Monday, March 31, 2008

While the Cat's Away...

Well, since the family spent Spring Break in St. George and I couldn't join them due to my nice final last week...I had the house to myself to destroy all on my own. Okay so I'm not home enough to really mess anything up, but on Friday night I wanted to make dinner for Ben and the kitchen suffered a little. I am not used to having to cook chicken, noodles and sauce all simultaneously because usually I have Ben to help or he basically will cook it for me. Anyways, here are some pictures from my Chicken Fettucine Alfredo. Man, I love the CookingLight magazine from Taste of Home!

See, I sure know how to make a mess, but I can clean up with the best of 'em. Look how yummy this looks! me, it was delicious.

Happy Birthday Ms. Jaime

This past weekend it was Ben's little sister Jaime's 12th birthday so we spent the weekend up at his parents house to celebrate. Here is a picture of cute Jaime blowing out her candles, and of course Jonathan in the background doing his thing :)

On Friday night, the girls and I went to get pedicures for a little birthday outing. I can't tell you how much I love getting pedicures. You get to sit there for 45 minutes while someone pampers you and makes your toes look cute. Does it get any better? I for sure don't think so.

Saturday morning Ben and I decided to do a cross fit work out class at his gym. I wasn't sure what to expect so I just kind of blindly walked in hoping that I didn't die during the class. What we ended up doing was 3 rounds of 5 workout rotations that were 1 minute each. We each had a partner who counted for us and then we tallied our scores at that end. I managed to get second for the girls, but it was quite the struggle. Ben is definitely a rockstar. He did so well, and really pushed himself. I was impressed as always. After that workout I ran to Ben's parents house so we could join the birthday fiestivities.

The kids were trying to fly kites, but unfortunately they kept ripping. So, in normal Ben fashion he decides to modify the kite with a nice garbage bag. It worked really well!

As he is outside with his new creation, he starts to get a Ben idea...I call it a "Ben idea" because he always thinks of something crazy he wants to do, but instantly has a plan of how to execute. At first you may think he doesn't really know what he is doing (especially when you see him walk outside with a ladder and a sword), but he always seems to make it work in the end. I love this about him. I digress. He decides that the backyard is a perfect place for a zipline and that it would be a simple enough design. So, I tag along with Ben and his dad to Home Depot to get all the supplies. Within a couple of hours they had it up and running. Here is a picture of Ben on the zipline and if you want to see more of everyone else you can go to my photo page to see. Also, just in case you were doubting, I did try it!

I got a little distracted with the landscape while Ben was flying a kite and this is my favorite picture from the adventure!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things...

For some reason this blog took me 2 days to write even though I knew exactly what I wanted to say...

When asked what sort of things I would like in an Easter basket (since again, we have no candy/sugar) I started to think of a few of my favorite things...most of which don't really fit in an Easter basket, but hey it got me thinking about the things I love :) Here is my list, which I kept to 10 just so it doesn't get boring, in no particular order.

1. Great Harvest Bread Company -

Honestly, I think this place is amazing. Their Cinnamon Raisin Wheat Bread along with their Vegan Muffins are pretty much my two favorite foods as of late. I think I go to Great Harvest at least twice a week...and not going to lie, getting a free slice of whatever bread is available pretty much makes my day!

2. Spoon Me -

If you spend any extended period of time with me, or even just look at my car, you will hear something about Spoon Me. Ben likes to refer to me as the spoon me poster child. I have a couple of their shirts, some of their underwear, a sticker for my car and are looking into the new sweats I just realized they have. Nope, Spoon me is not a clothing store, it is natural frozen yogurt ironically(so why they have clothes and such, I'm not sure). Basically, Spoon Me is the ColdStone for the healthy. There is nothing added to the frozen yogurt to make it bad for you and for your mix ins you can either get fruit, nuts, granola and maybe some cereal or chocolate if you prefer. Weighing in at 22 calories an ounce and tasting better than you would ever believe, I'm sold!

3. P90x and Body Combat - (P90x)

Between the new workout videos and my new love for body combat, I am set to kick anyone's booty that comes in my path...alright so I'm just really looking for alternative ways to keep in shape. I struggle not working out and I continually find new things to switch it up. I definitely recommend these two!

4. Whole Wheat Banana Bread

So we all know that I am constantly looking for ways to make recipes better, for you. Ben and I have pretty much perfected this recipe and I absolutely love it, partly because I get to cook with B. Honestly, no oil or refined sugar along with wheat flour, does it get any better?

5. The Roos Clan

Let's just take a moment to think about all the good times we have had...and all the not so good times. As I spent Easter without my family it made me miss them. I know I know, cheese ball, but I am never home and so when I am, I like to be with them contrary to popular belief. Good people, love them all.

Sorry I couldn't find a picture of all of us...which means we need to take one!

6. University of Utah Football

Utah football is pretty much the number one reason that fall is my favorite season. I can't think of anything I like more than spending a Saturday night (or day because of dear ol' Kyle's requests) at Rice Eccles in the Muss. I love cheering, I love the game, love it all! Oo, I can't wait!

