12 Apr

Since January, my family has done started this program of sorts where we list 5 goals for the month whatever month we’re in. We write them out on and find a motivational quote to go with them. Then we all present them to one another so everybody is held accountable. Since I’m blogging again now, I guess I’ll just post mine online as well.

April Goals

-Get up to my weight before swearing in

-Find a gym to train in

-Finish my final project

-Don’t fail exams

-Find a job in food service

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What I’ve Been Up To

10 Apr

Hey again folks! (I know, no one reads my blog. But I’m just sure that one day, I’ll be one of those massively popular bloggers that has tens upon twenties of readers! Very ambitious of me. But You gotta stay optimistic y’know? I’ll just pretend for now). Anyways, since its been a billion years since I posted anything new, I’ll just list everything that I’ve been up to lately.

1. I AM SUFFERING a very severe case of senioritis (which is pretty pitiful when you consider that I only go into an actual classroom one day a week). Since I’m homeschooled though, and studied through the summer, I’ll be graduating in May istead of June ;D

2. While we’re on the subject of class, I’m pretty sure that my class this year has met the legal record for most days of school missed. At first, it was due to all of the crazy weather we got here in January. Down here, if we see a single snowflake, school is cancelled.  Then, there were a few classes where we had holiday. But the bulk of missing has been because of “prior engagements” (read as “free day off”).

3. I’m almost done with my enlistment process. Its taken longer than I thought it would, but I don’t mind.

4. I STILL don’t have my liscense -_-. But, its not just me anymore! I found out while out with my best friend on her birthday, that out of the group of the 4 of us, not one of us has our liscense! And we’re all 18 now. I know, sad. We made a bet back in January to see who could get their liscense first. So far, no one has one. It’s frickin’ April, and none of us are driving -_-. One of the girls has a 16 year old sister who is driving for cryin’ out loud!

5. I won tickets on the radio again 😀 hehehe. Matchbox 20 this time. Now all I have to do is learn all of their songs by the concert in August and I’ll be set.

6. I really want to take up self defense or a martial art and now I’m at a place where I can. I’m specifically interested in Krav Maga and Boxing right now. I have been searching for a half decent gym that isn’t trying to rip me off and has legitimately qualified trainers that know what they’re doing, but I haven’t found one yet.  It seems like everybody and their grandmother runs an MMA/BJJ gym. I literally counted seven within a ten mile radius yesterday. So if anyone knows of any in the Charlotte metro area, hit me up.

7. I’m going to prom now. Which, y’know, kinda sucks on account of the fact that I have a very serious condition called chorophobia aka fear of dancing. (Its real, I searched it on Google. I blame my parents for this). Since I’m homeschooled I almost got off scott free this year! Then, my best friend asked me, on her birthday, if I wanted to go with her. x( Well, of course I had to say yes! It was her birthday for Pete’s sake! So now, I am headed off to face that night. On the plus side, I found an awesome dress, since she wouldn’t let me wear my t-shirt/ Also a plus, I get to wear whatever shoes I want :D. At first, I was gonna get some sequins Chucks to match my dress, but they only sell them online and I waited too long. Plus, when am I ever gonna wear sequins anything again? So I went with some simple black vans with pink shoelaces (because wearing tennis shoes just wouldn’t be drawing enough attention to myself already).

8. To get over my chorophobia, I’ve been doing a lot more of it lately. I’ve done the Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, and Cupid Shuffle more times in the last 2 months than I care to count. I’ve also come to realize something during these last few months: I dance like Ellen DeGeneres. It works for her, not sure if I’m pulling it off though. Ah well. At least I know that once I get past this, I’ll never have to dance in public again.

🙂

this is what Concord is like when there's snow

this is what Concord is like when there’s snow

Merry Chistmas and all that Jazz

10 Apr

Merry Christmas Eve, andd congradulations on surviving the end of the world! I havewn’t got much time, so here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

1. Saw the Hobbit. It wasn’t terrible. Now, I’m a BIG LOTR fan, so I was less than thrilled by all of the additions Mr. Peter Jackson&Co. have decided to make to the story line. Other than that, it was okay. Not a terrible way to spend 4 hours of my life.

