Four loss season

“And the Gators lose again…for the third time this season.”
10/27/07 webpage post

“At least those three losses weren’t in consecutive weeks. Like this year. And the season isn’t even over. Let’s hope I’m not crying my eyes out after the Florida vs. Georgia game on Saturday. I’ll always be a Gator fan, but some years are harder than others.”
10/27/10 webpage post

Yesterday was rough for the Gator faithful. After three heartbreaking losses, three weeks in a row to Alabama, LSU, and Auburn (geez, the SEC is tough) we were glad for a week off to revive our team spirit. Plus it gave our senior quarterback another week to recover from his ankle injury he sustained in the first half of the Alabama game. The Gators were holding their own against one of the best teams in the country until then, but fate hasn’t been on our side since. Unfortunately our two freshman backup quarterbacks just aren’t ready for Division I yet. But with Brantley back on the roster yesterday I had hope that this losing streak was going to be broken. I was wrong. Florida lost to Georgia in a close game, bringing this year’s losing streak to four. Four losses in a row. Ugh. Luckily I was baking the muffins for the Halloween party during the game so I wasn’t just sitting on the couch stressing out as the Gators lost. It’s probably a good thing that I’ll be in San Francisco next weekend so I probably won’t be watching their homecoming game against Vanderbilt next Saturday. My nerves can’t take much more of this! I’ll still be wearing my Florida attire in San Francisco, though, because no matter where I am I still bleed Orange and Blue. Go Gators!

Foodie Friday – More Nutella brownies

Before I made my first batch of Nutella brownies (my forty-seventh new recipe) I searched food blogs far and wide for the perfect recipe. Most of the ones I found were fairly similar, but I ran across one that was so simple that I had to bookmark it for future use. I was actually pretty skeptical that a brownie recipe with only three ingredients could work at all, but I was too curious not to try it. So on Tuesday night I mixed together some Nutella, a little flour, and an egg, threw it in the oven, and crossed my fingers. And what do you know, they turned out great! This recipe only makes a dozen mini brownie bites so I only got to try one of them, but they tasted delicious. And I got a lot of good feedback from my co-workers who ate the rest. If you have a jar of Nutella in your cabinet I highly suggest whipping up a batch of these brownie bites.

1/2 c Nutella
1 egg
5 Tbsp flour

Ready for some complicated instructions? Well, too bad because this recipe is insanely simple! Mix all three ingredients together until smooth. Evenly distribute the batter between 12 cups in a mini muffin tin, filling each one about 3/4 full. Bake for about 12 minutes or until cooked through. Cool on a qire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Enjoy!

Based on Haute Apple Pie’s Nutella Brownies.

Apologies, but more random thoughts

***Sewing my Halloween costume on the night of the “Project Runway” season finale was not a good idea. I suddenly feel very inadequate. It doesn’t help that I started working on it three days before our Halloween party. Our guests always have such high expectations since Dan and I usually have such fantastic costumes. I think I’m going to have to cut some corners to get this one done in time. It’ll still be good – just not perfect.

***Remember those pants I took to get hemmed a while back? Well, they turned out great! I’ve been wearing the altered jeans all week and it feels like I have a whole new wardrobe. Well, half a wardrobe, I guess. Granted, the jeans are all a little too big, but not so much that they fall off and they’re comfortable. I spend most of my day sitting in front of a computer at work so a pair of pants that look good standing, but are uncomfortable sitting won’t do me any good at all. Yeah, $8 a pair to hem these jeans was money well spent.

***(Käthe, you will appreciate this.) Dan and I are watching Game 6 of the World Series right now and the Cardinals have a player names Jon Jay. Now, this is where I show exactly how much of a nerd I am (and how much of an impact my high school AP American History class had on me). How many of my readers know that John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? Yes, I know it’s spelled differently than the baseball player, but that didn’t stop me from telling Dan everything I know about John Jay, one of our Founding Fathers. I am such a dork.

***I was supposed to start my baking preparations for the Halloween party tonight, but I spent too long working on my costume. I wish I could take tomorrow off and spend the whole day cooking, but I have way too much to do at work. But hold on a second. I think maybe I’m starting to feel a cold coming on. Yeah, that’s it. *Halfhearted cough* I’ll just have to stay home to stop the spread of germs…and bake lots of yummy desserts for Saturday night. Just kidding!

