Wednesday, April 29, 2009


I have joined the Twitter community. I still don't really get it. I am, however, a compulsive facebook status updater so I think Twitter is right up my alley.

Follow me if you would like. My Twitter name is JusLyn678.

Feel free to leave any advice you might have about Twitter, who I should follow, etc.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame!

One of the great things about living in KC in the spring and summer is the Kansas City Royal's. Anyone who is familiar with the team knows that KC Royals and great do not belong in the same sentence in recent years. Hell, they have not won a World Series since the year I was born. And I want to say that their most recent play off game was in the early 1990s. Don't quote me on the play off date. I could be wrong.

The be quite frank about it - the Royals have SUCKED for the last few years. They have especially sucked since we have lived in KC. Since I grew up 1/2 way between the two MLB teams in our state, I could choose who I wanted to cheer for. Growing up, I mostly cheered for the STL Cardinals because they were good. Once I moved here and started going to the Royal's games - that changed. Royals games are so much more fun than Cardinals games regardless of the outcome. It also helps that my grandparents have had season tickets to the Royals for quite some time. So I would say there has always been a place in my heart for the Royals just from seeing my grandpa be a fan.

Either way, I am now a much bigger Royals fan than I am a Cardinals fan. Having lived in KC for 6 years now (wow!), my knowledge and enjoyment for the Royals has just gotten stronger over time. At least people can't call me a fair weather fan since the Royals have not been good. I will also admit that I am more of a fan of the tailgating than I am the actual baseball game. When it comes to football, I am the opposite. I am learning more about baseball and therefore enjoying the games more than when I started going 6 years ago.

Luckily, for all the Royal's fans out there - they are getting better. This year looks very optimistic and I look forward to the season. We have already gone to 3 games this year in the newly renovated stadium. It's wonderful to have some good players and a stadium that doesn't look like something from a 197os Sports Illustrated. I am all for vintage, but Kauffman Stadium was definitely overdue for a facelift.

I am sure there will be many more Royals games in my future over the next few months. Stay tuned for more pictures. Until then, enjoy the pictures from the last 3 games we attended.


Some fabulous tailgating with Justin's best friend (Geoff) and Geoff's sister.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Le sigh...

We bought our house in July/August last year. At that point we were sure we wanted to stay in the Kansas City area for a few more years; if not forever(ish).

A couple of months ago, Justin was pursuing a very good job in Columbia (our hometown). It was during that time that we both decided that Columbia was where we wanted to be. Columbia was where we wanted to raise our children. The obvious problem was that we just bought our house, the market sucks, and it would be close to impossible to sell our home quickly and without losing a bunch of money.

That job ended up falling through - I am sure thanks to the economy. We were both very bummed as we had this grand plan of him living in Columbia while I lived in KC until we sold our house and/or I found a job in Columbia. Ever since that point, our trips home are bittersweet. We, obviously, love visiting or families but it just makes our desire to move back home that much more.

We have accepted the fact that we need to stay in Kansas City for the next 3 years or so. We have made plans to do some home improvements to make our home in KC that much better for when we are ready to sell it.

Our feelings of wanting to live in Columbia come and go with different scenarios. Today was one of those days that it came pretty hard core for me. I just received a text message from my dad that my 10 year old brother, Rian, would be pitching in the championship game today. It really sucks not being able to be there for that. Right now is when I want to live in Columbia so we can go to all of Rian's games.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Baked Spaghetti

This recipe for baked spaghetti has worked its way into our regular menu. It's pretty quick and easy. It's only a couple of more steps than regular spaghetti.

-1 package (8oz) spaghetti, cooked and drained
-2 tablespoons butter or margarine
-1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
-1 container (24oz) of ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (we use reduced fat cottage cheese)
-1 pound ground beef (we almost always use ground turkey for any recipe that calls for beef)
-1 jar (28oz) Prego, Ragu, whatever
-1 package (8oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

How to:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Line 13x9x2 inch pan with foil

Cook spaghetti and garlic seasoned beef (turkey) - drain both

Combine hot, cooked spaghetti with butter, stir until butter melts.
Add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and small amount of spaghetti sauce to coat.

Arrange spaghetti in an even layer in pan.

Mix ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese and spread mixture over spaghetti.