7. Photography

If I have one great joy in this life that helps me relax more than anything in this world and just makes me smile...its taking pictures. It is a life long dream to become a photographer and just see where it takes me and if my style gets me anywhere. If it doesn't, that's okay, I still have Accounting :)

This is a picture I took of my favorite flowers, Gerbera Daisies!

8. Running

Give me a pair of Asics and some land (or even a tredmill) and I will hit the ground running. I never thought I would have a joy of running or even want to do it that much, but if I go too long without a good run, I get a little anxious. Great way to relieve stress and clear your mind!

P.S. These are my new Asics...color and all...metallic poo brown, classic!

9. Cashews

If you were to leave me with a can of mixed nuts or a bag of trail mix for too long, you will soon realize that the first thing to go are the cashews. I love cashews. I think I get this love from my dad who unfortunately suffers if he can't get to the cashews first.

10. Benjamin B.

How could I make a list of my favorite things and forget him!? Yeah, I'm a big dork, but I love this kid to death. He is amazing and has enough ambition and drive for the both of us. He sees where I am coming from, is a great listener and gives me his honest opinion. He is my cheerleader and pretty much my better half :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Pretzel Maker

So being on Spring Break and having a week off of work, you would think I would be on vacation to some exotic place or doing homework, but no...not Kati. I have found various things I have wanted to do for a long time, but just never had time for. This is a true vacation to me. Anyways, for my project of the day I decided to make soft pretzels from scratch, random I know. I got a Cooking Light cookbook for Christmas and haven't really had an opportunity to make anything exciting out of it and since I used to do a lot of baking, but now do not eat sugar I'm finding other fun recipes to make.

Here are a few pictures from my adventure. All that tried them said they were good...and they are super easy actually so if you want to try them, let me know and I'll give you the recipe!

Monday, March 10, 2008

kate, I think it's just a warning...

After reading Rach's blog about her nice fine from some sort of reckless driving, I thought I would enlighten you all with my recent luck with parking enforcement.

A couple of weekends ago Dustin (that's a name from the past now isn't it?) was having a house warming party and because I hadn't seen him since before Christmas I decided that maybe I would be a good friend and drop by. Of course I made Ben accompany me so I didn't stay the whole night and well, I just usually drag Ben everywhere I can get him to go. Anyways, we go to this apartment, which I'm sorry, it is a really nice apartment, but in a scary little neighborhood. Ben and I are pleased with our close parking and head up to the apartment, where we stay no more than 25 minutes, please note 25 minutes. We make nice and give Dustin a little house warming something something and decide to take off.

We get in the car and I notice a paper that is attached to my windshield. A little irritated I get out of the car to get it and then look to see that some little parking enforcer decided to write me a little ticket saying that I was not parked in a stall, and was blocking the unloading zone for the handicap stall. Ben, being the optimist that he is, says "Kate, I think it's just a warning." In his defense, there was no apparent amount attached to this mistake that I had made and for a brief moment I hoped to believe him...until I saw the code for my sweet ticket. Don't worry, I was written up for the largest parking ticket possible. $100 for blocking a handicap loading zone. The lines were not clearly marked, it was 10:45 at night, and it was raining...therefore, Ben and I thought that it was a legitimate parking stall. After a few pictures, a plea to the one man jury at the court house, and a $70 reduction...the ticket has been paid. I feel that pleading my case was worth getting $70 knocked off.

Too bad this is not the end of my story...I think the Zions parking people are out to make a living off of parking violations. Saturday night Ben and I went to see a play at the Off Broadway Theatre and since there is no parking around there we thought the most logical place was to park at Wasatch. In normal Kati and Ben fashion we were running behind and thus to speed up the process I decided to park in the open lot instead of the covered parking. Well, who knew that the Zions parking enforcement would be working on a Saturday night? Not me...thats for sure. All of the Wasatch stalls were taken and so I used the "Reserved Parking" which I have done so many times before. This time...I have a nice $10 ticket to show for it.

The feet are screaming!

So I'm told I don't write on here enough which is probably true, but I don't want to bore everyone with the mundane routine of a twenty something student with no life outside of her world of numbers and occasional (I use this term loosely) stop at the gym. asked for it so here I go again.

On Saturday I progressed one step further in my quest for the marathon distance. I made it 14 miles in pretty much exactly two hours. I was making exceptional time until about mile 12 when my feet were aching so bad I wanted to scream. I told myself I had to at least get to 13.1 and by that point I thought "if you just make it to the 2 hour mark you won't be as disappointed in yourself." I was saying this because I had planned 15 miles, my mind was ready for 15 miles, my heart and lungs were ready for 15 miles...but my feet weren't. I think the feet were screaming for me to get new running shoes and I don't blame them, it has been a while and therefore, I am on a mission to find new shoes. Here is my plug on running shoes, Asics are the way to go...light and comfy, works every time :)