Jun 29, 2009

Marvelous Monday Update 6/29/09

WEATHER
The heat and humidity has finally broke (amongst other things, but more on that later)! Morning temps were 66F and it's forecasted to be in the upper 70's with little humidity. Woo Hoo!!


DATING

Last Thursday marked the two month anniversary of my first date with JT. Time has gone by so fast! Yet the comfort level is such that we've known each other a long time. He's very considerate, thoughtful, helpful, and affectionate. I can't say enough good things about him! To celebrate the "anniversary", I cooked us a nice stir-fry dinner. JT brought me flowers, candy, and this:

Isn't it beautiful?!

As part of a local festival, a "movie in the park" was shown on a 30ft screen Friday night. JT and I sat amongst many parents with children to see "Surf's Up." It was a cute movie.

I found it kind of amusing that two adults with no kids show up to an annimated movie riding in on a Harley, with JT looking like the quintessential "bad boy", which he is not -- but he pulls the look off really well! I'm still getting used to riding on the back of a motorcycle, since I haven't been on one for close to 20 years.

Since the weather was so nice yesterday, JT and I went on a 14.25 mile bicycle ride on the bike trail outside of town. The last few miles, both of us were two tired pups! I ended up with a slight sunburn. It was a beautiful ride with a nice breeze, though.


INGENUITY
I can't tell you how many times I've had to iron ribbons, either for clothing, or for crafts. It's always a pain to get out the ironing board and iron to iron something like a little piece of ribbon. Isn't it? Yes, it is!

Introduce the flat iron! I use it every morning to flat iron my hair. Over the weekend, I was wearing a shirt that has a ribbon which always needs ironing. It dawned on me... "If I can use this to iron my hair, why wouldn't it work for a piece of ribbon?" So, I tried it! Whaddya know!! It works wonderfully. Just make sure you don't leave the ribbon between the two heating elements too long, otherwise there's a good possibility it will get scorched due to the high temperature.


YUM-YUM's
I haven't shown my culinary skills in a while, so I thought I'd share one of my more recent creations:

Yakitori Noodles

This was a budget-friendly recipe I found on Rachel Ray's website. Instead of using soba noodles, I used noodles I'd bought from an Asian food store. I added sliced carrots and peas. Next time, I'm thinking about adding some broccoli and cutting the chicken pieces smaller. JT said it's a keeper!

37 comments:

Rene la Frog said...

Very pretty ring...waiting for the one for the left hand

Nancy said...

Great looking opal ring! I love Chinese food and would love to be able to cook something yummy at home since there aren't any good places around here within an hours drive! I'm loving this weather yesterday and today too. But tomorrow and Wed are only supposed to be in the 60's!! Giving the AC a break though. Did you see my picture with the hurricane??? I took that one just for you!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Well your temps are better than mine at the moment.... we are looking for more days in the 100's.... with rain being a possibility for 8 of the next 10 days.... PLEASE LORD PLEASE LORD give us rain.

What beautiful flowers and a awesome ring to boot.... sounds like dating is going great and with a great end hopefully.

Louisiana Momma said...

very pretty!! He keeps proving to be a great fella :-)

I actually use a curling iron to straighten my ribbons (including my silk ribbon).. it doesn't get as hot as the flat iron (less chance of scorching it). I usually leave enough sticking out to grab ahold of and pull it thru slowly.. and voila - it's straight!

Shelley said...

Beautiful flowers and ring!!!

The flatiron for straightening ribbon is a wonderful idea. Thanks!!

Your cooking pics always make me so hungry, lol!!

Mary Ivancicts said...

Wonderful Opal ring, one Joe's favorite gems, I have a few Opals, I would keep this guy, he sounds wonderful!.They a far and few between. Great idea for the ribbon, I never would have thought of that.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Congrats on two months together, the opal ring is lovely. CJ ok;-)

Gabbie's Nani said...

The ring is beautiful. Congrats on finding a great man. I just wanted to thank you for all the great info you have on your blog. I always find such neat tidbits here. Keep up the good work.

5footrunt said...

For some reason I thought you had been courting longer,lol. Everytime you show us a ring I hold my breath. Sigh.........

valerie said...