Add seasoned beef.
Spread sauce over beef.
Top everything with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 30 min.
Then remove foil for final 15 minutes of baking.
Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

No pictures of this one, sorry.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Academy of Country Music awards 2009

I am a huge fan of country music so whenever there are country music awards on, I watch. Last night was the Academy of Country Music awards so I set my DVR up to record it since I had to work. Here is my little recap and reaction post to the show last night.

First of all, Reba McEntire hosted the show. I am a very big fan of her so I was thrilled to find out she would be hosted. I thought she did a great job. She also performed her new song, which was ok. It did not sound like a "typical" Reba song, but was still all right. It might be one of those songs that has to grow on me.

Some of the winners:
--Carrie Underwood was voted entertainer of the year. She was up against Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, and Keith Urban. I have never been to one of her shows so I cannot speak on how entertaining she is. This is fan voted so it's not quite like the rest of the ACM awards as the members of the ACM are not choosing it.
--Male vocalist was Brad Paisley.
--Female vocalist was Carrie Underwood.
--Julianna Hough won top new vocalist. I love her music and her dance on Dancing With the Stars.
--"In Color" by Jamey Johnson won song of the year. Such an awesome song. If you have not heard it, please do so...right now.

There was a really cool performance to start the show. It consisted of Brooks and Dunn singing "Play Something Country" while they introduced a few other performers do do snippets of some of their very popular songs. Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts were the featured artists. It ended with all of the artists together finishing off "Play Something Country." It was really stinkin' cool.

Carrie Underwood performed "I Told You So." Great performance, weird ass dress. Weird. Weird. Weird. As you may or not not be able to tell from the pic it was a really pretty red color. In my opinion, the color was the only pretty thing about that dress. It was super poofy and the train was really long. It took over the stage. Carrie let out some secrets of what the dress was going to look like before the show was taped...she described it as being like "red water, lava, or red icing." I think lava nailed it on the head. I was definitely not a fan.

Miley Cyrus did a performance of her new song, "The Climb." It was a good song and a good performance. However, at the end she stepped on to this platform that gradual lifted her in the hair to signify a climb. It was probably a cool idea to most people, but when I watched it I immediately thought of the game on Price Is Right where the yodeler climbs the mountain and eventually falls off if you guess prices incorrectly. Any agree? I can't find a pic of her during this part of her performance, but you can watch it on youtube here. It started out very awkward anyway because her father, Billy Raye Cyrus, introduced her and did some promoting of his new album coming out and the premier of the Hannah Montana movie.

I thought there were some cool performances, neat presenters, funny outfits, and all the other normal stuff in an awards show. Nothing too exciting. Just some good music and deserving winners of awards.

My addiction...

I have an addiction and it is the chap stick that comes in a blue tube (vanilla I guess it is).

I always have to have a tube of this in my pocket no matter where I am. If I forget to bring this along with me, I have a small panic attack and search everywhere I can think that I might have extra (purse, coat pockets, locker at work, EVERYWHERE). If I can't find any, I have to go buy some very soon.

I'm not sure when this addiction started, but it has been very recent. I guess it's not an unhealthy addiction so I'm cool with that.

Now that I am finished with the most lame post EVER, I will be posting my thoughts on the ACM awards last night very soon. I also have a couple of pretty good recipes to post soon. Stick with me...I promise my posts will get a bit more interesting than an addiction to chap stick. :/

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fool's Day.

I wish I had some great April Fool's joke to post on my blog, but I am not feeling very creative today.

I considered posting a picture of a positive pregnancy test, but when I checked my blog roll I realized that LJKC had already done this. I wanted to be original...again, no creativity cloud above me today.

I did, however, send a picture of a positive pregnancy test to my bestfriend (katie) in an e-mail. I am pretty sure she didn't even believe me from the get go. She made me "swear on our friendship" - she always gets me with this one, ugh. I, of course, couldn't do that. I tried to be all dramatic and say that I would not put it on our friendship because that would mean it was real. I acted completely freaked out and not wanting it to be true, blablabla. I concluded that I was over-dramatic and that killed it. She assured me that she knew right away I was playing a prank because I would never e-mail her with news like that. She is right. She would be one of the first people that I called. Oh well. That was my attempt at an April Fool's joke.

I have done the whole pregnancy thing on Facebook and telling our parents over the last couple of years so that is pretty much played out. I am hoping that when we do find out we are pregnant that it will be around April Fool's Day so no one will believe me.

I have to start brainstorming now for next year. I need new material. :)

Does anyone have any good stories about this year's April Fools or even pranks played in the past??