2. Decided to Enlist into the Army National Guard. This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. I’ve been thinking about it for a few years actually. It’s taken this long for me to seriously do my research. Also,  had to convince my Dad, who wasn’t as in love with the idea as I am. I still have a few more questions before I go and see a recruiter, so if anyone who reads this blog (assuming people actually DO read this blog hehe) has/is ever been enlisted or is related to someone who is/was that wouldn’t mind answering some of my questions. I’d sure appreciate it. 🙂

3. I’ve decided to stay in school. For those of you who don’t know me personally, you don’t know that I’m currently in my senior year of homeschool. I’ve currently got more than enough credits to just go ahead and graduate this semester, but after a lot of thought and a few almost very dumb and possibly life changing decisions, I’ve decided to finish out. I realized the only reason that I wanted to graduate early is because I felt like I needed to do something super impressive to compare to the rest of my peers, which usually isn’t a good reason to do something. Also, the National Guard isn’t too crazy for people who don’t have the discipline to finish out highschool.

4. I still don’t have my liscense. -_- Don’t wanna talk about it.

That’s all I can think of right now. I’m not gonna promise to update soon becuase that almost never happens now. See ya when I see ya

🙂

MOS Complications

10 Apr

Well, today I had to pick another MOS AGAIN -_-. (Just go with it, I’ll explain later). This is the second day in a row. Yesterday, when I went to talk to my recruiter, I was a 35p hopeful. Then, upon arriving at the base, we discovered that that slot- the ONLY Linguist slot available in the entire state- was snatched away by some other lucky son of a gun while I was away on Spring break. I, of course, was disappointed. 😦 <– that’s my sad face.

Then, we looked around for a bit and found another MOS that we thought would fit me, Blackhawk Heli Repair. I have to admit, at first I wasn’t crazy about the new job. But after I finished wallowing in my own self pity over not getting my dream MOS, I realized how awesome it was going to be to work on Blackhawks! I mean, how many girls can say that they repaired and flew in Blackhawks right? Well, as I found out this morning, I won’t be one of the few. It turns out that there was a soldier who requested a transfer to the unit that was offering that position -_-. Of course, I understand the NGs position; why send a brand new grunt through all that training when there is someone who’s already qualified to do the job? Still, I’m a little disappointed.

Now, as of this morning, I’m going to be a 91B, Light Vehicle Mechanic. I’m supposed to swear in Monday, but I can’t help but wonder whether or not I’ll end up with another MOS by then.

🙂

TEMYEFYL #1: Homeade Biscuit Pizzas

14 Nov

To kick off the “The Easiest Meal You’ll Ever Fix in Your Life” series, we’re going to start with something that we’ve been eating in our home for a few years. This is usually a go to dish for me when I’m tired and just don’t feel like cooking (and let’s face it, if I don’t cook, we’re pretty much not eating in my house). The best things about this dish are as follows:

  • It’s so easy, a caveman can do it
  • Not too many ingredients, most you’ll probably already have
  • there are a couple of different ways to make it
  • only takes 15-20 min. to prepare

Like I said before, there are a couple of ways to make this dish. Let’s start with the simplest.

ECQ (trifecta!)  Refrigerated Canned Biscuit Mini Pizza Method 

Ingredients

1 Can Pasta Sauce*

1 Can refrigerated Biscuit Dough

2 Packages of Shredded cheese, your preference**

2 Hotdogs, sliced like pepperoni (I suggest beef dogs. Or you could just buy actual pepperoni.)

Additional optional fixings: onions, peppers, shrooms, that leftover chicken in the fridge that needs to be used soon

