Saturday, March 31, 2012

Quiet Weekend

Last week, Reagan suddenly stopped walking on his right hind leg. We took him to the vet last Saturday, and found out that he had a torn ACL! He had reconstructive surgery yesterday. We got him back from the vet this morning, and between tramadol and neurontin, he's pretty wiped out. So it's a quiet weekend at home for us, cleaning a bit here and there and taking care of the baby. His whole right hindquarter is shaved, and he looks so pitiful.

Monday, March 26, 2012


yesterday we had dinner with Ethan's whole family (he's got 3 brothers). One of my sisters-in-law has a dairy sensitivity, and she brought over an awesome dairy-free (and vegan) lasagna. I'm not sure where the recipe is originally from, but here it is!

Lasagna Pasta Noodles
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (or fresh)
1 lb tofu (regular, not silken)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp oregano
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 tsp basil
1 tsp. salt
1 26-oz jar of spaghetti sauce (or home-made)
Dairy- Free cheese

Boil water and cook noodles(follow box directions).

While the noodles are cooking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the tofu(break into smaller chunks) and thawed spinach in the food processor and process briefly. Add the remaining ingredients–except the noodles and sauce–to the processor and blend until smooth.

Spread a thin layer of the sauce in the bottom of a 9X11-inch pan (spraying the pan first with non-stick spray will help prevent sticking). Place a layer of noodles over the sauce, covering the entire bottom of the pan. Spread 1/3 of the tofu mixture on the noodles. Sprinkle tofu mixture with cheese. Cover with another layer of noodles and then spread 1/3 of tofu mixture over it. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with another layer of noodles and then spread 1/3 of tofu mixture over it. Top with a final layer of noodles, and cover. (Option: Sprinkle top with cheese or nutritional yeast.)

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes; remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

This was enjoyed by omnivores and herbivores alike.
I am very lucky that Ethan's extended family has been so welcoming of our diet. The entire meal yesterday (with exception of some hot dogs for my nephews) was completely vegan! and completely delicious.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Random phone pictures

A lace garter I'm making for a girlfriend from college
My trendy one-glitter-nail manicure (it's COOL. I saw it on pinterest. It has to be!)
A nice wine we got from Spec's (thank you for coming to Dallas!)
Some pretty flowers from our next door neighbors
Some equally pretty little lace flowers that I will be making soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Looky-loo what I made!

I planned on making this silverware roll about 7 months ago. I had all the pieces cut out, and then my sewing machine decided to forget how a bobbin worked. Ethan took pity on me after about 6 months and took it in to get fixed. It now works better than new! (HIGHLY recommend Mr. Sewing Machine in Dallas.)

Basically, it's two equally sized squares of fabric, one slightly smaller to make the pocket, and a strip sewed into a tie. The fabric was left over from other projects, or found in the scrap bin at Crate & Barrel outlet. If you have never been there, they sell decently sized scraps of Marimekko fabric (perfect for small projects or pillows) for $1.00 per pound. They also sell by the yard for $4.00- not bad for some classic modern designer fabric!

I made a matching bag out of scraps, so now I can brown-bag in style.

Friday, March 9, 2012


My lipstick.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rain outside my window

For the last two days, my clinic patients have cancelled/ not shown up, and I have had ZERO consults. In other words, I've been sitting in the resident's office from 8:00-4:30 for two days with zero patient contact. I'm filling my time with a combination of studying, catching up on the news, and crocheting. In all honesty, I don't mind the slower days as I'm battling a lingering virus picked up from my adorable, but runny- nosed, nieces. I hope tomorrow is a bit more lively, though. It gets pretty boring just sitting around.

Picture: rain outside my office window, and Reagan the snuggle dog.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Something I wore-photo a day.

Today I'm showing off my sweet Dr. Gear. Every day I get to wear a pager and a nametag. And most days I end up in my trusty Sanita clogs, which weigh about 10 lbs each, are extremely comfortable for standing in, and make my feet look like hooves. It's a glamorous life I live.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Photos today

Today I woke up in Austin. We went over to my sister Shannon's house to see my newest nephew, Henry (and let me tell you, he is a ridiculously cute, 9.5 lb bundle of baby). We played with my neices Anna and Winslow. Win ate an apple bigger than her head. I crocheted like a madwoman to finish Henry's baby blanket. And then we drove home to Dallas. I only wish the weekend were longer!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Marching right along

New month, and I'm back at the VA. The good news is, I have an office with a window (photo looking UP and out at a VA red brick wall). I also got a sweet office mate, who is as yet unnamed. I'm sure we'll have some great times together.

I'm going to try and do the photo a day again. Can't promise it will be a strict interpretation... But it motivates me to take the time to look around and see the beauty/ quirks in everyday things.

Go to Hell Carolina

I was never a crazie, but I Carolina blue still makes me want to puke.