This is not a recipe.

This is not a recipe.

Last night I made a dish for dinner that was ok, not awful, but not great either. I knew it had potential, but yesterday it just wasn’t Mancktastic enough to share with you. Now I have a head-full of ideas and tweaks to apply, and a husband that’s more than ready to be my quality tester : ) So, no recipe today, I’m sorry. Know instead that I strive for the very highest quality of recipes to share with y’all! Everything I post on here has been preparation-tested and deliciousness-approved by the ManckWhites beforehand : )

So, rather than a recipe, here are some pictures of Bueller and Finnegan, yay!

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

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Up to the Midwest

Up to the Midwest

Oh so soon Bill, the puggle, and I are heading up to Springding, home of my alma mater, residence of my best friend, and site of the Kristin/Adam wedding : ) In just 2 days, we’ll pack up everything and head up to my parents’ house, then on to Springfield for Beffie bonding, weddingness, Tulsa time, and then back to Houston once again. I’m praying the weather holds out, that I can see everyone, that Bill and Bef get along, that the puggle doesn’t puke, that I don’t get travel-grump, and that I’m not currently sick enough to hold back the trip (more on that later).

Right now, I’m busy both at work and with trying to get all my travel duckies in a row. The list-making has begun, along with the compulsive weather-checking and time-table-arranging. Maps will be made, agendas will be set, to-do and to-pack lists will be completed, and I will probably lose my mind just a little. Not just because of the travel-crazies, which I get like a nutter-butter, but because I’m super-excited to see Beffie and I’m really excited/proud/confused about this whole Kristin-getting-married thing.

Emily And Kristin: The Story (probably told poorly)
Kristin and I have known each other since our freshman year at Drury where we were suitemates.

Aww, weren’t we cute in 2005?

After surviving the Year of Crazy Heather together with our other suitemate Jayme, the three of us (and a girl named Dani) got one of the 4-person apartments in College Park and made it through another year together. Sophomore year held my leaving the architecture program, Jayme moving in with her now-husband Ryan, Kristin in her most-hippie phase, and my first ice storm, along with various triumphs and failures in love and life and such. Unfortunately, we were residentially separated for our Junior year. I lived with more crazies, she broke up with her then-fiance, she met her almost-now-husband, and we stayed close (of course). Senior year, we missed out on our last chance to live together, but Kristin and I were both on Dance Team so we got to see each other quite a bit. When Jayme and Ryan got engaged, we were both bridesmaids and threw her an awesome bridal shower. Kristin was the first person I went to when Jim broke up with me, she was the one who sat me down sophomore year and told me that I wasn’t allowed to be a bitch 3 weeks out of each month’s 4 and call it PMS, she helped me stay in shape (sometimes), deal with boyfriend’s best friend problems, and was always there for a good talk, workout, or style consultation. She curled my hair for my first date with Jim, for stage managing B-Cab with Beffie at the Gilloiz, for all sorts of things. She lent me the dress I went to the sorority dance in, she taught me to walk in high heels for Jayme’s wedding. Kristin has been one of the best friends I could’ve asked for and she’s just an amazing person. Her gift for music and therapy and joy is simply stunning and I’m so happy she’s found love and joy. The two of us married of our Jayme last March and it’s crazy to marry Kristin off now.

Sewing up her dress for Jayme’s wedding

She’s always been creative and organized with wedding stuff (being fianced or in a relationship for almost all of the 5 years I’ve known her) and I know her wedding will be wonderful. I’m honored to be one of her honorary bridesmaids (only her sister is standing up with her) and I hope I can support and love Kristin, Adam, their marriage and their family for many years to come.

The Other Thing
I’ve had a headache for almost 2 weeks now, not quite constant, but for at least a few hours every day. Sometimes it hits at work, sometimes at home, sometimes with my glasses on, sometimes without. I wrote it off as a pressure headache from the changing hurricane-ish weather for a while, but after a nice clear weekend with no pain abatement and the addition of neck pain to my symptoms, Bill’s starting to get worried. So, if I don’t feel better tomorrow, he’s making me go to the doctor. I’m worried I have the meningitis or brainworms or something else awful, but I hope that it’s just poor posture plus changing weather. With the trip coming up so soon, I keep having visions of being made to stay for tests and missing all the important Missouri things, but I hope and pray that won’t happen.

What’s up recently

  • My good thoughts are going out to Miss Katie on her big move and big future in Colorado Springs this week, as well as Bill’s mom on her annual check up.
  • An aside: I found out last week that Bill’s momma found my blog through his blog. After rereading all I write about I am OK with this, especially since it tattled out Bill’s moving in with me 😉 His mom had no problem with it, but I think it’s funny that how she found out. Also, I’m ok with it because I tend to blab on and on about how much I adore her son on here, which is a good thing for her to hear I suppose. Makes me even more nervous to meet her, though.
  • On that note, Ms. Mercy, you should come visit us! Now, back to the entry…
  • Bill and I had a lovely, uneventful long weekend. I made Baked Ziti Alfredo, Homemade Ice Cream (one strawberry, one Kahlua), and Eclairs. All were delicious, all were consumed.
And I think that’s all! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend if you got one and that all is going well with you! : )
New Pictures with the Puggle-buggle!

