Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Is it stupid that I'm having issues adjusting to my new fancy blog home? I was so used to my little grey site with the picture of the firefighters I took on top. I'm a little overwhelmed, and a little uninspired.
I don't talk about cooking much here, which is kind of silly because I'm a little obsessed. Amazingly, Ryan and I are equal in how often when cook, which is so great. He is a BBQ expert and a master of marinades. I specialize in things that are so complicated that I get flustered and stressed. But it almost always turns out alright! Besides making dinners, I love to bake. Cakes are what I seem to do most, and since I don't actually eat them myself, the firefighters always benefit. Hey! I figure they deserve it for taking such good care of my man. Yesterday I made my first chiffon cake. After it is baked, you actually take the thing out and flip it upside down and rest it on the neck of a wine bottle for an hour to cool. Isn't that weird? Homemade icing, and it was done. It got rave reviews from the station, but that doesn't mean much because they'll eat anything. ;-) I need a more discerning audience.
My trainer kicked my ass today. I've lost 5 pounds! And that's even with all the muscle I'm putting on, so I'm happy. Sadly though, the 1500 calorie thing is still a struggle. Today I got to dinner and only had 200 calories left. You know what you can eat for 200 calories? An apple and a bowl of lettuce, no dressing. Booo!
I've got photography class tonight, which means I'll have loads of free time to visit all your sites. Happy Wednesday to you!
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Ready for Retirement at 27
(side note: Ryan and I are so hardcore that we actually went to the gym after wine and food. THAT, my friends, is dedication to the bikini)
Monday, March 27, 2006
Blog Party! You're Invited!
I'm having a really hard time concentrating on serious things lately. My new job start date has been moved up to April 20th (insert pot joke here). Its really hard to keep working in a job I don't love for a boss I hate when that day is floating out there. And right beyond that day... The Florida Keys!
Other than that, my life has been totally changed in the last 3 days. I am now the proud owner of Sirius satellite radio. Which means I now dread mornings when traffic is moving too fast. I'm totally obsessed. Ryan may make fun about how the radio has now taken over the house, but hey! At least the TV's off! How did I live without my Satellite before? 180 channels of bliss. I can listen to anything from Kelly Clarkson (as if I would!) to Larry the Cable Guy, to Miles Davis, to Martha Stewart, to the Eagles. I'm amazed by how many East Coast people wrote me that Satellite hasn't really caught on out there. But just this once I didn't want to be teh last person with the technology. (Ryan and I didn't get a DVD player until my brother gave us one 3 years ago!)
I'm sitting in photography class. Oh come on! Its not like there's anything to actually pay attention to! It's quarter til 9 at night and we haven't really started class yet. We were supposed to start at 7:10. Nothing new there.
Thank you everyone for visiting me at my blog-warming party yesterday! Cheers to many more posts!
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Also lots of thanks to my hubby Ryan for insisting that I bite the bullet and get a great site.
Because this is a new home, I thought I'd re-introduce myself. My name is Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men. I have a new-found love of photography and like to include pictures in my posts. I have a husband, Ryan, and I'm a DogMa to Mika and Karma. I love to travel. I live in Arizona and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
My husband is a firefighter, which makes me a Firefighter Wife. My blog is called 'Putting out Fires' because when you're married to a firefighter, you're married to the job and all that entails. When Karen at Troll Baby and I were designing this site (OK, she designed, I merely waited for her emails like a kid waiting for Christmas) I had a hard time with the fact that I'd labled myself this way. Because I'm not first, and foremost, a firefighter wife. I've got a lot to be proud of all on my own. But honestly, being married to someone with such a crazy, sometimes scary, unpredictable, ever-changing schedule job really forces you to live the life. I spend my free time trying to balance our life with his job. Putting out Fires. So while I'm a strong women with a strong sense of self all on my own, there's no denying the firefighting part of my life.
Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Take a seat and stay awhile...
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.