***I can’t believe how exciting Game 6 of the World Series turned out. I started watching in the 8th inning and I thought there was no way Texas could lose, but then St. Louis tied the game…twice. And then the Cardinals hit a home run in the bottom of the 11th to win the game! I definitely didn’t see that coming. Dan said it was the most exciting baseball game he’s watched in a long time. I might just have to tune in for the entirety of Game 7 tomorrow night.

Sunday accomplishments

Note: This is the post I just couldn’t make work on Sunday. I didn’t want to abandon it completely, so here it is with a few tweaks for completeness. Enjoy!

The first order of business after Dan and I got up this morning was to watch the Rugby World Cup finals that we recorded overnight. We didn’t get to see last week’s semifinal game between New Zealand and Australia because it wasn’t on pay-per-view (like all the previous games), but since the All Blacks made it to the finals with a win we definitely weren’t going to miss it this week. The good thing about watching a non-mainstream sport is that the scores aren’t plastered all over ESPN, but I still had to unfollow several different Twitter feeds during the World Cup to keep from finding out the results. And today I was extra careful because I didn’t want to know who came out on top between New Zealand and France before Dan and I could watch the game. I definitely didn’t want to spoil the surprise. Well, New Zealand won! The All Blacks are the world champions! Woohoo! It wasn’t pretty – the All Blacks only won by one point in a very low scoring game. We’ve definitely watched some more exciting games over the years, but watching the All Blacks hoist the Webb Ellis Cup was still pretty satisfying. I can’t wait until rugby season next year.

After the rugby celebration Dan and I got started on today’s Halloween party preparations. This included visits to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (for some extra glasses), Party City (for some replacement foam tombstones), Home Depot (for cat repellent), and Ralph’s (for menu items). Our first order of business was lunch/dinner at Chipotle, though. I was starving after the rugby match! We filled up the trunk of Dan’s car with Halloween goodies this afternoon. Our party is going to be fantastic on Saturday, but there’s still a lot to do this week to get ready. Namely, my Halloween costume. I still have one large piece of it that needs work, but I’m confident that it’s going to be great. Well, it’s starting to get late and I still have a lot to do before I go to bed. The maid service is coming tomorrow and I need to make sure everything is picked up before I go to work in the morning. This week is going to be so busy!

Nothing to see here

I tried to write a decent post today, I really did, but it just isn’t coming together. And since it’s already 10 PM and I still have a lot to do before I go to bed, I’m going to have to leave you with these few measly sentences for today. I hate when this happens. Either I can’t think of anything at all to write about or I don’t have any luck expounding on my topic of choice. Today’s problem is the latter. I’ve been trying to write about my day, but each line seems to take an hour to compose and there just aren’t that many hours left. It doesn’t help that I accidentally deleted a whole paragraph and I can’t remember enough of what it said to reproduce it. So good night for now. I’d like to promise a better post tomorrow, but I can’t since Monday’s are always so busy. I’ll still try.

Lessons learned

Dan and I spent several hours today decorating our front yard (what there is of it) for Halloween. The tiny bit of grass in front of our house is now a graveyard full of tombstones and our hedges and front porch have been adorned with lots of orange and purple lights. I think at this point we might own more strands of lights for Halloween than we do for Christmas, which is saying something. I pulled our dozen or so foam jack-o’-lanterns out of the closet today, but they still need to be distributed – some outside and some inside. We’re waiting to decorate the inside of the house (garlands, candles, skulls, etc.) until the maid service pays us a visit on Monday. It won’t be long before we’re living in a veritable haunted house. I love it! The best part is that we’re close to being ready for our big Halloween party next Saturday. It’s going to be a blast. But anyway, the point of this post was to share some of the things Dan and I learned today:

1) Always test a strand of lights before hanging them. Trust me, you don’t want to realize that one measly bulb is busted, ruining the whole strand, after you’ve already wrapped it around a column. And trying to find the faulty bulb is so not worth the effort.
2) Don’t pack the wreath hanger with the Christmas decorations after New Year’s when you remove all evidence of the holidays from your house. Otherwise you’ll be cursing yourself in late October as you root around the closet under the stairs looking for the blasted thing. And of course the wreath hanger will be in the box in the very back of the closet.
3) Look for spiderwebs before decorating the front yard. If you find one, keep reminding yourself where it is or you’ll walk into it not once, but twice before knocking it down completely. Then you’ll feel like an idiot. And of course the rather large spider who’s web you just destroyed will be crawling on you.
4) Fog provides the perfect ambiance for Halloween decorating. I don’t think we could have chosen a better time to construct our graveyard. Cool weather, light mist, and fog rolling in. Spooky!