New Pictures with the Puggle-buggle!

My forehead is SUCH a convenient puggle cranium holder. Didn’t you know?
SQUIIIIISHED!
I love the Bueller, he seems to have to turned into Jabba the Hutt when I closed my eyes though.
This dog only weighs 40 lbs. How is he SO HEAVY on my lungs? Oighle.
And that, my dears is true puggle-Mom love : )

Also, super-congratulations to Miss Katie on her post-graduation employment! I think maybe she needs to blog? ; ) You’re gonna be great, ma’am, and you already are!

Ugh, sorry blog!

Ugh, sorry blog!

Hi blog! I know I’ve been just awful about updating this thing… It’s just that life’s been so great lately that I haven’t wanted to step away from it to type, I guess. Also, I’m lazy. ; ) Bill and I were discussing this on the way to the dog park and he asked why I didn’t blog about the day-to-day work stories and such I tell him every day. Well, blog, it’s way too easy for anyone to find this blog and I don’t feel like getting my tookus accidentally fired from my job for groaning if I’ve had a hard day or anything. So, I keep it to my bullet point summaries of the rest of my life and hope that’s good enough for you : )

Speaking of bullet points, here’s what’s up since last I blogged back in… holy moly early March!

  • Bill and I are still happy and wonderful together : ) In fact…
  • Bill’s moving/moved in with me! I know, this is crazy and not particularly in character for me and super fast and not something I ever saw myself doing. But it was silly for him to drive back and forth to Midtown every day to do his work when he was spending every night at my house. My lease needed to be renewed or I needed to move, so in he came. His lease with his roommate Zach isn’t up until November, so right now we’re still paying separate rents and such but there’s a chance Bill’ll sublease to a friend before the lease is up. It’s really awesome to come home to Bill every day, to have Bueller start barking the minute I get out of my car when I get home, to have someone home to do chores and I’m just so happy to have Bill in my life : )
  • Work is still awesome! I still don’t have a desk or work computer, but I can print and have my company email address, so those are positive steps. My coworkers and bosses are pretty great and they love my baking, so that’s swell : )
  • I took Bill home for Easter and my parents actually like him! Holy crud! Not just tolerating him to be polite, actually have genuine affection for him. Mom even called him a good egg : )
  • I’m (lazily, gradually) learning Greek. I’m doing alright with my alphabet and know some phrases and such. I even read the Lord’s prayer in Ancient Greek! Huzzah for dating a classicist!
  • I turned 23! Crazy. And Bill got me an ancient freaking vase for my birthday. Holy moly! Here’s his explanation and such and some pictures. “It’s an Attic black-figure vase from Selinunte in Sicily. Selinunte used to be the ancient Greek colony of Σελινοῦς, which was a colony of Corinth from around 700BC-416BC, when it was destroyed in a war against Segesta, and the city was abandoned very quickly, so it’s a very active archaeological site that I worked six years ago. This particular vase is about 2350 years old, depicting Tyndeus killing Ismene in a mythological scene from the Theban Cycle, specifically chronicled in “Seven Against Thebes.” We found it and exported it to America as part of the Virgilian Society, but they decided they didn’t want it once it was here, so I lucked into it!”

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Ok, those are all the bullet points for general life I can think of at the moment, but now here’s the great and productive weekend I had, so you can feel like I’m not such a lazy blogger.

  • Seven, count ‘em seven, loads of laundry completed this weekend. Woot!
  • Three loads of dishes run.
  • Two batches of pancakes made : )
  • Sushi, margaritas, cheese stuffed steak rolls, and sesame chicken all either made or consumed.
  • Two different dog parks with the boys, including the ENORMOUS Millie Bush Bark Park at the George Bush Park out in Katy. It had 2 ponds! One of which Bueller got thrown in.. he was not a happy camper.
  • I went to the shooting range for the first time! I shot a pistol, the Gurand (a rifle), and a shotgun. I think I’ll stick with the pistol from now on, as the other two made my shoulder hurt. To that end, though, I feel a lot more comfortable and safe with Bill’s guns in the apartment now that I know how to operate them and what not.
  • We had Bill’s friends Zach and Chris over for dinner and gun cleaning after the shooting range : ) Yay visitors and for them approving of the apartment, my sesame chicken, and my chocolate cupcakes with whiskey-buttermilk sauce.
  • Got groceries and baked turtle brownies for work.

I think that’s all for now, blog. Hopefully this’ll count as a good update ; ) I’ll conclude with some pictures of Bueller and of me, with a gun! Have a wonderful until I talk to you again, blog!
-Mancktastic
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