead. Goethe's late 18th-century work Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship) is often cited as the classic example of this type of novel. Though the term is primarily applied to novels, in recent years, some English speakers have begun to apply the term to films that deal with a youthful character's coming-of-age.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011