Directions

  1. Turn on some music. I suggest Jazz, it’s very relaxing
  2. Following directions on the can of biscuits, preheat oven to 350-400 degrees F.
  3. Open can of biscuits (duh). Put the biscuits onto a cookie sheet/baking sheet.
  4. Using your thumb or a rolling pin, flatten out each biscuit until you have what looks like a bunch of naked mini pizzas. Don’t make them so thin that you poke holes through them, but keep in mind that biscuits do rise.
  5. Open your pasta/pizza sauce
  6. Is it open? Good. Now spoon a spoonful of sauce onto your naked pizzas. If you want to get all fancy, sprinkle on a little italian seasoning or oregano/parsley blend.
  7. Sprinkle your first layer of cheese onto your mini pizzas.
  8. Apply the fixings
  9. Sprinkle the second layer of cheese.
  10. Put your pizzas in the oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is  golden
  11. Take out and enjoy

MMM Bisquick Baking Mix Method

Ingredients

2/3 c water or milk

2 1/4 c baking mix

1 Can Pasta Sauce*

2 Packages of Shredded cheese, your preference**

2 Hotdogs, sliced like pepperoni (I suggest beef dogs. Or you could just buy actual pepperoni.)

Additional optional fixings: onions, peppers, shrooms, that leftover chicken/steak in the fridge that needs to be used soon

*We always use pasta sauce b/c its always in the house, but if  you prefer pizza sauce, go for it.

**You can also use Parmesan cheese if you’ve already got it

Directions

  1. Combine your baking mix and water/milk in a large mixing bowl. The mix should be kind of sticky.
  2. Flour a cutting board generously. Spoon your sticky dough mix onto cutting board.
  3. Flour your hands. Knead the dough at least 5 times, flouring when necessary.
  4. Using a rolling pin (or a can of baking spray if you don’t have a rolling pin), roll the dough out until it is flat like a pizza dough.
  5. Follow steps 5-11 in previous post

If you try this meal, leave a reply to let me know how your pizzas turned out 🙂

A Letter to My Blog

14 Nov

My Dear Blog,

Its been a while since I’ve seen you. I’ve missed you very much. So much has happened since I last updated you. A president has been elected, Mom had an awesome CD release concert, Cookie Monster has (out of nowhere) decided to become a vegetarian. My, how time flies.

I hope you don’t think I’ve abandoned or neglected you. I’d update you every day if it were up to me. With all of the preparation for the concert, someone decided to stop paying the cable bill, and apparently Time Warner isn’t very charitable when it comes to things like free internet service. (I think they’re being pretty selfish, actually. I mean, they have millions of other customers. The least they could do is give one of them a break every once in a while.) Ah well, what’s done is done.

I have lots of things I’d like to write about that kind of piled up in the last month of internetlessness (this is probably a real word). And I haven’t forgotten about the “The Easiest Meal You’ll Ever Fix in Your Life” list. I’ve even gotten a few Thanksgivingy (also a word) recipes up my sleeve  😉 .

It is good to be back, Blog.

-Chari 🙂

The Easiest Meal You’ll Ever Fix in Your Life Series

18 Oct

I’ve just been let in on the fact that a lot of people don’t cook. :O (Who knew, right? It’s like some sort of nationwide epidemic.) So far,  I’ve heard three people I know give three reasons for not fixing their own food.

  1. I’d like to, but I just don’t have the time to cook (usually people who work).
  2. Buying food costs too much (usually mis amigos in college).
  3. I don’t know how/I’m a terrible cook/I can’t even boil water (usually a little bit of everyone)

If it isn’t clear by now, knowing what’s going in your body and where it came from is very important to me. And the best way I know of accomplishing that is preparing your own food. So I’ve decided to start a series to encourage anyone who fits into the above categories that they can do it. I’m calling it the “The Easiest Meal You’ll Ever Fix in Your Life” Series. Or TEMYEFYL for short. Every TEMYEFYL (teh-mEE-Ef-ful) will fit at least one of the following categories:

  1. Affordable
  2. Easy
  3. Quick

I’ll try to post at least one TEMYEFYL a week for as long as I can think of them. Also, if you have any TEMYEFYLs of your own you’d like to see posted here, let me know and I’ll be glad to share it. 🙂