I’ve recently come across a lot of quizzes on Facebook. I think I’ve mentioned before how I love to take quizzes. Not just any quiz though, they have to be fun, tell you something about your personality and based on picking random images. I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 quizzes that I’ve recently taken. These short quizzes reveal something about your personality based on random images or qualities that you pick. I would love to know the rationalization behind how the results are determined. Is there some specific formula that’s been coded intothe computer that’s based upon hours and hours of research and data? I’m curious, but for the time being I’ll just have fun taking these random quizzes. Some results I’ve been pleased with and others I think I need a retake.
Those of you that are Catholic know that this Wednesday started the beginning of Lent. I have friends that give up alcohol, sugar, sodas and other vices. The last several years instead of giving something up I try to add something positive. The minute I say I’m going to deprive myself of something I only want it more and can’t stop thinking about it. If you like giving something up for Lent here is a quiz for you, What should you give up for Lent? . I took it and my answer was meat. Every good Catholic isn’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent. I’m not a good Catholic, sometimes I do. Giving up meat isn’t a big sacrifice for me, so I’m not sure I agree with this answer. I like meat, but I’d take a cheese pizza over steak any day.
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The next quiz is Which Dream Home Should You Actually Live In? It’s my dream to have a beach house. I even have a Pinterest board titled Coastal Living where I’m collecting ideas on how I want to decorate it. My answer was a cozy library in Wisconsin. I agree with the library part since I love books, but Wisconsin. I’ve never been to Wisconsin and I’m sure it’s lovely. I know they have lakes, but I was imagining a more tropical climate. I think I need a retake! read more…
I look forward to watching the Academy Awards every year. This year I actually saw five out of the nine films nominated. The four I didn’t get to see before this year’s awards ceremony were Gravity, Her, 12 Years A Slave and Nebraska. I wasn’t initially too keen on seeing Gravity, but after several friends told me how much they loved it I’ve now become intrigued.
I love Ellen, but I felt this year’s show was a little sleepy which resulted in eating more snacks. However, there were a few memorable moments.
Some of my favorite highlights:
- Jared Leto’s acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actor Award in Dallas Buyers Club. He gave an amazing performance!
- Pharrrell’s performance of Happy!
- Jennifer Lawrence’s necklace.
- I didn’t see 12 Years A Slave, but Lupita Nyong’o speech was beautiful!
- The trailer for June Squibb’s performance in Nebraska.
- Pink’s performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Her dress however, was a different story. A little too much ruby-red glitter for my liking and the neckline reminded me of 90 percent of Amy Adam’s wardrobe in American Hustle.
- Alright, alright, alright, Matthew McConaughey! Excellent speech to end the night and an amazing performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
It has always been a dream of mine to attend the Academy Awards show. I would be happy just being a seat filler while celebrities take a bathroom break. In February of 2011 I had the opportunity to attend Oprah’s After Oscar Party at the Kodak Theater the day after the awards show. You can read the full story here. It was a serendipitous moment and I wish I could say a joyful moment, but at the time I just wanted a nice warm bed. There’s something to be said for watching the Oscars in your pajamas, in the comfort of your home with a fire burning, a bag of Lay’s potato chips, and following The Dose Tweets.
What was your favorite movie this year and if you watched the Oscars, what was your favorite moment?
My friend Anne shares these sugared pecans with friends every Christmas. My family looks forward to receiving them and this year I asked her for the recipe so that I could make them. They are so easy to make and keep for quite a while in a sealed container. I like to eat the pecans as a snack, in salads and on a Praline Pecan Cream Cheese Spread that is a family favorite. Both recipes are very easy and would make a great snack while watching this Sunday’s Academy Awards show. read more…
We had a short-lived taste of spring and now it’s back to colder temperatures in the Midwest. During the winter months I like to make a lot of soups, chili and stew. Beef stew is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. I pulled this recipe out of a magazine years ago. It’s very tasty and perfect for a chilly night. You can serve it over mashed potatoes or just enjoy it as a soup. read more…
My son turns 18 today and watching him grow into a nice young man for the past 18 years, has made me smile every day. I could dedicate this post to him, but being that he’s 18 he wouldn’t think that’s very cool. I’ll wait until he graduates to share all of my boohooing. I’ve decided to write about my other son of the canine variety who also makes me smile. read more…
I was surprised to find my neighbor carving this welcome home sign into a snow drift last weekend. His girlfriend had been out-of-town over Valentine’s Day weekend and he spent all day preparing the snow, carving out the letters and spraying paint through a straw to color the letters. It wasn’t a nice warm day either, as you can see from the huge mound of snow. If this isn’t an act of love, I don’t know what is. It put a smile on my face and made my husband grumble. Coming home to a nice clean house and no laundry is pretty sweet as well, which I can say my husband has done on many occasions. read more…
My first taste of cioppino was at an old restaurant in San Francisco which was known for the dish. Cioppino is an Italian-American seafood stew, but this particular recipe from the cookbook Weeknights With Giada gives it a twist by adding Italian sausage. Fresh seafood isn’t readily available where I live so I happen to like this recipe. Everyone in my family loved the shrimp and sausage cioppino except for my daughter, which is not surprising. I shared the leftovers with a friend and he loved it as well. It’s easy to make and tastes great with a loaf of crusty bread to dip into the broth. read more…