Congrats on your 2 month anniversary. JT is a total keeper! Love the opal ring...my birthstone! =) Sounds like you had a nice weekend even though the AC went caput! It was 95 here and I have no AC. I was dying!

Donna said...

I am with Rene, waiting on the left hand ring. That being said, the opal is BEAUTIFUL!

Kathy said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Very pretty ring. Opal was my Mom's birthstone.
Until your ac is fixed I hope the temps stay down for you.

Mel said...

Wow, two months already!
Seems like just yesterday you told us about JT. Congrats and what a lovely ring! I'm so happy for you.

That is brilliant on your straight iron as well... I'll have to keep that in mind for mine.

ange said...

okay, i'm jealous!!! of the weather, the man, the gift, your cooking skills- everything LOL! i'm really happy for you, meari!

Kim said...

Sounds like an awesome weekend! JT is a keeper...love that ring. And the food looks awesome! Glad it is finally cooler for you too!

~~~Melinda said...

i LOVE the ROSES!!! and of course the ring! I am so happy for u!! Good luch on the ac and furnace!!

Rachel S said...

What a great weekend! Gorgeous ring!

EvalinaMaria said...

There was a ring to match your necklace, now opal... I can feel, the diamond will be next!

And there is not even one word about coughing... You are feeling better!

Mary said...

Wow. He is so considerate remembering your second month anniversary. It seems like you two have gone out for ages probably because you two seem to click so well and have done so many cool things.

The noodles look yummy!!!!

Happy second month anniversary!
Mary

htimcj said...

Great idea about the flat iron and the ribbons. I love the ring. Things seem to be going really well for you and JT.
Heidi-ILCS

Joy said...

You go girl!! A ring just for 2 months...things that make you go hmmmm!! I am glad that you have found someone special.

cowgirlfromhanna said...

The ring is so so pretty!! love the roses too....what a great guy!!! I can just see you two climbing off the bike..hahahah what a visual!

The noodles look scrumptious!!

Shari said...

gorgeous ring!!!! I love opals!!! It is my youngest's birthstone. So pretty!!!
Neat about the movie & the bike ride! Both sound like my kind of date!!

Coral said...

Opals and amethyst - yummy! Both my fav stones!

The movie sounded like fun.

Karen said...

I think JT is a keeper!!!

Carolyn NC said...

Gorgeous ring - hmmm - wonder how long before he makes it a different ring - eh?????? He's a keeper for sure. And if he's a Harley boy, well that just settles it!
Flowers are beautiful, food looks yummy.....I'm going to go get something to eat. LOL

Debra said...

Any meaning behind the ring?

Jenna said...

Oh he's definitely a keeper, Meari! You know, I'm really glad that you've found someone who treats you well and that you get along well with. :) Great idea with the straight iron, BTW. I was just ironing out some silk ribbon the other day for ribbon embroidery and I was not getting the results I needed from my regular iron. I'll have to give this a shot!

Terry said...

very nice anniversary gifts! I'm so glad the weather finely got cooler for you. It's no fun dealing with the hot muggy nasty nights without a/c. We'd never last a night without a/c here in the summer.

I love your dinner dish. I also like what you are planning on doing with it next time. They both sound delicious!

Alberta said...

JT sounds like quite a nice gentleman...so considerate. Love your recipes, keep them coming!

Kristin said...

What wonderful anniversary gifts. I really am so happy for you. And, I love that he is willing to go see animated movies.

Vickie said...

Wha a sweet guy!! Your ring is beautiful!! Your food looks fabulous!!

CindyMae said...

What a beautiful ring, the more time goes on the more I am sure that he is a keeper for sure! LOL That food . . . looks fantastic!!


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Carol R said...

Beautiful ring and flowers too. Is he the 'one'?

Great idea to use hair straightners to iron ribbon - I will give that a try. Thanks for the tip.

Sharon said...

Beautiful ring! So glad things are going well. I may have to investigate cloning more-LOL

CJ said...

Hi Meari-

Looks like things are going very well in the romance department--I am so happy for you.

The noodle look delisous and they woudl be a great hit in this house. Can you send me the recipe sometime?

Love the ring.

CJ

glenda said...

Nice Ring!
Congratulations on two months. D and I are going to hit 6 months in a couple weeks - i can't even believe it!